Winter Safety Traveling Tips
No matter what job, if its from cleaning your carpets or you need your water damage mitigated, we will travel to you. With traveling from town to town or even staying local there is always risks especially in the winter.
So we here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova train, talk, and check in with our employees, to make sure they have everything they need to be safe on their travels. And so when they are traveling in their own vehicles they know what to do in case of an emergency.
Winter Driving Tips:
- Don't drive while you are fatigued
- Never run your vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage
- Be sure your tires are inflated to the right pressure
- Do not use your cruise control
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your car
- Be sure to make sure someone knows where you're going before you leave.
- Be sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas
- Make sure you allow yourself extra time to reach your destination
Stock Your Vehicle:
- Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper
- Abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter
- Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares, and markers
- Blankets, extra set of clothes and coats
- Cell phone with charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine.
In Case Of An Emergency:
- Stay with you car
- Put bright markers on your antenna or window, keep the interior dome light turned on
- Run your car for short periods of time; just enough to stay warm
You can never be too careful when it comes to traveling in the winter. By following these tips, if an emergency should happen, you will know how to handle it safely.
Here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova we cherish a great business relationship with many Eskatons. Eskaton is a senior living community that provides excellent living and medical care for seniors located in the greater Sacramento area. Over the years, we have maintained a successful and professional business relationship with multiple Eskatons. We are proud to be the first one they call when something happens whether that be water damage, fire or smoke damage, organic growth found or any of the many, many services we provide. With every job that we handle with Eskaton, we treat each one with the utmost care and consideration. We understand that the wonderful folks living at each community center require a little more care and we always take that into consideration. With our excellent customer service skills and trained professionals, we leave the seniors and staff happy, satisfied and "Like it never even happened."
Learning the Weather Lingo
How many times have you watched the weather and expected a huge storm and ended up with a slight drizzle? Have you ever wondered when you should be worried about flooding in your area? Weather reports can be confusing if you don’t understand the terms used to describe storms and floods.
Learning the Weather Lingo
Meteorologists use different terms to represent the severity and imminence of a weather event. Once you crack the code, it’s easy to know generally what to expect. These terms are used to describe the status of anything from a wind storm to a blizzard.
• Advisory: Advisories mean a weather condition is expected, but it’s often used for less severe kinds of weather. Advisories often indicate a weather condition that will happen within the next 24 hours or so. Meteorologists might refer to a wind advisory for relatively low-magnitude winds. Extreme winds, because of their potential for danger, would be indicated with a warning, not an advisory.
• Outlook: Outlooks mean that a hazardous weather condition is possible in a few days. This is often your first notice that the potential for bad weather is on the horizon. You may hear a meteorologist refer to a weekend storm outlook.
• Watch: Watches mean that a hazardous weather condition is possible or likely. This term is often used for weather conditions that could happen over the next few days across a large area. You might hear terms like “winter storm watch” while watching the news.
• Warning: Warnings mean a hazardous weather condition is expected to happen or is already happening. This term is used for imminent weather conditions. Warnings are used for weather events that will likely be significant enough to cause damage to property or physical harm. Meteorologists might issue a heavy snow warning to indicate significant and imminent snowfall.
The terms watch and warning also apply to floods. If you hear about a flood watch, conditions are such that a flood could be possible, and you can start planning and paying more attention to weather reports. If you hear about a flood warning, a flood is either imminent or already occurring; you’ll want to watch for details about what areas the flood will likely impact and make the necessary preparations.
If you have questions about terms used for specific weather conditions, the National Weather Service provides a comprehensive glossary online.
Santa Rosa Fires
Burned out cars sit next to a building on fire in a neighborhood in Santa Rosa
Since the Santa Rosa and Napa area fires have begun and spread at alarming speeds, they have destroyed almost everything in their path. The devastation that occurred has rendered thousands injured, homeless, devastated, and even dead. Since SERVPRO Corporate called neighboring SERVPRO's out for 'storm', we have been out and in action.
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova loaded all our large vehicles with as much equipment as we could fit and headed out to the greater Santa Rosa and Napa areas. Since then, we have received countless phone calls to help restore houses and buildings of the owners whose property, were lucky enough to still be standing. Much of what is out in that area is completely burnt down. Our technicians have been at it for weeks and have witnessed very desolate lands of what used to be houses, parks, vineyards, schools, buildings and much more... all burned to the ground.
