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Exterior Pipe Safety Tips

3/6/2018 (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.

Vandalism to Your Commercial Building

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Vandalism is the intentional damage and defacement of property without the owner’s consent. It is unimaginable to think that someone would deliberately cause harm to your business or commercial business, but the reality is there are many people that do partake in this behavior.

If your property or business was a victim of vandalism be sure to report it immediately to your local police department. Vandalism usually begets more vandalism so be sure to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael to take care of the issue right away.

Buildings and properties that are unkept are a bigger target for vandalism. Be sure to keep your property tidy and well-lit. Even consider installing cameras to record perpetrators in the case of an incident.

Another way to deter uninvited people from entering your property is getting shrubs or fences.

Although it is inevitable to ensure vandalism doesn’t happen, these steps can help prevent it. If you should fall victim to vandalism, allow SERVPRO of Carmichael to help you with our many services below.

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Is Your Carmichael Business Prepared

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Up to 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. This usually happens because the amount of damage was too large and too expensive to recover from. Your business should be prepared to minimize the damage to your business so that doors can open back for business.  

There are a few things you can do make sure your establishment is ready.

Continuity Plan

Business that do reopen after a disaster most had a preparedness plan. You must identify the components of your business that are essential for it to continue running. Prepare a plan with the appropriate staff as well. Your staff must know who and what should happen in the case of an emergency.

Prepare your Emergency Plan

Have a plan in place. Letting SERVPRO of Carmichael prepare an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) will help minimize the damage by having a quick response to an emergency. Knowing what and when to do will ensure that the right steps are taken.  Something as simple as just knowing where the shutoff valves can save you from extensive water damage.

Review Your Insurance

Make sure you are familiar with your insurance. You need to know who to call when you need answers regarding your business. Understanding your policies will help you be able know what is not covered and reassess if your needs require more coverage.

Cyber Security

The physical damages to your property but also internal damage to important files and data. Be sure to have all your data backed up.

Extension Cord Safety

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extension Cord Safety Use proper extension cord safety.

Every year around 3,330 homes fires are caused by extension cords. This results in about 50 deaths and over 250 injuries. These fires start when extension cords overheat when they are not used properly. Keep these tips in mind to help prevent extension cord fires.

  • Do not overload extension cords with plugs.
  • Check that they are not damaged. There should be no frayed sockets, loose wires, bare wires, and no cracks.
  • Do not run cords through walls or ceilings. If the cord is covered the heat cannot escape and result in a fire.
  • Never force a fit by cutting off parts from a three-prong plug to fit into a two-slot outlet.
  • Make sure the extension cords are used for their intended purpose such as indoor or outdoor use.
  • Do not use a power strip with heaters or fans because they can over heat.

Your home is filled with electric powered items so always be sure to use proper extension cord safety.

Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies Evacuation plans can save lives.

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 After Water Damage

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contents Cleaning After Water Damage Our experts make sure all your property is accounted for.

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.

Flood Risks to Your Business

3/2/2018 (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

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows Your tub can be a breeding ground for mold.

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

3/2/2018 (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.

Do Not Neglect Leaks That May Seem Minor

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Never neglect repairs in your home no matter how small they may seem. That tiny leak can cause major mold damage to you Carmichael home. Small leaks can seem like a trickle but that trickle slowly but surely will eat away at your property.

At SERVPRO of Carmichael we have five principles of mold remediation. The first one is safety and health. Mold is can be dangerous, so top priority is making sure people are safe and that it is properly contained.

The next principle is documentation. Our experts must document before, during, and after to show the process of your mold remediation.

Up next is controlling the contaminants. We must control mold at its source.

The fourth principle is remove the contamination. Our experts we remove from the structure. The nonporous materials are cleaned and the porous materials that are extensively contaminated are removed.

The last principle is correct the moisture problem. Identifying and correcting the moisture problem is necessary to ensure mold does not reoccur.

The moisture causes mold in your home that is dangerous to you and your family. Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael can remediate your mold problems.

Keeping Your Pets Warm During Cold and Rainy Seasons

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

With cold and rainy days ahead, it is important to not only keep yourself warm but also your pets.  Like us they can suffer from hypothermia and frost bite. Their paws are in direct contact with the ground and their ears are exposed but there are a few things you can do to make sure your furry friend is safe.

Pets living outside should have a dry and draft-free house where it can lie down comfortably but small enough to hold its body heat. It should be raised a few inches off the ground and have cedar shaving or straw. Make sure the entrance is not facing the wind.

Your pet’s food bowls should be switched to plastic. Your pet’s tongue might freeze to the bowl if it is metal.

When using anti-freeze make sure they are out of reach of your pet. Anti-freeze tastes sweet but is deadly to your pet. If they step in it, they might lick it off their paws. There are pet friendly products you can use.

Keep your pets safe in this cold weather.

Dry Ice Blasting on Your Commercial Property

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Dry Ice Blasting on Your Commercial Property SERVPRO experts using dry ice blasting method.

Dry ice blasting is a method that blasts dry ice pellets to loosen the coating of the surface being treated. It is most commonly used for equipment maintenance in the food industry and printing industry. It is also gentle enough for fire damage restoration.

This very environmentally friendly and a fast method of cleaning. This process is a completely dry cleaning process since the dry ice pellets vaporize on contact with the surface it is cleaning. The great part is that is a zero-waste process. The only thing that needs to be disposed of is the coating that was blasted off. Surfaces will remain free of abrasions unlike traditional steel brushes or scrapers.

The most beneficial part about dry ice blasting is that it may be done even while equipment is operating. Dismantling and downtime can be costly.

Be sure to call the dry ice blasting experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael. (916)967-2500

Prevent Mold in Your Carmichael Home While on Vacation

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold in Your Carmichael Home While on Vacation Mold can be growing in your kitchen without you knowing.

While preventing mold in your home may be part of your regular cleaning routine what are you to do when you’re gone on vacation. While you are off vacationing on the beach, there could be mold growing inside and around your home.

Gutters – Keep your gutters clear to allow water flow. The water needs to be leading water away from your house.

Temperature – Set your AC between 78-80 degrees. Any less than that will not dehumidify and anything lower will create cold surfaces where moisture can collect.

Standing Water- Check around your toilets, shower stalls, and washing machines for any water that could potentially grow mold while you are away. Make sure there are no leaks or faulty faucets.

Clean – Clean your home thoroughly before your vacation. Make sure there is no furniture blocking AC grills. Air must be able to flow freely.

Follow these simple rules to help protect your home from mold growing while you are on vacation.

Remember mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, if you return home to find mold call the experts of SERVPRO of Carmichael to remediate your mold problems.

How the Mold in Your Carmichael Home Can Be Affecting Your Health

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How the Mold in Your Carmichael Home Can Be Affecting Your Health Mold can easily thrive in your bathroom.

With wet months ahead, mold can easily enter your home through windows, vents, and even through your pet. Once inside your home it can grow anywhere there is moisture and unless proper precautions are in place it can cause an infestation that can lead to respiratory illnesses. SERVPRO has trained, certified, and experienced mold remediation on staff to implement these safeguards in your home.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can be growing into colonies that may produce allergens and irritants inside your Carmichael home that can cause respiratory tract symptoms, coughing, and wheezing. Allow us into your home to tailor a mold remediation plan for your current outbreak and to minimize future outbreaks.

