Facts about water damage
Water damage emergencies aren’t common problems for property owners, but when flooding occurs due to clogged drains, broken or leaking pipes, or the weather, it becomes a problem of overwhelming proportion. When these emergencies are unfamiliar, a million questions arise that you don’t have answers for. Here are some important pieces of information that you should know.
The water that damages your property could be highly contaminated and could cause illness or even death. Not every water damage situation is treacherous to your health, but some are and you should take the proper safety measures for each situation.
- Water contains bacteria that could be hazardous and could cause illness.
- Highly contaminated water that comes from sources such as sewage backup, overflowing toilets, or storm water is the most polluted water and can cause serious illness or death.
Cleanup needs to happen immediately:
Secondary damage happens quickly in water damage situations. Within 24-48 hours, mold growth occurs and can cause significant structural and safety issues. To minimize damage, it is important to extract the water and dry the affected areas immediately. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help minimize the extent of the damage.
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Regular Home Maintenance Summer/Fall
Regular home maintenance should be done on a monthly and quarterly basis to extend the life of your home and save yourself money. Here’s a list broken down for summer and fall....
1. Open exterior crawl space vents. This allows outside air to circulate under the floor and prevent the moisture buildup that can create mildew and rot.
2. Switch direction of ceiling fan blades. Put it in the down position so the blades circulate in a counter clockwise motion to create a breeze.
3. Clean/repair your deck or patio. You may need to power wash, re-stain, or re-seal your deck. This is also the time to check for any loose boards, bricks, etc. and get them fixed.
4. Repair and paint fences. Take this time to remove stains, brace wood rails, fix leaning posts, repair buried rot, and fix any gates that need it.
5. Clean out and de-clutter the garage. Clear out and donate the clutter and establish designated spaces for tools, sports equipment, etc.
6. Clean and store summer garden tools. This is also a great time to plant flowering spring bulbs.
7. Cover and store outdoor furniture and grills. Propane tanks always stay outside for fire safety purposes.
8. Clean gutters. Clogged gutters can result in water damage, ice dams, or become a happy new home for vermin.
9. Inspect the roof for cracks or damage. And arrange to have any necessary repairs made before the first snow or heavy rain.
10. Test the snow blower. And make sure you know where your shovel is. This is also a good time to buy sidewalk sand/salt.
11. Check weather stripping on windows and doors. Proper weather stripping will keep drafts out and can save you 30 percent on energy bills.
12. Check the pavement for cracks. You’ll want to get any cracks re-sealed before the snow and ice come, as water can freeze in the cracks and do considerably more damage.
13. Winterize air conditioning systems. In the late fall, cover the outside unit of your central air with a tarp or remove and store window units.
14. Have the heating system serviced. Do this before temperatures drop.
15. Do tree and branch maintenance. Falling trees and branches can do an enormous amount of damage. Remove dead or damaged trees and limbs and consider having someone come to check out your property to make sure you’re not missing anything and your trees are all healthy.
16. Disconnect sprinklers. Do this before the first freeze. You’ll also want to shut off valves to outdoor faucets and drain and store hoses.
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What is fire restoration?
Fire damage restoration is the act of cleaning and restoring property as well as personal belongings that have sustained smoke or fire damage. The goal of fire damage restoration service is to salvage damaged items and restore your home so that it can once again be inhabited. Restoration companies are able to diagnose the causes of your fire and provide restoration and reconstruction solutions.
Fires can and do cause massive amounts of damage, destroying your property and bringing massive amounts of unhealthy smoke and soot along the way.
The benefits of hiring a restoration company for fire clean up are...
Securing Your Health
The dangers of fires last well beyond the initial incident. Ash, soot, and the potential for mold may linger for years if they are not professionally dealt with immediately. Also, some fires may release dangerous compounds like asbestos into the air. A fire damage restoration company will assess the damage, secure the area, and ensure that you enter a safe and welcoming home.
Saving You Money
If left untreated, the damage to your home may compound over time. Odors may linger and settle further into the walls, and mold may begin to grow underneath your floors. These problems can be expensive to fix in the future, but a reputable fire damage restoration company will get rid of them before it gets worse.
Fires are always a tragedy, and having your home returned to its original state will help with the healing process. A restoration company will do everything they can to save your treasured belongings, and they will get your home back to its original condition as quickly as possible. Plus, you will return home with confidence knowing that it's safe and free from future complications.
If you’ve recently experienced a fire in your home, contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor today! 530-899-9141
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Air duct cleaning involves removing the dust and contaminants that exist within the duct-work. This includes all areas of the system, including the supply and return air ducts as well as the registers in each room.
The air ducts in your home have a very important job. They circulate the air flow from your heating and cooling equipment throughout your home to ensure it is properly conditioned at all times.
A professional duct cleaning service will use special blowers, brushes, vacuums, and other tools to remove dust and debris from your furnace and HVAC system. Parts cleaned include, but are not limited to:
- Return Ducts
- Air Handler
- Drain Pan
- Heat Exchange
- Air Filter
- Air Cleaner
A good rule of thumb for homeowners is to clean your ducts every three to five years. This is the minimum, as this is the length of time that it can take for the ducts to fill back up with grit and grime after a thorough cleaning. However, some homeowners are going to need more frequent cleanings. this becomes increasingly important after fire, smoke, or mold growth. In these cases, SERVPRO can often restore the HVAC system and duct work.
