What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency
14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at work or at home each day.
During a water loss it is important to take some steps that may help minimize the amount of damage to your property. The first thing to determine whether the water damage is from clean water. Clean water meaning it holds no threat to you and your health.
In the case of water damage caused by clean water, the first thing you should do is shut off the source of water if possible or contact a professional if you are not sure how to do so. If it is safe to access the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off the circuit breakers.
Remove as much excess water as possible by means of mopping and blotting. If the affected areas have electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers to electrical equipment are exposed to water do not enter. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
The next thing to do is keep your possessions and valuables top of mind. Wipe excess water from your wood furniture. Raise them on blocks to avoid direct contact with wet flooring or carpet. Do not leave your books, newspaper, magazines on wet floors that may cause staining. Your important items such as computers, documents, and other valuables should be moved to a dry area. Do not use appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. Hang furs and leather good to dry separately at room temperature.
If the water loss happens to be caused by contaminated water the steps you should take are completely different. Avoid all contact with sewage and contaminated water. Try to avoid walking through the affected areas because it may lead to spreading the contaminated water. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry structures because this too may spread contaminants. Always makes sure to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid further contamination.
Once you have taken the above steps, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Carmichael to find the solution to your water loss needs. Our experts will remove all the water and properly dehumidify your home. We will also make sure the water damage does not lead to mold issues if it has not already happened.
Contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville at (916)966-2601.
Mold Remediation Steps
Mold remediation is a complex process. Since it poses as possible health threats that can affect your respiratory system the process is exact and sensitive. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting but the outcome can be both extensive and costly. Every hour spent remediating the mold issues up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity
The first step in mold remediation is initiating containment procedures to contain mold spores, preventing their spread into clean areas. Our experts of Citrus Heights/Roseville use our tools to contain contaminant areas with airborne contaminants from migrating to a cleaner area. Then the next step is remove airborne contaminants from the air. Then removing the source of the mold is next. Our experts methodically remove and dispose of porous materials contaminated by mold. Then they clean mold growth from nonporous materials. Our experts then assess which contents from the property must be cleaned or replaced. Once the source of the mold is either disposed of or cleaned, the structure has to be dried to reduce moisture levels at which mold grows.
The final step is final clearance testing conducted by one of our Indoor Environmental Professionals. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers mold remediation from start to finish and we can rebuild and reconstruct your property.
Exterior Pipe Safety Tips
Citrus Heights 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.
Stay Safe After a Storm
Storms can be dangerous even after they have passed.
Storms can be dangerous even after they have already passed. The damage they leave behind can leave unforeseen damages behind. Be sure to follow the tips below to make sure you and your family stay safe.
Do not enter buildings that sustained structural damage.
Do not swim in flood waters.
Avoid using candles or open flames in doors.
Locate and keep your fire hydrant handy.
Try to keep your pet indoors and on a leash if they are outside.
Stay away from damaged trees and broken limbs.
Shut off the gas if you smell it.
Storms continue to be dangerous even after they have passed so be sure to keep you and your loved ones safe.
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 Citrus Heights/Roseville.
Do Not Neglect Leaks That May Seem Minor
Never neglect repairs in your home no matter how small they may seem. That tiny leak can cause major mold damage to you Roseville home. Small leaks can seem like a trickle but that trickle slowly but surely will eat away at your property.
At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/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 Citrus Heights/Carmichael can remediate your mold problems.
Keeping Your Pets Warm During Cold and Rainy Seasons
Keep your pets safe.
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.
Sewage Backup Can Affect a Whole Building
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 y our 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 Citrus Heights/Roseville 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.
Flood Risks to Your Business
Not only is your property at risk but so is your merchandise.
Weather has been unpredictable in Citrus Heights, 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 Citrus Heights 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 Citrus Heights have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
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.