Should I have a fire extinguisher in my home?
A quick use of a fire extinguisher can suppress a small fire before it spreads throughout the home.
Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness.
A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from a fire by smothering it in a dry chemical foam. In a way, it is a high-powered version of pouring baking soda on a grease fire, which makes it particularly relevant in the kitchen.
But if you’re going to invest in a fire extinguisher to help protect your home and family—which luckily isn’t a huge investment, with most home units coming in between $10 and $40—you don’t want a one-hit wonder. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher, which works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. On the market, this translates to a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated. Units with these ratings can be found at almost any home improvement store.
Once again, having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your first priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them at least once a year, and replacing the unit altogether once it is 10 years old. Once you are confident with this routine, you can consider adding a fire extinguisher to your home arsenal!
Removing Fire Odors
Odors from smoke and fire damage can be hard to remove. The odors are complex. Fire damage odors depend on several factors: what materials burned in the home, how hot the fire was, and length of time damages sit before cleanup.
At SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova we understand the process of contents restoration. We take a restore vs. replace approach, saving our customers time and money.
Ozone is one method that we use to deodorize items after cleaning them. When used properly, this is a very effective method. Used improperly, it can be dangerous or ineffective.
We have a variety of cleaning and deodorizing methods based on science and years of specialized training. Every odor is unique and must be handled differently. Remember that who you choose to clean after a fire is one of the most important decisions you can make and choosing SERVPRO we will remove that smell, "Like it never even happened."
Fall showers can brings unexpected water damage
Some of us may be excited about the change in weather as we enter into the fall season, but it’s important to remember that the potential for water damage in your home increases with the increase in precipitation.
Here at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova, we are always ready when a disaster occurs in your home or office. We have experienced crews who will assist you in answering questions, communicating pertinent information to you and your insurance, and who will get you back to your life as soon as possible.
As we enter into the next season, with winter on the horizon, keep SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova in mind. If you find yourself with water damage in your home or business, call us right away so that we can prevent secondary damage from occurring and costing you more money. 916-251-7963.
Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events in Rancho Cordova commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova today for any of your commercial needs. We make it "Like it never even happened."
What Employers Should Do to Prevent Mold
There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.
- Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
- Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
- Check the building construction and design.
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
- During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
- Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
- Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.
Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.
What to do if Mold is Found
If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give us a call to SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold.
Cleaning in the time of COVID
COVID-19 has tested us as individuals and as a community. We know that these past months have been scary, confusing, and challenging for many of us. As our area beings to enter into phased openings it is important to stay safe through regular cleanings that promise you the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova. recommends that as difficult as it is right now to be reopening businesses there are steps you can take to help.
Here are tips to consider for a new way of operating.
- Identify a workplace coordinator to handle COVID-19 issues that impact the workplace
- Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation
- Register for Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service with SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova.
Choose SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova and here's 5 Top Reasons Why!
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:
- 40+ Years Experience in the Industry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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.