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Exterior Pipe Safety Tips

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Is Your Citrus Heights Business Prepared

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Be Prepared in Case of an Emergency

Up to 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. This usually happens because the amount of damage was too large and was too expensive to recover from. Your business should be prepared to minimize the damage to your business so that doors can open back for business.  

There are a few things you can do make sure your establishment is ready.

Continuity Plan

Business that do reopen after a disaster most had a preparedness plan. You must identify the components of your business that are essential for it to continue running. Prepare a plan with the appropriate staff as well. Your staff must know who and what should happen in the case of an emergency.

Prepare your Emergency Plan

Have a plan in place. Letting SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville prepare an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) will help minimize the damage by having a quick response to an emergency. Knowing what and when to do will ensure that the right steps are taken.  Something as simple as just knowing where the shutoff valves can save you from extensive water damage.

Review Your Insurance

Make sure you are familiar with your insurance. You need to know who to call when you need answers regarding your business. Understanding your policies will help you be able know what is not covered and reassess if your needs require more coverage.

Cyber Security

The physical damages to your property but also internal damage to important files and data. Be sure to have all your data backed up.

Contents Cleaning After Water Damage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

We will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

How the Mold in Your Roseville Home Can Be Affecting Your Health

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

With wet months ahead, mold can easily enter your home through windows, vents, and even through your pet. Once inside your home it can grow anywhere there is moisture and unless proper precautions are in place it can cause an infestation that can lead to respiratory illnesses. We have trained, certified, and experienced mold remediation on staff to implement these safeguards in your home.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can be growing into colonies that may produce allergens and irritants inside your Roseville home that can cause respiratory tract symptoms, coughing, and wheezing. Allow us into your home to tailor a mold remediation plan for your current outbreak and to minimize future outbreaks.

SERVPRO crews use a protocol approved by the EPA to manage mold damage effectively with a three-prong attack on mold damage. First, we find and contain all evident mold colonies. We keep uncontaminated spaces mold-free by misting the existing mold to prevent it from floating through the air, erecting physical barriers, or using negative air pressure machines during clean up. Second, the mold is removed completely, including porous items it infiltrated. We encase and dispose of the actual mold colonies according to local codes. Third, spores stirred up settle and we wipe them down with a detergent solution or vacuum up using HEPA filters.

Once the mold damage is removed and areas cleaned, the final step is to eradicate the moisture problem that fed the spores. Our staff will inspect for plumbing leaks, clogs in HVAC drainage systems, condensation around AC units or refrigerators, and other sources of water. Abatement of the water problems is the best protection against future mold damage. We test for moisture levels and recommend reduction of air humidity levels of over 60 percent using ventilation, dehumidifiers, or a combination of strategies. 

Contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville when you suspect mold growth in your home. Call (916) 966-2601 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

Evacuation Plans For Fire Emergencies

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Having an evacuation plan in place can help saves lives and property. When a fire emergency happens, a frenzy can happen causing confusion, injury, and property damage.

It is important to know in case of an emergency whether evacuation is necessary, or one should shelter in place. This is true for both commercial and residential buildings.

In commercial buildings you must make sure employees have knowledge of the exit and routes in case of emergencies. Fire can spread quickly, and the smoke caused by fire can quickly subdue a person so immediate evacuation is critical. Make sure to accommodate instructions to people with disabilities and people who do not speak English. When developing this plan, it is also important to consider a safe designated area where they should remain once they have evacuated the building.

Be sure to have a means of accounting for your employees. You need to make sure all have exited the building or be able to inform emergency response teams.

If an emergency does happen be sure to call the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville. (916)966-2601

Types of Water

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Vandalism at Your Commercial Building

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Vandalism is the intentional damage and defacement of property without the owner’s consent. It is unimaginable to think that someone would deliberately cause harm to your business or commercial business, but the reality is there are many people that do partake in this behavior.

If your property or business was a victim of vandalism be sure to report it immediately to your local police department. Vandalism usually begets more vandalism so be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to take care of the issue right away.

Buildings and properties that are unkept are a bigger target for vandalism. Be sure to keep your property tidy and well-lit. Even consider installing cameras to record perpetrators in the case of an incident.

Another way to deter uninvited people from entering your property is getting shrubs or fences.

Although it is inevitable to ensure vandalism doesn’t happen, these steps can help prevent it. If you should fall victim to vandalism, allow SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to help you with our many services below.

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville Ready When Disaster Strikes!

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Nature strikes with no warming. It can wreak havoc with storms on your property or business. We have a network of more than 1700 franchises nationwide and are ready for any size disaster. Our experts can clean and reconstruct any damage to your home caused by storms, flooding, fires or any type of disaster. Although it is impossible to prevent natural disasters we can offer you peace of mind with an Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville can offer your business or property an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). One of our experts will visit your property and create a concise Profile Document that contains critical information in case of an emergency. This no cost assessment of your facility will provide our crew with location of crucial shut-off valves, priority areas and contact information of your building so that when disaster strikes we can create an immediate plan of action to minimize damage.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so the during an emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville at (916)967-2500 to set up an ERP for your facility.

Rain Safety Tips for Your House

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

We will get up to 5 inches of rain in the area. Follow these rain safety tips to protect your home. They are simple can very effective at protecting your home against these harsh rain - Ensure that drains and gutters are clear of any debris, to reduce the risk of your gutters overflowing or bursting. It can not only cause flooding but damage to the structure of your house.
- Check doors and windows to check for proper seals. Fix all leaks. Water entering your house can have long term effect such as mold.
- Trim trees and foliage. It could potential fall on your home. We have seen many cases where entire trees come in through the roof of homes.

Follow these easy yet effective tips to keep your home safe from the rain.

Restore Versus Replace

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire your first instinct might be to want to clean up as soon as possible but you might be inadvertently causing more damage to your property and valuable. At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we pride ourselves in restoring as much as possible instead of replacing your property.

Do Not

Do not wash walls or painted surfaces. Using improper techniques or products can spread soot particles or create further damage.

Do not shampoo your carpet or upholstery. Leave this to the professionals.

Do not clean any electrical equipment. This could be dangerous to your family.

Do not send clothing or cloth materials to dry since it may set smoke odor if not done correctly.

As tempting as it may be to want to start the clean up after a fire it is best to leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

What is Mold?

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

You have probably seen mold on your old bread or worse your bathroom ceiling but what is mold? Mold is are fungi that grows in multicellular thread-like structures. There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi. Some are used in cooking and baking. Some are eaten in cheese, but some are hazardous to your health.

The reason you may see it around your home is that mold grows where there is moisture. Areas such as your kitchen or bath are hot spots. They can also grow in places you least expect it so be careful. They can also grow under your carpet.

Mold can have effects on you and your family. The people most vulnerable to the effects of mold are children, pregnant women, the elderly and with compromised respiratory systems.

If you suspect mold in your Roseville property call the experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to remediate your mold issues. (916)967-2500

Different Types of Water

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Commercial Restoration Expertise

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage disasters at Roseville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is specialized in dealing with small disasters or a large scale ones, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Safety is the most important thing for us, we make sure to reach safety levels as soon as possible so that your home or business are not disrupted.

We know that every minute spent is an minute of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Flood Proof Your Citrus Heights Home During Storms

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Citrus Heights has experienced flooding due to heavy rain and overfill from the rivers and creeks. When the rainy seasons hit make sure your home is prepared to minimize and avoid damage to your home.

Tips

Keep valuable items stored in higher grounds. Avoid storing them in basement.

Always ensure your gutters are cleaned. Clean gutters will control flow of rainwater to protect your home.

Consider investing in a sump pump for your basement in the case that water does flood your home.

These simple tips can help mitigate the damage to your home in the next storm.

Here to Help

Although a sump pump can help remove the water from your basement be sure to enlist the help of the experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to fully access water damage or in the case of substantial damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies. We can be at your home the same day to stop water damage in in its tracks. (916)966-2601

Avoid a Fire in Your Roseville Home

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can cause devastating damage to your home and property. In worst case scenarios it can even result in injury or harm to people. Below are the most common causes of residential fires.

Candles – Unattended candles are one of most common causes of fires. The holidays are the peak season for candle fires. Always make sure to store candles away from any items.

Cooking Equipment – Cooking brings people together but when cooking equipment is not handled properly it can cause a fire in your home. Fryers are the top cause of residential fires. Make sure to keep mittens and cloth materials away from stovetops. Periodically check on your food to make sure it is not burning.

Heating – Heating equipment such as furnace or heater are one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Keep an open space between the heating equipment of about three feet. Never use your oven to heat your home.

Smoking – Fire can easily start from the small embers of a cigarette. To avoid smoking related fire hazards always be careful when disposing of cigarettes. Never smoke in bed or in your car.

