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Secrets of Rebuilding After flood Damage Hits Your Sacramento Home

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has the down low on saving you after water damage hits your Sacramento home. 

Flooding necessitates rebuilding operations in affected homes for several reasons. If flood damage occurs because of severe weather such as a hurricane, various forces such as wind and fast-moving water can teardown different sections of the property necessitating rebuilding as part of the restoration. Exposure to water also leads to deterioration of materials this necessitating removal.

Proper rebuilding after flood damage in your Sacramento home is only possible if you identify all affected areas before starting the process primarily when water is the leading cause of deterioration. Leaving water in concealed areas can force you to redo the process or lead to extreme problems such as mold. Our SERVPRO technicians use a wide range of moisture detection tools to establish all wet areas. The common ones include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture sensors
  • Manometers
  • Moisture meters

The rebuilding process can pose risks such as injury to the people involved or further damage to the structure, especially when tearing down deteriorated materials. For example, it is possible to cut power cables or plumbing lines when opening up concealed areas such as walls and floors. Our SERVPRO technicians consult building plans to establish the position of utility lines. We also use different tools for different tasks, including rubber hammers, to minimize the chances of unintended damages and injuries.

When flooding only affects a section of the property, there is a need for containment to limit the spread of debris and even fumes from finishing products such as paint. If such materials are left to spread uncontrollably, the restoration process can take longer than expected. Our SERVPRO technicians use different containment approaches. We can place plastic sheets over air vents, doors, and windows when doing controlled demolition. We also have heavy-duty plastic bags to hold materials such as carpets removed from the structure.

Flooding incidents can leave a wide range of physical damages in your North Natomas, South Natomas or Sacramento Airport home. Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 to help with the rebuild. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Offer 24/7 Service In Sacramento After A Water Damage Disaster

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our technician drying the carpets with our equipment in a home after water damage struck We responded quickly to avoid mold growth and prevent additional damage. We used our drying equipment to restore this home.

Water Removal Sacramento – Distraction Leads to Small Home Flood

Most water damage events in homes are due to leaking water connections, burst pipes, even overflowing bathtubs. One client had a different sort of problem. She was washing dishes with the water running and received a phone call which turned out to be a distressing call from a family member. She forgot the dishes with the running water until the phone call was completed and she discovered water all over the kitchen!

After turning the water off, she called SERVPRO in Sacramento to get help for water removal in her kitchen. At our suggestion, the client quickly began mopping up as much water as possible until our technicians arrived. She was very upset about the water and also the phone call she had received. Our technicians were able to assess the situation and quickly take control. We assured the client we would remove all of the water, and she could focus on her family situation.

While SERVPRO cannot help with family emergencies, we can help with water removal emergencies. After vacuuming up all of the water, we also checked for moisture under the cupboards and around the appliances. Water had seeped under the appliances and also the cupboards on the island. The appliances were removed, and the floors dried. No water penetrated the walls behind the baseboards.

The island needed additional attention. The contents of the cupboards were removed and dried using towels. The cupboards were also dried. We drilled holes into the base of the cupboards. A moisture meter was used to check for moisture underneath. Which indicated water had also penetrated this area. Mold is a concern in situations like this. We drilled larger holes and removed the excess water. Compressed air was blown into the area to enhance further drying.

At SERVPRO's suggestion, the client also turned on the air conditioning, which helps to remove further moisture and reduce the humidity in the home. The client appreciated our prompt response and thoroughness during a time when she was dealing with her family emergency.

Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for 24/7 service. We serve Sacramento, North Natomas, South Naromas, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We work on all sizes of water removal events!

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How Fire Smoke Damage Pre-Testing Helps with Sacramento Fire Remediation

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman climbing ladder to extinguish 2nd floor fire As soon as the fire truck leaves, we begin our restoration work.

Pre-testing Fire Smoke Damage for Tailored Restoration in your Sacramento Home

A fire produces all kinds of chemical reactions as well as fluctuating the temperature and air pressure in your home. Combusting materials release these chemicals in the form of hot, smoke, which is attracted to cooling air and surfaces. Depending on the type of material combusting, the smoke released can vary between wet and dry smoke. Wet smokes are thick, oily substances that can be odorous and are generally produced by synthetic materials like plastics. Dry smokes, on the other hand, are produced by natural materials like wood and leave behind a sooty, dusty layer of soiling on surfaces. 

