3 Important Flood Safety Tips
When considering flood safety, it is a good idea to stay inside, as driving can be dangerous
Flood Safety Tips
When there is severe weather, it is important to stay safe. If you wait until an emergency occurs, it may be too late, so you should make sure that you are prepared beforehand. Here is some flood safety advice that you should keep in mind when it is storming or flooding.
- Make an Emergency Kit
If you know that there may be a storm in the area, you should gather a few things in case it becomes an emergency. It is possible that the power may go out, so always keep a flashlight and extra batteries in your kit. A radio can be helpful as well, so you can keep track of the weather. Always include canned foods and bottled water and store these in a safe location.
- Avoid Flood Waters
When considering flood safety, it is a good idea to stay inside, as driving can be dangerous. If your home has more than one level, you should stay on the upper floors in case the waters enter the house. These waters are considered Category 3 or black water which means they are highly contaminated. You should avoid coming into contact with them and never consume any food or beverages that have been in the water.
- Relocate if Necessary
While one of the most important safety tips is to avoid driving on a flooded road, there are some cases when you may need to evacuate your home. Ideally, this would be done before the streets become unsafe for travel. Keep updated with the news to determine if this is something that you will need to do.
During a storm, flood safety is an important thing to consider. Use these tips to ensure that you and your family are prepared for any emergencies. If your home is damaged during the disaster, contact an emergency restoration service to perform mitigation and repairs.
What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova today, (916) 251-7963.
We are disaster ready! We Are Available 24/7/365!
When your residence or commercial property is impacted by water, weather, flood, fire, or mold damage, it is crucial to respond quickly. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is available to our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will always speak to one of our team members who will be able to guide you through the process. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova also works closely with many of the insurance agencies personally with the goal to make it " Like it never even happened.”
Here are a few of the customer first things you can expect from our team.
A quick response. Time is money. We understand that the faster our response, there is the potential of a less costly restoration.
Prompt arrival at the damaged site; Our professionally trained technicians will be able to continue to offer support and guidance to you every step of the way.
A thorough inspection and one on one communication. We take on each project as if it were our property. It is important to us that we communicate with you every step of the way, providing the next steps.
Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova 916-251-7963 . Let our team help you the next time you are faced with a property disaster.
4 Tips for Winter Fire Safety
House fires spike when the weather gets colder. The leading cause of these house fires is the use of heating equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the US Fire Department responds to an average of 50 thousand fires per year just from heating equipment.
Here are a few simple tips that you can follow to prevent house fires in your home this winter:
1.) Be mindful when using space heaters.
Space heaters account for more than two in five of house fires due to heating equipment (source: NFPA). Of these fires, 86% result in fatalities. The biggest cause of space heater fires is having them placed too close to flammable objects. To prevent this, you can follow the "3 feet" rule (see tip #2).
2.) Follow the "3 feet" rule.
A good rule of thumb is to keep anything that is flammable a minimum of three feet from any heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove and portable space heaters. This will lessen the chance of anything accidentally catching fire.
3.) Turn off all heating equipment before going to bed.
Most heating equipment fires do not occur overnight. However, the ones that do account for almost half of house fire fatalities from heating equipment. Make sure to turn off all heating equipment before going to bed. You are better off using an extra blanket or two than unnecessarily risking your life.
4.) Remember that ovens are not heaters.
Ovens should never be used for a source of heat. This is an inefficient way to heat your house, and it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Stick to using your oven to make food as it is designed to do.
If you have any questions about wintertime fire safety or fire damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova office at 916-251-7963.
Did you know Heavy Rains can cause Sewer Backups in your Home or Business?
Storms bring heavy rains and heavy rains can bring floods. Floods are known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses. Even if the flooding area is away from your property it can possibly cause a sewage backup inside your home or place of business.
When the public drain system becomes overburdened with water and exceeds its boundaries the combined sewer system becomes overwhelmed and starts to stop the flow of water which then causes water and sewage to reverse its flow of direction. When this happens the sewage and water starts to back up in toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs and floor drains. That sewage and water will spread beyond its limits inside homes and businesses.
Prepare for Fall Rain Storms
As the Rancho Cordova area approaches winter weather, it’s important to be aware of the flood and storm risks that could affect your home or business. If you suspect that your home or flood could be exposed to high levels of water due to storms, here are some tips to prepare your property to minimize damage.
First, ensure that crucial utilities are elevated to avoid water damage. This would include furnaces, water heaters, and electric panels.
If necessary, install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.
If water does flood your home or business during a storm, disconnect electrical appliances if it is safe, and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
If water enters your home or business, make sure to call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova as soon as possible to prevent secondary damage. As experts in water damage, we can assist you in putting your life back together after storm damage.
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."