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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael today at  (916) 966-2601 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation. 

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

5 Ways to Reduce Industrial Fires

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

empty industrial building To avoid falling victim to industrial fire, there are several things you can do to prevent an industrial fire outbreak.

Industries lose millions of dollars to fire yearly. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, about 37,910 industrial properties were gutted by fire, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).

To avoid falling victim to industrial fire, there are several things you can do to prevent an industrial fire outbreak.

First, identify the most common causes of industrial fires. These are

  • Combustible Dust Fire
  • Hot Work Fire
  • Flammable Liquid and Gas Fire
  • Equipment and Machinery Fire
  • Electrical Hazard Fire

1. Combustible Dust Fires

When dust or fine material is mixed with air in a particular concentration, it explodes. The severity of a combustible dust explosion can bring down an entire facility.

To prevent a combustible fire, carryout dust inspection, housekeeping, testing, and control program on your facility.

Be on the lookout for dust residues in open and hidden areas. In the presence of an ignition system, avoid cleaning methods that generate dust clouds. Open flames should be controlled.

2. Hot Work Fires

Any work that requires high heat or generates flames is regarded as hot work. Examples of hot work are soldering, welding, heat treatment, grinding, and more. 

Hot works can be prevented by:

Training personnel and ensuring they adhere strictly to safety measures.

Remove flammable materials from operation areas.

Ensure a safety professional is on-site to supervise operations.

3. Flammable Liquid and Gas Fires

Flammable liquids and gases should be handled with utmost caution to prevent an explosion.

Flammable liquid and gas fire can be reduced by keeping them far away from heat or ignition sources. Store hazardous materials, according to OSHA. Provide safety protective equipment, like bodysuits, goggles, shoes, etc.

4. Equipment and Machinery Fires

Equipment and machinery fires are common amongst equipment poorly operated, installed, or maintained, or operated. Hot work and heating equipment are mostly causes of equipment and machinery fires, if not properly maintained.

As mentioned earlier, heavy-duty hot work equipment requires immense training on equipment operation, as well as the need to focus on handling and maintenance of equipment.

The surrounding environment should be kept clean at all times. Sometimes, overusing a machine can make it react badly and may lead to fire hazards. Prevent machines from overheating.

5. Electrical Hazard Fires

A spark from an overloaded circuit, poor wiring, or defective material can raze a whole facility near combustible dust, flammable liquids, and gases.

Therefore, avoid overloading electrical circuits. Turn off a machine or equipment when not in use. OSHA and NFPA recommend the use of antistatic material.

Inspect your facility for combustible dust and other hazardous materials and clear equipment area of such.

Take on fire safety measures in your facility. Engage your employees with fire safety training to educate them on proper fire safety equipment operation and safety procedures.

Protect Yourself From These Five Fire Danger Causes

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

cigarettes in an ashtray 19% of home fire deaths are caused by smoking.

It is essential to stay safe and protect our loved ones as well as our property and belongings. Nonetheless, there are basic things we do in the home that, if not properly managed, can get out of hand and endanger our loved one's lives and our properties. No one wishes to fall victim to a fire outbreak. Moreover, what many don't know is that heat and smoke can be more dangerous than fire. Statistics show that the number of people that die of suffocation is triple to fire burns. It should be noted that inhaling toxic fumes and gases can lead to dizziness and confusion and deter one from escaping an emergency.

To live freely in your home with your family, you have to protect yourself from these five danger causes:

Cooking causes fire; therefore, never leave food on fire unattended to. Stay put in the kitchen when cooking. A high percentage of a home fire is caused by cooking.

Remember to turn off the burner before leaving the kitchen. Keep flammable materials like curtains, towels, wooden utensils, and others away from the stove. If you have to leave the room, turn off the burner. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen should there be an emergency.

19 percent of home fire deaths are caused by smoking. There are places we should avoid smoking in the home. In short, avoid smoking inside the house. If you want to smoke, take it to the corridor, sit out, put out the smoke, and dump it properly. Smoking is hazardous in the bedroom because when the smoke comes in contact with the bedsheet or curtains, it can quickly go in flames. Avoid smoking in the bedroom, living room, and den.

To be on the safe side, if you cannot take smoking outside, use deep and wide ashtrays and keep away from wooden tables or upholsters. Never smoke on the bed, you may fall asleep, and it may end badly.

Heating Equipment
Improper use of heating equipment can be dangerous in the home. Heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything flammable (bedding, curtains, mattresses, clothing, and upholstery). Keep children away from space heaters and open fires. Turn off portable heaters before you leave the room or go to sleep. Get your chimney cleaned annually by professionals.