Children – Children accidently start fires that result in severe damage or worse. Make sure to teach kids not to play with lighters or matches. Children should also be taught how to respond to smoke alarms and use proper escape routes.

To help prevent fires in your home, install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, as well as a fire sprinkler system. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for all of your needs.

Soot Removal by SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Soot is a black residue that is left behind when various materials are burnt such as plastics, synthetics, foam and wood. It can easily spread and it important to not touch the soot until the SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville professionals arrive. You can be making it worse.

Removing Soot

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville uses the appropriate techniques to address the soot issue. Depending on the source of the soot different techniques are applied. Dry sponge or wet sponge methods are applied based on the recommendations of our experts.

At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we are trained and certified to mitigate and clean structures affected by fire or smoke, to request an inspection call us at (916)966-2601 or go to www.SERVPROcitrusheightsroseville.com.

Water Damage Signs You Should Never Ignore

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Do not ignore the water stains seeping through your walls or that sagging ceiling. It can be hidden signs of the extensive damage to your home.

Not removing wet or damp items can lead to mold in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause respiratory illnesses in you and your family. Items that have become wet must be properly treated or replaced. Our experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville are specialized in mitigating damages and doing the least amount of replacements as possible. With that in mind, it is best to assess the possible water damage as soon as possible.

Ignoring the signs can result in losing strength in the foundation of your home. An easy fix can turn to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. The water sign can also be a ticking clock to an eminent disaster that can damage your home and valuables within.

Unpleasant odors are also a sign of water damage that can be lurking in your home. Water can foster bacterial growth that results in a musty smell.

Peeling paint is a sign that water has seeped inside wall spaces. Drywall also saturates causing paint to lose adhesion.

If you have noticed signs of water damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Carbon Monoxide in Your Business: Silent Killer

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that is released when fuel sources do not burn completely. The sources of fuel can be oil, propane, gasoline, and even wood.  Even gas stovetops in your restaurant can be a source of CO if not used properly.  It can kill a person within minutes.

Carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and deprives your vital organs of oxygen. Not having the proper detection system in place can put your employees at risk of death.

Below are some tips to prevent carbon monoxide leaks.

Read the manufacturers’ safety and operating guidelines of the equipment used.

Keep your fuel-burning appliances and engines properly ventilated.

Educate your employees on proper fuel use. Also educate them about the hazards and symptoms of CO exposure.

Do not use fuel-powered equipment indoors. Open doors and windows may not provide the adequate ventilation.

Check that batteries are working in detectors and change at least twice a year.

Your business should have CO detectors or alarm systems in place in the case of CO buildup. Have one of our experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville perform an inspection to see how well your business holds up to CO detection standards.

Steps for Commercial Fire Restoration

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Each fire is different, and every commercial property requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire damage restoration situation:

Emergency response. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers 24/7 emergency response. You can call us any time and day. When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment. We want to be there as soon as possible to ensure no further damage occurs.

Inspection and assessment. We first ensure that the building is safe to enter. A building after a fire may look safe but it may be prone to collapse. We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.

Sealing the structure. Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.

Water removal. When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.

Surface soot and smoke removal. Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.

Cleaning and disinfecting. Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.

Restoration. Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Sacramento has seen cold. Some areas have even seen hard freeze warnings in effect. This can cause pipes to freeze. Not only are they a problem because they prevent the flow of water, but they can also burst. You can however take a few steps to help prevent them from freezing.

  • Keep the heat on. Try to keep the temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit even when you are not at home.
  • Seal up cracks and holes both on exterior and interior walls. This helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
  • Apply heating tape. Be sure to use the product’s instructions because it can also be dangerous.
  • Add extra insulation. Make sure pipes that are locate in basements and attics gave proper insulation.
  • Keep interior doors open. Pipes are usually in cabinets. By keeping cabinet doors open, the heat from the rest of the house can keep pipes warm as well.

When the temperature starts dropping low be sure to keep an eye on your pipes.

FAQ’s of Mold

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

What is mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of different molds. Molds grow best in humid and warm conditions.

What molds are most common indoors?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where can mold be found?

Molds can be found on any environment all year round. Indoors mold can be found where humidity levels are high such as basements or shower. Outdoors they can be found in shady damp areas where vegetation is decomposing.

What are recommendations?

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can. Moisture levels change throughout the day so be sure to use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep the levels low. This is true especially during the humid months.
  • Also, be sure that there is enough ventilation throughout your home.
  • Apply mold inhibitors to your paints before application.
  • Clean your bathrooms with mold killing products. Do not use carpet in bathrooms or basements.
  • Always remove or replace previously soaked carpets and clothe materials

If you suspect mold in your Roseville home call SERVRPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to assess your mold remediation needs.

Flood Preparedness and Response

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm can be dangerous they can create dangerous situations. They also can damage your property. It is important to be ready.

The first thing to find out is whether your home or property is prone to floods. You can ask your local public works about flood history.

If your home or property is prone to floods you can start by keeping emergency building materials. This would be plywood, sand bags, shovels, and plastic sheeting.

Also plan an evacuation route. You and your family should know the safest routes to shelters and out of harm’s way.

You should create an emergency supply kit. The kits should at least have these items:

  • Flashlight with batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Food and water are essential. The right cooking tools should also be included.
  • Keep cash and a credit card if possible.
  • A copy of local maps. During storms some electronic devices might not have service.

When considering storm emergency preparedness, it is helpful to follow the Five P’s of Evacuation.

People – Think of what a specific person or a pet might need in an energy.

Prescriptions – Consider keeping prescriptions as part of your emergency kit. Nothing would be worse than not being able to find necessary prescription and creating a life-threatening situation.

Papers – Make sure your important papers are in a safe area whether they be hard copies or digital copies.

Personal Needs – Clothing and feminine products should be kept as part of your emergency kit.

Priceless items – Secure priceless items in a safe spot. Although many things can be replaced some items may be irreplaceable.

The most important thing is your safety. Never compromise your safety during a storm. In the case that you and your family are separated during a storm be sure to have a communication plan in hand. Agree on a location to meet up.

The Experience for Your Citrus Heights Business

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for 24-hour service response team for your commercial needs. We know time means so we understand every minute counts. We have created the 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines to make sure you can return to business as usual.

Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville will contact you to arrange for service. We are available every day and all day. Within four hours of loss notification, we will have our professionals on-site to start mitigation services. Water leaks can seep into flooring and carpet in a matter of hours, so it is essential to get to your business to minimize the amount of losses. This can only cause damage but also disrupt business. Within the eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights has over 35 years of experience in the restoration business. We are trusted leader in the industry that will have your business back in service.

“Ready for whatever happens.”

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster. ERP’s are designed as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating and reconstructing the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Have a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Driving Force in Fires

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

The devastating effects of fire have been prominent in recent years. They can cause millions of dollars in damage and worse they can cause fatalities.

The driving force behind these fires are the dry conditions and the winds.  The most common causes of fires are power lines being blown down and arson. Once ignited the dry conditions are fuel to the fire. They spread fast and without warning. Fires are usually about 16 to 20 kilometers per hour. Strong winds in California make it move even faster.

Fires can go on for weeks as we seen last year. It is important to be always stay informed during fire emergencies.  To take some precautionary measures for your home, it is recommended to assess your home and property. Try to reduce the amount of material that can burn easily in and around your home by clearing away debris.

There is not much to do when it comes to a wild fire but keeping you and your family safe is the top priority.

Preventing Post-Flooding Mold at Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Post-Flooding Mold at Home Although the wall may appear dry, it can actually be wet.

This week’s rainfall has caused localized flooding throughout the Sacramento area. Many homes were flooded with inches of water. Mold can start to form in as soon as 24 hours. Even if the water damage seemed minimal it can cause devastating damage if it causes mold.

Even if your property and possessions seem to have dried you must properly assess them to see if they are salvageable.

Carpets are a problem because drying out does not remove the mold spores. Carpet with either mold or mildew should be replaced.

Wood furniture and other porous materials can trap mold and it might be necessary to dispose of them.

Non-porous items such as plastic and glass can simply be cleaned, disinfected, and reused.

An important thing to remember is mold thrives in moisture, so try to save items that have not been affected by the water. Putting blocks under furniture to raise off of wet flooring can be the difference between saving your favorite coffee table.

You can begin to clean and air out your home but drying a wet building should be left to professionals that know the science behind water damage and mold prevention. Mold can be dangerous to you and your family, so it is best to make sure mold does not grow in your home after a flood.

What to Do Until Help Arrives - Water Damage Emergency

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Is Your Roseville Business Prepared

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Up to 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. This usually happens because the amount of damage was too large and too expensive to recover from. Your business should be prepared to minimize the damage to your business so that doors can open back for business.  

