Deadliest Fire in 85 Years
As the blaze continues to run through Northern California, we continue to learn of the devastation it leaves behind. The Camp Fire in Butte County has destroyed 6,453 home as of Monday morning. More devastatingly so, there has been 29 people killed. Some victims were found in cars fleeing and other inside burned homes. Still over 200 people are reported missing. There are over 4,000 fire fighters battling the blaze.
The Hill Fire in Ventura County has burned through 4,531 acres and destroyed two buildings. It is currently 75 percent contained and will the efforts of fire fighters and all the responders involved we hope to see it completely contained soon.
Unfortunately, for Southern CA, the Woolsey Fire continued to rage and has burned 91,572 acres. Two people have been killed and about 370 homes have been destroyed. It currently only 20 percent contained.
Steps for Fire Restoration In Carmichael
Each fire is different, and every home requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire damage restoration situation:
Emergency response. SERVPRO of Carmichael offer 24/7 emergency response. You can call us any time and day. When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment. We want to be there as soon as possible to ensure no further damage occurs.
Inspection and assessment. We first ensure that the building is safe to enter. A building after a fire may look safe but it may be prone to collapse. We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.
Sealing the structure. Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.
Water removal. When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.
Surface soot and smoke removal. Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.
Cleaning and disinfecting. Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.
Restoration. Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.
Damage Beyond Burned Materials
Soot can reach areas that the fire was not even near.
The damage caused by fires are devastating. The worse part is that it goes beyond just the burned materials. Soot and smoke can travel to the entire home even when the fire does not reach that area. The walls become lined with thick black particles that are hazardous to your health. There are times when even when the soot is removed it leaves a dark stain. The soot depends on the type of materials burned and how big the fire was. Permanent damage is more likely to happen the longer soot sits on a surface or material. That is why it is important to call our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael as soon as possible.
Our team focuses on restoration rather than replacement. We will try to salvage as much as possible and reduce the number of things that are replaced. We want to make sure your home remains your home. Your satisfaction is top of mind.
4 Things You Need to Know About Water Damage
1) Not all water damage is covered by your insurance.
It is important to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy with your coverage. While most policies cover sudden damage such as an overflowing washer machine, they do not cover water damage from gradual leaks that caused damage over time.
2) There are different insurance policies for water damage and flood damage.
If you live in an are that tends to flood, then you should have a separate policy for floods. Water damage is different from flood damage. Water damage would be damage from a burst pipe or overflowed washing machine. You should educate yourself on whether you need two separate policies.
3) Water damage works fast.
Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours. It is important to dry your home or property as soon as possible. At SERVPRO of Carmichael we offer 24/7 emergency response. If your home or property suffers water damage call us anytime at (916)966-2601.
4) Let your insurance know right away.
You should let your insurance company know about the water damage. They can offer you guidance on the immediate steps.
The most important thing is your safety. Make sure you handle and navigate your home making sure it is safe.
FAQ’s of Mold
What is mold?
Molds are fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of different molds. Molds grow best in humid and warm conditions.
What molds are most common indoors?
Where can mold be found?
Molds can be found on any environment all year round. Indoors mold can be found where humidity levels are high such as basements or shower. Outdoors they can be found in shady damp areas where vegetation is decomposing.
What are recommendations?
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can. Moisture levels change throughout the day so be sure to use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep the levels low. This is true especially during the humid months.
- Also, be sure that there is enough ventilation throughout your home.
- Apply mold inhibitors to your paints before application.
- Clean your bathrooms with mold killing products. Do not use carpet in bathrooms or basements.
- Always remove or replace previously soaked carpets and clothe materials
If you suspect mold in your Carmichael home call SERVRPRO of Carmichael to assess your mold remediation needs.
Flood Preparedness and Response
Storm can be dangerous they can create dangerous situations. They also can damage your property. It is important to be ready.
The first thing to find out is whether your home or property is prone to floods. You can ask your local public works about flood history.
If your home or property is prone to floods you can start by keeping emergency building materials. This would be plywood, sand bags, shovels, and plastic sheeting.
Also plan an evacuation route. You and your family should know the safest routes to shelters and out of harm’s way.
