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We Can Help If You Find Mold

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Pictures shows mold growing on wall The professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis are experts at helping eradicate mold. Call us today at (707) 724-8977.

Most people think mold is just something in your house that looks nasty in the bathroom. But before you know the dangers of mold, you should have an idea of what exactly 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, potentially causing health effects.

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. 

Nut Tree in Vacaville

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Image shows Nut Tree tree logo SERVPRO of Vacaville is happy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nut Tree.

Beginning as a roadside fruit stand in 1921, The Nut Tree quickly became the State’s first major road stop offering packaged dried fruits, miniature railroad, fly-in airport, restaurant and bakery. 

Today, the Nut Tree Plaza offers a wide variety of retail outlets and dining options along with some fun family entertainment including a playground and the original building that housed the ice cream shop which you can purchase tickets from to ride the train through the square. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of Vacaville’s most iconic landmarks – one that offers sweet memories for thousands of Bay Area residents.  SERVPRO of Vacaville is happy to recognize this momentous occasion and proud to say we have provided our services to a few tenants of the Nut Tree Plaza during the past few years. 

On behalf of SERVPRO of Vacaville, we hope that the Nut Tree continues to be a place of enjoyment and memories for families of our community and beyond for many years to come. 

Call the Experts If You Have a Sewer Backup

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

In this age of DIY (Do It Yourself), many people try to take on major repair projects at their homes themselves.  This may work for paint and minor repair projects, but sometimes our customers don't realize which situations can pose serious health risks to themselves and their families and try to take care of some problems they should call in an expert for. 

This is the case when you have a sewer backup problem.  Water from a sewer system backup 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/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis, we trained to handle these emergencies and 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 our help. We are Here to Help.

At SERVPRO, We Do So Much More

3/26/2021 (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/Fairfield/Dixon/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. 

SERVPRO Can Provide So Many Services

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis is on call and available 24 hours day/7 days a week to respond to your emergency.  We specialize in fire and water restoration services along with mold remediation, but we also provide so many other services.  Here are just a few of the services we can provide: 

  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • COVID Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Board-Up Services

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis works closely with many large and small insurance companies, property management companies, and government entities.  We also have experience working in:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

 Call Us Today!

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis is on call 24-hours a day to respond to residential and commercial property damage emergencies. Our highly trained technicians have the experience and equipment to mitigate property damage. Call us today at 707-724-8977. We’ll restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO Cares for Your Belongings

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

One thing you may not think about after your home experiences damages from a fire, mold or water loss is what you are going to do with all your belongings while your home is being repaired?

At SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon, we take great pride in taking care of our customers' belongings.  We will come to your home or place of business and "pack out" all your items carefully, inventory and mark each box and then take them to our warehouse to safely store them in secure vaults that are only accessible by our trusted staff until you are ready for them to be returned to you. 

When you are ready, we will deliver them back to you in the same condition we received them in.  We offer you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure while your home or place is business is being repaired.  

This is just one way SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon works to help our customers.  Call us today at (707) 724-8977.  We are Here to Help.

Providing Safety and Peace of Mind with our New Cleaning Program

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows sticker of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program offers a higher standard of clean during these unprecedented times.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean.  Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward.  Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether a business they patron is safe. 

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon is proud to participate in the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program – a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning.  This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.  When businesses choose SERVPRO, their employees, customers and the community can rest assured that they’ve selected a “higher standard of clean” – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

As the #1 choice in the cleanup and restoration industry, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help businesses and public spaces become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire and water, SERVPRO professions are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination, always adhering to the highest cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities. 

The SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon professionals take the utmost care while disinfecting using EPA-registered disinfectants and ensuring businesses are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy begins to reopen. 

SERVPRO professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect homes or businesses according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform.

SERVPRO professions are also trained to perform proactive as well as emergency responsive cleanups that involve facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.  Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools and/or supplies used for cleanup, and disposal of hazardous materials. 

In the event of a suspected or a confirmed COVID-19 event, SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon will be there ready to safely and thoroughly clean, sanitize and disinfect the facility to ensure they get back to business as quickly as possible. 

We are here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we call home.  Call us today and let us help provide safety and peace of mind.  We are available anytime at (707) 724-8977.

Mold Prevention and Mitigation

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows wet wood that can turn into mold Wood that has been dampened by rain water or other damage can quickly grow mold.

Most people think mold is just something in your house that looks nasty in the bathroom. But before you know the dangers of mold you should have an idea of what exactly 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, potentially causing health problems.

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 season’s 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 handle water damages every day 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 at (707) 724-8977; we will help you restore your home or business to a healthy condition. 

Sewer Backup Response Tips

4/3/2020 (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 serious health risks to themselves and their families and try to take care of the problems 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, 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 our help. 

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Vacaville, 707-724-8977] 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

SERVPRO Professionals are Trained in Adhering to the Highest Cleaning and Sanitation Standards

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. 

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)[1] is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.[2]

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. 

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well[3], including:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.

Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE™.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

[3] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Daylight Saving Means Keeping Your Home & Business Safe Too

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows an employee holding a fire extinguisher and a battery Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to check your fire extinguishers and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 8th, 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 on Sunday 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 this weekend 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.

We Care For Your Belongings

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows two employees on ladder packing boxes Our staff is making it look easy and fun, but its serious business packing up our customers' belongings and storing them until they are ready for them

One thing you may not think about after your home experiences damages from a fire, mold or water loss is what you are going to do with all your belongings while your home is being repaired?

At SERVPRO, we take great pride in taking care of our customers' belongings.  We will come to your home or place of business and "pack out" all your items carefully, inventory and mark each box and then take them to our warehouse to safely store them in secure vaults that are only accessible by our trusted staff until you are ready for them to be returned to you.  When you are ready, we will deliver them back to you in the same condition we received them in.  We offer you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure while your home or place is business is being repaired.  

This is just one way SERVPRO works to help our customers.  Call us today at (707) 724-8977.

Is your home safe when you're on vacation?

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

According to a recent study, thirty-give percent of Americans plan on taking at least one family vacation every year.  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.  You already know to check and double check 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. 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. 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 people of mind during your next vacation.

Oh Dear! I Hit A Deer! Now What?

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

A leisurely drive through a beautiful winding forest at sunset can quickly turn into a negative experience if a deer darts out in front of your vehicle, which is not an uncommon experience.  In fact, during certain times of the year, your chances increase dramatically of encountering a deer along the side of the road, and unfortunately, their quick movements often result in injury to them and damage to our vehicle.  Here is some useful information on how to avoid deer/vehicle encounters and what to do if you do accidentally hit a deer. 

Deer car crashes are most common in October, November and December, which is mating season for deer, which means they tend to roam more.  So be extra vigilant when you are driving in areas where they may populate during these months of the year.  Also, deer come out to feed at dawn and dusk, and the lower visibility at this time during the day makes it more difficult for drivers to see them.  Be on the look out for them at this time of the day also.  And remember if you see one on the side of the road, there are likely others nearby.

If you do hit a deer and it appears to only be injured, do not attempt to move it yourself.  Note the location and contact your local wildlife rescue group immediately.  If the animal is dead and your car is driveable, DO NOT run your car through a car wash.  This will only cause the carcass of the animal to get pushed further into the undercarriage of your vehicle.  In this situation, you should call a professional cleaning service, like the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville.  We have firsthand experience in the cleaning and care of your vehicle and can deliver your car back to you “Like it never even happened.”  While we hope this situation never happens to you, if it does you can be sure that we are on-call ready to help if the need arises.  Call us at (707) 724-8977 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Paradise High School Seniors Soared

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

After the devastation of the Camp Fire that ravished their hometown, it would be understandable if the seniors from Paradise High School quietly collected their diplomas without any great fanfare.  So much attention has been focused on their community and all that they have lost, it is wonderful to hear that many of those students thrived during their senior year, in spite of all they had to go through in the past seven months.

Of the 980 students at the school, approximately 900 lost their homes.  Yet the school recorded the second-highest math scores in the country.  The seven valedictorians this year took at least eight college-level classes each and earned A's in all of them.  And the school boasts the ONLY National Merit Scholar in Northern California this year.

One of the seniors was quoted as saying, "The fire could burn just about every physical object under the sun, but it couldn't touch the connections we have built.  We will always carry the name and spirit of Paradise with us."  

SERVPRO of Vacaville was grateful to be offered the opportunity to help in the clean-up of the Paradise area and is continually humbled and impressed by the resilience and strength of its residents.  

Mold Prevention & Mitigation

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.  Excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, potentially causing health problems.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  These 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. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville handle water damages every day 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 at (707) 724-8977; we will help you restore your home or business to a healthy condition. 

Supporting the Communities We Serve

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Will C. Wood Sober Grad Nite Chairperson Stacy Andersen gladly accepted a donation from SERVPRO of Vacaville to help fund their event.

When it comes to finding a company to help you recover from water, fire or mold damage in your home or business, we know that there are a lot of different choices out there.  However, SERVPRO of Vacaville isn’t just a company to help with your restoration needs.  We actively and gladly participate in many different community sponsored events in the cities we serve. 

One of the events SERVPRO of Vacaville supports is the Sober Grad Nite Celebrations at both Vacaville High School and Will C. Wood High School.    Sober Grad Nite Celebrations typically take place the night of graduation and provide a safe, fun place for students to celebrate, and have drastically reduced the number of accidents and deaths of teenagers on the night of graduations throughout the nation.  The Grad Nite Celebrations in Vacaville typically involve a casino where volunteers act as dealers, carnival-style games that are free to play but offer prizes for participating, raffle prizes, henna tattoos, all the food you can eat for the evening, as well as a hypnotist that encourages celebrating seniors to participate in the show. 

 SERVPRO of Vacaville is proud to help sponsor events like these that positively affect our community, and we look forward to working with other groups to enrich the communities we serve.

What To Do If You Experience a Sewer Backup

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vacaville responds quickly to an 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, 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 our help.