Get ready for a Storm kit
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms may wreak havoc on your house or company. When tragedies like these hit, you must act quickly to prevent more damage to your property. SERVPRO is always willing to assist, and we'd like to offer some advice on how to put together a basic emergency kit in case the unexpected occurs.
One thing that 2021 has taught us is to always be prepared in a year full of surprises. Here are a few essentials to include in your Emergency Storm Kit.
The following items should be included in a basic emergency supplies kit:
-Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
-A battery-operated or hand-crank radio, as well as a NOAA weather radio - Weather Tone alarm on the radio
-Kit for first aid
-Extra batteries are available.
-A whistle (to signal for help)
-Mask to protect against dust (to help filter contaminated air)
-Duct tape and plastic sheeting (to shelter in place)
-Garbage bags, moist towelettes, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
-pliers or a wrench (to turn off utilities)
-Can opener (manual) (for food)
-Maps of the area
-Chargers and a backup battery are included with the phone.
Safety First; How to Prevent Fires in Your Home
Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you may think. Small things such as checking your smoke detector, keeping your appliances unplugged, and using space heaters properly can make all the difference in preventing fires. Here are some tips on keeping your home safe for you and your family.
Fire Prevention is Key
Many fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They are cost-friendly and can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.
Know how to fight a grease fire
Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Grease fires can be extremely threatening since water cannot extinguish them. Water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Extinguish smaller grease fires using metal pan lids or baking soda as well.
Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes
If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you are not letting the ashes collect there. Clean and dispose of your ashes safely after each use.
Watch how you use your space heater
Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Ensure your space heater surroundings have a clearance of at least three feet. When your space heater is not in use, keep it unplugged.
Check your smoke detectors often
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every ten years will ensure they are fully operable to help protect your family. The smoke alarms should be interconnected and should all trigger if one alarm triggers. When an alarm sounds, move quickly and safely outside your home. Treat every alarm as a serious matter.
Consider switching to battery-operated candles
Scented candles are popular, especially during the fall and winter months. They add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. However, scented candles can be a fire hazard if they are left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.
Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and have regular fire extinguisher training
They seem simple, but many people may not know how to use handheld fire extinguishers properly. Teach your loved ones the PASS method: Pull the pin; Aim low, at the base of the fire; Squeeze the lever firmly and Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Remember to routinely check your fire extinguisher to ensure it is up to code.
Finally, have a fire evacuation plan for your family and practice it regularly, especially if you have small children or senior adults. Teach young children as soon as possible about the dangers of fires and what to do if one occurs.
Fire prevention saves lives. Should your home have an emergency and need fire restoration, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here for you in your time of need.
FLOOD DAMAGE - IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE!
Throughout the US, floods remain one of the most widespread and common natural disasters that affect us. No matter where you’re located, in the mountains, along the coast, in the city, close to a river, or out in the desert, you can still be impacted by a flood.
Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:
- Even 6 inches of quickly moving water can sweep you off your feet so steer clear of floodwaters. If you find yourself in an area where the water reaches above your ankles, find another path, walk another way.
- When driving, the same rules apply: If you approach a flooded road, turn around and go another way. Most vehicles can be carried away by less than 2 feet of moving water. If caught by rising waters and the situation warrants it, get out of your car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Protect children from the dangers and diseases carried by contaminated floodwaters. What might look like a fun activity to them could prove deadly.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin has the experience and knowledge to assist you when a flood strikes your home or business. No matter the size, floods have the potential to cause extensive damage to property when not treated quickly and properly and the cleanup can be an overwhelming task.
We’re here 24 hours,7 days a week to help. Contact SERVPRO Auburn/Rocklin at 916.632.2250 for more information.
Your Belongings and Storm Damage
Strom and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belonging, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin understands that your home is more than a structure, your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes and any other belongings that have help you transform a house into a home.
We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Wet Cleaning- An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
- Abrasive Cleaning- Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
- Immersion Cleaning- Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning products
We also provide Pack Outs and Pack Backs:
If your home requires restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized, efficient to pack out the affected areas in the home and make sure your belongings are safe and secure when being removed from your home.
- Protecting contents or items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
- Protecting any furniture that may have to leave the home
When the home is done and completed, we then work on letting the homeowner know when he or she is available for us to do a pack back, which means putting their belonging back inside their home.
Please give us a call for any questions you may have at 916.632.2250.
Did your Home or Business get affected by a Storm?
If you are experiencing leakage and flooding due to heavy rain falls, it’s strongly recommended that the drying process begin the soonest as possible, rather than later. The delay can cause additional, harsher reparations, resulting in more costly upkeep.
With the recent storms that hit the area, it’s not too late to take action for the next big one that hits:
- Clear out storm drains of debris build up
- Empty out gutters of leaves and branches
- Pick up sandbags in case of unexpected flooding
- Defer falling water away from any entryways of your building
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin dedicates a great amount of our service to cleaning and drying of water damage. Don't let another day pass from getting your home or Business back to normal! We work to save you from worse damages.
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Water Damage Restoration call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916.632.2250. We are your 24/7 Emergency Service Providers.
A Burst Pipe Inside of Crawl Space May Leave You in Need of Water Removal Services
When a pipe that runs through your crawl space bursts and creates a need for professional water removal services, the situation can be challenging. Crawl Spaces are small and can be difficult to maneuver inside of, which can make it hard to remove the still water from within it. However, settling to try and take the water out yourself with an everyday wet/dry vacuum might not be very practical, and the equipment to dry the space thoroughly is very pricey. Hiring professional services can save you money on this cost and makes sure that the job is thoroughly done.