You should create an emergency supply kit. The kits should at least have these items:
- Flashlight with batteries
- First aid kit
- Food and water are essential. The right cooking tools should also be included.
- Keep cash and a credit card if possible.
- A copy of local maps. During storms some electronic devices might not have service.
When considering storm emergency preparedness, it is helpful to follow the Five P’s of Evacuation.
People – Think of what a specific person or a pet might need in an energy.
Prescriptions – Consider keeping prescriptions as part of your emergency kit. Nothing would be worse than not being able to find necessary prescription and creating a life-threatening situation.
Papers – Make sure your important papers are in a safe area whether they be hard copies or digital copies.
Personal Needs – Clothing and feminine products should be kept as part of your emergency kit.
Priceless items – Secure priceless items in a safe spot. Although many things can be replaced some items may be irreplaceable.
The most important thing is your safety. Never compromise your safety during a storm. In the case that you and your family are separated during a storm be sure to have a communication plan in hand. Agree on a location to meet up.
Driving Force in Fires
The devastating effects of fire have been prominent in recent years. They can cause millions of dollars in damage and worse they can cause fatalities.
The driving force behind these fires are the dry conditions and the winds. The most common causes of fires are power lines being blown down and arson. Once ignited the dry conditions are fuel to the fire. They spread fast and without warning. Fires are usually about 16 to 20 kilometers per hour. Strong winds in California make it move even faster.
Fires can go on for weeks as we seen last year. It is important to be always stay informed during fire emergencies. To take some precautionary measures for your home, it is recommended to assess your home and property. Try to reduce the amount of material that can burn easily in and around your home by clearing away debris.
There is not much to do when it comes to a wild fire but keeping you and your family safe is the top priority.
No One Plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.”
SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster. ERP’s are designed as a quick reference of important building and contact information.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage
- A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating and reconstructing the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Have a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Preventing Post-Flooding Mold at Home
This week’s rainfall has caused localized flooding throughout the Sacramento area. Many homes were flooded with inches of water. Mold can start to form in as soon as 24 hours. Even if the water damage seemed minimal it can cause devastating damage if it causes mold.
Even if your property and possessions seem to have dried you must properly assess them to see if they are salvageable.
Carpets are a problem because drying out does not remove the mold spores. Carpet with either mold or mildew should be replaced.
Wood furniture and other porous materials can trap mold and it might be necessary to dispose of them.
Non-porous items such as plastic and glass can simply be cleaned, disinfected, and reused.
An important thing to remember is mold thrives in moisture, so try to save items that have not been affected by the water. Putting blocks under furniture to raise off of wet flooring can be the difference between saving your favorite coffee table.
You can begin to clean and air out your home but drying a wet building should be left to professionals that know the science behind water damage and mold prevention. Mold can be dangerous to you and your family, so it is best to make sure mold does not grow in your home after a flood.
What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency
14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at work or at home each day.
During a water loss it is important to take some steps that may help minimize the amount of damage to your property. The first thing to determine whether the water damage is from clean water. Clean water meaning it holds no threat to you and your health.
In the case of water damage caused by clean water, the first thing you should do is shut off the source of water if possible or contact a professional if you are not sure how to do so. If it is safe to access the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off the circuit breakers.
Remove as much excess water as possible by means of mopping and blotting. If the affected areas have electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers to electrical equipment are exposed to water do not enter. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
The next thing to do is keep your possessions and valuables top of mind. Wipe excess water from your wood furniture. Raise them on blocks to avoid direct contact with wet flooring or carpet. Do not leave your books, newspaper, magazines on wet floors that may cause staining. Your important items such as computers, documents, and other valuables should be moved to a dry area. Do not use appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. Hang furs and leather good to dry separately at room temperature.
If the water loss happens to be caused by contaminated water the steps you should take are completely different. Avoid all contact with sewage and contaminated water. Try to avoid walking through the affected areas because it may lead to spreading the contaminated water. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry structures because this too may spread contaminants. Always makes sure to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid further contamination.
Once you have taken the above steps, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Carmichael to find the solution to your water loss needs. Our experts will remove all the water and properly dehumidify your home. We will also make sure the water damage does not lead to mold issues if it has not already happened.
Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael at (916)967-2500.