SERVPRO crews use a protocol approved by the EPA to manage mold damage effectively with a three-prong attack on mold damage. First, we find and contain all evident mold colonies. We keep uncontaminated spaces mold-free by misting the existing mold to prevent it from floating through the air, erecting physical barriers, or using negative air pressure machines during clean up. Second, the mold is removed completely, including porous items it infiltrated. We encase and dispose of the actual mold colonies according to local codes. Third, spores stirred up settle and we wipe them down with a detergent solution or vacuum up using HEPA filters.

Once the mold damage is removed and areas cleaned, the final step is to eradicate the moisture problem that fed the spores. SERVPRO staff will inspect for plumbing leaks, clogs in HVAC drainage systems, condensation around AC units or refrigerators, and other sources of water. Abatement of the water problems is the best protection against future mold damage. We test for moisture levels and recommend reduction of air humidity levels of over 60 percent using ventilation, dehumidifiers, or a combination of strategies. 

Contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael when you suspect mold growth in your home. Call (916) 967-2500 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

SERVPRO of Carmichael Ready When Disaster Strikes!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Nature strikes with no warming. It can wreak havoc with storms on your property or business. SERVPRO has a network of more than 1700 franchises nationwide and are ready for any size disaster. Our experts can clean and reconstruct any damage to your home caused by storms, flooding, fires or any type of disaster. Although it is impossible to prevent natural disasters we can offer you peace of mind with an Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO of Carmichael can offer your business or property an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). One of our experts will visit your property and create a concise Profile Document that contains critical information in case of an emergency. This no cost assessment of your facility will provide SERVPRO crew with location of crucial shut-off valves, priority areas and contact information of your building so that when disaster strikes we can create an immediate plan of action to minimize damage.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so the during an emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Call SERVPRO of Carmichael at (916)967-2500 to set up an ERP for your facility.

What is mold?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is mold? Mold grows in moist places.

You have probably seen mold on your old bread or worse your bathroom ceiling but what is mold? Mold is are fungi that grows in multicellular thread-like structures. There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi. Some are used in cooking and baking. Some are eaten in cheese, but some are hazardous to your health.

The reason you may see it around your home is that mold grows where there is moisture. Areas such as your kitchen or bath are hot spots. They can also grow in places you least expect it so be careful. They can also grow under your carpet.

Mold can have effects on you and your family. The people most vulnerable to the effects of mold are children, pregnant women, the elderly and with compromised respiratory systems.

If you suspect mold in your Carmichael property call the experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael to remediate your mold issues. (916)967-2500

Avoid a Fire in Your Carmichael Home

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can cause devastating damage to your home and property. In worst case scenarios it can even result in injury or harm to people. Below are the most common causes of residential fires.

Candles – Unattended candles are one of most common causes of fires. The holidays are the peak season for candle fires. Always make sure to store candles away from any items.

Cooking Equipment – Cooking brings people together but when cooking equipment is not handled properly it can cause a fire in your home. Fryers are the top cause of residential fires. Make sure to keep mittens and cloth materials away from stovetops. Periodically check on your food to make sure it is not burning.

Heating – Heating equipment such as furnace or heater are one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Keep an open space between the heating equipment of about three feet. Never use your oven to heat your home.

Smoking – Fire can easily start from the small embers of a cigarette. To avoid smoking related fire hazards always be careful when disposing of cigarettes. Never smoke in bed or in your car.

Children – Children accidently start fires that result in severe damage or worse. Make sure to teach kids not to play with lighters or matches. Children should also be taught how to respond to smoke alarms and use proper escape routes.

To help prevent fires in your home, install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, as well as a fire sprinkler system. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Carmichael for all of your needs.

Water Damage Signs You Should Never Ignore

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Signs You Should Never Ignore Loose flooring can be a sign of water damage.

Do not ignore the water stains seeping through your walls or that sagging ceiling. It can be hidden signs of the extensive damage to your home.

Not removing wet or damp items can lead to mold in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause respiratory illnesses in you and your family. Items that have become wet must be properly treated or replaced. Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael are specialized in mitigating damages and doing the least amount of replacements as possible. With that in mind, it is best to assess the possible water damage as soon as possible.

Ignoring the signs can result in losing strength in the foundation of your home. An easy fix can turn to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. The water sign can also be a ticking clock to an eminent disaster that can damage your home and valuables within.

Unpleasant odors are also a sign of water damage that can be lurking in your home. Water can foster bacterial growth that results in a musty smell.

Peeling paint is a sign that water has seeped inside wall spaces. Drywall also saturates causing paint to lose adhesion.

If you have noticed signs of water damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Three Types of Water

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Carmichael for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)967-2500

Carbon Monoxide in Your Business: Silent Killer

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that is released when fuel sources do not burn completely. The sources of fuel can be oil, propane, gasoline, and even wood.  Even gas stovetops in your restaurant can be a source of CO if not used properly.  It can kill a person within minutes.

Carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and deprives your vital organs of oxygen. Not having the proper detection system in place can put your employees at risk of death.

Below are some tips to prevent carbon monoxide leaks.

Read the manufacturers’ safety and operating guidelines of the equipment used.

Keep your fuel-burning appliances and engines properly ventilated.

Educate your employees on proper fuel use. Also educate them about the hazards and symptoms of CO exposure.

Do not use fuel-powered equipment indoors. Open doors and windows may not provide the adequate ventilation.

Check that batteries are working in detectors and change at least twice a year.

Your business should have CO detectors or alarm systems in place in the case of CO buildup. Have one of our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael perform an inspection to see how well your business holds up to CO detection standards.

Flood Proof Your Carmichael Home During Storms

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Proof Your Carmichael Home During Storms Storms can cause flooding in your home.

Carmichael has experienced flooding due to heavy rain and overfill from the rivers and creeks. When the rainy seasons hit make sure your home is prepared to minimize and avoid damage to your home.

Tips

Keep valuable items stored in higher grounds. Avoid storing them in basement.

Always ensure your gutters are cleaned. Clean gutters will control flow of rainwater to protect your home.

Consider investing in a sump pump for your basement in the case that water does flood your home.

These simple tips can help mitigate the damage to your home in the next storm.

Here to Help

Although a sump pump can help remove the water from your basement be sure to enlist the help of the experts at SERVPRO to fully access water damage or in the case of substantial damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Carmichael is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies. We can be at your home the same day to stop water damage in in its tracks. (916)967-2500

Cleaning Acoustical Ceiling Tiles After Fire Damage To Your Carmichael Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Acoustical Ceiling Tiles After Fire Damage To Your Carmichael Home Ceiling Tiles Fire & Smoke Residue Cleaning is Possible in Your Carmichael Business with SERVPRO's Help

SERVPRO Mitigates Costs and Disruptions with Carmichael Property Post Fire Clean Up

Fire damage is something every householder dreads. The stress and emotional trauma of dealing with the aftermath of the fire is difficult to go through. It is a stressful time, and naturally you are worried about restoring your home to its pre-fire state if possible. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to help with the cleanup job after a fire in your home.
 