There are a few things you can do make sure your establishment is ready.

Continuity Plan

Business that do reopen after a disaster most had a preparedness plan. You must identify the components of your business that are essential for it to continue running. Prepare a plan with the appropriate staff as well. Your staff must know who and what should happen in the case of an emergency.

Prepare your Emergency Plan

Have a plan in place. Letting SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville prepare an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) will help minimize the damage by having a quick response to an emergency. Knowing what and when to do will ensure that the right steps are taken.  Something as simple as just knowing where the shutoff valves can save you from extensive water damage.

Review Your Insurance

Make sure you are familiar with your insurance. You need to know who to call when you need answers regarding your business. Understanding your policies will help you be able know what is not covered and reassess if your needs require more coverage.

Cyber Security

The physical damages to your property but also internal damage to important files and data. Be sure to have all your data backed up.

Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies

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Fire Damage Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies Image Copyright OSHA

Having an evacuation plan in place can help saves lives and property. When a fire emergency happens, a frenzy can happen causing confusion, injury, and property damage.

It is important to know in case of an emergency whether evacuation is necessary, or one should shelter in place. This is true for both commercial and residential buildings.

In commercial buildings you must make sure employees have knowledge of the exit and routes in case of emergencies. Fire can spread quickly, and the smoke caused by fire can quickly subdue a person so immediate evacuation is critical. Make sure to accommodate instructions to people with disabilities and people who do not speak English. When developing this plan, it is also important to consider a safe designated area where they should remain once they have evacuated the building.

Be sure to have a means of accounting for your employees. You need to make sure all have exited the building or be able to inform emergency response teams.

If an emergency does happen be sure to call the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville. (916)966-2601

Contents Cleaning After Water Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contents Cleaning After Water Damage Our crew will make sure your items are all accounted for.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers contents cleaning to ensure that your personal belongings and valuables can be restored instead of replaced. This could save you money and also preserve irreplaceable valuables.

SERVPRO will give you peace of mind with our Content Claims Inventory Service (CCIS).  Using digital photos and inventory system we can make sure your items are accounted for. Our experts take a room-by-room inventor of your belongings. The items are placed into three categories: salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Then you can decide on items that are in question.

Our professionals are trained to try to restore as much as possible rather than replace. Once we have assessed which items are salvageable we take the best approach to restore your salvageable items. They can either be cleaned on your property or taken back to our SERVPRO facility.

For the best and most reliable water damage cleanup and restoration of your property call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is Ready When Disaster Strikes!

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Nature strikes with no warming. It can wreak havoc with storms on your property or business. SERVPRO has a network of more than 1700 franchises nationwide and are ready for any size disaster. Our experts can clean and reconstruct any damage to your home caused by storms and flooding. Although it is impossible to prevent natural disasters such as a storm we can offer you peace of mind with an Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville can offer your business or property an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). One of our experts will visit your property and create a concise Profile Document that contains critical information in case of an emergency. This no cost assessment of your facility will provide SERVPRO crew with location of crucial shut-off valves, priority areas and contact information of your building so that when disaster strikes we can create an immediate plan of action to minimize damage.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so the during an emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville at (916)966-2601 to set up an ERP for your facility.

Restoring Versus Replacing After a Fire in Your Roseville Home

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Versus Replacing After a Fire in Your Roseville Home Leave fire damage restoration to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville

After a fire your first instinct might be to want to clean up as soon as possible but you might be inadvertently causing more damage to your property and valuables. At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we pride ourselves in restoring as much as possible instead of replacing your property.

Do Not

Do not wash walls or painted surfaces. Using improper techniques or products can spread soot particles or create further damage.

Do not shampoo your carpet or upholstery. Leave this to the professionals.

Do not clean any electrical equipment. This could be dangerous to your family.

Do not send clothing or cloth materials to wash since it may set smoke odor if not done correctly.

As tempting as it may be to want to start the clean up after a fire it is best to leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Prevent Mold in Your Citrus Heights Home While on Vacation

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold in Your Citrus Heights Home While on Vacation Mold can be growing in your kitchen without you knowing.

While preventing mold in your home may be part of your regular cleaning routine what are you to do when you’re gone on vacation. While you are off vacationing on the beach, there could be mold growing inside and around your home.

Gutters – Keep your gutters clear to allow water flow. The water needs to be leading water away from your house.

Temperature – Set your AC between 78-80 degrees. Any less than that will not dehumidify and anything lower will create cold surfaces where moisture can collect.

Standing Water- Check around your toilets, shower stalls, and washing machines for any water that could potentially grow mold while you are away. Make sure there are no leaks or faulty faucets.

Clean – Clean your home thoroughly before your vacation. Make sure there is no furniture is not blocking AC grills. Air must be able to flow freely.

Follow these simple rules to help protect your home from mold growing while you are on vacation.

Remember mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, if you return home to find mold call the experts of SERVPRO Roseville/Citrus Heights to remediate your mold problems.

Three Types of Water

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Keep you and your family safe from the dangers of contaminated water. Below are the classifications of water to help you identify the waters that may be harmful to your family.

Clean Water:

This is water that does not hold a threat to you or your family. It is water that can come from a broken pipe and that can be considered clean. This water however, can quickly turn into the next category, grey water within 48 hours if it becomes contaminated.

Grey Water:

This water is category two and may pose possible health risks to your family. Grey water could be water from anywhere but that has been sitting for more than 48 hours. Examples of this water would be aquariums, waterbeds, and clogged sinks.

Black Water:

Black water is a definitive health risk. This water includes floodwater and sewage water. Sewage is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and even viruses. These viruses can have very harmful effects.

Keep your family and yourself safe from the dangerous of contaminated waters. Contact our team at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville for the most safe and effective water removal.  (916)966-2601

Vandalism to Your Commercial Building

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Vandalism is the intentional damage and defacement of property without the owner’s consent. It is unimaginable to think that someone would deliberately cause harm to your business or commercial business, but the reality is there are many people that do partake in this behavior.

If your property or business was a victim of vandalism be sure to report it immediately to your local police department. Vandalism usually begets more vandalism so be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO Citrus Heights/Roseville to take care of the issue right away.

Buildings and properties that are unkept are a bigger target for vandalism. Be sure to keep your property tidy and well-lit. Even consider installing cameras to record perpetrators in the case of an incident.

Another way to deter uninvited people from entering your property is getting shrubs or fences.

Although it is inevitable to ensure vandalism doesn’t happen, these steps can help prevent it. If you should fall victim to vandalism, allow SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville to help you with our many services below.

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Mold in Your Roseville Home Can Be Affecting Your Health

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Roseville Home Can Be Affecting Your Health Mold can easily thrive in your bathroom.

With wet months ahead, mold can easily enter your home through windows, vents, and even through your pet. Once inside your home it can grow anywhere there is moisture and unless proper precautions are in place it can cause an infestation that can lead to respiratory illnesses. SERVPRO has trained, certified, and experienced mold remediation on staff to implement these safeguards in your home.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can be growing into colonies that may produce allergens and irritants inside your Roseville home that can cause respiratory tract symptoms, coughing, and wheezing. Allow us into your home to tailor a mold remediation plan for your current outbreak and to minimize future outbreaks.

Our crews use a protocol approved by the EPA to manage mold damage effectively with a three-prong attack on mold damage. First, we find and contain all evident mold colonies. We keep uncontaminated spaces mold-free by misting the existing mold to prevent it from floating through the air, erecting physical barriers, or using negative air pressure machines during clean up. Second, the mold is removed completely, including porous items it infiltrated. We encase and dispose of the actual mold colonies according to local codes. Third, spores stirred up settle and we wipe them down with a detergent solution or vacuum up using HEPA filters.

Once the mold damage is removed and areas cleaned, the final step is to eradicate the moisture problem that fed the spores. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville staff will inspect for plumbing leaks, clogs in HVAC drainage systems, condensation around AC units or refrigerators, and other sources of water. Abatement of the water problems is the best protection against future mold damage. We test for moisture levels and recommend reduction of air humidity levels of over 60 percent using ventilation, dehumidifiers, or a combination of strategies. 

Contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville when you suspect mold growth in your home. Call (916) 966-2601 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage in Roseville Garden Supply Shops

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial  Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage in Roseville Garden Supply Shops When SERVPRO technicians mitigate flooding disasters, we make sure that the moisture level is reduced and that sanitary conditions are also restored.

When Your Commercial Property Suffers Flood Damage, SERVPRO Will Be There To Help


Flooding can affect even those businesses that sell products that are dependent on water to ensure many products are viable. Bulbs and seeds do not need to be soaked for them to begin sprouting. Increased moisture can become trapped inside packaging and trigger germination soon after flooding commences.

