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What to do with personal hygiene and hand washing after the emergency

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks and Folsom is here to help.  We also pulled together some tips courtesy of the CDC:

Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and hand washing.

Hygiene is especially important in an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be difficult. The following information will help to ensure good hygiene and handwashing in the event of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit (Hygiene Supplies)

Before an emergency, make sure you have created a Disaster Supplies Kit.
Handwashing

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water (for example, boiled or disinfected).

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

When to Wash HandsPhoto of cupped hands under running water.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After touching garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound
Other Hand Hygiene Resources

Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Bathing

Bathing after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities for further instructions. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities to find out if tap water is safe to use.
Visit the Safe Drinking Water for Personal Use page for more information about making your water safe for brushing your teeth.
You may visit CDC's Oral Health Web site for complete dental hygiene information.
Wound Care

Keeping wounds clean and covered is crucial during an emergency. If you have open cuts or sores, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean, safe water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

When providing first aid for a wound, clean hands can help prevent infection (see Handwashing on this page). Visit Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster to find complete information on caring for wounds.

Healthcare professionals should visit Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals and Management of Vibrio vulnificus Wound Infections After a Disaster.

For complete details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.html 

Why Are Mold Test Kits Bad?

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Mold removal can be an expensive bill that no homeowner wants to take on. If there’s a way to cut costs, many are tempted to do it, and that’s often where DIY mold testing comes in. But while test kits are long on promises, they’re usually short on delivery. If you’re considering buying one to test your home or business, read these reasons test kits are a waste of time and money.

What Are Mold Kits

While there are many brands and variations, DIY mold test kits are all essentially petri dishes you set out for a while to figure out if mold is present. They claim to work in as little as five minutes, and help you bypass the need for

  • mold inspection
  • air sampling
  • repeat appointment

While DIY mold test kits purport to save money, however, there pitfalls are numerous.

No Visual Inspection

A big part test kits leave out is the mold inspection – critical to mold remediation. By themselves, mold samples can provide wrong answers. Only a visual inspection by an experienced mold testing and removal pro can detect subtle signs of a true mold problem and even find its source.

Inaccuracy

Mold test kits are known for being inaccurate not only due to user error, but because mold is all around us. A handful of spores, however, doesn’t mean a true problem – but a test kit by itself doesn’t know that. The result can be detecting a mold “problem” that doesn’t really exist or isn’t where you think it is.

Shipping and Handling

DIY kits must be mailed in for lab analysis, a daunting process that can damage the sample. Humidity, volatile temperatures and even shipping lag time can contribute to false results.

While they purport to save you money, in the end, DIY mold kits can actually cost you big if a mold problem is allowed to get out of hand. Call a professional mold testing company instead to put a hold on your mold.

Wildfires Area?

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

No need to worry about area wildfires. If one is near your home, be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to clean up the smoke damage. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (916) 987-0400

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

How To Prepare For A Storm Emergency Kits

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kitand first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per dayfor at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supplyof non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Emergency-Kit.aspx

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. 

IICRC Creditals, What Are These?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

For more details, visit http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/ 

Need a professional? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 today. We are here to help 24/7. 

Be Prepared For The House Fire

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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

If your family has just suffered a home fire, please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help you 24/7.

With A Storm Get A Sandbag

3/9/2022 (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 from Sacbee.com for tips and suggestions. 


http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article124928364.html


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. 


Remember, you can always follow SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom online at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ for up to date information. 

What do you with your belongings after a fire?

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Need immediate help? SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-987-0400! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Water Damage Tips

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

  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. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-987-0400.

Prepping For A House Fire

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

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

If your family has just suffered a home fire, please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help you 24/7.

Water Losess

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Accidents happen, and regardless of the cause, it is how we respond to them that matters. Commercial water damage is no different, and your response can impact the result your business experiences, no matter what type of commerce you are involved in. SERVPRO is experienced in helping business owners and managers bring their businesses back from disaster, no matter how large or small the business. 
 
Businesses affected by water damage can benefit from professional services in cleaning up, and the first step in getting everything back to normal. Professional services should be used instead of doing things yourself. Safety, thoroughness, and knowing which steps to take and when inherent benefits are that SERVPRO offers. We do what we do so you can get back to your business operations fast. 
 
Inventory that has been damaged needs to be documented so you can be reimbursed by your insurance company. We can assist with this so that the process is smoother for you. However, our goal is to restore as much of your inventory as possible. In addition to reducing the losses you need to claim, it also reduces your wait time in purchasing and receiving replacement goods. This is especially important when seasonal or promotional items are involved. Not having the merchandise your customers want means they can go elsewhere, resulting in lost sales and plummeting profits. 
 

If your business experiences a water loss; you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO 916-987-0400

COVID Cleaning Now

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has reminded all of us how important it is to properly clean the surfaces and objects we handle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleaning and disinfecting are separate processes. Cleaning removes dirt, oils and most surface germs. Disinfection kills (or deactivates) remaining germs.

SERVPRO®  is qualified to clean and properly apply disinfectants according to the CDC’s protocols.

We have numerous years of experience in cleaning and disinfecting contaminants, including infectious bio hazards. We have specific training and the appropriate equipment to go beyond standard cleaning services.  More recently, our professionals received additional training certifications regarding COVID-19 decontamination.

Many SERVPRO cleaning products include products the CDC recommends for other coronaviruses (such as SARS).  The EPA has just added three more of our branded disinfectants to their approved product list!  Although there has not yet been product testing against COVID-19, we can assure our community in and around Boulder that we follow all of the CDC-recommended guidelines.

We clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as:

  • Counters and tabletops
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Toilets & other bathroom fixtures (faucets, handrails, tubs & showers)
  • Tablets, keyboards & other office (home or business) equipment

We also clean soft surfaces such as:

  • Carpets & rugs
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Exercise mats

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting the following areas:

  • Kitchen & dining areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools, classrooms, conference rooms
  • Retail spaces, including
    • Sales counters
    • Racks, shelves
    • Hand-rails & elevator cars
    • Flooring, regardless of material
    • Water fountains
    • Carpets, rugs
    • Fitness equipment
    • Playground equipment

Call SERVPRO for a Proactive Cleaning Today!

Be On Alert For Risky Things That Could Happen In Older Homes

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

There’s no denying the charm of living in an older home. Arched doorways, ceiling medallions and other architectural details representative of a bygone era catch the attention of many homeowners. But along with the unique charms that come with living in an older home in Fair Oaks / Folsom, come unique hazards, such as fire risks. Purchasing an old home may require more than a lot of elbow grease, a few coats of paint and TLC touches throughout. Thoroughly investigating to uncover potential fire risks in your Fair Oaks / Folsom home is an important step to take to prevent catastrophic fire damage. Below are some of the most common fire hazards lurking in your older home.

  1. Bad wiring

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical failures or malfunctions were the second leading cause of U.S. home fires in 2012-2016, accounting for 13 percent of home structure fires. Antiquated wiring such as knob and tube wiring — which was the standardized method of electrical wiring in homes until the 1940s — poses a potential risk for fire damage.

Knob and tube wiring systems use porcelain knobs for running wires through unobstructed spaces and porcelain tubes to protect wires running through studs and joists.

If a knob and tube system is intact and functioning properly, it poses no immediate risk. Problems arise, however, when the rubber sheathing that’s used to insulate the wires degrades (modern electrical wiring is encased in plastic). As the rubber degrades over time, it exposes live wires to air and moisture, thereby increasing the chance of a short or a fire. The combination of modern insulation and knob and tube wiring also poses a fire hazard that can lead to devastating loss and the need for fire damage repairs and restoration to your Austin home.

This antiquated wiring system utilizes porcelain knobs to suspend the wires in open air to allow the heat to dissipate. When homeowners insulate the attic and walls of their notoriously drafty older homes, the insulation surrounding the wires will cause heat to build up, resulting in a potential fire. Currently, the United States National Electrical Code® (NEC) forbids use of loose, blown-in or expanding foam insulation over knob and tube wiring.

Older wiring is also rated for lower amps than is required by the multiple appliances we use today. This can result in circuits being overloaded, which can cause a fire. Knob and tube wiring systems also lack a grounding conductor. Grounding conductors reduce the chance of a fire and damage to sensitive equipment.

Hiring a certified electrician or electrical inspector to evaluate the wiring throughout your home is key to preventing a potential fire and preventing the need for fire damage repairs and restoration with the additional water damage that can occur, as is removing knob-and-tube wiring from inside your walls or attic prior to adding insulation.

  1. Balloon-frame construction

According to firefighters, the way your home is constructed could make it a bigger fire risk and susceptible to fire damage. Balloon-frame construction, popular in the 1930s and 1940s, is a common sight in older homes. Unlike the modern platform building technique in which a floor (platform) is built, then wall studs (boards that function as framing elements in the home) are installed, then another floor (platform) and so on, balloon framing is characterized by wall studs that run continuously two or more stories high from the foundation to the attic floor. The problem with a balloon-frame house is that when a fire starts in the lower level of the home, there’s nothing to stop the flames from quickly spreading to the attic.

If you live in one of these homes, retrofitting the walls could be quite costly. Keep this in mind if you’re considering buying an older home with this type of framing construction.

  1. Outdated appliances

Vintage appliances may add to the charm of your older home, but they also add an increased risk of fire. Your old-fashioned plug-in fan, vintage light fixture and chrome coffeemaker may still run, but they were made according to antiquated safety codes and may include frayed or damaged wires. An appliance that doesn’t come with a UL mark, signifying that Underwriters Laboratories has vouched for the item's safety in actual use, should be rewired.

  1. Old furnaces

The average life expectancy of furnaces is 15 to 20 years. Furnaces that are 20 years or older pose a danger due to their use of an old-style pilot light for ignition. House fires that are started by pilot lights, bad ventilation and/or gas line leaks are another major fire hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace also create an increased possibility of fire or explosion.

While replacing your furnace with an energy-efficient modern model is best, if you’re not ready to replace your old furnace, be sure to have it diligently inspected and serviced by a professional every year. 

  1. Chimneys

Before spending your first cozy night indoors sitting by a crackling fire, be sure your fireplace chimney and/or wood stove has been recently inspected. It’s vital that your chimneys are inspected annually, and cleaned of creosote buildup — a flammable dark brown or black tar-like byproduct of the wood-burning process that’s deposited on the walls of a chimney. If creosote builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire. 

A professional chimney cleaning typically includes sweeping the fireplace, inspecting the firebox, liners, smoke chamber and flue, and chimney exterior. Recommendations for proper operation or replacement of equipment and necessary repairs to any equipment or structure will also be made.

Restoration In 5 Steps

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

We pride ourselves on being quick and reliable during unexpected events like fires. Our restoration process may seem intense, but we've decided to break it down for you in 5 simple steps...

  1. Inspection and Assessment

The company will send out a team of professional inspectors to determine the best course of action. They then will figure out what tools they'll need to get the job done. During the fire cleanup process, they will determine if pipes and wiring have been impacted, the extent of smoke damage and any hazardous conditions.

  1. Board-Up and Tarping

Boards and tarps provide an excellent barrier to elements and possible thieves. The immediate priority after a fire is to prevent any further damage. 

  1. Water Removal and Drying 

Equipment like fans and negative pressure devices speed up this step. Dehumidifiers are used to get the moisture out of walls and floors as quickly as possible.

  1. Soot and Smoke Cleaning

This step takes specialized equipment and techniques that experienced fire cleanup personnel have to complete the job. 

  1. Cleaning and Sanitizing

All exposed surfaces and personal belongings will be restored or replaced during the final cleanup process. Air scrubbers and fogging devices may also be used.

Call us at (916) 987 -0400 with any questions concerning our fire cleanup process!

The Order Of Fire Restoration

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to factories and other industrial facilities can seem overwhelming in their scale. Due to the presence of flammable materials, numerous potential safety hazards, and large buildings, some of our most challenging projects involve cleaning up after fires in industrial settings. We have the manpower and equipment necessary to restore your facility to the way it was before the disaster for even the worst situations but have a few extra tricks for when situations start to get out of hand.

The SERVPRO Network

Part of the reason why we are always ready to handle fire damage in Fair Oaks / Folsom is thanks to our network of sister franchises that can provide support when we need it most. SERVPRO franchises number in the thousands across the country, and if a disaster is ever so massive as to overwhelm our local capabilities, we can call in additional resources and work forces from other nearby areas. Usually, we only need to call in these forces for widespread flooding or fires that spread across multiple properties, but we may use them for particularly disastrous industrial fires.

Industrially Focused Equipment

Handling smoke and fire damages in large buildings require us to use similarly large and powerful pieces of equipment. Our technicians use top-of-the-line items like dry ice blasters and thermal fogging machines to clean up fire residues with maximum efficiency even in buildings with large floor spaces. We keep these devices (and the materials they need to function) heavily stocked at our local facilities to ensure that more significant buildings receive the coverage they need.

Versatile Certifications

SERVPRO technicians receive a wide variety of certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration before getting placed on any of our crews. Even after they start responding to calls and operating as a full team member, many take the opportunity to pursue additional training and certifications to specialize in specific types of damage restoration, including fire and smoke damage. Our teams thus have the certifications and training necessary to handle any industrial disaster and the safety hazards that may accompany it.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is professionally trained and equipped to handle even the most massive fires with optimal efficiency at a minimal cost. Call us at (916) 987-0400 for our 24/7 services or a quote.

Flash Floods, Oh My

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Summer rain showers can change from calm to severe in a matter of minutes. NOAA reports that flooding claims an average of 81 lives every year. While flooding in general is ranked the second most deadly weather-related killer in the United States, flash flooding can be even more dangerous. During a flash flood, rain rapidly creates a forceful rush of water that can destroy anything standing in its way, including buildings, roads, and homes. Due to the elevated humidity levels and slower jet stream characteristic of the summer season, flash flooding is particularly prevalent during the summer. Because flash flooding can strike at any given moment without warning, it is essential that you gain an understanding of how flash floods develop in order to best protect your home this summer. 

Causes of Flash Flooding

The jet stream has a significant impact on weather events. During the summer, the jet stream slows, causing storms to spend a longer amount of time than usual over one area. As a result, the area experiencing the storm observes a large amount of rainfall and has a greater risk of a flash flood developing. Generally, increased duration and greater intensity of rainfall contribute to flash flooding. A handful of different storms, such as severe storms (hurricanes and tropical storms) and slow-moving thunderstorms, can produce these conditions. 

Topography also plays a prominent part in the development of flash floods. If you live in a coastal town or any area located near bodies of water, including streams and rivers, you may be at greater risk for flash flooding. Urban areas are also at increased risk for flash flooding because they tend to lack drainage systems that can handle large amounts of rainfall. 

Know Your Risk

Unfortunately, early warning can often not be given prior to flash floods due to the rapid rate at which they develop. Additionally, homes can undergo major water damage or structural damage when no warning is given before a flash flood. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you understand your area’s risk of flash flooding. If you live in an area that is at risk, be sure to stay alert when the forecast calls for storms. It may also be helpful to put together an emergency flood kit that you can have on hand during a flash flood. In the event that a flash flood strikes unexpectedly and results in damage to your home this summer, call SERVPRO. Our team of storm damage experts are here for you and will restore your home to its pre-flood condition “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing Grease Fires

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Most often, grease fires happen when a pan is left on the stove unattended and for too long. Another way a grease fire can occur is when extra grease on the stove top or drip pan catches fire accidentally. Keeping these fires from happening is not hard if you stay in the kitchen while you are cooking, and take a few safety measures. A small mistake, however, can lead to the need for fire damage restoration from professionals such as SERVPRO. If the unthinkable does happen, our trained staff can help you to restore your home back to normal quickly.

Steps to Prevent Grease Fires: 
Always have a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher close at hand, under the sink base cabinet, or in another reachable place. A small investment may save you a lot of money and also mitigate dangers caused by fires. As mentioned above, stay in the kitchen at all times when you are heating oil for pan-frying or deep-fat frying to prevent a grease fire. Leaving cooking unattended in your Fair Oaks home is the biggest reason for fires in the kitchen. Before you turn the heat on, also make sure that the burner on the stove top is cool. Clean any excess oil or grease spills from the drip pan around the burner, too. 

Before you start, check out the heat ratings of the cooking oil. These indicate the maximum temperature the oil can be cooked at before it catches fire. For most vegetable oils, for example, this temperature is around 450 degrees Fahrenheit, while for animal oils this temperature is around 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Attach a thermometer to the side of the pot to keep track of the temperature of the oil. When it is close to its burning point, it will let off smoke and ruin the taste of your food. Turn off the heat if this happens, and carefully remove the pan from the burner to let it cool off. 

Be careful when you are putting food into oil that is already hot. Use long utensils like tongs which let you gently insert the food without dropping it and splashing oil on yourself. Use a cover or lid to stop hot oil from splattering. Remove the lid carefully if you do have to stir the food, and put it back when you’ve finished. Also, as soon as any food or oil spills happen, clean them up. 

If the grease does catch fire, do not ever try to move the pot or pan. Use a metal lid to cover the pan and shut off the supply of oxygen to the fire. A small fire contained inside the pan can be extinguished by putting baking soda on the fire until it burns out, but if you do not feel safe controlling it by yourself, exit the house immediately and call 911 for help. If your home does sustain fire damage, remember to give our technicians at SERVPRO a call right afterward. Remember, do not ever use water to put a grease fire out! This can cause the grease to splash and spread the fire further. 

Accidents do still happen. If you experience a grease fire in your home and need fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom right away once the fire is out. We can be reached at any time by dialing (916) 987-0400. 

Why Does Smoke Affect Your Items In The Home

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A fire can destroy your property and cause serious, irreversible damage. The flames move from one item to another, burning everything into ash. The heat created by the flames radiate, causing the surrounding items to crack, melt, and in some cases shatter. After the flames are put out, you have to deal with smoke damage.

If smoke damage is not addressed, it can devastate your home along with everything inside it. Smoke damage can even occur in rooms the fire never reached. For example, during wildfires, businesses and homes have been totally ruined just from the smoke while the building stayed untouched by the flames.

Even a small fire that is put out quickly may still cause smoke damage to the items inside. Also, smoke can impact your home’s structure. That is why cleaning up soot and smoke right away after a fire is so crucial. Smoke acts like an acid and can start to corrode many different materials if left too long.

If fire strikes a structure or home, or if you live near areas that are prone to wildfires, you must act fast to reduce the damage that occurs. Professional smoke damage restoration specialists can quickly assess the damage and create a customized mitigation plan to make sure your home is clear of all fire related damages.

What Can You Salvage?

The answer to this question depends on the extent of the damage and what something is made of. You also need to consider the cost of salvaging some items. You can work with a smoke damage specialist to figure out what items you should clean and which ones you should replace or discard.

How Will Smoke Impact Your Home?

Smoke affects materials in unique ways. Also, the type and temperature of the fire will result in different types of smoke damage through your home. One of the worst ways smoke can cause damage is if it gets into small crevices and cracks, since the particles are so small.

In fact, these issues often go undetected for a long time, leaving that lingering smell of smoke that may last for several months. The best way to remove the smell from your home is by removing or cleaning the affected items and to clean the building materials in the home with agents that are designed to remove the smell. Having this handled as quickly as possible will reduce the potential of cross-contamination.

How Quickly Do You Need to Act?

Time is something that is of the essence when you are talking about smoke damage. The sooner that you act, the more likely you will be to prevent serious damage. For example, there are some materials like porous items and synthetic fires that need intervention within hours of exposure to be saved.

SERVPRO Trained Techs

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Our technicians are IICRC certified.  They receive training in water mitigation, mold remediation, fire restoration, and general cleaning.  This allows us the perform at the standards that you deserve. 

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.

Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Initial Franchise Training

SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility provides new Franchise owners training in Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Mitigation.  This is the foundation of the training program designed by SERVPRO. The process is a 15-day hands-on course that provides the owners with valuable information

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a series of course materials and examination process that SERVPRO Franchise employees complete to receive certification in the following:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

e-Learnings 

SERVPRO has a plethora of web-based training.  Technicians and office staff have access to learn and tests their knowledge of industry standards and professional quality.  These courses often are video presentations as well as support materials that challenge our technicians to be the best they can be for our customers.

What Does A Shag Rug Mean?

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Cleaning a Shag Rug I love that shag rugs have a made a strong fashionable return in homes. We recently added a couple to our living room. They look great on our tile floor and warm the room.  They are a little different to care than a regular rug. I found some great tips on the Bob Vila website.  

Remember, if these tips don’t work and you need a professional, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400.

How to clean a shag rug:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

- Plain white vinegar

- Water

- White microfiber cloth

- Mop or broom

- Vacuum cleaner

- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment

- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)

STEP 1

Ideally, you’ll use this method to treat a spill before it has a chance to set in, but even if it’s dry before you get to it, there’s still hope. Combine equal parts plain white vinegar and room-temperature water, and pour directly onto the affected area. For a small stain caused by a few tablespoons of spilled liquid or food, start with ½ cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if necessary.

Work the solution into the stain with a white microfiber cloth—better than a rag because it won’t stain or leave lint behind—using some elbow grease to release it from the fibers. Once you’ve eliminated the stain entirely, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry completely.

STEP 2

Take the dry rug outside where you can shake it vigorously to release loose dirt and dust.

Next, if the shag rug is smaller than 3 or 4 feet wide, fold it in half, face-down, over a clean porch railing or the back of a chair and use a mop or broom handle (not its business end) to whack the rug from the back side to release stubborn dirt particles. Put enough muscle into it to shake spare dirt loose, but mind your aim and be careful not to damage the railing or chair in the process.

STEP 3

Cleaning professionals advise against vacuuming a shag rug, as suction could break the long fibers. However, it’s highly effective to turn the rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping the pile safe while further removing deep-down dirt. This will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to fluff them up again. For an extra-deep clean, use an upholstery attachment, which offers stronger suction in a concentrated area.

STEP 4

If things are still looking dingy and you’re willing to take a risk, consider cleaning with dry carpet shampoo. Shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug, making sure to use a product safe for its content (some shampoos are better for wool while others suit synthetics) and following package instructions to the letter.

Carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion only; a handheld vacuum is ideal because it gives you complete control. If any pile breaks off, stop and take the shag rug to a carpet cleaning pro. If all is well, though, proceed with caution and repeat the process until your rug is as shagadelic as ever.

Steps On A Fire Claim

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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!

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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Many times in your home you not only have tile or carpet affected you  also have hardwoods.  When you have hard wood flooring damaged by water you can depend on SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to have the specialty drying systems needed to be able to help restore your flooring. Hardwood floor drying systems include mats, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to be able to remove the water trapped by the flooring.  The trick to being able to save the flooring is speed.  Quick extraction of standing water and quick setting of the floor system is key. If too much warping of the wood has taken place it is hard to bring the wood back to its original state.  When water damage occurs to any hardwood flooring it is best to call SERVPRO and have them do a moisture check of the floor and make sure the flooring is dry and there is not any unwanted moisture trapped under the floor to prevent further damage days later.  SERVPRO has the equipment for residential losses or even large commercial wood floors.

If you're dealing with water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom - 916-987-0400. 

Hiring A Professional?

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Homeowners shouldn’t be exclusively on the alert for flash floods. There are many household problems that can cause water damage. Some destruction results from lack of proper maintenance. The most common causes of household water damage include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Foundation cracks
  • Clogged gutters
  • Defective appliances
  • Leaking and burst pipes
  • Backed-up drains
  • Overflowing sinks and toilets
  • Unsealed doors and windows

Visible water damage caused by a clogged sink or toilet, a leaky dishwasher, or an overflowing washing machine can be fairly quick and easy to repair. However, water damage caused by leaks in the attic or interior walls can often go undetected for years. Hidden leaks are much more likely to cause major structural damage that could cost thousands of dollars in repairs. They typically require professional water damage restoration services to get rid of rust stains, unwanted growth and foul odors that can remain in your home and create unsafe living conditions for you and your family. 

Assessing Water Damage

Depending on the severity and amount of damage to your home, restoration may include several different services. When assessing destruction, there are three categories:

  • Category One –This damage occurs from clean water that doesn’t pose health risks to humans. Possible causes may include leaking pipes, overflowing sinks, and damaged appliances.
  • Category Two – Gray water damage indicates possible contamination and could cause illness to humans. The contamination could be a result of broken or overflowing toilets or defective sump pumps.
  • Category Three – Blackwater damage is the most severe, and refers to unsanitary hazards like bacteria or organisms that cause health effects. Likely sources include contaminated standing water and sewage spills.

Water damage also falls into several classes to help determine the level of destruction to the home. 

  • Class One – This is the easiest type of cleanup because materials have not absorbed much liquid and damage is minimal.
  • Class Two – This class of cleanup is more difficult. Carpeting, upholstery and other soft surfaces have absorbed water and need to be thoroughly dried.
  • Class Three – Cleanup in this class often addresses large amounts of water that have drenched interior walls, furnishings, and materials.
  • Class Four – The extent of this damage usually always requires special restoration services due to structural compromises.

Why Should I Hire a Professional?

When your home has been damaged by water, restoration specialists can help you save cherished belongings and return your home to a safe, livable condition. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO specialize in cleanup from water damage and have the experience and expertise to transform your home to pristine condition. SERVPRO professionals use high-tech equipment and proper cleanup procedures that provide fast and efficient results. 

Services include:

  • Assessment of water damage
  • Removal of furniture and interior items
  • Water removal/extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Restoration

Water removal and extraction are essential to prevent dangerous unwanted growth and secondary damage. Restoration contractors have professional, commercial-grade equipment such as water-extraction pumps, moisture meters, fans, blowers and dehumidifiers that aren’t available to most homeowners. Truck-mounted vacuum systems provide powerful suction, quickly removing hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property. If there’s standing water, technicians use powerful submersible pumps. Both types of equipment provide fast drying times, minimizing costly repairs and mitigating hazardous conditions.

After water removal, the floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, furnishings and personal items will need a thorough cleaning, especially if the water was contaminated or remained stagnant for a period of time. Sanitizing treatments help kill harmful bacteria, as well as remove odors from the incident. If items in your home can’t be safely cleaned and sanitized, SERVPRO restoration professionals will remove and safely dispose of damaged materials. 

What To Do After A Fire

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After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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.

Different Types Of Smoke & Soot

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

What Professionals Encounter With A CAT 2 Water Loss

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage and a flooded home is one of the most challenging emergencies that home owners are forced to address. When flood damage has occurred, it is advisable to involve professionals in the water cleanup and restoration process because there is usually a risk of injury associated with the mitigation process. Other risks include compromising the strength of the building if the drying process is not handled properly and losses that will be incurred a few months down the line trying to deal with emergent issues such as mold growth after there has been water in home. When the flood damage is caused by a pipe break of a supply line break, mitigation is typically simple, however, when it is cause by sewer lines, the risk increases further. Here are a few things you should understand about Category 2 water damage and the mitigation process.

Category 2 water loss is also known as gray water in homes. It is water which contains a certain level of the chemical, physical or biological containment. This water in home can cause problems such as physical discomfort on the skin and sickness when one is exposed to it, or when consumed. The common sources of this type of water include toilet bowls containing urine, water from dishwashers, and flood damage from the failure of sump pumps. Water cleanup professionals always recommended that everyone inside a flooded home with Category 2 water loss to leave immediately and a company to be called in to resolve the matter.

Procedures that are followed in water damage restoration

As mentioned, you need to contact professionals as soon as you notice there is flood damage of any kind in the building that you occupy. The first thing to do when they arrive is getting the proper work contracts and authorizations to handle the process. The restoration company will get to work on the flooded home as soon as you give the green light. The experts first survey the building and identify any safety hazards present. These include things like electrical wires that could be hanging in the water, dry walls that have become loose and related issues. The flooded home restoration company will then try to locate the source of the water loss and start the water cleanup process. Common sources are a pipe break or a supply line break.

When the pipe break, supply line break or other source of water in home or water in business has been located, the restoration company does their best to protect your furniture by blocking. If there are small items, they will be moved out of the affected region. If the water got to surfaces which are carpeted, the restoration company uses a sub-surface extraction tool for water cleanup. Other tools that the water damage restoration companies use for the suction work include vacuums and special suction and water extraction pumps.

The drying part of the flooded home follows. To achieve the desired drying effect, all the dehumidifiers are turned on and left on until a new dew point temperature is reached. Experts are cautious about the drying process because when done improperly, issues such as mold will result later. After the drying, a biocide will be applied to all the affected surfaces to eliminate or retard the growth of all types of microbial life. If there are any structures which are non-dryable and they got wet during the damage, the water damage restoration company will remove and replace them.

Other measures that are taken by mitigation companies include installation of air movers and use of deodorizers to deal with the smell that is left behind by dirty water in business. The restoration process will be the last, where the water damage restoration company repaints any surface ruined in the restoration process, the replace the old carpets with new ones and replace dry walls. Issues such as a pipe break or a supply line break will also be repaired or replaced. As long as you have professionals working with you to remove contaminated water in business, the mitigation will be easy and hazard free.

Storm Professionals

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After a storm moves through the area, your home may suffer flood damage, wind damage, and more. The situation may leave your home or commercial building devastated. However, if you act quickly and contact the professionals right away, you can minimize the possibility of secondary damage while restoring anything that has suffered more serious problems.

Why Contact the Professionals?

Contacting the professionals at SERVPRO means you have access to experienced and skilled individuals who have restored homes and commercial buildings through the years. They have access to the advanced equipment along with cutting-edge techniques to handle any storm flood damage that may occur.

After flooding has occurred, it isn’t unusual to find interior water damage to the kitchen cabinets, clothing, furniture, floors, ceilings, walls, and other areas in the building or home. If you don’t restore the property properly, flood damage can cause mold infestation and decay. There are several services you can count on the professionals to provide. These include:

  • Prompt Response: These professionals understand that when you call for help with flood or storm related damage restoration, timing is critical. This is why they respond to any emergency quickly. The restoration process can begin right away, and the best and most efficient solutions will be used.
  • Help with Insurance Claims:These professionals will offer a service that involves listing anything that was ruined during the flood or storm in a detailed list. They will also take an inventory of all the contents in every room.
  • Use Professional Grade Tools and Equipment:In most cases, the rental equipment you get from the hardware store may not be able to handle the job effectively. These professionals have access to commercial grade equipment that will completely dry the affected areas to ensure the growth of mold is avoided.
  • Removal and Replacement:These professionals will carefully remove or replace any contaminated or unsalvageable structures, such as window trim, door, drywall, padding, and carpeting.

Don't Let Sludge Turn To Mold

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Left untreated, the moisture and bacteria from a sewage loss may cause microbial growth.  SERVPRO has experience with remediating a loss in which sewage was left untreated, causing mold to form on the drywall and floor. In such an instance, all flooring, drywall, doors and trim must be removed. Dehumidifiers are placed and remaining stud beams, subfloor, and stationary objects are cleaned and sanitized. A special antimicrobial solution can be painted to the affected areas to prevent mold from reforming on the treated surfaces. This is usually the most important step in the mold remediation process.

In an effort to prevent the timely remediation of mold, a sewage loss must be mitigated immediately. Our team of SERVPRO professionals are trained to extract and clean the discharge from the area before placing drying equipment to remove any remaining moisture. Faster to any disaster, SERVPRO is always ready to take on even the largest sewage losses.

Your Items After Fire Damage?

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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.

Need immediate help? SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-987-0400! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Make An Escape Plan

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Here is a fictional story but it could happen to almost any family. The Smith family was home one night and at about 1:00 am a fire started in the house. The alarms woke everyone up and the parents rushed to make sure the kids got out of the home. However, by the time they got to little Frank’s room he was already gone. He went out the back door and was hiding under a patio table.

Everyone (except Frank) ended up in the backyard and his father, James, checked outside everywhere and couldn’t find him in all the noise and confusion. James decided to go back in the house and find his son but fortunately, he caught a glimpse of him under the table. This scenario could have easily ended in tragedy because the family had no fire escape plan from home.

Coming Up with a Fire Escape Plan

Walk through the entire house and figure out the best evacuation route. It’s important to get all family members together so everyone gets the same information. You need to have things on paper so they can be posted on the wall for everyone to see. 

Don’t forget to tell everyone to drop to the floor and crawl out of the house if it’s full of smoke or hot inside. Many people are seriously injured or killed from breathing super heated air, and the air is the coolest at floor-level.

Draw up your floor plan. You can download a home fire escape plan template by going to the Red Cross website . It's a good idea to come up with a home fire drill checklist too.

Let A Professional Handle That Fire

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Homeowners don’t usually know where to start and what to do after experiencing a fire emergency for the first time. Most people never have to go through the hardship of having a fire destroy or damage their home or business. But those who do understand the difficulty and challenges a fire can bring. 

Relocating Short-Term

Most often, even a small fire will displace the family from their home. The smoke and soot residue is dangerous and usually covers everything inside the house. The smoke moves throughout the structure and blankets all of the contents.

Even if the fire was contained and put out relatively quickly, hot smoke migrates to colder areas around the home and can affect other property levels. Smoke can travel through plumbing systems, pipes and go up several stories.

Living with family members or renting short-term is the best way to proceed after fire damage. Removing your family from the dangerous environment allows us to thoroughly clean and restore your home.

Contents Restoration

Taking care of your home and your belongings is critical. Usually, it is best to carefully pack all contents and move them to our warehouse, where they are inventoried, cleaned, and restored. We keep them safe until the home is ready, then transfer them back for you. This allows for better access to clean and restore the house and eliminates secondary damage during the restoration process.

Structure Restoration

We will remove and replace any part of the structure that was burned or damaged beyond the point of restoring. Our technicians carefully clean the walls, ceilings, and floors to remove and smoke and soot. The furnace and A/C unit will need to be cleaned thoroughly and ductwork inside the walls.

Fire Restoration

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Fire has the unique ability to spread rapidly and cause an enormous amount of damage. In light of recent wildfires in the west, it is important to remember many structures can be restored with proper remediation efforts. The restoration team at SERVPRO is always ready to respond to home or business owners who have suffered a loss due to fire.

This damage resulted after a lawn mower caught on fire right outside the house. The owners were not at home at the time and the damage was extensive as the fire spread from the machine to the house very quickly. Our SERVPRO team was able to assess the site quickly and began remediation efforts immediately. Inside, the team removed sheetrock, removed affected contents, and performed smoke and soot remediation. HEPA vacuuming, deep cleaning of remaining materials and air purification were also performed after the demolition. Water from the fire department was removed via extraction and our effective drying equipment. After a building affected by fire is thoroughly cleaned, it is ready for our building services crew to repair the structure.

When The Fire Truck Leaves, What To Expect?

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Once the fire trucks leave, the first step to clean up and restoration is the board-up. This is part of the emergency services provided by SERVPRO. Firefighters will often break windows and cut holes in the roof to help air out the property from all the smoke and heat. The board-up is essential to secure your property from theft and liability.

How The Smoke Travels

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire and smoke damage. If your HVAC (your heater or A/C) system is on, then the smoke will most likely enter through the return vents and be spread throughout the duct system. This will not only carry the smoke and the smoke damage throughout the house but also cause smoke damage to your ducts.

Your ducts might have dust throughout the system, which can absorb the smoke, meaning every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, you'll smell the residual smoke for weeks and months after the fire.

Get The Water Out As Soon As Possible

SERVPRO responded to a fire damage call that received water damage that nearly equaled the amount of damage from the fire. Sometimes fires are put out by extinguishers, and water is not a factor in the cleanup process. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, the water's extraction must happen as quickly as possible.

The water removal process begins almost immediately. It is essential to remove the majority of the water as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. Our technicians use state of the art moisture detection equipment and years of experience to find the water trapped behind the walls and under floors. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Saving Your Belongings

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home or business, always in properly marked SERVPRO vehicles and uniforms, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents from your property to our secured warehouse.

Pack-outs provide a safe place for their storage and specialized attention until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. Separating the two gives us a better opportunity to clean and restore the structure. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Our crews hand wrap and protect every large item, such as furniture, tables, chairs, and artwork. Smaller items are sorted and put into boxes. For inventory purposes, we photograph and label each item packed out and removed, and organize these pictures and labels in our proprietary software to keep track of your items during the entire process accurately.

What To Do When There Is Power Outages

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Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.  Flashlights for each family member

2.  Battery-operated radio and clock

3.  Extra batteries

4.  Containers of bottled water

5.  Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.  Non-electric can opener

7.  List of important phone numbers

8.  First-aid kit

Following a heatwave, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov

Within The First 48 Hours – What Happens Afterwards From The Water Damage?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced flooding in your home because of a storm, then you likely know it doesn’t take long before things go wrong. This is why it is essential to take care of problems as quickly as possible. Remember, water is an unrelenting and destructive force that can cause serious damage in a very short period of time.

One of the first things you should do is to call a professional for help with water and flood restoration services. If you try to handle this on your own, you will find it takes up to five times as long, and you will likely be less than satisfied with the results you achieve. A professional can help clean up the mess that is present and restore the building to maintain health and safety while reducing the likelihood of permanent damage.