Acoustical ceiling tiles are a popular choice for converted basement spaces. It is easy to create a cozy soundproof den or gaming area using sound absorbing tiles for a nice, quiet room. Unfortunately, these tiles are also notoriously difficult to clean following fire damage to your Carmichael home.
 
Acoustical tiles are porous and unsealed. This makes them excellent for absorbing sound and creating a relaxing environment. However, it also means they easily pick up stains such as soot. Particles get into the porous material and are hard to get out again.
 
SERVPRO has developed a cleaning process specifically for acoustical ceiling tiles: The Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning process. We designed this process to give porous tiles the best possible clean and remove as much soot as possible, without risking damage to the tiles. Cleaning up your tiles means you do not have to pay out for replacement tiles.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians begin the process by vacuuming the entire ceiling. We understand that many cleaning and dusting cloths are not suitable for this type of ceiling because they can snag on the surface. So we take great care when vacuuming. Our team also comes equipped with brushes to remove larger soot residues.
 
The next stage is the application of Oxi-Zap hydrogen peroxide solution to all soot-stained areas of the ceiling. The hydrogen peroxide is applied using our Ultimate Upholstery Machine. The use of this machine by our trained experts ensures an even application that thoroughly penetrates the ceiling without damaging it. Rest assured that our team takes all necessary precautions during the application process for a safe and efficient job. SERVPRO technicians clear the area as much as possible and cover any items that cannot be move. We use safety goggles and respirators at all times.
 
Our aim is to clean your ceiling tiles so that no evidence of soot damage remains and your home looks like your own again, "Like it never even happened." If you need help cleaning up after fire damage, give SERVPRO of Carmichael a call at (916) 967-2500 today.

Flood Damage Cleanup in Carmichael

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup in Carmichael Our SERVPRO company takes all the precautionary measures needed to ensure your home is back in shape quickly.

Carmichael Flood Damage Cleanup & Removal 


Severe damage to lives and properties can occur from flood disasters. Nothing is spared that is in the path of a flood, and even landscapes are drastically affected. Heavy rainfall and busted pipes are two of the causes of flood disasters. When a flood suddenly occurs, the safest places in most cases are protective areas and higher grounds within the area.

Damages Caused by Flooding

Flood damage cannot be over emphasized. Properties including houses, cars, and furniture can be affected severely, with some even being beyond repair. No matter how low the tide of a flood is, its impact in an area which is densely-populated can destroy entire communities, affecting your Carmichael home and the homes around you.

As a property owner, if you fail to insure your Carmichael property against flooding, you must deal with the full effects of the flood damage. Therefore, it is advisable to get property insurance which covers against natural disasters such as floods. When a flood does occur, SERVPRO not only helps you clean up the mess and fix the damages, but they can speak with your insurance company as well to take some of the pressure and responsibilities off you during this troubling time.

As a flood damage restoration company, SERVPRO provides you with reliable advice on the steps you need to take after a flood. Before beginning our recovery service, we inspect the damage with our team of professionals and carry out a thorough analysis of the extent of damage from the flooding. After this analysis is complete, repairs and cleaning services take place.

Our company takes all the precautionary measures needed to ensure your home is back in shape quickly. Once we have completely dried up the water, our technicians help you dispose of wet appliances and property which are irreparable and could be dangerous to the health of you and your family. We check for mold as well and wet equipment and appliances. Mold growth can be prevented with the use of the proper cleansers which we use.

Once all repairs are made, we perform a thorough check to make sure all is intact. We secure your property to stop further flood damage, and you should take pictures before and after repairs, as they can be necessary for presentation to your insurance company for your claim.


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Carmichael reacts fast in your time of need after a flood, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away. You can reach us easily, anytime, by dialing (916) 967-2500.

Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Carmichael Home

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Carmichael Home Water Damage Mitigation in process

Water damage is sometimes obvious. The damage is easy to see after a flood, a burst pipe, or an overflowing toilet or sink. Water damage also happens in less noticeable ways. This is caused by an undetected leak or seepage. Some key causes of water damage are a damaged pipe, a leaking washing machine or dishwasher, seepage from your garden, and a leak in your roof or guttering. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to deal with water damage from any source and restore your home.

Water damage in your Carmichael home is unpleasant and causes harm to your belongings and the structure of your home. Look out for these common signs of water damage:

Water Pooling


Always look for the cause of any pool of water, no matter how small. A pool of water means something in your home has leaked, or water has got in from the outside.

Mold


Water damage causes mold. Look out for telltale signs of mold in your home or on your belongings.

Stains On Ceilings Or Walls


Water damage often leaves behind a discolored stain. Be aware of any new stains on your walls or ceiling.

Unpleasant Smells


Unseen water often stagnates and causes an unpleasant smell. A musty or moldy smell is an indicator of potential water damage.

Sagging Walls or Ceilings


The build up of water over time saturates wall and ceiling materials and eventually causes them to sag. Walls or ceilings that have suffered enough water damage to buckle are unsafe, and it is vital to seek professional assistance at once.

Damp Floors


Damp floors are a sure sign of water damage. Obvious signs include wet patches or stains on floors of all kinds and visibly damp areas on wood floors. Check carpets and rugs regularly for damp patches and lift them up to check underneath.

The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO. Our IICRC trained technicians arrive fully equipped to assess the extent of the problem and devise the most effective drying plan for your home. We have both truck-mounted, and free standing pumps to remove water. Our teams bring air movers and dehumidifiers to aid the drying process. Our aim is to dry out your home and belongings - “like it never even happened.”


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Carmichael is on hand to help with water damage to your home. Call (916) 967-2500 for assistance.

The Most Effective Mold Remediation Methods

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Most Effective Mold Remediation Methods Extensive mold growth in Folsom closet.

Many renters and homeowners fear the word 'mold.' The imagination goes immediately to what some people call Black Mold and are worried that they will lose their homes and property. Excessive mold growth is a rare occurrence and normally seen only in structures abandoned for an extended period.

Mold damage in Carmichael is a much smaller concern when dealt with by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has decades of experience in finding, cleaning and removing mold from apartments, houses, and condos.

Mold is in the air of every structure in Sacramento and Placer County except for special, clean rooms such as surgical bays. In most cases, it is entirely harmless to people, animals, homes and other property. What triggers a mold growth is an increase in moisture which helps microscopic mold spores expand and begin to grow, looking for a food source.

The first step is an inspection. Our inspectors examine every visible surface for traces of mold and use air content meters to help determine the origin of the infestation. Each step is recorded to include taking digital photographs and samples.

Once our inspectors discover mold, they determine if it is toxic or non-toxic. They accomplish this by testing the air quality inside a home. If it tests as non-toxic, then residents can return to natural areas of the home as our technicians clean and remove the mold.

To begin removing the mold growth, we first isolate the affected area. Technicians secure plastic sheeting over all openings and set up an area for workers to remove cleaning suits to prevent spreading mold spores to other parts of the home. They also block all vents and seal off access to the HVAC system until the mold has been neutralized and removed.

