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Commercial Fire and Water Restoration Services

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial duct cleaning Commercial Fire and Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Fire damage can cause significant problems for your business from the devastating consequences of a fire disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the top five causes of fires in commercial facilities are issues with cooking equipment, heating units, electrical/lighting issues, smoking materials, and intentional fire starting.  

SERVPRO of North Sacramento understands the function, size, and complexity differences in commercial fire and water losses.  We provide commercial restoration services for fire-damaged structures, affected tenants, and contents.  This includes understanding the variables and complexities when coordinating services among property owners and/or property managers, carrier representatives, and associated professionals engaged in the decision making process.  Coordinating timely approval of workflow through decision-makers promotes efficiency in managing a project to completion.  It is also important to recognize and schedule the correct tools and equipment required to successfully complete a commercial remediation project.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is aware that using the proper tools and equipment on a commercial project is important to our ability to handle the loss. Some of the equipment used on a commercial loss will not differ from that used on a residential loss; however, the type and size of the equipment can differ substantially.  Commercial losses can require large-format desiccant dehumidifiers, portable dehumidifiers, and various heating and cooling units.  This type of equipment is used to focus on temperature and humidity control.  In addition, it may be necessary to use various extraction units, generators, power distribution devices, lighting, air movers, and air filtration devices. This type of equipment is used to focus on extraction, power, lighting, and airflow.  The use of monitoring, cleaning, and deodorization devices are important in commercial remediation due to the size of commercial losses.  In some cases, aerial work platforms, scaffolding, and material handling equipment may be needed for unique commercial loss situations. This type of equipment is used to focus on monitoring, cleaning, deodorization, lifts, and material handling.  Due to the size of commercial remediation projects, some projects may require additional labor and equipment resources.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento has a well-developed network of local commercial subcontractors, vendors, and resource providers that it can rely upon should additional labor and equipment be required on a large scale project.  Having immediate access to quality vendors and subcontractors is vital to providing a fast response to our commercial clients.  Commercial projects require a systematic approach to proper coordination of decision-makers, tools, and equipment as well as labor and equipment that contribute to the successful completion of commercial cleaning and restoration projects.  

The following commercial fire damage statistics are provided by the NFPA:

Food Services:  From 2010-2014 there were an estimated 7,410 fires in food services facilities, which caused annual losses of $165 million in property damage.  Cooking equipment was the root cause of over 60% of those fires with electrical malfunctions the next highest cause.

Retail:  On average, 13,570 structure fires in stores and merchant properties each year, resulting in $604 million in property damage.  The average fire damage comes to $73,800 per facility.  Electrical issues are the primary cause of these fires.

Hospitality:  Each year the NFPA estimates there are 3,520 hotel/motel fires.  The main source of hotel fires happens in the kitchen.  Whether it’s the individual rooms’ kitchenette or the main kitchen of the hotel, 2 out of every 5 hotel fires start here.  Annual property damage estimates for the hospitality industry are around $84 million.

Education:  Education facilities have on average 4,980 structure fires resulting from cooking equipment issues in the cafeterias to intentionally set fires.  These fires cause around $70 million annually.  Seventy percent of educational facilities that have fire losses are nurseries, elementary, middle, and high schools. 

Healthcare:  5,750 healthcare facilities succumb to fire damage each year, with an astounding $50.4 billion in property damage.  A breakdown of healthcare structure fires shows 48% are in nursing homes, 22% in mental health facilities, 20% in hospitals, and 11% in doctors' offices.

Office Properties:  Office property fire damage has an annual estimate of $112 million with the top 3 fire sources being cooking equipment (6%), intentionally set (20%) and electrical/lighting (12%).

Fires put businesses out of business on a regular basis.  It's reported that 50-60% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we believe pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  We can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" which speaks trust to your clients and employees in the event your business is affected by a disaster.  By developing a SERVPRO of North Sacramento Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

In the insurance claim process, a speedy restoration company response matters, and that is why SERVPRO of North Sacramento is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento process to any water damage restoration

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of wall and ceiling marked with tape for the water damage SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Sacramento, CA

