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Call SERVPRO If You Find Mold

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Image shows mold growing on sheetrock If you find mold in your home or commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO. We are Here to Help.

Most people think mold is just something in your house that looks nasty in the bathroom or around window frames. And while most people know that mold can be dangerous, they don’t really know what mold is. 

Mold belongs to the fungi family.  This nasty element can thrive almost anywhere.  Studies performed have shown that over 50 percent of homes and businesses have moisture present, which is a prime harvesting spot for mold.  Mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.  Excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  This can be from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When these water issues are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. 

As the seasons change and rain mixes with colder temperatures, there is an excess of moisture. This extra amount of moisture can open the door to fungal growth which thrives in damp areas.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis are experts at handling water damage and know that prompt action is required to prevent and eradicate mold growth before it becomes worse.

If you think you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis at (707) 724-8977; we will help you restore your home or business to a healthy condition.  

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Family in Case of Emergency

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

With temperatures climbing, the risk of residential and wildfires increases each day.  All families should have an evacuation plan in place in case of emergency.  Here's a few tips to keep in mind when creating your own evacuation plan.

*Designate an emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. Ideas may be a local fire station or City Hall.

*Plan out several different escape routes from your home or community.  Practice these so everyone in your family is familiar with these routes.  

*If you have pets or large animals, have a plan in place to move them quickly if necessary.

*Print out a list of all the phone numbers of your family members, in case you get separated from your cell phone, and keep them in your wallet or with you at all times. Many of us rely on our phones to automatically dial our contact list and don't have important family members' and friends' phone numbers memorized.  

The most important thing to remember is to be prepared and stay calm in the event of an emergency.  Having the plans in place to respond to a fire or evacuation of any kind will help everyone be safely reunited with their loved ones. 

Protect Your Home While You Are On Vacation

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

This summer looks to be a big travel season.  If you plan on traveling for more than a couple of days, you should make sure your home is properly protected while you're away.  It is common to check and double check to make sure that each window and door is properly locked, but you may be missing a couple of steps that will ensure your home is truly safe while you and your family are elsewhere. One key element to home safety while you are on vacation is to ensure that your home doesn’t look like you are gone.  Here's a few easy steps to not inadvertently alert others that your home is empty.  

  1. Suspend mail and newspaper services. 
  2. Arrange for lawn care services while you are gone. This will help make your home seem less abandoned to strangers.
  3. Install exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars.
  4. Set up lights inside your home to automatically come on in the evening to give the impression that someone is inside the home. Be sure to have them turn off at a reasonable bedtime.
  5. Leave a radio playing inside your home so that sounds emanate from your home if someone comes to your front door. Give the impression to someone outside that there is someone inside.
  6. Wait to post vacation pictures on social media until you return home.  No need to advertise to everyone that you aren't home.

Hopefully these tips help to protect your home and give you more peace of mind during your next vacation.  If you do come home to some unwanted news, like a water leak from your bathroom or kitchen, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis.  We are Here to Help.  (707) 724-8977.

Tips on How to Protect Your Building From Water Leaks

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Undetected water leaks can cause a great amount of damage, especially if they continue for an extended period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak. 

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis.  We can help find where the water is coming from and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 707-724-8977.

3 Easy Ways to Prevent Fire is Buildings

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires. 

  1. Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading.  Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
  2. Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it is working correctly.
  3. A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.

Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.

If you do experience a fire in your commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/ Fairfield/Davis to help you recover.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at 707-724-8977.

Fire Extinguishers are Required in Commercial Buildings

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

image shows fire extinguisher mounted on a wall Make sure fire extinguishers are easily accessible and your employees are trained on how to operate them in case of emergency.

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.

In the unfortunate event that your business does experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/ Fairfield/Davis at (707) 724-8977.  We can help you recover from a fire and return your business to its condition before the fire began.  We are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week so call us for all your fire, water or mold restoration needs. 

SERVPRO Helps with All Kinds of Cleaning Issues

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Hopefully, when you think of companies who can provide water and fire restoration services, SERVPRO is a name that comes to mind.  But here at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis, we provide so many other services as well.  And many of them involve vehicles, believe it or not!

SERVPRO works closely with several local auto repair companies to provide cleaning services for the insides of vehicles that have been damaged in accidents.  This can involve water, food or bodily fluids stains.  We have also been asked by repair companies to clean undercarriages after motorists have had the unfortunate luck of hitting an animal.  We have worked with several different agencies to clean the insides of their vehicles, and have even been asked to clean a boat that was stored without a cover for a long period of time, leaving the interior stained and covered with debris.

If you have a cleaning issue that is too big and you think we can help, give SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis a call.  We’d be happy to let you know all the ways we can help.  Call us today at 707-724-8977.  We are Here To Help. 

Soot Webs Often Appear After Fires

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Image shows soot webs on the ceiling Soot webs often appear after a fire and resemble dirty cobwebs, but are actually made of soot and oxygen bonded together.

After a fire, many people think that soot settles on cobwebs near the ceilings of your home and appear darker or full of dirt.  This is actually a misconception.  The “dirty cobwebs” you see are actually airborne soot particles and oxygen that bond together to create floating soot strands or webs that will rise with warm air and cling to corners, molding, light fixtures and HVAC systems.  They are called soot webs and are a clear indication that you have experienced fire damage in your home. 

When it comes to cleaning your home after a fire, call the professionals who have experience dealing with cleaning soot, odor and fire damage.  SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to any emergency in your home and will be available to help you restore your home to its pre-fire condition.  We also can help you clean the contents that were affected by the fire, and can even store those contents until you are ready to bring them back to your home.  Call the experts today at 707-724-8977.  We are Here to Help.

Daylight Saving Time Can Help You Prepare for an Emergency

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Image shows a fire extinguisher Make sure your fire extinguishers are working properly in case of emergency.

With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, we all get one less hour of sleep and an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.  But the more important change we should all make is related to keeping our homes and businesses safe.

Daylight Saving Time is the perfect opportunity to check your fire extinguishers to make sure they will perform in case of emergency.  Extinguishers generally sit in the same place for long periods of time, so it is important to make sure that the extinguishing agent inside the container is loose and will expel from the extinguisher when needed.  To do this, just turn your fire extinguisher upside down several times to move the powder inside around the container.  As long as you feel the contents shifting inside, the powder is functioning as it should and will expel when you pull the trigger.  Also check to make sure that the gauge shows that the extinguisher is adequately charged.  If the gauge is not in the correct charge level and your extinguisher is a one-time use canister, dispose of it properly and replace it with a new fire extinguisher.

Make sure to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also.

In the event of an emergency, you want to be sure that your emergency warning systems and fire suppression tools are working, so check your equipment today and use Daylight Saving Time as a good reminder to help keep your home and business safe from harm.  

These home safety tips are brought to you by SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis.  If you ever experience any water, fire, smoke or mold damage in your home or place of business, call your local experts at SERVPRO at (707) 724-8977.  We're Here to Help.

SERVPRO Provides Sewer Backup Response Tips

2/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vacaville responds quickly to any emergency, whether it be flood, fire or even a bio-hazard.  Sometimes our customers don't realize what situations can pose a serious health risk to themselves and their families and try to take care of the problem themselves. 

Water from a sewer system backup, for example, should be considered very dangerous.  The water is extremely unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.  Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

If you home or business should experience a sewer system backup, remember these tips:

  1. Stay out of the affected area
  2. Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  3. Treat ALL bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  4. Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

At SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis, we are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your bio-hazard emergency.  Call us at 707-724-8977 if you need us.  We are Here to Help.