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How a Fire Can Impact your Business

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

fire and soot At the beckon of your call, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville, and Carmichael are ready to help you plan,

You have to be prepared and consider the possibility of a fire outbreak in your business, having a plan to tackle it firsthand. There are alarm systems that'd help you detect a fire early and tackle it immediately before it escalates, but that is not enough. 

Explained below is how fire can impact your business and guides to help you consider and make plans before a fire outbreak occurs.

The impact of a fire in businesses include:

Property or Stock Loss

The chance of recovering a property damaged by fire is very slim. You not only lose valuable assets but valuable documents as well. All documents in the office computers are not retrievable except those stored in the cloud (online). It may be impossible to resume work without some archived documents.

Insurance Claim Issues

If your business is insured, the insurance company will confirm compliance with the fire safety regulations and recommendations. If there's a compliance issue, insurance may be denied. Business owners will be responsible for the cost of repair and replacement of these properties. On the other hand, the insurance company will have to investigate and bear the cost of repair and replacements after validation, but this takes time.

Financial Loss

Business owners don't consider the financial implications of a razed property. When a fire razes a building, it results in a financial loss of all engulfed properties. The cost of repairing, rebuilding, and replacing burnt items can be pretty high.

Halt in Business Operations and Revenue

A fire is capable of hindering the operational functionality of a business. It also leads to losing clients or customers as clients will take their businesses elsewhere. There may be no new revenue instead of incurred expenditure.

There could be human casualties like injuries or death in a fire. Smoke from the fire can cause health problems as well.

Mitigating Fire Outbreak in a Business

Equipping business spaces with adequate fire safety systems goes a long way to mitigate fire outbreaks. Keep fire extinguishers in strategic places to use to quench the early fire. Smoke alarms are very effective in issuing warnings before fire escalates.

Most importantly, consult a professional to help plan and install fire safety systems. At the beckon of your call, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville, and Carmichael are ready to help you plan, implement, and resolve any fire service you require. Contact us today for emergency services and consultations; let's help safeguard your business.

Problems Caused by Rain Storms

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Rainy Day Heavy winds and rainwater can cause the most damage to your home or building’s interior and exterior.

Mother Nature can strike violent climate patterns in a second, causing significant storm damage leaving their imprint on your home or company. Water, wind, hail, and fallen trees due to rainstorms are just a few examples of what can bring your home and its contents to destruction.

Heavy winds and rainwater can cause the most damage to your home or building’s interior and exterior, which can be disastrous. Too much rain may cause a slew of challenges. And even if the storm is through, the damage it brought doesn’t end there, and many of which might remain long after the storm has passed.

Roof, window, structural damage, and exterior damage are common types of damage after a storm. Both extreme and not so extreme, weather events are leaving their mark on houses and properties not just in the United States but across the globe. Rainstorms and floods can cause landslides, impede transportation and communications, destroy buildings and infrastructure, and endanger human life.

Immediate storm damage restoration is critical for the safety and recovery of your property at this time. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael recognizes that your house is more than a structure, and it’s your home, and you need to think wise and act quickly if you don’t want everything you’ve worked for all your life to go to waste. In these very disastrous times, you need a company that has dealt professionally and successfully with rainstorm damage.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael have the training, experience, and resources to manage any disaster and respond quickly to storm and flooding situations. We have the expertise and equipment to swiftly restore your home or business to its pre-water damage state. We utilize a proven approach to water removal and water cleanup that stresses monitoring and recording the drying process from beginning to end.

In the event of an emergency at your home or place of business, a full-service leader in the restoration industry is what you need. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael team of professionals help clean up and restore your home 24/7.

Preparing for Commercial Storm Damage

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Stairway and building with rain SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is here to help at all times for any disaster.

Mother Nature has a way of reminding us who is in charge at times. While you will not predict when or where a storm will strike, being prepared is the best way to limit the damage. Understanding storm dangers that you will be facing can help you create a plan that decreases property damages.

Flooding occurs due to storms, and you have no idea what to expect unless you have seen or experienced one. It can cause severe damage to most firms, causing you to lose more money than you have ever made in the company. In this challenging situation, it's better to understand how to avoid costly damage at your place of business.

One precaution is to prepare. The actions you take after a storm are as necessary as the actions you take before the storm. Ensure that your team or employees know what to do before, during, and after the storm.

Investing early in storm preparedness will help you avoid having to make too many emergency repairs later. It can also provide you with peace of mind and confidence during what could otherwise be a chaotic time in your business. You must take every step to protect your commercial property from a major storm.

