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How to Prevent Mold Damage After a Flood in your Davis/Woodland Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prevent Mold Damage After a Flood in your Davis/Woodland Home Call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland as soon as your home has a flood to prevent mold growth.

A flood in your Davis/Woodland home can be quite a serious issue. In addition to the water ruining your belongings, carpet and other structures, if left too long, it can also cause bacteria and mold growth.

Follow these helpful tips from SERVPRO Davis/Woodland to take care of mold and prevent avoidable damage after a flood.

Take Safety Precautions

After you discover water in your home due to a flood, unplug all electronics and remove all furniture and other movable items right away. Remember the following:

  • Televisions
  • Gaming consoles
  • Smartphones and tablets
  • Lamps
  • Medical equipment
  • Other electronics

Disconnect all plug-ins. and appliances to prevent electric shock during the cleanup process. The faster you are able to complete this process, the more likely you are to save many of your more expensive belongings. Make sure to pull up your carpet and padding underneath. There is a good chance you may be able to save the carpet if it’s cleaned quickly enough, although, you may find the carpet will shrink.

Remove the Water

There are several ways to remove the water. Without power, you'll need to use buckets, mops and old towels to remove as much of it as you can. If the sewers aren't backed up, simply pour the water down the drain. If the sewer is not working,  pour onto the lawn. If you have power, use a wet/dry vacuum to soak up as much of the water, as possible, but be sure to plug the vacuum in as far away from any flood damage as to prevent shock. Avoid  using extension cords, which can short and cause a shock as well. If the flood waters are too high, you may consider renting a sump pump. Remove the standing water as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

The Final Steps

When excess water has been removed, open windows and use fans along with a dehumidifier to dry the rooms. Ensure the drywall is still safe to avoid crumbling, and disinfect the area to remove bacteria that may have entered your home through the sewer lines. Don't forget about walls and non-upholstered furniture. Finally, using a mold control product throughout your home, letting it dry overnight to ensure you remove any trace of a problem. This takes care of any mold starting to grow and prevents new mold growth.

For more information, visit our website at: www.SERVPROdaviswoodland.com or call us today at: 530-756-1414

Fire Damage Restoration to Your Davis/Woodland Business

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration to Your Davis/Woodland Business Commercial Fire Restoration Presents Unique Challenges. Call a SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland Certified and Trained Professional at: 530-756-1414

Commercial Fire Damage can be quite devastating for a business or commercial
property.
In addition to fire, smoke and soot damage, water damage caused by
firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.  Every hour
spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost
revenue and productivity. 
Commercial Restoration Present Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland professionals have the right training,
experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage
emergency.  They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration
project through to its completion - getting your business-ready.
If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland right
away.  We respond fast to any size disaster.
Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today
SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland 530-756- 1414

After the Storm-What Can Be Saved in Your Davis/Woodland Home?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm-What Can Be Saved in Your Davis/Woodland Home? Calling SERVPRO quickly may allow us to save your belongings from the dumpster!

Excess water, whether it be from a harsh storm, flooding or frozen pipes, seeping water causes more damage to a home than other disasters. 
When a home been affected by
flooding, often the contents of a home are damaged as well. SERVPRO of
Davis/Woodland crew members assist our customers in determining
which of their possessions are salvageable, and what cannot be saved.  
We go through the contents of a home on a piece by piece basis and while
each item is a unique case, we do use a few factors to determine whether it
gets boxed, sent to our facility for cleaning or put in the dumpster. 
The type of water that has flooded your home is an important factor in
determining what stays and what goes. Clean water does not pose as
much of a health hazard as potentially contaminated water does. With the possibility of 
contaminated water from sewage or chemicals, we are
unlikely to save those items and suggest throwing them away. 
Typically, porous fabrics such as mattresses, pillows, carpeting and particle
board cannot be salvaged. They absorb water quickly and are breeding
grounds for mold spores to grow.  However, there are cases in which we
are able to clean area rugs and wood if we are called to the job quickly and
the piece has not become oversaturated.  
Our ability to be on the job quickly helps us minimize damage to personal
possessions that have water damage. The perfect example of this is
wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and
become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the
standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good
chance of being able to save them. 

The SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland team has the experience in caring for
the belongings of your Davis/Woodland home. We understand it can
be difficult to part with treasured items, and do our best to help save
them. If you experience a flood, calling us immediately at (530)756-1414. We will help minimize the damage.

