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Fire Damage to Your Business Can Be Rectified

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage to Your Business Can Be Rectified The damage from a commercial fire can seem insurmountable here in the Butte County area, let SERVPRO help you get your business back!

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Services for your business!

The damage from a commercial fire can seem insurmountable here in the Butte County area, especially if items inside of your facility were damaged or considered to be a total loss. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can help you salvage what isn’t destroyed and save you from the hassle of needing to replace all of your belongings. This fast cleanup also help you regain your business faster and can keep your doors open longer.

For businesses in the Butte County areas that have fire damage- we can assist you in recovering inventory and other items are your place of business faster than any other company in the restoration industry. Sometimes, the only damage is from soot that has settled onto surfaces, this can be cleaned! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are experienced and knowledgeable on the most updated cleaning techniques and practices. Without this necessary cleaning service, you risk the potential of having permanent damage to your contents and/or structure. SERVPRO is not only able to help Butte County business owners but also property owners as well!

In addition to cleaning your belongings to stop the damage of soot we can also complete a detailed checklist of the inventory, but salvageable and non-salvageable. Presenting this to your insurance carrier can not only save time but it can also make the process of filing a claim a lot smoother for both you and your insurance adjuster. SERVPRO can also determine what items are salvageable but may need additional attention to prevent them from getting significantly more damaged. These items include artwork, electronics, antiques, and clothing. Fire creates particulates that, when airborne, can find their way deep into the material and may call for advanced cleaning methods.

Our experienced SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are waiting to help you with any size loss, both large and small, any time of day. Some fires, although small, may cause momentous damage.

If you’ve had a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor so we can get you back on track and reopen your doors!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

What Happens To Your Possessions During a Water Damage?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens To Your Possessions During a Water Damage? Making it "Like it never even happened" every time!

Having a water damage in your home is not only affecting the structure of your home, it has the potential of damaging, or ruining, your valuables. Often, homeowners are more devastated over losing precious family memories and heirlooms rather than having damage to their home. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands what a stressful and difficult time this is for you and your family. We also understand that this isn't just "some building" to you, this is your home.

As the leader in the restoration industry, you can trust that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is dedicated to giving you the best service and the most care when it comes to restoring your property and your keepsakes. SERVPRO staff specialize in the restoring of contents not just affected by water but fire and mold as well. Our mentality of “restore” versus “replace” will help to save you money while preserving your belongings. We utilize several methods to clean your contents and our SERVPRO team is knowledgeable to know exactly which technique to use-

  • Dry Cleaning- Used for cleaning light resides off to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning- An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray & Wipe- Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning- Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning-Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning- Contents are dipped into a bath of cleaning product

Should the damage to your home require extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can conduct and organize a move out of the affected area. A move out will result in a quicker remodeling process as they will be out of the way of the workers, they will be protected from potential damage during the restoration, and it will protect the contents from creating further on-site damage. Our team specializes in packing and moving your contents safely both during the pack-out and pack-back in. Once the restoration work has been completed, we will work with you to schedule moving your contents back into your home, making it “Like it never even happened.”

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy Fathers Day!

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day From- Your Friends at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants to take the time to thank all of the fathers out there for all you do for your families. You are very much appreciated and we want to wish you a very Happy Fathers Day!

Should you be unlucky this year and have a water damage in your home, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7, 365 days a year, Full Service Restoration company here to help you in your time of crisis!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Benefits of Choosing SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Benefits of Choosing SERVPRO for Fire Restoration Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. We will come in and identify the problem. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal.

Having a fire damage is your home can be catastrophic. Your first priority should be your safety and the well-being of your family and all of those who live in your home. But when it is no longer a safety concern and the fire has been put out it is hard to decide what to do next and who to turn to. Since a fire damage is completely unexpected it is hard to mentally prepare yourself for it and hard to make sure you have a restoration plan lined up. That’s why SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help you every step of the way from start to finish.

Emergency Fire Response

Why is such a quick response essential for fire damage restoration services? Well, a quick response can actually limit the amount of damage to your home. No matter what size the disaster may be, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is guaranteed to respond quickly at your convenience. Since our response and restoration time is minimal you will save money and time by choosing our proficient staff. Whether you need antiques, fine-art, electronics, or irreplaceable items to be restored our experienced team will be there whenever you call.

Our Fire Restoration Mentality

When you call SERVPRO and our team arrives onsite our first instinct is to try and restore your property as much as possible. Why do we choose restoration over replacement? Well, our “restore first” mentality allows for more property and possessions to be saved which saves you money and time of getting comfortable back in your home after a fire damage. If we can restore your property through our restoration process without tearing material out, we will make the best possible effort to succeed in just that. We are the one company in the restoration industry with this mentality, which helps to relieve the stress from the homeowners.

