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5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Fire Damage During Wildfire Season

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

wildfire How can you protect your home from fire damage during wildfire season?

Unfortunately, wildfire season doesn’t end when summer does; it only ramps up. If you live in an area that has been affected by wildfires in the past or that runs the risk of wildfires year-round, you know how devastating these natural disasters can be to your home and property. How can you protect your home from fire damage during wildfire season?

Here are five tips to protect your home from wildfires

1) Keep your gutters clean
Over time, debris can find its way into your gutters and downspouts. This can create a hazardous situation by increasing your chances of catching fire to your roof. Keep your gutters clean so you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself from wildfires. Stay up-to-date on fire safety updates: When it comes to wildfire prevention, the most important thing is to be aware of what's going on in your area. As soon as there are any changes in air quality or the weather forecast, take the appropriate steps. Be ready for anything: It's important that you have all the resources you need before it's too late.

2) Clean up piles of leaves, branches and other combustible materials
Piles of combustible materials that have accumulated around your home are one of the easiest ways for fires to start. Also, clear out your gutters and make sure they aren’t full of debris. The same goes for your yard; be sure it’s free of trash, leaves and overgrown brush.

3) Clear flammable items away from exterior walls
Wood, leaves, and trash close to your house is highly flammable—and it’s often on fire before you even realize there’s a problem. Be aware of these items and remove them as soon as possible if they are a risk to your home. Ensure that all the vents and outlets in your attic have screens: A fireplace chimney can act like a smokestack and create heavy smoke during fires. Consider installing metal or metal-lined windows: More expensive than traditional windows, metal or metal-lined windows will protect against radiant heat from a wildfire more effectively than regular glass windows.

4) Create a defensible space around your home
There are some things you can do to reduce your home’s fire risk. One of them is creating a defensible space. A defensible space is an area cleared around a structure (usually at least 30 feet wide) that's free of dead wood, low-hanging branches and other combustible materials. By creating a defensible space around your home, it gives firefighters greater access to your house in case there's an emergency, so they'll be able to put out any fires more quickly.

5) Check your insurance policy
Before wildfire season begins, make sure you have an adequate homeowners insurance policy. You may find that your current policy doesn’t have sufficient coverage for damage caused by wildfire. It is important to know what your policy covers and what type of additional coverage you need. Check with your insurer or agent if you have any questions about what is covered and not covered by your current homeowners insurance policy. You may be surprised!

4th of July Fire Safety Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

4th of July poster Many people take the 4th of July as an opportunity to let loose and enjoy the fireworks, it’s important to keep safety in mind while celebrating!

It’s that time of year again! While many people take the 4th of July as an opportunity to let loose and enjoy the fireworks, it’s important to keep safety in mind while celebrating this holiday. As one of the leading fire restoration companies in the country, we at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville, and Carmichael want to offer some tips that will help you keep your home and family safe during this exciting time.

The Dangers of Sparklers

First and foremost, let us discuss the infamous sparklers, a kids favorite and usually the start of the festivities. Not many parents realize how dangerous sparklers can be around children. Sparklers are actually classified as fireworks, but because they’re so small, their dangers aren’t well-known. Sparklers burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit – more than 700 degrees hotter than your oven! Sparklers should only be used under adult supervision, and never by small children.

Prevent Fireworks-Related Injuries

Although firework safety is a big concern for many people, accidents can still happen. It’s important to be aware of all related risks so you can protect your home and family from injury. Some tips include - Never allow children to play with fireworks unsupervised. - Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from any structure or flammable materials (including other fireworks). - Only use fireworks outdoors; never shoot them indoors or near any structures. - Read and follow all directions on every product label before using it.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can increase your risk for fire, so be careful with how much you drink at your 4th of July celebrations. In addition, if you’re already intoxicated, don’t go near matches or lighters. Stay in control of your faculties—no matter how tempting it may be to let loose. Safety is so important, especially on this day.