Structural Compromise and Water Saturation Issues

If your commercial building or home is suffering from standing water because of a flood after a storm, the water is already working on the hidden wood studs, subfloor and drywall. If wood is saturated in water, it will bulk up and expand beyond its capabilities. This results in cracking, stretching, and eventually, deformities. Usually, this occurs at the bottom part of the wood where stability is essential. The sooner you have all the excess water removed; the less damage will occur.

Sanitation and Health Issues

If your home or commercial building is flooded on the lowest floor of the basement, make sure you don’t contact the water – at all. If you are wondering what may be in the water within the initial 48 hours, consider the list below:

  • Paint and related substances
  • Cleaning agents and chemicals
  • Backed up sewage from the mainline
  • Food
  • Grime and dirt from the outside and that’s in the carpet and flooring
  • Dirty laundry water
  • Electrical or wiring components

Dealing with Insurance Issues

The initial 48 hours are the most important when dealing with your insurance agent. Before contacting your insurance agency, though, it is a good idea to contact a property restoration contractor.

A restoration and cleaning professional can help document where the water damage originated and can provide this information to you so you can present it to the insurance carrier.  Once the carrier has all of the information, coverage can be determined based on your contract/policy.  Your insurance adjuster is the only one who can determine coverage based on your contract/policy.

A restoration professional won’t play sides. What the Project Manager can do is to clarify that flooding, rather than pre-existing conditions, resulted in the damage. They can help you by providing professional consultations through the eyes of an experienced contractor.

Hygiene & Hand washing After A Disaster

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks and Folsom is here to help.  We also pulled together some tips courtesy of the CDC:

Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and hand washing.

Hygiene is especially important in an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be difficult. The following information will help to ensure good hygiene and handwashing in the event of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit (Hygiene Supplies)

Before an emergency, make sure you have created a Disaster Supplies Kit.
Handwashing

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water (for example, boiled or disinfected).

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

When to Wash HandsPhoto of cupped hands under running water.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After touching garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound
Other Hand Hygiene Resources

Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Bathing

Bathing after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities for further instructions. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities to find out if tap water is safe to use.
Visit the Safe Drinking Water for Personal Use page for more information about making your water safe for brushing your teeth.
You may visit CDC's Oral Health Web site for complete dental hygiene information.
Wound Care

Keeping wounds clean and covered is crucial during an emergency. If you have open cuts or sores, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean, safe water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

When providing first aid for a wound, clean hands can help prevent infection (see Handwashing on this page). Visit Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster to find complete information on caring for wounds.

Healthcare professionals should visit Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals and Management of Vibrio vulnificus Wound Infections After a Disaster.

For complete details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.html 

Make Communication Plans Before A Storm & After

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  • 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. 

Using Thermal Imaging On The Job

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Detecting a temperature difference behind a wall can save big bucks and time by avoiding the need for demolition and an idea where the source of water problem may lie. Temperature differences do not always indicate moisture or water. It could be cool air from outside, so it requires some skill to determine if it’s one thing or another.

Thermal cameras serve to guide the user to the cold spots usually associated with moisture. Moisture spots, where evaporation is happening, tend to be cooler, just like humans sweating. Most commonly, thermal imaging is used to find the source of a roof leak, condensation issues, leaking pipes, or air flow issues.

In areas where moisture problems are abundant, like Seattle, the reasons for moisture can be very, very different, but the end consequence is moisture in the space, which can deteriorate the structure, and trigger mold growth. Often, moisture problems are not in the most visibly noticeable locations, as infrared discovered here in this wood-paneled wall and dark, low-pile, loop carpeting.

At first, the darker blue area on the camera was thought to be a normal pattern seen in many wood-frame buildings, which is quite common on corners. However, the larger light-green area showing was a clue that something more was happening, however.  In fact, this was a result of a water leak in an adjoining upstairs room.

These two infrared images show where water from an unattended bathtub overflow in an upstairs room had entered the space between the floors and pooled on the drywall of the downstairs ceiling. Knowing the location and extent of moisture infiltration is critical in determining the best course of remediation

This infrared image clearly shows the heat from hot water leaking out of a supply pipe down the inside of the plumbing wall cavity behind the shower panel. Pinpointing the approximate location of this leak saved considerable time, effort and money in resolving the issue.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom technicians use FLIR Infared Cameras on job sites to assist in finding where/what the source may be if the customer is unsure.

Preventing Wind Damage

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Check Your Garage Door for Weaknesses and Damage

The part of your home that can be most susceptible to damaging winds is your garage door. The best garage door to have is a heavy one. Some of them are even rated for hurricanes. With a heavy garage door, the high winds are less apt to blow or tear it off your home. You can also have your lightweight garage door reinforced by a garage door installer. Whether you have a heavy garage door or a lightweight one, the next important part of the door is how it is secured to your home. You want to check to make sure that the garage door rails are securely attached to the wall and ceiling of your home. If it is not solidly attached, high winds could possibly separate the rails from the home and blow the garage door down. The last part you want to check is the seal at the bottom of the door. Not only will a properly sealed door prevent water from blowing in but it will also keep the wind from shaking the garage door and damaging it. 

Check the Integrity of Your Roof

You want to make sure that your roof shingles are not missing or damaged as this can lead to water seeping into your home and causing damage. Make sure that all of the shingles are properly secured and not loose. A loose shingle can be easily blown off the roof damaging and exposing other shingles to wind damage. If you have a satellite dish or air conditioning unit or any other type of equipment secured to the roof, you will want to check that they are solidly affixed to the roof. A satellite dish that blows off a roof can become a dangerous projectile that can damage windows, cars, and other homes. You will also want to make sure that the screws and bolts that are used to attach the equipment to the roof have some type of sealant around them to prevent water from leaking through your roof.

Check Your Windows and Doors

A common source of water damage from high winds and storms is through cracks and broken seals in windows and doors. You not only want to make sure that your windows and doors can close completely and lock but you also want to check the outside frames and edges for any cracks or broken seals. With windows, water can seep in around the wooden frames between the siding and the window. You can easily seal any cracks up with window & door caulking. You also want to check the door jamb for spaces or tears in the weather seal. Many doors have seals that can be replaced easily once they become torn and brittle. You can also buy similar seals for the bottoms of your windows to keep water from blowing under and into your home. 

Check the Perimeter of Your Home for Loose Objects

With damaging winds, loose items in your yard, patio, deck, and gardens can quickly become flying objects that can break windows, rip apart siding, dent cars, tear up roofs, and cause all types of damage to you and your neighbors' properties. If you know a severe storm is coming, you want to make sure any table or chairs is secured to the ground and/or moved inside your garage. If you have a grill, move it into your garage or secure it to a deck railing or large tree. If you have any large trees, you will want to cut down any dead branches on a regular basis. Dead branches can easily break during a storm and cause damage to your home. To protect your cars during a severe storm, either move them into your garage or away from any large trees that could fall on them. 

Routine for checking water damage

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

There are many ways in which a house can develop issues, but one of the most detrimental things for homeowners is hidden water damage. Not only will there be problems with water spots, mold and more because of it, but it can also lead to structural problems in the home’s walls depending on what parts are effective.

Thankfully, there are many things you can look for to check for water damage in the home as part of your regular home maintenance routines. This can help you catch any issues before they become too serious and has the added benefit of not being as expensive of a claim on your insurance.

How to Check for Water Damage Around Your Home

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Walls tend to hide leaks rather well, but if you look closely at your drywall, you can often find evidence that they are there. Small things like discolored areas, paint that is peeling or soft spots might be indicative of a hidden leak that you should have a professional check out ASAP.

Don’t forget to look down. If water damage is present, it can gradually work its way down and get into the floor of your home, soaking into the subfloor and causing problems. If you notice any soft spots or buckling of your floor, it might be a sign that the subfloor has become saturated with moisture.

Inspect your roof. Your roof is your home’s best defense against water damage, so it is wise to check on it often. You can inspect it easily from the ground with binoculars to look for loose shingles or other signs of wear. You can also go out during the next rain shower to make sure your gutters are properly functioning and keeping water away from your foundation.

Pay close attention to the basement. Basements are not supposed to be the damp and musty places they have been given the reputation of being—in fact, they should not be. Check your basement often for signs of moisture and mold, and if you do notice any issues, be sure to have a professional check it out right away.

When Sump Pumps Don’t Work No More-9023

Sump pumps are drainage systems that are commonly found in the basements of commercial buildings. They work to pump water out of the basement and away from the building, preventing flooding and water damage. A sump pump failure can lead to a flooded basement and cause water damage to furniture, essential materials, and other important objects, which could prove costly. Understanding why sump pumps fail is the first step in preventing a sump pump failure in your commercial building.

Causes
Power outages are one of the most common causes of sump pump failures, especially during the stormy summer months and hurricane season. Storms can dump large amounts of rain water for the sump pump to drain, but a power failure that prevents the sump pump from doing its job can leave your building defenseless and at risk for flooding. To prevent disaster, consider having your sump pump hooked up to a backup generator.
Sump pumps require regular cleaning in order to function properly, so infrequent maintenance can have serious consequences. To keep your sump pump from failing, clean its vents and run a vinegar solution through the unit.
Lastly, your sump pump might fail simply because it’s old. Over time, sump pumps will start to feel the effects of usage and therefore, failure is inevitable after 7-10 years. It’s recommended that your sump pump be replaced after 10 years in order to protect your building from a sump pump failure.

Sump Pump Failure? Call SERVPRO
If your commercial building’s sump pump has failed, resulting in water damage, remember that SERVPRO has you covered. We’re trained in flood and water damage and will use our trusted, advanced drying techniques to prevent mold and mildew growth, rapidly restoring any water damaged areas. Don’t hesitate.

Safe prep before Halloween

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween is a fun time of year, but without precautions it can lead to house fires. The Cal Fire website offers some great tips and suggestions to keep Halloween safe and fun.

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service. 


TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUMES:

Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material (Check the label). Fire resistant does not mean fire proof
Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping
Avoid loose and baggy sleeves. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
Use make-up instead of masks which can obstruct vision.
Use glow in the dark reflective tape on your costume.
TIPS FOR DECORATING:

Never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns, use battery powered lights.
Instruct children to stay away from open flames.
Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from sources of heat.
Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes


TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT:

Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as garden tools, hoses, etc.
Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.

Let’s Flush That Water Heater

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Much like any other appliance in your Fair Oaks or Folsom home, your water heater requires routine maintenance in order to continue functioning properly. Performing regular maintenance, such as a simple flush, can help keep your appliance running smoothly for years to come. The good news is that this process is quite simple to execute, even if you lack prior plumbing experience.

  1. Turn Off the Machine.
    This process varies depending on which type of model your home is equipped with. For gas models, simply cut the gas and extinguish the pilot light. Electric models can be switched off via your home's circuit box.

  2. Empty and Flush the Tank.
    Open your device's drain valve and allow the water to flow freely for several minutes, until the tank is completely drained. You can switch on the faucet in your kitchen sink to help the water drain more smoothly and efficiently. Wait a few minutes before turning off the supply valve. Switch the supply valve back on once the water flow ceases entirely. Flush the water heater quickly before cutting the supply once again.

  3. Refill the Water Tank.
    Once you feel satisfied that all of the water and debris left in the tank has been drained, you may close the valve. Switch the water supply back on and closely watch the flowing faucet in your kitchen sink. The stream will start flowing smoothly again once the water tank is completely full.

  4. Reactivate the Power.
    After the tank has been refilled, you can switch the power on. Do so by repeating step one in reverse order. Double-check to make sure the water tank has been filled completely before restoring the power. Doing so with a half-full tank can damage your appliance. Your water heater flush is now complete.
    Performing a successful flush on your water heater is a simple way to help maintain a crucial appliance in your home. Make sure to contact water remediation experts for assistance if you encounter any problems during your flush.

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Checking for the Mold

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400

Fridge Cleaning Time

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Household cleaning is not exactly on our list of "fun things to do". Sometimes we don’t even know how often household items should be cleaned. If you’re like me, I clean when it looks dirty (or company is coming over!) There has got to be a better way. I am always looking for new tips or suggestions. 

I recently came across this article from Today.com in the Home section. Take a look at some of these tips:

Door shelves:

  • Remove items from the door shelves.
  • Wipe down all shelves as well as any sticky and drippy containers with baking soda and water solution. Dry and return items.

Gasket:

  • Wipe the gasket/seal with a mild detergent solution. Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Pro tip from Mr. Appliance President Doug Rogers: To test the seal of the gasket, shut the door on a dollar bill and if it slides out easily, the gasket isn’t sealing tightly. Replace it to save energy and wear and tear on the fridge.

Door:

  • Wipe down the door, edges, handle and top of the refrigerator with mild detergent solution. Dry.
  • For stainless steel refrigerators, apply coconut oil with a soft cloth. Buff to remove excess.

Water dispenser:

  • Because yeast and mold can build up on the dispenser spout, it should be cleaned every month or as needed.
  • Pro tip from Carl Major, owner of Major Appliance, AC and Heating in Slidell, Louisiana:Major recommends cleaning the spout with a pipe cleaner (or small brush) alternately dipped in warm water, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (in that order).
  • For added safety, make sure to replace external water filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Ice dispenser:

  • The ice dispenser drawer actually can harbor mold and yeast, according to Allen Rathey, founder of Healthy House Institute.
  • To clean the ice bin, turn the ice-maker off, remove the bin and discard the ice. Using lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent, wash the bin, rinse well and then dry.
  • Cleaning option: Substitute distilled white vinegar for dish detergent.

Restoring your home or commercial property in Folsom and Fair Oaks area after a Water Event

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Get That Shag Rug Cleaned!

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning a Shag Rug I love that shag rugs have a made a strong fashionable return in homes. We recently added a couple to our living room. They look great on our tile floor and warm the room.  They are a little different to care than a regular rug. I found some great tips on the Bob Vila website.  

Remember, if these tips don’t work and you need a professional, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400.

How to clean a shag rug:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

- Plain white vinegar

- Water

- White microfiber cloth

- Mop or broom

- Vacuum cleaner

- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment

- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)

STEP 1

Ideally, you’ll use this method to treat a spill before it has a chance to set in, but even if it’s dry before you get to it, there’s still hope. Combine equal parts plain white vinegar and room-temperature water, and pour directly onto the affected area. For a small stain caused by a few tablespoons of spilled liquid or food, start with ½ cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if necessary.

Work the solution into the stain with a white microfiber cloth—better than a rag because it won’t stain or leave lint behind—using some elbow grease to release it from the fibers. Once you’ve eliminated the stain entirely, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry completely.

STEP 2

Take the dry rug outside where you can shake it vigorously to release loose dirt and dust.

Next, if the shag rug is smaller than 3 or 4 feet wide, fold it in half, face-down, over a clean porch railing or the back of a chair and use a mop or broom handle (not its business end) to whack the rug from the back side to release stubborn dirt particles. Put enough muscle into it to shake spare dirt loose, but mind your aim and be careful not to damage the railing or chair in the process.

STEP 3

Cleaning professionals advise against vacuuming a shag rug, as suction could break the long fibers. However, it’s highly effective to turn the rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping the pile safe while further removing deep-down dirt. This will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to fluff them up again. For an extra-deep clean, use an upholstery attachment, which offers stronger suction in a concentrated area.

STEP 4

If things are still looking dingy and you’re willing to take a risk, consider cleaning with dry carpet shampoo. Shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug, making sure to use a product safe for its content (some shampoos are better for wool while others suit synthetics) and following package instructions to the letter.

Carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion only; a handheld vacuum is ideal because it gives you complete control. If any pile breaks off, stop and take the shag rug to a carpet cleaning pro. If all is well, though, proceed with caution and repeat the process until your rug is as shagadelic as ever.

How to prepare for a storm

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per dayfor at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supplyof non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

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. 

The Fire Plan

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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 PLAN Your 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.

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 916-987-0400 or visit our website for more information on all our services: www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.

Tips for Fire & Smoke Damage

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

Need a professional? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 today. We are here to help 24/7.

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom.

Indoor Pests: Dust Mites & How To Deal With Them

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Get to know this pesky pest and learn how you can have a healthier home.

You may not know it but chances are your home is filled with dust mites. Dust mites are small, microscopic creatures that live inside our homes and can be the source of allergies for some people. Although you cannot see them with the naked eye, they are literally everywhere: it is estimated that 80% of household dust is comprised of dust mites (alive or dead) and their waste. For many people dust mites are quite harmless. But for some people with allergies or asthma, dust mites (technically their feces) can make symptoms worse, especially when sleeping. Here are some facts about dust mites and how to keep them under control in your home.

Facts about dust mites

Dust mites have eight legs and are part of the arthropod family. They prefer warm temperatures (ideally 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit) and slightly humid conditions (ideally 70-80 percent). Dust mites primarily feed off of the dead flakes of skin that humans shed every day and can create up to 20 droppings (feces) per mite per day. Skin flakes can be found everywhere in our homes like our beds, carpeting, furniture and our ventilation system. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a human sheds about 1.5 grams of skin a day, enough to fees one million dust mites. Children, those suffering from respiratory issues, people suffering from eczema, asthma or allergies can be more prone to the negative effects of dust mites. Even dogs and cats can suffer!

Managing the dust mite problem in your home

It’s nearly impossible to completely rid your home of dust mites, and many, if not most, homes have them. But there are ways to combat and control the situation.

  1. Be rigorous in your cleaning and vacuuming; dust and clean regularly and thoroughly

  2. Reduce humidity levels to about 50% to discourage dust mite population

  3. Treat affected areas with an anti-dust mite application

Studies have shown that more skin is shed in the bedrooms of your home. Combine this food source with the amount of sweat and fluids left in the mattress while you sleep and you could have the perfect conditions for a dust mite population in your mattress. So if you were to pick one room in your home to attack, start with the bedroom and more specifically, start with your mattress. If you have severe dust mite allergies consider wearing a mask while doing the below tasks as moving the dust around can exacerbate allergies. Here are some ways you can help keep dust mites under control:

Anti-dust mite formulas: Also known as a miticide or acaricides (a pesticide that kills members of the arachnid subclass Acari, which includes ticks and mites). Some acaricides are toxic to humans, like the synthetic benzylbenzoate and tannic acid, and caution is advised. The use of non-toxic, plant-based acaricides has been studied and one study in particular showed that the essential oil of clove was as effective at killing mites as benzylbenzoate. These miticides are usually sprayed on surfaces (like mattresses or upholstery); be sure to fully read the directions before application.

Beds and bed linens: It is recommended to wash your bed linens once a week in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill any dust mites. While the sheets are off the bed, spray the mattress with a dust mite spray. After, use the upholstery attachment to your vacuum cleaner to clean up the mattress. Pillows that cannot be washed can be placed in the freezer for an hour. Purchase mattress and pillow covers designed to prohibit dust mites from entering and settling inside (they should have a thread count of 246 per square inch and a pore size of between 2-10 microns). You may also want to look into alternate mattress and pillow protectors. A Belgium-based company have tested and devised a mattress pad that utilizes microcapsules that release probiotics. These probiotics feed on the feces of the dust mite, essentially removing the allergens.

Flooring: Although carpeting makes our home cozy, it can be a huge source of allergens for some people. Regularly vacuuming the carpeting and rugs with a HEPA filter-type vacuum will help control indoor allergens like pet dander, pollen dirt and dust mites. Wear a mask while vacuuming if bothered by dust. Hard flooring doesn’t allow dust mites to penetrate under the surface, however dust, pollen and lint can easily float up from the surface and into the air (compared with carpeting that can hold on to debris). The key to keeping dust mites in control is to regularly clean all flooring surfaces.

Furniture: Like your carpeting, vacuuming your upholstered furniture and removing dust and debris will help make your indoor air quality better. The AAFA reminds us that dust mites can settle deep into cushions so you will most likely not be able to remove them completely. Regularly dusting wood or other solid surfaces with a wet microfiber cloth is the best way to trap dust in the cloth and not just spread dust around.

Dust mites and indoor air quality

People can have reactions, like an allergic reaction, to the bodies of dust mites but also their waste. Sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes and post nasal drip can all be symptoms of a dust mite allergy. As these dust mite bodies are lightweight, they can easily be disturbed while vacuuming or moving furniture around. Becoming airborne means they can easily travel throughout the home, including the ventilation system.

Why you need to be concerned about indoor air quality

Allergies and asthma can all be triggered by poor indoor air quality like dust mites, pollen, and other issues like pet dander. In America, 22.9 million people are affected by asthma and 6.8 million of these are children. Each year over 2 million people end up in the emergency room due to an asthma attack. It is known that asthma attacks can be triggered by waste from dust mites, cockroaches or other pests as well as environmental triggers like pollution and smoking.

Dust mites contribute to an unhealthy environment, just like lead paint, mold, mice droppings, cockroaches, carbon monoxide, and other toxic or biological factors. Knowing how to address these unhealthy issues, like indoor air quality, is incredibly important.

Commercial Biohazard

7/24/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals

Importance of Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your Business

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Office buildings are places where large numbers of people stay throughout their day at work. If emergencies occur management must ensure an ordered and timely evacuation. In order to do so, as management you should develop an emergency evacuation plan in which you post in key locations inside each floor of your building. Each employee in the building should be aware and familiar with escape routes. By being prepared your employees will not panic and will respond to an emergency as quickly as possible. 

As a business owner, you should observe each room of your building carefully. Find locations for an emergency phone, a fire hose, and an extinguisher.

You should always discuss the plan escape routes and aim to identify at least two routes for each room.

By doing this you & your employees will be prepared and ready for action & to get out safely!

If your business has been affected by a fire, storm or water damage be sure to contact SERVPRO 916-987-0400

Summer Cleaning

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to summer! It is that time of year where everything is in the sun. It is time to open the windows and let the fresh air in. Summer often brings a new list of household chores to get done before fall 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 summer 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. Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/ for details on our services.

Mold Testing in Your Home or Business

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

Learn a little more about mold testing or sampling from the EPA: 

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing?

Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.

For more information on mold visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling

For more details about SERVPRO's services visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/ 

Preparing for natural disasters - Why choose SERVPRO during a natural disaster?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

California has its share of natural disasters. Wildfires, earthquakes, flooding and the occasional small tornado have all inflicted our state. Do you feel your home or business is ready for a natural disaster?  

Here are some tips from the IRS website to prepare for natural disasters:

Here are some things to consider:

  • Update Emergency Plans— Because a disaster can strike any time, be sure to review emergency plans annually. Personal and business situations change over time, as do preparedness needs. Make plans ahead of time and be sure to practice them.
  • Create Electronic Copies of Documents— Taxpayers should keep a duplicate set of key documents. Keep documents including bank statements, tax returns and insurance policies in a safe place. Doing so is easier now that many financial institutions provide statements and documents electronically, available on the Internet. Even if original documents are available only on paper, scan them into an electronic format and store them on DVD, CD or cloud storage.
  • Document Valuables— It’s a good idea to photograph or videotape the contents of any home, especially items of higher value. Documenting these items ahead of time will make it easier to claim insurance and tax benefits after a disaster strikes. The IRS has a disaster loss workbook, Publication 584, which can help taxpayers compile a room-by-room list of belongings. Photographs can help prove the fair market value of items for insurance and casualty loss claims.

The IRS can help even more. Visit their website for additional information: 

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-offers-tips-for-disaster-preparedness 

Are you already working through your own disaster? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 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! 

For more information about our services visit: 

https://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/restoration-training-certifications 

Check us out on social media as well: 

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Places That Water Damage Can Hide

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sustaining water damage is an unpredictable and inconvenient life event. An area prone to flooding might be more prepared, but flooding is far from the only thing that causes water damage.

Inconvenience aside, water damage is also costly. The typical insurance claim for water damage amounts to over $6,500, but insurance will often not accept water damage claims at all. Checking the common places water damage can hide is a wise practice for homeowners so they are not surprised later on.

Places That Water Damage Can Hide

  • Under a sink. Because the area under the sink is hidden, it is easy to be unaware that there is a leak until there is a big problem. Check regularly for water buildup and mold.
  • Around a tub. The caulk that seals a bathtub to the wall can become worn over time, allowing water to seep in.
  • Under drywall. Drywall can hide severe water damage within the walls, which is especially common after flooding or a burst pipe.
  • At roof intersections. Chimneys and exhaust fans that intersect with the roof should be checked regularly for leakage around their seals.
  • In an HVAC unit. The air conditioning system’s drain line can become clogged, leading to water buildup within the unit.
  • Behind appliances. Washing machines and dishwashers can have leaks that remain hidden for an extended period of time because they are in hidden areas.
  • At an exterior faucet. Where an exterior faucet is connected to the water pipe is a prime spot for leaks to develop and is often hidden by siding.

CALL US TODAY 916-987-0400

We Will Get The Water OUT

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Accidents happen, and regardless of the cause, it is how we respond to them that matters. Commercial water damage is no different, and your response can impact the result your business experiences, no matter what type of commerce you are involved in. SERVPRO is experienced in helping business owners and managers bring their businesses back from disaster, no matter how large or small the business. 
 
Businesses affected by water damage can benefit from professional services in cleaning up, and the first step in getting everything back to normal. Professional services should be used instead of doing things yourself. Safety, thoroughness, and knowing which steps to take and when inherent benefits are that SERVPRO offers. We do what we do so you can get back to your business operations fast. 
 
Inventory that has been damaged needs to be documented so you can be reimbursed by your insurance company. We can assist with this so that the process is smoother for you. However, our goal is to restore as much of your inventory as possible. In addition to reducing the losses you need to claim, it also reduces your wait time in purchasing and receiving replacement goods. This is especially important when seasonal or promotional items are involved. Not having the merchandise your customers want means they can go elsewhere, resulting in lost sales and plummeting profits. 
 

If your business experiences a water loss; you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO 916-987-0400

Which Phone Should You Use In An Emergency - Landline or Cell Phone?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

In the event of an emergency, most people know that they should call 911.  This patches us through to our local emergency responders who are dispatched to a specific location.  But with the introduction of cell phones into our daily lives in the 1980’s, a crinkle was added to the 911 dispatch system. 

Previously, all 911 calls coming from cell phones were automatically routed to the California Highway Patrol 911 dispatch centers, which overloaded the call centers and slowed down responses to potential victims.  Now cell phones use either GPS or cell tower triangulation so that a dispatch center can be identified and the call is routed to the proper location. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) does have jurisdiction over state freeways and handles emergency calls on these roadways.  So some cell calls made from city streets that are near a freeway will be routed to the CHP.

One way to ensure that a 911 operator can pinpoint your location is to use your landline to make a 911 call whenever possible.  A landline is plugged into a specific address, so an Emergency Response Team will know exactly where to respond. 

However, if you find yourself in an emergency situation and you only have your cell phone, use it to call 911.  Your call will be routed to an emergency response team who will send help to your location no matter how you place your call.

Remember, don't delay calling 911 in the event of an emergency.  The professionals who are answering the phone will find you help whether you are calling on a landline or a cell phone.  Reach out, call and stay safe.

FOLSOM | FAIR OAKS | CALIFORNIA | WATER DAMAGE | FIRE DAMAGE | MOLD | RESTORATION

Fire Cleanup to a Commercial Building

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore, immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So, before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced company like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment, and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

CALL US TODAY: 916-987-0400

At SERVPRO, We Do So Much More

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Hopefully, when you think of companies who can provide water and fire restoration services, SERVPRO is a name that comes to mind. But here at SERVPRO, we provide so many other services as well.  And many of them involve vehicles, believe it or not!

SERVPRO works closely with several local auto repair companies to provide cleaning services for the insides of vehicles that have been damaged in accidents.  This can involve water, food or bodily fluids stains.  We have also been asked by repair companies to clean undercarriages after motorists have had the unfortunate luck of hitting an animal.  We have worked with several different agencies to clean the insides of their vehicles, and have even been asked to clean a boat that was stored without a cover for a long period of time, leaving the interior stained and covered with debris.

If you have a cleaning issue that is too big and you think we can help, give SERVPRO a call.  We’d be happy to let you know all the ways we can help.  Call us today at 916-987-0400. We are Here To Help. 

Protecting Your Commercial Building From Water Leaks

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Undetected water leaks can cause a great amount of damage, especially if they continue for an extended period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak. 

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO.

FAIR OAKS | FOLSOM | CALIFORNIA | RESTORATION NEAR ME | FOLSOM WATER DAMAGE

Help Protect Your Commercial Building From Fire

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires. 

  1. Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading.  Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
  2. Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it working correctly.
  3. A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.

Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.

SERVPRO FAIR OAKS & FOLSOM | FIRE DAMAGE NEAR ME | FIRE DAMAGE FOLSOM | WATER DAMAGE FAIR OAKS 

Make Sure You Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your Commercial Building

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.

In the unfortunate event that your business does experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO. We can help you recover from a fire and return your business to its condition before the fire began.  We are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week so call us for all your fire, water or mold restoration needs. 

SERVPRO OF ELK GROVE & LAGUNA | WATER DAMAGE | FIRE DAMAGE | COMMERCIAL FIRES | HOME DAMAGE

Why Call SERVPRO Fire Remediation Professionals

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fire

Limit Mold and Mildew

Firefighters are great at responding to fires, accidents, and other incidents where there are risks to life and property. Full-time firefighters respond to a wide variety of calls from fires to flooding incidents. However, in the process of using water to extinguish a fire, they can introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO strongly recommends you hire trained fire restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can also cause health effects. In addition, it's difficult for an untrained nonprofessional to know for certain if (s)he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.

Replace Carpets, Clean and Dry Your Floors

When it comes to floor water damage, SERVPRO  has dealt with many different floor repairs. Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, we recommend that carpets that have water damage be pulled up and replaced. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. Mold grows on organic materials that are in environments with trapped moisture or high humidity. This implies that hardwood floors are susceptible to mold growth beneath them in a case of flood or water damage.

Post-fire Odors in Clothing and Ducts

Treating clothing as soon as possible after a fire is a key to removing the smell. It's also wise NOT to immediately use a washer or dryer, as the heat and motion can make the smoke smell set in and become impossible to get rid of. Removing smoke odor from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet. Ask your SERVPRO  professionals about your emergency dry cleaning needs and sealing your ducts in addition to cleaning them.

Water Categories Based on The Level of Contamination

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water Water

There are three basic categories of water damage, based on the level of contamination.

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminated and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Known as "grey water". This type carries microorganism and nutrient of micro-organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, storm surge, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

SERVPRO Is Ready To Tackle Mold In Your Sacramento Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Mold

Finding mold in your Sacramento house can cause you to hit the panic button. Frequently homeowners try to manage at least preliminary control of the problem before reaching out for help. That impulse, unfortunately, can complicate the situation and even accelerate the spread of the microbial infestation. Strategies commonly believed to kill mold and prevent its return can have to precisely the opposite effect. Let our mold remediation experts take on the challenge.

Mold damage in your Sacramento home needs a thorough inspection and evaluation to determine the source and plan for repair as part of our professional response to the problem. A slow leak, incompletely dried spill, or even higher than normal interior humidity can encourage mold growth. These conditions can lie hidden, but our technicians are adept in detecting a cause as well as certified to remediate the mold damage. 

Because moisture and mold growth are so closely linked DIY diluted bleach treatments often only lighten the staining while feeding the mold, the water in the bleach solution aiding in microbial growth without the bleach reaching deeply enough to kill the mold. Instead of topical treatments alone, SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold remediation protocol. 

We determine the extent of the mold damage and design the best containment strategy for your space. Heavy plastic sheeting augmented with air scrubber technology employing negative pressure to seal off the moldy space keeps the rest of your home free of moldy debris. The SERVPRO crew wears personal protective gear to prevent tracking contaminants through your home.  

We remove the mold from non-porous surfaces by scraping and brushing, collecting and bagging the debris for hazardous waste disposal. Porous materials infiltrated with mold hyphae (roots) receive a soda blasting treatment that loosens and removes the mold without damaging the infested materials. SERVPRO crews use HEPA filtered vacuums to remove the debris on the floors and surfaces. The air scrubber used for containment also clears airborne residue. To inhibit renewed mold growth, we sanitize the affected area with an EPA registered disinfectant. 

Fire Preparedness, Every Second Counts

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Damage Caused by Mold - Tips to Manage

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Mold

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.

You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of LODI for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you have signs of mold, Call the experts! 

ANSI/IICRC Standards For Water Damage

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set a standard and reference guide for water damage restoration that we at SERVPRO of Lodi follow.

This guide, known as the S500, provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It is based on reliable restoration principles, research and practical experience.

There are 3 categories of water and 4 classifications of water damage. 

The 3 Basic Categories of Water:

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage:

Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (eg. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete and stone).  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

Storm Prep

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Keep Emergency Kits on hand

There are many things you can do to prepare for a bad storm or other emergency.  One of these is to have a Home Emergency Kit/Car Emergency Kit on hand.  These kits are usually a collection of basic household/automobile items that you will need in an emergency, whether it’s a bad storm, a fire, or any other unexpected emergency. Try to assemble your kit as soon as possible so that it will be ready in case of an emergency and don't forget to rotate new items in so when you need it there will not be expired or out-of-date items.  You can also purchase premade kits from The Red Cross or other resources.

Have an emergency plan prepared

Depending on the severity of a storm or other event, it may take some time for help to arrive. Services like electricity and phone might be cut off for over a week. Emergency plans should be prepared with this information in mind. In addition to your emergency kit, which should include flashlights, batteries, and water, make an overall emergency plan with your family. Determine a place to meet if you need to leave your home in a hurry. Assign each member of your home with a task to make sure everyone gets out safely, including pets. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Readiness plan for businesses, but households should have a plan as well.

Know who to call to help with storm damage

Should your home experience significant damage during a storm, know who you can contact quickly to come out and assess and repair the damage. SERVPRO offers storm damage cleanup and restoration. With 24-hour emergency services offered, we’re “faster to any disaster”, with our highly trained technicians ready to help. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO can help with storm, water, fire, or mold damage. Keep our information on hand as part of your emergency preparedness.

Natural Disasters

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Every summer, the U.S. goes through an “active weather” season. The middle of spring through summer is a prime time for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, thunder storms, and fires. Here at SERVPRO, we’ve already begun to see the impact of the severe weather. We have already experienced a large amount of rain. Luckily, our SERVPRO team is here for any natural disaster. We respond to water, wind and fire damage! Here are some weather events to look out for during the spring and summer months:

  • Hurricanes–Hurricanes, with the accompanying wind, water, and flood, cause a lot of destruction in areas where they hit. When hurricanes gather strength, buildings, trees, and water infrastructures are commonly destroyed. The storms can also knock down power lines, posing a risk of electrocution.
  • Tornadoes– Tornadoes are characterized by whirling winds and debris and can endanger life and property. They are common from spring until the middle of summer but can occur any time of the year.
  • Floods– Floods are becoming more common in the U.S., with flash floods as the top weather-related killer. A few inches of water could bring extensive damage to homes and buildings. Heavy rains, levee breaches, and tsunamis cause floods. Many floods occur in areas that cannot absorb rainwater.
  • Fires– The heat of the summer and the years of drought experienced in many parts of the country can precipitate massive forest fires that, in many instances, affect dwellings. Spontaneous combustion, volcanic eruption, and faulty electrical wires are other common causes of fires.

 Call SERVPRO if you are ever in need after a natural disaster!

Enjoy BBQs and Independence Day with Safe Office and Home Parties!

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

With the holiday weekend finally here, we want to make sure everyone stays safe while still having fun! Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year; and in 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries. When firing up those grills remember that July is the peak month for grill fires. Here are some tips to ensure your 4th of July Barbecue is disaster-free!

-Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
-Keep your grill clean by removing any grease buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
-When using a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them
-Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby in order to extinguish fireworks that don’t go off.

Stay safe and have fun this holiday weekend!

What Does IICRC mean anyway for your commercial facility?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Restoration Services for Storm Damage

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water restoration services are needed in water damage caused by floodwater, roof leak, ice damage, oozing of groundwater, leaking or bursting of frozen pipes, and ice dam bursting. Like SERVPRO, water restoration companies have various storm remediation services to ensure successful home restoration tasks. During the home restoration process, the storm restoration companies concentrate on storm damages such as roof damages that may cause a roof leak hence the need for roof repair. Hail damage and wind damage may, for instance, cause roof damage.

Ice damming is also problematic in cold places like the Tundra that forms an ice dam that can burst at any moment, causing ice damage to your property or home. When frozen pipes burst, they may cause flooding in homes hence the need to clean floodwater before any damage occurs. On the other hand, river flooding can be minimized by constructing a flood pump that helps in the water restoration process when conducting home restoration exercises.

Ice damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damming (forming ice dam), groundwater bursting, wind damage, and floodwater occur naturally. As a result, wind damage can be resolved through storm remediation. Hurricane damage is widespread, and its impact may be overwhelming. 

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How to Keep Pets Safe During a Fire

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for a Potential Fire Emergency

A fire can quickly engulf any home; an inferno can also threaten everyone's well-being, including pets. While you may communicate evacuation instructions to human family members, ensuring pet safety can be challenging. Employing four useful strategies can help everyone in your family prepare for a potential fire emergency.

1. Keep Leashes Accessible

A leash is an essential pet care accessory that can safely extract your dog or cat from the premise and keep track of them in the ensuing chaos. To expedite its retrieval, you should store this device near a frequently-used exit. You should also train your pet to come to you when called promptly.

