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Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Having an evacuation plan in place can help saves lives and property. When a fire emergency happens, a frenzy can happen causing confusion, injury, and property damage.

It is important to know in case of an emergency whether evacuation is necessary, or one should shelter in place. This is true for both commercial and residential buildings.

In commercial buildings you must make sure employees have knowledge of the exit and routes in case of emergencies. Fire can spread quickly, and the smoke caused by fire can quickly subdue a person so immediate evacuation is critical. Make sure to accommodate instructions to people with disabilities and people who do not speak English. When developing this plan, it is also important to consider a safe designated area where they should remain once they have evacuated the building.

Be sure to have a means of accounting for your employees. You need to make sure all have exited the building or be able to inform emergency response teams.

If an emergency does happen be sure to call the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael. (916)967-2500

Contents Cleaning

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carmichael offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

SERVPRO will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our SERVPRO facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Exterior Pipe Safety Tips

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Carmichael has seen lots of low temperatures. This could mean potential pipe breaks. Water is a liquid form but when it gets too cold outside, water freezes and expands. Whether your pipes are plastic or metal they can possibly break.

Most commonly swimming pool supply lines, outdoor hose bibs and water sprinkler lines are at high risk. Pipers in unheated interior areas such as attics, garages, or crawl spaces. Pipes that run against exterior walls are also at risk.

You can, however, take some steps to help prevent your pipes from freezing or worse, breaking. It is best to add insulation to your home. This will help keep your home, including the attic and crawl spaces, at warmer temperatures. You can also install products designed to keep your pipes warm, such as pipes sleeves.

If you need to be away from home, drain your water system before you go

Always identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.

Keeping Your Office "Healthy"

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

You can reduce and prevent the spread of illness and reduce respiratory problems by keeping your office clean. SERVPRO of Carmichael uses a cleaning system that removes the soil from your carpet, furniture, and even the walls. In addition to floor and surface cleaning, we also provide duct cleaning and solutions for water damage that leads to mold. There can be hidden threats such as stagnant water in air ducts, damaged carpets breeding bacteria, and soaked insulation that may produce mold and other harmful bacteria.

The greatest part is we are available 24/7 so that we can get your office up and running as soon as possible. We understand getting your office back to normal is important because it means you are back in business.

Service Reponse Guidelines

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carmichael understands that time can make the difference in the restoration industry. We offer a variety of services, such as smoke removal, soot removal, deodorization, water removal, and dehumidification. Especially with water damage the longer it sits the more damage it causes by the minute. We follow Service Response Guidelines to ensure timely response to your disaster. It is our 1,4,8 guideline.

Within 1 hour of notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange service.

Within 4 hours we will be on site ready to start mitigation services.

Within 8 hours of arrival, we will do a verbal briefing of the scope of work that will be necessary. 

We aim to mitigate the damages of your loss, by following our Service Response Guidelines we ensure fast and efficient service.

Tips From the Us

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands but sometimes it can make the situation worse. Below are some tips from the pros.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles. 
  • Keep hands clean.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens ion rugs.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.
  • Hose and wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop open doors to help prevent odor.

These simple tips can be helpful when waiting for professional help to arrive. 

Tips From the Us

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands but sometimes it can make the situation worse. Below are some tips from the pros.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles. 
  • Keep hands clean.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens ion rugs.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.
  • Hose and wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop open doors to help prevent odor.

These simple tips can be helpful when waiting for professional help to arrive. 

Flood Risks to Your Business

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Weather has been unpredictable in Carmichael, one day it can be sunny and the next there is a rain storm. Storms can cause unforeseen disasters to your business. Flood risks are real threat to your business especially during storm season. It can destroy your buildings, equipment, and even inventory.

The worst part is that most polices do not cover flooding. Even a few inches of water can cost thousands of dollars in damage. It can ruin carpets, walls, machinery, and merchandise.

At SERVPRO of Carmichael we try to save as much as we can to avoid replacing as much as possible. No job is too large as we specialize in large loss disaster recovery. We can get to your business within hours and remove out the water to stop the damage in its tracks. Saving as much as your property is our top priority. We quickly remove the items that can be saved and offer contents cleaning for items that are wet or damaged.  We can then assess the damage to your floors and walls. If necessary, we can replace all the walls and floors to make sure there is no damage. Whether your business has carpet or gym flooring we can replace and rebuild it. We offer full service from start to finish. Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can be growing in places that you would think are safe. Below are the most common places that mold grows but is overlooked. Mold is hydrophilic which means it is water loving. Always keep that in mind when you are trying to keep your home free of mold.

Dishwasher –  Dishwasher are wet in their nature and if not properly cleaned can accumulate dirt. It can also be a breeding ground for mold. Be sure to always clean your dishwasher of food and keep it dry when not in use.

Ice maker Connections – Ice is the solid form of water. Make sure to periodically clean your ice maker connections.

Shower Doors – Even though we use our showers to get clean they may not remain clean. A system should be kept in place to keep them clean and dry in between showers.

Bathtub – the same is true for your bathtub. If you want to keep taking relaxing baths, you have to have the peace of mind that your tub is not growing mold.

Outdoor Water Sprinklers – Keeping these clean can be difficult but regular maintenance can help prevent mold buildup.

If  you do suspect that your home has mold call our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Sewage Backup Can Affect a Whole Building

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

The risk of a sewage backup can be bad for your property and dangerous. The water that comes from a sewage back up is unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Sewer backups are usually caused by clogs, tree roots, or collapsed sewer lines.

Clogs are one of the top causes of sewer backup. People used toilets as waste baskets. diapers, facial tissues, and napkins should not be flushed down the toilet. Be sure never to pour grease down your drain. Although grease and fat are liquids, they can harden and cause a clog.

Tree roots are another cause of sewer backups. Roots can be very strong crushing sewer lines. They can even grow into pipes.

Another common cause of sewer back up are collapsed sewer lines. Older homes were built with cast iron and clay piping. This can break down over time and create sewer problems.

Do not reach for a cheap and easy fix such as chemical treatments. They can be harsh on your plumbing and they are harmful to the environment.

Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael have the proper training and expertise to make sure your plumbing allows water to smoothly run through your pipes and not all over you home.