Clean Up Afterwards

When you’re done celebrating, make sure you put your firework debris in a safe place. The EPA recommends collecting fireworks in a bucket of water, making sure they don’t dry out before disposal. Remember that fireworks are made from explosive compounds, so keep them far away from kids and pets! All in all, have a great 4th of July and be safe!

The Dangers of Mold in the Home and How to Remove It

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

women looking at mold You can contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights and Roseville / Carmichael. We are here for you for your mold mitigation needs.

Mold, also known as mildew, is a fungus that grows in moist and damp areas of the home, such as basements and bathrooms. It’s invisible to the naked eye, but it produces toxic spores and can be dangerous. If you notice mold growing in your home, it’s important to address the problem right away to ensure the safety of your family and protect your property from permanent damage. Here are some tips on how to remove mold in the home.

Why does mold grow?

Molds grow because they need food, water, and air. Molds spread quickly because they can live on almost any organic material. They are able to grow on: wood, paper, cardboard, cellulose materials such as clothing or carpeting, non-cellulose materials like leather or plastic. In order for mold to grow it needs moisture and a source of food.

Signs and symptoms

Mold can be difficult to spot, but if you know what you’re looking for, it shouldn’t be too hard. If your house has any signs of moisture problems—swelling walls or ceilings, cracked paint, water stains on wood or rust-colored mold growing on surfaces—or a musty smell and feel, you might have mold. Read your home carefully, as areas with little light or air circulation are especially prone to mold growth. Common places include basements, crawl spaces, attics and behind shower curtains.

The importance of dealing with it as soon as possible

Mildew, mold, algae - whatever you call it, it’s not something you want lurking around your home. While mold is a natural substance that can be found almost anywhere, some varieties are toxic and even lethal. Inhaling or touching toxic mold can cause allergic reactions worse.

DIY methods of removing mold yourself

One easy, safe way to remove mold is by using cleaners like Bleach. Mix 1 part bleach with 9 parts water and spray on affected areas. This will help kill off mold spores, but you may want to seek professional advice if you have breathing problems or are pregnant. While you can mix up your own solution at home, bleach may cause discoloration of some types of materials or damage surface treatments; it’s better for small jobs that don’t require precise measurements.

When should you call a professional?

Some mold removal jobs are easy enough for homeowners to tackle on their own, but you should call a professional if you suspect that any mold has made your home unlivable or is creating health problems. If you can see or smell mold, it’s time to call a pro. You can contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights and Roseville / Carmichael. We are here for you for your mold mitigation needs.

Water Restoration: Steps to Take When Your Bathroom Floods

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

green tile and tub A restoration company, like SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael can pull out the walls if needed, remove any mold that has accumulated

It can be devastating to come home and discover that your bathroom has flooded due to a malfunctioning appliance, or because of an issue in the plumbing. While these things happen occasionally, it’s always good to be prepared with the right steps to take when this occurs. In this article, we’ll go over some of the water restoration steps you should take if your bathroom floods, including ones you can take right away and others that should be handled by the professionals.

Before you do anything else, turn off the water
The most common reason for flooding is a clogged drain or toilet. To cut off water flow, first try shutting off any main valves in your home. If that doesn’t work, turn off the main supply valve if you can find it. Otherwise call a plumber as soon as possible.

Once the flooding stops, clean up what you can
While you’re waiting for help, let as much water out of your home as possible. Use towels, rags and other household items to absorb water from carpets, floors and furniture. Be aware that anything with a grain, including wood and fabric, can mold if left wet for too long. As soon as any flooding has been removed from your home or building, work to dry it out completely.

Save any valuable items that may have been damaged

As soon as you realize your bathroom is flooding, remove any items that could be affected by water. This includes toiletries. These can be expensive items if they’re damaged, and there’s no need to risk further damage by leaving them in a flooded room. If it looks like a flood will continue, you may want to consider moving valuable items up higher on cabinets or shelves so they won’t get completely submerged. You may also want to take pictures of your valuables before you move them so that insurance companies have records of what was moved and when it was moved; sometimes photos are necessary for filing claims.