In Roseville, flood damage can happen from external sources, requiring that floodwater residue be removed and sanitation ensue after, or clean water can also be the source of water woes. In garden shops, however, fertilizers and other chemicals used in gardening can turn water from Category 1, which is relatively clean, to Category 3, which is considered to be contaminated with a high risk to people.

When SERVPRO technicians mitigate flooding disasters, we make sure that the moisture level is reduced and that sanitary conditions are also restored. To complete this, we remove standing water and work toward smaller levels of moisture-elimination as quickly as possible.

We would like to start at the humidity level, but this is impossible because moisture travels from wet areas to dry areas. Because equilibrium can never be achieved when there is a source of moisture, we must eliminate from largest to smallest – from standing water to puddles, then on to wet areas, and eventually from dampness to higher humidity.

Sanitizing everything includes cleaning every contaminated surface and also the air. The air must be cleaned, so that not only is breathing pleasant but also safe. Contaminants produce appalling odors for a reason - they are not safe to breathe in, especially on a regular or continuous basis. This is true for garden shops even when the water that created the disaster is from a pipe or other heavy water leak.

While there is no possible way to un-sprout bulbs or seeds, we can set these items aside so that you can reduce your loss as much as possible by selling them, or using them another way by donating them to a local non-profit. We may have IICRC certifications in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), but we are also experienced in the disasters that can affect any business, and we can help you solve the problems that come with these disasters.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


When your garden supply shop has experienced flooding that threatens to wash your business away, call us, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville, at (916) 966-2601. Emergencies and disasters have no off-hours, so we never close, making us always available, even on holidays.

Water Damage Mitigation

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Mitigation Commercial Water damage mitigation

Water damage to merchandise is hurtful for any business, but small shop owners are often hit the hardest. The loss of some or all inventory to water damage can be devastating, and it may well be that saving your goods is a top priority in the wake of commercial water damage, be it from clean or murky water. SERVPRO has access to a number of advanced cleaning and restoration tools and techniques, and contacts to help repair many more items, so be sure to ask us how you may be able to save inventory when you call.

Fabrics

For clothing and fabrics, SERVPRO has a cache of high-performance machinery and specialty techniques to help them avoid the worst of your commercial water damage in Carmichael. In some cases, a thorough wash will be sufficient; we keep high-capacity and thorough industrial-grade washing machines available for just such a task. For more delicate work or items that can't go through the wash, however, we are also able to apply specialty cleaning solutions (such as hand-applied foam scrubs) and contract out work to local dry cleaners. Depending on the situation and type of water damage, fabrics may also need very little or no cleaning at all.

Electronics

If your store sells electronics, it can be difficult to come to terms with the loss of these items. Electronics are, of course, valuable and highly vulnerable to water damage. However, a total loss may be avoided, and we often employ contractors to help restore and refurbish water damaged electronics. In most cases, these devices are then sold off individually (often online, on platforms such as eBay and Amazon) or sold to a bulk buyer who does this on a regular basis.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville  is committed to helping business owners save money in any way possible after a disaster. For fast and affordable restorations, call us at (916) 966-2601.

Preventing Water Damage

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage Exposed water damage before containment.

January through March of 2017 have been some of the wettest months on record. Sacramento County Board of Supervisors issued a local state of emergency effective for 30 days on Tuesday in response to the series of storms, with heavy rainfall throughout the Sacramento, Roseville and Citrus Heights Area’s.


Most homes are at least slightly at-risk for flood damage, but in many cases, multiple factors in the topography, environment, and positioning of the home can increase risks and lead to more frequent flooding. However, there are also some factors which can also significantly reduce the chance of your home being flooded, and prevent many calamities from happening in the first place. Here are some considerations to make when trying to determine how likely it is your home will be flooded in the future. 


Storm Drains


Most streets in Citrus Heights and Orangevale have curbs with storm drains that help to keep any water on the roadways out of people's private property, these may become inundated and overwhelmed during a flooding scenario. If your home is near near a storm drain make an effort to monitor the flow and check the drain for debris that could plug the flow of water.


Location


One of the most important factors in determining how much risk of flood damage your Citrus Heights or Roseville home is in is often the topography of the home and surrounding areas. At its simplest, a high elevation relative to surrounding areas for your home will reduce the risk of flooding, but lower elevations will increase risk. However, other factors can also cause problems, such as positioning between two large hills or wide, open flat areas. Your home is generally at its safest if it is high in elevation, at least relative to homes surrounding it.


Sandbags


Careful positioning of Sandbags around the perimeter of your home can greatly reduce your risk of water damage. Sandbags are provided for Citrus Heights Residents through the general services department, with information on the Citrus Heights website.


What should I do if I have water damage?


Call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville immediately and we will respond with a plan of action to manage your residential or commercial flooding damage from start to finish. We are a full turn key solution for flooding damage cleanup and restoration with the experience, the training and the equipment to evaluate the situation and return your home to you, dry and restored. 


Call today! (916) 966-2601

Commercial Client Benefits

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Client Benefits Water Damaged Office Space

Multi-family, Residential and Commercial Property Managers

 

If you work in the property management industry you understand the value of a quick response and fast turn around time when it comes to an emergency situation. A quick response time can mean a reduction in the size and scope of the damage, It can also mean the difference between having a chance at saving business critical documents and equipment for the clients that are most important to you.

 

Multi-family, residential and commercial properties throughout the region have seen better days. Despite proper maintenance, many 30 to 50 year old structures were in danger of slowly succumbing to the severe showers saturating Sacramento in early spring.

 

Carmichael experienced record setting rainfall, causing intermittent flooding throughout the area. Strong winds ravaged roofs, hurling twisted limbs and branches into gutters, which sagged under the weight of rainwater. Our crews were out mitigating various types of water damage, remediating and restoring apartment complexes, commercial offices, retail establishments, and government property.

 

Commercial Client Benefits

 

Choosing SERVPRO of Carmichael for your commercial damage mitigation accrues you benefits not limited to:

 

 

    • Working with you to tailor the solution to you, priding ourselves in accurate and straightforward communication.

 

    • 34 years of experience sets us apart from the competition, we are the leader in commercial damage mitigation.

 

    • Every large commercial loss is supervised by a local commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

 

    • The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

 

 

We are Faster to Any Disaster!

 

An extra wet winter meant SERVPRO of Carmichael answered the call for commercial property managers in the following areas:

 

 

    • Crosswoods

 

    • Greengate

 

    • Sunrise Oaks

 

    • Sierra Gardens

 

    • Hillcrest

 

    • Crest Haven

 

    • Sierra Vista

 

    • Lead Hill

 

 

Call us today!

 

Contact the Commercial Fire and Water damage experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael when you discover damage at your business. Call (916) 967-2500 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

You can count on SERVPRO for Flood Restoration

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You can count on SERVPRO for Flood Restoration Count of SERVPRO of Carmichael for your water damage restoration.

The US knows all about floods. Every year, a major storm or hurricane (sometimes several) rampages along the coast and causes hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. These incidents leave homeowners feeling helpless because it is tough to prevent water intrusion at such a depth and volume.

Fortunately, restoration teams like SERVPRO are on hand to pick up the pieces after flooding. While flood damage in Carmichael homes is unpleasant, it does not have to be permanent. We have all of the skills and tools that you need for effective repairs. We clean wet carpets (if not contaminated), scrub stained walls and eliminate bad smells.

Today, we are going to clear up some myths about residential flooding. So, keep reading to find out more about certified flood damage restoration.

Restoration is a Luxury
Whether your home is full of standing water or just residually wet after flooding, it is at risk of further damage. Where there is moisture, there is a risk of rust, rot, and mold. The difference between drying items yourself and having the experts do it is that we remove as much liquid as is technically possible. We remove all of the water that you cannot see with the naked eye; in the air, in your fabrics, in your HVAC system, etc. True restoration does begin with pumping out floodwater, but that is only the first step. We do this so we can get to the hidden sources of moisture. For SERVPRO, the job starts with drying on a molecular level, via dehumidifiers and air movers.

Restoration Means Drying
Drying is clearly the most important part of flood damage remediation. However, it is not the only service that we offer. In fact, our company provides a comprehensive restoration package. The aim is to try and bring your home back to its pre-flood condition, "Like it never even happened." So, our technicians may have to repaint, apply new plasterboard, and lift carpets to dry subflooring.

In the past, we have replaced damaged wood, supervised the removal of asbestos, and worked with a wide variety of insurance agents, contractors and professionals. Depending on the task, we may suggest a third party for repairs, SERVPRO partners with others to provide a seamless full service to you.