Electrical Problems
Faulty wiring, outdated appliances, and malfunctioning lighting equipment can cause electrical fires if not looked into quickly. Never manage or do any electrical work yourself; it's far too dangerous. Electric sparks are frequent among improper connections and can cause a fire. Avoid overloading outlets, especially with heat-producing appliances like microwaves, space heaters, and toasters. Call an electrician immediately when you detect a potential electrical problem.

Avoid using candles, if you would use one, keep away from anything flammable. Blow out candles before leaving the room or go to sleep. Never use a candle in the kid's room.

No one wishes for a home fire, but then it could be ignited easily and quickly. Keep safe habits so your family will be protected and remain safe.

Protect Your Family From Home Fires and Be Prepared

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

white smoke alarm with black background Install a smoke alarm system in every part of your home to notify residents of smoke quickly before it escalates.

Do you know that three out of five fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke or fire alarm system? Surprisingly, carbon monoxide (CO) is the highest recorded cause of accidental poisoning in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Safety is paramount in every home. That is why you must be prepared to take on necessary preventive measures to protect the lives of every member of your family and properties.

The following tips guide you on protecting your family from a home fire and being prepared:

  • Install a smoke alarm system in every part of your home to notify residents of smoke quickly before it escalates. Educate your family on the significance of the fire alarm sound and what to do when it goes off.
  • Frequently test your alarm systems to know if they are functional. Maintain CO/fire/smoke alarm systems regularly and replace faulty ones. For a battery-powered alarm system, change the batteries every six months. For a hardwired alarm system, get a backup battery during a power outage. Alarms are to be replaced every ten years.
  • Double-up on safety with a carbon monoxide alarm. About 450 people die of carbon monoxide yearly. carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and is impossible to detect without an alarm system. You could get a 2-in-1 alarm for smoke and carbon monoxide.

Home Safety Tips

  • Avoid unattended cooking. According to the NFPA, the top cause of the home fire is unattended cooking. It is advisable to do nothing else when cooking. Don’t have divided attention when cooking. On a serious note, stay put in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Place fire extinguishers in strategic places. The kitchen, passages, laundry room should be equipped with fire extinguishers.
  • Create an escape plan for every member of your family, especially children. Practice the emergency escape plan until you are convinced everyone is familiar with it. It is important to identify two exits, that is, the door and the window, and decide on a meeting spot outside the house. Once everyone is safe, be sure to call 911. Emergency escape plans should be practiced at least twice a year.

These tips should be quite useful to you and the other members of your household. If a fire event does break out contact our team of professionals to help you get your home back in order, "Like it never even happened." Reach our team at (916) 966-2601.

How Germs are Spread Through the Home

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Shoes laying on the floor You may want to reconsider wearing outdoor shoes inside your home by taking your shoes of at the door.

Germs can spread quickly in the home if not careful. Imagine having a tiring day at work and coming home with dirt particles all over the clothes and shoes, your body is full of dirt. You walk in the door, and your children and pet run to greet you. You can't help but carry a baby or pet running towards you in anxiety, happy to have you back home only to transfer germs onto them. We may not realize this, but this and many more are ways germs are spread at home.

Germs are everywhere. Most germs are not especially harmful to humans, but many can cause serious health problems to humans. It is essential to control the spread of germs. Yet sometimes the things we do, or neglect to do, allow germs to thrive in our midst. 

Germs can spread by:

  • Not washing your hands after getting home from outside. One can't tell what germs he or she may have been in contact with outside the home. That is why it is a safe practice to wash your hands the moment you walk through the door. It is a good idea to change clothes once you come in for the day as well.
  • Neglecting to clean surfaces frequently put a family at risk of contracting germs. The kitchen floor and counter tops should be cleaned daily. Door knobs, light switches, tables, paintings, windows, and other surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Not getting rid of shipping boxes. Discard shipping boxes after removing contents from them. They may carry germs with them and you don't want that inside your home.
  • There are germs on the floor of your office, malls, stores, and roads. When you go to these places, your shoes carry germs from the floor along with it. You may want to reconsider wearing outdoor shoes inside your home by taking your shoes of at the door.
  • Pets pick up germs from the floor the same way as shoes, so it is beneficial to clean the paws of pets when they come inside. Another way to prevent the spread of germs by pets is to treat your yards and make sure the surroundings are clean.

Other ways germs can spread in the home:

  • By wearing the same clothes frequently
  • By not washing the kitchen sink regularly after dishwashing 
  • By not keeping the bathroom clean
  • By not cleaning children’s toys
  • By not changing your towels
  • By not taking your bath regularly

Make a schedule for regular cleaning each week and make a schedule for washing hands and changing clothes when you come in for the day. All of these tips will decrease the spread of germs.

10 Ways to Clear Dust From the Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

vacuum on wood floor Clean your house with a vacuum cleaner once or twice weekly, this will help in eliminating dust.