It’s also equally important to make sure you are safe. When a storm threatens, the first thing you should do is secure your safety and that of all other members of your company. Storm can result in the loss of property, and in the worst-case scenario, it could result in the loss of life. And if your building was damaged, there may be safety dangers present necessitating a professional inspection before you reoccupy the building. You will need to have an authorized emergency response team assess the situation.
An early response team can help you reduce the amount of damage and lower the risk of losing most of your valuable belongings. That is why having a professional mitigation and restoration team like SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael plays a vital role in the preparation and recovery.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist you in restoring your commercial building in its tip-top shape. Our highly skilled and certified team members can address restoration challenges using cutting-edge technology and equipment.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is here to help at all times for any disaster. We respond to situations quickly and precisely, saving you time and money.

Health and Safety Tips During Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

house on fire A fire not only destroys your home, but it also destroys many other valuable items and prized possessions.

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, fires cost Americans about billions and billions of dollars. Aside from wildfires, there are also house fires caused by faulty electrical wiring and simple accidents, both of which can be physically traumatic.

In addition to possible physical casualties, fires can cause substantial emotional trauma. A fire not only destroys your home, but it also destroys many other valuable items and prized possessions. The house is, above all, a place of protection, comfort, and safety for you. Following a fire, this sense of security can be lost, causing severe disruption to daily life.

To ensure your health and safety while dealing with the damages fire has caused you, follow our recommendations below:

Do not enter the damaged property

No matter the amount of damage, do not enter the property. And find a safe play to stay. After the flames have died down, the substances remain for days or even weeks. Entering a fire-damaged structure without the required safety equipment is perilous, and occupants should only enter if guided by a professional. The highly skilled fire damage repair professionals can swiftly spot potential hazards and mitigate them on the spot. 

Consult an expert about salvageable and hazardous items

Smoke contaminates porous objects, including ones that people believe are harmless. Food and other perishable things that have been tainted by smoke are poisonous, and let the professionals remove these potentially dangerous items as part of the fire damage repair process.

Let also the experts work and decide which things might still be salvageable even after a fire. Don’t just discard things. In these very trying times, you might want to protect your safety while saving on things that can still be productive so that expenses won’t keep piling up. You don’t want to spend some of your money on these things when you can still have them.

Have Patience and Accept Help

Fires can bring us to our lowest—frustration, shock, pain, loss, anger, and hopelessness. And we will feel more of the emotional pain and the impact of the tragedy when water damage that plagues an area following a fire becomes apparent. Many things come to mind, such as house repair, flood cleanup, and other aspects of the fire damage.

Take advantage of community support. Make small decisions regularly to regain control of your life. Seek help from professionals who can act and take care of recovering things and ensuring that your home will be the place of security you always have. 

Put your trust in the SERVPRO team

After a fire, a skilled fire damage restoration service ensures the health and safety of all residents. The homeowners benefit from clear directions on how to proceed to a quick and effective restoration so that they may get back on their feet. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael team of experts understand the mental suffering of losing control after a fire, and they do their best to bring the scene back to normal.

Recovery after a fire can be difficult. And one of the things you have to ensure is to stay healthy and safe following a fire when most people are in a rush to get their lives back in order. 

Know that we are here for you. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael professionals has worked with hundreds of families as a local fire damage restoration company. Let us help you ease your burdens and take care of the entire fire damage repair process, like dealing with the insurance company and any health and safety problems.

California Wildfire Season: How to Prepare

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

person looking at fire Our staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville, and Carmichael are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

Disaster can strike without warning. It is preparedness, our great weapon. While you might never need to use any of the resources you prepare, it is better to have them ready.

Wildfire season is fast approaching. Not to mention, July 4 is also around the corner. Although it is already a negotiation to ban or not use firecrackers, looking at how dry and hot it is already, being prepared is a win-win situation.

It is the time of the year that you are at a high risk of a possible wildfire.

Sign Up for Fire Alerts.

Be updated with the latest situation around you. Have several ways to receive alerts.  

  1. Register to get texts from Cal Fire’s, and download their app to receive personal wildfire readiness plans and check current incidents.
  2. Find updates about local air quality, current weather conditions, and weather forecasts.
  3. Check National Emergency Alerts, as well as FEMA, as an additional resource for gathering the latest situation in your area. 

Review Important Documents.

Make sure your homeowner's and renter's insurance policies, as well as personal documentation such as identification cards, are current. Make duplicates and store them in a password-protected digital vault, an external drive, or the cloud. 

Here is a checklist that you may use for your household documents, contacts, and valuables. 