Real Experts Can Save Almost Anything
The thing to remember about flood repairs is that they depend on a large number of different factors. In many cases, the liquid is gray water. It is likely to contain debris, chemicals and bacteria, but we can dry and clean it and return items to their former condition. Unfortunately, this is not true of black water, high in hazardous materials. Black water contains sewage or highly toxic materials. We can clean non-porous items because the danger sits only on their surface. However, porous materials (curtains, carpets, drapes, clothing, soft toys, etc.) absorb toxins and require safe disposal. Where essential structural materials are involved, we can organize appropriate repairs.

SERVPRO of Carmichael offers a local service. We provide flood damage repairs to residents in the Carmichael, Citrus Heights and Roseville areas. Whether your flooding is an emergency or a minor problem, our technicians can solve it. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500.

Fire Damage near you

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage near you Fire Damage in Citrus Heights

While the last thing anyone would ever want to do is take something away from the services that our firefighters perform on a daily basis, putting the fire out is only the beginning. Homeowners often get stuck with communicating damages that they do not understand, to a restoration company they do not know or have never used before. How can you tell whom to trust?


First, it is never too early to contact a local restoration company near Hillcrest to discuss fire damage or other services that they have available. The company you contact should be more than willing to explain what they can do for you and answer any questions that come to mind.
 
Take the time to research your local company fully, discover everything you can about them and make sure that you feel comfortable about using them before you let them perform any restoration services on your property. It does not hurt to form a relationship with a company, like SERVPRO, before emergency issues become necessary, the right company is willing to help you prevent as well as recover.
 
Just keep in mind that checking for certifications is important, the company you use should be IICRC certified and follow rigorous safety and restoration guidelines provided by the EPA and OSHA. These certifications show proof that the technicians performing repairs in your home have the correct training and specialize in restoring your home to a quality condition.
 
SERVPRO offers a variety of services including, fire, water, storm, and mold remediation services. They help you manage the entire situation from beginning to end and help you get things under control quickly. However, one of the most valuable services anyone can offer is safety.
 
Before any work begins on your property, SERVPRO technicians fully inspect the surrounding area looking for any possible hazards that exist. Electrical, structural, and slip – trip and fall hazards are all too common. Keeping you, your family, and our team of technicians safe during your restoration process takes priority.
 
Looking for help with fire damage restoration, contact us for help. SERVPRO of Carmichael can give you the services you need and get you the peace of mind you deserve. (916) 967-2500

Benefits for Commercial Clients

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Benefits for Commercial Clients A broken water main resulting in partial foundation replacement.

Multi-family, Residential and Commercial Property Managers


If you work in the property management industry you understand the value of a quick response and fast turn around time when it comes to an emergency situation. A quick response time can mean a reduction in the size and scope of the damage, It can also mean the difference between having a chance at saving business critical documents and equipment for the clients that are most important to you.


Multi-family, residential and commercial properties throughout the region have seen better days. Despite proper maintenance, many 30 to 50 year old structures were in danger of slowly succumbing to the severe showers saturating Sacramento in early spring.


Citrus Heights and Roseville experienced record setting rainfall, causing intermittent flooding throughout the area. Strong winds ravaged roofs, hurling twisted limbs and branches into gutters, which sagged under the weight of rainwater. Our crews were out mitigating various types of water damage, remediating and restoring apartment complexes, commercial offices, retail establishments, and government property.


Commercial Client Benefits


Choosing SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville for your commercial damage mitigation accrues you benefits not limited to:



  • Working with you to tailor the solution to you, priding ourselves in accurate and straightforward communication.

  • 34 years of experience sets us apart from the competition, we are the leader in commercial damage mitigation.

  • Every large commercial loss is supervised by a local commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

  • The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.


We are Faster to Any Disaster!


An extra wet winter meant SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville answered the call for commercial property managers in the following areas:



  • Crosswoods

  • Greengate

  • Sunrise Oaks

  • Sierra Gardens

  • Hillcrest

  • Crest Haven

  • Sierra Vista

  • Lead Hill


Call us today!


Contact the Commercial Fire and Water damage experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville when you discover damage at your business. Call (916) 966-2601 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

Mold Prevention in Citrus Heights

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention in Citrus Heights The mold was safely removed from a Citrus Heights business.

Mold Prevention in your Home or Business


Mold Damage Remediation is not something you should try yourself, especially if the damage is occurring at your business. Restaurant owners and managers should take particular caution when commercial health code standards are as strictly enforced as they are in Citrus Heights. Spores are always in the air and on top of surfaces indoors, and you, your staff, and your customers also carry them into your eating establishment on clothing and footwear. Simply reacting each time you note some mildew or mold is ineffective.


Let's develop a plan


Invite us to work with you to design a mold remediation plan that manages a current outbreak while also minimizing the chance of mold damage in the future.  In most cases, the contamination can be isolated to a single room or area of the business, apartment or single family home. If the mold has grown into or started in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, then certain steps must be taken to keep mold from spreading further.


Let us handle everything


SERVPRO crews use a protocol approved by the EPA to manage mold damage effectively. Expect a three prong attack on mold damage.



  • First, we find and contain all evident mold colonies. Other areas of your business need not close down in most cases. We keep uncontaminated spaces mold-free by misting the existing mold to prevent it from floating through the air, erecting physical barriers, or using negative air pressure machines during clean up.

  • Second, the mold is removed completely, including porous items it infiltrated. We encase and dispose of the actual mold colonies according to codes local to the Roseville, Sacramento, and Citrus Heights areas.

  • Third, spores stirred up settle and we wipe them down with a detergent solution or vacuum up using HEPA filters. Once the mold damage is removed and areas cleaned, the final step is to eradicate the moisture problem that fed the spores. SERVPRO staff will inspect for plumbing leaks, clogs in HVAC drainage systems, condensation around AC units or refrigerators, and other sources of water. Abatement of the water problems is the best protection against future mold damage. We test for moisture levels and reduce air humidity levels using ventilation, dehumidifiers, or a combination of strategies.


Call us today!


Contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville when you suspect mold growth in your home or business.


Call (916) 966-2601 to set up an appointment for an inspection and consultation.

What happens after your Roseville Fire

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What happens after your Roseville Fire Recent fire damage to a Residential Property.

In 2016 Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department reported a total of 2,662 confirmed fires for the prior year, that’s approximately 7 fires a day in the Sacramento Area. The 17 year old fire department utilizes 37 Fire Engines, 27 Ambulances, and over 40 other special purpose vehicles to protect an expanse including Antelope, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Elverta, Fair Oaks, Florin, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rosemont, Sacramento, Sloughhouse, Vineyard and McClellan Airfield.


The Roseville Fire Department; with an estimated 128,000 people living within its 36 square miles of jurisdiction, keeps it’s 8 fire engines at ready to respond to more than 12,000 emergency calls every year.


It’s likely that you or someone you know has had a very bad day, and the brave men and women of the fire department were there to help, and for that we can all be grateful. 


But what happens next? 


First visit our page on what to do immediately after you've experienced fire damage.


When it comes to cleaning and remediation of property with fire damage, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights /  Roseville first determines which cleaning methods to use on the various surfaces and materials in a structure. Structural items include framework, ceilings, doors, windows, floors and floor coverings, bath fixtures, cabinets, light fixtures and the HVAC system.  In simple terms, if something can't be carried out of a building, it is considered structure.


All materials and surfaces fall into two categories: Washable and Non-Washable.


Washable - These materials and surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. This is possible because using one will not further damage the item or surface (floor or wall) being cleaned. We maintain an extensive inventory of cleaners for every type.


Non-Washable - These are materials and surfaces that cannot be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. Doing so would cause further damage to the material or surface. Non-washable methods include dry solvent, dry sponges/cloths, and vacuums.


Over the years, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville has seen many examples of what can happen when an unqualified company or individual tries to tackle fire damage restoration. The assumption, for many, is that cleaning and removing damaged items is easy. The truth is it’s hard work that requires special equipment and techniques. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville technicians are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – (916) 966-2601

Look Out For Water Damage In Your Citrus Heights Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Look Out For Water Damage In Your Citrus Heights Home The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO.

Watch For These Signs of Water Damage in Your Citrus Heights House


Water damage is sometimes obvious. The damage is easy to see after a flood, a burst pipe, or an overflowing toilet or sink. Water damage also happens in less noticeable ways. This is caused by an undetected leak or seepage. Some key causes of water damage are a damaged pipe, a leaking washing machine or dishwasher, seepage from your garden, and a leak in your roof or guttering. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to deal with water damage from any source and restore your home.

Water damage in your Citrus Heights home is unpleasant and causes harm to your belongings and the structure of your home. Look out for these common signs of water damage:

Water Pooling


Always look for the cause of any pool of water, no matter how small. A pool of water means something in your home has leaked, or water has got in from the outside.