Experience of Working with Insurance for Fire Damage Claims

It is very difficult trying to coordinate the restoration, contents, repairs (if needed) on top of trying to work on a claim with your insurance company. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has extenstive experience and knowledge on working with several different insurance companies so let us assist you with the claims process and communication. This will help you stay focused on getting back into your home as soon as possible.

Choose SERVPRO

Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. 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 now at 530-899-9141

License #: 1013416

Why is There Mold in My Bathroom?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why is There Mold in My Bathroom? SERVPRO offers mold remediation rather than removal: it is impossible to rid a home of mold spores entirely.

Trust SERVPRO to Remediate the Mold Damage.

Why is there mold in my bathroom?

This is a question most homeowners in Butte County, Plumas County and surrounding areas are having to ask themselves any time of year. One of the largest enemies homeowners of all kinds are facing is mold. 

Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere on Earth, but given the right conditions for growth, can multiply exponentially and cause major problems for your home. Some types of mold may even cause health effects. 

So why would your bathroom support this mold growth? Here are some conditions and causes for mold infestation in your home.

Damp or Wet Fabric and Wood 
Mold Damage in Butte County typically needs two things to get pressing: wet conditions and an organic food source. Both of these are often found in homes, where outside water can seep in, or a leak can cause wooden floors, walls, and structural elements to soak up water. Additionally, fabrics such as carpets, drapes, and shower curtains are also commonly affected.

SERVPRO takes the important step in halting any mold colony's growth and preventing future ones from forming. This step is known as dehumidification. Dehumidification is taking almost all of the moisture out of materials and air by reducing the relative humidity.

Dark, Warm Areas 
Some types of mold can only grow in dark areas, and preferably in warm places. Unfortunately, residences also commonly provide this environment, and many mold colonies end up growing behind walls or in attics and basements.

These are some of the first places that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff will check for moisture and mold when responding to your home. Mold growth in the bathroom is one of the most common and typical areas due to the dark corners and special areas that support mold.

Spoiled and Forgotten Food 
Spoiled food almost always grows mold at some point; most people know that. However, if not disposed of, this food can be a catalyst for future growth elsewhere in the home. Once matured, mold colonies release large amounts of spores which travel across a home through the air, and these may take up residence in another room or the ducts.

This is one reason why SERVPRO offers mold remediation rather than removal: it is impossible to rid a home of mold spores entirely, due to there being so many and their tiny size. Once again, they are naturally occurring, and so will be found in your home regardless. 

We are the experts in mold remediation and cleanup SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a tried and true solution to any mold problem, large or small. With proper accreditation, certification, and training for all of our crew members, we feel confident we can tackle your residential mold problem. Call us today for emergency services!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: "Ethics"

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Continuing Education: "Ethics" Ethics is defined as the moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

How ethical are you and your staff?

Ethics is defined as- moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to educate you and your staff on the importance of Ethics in the work place and how it plays an important role in the lives of each individual. Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

Chico Class:

Date- 06/14/18

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 8:30 AM

Course Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

^Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the course!

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!

I've Got Mold in my Basement!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation I've Got Mold in my Basement! Having a water heater in your basement can be a cause of microbial growth. Make sure you complete inspections of these areas of your home to stop mold

Homeowners who have a basement in their home are well aware of the risk of having a water damage in this area of the home. With water damage can often come a microbial growth issue. That's where SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor comes in! 

But how do you know if you have mold?

Here are some ways to determine if you have mold in your basement:

1) Is that new paint?

Check the floors, ceilings, and walls for discoloration. Mold can take on several forms as there are several types of microbial growth in the environment. For visual examples, please see our previously posted blogs for photos of microbial growth!

2) What's that smell?

Microbial growth has a tendency to produce a musty, mildew, odor that is hard to miss. Be alert to these odors at it could signal that there is a potential mold problem. 

3) Did you get a swimming pool in your Basement?

Having water damage occur in your basement produces a significant risk of microbial growth formation. Frequently inspect your basement for water intrusion during poor weather conditions. 

Use your senses to stop microbial growth in its tracks!

Should you find microbial growth, you have a strong team on your side! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the only 24/7 Emergency Services Company willing to assist you with your Mold Emergency day or night.

Call us now to see what we can do for you!

530-899-9141

CA License #: 1013416

What to Do After the Storm

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do After the Storm Your roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm.

How should you check your property for storm damage?