2. Practice Evacuating With Pets

If you have children, consider routinely performing fire drills to ensure everyone understands crucial evacuation procedures. Including your pets in these exercises may be extremely beneficial.

3. Post a Pet Alert Sign

A pet alert sign is another useful fire emergency planning tool that you can attach to windows near your front and back doors. These placards are designed to help first responders quickly identify the number of animals living inside the residence. Posting this information may be especially vital if a fire erupts when no one is home.

4. Help Others Identify Your Pet

A frightened animal may run away during a crisis. Purchasing an identification tag and microchipping each pet can enable others to determine the correct owner quickly. To eliminate communication problems, be sure to update both items if your contact information changes.

Enduring a fire emergency can be a daunting experience. If you have animals inside your home, pet preparation should be a component of your family evacuation plan. In addition to providing peace of mind, knowing both your human and furry family members are safe may reduce the stress of the fire cleanup and restoration process.

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3 Furnace Maintenance Tips

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Furnace Maintenance Tips

A furnace that is not properly maintained can increase your heating bill, break down or even cause a fire that could leave you with a fire cleaning bill. These three furnace maintenance tips can help keep your furnace running smoothly.

1. Do Not Wait Until It Gets Cold
Repairs can take multiple days to complete or even longer if a part has to be ordered. Additionally, technicians are usually busier in the winter months, so if you wait until winter to request an inspection, you may have to wait longer to book an appointment and if the inspection turns up anything that needs repairing, you may be stuck with no furnace during cold weather.

2. Check For Gas Leaks
If you have a gas furnace, it is important to check for gas leaks. The lines that supply gas to your unit can wear out, develop small holes or become loose-fitting over time. If you notice a rotten egg smell around your gas lines, you may have a leak. If you suspect a leak, you should shut off the gas to your home and call a repair technician. Gas leaks can cause explosions that can lead to fires and the need for fire cleaning.

3. Change Your Filters
Clogged air filters restrict airflow which can shorten the life of your fan motor, cause your furnace to use more energy, reduce indoor air quality, such as lingering smoke smells from cooking, and clog ductwork. Filters should be changed every one to three months. If you have lingering smoke smells due to clogged filters, consider using the services of a smoke cleaning company to remove them.
Proper furnace maintenance can save you money, extend the life of your furnace, and help avoid potential fire damage that could create a need for fire cleaning. Start your maintenance plan now to make sure you are ready for winter weather.

Home Fire Safety Tips

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

The rate of home fire accidents has been rising for so many years. There have been many incidents related to Fire Safety Tips that have claimed the lives of so many people. It just goes to show that a lot of families didn’t pay attention to taking preventive measures. And that’s really very worrying. Although it sounds so simple it is really important for every family.

Everyone knows that fires are usually caused by an accident. However, this does not mean that it is inevitable. If you are fully aware of the security measures in your home, you can always prevent this from happening. Remember, fire can be stopped. You just have to know how to do it before it gets worse.

It is important to observe proper preventive measures because it can save lives not only for you but also for your family. Nothing bad can happen in a person’s life without putting your house on fire. So if you are not a victim of this horrific incident, check out the rest of this article for more fire safety advice.

The best way to avoid a fire is to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire in your area. In case of emergency, fire tactics should be done which you should be fully aware of. You should also inform all family members who are with you. That way, they won’t panic whenever an emergency occurs.

It helps to install fire alarms and smoke detectors in your home. These devices can help give you an early warning. There are different types that you can choose from. There are water sprinklers and fire extinguishers. For others, they thought these alarms were only for businesses. This is not entirely true; These can actually be installed in your home.

All electrical devices and applications should be plugged in to secure. Do not leave them in the still mode as they still use a small amount of energy. Check regularly to see if they are still in good condition. There are many times that electrical gadgets are already broken but still used can cause fatal events like fire. So don’t ignore the condition of your tools.

If there are no leaks, always check your gas tank and gas limit. You should monitor when the tank needs to be replaced and the gas controller installed correctly. This can be really dangerous as you can smell the leaking gas which is harmful to your health.

There may be plenty of fire safety tips that every family should consider. But regardless of what these preventive measures are, homeowners should not underestimate the importance of getting to know them. It is very important to learn how to stay away from dangers and how to prevent them from happening. Doing so will not only save your house from burning, but you will also save your family and family.

 

How to Flush Your Water Heater

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Much like any other appliance in your Fair Oaks or Folsom home, your water heater requires routine maintenance in order to continue functioning properly. Performing regular maintenance, such as a simple flush, can help keep your appliance running smoothly for years to come. The good news is that this process is quite simple to execute, even if you lack prior plumbing experience.

1. Turn Off the Machine.
This process varies depending on which type of model your home is equipped with. For gas models, simply cut the gas and extinguish the pilot light. Electric models can be switched off via your home's circuit box.


2. Empty and Flush the Tank.
Open your device's drain valve and allow the water to flow freely for several minutes, until the tank is completely drained. You can switch on the faucet in your kitchen sink to help the water drain more smoothly and efficiently. Wait a few minutes before turning off the supply valve. Switch the supply valve back on once the water flow ceases entirely. Flush the water heater quickly before cutting the supply once again.


3. Refill the Water Tank.
Once you feel satisfied that all of the water and debris left in the tank has been drained, you may close the valve. Switch the water supply back on and closely watch the flowing faucet in your kitchen sink. The stream will start flowing smoothly again once the water tank is completely full.


4. Reactivate the Power.
After the tank has been refilled, you can switch the power on. Do so by repeating step one in reverse order. Double-check to make sure the water tank has been filled completely before restoring the power. Doing so with a half-full tank can damage your appliance. Your water heater flush is now complete.
Performing a successful flush on your water heater is a simple way to help maintain a crucial appliance in your home. Make sure to contact water remediation experts for assistance if you encounter any problems during your flush.

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5 Post-Fire Steps for Businesses

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Prepare Your Plan Before A Disaster Occurs

Taking the proper steps after a commercial fire could mean the difference between business recovery or permanent closure. Amid the chaos, it's difficult to know what to do. It pays to create a fire restoration plan now should the worst ever happen.

1. Document, Document, Document
After a disaster, document as much as possible. It’s particularly beneficial to have “before” pictures already on hand. Take photographs of as much of the affected area as safely possible. Log all contacts you’ve made, the reason for contact and the contact’s response. Keep all receipts and note each remediation expense incurred.

2. Shut Off Utilities
One of the critical initial steps you should take is shutting off all utilities. Taking this extra precaution diminishes the chance of additional fire or water damage. Shut gas and electricity off at the meter. Turn off the water at the main valve. Have a professional inspect the area and equipment before resuming their use.

3. Call Your Insurance Company
Report the fire to your insurance company immediately. Your agent can advise you of the next course of action. Timely communication helps to avoid overlooked details or delays in payment. Your fire insurance policy probably states that you’re responsible for moderating the loss as much as possible until the fire restoration process is complete. The insurance company may not cover secondary damage.

4. Collect Important Documents and Valuables
After the flames are out, wait for the fire department to inspect the area. Firefighters will permit you to enter the building when it’s safe. Grab any valuables you can safely reach (e.g., essential documents, employee records, credit cards and money).

5. Secure the Building
Mitigating additional damage means securing the property from weather, animals, theft or vandalism. Depending on the type and extent of loss, you may need to hire fire damage restoration professionals for board-up and/or tarp services. Security fencing may also be necessary. Save receipts in case the insurance company will reimburse these.
The fire restoration process isn’t as simple as dealing with just burned materials. Water damage restoration and smoke cleaning will also be necessary. 

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It is Possible to Save Flooring in Your Home That Has Been Affected by Big Water Leaks?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

It is Possible to Save Flooring in Your Home That Has Been Affected by Big Water Leaks?

Whenever a pipe in your home ruptures, your floors are often suddenly covered in inches or even feet of water, and water can quickly inundate your carpeting, wooden floors, tilework, and subfloors. Experts estimate that this catastrophic issue could result in more than 160 gallons of water per hour leaking into your residence. In a matter of hours, this could rapidly produce thousands of gallons of standing water in your home. Luckily, trained professionals can quickly remediate clean water damage if you call them soon enough. Water cleanup services like SERVPRO can help and save most kinds of floors.             

How Does Water Damage My Carpets, Wooden and Hard Floors, and Subfloors?

SERVPRO has encountered various types of water damage affecting flooring. Our experience with water damage has ranged from relatively minor in effect to quite severe. Of course, each flooring material handles water exposure differently, and some react to it better than others. Some of the forms of water-related damage that affect carpeting are:

  • Bubbling from water washing away the adhesive that binds it to the subfloor
  • Delamination, or when the primary and secondary backing layers of carpeting separate
  • Latex deterioration that leads to the loss of carpet fibers and reduces carpeting’s overall integrity

Although these effects can force you to replace this floor covering, you can usually avoid experiencing them if you address your standing water issue quickly.

Water’s impact on wooden flooring often depends on the construction, but the damage is usually more severe and costly. Moreover, it does not take long for these effects to result. A few examples of wood floor impairments due to water exposure are:

  • Water stains or discoloration
  • Swelling and warping, or deformation, of the wood
  • Buckling that tents, or forces upward, floor sections at joints where they meet and at the walls
  • Delamination of particleboard or oriented strand board (OSB) layers
  • Dry rot resulting from fungal growths

If water ever covers your wood flooring, remember that the faster cleaning occurs, the less damage it usually does. The longer the liquid remains on floors, the more their wooden surfaces absorb. The water causes the wood segments of your flooring to change shape and eventually buckle against each other—also, ground coverings comprising weaker wood products like particleboard and OSB. Glued-together layers, which are more likely to delaminate, the more prolonged exposure to water occurs, compose these boards.

Hard flooring, like concrete, asphalt or vinyl tiles, and ceramic tiles, is much more resilient to water damage than carpet or wood floors. Often, it is also much simpler and less expensive to remediate. With that said, however, these ground coverings are harmed by water in the following ways:

  • Blistering or flaking of painted concrete surfaces
  • Mineral deposits from evaporated water in concrete
  • Mold growth fostered by dirty, wet surfaces
  • Separation of vinyl and ceramic tiles from the floor
  • Warping and expansion of subflooring

Concrete and asphalt tile floors are least at risk of substantial water damage. Concrete floors mostly suffer minor surface cosmetic issues like paint flaking and calcium deposits. Often, water can only remove the finish from asphalt tiles. Since the adhesive of vinyl tiles dissolves relatively quickly, the tiles themselves are prone to separating from flooring if submerged for a sufficient period. Water can penetrate the grouting between ceramic tiles, causing the subflooring to swell and warp and break away from the floor.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Save Your Flooring? 

When dealing with water-damaged flooring, SERVPRO employs various advanced tools and methods. Once our technicians extract all standing water with truck-mounted/portable extractors or wet vacs, they get to work on remediating your floors. Some of the tools and techniques they use to do the latter are:

  • Wands using hot water extraction and shampoo to clean and extract excess water from glued-down carpets
  • Heavier extraction devices to squeeze excess water out of thicker carpeting and padding
  • Moisture meters that identify and measure moisture levels in affected flooring and subflooring
  • Injectidry panel drying systems that dry out subflooring
  • Sanders to sand out cupping and other forms of warping in wood surfaces
  • Brushes and HEPA vacuuming to clean concrete surfaces

Why SERVPRO for Mold

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of LODI for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

We specialize in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Storm Ready

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom 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. During these crazy winter months of 2017 we're ready to help you with your emergency water damage challenges.

Faster Response

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, 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 the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (916) 987-0400 

Fire Preparedness, Every Second Counts

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Temporary Power Outages

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.  Flashlights for each family member

2.  Battery-operated radio and clock

3.  Extra batteries

4.  Containers of bottled water

5.  Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.  Non-electric can opener

7.  List of important phone numbers

8.  First-aid kit

Following a heatwave, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov

We Are the Cleaning Experts!

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today

We Can Clean Your Home or Business!

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has reminded all of us how important it is to properly clean the surfaces and objects we handle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleaning and disinfecting are separate processes. Cleaning removes dirt, oils and most surface germs. Disinfection kills (or deactivates) remaining germs.

SERVPRO®  is qualified to clean and properly apply disinfectants according to the CDC’s protocols.

We have numerous years of experience in cleaning and disinfecting contaminants, including infectious bio hazards. We have specific training and the appropriate equipment to go beyond standard cleaning services.  More recently, our professionals received additional training certifications regarding COVID-19 decontamination.

Many SERVPRO cleaning products include products the CDC recommends for other coronaviruses (such as SARS).  The EPA has just added three more of our branded disinfectants to their approved product list!  Although there has not yet been product testing against COVID-19, we can assure our community in and around Boulder that we follow all of the CDC-recommended guidelines.

We clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as:

  • Counters and tabletops
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Toilets & other bathroom fixtures (faucets, handrails, tubs & showers)
  • Tablets, keyboards & other office (home or business) equipment

We also clean soft surfaces such as:

  • Carpets & rugs
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Exercise mats

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting the following areas:

  • Kitchen & dining areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools, classrooms, conference rooms
  • Retail spaces, including
    • Sales counters
    • Racks, shelves
    • Hand-rails & elevator cars
    • Flooring, regardless of material
    • Water fountains
    • Carpets, rugs
    • Fitness equipment
    • Playground equipment

Call SERVPRO for a Proactive Cleaning Today!

SERVPRO Restores Commercial Damage to Businesses

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO® offers many commercial specialty cleaning services? Restaurants, sports clubs, schools, public buildings, apartment common areas and retail stores can all benefit from our specialty cleaning services, giving you more time to focus on your customers, and clients.

Damage to your business can occur at any time. Broken hot water heaters, faulty wiring or worn appliances, cracks in water or sewage pipes, or storms and other severe weather can disrupt business when you least expect it. When odor, grime, mold, or moisture challenges go beyond the routine duties of your janitorial staff, we can help. We can also help with our biohazard cleanup services when decontamination of a home or business is needed due to a trauma, a sewage backup, a chemical spill or for another reason. Specialty cleaning services we offer are:

  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

No matter what type of specialty cleaning service your home or business may need, SERVPRO wants to help.

Once The Fire Truck Leaves

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Once the fire trucks leave, the first step to clean up and restoration is the board-up. This is part of the emergency services provided by SERVPRO. Firefighters will often break windows and cut holes in the roof to help air out the property from all the smoke and heat. The board-up is essential to secure your property from theft and liability.

How The Smoke Travels

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire and smoke damage. If your HVAC (your heater or A/C) system is on, then the smoke will most likely enter through the return vents and be spread throughout the duct system. This will not only carry the smoke and the smoke damage throughout the house but also cause smoke damage to your ducts.

Your ducts might have dust throughout the system, which can absorb the smoke, meaning every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, you'll smell the residual smoke for weeks and months after the fire.

Get The Water Out As Soon As Possible

SERVPRO responded to a fire damage call that received water damage that nearly equaled the amount of damage from the fire. Sometimes fires are put out by extinguishers, and water is not a factor in the cleanup process. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, the water's extraction must happen as quickly as possible.

The water removal process begins almost immediately. It is essential to remove the majority of the water as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. Our technicians use state of the art moisture detection equipment and years of experience to find the water trapped behind the walls and under floors. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Saving Your Belongings

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home or business, always in properly marked SERVPRO vehicles and uniforms, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents from your property to our secured warehouse.

Pack-outs provide a safe place for their storage and specialized attention until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. Separating the two gives us a better opportunity to clean and restore the structure. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Our crews hand wrap and protect every large item, such as furniture, tables, chairs, and artwork. Smaller items are sorted and put into boxes. For inventory purposes, we photograph and label each item packed out and removed, and organize these pictures and labels in our proprietary software to keep track of your items during the entire process accurately.

Good Reasons to Install Home Fire Sprinklers

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that home fire sprinklers are more sensitive to heat than those installed in commercial buildings? SERVPRO® wants residents to know that according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are many life-saving and financial benefits to installing home fire sprinklers including:

  • Home sprinklers and smoke alarms increase your chance of surviving a fire by more than 82 percent
  • Home fire sprinklers only spray when the temperature in the room rises quickly and the sprinkler above the fire is the only one that sprays
  • They can prevent devastating home damage by putting out flames quickly and are less damaging than water damage caused by firefighting hose lines
  • They are easy to install in a home under construction or being remodeled
  • They can be connected to the home water supply and require less water than business and industrial systems
  • They are low cost at about $1.35 per square foot
  • Installing a sprinkler system in your home may lower insurance rates by 5 to 15 percent by meeting code requirements

We hope you never experience fire damage to your home or business but if you do, SERVPRO wants to help. Our team of highly trained professionals are on call 24 hours a day. 

Flooding

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

All kinds of things can be found in standing water such as animal waste, rotted plants, downed power lines, household waste, sewage and even wild animals. If the water damage is inside your home, immediately turn off the electricity to your home and watch for any sources that might be contributing to accumulating debris, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

To help reduce your risk to certain hazards associated with floods, SERVPRO suggests:

  • Don’t drive in flooded areas
  • Stay out of floodwater to prevent yourself from getting sick.
  • If you come into contact with floodwater,
  • Wash the area with soap and water as soon as you can
  • Use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer
  • Wash clothes in hot water and detergent
  • If you must enter floodwater, try to protect yourself by wearing rubber boots and gloves
  • Be wary of sharp objects in floodwater.
  • If you are wounded, see a medical professional to determine whether or not you might need a tetanus booster
  • Do not eat or drink anything contaminated by floodwater
  • Do not let children play in floodwater

If you find yourself dealing with any type of water damage, contact SERVPRO

Do You Understand the Basics of Using a Fire Extinguisher?

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A fire-extinguisher can certainly be very helpful in preventing fire and smoke damage from spreading throughout your home or office. If the worst happens, remember that SERVPRO has caring experts to help you in cleaning up damage left from a fire.

OSHA has some helpful training tips (see below).  If you have any doubts or concerns at all, leave the premises and 911 once you are outside.

SERVPRO wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if and only if:

  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than injuries to you or others.

Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers 

  • Class A fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving cardboard, paper, wood, dried vegetation. 
  • Class B fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel, oil, and oil-based paints, and many solvents. 
  • Class C fire extinguishers are suitable for use to extinguish fires that involve appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in or otherwise electrically energized, as well as for fires burning in close proximity to electrically-energized equipment. 
  • Class D fire extinguishers are designed for use to extinguish combustible metals, such as magnesium or sodium, and are often designed for the specific type of combustible metal. This does NOT include ordinary carbon steel, only metals that will burn when ignited. 
  • Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used for putting out fires that involve oils and greases used for cooking in kitchens, such as vegetable and animal-based oils and fat.

Electrical Fire Prevention

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO, want all residents to know that by taking precautions, you can help prevent electrical fires! 

The USFA recommends some great fire safety tips that go along with these additional recommendations.  Make sure... 

  • Any electrical work is done by a licensed electrician
  • To have a quality inspection is done when you’re considering buying a new home or doing a remodel.
  • To plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker, space heater or microwave) directly into a wall outlet at a time 
  • To never use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance or a major appliance
  • Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) as they will shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs
  • To replace broken or cracked electrical cords.
  • To use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock.  These shut off electrical circuits when they become a shock hazard.
  • All light bulbs you use have the correct wattage.  Usually the lamp, etc. is labeled with what bulb should be used.  

Even with taking appropriate safety measures, fires can still happen.  Hopefully you won’t ever experience fire damage, but if you do, you know who to call! 

Fire Spreads Quickly

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire has the unique ability to spread rapidly and cause an enormous amount of damage. In light of recent wildfires in the west, it is important to remember many structures can be restored with proper remediation efforts. The restoration team at SERVPRO is always ready to respond to home or business owners who have suffered a loss due to fire.

This damage resulted after a lawn mower caught on fire right outside the house. The owners were not at home at the time and the damage was extensive as the fire spread from the machine to the house very quickly. Our SERVPRO team was able to assess the site quickly and began remediation efforts immediately. Inside, the team removed sheetrock, removed affected contents, and performed smoke and soot remediation. HEPA vacuuming, deep cleaning of remaining materials and air purification were also performed after the demolition. Water from the fire department was removed via extraction and our effective drying equipment. After a building affected by fire is thoroughly cleaned, it is ready for our building services crew to repair the structure.

Do Not Let Sewage Turn Into Mold

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Left untreated, the moisture and bacteria from a sewage loss may cause microbial growth.  SERVPRO has experience with remediating a loss in which sewage was left untreated, causing mold to form on the drywall and floor. In such an instance, all flooring, drywall, doors and trim must be removed. Dehumidifiers are placed and remaining stud beams, subfloor, and stationary objects are cleaned and sanitized. A special antimicrobial solution can be painted to the affected areas to prevent mold from reforming on the treated surfaces. This is usually the most important step in the mold remediation process.

In an effort to prevent the timely remediation of mold, a sewage loss must be mitigated immediately. Our team of SERVPRO professionals are trained to extract and clean the discharge from the area before placing drying equipment to remove any remaining moisture. Faster to any disaster, SERVPRO is always ready to take on even the largest sewage losses.

Floors Were Saved After A Water Loss

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

When this 3 story Rumson home was flooded, the insurance agent said he did not think we could save the floors. He was very surprised when we saved the wood floor without needing the homeowner to move out for demolition. The insurance company and the homeowner were thrilled with the work our team did.

Upon arrival to the home, our technicians inspected the flooring to see if it could be salvaged. Since the wood floor was not showing an extremely high moisture content, the technicians decided to use the Injector system in an attempt to save it from removal.

The Injector system works by utilizing extraction mats placed over wet sections of the wood floor. The mats are connected to a special machine which directs air below the floor in an attempt to dry underneath it quickly. Dehumidifiers are often placed alongside the system to assist in removing as much moisture from the surrounding area as possible.

After the system ran for four days, the mats were removed to revel the wood had dried exceptionally well and would not need to be replaced! The homeowner was so overjoyed to hear we were able to save the flooring. The Injector system is an innovative tool often used by our franchise to alleviate costly, time-consuming repairs for our customers.

Why Do Sump Pumps Fail?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Sump pumps are drainage systems that are commonly found in the basements of commercial buildings. They work to pump water out of the basement and away from the building, preventing flooding and water damage. A sump pump failure can lead to a flooded basement and cause water damage to furniture, essential materials, and other important objects, which could prove costly. Understanding why sump pumps fail is the first step in preventing a sump pump failure in your commercial building.

Causes
Power outages are one of the most common causes of sump pump failures, especially during the stormy summer months and hurricane season. Storms can dump large amounts of rain water for the sump pump to drain, but a power failure that prevents the sump pump from doing its job can leave your building defenseless and at risk for flooding. To prevent disaster, consider having your sump pump hooked up to a backup generator.
Sump pumps require regular cleaning in order to function properly, so infrequent maintenance can have serious consequences. To keep your sump pump from failing, clean its vents and run a vinegar solution through the unit.
Lastly, your sump pump might fail simply because it’s old. Over time, sump pumps will start to feel the effects of usage and therefore, failure is inevitable after 7-10 years. It’s recommended that your sump pump be replaced after 10 years in order to protect your building from a sump pump failure.

Sump Pump Failure? Call SERVPRO
If your commercial building’s sump pump has failed, resulting in water damage, remember that SERVPRO has you covered. We’re trained in flood and water damage and will use our trusted, advanced drying techniques to prevent mold and mildew growth, rapidly restoring any water damaged areas. Don’t hesitate.

Flash Floods: Know Your Risk

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Summer rain showers can change from calm to severe in a matter of minutes. NOAA reports that flooding claims an average of 81 lives every year. While flooding in general is ranked the second most deadly weather-related killer in the United States, flash flooding can be even more dangerous. During a flash flood, rain rapidly creates a forceful rush of water that can destroy anything standing in its way, including buildings, roads, and homes. Due to the elevated humidity levels and slower jet stream characteristic of the summer season, flash flooding is particularly prevalent during the summer. Because flash flooding can strike at any given moment without warning, it is essential that you gain an understanding of how flash floods develop in order to best protect your home this summer. 

Causes of Flash Flooding

The jet stream has a significant impact on weather events. During the summer, the jet stream slows, causing storms to spend a longer amount of time than usual over one area. As a result, the area experiencing the storm observes a large amount of rainfall and has a greater risk of a flash flood developing. Generally, increased duration and greater intensity of rainfall contribute to flash flooding. A handful of different storms, such as severe storms (hurricanes and tropical storms) and slow-moving thunderstorms, can produce these conditions. 

Topography also plays a prominent part in the development of flash floods. If you live in a coastal town or any area located near bodies of water, including streams and rivers, you may be at greater risk for flash flooding. Urban areas are also at increased risk for flash flooding because they tend to lack drainage systems that can handle large amounts of rainfall. 

Know Your Risk

Unfortunately, early warning can often not be given prior to flash floods due to the rapid rate at which they develop. Additionally, homes can undergo major water damage or structural damage when no warning is given before a flash flood. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you understand your area’s risk of flash flooding. If you live in an area that is at risk, be sure to stay alert when the forecast calls for storms. It may also be helpful to put together an emergency flood kit that you can have on hand during a flash flood. In the event that a flash flood strikes unexpectedly and results in damage to your home this summer, call SERVPRO. Our team of storm damage experts are here for you and will restore your home to its pre-flood condition “Like it never even happened.”

The Clothes Dryer: A Potential Fire Hazard

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

There’s perhaps nothing scarier for homeowners than the ignition of an unwanted fire in the home. When we consider our ideas of the most frequent catalysts of residential fires, the laundry room is most likely not included in that list. A whopping 92% of residential fires originate from an object in the laundry room, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. It may come as a surprise that this object is something that you use on a daily basis: the clothes dryer. Because fires have the ability to spread rapidly to other rooms and areas of the home, it is crucial to learn why clothes dryers can ignite fires and understand what steps you can take to protect your home.

Clean That Lint Filter!

One of the leading causes of clothes dryer fires is neglecting to clean the lint filter, a simple action that only takes seconds. It’s important to clean out the lint filter because lint is highly flammable and with each load, more and more lint accumulates in the lint filter. Additionally, too much lint in the filter can prevent proper airflow, which increases the risk for fire. Therefore, be sure to clean out your dryer’s lint filter between every load. It isn’t sufficient to only clean it out once a week or even once every few days. It’s a small action that can protect your home from disaster in the long run.

Other Ways to Prevent Dryer Fires

In addition to cleaning the lint filter daily, it is also crucial to take several other precautions in order to lower the chances of a fire igniting in your laundry room.

  • Pay Close Attention To Clothing Labels

Be sure to check tags for drying instructions on every item that you intend to put in your dryer. Often, tags will tell you the specific heat setting required for that particular item, which can range anywhere from “tumble dry low” to “high heat”. Following these instructions is incredibly important. Some items that require a low drying temperature can contain types of rubber and, if exposed to high heat, the likelihood of a fire igniting may increase.

  • Check the Outdoor Vent Flap

While we’re most familiar with managing the dryer inside of the house, it’s important to remember that dryers have outdoor vent flaps as well. This vent flap plays a key role in filtering out lint and hot air from the dryer. As a result, a fire can ignite if the vent flap becomes obstructed. Check your vent flap for debris on a regular basis in order to prevent an unwanted fire.

  • Move Flammable Objects Away from the Dryer

In many homes, the laundry room stores general cleaning supplies for the household. However, keeping cleaning supplies located in close proximity to the dryer is risky, as cleaning materials are generally highly flammable. In the event that a fire ignites in the clothes dryer, the fire can spread quickly if there are other flammable materials nearby. Therefore, while it is best that cleaning supplies be stored in another room, be sure to at least keep them a safe distance from the dryer.

If Disaster Strikes…

While it’s a hard reality to face, it’s important to understand that unexpected fires can ignite, even if you take precautions. In the event that your home experiences fire damage as a consequence of a dryer fire, look no further than SERVPRO. We respond immediately and our experienced team of fire damage specialists will restore your home quickly and thoroughly. Damage to your home as a result of a fire is often a stressful and upsetting situation, but know that SERVPRO will be there every step of the way until your home is back to normal.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

The First 48 Hours – What Happens After a Storm When Water Damage Occurs?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced flooding in your home because of a storm, then you likely know it doesn’t take long before things go wrong. This is why it is essential to take care of problems as quickly as possible. Remember, water is an unrelenting and destructive force that can cause serious damage in a very short period of time.

One of the first things you should do is to call a professional for help with water and flood restoration services. If you try to handle this on your own, you will find it takes up to five times as long, and you will likely be less than satisfied with the results you achieve. A professional can help clean up the mess that is present and restore the building to maintain health and safety while reducing the likelihood of permanent damage.

Structural Compromise and Water Saturation Issues

If your commercial building or home is suffering from standing water because of a flood after a storm, the water is already working on the hidden wood studs, subfloor and drywall. If wood is saturated in water, it will bulk up and expand beyond its capabilities. This results in cracking, stretching, and eventually, deformities. Usually, this occurs at the bottom part of the wood where stability is essential. The sooner you have all the excess water removed; the less damage will occur.

Sanitation and Health Issues

If your home or commercial building is flooded on the lowest floor of the basement, make sure you don’t contact the water – at all. If you are wondering what may be in the water within the initial 48 hours, consider the list below:

  • Paint and related substances
  • Cleaning agents and chemicals
  • Backed up sewage from the mainline
  • Food
  • Grime and dirt from the outside and that’s in the carpet and flooring
  • Dirty laundry water
  • Electrical or wiring components

Dealing with Insurance Issues

The initial 48 hours are the most important when dealing with your insurance agent. Before contacting your insurance agency, though, it is a good idea to contact a property restoration contractor.

A restoration and cleaning professional can help document where the water damage originated and can provide this information to you so you can present it to the insurance carrier.  Once the carrier has all of the information, coverage can be determined based on your contract/policy.  Your insurance adjuster is the only one who can determine coverage based on your contract/policy.

A restoration professional won’t play sides. What the Project Manager can do is to clarify that flooding, rather than pre-existing conditions, resulted in the damage. They can help you by providing professional consultations through the eyes of an experienced contractor.

Why Storm Related Damage Should be Handled by the Pros

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

After a storm moves through the area, your home may suffer flood damage, wind damage, and more. The situation may leave your home or commercial building devastated. However, if you act quickly and contact the professionals right away, you can minimize the possibility of secondary damage while restoring anything that has suffered more serious problems.

Why Contact the Professionals?

Contacting the professionals at SERVPRO means you have access to experienced and skilled individuals who have restored homes and commercial buildings through the years. They have access to the advanced equipment along with cutting-edge techniques to handle any storm flood damage that may occur.

After flooding has occurred, it isn’t unusual to find interior water damage to the kitchen cabinets, clothing, furniture, floors, ceilings, walls, and other areas in the building or home. If you don’t restore the property properly, flood damage can cause mold infestation and decay. There are several services you can count on the professionals to provide. These include:

  • Prompt Response: These professionals understand that when you call for help with flood or storm related damage restoration, timing is critical. This is why they respond to any emergency quickly. The restoration process can begin right away, and the best and most efficient solutions will be used.
  • Help with Insurance Claims: These professionals will offer a service that involves listing anything that was ruined during the flood or storm in a detailed list. They will also take an inventory of all the contents in every room.
  • Use Professional Grade Tools and Equipment: In most cases, the rental equipment you get from the hardware store may not be able to handle the job effectively. These professionals have access to commercial grade equipment that will completely dry the affected areas to ensure the growth of mold is avoided.
  • Removal and Replacement: These professionals will carefully remove or replace any contaminated or unsalvageable structures, such as window trim, door, drywall, padding, and carpeting.

How Does Smoke Damage Affect the Contents in Your Home?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

A fire can destroy your property and cause serious, irreversible damage. The flames move from one item to another, burning everything into ash. The heat created by the flames radiate, causing the surrounding items to crack, melt, and in some cases shatter. After the flames are put out, you have to deal with smoke damage.

If smoke damage is not addressed, it can devastate your home along with everything inside it. Smoke damage can even occur in rooms the fire never reached. For example, during wildfires, businesses and homes have been totally ruined just from the smoke while the building stayed untouched by the flames.

Even a small fire that is put out quickly may still cause smoke damage to the items inside. Also, smoke can impact your home’s structure. That is why cleaning up soot and smoke right away after a fire is so crucial. Smoke acts like an acid and can start to corrode many different materials if left too long.

If fire strikes a structure or home, or if you live near areas that are prone to wildfires, you must act fast to reduce the damage that occurs. Professional smoke damage restoration specialists can quickly assess the damage and create a customized mitigation plan to make sure your home is clear of all fire related damages.

What Can You Salvage?

The answer to this question depends on the extent of the damage and what something is made of. You also need to consider the cost of salvaging some items. You can work with a smoke damage specialist to figure out what items you should clean and which ones you should replace or discard.

How Will Smoke Impact Your Home?

Smoke affects materials in unique ways. Also, the type and temperature of the fire will result in different types of smoke damage through your home. One of the worst ways smoke can cause damage is if it gets into small crevices and cracks, since the particles are so small.

In fact, these issues often go undetected for a long time, leaving that lingering smell of smoke that may last for several months. The best way to remove the smell from your home is by removing or cleaning the affected items and to clean the building materials in the home with agents that are designed to remove the smell. Having this handled as quickly as possible will reduce the potential of cross-contamination.

How Quickly Do You Need to Act?

Time is something that is of the essence when you are talking about smoke damage. The sooner that you act, the more likely you will be to prevent serious damage. For example, there are some materials like porous items and synthetic fires that need intervention within hours of exposure to be saved.

Don't Battle A Fire On Your Own

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowners don’t usually know where to start and what to do after experiencing a fire emergency for the first time. Most people never have to go through the hardship of having a fire destroy or damage their home or business. But those who do understand the difficulty and challenges a fire can bring. 

Relocating Short-Term

Most often, even a small fire will displace the family from their home. The smoke and soot residue is dangerous and usually covers everything inside the house. The smoke moves throughout the structure and blankets all of the contents.

Even if the fire was contained and put out relatively quickly, hot smoke migrates to colder areas around the home and can affect other property levels. Smoke can travel through plumbing systems, pipes and go up several stories.

Living with family members or renting short-term is the best way to proceed after fire damage. Removing your family from the dangerous environment allows us to thoroughly clean and restore your home.

Contents Restoration

Taking care of your home and your belongings is critical. Usually, it is best to carefully pack all contents and move them to our warehouse, where they are inventoried, cleaned, and restored. We keep them safe until the home is ready, then transfer them back for you. This allows for better access to clean and restore the house and eliminates secondary damage during the restoration process.

Structure Restoration

We will remove and replace any part of the structure that was burned or damaged beyond the point of restoring. Our technicians carefully clean the walls, ceilings, and floors to remove and smoke and soot. The furnace and A/C unit will need to be cleaned thoroughly and ductwork inside the walls.

How to Prevent Wind Damage to Your Home

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Check Your Garage Door for Weaknesses and Damage

The part of your home that can be most susceptible to damaging winds is your garage door. The best garage door to have is a heavy one. Some of them are even rated for hurricanes. With a heavy garage door, the high winds are less apt to blow or tear it off your home. You can also have your lightweight garage door reinforced by a garage door installer. Whether you have a heavy garage door or a lightweight one, the next important part of the door is how it is secured to your home. You want to check to make sure that the garage door rails are securely attached to the wall and ceiling of your home. If it is not solidly attached, high winds could possibly separate the rails from the home and blow the garage door down. The last part you want to check is the seal at the bottom of the door. Not only will a properly sealed door prevent water from blowing in but it will also keep the wind from shaking the garage door and damaging it. 

Check the Integrity of Your Roof

You want to make sure that your roof shingles are not missing or damaged as this can lead to water seeping into your home and causing damage. Make sure that all of the shingles are properly secured and not loose. A loose shingle can be easily blown off the roof damaging and exposing other shingles to wind damage. If you have a satellite dish or air conditioning unit or any other type of equipment secured to the roof, you will want to check that they are solidly affixed to the roof. A satellite dish that blows off a roof can become a dangerous projectile that can damage windows, cars, and other homes. You will also want to make sure that the screws and bolts that are used to attach the equipment to the roof have some type of sealant around them to prevent water from leaking through your roof.

Check Your Windows and Doors

A common source of water damage from high winds and storms is through cracks and broken seals in windows and doors. You not only want to make sure that your windows and doors can close completely and lock but you also want to check the outside frames and edges for any cracks or broken seals. With windows, water can seep in around the wooden frames between the siding and the window. You can easily seal any cracks up with window & door caulking. You also want to check the door jamb for spaces or tears in the weather seal. Many doors have seals that can be replaced easily once they become torn and brittle. You can also buy similar seals for the bottoms of your windows to keep water from blowing under and into your home. 

Check the Perimeter of Your Home for Loose Objects

With damaging winds, loose items in your yard, patio, deck, and gardens can quickly become flying objects that can break windows, rip apart siding, dent cars, tear up roofs, and cause all types of damage to you and your neighbors' properties. If you know a severe storm is coming, you want to make sure any table or chairs is secured to the ground and/or moved inside your garage. If you have a grill, move it into your garage or secure it to a deck railing or large tree. If you have any large trees, you will want to cut down any dead branches on a regular basis. Dead branches can easily break during a storm and cause damage to your home. To protect your cars during a severe storm, either move them into your garage or away from any large trees that could fall on them. 

