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Can You Save Your Business After Damage?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Can You Save Your Business After Damage? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the training, expertise, and the equipment to handle your Commercial loss both large and small.

Damages can never be predicted...but they can be prepared for!

Natural disasters and accidents can rarely be predicted or anticipated for. On average, a business that has a catastrophic damage will never reopen their doors. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor doesn't want that to happen to any business in this area. Each business in our community is a treasure and it is our goal to keep you business open and functional after even the worst damages.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the training, expertise, and the equipment to handle your Commercial loss both large and small. We will respond quickly and stop the damage from continuing throughout the entire structure and walk you through the restoration process through completion. We will bring your business back to preloss condition promptly and care-free for you. Our professional team is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day! 

As the most trusted restoration company in the industry, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a proud community member of the Chico, Chester, Lake Almanor, Durham, Yuba City and surrounding areas.

So what can you do until SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff arrive?

1) Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

2) Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items

3) Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions

4) Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

5) Turn on the air conditioning for maximum drying in summer

6) Remove all personal and art objects to a safe, dry, place

7) Gather loose items from floors

All of these steps that you can take before SERVPRO even arrives will help to speed up the restoration process and can also save you money by keeping your possessions safe. Trust the company that is always there for you. Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor!

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company that can help you through Emergency Services, Mitigation, Restoration, and the Rebuild of your business?

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

When Should You Get Your Ducts Cleaned?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Should You Get Your Ducts Cleaned? Don't let your customers breathe this in. Call SERVPRO!

Is there a right time to get your Commercial HVAC system cleaned?

With the heat wave rolling into our community during this time of the year you'll be cranking that A/C in your business to keep your employees and your customers cool during the day. But as you turn on your air conditioning, after a long rest for the winter, have you ever considered what it is that you are breathing in? If it has been a while since your HVAC system was last cleaned, or if it has never been cleaned, you could be breathing in extremely harmful dust particles and allergens every time the unit is turned on. 

The best way to avoid these allergens is to get an annual HVAC cleaning. Who better to trust than the best company in the industry- SERVPRO! 

So how do you know when it is the right time to make an appointment?

  • If there is visible mold inside the ducts or around the vent
  • Ducts infested with rodents or insects
  • ducts that are clogged with an excessive amount of dust or debris
  • Visible particles are released from the registers when the system is turned on

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are trained on the most updated techniques for getting your HVAC system good as new. We went you to feel comfortable turning on your HVAC unit without the fear of what it is you are breathing in.

Call us today for an inspection!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

What is the Process for Water Damage?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is the Process for Water Damage? SERVPRO professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your home.

Where should you turn next? Turn to SERVPRO!

Going through a water damage in your home can be one of the most devastating and difficult events you will ever go through. But you've got a great team in your corner when you trust SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the best, professionally, trained staff in the industry and you can trust that you are in the best hands. Your specific water damage is unique and needs to be handled specially to best restore your home. SERVPRO has the staff and the resources to make it happen fast! 

So what's the timeline after you call SERVPRO?

  • One Hour: within one hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor team member will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!
  • Four Hours: within four hours of loss notification a SERVPRO professional will be onsite to start emergency services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is by responding quickly to the damage.
  • Detailed Explanation: our trained SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process, step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
  • Pretesting: the SERVPRO professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
  • Eight Hours:within 8 hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person, usually your adjuster or property manager.
  • Cleaning and Restoration: SERVPRO professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your home when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right, the first time.
  • Final Walkthrough: after the work has been completed, a final walkthrough of the work completed with be done with you to ensure your satisfaction of the work that was completed.

Give SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor now to get the process started!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Storm Damage: Protecting Your Butte County Home

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage: Protecting Your Butte County Home Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor if you find yourself cleaning up storm damage in your Butte County home!

How will you protect your home?