After the storm has passed, it is so important to conduct a thorough storm damage inspection. With the changing weather, Butte County is going to suffer heavy rains, strong winds, and powerful storms. While your home is able to protect you from Mother Nature, your home should be thoroughly checked for damages once the storm has passed. You may not have a reason to suspect that your home has been damaged as it may not be evident initially. However, once the inclement weather has safely passed through, it is extremely important to assess for damages and what repairs may need to be done before another storm comes along. The following is a handy damage assessment list that should be followed after the storm has passed by the National Storm Damage Center:

Roof

Your roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm especially with all of the trees in residential areas of Butte County and Plumas County. Hail, wind, rain and debris can adversely impact your room and may cause permanent damage to the integrity of your roof. The following indicators can help in your assessment-

  • Holes or tears in the roof.
  • Split seams.
  • Lost or missing shingles.
  • Ceiling or roof leaks.

Do not attempt to climb to your roof if there are still dangers or if you suspect your roof to not be secure.

The Exterior of the Dwelling

Materials such as brick, siding and stucco are usually heavy and durable. However, during a storm, they may not be able to withstand significant damages that a storm may cause. In some cases, problems may not arise, or be noticed, until it is too late to file an insurance claim. Be diligent and pay attention to the following areas of your home-

  • Chipping, cracking, dents and dings being obvious signs of damage to the exterior of your home.
  • Small or large holes in stucco.
  • Damaged tuck pointing and brick.
  • Detached or ruined gutters, trip, downspouts, etc.

Driveways, Walkways and Porches

Concrete can split, chip and crack with continuous storms and rain. Should you have gravel or dirt on your driveway, this could lead to flooding and additional damage to the structure of your home. These damages can reduce the lifespan of your walkway and can cause damage to your home even after the storm has passed.

Trees and Fallen Limbs

According to the National Storm Damage Center, fallen trees and branches can cause billions of dollars in damages each year. Make sure you do not have an excessive amount of overgrown vegetation surrounding your home as this can be a tool to cause additional damage to your home.

Basic Tips:

  • Severe storms may knock down power and electrical lines. Should this happen near you, do not approach the line, and call your power company immediately.
  • After a storm, assess your fencing, air conditioning units, vents, and garages for damages.
  • Crawlspaces and basements should be inspected for flooding and damage.
  • Document all the damage.

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor today if your home has suffered storm damage- (530)899-9141!

License #: 1013416

Happy Memorial Day!

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Memorial Day! Happy Memorial Day From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a very Happy Memorial Day celebration. 

Make sure to celebrate safely during this time and have a great day!

Should you be unlucky this year and have a water damage in your home, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7, 365 days a year, Full Service Restoration company here to help you in your time of crisis!

(530)899-9141

Why Did I Get Mold in My Home?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Did I Get Mold in My Home? Mold damage in Butte County typically needs two things to get out of hand: wet conditions and an organic food source.

Homes of all shapes, sizes, and locations have the potential of experiencing damage over the years which can also lead to excessive mold growth. Mold Spores are naturally occurring in almost every location on Earth, but given the right conditions for growth, may multiply and cause major problems for you. Some types of mold may lead to serious health effects and sicknesses. Here are some of the conditions that are perfect for mold infestation and how you can avoid them-

Damp or Wet Fabric and Wood

Mold damage in Butte County typically needs two things to get out of hand: wet conditions and an organic food source. Both of these things are often found in homes where outside water can seep in, or a leak can cause floors, walls and other structural elements to soak up the water. Additionally, fabrics (carpets/drapes/upholstery) are also commonly affected and can promote mold growth. An important step that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor takes in halting mold growth, and preventing future mold growth, is through dehumidification. Dehumidification is done through the use of advanced equipment, that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has access to, that takes all of the excess moisture out of a room, the materials, and the air. Through the use of this technology we are able to manipulate and reduce the relative humidity.

Dark and Warm Areas

Some types of mold can only grow in dark, warm, areas. Unfortunately there are several areas of your home that commonly provide this environment which may lead to a mold infestation should you have a water damage. This could also lead to having mold growth throughout the wall cavities of your home and it could go undetected for some time. These are some of the first places that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor checks first for mold and excess moisture when responding to any call to a home. Again, with the use of our advanced equipment- moisture sensors, hygrometers, and infrared devices- we are able to find the moisture rapidly and know what all will need to be done to protect your home and bring it back to preloss condition.

Spoiled and Forgotten Food

Spoiled food almost always grows mold at some point, most people are aware of that fact. However, if not disposed of in a timely manner, this food can be a catalyst for future growth elsewhere in your home. Once matured, mold colonies release large amounts of mold spores and mycotoxins which can then travel throughout your home and cause the infestation and contamination of additional rooms of your home. It is impossible to completely remove mold spores from your home which is why we offer Mold Remediation rather than removal like our competitors.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor are the most trusted experts in the restoration industry and are a tried and true solution to any mold problem, large or small. With proper accreditation, certification, and training for all of our crew members we feel confident to handle any disaster you may be having.

Call us today for assistance! (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416