See what caused your plumbing problem

The first step in how to deal with a flooded bathroom is, obviously, identifying what caused your plumbing problem. If it’s due to a burst pipe or leaky faucet, you know you’ll need repairs (and insurance should cover them). But if it’s because you flushed something down your toilet that shouldn’t have been flushed—like a hairbrush or paper towel—you might be able to take care of things on your own.

If there’s been any structural damage, call in a professional contractor

A restoration company, like SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael can pull out the walls if needed, remove any mold that has accumulated and replace everything so it’s as good as new. If you want to save money on labor costs, you could do some of these tasks yourself (just be sure you know what you’re doing). If there are no structural issues and your bathroom is just wet from a flood or leaky pipes, makes sure you dry it out properly and watch for any mold or mildew.

5 Tips to Protect Your Home From a Fire

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire truck bumper 5 tips to protect your home from fire

When it comes to residential fires, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared. It only takes one unattended candle or a spark from the fireplace to start one of these fires, and once they get started, they can spread quickly, causing extensive damage to your home and belongings. To avoid finding yourself in this situation, use these five tips to protect your home from fire.

1) Check Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors save lives and can minimize fire damage. Always check that they are functioning properly—you should do it monthly and after every power outage. If you notice any irregularities with your detector, have it checked by a professional immediately. And always be sure you know where all of your detectors are located so you can react quickly in an emergency.

2) Keep an Exit Plan in Mind
Developing an exit plan for your home will keep you, your family and your pets safe from fire damage. Fire safety experts recommend everyone have a family escape plan at all times; know two ways out of every room in your house and make sure that you’re familiar with them. The last thing you want is to panic in an emergency situation, so spend some time becoming acquainted with your house layout and planning escape routes.

3) Do Not Leave Cooking Unattended
Whether you’re boiling water for tea or cooking dinner, it’s easy to get distracted. Even short periods of inattention can lead to disaster. To keep your home safe from fire damage, keep that stovetop covered and never leave cooking unattended.

4) Keep Matches Away from Children
The leading cause of fire-related injuries in children is igniting matches. Don’t allow children to use lighters or strike matches, even if they appear old and dry. Keep all matches out of sight and away from young kids who might play with them or try using them as toys.

5) Store Lighters and Candles in Safe Places
Keep lighters and candles in locked cabinets or on high shelves, away from children. Be careful with matches—keep them away from children as well. When you’re done using them, put them out completely by dousing with water. If you have a gas stove, don’t light burners with the pan on top—the flame could jump onto your countertop and start a fire. Unplug appliances when they aren’t in use; never leave them running while you sleep.

6 Common Reasons for Water Damage in Homes - Don't Let These Surprises Sneak Up on You!

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

dishwasher If you’re noticing signs of water damage in your home it might be time to get an updated model or review for issues before a water issue occurs.

Water damage can be catastrophic, especially if it occurs in your home. The more you know about the causes of water damage, the better equipped you’ll be to avoid it in the future and to quickly and effectively deal with it should it occur. Here are six common reasons for water damage in homes and some tips to help you avoid them or handle them properly if they do happen to strike your home.

1) Failing to Drain Sink Drains
A common cause of water damage is blocked sink drains. If you have a double-sink and both are working, but there’s a bit of water sitting at one of your sinks then it’s possible that you have a blockage. Check with your local hardware store for drain cleaners, which can remove debris from drains and get them flowing freely again. A good idea is to also buy drain rods which can unblock stubborn problems if all else fails.

2) Clogged Drains
Drains have a tendency to get clogged up with hair and dirt, which can lead to water backup and damage. It’s important to regularly clean out your drains and make sure there isn’t anything lurking inside. Even when you do clean them, make sure they are not clogged. When you discover a clog, take care of it right away.

3) Bathtub Faucets that Leak
When it comes to small bathroom sink or tub faucets, they can be a problem area. If you live in an older home, it’s likely that your bathtub faucet is over 20 years old. While that’s not uncommon, these fixtures have a limited life span of about 20 years. What may start as a small drip can turn into a large leak quickly, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage—or worse.