Tackling these two-types of fire smoke damage in your Sacramento home can be tricky for a homeowner as cleaning products may be ineffective on certain types. Wet smoke, for example, requires an oil-based cleaning solution, whereas drier smokes can be tackled using vacuums or wet cleaning methods. To avoid choosing the wrong method, and risk spreading smoke deposits around, it is prudent to contact a professional restorer immediately after containment of the fire.

SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) are trained to recognize different types of soiling and stock a full inventory of chemical cleaning agents. By conducting pre-tests of materials and smoke deposits, our restorers can implement a solution tailored to the types of material burned as well as the requirements of each homeowner. We can use both oil-based chemical cleaning agents and water-based cleaning agents. 

Undertaking chemical action occurs after your SERVPRO technicians have thoroughly vacuumed to remove loose soiling from surfaces. When smokes contacts cool surfaces, the temperature, and air pressure cause them to bind to that surface. Chemical action helps to loosen that bind. If a pre-test reveals, soots are water-soluble a technician can apply water-based cleaners. However, oil-based deposits need dissolving in oil-based chemicals (solvents) before wiping away both oil and solvent. 

A fire can continue to cause damage long after extinguishment. Contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for all your fire damage restoration needs.

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Why SERVPRO is the Authority on Restoration Services here in Sacramento

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Don’t go at your Sacramento damages alone, let us help.

The job of a restorer is to slow down or completely stop damages at the point of arrival, then work to reverse those damages until the property is returned to its pre-incident condition. At times, restoration services can be completed without the need for any replacement materials. In situations where problems with the structure or structural contents are evident, a good restorer identifies these issues accurately and arranges for third-party contractors on the homeowner's behalf. SERVPRO of North Sacramento sets high standards for restoration of fire, water, mold and storm damages by relying on a restore rather than replace approach.  


We make a point of explaining to customers that mold spores are a natural part of any home environment. Rather than instantly resorting to expensive, and time-consuming, laboratory testing, SERVPRO act quickly to repair the immediate mold damage in your Sacramento home while putting in place safeguards to put an end to recurring microbial growth incidents. So when you come across mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO for an expert assessment and remediation procedure from start to finish. 

The common causes of mold problems in a home are the presence of residual moisture in cavities behind walls, fittings, or flooring. Water can come from a variety of sources like slow leaks, heavy rainfall, or worn away sealant in wet rooms. When mold spores come into contact with these damp spots, they settle quickly and begin to propagate, causing unpleasant odors and visible colonies. Often, the visible signs of mold infestation are just the tip of the iceberg, which is why SERVPRO restoration service technicians may need to move items around or remove sections of drywall to gain the full picture.  

Mold remediation can span hours, days, or weeks in your Sacramento property. During that time, SERVPRO may need to establish quarantines near the affected area. Since mold can germinate overnight, we work hard to shut off the water supply to the infestation. That can be achieved through advanced structural cavity drying equipment or by controlling humidity at a level that discourages microbial growth using dehumidifiers. Porous materials are frequently non-salvageable in an infestation like this but, once the mold is successfully remediated in your Sacramento home, we can replace them to return your home to its preloss condition.  


Understanding the behavior of smoke during a fire is crucial to performing an on-time restoration service of fire damage in your Sacramento home. Hot smokes are attracted to cooler surfaces. When they come into contact with those cool surfaces, soot deposits appear causing odor and soiling. During a fire, the temperature of the room rises significantly resulting in smoke pushing into cupboards, cabinets, or drawers. This process means that the bulk of smoke damages are frequently located inside pieces of furniture rather than in the room itself. 

SERVPRO restoration services train our technicians to return the interior of furniture to a preloss condition. One of the challenges in restoring rather than replacing furniture is that interior cavities are unfinished. In high-pressure fires, unfinished natural materials are particularly vulnerable and can absorb large amounts of soots or smokes. In inspecting the interior of furniture, SERVPRO technicians can test for the type of soot they are dealing with, as well as how well the surface can cope with cleaning agents.  

When working with wood and natural materials, SERVPRO technicians take extra care to preserve their natural condition. In many situations, a wooden structure can be adequately restored using a combination of light sandblasting with a cleaning solution to clear away soiling. In situations where outer finish sustains smoke damage, we can refinish the furniture to its preloss condition at the end of service. 


A water loss recovery incident usually involves large quantities of water in an area of the home that is not designed to withstand it. Small gaps in construction between walls and flooring can allow large quantities of water to migrate into the cavities of your home, presenting an immediate mold and odor issue. Dealing with water damage for Sacramento homeowners is a specialty restoration service that requires professional care and attention to complete effectively. 

SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications in applied structural drying (ASD.) These qualifications provide a restorer with the tools needed to access cavities in the home and remove residual moisture that may be residing inside. The primary means of drying restricted access areas is by creating air circulation inside the cavity to allow natural evaporation of the offending moisture. Our equipment incorporates heating elements to speed up the evaporation process further and get your home back to its pre-incident condition.  

There is some minor deconstruction required to efficiently drywall cavities, which is why Sacramento homeowners should seek professional restoration services. We must remove the baseboard of the wall so that we can drill small holes into the wall without affecting the aesthetic appearance of your home. From there we can attach injectidry equipment or use rapid air-movers fitted with a flex hose to dry the interior cavity thoroughly. Once drying is complete, we can replace the baseboard safe in the knowledge that your property is safeguarded from secondary issues like microbial growth. 


Road overflows can result in backed-up sewage water entering your property. Emergency restoration for storm damage in Orlando is available twenty-four hours a day via our call-line. Since contamination in water poses a real risk to your health, we advise that you immediately contact SERVPRO on discovering blackwater in your Sacramento home. Our technicians are equipped with the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to enter the affected area without risking infection from harmful pathogens. 

Containment of the affected area is essential to gaining the upper hand in a flood situation. SERVPRO technicians can remove or block furniture to remove it from standing water quickly. Using submersible pumps, we can transport much of the contaminated water supply to an open sewer point. However, any porous materials that have come into contact with black water must be discarded and replaced to avoid cross-contamination.  

Our restoration service encompasses the demolition of drywall. We remove the affected material at up to two feet above the standing water level to ensure any pathogens that may have been absorbed by the material are entirely removed. SERVPRO technicians can then thoroughly disinfect the affected area of your Sacramento home before deodorizing and then replacing the removed drywall with new material to bring your home back to what it was before flood water exposure.  

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is an authority on restoration services for your property after storm, fire, water or mold damages. Contact us today at (916) 587-3438 to arrange a visit from our expert technicians.

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Sacramento Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Off-Site Contents Cleaning and Storage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Get Boxed in with Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Possessions in Sacramento--Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Off-Site Contents Cleaning

Content Management Solutions for Fire-Damaged Sacramento Homes

Most homeowners throughout the Sacramento area can agree that while they have invested considerable time and money into their homes, they value several of the possessions inside with higher regard and importance. Photos, artwork, and other unique items that cannot get duplicated are treasured belongings. When disasters like fires occur, it can be challenging to protect these items as you might like, and many consider them lost to the compounding effects overtaking the property.

One of the advantages of choosing professional restoration services for fire damage in Sacramento homes is the entire division of content management technicians that our SERVPRO team can provide in these crises. We have highly trained experts capable of assessing the status of multiple items, furniture, and belongings to determine which need temporary relocation and which items can benefit from focused cleaning and restoration efforts in our nearby facility. It is our mission to provide your possessions with the very best care and consideration throughout every phase of the recovery process.
Taking your belongings off-site can be a stress to many homeowners. We help to ease your mind by answering your questions and concerns, and through thorough cataloging of your entire inventory of items to show you detailed accounts of where every individual item is at any time, whether it is getting work performed or it is stored safely in our climate-controlled warehouse. Our CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service documents and is a useful tool for dealing with your insurance adjuster.
While in our possession, our content management professionals can utilize cutting-edge equipment like ozone chambers for large scale deodorization projects and ultrasonic tanks for unparalleled cleaning of soot and smoke-damaged items. Once the restoration work completes in the house, our SERVPRO team can carefully return these removed items to their original positions “Like it never even happened.”
While structural concerns are often a priority for our customers for understandable reasons, the same sense of urgency must get placed on restoring and protecting damaged belongings within the property as well. Our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team can help however you need by calling (916) 587-3438. We have a full roster of qualified restoration specialists that can help you through every phase of fire loss recovery.

What are the First Steps You Can Take After Fire Damages Your Sacramento Home

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Two cars completely affected by the fire. After the 4TH of July fire works, this customer's garage got affected by the fire damage. WE assisted the customer with this loss.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Sacramento Homes

When it comes to city size in California and capital cities in the U.S., Sacramento cracks the top 10 for both categories. Unlike most cities that size, many residents comment that Sacramento still feels like a community to the and not some overgrown town that lost connection with its population. That’s true for everyday living, and when disasters like a fire happen. 