Wind is an unpredictable source that can not only cause damage to your home but can also make outside activities dangerous. Wind may be invisible moving air, but when a storm is added to that equation, it becomes an incredible force of nature. Wind is capable of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to a County each year. Businesses are not immune to wind damage and the result of this damage can lead to hundreds of thousands dollars for damage alone. Wind can cause significant storm damage that will leave you dealing with cleanup. Storm damage from wind occurs because the force is often too much for a home to bear. It can cause structural damage that leads to destruction and often water damage.

Protect your Roof

As the top of your home, your roof is the most vulnerable spot. It sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn’t have as durable of a structure as the rest of your house. The best way to avoid wind damage to your roof is to have it professionally installed and inspected. If there’s a big storm on the way and you have enough advanced warning, call your local roofing company to check out the shingles, the connectors, and your attic. Protecting your roof from storm damage is all about taking the proper precautions well before the damage can occur.

Windows and Doors

Your biggest worry when high winds strike will be your windows and your doors. These areas are the most likely to cause injury, and they are vulnerable entry points for water and debris. If your windows or doors are blown away, you’ll find yourself dealing with shattered glass, splintered wood, and broken belongings. Wind will have an easier entry point, and you will have to seek safety. One way to protect yourself is to invest in permanent shutters that can be easily closed, or board up your windows or doors in the face of a storm. If a storm strikes suddenly, find a safe place to take cover away from your windows and doors.

Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for Storm Damage Cleanup

Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor if you find yourself cleaning up storm damage in your Butte County home. Our experts can help deal with dangerous cleanups, and restore your home to the safe and secure environment it was before forceful winds struck. We will come in and identify the problem. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal.

For more information on SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s Services, call 530-899-9141

License #: 1013416

Why Do I Have Mold Around My Windows?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Do I Have Mold Around My Windows? We are the Mold Specialists you can trust in your home every time!

One of the most common areas of mold growth is around the window sills of your home. How would you handle it? 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor are the mold experts and can make sure that your specific mold issue is handled correctly and promptly every time! But how can you prevent the mold growth in the first place?

Follow these steps to avoid the growth and spread of mold:

1) Make instant repairs to leaking windows.

It may not seem like an emergency when you first noticed drips of water from your window but leaving it to leak is setting up the perfect conditions for microbial spores to begin to collect and grow. 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a General Contractor? Let us handle the repairs to your leaky windows!

2) Clean the interior of your home and around the windows.

Keeping a tidy house is not only impressive, especially when you have children or pets, but it is also essential to keeping the materials in your home fresh and cared for. The bedroom and bathroom of a home are two very common places for mold to grow indoors. These two areas often build up more dust than any other room in your home so it is important to clean regularly. 

Don't have enough time to clean? Let SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor handle it for you! Our clean standard is very pristine and cannot be beaten by any other local company.

3) Keep your eyes open.

Don't turn your head to any damages that you may find throughout your home as they have the potential to leading to secondary damages which may compromise the structural integrity of your home. Should you find microbial growth in your home, do not try to handle it yourself. Microbial growth can be hazardous and may jeopardize your health as well as the health of the others in your household. 

Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to handle your unique mold damage the safe way!

Call us today to get more information!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Using Your Fireplace Safely

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using Your Fireplace Safely Stash a fire extinguisher near the fireplace so that it's handy - just in case.

SERVPRO Fireplace Safety Tips!

It is nearing that time of year here in Plumas County when settling in with a cup o’ joe, a good book, and a blazing fireplace is heavenly.

But before you can even think about lighting up that fire after a year of waiting, take a look at these 12 safety tips to prevent damage to your home.

  1. Aim to minimize the buildup of soot and creosote.

Minimize the buildup of soot and creosote (which can cause chimney fires) by using seasoned hardwood or manufactured logs. Manufactured logs burn even cleaner than real wood.

  1. Understand that manufactured logs burn hotter than wood.

If you do use manufactured logs in your fireplace instead of wood, be sure to follow the directions on the bag for lighting and use. These logs burn hotter than regular wood, and can potentially warp metal chimneys if you burn more than one log at a time.

  1. Burn only wood or manufactured logs in the fireplace.

Only burn wood or manufactured logs in your fireplace, as some items - including wrapping paper and foam peanuts - release toxic fumes. And never burn Christmas greenery in the fireplace.