Have a Fire Safe Home.

You must ensure that your property complies with California's building and fire standards, which require homeowners to take proactive measures to protect their property from wildfires.

  1. When constructing, renovating, or repairing a structure, use fire-resistant materials.
  2. Create a fire-resistant zone or a defensible space at least 30 feet away from your home that is clear of leaves, trash, and flammable materials.
  3. Make a room that can be sealed off from the outdoors. All doors and windows should be shut when smoky conditions exist, set up a portable air cleaner to keep interior pollution levels low.
  4. Find an outdoor water supply that you can reach with a hose from anywhere on your property.

Create an Evacuation Plan.

You may have to evacuate quickly due to a wildfire. It is a must to have all the things ready and that each of the household members is well-aware of the evacuation routes.

  1. Make a "go bag” or an emergency supply kit - a collection of items - that you can take with you. Each family member should have this kit. It is a must that you also keep extra kits in your car in the event you can not get to your home because of a fire.
  2. Understand your Evacuation Zone. Practice with your household, pets, and identify where you will go. You must also understand the risks of having the Covid-19 if you evacuate to a public shelter.

It is critical to obey local authorities' guidelines. They will provide you the most up-to-date advice depending on the threat to your community and the best safety precautions.

Our staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville, and Carmichael are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

Be Wildfire Ready!

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

fireman looking at a fire Although it is a lot of work — requires the involvement of every household member — there are real benefits to being prepared.

It always pays to be ready! 

The need to prepare is real. Although it is a lot of work — requires the involvement of every household member — there are real benefits to being prepared. 

Here are the three steps to being fire-ready:

1. Map out a wildfire action plan - Although this varies for every household, this requires the participation of each family member.

Here is a checklist to help you prepare a wildfire action plan.

  • Determine an emergency meeting location outside of the fire hazard area.
  • Plan several different escape routes and rehearse them regularly.
  • Have fire extinguishers on hand and let every member of the household know how to use them.
  • Ensure that your family members know where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them safely.
  • Have a radio or scanner so that you can stay updated on fire alerts
  • Designate an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact so that you can communicate with household members in case of separation.
  • Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers. Keep these posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
  • Ensure to have evacuation plans for pets, large animals such as horses, and other livestock. 

2. Assemble a disaster or emergency supply kit - This contains a collection of necessities your household may need in the event of an emergency. Each family member should have an emergency test kit. It is a must that you also keep extra kits in your car if you can not get to your home because of a fire. 

To assemble your emergency supply kit, start by storing items in airtight plastic bags. Put your kit in one or two easy to carry containers. Emergency kits come in many shapes and sizes. Make sure your kit contains the items listed on this checklist

3. Create a family communication plan - Communication networks and electricity could be unreliable during disasters. Creating a communication plan will help reach each family member and where to meet up in emergencies.

Every member of the household, from toddlers or small kids, seniors, and disabled family members, needs to be considered in creating this plan. It is a must that the methods are well communicated with everyone at a level that they understand. These plans must be well-rehearsed regularly so that everyone will be familiar and guided accordingly. 

Remember these three steps: Collect. Share. Practice.

In any case, please know that we're here to help. Our staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael, are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

Most Common Places a House Fire Originates

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

house on fire Our staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home. Everyone will agree with this famous saying. So it is a must that we take all steps to ensure that our home is the safest place. Sadly, though, incidents can happen in the comfort of our own homes.

According to the United States Fire Administration, residential buildings are the leading property type for fire deaths, injuries, and property losses. To prevent this from happening, it is best to understand the most common places where spark starts and turns it into a savage fire if neglected.

 1.The Kitchen

Cooking is the leading and most common type of fire comprising 49 percent of all residential fires, according to NFPA. Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking. We also have to keep an eye when frying, or any time when large quantities of grease are involved. Turn off the stove and all appliances once done. Cooking appliances should also be cleaned thoroughly and cooled down properly before storing them away.

2.The Bedroom

Surprisingly, the bedroom is the second most common place where the fire originates in the home. Old mattresses or beddings, carpets, draperies, and other plush objects are often the first items that ignite and catch on fire quickly. It is advisable to buy new mattresses made after 2007 as they are flame-retardant and hold to a higher safety standard as they conform to Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Place space heaters at least three feet from anything that could catch fire. And do not forget to turn them alongside other heating equipment like heating blankets and pads. 

 3.The Chimney

If equipment needs preventive maintenance, Chimneys must be serviced and cleaned regularly as well. Since this area is neglected, many fires happen in the chimney and surrounding the fireplace. Keeping your chimney cleaned and serviced can help prevent a fire in your house.