While cleaning occurs, other technicians establish negative pressure in the affected area. Exhaust fans are placed at exit points such as windows to blow all spores loosened by the cleaning process out of the home.

Every surface in the affected area is wiped down and cleaned from ceilings to floors. If mold is on carpets or walls, then technicians determine if these items are salvageable or if must be disposed of outside the structure. We have an extensive inventory of anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaners that are safely used on ducts, furniture, walls and other personal property.

SERVPRO of Carmichael is a locally owned franchise. It is our privilege to serve our neighbors and help them through a disaster. If you suspect you have an old infestation, call us at (916) 967-2500 today to schedule an inspection.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Get Your Business Reopened After a Fire

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage   SERVPRO Works Hard to Get Your Business Reopened After a Fire Protect Your Place of Business in Carmichael with Fire Extinguishers

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 


You may imagine that fire damage like this put this Roseville shop out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them. SERVPRO highly recommends to keep fire extinguishers handy and available throughout your establishment.
 
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors.
 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean.
 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean.
 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly.
 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored.
 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean.
 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices.
 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains.
 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality pre-loss condition.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael for assistance today. (916) 967-2500

April Storms Coming to Sacramento

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage April Storms Coming to Sacramento Flooding potential is high in parts of Sacramento.

SERVPRO Is Prepared to Help You If Emergency Services Are Needed 


A severe weather pattern, carrying torrential rains, ice, and snow, at higher elevations, will pummel the West Coast for up to a week beginning April 7th, 2017. Significant amounts of precipitation threaten the most dangerous flooding the northern portion of the Central Valley has experienced since at least 1997 if not 1986. Drought-lowered reservoirs may overflow and aquifers will become supersaturated, unable to absorb the rain predicted to fall. Up to 16 inches of rain are expected, triggering widespread flooding and mudslides. Save SERVPRO's number on your phone right now to ensure a call that delivers the full menu of solutions we offer if storm damage and flooding jeopardize your Sacramento area home and safety over the next week.
 
Residents of Carmichael must be ready for this micro storm, protecting the outside perimeter of your property with sandbags provided by their municipality or home improvement outlets if you live on the floodplain. Safeguard the contents of your home by moving items to the upper levels of your dwelling, or raising them off the floor with pallets or shelving. Cover valuables and porous furnishings with plastic sheeting, for an added measure of protection, should roofs or windows fail during the micro storm. Check storm drains on the streets near you property before the heavy rain begins. If leaves, branches, or other debris block them, take the time and effort to clear the curbside grids. This debris removal will help the sewer system in your neighborhood reduce standing water, a proactive measure that takes a little time to do, yet may provide big benefits.
 
Visit our website for other crucial tips to ready your home and family for the demands of the coming storm, and any damage that follows. Prepare mentally, including devising a plan to evacuate your home safely should officials demand you move and the conditions require it. SERVPRO has weathered severe storms and flooding in your area before, standing ready to formulate an immediate plan for your property if the worst happens. We are monitoring the micro storm and will mobilize a Disaster Recovery Team to assist you and your neighbors as the damage reports begin accumulating. Your local franchise has the resources of a nationwide network of flood and storm damage professionals. Experienced restoration technicians, with the equipment and materials necessary to return your home to pre-storm condition, are awaiting instructions to respond to your area's potential disaster right now.
 
With SERVPRO of Carmichael on speed dial, you take the first step toward normalizing the devastation that may follow the weekend's micro storm. Call (916) 967-2500 to reserve your priority status as our Disaster Recovery Team moves into action.
 

Commercial Client Benefits

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Client Benefits Water damage cleanup and restoration after storm.

Multi-family, Residential and Commercial Property Managers

 

If you work in the property management industry you understand the value of a quick response and fast turn around time when it comes to an emergency situation. A quick response time can mean a reduction in the size and scope of the damage, It can also mean the difference between having a chance at saving business critical documents and equipment for the clients that are most important to you.

 

Multi-family, residential and commercial properties throughout the region have seen better days. Despite proper maintenance, many 30 to 50 year old structures were in danger of slowly succumbing to the severe showers saturating Sacramento in early spring.

 

Carmichael experienced record setting rainfall, causing intermittent flooding throughout the area. Strong winds ravaged roofs, hurling twisted limbs and branches into gutters, which sagged under the weight of rainwater. Our crews were out mitigating various types of water damage, re-mediating and restoring apartment complexes, commercial offices, retail establishments, and government property.

 

Commercial Client Benefits

 

Choosing SERVPRO of Carmichael for your commercial damage mitigation accrues you benefits not limited to:

 

 

    • Working with you to tailor the solution to you, priding ourselves in accurate and straightforward communication.

 

    • 34 years of experience sets us apart from the competition, we are the leader in commercial damage mitigation.

 

    • Every large commercial loss is supervised by a local commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

 

    • The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

 

 

We are Faster to Any Disaster!

 

An extra wet winter meant SERVPRO of Carmichael answered the call for commercial property managers in the following areas:

 

 

    • Crosswoods

 

    • Greengate

 

    • Sunrise Oaks

 

    • Sierra Gardens

 

    • Hillcrest

 

    • Crest Haven

 

    • Sierra Vista

 

    • Lead Hill

 

 

Call us today!

 

Contact the Commercial Fire and Water damage experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael when you discover damage at your business. Call (916) 967-2500 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

You can count on SERVPRO for Flood Restoration

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You can count on SERVPRO for Flood Restoration Count of SERVPRO of Carmichael for your water damage restoration.

The US knows all about floods. Every year, a major storm or hurricane (sometimes several) rampages along the coast and causes hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. These incidents leave homeowners feeling helpless because it is tough to prevent water intrusion at such a depth and volume.

Fortunately, restoration teams like SERVPRO are on hand to pick up the pieces after flooding. While flood damage in Carmichael homes is unpleasant, it does not have to be permanent. We have all of the skills and tools that you need for effective repairs. We clean wet carpets (if not contaminated), scrub stained walls and eliminate bad smells.

Today, we are going to clear up some myths about residential flooding. So, keep reading to find out more about certified flood damage restoration.

Restoration is a Luxury
Whether your home is full of standing water or just residually wet after flooding, it is at risk of further damage. Where there is moisture, there is a risk of rust, rot, and mold. The difference between drying items yourself and having the experts do it is that we remove as much liquid as is technically possible. We remove all of the water that you cannot see with the naked eye; in the air, in your fabrics, in your HVAC system, etc. True restoration does begin with pumping out floodwater, but that is only the first step. We do this so we can get to the hidden sources of moisture. For SERVPRO, the job starts with drying on a molecular level, via dehumidifiers and air movers.

Restoration Means Drying
Drying is clearly the most important part of flood damage remediation. However, it is not the only service that we offer. In fact, our company provides a comprehensive restoration package. The aim is to try and bring your home back to its pre-flood condition, "Like it never even happened." So, our technicians may have to repaint, apply new plasterboard, and lift carpets to dry subflooring.

In the past, we have replaced damaged wood, supervised the removal of asbestos, and worked with a wide variety of insurance agents, contractors and professionals. Depending on the task, we may suggest a third party for repairs, SERVPRO partners with others to provide a seamless full service to you.

