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What to Watch for if Lightning Strikes Your Home | SERVPRO® of Citrus Heights/Roseville

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

lightning strikes in dark stormy sky Storm and lightning damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with experience

A strike of lightning to the ground may look majestic, but it is also one of the most dramatic displays of a thunderstorm’s power. Structural, electrical and fire damage are all common following a lightning strike, and it is important to know how to prevent these things from occurring.

The Background on Lightning

An electrical charge is at the heart of all thunderstorms, as well as the heart of the thunder and lightning they contain. Lightning bolts are the storm expending some of this energy, either across the clouds or toward the earth.

As the atmosphere is a poor conductor, lightning typically travels through an object to get to the ground. It also typically will cause damage to the object it passes through, and homes are no exception.

What to Check for After a Thunderstorm

A home being struck by lightning provides the perfect pathways for it, in the way of electrical wires and water pipes. This is why the ways lightning can damage a house leave very specific signs to look for:

1. Electrical damage. Reaching up to 500,000-degree temperatures, it is not unheard of for lightning to ignite a building on impact. However, it can also cause serious electrical damage, increasing the risk for a future fire to arise. If lightning has struck your home, have an electrician do an inspection for hot spots.

2. Electronic operation. A home’s electrical system is not designed to handle the voltage a lightning strike produces, which can cause serious damage to anything plugged into the wall. Check appliances and electronics after a strike, and install surge protectors as a prevention method.

3. Structural damage. Thunder is a result of lightning striking across the clouds, as the shock waves reverberate through the air. These powerful waves also exist when lightning strikes the ground, causing serious structural damage such as cracks in a home’s foundation. A thorough inspection should be done after each storm to evaluate damages.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Flood Risks to Your Busines

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Not only is your property at risk but so is your merchandise.

Weather has been unpredictable in Citrus Heights, one day it can be sunny and the next there is a rain storm. Storms can cause unforeseen disasters to your business. Flood risks are real threat to your business especially during storm season. It can destroy your buildings, equipment, and even inventory.

The worst part is that most polices do not cover flooding. Even a few inches of water can cost thousands of dollars in damage. It can ruin carpets, walls, machinery, and merchandise.

At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we try to save as much as we can to avoid replacing as much as possible. No job is too large as we specialize in large loss disaster recovery. We can get to your business within hours and remove out the water to stop the damage in its tracks. Saving as much as your property is our top priority. We quickly remove the items that can be saved and offer contents cleaning for items that are wet or damaged.  We can then assess the damage to your floors and walls. If necessary, we can replace all the walls and floors to make sure there is no damage. Whether your business has carpet or gym flooring we can replace and rebuild it. We offer full service from start to finish. Our experts at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Keeping Your Pets Warm During Cold and Rainy Seasons

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

With cold and rainy days ahead, it is important to not only keep yourself warm but also your pets.  Like us they can suffer from hypothermia and frost bite. Their paws are in direct contact with the ground and their ears are exposed but there are a few things you can do to make sure your furry friend is safe.

Pets living outside should have a dry and draft-free house where it can lie down comfortably but small enough to hold its body heat. It should be raised a few inches off the ground and have cedar shaving or straw. Make sure the entrance is not facing the wind.

Your pet’s food bowls should be switched to plastic. Your pet’s tongue might freeze to the bowl if it is metal.

When using anti-freeze make sure they are out of reach of your pet. Anti-freeze tastes sweet but is deadly to your pet. If they step in it, they might lick it off their paws. There are pet friendly products you can use.

Keep your pets safe in this cold weather.

Stay Safe After a Storm

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can be dangerous even after they have passed.

Storms can be dangerous even after they have already passed. The damage they leave behind can leave unforeseen damages behind. Be sure to follow the tips below to make sure you and your family stay safe. They are very simple but can be extremely helpful during the next large storm.

Do not enter buildings that sustained structural damage.

Do not swim in flood waters.

Avoid using candles or open flames in doors.

Locate and keep your fire hydrant handy.

Try to keep your pet indoors and on a leash if they are outside.

Stay away from damaged trees and broken limbs.

Shut off the gas if you smell it.

Storms continue to be dangerous even after they have passed so be sure to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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.

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

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.

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.

You can count on SERVPRO for Flood Restoration

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Floods are dangerous, be careful!

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

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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

What NOT to Believe About Flood Damage in Roseville Homes

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Be Prepared for the January Micro Storm In Citrus Heights

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

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.
 
 

How Flash Floods Can Start In Roseville

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Help is on the Way!

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

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