California Drought and the Storms we Need
Yellow- Abnormally Dry
Tan- Moderate Drought
Red- Extreme Drought
Dark Red- Exceptional Drought
Contrary to popular, misguided belief, California is still sitting in a major drought. Although much of our lakes and rivers have filled themselves over the past few years of storms, we are not in the clear just yet.
According to http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA, about 90 percent of California is in a drought as of February 15th of this year. The areas that suffer from a greater drought are the southern Californian areas; particularly the more heavily populated areas that are closer to the ocean.
What most people don't realize is that we generally do not pull water from lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Pulling water from the ocean is a particularly expensive and difficult process to treat the water to a degree for consumption or use. Most of the water we consume or use for agriculture is pulled from a ground water source; thus, leaving the general population to think we are out of a drought because they see lakes and rivers with water in them.
To get closer to escaping our drought, Californians need to cut down on water consumption and be more liberal with their water use. In addition to what people can do to help the drought, we need storms. California is over-due for many, many, rainy storms. These storms would help fill our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, and eventually help restore our ground water source.
Fair Oaks Library Flooding
Fair Oaks Library Flood
The ever-popular Fair Oaks Library, located in Fair Oaks had a main toilet pipe line burst open and put up a mess of a flood. More than half of the entire flooring of the library was flooded and affected. Much of the walls had to be removed due to the moisture from the flood running up the walls. If the walls went unattended, the moisture from the water would grow inside the walls and drywall and produce organic growth, creating even more problems.
We received the call from the Sacramento County and responded instantly. The water source had been contained and stopped. We sealed off any areas that did not need attention and set out countless air movers, to dry the affected area as fast as possible. In this case, because of the size of the affected area, the library had to be shut down until we were done. Time was a very sensitive focus. We strapped our technicians up and got them removing of all affected drywall. With great haste, we were able to remove a heavy amount of drywall in just a couple of days. Once we cleaned it all up, we set out our equipment for drying and were able to restore the carpet, rather than remove it. Here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova, we aim to restore rather than remove or demolish if we ever can. We understand the costliness of replacing things rather than restoring. It is our goal to provide service that best fits your situation with empathy and understanding. We do not aim to add additional work or cost to a project. And in this case, we were able to remove the affected drywall, dry the floors and have the library ready to be put back together within a few days.
The manager of the library and Sacramento County representative were so impressed with our work and time span. They were beyond pleased with us and we were very happy to help them.
Storm Water Causing Flooding in Crawl Spaces
Standing water in a flooded crawl space
As we are in full swing for winter, storm season is upon us. The rains come and they go, but almost always leave behind unwanted damage. The crawl space area underneath your house is a perfect spot for rain water to accumulate and cause some serious damage. Whether water has accumulated underneath a house from storm water or a broken water pipe, the possible damage it can cause is even greater if left unknown. Water can break down the foundation under a house over time, which would, in turn, destroy the support of the house. This kind of damage can be as serious as a house collapsing in on itself, or at least certainly parts of it.
If standing water underneath a house is found and treated, you will save yourself a ton of money, time and resources. It is recommended that you check your crawl spaces underneath your house regularly. If you see standing water in there, call us out and we can remove the water and set out protective materials and antimicrobials.
Give us a call to extract standing water under your house and stay dry this storm season!
Smoke and Soot
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
What To Do Until Help Arrives
Have you ever experienced water damage in your home? Each time a house is damaged by water, the type and/or amount of damage can be different and requires different and unique solution. When sewer water enters your home, it may contain bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that can cause illness. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova have the right equipment and specialized training to quickly fix these issue. While you're waiting for our services, here are some helpful things to do and not until help has arrived.
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily damaged or we areas
- Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
- Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants
- Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas.
Give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call if you ever experience any kind of water damage. Our experts are here to help, (916) 638-1720.
It's The Water You Don't See
Areas that can be affected by a small water leak.
Water damage can be very detrimental, especially if you don't see it. A lot of times, you cannot see the water, and it unknowingly can spread and cause even more damage. If you see any possible sight of water or moisture where it shouldn't be, give us a call immediately to come out and assess the situation. When we come out, we moisture map the area to detect temperature and humidity for drying analysis. After we analyze the moisture, we locate the source/type of the water, adjusting decisions accordingly. From there, we stop the source of the water/ moisture. Now would be the time to strike. Our trained professional production staff will extract the affected area, depending on what it is; I.e. flooring, walls, doorways, windows, or many other possibly affected areas. With the assistance of our high-quality air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers etc., we then clean the area and air of any residual moisture. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova particularly provides the option for the whole reconstruction of a home or building. We bring in our reconstruction crew and bring it back, so it looks "Like it never even happened."
Don't let unseen water damage your home or building. Give us a call if you see any unnatural water, leakage, or moisture coming through an area that should not be moist. 916-638-1720
What is Mold?
Microscopic mold spores.
Mold and organic growth represent a wide variety of the sort. Fungi, mold and organic growth are in our environment naturally. There are over 100,00 kinds of fungi on earth which range from extremely helpful to damaging. Some useful fungi produce yeast, used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products including alcoholic beverages. Fungi can even be lifesaving; penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).
Intrusion of water into a home or building can create mold/ organic growth. Water intrusions can come from many different sources including storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. If the intrusions are not handled right away, increased risk of harmful mold growth can present itself. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.
That reason, alone, is a huge reason mold, fungi, or organic growth needs to be remediated immediately before disastrous damage occurs. Let SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova help you out if you have organic growth in your residential or commercial building.
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
You don't want to leave your ducts looking like this.
Having your air ducts cleaned in your commercial building is an important aspect of owning a building. Whether the building is being used for storage or to run a business, getting your air ducts cleaned out regularly is helpful for efficient productivity in the air quality.
Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your building. The system takes air in and breathes air out. Your air quality rests on your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system so having a quality HVAC system and air ducts regularly cleaned is crucial. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova suggests that if you own a commercial building, to have the air ducts cleaned about every 5 years for optimal air quality. Give us a call to come out and clean your commercial air ducts.
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."