No matter how clean the home may be, it probably still has a little dust. This is a menace everyone has to deal with every day. Getting rid of dust in the home helps to improve air quality, and prolong the life of electrical appliances, furniture, and household electronics. The secret of having a dust-free home is by regular cleaning. 

Below is a list of things to do to keep the air clean and have a comfortable and dust-free home.

  1. Use Door Mats

Keep doormats outside and inside the house to trap dirt and keep it from migrating into your home. Get a doormat with bristles to prevent anyone coming from outside from depositing dust particles from shoes to your home. Wash or vacuum the mats regularly to prevent buildup.

  1. Groom Your Pets

Pets are huge carriers of dirt because of their fur. Pet fur is a good attractor of dust. Groom your pets to avoid dirty places where they get tangled up in dust to help keep dead skin and hair from accumulating dust.

  1. Close Windows

Dust gains access to homes through windows and doors and is visible on windowsills. It is advisable to keep the windows closed, especially on windy days to help minimize dust.

  1. Use a Damp Mop

When cleaning the floor, use a good damp mop. This will help a long way towards eliminating 90 percent of the dust in your home. A damp rag or mop collects and holds dust from surfaces which can then simply be rinsed down the drain.

  1. Beat Area Rugs

Rugs are known to absorb and hide dust particles. One of the best ways to get rid of the dust on rugs is to take them outside and beat them. Typically, rug beaters, which come in rattan, wire, or plastic versions, remove more dust than vacuum cleaners.

  1. Clean Blinds

Dust is drawn to blinds like moths to a flame, so you should clean them regularly.

  1. Install An Air Purifier

Get an air purifier that circulates the air and has a filter that captures dust and dirt. Air purifiers come in various shapes and sizes, from whole-house units to small, portable single-room models.

  1. Vacuum Regularly

Clean your house with a vacuum cleaner once or twice weekly, this will help in eliminating dust. With the new types of available vacuum cleaners which come with built-in HEPA filters to trap smaller particles of dirt and help freshen the air, your house is safe from dust.

  1. Get Rid of Clutter

Get rid of clusters by cleaning items on shelves and in curio cabinets. Dust is good at settling on any surface it comes in contact with. Submit objects like books, bookcases, and others to frequent dusting to get rid of clutter.

  1. Clean Closets

Fabrics also attract dust easily. Declutter closets and keep the door closed to avoid dust from migrating onto clothes in the closet. Dust the closet regularly, along with the rest of your home.

These tips are a great way to reduce dust in your home. 

How to Prevent the High Cost of a Small Water Leak

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

faucet with water leak You can learn ways to detect water leaks and drips. You can also learn how to stop these water damage occurrences before it causes severe damage.

Are you suffering from a water leak because of a damaged pipe and are scared of the high cost of repair or a water bill? Fortunately, you can learn ways to detect water leaks and drips. You can also learn how to stop these water damage occurrences before it causes severe damage leading to high costs. 

Fixing minor leaks: Undetected leaks can come from plumbing pipes or appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers. An average home suffers 17 gallons of water loss daily. This leads to higher water bills. People don't know the implications of ignoring a dripping shower head or kitchen faucet. You may lose up to 347 gallons of water in a year from dripping shower or kitchen faucet alone thereby suffering a high cost of a water bill. Water leaks can ruin your wall paint, drywall, ceilings, floors, cabinetry, and even impact HVAC ducts and electrical wiring.

Getting rid of mold: Floods, if not properly cleaned can give rise to mold thereby ruining the surface and are a potential health hazard. Moreover, undetected leaks are also likely to create humid conditions that allow mold to thrive. You may decide to get rid of mold in a small area, however, it is advisable to hire a professional like that of SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael for a more serious mold problem.

Get a leak detector: While you may hear a hissing toilet or see a faucet drip, many problematic leaks are difficult to detect — there may be leaks under a sink or behind a washing machine. With the help of smart technology that detects and alerts you of leaks in your home, you could save yourself from damages and can save money. There are different varieties of leak detectors for every budget in the market you can choose from. 

Leakage detection technology is a smart way to avoid common plumbing problems and keep your home watertight. More so, it is best to fix a leak no matter how small, the moment they are spotted to avoid further damage and avoidable expenses.

Commercial Spring Cleaning Tips

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Office Building Contact us here at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael and let us be a part of YOUR team to help you with your business spring cleaning

As we draw closer to the warmer months, it is finally time for a fresh start. Your business should reflect the upbeat mood of spring with fresh and clean surroundings and the right atmosphere for customers.

As you look forward to the spring, here are some cleaning tips for your business:

A commercial cleaning service requires a professional touch. Hire the services of a well reputable company to give your business the quality touch it needs. You should consider looking at the reviews of any company you'd like to hire to avoid unsatisfactory work. A professional commercial cleaning service company will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right and follow your instructions precisely.

