Emergency READY Profile - Do You Have One?
This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO® of Rancho Cordova as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years of experience and a system nearly 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO® of Rancho Cordova Professionals to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens.”
Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®
- No Cost Assessment of your facility
- Concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- Guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes your local SERVPRO® of Rancho Cordova professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information
If you have any questions regarding ERPs, please call at (916) 638-1720.
Ponderosa Fire Turning up the Heat in the Valley
Ponderosa Fire is making it's way through Butte County
In Butte County, what is being called The Ponderosa Fire has exploded and is moving fast. Over 3,000 acres has already been burned up and 20 homes have already been destroyed. We strongly urge anyone in that area to listen for evacuation warnings and be prepared to leave and get to safe ground. With the intense heat wave being experienced, the fire's location on steep and rugged terrain are complicating firefighters' efforts.
A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. The man is accused of "recklessly starting a campfire outside a designated campground and allowing it to escape," Cal Fire said in a statement.
Whatever the matter, we thank all the men and women fire fighters and CAL Fire workers who are working to contain this fire, as well as volunteers. The fire is said to be 30% contained and hopefully more as the days go by.
Pet Safety During a Storm
With the spring and summer seasons, severe storms become more frequent and tornadoes become a possibility. In the event of a tornado, most people consider the safety of their family, but many may forget to consider the safety of their pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips to help keep pets safe during severe storms.
Tornado Safety Tips:
• Bring your pets inside – Any time a severe storm is in your area, bring your pets indoors. If it is not safe for you to be outside, then it is not safe for your four-legged friend!
• Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification or is microchipped – If you were to be separated from your pet during a storm, an identification tag or microchip will increase your chances of being reunited.
• Practice getting your pets into your safe place – When you practice your tornado safety plan with your family, be sure to include your pets as part of the practice plan!
• If you are forced to evacuate, take your pets with you – Even if you think you will only need to be gone for a short period of time, take your pets and some emergency pet supplies with you. Depending on the situation, you may be unable to come back for your pets at a later time.
Fire Damage - Call on the Experts at SERVPRO
When picturing a fire, most people think only of the flames themselves. However, in a real fire, open flames are often among the least of your concerns. Fires are multifaceted disasters that can cause damage in multiple ways. Between ash, smoke, burns, and water damage, fires can damage almost any type of material. SERVPRO can clean and restore many of these, but understanding what might happen to your stock during a fire is important for calculating financial loss and extra shipments.
Flammable items may catch fire, in most cases becoming unsalvageable, and other goods may be exposed to flames that partially or fully destroy them. We're able to restore some of the damage caused by direct burns, such as some discoloration or warping in items, but many victims of this type of damage are irrecoverable.
Water Damage from Sprinklers
Sprinklers help to save a business from many larger fires, but they also have the unfortunate consequence of adding additional damage to a situation. Water can damage most unsealed goods, and whether or not they will need replacing depends entirely on how much water is sprayed and what types of items are affected.
Ash is a tricky substance, as it can work its way into deep recesses and mix with water to become a harmful sludge. Ash is particularly bad for electronics and food items, but thankfully, its effects can usually be mitigated by SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova.
Smoke has the highest potential to damage fabrics and clothing but can hurt other types of merchandise as well. We have many different methods of treating smoke damage, be it on an individual item or rooms at a time. Smoke is usually a more serious problem for the building itself than any merchandise.
Make sure to call on the fire experts at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at (916) 638-1720.
Storm Season Approaching
Storms are powerful phenomenon's that can destroy anything in their way.
Last year here in Sacramento, we experienced a very wet fall and winter. The storms were both intense and many. This created for numerous water and damage losses coming into our business. With the summer coming closer to an end, we here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova want you to be prepared for the upcoming storm season.
It is always wise to have your home or business inspected for termite or water damage. With the upcoming storms approaching, great wind can knock over trees and structures that can harm or severely damage your home or building. Unknown water damage or termite damage could weaken your home or building and leave it more prone to collapsing if a tree or structure falls on it. Be sure to have termite inspections annually and if you experience any moisture in places that don't belong, call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova and have us test it.
You can never be too careful!
We offer emergency services and we are available any time of the night or day, any day of the year. 24/7, 365.
Stove/Range Fire in Shingle Springs
Here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova, we operate on a high level of expectancy for our services. Our goal is to clean, restore and leave the client overly satisfied with as much haste as possible.