Mold


Water damage causes mold. Look out for telltale signs of mold in your home or on your belongings.

Stains On Ceilings Or Walls


Water damage often leaves behind a discolored stain. Be aware of any new stains on your walls or ceiling.

Unpleasant Smells


Unseen water often stagnates and causes an unpleasant smell. A musty or moldy smell is an indicator of potential water damage.

Sagging Walls or Ceilings


The build up of water over time saturates wall and ceiling materials and eventually causes them to sag. Walls or ceilings that have suffered enough water damage to buckle are unsafe, and it is vital to seek professional assistance at once.

Damp Floors


Damp floors are a sure sign of water damage. Obvious signs include wet patches or stains on floors of all kinds and visibly damp areas on wood floors. Check carpets and rugs regularly for damp patches and lift them up to check underneath.

The first thing to do when you notice water damage is put in a call to SERVPRO. Our IICRC trained technicians arrive fully equipped to assess the extent of the problem and devise the most effective drying plan for your home. We have both truck-mounted, and free standing pumps to remove water. Our teams bring air movers and dehumidifiers to aid the drying process. Our aim is to dry out your home and belongings - “like it never even happened.”


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SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is on hand to help with water damage to your home. Call (916) 966-2601 for assistance.

Being Safe with Mold in Roseville

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Being Safe with Mold in Roseville Let the certified SERVPRO technicians contain and remediate mold on your property.

Take Precautions When Encountering Mold on Your Property


No matter how you discovered mold on your property or how long you have been exposed to it, proper safety precautions must be followed and observed as soon as you are sure of mold's presence. Mold can cause health effects. If contamination is extensive or a particularly dangerous strain of mold is present, heavy safety precautions or vacation of the property may be necessary to ensure your safety and health. However, those come with the advice of SERVPRO technicians and inspectors. In the meantime, try to observe these precautions when near mold damage.
 
Wear a Mask
 
Using a face mask may protect you from most of the worst types of harm from mold damage in Roseville. Whether it is a large, full-face mask or a small, mouth and nose only mask, anything that helps to filter the air you breath can likely stop most mold spores and prevent most health effects. SERVPRO technicians always wear a mask of some kind when dealing with mold, and you should, too.
 
Never Touch Mold
 
Never touch mold under any circumstances. In addition to potentially harmful spores, mold may also produce toxins that can rub off on your hand if you try to clean or remove it yourself. Let our technicians and inspectors handle the mold, as they have specialized gloves and equipment designed to protect from mold and training to avoid its more dangerous aspects.
 
Pay Attention to Breathing and Your Body
 
If you find yourself short of breath, gasping for air, wheezing, or otherwise impaired in your breathing, you should leave the area immediately and inform one of our employees of the situation. The same advice goes for any feelings of lightheadedness or sleepiness. Any abnormal health effects should be considered dangerous and potentially life-threatening, especially with large or uninspected mold cases.
 
SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville deals with mold so that you do not have to. If you have further questions or need our help dealing with mold damage, give us a call at (916) 966-2601.

Floods are dangerous, be careful!

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floods are dangerous, be careful! Image Copyright FEMA

Flooding is the process by which normally dry land becomes inundated with water from rivers, lakes, oceans and streams. Flooding occurs near rivers, coastal areas with overly saturated soil.

Flooding can create a range of issues including damage to personal property, buildings, bridges, and roads. One should expect service disruptions, managing injuries and potential death.

Due to the spontaneous nature of flooding, your best protection is preparation.

Here are some flood tips to consider:

  • Avoid walking through floodwaters.
  • Just six inches of water can knock you down, and two feet can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a change of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Remember your safety and the safety of those around you depends on you knowing where to go and how to reach higher ground on foot.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights and Roseville and Carmichael specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after flooding. Call us today! 916-966-2601

National Wear Red Day American Heart Association

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

General National Wear Red Day American Heart Association Go Red For Women!

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights and Roseville stands in support of the American Heart Association.

By wearing red on February 3rd, our team hopes to highlight The American Heart Association’s efforts to better inform the public. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths every year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

We encourage you to know your risk, and understand the factors that increase the risk of heart disease.

We also encourage you to get involved, by showing support on National Wear Red Day, or by visiting The American Heart Association's website and learning what you can do to help.

What NOT to Believe About Flood Damage in Roseville Homes

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What NOT to Believe About Flood Damage in Roseville Homes Moisture from Storms Damage Homes in Roseville, Contact SERVPRO for Help

Rely on SERVPRO for Roseville Flood Restoration

The US knows all about floods. Every year, a major storm or hurricane (sometimes several) rampages along the coast and causes hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. These incidents leave homeowners feeling helpless because it is tough to prevent water intrusion at such a depth and volume.

Fortunately, restoration teams like SERVPRO are on hand to pick up the pieces after flooding. While flood damage in Roseville homes is unpleasant, it does not have to be permanent. We have all of the skills and tools that you need for effective repairs. We clean wet carpets (if not contaminated), scrub stained walls and eliminate bad smells.

Today, we are going to clear up some myths about residential flooding. So, keep reading to find out more about certified flood damage restoration.

Restoration is a Luxury
Whether your home is full of standing water or just residually wet after flooding, it is at risk of further damage. Where there is moisture, there is a risk of rust, rot, and mold. The difference between drying items yourself and having the experts do it is that we remove as much liquid as is technically possible. We remove all of the water that you cannot see with the naked eye; in the air, in your fabrics, in your HVAC system, etc. True restoration does begin with pumping out floodwater, but that is only the first step. We do this so we can get to the hidden sources of moisture. For SERVPRO, the job starts with drying on a molecular level, via dehumidifiers and air movers.

Restoration Means Drying
Drying is clearly the most important part of flood damage remediation. However, it is not the only service that we offer. In fact, our company provides a comprehensive restoration package. The aim is to try and bring your home back to its pre-flood condition, "Like it never even happened." So, our technicians may have to repaint, apply new plasterboard, and lift carpets to dry subflooring.

In the past, we have replaced damaged wood, supervised the removal of asbestos, and worked with a wide variety of insurance agents, contractors and professionals. Depending on the task, we may suggest a third party for repairs, SERVPRO partners with others to provide a seamless full service to you.

Real Experts Can Save Almost Anything
The thing to remember about flood repairs is that they depend on a large number of different factors. In many cases, the liquid is gray water. It is likely to contain debris, chemicals and bacteria, but we can dry and clean it and return items to their former condition. Unfortunately, this is not true of black water, high in hazardous materials. Black water contains sewage or highly toxic materials. We can clean non-porous items because the danger sits only on their surface. However, porous materials (curtains, carpets, drapes, clothing, soft toys, etc.) absorb toxins and require safe disposal. Where essential structural materials are involved, we can organize appropriate repairs.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville offers a local service. We provide flood damage repairs to residents in the Roseville area. Whether your flooding is an emergency or a minor problem, our technicians can solve it. Call us 24/7 at (916) 966-2601.

Mold Damage Remediation in Roseville

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Roseville From inspection to remediation, SERVPRO technicians complete the job to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained Using the Most Effective Mold Remediation Methods


Many renters and homeowners fear the word 'mold.' The imagination goes immediately to what some people call Black Mold and are worried that they will lose their homes and property. Excessive mold growth is a rare occurrence and normally seen only in structures abandoned for an extended period.

Mold damage in Roseville is a much smaller concern when dealt with by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has decades of experience in finding, cleaning and removing mold from apartments, houses, and condos.

Mold is in the air of every structure in Placer County except for special, clean rooms such as surgical bays. In most cases, it is entirely harmless to people, animals, homes and other property. What triggers a mold growth is an increase in moisture which helps microscopic mold spores expand and begin to grow, looking for a food source.

The first step is an inspection. Our inspectors examine every visible surface for traces of mold and use air content meters to help determine the origin of the infestation. Each step is recorded to include taking digital photographs and samples.

Once our inspectors discover mold, they determine if it is toxic or non-toxic. They accomplish this by testing the air quality inside a home. If it tests as non-toxic, then residents can return to natural areas of the home as our technicians clean and remove the mold.

To begin removing the mold growth, we first isolate the affected area. Technicians secure plastic sheeting over all openings and set up an area for workers to remove cleaning suits to prevent spreading mold spores to other parts of the home. They also block all vents and seal off access to the HVAC system until the mold has been neutralized and removed.

While cleaning occurs, other technicians establish negative pressure in the affected area. Exhaust fans are placed at exit points such as windows to blow all spores loosened by the cleaning process out of the home.

Every surface in the affected area is wiped down and cleaned from ceilings to floors. If mold is on carpets or walls, then technicians determine if these items are salvageable or if must be disposed of outside the structure. We have an extensive inventory of anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaners that are safely used on ducts, furniture, walls and other personal property.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is a locally owned franchise. It is our privilege to serve our neighbors and help them through a disaster. If you suspect you have an old infestation, call us at (916) 966-2601 today to schedule an inspection.

Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Businesses In Roseville

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Businesses In Roseville Protect Your Place of Business in Roseville with Fire Extinguishers

SERVPRO Works Hard to Get Your Business Reopened After a Fire

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items.
 
You may think that fire damage like this put this Roseville shop out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them. SERVPRO highly recommends to keep fire extinguishers handy and available throughout your establishment.
 
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors.
 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean.
 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean.
 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly.
 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored.
 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean.
 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices.
 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains.
 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality pre-loss condition.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Citrus Heights - Roseville for assistance today. (916) 966-2601

Be Prepared for the January Micro Storm In Citrus Heights

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for the January Micro Storm In Citrus Heights SERVPRO Advice: Be Prepared for a Micro Storm in the Citrus Heights Area

SERVPRO Is Prepared to Help You If Emergency Services Are Needed Following the Micro Storm

A severe weather pattern, carrying torrential rains, ice, and snow, at higher elevations, will pummel the West Coast for up to a week beginning January 7, 2017. Significant amounts of precipitation threaten the most dangerous flooding the northern portion of the Central Valley has experienced since at least 1997 if not 1986. Drought-lowered reservoirs may overflow and aquifers will become supersaturated, unable to absorb the rain predicted to fall. Up to 16 inches of rain are expected, triggering widespread flooding and mudslides. Save SERVPRO's number on your phone right now to ensure a call that delivers the full menu of solutions we offer if storm damage and flooding jeopardize your Sacramento area home and safety over the next week.
 
Residents of Citrus Heights must be ready for this micro storm, protecting the outside perimeter of your property with sandbags provided by their municipality or home improvement outlets if you live on the floodplain. Safeguard the contents of your home by moving items to the upper levels of your dwelling, or raising them off the floor with pallets or shelving. Cover valuables and porous furnishings with plastic sheeting, for an added measure of protection, should roofs or windows fail during the micro storm. Check storm drains on the streets near you property before the heavy rain begins. If leaves, branches, or other debris block them, take the time and effort to clear the curbside grids. This debris removal will help the sewer system in your neighborhood reduce standing water, a proactive measure that takes a little time to do, yet may provide big benefits.
 
Visit our website for other crucial tips to ready your home and family for the demands of the coming storm, and any damage that follows. Prepare mentally, including devising a plan to evacuate your home safely should officials demand you move and the conditions require it. SERVPRO has weathered severe storms and flooding in your area before, standing ready to formulate an immediate plan for your property if the worst happens. We are monitoring the micro storm and will mobilize a Disaster Recovery Team to assist you and your neighbors as the damage reports begin accumulating. Your local franchise has the resources of a nationwide network of flood and storm damage professionals. Experienced restoration technicians, with the equipment and materials necessary to return your home to pre-storm condition, are awaiting instructions to respond to your area's potential disaster right now.
 
With SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville on speed dial, you take the first step toward normalizing the devastation that may follow the weekend's micro storm. Call (916) 966-2601 to reserve your priority status as our Disaster Recovery Team moves into action.
 
 

Even Small Fires can Create a Lot of Smoke and Fire Damage in Sierra Vista

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Even Small Fires can Create a Lot of Smoke and Fire Damage in Sierra Vista Small fires can produce considerable damage. Call SERVPRO after any fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Remediate Both Fire and Smoke Damage

Many house fires begin in the kitchen as small fires that then spread out of control and into other areas. When a small fire starts, being able to extinguish it before it can spread can help save your home. It does not take much of a blaze to cause substantial amounts of smoke and fire damage.
 
While the fire may have been in a rather small area, Sierra Vista residents will often notice that smoke damage covers a much larger area in their home than the fire damage does. SERVPRO technicians engage in ongoing education that prepares them for these and other situations that can damage your home, regardless of the size.
 
Fire damage caused by kitchen fires often produces oily smoke that adheres to almost everything in your home. Along with this heavy smoke, odors can permeate into your wood paneling, carpeting, and furniture. Because this type of odor is caused by solid particulates that will take a very long time to break down, the smell can be overpowering at times, especially when the humidity or temperature is elevated.
 
In addition to repairing burned and scorched walls, cleaning smoke-infused curtains and draperies, and cleaning your carpets after a small fire, SERVPRO technicians are able to also eliminate much, if not all, of the odor. Much of this odor elimination will be done by our carpet cleaning technician's (CCT) work, but a great portion of the smoke will be in other areas of your home.
 
Odor elimination can be carried out in several ways, including the injection of your carpeting in strategic patterns with deodorizing liquids, equipment that produces ozone, which will break down solids much more quickly than normal, or gel packs that are placed in locations inaccessible to children or pets so that their contents can slowly be released into the air.
 
If you have recently had a small, or large, fire in your home and want to repair the damage, call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville, 24/7, at (916) 966-2601. We can help you regain the comfortableness of your home again, from top to bottom, while satisfying both your eyes and nose.

Long-Term Damage from Leaks To a Crosswood Property

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Long-Term Damage from Leaks To a Crosswood Property Rusty Pipes in Crosswood Can Lead to Major Water Damage

Do Not Ignore A Small Drip Until It Becomes a Large Water Damaging Development

Leaks are a seemingly benign form of water damage, as they often happen slowly and silently. If water doesn't pool up or leak somewhere it's not supposed to; leaks may go unnoticed or even be ignored after their discovery. This unwanted water or moisture can lead to a variety of problems, causing long-term and serious damage in many cases, even if water has an escape route and doesn't pool. These forms of damage are familiar sights for SERVPRO teams called in for a single leak.

Oxidation
Oxidation occurs when certain metals come in contact with water, or sometimes oxygen in the air. Rust is one of the most visible types of water damage in Crosswoods. It is very common to see oxidation. The oxidized form of iron is very visible when the iron is bare and visible in many homes, being used in appliances, furniture, structural fixtures, pipe exteriors, and many other places near water lines. Although rust is by far the most commonly seen form of oxidation by SERVPRO technicians, you should also be on the lookout for other spots of discoloration or warping on metal that line up with any leaks.
 
Wood Weakening
When wood is exposed to water regularly over an extended period of time, it begins to deteriorate. Damp wood is a prime growing spot for mold and other fungi, which eat away at it and in the long run can destroy the material. Some types of wood may also warp or disintegrate with regular application of water, and if these are supporting beams, the consequences may be serious for your home.
 
Chemical Leakage
Many leaks are found behind walls or in unseen places, which also tend to contain many sources of chemicals and water-soluble mixtures. In some cases, a leak may pick these up and carry them off, potentially harming other parts of your home and perhaps causing health hazards.
 
SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is local IICRC certified specialists in damage restoration and repair. Call us at (916) 966-2601 for our help restoring your water damaged home or business.

Commercial Water Damage Is Manageable In Citrus Heights

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Is Manageable In Citrus Heights Commercial water damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly to get back to business!

SERVPRO Technicians are the Only Crew that you Need to Get Back to Business

You are all set, the building that you purchased for your new store front looks fantastic, and with a few final touches, you will be ready to move in on Tuesday. It is getting very exciting now; you are telling all of your friends and announcing everything to the media, or social media depending on the depth of your advertising budget. The phone rings and your stomach sinks and you get a feeling that something is wrong. On the other end, it is someone from your office, they tell you that the pressure test for your new suppression system that you had installed had a little mishap, your regular maintenance crew does not know what to do or how much damage was done in total.
 
Luckily our professionally trained commercial water damage technicians in Citrus Heights are only a phone call away. We can be at your office within four hours and get started right away inspecting and assess the damage to your property.
 
You make the call, and SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property and determine that the extent of harm is limited to a single sprinkler in an upstairs office. Even though the sprinkler was only on for a few seconds before your maintenance crew realized it was happening and turned it off to prevent further damage, the water still had a chance to drip into one of the new fancy changing rooms you had installed downstairs.
 
Our SERVPRO personnel goes right to work; we move all of the items found in the upstairs office to a safe location outside where they can dry and go to work removing any excess water. Next, we use specialized equipment and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture hidden throughout the space. Including the moisture that slipped through the small seams that you cannot see that lead to the changing room below.
 
Now that we have the water under control and our SERVPRO technicians have begun the drying process, all secondary damage has stopped. Once it is all dry, we can repaint and repair any of the damaged areas. You will not need to call any other companies to perform the repairs; we have expertly trained staff that can do it all.
 
The entire restoration process that we implement to handle accidents like the ones described here only take a few days to fix, not weeks. We will have you back on track in no time and prevent further delays to the opening of your shop.
 