Our Experienced Team Can Help You

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

As amazing as innovative tools are, it takes a crew of seasoned and highly-qualified technicians to use them to the best effect. Professional water remediation companies deliver their best outcomes when the workers pledge to train and recertify on a regular basis.

When you face water damage in your home, you benefit from cutting-edge equipment and crews who know how to operate them according to industry standards. Even diehard do-it-yourselfers recognize that managing water incursions is a tricky business, requiring not only hard work but also a solid understanding of the science behind water removal and structural drying.

Developing professional expertise to mitigate water damage is why SERVPRO sends our crew members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes. The IICRC is a standard developing and establishing organization worldwide. Skills taught to the employees we sent to remediate and restore your home base their effectiveness on research.

An example of a task that might seem straightforward enough to be within the grasp of every homeowner is carpet water extraction. The equipment resembles a shop vac, and a homeowner typically feels comfortable operating a vacuum. Why SERVPRO requires crew members to complete a comprehensive IICRC course in carpet cleaning relates to the problems that can occur if standards are unknown or ignored.

The art and science of extracting water from carpeting or other floor coverings are not intuitive. An effective way to pull moisture out of a carpet is with a weighted wand extractor. SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians learned and practiced the techniques that extract moisture without putting stress on the textile floor covering. Inexperienced individuals can stretch the carpet fabric by exerting too much pressure or moving too quickly across a surface. Inappropriate force might cause delamination of the carpet backing from the carpet face.

Our Trained Technicians

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Our technicians are IICRC certified.  They receive training in water mitigation, mold remediation, fire restoration, and general cleaning.  This allows us the perform at the standards that you deserve. 

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.

Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Initial Franchise Training

SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility provides new Franchise owners training in Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Mitigation.  This is the foundation of the training program designed by SERVPRO. The process is a 15-day hands-on course that provides the owners with valuable information

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a series of course materials and examination process that SERVPRO Franchise employees complete to receive certification in the following:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

e-Learnings 

SERVPRO has a plethora of web-based training.  Technicians and office staff have access to learn and tests their knowledge of industry standards and professional quality.  These courses often are video presentations as well as support materials that challenge our technicians to be the best they can be for our customers.

Preventing Water Damage From Rain

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Rain is very important for the natural environment but it can become a problem if it gets into your home.  One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is rain and it can get into your home in so many ways including leaks or seepage in the foundation, poorly sealed windows, and openings in the roof or siding.  Excessive rainfall can lead to considerable damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.  It is very important for every homeowner to be aware of how rain can lead to water damage in their homes and what they can do to prevent it.

Most of the time, rain is harmless to homes and buildings but when it does find its way in, it can lead to a range of problems.  Rain water can spread within a home by getting absorbed into porous building materials and if the problem is not dealt with right away, the damage can become extensive.  The following are some of the ways rain can cause damage in your home:

  • Seepage: Rain commonly enters homes by seeping through cracks in the foundation. This is much more likely to happen if the gutters are not draining properly and rain water gathers near the sides of the house.  Too much seepage can begin to ruin the foundation.
  • Roof Leaks: If there is any damage to the roof, rain water can leak into the attic or upper floors and cause structural damage to the walls and ceilings.
  • Flooding: Excessive rain can lead to flooding in your home which causes extensive damage and brings in microorganisms that can be harmful to your health.
  • Mold: Rainy or wet conditions contribute to mold growth because mold needs moisture to thrive. Mold not only causes serious property damage, but also threatens your health.

Fire Prevention Week 2020

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week Fire Prevention Week

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

Here are a few safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

Free Emergency Readiness Plan

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Would you be ready if an emergency struck your business today? It’s estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.  Having a timely response in a crisis can minimize business interruption and associated lost revenue.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation. Timely mitigation minimizes the affects of water and fire damage allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate lessening downtime.  

This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.

This profile is also accessible through your cell phone using a mobile application. 

SERVPRO Provides:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

To get an emergency readiness plan for your business today, call SERVPRO of Elk Grove / Laguna at 916-525-1241. 

Some Moldy Facts

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO Elk Grove / Laguna 916-525-1241

Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Elk Grove / Laguna 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 Elk Grove / Laguna 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 SERVPRO Elk Grove / Laguna  916-525-1241

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 Elk Grove / Laguna

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / Laguna 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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Restoring your Commercial Property

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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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Testing Your Business System for Commercial Disaster

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters can wreck havocs on our homes and businesses. Testing your business system can ensure you are ready for a disaster large or small. On Preparemybusiness.org you can find suggestions and details around business continuity planning.

Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?

Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements. 

Through testing, you will reduce both recovery time and risks, ultimately protecting your business and the employees and customers who rely on you. 

What to test?

You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

Where to test?

Testing can be done in one of three places: at your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data. 

How often to test?

We recommend that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

Who should participate?

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. These should include, but not be limited to Facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients. 

Recovering from a disaster, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help.

For more details about preparing your business, visit: http://www.preparemybusiness.org.

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Storm Emergency Kit

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Emergency-Kit.aspx

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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/

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!

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Fire Safety for Kids

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Keep your family protected

A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.            

Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.

Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Pet Fire Safety

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Pet Fire Safety Protect you and your pets


Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to – and also the most preventable.

  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.
Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

  • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Help Firefighters Help Your Pets
  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

Restoration Process After a Fire in 5 Steps

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Large Garage Photos Fire Swept through the entire area, leaving everything covered in smoke and soot.

We pride ourselves on being quick and reliable during unexpected events like fires. Our restoration process may seem intense, but we've decided to break it down for you in 5 simple steps...

1. Inspection and Assessment

The company will send out a team of professional inspectors to determine the best course of action. They then will figure out what tools they'll need to get the job done. During the fire cleanup process, they will determine if pipes and wiring have been impacted, the extent of smoke damage and any hazardous conditions.

2. Board-Up and Tarping

Boards and tarps provide an excellent barrier to elements and possible thieves. The immediate priority after a fire is to prevent any further damage. 

3. Water Removal and Drying 

Equipment like fans and negative pressure devices speed up this step. Dehumidifiers are used to get the moisture out of walls and floors as quickly as possible.

4. Soot and Smoke Cleaning

This step takes specialized equipment and techniques that experienced fire cleanup personnel have to complete the job. 

5. Cleaning and Sanitizing

All exposed surfaces and personal belongings will be restored or replaced during the final cleanup process. Air scrubbers and fogging devices may also be used.

Call us at (916) 525 -1241 with any questions concerning our fire cleanup process!

COVID-19 Cleaning Procedures

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning with Care Protecting you and your business

COVID-19 has hit multiple businesses in many different ways. Some are slowly beginning to re-open, while others have closed their doors for good. Here at SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom, we are committed to getting your business as clean as possible. The first step to keeping you safe, is to keep our workers safe as well. Before we clean your infected or possibly infected area, we ensure that each of workers are wearing the following:

-Facial protection (at minimum a N-95 respirator)

-Nitrile gloves

-Protective eye wear

After we are properly equipped with the required gear, we move on to the next step, the cleaning process. When dealing with a virus like COVID-19, it is crucial to pay extra attention and be thorough with our procedures. 

Some materials cannot be cleaned with detergent and water without being damaged. Cleaning methods typically used on water sensitive materials such as vacuuming or dry sponging would not be capable of removing enough soil and residue to be effective. Carpets can be sanitized with SERVPROXIDE, and other porous materials like rugs, upholstered items, and draperies can be wet cleaned using a Hot Water Extraction and rinse method. 

ServpOXIDE is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against similar viruses like SARS-CoV-2. It is EPA-approved, and proper PPE use is of the utmost importance. 

All tools and supplies are properly cleaned and disinfected to ensure there is no potential contamination to other parts of the structure. 

We want your business to be back on its feet in no time, trust us with your cleaning precaution needs. Please call us at (916) 987-0400 to answer any of your COVID-19 cleaning related questions. 

Do You Have A Mold Problem?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is never a fun topic to discuss. Even though it seems like a harmless issue, it can actually cause many health effects. Not sure if you have a mold problem? Here's how to find out.

1. Moldy Odor

Not every mold has a smell, but a lot do! Some give off a constant musty odor. If you smell that, there is a good chance you have mold.

2. Visible Mold

Some molds may appear white and thread-like. While others can look like black spots. Mold can also produce a gray-brown, black, or green color. Molds that are behind wallpaper can be orange, pink, or purple.

3. Water Damage

Simple enough, moisture equals mold. If you notice bubbling, cracking, or stains, you might be dealing with growing mold. 

Have a mold problem? No problem! We're here to help. Feel free to give us a call. 

We are Cleaning Experts

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom (916) 987-0400

We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Fair Oaks / Folsom Fire Damage

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage to factories and other industrial facilities can seem overwhelming in their scale. Due to the presence of flammable materials, numerous potential safety hazards, and large buildings, some of our most challenging projects involve cleaning up after fires in industrial settings. We have the manpower and equipment necessary to restore your facility to the way it was before the disaster for even the worst situations but have a few extra tricks for when situations start to get out of hand.

The SERVPRO Network

Part of the reason why we are always ready to handle fire damage in Fair Oaks / Folsom is thanks to our network of sister franchises that can provide support when we need it most. SERVPRO franchises number in the thousands across the country, and if a disaster is ever so massive as to overwhelm our local capabilities, we can call in additional resources and work forces from other nearby areas. Usually, we only need to call in these forces for widespread flooding or fires that spread across multiple properties, but we may use them for particularly disastrous industrial fires.

Industrially Focused Equipment

Handling smoke and fire damages in large buildings require us to use similarly large and powerful pieces of equipment. Our technicians use top-of-the-line items like dry ice blasters and thermal fogging machines to clean up fire residues with maximum efficiency even in buildings with large floor spaces. We keep these devices (and the materials they need to function) heavily stocked at our local facilities to ensure that more significant buildings receive the coverage they need.

Versatile Certifications

SERVPRO technicians receive a wide variety of certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration before getting placed on any of our crews. Even after they start responding to calls and operating as a full team member, many take the opportunity to pursue additional training and certifications to specialize in specific types of damage restoration, including fire and smoke damage. Our teams thus have the certifications and training necessary to handle any industrial disaster and the safety hazards that may accompany it.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is professionally trained and equipped to handle even the most massive fires with optimal efficiency at a minimal cost. Call us at (916) 987-0400 for our 24/7 services or a quote.

Preparing Your Pets and Kids for Extreme Heat

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Making sure your pets and children are safe is a number one priority for SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. 

Here are a few helpful tips for making sure your kids and pets are healthy and comfortable during a heatwave. 

1. Provide plenty of water, even more than normal! Dehydration is one of the largest concerns regarding young children and animals in the summertime.

2. For pets, putting ice in their water bowl can be really refreshing, and don't forget the Popsicles!

3. Make sure that pets and you kids feet are safe! The ground can get very hot, and paw pads and little feet can suffer!

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help! We offer the following services:  

  • Duct cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • General residential, commercial, move out, and deep cleaning
  • Reconstruction
  • Water and Fire Damage Cleanup, Mitigation, and restoration
  • Mold inspections and remediation
  • Much more!

Call (916) 987-0400 for your home mitigation needs.

Beware of These Common, Risky Fire Hazards in Older Homes

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

There’s no denying the charm of living in an older home. Arched doorways, ceiling medallions and other architectural details representative of a bygone era catch the attention of many homeowners. But along with the unique charms that come with living in an older home in Fair Oaks / Folsom, come unique hazards, such as fire risks. Purchasing an old home may require more than a lot of elbow grease, a few coats of paint and TLC touches throughout. Thoroughly investigating to uncover potential fire risks in your Fair Oaks / Folsom home is an important step to take to prevent catastrophic fire damage. Below are some of the most common fire hazards lurking in your older home.

1. Bad wiring

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical failures or malfunctions were the second leading cause of U.S. home fires in 2012-2016, accounting for 13 percent of home structure fires. Antiquated wiring such as knob and tube wiring — which was the standardized method of electrical wiring in homes until the 1940s — poses a potential risk for fire damage.

Knob and tube wiring systems use porcelain knobs for running wires through unobstructed spaces and porcelain tubes to protect wires running through studs and joists.

If a knob and tube system is intact and functioning properly, it poses no immediate risk. Problems arise, however, when the rubber sheathing that’s used to insulate the wires degrades (modern electrical wiring is encased in plastic). As the rubber degrades over time, it exposes live wires to air and moisture, thereby increasing the chance of a short or a fire. The combination of modern insulation and knob and tube wiring also poses a fire hazard that can lead to devastating loss and the need for fire damage repairs and restoration to your Austin home.

This antiquated wiring system utilizes porcelain knobs to suspend the wires in open air to allow the heat to dissipate. When homeowners insulate the attic and walls of their notoriously drafty older homes, the insulation surrounding the wires will cause heat to build up, resulting in a potential fire. Currently, the United States National Electrical Code® (NEC) forbids use of loose, blown-in or expanding foam insulation over knob and tube wiring.

Older wiring is also rated for lower amps than is required by the multiple appliances we use today. This can result in circuits being overloaded, which can cause a fire. Knob and tube wiring systems also lack a grounding conductor. Grounding conductors reduce the chance of a fire and damage to sensitive equipment.

Hiring a certified electrician or electrical inspector to evaluate the wiring throughout your home is key to preventing a potential fire and preventing the need for fire damage repairs and restoration with the additional water damage that can occur, as is removing knob-and-tube wiring from inside your walls or attic prior to adding insulation.

2. Balloon-frame construction

According to firefighters, the way your home is constructed could make it a bigger fire risk and susceptible to fire damage. Balloon-frame construction, popular in the 1930s and 1940s, is a common sight in older homes. Unlike the modern platform building technique in which a floor (platform) is built, then wall studs (boards that function as framing elements in the home) are installed, then another floor (platform) and so on, balloon framing is characterized by wall studs that run continuously two or more stories high from the foundation to the attic floor. The problem with a balloon-frame house is that when a fire starts in the lower level of the home, there’s nothing to stop the flames from quickly spreading to the attic.

If you live in one of these homes, retrofitting the walls could be quite costly. Keep this in mind if you’re considering buying an older home with this type of framing construction.

3. Outdated appliances

Vintage appliances may add to the charm of your older home, but they also add an increased risk of fire. Your old-fashioned plug-in fan, vintage light fixture and chrome coffeemaker may still run, but they were made according to antiquated safety codes and may include frayed or damaged wires. An appliance that doesn’t come with a UL mark, signifying that Underwriters Laboratories has vouched for the item's safety in actual use, should be rewired.

4. Old furnaces

The average life expectancy of furnaces is 15 to 20 years. Furnaces that are 20 years or older pose a danger due to their use of an old-style pilot light for ignition. House fires that are started by pilot lights, bad ventilation and/or gas line leaks are another major fire hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace also create an increased possibility of fire or explosion.

While replacing your furnace with an energy-efficient modern model is best, if you’re not ready to replace your old furnace, be sure to have it diligently inspected and serviced by a professional every year. 

5. Chimneys

Before spending your first cozy night indoors sitting by a crackling fire, be sure your fireplace chimney and/or wood stove has been recently inspected. It’s vital that your chimneys are inspected annually, and cleaned of creosote buildup — a flammable dark brown or black tar-like byproduct of the wood-burning process that’s deposited on the walls of a chimney. If creosote builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire. 

A professional chimney cleaning typically includes sweeping the fireplace, inspecting the firebox, liners, smoke chamber and flue, and chimney exterior. Recommendations for proper operation or replacement of equipment and necessary repairs to any equipment or structure will also be made.

Stay Safe Against the Sumer Heat Wave

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Extreme Heat

This summer, the heat is giving our crazy winter a run for its money, and it looks like it’s just the beginning. Heat affects people in different ways, more so if you’re young, elderly, sick or overweight. With the heat of the sun drying exposed surfaces anywhere between 50-90 degrees hotter than the air, everyone should take precautions.

To ensure that the heat does not get the best of you:

  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing and stay indoors in air-conditioned rooms.
  • Apply plenty of sunscreen and apply it often.
  • Be aware of heat exhaustion which could include clammy skin, nausea, fainting, weakness, heavy sweating etc.
  • Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths.

To prepare your home from heat and avoid it’s damaging effects:

  •  Install or maintain air conditioning units (insulation may be necessary)
  • Install temporary window reflectors, to reflect the heat back outside.
  • Cover windows that receive morning/afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, etc.
  • Keep your storm windows installed all year.
  • Weather strip windows and doors to keep cool air in.
  • Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

Stay well informed of the heat index and avoid being outside for long durations of time. Extreme hear is no joke and could cause serious damage. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom reminds you to stay safe from the summer heat!

3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Fire

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Three Useful Steps To Help You Plan Ahead

While no property owner enjoys thinking about the worst case scenario, it is necessary to have a plan of action for dealing with sudden disasters. Fire damage is one of the most unexpected and serious events that can occur to your commercial property in Fair Oaks / Folsom.  Therefore, it is important to develop a contingency plan in case of a fire. Here are three useful steps to help you plan ahead.

1. Craft an Evacuation Strategy

Make sure employees are trained on how to report a fire and evacuate safely. Escape routes should be clearly marked, and all workers should understand the building floor plan. It is also essential to include a method of notifying employees and customers of the emergency as quickly as possible. Moreover, workers who manage critical operations must understand their roles in the event of an emergency. Once you create an evacuation plan, practice drills routinely so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a real fire.

2. Get Insurance

Insurance plays a key role in any contingency plan. There are several helpful types of insurance for commercial buildings including property insurance, fire insurance, flood insurance, general liability insurance, business interruption insurance and more. It is always wise to carry coverage for certain types of unpredictable disasters such as fires. Beyond that, you may want to adjust your policies depending on your level of risk. For example, flood insurance might only be necessary if your building is located in a flood-prone area.

3. Hire Professional Fire Cleanup

Contact a reputable fire restoration company immediately. Restoration experts will utilize specialized knowledge and equipment to take care of smoke damage, water damage and all other issues caused by the fire. Never delay in calling for assistance. The longer you wait, the worse the damage becomes, and the longer your organization will remain closed.
Having a sound contingency plan helps protect your company from severe devastation after a fire, and most importantly, it keeps employees and customers safe. With preemptive planning and professional restoration help, your business can recover from a fire “Like it never even happened”.

Improve the Outcome of Your Business Interruption Claim

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

When your Fair Oaks / Folsom, property has been affected by flooding, you'll have to consider losses beyond the damage to your physical property. You'll face additional costs, including the loss of profits while your business is closed down for repairs. If you've prepared for this situation with a business interruption policy, there are some steps you can take to improve the results of your claim.

Choose a Reliable Adviser

An important first step is to contact an experienced consultant. This professional should

  • Provide a reasonable explanation of what will happen
  • Help you understand the legal scope of your claim
  • Steer you toward policy requirements and restrictions
  • Look after your interests

Your insurance agent is a valuable resource, but this professional tends to look out for the interests of the insurance company; make sure you have a knowledgeable adviser looking after yours.

Document and Record Damage and Communications

As soon as you notice the flooding, begin documenting everything. Keep written records of small and large water damage, listing equipment, furnishings, and inventory that has been affected. It's also a very good idea to take photographs of the damage. Every time you talk to a professional, such as your insurance agent, an assessor, or a water damage remediation professional, record the date and the content of your conversation. Keep all of this information in a safe place. The better you're able to organize your paperwork, the faster you can work through your claim.

Appoint a Contact Person for Your Business

Finally, appoint a single contact person to represent your business and properties. All communication from the insurance company and other professionals should be steered toward that person. If repair technicians, inspectors, or agents need to talk to someone else in your company, make sure that contact person is also present. This ensures a continuity of service.

Whether flooding was caused by a broken pipe or severe weather, you face many losses through damage and business interruption. Your quick and appropriate action can make a positive difference in the outcome of your claim.

Business Fire Facts

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends.

Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Containment & Putting it Out

  • 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
  • 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
  • Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.

Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires

The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause – sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.

Planning for the Worst

As part of your emergency preparation plan, be sure to have a local, reputable restoration company – like SERVPRO– on speed dial. The sooner you get the professionals in cleaning up after the disaster, the sooner you can get back to business (916) 987-0400.

Thermal Imaging Technology for Water Damage

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Detecting a temperature difference behind a wall can save big bucks and time by avoiding the need for demolition and an idea where the source of water problem may lie. Temperature differences do not always indicate moisture or water. It could be cool air from outside, so it requires some skill to determine if it’s one thing or another.

Thermal cameras serve to guide the user to the cold spots usually associated with moisture. Moisture spots, where evaporation is happening, tend to be cooler, just like humans sweating. Most commonly, thermal imaging is used to find the source of a roof leak, condensation issues, leaking pipes, or air flow issues.

In areas where moisture problems are abundant, like Seattle, the reasons for moisture can be very, very different, but the end consequence is moisture in the space, which can deteriorate the structure, and trigger mold growth. Often, moisture problems are not in the most visibly noticeable locations, as infrared discovered here in this wood-paneled wall and dark, low-pile, loop carpeting.

At first, the darker blue area on the camera was thought to be a normal pattern seen in many wood-frame buildings, which is quite common on corners. However, the larger light-green area showing was a clue that something more was happening, however.  In fact, this was a result of a water leak in an adjoining upstairs room.

These two infrared images show where water from an unattended bathtub overflow in an upstairs room had entered the space between the floors and pooled on the drywall of the downstairs ceiling. Knowing the location and extent of moisture infiltration is critical in determining the best course of remediation

This infrared image clearly shows the heat from hot water leaking out of a supply pipe down the inside of the plumbing wall cavity behind the shower panel. Pinpointing the approximate location of this leak saved considerable time, effort and money in resolving the issue.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom technicians use FLIR Infared Cameras on job sites to assist in finding where/what the source may be if the customer is unsure.

Workplace Fire Safety & Prevention Checklist

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Most Fair Oaks / Folsom residents already have a fire plan for home, but does your employer have one? Do you know your part in keeping the workplace safe?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to over 3,000 fire on office properties per year.

Like at home, it’s your responsibility to take the necessary steps to keep your office environment safe. While there are specific measures employers should take to protect their staff – every employee should do their part to prevent fires.

Some employers are required by law to have an emergency action plan in place; however, it’s smart for all companies to create and share a strategy with staff in the event of a fire.

Employers should:

  • Teach employees about fire hazards in the workplace – provide proper training in fire prevention and protection
  • Inform employees of office housekeeping procedures for storage and cleanup
  • Go over rules for controlling ignition sources such as smoking
  • Provide for proper cleaning and maintenance of heat-producing equipment
  • Require fire safety plan review with all new employees
  • Alert the entire staff when changes are made to the fire safety plan
  • Inspect office equipment on a regular basis
  • Keep fire equipment in plain sight
  • Prohibit smoking at and around work areas
  • Have an alarm system that consists of visual and audible signals
  • Post reporting instructions and local Fire Department codes around the office
  • Conduct regular fire drills
  • Include disabled employees in the fire emergency planning process
  • Appoint a fire safety leader

Employees should:

  • Keep work areas clean and free from clutter including waste paper and trash
  • Replace damaged electrical cords
  • Help maintain machinery to prevent overheating
  • Never overload circuits
  • Make sure papers and books are not piled on top of computer monitors
  • Always report malfunctioning electrical equipment
  • Make sure heat-producing equipment is far away from anything that could burn including copiers, fax machines, coffee makers and computers
  • Remember to get rid of trash regularly so it does not accumulate
  • Keep dock areas neat and clean
  • Know the location of fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers
  • Smoke in designated areas only
  • Become familiar with the proper exits and emergency procedures
  • Follow building security measures to prevent arson fires – lock up and report suspicious individuals
  • Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers and the office address readily available
  • Never run extension cords across doorways or where they can easily be stepped on or run over by chairs and other furniture
  • Avoid plugging more than one extension cord into an outlet

Don't be a victim of a summer fire!

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Summer! Its an amazing time of year. Summer barbecue, night bonfires, fireworks this sounds like a lot of fun! Now it can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. During the summer, most fires and deaths about 80 percent are during the summer because of these types of activities. Don't get me wrong these are amazing activities, but there is a way to stay safe. 

Here are some tips that you can do to make sure you have a safe summer....

  • Always barbecue at least ten feet away from your home, and have a bucket of water with you. This will keep you from having that ash smell in your house.
  • Going camping or beach to have bonfire? Make sure you have a first aid kit, a form of communication, and a water bucket beside you at all times. If you are camping and telecommunication devices do not work, a flare will help you. 
  • DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE YOUR HOME! This will not only get your house caught on fire, but you will have that nicotine odor that may last for weeks! 
  • If you have plans to launch fireworks this 4th of July make sure you do it where there is no debris around, have adult supervision, and a bucket of water. Just a added plus make sure to check with the fire dept. to make sure it is safe.

Summer can be an amazing and not stressful time of the year to spend with family and friends. With a lot of activities, just make sure you are safe and don't become summers next victim! If you have any questions or need some work done call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400. 

The Warmth of a Summertime Fire

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Who doesn't love sitting outside in the summer with a nice fire going? It just goes hand and hand with summertime and roasting marshmallows. 

It sure can be relaxing but don't get too relaxed. You still need to be safe when having a fire. 

When you have campfires, make sure you build them at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs or anything that has the potential to catch on fire.

When using a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, you are going to want to make sure you have placed these things at least 10 feet away from your home or structure or again anything that could possibly catch on fire. 

Make sure when your tending the fire to not have loose sleeves or articles of clothing on that could catch on fire as well. 

Always think ahead and look around you for possible fire hazards. Once that is all done you can relax around the glow of the fire.

If anything happens though, you know that SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help. We never take a night off even in the summertime. 24/7 365 days a year . There when you need us. 916-987-0400. 

Drying Equipment during Water Restoration

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

The Importance of Drying Equipment!

During Water Restoration it is very Important to set up Drying Equipment right away.  Drying involves the Removal of Water.  The Drying Equipment Lowers the Humidity and Traps the Moisture in the Air.  Any standing water should be extracted prior to any Drying Equipment placement. 

In order to Dry certain materials you must prepare to remove moisture from the air.  Setting up a Drying Chamber around the affected Area will contain the moisture in the air.  Drying Equipment is placed within the Drying Chamber to Heat Up and Extract that moisture from the air and materials. All the Equipment work hand in hand together.

Drying Equipment is placed to Dry Carpets, Drywall, Wood and Framing.  Specialty Drying Equipment can also be placed to tackle unique drying challenges.  Especially when you are attempting to Dry certain materials like Hardwood Floors, Tile, Inside Walls or Under Cabinets.   

It is very Important to never turn off the Drying Equipment during the Drying Process.  If the Process is Stopped you will need to start the Process all over again.

Contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to start your Water Restoration with Drying Equipment at 916-987-0400. 

Creating a Fire Safety Plan for Your Home

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® wants to make sure you and your family is covered in case a fire breaks out, by giving helpful tips to use before, during, and after a fire. Because you’re primary focus should be safety first and the first step of making sure you are safe is having a plan.

Before a Fire

  • Create and practice a fire escape safety plan; make sure to practice at least twice a year.
  • Make sure to check your fire alarms regularly.
  • Make sure to create a safe meeting place
  • Teach stop, drop, and roll

During a Fire

  • Make sure to crawl under the smoke
  • Before opening a door, make sure to feel the doorknob with the back of your hands.
  • Once you made it out safely make sure to call 9-1-1; do a head count and make sure everyone is there. If not tell the fire department do not try and go back in yourself

After a Fire

  • Ask and see if it’s safe to go back inside, make sure you take picture of things for records
  • If the building is still standing make sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. 

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom hopes you and your family never has to deal with a fire but, in the chance you do call the people who will make sure that you and your family are taken care of, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

How To Prevent Grease Fires

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Most often, grease fires happen when a pan is left on the stove unattended and for too long. Another way a grease fire can occur is when extra grease on the stove top or drip pan catches fire accidentally. Keeping these fires from happening is not hard if you stay in the kitchen while you are cooking, and take a few safety measures. A small mistake, however, can lead to the need for fire damage restoration from professionals such as SERVPRO. If the unthinkable does happen, our trained staff can help you to restore your home back to normal quickly.

Steps to Prevent Grease Fires: 
Always have a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher close at hand, under the sink base cabinet, or in another reachable place. A small investment may save you a lot of money and also mitigate dangers caused by fires. As mentioned above, stay in the kitchen at all times when you are heating oil for pan-frying or deep-fat frying to prevent a grease fire. Leaving cooking unattended in your Fair Oaks home is the biggest reason for fires in the kitchen. Before you turn the heat on, also make sure that the burner on the stove top is cool. Clean any excess oil or grease spills from the drip pan around the burner, too. 

Before you start, check out the heat ratings of the cooking oil. These indicate the maximum temperature the oil can be cooked at before it catches fire. For most vegetable oils, for example, this temperature is around 450 degrees Fahrenheit, while for animal oils this temperature is around 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Attach a thermometer to the side of the pot to keep track of the temperature of the oil. When it is close to its burning point, it will let off smoke and ruin the taste of your food. Turn off the heat if this happens, and carefully remove the pan from the burner to let it cool off. 

Be careful when you are putting food into oil that is already hot. Use long utensils like tongs which let you gently insert the food without dropping it and splashing oil on yourself. Use a cover or lid to stop hot oil from splattering. Remove the lid carefully if you do have to stir the food, and put it back when you’ve finished. Also, as soon as any food or oil spills happen, clean them up. 

If the grease does catch fire, do not ever try to move the pot or pan. Use a metal lid to cover the pan and shut off the supply of oxygen to the fire. A small fire contained inside the pan can be extinguished by putting baking soda on the fire until it burns out, but if you do not feel safe controlling it by yourself, exit the house immediately and call 911 for help. If your home does sustain fire damage, remember to give our technicians at SERVPRO a call right afterward. Remember, do not ever use water to put a grease fire out! This can cause the grease to splash and spread the fire further. 

Accidents do still happen. If you experience a grease fire in your home and need fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom right away once the fire is out. We can be reached at any time by dialing (916) 987-0400. 

Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to hire a professional to help you dry out your home after water damage.  With the right tools and pieces of equipment we can properly and safely dry out your home or business and the contents with in it.

That being said, we always have customers ask what they can do to prevent further damage until we arrive with our drying equipment.

Do

-Shut off the source of the water. 

-Turn off electricity

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. 

-Wipe excess water from wood furniture.

-Put aluminum foil in between furniture legs and carpet. 

Don't

-Enter a room with standing water. There could be a risk of electrical shock. Disconnect all power first.

-Leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against and sitting on carpets.  The fabrics could bleed between each other. If you are not able to move these items, we will do this for you when we arrive.

-Turn on your television or any other electronic items, they may have been damaged in the water.

-Do not use your household vacuum to try and suck up any water.  They are not made for this.

Drying Hard Wood Floors

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Many times in your home you not only have tile or carpet affected you  also have hardwoods.  When you have hard wood flooring damaged by water you can depend on SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to have the specialty drying systems needed to be able to help restore your flooring. Hardwood floor drying systems include mats, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to be able to remove the water trapped by the flooring.  The trick to being able to save the flooring is speed.  Quick extraction of standing water and quick setting of the floor system is key. If too much warping of the wood has taken place it is hard to bring the wood back to its original state.  When water damage occurs to any hardwood flooring it is best to call SERVPRO and have them do a moisture check of the floor and make sure the flooring is dry and there is not any unwanted moisture trapped under the floor to prevent further damage days later.  SERVPRO has the equipment for residential losses or even large commercial wood floors.

If you're dealing with water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom - 916-987-0400. 

Preventing AC Leaks While Attempting to Stay Cool

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is officially here and that means 100-degree weather if you live in California and air conditions running all day and night in an attempt to stay cool. While running our air conditions no-stop most people tend to forget that air conditioners can sometimes cause a water damage if not properly maintained. An air conditioning system can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily when working at peak efficiency. Normally the water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system but if the drain becomes clogged and the unit produces more water than it can handle, the water will overflow and can lead to damaged floors and carpeting. If not detected it can also cause mold growth.

Although a clogged drain line is often the major source of creating water damage there are other causes such as excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running round the clock in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view water damage can be occurring daily and accumulating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage.

  1. Make sure to change the air filter every month. By changing the air filter monthly, it gives you the opportunity to check whether there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Making sure that the AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking and causing freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage.
  2. It is important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.
  3. When installing an AC condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight an up and down direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit.
  4. Consider having a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

By following the four steps listed, you can help reduce the chances of water damage. If a water damage does occur SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is ready to help get your home or business dry. Call us at 916-987-0400.

Water Damage Restoration: What You Need to Know

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

What Causes Water Damage?

Homeowners shouldn’t be exclusively on the alert for flash floods. There are many household problems that can cause water damage. Some destruction results from lack of proper maintenance. The most common causes of household water damage include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Foundation cracks
  • Clogged gutters
  • Defective appliances
  • Leaking and burst pipes
  • Backed-up drains
  • Overflowing sinks and toilets
  • Unsealed doors and windows

Visible water damage caused by a clogged sink or toilet, a leaky dishwasher, or an overflowing washing machine can be fairly quick and easy to repair. However, water damage caused by leaks in the attic or interior walls can often go undetected for years. Hidden leaks are much more likely to cause major structural damage that could cost thousands of dollars in repairs. They typically require professional water damage restoration services to get rid of rust stains, unwanted growth and foul odors that can remain in your home and create unsafe living conditions for you and your family. 

Assessing Water Damage

Depending on the severity and amount of damage to your home, restoration may include several different services. When assessing destruction, there are three categories:

  • Category One –This damage occurs from clean water that doesn’t pose health risks to humans. Possible causes may include leaking pipes, overflowing sinks, and damaged appliances.
  • Category Two – Gray water damage indicates possible contamination and could cause illness to humans. The contamination could be a result of broken or overflowing toilets or defective sump pumps.
  • Category Three – Blackwater damage is the most severe, and refers to unsanitary hazards like bacteria or organisms that cause illness or health problems for humans. Likely sources include contaminated standing water and sewage spills.

Water damage also falls into several classes to help determine the level of destruction to the home. 

  • Class One – This is the easiest type of cleanup because materials have not absorbed much liquid and damage is minimal.
  • Class Two – This class of cleanup is more difficult. Carpeting, upholstery and other soft surfaces have absorbed water and need to be thoroughly dried.
  • Class Three – Cleanup in this class often addresses large amounts of water that have drenched interior walls, furnishings, and materials.
  • Class Four – The extent of this damage usually always requires special restoration services due to structural compromises.

Why Should I Hire a Professional?

When your home has been damaged by water, restoration specialists can help you save cherished belongings and return your home to a safe, livable condition. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO specialize in cleanup from water damage and have the experience and expertise to transform your home to pristine condition. SERVPRO professionals use high-tech equipment and proper cleanup procedures that provide fast and efficient results. 

Services include:

  • Assessment of water damage
  • Removal of furniture and interior items
  • Water removal/extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Restoration

Water removal and extraction are essential to prevent dangerous unwanted growth and secondary damage. Restoration contractors have professional, commercial-grade equipment such as water-extraction pumps, moisture meters, fans, blowers and dehumidifiers that aren’t available to most homeowners. Truck-mounted vacuum systems provide powerful suction, quickly removing hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property. If there’s standing water, technicians use powerful submersible pumps. Both types of equipment provide fast drying times, minimizing costly repairs and mitigating hazardous conditions.

After water removal, the floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, furnishings and personal items will need a thorough cleaning, especially if the water was contaminated or remained stagnant for a period of time. Sanitizing treatments help kill harmful bacteria, as well as remove odors from the incident. If items in your home can’t be safely cleaned and sanitized, SERVPRO restoration professionals will remove and safely dispose of damaged materials. 

Looking for Signs of Water Damage in Your Commercial Building

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When water infiltrates your masonry, time is of the essence. The longer a leak lasts, the more damage it does. If you see any of these signs of a leak, you should get your masonry evaluated by a professional.

1. Bulging, spalling, and cracking

These are all exterior signs of a leak that is degrading the masonry. Once water has leaked past the mortar joints, it can wear away at the masonry. After water has begun corroding the steel beneath, this damage will become much worse as a result of rust jacking.

2. Rust staining

This is a late-stage sign of water infiltration. You’ll find this commonly in concrete structures, where the red rust stain is visible on a lighter surface. When you see rust staining, it’s a sign that water has penetrated not only the masonry but the steel structure beneath. Water is causing the corrosion of the steel, which leaves a stain on the masonry surface.

Steel will expand as it rusts, creating further damage to your building’s structure. We call that rust jacking.

3. Mold and musty odors

After water has made it past the exterior, you may notice signs of water damage inside the building. One of these signs could be a sign of mildew or mold. Mold is not always easy to detect.

4. Interior damage

Other interior signs that can tip you off to a water leak are staining on interior walls and ceilings. You may also see cracked drywall or peeling wallpaper as water begins to saturate your interior walls.

Keep water from damaging your building

At SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom (916) 987-0400, we help restore and rehabilitate the exterior of commercial buildings so you don’t have to worry about what happens when water leaks into your building. We can help you prevent it from happening and even if water damage does happen we can always make it "Like it never even happened."

Swimming Pool Safety

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What is the best way to keep my child safe around swimming pools?

