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Choose SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova and here's 5 Top Reasons Why!

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

You may be wondering why you should choose SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova instead of one of the other dozens of restorations companies, let us tell you why:

  1. 40+ Years Experience in the Industry.
  2. Respond immediately when you need us most.
  • Home emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
  1. Qualified Technicians and Team Members
  • Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications; rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following: IICRC training, Employee Certification training, E-Learning programs, and Continuing Education Classes.
  1. We are ready and equip to handle any loss whether it be small or large
  • SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is ready to handle your loss whether it is a water loss caused from a leaky dishwasher in your home, or water loss in your commercial business caused by fire sprinklers throughout the entire structure.
  1. We understand the stress of a loss in your home
  • We at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova understands the stress a hardship in your home can cause and our staff is there to make it as easy as possible. Our technicians know it is your home but treat it with respect like their own.  Our hope is to take that stress from you and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova (916) 251-7963 a call today.

Don't Turn off the Drying Equipment

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova to help restore your property after suffering a water damage, our professional technicians will place the appropriate equipment to dry out the area as quickly as possible. It is important to always following our instructions and keep the equipment running at all times. We realize that the equipment is noisy and can become bothersome if you remain in your home during the restoration process, however, turning off the air movers and/or dehumidifiers can delay the drying time and can cause further damage to your property such as microbial growth. It is also important to note that oftentimes your insurance coverage will only pay for the drying equipment for a specific length of time, depending on the category of damage. Your SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova project manager will monitor the moisture readings of the equipment daily to determine the appropriate time for removal. If you have any concerns or questions about the drying equipment, be sure to speak to any of our crew members.

Give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova (916) 251-7963 a call today!

Steps Taken in the Cleanup of Water Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova Handles the Entire Remediation Process

Water damage can come from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Ultimately, many different objects, surfaces, and materials in a home can suffer water damage from the same event, and many homeowners question how a company such as SERVPRO handles a comprehensive water damage cleanup job. Here you'll learn about some of the ways our technicians control and repair water damage in local residences.

Identifying the Source and Water Type

Water damage must be correctly defined by water type and source. Did it come from a storm or flood, or was it a pipe burst? There are also different types of water, typically categorized as either clean, gray, or black, each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible, to avert further damage to your home.

Surveying Damage and Mold

After we understand what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation.

Furniture and Water Removal

The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump.

Drying and Odor Treatments

At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed.

Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning

In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, and furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova employs certified and well-trained technicians who are experienced with all kinds of water damage restoration and cleanup jobs. If you need our services for any type or volume of water damage to your home, call us at (916) 251-7963 for 24/7 emergency service

The Accepted Standard for Water Damage Restoration

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Licensed Restoration Companies Have the Experience to Deal with Your Water Problems

Currently, there are no government regulations outlining procedures for water damage cleanup. There are two certifying standard bodies that provide the rules of care procedures: Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”) and the Restoration Industry Association (“RIA”). The restoration companies are regulated by Maryland's Department of Consumer Affairs.

If your home experiences water damage, contact a restoration company. The IICRC is a non-profit organization that offers certification programs and standards used by the restoration industry. An IICRC company must demonstrate proof of insurance and provide education and training, leading to a certification for technicians.

The RIA is a trade association for cleaning and restoration professionals. They offer education, training, technical support and certification for technicians. Restoration companies are generally the first responders after significant damage to a home from floods, water, fires, mold, and other major events.

The job of a restoration company is to clean, preserve, and protect the home and its contents so that additional damage will not occur. Not all restoration companies are certified to repair your home unless they are licensed.

Most California insurance adjusters and claim representatives are familiar with SERVPRO as a quality restoration company in your community that can begin the clean-up, restoration and repair process quickly. When contacted, our restoration technicians will arrive and evaluate the work to be done and the equipment needed to restore you to a pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is nearby because we are locally owned and operated. Our technicians are the best in the industry with IICRC certification and training. If your home or business receives damage from fire, water, mold, or a storm, call us at (916) 251-7963 and let us safely restore you back to normal.