Real Experts Can Save Almost Anything
The thing to remember about flood repairs is that they depend on a large number of different factors. In many cases, the liquid is gray water. It is likely to contain debris, chemicals and bacteria, but we can dry and clean it and return items to their former condition. Unfortunately, this is not true of black water, high in hazardous materials. Black water contains sewage or highly toxic materials. We can clean non-porous items because the danger sits only on their surface. However, porous materials (curtains, carpets, drapes, clothing, soft toys, etc.) absorb toxins and require safe disposal. Where essential structural materials are involved, we can organize appropriate repairs.

SERVPRO of Carmichael offers a local service. We provide flood damage repairs to residents in the Carmichael, Citrus Heights and Roseville areas. Whether your flooding is an emergency or a minor problem, our technicians can solve it. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500.

Fire Damage near Hill Crest

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage near Hill Crest Home fire damage

While the last thing anyone would ever want to do is take something away from the services that our firefighters perform on a daily basis, putting the fire out is only the beginning. Homeowners often get stuck with communicating damages that they do not understand, to a restoration company they do not know or have never used before. How can you tell whom to trust?


First, it is never too early to contact a local restoration company near Hillcrest to discuss fire damage or other services that they have available. The company you contact should be more than willing to explain what they can do for you and answer any questions that come to mind.
 
Take the time to research your local company fully, discover everything you can about them and make sure that you feel comfortable about using them before you let them perform any restoration services on your property. It does not hurt to form a relationship with a company, like SERVPRO, before emergency issues become necessary, the right company is willing to help you prevent as well as recover.
 
Just keep in mind that checking for certifications is important, the company you use should be IICRC certified and follow rigorous safety and restoration guidelines provided by the EPA and OSHA. These certifications show proof that the technicians performing repairs in your home have the correct training and specialize in restoring your home to a quality condition.
 
SERVPRO offers a variety of services including, fire, water, storm, and mold remediation services. They help you manage the entire situation from beginning to end and help you get things under control quickly. However, one of the most valuable services anyone can offer is safety.
 
Before any work begins on your property, SERVPRO technicians fully inspect the surrounding area looking for any possible hazards that exist. Electrical, structural, and slip – trip and fall hazards are all too common. Keeping you, your family, and our team of technicians safe during your restoration process takes priority.
 
Looking for help with fire damage restoration, contact us for help. SERVPRO of Carmichael can give you the services you need and get you the peace of mind you deserve. (916) 967-2500

IICRC Principles Used To Combat Mold Damage Situations In Your Carmichael Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation IICRC Principles Used To Combat Mold Damage Situations In Your Carmichael Home SERVPRO uses the proper handling and disposal methods while maintaining personal and structural safety throughout your property.

Combat Mold Damage Issues In Your Carmichael House with IICRC Principles 


According to the IICRC training that every SERVPRO technician utilizes during your repairs, there are five specific outlines concerning the major principles of mold remediation in your home. We train hard to ensure that each of these standards gets addressed during mold remediation services we provide on your Carmichael property.

After all, you want expertly trained professionals responding to any mold damage conditions present in your Carmichael area home. Reading about the benefits of having an IICRC certified technician perform the mitigation and restoration services in your home helps provide you a level of peace of mind and added confidence in your technician's ability.

These principles include:


1. Always ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
2. Perform a post-cleanup assessment to determine the extent of damage present.
3. Control the spread of mold.
4. Properly dispose of contaminated materials.
5. Limit future contamination or recontamination.


No one, not even a professional assigned to address the situation in your home should ever rely solely on chemicals for mold remediation purposes. Bleach and other chemicals have some effect on mold but cannot kill all of the microscopic mold spores that exist. Therefore, physical removal of any affected materials becomes necessary to complete the job with the most success.

SERVPRO technicians locate the moisture issue causing the problem and make the necessary repairs as soon as possible while removing any existing water from even the smallest, hard-to-reach areas of your home. Containment and safety procedures allow us to limit exposure of affected areas and prevent spreading the infection further.

SERVPRO uses the proper handling and disposal methods while maintaining personal and structural safety throughout your property. We use personal protective equipment such as masks, boots, gloves, and goggles to prevent contamination.


Controlling the area throughout the remediation process with negative airflow equipment, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filtered vacuums and a variety of different remediation equipment as necessary.

Keep in mind that obtaining testing to identify the type of mold that is contaminating your home is a waste of time and resources. Any mold found in your home, regardless of type or amount, needs to be addressed immediately and treated as hazardous to your health.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Do not take any chances, seek professional mold remediation services at the first signs of contamination. Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael today for the expert help you deserve. (916) 967-2500 

Water Damages in Carmichael Hardwood Floors

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damages in Carmichael Hardwood Floors Make sure that your hardwood floors always look great by contacting SERVPRO quickly after any water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Dry Out Wood Floors to Prevent Any Secondary Mold Damage

Although they must be replaced less often than some other types of flooring, wooden floors still cause problems when under a flood. When water soaks into floorboards, they can bend and warp, sometimes irreversibly. Professional treatment and careful monitoring programs such as the services provided by SERVPRO are essential in making sure that no permanent damage develops in the floor. Temporarily, however, some of the effects of water damage can be surprising for homeowners, so don't be caught off guard if any of these common afflictions strikes your wood floor after a flood.
 
Cupping and Crowning
 
One of the most typical ways that homes in Carmichael get water damage is through cupping and crowning of floorboards. Cupping and crowning occur when the boards have been soaked and warp along their long edge, forming shallow but potentially permanent "cups" and "crowns" that cause bowls and ridges in the wood, respectively. These effects can be avoided with careful drying, but can often be sanded down if problems persist.
 
Warping and Buckling
 
More generally, warping can cause a wide array of problems for a wood floor. Depending on the severity of damage, type of wood in the floor, and shape of boards, warping can create any number of unique situations and atypical problems. SERVPRO develops a comprehensive, unique plan for all instances of warping to make sure that damages are kept to a minimum.
 
Mold Growth
 
Mold is an organic material, meaning it is entirely liable to grow mold when exposed to excess moisture. The only way to avoid mold growth is through a quickly-implemented drying process, making our mitigation services and around-the-clock responses an important factor in shutting down this type of damage before it ever gets a chance to form.
 
SERVPRO of Carmichael is a local branch of a national company with the resources and technical know-how to restore any water damages your home might take. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500.

Getting It Right: Why Repairing Fire Damage in Glen Oaks is a Step By Step Process

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting It Right: Why Repairing Fire Damage in Glen Oaks is a Step By Step Process Glen Oaks Smoke and Soot Restoration Compliments of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Smoke and Soot Damaged Possessions at Your Glen Oaks Property


Over the years, SERVPRO has seen many examples of what can happen when an unqualified person tries to tackle fire damage restoration. The assumption, for many, is that cleaning and removing damaged items is easy. However, what they fail to consider the stubborn nature of smoke and soot.

Soot becomes harder to remove over time. It is why restoration teams recommend a speedy response to fire damage in Glen Oaks. Soot is acidic, and it breaks down into tiny particles. They are able to pass through the smoothest of surfaces, where they get trapped and cause internal damage. Keep reading to find out why SERVPRO uses a rigorous, step by step process to reverse the effects of soot damage.