4.The Living Room

Fireplaces, electronics, couches, rugs, and drapes are flammable and can cause a fire. And with all the electrical equipment available in the living room, make sure that circuits aren’t overloaded. Also, don’t leave your lights on overnight (especially halogen lights and other high-risk materials).

5.The Laundry Room

Dryer lint is the main culprit for laundry room fires. Clean vents and filters regularly. It is important to note that the heat from the dryer can easily cause dryer lint and catch fire. Don’t overload the washer or dryer and leave room for laundry to tumble. Machine instruction’s manual should be followed. 

6.Outside the Home

Having fires outside could catch into your home. Maintain at least a reasonable distance from home when grilling your food outside or having a bonfire. Like cooking, do not leave these activities unattended. Ensure fires are completely put off before heading back inside your home. 

7.The Attic

This area of the home is often neglected because of its inaccessibility. It’s important to make a mental note or create a schedule to have it checked by a professional, licensed electrician and address issues. Ensure your home is to code when it comes to insulation and electric standards. Dangerous wiring can cause a fire.

It's always a good idea to have your house checked by professionals, especially if your abode is a bit old. Never perform your own repairs or improvements to save money. 

If there is a fire in the home, you will need to hire a professional fire mitigation and restoration company. Our staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

What to Do When a Water Loss Occurs

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

broken pipe with money signs Water damage may occur by a burst pipe, water tank flooding, water main flooding due to storm damage, or wear and tear of the equipment.

What to Do When a Water Loss Occurs

Water outages. Water interruption. Water loss. There are a lot of contributing factors as to why we experience these unfortunate situations. It can happen due to street work in the area. It may also be because of a burst pipe, water tank flooding, water main flooding due to storm damage, or wear and tear of the equipment or of a structure over time. Surprisingly, natural calamities such as droughts and floods can also be a factor in water loss. Depending on the gravity of the situation, water loss for several hours or even days is unbearable and may pose a safety hazard.

We can’t live without water. That’s for sure. Therefore, it’s necessary to be prepared and armed with enough knowledge. Know what to do and how to handle this very trying situation. Below are some important steps to take when you are faced with water loss.

1.    Protect Yourself, Possession, and Properties.

a. Water damage can harm your safety and health. It can also seriously damage possessions at home. Be sure not to drink water from any type of flooding because it can be contaminated and have lasting negative effects. 

b. It is also important to shut off any electricity by switching off circuit breakers and unplugging devices. Only turn off electricity at home if it is safe to do so.

c. When re-entering the home ensure you are wearing protective gear such as rubber boots. If safe to do so, grab the most valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, and documents.

2.    Repair faults and stop the water damage.

You must find the source of leaks or where water is coming from. Once found, it’s imperative to shut off the water’s main source. More often than not, the common cause of water damage is a broken pipe or a hot water tank leak. You should be familiar with your home’s layout and know where the main valves are. When an emergency like this happens, you can immediately and hastily attend to the situation. As for natural causes, like flooding, search for ways to be prepared especially if you live in a flood-prone area.

Through all the possibilities of a water loss, the prime damage can be mold or mildew. Keep aware and look for signs of moisture along baseboards, look for discolored buildings, and seek to be aware of foul odors.

With storm season in Citrus Heights, Roseville and Carmichael expect harsh rains and destructive winds. It’s important to stay on top of these situations and have your property checked before the rainy season comes. Have an expert check for any damages and leaks and allow a professional to fix them. Here at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael, our trained and competent technicians will be happy to serve you 24//7. Entrust your safety with us. 

Common Reasons for Water Damage in Homes

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

gutter on a house with rain pouring down Debris, leaves, and other substances are the culprits that block your gutter and stop the flow of water.

Water is one of the most important substances on earth. Needless to say, to live is impossible if we don’t have this life-giving compound. But with all the importance and benefits we may get from water, it is also important to note that water can damage our properties and may create harmful effects. It can also affect our health if we don’t take the necessary steps to reverse its impact. 

Many factors can bring damage to our homes. But among the list, water damage seemed to be taking the number one spot. And it can be damaging on so many levels. It can cause structural hazards and faults, to say the least. When water slowly creeps into our properties, mold starts to form and it can rot wood and other materials which can weaken the foundation of every building. Mold is also a serious health hazard as it reduces the air quality inside our homes.

We’ve enumerated some common causes of water damage. Let’s get to them one by one.