Storm & Wind Damage

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to a home.  Wind damage and water damage are the most common results of a heavy storm and it is important to contact SERVPRO as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  Wind damage can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.  These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.

Wind Type Varies by Storm and Causes Different Degrees of Wind Damage

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.  Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.

Characteristics of the Wind Affect the Wind Damage

The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation.  Some characteristics to take into account include speed, direction, and duration of the gusts and recognizing them can help you protect your home and property effectively from wind damage.  Recognizing the characteristics of the wind can also help you determine how much potential damage to expect.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Wind and Storm Damage Repair Costs

Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year and understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your home and save on restoration and repair costs. 

If your home sustains wind damage during a storm, make sure to call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova immediately.  Our qualified technicians can provide effective wind damage and storm damage repair. Call us today: (916) 251-7963

3 Circumstances that Require a Flood Cut

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

When flooding affects your home, having a professional cleanup and restoration company come to inspect and repair the damage can be an important step in preventing further problems and beginning the cleanup process. Flood technicians may perform a variety of repairs to restore your home, including a flood cut, which requires cutting out sections of drywall about a foot above the flood line to inspect the wall behind it. While this process is not always necessary, there are a few circumstances that may require it after a flood occurs.

  1. Black Water Floods

When outdoor flooding invades your home from overflowing streams or rivers, it may contain sewage, chemicals or dead animal carcasses. This water can be considerably contaminated and is known as black water. A flood cut is usually necessary when this type of flooding occurs because your home’s drywall and any insulation behind it may be affected by the dirty water and may need replacing.

  1. Wet Insulation

Flood technicians may perform a flood cut and tear out sections of drywall if they believe any insulation behind your home’s walls has water damage. Because insulation cannot be properly dried, a flood cut may be needed to remove any wet material. Once the interior wall is cleaned and dried, new insulation can be installed.

  1. Mold Growth

After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly if it is not addressed. Flood technicians may perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area if any is found. Because mold does not need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other areas and cause an unpleasant odor in your home. A flood cut can prevent this and keep mold at bay.

Flooding in your home can cause a variety of problems in your home long after the waters recede. Having flood cuts performed may resolve these issues and prevent costly repairs later on. Give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call, (916) 251-7963

Out Step by Step Process to Fire Damage Restoration

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Some fires require the fire department to use water in your home. If this happened the water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration or Reconstruction

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (916) 251-7963

Smoke and Soot Damage to Neighboring Properties

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

A question I was once asked: Can my home be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein. Call today (916) 251-7963

Mitigation vs. Restoration

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

If your business has been affected by severe flooding, the chances are that you have contacted a flood and water cleanup company to help get your building back to normal is pretty high. You will probably hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot, and you might not fully understand what they mean. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.

Mitigation

Mitigation is the first line of defense when it comes to water damage. It also includes measures that are used to help stabilize the situation before any more damage can occur. Here are some examples of what happens during mitigation:

  • Inspecting damage
  • Making sure building is stable
  • Window board up
  • Setting tarps
  • Removing furniture/other belongings
  • Extracting water
  • Setting drying equipment

Depending on if more work needs to be done, based on the damage, that is where restoration comes in to play.

Restoration or Reconstruction

Restoration means that we will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Once mitigation has been complete, the repairing of the structure can begin. This means replacing drywall, painting, and many other things depending on what is needed.

Whatever your needs may bay SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for all mitigation and restoration/reconstruction needs! (916) 251-7963

5 Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in your Commercial Business

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold or mildew in your building? Over time some mold may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Use the following tips to help prevent mold or mildew growth in your business.

#1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Over time, it can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look for and Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

#3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well. Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold and mildew growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

#4: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent growth.

#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

If you find mold or mildew in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at (916) 251-7963 today!