Fire losses are different from our most common losses (water), but never treated with lesser priority. In this particular case, there was a stove fire in Shingle Springs that burned up the range and above cabinets, pretty bad. With extensive training, our technicians determine whether the affected areas are able to be cleaned and salvaged or, if burned, then removed and properly thrown away. If a surface is cleanable, the techs generally use specific dry sponges to clean off the many layers of soot; including surrounding walls and ceilings that have gathered soot. In this particular case, The cabinets had to be removed due to their being burned, and the range cleaned. This job was done in almost record time and yet again, left another satisfied customer.
Have a fire loss or damage? Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at 916-638-1720. We offer 24/ emergency service 365 days a year.
Effects of Mold
Intense Mold Spreading
Effects of Mold
Mold grows in a number of different places. More commonly, it grows in dark, moist areas. It can grow in areas ranging from forests to common house hold rooms. If left untreated, mold can spread rapidly and cover much ground. Because it prefers darker areas to grow, it often grows in crawl spaces, inside walls, and behind walls in your house. In these cases, it can grow and spread without knowledge of it and cover vast areas. Mold moistens and weakens material such as wood, drywall and insulation. Much damage to a house or building can come of not removing mold quickly.
Exposure to mold in your home or business may also affect your health. The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/black-mold-symptoms-and-health-effects
If you see spots of mold in your home or building, don't hesitate, it might be much larger than you think. Give us a call at 916-638-1720. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is "Here to Help"!
Glowing "Foxfire" Mold
Bio-luminescent mold, a.k.a. 'Foxfire' mold
When most people think of mold they think of ugly, dirty, furry mold. The consensus shows that it is a very unpleasant and even smelly growth; but what most people don't know, is there are strains of GLOWING mold!
These glowing molds are classified as bio-luminescence. The illuminating fungus is found in decaying wood and can emit a green, blue or sometimes yellow glow. Usually, the fungi is very dim; but on occasion, it has reportedly been bright enough to read by.
In our line of business, we meet all sorts of structural problems. Mold is one of our more popular jobs that we work on, and recently, we were given a project that was a new to our experience. A gentleman called to report glowing mold in his house and we were stunned to find that the mold had indeed, been glowing!
This mold is the Foxfire mold and in this case, illuminated blue. Of course any mold is no match for our technicians. We properly and promptly removed the mold and fixed the rest of the repairs needed for reconstruction. In the end, we concluded with another very satisfied client, and a new experience with it.
Call us 24/7 for emergency or standard help at 936-638-1720
Tips for Keeping Commercial Business' Cool this Summer
Tips for Keeping Commercial Business' Cool this Summer
Summer is in full swing and the temperatures here in Sacramento are scorching! With temperatures in the high 90's and 100's, buildings become vulnerable to electrical and non electrical fires erupting.
If you have a commercial building that is not in use, make sure to run the A/C for a couple hours every day. This will lower the internal temperature of the building and disallow the building from climbing to temperatures in the 120's Fahrenheit. Dangerous temperatures like that create a very threatening environment to people or items in the building including electrical or mechanical objects. All it takes is a few hours a day of cool air circulating the building to cool it down safely.
A tip for commercial buildings to stay cool that are being used is to purchase a new cooling system. Newer air conditioning systems are more efficient and powerful than older, outdated ones. You will be able to pump out colder air faster, and more efficiently so as to save money in the long run with your energy bill. A new commercial air conditioning unit may be costly, but still a sound investment for the future whether you are occupying yourself, or renting out.
If a fire breaks out in a commercial building, the heat can act like gasoline and increase spreading. In this case, call the fire department immediately. If the building is salvageable, give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call and we will come out and mitigate your property for you. Professional and talented technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year. 916-638-1720
Sacramento International Airport Project
One of our technicians working on containment
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova handles losses and projects of all sorts of variety, including high priority commercial projects. In early May, the Sacramento International Airport called our offices in serious need. What the crew at the airport thought was just a simple rat feces problem, turned out to be much worse. Rat feces and urine is highly poisonous to humans and creates for very urgent care and removal. The scope of the work turned into our technicians removing all of the ceiling in the men's bathroom and locker room, including all of the insulation. Our techs professionally removed all contaminated areas, including dead rats and mice and cleaned all surrounding areas. Once our reconstruction team came in, the insulation and ceiling was reinstalled and the place looked as good as new.
The faculty absolutely loved our speedy and exceptional work!
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova handles much more than water, fire, and mold damage. Give us a call and see what we can do for you! 916-638-1720