What still stands today is struck with temperature burns, covered in soot and air conditions that are hazardous. It is our mission to help as many in need and restore as many buildings back to proper use and make them 'Like it never even happened'.
Commercial Window Cleaning
SERVPRO does commercial window cleaning.
Hey guess what guys?!
In addition to the typical water, fire, mold, and smoke work that we perform on residential and commercial buildings, we also do window cleaning. Bet you didn't know that!
We have worked on both residential and commercial buildings with maintaining or restoring the look and cleanliness of their windows. Especially with commercial buildings, there usually comes a large quantity of them, and typically, they are large. This type of commercial window washing is extensive, but don't worry.. we take special care of it. We use special SERVPRO window cleaning solution that tackles the toughest stains to make it as good as new! Our production crew has high quality cleaning tools that give them ease to reach in every crack and corner in order to assure thorough cleaning.
If you have a commercial building needed a good cleaning to restore it's presence and youth, give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at 916-638-1720.
Lightning Facts & Myths
According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, & hundreds more are severely injured. Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.
MYTH: If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.
FACT: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from heavy rainfall.
MYTH: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
FACT: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.
MYTH: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
FACT: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.
MYTH: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
FACT: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.
MYTH: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
FACT: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.
The 'Mold' is Coming
Example of different color and shape organic growth
In the restoration business we handle a lot of spectators that have opinions on jobs and situations. The biggest misconception is people using the word 'mold'. A lot of people assume that much of what organic growth we deal with, is in fact mold. That is not the case.
There are many, many different types of organic growth to be found in various houses, businesses, hospitals, vehicles, and almost any indoor space. The amount of various strains and types of organic growth species is in the thousands. But without a doubt, the most commonly misconceived idea of organic growth is to be called mold. Most people generalize mold to be any organic growth that has a green or white fuzzy type look to it. The fact of the matter is that organic growth comes in many, many different colors, shapes and textures.
Be sure to leave the diagnosis to the experts before assuming what kind of growth is in your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova to come assess your problems!
Moldy Pumpkins Leave a Mark
The holiday season is in full swing and everyone loves to decorate. Being the end of October, and people are all ready for the Halloween experience. In doing so, many people carve pumpkins and set them out for fun and scary decoration. What many people do not realize or know is that when pumpkins are left out for days (depending on the ripeness of the pumpkin), the pumpkin gets soggy, disfigured and moldy. In the case that you accidentally leave a moldy and disfigured pumpkin in your house, you will most likely have black mold produce on and around it. In the case that it falls onto carpet and is left there, the mold will quickly spread and dig down into your carpet.
If this happens, you should call SERVPRO to come out and make sure all organic growth is destroyed and removed. The smell will go away and it will be like it never even happened!
Emergency Readiness Profile
If you own or manage a commercial property or building you should utilize our Emergency Readiness Profile option. This program will prepare you for any water, mold, fire emergency that you experience within the property and gives you the tools to act fast in the case of an emergency. What an Emergency Readiness Profile is a file that identifies where shut off valves for gas and water are in the case of a gas leak or water leak. These are crucial items in your building to attend to in the case of a leak or emergency. An Emergency Readiness Profile also gives directs and helpful tips for procedures to obey when put in a panicking situation.
And the best part about it?.... it is all FREE. SERVPRO provides a very detailed file to keep close and on hand in the case you encounter a situation you cannot handle. Our technicians are so thoroughly experienced with incidents that they have come up with plans to help lessen the damage that can take place when an incident occurs.
We're out for STORM!
Owner Rose's truck is loaded with our SERVPRO trailer, full of equipment, ready to help!
The fires that have spread throughout much of the Santa Rosa areas have devastated large portions of the land and buildings. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy. Many people have lost their homes and even family or friends. The state of the area is pitiful and dreadful.
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova got the call to action to gear up and head out to the fires to try and restore as much property as possible. Our owner Rose and team of highly trained production crews have packed up tons of different kinds of products, machines, gear, cleaning solutions and much more, ready to tackle whatever is thrown at them.
We find it very humbling to be called out to such a devastating and sorrowful area. We make it our plan to treat every person and situation with as much courtesy and empathy as possible. We wish to help all that we can and restore as much properties to make it "Like it never even happened."