How to Identify Roof Hail Damage at Your Davis/Woodland Business

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Identify Roof Hail Damage at Your Davis/Woodland Business Call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland today at: 530-756-1414

There is no question hail can cause a lot of damage. While some people pay closer attention to their
cars or other personal items, others remember how important it is to inspect roofs for further
damage. Consider how costly any kind of damage to your roof or ceiling can be. Your Davis
Woodland business deserves a thorough check by a SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland professional
after a hailstorm.
1. Asphalt Roof Damage
With an asphalt roof, you may find the shingles look shiny after a hailstorm. This is due to hail
damage. The roof damage itself will often present as random denting. You may feel the dent is too
soft to the touch or you may see a loss of granules. Additionally, the felt may be exposed.
2. Wooden Roofs
Generally, the impacts of hail damage look random. You will not usually find a pattern, and you may
see split or cracked shingles. When it comes to shingles, they are often an orange or brown color
when split. There will often be impact and dent marks over the wood. While roofs can be damaged
through other types of weather, it is relatively easy to discern hail damage. Serious splits will have
sharp corners and edges rather than the regular wear and tear of a shingle that was damaged over
time.
3. Flood Water
Roof damage, especially during rainy seasons will often lead to water damage. Water can seep
through the roof and into the attic. If you find wet insulation or mold growth in the attic itself, then you
may have a compromised roof. Although it is easier to miss water damage in the attic, you should
always check after a large storm.
After hail has caused damage to your Davis/Woodland business, it is important to have it taken care
of quickly. This type of damage can only get worse over time. In order to work through mitigation
quickly, SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland can assess and work through the process with you.
Please visit our website at: SERVPROdaviswoodland.com for more information or give us a call
at:530-756- 1414

Emergency Readiness Program

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Readiness Program Call today for your Emergency Readiness Program appointment!

Emergency Readiness Program, better known as an ERP, allows SERVPRO to help both residential and commercial accounts to be ready in case of an emergency. An ERP allows to you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action, SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland teams up with property managers to show them all the basic steps. How to turn off electrical panels, main water, gas, etc. to stop anymore damage from happening. It's at no cost of your facility, as well as a concise profile document, and a guide to help get back into your building after a disaster. This start up approach is a great investment of your time and is designed specifically with the customer in mind. If you or someone you know would love to have an ERP done don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland today at 530-756-1414.

Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties in Davis/Woodland

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties in Davis/Woodland SERVPRO Davis/Woodland working to clean up damage to this commercial property.

With proper maintenance of your commercial property in

Davis/Woodland, you can efficiently preserve its value and

increase revenue while mitigating costs.

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL

PROPERTIES:

•       Exterior Maintenance
One of the important components of proper maintenance includes maintaining the
exterior of the property. It is always a good idea to routinely take a walk through the
exterior of the property and take note of any items that may need to be repaired or
replaced including damage to the exterior paint, window glass, signage,
landscaping, and also the conditions of roofing and parking areas. SERVPRO of
Davis/Woodland is ready to assist you with a walk through of your property for
repairs.

  • Interior Maintenance

Just as the exterior of your property should be presentable, so should the interior. Unless otherwise noted in the lease agreement between the property owner and the tenant, proper upkeep of the interior of a commercial property includes making paint touch ups to interior walls, maintaining and cleaning the flooring, furnishings, and light fixtures throughout the property, and maintaining a tidy and safe environment.

  • Facilities and Utilities

Areas that are included in a commercial property that are to be maintained by the property owner include bathroom areas, break rooms, elevators, escalators, air conditioning units, water heaters, and any other facilities or utilities not mentioned that are the responsibility of the property owner. These areas are important to maintain because they play a vital role in the operation of the property.

Commercial Building Fire Tips

Fire safety tips

If you work in a high-rise building there are basic steps you should take to ensure your safety and survival if you should ever be caught in a fire or other critical situation and you needed to evacuate the building. Every high-rise building has unique characteristics including design, construction, condition and use. Since most high-rise buildings are of fire resistant construction and possess reliable enclosed stairways, fires are generally confined to individual office furnishings or possibly the contents of one floor.

Every owner, manager, and tenant of a high-rise building should establish, implement, maintain, and update an Emergency Action Plan for the building. An Emergency Action Plan describes the procedures that occupants should follow in an emergency situation, an emergency evacuation, or a drill. Each Emergency Action Plan should have a procedure for total-building evacuation.

Evacuation signs should be located in every elevator lobby, adjacent to doorways leading to exit stairs, and in other conspicuous floor locations. All plans, procedures, and signs should be properly maintained.

Evacuate immediately, quickly and calmly, following posted evacuation instructions and the building emergency evacuation plan. Move directly to the nearest fire and smoke free exit stairwell. If the nearest stairwell is obstructed by smoke or fire, use your alternate escape route.

