Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Preparedness and Response

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.