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we work closely and quickly with families who have suffered a fire or water loss to ensure they understand the need to take care of water as soon as possible.  Water can damage the wood in your building and reduce structural integrity.  In addition, water damage can become a danger for your home and a health risk to your family.  It can quickly become a breeding ground for mold.  When water damage occurs in your home, it makes it damp and increases the moisture levels. Moisture is the main cause of mold growth.  In order for mold to grow, it needs water; without water, mold cannot grow.   Within an hour up to a day after your home has been exposed to water, it will begin to cause damage.  This is when drywall begins to bulge and break; the doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp; furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish.  Few people associate mold growth with house fires, however, the fire is extinguished with water which immediately causes excess moisture. When you have suffered a fire or water loss, you need to address water issues as quickly as possible with water remediation professionals like SERVPRO of North Sacramento.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides top quality service for water losses as they pose specific issues that may cause further damage to your property.  It is important for our customers to understand there is a "process" for handling water remediation losses.  Understanding the process helps our customers minimize stress and gives them confidence as to why work is done in a certain format.  We have developed a process which is closely adhered to on every water loss using best practices as a systematic way of providing consistently high customer service and a quality product.  Each phase represents a different portion of the project with individual steps to ensure the integrity of the project is completed to our customer's satisfaction.

Our project managers are professionally trained and certified to ensure the successful completion of each
water damage restoration project.  A single source of project management and decision making ensures that the mutually agreed upon scope of work is fulfilled, the plan is successfully executed, and schedule adherence is maintained.  This process assists our water mitigation team by providing clear and consistent directives and/or expectations of the project.  Our project manager is the primary contact for the customer, ensuring effective and consistent customer communication for updates and other issues or concerns that require solutions.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM STORM AND WATER DAMAGE

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to the ceiling from roof leak Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Sacramento, CA.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes might seem like the most dangerous natural hazards you could ever face, but floods and droughts cause more fatalities to Americans over time.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento warns that whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always great potential for flood damage from a storm.  A natural disaster is characterized by a great deal of damage and/or loss of life. The most destructive natural disaster in economic terms in the United States was a storm on August 29, 2005.  Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Monday morning August 29th, 2005 as a large category four hurricane.  Sustained winds were around 145 MPH in Southeast Louisiana.  Katrina continued northward, affecting areas from near New Orleans, Louisiana to near Mobile, Alabama. 

Flood damage can affect your business in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.  Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced.  Remember, Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely a slogan. It is a reality.  It is an honest description of SERVPRO of North Sacramento's ability to receive a call and respond to a client in need, regardless of property size or type.  Learn how to be prepared BEFORE a storm affects your business and your life.

The SERVPRO of North Sacramento Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how storm and flood damage can affect your business.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes SERVPRO of North Sacramento as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference for what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO of North Sacramento has restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal.  We are ready to serve our community because we are "Faster to Any Size Disaster".

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today, SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

What is Water Damage Mitigation?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Using Inject Dry system to dry the structure. SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Sacramento, CA

First, it is important to know that most homeowners' insurance policies may help cover water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental.  For example, if a washing machine supply hose suddenly breaks or a pipe bursts and floods your home, your homeowners insurance may help cover the damage.  However, it does not cover damage resulting from poor maintenance.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we receive daily calls for fire and water cleanup, mitigation, and restoration.  This is the reason we are Faster to Any Size Disaster and have earned a 5 Star rating in our Sacramento community. Every water damage situation is different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento professionals respond immediately to water losses and use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly.  The urgency is critical as any home or business can quickly become overrun with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health issues.  In cases when fires are extinguished, the water used to extinguish it causes damage to your property and personal belongings which can be extensive based upon the size of the fire. Water damage mitigation includes the complete process of water cleanup from beginning to end (removal of water, drying items and structures, and moving restored items back). The water damage remediation process is designed to treat or reverse the damage caused by unwanted water accumulation. In other words, it is the process of cleaning, drying, sanitizing, and restoring materials where the water damage has occurred to prevent further damage to your property and personal belongings.  Water damage mitigation services aren't designed to repair or replace damaged property, but to ensure the disaster doesn't lead to further consequences. At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, the water mitigation process involves using specialized equipment and techniques to minimize the amount of loss, such as:

  1. Removing damaged furniture and materials, including drywall and flooring.
  2. Cleaning and disinfecting salvageable materials.
  3. Ensuring the home's structural stability.
  4. Extracting water and drying out the home with commercial-grade equipment.
  5. Protecting the integrity of the home by boarding up windows, applying tarps, and taking other necessary precautions.