An adult should actively watch children at all times while they are in a pool. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.”  For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions, like talking on the phone, socializing, tending household chores, or drinking alcohol. The supervising adult must know how to swim.

Pool Rules

If you have a pool, insist that the following rules are followed:

  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
  • Empty blow-up pools after each use.
  • No tricycles or other riding toys at poolside.
  • No electrical appliances near the pool.
  • No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
  • No running on the pool deck.

Pool Fences 

Children can climb out a window, through a doggy door, or sneak out a door to get to the back yard and the pool. To prevent small children from entering the pool area on their own, there should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool or spa. Combined with the watchful eyes of an adult, a fence is the best way to protect your child and other children who may visit or live nearby.  

Pool fences should also:

  • Be climb-resistant and should not have anything alongside it (such as lawn furniture) that can be used to climb it.
  • Be at least 4 feet high and have no footholds or handholds that could help a child climb it.
  • Have no more than 4 inches between vertical slats. Chain-link fences are very easy to climb and are not recommended as pool fences. If they must be used, the diamond shape should not be bigger than 1¾ inches.
  • Have a gate that is well maintained and is self-closing and self-latching. It should only open away from the pool. The latches should be higher than a child can reach – 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.
  • For above-ground pools always keep children away from steps or ladders. When the pool is not in use, lock or remove the ladders to prevent access by children.

Other protection products, when used with an “isolation” fence, may be of some benefit; however, these are not substitutes for adequate fencing. These may include the following:

  • Automatic pool covers (motorized covers operated by a switch). Pool covers should cover the entire pool so that a child can't slip under them. Make sure there is no standing water on top of the pool cover. Be aware that floating solar covers are not safety covers.
  • Door alarms
  • Doors to the house that are self-closing/self-latching
  • Window guards
  • Pool alarms

Swimming Lessons - Where We Stand

Children need to learn to swim. The AAP supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older, and for children 1 to 4 years of age who are ready to learn how to swim. Keep in mind that because children develop at different rates, each child will be ready to swim at her own time.

Some factors you may consider before starting swimming lessons for younger children include:

  • Frequency of exposure to water
  • Emotional maturity
  • Physical limitations
  • Health concerns related to swimming pools (for example, swallowing water, infections, pool chemicals)

While some swim programs claim to teach water survival skills to children less than 12 months old, evidence does not show that they are effective in preventing drowning. Swim lessons do not provide “drown-proofing” for children of any age, so supervision and other layers of protection are necessary even for children who have learned swimming skills.

Diving Safety

Serious spinal cord injuries, permanent brain damage, and death can occur to swimmers who dive into shallow water or spring upward on the diving board and hit it on the way down.

Keep safe by following these simple common-sense diving rules.

  • Check how deep the water is. Enter the water feet first, especially when going in for the first time.
  • Never dive into above-ground pools; they are usually not deep enough.
  • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Never dive through inner tubes or other pool toys.
  • Learn how to dive properly by taking classes.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Swimming-Pool-Safety.aspx

3 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

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1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

2. Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

Your SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly mitigation damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

3. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. Call today to find out how. 916-987-0400. 

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,700 nationwide franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction. What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in local facilities or a facility across the country, a SERVPRO professional will provide quality professional services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Summer Storms: How to Protect Your Home During Storm Season

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Summer may lead you to think of family vacations, school break and sunshine but the season is about something else for many people – storms. Thunderstorms are a part of the American summer but they are also a dangerous part. Lightning results in 55 – 60 deaths and 300 injuries every year. Extreme weather can be harmful to both yourself and your home. So make sure to stay on top of all storm safety tips to stay afloat.

Beware of Lightning

If you’re outside and ever feel “tingly hair” or hear a buzzing sound, this means lightning is imminent. The safest thing to do here is crouch down on the balls of your feet making sure your shoes touch with your head down and ears covered. This will reduce the risk of you being hit and will minimize injury if the worst happens.

Although this will help protect you, you are still at high risk. Once the sensation passes, go inside as soon as you can. You are still in danger so do not go out unnecessarily and rely on this method to stay safe.

Failure to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

It’s essential to implement all storm safety tips before a storm arrives. You should always take notice of your local emergency warning system. This will advise you about any upcoming storms as well as their severity.

No matter how safe you think your home is, you will need to evacuate immediately if a warning to leave is issued. Not all storms however will require an evacuation. Sometimes, it is safer to stay inside. In the event of lightning, for example, you should remember the 30/30 rule and go inside if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder but not leave the house until 30 minutes since the last thunder-clap.

If it is safe for you to stay at home, here is a handy check list of things to have:

  1. Nonperishable foods (think canned food, pasta and even peanut butter! Make sure a tin opener is kept with these)
  2. Bottled water (approximately 1 gallon per day – have a supply for two weeks in stock)
  3. Flashlights (and batteries in case the ones in the flashlights run out)
  4. First Aid Kid (and all medicines that any family members may require)
  5. Waterproof Containers (make sure your important documents are not ruined by floods)
  6. Whistle (in case you need to signal for help)

It’s a good idea to store these all year round but when storm season is coming up, check you have everything so that you’re the most prepared you can be.

As well as stocking up on these essentials in advance, we recommend having a storm safety plan. Every school and workplace has an emergency plan so why not have one for your home too?

Make sure any children understand what to do and where to go in the event of a storm. To get their attention, you can have a roleplay to demonstrate safety procedures to children. We recommend having a designated safe meeting place in the home - you could even print out these tips and keep them there.

Exterior Maintenance

Part of having a storm safety plan in the home is removing the dangers that sit outside your home. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Keep on top of yard maintenance (e.g. trim tree branches to limit breakages).
  • Secure or remove any loose items from the yard. It may be summer but it is safer to take down and pack away play items such as slides, a swing frame or trampoline as well as outdoor ornaments.
  • Make sure you don’t have any loose tiles as these could fall.
  • Be mindful of your trashcan as you do not want garbage thrown across your lawn.

Braving the Storm

Once you’ve finished your preparations, it’s very important to stay calm when a storm actually hits. Keep a few basic storm safety precautions in mind. Some of the essential things to remember include:

  • DON’T GO OUTSIDE! This should be an obvious storm safety tip; needless to say always wait until the storm has cleared and the local weather has announced that it is officially safe to do so.
  • Stay away from windows – these could break at any moment.
  • Steer clear of electrical wiring, particularly if there is water damage.
  • Avoid taking a shower or bath – it is more important to stay safe than bathe.

After the Storm

Once the storm has settled, you still need to be aware of the dangers. When it’s officially safe to leave your house, stay alert and be careful of the hazards we’ve listed below:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Do not think “It will be OK” as you cannot predict how deep the water may be and may end up stranded.
  • Keep clear of areas that have been hit badly by the storm. There is still the risk of falling debris.
  • Continue to listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
  • Be aware of others. Remember to help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them in your control at all times. They are likely to have been distressed by the storm also.

In the end, preparation and a calm head are hugely important. Stay safe!

Source: https://www.adt.com/resources/summer-storm-protection

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

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You can do a lot to prevent kitchen fires. Although you can’t remove every possible source of a kitchen fire, you can minimize fire risks by removing hazards and maintaining your kitchen. Follow these prevention tips to keep your kitchen safe:

  • Keep appliances serviced, clean, and in good repair. Dump the crumb tray and clean out the toaster crumbs periodically from the toaster or toaster oven. Wipe out the microwave. Clean the oven. Unplug any appliances that start acting funny, then have them repaired or replace them.

  • Unplug electric appliances when not in use. Toaster ovens, mixers, coffee makers, and so on, continue to draw electricity even when they’re not turned on. So if the wiring is old or faulty, or if the thermostat overheats, a fire could break out.

  • Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen. You don’t want the small amount of smoke or steam that cooking sometimes generates to constantly trigger the alarm — but you do want it to sense an actual kitchen fire.

  • Use caution when lighting the pilot light or burner on a gas stove. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

  • Don’t use metal in the microwave. The sparks can turn into fire or can seriously damage your microwave.

     
  • Don’t overfill pots or pans with oil or grease. The hot oil or grease, like in this figure, can splatter and cause a fire.

  • Wipe up spills and don’t cook on a dirty stove. Grease buildup is flammable. A clean stove is a fire-free stove.

  • Always roll up long sleeves and tie back long hair when cooking. You don’t need your beautiful flowing silk sleeves trailing in the spaghetti sauce, and you certainly don’t need to catch on fire!

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen, especially if you’re cooking in grease or if the oven is at a very high heat. Turn off the burner or oven if you need to leave the house or get caught up in a phone call.

  • Keep dish towels, pot holders, and paper towels away from the stove. You might have left a burner on by accident, and built-up heat could ignite combustibles left near or on the stove or oven.

Top seven safety tips for office workers

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With their climate control, soft chairs and armrests, office environments don’t conjure up thoughts of workplace hazards like, say, construction sites.

It’s true, office workers are at lower risk for workplace injuries than most, but it’s still important to talk about safety with office employees.

Here are seven safety tips for office workers to prevent workplace injuries:

  • Make sure your desk setup is ergonomic

    To maintain a neutral posture, your head should be centered over your neck and shoulders, wrists flat and elbows resting comfortably at your side. If your feet won’t touch the ground unless you lean forward, use a footrest. See our post on workplace ergonomics and neutral posture for more information on setting up an ergonomic workstation.

  • Take regular breaks to get up and move around

    Sitting all day puts office workers at risk for numerous health problems. Our warm up and stretching guide  gives you easy exercises you can do at work, and you can find more resources on our Get up and Move page.

  • When it’s slippery due to ice and snow, walk like a penguin when entering and leaving your office

    Winter slips and falls in parking lots are extremely common. To avoid them, walk like a penguin by walking flat footed taking short, slow steps. It’s also important to wear sensible footwear and carry only what you can handle. For more information and downloadable resources, visit our winter slip-and-fall prevention page.

  • Use a headset for prolonged or frequent phone use

    Cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear can cause neck and back pain.

  • Keep your workplace tidy

    Clean up spills immediately, keep aisles free of clutter, and tie up or secure cords so they don’t pose a trip hazard.

  • Don’t let electrical cords create a fire risk

    Avoid running electrical cords under carpet or through windows and doorways. Also, don’t fasten them with unapproved devices, such as staples.

  • Know your office emergency procedures

    Make sure you know what to do in the event of a fire, storm, violent intruder, medical problem or other emergency.

Source: https://www.sfmic.com/safety-tips-for-office-workers/

Toilet Overflow? Do Not Delay, Call the Water Damage Experts

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How do you know if the toilet that just overflowed will lead to a bigger problem? Only by professionally handling your specific situation based on the circumstances that it occurred will you know for certain. Was it a clean water overflow from the tank? Was it an overflow immediately after use and upon flushing it overflowed? If so, when the toilet was last used was fecal waste present? Because no amount of cleaning with bleach to disinfect the area afterwards will help. If bacteria was present in the water back up it will only be in the matter of hours that the bacteria will multiply and cause an awful odor of sewage throughout the inside of your home..

Was the overflow from an upstairs bathroom? Did water seep through the floors and is now inside the walls, ceiling and cabinets of the kitchen below? Are your belongings inside the cabinets now contaminated with sewage water?

Have several days passed since the initial leak occurred and now mold issues may be putting your family at risk? Is there a musty smell?

By calling out our SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom team you are relying on well trained and experienced technicians to mitigate the issue based on IICRC industry standards. This aids in avoiding secondary issues and assists in getting your home back to a safe and healthy environment. If mold is already present we can safely remove it in a professional mulit-step process where the remainder of the house can maintain fresh, breathable air due to our specialty equipment. Please don’t hesitate to call and find out exactly how we may help the situation you find yourself in, we are here to help with exactly that. Our number is 916-987-0400. 

Different Types of Storm Damage

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Wind Damage Restoration

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Flooding And Recovery

Flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb ground water, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too.

Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. (Cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.) By relying upon a trained specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com for more information on storm damage. If you're experiencing damage from a storm give us a call at 916-987-0400.

Summer Fire Safety

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People all over the United States participate in summer vacation, camping, family reunions, picnics, Fourth of July and more. As favored as summertime is, it can pose a potential threat. Fires and injuries from fireworks and outdoor cooking happen every day during the summer months. The USFA has wonderful fire safety materials for free! Below are six fire safety tips to keep in mind during this summer.

Firework Safety

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals. A study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries in the month of July.

Grilling Safety

It’s important when grilling to wear short sleeves to prevent your clothes from catching on fire. Maintain a safe zone of 3 feet around the grill and remember to regularly remove grease or fat buildup from the trays below. Never leave a grill unattended, no matter what.

Lawn Mower Care

Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance plan on your mowing equipment. Remove debris and grass clippings from cutting units, mufflers, and engines. Never refuel a lawn mower if it’s overheated.

Gas Storage

Do not store gasoline, liquid fire starter, propane or any other type of flammable liquids near a grill or potentially dangerous places. The best place to store any sort of flammable liquid in a well-ventilated area outdoors. Make sure that the seal is tight and the container is stored upright on a level surface.

HVAC Maintenance

Annual inspections of your a/c system can prevent a house fire. Dust can settle in places and cause short circuits and other electrical malfunctions that will lead to an air conditioning fire.

Alarm Inspection

Checking your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors regularly is one of the best fire prevention methods. Replace any burned out or old batteries and read the instructions on how to test your alarm to ensure that it works.

For more fire safety tips and materials check out USFA.fema.gov!

Commercial Kitchen Safety Checklist

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If you have a restaurant, deli, or food preparation kitchen, then read closely. We realize that restaurant insurance can be expensive. In fact, it can be quite expensive, especially when you have accidents in your kitchen.

But, here’s the thing: many commercial kitchen accidents and injuries can be avoided when safety procedures and policies are set up.

When safety is ignored, it’s only a matter of time before there are accidents. Remember that restaurant kitchen accidents only make insurance rates go up. So, doesn’t it make sense to implement these checklist points in your kitchen and food prep area?

Here are our kitchen safety tips to help you save on restaurant insurance

Preventing food preparation area accidents

  • Do my employees use a stool or footrest to avoid prolonged standing?
  • Do I make stools and footrests available to my kitchen workers?
  • Do we rearrange food prep tasks to avoid overreaching?
  • Do we use mechanical kitchen appliances for chopping, dicing, or mixing foods to avoid repetitive stress injuries?
  • Do we provide approved uniforms, hairnets, and gloves for our employees?
  • Do our employees wear uniforms, hairnets, and gloves?

Preventing lifting accidents

  • Have my workers been trained to lift with their legs not with their backs, whether it is a light or heavy load?
  • Are workers trained to bring heavy items close to their chest so they can stay balanced and eliminate straining?
  • Are employees trained to use tilt containers or get help when lifting or pulling fluids or heavy items?
  • Are my employees empowered to point out safe and proper lifting techniques to fellow employees?
  • Do supervisors take the lead by setting the right example?

Preventing slips, trips, and falls

  • Is the kitchen staff trained to mop up spills and wet areas immediately?
  • Are kitchen, supply areas, freezer floors, and walkways kept free of clutter?
  • Is proper ladder training provided?
  • Do employees know how to use ladders correctly to avoid overreaching and overextending themselves?
  • Are employees required to wear proper slip resistant footwear?
  • Is the kitchen floor swept and mopped each night?

Preventing kitchen fires

  • Are work areas kept clean?
  • Are fire extinguishers handy and operational?
  • Have employees been trained on using fire extinguishers?
  • Are employees allowed to smoke in the building?
  • Is a no smoking policy enforced?
  • Do you have a fire evacuation plan?
  • Do you have fire drills?
  • Do all workers know how to sound the alarm and call 911?
  • Is all fire suppression equipment regularly maintained and tested?

We Are Equipped With The Necessary Tools To Handle Your Water Damage

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Conventional household cleaning supplies are often inefficient or even harmful to fire damage restoration in Fair Oaks / Folsom and surrounding communities. While they may be used to great effect for the everyday messes, conditions, and circumstances found throughout day-to-day life, these cleaning supplies lack the specificity and strength necessary to eliminate fire and smoke residue from a home. Some chemicals may even react negatively with residues and create harmful substances requiring greater safety precautions to be handled. SERVPRO avoids these problems by developing targeted strategies for fire damage restoration and thoroughly training all technicians in their proper application.

Varied and Specialized Cleaning Solutions
Different types of fire damage in Fair Oaks / Folsom require different cleaning products and methods to prevent further damage from occurring. Smoke from one fire may be very different on a chemical level from another and may require a wholly different approach. SERVPRO technicians commonly employ tactics such as emulsifying, bleaching, changing pH, and more to eliminate residues, and all of these processes can change from situation to situation. We take care to evaluate every fire thoroughly to determine the best treatment strategy possible.

Thorough Deodorization
Cleaning away all visual indications of fire damage rarely eliminates the distinctive smell of smoke that pervades most homes following a fire. To eliminate smoke and other odors, we employ a comprehensive deodorization process that utilizes residue-free thermal and chemical fogging technology to eliminate odorous particles embedded deep within the walls and floors of your home.

Specialty Treatments
Most cleaning supplies could not hope to remove smoke and ash from items such as clothing, furniture, and electronics without causing severe damage to them. A full closet of clothing alone can require substantial time investment and multiple cleaning methods. SERVPRO trains to handle many of these situations with the care and unique considerations they require and can bring in specialists to handle items like electronics that need even more advanced care.

Home Fire Facts

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  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. 
  • African Americans tend to be disproportionately affected by home fires. On average they account for 25% of all fire deaths even though they represent less than 13% of the population. 
  • Most home heating fires are caused by heating equipment that is located too close to things that can easily burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding.
  • Portable space heaters were involved in one-third of all home heating fires and four out of every five home heating deaths.
  • Nearly 50% of all electrical fires involve malfunctioning or faulty electrical distribution equipment (power strips) or lighting fixtures. 
  • Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes that have no smoke alarms or malfunctioning units.
  • Approximately 80% of home fire deaths are related to asphyxiation caused by breathing in poisonous smoke.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire related injuries, followed closely by home heating equipment. Smoking is the leading cause of all home fire deaths. 
  • Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. 
  • On average, 57% of child fire deaths affect children ages 4 or younger. For Children younger than 15, exposure to smoke and fire is the third leading cause of death after transportation accidents and drowning.

Source: https://www.preparecenter.org/th/topics/house-fire

Learn your Natural Disaster Risks

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KNOW YOUR HAZARDS

Earthquake

Earthquakes can occur suddenly and be deadly. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

Flood

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere.

Hurricane

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas.

Tornado

Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms, and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds.

Wildfire

Wildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture

Winter Storm

Winter storms can occur anywhere and bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds or a combination of all these conditions. They can cause power outages that last for days or weeks; making it hard to keep warm and making travel very dangerous.

How Fire Damage Can Lead to Water Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

There’s no question that fires can cause devastating damage to a home. In a matter of minutes, you could watch in horror as your property and possession go up in flames. Fire damage isn’t the only concern you’ll have in this type of disaster. You also need to be aware of potential flooding on your Fair Oaks property as a result of firefighters’ efforts to put out the fire.

Response Following a Fire

Your first responsibility after alerting the authorities about a fire in your home is to get to safety. Then, you should let firefighting crews take over. The team will use a lot of water to ensure it puts out all the flames. This can result in water damage inside the structure. Here’s what will happen next:

  • You should take photos and contact your insurance company.
  • Avoid touching anything in the area of the fire.
  • Contact a fire restoration and water cleanup professional.

Water Cleanup Issues

A fire crew’s primary concern is to get the fire under control, stop it from spreading and ultimately completely extinguish it. The responders will spray as much water out of a fire hose as possible to achieve these goals. While this may effectively put an end to the flames, it will likely cause other problems with water on the floor, ceiling, walls, furniture and electronics.

The Next Group Comes In

In order to salvage as much of your home as possible, a restoration company will remove water left behind from the fire department. Specialists will use high-powered extractors to remove any water from the area. The team will determine what items can be saved and what it must replace.

Clean and Sanitize

Fire damage can destroy the structure or your possessions, but water has its own ill effects. The restoration technicians will thoroughly sanitize the wet areas to keep mold from growing and to help eliminate other substances.

In addition to fire damage, an emergency such as this at your home can introduce a lot of water. In order to remove it and begin rebuilding your house, make sure you call the experts.

Creating a Fire Escape Plan at an Office

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Three Suggestions for Creating an Emergency Escape Plan

A fire at a commercial building in Fair Oaks / Folsom can be devastating for a business, and it is critical to be prepared in the event of an emergency. This is especially true if a blaze occurs during hours when employees are working, and it is incredibly important for a business to have a fire escape plan in place. Here are three suggestions for creating an emergency escape plan to evacuate an office building fire safely.

1. Create and Communicate a Plan With Employees

Creating a solid fire escape plan and communicating the strategy with employees is critical. In order to do this, a building owner may examine the office building and share information about all the building exits with workers. Knowing where individuals must go for safety is vital. Holding regular meetings and scheduling fire drills to familiarize employees with the location of the exits may be helpful. Discussing an emergency plan and practicing fire drills may also help to alleviate panic during an emergency, because workers will be more prepared, and they will know what to do and where to go in order to escape.

2. Provide Fire Educational Resources for Workers

In addition to exercising fire safety drills, it may be beneficial to provide employees with information about fire safety tips. This material might include educational resources about how to escape a room that is consumed with smoke from a fire by getting as low to the floor as possible, for instance. The more education that workers have regarding the evacuation of a burning structure, the better.

3. Have Safety Measures in Place at the Office

Items such as fire extinguishers and escape ladders may be life-saving objects in an emergency. It may be a good idea to consider placing these and other fire safety items in an office and alerting employees of where they are located.


The safety of employees is crucial and having a fire escape plan at an office can save lives. If fire damage does occur to the building, fire restoration professionals can help. So long as workers are safe, everything else can be repaired - “Like it never even happened.”

How to Protect Your Pets From a Fire

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to the United States Fire Administration. Promote the safety of the people and animals in your home in the event of a fire emergency by planning ahead. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan that includes pet safety, here are three pet preparation steps you can take today.

3 Steps to Protect Pets From a Fire

  1. Avoid open flames. Cats or dogs may knock candles over or singe their tails in open flames. Try a flameless candle alternative instead. You should also consider the risk posed by knobs on a gas stove. If you leave your pets unconfined at home while you are away, you may want to block the kitchen entrance or install protective covers to prevent pets from accidentally turning on the gas. 
  1. Include pets in fire safety and evacuation plans. Prepare to safely evacuate pets along with the rest of your family in a fire emergency. Obtain and put up a front window cling to inform firefighters of the number and types of pets living in your home.
  1. Gather pet records and supplies in a fire box. Store this box near an exterior door so that you can quickly grab all of these items during an evacuation. Make sure to include ownership and vaccination records as well as spare collars and leashes in case you need to control or restrain a frightened pet.

These simple steps can help you prevent fires and promote pet safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to keep other home ownership or insurance records in a place where you can also easily find and take them in the event of an evacuation. Depending on the extent of a fire, you may also want to keep the number of a certified residential fire damage restoration company in Fair Oaks / Folsom, with these records.

Using Ozone To Remove Odors

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

When your home catches fire, the first thing you want to do is get the major damage repaired. Fire cleanup isn't complete, however, until you also rid your home of the lingering smell of smoke that the fire left behind, and it usually takes more than just cleaning the surfaces that were affected. If you are looking for home deodorization in Fair Oaks / Folsom, consider a company that uses ozone machines to combat odors.

When Is Ozone Used?

Any time there is a foul odor in your home after a fire, smoke cleanup professionals can use ozone to get rid of it. Such a smell can be caused by several things:

  • Home fire
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Malfunctioning fireplace

Ozone works by attaching to the smoke molecules. This attachment causes a chemical reaction that neutralizes the smell and thus freshens the air.

What Does the Process Involve?

The technicians who perform the ozone treatment will likely want to explain the process to you so that you know what to expect. Because ozone is not something you ever want to breathe, your home must be vacant before the home deodorization treatment can begin. Fortunately, the process should only take a few hours, and then you and your family will be able to return.
Before the machine starts producing ozone, the affected area must be sealed. This keeps the ozone molecules concentrated in the area and allows them to work on the odor. Once the seal is in place, the machine is turned on. After a few hours, the area must be aired out before your home is ready to be inhabited again.
You don't have to settle for stale odors in your home after fire damage is cleaned and your property restored. If you need home deodorization, an ozone treatment may be your best bet. It only takes a few hours, and it leaves your home smoke-free.

Why You Need a SERVPRO Professional

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Have you had damage happen in your home from water, fire, or mold? If any of these damages have occurred in your house, you need to get the damage cleaned up and your home restored as quickly as possible. You don’t want to try to do this big job on your own if you have no experience with it, and that is when you want to call in the professionals such as, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom.

SERVPRO professionals have the experience and knowledge to make sure that a big cleanup and restoration job is done correctly and in a timely manner. Damage from water, fire, or mold can cause a lot of damage and the damage won’t just be in places where you can see them.

There will be damage in areas where most people won’t think to look such as, under the floorboards, or behind walls. The professionals know exactly where the damage is going to be and will ensure that it is all cleaned up and your home is restored to the condition it was before the damage happened before they leave your house.

SERVPRO has the right equipment to do cleanup and restoration correctly for you. If you tried to get all the same equipment they have, it would cost you a lot of money you more than likely can’t afford. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will use their equipment and cleaning products to get the job done right and it will cost you a price that is affordable for you and that you don’t have any problems paying to get the job done right.

SERVPRO is going to be able to get the cleanup and restoration done in a timely manner so that you and your family are not inconvenienced for a long time. They will make sure your home is safe for your whole family to be in within a very short time, which is a huge benefit for you.

If you’re dealing with water, fire, or mold damage in your home don’t hesitate to give us a call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why Many Insurance Agents And Adjusters Use SERVPRO

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons we’re trusted by so many insurance agents and adjusters:

Fast Emergency Response
Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We give you an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Electronic Claims Information
Our corporate Claims Information Center provides the fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:
•    A complete electronic job file (by email or on paper)
o    First notice of loss
o    Detailed estimate
o    Digital loss photos
o    Scanned forms and paperwork
•    Informative reports (including job cost data) to improve results 
•    Performance comparison to industry standard

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients

A SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professional's job is to reassure your clients, perform quality service, and report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. We don’t want you to have to deal with problems from vendors. Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you’re assigned. We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom documented, measured performance increases value for you, your agency, your managers, and your clients.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your competitive advantage. 

Winter Weather Tips

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't we all wish winter just means snow days where we get to stay home and lounge all day in our pajamas, watch movies, and play in the snow?

Too bad that's not reality.

Winter storms can bring all sorts of issues for your home or business, so we have compiled some tips to counter those issues:

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Winter Storms Can Cause a Lot of Damage

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

It is always best to be prepared for winter storms in advance in order to protect your home, business and your family. In addition to snow accumulation, winter storms can bring along conditions that can affect your home on the inside and outside. When you know what type of damage can be caused by snow storms, it’s easier to find its effects and get them fixed as soon as possible. Even after snowfall, winter storms can bring and cause other challenges. Here are some possible types of Storm Damage from winter storms.

1. Strong winds may loosen roof shingles.

2. Strong winds might also pick up rocks or other small items and throw them against your siding or windows.

3. Snow or ice could sneak inside holes in your foundation, roof, siding etc.

4. If trees, especially large ones are growing close by to your home, tree branches could fall onto your roof during a storm or scrape against your homes siding. If those trees are older or if the melting snow saturates the ground enough, it can also cause trees to fall onto your home.

5. Ice dams may block water from going down gutters, and force water to go under shingles instead. They can also cause your gutters to collapse.

6. Heavy snows can cause your roof to collapse.

If a winter storm does leave a mark on your home, we recommend you take action immediately. It is wise to address storm damage issues while they are relatively small in order to prevent them from getting worse in the next storm. Small or big, at SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom we are here for you should your home or office experience storm damage. We are available to assist 24/7 365 days a year. Just give us a call at 916-987-0400. 

Things to Know About Smoke Damage

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction.  While fire may be the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house. Ash and smoke will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration not to mention powerful lingering odors. The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. This entire process is very detailed. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration.           

1. Smoke Migrates to Cooler Areas: The behavior of smoke during a fire is largely dependent on temperature. Smoke is typically hot and migrates to cooler regions of your home. Unfortunately, the cooler regions of your home are often hard to reach places, like cabinets and the underside of furniture. This makes the cleaning process much more difficult and is one of the major consequence of smoke damage. 

2. Smoke Uses Plumbing to Migrate Through Your House: Smoke naturally travels through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to travel from floor to floor. This is the best way for smoke to travel throughout homes and buildings and cause further damage. Vents and plumbing systems are cleaned and often replaced if smoke damage is great enough. 

3. Wet, Smoldering Fires Produce the Most Damaging Smoke: The type of fire and the type of smoke produced by the fire make a huge difference when it comes to cleaning smoke damage. Wet, smoldering fires produce highly volatile and noxious smoke, the effects of which can persist for years if not cleaned properly.  

4. High Temperature Fires Produce Easier to Clean Smoke Damage: Contrary to what you might believe, high temperature fires tend to be less damaging than smoldering fires. That is because they burn very quickly and produce a different type of smoke that contains less damaging soot. As a result, even though the high temperature fire may seem like it would produce more damage, you may just get lucky. 

5. A Very Damaging Component of Smoke is Invisible: While the billowing clouds of dark smoke may seem the likely culprit, it’s the invisible protein residues of smoke that can also cause server damage. These residues can break down metal, wood, paint, and even porcelain, and their highly volatile chemical make-up allows them to penetrate deep into almost any substance while remaining totally invisible. Beware of this invisible enemy!

6. Smoke Damage Can destroy Metal and Wood Items: You might think that hearty substance like wood and metal would not be affected by smoke as much as upholstery and textiles. You’d be wrong. The noxious protein residues in smoke can break down brass, copper, wood, and even stone, causing them to decay at an ultra rapid rate. Be sure to let a professional know about the exposure of wood and metal items to smoke and the duration of the exposure. 

7. The Number 1 Rule to Prevent Lasting Smoke Damage: Get Air Moving: If you want to get a head start on cleaning up your home after smoke damage, follow the cardinal rule. Get air moving.  Use fans and open windows to keep air circulating throughout your home. This will prevent any remaining smoke residues from penetrating even deeper into your house and property.

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage in Your Fair Oaks Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fires that do not do much in the way of actual fire damage may seem like something a homeowner could take care of on their own, but they should not. The reason has nothing to do with the water cleanup, but rather the smoke and soot that permeated porous materials and left an odor and a residue that cannot be just wiped away. 
 
When SERVPRO tackles the odor left behind from fire damage in your home, we first determine if there is any residual moisture left in building materials or possessions and ensure the area is thoroughly dried using our specialized techniques. Then our certified technicians access how much the odor has spread and implement measures to contain the smell and particles from any further spreading by setting up containment around the area. 
 
SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians are specialists in eliminating offensive odors and have many resources to attacking stubborn scents left behind by a fire. Our technicians perform a complete wipedown of affected areas using professional grade cleaners with both wet and dry sponges as determined by the type of residue. We often use HEPA filtered air scrubbers with an additional activated charcoal filter can capture odor-causing particles as small as 0.3microns. 
 
If the smell left behind proves stubborn, thermal fogging a very effective method we utilize to eliminate unpleasant scents. The thermal fogger delivers a solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and the dry fog acts in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The vaporized solution permeates and neutralizes foul odors in porous items and building materials leaving no trace of smoke odors. 
 
Foul odors do not have to be a reminder of fire damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 and talk to one of our certified technicians. We are available 24/7 to come to your house and eliminate unpleasant odors leaving your home without a trace of smoke odor "Like it never even happened." 

How Professionals Deal with Category 2 Water Loss

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage and a flooded home is one of the most challenging emergencies that home owners are forced to address. When flood damage has occurred, it is advisable to involve professionals in the water cleanup and restoration process because there is usually a risk of injury associated with the mitigation process. Other risks include compromising the strength of the building if the drying process is not handled properly and losses that will be incurred a few months down the line trying to deal with emergent issues such as mold growth after there has been water in home. When the flood damage is caused by a pipe break of a supply line break, mitigation is typically simple, however, when it is cause by sewer lines, the risk increases further. Here are a few things you should understand about Category 2 water damage and the mitigation process.

Category 2 water loss is also known as gray water in homes. It is water which contains a certain level of the chemical, physical or biological containment. This water in home can cause problems such as physical discomfort on the skin and sickness when one is exposed to it, or when consumed. The common sources of this type of water include toilet bowls containing urine, water from dishwashers, and flood damage from the failure of sump pumps. Water cleanup professionals always recommended that everyone inside a flooded home with Category 2 water loss to leave immediately and a company to be called in to resolve the matter.

Procedures that are followed in water damage restoration

As mentioned, you need to contact professionals as soon as you notice there is flood damage of any kind in the building that you occupy. The first thing to do when they arrive is getting the proper work contracts and authorizations to handle the process. The restoration company will get to work on the flooded home as soon as you give the green light. The experts first survey the building and identify any safety hazards present. These include things like electrical wires that could be hanging in the water, dry walls that have become loose and related issues. The flooded home restoration company will then try to locate the source of the water loss and start the water cleanup process. Common sources are a pipe break or a supply line break.

When the pipe break, supply line break or other source of water in home or water in business has been located, the restoration company does their best to protect your furniture by blocking. If there are small items, they will be moved out of the affected region. If the water got to surfaces which are carpeted, the restoration company uses a sub-surface extraction tool for water cleanup. Other tools that the water damage restoration companies use for the suction work include vacuums and special suction and water extraction pumps.

The drying part of the flooded home follows. To achieve the desired drying effect, all the dehumidifiers are turned on and left on until a new dew point temperature is reached. Experts are cautious about the drying process because when done improperly, issues such as mold will result later. After the drying, a biocide will be applied to all the affected surfaces to eliminate or retard the growth of all types of microbial life. If there are any structures which are non-dryable and they got wet during the damage, the water damage restoration company will remove and replace them.

Other measures that are taken by mitigation companies include installation of air movers and use of deodorizers to deal with the smell that is left behind by dirty water in business. The restoration process will be the last, where the water damage restoration company repaints any surface ruined in the restoration process, the replace the old carpets with new ones and replace dry walls. Issues such as a pipe break or a supply line break will also be repaired or replaced. As long as you have professionals working with you to remove contaminated water in business, the mitigation will be easy and hazard free.

How Water Loss Incidents Can Cause Future Mold Growth Issues

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold colonies quickly form whenever there is excess moisture or even humidity in a home. The spores that cause mold growth are microscopic and natural occurring, and apart from moisture, they require an organic food source, oxygen and the right temperature to thrive. Because of the environment, a mold problem can keep recurring even after remediation, which is not only costly but also inconveniencing so finding ways to get long-term results from a remediation exercise is essential. 

Most exercises of mold remediation in Fair Oaks / Folsom happen after incidents of water loss because such events supply the necessary moisture for growth. Leaks that can go unnoticed, especially in hidden sections of the property, can also lead to infestations. Such leaks are common in plumbing lines within wall cavities and beneath sinks or bathtubs. Addressing the source of the water helps prevent recurrence. Our SERVPRO technicians will take measures to quickly bring down relative humidity levels below 60 percent after a water loss incident to prevent growth. Fixing small leaks and drying wet materials using dehumidifiers and air movers helps deal with the issue “like it never even happened.”

If you are facing a lingering mold problem, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at (916) 987-0400. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re faster to any size disaster.

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Clothes Dryer Fires- Facts and Stats

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.

Clothes Dryers and Fire Safety- Quick Tips

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  •  Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  •  Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you you go to sleep.

Source: https://www.kentland33.com/safety/clothes-dryer-fire-safety/

Tips for Rainy Season

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

TIPS TO PREPARE FOR RAINY SEASON

Property owners can take these proactive steps to minimize the potential for flooding and other hazards:

Check Storm Drains Near Your Home

Leaves can clog storm drains and lead to localized flooding. Sweep away leaves that are lying in the gutter or on top of a storm drain prior to rainfall. If you notice a storm drain that is full to the brim with debris, call the City to have it cleaned.

Check Your Trees

The potential for fallen trees during a storm event is higher this year than in the past. With the drought, some trees have had little or no water. The lack of water has severely strained and weakened some trees, making them especially vulnerable during windy conditions. Remove damaged or weak branches to minimize this hazard.

Don't Use Pesticides or Herbicides Before Rain

Otherwise, these pollution sources will make their way into a nearby storm drain and harm Rancho Cordova's creeks and the American River. Click here to learn how you can use nontoxic pesticides and herbicides to control garden pests and weeds.

Here are some other tips to remember:

  • Remove leaves and other debris that may be causing a blockage in your storm drain.
  • Rake your leaves and debris to prevent flooding and keep your gutters and storm drains clear.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • If your property has a history of flooding, get sandbags at the locations above before the storm arrives.
  • Tie down or properly store outdoor refuse cans, lawn equipment, decorations and any other lightweight objects in your yard.
  • Check for unstable fences and gates.
  • Check for trees and limbs that may be ready to fall.
  • Pet owners should check to be sure pets are secure and safe.
  • Don't park over drainage inlets.
  • Inventory or prepare a basic emergency kit and store it in an accessible place. The kit should include flashlight, bottled water, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries.
  • Do not use generators. Electric generators can cause a power surge back to the main line and injure utility workers working on the power lines. Gas generators can cause build-up of deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Become familiar with your SMUD service panel location and how to operate the main circuit breaker. To learn how, call SMUD Customer Service at 1-888-742-7683.
  • During the storm, stay away from downed or sagging power lines, streetlights, or traffic signals, and any debris that might be entangled with them.