Removing the water from your crawl space may not be easy, but it is essential to get it out of your home. Leaving the water for prolonged amounts of time can cause the potential for problem to rise. If the floor of your crawl space is a dirt floor, the mixture can cause mud to form, making it even harder to operate inside. Excessive water can rust any metal that is inside of the space, especially around the piping. To avoid complications caused by the initial problem it is best to get the water out as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin uses advanced equipment like extractors and portable pumps to remove the water. Our goal is to get the water out as quickly as possible.
Do not hesitate if a burst pipe leaves any part of your home flooded with water that needs removal give SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin a call at 916.632.2250.
COMMERCIAL - WATER DAMAGE
At SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin we do a high volume of commercial water damage services. The term "commercial" in our industry includes office buildings, industrial buildings, multi-unit properties, and retail businesses. So what is the difference between working on commercial water damage repair versus performing our services at residential homes?
While a water damage to a residential home is a huge inconvenience for a homeowner or renter, it can be devastating for a business owner. Instead of one family being troubled with damaged property, a business with a water damage can affect the families of everyone who works there. Quick turnaround time is essential so that the business can get back to normal as fast as possible.
If you dislike Mondays, imagine a Monday morning where you open up the front door to your office and water floods your feet. After the initial panic subsides, you call in SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to help with the cleanup and repairs. Our initial crews will show up to assess the damage, as well as start the extraction of standing water. No two jobs are alike, so our team kicks into problem- solving mode.
If you have a water damage at your business, give us a call at 916.632.2250 SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here to help.
Do You Know How To Spot Toilet Problems?
Common Causes of Toilet Problems
Your home’s toilets are a bit strange. While you likely use your toilets every day, you also probably don’t like to think much about them. Even though bathroom fixtures in your home can be easy to forget, you don’t want to ignore a leaking toilet. By understanding some common causes of toilet problems, you increase your chances of the sort of long-term damage that comes from a bathroom leak.
Common Toilet Problems
To function properly, your toilet takes in clean water and flushes away waste. Because the system is simple, problems are usually easy to identify. If you notice any of the following, your toilet may require some repairs:
- Failure to flush
- Failure to fill
Causes of Toilet Problems
Often, the cause of a leaking toilet falls into one of two categories. First, you may have a dry wax ring. Your toilet relies on a wax ring to form a water-tight seal between the fixture and your plumbing system. Unfortunately, rings can dry out, causing the seal to crack. If it does, water may seep onto your bathroom floor.
Alternatively, your bathroom leak may be due to the tank flange. If the flange is not tight, water may not stay where the toilet’s designers wanted it to stay. Often, tightening the flange is the best way to stop your toilet from leaking.
Plumbing Problems Can Cause Water Damage
If your dishwasher or garbage disposal springs a leak, you can be looking at water damage within cabinets and across your flooring in addition to compromised plumbing. Areas below your kitchen or wet bar can also sustain soaked walls and ceilings. SERVPRO can stop the leak and begin the recovery effort within hours of contacting us any time of the day or night. When you place your plumbing leak problem in our hands, we act fast, assessing the situation and making a plan that can have you back in the kitchen enjoying good times with friends and family, rather than mopping and dealing with unpleasant odors.
Dirty dishwater or food debris can swiftly change clean water to a contaminated condition. Our fast response can often contain your water damage to a moisture problem only, which is a straightforward issue we can resolve quickly. If the affected areas are saturated with gray water, full of decaying food, microbial growth can begin within a very short time. Our technicians are trained to follow the water trail, evaluating where the plumbing leak may have migrated so that you are not surprised by additional damage after the obvious problem seems to have been solved. Once we have completed our detective work, we devise a plan that repairs, cleans, and dries out all affected areas, ready for the final touches that bring your house back to its preloss condition.
We extract any standing water and then use proper techniques to clean and dry out cabinetry. Our SERVPRO staff is trained to remove moisture without harming hardwood or laminated under sink cupboards. The tile, wood, or laminate flooring in your kitchen also needs attention, inspected carefully for a leakage into the subfloor or ceiling below. Airflow and gentle application of heat as the humidity reduces can dry out flooring and the structures underneath with as little residual damage as possible. Effectively completing these steps is dependent upon the IICRC, training that each of our technicians completes before entering your home. Reversing the effects of water damage is not a do-it-yourself proposition, and we are ready to lend our expertise to make sure it is done correctly.
When your kitchen appliances fail, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is the first call you should make. Our locally based water damage restoration team is available for appointments 24/7 at 916.632.2250
Leakproof Your Home
Always be prepare, it is time to prepare your home and/or business for cold and rainy weather. But keeping water out of your property can be quite complicated. For example, plumbing issues can cause moisture and even light rain can cause leaks through the roof, walls, foundation etc. When this occurs the moisture eventually reaches the porous materials in your home, which may then lead to structural damage and other humidity concerns. It is important to note that if left untreated you also run the risk of mold growth. For these reasons it is highly recommended that you take proper care of any and all potential areas prone to leaks such as the following.
- Inspection of the plumbing pipes system
- Inspection of the roof/chimney
- Inspection of the water heater
- Check attic insulation
- Clean the gutters
- Repair any cracks
- Seal proof doors and windows
- Check exterior faucets and irrigation system
After all, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. However, in the event that you encounter any leaks or flooding occurs, please contact SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. We specialize in helping property owners recover from water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."