Why Procedure Is Important
The tricky properties of soot mean that a heavy-handed manner is strongly discouraged. Rough contact has the potential to disrupt the top layer of the material. It drives the particles further into the surface of damaged objects. Consequently, SERVPRO uses ordered, methodical strategies to minimize dispersion. There are four key considerations, and they all relate to careful handling, which is essential for cleaning household items later. They are as follows:

No Premature Movement
Contact and movement (particularly furniture) must be minimal until HEPA vacuums have been used to remove the top layers of soot. These devices are very useful because they gently capture the most volatile particles without causing so much agitation that lower layers move deeper into the fabric.

Don’t Aggravate Damage
Careful HEPA vacuuming is also the best way to ensure that movement (transporting items out of the house) is not going to cause further damage. After a fire, materials like wood and plastic are prone to structural cracking, because the heat forces them to expand too quickly. It can be hard to spot a problem like this when items get covered in black, oily soot. So, removal is one way to uncover cracks, deterioration, pitting, and cracking.

Prioritize Dry Cleaning
When handling soot, dry cleaning with vacuums is much more efficient than applying cleaning chemicals. However, in most cases, both methods are used. Fabrics often require a soak in detergents which can lift carbon-based oils. The goal is to break up the accumulations of soot into smaller pieces, so cleaning solvents can emulsify and render them inert. Our SERVPRO technicians can also employ an Esporta Washing System at our place of business for off-site cleaning.

Restoration Must Be Fast
As mentioned, soot becomes harder to remove with time. Plus, some items (fabrics, antiques, artwork, etc.) are more vulnerable to damage. It is why the use of a procedural technique comes recommended. It helps the SERVPRO team to structure the restoration process around the urgency of different tasks. They can create a ‘map’ of the affected space so that all items get restored in the best way possible.

At SERVPRO of Carmichael, we approach every case of fire and soot damage in a unique way. We tailor the repairs to your home, so the chance of a full restoration is high. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500 today.

Mold Damage Remediation: A Job For Professionals At Your Carmichael Restaurant

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage Remediation: A Job For Professionals At Your Carmichael Restaurant Don't let mold close your restaurant. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation action.

Commercial Health Codes Require Professional and Thorough Mold Damage Remediation


Because fungi thrive in moist areas, the kitchen often hosts a worrisome outbreak of mold damage at your restaurant. Wherever water collects any nearby mold spores feed off the moisture, growing into an infestation unless proper precautions are in place. SERVPRO has trained, certified, and experienced mold remediation on staff to implement these safeguards for your business.
 
Commercial mold damage remediation is not a do-it-yourself endeavor at your Carmichael restaurant, particularly when commercial health code standards are at stake. Spores are always in the air and on top of surfaces indoors, and you, your staff, and your customers also carry them into your eating establishment on clothing and footwear. Simply reacting each time you note some mildew or mold is ineffective. Invite us to work with you to design a mold remediation plan that manages a current outbreak while also minimizing the chance of mold damage in the future.
 
SERVPRO crews use a protocol approved by the EPA to manage mold damage effectively. Expect a three prong attack on mold damage. First, we find and contain all evident mold colonies. Other areas of your business need not close down in most cases. We keep uncontaminated spaces mold-free by misting the existing mold to prevent it from floating through the air, erecting physical barriers, or using negative air pressure machines during clean up. Second, the mold is removed completely, including porous items it infiltrated. We encase and dispose of the actual mold colonies according to local codes. Third, spores stirred up settle and we wipe them down with a detergent solution or vacuum up using HEPA filters.
 
Once the mold damage is removed and areas cleaned, the final step is to eradicate the moisture problem that fed the spores. SERVPRO staff will inspect for plumbing leaks, clogs in HVAC drainage systems, condensation around AC units or refrigerators, and other sources of water. Abatement of the water problems is the best protection against future mold damage. We test for moisture levels and recommend reduction of air humidity levels of over 60 percent using ventilation, dehumidifiers, or a combination of strategies.
 
Contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael when you suspect mold growth in your restaurant. Call (916) 967-2500 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

Careless Guest Causes Water Damage to Your Carmichael B And B

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Careless Guest Causes Water Damage to Your Carmichael B And B Your eclectic guests will never know that the bathroom they are using had sustained water damage when you call SERVPRO to remediate. Call today.

SERVPRO Can Get Your Bathroom Guest Ready After Damage


Usually, a bucket and mop is the answer, but this weekend a long shower with the curtains pulled out of the tub by a guest at your B and B completely flooded the bathroom floor and dripped down into the dining room. SERVPRO arrived promptly, and the restoration has begun.
 
Even with signs and reminders, the occasional paying guest fails to pull the shower curtains closed on the claw foot tub, causing commercial water damage to your quaint Carmichael rental house. Call us quickly so we can get rid of the water and work on the damage when chances are best for a complete restoration. Our well-trained technicians use techniques that will surprise you by their effectiveness. Our professional grade water extractors make quick work of removing major moisture from tiles and carpets. Then air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the wetness to lower levels fast, allowing your next guests to relax and walk in comfort.
 
When you have put time and money into creating a special ambiance that will make your guests feel cozy and at home away from home, tearing out and replacing water damaged floors or walls is not the answer. SERVPRO understands that restoration is crucial to a satisfactory result after accidental water damage occurs to your holiday rental property. You need to be able to count on the damaged areas quickly being brought back to preloss condition so you can invite your next guests without incident to enjoy their stay.

We use state of the art methods to dry items in place, including carpeting and wall coverings.  Fast action by our team limits the possibility of lasting or permanent damage, including avoiding bowed walls or rippled floor coverings. Wooden floors bounce back very well if we get the water off, and we have ways of drying flooring from the bottom if water puddled and drained through. Strategic placement of fans and judicious use of heat can be very effective. The dreaded risk of mold is nearly nonexistent if all areas are dried to appropriate humidity levels within hours instead of days.
 
Call SERVPRO of Carmichael right away if accidental water damage threatens the rentability of your B and B. Operators are waiting at (916) 967-2500 to schedule an inspection by our water damage experts.

Micro Storm Activity in Northern California

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Micro Storm Activity in Northern California SERVPRO Says: Be Ready If a MicroStorm is Pointing to Your Glen Oaks Property

Call SERVPRO to Restore Micro Storm Damage to Your Glen Oaks Home

A microburst is a weather phenomenon which can cause destruction as damaging as a tornado, with its high wind and torrential downpours. A microburst is a small column of very localized and intense sinking air which results in a violent outburst of air at the ground. It can produce straight-line winds of over 100 mph which are like some tornadoes, but with no rotation. The high winds of a microburst can blow over fully grown trees, and they can be followed by heavy precipitation. These microbursts bring significant precipitation which can cause severe flooding and flood damage.

Microstorms in the Glen Oaks area can bring storm and flood damage. This intense storm is projected to affect the west coast of the U.S. with ice, drenching rain, high country snow, and flooding this weekend into the next week. Your area may only suffer from volumes of rainwater, without the ice, sleet, and snow. This storm could trigger the worst flooding that northern California has seen since 1997, and maybe even 1986. Coming ashore early in the weekend, it won’t be leaving very quickly. Residents in this area should have an emergency remediation company on hand in case of flood damage, such as the professionals at SERVPRO.