Source: https://www.cityofranchocordova.org/i-want-to-/prepare-for-a-storm

Best Foods to Stockpile for an Emergency

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

What to Always Keep in Your Pantry

These items have lengthy expiration dates, so you can stash them away for long periods of time. Make a list of everything in your stockpile and check expiration dates every 6 to 12 months to keep things fresh. And don’t forget to have a can opener on hand at all times—all that food won’t be of any use if you can’t open it.

• Peanut butter
A great source of energy, peanut butter is chock-full of healthful fats and protein. Unless the jar indicates otherwise, you don’t have to refrigerate after opening.


• Whole-wheat crackers
Crackers are a good replacement for bread and make a fine substitute when making sandwiches. Due to their higher fat content, whole-wheat or whole-grain crackers have a shorter shelf life than their plain counterparts (check the box for expiration dates), but the extra fiber pays off when you’re particularly hungry. Consider vacuum-packing your crackers to prolong their freshness.

• Nuts and trail mixes
Stock up on these high-energy foods—they’re healthful and convenient for snacking. Look for vacuum-packed containers, which prevent the nuts from oxidizing and losing their freshness.

• Cereal
Choose multigrain cereals that are individually packaged so they don’t become stale after opening.

• Granola bars and power bars
Healthy and filling, these portable snacks usually stay fresh for at least six months. Plus, they’re an excellent source of carbohydrates. “You can get more energy from carbohydrates without [eating] tons of food,” says Andress.

• Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins
In the absence of fresh fruit, these healthy snacks offer potassium and dietary fiber. “Dried fruits provide you with a significant amount of nutrients and calories,” says Swanson.

• Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey
Generally lasting at least two years in the pantry, canned meats provide essential protein. Vacuum-packed pouches have a shorter shelf life but will last at least six months, says Diane Van, manager of the USDA meat and poultry hotline.

• Canned vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, and peas
When the real deal isn’t an option, canned varieties can provide you with essential nutrients.

• Canned soups and chili
Soups and chili can be eaten straight out of the can and provide a variety of nutrients. Look for low-sodium options.

• Bottled water
Try to stock at least a three-day supply—you need at least one gallon per person per day. “A normally active person should drink at least a half gallon of water each day,” says Andress. “The other half gallon is for adding to food and washing.”

• Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade
The electrolytes and carbohydrates in these drinks will help you rehydrate and replenish fluid when water is scarce.


• Powdered milk
Almost all dairy products require refrigeration, so stock this substitute for an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D when fresh milk isn’t an option.

• Sugar, salt, and pepper
If you have access to a propane or charcoal stove, you may be doing some cooking. A basic supply of seasonings and sweeteners will improve the flavor of your food, both fresh and packaged.

• Multivitamins
Supplements will help replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet.

Source: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/emergency-foods

3 Strategies to Keep Your Home Safe From Fire

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE IS ALWAYS IN THE news, but that seems to particularly be the case lately, from wildfires in the West to the recent church fires in the Southeast. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013, the most recent year for such data, U.S. fire departments responded to approximately 1.2 million fires. Some 3,240 people, not including firefighters, lost their lives that year, and 2,755 of them died in home fires.

To keep your home safe from fire and protect yourself and your family, you need to put aside some time to think about a plan. Here are three things you should do:

Start with your insurance. If you want to skip this, you don't have to contact your insurance agent, but he or she may give you some good ideas and save you money. While most insurance agents and executives are probably swell people who don't want bad things to happen to good people, the entire business model is about avoiding risk so that insurers don't have to pay up when something catastrophic happens.

So if you can demonstrate that you're taking pains to make your house safe from a fire, your insurer will likely offer you a discount on your homeowners insurance. By protecting yourself, you help protect the insurer from having to fork over a fortune later. Assuming you impress your insurer, the company will likely thank you by giving you a 5 to 15 percent discount on your policy.

Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. Not to get too dramatic, but doing this could make the difference between living and dying if a fire breaks out. Generally, smoke alarms run anywhere from $10 to a little over $100, depending on the type.

"There are two different types of smoke alarm detectors – ionization and photoelectric – and the ionization works better in detecting flames, and the other would work better in a smoldering fire," says Jake Lemonda, who has had 30 years of experience firefighting in New York City and is the chief representative and president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Which one is the best? Many experts will tell you to get both, and some of the more expensive detectors have dual technology sensors – that is, one detector is equally good at picking up flames and a smoldering fire.

Lemonda says your main objective should simply be to have a smoke detector, and, if possible, "get the type of smoke detector that's interconnected with the other smoke detectors in your home. In other words, if a smoke detector would go off in your kitchen, all of the detectors would go off."

The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing your smoke alarm every 10 years. In fact, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reviewing a bill that, if passed, will require all stores in New York state to sell smoke alarms that have a 10-year, nonremovable battery, starting in 2017. One can imagine that someday, this may be an industry standard.

Check your home for fire-prone areas. You could drive yourself insane with worry, looking for all of the ways your house could catch on fire.

For instance, in February, a fire started in a bedroom at a house in London, and the culprit was an empty jar of the hazelnut spread, Nutella, sitting on a bedroom window sill. It's believed the refracted sunlight off the glass started a spark on the blinds. The family wasn't home, but the house burned down, and the family dog perished.

So in other words, think about it long enough, and you could quickly come to the conclusion that every home is a death trap, and that it's hopeless to attempt precautionary measures. But try not to go there. After all, there are a lot of routine maintenance tasks that aren't just smart to do for your home, but will also help reduce your risk of having a fire.

John Bodrozic, a co-founder of the home management website HomeZada.com, offers several examples of things you are probably already doing – so make sure that you continue doing them.

Clean out the dryer vent duct. You probably do this, anyway, right? Your clothes will dry faster if the vent duct that leads to the outside of your home is clear. But it's also a smart fire prevention tactic, Bodrozic says, suggesting you clean it out at least once a year. "Highly flammable lint builds up over time and causes house fires," he says.

Clean out the gutters and make sure the roof is free of debris. It's a smart idea anyway. Debris on the roof looks junky, and clogged gutters can lead to flooding inside the house. But also, Bodrozic says: "Dried out foliage … can easily catch fire."

Trim around the outside of the house. It'll help your landscaping look more attractive, but this, too, is part of basic fire prevention. "Cut down trees and limbs that overhang the house," Bodrozic suggests. "If they catch on fire, it's more likely to spread to the home."

On that note, he adds: "If you live in a forest fire area, try to clear a 50-foot perimeter around the house."

And if you are concerned about wildfires, ReadyforWildfire.org has some useful advice for homeowners. For instance, you might consider building or rebuilding your fence, using noncombustible materials, to protect your home.

Remove shrubs around the air-conditioning unit. This is assuming you've let that part of the yard get out of control. "[Air-conditioning units] need airflow to operate efficiently, and if there is dry brush around it, it starts to work harder, heat up more, and could spark a fire," Bodrozic says.

Keep fire extinguishers in the home. And just as important, take a look at them periodically. "Regularly check their pressure, especially in the kitchen, where cooking often starts a fire," Bodrozic says.

On that last point, it should be easy to check if your extinguisher is working. "They usually all come with a gauge, and usually the arrow indicates when it's charged properly," Lemonda says. "It'll be in the green section of the gauge."

Forgetting to replace an expired fire extinguisher appears to be a common problem. Businesses are frequently cited violations for having expired fire extinguishers, which typically cost about $20 to $30, although you can find them for as low as $10. Last year, the University of Georgia's independent student newspaper, "The Red and Black," did an investigation that found 35 extinguishers out of date in laboratories throughout campus – a dangerous situation, the paper pointed out, since labs "frequently experience chemical spills or other accidents."

In homes, cooking is the leading cause of fire and home injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. So make sure your fire extinguisher is in proper working order, and if not, buy a new one as soon as you can. If you think about it, if you don't have a working extinguisher, you really just own a big, red paperweight.

Source: https://loans.usnews.com/strategies-to-keep-your-home-safe-from-fire

4 Keys to Staying Safe in a Hailstorm

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Hail can cause injury and damage your home and possessions. Here's how to prepare.

Hail is one of the most common and costly weather hazards in the United States, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to buildings, vehicles, and crops every year. Help guard against the damaging effect of this severe weather event by following the hailstorm safety steps below.

Make a plan

A hailstorm can disrupt electrical service and is often accompanied by other severe weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Prepare your family for the hazards and inconveniences of a hailstorm by creating a disaster preparedness plan, including a disaster survival kit and an emergency evacuation plan.

Stay informed

Hail often occurs during severe weather patterns, such as strong thunderstorms. When severe weather threatens, tune in to a battery-powered radio or a hand-crank NOAA weather radio for updates. A severe thunderstorm watch means that a storm poses an immediate threat to the people and property in its path. This warning may be accompanied by a siren or other community alert system.

Move inside, stay inside

Hailstones vary greatly in size, but even small ones — driven by gravity and strong winds — pose a danger to anything or anyone caught in a storm. As a storm approaches, put vehicles in the garage and bring pets inside. If you are outdoors, go indoors immediately.

Once you're indoors, close all drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent broken window glass and hailstones from entering your home. If possible, move to a basement, cellar, or other level of the building not directly below the roof. Stay indoors until the storm has passed.

If you're on the road during a hailstorm, stay in your vehicle and slow down or stop, as roads may become slippery. Once you have pulled over safely, turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket to protect yourself from broken glass.

Protect your roof

Roof damage is a common consequence of hailstorms. Following a strong storm, you should evaluate the condition of your roof to identify any damage and prevent further deterioration.

The Federal Alliance of Safe Homes (FLASH) has information about strengthening your home's roof decking and shingles against hail and other severe weather. Even if your roof is not currently damaged, you may want to discuss making these changes with a reputable roofing contractor.

Source: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/safety/4-keys-to-staying-safe-in-a-hailstorm

Mold! Mold! It’s Everywhere! So What?

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Yes, Mold is Everywhere!

Mold is certainly a problem in many buildings, homes, apartments, condos, offices, factories, warehouses, public buildings. Yes, mold is everywhere. In case you didn’t know, it’s outdoors, as well as indoors. Essentially all molds indoors come from outdoors. The problem occurs when the outdoor mold levels-usually at a level most people can tolerate-finds an ideal growth environment indoors and begins to propagate to where it overwhelms our immune systems. Different molds thrive in different conditions but most like high humidity, warmth, and a food source (mostly wood, paper, foodstuffs, and plant matter).

Conditions for Mold Growth

Different molds like different conditions for propagation. Some thrive in high moisture; some prefer active water infusion. They also have a variety of diets and temperature requirements. Some like the cellulose in sheetrock paper, others like wood in various degrees of decay and water saturation. Some like very warm temperatures, others like lower temperatures. Very few, however, will grow in cool and cold temperatures; if they do it is very slow.  

Adverse Effect on Humans

The important point with molds that may produce some type of adverse effect on humans is the quantity. The quantity on surfaces that can be dislodged by physical contact and air movement, and the quantity of mold, floating free in the air, that can be inhaled.

How to Help Prevent House Fires

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Using our claim data, we have developed a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them.

Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires.

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits. If you have questions about your home's electrical system, you may want to consult a licensed electrician.
  • Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips—both allow you to plug in multiple electronic devices, but only the surge protector will help protect these devices from a power spike. Use surge protectors to protect valuable electronic devices, such as computers and televisions.

Alternative Heating Sources May Also Create a Fire Hazard.

  • Avoid using an older space heater, as it may not have adequate safety features compared to newer units. When purchasing a new space heater, ensure it is UL Listed and pay attention to the safety features.
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire.
  • If you plan to install an alternative heating system, such as a wood or pellet stove, follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you are unsure about how to properly install the system, consider hiring a professional to do the installation.
  • Before installing a wood or pellet stove, check to ensure it complies with the laws of your state and municipality.

Safety Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that cooking fires are the most common causes of home fires and home fire injuries? Pans left unattended while hot on the stove are obvious culprits but there are a number of less obvious causes that may be news to you. Because house fires are extremely dangerous for your family, the theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week (October 5 – 11) is Prevent Home Fires. Here are tips to prevent kitchen fires and keep your family safe.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are not only the leading cause of home structure fires, the majority of kitchen fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves. Wouldn’t it be smarter to avoid cooking fires altogether? You can, with the following kitchen safety tips from third generation and 30-year fire department veteran John Borboa, fire chief in the Central Valley of California.

Stay in the kitchen

“The most common fires occur from people leaving food on the stove unattended. Don’t leave the kitchen while you have things cooking,” warns Borboa. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove and take your pots and pans off the heat. This is equally important if you are broiling food in the oven – take the food out of the oven and turn off the broiler.

Watch your clothing

Long, flowing sleeves, large-fitting shirts and even aprons can catch fire. Borboa recommends that, when cooking, wear short or close-fitted sleeves and keep your baggy shirts tucked in or tied back with a well-fitted apron.

Be aware of the items around the stovetop

Kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords and even curtains can easily catch fire if set near a hot burner. Always move flammable items away from your stovetop. “And be careful when using towels to move a pot off the burner. Ideally, use an oven mitt, but if using a towel, be sure it doesn’t dangle down and touch the burner,” adds Borboa.

Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen

In the case you do have a fire, a fire extinguisher can make the difference between an easy to clean up burned pan and a kitchen engulfed in flames. Be sure you actually know how to use it, too.

Change the batteries in your smoke detector

Chances are you have a smoke detector in the kitchen or in the room adjacent to the kitchen. Borboa says its not enough to havea smoke detector – you need to make sure the smoke detector is operable. He recommends changing your smoke detector batteries every six months.

Never throw hot grease in the garbage can

“First of all, know the smoke points of your oils and never subject an oil with a low smoke point to high heat cooking – it can catch fire,” says Borboa. “Second, never throw hot grease in the garbage can. Even if the grease isn’t on fire, it can cause something in the garbage to burn.” Instead, let grease cool and dispose of it in an old coffee can.

Source: https://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/805729/safety-tips-to-prevent-kitchen-fires/

Severe Thunderstorm Safety

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Thunderstorms
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods

The Importance of a Home Fire Evacuation Plan

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a fictional story but it could happen to almost any family. The Smith family was home one night and at about 1:00 am a fire started in the house. The alarms woke everyone up and the parents rushed to make sure the kids got out of the home. However, by the time they got to little Frank’s room he was already gone. He went out the back door and was hiding under a patio table.

Everyone (except Frank) ended up in the backyard and his father, James, checked outside everywhere and couldn’t find him in all the noise and confusion. James decided to go back in the house and find his son but fortunately, he caught a glimpse of him under the table. This scenario could have easily ended in tragedy because the family had no fire escape plan from home.

Coming Up with a Fire Escape Plan

Walk through the entire house and figure out the best evacuation route. It’s important to get all family members together so everyone gets the same information. You need to have things on paper so they can be posted on the wall for everyone to see. 

Don’t forget to tell everyone to drop to the floor and crawl out of the house if it’s full of smoke or hot inside. Many people are seriously injured or killed from breathing super heated air, and the air is the coolest at floor-level.

Draw up your floor plan. You can download a home fire escape plan template by going to the Red Cross website . It's a good idea to come up with a home fire drill checklist too.

Mold Remediation to a Commercial Building

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today! (916) 987-0400

How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

How to Check for Roof Wind Damage

  1. Perform an Outdoor Inspection: Look for missing and damaged shingles (damaged shingles might be curled, cracked, or torn) on your roof or around your property. If this type of damage is localized (i.e., it covers less than 30 percent of the entire roof), roofing repairs might be able to address the problem. More extensive damage might necessitate roof replacement. Also keep in mind that not only the roof itself, but the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing can also become damaged. Be sure to inspect them for damage as well.  If you suspect that your roof is damaged, here is a basic list of what to look for:
  • Composition shingles: curling, loss of granulation, broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Wood shingles/shakes: Mold or decay, splitting or curling
  • Flat roof: Obvious patches, cracks or tears, several blisters and/or wrinkles (also check patched areas from inside the attic)
  • Flashing: Tears, buckling around roof penetrations
  • Roofing cement: Excess cement, crumbling
  • Soffits and fascia: Decay, stains
  • Soffit and ridge vents: Clogged or damaged vents, flashing and shingles around them curling or missing
  • Gutters: Decay or rust, leaky seams, loosely attached to structure, bent or sagging, missing sections of gutter or downspout, filled with debris. Clogged gutters can easily freeze shut and cause excessive weight on gutter fasteners, ice dam conditions, and slippery walks below.
  • Chimneys: Leaning, loose or missing flashing, damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Chimney flashing is especially prone to tearing because a chimney settles independently from the house.
  1. Perform an Indoor Inspection: Moisture marks, brown, yellow, or grey stains, and peeling paint on walls and/or ceilings could all indicate a damaged, leaking roof. Also check your attic for damp rafters or leaks. And if you experience a sudden surge in energy costs, it could be a sign that your roof ventilation has been compromised.
  2. Call in a Professional: Call in a roofer for a professional inspection. Getting on your roof yourself is not recommended as it can lead to personal injury and also further damage to your property. A trained professional also has the tools and safety techniques to get up on your roof and check for damage.

SERVPRO Cleanup

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning –used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning – an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe – effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning – used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning – involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.      

Immersion Cleaning – contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Three Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Full line of Services

Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, a SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professional can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water and mold restoration services; SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

A National Leader in Large Losses

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to commercial buildings and large commercial losses.

Reduced Recovery Time

Your SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professionals understand the urgency in responding to your home following a disaster. By arriving quickly to mitigate damage to the structure and contents, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will help your home be back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom (916) 987-0400.

Consequences of Water Damage in Office Buildings

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

After water damage, office losses can arise from damage to office equipment and furniture, destruction of computer files and paper records and loss of income when the incident forces the operations to shut down. Any of these can have a serious impact on the finances of the company as well as create time-consuming tasks for some office personnel.

Financially, the cost of water damage includes repair or replacement of damaged items that are important to the operations of the office as well as the costs of water extraction, cleanup and renovation of the water-damaged building. If the company has proper and adequate insurance coverage, their plan will pay for the damage and restoration costs. Otherwise, the company will have to shoulder the burden of the financial loss.

Aside from financial consequences, secondary water damage in an office building such as poor indoor air quality and mold growth have also been known to have adverse effects on the health and well-being of employees, which can translate to more sick days or sluggish production.

One study done in the United States on occupational respiratory disease, which was published in April 2005 in a peer-reviewed journal, observed employees who were working in a building that experienced water damage from leaks over several years.

Compared with the general workforce, the subjected office workers were found to be two and three times more likely to develop respiratory symptoms like wheezing and adult-onset asthma, respectively. The authors of the study also calculated that about 12 percent of sick days that were taken by the said office workers were related to the heath effects of the water-damaged building.

Source: https://www.restorationsos.com/education/commercial/water-damage-in-office-buildings/consequences-of-water-damage-in-office-buildings.asp

We Are Here To Help After Your Commercial Property

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

When your Fair Oaks / Folsom business faces a water loss the treatment approach should not be “slow and steady.” No matter how the excess water intruded into your commercial property, you have no time to lose when responding. Moisture soaked into structural components or inches or feet of water threatening equipment, documents, and inventory are catastrophes necessitating immediate action. Your best bet is to line up our expert water abatement team.

Finding faster water removal in Fair Oaks/ Folsom is as straightforward as contacting our office. We incest in the highest efficiency commercial pumps and water extractors available, capable of moving even hundred of gallons of water out of your business property rapidly and completely. Premium water removal equipment is only as good as its operators. Our company has built a skilled workforce of IICRC technicians trained and experienced in substantial water loss remediation. Your business will greatly benefit from our proactive approach.


Water that lingers in a commercial space for more than 24 to 48 hours exposes your business to a heightened risk of mold damage. SERVPRO focus on the fastest route to water removal, arriving at your retail store, warehouse, hotel, restaurant, or other property with an experienced crew and fully stocked service vehicles. Our signature green trucks hold high-capacity submersible pumps, wanded and heated water extractors, and effective cleaners, tools, and EPA-registered disinfectants. If needed our equipment can operate using onboard generators or gas motors, so we do not need to wait for electricity temporarily disconnected to be reconnected. We also carry air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers on the trucks to move seamlessly from water removal to applied structural drying.

Expect us to promote faster water removal for your commercial building using all resources at our disposal. If your business water loss is more extensive than average, we access our nationwide network of affiliated SERVPRO professionals to increase our capacity. More personnel and a more extensive inventory of water extraction and drying equipment ensure your property returns to preloss condition with skill, thoroughness, and all deliberate speed.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is available 24 hours a day-year round at (916) 987-0400 to schedule a timely assessment.

How to Stay Safe in the Kitchen

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever thought about how you’d react in the actual event of a fire? Let’s hope it never happens – but if it did, here are some guidelines to help reduce long-term damage.

If there’s a fire in your oven or microwave:

First, turn off the oven or microwave. And whatever you do, don’t open the door – the lack of oxygen should suffocate the flames. But if flames remain, call 911.

If there’s a fire on your stove:

Never use water to put out a grease fire. Water can make things worse by further splattering the grease.

If the fire is small, try the following:

  1. Turn off the stove and put a lid on the pan
    2. Throw baking soda on the fire – but don’t mistake it for flour, which can further exacerbate the flame
    3. Use a wet cloth or towel and throw it on the fire
    4. Pull out that fire extinguisher you just had installed
    5. If the fire is growing, call 911 immediately

Stay cool!

Thinking about potential kitchen disasters can be alarming, but that shouldn’t stop you from letting loose in the kitchen!

Cooking is fun, and as long as you stay mindful of these kitchen safety guidelines (while also installing all your preventative measures), you can continue to whip up some culinary masterpieces – crisis averted.

Source: https://www.lemonade.com/blog/how-to-stay-safe-in-the-kitchen/

Energy Efficiency Tips for Commercial Buildings

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

1. Regular HVAC Maintenance: Water, steam and air flow metering and monitoring can measure HVAC system efficiency and identify “leaky” valves or other potential system inefficiencies.
2. Damper and Actuator Maintenance: When working properly, dampers and actuators enable free cooling controls/programs to do their job. Maintenance performed every 3-6 months can cause a 5 ton compressor to operate only 20 hours less, energy savings can equate to $0.10 per kWh.
3. Heat Exchange Coil Cleanliness: Dirty condenser and evaporator coils reduce cooling capacity and make compressors work harder. Supply and return air temperature measurements with outdoor air resets is one of the most cost-effective maintenance steps that can be done on HVAC systems.
4. Demand-controlled Ventilation: Too little outside air is a health concern … too much is an energy waster. Using a CO2 sensor and controller helps you get it just right.

Source: https://www.industrialcontrolsonline.com/informationcenter/10-energy-efficiency-tips-commercial-buildings/

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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.  Source: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness.html

Top 3 reasons for a commercial water loss

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Extreme Weather

As many may know flooding can happen very quickly. What starts out as a small storm can suddenly turn into something larger, and cause a lot more damage than anyone expected. For example, during heavy rain a small leak on the roof can turn into a large downpour of water that floods an entire section of the property.

Damaged Appliances

Almost every office building has a kitchen or break room. And typically these rooms have a refrigerator, a sink disposer, and possibly a dishwasher. When these appliances fail, they can leak a significant amount of water, flooding the entire room or more.

Backed up Sewer Lines

Bathrooms are another source of possible problems. It is not uncommon for the sewer lines to get backed up, releasing contaminated water into the building. This type of water damage is extremely dangerous because the water is filled with hazardous waste and other contaminants. Bathroom toilet supply lines are also notorious culprits of water damage.

Water damage isn’t something that you want to happen on your commercial property. But when it does, you want to hire the right company to clean up the damage and get your business back to normal as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom today at (916) 987-0400

Staying Safe During an Earthquake

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

If you are indoors

  • If you are INDOORS, stay there.
  • If able to do so, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON or LOCK, COVER and HOLD ON for wheelchair or walker users.
  • If there is a sturdy table or desk available, get under it and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • Do not run outside or inside your home, since debris may fall and injure you.

If you are in bed

  • If you are in BED, stay there.
  • COVER your head and neck with a pillow or blanket.

If you are in a vehicle

  • If you are in a VEHICLE, pull over and stop in a safe area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses or utility wires.
  • Make sure to set the parking brake so that the vehicle does not move during the shaking.
  • Stay inside your vehicle until the shaking subsides.

If you are in a high-rise or public building

  • DROP, COVER and HOLD ON if able to do so or LOCK, COVER and HOLD ON or for wheelchair or walker users, or protect your head and neck area as best as possible.
  • Expect fire alarms and sprinklers to be activated.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • When the shaking subsides, move to the designated zones or areas for evacuation and evaluate your next safe action.
  • Do not run outside or inside a building, since debris may fall and injure you.

If you are in a Sports Stadium or Theater

  • If you are in a SPORTS STADIUM OR THEATER, stay at your seat, or if able to do so safely, DROP to floor between the rows, COVER by protecting your head and neck with your arms and HOLD ON if possible.
  • Do not attempt to leave until the shaking stops.
  • Then, follow the instructions from the sports stadium or theater staff or officials. Walk carefully, watching for anything that could fall or injure you if there are aftershocks.

If you are Outdoors

  • If you are OUTDOORS, stay there.
  • Move away from wires, buildings and anything else that could fall and hurt you, but only if you can safely do so.
  • Otherwise, stay where you are and DROP, COVER and HOLD ON if able to do so or LOCK, COVER and HOLD ON for wheelchair or walker users or protect your head and neck area as best as possible.

If you are near the shore

  • If you are NEAR THE SHORE, if able to do so, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking subsides.
  • If severe shaking lasts 20 seconds or more, immediately move to higher ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake.
  • It is recommended to move inland two miles or to land that is 100 feet above sea level immediately.
  • Do not wait for officials to issue a warning. Move quickly, and avoid debris and other hazards.

If you are near slopes, cliffs or mountains

  • If you are NEAR SLOPES, CLIFFS OR MOUNTAINS, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Yes, summers are full of vacations, nice weather, and days off. Summers can also bring furious storms. A summer storm can clear the air and cool things off, but storms also provide intense wind, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, and the potential to destroy. Protect your home against damage from summer storms with these suggestions.

Fallen Trees

A windstorm can bring down large branches or trees. That’s a threat to your roof, garage, vehicles, power lines, and your family members. Take a walk around your property to check for dead or dying trees and broken or weak branches. Look for loosely attached limbs, rot, disease, or insect infestation. Hire a professional to trim your trees or if necessary, remove one or more.

Power Surge

A power surge is an unusually high amount of electricity briefly surging through your home’s wiring. Power surges can ruin or damage your sensitive electronic devices and appliances like computers, digital washing machines, and televisions. To prevent damage, install surge protectors. Do remember that surge protectors are not foolproof. If the forecast for your area includes severe weather, unplug individual devices or power strips from their outlet (rather than just switching them off.)

Power Outage

Stock up on emergency lighting such as flashlights and an electric generator. Never use fuel-burning designed for outdoor use only, such as gas or kerosene grills. When using fuel-burning devises inside your home they can produce carbon monoxide.

If you’re dealing with damage from summer storm call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at (916) 987-0400. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Smoke Damage in Your Commercial Building

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

What YOU can do after a fire to reduce smoke odors and soot

  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the facility to reduce smoke odor
  • Change the air filter on the furnace if it uses forced hot air
  • Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air
  • Do not touch anything with bare hands. Oils from hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage
  • Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue

When a fire impacts your place of business, burnt equipment and charred possessions are just the damages you can see on the surface. Even after the flames have been put out and the smoke has cleared, your business is still in trouble. Since smoke and soot are highly acidic, they can damage a wide range of materials they come in contact with.

This amount of smoke damage can easily overwhelm for any business owner. That's why it's important to call in a professional soot cleaning and smoke odor removal service to restore your building to a clean, healthy and safe condition for yourself and your employees. Soot cleanup is a specialized job that requires advanced tools, professional know-how and the steady guidance that you'll get from SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. 

If you're experiencing smoke damage in your commercial building give SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom a call at (916) 987-0400. 

Commercial Building Fall Maintenance Tips

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

While each commercial building’s needs will be different according to the tenants it holds, its purpose, and its location, consider the following tips when preparing your property this season.

  1. HVAC:  

    Before tenants start to crank up the heat to combat colder temps, make sure your building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is running efficiently and effectively. Replace filters, inspect and repair broken parts, identify and respond to cracked ductwork, drain line clogs, and make sure your HVAC system is the proper size for your unit. While doing so, store or cover air-conditioning units that will go unused during the fall and winter seasons.

  2. Fire:

    Service your fire prevention and safety equipment, making sure all sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and fire alarms are in working order. Also, update emergency fire procedures and schedule a fall or winter season drill so tenants can practice how best to respond.

  3. Outdoors:

    Winterize your landscaping, including trimming trees and shrubs to reduce exterior damage. Ensure that vegetation and grass are properly graded to avoid water and ice sitting against your property’s foundation. This can lead to interior water damage. Also, inspect the exterior of your building for cracks, stains, and leaks, which could lead to potential for safety and security breaches.

  4. Lighting:

    Decreased daylight means your tenants may be more at risk for falling should hazards not be easily identifiable. Install proper exterior lighting on your commercial property, and check bi-annually that light bulbs and fixtures are clean and in working order. If public walkways have cracks, potholes, or other trip hazards, repair and seal to reduce hazards, or install signage to make people aware.

  5. Roof:

    Inspect and repair your commercial property’s roof for loose shingles or damage to existing flashing. To prevent the potential for ice dams to form, clean gutters and make sure they are properly secured to the building. Fall is also a good season to increase the insulation in existing attics. Doing this can decrease heat costs while also further reduce ice dam formation.

  6. Windows:

    Inspect windows both inside and outside to ensure they are properly sealed. Doing so can reduce energy bills while simultaneously preventing excess moisture and mold risks. Replace windows that are showing signs of aging to avoid potential interior or exterior building damage.

  7. Plumbing:

    Colder temperatures put pipes at higher risk for freezing and bursting. Leaving your commercial building at risk for  water damage. Avoid the wet mess by insulating and sealing cracks and openings around exposed pipes. Also, set internal thermostats (and instruct tenants to do the same) to keep interior temperatures at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  8. Tenants:

    Check in with tenants regarding any maintenance requests or building concerns they may have. Living and/or working in your commercial property means they are on constant alert to their surroundings. If they see–or hear or smell–something, ask that they say something. 

Don’t leave your commercial property out in the cold as the fall and winter seasons move in. With the right precautionary measures, you can avoid costly damage to your building and unnecessary stress to your tenants. Work with your service team and call in skilled, professional vendors to keep your buildings running efficiently and effectively.

Source: https://ajrestores.com/prepare-commercial-building-cold-weather/

5 Tips To Prepare For a Commercial Fire

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

1. Employee training: One of the biggest concerns during a fire should be the safety of the people inside of your building. Make sure your employees or tenants know how to get out of the building safely by holding regular fire evacuation drills. You should post evacuation plans around the property and ensure everyone knows the best way out.


2. Restoration: Part of being prepared has to be centered on the potential fire damage your building may sustain. How are you going to take care of possible roof damage, or other structural damage (windows and doors may need to be boarded up or the cleaning and restoration of your contents that have been effected by heat and soot. Finding a quality fire restoration specialist prior to a fire loss can make your recovery process much simpler when an emergency strikes.


3. Contingency: Depending on what type of business you have and what it does, a fire could potentially shut down your company for an extended period of time. Part of your emergency recovery plan may be how you deal with a potential halt of work. You can get insurance to help cover financial losses or rent a temporary workspace to reduce the downtime.


4. Inventory: Your fire emergency recovery plan should also include a list and pictures of all the equipment, records and property you have in your commercial building. Knowing what's there before a disaster strikes can make creating a lost inventory list for your claim easier. Take pictures of your building in and out, figure out the cost of replacing your equipment annually and record your inventory.


5. Safety Equipment: install Smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and other safety equipment that can help mitigate the damage done by a fire. Installing these tools before a disaster is often a good idea.

Source: https://www.SERVPROsouthdaytonabeachportorange.com/blog/post/94903/fire-smoke-damage-restoration/5-tips-to-prepare-for-a-commercial-fire

Do You Have a Plan For a Roof Leak?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Roof leaks are serious business. Not only can they cause immense damage to your roof, but they can also damage your home, lead to mold, flooding, and extremely expensive repair bills. So when you discover signs of a leak forming in your roof, you need to take action quickly to minimize the effect of the leak and prevent as much damage to your home as possible. However, many people don’t actually have a plan in place for the event they discover a leak. While most people know what to do in the event of a blizzard, fire, broken pipe, or so much more, not being prepared for this kind of a disaster could prove costly.

If you’re one of the many people who doesn’t have a plan in place for the event you discover a roof leak, then this blog is for you. Here are a few things you should have in your plan when you discover a roof leak so that you can better protect your home from potentially serious damage.

PROTECT THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME

The first step to combating roof leak damage is to get everything out of the way which could suffer from water intruding into your home. This means moving all furniture, computers, electronics, and other possessions away from where the water is getting in. This may be hard work, but you simply have to get it out of where the water may be getting in. If you need to, just move things a little bit for now and then more once you have the situation under a greater degree of control.

FIND THE LEAK IN YOUR ATTIC

Once you’ve taken care of any immediate damage or loss threats in your home, it’s time to look for where the water is coming in. Just because the leak is in one point in your home doesn’t mean that’s where the water is getting in—it’s not uncommon for the signs of water damage to your ceiling and the actual source of the roof leak to not directly align. Head up into your attic and find where you’ve noticed the water damage in your ceiling, then look at the wood in your roof and see if you can spot the source of the water. Generally, a good place to look is along seams between boards, and directly up the slope of your roof. After a quick search, you should be able to find the source of the leak and then take action.

TEMPORARILY SEAL THE LEAK

There are a few temporary repairs you can do which may help you keep the leak at bay. Roofing cement is one option, as is roofer’s tape. Both of these materials can seal the gap, prevent water from getting through, and minimize the damage to just one small, localized area that’s easier to fix. This also helps prevent water from leaking into your home down below. Alternatively, you may also wish to tarp off the area impacted by the water drip, and even keep a bowl or bucket handy in case water sneaks through again. Ideally this won’t happen, but you want to be prepared just in case.

You can also temporarily seal a leak from the outside using a tarp. However, you shouldn’t do this if the rain is still falling, if thunder and lightning are present, and if your roof surface is still wet. Walking on the surface of your roof is already immensely dangerous, and doing so in high-slip conditions increases the risk of an injury exponentially. However, if you have an opportunity to cover the leak spot with a tarp, be sure to pull it as tight as possible, seal the highest point of the tarp with roofer’s tape to prevent water from continuing to leak through, and weigh the tarp down with something fairly heavy to prevent it from blowing away.

CALL FOR HELP

Once you’ve got the leak under control and stopped for the time being, reach out to a professional and get your issue fixed as soon as possible. When you’ve got a roof leak, letting it sit un-repaired usually only allows the damage to grow and get worse, and that means an even more expensive repair, or worse, a total replacement of your roof that could have otherwise been prevented.

Source: https://www.divineroofinginc.com/blog/2019/april/do-you-have-a-plan-for-a-roof-leak-/

Earthquake Preparedness

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Plan for an Earthquake

Planning for an earthquake is essential in order to keep safe. Having a plan, emergency essentials, and emergency preparedness supplied, including a well-kept food storage system is important for people living in high risk areas spanning more than 40 U.S. states and territories. Create a plan for you and your family that includes the following:

  • Identify safe places in your home. These places are away from windows, tall furniture, or anything that could fall and hurt you. Under a solid piece of furniture, like a desk or table might be effective.
  • Just like you learned to "stop, drop, and roll" in the event of a fire, practice "stop, drop, cover, and hold". Practicing this, rather than just memorizing the phrases, may help you to move quicker if you do experience an earthquake.
  • Share your safe places by telling friends, neighbors, and guests where your safe places are. This will help them to stay safe while visiting your home and inspire them to take similar precautions in their own home.
  • Discuss your home insurance coverage and options with your insurance agents and make sure your property is properly insured against earthquake damage.
  • Preparedness and crisis training opportunities may be available in your community. Take a first aid class, a preparedness seminar, and anything else you think might help you to be better informed and prepared in the event of an earthquake. Your local chapter of the Red Cross may be a great resource in helping you find these local opportunities.
  • Get your family involved in your earthquake preparedness plans. By starting a dialog, you may ease some fears and equip them with important knowledge and tools needed to stay safe.

What to Tell Children

Talking to children about earthquakes, how and why they happen, and the dangers they impose may also help to ease their fears and best prepare them for these natural disasters.