1. Severe Weather conditions.

Hurricanes. Mudslides. Excessive rain. These natural disasters will constantly cause water damage whenever they happen. Besides, the heavy wind and downpours could open your roof or damage it. Consequently, it may allow water to penetrate your home or business space. And if your home is situated in a low-lying area or flood-prone area, you will experience flooding whenever the rain falls.

2. Clogged gutters.

Your gutter system is supposed to drain water away from your house. But if your home doesn’t have gutters that aren’t properly installed and cleaned regularly, water leaks into the home. When that happens, water won’t be able to properly flow away from your property. It will find a way to escape and a different path to follow such as the edges of your gutters and sides of your house, and even through your ceilings and walls which will eventually cause damages in every part of your home. Debris, leaves, and other substances are the culprits that block your gutter and stop the flow of water. 

3. Leaking pipes.

A broken or even loose-fitting pipe inside the wall or under the sink of your home can cause issues and put your building in a dangerous situation. It is very complicated to stop water damage from a leaking pipe. When mold starts to form in one area, it can creep to other areas creating a colony of mold. And such a situation can cause us a huge amount of money being spent on repairs especially if the leaking pipes are located or installed underneath the ground or a concrete slab. 

4. Blocked Drains.

Blocked drains can adversely affect the structure of our homes and buildings. The blockage in drains from floors and sinks caused by the accumulation of various debris, different objects, food, and grease can be enough causes that contribute to water damage. The build-up of these materials obstructs water from flowing freely making water damage inevitable.

How to prevent water damage?

The best way to avoid water damage in your home is to prevent blockage that can stop flowing water. You can do that by regularly checking the areas mentioned here. Clean and maintain your gutters, fix leaking pipes, attend to downspouts. Make sure that your pipes, drains, and gutters are free from dirt. Checking your equipment regularly and ensuring they are in perfect condition also helps.  

Above all these, a professional home inspection will also make a big difference. If you need further accurate recommendations from an expert point of view, contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael. We are here to help you prevent your home from water damage and any other home or business disasters. We will save you from unnecessary troubles and costly repairs.  

How to Protect your Home from Floods

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

rain on a window Excessive rains can result in flooding. Be prepared.

Prevention is better than cure. This adage is famous in the field of healthcare and medicine. But keeping this saying in mind and applying it in whatever situation we are in would save us a lot of trouble and extra work. And this also applies when it comes to disasters such as excessive rains that result in flooding - which can happen even in the most advanced countries like the US. When nature strikes, floods happen. And sadly, floods and storm water can wreck our properties, such as homes and businesses. And aside from the physical damage to our properties, floods can negatively affect our well-being too.

Floods are unpredictable and destructive. And If we are not prepared for the possibility and impact of a flood, times can be stressful, emotionally exhausting, energy-draining, and financially burdensome.

Having said all these, the best thing we can do is to decrease the impact, increase our capacity to endure, and recover stronger from these disastrous events. In these instances, flood preparedness is crucial, especially during the rainy season. And as a professional restoration service company, let us share some pro tips to be prepared and lessen the impact of this damaging natural occurrence.

1. Know your location well. Be sure to have flood details of your area. Spending a few hours understanding your location would save you a lot of trouble. It will give you an insight and let you prepare for the worst-case scenario. You can also consider having your house inspected by professionals to know how your home can withstand floods.

2. Regularly have your house checked and inspected. Look for gaps and cracks. Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid leakage. Fix any of these openings by yourself or you can call a professional to do the task.

3. Get battery-powered sump pumps. Sumps pumps enable you to remove excess water from your home when floods come. Aside from getting battery-powered sump pumps, you may want to also consider waterproofing your basement. It may be a bit expensive but it is worth your money when that catastrophic event happens.

4. Install septic or sewer link check valves that allow waste to flow one way. That will prevent sewage from coming back into the stagnant water in your home.

5. Ensure that you keep your expensive and valuable properties in a safe location. That may include furniture, artworks, certificates, and more. At the onset of a flood, be sure to place important personal documents, valuables, and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location.

6. Flood Insurance Program. Every property and belongings are vulnerable especially during a flood. That’s why it’s important to protect them. Ensure you get an insurance policy that covers cleanup and flood damage repair.

It is always crucial to have a plan to protect your family, property, and belongings in case bad weather strikes. A comprehensive plan coupled with the help of professionals will save you money, time, unnecessary work, and a roller coaster of emotions. And you will get the best preparative measure if you hire a professional restoration service company. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is vastly experienced and specially trained to step into terrible and dreadful situations and restore your home. With the assistance of our highly trained team composed of competent technicians, advanced equipment, and round-the-clock service, your home is in safe hands.