Clearing out fire damage to Sacramento homes takes specialized training and equipment. At SERVPRO, we train team members to become Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians or FSRTs.  They learn how to use every chemical and tool in our inventory to clean and restore the property. They also learn when the property is too damaged for restoration or repair. 

Initial efforts of SERVPRO FSRTs begin with a quick inspection to ensure safety and then begin removing items for disposal. Team members take these out of the home to eliminate these sources of odors and to reduce the risk of accidentally spreading powdery smoke residues into unaffected parts of the home. 

After clearing out the fire damaged property, team members begin wiping down every surface to remove smoke residues and odors. They start with dry sponges and then use cleaners for difficult areas. As the residues layers grow thicker or stickier, they use stronger cleaners. If an item is not cleanable without causing more damage, team leaders contact the owner and the insurance company. They either dispose of the item at the company’s direction or continue cleaning it if the owner still desires to keep it and wants to absorb the cost. 

Before our response teams arrive to begin work, there are two things you can do to make the process go smoother. 

  •  Have your insurance documents ready for us. That includes the name of the company, its phone number, your policy number, and the report from the insurance adjuster. It is essential to bring us in as quickly as possible, but the insurance company should view the damage before we begin restoration. That way, team members do not waste efforts on the property the company pays to replace, not repair or restore. 
  • Turn off the power. If the fire damaged any wiring in the home, then an electrical current running through them is another fire waiting to happen. It is also a direct threat to team members, the owners, and anyone else in the home.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, our goal is to restore every home to its pre-fire condition here and in the surrounding communities of North Natomas, South Natomas, and Gardenland. If your home has suffered through any size fire, call us at (916) 587-3438 today to begin the repair and restoration process. We are here for you. 

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We Get You Back To Business In Sacramento

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO team takes your water damage situation seriously and brings the appropriate equipment to get the job done right!

DIY Drying After Accidental Plumbing Break in Sacramento Store

Renovations and improvements to your Sacramento store can help to bolster its aesthetic appeal to your customer and generate additional revenue with innovative displays and advertisements in the shop. The downside is the added workload to continually think of new looks and functions for areas of the business, and the risks of causing more substantial problems for your business by accident. Anchoring displays and massive signage in the shop can improve visibility for the patrons, but it also requires substantial anchoring into the construction materials of the store. 

The more frequently holes get drilled into the walls of your store, the likelihood increases for puncturing water lines – requiring fast water removal for your Sacramento building. Most plumbing is neatly tucked away behind materials like drywall and kept in the cavities formed between rooms with a shared common wall. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with an immediate response amid a water loss incident, helping to reduce the need for comprehensive restoration and recovery efforts. 

From the time that a line gets punctured beyond the drywall into the cavity, the property owner must move quickly to get the supply to this breach stopped. Depending on the severity of this water damage to the plumbing, high volumes of water are possible within these wall cavities, and it does not take long to begin to saturate materials like drywall to become a substantial threat to trafficked areas of your business. 

With holes drilled into walls of your main floor of the store, your entire stock and inventory become at risk for spreading water damage and moisture concerns. Soft materials like clothing and other fabrics can quickly absorb standing water pooling on the floor, and even elevated relative humidity levels can increase the threat of secondary effects like mold growth for our SERVPRO team to battle. 

Water loss incidents that begin with a breach of your plumbing supply lines can quickly get out of control without experience and leading equipment. Let our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team show you how to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (916) 587-3438.

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How Does Fire Fire Damage Assessment Save Money in Sacramento?

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento to assess your fire damage.

Save Money on Fire Damage Assessment in Your Sacramento Home 

After a fire gets extinguished in your Sacramento home, property owners hurry to get the ball rolling on restoring the house to its original condition right away. In this rush to get the cleaning started, homeowners can often easily risk their health and safety entering a highly compromised portion of a property after a structure fire. Without full working knowledge of what to look for and how to overcome these effects as they get found, owners take unnecessary risks compared to the experienced approach of seasoned restoration specialists performing it instead. 

Many homeowners fail to see how a professional assessment of fire damage to Sacramento properties can save both time and money compared to a DIY approach. The answer lies in the experience and efficiency of certified restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team, and how quickly they can determine both the scope of the damage to the property and the most effective approach to recovering these effects. 