  • Help children to identify safe places outside of the home, in places like school or the grocery store, park, or playground.
  • Teach and practice "stop, drop, cover, and hold" in these different safe places.
  • Remind everyone how important it is to avoid stairways and elevators until after the shaking has subsided.
  • If outside when an earthquake occurs, stay outside and away from buildings that might become unstable. Trees, power lines, and lampposts should also be avoided. Crouch and cover is important and may help avoid injury.

How to Protect Your Property

Protecting your property starts with making sure you're properly insured, but it doesn't stop there. There are precautions you can take to minimize damage and the risks associated with earthquakes.

  • Bolt heavy furniture to the walls.
  • Anchor high or heavy items.
  • Properly secure items with the potential to fall, like TVs.
  • Store breakable items as low to the floor as possible.
  • Properly maintain your properties foundation and structural integrity; don't put off much needed renovations.
  • Have structures evaluated by professionals for safety and stability.
  • Do not position hanging items, like pictures of mirrors over seating areas.

Source: https://www.beprepared.com/what-to-do-in-an-earthquake

Three Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of Fair Oaks team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good

Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professionals are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You’ll be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.

Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular reports. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

Reduced Recovery Time

Your SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom professionals understand the urgency in responding to your home following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will help you get back to your home as soon as possible.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom today. (916) 987-0400.

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Systems

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

No business, wants to deal with the destruction caused by fire. One of the best ways to minimize potential damage and associated expenses is to maintain a commercial fire sprinkler system. A sprinkler system is a highly effective fire suppression strategy that can prevent many significant losses.  

1. They're Activated by Heat, Not Smoke

A sprinkler system is not activated by smoke Instead, the heat generated by a fire rises to the ceiling, where the sprinkler heads are located. Sensors recognize the change in temperature and trigger the release of water. Only sprinklers in the area of the fire will be activated. It is possible that only a single sprinkler head will deploy.

2. They Use High-Pressure Water

The pipes that feed the fire sprinkler system are filled with pressurized water at all times. There will be no delay between the activation of the system and the release of water. The volume of water from even a single sprinkler can help contain a fire, which reduces fire and water damage to the rest of the structure. By the time the fire department arrives, the fire will likely not have spread further. It may even be extinguished by the sprinkler system.

3. They Can Minimize Cleanup After a Fire

Minimal fire sprinkler cleanup is another key advantage of a sprinkler system. While there will still be fire and water damage, it is likely to be much less extensive than what you'd find in a building without a sprinkler system. The fire damage should be limited to the area where sprinklers activated. The water damage from sprinklers is far less intrusive than water damage caused by fire hoses.

Any fire will cause structural and water damage. The primary benefit of a fire sprinkler system is that inevitable damage will be kept to a minimum, resulting in saved dollars and saved lives.

Unseen Water Damage

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality  issues  over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/ Folsom can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.
  • When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based produces by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened." (916) 987-0400. 

You May Need a New Water Heater If.....

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom receives an emergency call because a water heater has leaked and water is coming from the ceiling and all over the carpet, and the floor.  Here are some signs that you might need a new water heater and ways to check if you do. These may require a "look-see" from time to time while others become obvious only after things have gone wrong.

  • The water is not getting hot enough.
  • The water is not getting hot at all. It could be that the pilot light is out, or the circuit breaker has been tripped, or worse the whole heating system is shot.
  • The water is a rusty color or not clear running.
  • The water has a strange metallic taste, which could mean that the inside of the tank is breaking down.
  • The water heater is making loud popping and cracking noises that could mean the heating element is failing.
  • There are signs of leakage around the water heater which indicates a major internal failure to the system. Make sure that the electricity or gas has been turned off to the system and that before replacing it, the unit has had a chance to cool completely.

We suggest that you should hire a professional to replace and install your water heater to be certain that the installation meets safety codes and is safe to use.

Why Choose a SERVPRO Professional?

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

We understand you have the choice in deciding which restoration company you want when disaster strikes. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment 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.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom today. (916) 987-0400.

How to Be Storm Ready

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Limit leaf disposal on the street. During Leaf Season, customers are encouraged to fill their yard waste container FIRST before putting leaves on the street for collection. If a storm is expected, leave your leaves on your lawn until you are closer to your anticipated collection day. If you have a pile of leaves on the street, please use a broom to ensure that water can flow down the gutter and to the nearest storm drain.

If your property floods, buy sand bags. Don’t wait for an emergency. Sacramento will only distribute sand bags if flooding is imminent and an emergency is declared by the City Manager. Take action in advance to protect your property.

Get flood insurance. Check out Be Flood Ready for more information. Have an emergency plan in place! Visit Sacramento Ready for more information on how you can prepare your family and community for a flooding disaster.

Source: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Living-Here/Storm-Preparedness

3 Reasons Why DIY Mold Test Kits are a Bad Idea

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold removal can be an expensive bill that no homeowner wants to take on. If there’s a way to cut costs, many are tempted to do it, and that’s often where DIY mold testing comes in. But while test kits are long on promises, they’re usually short on delivery. If you’re considering buying one to test your home or business, read these reasons test kits are a waste of time and money.

What Are Mold Kits

While there are many brands and variations, DIY mold test kits are all essentially petri dishes you set out for a while to figure out if mold is present. They claim to work in as little as five minutes, and help you bypass the need for

  • mold inspection
  • air sampling
  • repeat appointment

While DIY mold test kits purport to save money, however, there pitfalls are numerous.

No Visual Inspection

A big part test kits leave out is the mold inspection – critical to mold remediation. By themselves, mold samples can provide wrong answers. Only a visual inspection by an experienced mold testing and removal pro can detect subtle signs of a true mold problem and even find its source.

Inaccuracy

Mold test kits are known for being inaccurate not only due to user error, but because mold is all around us. A handful of spores, however, doesn’t mean a true problem – but a test kit by itself doesn’t know that. The result can be detecting a mold “problem” that doesn’t really exist or isn’t where you think it is.

Shipping and Handling

DIY kits must be mailed in for lab analysis, a daunting process that can damage the sample. Humidity, volatile temperatures and even shipping lag time can contribute to false results.

While they purport to save you money, in the end, DIY mold kits can actually cost you big if a mold problem is allowed to get out of hand. Call a professional mold testing company instead to put a hold on your mold.

Tips for Dealing with Water Damage at Your Commercial Property

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you’re dealing with a busted pipe, or toilet overflow, water damage in your commercial building is never fun. When this happens, there are so many things to think about and people often become overwhelmed and miss some important steps. Preparing your team and yourself ahead of time and having proper protocol in place can make a big difference. Be sure to follow these guidelines when dealing with this type of problems.

Identify the Source

One of the most common sources of leaks in a commercial building is broken pipes. Besides that, you may be looking at a flooded toilet or roof damage. Getting the problem fixed right away may help you avoid larger issues down the road.

Take Safety Measures

If you are dealing with contaminated water, you need to take the proper safety precautions. Sewage contains bacteria and viruses and should be dealt with accordingly. Clearly mark the area off and wear the right equipment when cleaning up.

Document the Damage

Do not try to leave the water damage in place for the insurance company to come look at. Instead, you should take photographs from every angle before you begin the water cleanup. Leaving it can actually lead to more problems, which the insurance agents may view as neglect. Be sure to call them as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

If you’re dealing with water damage at your commercial property call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Area Wildfires Can Scare Residents. Smoke damage? Call SERVPRO!

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Natural disasters such as wild fires can be catastrophic. Natural disasters, triggered by specific weather conditions, can leave a path of destruction and devastation in their wake.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us today! SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. (916) 525-1241

Tips to Prepare Your Family for a Possible House Fire

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

1.) Change the batteries in smoke and CO2 detectors twice a year

It used to be recommended to just check the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year – usually at the time change.  Now with us only having an average of 2-3 minutes to escape a fire, don’t just check the current functionality of your batteries in your smoke detectors, CHANGE THEM.  This could be life-saving.

2.)  Store flammable items/foods/chemicals properly and away from potential flames

There are a lot of liquids in your house.  Some of those liquids of which you may be unaware are highly flammable.  What’s interesting in that there are also a lot of flammable items in your kitchen – the room where we most often have an open fire.  Whether it is flammable liquids or other items we need to be aware that they are easily combustible so that they can be stored away from any significant flame or potential flame sources

3.) Have your kids draw up a fire exit plan.

If you give each of your kids a basic outline of each floor of your house and have them mark all the ways out of each room, you are reinforcing the different ways in which they can escape a fire if they were caught in one.


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

5.) 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.

If your family has just suffered a home fire, please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at (916) 987-0400. We are here to help you 24/7.

Types of Water Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding the different types of water damage can help expedite the process and ensure the appropriate cleanup measures are taken. The three main types of water damage are clean water, gray water, and black water, ranging from least to most dangerous respectively.

1. Clean water is the least harmful of the three and is usually caused by a broken pipe, outside leak, or water overflowing from an appliance.
2. Grey water is basically contaminated clean water and requires a few safety precautions to protect against any bacteria that may exist. 
3. Black water is the most hazardous type of water damage and requires specific safety measures to protect clean-up crews. Water damage from black water is usually best handled by a professional cleaning service as the contaminants can range from bacterial disease, chemicals, and toxic materials. 

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is always available to help you dry your home in Fair Oaks or the surrounding areas. Reach out to us at (916) 987-0400 as soon as you realize there is an issue, so no time is wasted in restoring your home.

Flood Preparedness and Response

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are among the most common weather hazards in the United States. They can happen anywhere at any time of year.

Densely populated areas have a higher risk for flash floods than rural areas. Flash floods can occur within minutes or hours of a heavy rainfall, and waters can rise as high as 30 feet or more. Even small streams and creeks can flood rapidly and cause damage. Flash floods are usually caused by slow-moving thunderstorms.

According to the National Weather Service, "Flash floods are short-term events occurring within six hours of the causative event (heavy rain, dam break, levee failure, rapid snowmelt and ice jams) and often within two hours of the start of high-intensity rainfall."

Flash floods can move homes and cars, uproot trees and destroy bridges. Because floods happen with little to no warning, residents in low-lying areas are particularly at risk. According to the American Red Cross, flash floods are the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.

Almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related, according to the National Weather Service. If you're driving and approach a water-covered road, turn around. Just 6 inches of water can stall a vehicle, and 2 feet can float most cars, trucks and SUVs.

Here are some other tips to stay high and dry:

  • Know your proximity to rivers, streams and dams
  • During heavy rain, avoid underpasses, underground parking garages and basements
  • Avoid hiking or camping if thunderstorms are predicted
  • Develop an evacuation plan for your family
  • Don't walk in water above your ankles; you can be swept off your feet in as little as 6 inches of rushing water
  • Turn off the electricity and other utilities

Source: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/flood

SERVPRO Has a Thorough Process for Mold Remediation in Fair Oaks / Folsom

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage, flooding, and other water damage can be a problem in Fair Oaks at times. Homes and business deal with it almost every year. What many of them do not realize is that getting rid of the water is just the beginning.

Mold damage can be really scary looking. Seeing black streaks or patches on ceilings and walls unnerves most people. SERVPRO has the training necessary to find the extent of the infestation and the equipment and experience to remove it in a timely and effective manner using a number of methods approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

Direct Spraying

We use a hand pump or powered sprayers to apply disinfectants and other chemicals to mold infested areas. Since this method does wet the surface being cleaned, our technicians use this equipment on areas where there is unlikely to be any discoloration of the surface.

Wet Fogging

We use ultra low volume (ULV) Foggers to disperse water-based disinfectants and deodorizers. They generate tiny particles that penetrate into most areas. Since this does create additional moisture, our technicians will remove any furniture and other property that might be damaged by this method. If there are items that cannot be removed, they will be covered with drop cloths to protect them.

Dry Fogging

This type of fogging (also called Thermal Fogging) is used where mold has been discovered, but there has otherwise been little or no water damage. Dry-fogging uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants which are heated and forced through a vaporizer. This converts the chemicals into minuscule particles. As with wet fogging, this allows them to penetrate into most areas. Since there is no significant moisture added, this method is preferred whenever possible.

Ventilation and Air Scrubbing

As different cleaning methods are employed; the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated. Our technicians accomplish this by setting up high-velocity exhaust fans (box fans) to blow out any mold particulates before cleaning begins. This helps to ensure that any mold spores released while cleaning are blown outside your building. This also helps to reduce the amount of time required to elapse before occupants are allowed back in.

As mold is removed from carpets, floors and other property; the air must be cleaned as well. We use specially designed HEPA filters to remove mold as well as odors and other particulates from the air in an affected area. They are extremely effective in removing particles and then re-circulating clean air back into the room.

Mold removal is an extensive process, but it can be done swiftly and effectively with the right team behind you. If you suspect you have a mold infestation, call us today (916) 987-0400. 

You May Need Mold Remediation If You Can Answer “Yes” to These Three Questions

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In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Did you recently experience water damage? Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after your Fair Oaks / Folsom home or business experiences water damage. This is why it is so important to begin mitigation and remediation as soon as possible. If the leak has gone unnoticed for awhile, you may be looking at a larger mold infestation. However, you don’t necessarily need to have experienced water damage for mold to start growing in your home. Humid or damp conditions along with stagnant air will likely lead to the growth of mold colonies as well.

Is there a musty odor? Have you ever left laundry in the washing machine so long that it smells a little funky once you finally take it out? The same smell may be coming from mold growing in your house. Again, if your home wasn’t recently affected by water damage, the likely cause is a humid or damp environment, which the mold thrives in.

Have you noticed any discoloration? Most molds cause the organic material the mold is consuming to change colors. Whether the food source for the mold is human food or drywall paper, if colonization is allowed for enough time, there will usually be a discoloration that will reveal a mold problem. Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors. Mold is not only black. Many species are visible in gray, white, brown, red and even some hues of pastel colors. Some molds look like dust, or fuzz, while others look like sand granules. Certain molds thrive on certain food sources, and they all require different moisture content or relative humidity in the ambient air.

Note: Water seeping through masonry sometimes causes a white crystalline, powder-like discoloration called “efflorescence”. This substance is made up of minerals and should not be confused with mold.

If you can answer "yes" to these three questions, you may be in need of mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help - give us a call! (916) 987-0400. 

Storm Preparation

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Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

How to prepare for your next storm: 

  • Be aware of low-elevation spots that could flood.
  • Store emergency items such as first aid kits, flashlights and portable radios in a safe, high place.
  • Store drinking water in closed, clean containers in case water service is interrupted. Allow one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
  • Consider installing a back-flow prevention device if any of your inside drains or fixtures are lower than the side sewer vent on the sidewalk.
  • Prepare written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

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

Communication Plans before a Major Storm or Disaster

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Here is a bit of information to help your family create a comprehensive plan that will make sure you’re safe if a major event strikes.

Sign Up for Storm Alerts:

Many communities and counties send out text and email alerts during major storms to residents who have signed up with emergency alert systems. These notify residents of storms and other emergencies via telephone, cell phone, and text message when you they need to seek shelter. To find out if there's a system in your area, simply search online for your county or city and the word "alerts." Make sure to add the alerts to children’s cell phones as well.

Have an Evacuation Plan:

Know in advance what the evacuation routes are. You may lose cell phone or GPS service, and traffic could be at a standstill. It’s best to know the fastest way to safety before there’s an emergency.

Select Two Meeting Places

If you’re at work, your kids are at school, and a major tornado strikes your neighborhood, it may not be safe for you to go home. That’s why you need to choose a few spots close to home to meet up, if it’s possible. Choose one spot near your home, such as the neighborhood school or park and only go there if it’s safe. Designate a second spot father outside your immediate area that could shelter you in the interim if necessary.

If a storm occurs and you notice damage don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom. (916) 987-0400. We’re available 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Assist with Your Commercial Property Water Damage

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Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

Our professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, they will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Folsom business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. Call us at 916-987-0400.

Free SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Plan For Your Business!

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If an emergency strikes, will you be ready? It’s estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.  Having a timely response in a crisis can minimize business interruption and associated lost revenue.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation. Timely mitigation minimizes the affects of water and fire damage allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate lessening downtime.  

SERVPRO Provides:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

To get an emergency readiness plan for your business today, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

Commercial Water Loss

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When we talk to local business owners regarding potential water damage events, they often visualize a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. However storms and severe weather aren’t the only causes of floods and water damage.
 
Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings: 

1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 

Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipmen

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 

Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you question the stoutness of your building's pipes, contact SERVPRO for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO has certified IICRC technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (916) 525-1241 for fast help.

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

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When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom delivers the help you need swiftly.  


Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, working to return your home back to its pre-storm condition just “like it never even happened.” 
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore you and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 

Dial (916) 987-0400 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.  

State of the Art Equipment for Water Damages

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SERVPRO knows that staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry will help our customers the most. That's why we add new equipment to our inventory on a regular basis. We are proud to be able to offer the best to our customers. 

Detection Equipment

Scoping damage involves our trained team members locating the areas affected by water and determining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Our trained team member’s use:

  • Moisture Sensors – These are us to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters – These are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable our SERVPRO® of Sumner County team member to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermo-hygrometers – These measure both temperature and relative humidity. In capturing these two readings our trained team members calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is crucial to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.

  • Extractors – These are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

Dehumidification Equipment

By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged, structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO® of Sumner County uses two types of dehumidifiers:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers – These work similarly to an air conditioner.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – The use chemicals, called desiccants, which readily absorb moisture from the air.

Water Damage Do's and Don'ts

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Water damage from clean water is much different then contaminated sewer water.  These do's are only for clean water.  It is important to hire a professional to help you dry out your home after water damage.  With the right tools and pieces of equipment we can properly and safely dry out your home or business and the products within it.

Do's

  • Shut off the source of the water. 
  • Turn off electricity
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture.
  • Put aluminum foil in between furniture legs and carpet. 
  • Relocate all artwork and pictures to a safe, dry place.
  • Open all closet doors, furniture drawers, and luggage to help dry them out.

Don'ts

  • Enter a room with standing water. There could be a risk of electrical shock. Disconnect all power first.
  • Leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against and sitting on carpets.  The fabrics could bleed between each other. 
  • Turn on your television or any other electronic.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to try and suck up any water.  They are not made for this.
  • Do not try to clean up any sewage water yourself.
  • Do not lift up any carpeting that is tacked down.

Summer Fire Safety

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SERVPRO would like for you to enjoy your summer, and to remember that enjoying the Summer means paying attention to the special safety concerns associated with summertime activities.  

Have FUN by being SAFE!

  • Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structure.  Grilling mishaps cause more than 8,300 fires and send 3,000 people to the emergency room each year.
  • Never grill indoors or near garages or porches, even if it's raining.
  • Never leave the grill unattended, especially when young children or pets are nearby.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.  Both can cause an explosion.
  • When grilling, use insulated, flame retardant mitts and long handled barbeque tongs and utensils to handle food and coals.
  • Let coals/ash cool in the grill for at least 24 hours before disposing of them.  Never empty hot/warm coals into a garbage receptacle, and especially not into a plastic receptacle. 

Source: https://sf-fire.org/summer-safety-tips

Tips For After Fire Damage

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After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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.

Don’t Let Water Cause Long-Term Sheetrock Damage To Your Folsom Home

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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!

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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

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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.

Need immediate help? SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-987-0400! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Protecting Your Homes from California Fires

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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.  

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.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom When You Find Water Damage?

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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?

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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 

Have a mold problem today or just want to read more about how SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can take care of your mold visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/mold-removal 

Are you faced with mold damage at your home or business?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Why You Need a Home Inventory Checklist

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Source

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

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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.

  1. GPS

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:  
https://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/testimonials 

Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 

Things to do to Your House Before Leaving for Vacation

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

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.

  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.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-987-0400. Follow us online at

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Make a wildfire action plan.

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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 PLAN

Your 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: 

http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/ 

Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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Keeping Your Family Safe During the Holiday Season

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

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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

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Tips to Prevent Home Disasters. Choose SERVPRO to Help You Get Through it.

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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.

  1. GPS

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:  
https://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/testimonials 

Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 

Wood Rot? Water Damage? Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Could your home be threatened by dry rot? If you are homeowner, you may want to be aware of this hidden problem. According to BobVila.com in nature, wood rot is a vital decomposition process, turning fallen logs into nutritious soil. But few things send homeowners into a panic as quickly as discovering it their homes, because wood rot can lead to a number of structural problems, including deteriorated support posts and beams, rotted floor and ceiling joists, and destroyed roof decking. The cost to repair the damage—or, in other words, replace the rotted wood—can run in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Because wood is the most prevalent building material, it’s essential to understand what causes wood rot, how to prevent it, and what to do if you discover it—discover being the operative word, as wood rot is often hidden from view beneath flooring, wallboard, and siding. For more information on wood rot, visit: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/wood-rot/

Do you think water damage has caused wood rot in your home? Not sure where to begin when it comes to water damage?

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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Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 

Did you discover mold? Time to Choose SERVPRO to help!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found just about anywhere. There is a lot of good information, but many people do not have a solid understanding of mold. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is your specialist for mold remediation.

However, you may be interested in finding out if the mold you have in your home is something to be concerned about.  The US Environmental Protection Agency's website has a great deal of information to help a home owner or renter. 

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold:

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more details visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

Not sure about the mold in your home?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/

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!

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom When You Find Mold?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom When You Find Mold? 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-525-1241

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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Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 

Why choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom After a Flood?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Choosing the right restoration company after a flood is vital. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help.

In California, preparing for a flood is necessary. The California Department of Water Resources has a plethora of information on how to prepare for a flood.

Flood Preparedness

The risk of catastrophic floods exists every year, and heavy downpours often lead to dangerous flooding conditions. Wildfires add another layer of risk during the rainy season because dangerous landslides and debris flows can rush down fire-scarred hillsides. Because flooding can occur anywhere throughout the state, it is important for Californians to assess their flood risk, prepare and practice response plans, and learn from past floods. We assist with flood activities, and through collaboration with federal agencies are improving our understanding of atmospheric rivers and their effects on flooding and water supply.

DWR's role in flood preparedness includes:

  • Working with communities to improve community safety and lower insurance premiums for residents
  • Holding preseason briefings for emergency responders to learn about resources and coordinate with other local agencies to prepare for flood season
  • Conducting meetings with flood emergency response partners and county emergency operation officials throughout the state
  • Providing training in effective flood fighting methods for mitigating a flood
  • Activating our Flood Operations Center when flooding is imminent or occurring to coordinate response between local agencies and provide technical assistance as requested

For additional information visit: https://water.ca.gov/What-We-Do/Flood-Preparedness

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:
https://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/testimonials 

Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 

Storm Damage Water Preparedness

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROFairOaksFolsom.com/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!

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Find mold in your home or business? Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem.

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

Learn a little more about mold testing or sampling from the EPA: 

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing? Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants. For more information on mold visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling

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Are you faced with mold damage at your home or business?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Water Damage - Do You Know the True Cost of a Flood?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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Understanding Your Flood Risk is Vital in Preparation.

Do you understand your true flood risk? Are you and your family prepared? On FloodSmart.gov you can find information to prepare you including the cost of flooding.  It only takes a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents. Use the online tool to show you what a flood does to your home and what it could cost, inch by inch.

Preparing for a flood is vital. Guard your home and businesses. 

For more information on the true cost of a flood visit: https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp

Interested in knowing how SERVPRO can help you during your flood visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/storm-flooding-restoration 

Are you faced with water damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Testing Your Business System to Prepare for a Commercial Disaster

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters can wreck havocs on our homes and businesses. Testing your business system can ensure you are ready for a disaster large or small. On Preparemybusiness.org you can find suggestions and details around business continuity planning.

Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?

Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements.

Through testing, you will reduce both recovery time and risks, ultimately protecting your business and the employees and customers who rely on you.

What to test?

You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

Where to test?

Testing can be done in one of three places: at your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data.

How often to test?

We recommend that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

Who should participate?

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. These should include, but not be limited to Facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients.

Recovering from a disaster, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help.

For more details about preparing your business, visit: http://www.preparemybusiness.org

Protecting Your Family From Fire During Halloween

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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Halloween is a fun time of year, but without precautions it can lead to house fires. The Cal Fire website offers some great tips and suggestions to keep Halloween safe and fun.

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service. 


TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUMES:

Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material (Check the label). Fire resistant does not mean fire proof
Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping
Avoid loose and baggy sleeves. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
Use make-up instead of masks which can obstruct vision.
Use glow in the dark reflective tape on your costume.
TIPS FOR DECORATING:

Never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns, use battery powered lights.
Instruct children to stay away from open flames.
Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from sources of heat.
Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes


TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT:

Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as garden tools, hoses, etc.
Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.

For more details visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_halloween 

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Preparing for a big storm in the Sacramento area

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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Are you ready for a big storm if it comes to the Sacramento-area

Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241 to help you. We are available for 24/7 emergency service. 

On CA.gov you can find storm readiness information. Consider the following from their site:

California's historic drought remains severe, and residents must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we must also prepare for the possibility of large storms and coastal/bay flooding.

Weather predictions indicate that large storms may come in the coming months due to warming in the Pacific Ocean known as El Niño.

Storms in California sometimes cause flooding, mud flows, landslides, electrical outages and other impacts.

Using water wisely while taking steps to prepare for winter storms and coastal/bay flooding will help to protect our households, our communities and our state.

Information on this website updates weather conditions and shares what Californians can also do to prepare.

An overview of preparedness for winter storms can be found on the State's Winter Readiness Fact Sheet.

For more information visit: http://storms.ca.gov/ 

For more details on how SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can help you during a storm situation visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/storm-flooding-restoration 

Need help after a major storm? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241. We are here to help 24/7!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Commercial Disasters Happen. Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster?

10/3/2018 (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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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!

Disasters Can Wreck Havoc on Your Business. Are You Ready for a Commercial Disaster?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters can wreck havocs on our homes and businesses. Testing your business system can ensure you are ready for a disaster large or small. On Preparemybusiness.org you can find suggestions and details around business continuity planning.

Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?

Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements. 

Through testing, you will reduce both recovery time and risks, ultimately protecting your business and the employees and customers who rely on you. 

What to test?

You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

Where to test?

Testing can be done in one of three places: at your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data. 

How often to test?

We recommend that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

Who should participate?

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. These should include, but not be limited to Facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients. 

Recovering from a disaster, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help.

For more details about preparing your business, visit: http://www.preparemybusiness.org.

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Did You Find Something That Looks Like Mold in Your Home or Business?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

Learn a little more about mold testing or sampling from the EPA: 

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing? Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants. For more information on mold visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling

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Are you faced with mold damage at your home or business?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Prepare a Communications Plan before a Major Storm

9/27/2018 (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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Water Damage--How to Clean Contaminated Needles

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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Are you aware of the proper disposal of contaminated needles and blood tube holders? From the OSHA website

Appropriate Disposal of Contaminated Sharps:

  • Employers must make available, closable, puncture resistant, leakproof sharps containers that are appropriately labeled and color-coded. The containers must also have an opening that is large enough to accommodate disposal of the entire blood collection assembly (i.e. blood tube holder and needle).
  • Employees must have access to sharps containers that are easily accessible to the immediate area where sharps are used (29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)(i)).
  • If employees travel from one location to another (e.g. from one patient room to another or from one facility to another), the employee must be provided with a sharps container which is conveniently placed or portable at each location/facility, and is capable of accommodating the entire blood tube holder and needle assembly.

Note: Many sharps containers are designed with openings that do not allow for disposal of a SESIP that is attached to the blood tube holder. These containers would not be in compliance with the bloodborne pathogens standard. Employers must ensure that where blood is being drawn, the sharps container is appropriate for immediate disposal of sharps.

Evaluation Toolbox
    • Employers must first evaluate, select, and use appropriate engineering controls (e.g., sharps with engineered sharps injury protection), which includes single-use blood tube holders with sharps with engineered sharps injury protection (SESIP) attached.
    • The use of engineering and work practice controls provide the highest degree of control in order to eliminate potential injuries after performing blood draws. Disposing of blood tube holders with contaminated needles attached after the activation of the safety feature affords the greatest hazard control.
    • In very rare situations needle removal is acceptable.
      • If the employer can demonstrate that no feasible alternative to needle removal is available (e.g. inability to purchase single-use blood tube holders due to a supply shortage of these devices),
      • If the removal is necessary for a specific medical or dental procedure.

In these rare cases, the employer must ensure that the contaminated needle is protected by a SESIP prior to disposal. In addition, the employer must ensure that a proper sharps disposal container is located in the immediate area of sharps use and is easily accessible to employees. This information must be clearly detailed and documented in the employer's Exposure Control Plan.

  • If it is necessary to draw blood with a syringe, a syringe with engineered sharps injury protection must be used in which the protected needle is removed using safe work practices, and transfer of blood from the syringe to the tube must be done using a needleless blood transfer device.

For complete details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101503.html 

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Cleaning the Fridge. Here are Some Easy Tips

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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Household cleaning is not exactly on our list of "fun things to do". Sometimes we don’t even know how often household items should be cleaned. If you’re like me, I clean when it looks dirty (or company is coming over!) There has got to be a better way. I am always looking for new tips or suggestions. 

I recently came across this article from Today.com in the Home section. Take a look at some of these tips:

Door shelves:

  • Remove items from the door shelves.
  • Wipe down all shelves as well as any sticky and drippy containers with baking soda and water solution. Dry and return items.

Gasket:

  • Wipe the gasket/seal with a mild detergent solution. Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Pro tip from Mr. Appliance President Doug Rogers: To test the seal of the gasket, shut the door on a dollar bill and if it slides out easily, the gasket isn’t sealing tightly. Replace it to save energy and wear and tear on the fridge.

Door:

  • Wipe down the door, edges, handle and top of the refrigerator with mild detergent solution. Dry.
  • For stainless steel refrigerators, apply coconut oil with a soft cloth. Buff to remove excess.

Water dispenser:

  • Because yeast and mold can build up on the dispenser spout, it should be cleaned every month or as needed.
  • Pro tip from Carl Major, owner of Major Appliance, AC and Heating in SlidellLouisiana: Major recommends cleaning the spout with a pipe cleaner (or small brush) alternately dipped in warm water, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (in that order).
  • For added safety, make sure to replace external water filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Ice dispenser:

  • The ice dispenser drawer actually can harbor mold and yeast, according to Allen Rathey, founder of Healthy House Institute.
  • To clean the ice bin, turn the ice-maker off, remove the bin and discard the ice. Using lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent, wash the bin, rinse well and then dry.
  • Cleaning option: Substitute distilled white vinegar for dish detergent.

For the complete article, visit:

HTTP://WWW.TODAY.COM/HOME/HOW-OFTEN-YOU-SHOULD-CLEAN-YOUR-REFRIGERATOR-RIGHT-WAY-DO-T103284?CID=PUBLIC-RSS_20160927

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Getting a Shag Rug Clean the Right Way

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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Cleaning a Shag Rug I love that shag rugs have a made a strong fashionable return in homes. We recently added a couple to our living room. They look great on our tile floor and warm the room.  They are a little different to care than a regular rug. I found some great tips on the Bob Vila website.  

Remember, if these tips don’t work and you need a professional, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400.

How to clean a shag rug:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

- Plain white vinegar

- Water

- White microfiber cloth

- Mop or broom

- Vacuum cleaner

- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment

- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)

STEP 1

Ideally, you’ll use this method to treat a spill before it has a chance to set in, but even if it’s dry before you get to it, there’s still hope. Combine equal parts plain white vinegar and room-temperature water, and pour directly onto the affected area. For a small stain caused by a few tablespoons of spilled liquid or food, start with ½ cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if necessary.

Work the solution into the stain with a white microfiber cloth—better than a rag because it won’t stain or leave lint behind—using some elbow grease to release it from the fibers. Once you’ve eliminated the stain entirely, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry completely.

STEP 2

Take the dry rug outside where you can shake it vigorously to release loose dirt and dust.

Next, if the shag rug is smaller than 3 or 4 feet wide, fold it in half, face-down, over a clean porch railing or the back of a chair and use a mop or broom handle (not its business end) to whack the rug from the back side to release stubborn dirt particles. Put enough muscle into it to shake spare dirt loose, but mind your aim and be careful not to damage the railing or chair in the process.

STEP 3

Cleaning professionals advise against vacuuming a shag rug, as suction could break the long fibers. However, it’s highly effective to turn the rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping the pile safe while further removing deep-down dirt. This will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to fluff them up again. For an extra-deep clean, use an upholstery attachment, which offers stronger suction in a concentrated area.

STEP 4

If things are still looking dingy and you’re willing to take a risk, consider cleaning with dry carpet shampoo. Shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug, making sure to use a product safe for its content (some shampoos are better for wool while others suit synthetics) and following package instructions to the letter.

Carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion only; a handheld vacuum is ideal because it gives you complete control. If any pile breaks off, stop and take the shag rug to a carpet cleaning pro. If all is well, though, proceed with caution and repeat the process until your rug is as shagadelic as ever.

For the complete article, visit Bobvila.com

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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!

Getting Ready for a Storm

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/

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!

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Do You Know This 10 Things About Mold?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found just about anywhere. There is a lot of good information, but many people do not have a solid understanding of mold. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is your specialist for mold remediation.

However, you may be interested in finding out if the mold you have in your home is something to be concerned about.  The US Environmental Protection Agency's website has a great deal of information to help a home owner or renter. 

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold:

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more details visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

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Cleaning Up a Biohazard

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

OSHA's website is full of information regarding biohazard. Here is some information on workers' rights:

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small businesses may contact OSHA's free On-site Consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultationwebpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardouswaste/index.html

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Tips for Smoke and Fire Restoration from IICRC Firm SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

For more details, visit http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/ 

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The Right Way to Handle Personal Hygiene After a Storm Disaster

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks and Folsom is here to help.  We also pulled together some tips courtesy of the CDC:

Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and hand washing.

Hygiene is especially important in an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be difficult. The following information will help to ensure good hygiene and handwashing in the event of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit (Hygiene Supplies)

Before an emergency, make sure you have created a Disaster Supplies Kit.
Handwashing

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water (for example, boiled or disinfected).

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

When to Wash HandsPhoto of cupped hands under running water.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After touching garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound
Other Hand Hygiene Resources

Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Bathing

Bathing after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities for further instructions. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities to find out if tap water is safe to use.
Visit the Safe Drinking Water for Personal Use page for more information about making your water safe for brushing your teeth.
You may visit CDC's Oral Health Web site for complete dental hygiene information.
Wound Care

Keeping wounds clean and covered is crucial during an emergency. If you have open cuts or sores, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean, safe water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

When providing first aid for a wound, clean hands can help prevent infection (see Handwashing on this page). Visit Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster to find complete information on caring for wounds.

Healthcare professionals should visit Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals and Management of Vibrio vulnificus Wound Infections After a Disaster.

For complete details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.html 

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Preparing for Fire Prevention Week October 7-13, 2018

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

From the NFPA.org website:

This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Also, Sparky the Fire Dog® has a new friend, Simon, who is helping teach this year’s FPW messages – He’s a smart, resourceful character who will join Sparky in spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.

Other tips include: 

  • Draw a map of your home by using this grid: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fpw17/fpw17escapeplangrid.pdf?la=en  with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Children can then visualize the exits.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Visit National Fire Protection Association for the complete article, watch their video and find more resources: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-525-1241.

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.  You can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom

Preparing for a Flood and the Appropriate Responses

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

OSHA's website has a plethora of information. Being prepared for a flood and knowing how to respond is vital. Many think about their homes but not their businesses. Review OSHA's guidelines: 

Planning

Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries and property damage. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel
  • Review the plan with workers

For more details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/preparedness.html 

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Do You Have a Storm Emergency Kit?

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

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Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Emergency-Kit.aspx

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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/

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!

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Preparing for a Major Storm

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

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Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 to help you. We are available for 24/ emergency service. 

Are you at Risk of Flooding?

  • California Flood Preparedness: This website provides information about the types of flooding and floodplains in California, suggests for ways to prepare for flooding, and ways to take action.
  • CalOES MyHazards Tool: MyHazards is a tool for the general public to discover hazards in their area (earthquake, flood, fire, and tsunami) and learn steps to reduce personal risk. Using the MyHazards tool, users may enter an address, city, zip code, or may select a location from a map.
  • Ready.gov: Actions to Take during Flood Watch or Warning: This page explains what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • NOAA Weather-Ready Nation: This initiative focuses on support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.
  • California Department of Water Resources – All Flood and Safety Topics:The Department has compiled flood topics including: California dam safety, Delta Levees, flood control projects and maps, flood fighting methods, grants and loans, surface storage investigations and much more to help Californians prepare for storms.
  • California Coastal Commission El Niño Checklist: To prepare for impacts due to flooding, unusually large waves, heavy precipitation, and erosion, coastal Californians can begin to take measured steps now.
  • FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC):The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP):This page discusses the Risk MAP program and what the program can mean to communities.

Is Your Home Safe from Flooding?

Visit http://storms.ca.gov/individual-preparation/ for more storm preparation ideas.

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

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Orangevale, Folsom or Fair Oaks Smoke and Soot Cleanup. #heretohelp

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-525-1241.

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you. #heretohelp #SERVPROFairOaksFolsom

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom Can Assist With Your Commercial Property Water or Fire Damage

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Fair Oaks and Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Folsom business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. Call us at 916-987-0400.