4) Obstructions Causing Foundation Leaks
As time goes by, you may find your foundation drains starting to experience leaks. This could be caused by objects that have fallen into them and are blocking your drain lines. Take a close look at your foundation drain lines, and take note of any items that could have found their way down there. Be sure to remove any obstructions quickly before they can cause expensive water damage to your home’s structure.

5) Leaky Roofs
A leaking roof can cause a lot of damage over time. The wood around a leak will rot, and lead paint can be ruined by water. If you spot water stains that appear to be making their way from your ceiling to your floor, it might be time to call a professional. They’ll check for leaks and fix them as soon as possible.

6) Outdated Appliances
A home appliance is any machine or device that’s meant to do a job around your house. So, not just washers and dryers but also dishwashers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, ventilators, etc. If you’re noticing signs of water damage in your home – mildew-like mold growing around an old dishwasher for example – it might be time to get an updated model or review for issues before a water issue occurs.

How to Prevent the High Cost of a Small Water Leak

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

running faucet A small water leak can lead to big problems if it’s not addressed immediately.

A small water leak can lead to big problems if it’s not addressed immediately. These leaks can add up over time, meaning you’ll pay more in the long run than you would if you were to address the issue as soon as it occurs.

What is a small water leak?

While it might not seem like much at first, water damage can quickly escalate into significant issues if left untreated. Consider, for example, what happens when one of your home’s windows sustains a small crack—or let’s say you have a leaky faucet. You might notice some water damage on an adjacent wall or flooring in your bathroom or kitchen. But consider how many hours, days, and weeks that small leak occurred before you found it.

When do I need to call my plumber?

A small water leak can add about $40-$50 to your monthly utility bill. To make sure that you know when it’s time to call your plumber, read these three signs that you have a leak in your pipes: (1) one room in your house is consistently much colder than others; (2) water pressure has changed; and (3) there are wet spots on your ceilings or floors.

Not all leaks are easy to detect

Sometimes, you have no idea you have even lost water! But if your home or office has suffered from an undetected leak, you could be paying up to 10 times more on your water bill than you should. This is because leaks take time to register—and by then, it’s too late.

Once you’ve addressed your small leaks, take preventive measures

Tighten your faucets, replace any worn washers in faucets and showerheads, and turn off all taps when you’re not using them. Consider installing water-saving showerheads or aerators on faucets. Running full loads only when they’re filled up will also help reduce your water use.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Carmichael and Roseville for Water Damage

Flooding and water damage can happen instantly, and if it does, you need quick action. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 for an immediate response! Learn how SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Carmichael and Roseville goes above and beyond to ensure that our customers have everything they need to get their lives back as quickly as possible when disaster strikes.

Make Sure Your Business is Prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

ERP sign Study shows that about 50% of companies shut down after a disaster.

Many businesses do not adequately have a solid emergency response plan to tackle disasters. Study shows that about 50% of companies shut down after a disaster.

A storm or fire can cause a devastating blow to a business—the more reason to secure your business with an Emergency-Ready Profile (ERP). Having an ERP makes it easy to tackle the disaster quickly before it escalates. Many commercial properties have emergency safety systems but don't know how to use them effectively. However, staff training on how to use safety equipment is valuable, and showing staff members what to do immediately if there's a fire outbreak or a flood to mitigate the impact.

With an ERP set in place, people will know the immediate course of action to take should there be a disaster. What to do and how to get the job done are critical things to be noted. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael continuously educates business owners on preparing them for water and fire damage. This is to help commercial owners survive the disaster mitigate and restore damages.

The benefits of having an ERP are sharing helpful information like escape routes, gathering points, etc, and keeping documents safe before they get destroyed. The documents necessary to the business must be saved electronically on the cloud, and the physical copy must be kept in waterproof storage.