A good guideline to follow is based on the acronym, RED:

React: Take any indication of smoke, fire or other threat seriously.

Evaluate: Judge the level of the threat by confirming evidence, conditions and available information.

Decide: There are only two choices, both difficult.

1) Immediately leave the building.

2) Stay where you are or descend to the designated level below the fire floor and prepare to take protective or defensive measures. Remember to practice safety. Don’t learn it by accident.

Call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland at 530-756-1414 for an Emergency Response Profile (ERP).

  • Exterior Maintenance

One of the important components of proper maintenance includes maintaining the exterior of the property. It is always a good idea to routinely take a walk through the exterior of the property and take note of any items that may need to be repaired or replaced including damage to the exterior paint, window glass, signage, landscaping, and also the conditions of roofing and parking areas. SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland is ready to assist you with a walk through of your property for repairs.

  • Interior Maintenance

Just as the exterior of your property should be presentable, so should the interior. Unless otherwise noted in the lease agreement between the property owner and the tenant, proper upkeep of the interior of a commercial property includes making paint touch ups to interior walls, maintaining and cleaning the flooring, furnishings, and light fixtures throughout the property, and maintaining a tidy and safe environment.

  • Facilities and Utilities

Areas that are included in a commercial property that are to be maintained by the property owner include bathroom areas, break rooms, elevators, escalators, air conditioning units, water heaters, and any other facilities or utilities not mentioned that are the responsibility of the property owner. These areas are important to maintain because they play a vital role in the operation of the property.

Commercial Building Fire Tips

Fire safety tips

If you work in a high-rise building there are basic steps you should take to ensure your safety and survival if you should ever be caught in a fire or other critical situation and you needed to evacuate the building. Every high-rise building has unique characteristics including design, construction, condition and use. Since most high-rise buildings are of fire resistant construction and possess reliable enclosed stairways, fires are generally confined to individual office furnishings or possibly the contents of one floor.

Every owner, manager, and tenant of a high-rise building should establish, implement, maintain, and update an Emergency Action Plan for the building. An Emergency Action Plan describes the procedures that occupants should follow in an emergency situation, an emergency evacuation, or a drill. Each Emergency Action Plan should have a procedure for total-building evacuation.

Evacuation signs should be located in every elevator lobby, adjacent to doorways leading to exit stairs, and in other conspicuous floor locations. All plans, procedures, and signs should be properly maintained.

Evacuate immediately, quickly and calmly, following posted evacuation instructions and the building emergency evacuation plan. Move directly to the nearest fire and smoke free exit stairwell. If the nearest stairwell is obstructed by smoke or fire, use your alternate escape route.

A good guideline to follow is based on the acronym, RED:

React: Take any indication of smoke, fire or other threat seriously.

Evaluate: Judge the level of the threat by confirming evidence, conditions and available information.

Decide: There are only two choices, both difficult.

1) Immediately leave the building.

2) Stay where you are or descend to the designated level below the fire floor and prepare to take protective or defensive measures. Remember to practice safety. Don’t learn it by accident.

Call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland at 530-756-1414 for an Emergency Response Profile (ERP).

Preparing for Severe Weather in Davis/Woodland

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Severe Weather in Davis/Woodland Flooding in the Local Davis/Woodland area. SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland were on the scene to help this local family.

We all want to be prepared for severe weather but, do we  actually have a plan in place to keep our home, family and pets safe?

Here is an article of steps to take before a severe storm takes place. This will help ensure your family is prepared for any weather.

We know outside it does not seem like much of a winter but, we have had instances where we do need the info. 

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Prepare your home:
    • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
    • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
      • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
      • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
  • Prepare your vehicle:
    • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
    • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
  • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

Be Holiday Safe and Prepared

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

November and December families are brought together to celebrate the holiday season by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holidays could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly. Remain in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland is available 24/7 and alwalys here to help.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Call SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland - 530-756-1414 

Fire Facts

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

In 2014, fires caused 2745 deaths, 11,825 injuries, and $6.8 Billion in property damage.

Three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or not working alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80 percent of the time.

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

One quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that start in the bedroom. Another quarter result from fires in the living room, family room or den.

One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening.   The time available is often much less.  Only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Facts provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

 WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.                               

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Davis/Woodland.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting us first.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call us today with your fire cleanup questions - 530-756-1414

Carbon Monoxide Safety Check

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carbon Monoxide Safety Check Check your carbon monoxide every year!

You can't see or smell carbon monoxide, but, at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane) burn incompletely.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups— including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.

An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.

Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration:

  • Have fuel burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
  • Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.