  1. Beware the roaring fire - it looks attractive but it can crack the chimney.

Though a roaring fire in the fireplace looks attractive, it's really not as safe as a more controlled burn. Just a couple of logs at a time, please.

And a too-hot fire can crack your chimney - necessitating an expensive chimney repair. 

  1. Stack fireplace logs near the back of the hearth.

Ensure fireplace logs - whether wood or manufactures - are stacked as far as possible to the back of the fireplace. This will help ensure sparks and embers don't spark out of the fireplace and into your carpet.

  1. Open the damper before you light your fire.

Open the damper before you light a fire in your fireplace, and keep the damper open until the fire is completely extinguished.

  1. Open fireplace doors.

Open the fireplace doors (if your fireplace has them) and use a fireplace screen when you've got the fire crackling.

  1. Keep the area around the fireplace clear.

Don't position your Christmas tree - or anything else - near the fireplace. Should embers spark out of the fireplace and into the room, you want to make sure there is nothing nearby that will catch fire. 

  1. Don't leave a fire unattended.

For safety's sake, never leave a fire unattended. And yes, this means you shouldn't go to sleep with a fire blazing away.

  1. Open a window when you light a fire.

Fires require about five times as much oxygen as a room usually needs. To make sure there's enough oxygen for the fire to burn efficiently, open a window when you light a fire.

  1. Keep the fireplace mantel clear of hanging decorations.

If you drape your fireplace mantel with garlands or hang stockings or cards from it, don't light a fire. These flammable items are too close for comfort.

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Stash a fire extinguisher near the fireplace so that it's handy - just in case. 

If a fire damage should occur in your home, trust your local professionals at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a full service restoration company?

Give us a call today- (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

The SERVPRO Tips for Commercial Carpet Cleaning

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The SERVPRO Tips for Commercial Carpet Cleaning Don't let carpet stains deter a customer from using your business. Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor!

What does your business say about you?

When it comes to having a highly visited office here in Butte County, as a business owner, you want to make the best impression possible on all clients that will enter. Think about what runs through the mind of your potential customer should they see visible dirt or spots on your carpets or rugs. They'll associate your business with the filth that they are seeing. The dirt and germs that may accumulate in your carpets over time will accelerate wear and tear on your carpets. This wear will greatly reduce the appearance and overall cleanliness of your business. 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is always available and honored to be able to help the businesses in our community but we have compiled a list of tips to keep your carpets looking new without getting a professional carpet cleaning.

Step 1) Understand the difference between stains and spots.

The only difference between a spot and a stain is the time it was left to sit. You should immediately blot the affected area with a paper towel to absorb as much of the spill as possible as soon as it happens. Never wipe or rub the material into the carpet as it may cause lasting damage. This lasting damage may be difficult, or even impossible, for our professionally trained staff to remove.

Step 2) Pre-spray cleaning solution onto the carpet to remove spots.

Make sure to follow the instructions on the product being used. If the product is improperly used you risk the chance of leaving behind sticky residue and it can collect even more dirt overtime. Make sure you do not use a product you are not familiar with or call the product provider if you are needing additional information before use.

Step 3) Choose the best equipment for the job

Routine cleaning, such as vacuuming daily, can reduce the need for a deep cleaning. Make an "Office Chore List" for your staff so they can take pride in the cleanliness of the business as they contributed to it. This tool may even boost moral in the work place and have a sense of community among your team. 

Step 4) Pre-vacuum before attempting to clean.

This will remove the dry soil from the carpet as once it gets wet it could become embedded into the carpet. The "spots" you may be seeing on your carpets may just be a build up of dirt that can be easily handled with a vacuum. 

Step 5) Train your staff.

Keeping up a daily routine of cleaning will reduce cost overtime and will help the carpet to last longer. Have guidelines to what your staff can and cannot bring into the carpeted areas of your work space to avoid accidents and spills.

Are you in need of a heavy cleaning for your carpets? Turn to the experts. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can do that for you!

Give us a call today to make an appointment.

