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

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What are the First Steps You Can Take After Fire Damages Your Sacramento Home After a fire, call your insurance company and then call SERVPRO.

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)

Commercial We Get You Back To Business In Sacramento 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)

Fire Damage How Does Fire Fire Damage Assessment Save Money in Sacramento? 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)

Water Damage Removing Water and Extracting Trapped Moisture are Crucial Aspects of Protecting Wet Homes in Sacramento Let SERVPRO help you keep your home dry.

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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)

Storm Damage Don’t Let Flooding Take over Your Sacramento Residence 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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Let Our Experts Return Your Fire Damaged Home In Sacramento To Pre-Damage Condition

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let Our Experts Return Your Fire Damaged Home In Sacramento To Pre-Damage Condition Our emergency response crew is available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Cleanup For Sacramento Home

Fire damage brings many challenges. There is damage from the flames and smoke, water or extinguishing agents and odor. The proper cleanup for all of these factors must happen before any rebuilding, or structural restorations begin.

When our SERVPRO team takes on fire cleanup in a Sacramento home, we first scope the room to access the scale of the damage and contain the area if there are unaffected portions of the property. Then we immediately remove items too charred or otherwise in non-restorable condition because at that point they contribute nothing but odor.

We work with both the homeowner and the insurance adjuster and keep them informed with each phase of our restoration so we can stay within the parameters of what insurance covers as well as the budget. We take time during cleaning to ensure it is correctly mitigated to avoid additional damages such as mold from water not removed or foul odors from soot.

Our technicians remove all the debris and work on extraction of water or removal of fire extinguisher residue using handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration to capture to the tiny soot particles. If the odor-causing particulates are not removed or neutralized unpleasant smoke odors remain.

Ventilation is a key component during fire loss restoration, even during the drying phase to remove any remaining moisture. After drying, any areas affected by the fire are both cleaned and disinfected.

SERVPRO technicians have many certifications in the restoration sciences, among them is Odor Control. Soot smaller than the human eye can see can cause foul odors, and is most often found embedded in porous building materials and home contents.

We have equipment ranging from machines that capture and eradicate odorous particulate at the molecular level such as Hydroxyl Generators or Ozone machines. Our technicians also have manual applications to fight fire odors such as thermal fogging that travels throughout the smoke-affected areas and neutralizes odors that have permeated deeply within porous materials. When our technicians finish with the mitigation of the fire loss, the property is left ready for rebuilding with no reminders of the fire.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438. Our emergency response crew is available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Flash Flooding Risks for your Sacramento Homes

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding Risks for your Sacramento Homes Don't take on water damage alone, it doesn't matter the size of the home. SERVPRO will help you.

Flooding in your home can be a very scary situation.

Flash flooding is something that many Sacramento homeowners are unfortunately familiar with and also something that can quickly and thoroughly damage vulnerable properties throughout our service area. Without the appropriate response of qualified professionals, flash flooding can not only damage your home structurally, but can also present some severe hazards at this same time. Our team can work to address the full measure of these damaging effects at any time that disaster strikes, offering the complete roster of our recovery personnel and inventory of equipment.

We know how quickly that flash flood damages can affect your Sacramento home and how fast these situations can develop and begin to spread throughout our service area. Our SERVPRO team remains prepared for these emergencies with fully stocked production trailers and service vehicles to keep us ready to roll out from our facility as soon as disaster strikes. With our growing inventory of equipment and expanding roster of qualified water restoration personnel, we can work to manage multiple situations simultaneously as is often the case with flash flooding.

As part of a Large Loss Recovery Team (LLRT), our SERVPRO professionals can pool resources and personnel to address multiple disaster sites and substantial loss incidents with efficiency and confidence. Flooding can spread quickly throughout a single-story home in the area, which can encompass the full measure of your possessions and belongings. Our Contents Department can help to protect these items by removing them from the premises to our nearby facility for concentrated cleaning, disinfection, and other restorative practices.

Single story homes also must contend with how widespread structural exposure can be. In many cases, the use of antimicrobial and strong cleaning agents can protect framework and supports, but exposed elements like drywall and carpeting often must get removed at the possibility of contaminated flash floodwater.

It is a challenge for many homeowners to contend with flash flooding in the area, but when this disaster sweeps through your one-story home, it can affect nearly your entire property in a brief period. Our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team can respond quickly to these emergencies, offering every customer a fast response in their time of need. Give us a call anytime at (916) 587-3438.

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Don’t Let Water Cause Long-Term Sheetrock Damage To Your Sacramento Home

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don’t Let Water Cause Long-Term Sheetrock Damage To Your Sacramento Home Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for fast water removal from your home.

Water Removal In Sacramento Uncovers Long-Term Sheetrock Damage

The thing about water damage in a home is often there are two main types of water: visible and invisible. The visible is easily cleaned up, and the surfaces appear dry. The unseen water is moisture that migrates to areas behind baseboards, under flooring, wicked into drywall and in floor joists. All of these scenarios have the potential to bring issues such as mold, foul odors, and damage to building materials.