This dangerous storm is expected to unleash major flooding and mudslides. Unlike the storm that hit the West Coast during midweek that was concentrated over northern California and southern Oregon, this storm will have significant impacts which are going to be long-lasting and far-reaching. Residents in this area should be aware of the risk of flooding and the dangers of leaving flood damage unattended. Our local franchise can call up the SERVPRO Large Loss Unit, of which we are a member, to rapidly remove water and restore temporary electricity to storm-damaged properties.

Mold growth can develop from the increased moisture and water accessing your home in as little as 24-48 hours, so you need to contact a SERVPRO representative as soon as possible after any damages so we can help you clean it up right away. Our professionals will have the right equipment to assist you, such as dehumidifiers and industrial-sized fans to speed up the drying process. Plus, we have the knowledge and devices to check for any hidden mold growth, which left untreated, can cause serious health issues. Our technicians will also be able to assess and suggest what items in your home can be salvaged and dried out, and which items, such as some flooring, that must be replaced.

The sooner you respond once this storm passes after your home suffers from flood damage, the better. You can avoid your home and possessions sustaining any additional damage when you contact us at SERVPRO of Carmichael in a timely fashion. We can be reached at any hour of the day, any day of the week when you dial (916) 967-2500.

Mold Damage Remediation in Maddox Ranch

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Maddox Ranch Call SERVPRO when you see mold damage in order to prevent the spread.

Steps that SERVPRO Technicians Will Take in Response to Mold

Mold in any home is a health threat. In most cases, the contamination can be isolated to a single room or area of the duplex, apartment or single family house. If the mold has grown into or started in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, then certain steps must be taken to keep mold from spreading further.

If you find mold in your HVAC system or suspect it due to that typical 'musty' odor, call us here at SERVPRO immediately. Mold damage to your Maddox Ranch home can be reduced and even eliminated if our response team can get into your home in a rapid fashion. Once we arrive, here is what we will do:

  1. Turn off your HVAC if you have not already done so.
  2. Remove all filters, insulation, and anything else porous that is wet or even damp. To ensure we do not accidentally spread the contamination, technicians will double bag everything.
  3. Use water vacs to remove any puddles or other standing water in the duct work.
  4. Seal the ductwork before cleaning to prevent spores from spreading further in the HVAC or outside the system to other parts of the home. Once that is done, technicians will use an anti-fungal fogger to initially clean every inch of the ducts.
  5. Employ an EPA approved disinfect for HVAC use to clean coils, pans and other parts of the system. Technicians will also use an anti-fungal agent to kill and remove mold and mildew. This cleaning agent is also excellent at destroying the mold bacteria that causes the typical 'musty' odor.
  6. Vacuum out the HVAC using special HEPA filter designed to catch the tiny spores and then apply an EPA approved mold inhibitor to help prevent future growth.

Clearing out your home's HVAC system is not a simple process and should be handled by a professional. SERVPRO of Carmichael has decades of experience and a nationwide network of equipment and cleaning agents to make certain the job is completely quickly to provide a safe environment for you and your family. Call us today at (916) 967-2500 to get started.

Water Removal Specialists For Glen Estates

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Specialists For Glen Estates Sewage Water Damage is Critical in Your Glen Estates Home, Call SERVPRO

Rely on the Team from SERVPRO for Water Extraction

When what you hoped would be a simple plumbing problem turns into a major water removal project SERVPRO has the experience, the training and the equipment to evaluate the situation and return your home to you, dry and restored. Ignoring that slow moving drain in the downstairs shower was understandable given all the things you manage in a day. However, when slow transformed to no drainage and a morning shower flooded your lower level with water and sewage you had to make the decision to call us immediately and we responded with a plan that restored drainage and cleaned potentially hazardous water from your house.

A sewer backup is a serious problem and can require water removal in accordance with local Glen Estates hazardous waste disposal rules. Following this protocol can be within our abilities as we have the equipment and the certified staff to complete this task. If the water level is significant in your home after the backup, we can use pumps to remove the majority of the water and sewage for proper disposal. Because the moisture in your home may contain contaminants, we can devise a plan after the moisture is removed to restore items that can be wiped clean and disinfected. Our staff will consult with our supervisory team to determine what items or materials cannot be restored safely and recommend appropriate disposal. The final decision is yours, and your agent if you do have insurance coverage. This may include carpets and padding, wall covering and insulation. If the water soaked furnishings or items in storage, we will advise what can be dried and disinfected and what may need to be removed.
 
Any water removal project requires tools and skills that the average homeowner does not possess. Adding the significant risk of contaminated water because of a clogged sewer clearly, makes removing this water a job for professionals. SERVPRO can offer teams of just the trained professionals you need for the job as we also work with you to present claims to your insurance and a compassionate shoulder to lean on while we sort this mess out with you together. Once we remedy the current problem, we can give you suggestions on how to avoid this issue in the future, so a slow drain does not become a major crisis again.
 
SERVPRO of Carmichael will respond swiftly with the staff and equipment needed to remove even dirty water from your home after drain clogs and the sewer backs up. One call to (916) 967-2500 will start the process to return your home to its dry and comfortable condition.

Specialty Merchandise Restorations After Commercial Water Damage

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Specialty Merchandise Restorations After Commercial Water Damage When you are facing commercial water damage, call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO Can Quickly Remediate Your Water Damaged Business

Water damage to merchandise is hurtful for any business, but small shop owners are often hit the hardest. The loss of some or all inventory to water damage can be devastating, and it may well be that saving your goods is a top priority in the wake of commercial water damage, be it from clean or murky water. SERVPRO has access to a number of advanced cleaning and restoration tools and techniques, and contacts to help repair many more items, so be sure to ask us how you may be able to save inventory when you call.
 
Fabrics
 
For clothing and fabrics, SERVPRO has a cache of high-performance machinery and specialty techniques to help them avoid the worst of your commercial water damage in Carmichael. In some cases, a thorough wash will be sufficient; we keep high-capacity and thorough industrial-grade washing machines available for just such a task. For more delicate work or items that can't go through the wash, however, we are also able to apply specialty cleaning solutions (such as hand-applied foam scrubs) and contract out work to local dry cleaners. Depending on the situation and type of water damage, fabrics may also need very little or no cleaning at all.
 
Electronics
 
If your store sells electronics, it can be difficult to come to terms with the loss of these items. Electronics are, of course, valuable and highly vulnerable to water damage. However, a total loss may be avoided, and we often employ contractors to help restore and refurbish water damaged electronics. In most cases, these devices are then sold off individually (often online, on platforms such as eBay and Amazon) or sold to a bulk buyer who does this on a regular basis.
 
SERVPRO of Carmichael is committed to helping business owners save money in any way possible after a disaster. For fast and affordable restorations, call us at (916) 967-2500.

Call SERVPRO To Control Mold Damage In Carmichael

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO To Control Mold Damage In Carmichael Mold outbreaks are a significant concern that SERVPRO can help you remediate.