While you can see the structural damages and other pressing effects in your house after a fire gets extinguished, there are many lingering consequences that you cannot see on the surface. Knowing what to look for and how to find it can get attributed to years of fire loss recovery experience and the accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both fire restoration and odor control. 

Another reason that choosing our SERVPRO team to help in damage assessment after a fire can prove cost-effective is the relationship that our organization has with local insurance brands. We know what they need as evidence and documentation for filing a damage claim, so we can work quickly to collect it even before you inform this insurance company about the emergency. 

While you might believe that DIY damage assessment saves time and money for your household, it might end up being more costly when effects get overlooked, or your insurance company requests a professional inspection. Give our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team a call today at (916) 587-3438. 

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Removing Water and Extracting Trapped Moisture are Crucial Aspects of Protecting Wet Homes in Sacramento

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment placed for water remediation After water damage we place drying equipment to prevent further damage the property.

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When wind pushes water into your Sacramento home during a rain shower or a water line wiggles loose from your dishwasher, everything in the area can get drenched. Water does not stay confined to this area, but moves slowly along, spreading out and creating a larger area of temporary damage. At this stage, the need for proper mitigation increases.

The slow drip from a cracked elbow joint in the plumbing of your Sacramento home needs water removal experts to mitigate the area, also. Wherever water escapes into your living space, we need to stop the situation from worsening. If the water came inside from the rain during a one-time event, it might suffice to make sure that windows seal properly.

Allowing a residential property to remain in a damp state for more than a day without mitigation beginning puts that house at high risk for developing microbial infestations like mold. Deterioration of porous materials also begins to happen. Our water removal equipment stops these things from harming your home. We can also mitigate existing damage and restore the affected area.

Carpeting can dry rot or bubble up where it becomes weak and stretches when damp, creating a substantial loss for many homeowners. Floating a carpet can reduce the chances of stretching while ensuring that the carpeting becomes completely dry again. When only a small area has moisture, we can use another technique using our weighted device, called the claw, that extracts water out of the pad and the carpet.

Water trapped under wood floors can cause warping to happen. Our Injectidry system, often used to pull water out of enclosed spaces like a wall's interior cavity, also works great to draw the moisture underneath the uppermost section of your wood floor. Because these mats draw water out of the entire covered area, they prevent both cupping and crowning from causing permanent damage.

To remove excess humidity from a house, perhaps where exhaust from the bathroom allowed steam to escape into the attic space, we use air movers and desiccant machines. The air movers we use can pull the moisture out of porous attic materials, and then push that water vapor into the dehumidifier. An air scrubber works to remove any dust, pollen, or microbes from the air, making it cleaner and less likely to ruin anything stored in the vicinity.

For any situation requiring water removal and extraction from your home North Natomas, South Natomas, or near the Sacramento Airport, SERVPRO of North Sacramento can assist you in protecting your property from damage that misplaced water causes. Call us at (916) 587-3438 for our emergency services line.

Don’t Let Flooding Take over Your Sacramento Residence

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can't be taken care of alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Flash Flooding and Its Effect on Sacramento Homes

With an area prone to many natural disasters like mudslides, wildfires, and other situations, Sacramento homes can also get damaged by rapidly developing flash floods. Even with a fast response to these situations by trained professionals like ours, the damage has often already happened. Overcoming the effects within your home involves understanding the extent of these symptoms and what must get done to restore the property to preloss condition.

Flood damage can present itself in your Sacramento residence in many ways, and when flash flooding affects your home, you do not have the time to react to these effects before they are widespread in the property. Our SERVPRO professionals have an immediate response to storm and flooding effects, arriving with the full measure of our resources, personnel, and advanced equipment to protect your property as best as we can initially.

It is important to address saturation and standing water as promptly as possible, as these situations can help to meet the conditions necessary for mold and microbial growth. While flooding can be hazardous enough for homeowners and their families, the presence of mold colonization adds another level to the threat to your health and the potential degradation of your house. Additionally, the presence of flash flood waters can perpetually present a risk for bacterial and contamination concerns for the home and its occupants.

Our SERVPRO team works quickly to remove standing floodwater from the floors of your home, and that begins with the introduction of our advanced and powerful extraction tools like our truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps. Once the excess has gotten removed, our team can get to work on cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and applying antimicrobial agents to exposed surfaces and structural elements to prevent this growth.

It might be unlikely that you can entirely remove the risks of flash flooding for many homes in the area, given that these scenarios happen with little warning. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on the equipment and expertise of our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (916) 587-3438.

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