Our SERVPRO location received a call in the early morning hours for water removal from a Sacramento home. A supply line in an upstairs bathroom broke during the night, and the only thing that saved the situation from being worse was the family dog barking at the water pooling in the bathroom floor.

Why SERVPRO? No matter if the problem is a single room or whole house that needs cleanup from a water loss situation, we have the training and equipment to mitigate any size home disaster.
The homeowner placed towels in the floor to help absorb some of the water per our instructions, and when our technicians arrived a short time later, they began scoping the bathroom to determine where the water is located.

Using both probes and thermal imaging, we determined the floor joists were unaffected, and the concentration of water damage was around the supply line in the bathroom vanity. The state of the sheetrock told the story of a long-term undetected leak. We did a controlled demolition of the warped sheetrock so the interior of the wall cavity could be dried. We noted no signs of mold growth despite the evidence of prolonged moisture in the area.

Air movers and dehumidifiers dried the vanity area, and then our technicians cleaned and disinfected the affected areas. After confirming the wall cavity had no residual moisture, we suggested necessary repairs to fully restore the bathroom to its preloss condition and offered our Building Services.

Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for fast water removal from your home. Our team of certified technicians can be onsite within hours of your initial call and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Professional Flood Remediation is Necessary in Sacramento

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Professional Flood Remediation is Necessary in Sacramento SERVPRO of North Sacramento has the equipment to dry your water damaged home.

Use Flood Damage Mitigation Services in Sacramento to Protect Your Property

Flooding poses a significant threat to homeowners even if levees and dams protect their city. Although the dams and levees offer excellent protection, they can still fail, causing nearby homes to sustain flood damage. Flooding may also occur because of drainage problems after heavy rains.  

If your home has flooded, you need to resolve the problem as fast as possible. You can work with a company that provides flood damage mitigation services in Sacramento to restore your property to its pre-water damage condition. One such company is SERVPRO, and our competent flood damage remediation experts are available on a 24-hour basis, any day of the week. No job is too big or too small for us, and we protect what matters most.  

You can expose yourself and your family to a significant danger if you do not handle water damage promptly. Harmful microbes like mold can grow on damp floors, walls, ceilings, and other affected areas. Our technicians have the training and expertise required to prevent further damage, remove the existing water or moisture and repair or replace affected building materials to get your home back into its preloss condition.  

Here at SERVPRO, we have sufficient equipment that helps us complete the drying process correctly. We can dry everything that flood water has damaged to prevent the problems that moisture can cause. We use extraction equipment like portable or truck mounted pumps to remove water from floors. We also use air movers to improve evaporation at the surface level, which helps make a home dry faster. We can then use desiccant humidifiers to eliminate moisture from the air.  

If your home has hardwood flooring, our technicians can dry it effectively to prevent warping, cupping, or buckling from becoming permanent. Our technicians, certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), follow a set of procedures and standards to ensure that all the affected structures are dry. We seek to restore structures since it is more cost-effective than replacing them. However, if the damage is severe, we can remove damaged building materials like drywall, flooring or tiles and replace them.  

When in need of flood damage mitigation services, SERVPRO of North Sacramento is ready to assist you. We can respond quickly and mitigate your loss. Contact us now at (916) 587-3438 to get the help you need.

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Trust SERVPRO With Your Sacramento Flood Damage Restoration

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Trust SERVPRO With Your Sacramento Flood Damage Restoration After a storm has brought flood waters into your home you can trust us to be there as quickly as possible.We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Sacramento Home

Out of all natural, weather-related disasters, floods are both the most common, and the costliest in the U.S., and Sacramento is no exception. Every community needs to be at least aware of the dangers of floods and be prepared for them since you never know when flooding can occur. There are also dangers of floods which do not go away once the water levels stop rising.

When your home in Sacramento has experienced flooding, you can find help when you reach out to us at SERVPRO. We are a professional remediation company, and we have the experience and training you would expect when you go to someone for help cleaning up the mess left behind from floodwaters.

One thing to be cautious of after flooding in your home is damaged appliances. Water could have damaged natural gas or propane and electrical power. Contact the proper authorities to help you determine when it is safe to turn the utilities back on.

Upon entering a flood-damaged structure, SERVPRO techs must first eliminate any safety hazards. We also ensure we wear the appropriate PPE, including full-body suits, boots, respirators, and rubber gloves. An EPA-registered disinfectant is sprayed directly on the areas affected. We may need to contain the affected areas as well if the contaminants can spread to areas unaffected.

If needed, we remove standing debris and silt, using rakes and shovels. The excess water is removed from carpeting and other kinds of flooring using extractors. We can then evaluate if your structure and belongings can be decontaminated and restored or if things much are removed and replaced. It highly depends on the porosity of the materials, the kind of contamination, and on pretest results. We keep in touch with you throughout the process so you can follow what is going on.

Minimize your contact with floodwater and evacuate your home. The water may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances such as chemicals. Let us handle all of the flood damage cleanups instead, and we can have your home clean and safe again for you and your family.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento wants to assist you in restoring your home in Gardenland, River Gardens, or South Natomas after floodwaters have intruded. Situations like this need to be handled quickly to avoid additional damage, so do not hesitate to call us at (916) 587-3438.

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