It is important to know that SERVPRO of North Sacramento technicians are IICRC certified.  The IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and RestorationCertification. It is a certification program and set of standards to facilitate the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. The idea is to protect not only the interests of consumers but also professionals in these industries.  This certification allows our clients to understand that the technicians are experts in water damage remediation which is vital to ensure a job is done correctly the first time.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we provide:

Partial Remediation After a Fire

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen fire Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows that fires cause damage but often do not completely destroy a home. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Many families call SERVPRO of North Sacramento regularly to find out what issues to watch out for with partial losses.

In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to ensure the insurance recovery process goes smoothly.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento recommends that you document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim, learn and assert your rights to full and fair payment, and get help if and when you need it. Fire restoration work takes patience, understanding, and consistent and timely communication.  Be prepared to dedicate your time, energy, and persistence to work with highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.   A few important tips for dealing with a fire loss:

1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal

No matter the fire's size, large or small, smoke can impact your whole home. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach.  However, it isn't safe to live inside a house with damage, even if all the smoke is cleared away.  There could still be soot and particles around that you can't see. Smoke damage is a major health risk, as it's the smoke particles which are a health risk.  Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings, or other plaster surfaces. As the hours pass, you may also begin to notice rust and corrosion on metal hardware throughout your home.  In addition, your fabric items may slowly begin to show visible signs of smoke damage.  This level of smoke damage requires professional guidance on how to handle items affected.

2. Limit Activity

Limit your activity and movement in the house until your home is restored.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces.  The acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately.  Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn't a fire. Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean, know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, our technicians are trained to know what cleaning products to use on certain types of materials. 

For further assistance or more information please contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at: 916-587-3438 

Why Call SERVPRO Fire Remediation Professionals

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of our duct cleaning machine being used Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is an experienced nationwide franchise focused on fire and water cleanup and restoration. It is almost always necessary to have qualified professionals in addition to the adjuster’s inspection. Your insurer will conduct a proper inspections, to thoroughly investigate all damage, including hidden damage.

Limit Mold and Mildew

Firefighters are great at responding to fires, accidents, and other incidents where there are risks to life and property. Full-time firefighters respond to a wide variety of calls from fires to flooding incidents. However, in the process of using water to extinguish a fire, they can introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of North Sacramento strongly recommends you hire trained fire restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can also cause health effects. In addition, it's difficult for an untrained nonprofessional to know for certain if (s)he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.

Replace Carpets, Clean and Dry Your Floors

When it comes to floor water damage,SERVPRO of North Sacramento has dealt with many different floor repairs. Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, we recommend that carpets that have water damage be pulled up and replaced. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. Mold grows on organic materials that are in environments with trapped moisture or high humidity. This implies that hardwood floors are susceptible to mold growth beneath them in a case of flood or water damage.

Post-fire Odors in Clothing and Ducts

Treating clothing as soon as possible after a fire is a key to removing the smell. It's also wise NOT to immediately use a washer or dryer, as the heat and motion can make the smoke smell set in and become impossible to get rid of. Removing smoke odor from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet. Ask your SERVPRO of North Sacramento professionals about your emergency dry cleaning needs and sealing your ducts in addition to cleaning them.

Fire Remediation Professionals

The team at SERVPRO of North Sacramento has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call us today at 916-587-3438 for assistance.Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely a slogan. It is a reality. It is an honest description of our ability to receive a call and respond to a client in need, regardless of property size or type.

Preparing Your Home for Fire Season!

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Sacramento, CA

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows it is common for people to experience several stages of adjustment including shock, anger, depression, and hopelessness after suffering a fire to their home.  This is why SERVPRO of North Sacramento offers steps you can take to minimize damage to your property during the summer fire season.  One of the most important steps in preparing for a fire is creating a defensible perimeter which is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your home.

  • Create a defensible space around your home:  A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation, debris, and other types of combustible fuels have been treated, cleared, or reduced to slow the spread of fire to and from the building. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends creating at least 30 feet of defensible space between your home and surrounding vegetation to reduce the potential for damage.
  • Apply fire-retardant chemicals:  Fire-retardant sprays can be applied to at-risk areas of your home and yard.  Fire retardants are chemicals that are applied to materials to prevent the start or slow the growth of the fire. They decrease the ability of materials to ignite. These chemicals work by creating a barrier between the fire and the structure.  The chemical creates a reaction that can help slow the fire.
  • Limit roof combustibility:  A "complex" roof (with lots of ridges and valleys) can be particularly susceptible to fire damage because wind can cause embers to catch on the ridges and valleys.  In addition to applying fire-retardant chemicals, consider upgrading the materials used on your roof, regularly cleaning off debris like pine needles and leaves, and inspecting and replacing broken shingles. 
  • Clean your gutters:  Routine removal of debris from trees and vegetation should be cleared out of gutters.  Debris can cause structural damage to your gutters and even to your house, which may provide space for embers to blow in. Debris also can catch fire, particularly during the dry season.
  • Protect your windows:  A heat differential driven by an outside fire can cause the exposed glass to crack and even shatter inward. A window will break after one to three minutes of exposure to intense heat or flames. The California Building Code recommends that buildings constructed in wilfire-prone areas use dual-pane windows.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