Dealing With Mold Damage

If you are experiencing a mold outbreak in your home contacting our expert technicians at SERVPRO is the first step to returning the air quality within your home back to healthy levels and save structures and belongings from ruin. We follow the protocols and standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when responding to mold infestations in our client’s homes, the very same protocols used to protect children and the public in schools and commercial buildings. Mold growth can pose risks to your health, but we can help lower any potential risk when we respond quickly, using the five principles developed by the EPA for mold remediation.

The first step in managing mold damage in Carmichael is to provide for the health and safety of occupants of the affected building and the technicians who are attempting to remediate. Second, as the technician's complete remediation tasks, they document both the moldy conditions and the methods used to contain the growth. Third, all efforts must focus on containing the mold at its source, taking precautions to limit airborne spread of the microbial growth. Using EPA accepted approaches the fourth step is to remove the mold, which may include the surfaces and structures it lives in or on. Finally, once the mold has been contained and removed properly certified and trained technicians should isolate the source of the moisture that fed the growth. That source must be permanently eliminated to prevent future problems.

SERVPRO will assign mold remediation only to staff who have completed appropriate training and received required certifications. Know as Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) these staff members will manage the workflow as the mold problem in your home is addressed. The EPA Mold Remediation Standards parallel the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standards that our technicians will follow as they solve your infestation problem. A key to limiting risk for future mold outbreaks is to respond quickly, including drying out adjacent areas within 48 hours even if they have no mold growth apparent.

Mold outbreaks are a significant concern that SERVPRO of Carmichael can help you remediate. As mold can multiply out of control quickly call us at (916) 967-2500 as soon as you notice visible growth or a musty smell. Operators answer all inquiries 24/7.

How to Determine Your Future Flood Risk

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Determine Your Future Flood Risk Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

Helpful Hints to Prevent Floor Damage in Your Del Campo Estates Property

Most homes are at least slightly at-risk for flood damage, but in many cases, multiple factors in the topography, environment, and positioning of the home can increase risks and lead to more frequent flooding. However, there are also some factors which can also significantly reduce the chance of your home being flooded, and prevent many calamities from happening in the first place. Here are some considerations to make when trying to determine how likely it is your home will be flooded in the future.
 
Elevation and Topography
 
One of the most important factors in determining how much risk of flood damage your Del Campo Estates home is in is often the topography of the home and surrounding areas. At its simplest, a high elevation relative to surrounding areas for your home will reduce the risk of flooding, but lower elevations will increase risk. However, other factors can also cause problems, such as positioning between two larger hills or wide, open flat areas. Your home is generally at its safest if it is high in elevation, at least relative to homes surrounding it.
 
Street Structure and Storm Drains
 
While most American streets have curbs that help to keep any water on the roadways out of people's private property, these may become inundated and overwhelmed during a flooding scenario. Furthermore, if your home is near a storm drain, this can be both a blessing and a curse. While most water on your street will skip over your home and go into the drain, this can lead to a major disaster if the drain gets clogged or overwhelmed.
 
Recent Weather Patterns
 
A short-term consideration rather than a long-term one, you should monitor carefully recent weather patterns if your home is otherwise at risk of flooding. Weeks or even just days of rain can dampen the soil and reduce its ability to retain future water, potentially causing flash floods with more rain. Staying on top of weather forecasts will help to keep you prepared and alert when an emergency strikes.
 
SERVPRO of Carmichael is a locally-owned and operated company with experience and expertise in water, fire, and storm damage restoration large and small. If your home has taken on damage from a flood, call us at (916) 967-2500 to find out how we can help.

Fire Damage in Carmichael - Structure, Content and How to Clean Both

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Carmichael - Structure, Content and How to Clean Both SERVPRO Cleans Smoke & Fire Damage in a Carmichael Property

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Interior Possessions and Building Materials

Cleaning up from a fire is never easy. Most damage that can be cleaned or restored doesn't come from the fire itself, but from the soot and residues that are left on the surfaces after the fire suppression system or the fire department has finished its work.

When it comes to cleaning and remediating the effects of fire damage in Carmichael, every SERVPRO franchise first determines which method to use on the various surfaces and materials in a structure. We define as structure any item that is permanently attached to a building, be it a home or business.

Structural items include framework, ceilings, and walls; doors, windows, floors and floor coverings. Other things are considered structural components. These include bath fixtures, cabinets, light fixtures and the HVAC system.  Simply put, if something can't be carried out of a building, it is considered structure.

Every surface and material fall into two categories: Washable and Non-Washable.
Washable - These materials and surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. This can be accomplished because using one will not further damage the item or surface (floor or wall) being cleaned. We maintain an extensive inventory of cleaners for every type.
Non-Washable - These are materials and surfaces that cannot be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. Doing so would cause further damage to the material or surface. Non-washable methods include dry solvent, dry sponges/cloths, and vacuums.

The type of residue left by fire and smoke can also determine which cleaning method to be used. If it is oil or grease-based, then a dry solvent will have to be used, regardless if the surface or material underneath wouldn't be damaged by one of our water-based products.

A structure fire can be over in just a matter of hours or even minutes. The clean-up and restoration process can take days or even weeks before you can return to your home (if you have to leave) or business. If this is the situation you're facing, contact us here at (916) 967-2500 today. SERVPRO of Carmichael is ready to help.

There Are Many Causes for Water Damage in a Home

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage There Are Many Causes for Water Damage in a Home Water Damage to a Carmichael Ceiling Gets Restored by SERVPRO

If Your Home Suffers Water Damage, Rely on SERVPRO

Water damage can come from a lot of different areas. You don't necessarily have to have a major catastrophe to have a relatively significant amount of water damage inside your home. It may be something as simple as a dishwasher that overflows or a loose hose on a washing machine but when it happens in your house, what might seem like a relatively small problem to someone else can suddenly become a very large issue for you and your loved ones. By contacting us at SERVPRO, you know that you are dealing with someone you can trust when it matters the most.

Proven Techniques for Dealing With Water Damage
At SERVPRO, we have a number of techniques that we utilize to ensure that the water is cleaned up and that your home and possessions are restored to their original condition. It starts with our high-tech drying equipment and the expertise of everyone on our staff. We even have a documented inspection process that ensures complete drying of the home to ensure that it's safe for you to return. If you are affected by water damage inside your Carmichael home, you need someone that you can count on. We get there quickly, assess the situation and as soon as is feasible, we begin to extract the water.

After the standing water has been removed, we use air movers and dehumidifiers that are designed to dry out the area. We also dehumidify the entire structure. After that process is completed, we go to work cleaning, repairing and restoring both the structure of the home and your possessions. We use proven cleaning techniques to sanitize the area so that your home not only looks the way it used to, but more importantly, it is safe to live in and enjoy. You won't have to worry about dealing with an odor or even worry about potentially harmful microbes or mold growths in your home. At SERVPRO, we know how important your family is to you, so we make every effort to restore the damage and return the home its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
 
Call Us Today
Remember, at SERVPRO of Carmichael, you can contact us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500. If you have water damage, a mold problem, or a fire inside your home, don't wait. Call us right away and let us make your home safe to live in once again.

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