Ensure use of products that do not have harsh chemicals when cleaning. Some green products do not produce toxic substances and are harmless to the health and the environment. There are a wide variety of environmentally friendly cleaning items one can use for cleaning.

It is important to consider the weather when planning for cleaning. Weather can make a project difficult to execute that is why it is important to consider it in the planning process. It is advisable to select alternate days or a full range to allow for a change of plans for cleaning.

Working as a team is effective and valuable to the cleaning process. When planning for the spring cleaning of your business, hold a meeting with your team and let them know how they would contribute to the project. Perhaps, a member of the team can bring to your notice something that you missed or chip in an idea of how to improve the process. Teamwork gets work done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!

Contact us here at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael and let us be a part of YOUR team to help you with your business spring cleaning.

10 Things That Are Ruining Your Home's Plumbing

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Pipes and wrenches Getting a professional plumber can be expensive, it doesn't mean you should take on a big plumbing job yourself.

Plumbing is something we should be careful about. Some plumbing problems are our faults while others are natural. You may likely be the biggest threat to your plumbing — whether by putting the wrong things down the garbage disposal or doing a bad DIY job. Do you want to avoid ruining your plumbing, then stick to these 10 things?

10 Things That Are Ruining Your Home's Plumbing

  • Stop Flushing Foreign Objects Down the Toilet

The most important to do to protect your plumbing is to avoid flushing foreign objects like paper towels, baby wipes, and anything else that’s not toilet paper.

  • Leave Big Plumbing Work For A Plumber

Getting a professional plumber can be expensive, it doesn't mean you should take on a big plumbing job yourself. You may make a mistake that can damage the whole plumbing structure thereby making you spend more to fix or not getting a favorable result.

  • Stop Pouring Grease Down the Drain

After cooking do not put grease down the drain. The fat from the grease will cause a huge clog and build up over time.

  • Stop Using Drop-in Toilet Fresheners

Drop-in toilet fresheners have chlorine, after it dissolves it can cause corrosion to the gaskets and washers. It is best to stick to scrubbing with a good old-fashioned toilet bowl cleaner.

  • Replace The Hoses on Washing Machines and Dishwashers

If it's been a while you changed the hose of your washing machine or dishwasher, it would be best you do so now. Washing machine or dishwasher hoses last about five years. A hose may show no sign of wear and tear until the day it suddenly burst.

  • Avoid Putting Potato Skins Down the Garbage Disposal

Avoid clogging your pipes by disposing of potato peels in the garbage.

  • Take Freezing Pipe Precautions

Insulate pipes from freezing temperatures, especially if you live in a place where the temperature falls below freezing temperatures. This is essential to avoid water from freezing in pipes which may lead to expansion and burst.

  • Avoid Leaving Hoses Connected in the Winter

Outdoor hoses should be disconnected and removed in winter to prevent it from cracks which may, in turn, lead to leakages in the future. An insulation cap on the bare spigot could also be used to provide added protection for the hose.

  • Replacing Your Water Heater

Basically, a water heater has a lifespan of 8-12 years, while the tank less models may last up to 20 years. Replacing water heating should not only be done when the heater has used its average lifespan but also when it is under-performing such as a drop in water temperature or knocking sounds. 

When You Have Water Damage

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment placed in water damage hallway For your water damage repairs, contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael today for a professional and fast job.

Water damage, especially if caused by flooding can have a devastating effect on houses and businesses. Floods are caused by heavy rains, pipe burst, sewer back-up, and others. When faced with such events, it is important to know what to do.

Follow these steps if you suffer from a water event at work or in the home:

Switch off the power source: Water is a good conductor of electricity. When water and electricity come in contact, the water becomes dangerous. The first thing to do when water is gaining momentum is to switch off the power source. However, if switching off the power source requires someone to enter the house and stand in flooded areas, contact a qualified electrician. 

Put on protective clothing: To avoid getting cuts, put on rubber boots and a pair of gloves before going back inside. 

Protect valuable items: Lift any wooden furniture off flooded areas. Place furniture on a wooden surface or dry carpet to avoid staining. Take out all rugs from wet areas and sundry. 

Dry out the home: You can power on fans and humidifiers to dry out wet areas in the house. It is important you let the house dry completely to avoid mold and mildew as a result of dampness if you move back in too quickly. You will need to contact a professional restorer, like  SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael, to restore your house back in perfect condition.

Wash your eating utensils thoroughly: Wash all eating utensils thoroughly before use to avoid falling sick.

Contact your insurance provider: Your insurance company should have to look at the level of damage and draw out a plan for repair or pay you for repair depending on their policies. 

Repairs: The floor may be weakened by the flood event and you may have to replace it. Repair the walls and fix broken items that can be fixed. These are tasks to be handled by professionals.

For your water damage repairs, contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael today for a professional and fast job.