SERVPRO of North Sacramento recommends that after any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire:

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows how overwhelming and stressful matters can be after a fire.  Here are some simple steps that everyone should follow:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of North Sacramento professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Residential fires can lead to unanticipated emotional distress in the ensuing days after the fire.  You should not underestimate the challenge of evacuation, relocation, and rebuilding after a fire.  Losing your home in a fire involves not only the loss of your residence, but also many other things of value such as photo albums, important documents, and treasured objects.  Your home is your place of security, comfort, and safety. After a fire, this sense of security can also be lost and can disrupt the routine of your daily life.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we strive to help families reach a stage of acceptance and become able to move beyond disbelief, bitterness, and sadness.  We work with other professionals as quickly and efficiently as possible to begin the cleanup and restoration of your home, your personal belongings and your life.  Positive feelings can begin to re-emerge as the focus shifts towards the future.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we are here to serve..."Like it never even happened."

Sacramento Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a building damaged by fire Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sacramento Business or Home.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we understand that fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to its pre-fire condition.  Our technicians are experts in knowing the processes and protocols required to remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.  We strive to leave your home or business "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is faster to any size disaster

Why is this important?  Our professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.  All insurance companies specify that the policyholder (you) have a duty to mitigate any further damage or vandalism to your property.  To do this, you need a professional fire and water cleanup and restoration expert like SERVPRO of North Sacramento.

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. 

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We will clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.  Our "restore first" mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

We understand how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable.  Listed below is the fire damage restoration process which will guide you during this difficult time:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at 916-587-3438. Our staff will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our crews with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, our technicians can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our technicians will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Whatever the size of your loss, SERVPRO of North Sacramento is prepared to help 24/7, 365 days per year.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is the Right Choice for Your Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Soot damage on a bathroom counter top. SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Sacramento

At SERVPRO North Sacramento, we strive to get your property back to preloss condition or better... "Like it never even happened."  Providing education and information may help you prevent a house fire.

Most Common Causes of House Fires

To help avoid a devastating house fire, you have to know what causes them. In 2019, there were nearly 400,000 residential fires in America causing nearly 4,000 civilian deaths and just over $7 billion dollars in damage.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we understand that household fires are by far the most prevalent type of fire in the United States, and, sadly, one of the leading causes of accidental death. The more we learn about how they can start, the better chances we’ll have in preventing them.  Understanding what you can and can’t do, and the consequences of particular actions and negligence, could prevent a fire in your home.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento wants to make sure that your property is safe against fire and destruction.  There are some causes that will be obvious, and some less so. It’s important to learn about all of them to be able to prevent a fire in your home. 

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires occur for a few different reasons, all of which can end up being devastating. One of the most common causes results from short circuits sparking and igniting nearby building materials. Another common occurrence is from circuits being overloaded with current and overheating. Electrical fires tend to be among the deadliest because they’re undetected until it’s too late. Anytime you move into a new house, you should have an electrician look at the wiring to make sure it’s safe.

Home Cooking

Cooking-related fires make up half of all residential fires. They’re usually caused by overheated grease or an oven/stove top being left on unintentionally. If hot enough, grease can ignite by itself. To avoid kitchen fires, never leave the stove or oven turned on while you’re out of the kitchen. If something ignites, you can usually stop it from progressing by smothering the fire with a metal lid and turning the appliance off.  Any portable appliances should be cleaned and left to cool before being stored. One of the easiest things to do is unplug unused appliances during the day.

Barbecues can also be dangerous.  If left unattended, they could spark and ignite a deck, or tip over during a strong gust and start a fire on a nearby structure.  If you use an outdoor grill, the general consensus is that your grill should be 3-10 feet away from any house walls or objects that are easily flammable or could catch fire from an ignition.