Have a detailed building map that shows the structural details of the building. The emergency plan is encouraged to be practiced by all workers for safety. Emergency exits should be chosen and boldly indicated. Emergency safety systems like a water sprinkler, smoke detector, fire extinguishers, pumps, and more should be kept in strategic places for use. Safety equipment should be inspected and maintained regularly to avoid a breakdown during an emergency. Set clear boundaries of activities to be done in office space. Restrict cooking and smoking to the kitchen and cafeteria.

It may be difficult for some businesses to design a fire safety plan. However, you can outsource it to professionals. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Carmichael and Roseville is present 24/7 to attend any emergency or consultation. Why not call us now to have agent work on your ERP.

Storm Damage Restoration Advanced Technology and Techniques

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment Contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael for your mitigation and restoration needs.

Damage restoration frequently faces new challenges that require innovative techniques and modern technology to overcome. Innovation and technology have aided the storm damage restoration process to improve efficiency. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, sets high and practical standards for cleaning and restoration companies.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael use modern technology to make restoration services easy and optimal. Our technicians are certified by IICRC and trained to handle any storm damage restoration process innovatively, using all sorts of equipment at their disposal. Depending on the scale of the damage, we have big and small equipment available to restore your property quickly.

Below is a few of the restoration equipment we use for our operations.

Moisture Detection and measurement equipment
We use moisture detection and measurement equipment to detect moisture content in the building. Infrared cameras detect hidden water through walls, ceilings, or floors. It measures the moisture level in a place, so we know where there's still work to do.

Other water restoration services equipment used to measure moisture saturation are hygrometers, sensitive moisture detectors, and more.

Water extraction equipment
No matter the level of the stormwater, we have powerful extraction equipment to speed up the water extraction process. We have truck-mounted and portable water extraction equipment submersible and gas-powered pumps for extracting water depending on its level. We handle both big and small water extraction swiftly with precision.

Drying equipment
Industrial air movers and dehumidifiers remove residual moisture from walls, ceilings, and floors. Proper drying prevents your furniture, walls, and floors from swelling and warping.

Odor removal and deodorization
Invading water leaves an offensive odor in the building. After draining the water and drying the building, the exasperating scent remains. The smell is removed by cleaning thoroughly with chemicals, disinfectants, and applying deodorants. We use air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorizing agents to remove airborne contaminants and give the building a refreshing scent.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael use various cleaning supplies. Our cleaning items are sanitizers, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments to clean and remove air pollutants and odors.

Contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael for your mitigation and restoration needs.

Why SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael Are The Best For Restoration and Mitigation

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

clock SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is committed to providing you with the best service for your home or office.

Are you searching for a fast, reliable, and efficient mitigation, cleaning, and restoration service provider for your property? You are in the right place. There are so many reasons why SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael are the best for restoration and mitigation. No one does it faster in responding to fire or water disasters.

It takes a lot of experience and professionalism to accurately measure, reduce, and restore damages caused by flood and fire outbreaks.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology for its operations. This gives us a competitive edge in the industry. Efficiency, speed, durability are qualities we offer to the public. Disaster poses a danger to both properties and the health of inhabitants, workers, and customers. This is why SERVPRO designed a particular cleaning program to help neutralize all threats caused by mold, microorganisms, bacteria, and more.

We help take off the mental stress and restore happiness.

Disasters cause lots of emotional and mental stress. Seeing one's lifelong investment destroyed in a short time is demoralizing. We care about our customers, and we do our best to make them smile again. After delegating and drafting a recovery and restoration plan, our team goes through every process with the client and constantly keeps them in the loop of the progress. We leave no stone unturned, especially in cleaning, and we add spark to the property.

24-hour Emergency Service 

We have a mobile presence in Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael. We'll be at your service quickly to help you any time of the day you need an emergency service or a consultation.

Highly Trained and Certified Technicians

Our technicians are constantly trained on new cleaning and restoration techniques and practices. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We put our customers first in all we do. Our technicians are trained in customer relationships and have fared excellently in that aspect. Many of our customers have testified to this fact.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville and Carmichael is committed to providing you with the best service for your home or office. Why not contact us today to put a smile on your face.