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Area Wildfires Can Scare Residents. Smoke damage? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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No need to worry about area wildfires. If one is near your home, be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to clean up the smoke damage. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (916) 987-0400

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

#SERVPROFairOaksFolsom

For Immediate Service in Fair Oaks, Folsom and Orangevale, Call SERVPRO 916-987-0400

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Fair Oaks, Folsom and Orangevale. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-987-0400

Residential Services

Whether your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale  property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/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!

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Water Damage? Restoring Your Fair Oaks, Orangevale or Folsom Commercial Property

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Follow us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 
and online 
http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com.

Listen to what our customers have said: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/testimonials

Need help today? Call us at 916-987-0400. 

#SERVPROFairOaksFolsom #SERVPRO

Did you discover mold? Here are the next steps to take:

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fair Oaks and Folsom Residents! If you notice mold in your walls and ceilings, do your best not to disturb it or attempt to clean it yourself. Reason being is that mold infestation can be inadvertently spread throughout your home. When dry mold is asleep, no harm can come of it. However, when wet or moistened it comes to life and carries more active contaminants. Contamination, or mold damage needs to be contained as close to the original source as possible. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Let the experts, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom, do their job. It is a process, so why not do it right! In the interim here are a few tips:

  • Don’t touch the affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans; do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom for an assessment.

If You See Mold Damage in your home or commercial property, Fair Oaks and Folsom residents, call us 916-525-1241.

Does your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale home have mold?

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO Fair Oaks/ Folsom 916-987-0400

Things to do to Your House Before Leaving for Vacation

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Credit: #SERVPRO of West Greenville County’s blog 

Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 SERVPRO Fair Oaks/ Folsom 916-987-0400 

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. 

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/  and online http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com.

Are you currently dealing with water damage? Please give us a call 24 hours a day at 916-525-1241. 

Spring Cleaning Guide

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com for details on our services.

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. 

Remember, you can always follow SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom online at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ for up to date information. 

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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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

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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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Testing Your Business System to Prepare for a Commercial Disaster

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters can wreck havocs on our homes and businesses. Testing your business system can ensure you are ready for a disaster large or small. On Preparemybusiness.org you can find suggestions and details around business continuity planning.

Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?

Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements. 

Through testing, you will reduce both recovery time and risks, ultimately protecting your business and the employees and customers who rely on you. 

What to test?

You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

Where to test?

Testing can be done in one of three places: at your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data. 

How often to test?

We recommend that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

Who should participate?

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. These should include, but not be limited to Facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients. 

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For more details about preparing your business, visit: http://www.preparemybusiness.org.

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Water Damage - Do You Know the True Cost of a Flood?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding Your Flood Risk is Vital in Preparation.

Do you understand your true flood risk? Are you and your family prepared? On FloodSmart.gov you can find information to prepare you including the cost of flooding.  It only takes a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents. Use the online tool to show you what a flood does to your home and what it could cost, inch by inch.

Preparing for a flood is vital. Guard your home and businesses. 

For more information on the true cost of a flood visit: https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp

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Mold - Details About Mold Testing in Your Home or Business

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

Learn a little more about mold testing or sampling from the EPA: 

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing? Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants. For more information on mold visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling

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Need Tips for Preventing Moisture and Mold Prevention?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind 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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Preparing for big storm in the Sacramento area for the 2017-2018 rainy season.

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

We had a wet winter in 2016. 2017 may be another wet one. Are you ready for a big storm if it comes to the Sacramento-area? 

Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-525-1241 to help you. We are available for 24/7 emergency service. 

On CA.gov you can find storm readiness information. Consider the following from their site:

California's historic drought remains severe, and residents must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we must also prepare for the possibility of large storms and coastal/bay flooding.

Weather predictions indicate that large storms may come in the coming months due to warming in the Pacific Ocean known as El Niño.

Storms in California sometimes cause flooding, mud flows, landslides, electrical outages and other impacts.

Using water wisely while taking steps to prepare for winter storms and coastal/bay flooding will help to protect our households, our communities and our state.

Information on this website updates weather conditions and shares what Californians can also do to prepare.

An overview of preparedness for winter storms can be found on the State's Winter Readiness Fact Sheet.

For more information visit: http://storms.ca.gov/ 

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Protecting Your Family From Fire During Halloween

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Halloween is a fun time of year, but without precautions it can lead to house fires. The Cal Fire website offers some great tips and suggestions to keep Halloween safe and fun.

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service. 


TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUMES:

Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material (Check the label). Fire resistant does not mean fire proof
Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping
Avoid loose and baggy sleeves. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
Use make-up instead of masks which can obstruct vision.
Use glow in the dark reflective tape on your costume.
TIPS FOR DECORATING:

Never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns, use battery powered lights.
Instruct children to stay away from open flames.
Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from sources of heat.
Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes


TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT:

Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as garden tools, hoses, etc.
Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.

For more details visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_halloween 

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Getting a Shag Rug Cleaned the Right Way

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning a Shag Rug I love that shag rugs have a made a strong fashionable return in homes. We recently added a couple to our living room. They look great on our tile floor and warm the room.  They are a little different to care than a regular rug. I found some great tips on the Bob Vila website.  

Remember, if these tips don’t work and you need a professional, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400.

How to clean a shag rug:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

- Plain white vinegar

- Water

- White microfiber cloth

- Mop or broom

- Vacuum cleaner

- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment

- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)

STEP 1

Ideally, you’ll use this method to treat a spill before it has a chance to set in, but even if it’s dry before you get to it, there’s still hope. Combine equal parts plain white vinegar and room-temperature water, and pour directly onto the affected area. For a small stain caused by a few tablespoons of spilled liquid or food, start with ½ cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if necessary.

Work the solution into the stain with a white microfiber cloth—better than a rag because it won’t stain or leave lint behind—using some elbow grease to release it from the fibers. Once you’ve eliminated the stain entirely, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry completely.

STEP 2

Take the dry rug outside where you can shake it vigorously to release loose dirt and dust.

Next, if the shag rug is smaller than 3 or 4 feet wide, fold it in half, face-down, over a clean porch railing or the back of a chair and use a mop or broom handle (not its business end) to whack the rug from the back side to release stubborn dirt particles. Put enough muscle into it to shake spare dirt loose, but mind your aim and be careful not to damage the railing or chair in the process.

STEP 3

Cleaning professionals advise against vacuuming a shag rug, as suction could break the long fibers. However, it’s highly effective to turn the rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping the pile safe while further removing deep-down dirt. This will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to fluff them up again. For an extra-deep clean, use an upholstery attachment, which offers stronger suction in a concentrated area.

STEP 4

If things are still looking dingy and you’re willing to take a risk, consider cleaning with dry carpet shampoo. Shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug, making sure to use a product safe for its content (some shampoos are better for wool while others suit synthetics) and following package instructions to the letter.

Carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion only; a handheld vacuum is ideal because it gives you complete control. If any pile breaks off, stop and take the shag rug to a carpet cleaning pro. If all is well, though, proceed with caution and repeat the process until your rug is as shagadelic as ever.

For the complete article, visit Bobvila.com

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The Right Way to Handle Personal Hygiene After a Storm Disaster

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks and Folsom is here to help.  We also pulled together some tips courtesy of the CDC:

Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and hand washing.

Hygiene is especially important in an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be difficult. The following information will help to ensure good hygiene and handwashing in the event of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit (Hygiene Supplies)

Before an emergency, make sure you have created a Disaster Supplies Kit.
Handwashing

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water (for example, boiled or disinfected).

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

When to Wash HandsPhoto of cupped hands under running water.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After touching garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound
Other Hand Hygiene Resources

Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Bathing

Bathing after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities for further instructions. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities to find out if tap water is safe to use.
Visit the Safe Drinking Water for Personal Use page for more information about making your water safe for brushing your teeth.
You may visit CDC's Oral Health Web site for complete dental hygiene information.
Wound Care

Keeping wounds clean and covered is crucial during an emergency. If you have open cuts or sores, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean, safe water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

When providing first aid for a wound, clean hands can help prevent infection (see Handwashing on this page). Visit Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster to find complete information on caring for wounds.

Healthcare professionals should visit Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals and Management of Vibrio vulnificus Wound Infections After a Disaster.

For complete details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.html 

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Tips for Smoke and Fire Restoration from IICRC Firm SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

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smoke damage fire damage

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

For more details, visit http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/ 

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Preparing for Fire – Fire Prevention Week 2017

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home byusing this grid: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fpw17/fpw17escapeplangrid.pdf?la=en  with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Children can then visualize the exits.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Visit National Fire Protection Association for the complete article, watch their video and find more resources: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2

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Cleaning the Fridge - Easy Tips

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Household cleaning is not exactly on our list of "fun things to do". Sometimes we don’t even know how often household items should be cleaned. If you’re like me, I clean when it looks dirty (or company is coming over!) There has got to be a better way. I am always looking for new tips or suggestions. 

I recently came across this article from Today.com in the Home section. Take a look at some of these tips:

Door shelves:

  • Remove items from the door shelves.
  • Wipe down all shelves as well as any sticky and drippy containers with baking soda and water solution. Dry and return items.

Gasket:

  • Wipe the gasket/seal with a mild detergent solution. Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Pro tip from Mr. Appliance President Doug Rogers: To test the seal of the gasket, shut the door on a dollar bill and if it slides out easily, the gasket isn’t sealing tightly. Replace it to save energy and wear and tear on the fridge.

Door:

  • Wipe down the door, edges, handle and top of the refrigerator with mild detergent solution. Dry.
  • For stainless steel refrigerators, apply coconut oil with a soft cloth. Buff to remove excess.

Water dispenser:

  • Because yeast and mold can build up on the dispenser spout, it should be cleaned every month or as needed.
  • Pro tip from Carl Major, owner of Major Appliance, AC and Heating in SlidellLouisiana: Major recommends cleaning the spout with a pipe cleaner (or small brush) alternately dipped in warm water, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (in that order).
  • For added safety, make sure to replace external water filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Ice dispenser:

  • The ice dispenser drawer actually can harbor mold and yeast, according to Allen Rathey, founder of Healthy House Institute.
  • To clean the ice bin, turn the ice-maker off, remove the bin and discard the ice. Using lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent, wash the bin, rinse well and then dry.
  • Cleaning option: Substitute distilled white vinegar for dish detergent.

For the complete article, visit:

HTTP://WWW.TODAY.COM/HOME/HOW-OFTEN-YOU-SHOULD-CLEAN-YOUR-REFRIGERATOR-RIGHT-WAY-DO-T103284?CID=PUBLIC-RSS_20160927

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Cleaning Up a Biohazard

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

OSHA's website is full of information regarding biohazard. Here is some information on workers' rights:

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small businesses may contact OSHA's free On-site Consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultationwebpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardouswaste/index.html

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How to Clean Contaminated Needles

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Are you aware of the proper disposal of contaminated needles and blood tube holders? From the OSHA website

Appropriate Disposal of Contaminated Sharps:

  • Employers must make available, closable, puncture resistant, leakproof sharps containers that are appropriately labeled and color-coded. The containers must also have an opening that is large enough to accommodate disposal of the entire blood collection assembly (i.e. blood tube holder and needle).
  • Employees must have access to sharps containers that are easily accessible to the immediate area where sharps are used (29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)(i)).
  • If employees travel from one location to another (e.g. from one patient room to another or from one facility to another), the employee must be provided with a sharps container which is conveniently placed or portable at each location/facility, and is capable of accommodating the entire blood tube holder and needle assembly.

Note: Many sharps containers are designed with openings that do not allow for disposal of a SESIP that is attached to the blood tube holder. These containers would not be in compliance with the bloodborne pathogens standard. Employers must ensure that where blood is being drawn, the sharps container is appropriate for immediate disposal of sharps.

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    • Employers must first evaluate, select, and use appropriate engineering controls (e.g., sharps with engineered sharps injury protection), which includes single-use blood tube holders with sharps with engineered sharps injury protection (SESIP) attached.
    • The use of engineering and work practice controls provide the highest degree of control in order to eliminate potential injuries after performing blood draws. Disposing of blood tube holders with contaminated needles attached after the activation of the safety feature affords the greatest hazard control.
    • In very rare situations needle removal is acceptable.
      • If the employer can demonstrate that no feasible alternative to needle removal is available (e.g. inability to purchase single-use blood tube holders due to a supply shortage of these devices),
      • If the removal is necessary for a specific medical or dental procedure.

In these rare cases, the employer must ensure that the contaminated needle is protected by a SESIP prior to disposal. In addition, the employer must ensure that a proper sharps disposal container is located in the immediate area of sharps use and is easily accessible to employees. This information must be clearly detailed and documented in the employer's Exposure Control Plan.

  • If it is necessary to draw blood with a syringe, a syringe with engineered sharps injury protection must be used in which the protected needle is removed using safe work practices, and transfer of blood from the syringe to the tube must be done using a needleless blood transfer device.

For complete details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101503.html 

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Preparing for a Flood and the Appropriate Responses

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

OSHA's website has a plethora of information.  Being prepared for a flood and knowing how to respond is vital. Many think about their homes but not their businesses. Review OSHA's guidelines: 

Planning

Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries and property damage. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel
  • Review the plan with workers

For more details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/preparedness.html 

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Do You Have a Storm Emergency Kit?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Emergency-Kit.aspx

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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Get a Storm and

9/28/2017 (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. 

Sacrementoready.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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/. 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!

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Prepare a Communications Plan before a Major Storm

9/28/2017 (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. 

Sacrementoready.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!

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/. 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!

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Do You Know These 10 Things About Mold?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can be found just about anywhere. There is a lot of good information, but many people do not have a solid understanding of mold. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is your specialist for mold remediation.

However, you may be interested in finding out if the mold you have in your home is something to be concerned about.  The US Environmental Protection Agency's website has a great deal of information to help a home owner or renter. 

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold:

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more details visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

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Prepare for a Major Storm or Flood

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 to help you. We are available for 24/ emergency service. 

Are you at Risk of Flooding?

  • California Flood Preparedness: This website provides information about the types of flooding and floodplains in California, suggests for ways to prepare for flooding, and ways to take action.
  • CalOES MyHazards Tool: MyHazards is a tool for the general public to discover hazards in their area (earthquake, flood, fire, and tsunami) and learn steps to reduce personal risk. Using the MyHazards tool, users may enter an address, city, zip code, or may select a location from a map.
  • Ready.gov: Actions to Take during Flood Watch or Warning: This page explains what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • NOAA Weather-Ready Nation: This initiative focuses on support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.
  • California Department of Water Resources – All Flood and Safety Topics:The Department has compiled flood topics including: California dam safety, Delta Levees, flood control projects and maps, flood fighting methods, grants and loans, surface storage investigations and much more to help Californians prepare for storms.
  • California Coastal Commission El Niño Checklist: To prepare for impacts due to flooding, unusually large waves, heavy precipitation, and erosion, coastal Californians can begin to take measured steps now.
  • FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC):The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP):This page discusses the Risk MAP program and what the program can mean to communities.

Is Your Home Safe from Flooding?

Visit http://storms.ca.gov/individual-preparation/ for more storm preparation ideas.

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

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/. 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!

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For Immediate Service in Fair Oaks, Folsom and Orangevale, Call SERVPRO

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Fair Oaks, Folsom and Orangevale. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-987-0400

Residential Services

Whether your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale  property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

If you need help with your emergency visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/. 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!

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SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom Can Assist With Your Commercial Property Water or Fire Damage

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Fair Oaks and Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Folsom business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. Call us at 916-987-0400.

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and online 
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Area Wildfires Can Scare Residents. Smoke damage? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom.

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

No need to worry about area wildfires. If one is near your home, be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to clean up the smoke damage. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (916) 987-0400

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

Orangevale, Folsom or Fair Oaks Smoke and Soot Cleanup. Here to help.

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-525-1241.

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

Restoring Your Fair Oaks, Orangevale or Folsom Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Follow us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ 
and online 
http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com.

Listen to what our customers have said: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/testimonials

Discover mold? Here are the next steps:

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fair Oaks and Folsom Residents! If you notice mold in your walls and ceilings, do your best not to disturb it or attempt to clean it yourself. Reason being is that mold infestation can be inadvertently spread throughout your home. When dry mold is asleep, no harm can come of it. However, when wet or moistened it comes to life and carries more active contaminants. Contamination, or mold damage needs to be contained as close to the original source as possible. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Let the experts, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom, do their job. It is a process, so why not do it right! In the interim here are a few tips:

  • Don’t touch the affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans; do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom for an assessment.

If You See Mold Damage in your home or commercial property, Fair Oaks and Folsom residents, call us 916-525-1241.

Does your Folsom, Fair Oaks or Orangevale home have mold?

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO Fair Oaks/ Folsom 916-987-0400

Remodeling after Fire Damage

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

Dealing with water or fire damage can stressful. Hopefully, you have had a chance to work with SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom to get you through that trying time. However, when it is all said and done, you may have some remodeling to do. Though it is certainly rough to deal with the damage, remodeling can be enjoyable and even fun.  

According to ImproveNet.com there are quite of few things to consider when repairing after fire and smoke damage:

Average Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair 

The average cost of repair and restoration services after fire and smoke damage is $2,950. The total cost that a homeowner pays for such repairs will depend on the location and extent of the damage. For example, fire damage to a kitchen may cost more to repair than damage to a closet due to the expense of replacing costly cabinets and appliances. The out of pocket amount that a homeowner pays to have fire and smoke damage repairs might be reduced by homeowner's insurance coverage. 

Types of Repairs for Fire and Smoke Damage 

Water used to extinguish a fire can saturate the walls and floors of the home. The water can quickly cause mold growth and wood rot if the water isn't removed and the home thoroughly dried. Soot from the fire can saturate and stain anything upholstered. Professional restoration is needed in order to salvage the furnishings as well as linens, draperies and carpet. Smoke discoloration and odors can pervade almost everything in a home, including furnishings, carpets and rugs, linens and clothing. Professional restoration is essential in order to save those items. The smoke can also damage the home's air ducts, resulting in foul odors each time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. Restoration and repair services are needed to clean the ducts before the HVAC system is used again.

Visit: http://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/fire-damage-restoration for more details.

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

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!

Storm Damage? Choose an IICRC firm. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help.

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Need help today? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

California's "Wildfire Awareness Week"

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Each year California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring the first full week of May as “Wildfire Awareness Week”. This year during the week of May 3-9, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state will remind residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them. With this year’s record low rain and continued drought impacts, the importance of preparing for wildfires has only been heightened.  

Ready, Set, Go!
With fire activity already above average, Californians should remember “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Being Set by having an evacuation plan and Wildfire Action Plan. Lastly, when a wildfire strikes put your evacuation plan in effect and Go!; evacuate early.  

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire
Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable. One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment. Use powered equipment before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. When clearing dead or dying grass don’t use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground like trailer chains. All residents and vacationers need to be extra cautious outdoors because one less spark means one less wildfire.

Too read this complete article and others like it visit: www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

About SERVPRO ofFair 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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Prepare for Water Damage – 5 Quick Tips

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-525-1241. Follow us online at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ and visit our website for more information: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com

Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

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.

 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 SERVPRO Fair Oaks/ Folsom 916-987-0400 

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. 

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/  and online http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com.

 

Spring Cleaning

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

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. Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/ for details on our services.

Filling Sandbags Correctly

1/7/2017 (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 from Sacbee.com for tips and suggestions. 


http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article124928364.html


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. 


Remember, you can always follow SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom online at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfairoaksfolsom/ for up to date information. 

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

12/27/2016 (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

 

Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO can help you during a fire emergency. 

Fire Safety During the Holidays

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

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

To find out other ways SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can help you with fire or storm damage, visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/  

As always, call us at 916-987-0400. We are here to help. 

Protecting Your Business From Water Damage

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help your during your water damage disaster.  Call us at 916-987-0400 for 24 hour 7 days a week emergency service.

Preparing for a flood even at work is important. OSHA's website has a plethora of information.  Being prepared for a flood and knowing how to respond is vital. Many think about their homes but not their businesses. Review OSHA's guidelines: 

Planning

Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries and property damage. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel
  • Review the plan with workers

For more details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/preparedness.html 

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

 

Halloween Fire Safety - Avoid Potential Fire Damage

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Halloween is a fun time of year, but without precautions it can lead to house fires. The Cal Fire website offers some great tips and suggestions to keep Halloween safe and fun.

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service. 


TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUMES:

Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material (Check the label). Fire resistant does not mean fire proof
Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping
Avoid loose and baggy sleeves. Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
Use make-up instead of masks which can obstruct vision.
Use glow in the dark reflective tape on your costume.
TIPS FOR DECORATING:

Never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns, use battery powered lights.
Instruct children to stay away from open flames.
Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from sources of heat.
Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes


TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT:

Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as garden tools, hoses, etc.
Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.

For more details visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_halloween 

Visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO can help you during a fire emergency. 

Are You Ready for a California Storm?

10/15/2016 (Permalink)

Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 to help you. We are available for 24/ emergency service. 

On CA.gov you can find storm readiness information. Consider the following from their site:

California's historic drought remains severe, and residents must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we must also prepare for the possibility of large storms and coastal/bay flooding.

Weather predictions indicate that large storms may come in the coming months due to warming in the Pacific Ocean known as El Niño.

Storms in California sometimes cause flooding, mud flows, landslides, electrical outages and other impacts.

Using water wisely while taking steps to prepare for winter storms and coastal/bay flooding will help to protect our households, our communities and our state.

Information on this website updates weather conditions and shares what Californians can also do to prepare.

An overview of preparedness for winter storms can be found on the State's Winter Readiness Fact Sheet.

For more information visit: http://storms.ca.gov/ 

For more details on how SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can help you during a storm situation visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/storm-flooding-restoration 

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

10/15/2016 (Permalink)

Did you find something that looks like mold in your home or business?  Let SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom ease your mind and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-987-0400 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 

Have a mold problem today or just want to read more about how SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can take care of your mold visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/mold-removal 

Water Damage - What is the True Cost of a Flood?

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Understanding Your Flood Risk is Vital in Preparation

Do you understand your true flood risk? Are you and your family prepared? On FloodSmart.gov you can find information to prepare you including the cost of flooding.  It only takes a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents. Use the online tool to show you what a flood does to your home and what it could cost, inch by inch.

Preparing for a flood is vital. Guard your home and businesses. 

For more information on the true cost of a flood visit: https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp

Interested in knowing how SERVPRO can help you during your flood visit: http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/storm-flooding-restoration 

Are you faced with water damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Testing Your Business System to Prepare for a Commercial Disaster

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Disasters can wreck havocs on our homes and businesses. Testing your business system can ensure you are ready for a disaster large or small. On Preparemybusiness.org you can find suggestions and details around business continuity planning.

Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?

 

Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements.

 

Through testing, you will reduce both recovery time and risks, ultimately protecting your business and the employees and customers who rely on you.

 

What to test?

You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

 

Where to test?

Testing can be done in one of three places: at your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data.

 

How often to test?

We recommend that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

 

Who should participate?

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. These should include, but not be limited to Facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients.

 

Recovering from a disaster, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help.

 

For more details about preparing your business, visit: http://www.preparemybusiness.org.

Preparing Your Business For A Serious Disaster

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

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 

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help you during your business' disaster. Call 916-987-0400 24/7 for our help!

10 Things to Know About Mold

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be found just about anywhere. There is a lot of good information, but many people do not have a solid understanding of mold. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is your specialist for mold remediation.

However, you may be interested in finding out if the mold you have in your home is something to be concerned about.  The US Environmental Protection Agency's website has a great deal of information to help a home owner or renter. 

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold:

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more details visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

Not sure about the mold in your home?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

Preparing for house fire.

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

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

If your family has just suffered a home fire, please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help you 24/7.

Communication Plans Before a Major Storm or Disaster

10/4/2016 (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. 

Sacrementoready.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. 

Storm Emergency Kit

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm season is coming. Even in Sacramento we can get some major storms. It makes sense to be prepared and keep your family sage. 

SacramentoReady.org has a complete list of items you need in case of a major storm or disaster. 

Your Emergency Kit Should Include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and first aid reference material
  • Radio – wind-up or battery-operated, with extra batteries
  • Local maps
  • Water – One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food – At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Contact information for family and friends
  • ATM and credit cards
  • Cash and change
  • Prescriptions (enough for a week), along with a list of medications and dosages for each family member and the reason for use
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices (e.g. cane, walker, etc.)
  • Portable phone
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Keys
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof, portable container (e.g. photo ID, insurance cards and policies, bank account records, etc.)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter-in-place
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To use as a disinfectant, dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Pencil and paper
  • Books and activities for children
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.

For more information, visit http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Emergency-Kit.aspx

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. 

IICRC Firm SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom - Tips for Smoke and Fire Restoration

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC has many tips and suggestions for consumers. Please consider the following information from the IICRC regarding fire and smoke restoration:

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. The IICRC provides the following tips for fire victims facing clean up:

  • Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
  • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Professional restoration technicians  know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

For more details, visit http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/ 

Need a professional? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 today. We are here to help 24/7. 

Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks and Folsom is here to help.  We also pulled together some tips courtesy of the CDC:

Good basic personal hygiene and hand washing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and hand washing.

Hygiene is especially important in an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be difficult. The following information will help to ensure good hygiene and handwashing in the event of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit (Hygiene Supplies)

Before an emergency, make sure you have created a Disaster Supplies Kit.
Handwashing

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Follow these steps to make sure you wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
A temporary hand washing station can be created by using a large water jug that contains clean water (for example, boiled or disinfected).

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

When to Wash HandsPhoto of cupped hands under running water.

Wash hands with soap and clean, running water (if available):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After touching garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound
Other Hand Hygiene Resources

Food and Water Safety and Hand Hygiene Resources
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, or make ice.

Bathing

Bathing after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities for further instructions. Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth after a water-related emergency should only be done with clean, safe water. Listen to local authorities to find out if tap water is safe to use.
Visit the Safe Drinking Water for Personal Use page for more information about making your water safe for brushing your teeth.
You may visit CDC's Oral Health Web site for complete dental hygiene information.
Wound Care

Keeping wounds clean and covered is crucial during an emergency. If you have open cuts or sores, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean, safe water to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

When providing first aid for a wound, clean hands can help prevent infection (see Handwashing on this page). Visit Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster to find complete information on caring for wounds.

Healthcare professionals should visit Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals and Management of Vibrio vulnificus Wound Infections After a Disaster.

For complete details visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/sanitation.html 

Flood Preparedness and Response

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

OSHA's website has a plethora of information.  Being prepared for a flood and knowing how to respond is vital. Many think about their homes but not their businesses. Review OSHA's guidelines: 

Planning

Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries and property damage. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel
  • Review the plan with workers

For more details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/preparedness.html 

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.

Disposal of Contaminated Needles

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Are you aware of the proper disposal of contaminated needles and blood tube holders? From the OSHA website

Appropriate Disposal of Contaminated Sharps:

  • Employers must make available, closable, puncture resistant, leakproof sharps containers that are appropriately labeled and color-coded. The containers must also have an opening that is large enough to accommodate disposal of the entire blood collection assembly (i.e. blood tube holder and needle).
  • Employees must have access to sharps containers that are easily accessible to the immediate area where sharps are used (29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)(i)).
  • If employees travel from one location to another (e.g. from one patient room to another or from one facility to another), the employee must be provided with a sharps container which is conveniently placed or portable at each location/facility, and is capable of accommodating the entire blood tube holder and needle assembly.
Note: Many sharps containers are designed with openings that do not allow for disposal of a SESIP that is attached to the blood tube holder. These containers would not be in compliance with the bloodborne pathogens standard. Employers must ensure that where blood is being drawn, the sharps container is appropriate for immediate disposal of sharps.
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    • Employers must first evaluate, select, and use appropriate engineering controls (e.g., sharps with engineered sharps injury protection), which includes single-use blood tube holders with sharps with engineered sharps injury protection (SESIP) attached.
    • The use of engineering and work practice controls provide the highest degree of control in order to eliminate potential injuries after performing blood draws. Disposing of blood tube holders with contaminated needles attached after the activation of the safety feature affords the greatest hazard control.
    • In very rare situations needle removal is acceptable.
      • If the employer can demonstrate that no feasible alternative to needle removal is available (e.g. inability to purchase single-use blood tube holders due to a supply shortage of these devices),
      • If the removal is necessary for a specific medical or dental procedure.

In these rare cases, the employer must ensure that the contaminated needle is protected by a SESIP prior to disposal. In addition, the employer must ensure that a proper sharps disposal container is located in the immediate area of sharps use and is easily accessible to employees. This information must be clearly detailed and documented in the employer's Exposure Control Plan.

  • If it is necessary to draw blood with a syringe, a syringe with engineered sharps injury protection must be used in which the protected needle is removed using safe work practices, and transfer of blood from the syringe to the tube must be done using a needleless blood transfer device.

For complete details visit: https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101503.html 

Have a biohazard clean up?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400

Biohazard Information from OSHA

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

OSHA's website is full of information regarding biohazard. Here is some information on workers' rights:
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small businesses may contact OSHA's free On-site Consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultationwebpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardouswaste/index.html

For Biohazard clean up in your area call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400

National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Some details from the NFPA.org site:

Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

For complete details:

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Fridge Cleaning Tips

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Household cleaning is not exactly on our list of "fun things to do". Sometimes we don’t even know how often household items should be cleaned. If you’re like me, I clean when it looks dirty (or company is coming over!) There has got to be a better way. I am always looking for new tips or suggestions. 

I recently came across this article from Today.com in the Home section. Take a look at some of these tips:

Door shelves:

  • Remove items from the door shelves.
  • Wipe down all shelves as well as any sticky and drippy containers with baking soda and water solution. Dry and return items.

Gasket:

  • Wipe the gasket/seal with a mild detergent solution. Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Pro tip from Mr. Appliance President Doug Rogers: To test the seal of the gasket, shut the door on a dollar bill and if it slides out easily, the gasket isn’t sealing tightly. Replace it to save energy and wear and tear on the fridge.

Door:

  • Wipe down the door, edges, handle and top of the refrigerator with mild detergent solution. Dry.
  • For stainless steel refrigerators, apply coconut oil with a soft cloth. Buff to remove excess.

Water dispenser:

  • Because yeast and mold can build up on the dispenser spout, it should be cleaned every month or as needed.
  • Pro tip from Carl Major, owner of Major Appliance, AC and Heating in Slidell, Louisiana: Major recommends cleaning the spout with a pipe cleaner (or small brush) alternately dipped in warm water, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (in that order).
  • For added safety, make sure to replace external water filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Ice dispenser:

  • The ice dispenser drawer actually can harbor mold and yeast, according to Allen Rathey, founder of Healthy House Institute.
  • To clean the ice bin, turn the ice-maker off, remove the bin and discard the ice. Using lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent, wash the bin, rinse well and then dry.
  • Cleaning option: Substitute distilled white vinegar for dish detergent.

For the complete article, visit:

HTTP://WWW.TODAY.COM/HOME/HOW-OFTEN-YOU-SHOULD-CLEAN-YOUR-REFRIGERATOR-RIGHT-WAY-DO-T103284?CID=PUBLIC-RSS_20160927

Cleaning a Shag Rug

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning a Shag Rug I love that shag rugs have a made a strong fashionable return in homes. We recently added a couple to our living room. They look great on our tile floor and warm the room.  They are a little different to care than a regular rug. I found some great tips on the Bob Vila website.  

Remember, if these tips don’t work and you need a professional, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400.

How to clean a shag rug:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

- Plain white vinegar

- Water

- White microfiber cloth

- Mop or broom

- Vacuum cleaner

- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment

- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)

STEP 1

Ideally, you’ll use this method to treat a spill before it has a chance to set in, but even if it’s dry before you get to it, there’s still hope. Combine equal parts plain white vinegar and room-temperature water, and pour directly onto the affected area. For a small stain caused by a few tablespoons of spilled liquid or food, start with ½ cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if necessary.

Work the solution into the stain with a white microfiber cloth—better than a rag because it won’t stain or leave lint behind—using some elbow grease to release it from the fibers. Once you’ve eliminated the stain entirely, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry completely.

STEP 2

Take the dry rug outside where you can shake it vigorously to release loose dirt and dust.

Next, if the shag rug is smaller than 3 or 4 feet wide, fold it in half, face-down, over a clean porch railing or the back of a chair and use a mop or broom handle (not its business end) to whack the rug from the back side to release stubborn dirt particles. Put enough muscle into it to shake spare dirt loose, but mind your aim and be careful not to damage the railing or chair in the process.

STEP 3

Cleaning professionals advise against vacuuming a shag rug, as suction could break the long fibers. However, it’s highly effective to turn the rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping the pile safe while further removing deep-down dirt. This will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to fluff them up again. For an extra-deep clean, use an upholstery attachment, which offers stronger suction in a concentrated area.

STEP 4

If things are still looking dingy and you’re willing to take a risk, consider cleaning with dry carpet shampoo. Shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug, making sure to use a product safe for its content (some shampoos are better for wool while others suit synthetics) and following package instructions to the letter.

Carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion only; a handheld vacuum is ideal because it gives you complete control. If any pile breaks off, stop and take the shag rug to a carpet cleaning pro. If all is well, though, proceed with caution and repeat the process until your rug is as shagadelic as ever.

For the complete article, visit Bobvila.com

Storm and Flood Preparation

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Do not let a storm take you off guard. Be prepared. Experiencing storm damage?  Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 to help you. We are available for 24/ emergency service. 

Are you at Risk of Flooding?

  • California Flood Preparedness: This website provides information about the types of flooding and floodplains in California, suggests for ways to prepare for flooding, and ways to take action.
  • CalOES MyHazards Tool: MyHazards is a tool for the general public to discover hazards in their area (earthquake, flood, fire, and tsunami) and learn steps to reduce personal risk. Using the MyHazards tool, users may enter an address, city, zip code, or may select a location from a map.
  • Ready.gov: Actions to Take during Flood Watch or Warning: This page explains what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • NOAA Weather-Ready Nation: This initiative focuses on support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.
  • California Department of Water Resources – All Flood and Safety Topics:The Department has compiled flood topics including: California dam safety, Delta Levees, flood control projects and maps, flood fighting methods, grants and loans, surface storage investigations and much more to help Californians prepare for storms.
  • California Coastal Commission El Niño Checklist: To prepare for impacts due to flooding, unusually large waves, heavy precipitation, and erosion, coastal Californians can begin to take measured steps now.
  • FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC): The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP): This page discusses the Risk MAP program and what the program can mean to communities.

Is Your Home Safe from Flooding?

Visit http://storms.ca.gov/individual-preparation/ for more storm preparation ideas.

 

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

Orangevale, Folsom or Fair Oaks Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of
Fair Oaks / Folsom.

Area Wildfires Can Scare Residents. Smoke damage? Call SERVPRO.

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

No need to worry about area wildfires. If one is near your home, be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to clean up the smoke damage. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (916) 987-0400

Restoring Your Fair Oaks, Orangevale or Folsom Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Folsom commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

IICRC Certified Firm - Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Fair Oaks, Orangevale or Folsom Home

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Folsom and Fair Oaks Residents - Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400

Does Your FAIR OAKS, ORANGEVALE OR FOLSOM Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

·        Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

·        Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

·        Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

·        Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

·        Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

·        Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400

Remodeling after fire damage

5/22/2016 (Permalink)

 

If you are faced with fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400 for 24/7 emergency service.

 

Dealing with water or fire damage can stressful. Hopefully, you have had a chance to work with SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom to get you through that trying time. However, when it is all said and done, you may have some remodeling to do. Though it is certainly rough to deal with the damage, remodeling can be enjoyable and even fun. 

 

According to ImproveNet.com there are quite of few things to consider when repairing after fire and smoke damage:

Average Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair 

The average cost of repair and restoration services after fire and smoke damage is $2,950. The total cost that a homeowner pays for such repairs will depend on the location and extent of the damage. For example, fire damage to a kitchen may cost more to repair than damage to a closet due to the expense of replacing costly cabinets and appliances. The out of pocket amount that a homeowner pays to have fire and smoke damage repairs might be reduced by homeowner's insurance coverage. 

Types of Repairs for Fire and Smoke Damage 

Water used to extinguish a fire can saturate the walls and floors of the home. The water can quickly cause mold growth and wood rot if the water isn't removed and the home thoroughly dried. Soot from the fire can saturate and stain anything upholstered. Professional restoration is needed in order to salvage the furnishings as well as linens, draperies and carpet. Smoke discoloration and odors can pervade almost everything in a home, including furnishings, carpets and rugs, linens and clothing. Professional restoration is essential in order to save those items. The smoke can also damage the home's air ducts, resulting in foul odors each time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. Restoration and repair services are needed to clean the ducts before the HVAC system is used again.

Visit: http://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/fire-damage-restoration for more details.

If you need help with your fire emergency visit http://www.SERVPROfairoaksfolsom.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to find out how SERVPRO is able to help you.

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!

SERVPRO Fair Oaks/Folsom will be faster to your water damage.

4/16/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 SERVPRO Fair Oaks/ Folsom 916-987-0400

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 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.

Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

4/16/2016 (Permalink)

Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

  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. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to take care of you – call 916-525-1241.

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