Our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights - Roseville is here when you need us. Put our training to the test anytime - (916) 966-2601

How Flash Floods Can Start In Roseville

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flash Floods Can Start In Roseville Flash floods are, as the name implies, difficult to predict and often deadly in their intensity.

Flash Floods

Flash floods have become increasingly common in America, due in no small part to the seemingly endless growth of civilization and infrastructure. Flash floods are, as the name implies, difficult to predict and often deadly in their intensity. There are numerous ways that flash floods can form, many of which are caused or fueled by human development. Typically, you'll have a few hours' notice before a flash flood hits, at most, so take warnings seriously and don't get caught in a dangerous situation.

Saturated Or Dry Soil
The most common cause of flash flooding remains rooted in the soil conditions of an area being hit by a major storm. If the soil is particularly dry or saturated with recent rainfall, it may be overwhelmed with the addition of more water, forcing the creation of runoff and leading to large-scale flood damage in Roseville. Especially with drought conditions, these types of floods can happen relatively often.

Overflowing Dams And Infrastructure
Another cause for flash floods originates in dams and other water-based infrastructure. Should the water overflow from a large structure such as a dam, it can come flowing out in high enough volumes to cause a flash flood. This may also happen with natural banks and river bends as well, so be mindful if your home is near a water source. This has been a problem in Roseville's past, and multiple floods have formed in this way in Sacramento since the city was founded.

Street Overflow
Smaller flash floods can occur sporadically on some streets if drainage infrastructure is incorrectly placed or maintained. During torrential rains, asphalt will not absorb any water, and if the drains can't adequately dispose of extra water, it often has nowhere to go but nearby residential lots.

Being watchful for unexpected storms and flash flood warnings could save your life, so be sure to take any future warnings seriously. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is always ready to help clean up and restore your home after the damage is done. Call us at (916) 966-2601.

Why Mold Damage in Roseville Homes May Be Hazardous

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage in Roseville Homes May Be Hazardous SERVPRO Is the Answer to Grappling with Mold Infestations in Roseville

SERVPRO Can Safely and Efficiently Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

At SERVPRO, we are committed not just to eradicating mold damage, but also to educating homeowners about why it happens. We believe that knowledge is key to preventing new problems from developing in the future, so getting to grips with the basics is important.

You should know, for example, not just that mold damage in Roseville homes can be harmful, but also what the physical symptoms are. That way, you can identify sources of trouble quickly and seek the right kind of assistance. We want to stress that, while mold damage can compromise physical health, a calm and measured response is always best.

This guide to some of the potential effects of persistent mold will explain why it needs to be tackled safely, by professional remediation experts.

Why a Speedy Response Is Important
As soon as you suspect that you have mold damage in your home, you need to call the removal experts at SERVPRO. You may not develop any visible symptoms, as a result of contact with an affected area, but it is still important that you steer well clear of it. Mold, particularly in very damp conditions, may cause health effects.

If there are very young or elderly occupants in the house, you are advised to leave after you have arranged for SERVPRO to carry out an inspection. Infants, the elderly, and those with existing medical conditions are at a significantly greater risk of the potentially negative effects of an infestation.  At the very least, you need to stay away from the affected room or area to help prevent the spores from spreading. Few mold species are a threat to our health, but be safe and avoid exposure when possible.

Some Common Physical Symptoms
Ordinarily, the physical reactions to mold are either nothing or quite mild but still unpleasant. Once again, this is why remediation should be carried out quickly. Symptoms may develop, but are they from the mold or an allergen in the air? SERVPRO technicians have training in best practices of the IICRC to deal with mold issues, primarily to the structure and contents of a home.

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is a local company so that we can arrange a same day inspection over the phone. Call us 24/7 at (916) 966-2601.

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage In Citrus Heights

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage In Citrus Heights SERVPRO can find the right cleaning method for your fire damaged items! Call today!

Technicians Use the Appropriate Method to Clean Each Material Type

When your home has suffered fire damage, many of your possessions will need to be cleaned. SERVPRO technicians are trained in a range of methods matched to the type of material that shows signs of soot, dirt, and residue from chemicals used to fight the fire. During the cleaning and restoration process, you will see a variety of different strategies used to clean the contents of your home depending on the best way to remove fire damage from each type of item. Your technicians will share with you the reasons certain techniques are better for some items than others. We carefully assess each situation presented inside your house and proceed according to our certifications and experience.
 
The range of techniques used for fire damage in Citrus Heights moves from gentle to aggressive, each type selected by the degree of soiling and the characteristics of the materials affected. Light soiling and pretreating for more intensive cleaning often involves a dry cleaning with dusters, vacuums or special sponges. Surfaces that are solid yet permeable may receive a spray and wipe treatment with water or our cleansers to clean while limiting added moisture. Special circumstances call for the use of foam cleaning, often employed on absorbent materials like upholstery and bedding. If an item can be saturated without further harm, our technicians may use plain water or add in a cleaning agent to thoroughly remove heavy deposits of soot and other residues from some materials.
 
When an item is significantly coated with soot or a thick mixture of smoke, dirt and chemical residues we may need to use abrasive products and methods to remove the effects of the fire. Our staff is trained to use all due caution with this method as it can harm finishes, the technician achieving a balance between effective cleaning and limiting damage to your possessions. If appropriate, SERVPRO also offers immersion cleaning for objects that can handle being soaked. We also use ultrasonic tanks that combine cleaning solutions and water with the power of sound waves and heat to clean items. Special training is required to complete ultrasonic cleaning successfully, and our team will always include staff who are experienced and certified in this technique. A one-size-fits-all approach is never used when we commit to cleaning your fire damaged possessions.
 
A personalized approach to fire damage cleaning is what you receive from SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville. Call for an inspection at (916) 966-2601, and we will respond within hours 24/7.

Water Damage Can Creep Up as Moisture Seeps In

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Creep Up as Moisture Seeps In Moisture Leads to Water Damage in a Roseville Property

SERVPRO Suggests to Maintain a Reasonable RH to Limit Water Damage to Your Property

Water is a complicated thing. We all need it, as do animals, to live. It can take the form of three different phases: gas, liquid, or a solid, depending on the temperature. It's found all over the planet, although much of it is dirty or contaminated. It's relatively easy to clean and make potable again, however, if the correct equipment or chemicals are accessible. But water can also cause lots of damage.
 
Water damage in Roseville can originate from many different sources. As ice, water can damage roofs and the shingles, cause blocked gutters to crack and break, or expand water pipes in a home to the point they burst. As a liquid, water can flood an area in a home, come gushing out when a frozen pipe has burst, backup into your basement from the sewer or overflow from the toilet or washing machine. It can also cause interior walls to warp, deteriorate and peel their paint and wallpapers when a leak upstairs has allowed water to run down the interior of walls on lower floors.

As a gas in the air, in the form of humidity, water can still create problems for homeowners by offering a conducive condition for the growth of mold and to dampen building materials.
 
Changes in the seasons can be a time of rising humidity levels, and summer can be a time when children's swimsuits get left in places they shouldn't be, creating a moisture increase in an already warm location. Cooking soups and stews in the winter can also have the same result. Ventilation is the key to eliminating the excess moisture. A dehumidifier, especially one that creates little air movement, can help decrease humidity in a home. Ensuring that the line drains correctly is also vital.

SERVPRO personnel can assist you with this, in both the original set-up and also the maintenance, if any is required in the future. There are other ways to reduce and control moisture in your home that we would be happy to explain to you. An assessment can be of great value.
 
When water damage is something you're experiencing, or even just concerned about, call us. We're SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville, and you can reach us anytime, day or night, at (916) 966-2601.

Help is on the Way!

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Help is on the Way! Damage

Emergencies like #fire, #smoke, #water or #vandalism damage will usually strike your facility without warning. Man-made disasters such as security threats and natural disasters such as #hurricanes, #tornadoes and #floods can also occur with little warning. Immediate response in a critical situation can save thousands of dollars in reduced structural and secondary damages and company down time. It may also allow your company to resume normal business operations faster, helping eliminate the many problems associated with extended business interruptions and down time. The quicker your company recovers, the better your chances for getting back to business as usual. Our qualified Disaster Recovery Team members will help with a plan to get you back in business. Call us today 916-966-2601

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Community Relay for Life Relay for Life

Join our team for the Citrus Heights Relay for Life and helpl us in the fight against cancer. Call today @ 916-966-2601

Dare to Prepare

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General Dare to Prepare Mobile Command Center

Dare to Prepare Day in Citrus Heights at the Sunrise mall. Learn why you should be prepared and how to recover once it's over. Business owners, come by to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile. Loss of customer loyalty and branding are often more damaging than the disaster itself. Let us prepare you, and be "Ready for whatever happens!"

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