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Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Sacramento Home

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of our technician extracting water from a commercial building. After a storm has brought flood waters into your home you can trust us to be there as quickly as possible. W are available 24/7 so call us right away.

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.

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

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Our technician testing the walls using a special sponge to determine the cleaning protocol that we'll be using As soon as the fire truck leaves, we begin our restoration work.

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 and smoke 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, soot is 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.

When you have to Water Damage, SERVPRO will always stand by you.

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Inject dry and other drying equipment placed in the customer home After water damage we place drying equipment to prevent further damage the property.

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 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 Inject dry 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.

Fire Damage Restoration Professionals in Sacramento Describe How Smoke Issues Are Treated

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Our duct cleaning machine being used in a commercial property The SERVPRO Green Vehicle-We're Faster To Any Size Disaster for Fire Damage Cleanup in Sacramento

If a fire breaks out in another building other than yours inside your Sacramento office complex, your unit could still get negatively affected. Problems that happen in units above, below, or next to yours can cause commercial fire damage inside your place of business. Smoke from fires in other parts of your building can get to your office by going through walls or entering through heating and ventilation systems. Any time smoke enters a structure, foul odors and soot residues can cause problems with materials and contents. During many commercial fire damage scenarios, soot cleaning and removal is a part of what our SERVPRO professionals can do to help save the structural components and contents inside your office.
 
As soon as you notice smoke entering your office unit from one adjacent to it, you should call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. The first step we take when arriving at any fire damage situation in Sacramento is to figure out which of your building materials and contents we can clean and which items we have to remove and replace. We accomplish this with a test cleaning kit. Included in this kit is a large variety of chemicals that are designed to clean off different types of soot residues from the various surfaces inside your structure. We also utilize different techniques so we know whether we can clean a surface or not and what combination of chemicals and methods to use.
 
Once we figure out the best techniques to use on each of your affected surfaces and give you an initial estimate, we begin treating any damage that we found during the original inspection. After all of your building materials and contents get cleaned we work towards deodorizing your office. To remove burnt smells, we can implement fogging machines that disperse chemicals into the air to mimic smoke or a hydroxyl generator that chemically neutralizes foul aromas.
 
If you ever see or smell smoke in your office, call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438, 24 hours a day.

Content Management Solutions for Fire-Damaged Sacramento Homes

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Customer content being wrapped with blankets and shrink wrap and place a Fragile sticker on it. Don't Get Boxed in with Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Possessions in Sacramento--Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Off-Site Contents Cleaning

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.

A Robust Range of Water Removal Strategies: Why SERVPRO Rises to the Top of Restoration Options in Sacramento

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of our technician extracting water from an apartment building carpet Water heaters and other appliances can dump a large amount of water when they fail. Contact SERVPRO for efficient water removal services.

The quantity of water a broken water heater or washing machine sends into your Sacramento home can be substantial. Household appliances continue to obtain water from the supply lines if a pump or hose breaks or the tank or drum leaks. If the malfunction happens overnight or while you and your family are away at work or school, hundreds of gallons can infiltrate your home. We have experience ridding residences of significant amounts of water, why our team is a preferred community resource.

Risks of Hidden Water

One of the issues faced by professional Sacramento water removal specialists is how to access fluids from a water loss that migrated into building cavities. Leaving the water to drain slowly or eventually evaporate is not an option. Lingering moisture progressively deteriorates building structures and can result in vigorous microbial growth and damage. We are familiar with these threats to your home’s integrity and safety, and this knowledge is why we explore every option to get the water out of every affected space in your home.

Dual Purpose of Controlled Demolition

As water moves from the laundry or utility room into spaces behind walls and above ceilings, building materials wick up moisture. Wet, porous materials quickly become unsalvageable, swelling, and warping. Using careful demolition techniques permit two desired outcomes:

  • Ruined building materials are excised, reducing odors, microbial growth, and the tell-tale distortion of water damage.
  • Removing sections of drywall allows access to the pooled up water and improves airflow and ventilation for more efficient drying.

Methods and Tools Used

Although demolition might appear to be a radical move, it is considered a best practice, why SERVPRO employees learn how to complete it appropriately during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. Our technicians mark the wall 24½ or 48½ inches up, ensuring we make flood cuts above the waterline. Stud finders assist us as we plan the cuts. We choose from among our inventory of tools, relying on our training and experience to select the proper option: 

  • Razor knife
  • Drywall saw, or keyhole saw
  • Rotary saw
  • Kett saw
  • Reciprocating saw

When using the power tools, our technicians adjust the cutting depth of saw blades or bits, so they do not penetrate past the drywall. Safety and avoidance of further damage to plumbing, utility lines, or other components is the goal.