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Is Your Business Prepared for an Earthquake?

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Prepared for an Earthquake? It is essential to be prepared as a business for any disasters, natural and accident, 365 days a year.

Butte County is known for many things, and although earthquakes are not one of them, it is essential to be prepared as a business for any disasters, natural and accident, 365 days a year. 

But you don't have to prepare on your own! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to assist you with a completely FREE service that we are offering to all business owners and homeowners. This free service is to receive an Emergency Readiness Profile prepared by the professionals themselves. This plan contains all of the information you would ever need in the event of an emergency. Did we mention it was free?

In the event  that a commercial building is affected by an earthquake it is not just the building that is affected but the entire community. Commercial buildings in this area are treasured as well as the services that these businesses provide for the community. As a local business it is their responsibility to be prepared. 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands the difficulty that comes with being prepared for something that seems not possible to happen. However, these damages can never be predicted. Here are some safety tips for business owners.

1) Make an Emergency Plan!

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor offers this service for free? Not only will you get a professional is to see your building and let you know of any hazards and potential issues should there be a natural disaster but you'll also get multiple copies of these Emergency Plans to keep your business and your staff safe. And did we mention that it is completely free?!

2) Anchor bookshelves and over heavy furniture to wall studs.

Encourage your employees to not try and run outside in the event of an earthquake and to stand in doorways and away from heavy furniture and items that will easily fall.

3) Whether you are at home or at work, make sure you have an Emergency Kit with supplies for all in your home or your business to last 72 hours.

Did you know each person needs about 1.9 liters of water each day? You can learn more about safety kits and what all should go into them from the American Red Cross.

In the event of an earthquake, or if you would like a FREE Emergency Readiness Profile, give us a call at (530)899-9141!

License #: 1013416

Wind Damage Prevention Tips

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind Damage Prevention Tips Be aware of weak, or dying, trees to have them removed or reinforced before a storm.If wind damage does occur, remember to trust SERVPRO!

Preventing damage is as easy as 1…2…3!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants to remind everyone in the Butte County, Plumas County and surrounding areas of the possibility for high winds to be entering this area any time of year. With this wind, comes the possibility for damage which could jeopardize your safety and could leave to an insurmountable about of repairs and restoration. Our community has seen its fair share of weather related damages and it never hurts to be prepared for even the worst conditions. Prevention is easy with the following three simple steps:

1) Keep outdoor items from becoming harmful weapons!

High winds may come with other hazards such as hail, heavy rain, and flooding. These hazards can make something as simple as a trashcan or a child’s toy to becoming a safety hazard! When you receive a warning for wind and storms, make sure to bring anything that could be a danger in these conditions inside to avoid damage. This will prevent broken windows, damaged siding, and decrease the chance for personal injury. Outdoor buildings, such as storage sheds, should also be anchored properly to avoid damage.

2) Reinforce susceptible areas.

Garage doors are particularly susceptible to wind damage. High winds can damage or create a high pressure situation which can damage your roof as well. Reinforce the door by using braces across the back and tracks. Modifications to any door should be done by an installer to avoid damage.

3) Pay attention to your trees and landscaping.

In this area, trees are a particularly dangerous combination with high winds and heavy storms. Trees can cause debris that may damage your home in a windstorm. Taking care to make sure your landscaping is done properly and safely is one of the highest ways to avoid these type of damages. Be aware of weak, or dying, trees to have them removed or reinforced before a storm.

If winds damage does occur, remember to trust your local professionals. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will work hard for you to bring your business back to the preloss condition the right way!

Call us today for more information.

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (4 Hr)

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (4 Hr) What happens when contents have mold growth? Come to our class to find out!

What encourages mold growth and why?

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to educate you and your staff on the importance of mold remediation and how mold exists in almost all environments. Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

Chico Class:

Date- 8/1/18

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 7:30 AM

Course Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

^Lunch is provided at the conclusion of the class!

Give us a call today to save your seat or email your information to the email address listed below:

(530)899-9141

cec@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com

We look forward to seeing you!