The benefits of having clean air ducts is to improve higher indoor air quality and energy savings.
Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for your duct cleaning needs! 530-899-9141
General Contractor License #: 1013416
SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor has resources to clean Camp Fire homes
"May you find Paradise to be all its name implies"
It is no secret that the trail of destruction from the 2019 Northern California Camp Fire was massive. With over 150,000 acres burned and 14,500 homes and businesses lost, it would seem as though there would be nothing left in our quiet little corner of the world. But even in the wake of such destruction, many homes were spared.
For the homes that were so scarcely saved, an entire set of problems came with the relief. After everything around these standing homes was burned, they then needed to be cleaned from the contaminated soot. This is where our small team of local SERVPRO employees were able to quickly join forces with other SERVPRO'S in the franchise system.
SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor had the full support of 28 teams headed to Northern California to help get residents back in their homes. The farthest franchise traveled 1,816 miles all the way from South Tulsa, OK to join forces with our local team. After 6 months of cleaning and reconstruction, SERVPRO is wrapping up their part in getting affected Butte County residents back in their homes.
We want to send a sincere thank you to all the franchises who aided us in our efforts of bringing some sense of normalcy back to these home and business owners.
Kelsey and Casey on a commercial water loss
Kelsey and Casey are taking all information in order to properly dry out a structure
Here at SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor, we use only the most up to date technical equipment and monitoring programs for our customers. In this photo we have Kelsey who is a production manager and Casey, a production technician. Kelsey is using a proprietary SERVPRO program called, "DryBook" for processing this large commercial job. She is able to measure all of the rooms and determine the best plan of action for the drying process. Casey is assisting in taking moisture readings throughout this loss in order to be sure we are providing the necessary amount of air movers and dehumidifiers for the specific job. As the machines are appropriately and strategically placed, the monitoring process will continue each day until the rooms are back to dry standard. It is important to have the most accurate information so that your home or business will be dried efficiently. If you have a water damage in your home, give us a call to get the drying process started. We will quickly make it, "Like it never even happened." (530) 899-9141
Celebrating Teamwork and Excellent Workmanship
Casey, Maria, Gloria and Tom receiving an award for a job well done!
Here at SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor we have created a list of core values that we look for in our employees. We desire to raise up a team of people who have the same passion for the purpose as we do.
Well, look no further than this dream team. Meet Casey, Maria, Gloria and Tom. They were assigned to a commercial job in Paradise due to the devastation of the Campfire. Our customer had many requirements for this job from their corporate office, and this team didn't skip a beat. The entire building was cleaned and cleared out in record timing, and the workmanship was so well done it could be on the cover of a magazine. This job was executed perfectly.
We love celebrating a job well done! This team received awards from the owner for doing such a great job.
"FUN"draising for the American Cancer Society
Our guests painting away!
One of the best things about SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor is that giving back is one of our best traits. We believe that the more you give, the richer you will be.
We have been raising funds for the American Cancer Society for the last 4 years. Our team has a passion for the purpose, as some of our employees have been affected by cancer.
One of the fundraisers we decided to host was a paint and wine tasting night. This also gave us an opportunity to spend time with people in our industry outside of the regular work day.
Everyone enjoyed wine pairing and painting with their friends and coworkers.
We also raised over $800 by this one event! 100% of the proceeds went to The American Cancer Society. Thanks for such a great time everyone!
Hello Up There! SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor Can Reach That!
Dave and Summer getting ready to clean the church ceiling
Every once in a while we are asked to perform a job that may require a little extra courage on the technician's part. It could be a tiny confined space, a biohazard situation, or even being required to be on top of a scissor lift all week.
As our team was being lined out the morning of this job, our Production Lead asked for two people who were not afraid of heights. We had two fearless hero's that were up for the challenge and so excited.
Dave and Summer used the lift to clean the top most parts of this church. Here you can see them at the top getting ready to start the process. This is a tedious task as the lift has to be brought down in order to move it to clean the next section of ceiling. They did a great job!
SERVPRO helps to put together over 1,000 First Responder Care Kits
SERVPRO brings the green!
In the summer of 2018, our neighboring community of Shasta and Trinity Counties experienced a large wildfire. The fire burned nearly 93,000 acres and over 4,500 emergency personnel headed to the area to assist.
We received a call from our corporate office that an organization called No Town Left Behind wanted to partner with us to help provide some relief to first responders.
We met with Kimberly from NTLB and quickly went into action. We gathered our employees and family and met with Kimberly and the Church of Glad Tidings to mass produce bags filled with relief items. Some of these items included eye drops, fruit cups, protein bars and chapstick. Things that would be helpful if a first responder needed a little TLC.
The 95 degree weather didn't slow us down as we put together over 1,000 packs for the first responders.
We are happy to say that we were able to deliver the items to first responders in the Redding and Chico area. THANK YOU first responders!