The crew we send is highly-qualified in water damage solutions, why SERVPRO of North Sacramento can answer any queries you have about our water removal strategies. Call (916) 587-3438 to schedule an assessment immediately.

Flood Damage in your Sacramento Home? Our Rapid Response Team is here to Help

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of our technician extracting  hard flooring Let us put our training and resources to work for you. We will restore your home after a flood and make it safe for you to return.

The type of issues that households sustain during a natural flood or backed up sewer always require professional assessment and remediation. The water can often be hazardous to your health, even if it may appear clean. When water sits it can become increasingly toxic; it is, therefore, necessary to approach a professional service to help remove said water and dispose of any waste in line with state and federal regulations.

Homes with flood damage in Sacramento can rely on us to provide an urgent service. SERVPRO operates call-lines 24 hours a day and can send a rapid response unit to your location within four hours of notification of loss. A shorter time frame is essential due to the dangerous nature of flood water which can be toxic or steadily weaken structural components like ceilings, floors, and walls.

A SERVPRO technician can begin making your property safe immediately on arrival. Removing hazardous materials, electrics and checking for structural weaknesses should only be carried out by a qualified professional. Once the affected area is deemed safe to enter, your technician can begin to remove the water using submersible gas-powered pumps.

Some contents and structure in the home can be decontaminated and restored. Other parts may need replacement. SERVPRO of North Sacramento employees operate on a restore over replace remit, however in cases where grey or black water are present items like carpets, subfloor mats and other porous materials need to be disposed of in designated waste removal sites. Your technician can pack these items up and take them away for proper disposal at the end of service.

Once the removal of contaminated materials is complete, we can pressure wash the affected area, apply sanitizers and remove harmful bacteria. Standing water migrates fast so we use moisture meters to discover where water may be residing and dry it. Rapid air movers and dehumidifiers are placed at the end of service to ensure no secondary flood damage like mold growth occur after we leave.

Our rapid response unit can help you in an emergency, contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 to arrange a call out.

Efficient Fire Odor Elimination for Your Sacramento Business

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Our technician deodorizing a commercial building  SERVPRO can easily get rid of smoke residue and odor in your business.

Smells are the fastest way to remind someone of an event or a place. As long as the aromas are pleasant, the memories are welcome. The acrid smell of a fire in your Sacramento business is not a remembrance to treasure. Even if our restoration technicians do their best to clean up fire residues, a smoky odor brings back the terror and the frustration of the fire that nearly closed your doors for good.

Restoration of a business in Sacramento is incomplete if fire odors linger. Employees might be triggered with flashbacks about the blaze and clients can lose confidence in your management abilities if the disaster appears partially unresolved. Inventory, documents, and other items stored on-site can carry the smell far from your headquarters, troubling to loyal customers as well as potential leads.

SERVPRO’s deodorization specialists use a broad range of strategies to eliminate the odors remaining after other fire cleanup completes. Cover-ups with distracting scents are not permanent solutions. We work through an odor-elimination protocol to get rid of the stench for all time.

All burned items must be located and removed, including searching in hidden cavities. Thorough cleaning of surfaces is then checked off, with consideration of sealing some areas to prevent the volatile compounds from vaporizing and increasing the smell. This is often an option when areas in a commercial HVAC system contain sooty residues that the airflow could move throughout your business space. On occasion, enzymatic products can help as well.

SERVPRO deodorization technicians then choose from among advanced techniques to eliminate the ability tiny airborne and settled particulates to share the smell. We might recreate the conditions of the blaze with thermal foggers, equipment that combusts deodorants at high temperatures to seek out smelly particles and neutralize them. Our experts also use ozone machines and hydroxyl generators to change the chemical composition of the remaining sooty bits, rendering them non-offensive to the nose.

If your business suffered from soot and fire, persistent odors are often not far behind. Contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for our industry-leading deodorization services.

Save Money on Fire Damage Assessment in Your Sacramento Home

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Picture showing smoke damage to the property structure Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento to assess your fire damage.

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. 

Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Sacramento Homes

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Affected ceiling after fire fighters made in the ceiling to vent the building from the smoke and gases After the 4TH of July fire works, this customer's garage got affected by the fire damage. WE assisted the customer with this loss.

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 damage 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.