Heating

In older homes, baseboards and space heaters are common and are heavily used during the winter. When fabrics like bed sheets or drapes are left too close to the heat, it’s possible that they could catch fire. Any heaters that require fuel are dangerous, as are electric heaters that have the potential of having faulty wiring. It’s always a good idea to keep portable heaters away from anything flammable and make sure they’re off and cooled before you put them away. Never leave any type of old heater on when you’re not at home.

Christmas Trees

Another common cause of fire in the winter months is Christmas trees and decorations. Whether or not you have a real or fake tree doesn’t really matter when you’re covering it in lights and other flammable materials like tinsel and garland. If a tree lights, it’ll be engulfed in flames within a few seconds. When it’s fully lit, then you’re in legitimate trouble of a large-scale house fire. Always make sure that the lights and decorations on the tree are turned off when you leave the house or go to bed. 

Candles

Candles are dangerous because people forget to blow them out. You might use them to set a mood or to provide you with light during a power outage, but always make sure that your pets and your kids aren’t going to knock them over. Always remember to blow them out when you go to bed. If left too close to anything flammable, you’ll could be dealing with a fire in no time. 

Chemicals

Chemical fires can ignite without notice. These types of fires occur when you’ve got vapors from gasoline or other household chemicals too close to an open flame. A small number of residential fires are chemically-induced.  If you store flammable liquids in the house, ensure they’re kept in an approved container that is sealed.  Also, keep them a fair distance from anything that heats up or might create a spark like a propane water heater.  Propane is highly flammable and any combustible materials nearby can burst into flames.  

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is the Right Choice

We understand how important it is to deal with damage the right way so that you can get back to living your life.   If you’re the victim of a house fire or commercial fire, your property and your health are at risk. Fires do varying degrees of damage depending on how long, and large, they burn. When you’ve had a house fire, call SERVPRO of North Sacramento and we'll be there to help you pick up the pieces with speed, professionalism, honesty and integrity.

SERVPRO of NOrth Sacramento: 916-587-3438 

Restoring Your Sacramento Commercial Property After A Fire or Water Damage Event

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

 Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Technicians in PPE

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we understand storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes.  Disasters don’t just strike during regular business hours which is why SERVPRO of North Sacramento offers 24-hour emergency service 365 days per year with highly skilled disaster professionals.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  When an emergency situation arises in your business, call SERVPRO of North Sacramento.  Our technicians are trained and know what to do in any unpredictable disaster which is critical in mitigating any further loss or damage to your property and your contents.  We are faster to any size disaster!

As a business owner, if you've never experienced a disaster, here are some tips to help you move forward and take control of your loss.  If you don't take control, the insurance company will and that could cost you thousands!

Step I – Locate Your Insurance Policies

  • It is very important that you carefully read your insurance policy and know your coverages.  Obtain a COMPLETE COPY of your current policy not just the "Declarations Page".  Read the fine print and understand the coverages you have and how much you are entitled to by coverage.
  • If your policies are lost/destroyed, contact your agent/broker or insurer.
  • If you can’t remember who the agent or insurer is, look at bank/payment records.  Your mortgage company may also have records.

Step II – Contact Your Insurer

  • Contact your broker or agent immediately and let them know about your loss.  If you don’t have a broker or agent, contact your insurer directly to file a claim.
  • Ask your insurer for an advance to cover immediate expenses, such as the cost to board up/fence and/or dry out your business property to prevent vandalism, additional destruction, and removal of debris.   You have a duty to mitigate any further damage after a loss.  If you operate your business in a rental property, you should still seek an advance for costs necessary to protect your business's personal property and inventory.
  • If your insurance provides coverage for loss of business income, you may also be entitled to the costs you incur to avoid or minimize the suspension of your operations. 

Step III – Documenting Your Loss

Make notes and lists as you remember the property that was lost. 

  • Don’t worry about trying to value all items at this stage.  Final valuations will be worked out later.  It is likely that your property loss will be resolved sooner than your business income loss, which will vary depending on the length of the suspension.  You may need to involve your accountant to help document the loss.
  • Keep receipts for everything you buy and what you spend on repair/replacement of property/inventory and business continuity expenses.
  • Keep track of how much the insurance company gives you and what it’s for.
  • DOCUMENT EVERYTHING.  Create a folder or binder with expenditures due to the fire, repair estimates, claim reports, and all communications with and submissions to your insurance company.
  • Cooperate with all reasonable requests from your insurance company, allow them to fully inspect, and keep them informed. Clear and frequent communications and a diary will help with disputes.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento has the training, experience, and equipment to manage commercial fire, water, mold and flooding damage. We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion... "Like it never even happened."