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Checking Your Property for Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Checking Your Property for Damage The roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm.

After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage.

As summer ends and fall begins by bringing in cooler temperatures, it can also bring with it heavy rains, strong winds and powerful storms. While your home protects you from the wrath of Mother Nature, it should also be thoroughly checked for problems after every storm.

Butte County and Plumas County are not strangers to storms nor the potential damages that occur with those powerful weather changes.
You may not have reason to suspect that your home has been damaged by a passing storm. However, once the inclement weather has safely passed, it’s important to look over the dwelling for any issues. This is also a great time to make emergency repairs and assess if an insurance claim is needed.

The following is a handy storm checklist from the National Storm Damage Center:

The roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm. Hail, wind, rain and debris can adversely impact it. The following indicators can help in your assessment:
    •    Holes or tears in the roof
    •    Split seams
    •    Lost or missing shingles
    •    Ceiling or roof leaks

The Exterior of the Dwelling
Materials such as brick, siding and stucco are usually heavy and durable. However, during a storm, they can withstand significant damage. In some cases, problems may not be noticed until it’s too late to file an insurance claim, so you need to be diligent in your determination:
    •        Chipping, cracking, dents and dings are obvious signs that there is a problem. Even if your siding appears to be fine at first, you want to check it at varying times of the day. Different stages of lighting can showcase problems that you may have missed.
    •        Small or large holes in the stucco. No matter if the hole is small or large, this is a serious issue for a homeowner. If you find a hole or blemish, a knowledgeable and trustworthy company such as SERVPRO can conduct a thorough inspection of the property.
    •        Damaged tuck pointing and brick. Brick is a solid material when it comes to homes. However, it should be thoroughly checked for problems following a storm.
    •        Detached or ruined gutters, trim, downspouts, etc. Gutters, trim, downspouts and other exterior materials on a home are instrumental in its protection. If anything is out of sorts, it should be immediately repaired.

Driveways, Walkways, and Porches
Concrete can split, chip and crack with continuous storms and rain. This can reduce the lifespan of your walkway driveway or porch. To alleviate a safety issue, you’ll want to assess it for any imperfections.

Trees and Fallen Limbs
According to the National Storm Damage Center, fallen trees and branches can cause billions of dollars in damages every year. Most property owners would handle the removal of debris, even if the limbs or trees came from your neighbor’s property. Your insurance company may help in the retrieval of the costs, but it’s dependent on the type of policy and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Basic Tips
    •        Severe storms may knock down power and electrical lines. If this occurs on your property, you’ll want to cordon off the area approximately 30 feet in various directions from the fallen line. It’s also important to call the power company and 911 immediately.
    •        After a storm, you also want to assess the remainder of your property including fences, air-conditioning units, caps, vents etc. If your vehicle was left out of the garage, it would also need to be checked over for damage.
    •        Crawl spaces and basements should be looked over for water or flooding.
        Document as much of the damage as possible by taking photos at various angles.

Finally, it’s important to comprehend your homeowner’s coverage, limits, and deductibles before a problem occurs. In case something happens, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for any storm or disaster.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is always here to help once the storm has passed. Call us today to find out what we can do for you!


License #: 1013416

What Storm Damages Should You Anticipate For?

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Storm Damages Should You Anticipate For? Storm damage can often lead to secondary damages if left unattended to. Call SERVPRO now!

The stormy season is upon us and the Plumas County, Butte County, and surrounding areas are not immune to the potential damages that may come with the influx of water, hail, and high winds. During this time, it is essential to have the needed knowledge as a home or business owner to keep your home and business safe. Storm damage isn’t always something that comes to mind when we see the first chance of rain, but sometimes it is necessary. Different types of weather can create different types of damage, both based upon severity and amount. When you need help cleaning up the mess that Mother Nature has left on your doorstep, a professional full service restoration company like SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can help. So what type of weather scenarios should you be on the look out for?


One of the most destructive forms of storm damage in terms of your home’s structural integrity is flooding. Floods have the potential to occur when heavy rainfall, such as that associated with hurricanes, cause water levels to rise and surge into all territory. Even a minor flood can send unknown contaminated water straight through your home. This water is dirty, full of debris, and extremely harmful to a home’s structure and your belongings. Call a professional to get the flood water navigated properly from your home to attempt to avoid these damages.


There have been horror stories on the different sizes of hail and the insurmountable damage that it has caused in the past. Hail can cause damage to yourself, your car, your home, and any exterior possessions. During particularly nasty storms, you might find yourself having, broken windows, water damage, destroyed siding, and downed trees. This type of storm is a fairly common one so it is extremely important to be aware of the damage to expect and to keep SERVPRO’s number close at hand.

High Winds

A gentle breeze can be such a relief on the hot days during summer, but it is certainly not fun when combined with stormy weather and has the potential to increase speed to dangerous rates. Wind does the bulk of damage outside of your home such as busting windows, destroying framing and shutters, and causing cracks and holes. Here in the Butte County and Plumas County regions there is another danger when it comes to incredibly high winds, trees. Trees have the potential of causing massive damage to your home during a storm.

Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for Help!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Full Service Restoration Company here to service you. Our goal is to get you back into your home safely and promptly.

Call us today to find out more information!


License #: 1013416

Needing a Board up After a Fire?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Needing a Board up After a Fire? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor cares about the safety of not just you and your family but your possessions and your home.

SERVPRO has got it covered!

When you have a fire damage in your home or business, your life feels like it's suddenly turned upside-down. Here in Butte County, especially during the holidays, there is an increase in home fires. Let SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor help you.

Often the hardest part of starting a clean up after a fire is knowing where to start and who to call. The best people to call our SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. Our staff are the most trusted throughout the community and we arrive faster to any disaster to attend to your needs immediately. 

When there is a fire damage, it is not uncommon for the safety and security of the building to be compromised as the windows and doors may be broken or destroyed. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor cares about the safety of not just you and your family but your possessions and your home. After a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for a thorough inspection to see if a board up may be needed to protect your home against intruders or pests.

Our professional team will arrive onsite and will get to work immediately. We understand that your time and schedule are important so we will work within your time requirements and we will work around your schedule, not the other way around. Once a thorough inspection has been completed, our team will communicate with you and walk through the areas, as deemed safe, with you so you know what areas need to be attended to immediately. Leaving your doors and windows unattended to can lead to burglary, pests, and possibly additional damage. 

A fire damage is extremely dangerous, even after the fire has been put out. It requires the knowledge, expertise, and care that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor provides.

Call the most trusted restoration company in your community, call SERVPRO!


License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying for Water Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying for Water Damage What happens to severely water damaged carpet? Find out at our class!

What all is needing to be done after having a water damage?

Water Damage services require a specialized knowledge as well as the use of the most advanced equipment that only one restoration company has!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to educate you and your staff on the process of handling a water damage and what all you can expect during the restoration.

Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

Chico Class:

Date- 9/14/2018

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 7:30 AM

Course Time: 8:00 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:


We look forward to seeing you!

SERVPRO is a Mold Certified Firm

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO is a Mold Certified Firm Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are mold certified with the IICRC!

So you can be sure that when you welcome our staff into your home, you are getting the best!

Here are some facts about mold!

Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An      effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all of your mold remediation needs every time!


License #: 1013416

SERVPRO's Power Outage Tips!

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's Power Outage Tips! Trees collapsing are a major part of structural damage, power outages, and safety compromises during the stormy months. Stay safe!

Is Your Business Prepared for the Worst?

Power outages in the Butte County region have been known to be pretty typical as we enter the winter and fall season as as weather conditions slowly change. Power outages may seem simple but these outages, both large and small, can cause major problems for the businesses in Butte County. Nasty weather, tree falls, storms, flooding, and accidents can increase the threat of businesses losing power. Being without power in commercial buildings are not only loss of money for the business but can also be incredibly dangerous.

Here are some steps SERVPRO has compiled for businesses to prepare for emergencies:

1) Prepare and Emergency Kit.

It is important that in the event of a power outage that the people inside of the commercial property are taken care of. Keep an emergency kit with the essentials so they have what they need to be safe and secure even in your absence. Make sure your staff know exactly where to find this kit for the instances when you are not present.

2) Back up Your Data.

It is important for you to protect your digital data that you need to keep your business up and running. Ensure that you regularly back up your data so that in the event of a power outage you minimize any damage to your records.

3) Keep a Backup Generator

In the event of a minor power outage a back up generator can be enough to temporarily give you the power you need until it is restored.

Keep your building and all who are there safe.

If you have any questions on how to get an Emergency Readiness profile made for you at absolutely no cost, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor today to make an appointment. 


License #: 1013416

Happy Labor Day

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Labor Day Happy Labor Day From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

Whip out those bbqs and hot dogs because it's labor day!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a fun and safe Labor Day celebration.

Should you be unlucky this year and have a fire 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!


SERVPRO Can Save Your Electronics!

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Can Save Your Electronics! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will coordinate the restoration of electronics such as television sets, DVD players, computers, and more.

Having a water damage in your home is hard enough as there are several things that need to be considered and taken care of. Your home, possessions, safety, and comfort may be damaged but you are not alone in this. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here for you to help you when your life gets turned upside down. Should your electronic devices be damaged after a water damage you can trust SERVPRO to help!

Water damaged electronics can be a serious hazard and can easily compromise the safety of your home Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical devices that could have been affected by the water during the damage. Attempting to use these damaged devices may put you in serious risk of a shock related injury. SERVPRO cares about your personal safety, and the safety of your loved ones. If you have any question that your device may be damaged, in any way, do not attempt to use it. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will coordinate the restoration of electronics such as television sets, DVD players, computers, and more.

The key to restoring electronics is by taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Leaving affected contents to sit with water damage risks the change of having them be inoperable and they have the chance of having mold. We start by cleaning the exterior of the electronic devices to help stop spread further corrosion and damage. The electronics will then be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronic technician. 

Going through a water damage alone is difficult. Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to be there for you from day one until you are back in your home.

Call us today for help!


License #: 1013416

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?


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!


License #: 1013416