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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

12/25/2018 (Permalink)

Community Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! From- Your Friends at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday celebration and that you value the time you have with your loved ones.

Should you have an emergency water damage in your home during the holidays, please give us a call. 

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, even on Christmas day. 

(530)899-9141

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (4 hr)

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (4 hr) How can you tell if you have mold in your home? Come to our class to find out!

What causes mold to grow in my home?

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- 12/6/18

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!

Safety While Using a Space Heater

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety While Using a Space Heater Electric space heaters account for more than 70 percent of all winter injuries and more than half of all property damages caused by heating fires.

With temperatures expected to fall consistently throughout Plumas County and surrounding areas, people all over are flocking once again to their local box store in search of space heaters. For many Americans their only source of heat in their homes is the use of portable electric space heaters. But how safe are these space heaters? Let’s take a look at how truly safe these heaters are and how to use them correctly.

Portable Space Heaters

According to a 2013 report by the National Fire Protection Agency, electric space heaters account for more than 70 percent of all winter injuries and more than half of all property damages caused by heating fires. There are several different kinds of electric space heaters available: oil or water-filled radiators; fan-forced heaters, that blow hot air over hot metal coils; ceramic heaters, the blow air over a hot ceramic heating element; and an infrared heater, where the heat is created by infrared bulbs. Each of these heaters is different but they can all be dangerous if they are not taken care of properly.

Safety Tips

  • Before purchasing your new electric space heater
  • It is important to research which brand and model unit is the safest.
  • Look for a unit with both a tip-over and overheating protection mechanism. These protections are especially important if you plan on using the unit in a home with a child or pet that could knock over the unit.
  • Look for a unit with a temperature control and automated shut off when it reaches your ideal temperature.
  • Before plugging in the heater, make sure to inspect it to make sure it is not damaged and is safe to operate.
  • Keep the unit at least three feet from anything that could burn like a bed or curtains and away from children, the elderly, and pets.
  • Place the heater on a solid surface away from foot traffic.
  • Never plug your unit into an extension cord and be sure to turn it off before going to bed or when leaving a room. Leaving an electric heater on unattended could prove damaging or even deadly.

As with any possible hazard in your home, it is important to have certain things on hand: a fire extinguisher, a safety plan, and SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s emergency phone number. With these items on hand, your home will always be safe and in good hands!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

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 530-899-9141.

License #: 1013416 

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/22/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for being part of such a wonderful community. 

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!

(530)899-9141

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Storm.

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Storm. Need assistance tarping a roof? We do that too! Give us a call now!

SERVPRO Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Storm.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands that when a family owns a pet, they become a part of your family. During the winter months Butte County is no stranger to storms. Often times these storms bring in several problems including one of the largest being safety compromising. SERVPRO has developed a couple of tips for you and your family to make sure your pets stay safe during both storm situations and every day emergencies. 

1) Start Getting Ready NOW

-Make sure that all cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. This will increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if separated.

-Put together your disaster kit for yourself and your pets. This includes food, water, and basic necessities.

-Find a safe place to stay ahead of time. Never assume it will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. So before a disaster hits, make sure that you are given the authorization by your local office of emergency management to make sure it is alright to evacuate with your pets. 

-Contact hotels outside of your immediate area and find out if they accept pets. Ask about restrictions to pets including number allowed, size, and species.

2)If You Evacuate, Take Your Pet

-If it isn't safe for you, chances are, it isn't safe for your pet either. You have no way of knowing how long you will be kept out of your home after the evacuation and you may not be able-or allowed- to go back for your pets.

3)After The Disaster 

-Make sure to assess the damage and hazards before letting your pets roam through your home. There may be wild animals who may have sought refuge in or near your home during a storm or emergency.

4) Be Ready For Everyday Emergencies

-Find a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member and give them a spare key to your home to care for your pets if you are not able. 

-Make sure the caretaker understands the specific needs of your pets.

If you follow these steps your pet will be safe during whatever emergencies come your way.

And trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all of your storm damage needs. We make the damage "Like it never even happened."

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day Thank you Veterans. From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor thanks all of those who have served and sacrificed for our country. You are valued and cared for.

Make sure you take the time to thank a Veteran today for their service!

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

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Ethics

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Continuing Education: Ethics Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

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- 11/9/18

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!

Happy Halloween!

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes a fun and safe Halloween celebration to all of those witches, ghosts, and ghouls out there tonight!

Make sure you stay safe while heading out- a Safe Halloween is a Fun Halloween!

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

Let SERVPRO Restore Your Commercial Building

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Let SERVPRO Restore Your Commercial Building These specific cases require special knowledge and expertise that only SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is able to promise and provide you every time!

Has Your Building Suffered Flooding or Water Damage? Trust SERVPRO--

Butte County region is no stranger to the effects of water damage and flooding from natural disasters and accidents. But this area has damages that are often unique and complex which, if not taken care of, can arise with numerous damages to your building and create safety hazards for you and your employees. These specific cases require special knowledge and expertise that only SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is able to promise and provide you every time! Whether it is a small loss, large loss, or total loss SERVPRO is here to help as the number one trusted company in the restoration industry.

When the problem is not taken care of in a prompt, or in the correct, manner your business has the potential of never reopening the doors. The businesses in this community are treasured and are extremely valuable to Butte County as a whole. SERVPRO works hard so that these businesses never reach the point of having to permanently close their doors after a damage. By trusting SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor with your unique water damage situation you are in the best capable hands. We are here, 24 hours, to walk you through every step of the job process to get those business doors reopened easily. In many instances, normal work operations are able to continue through the job process due to our technician's flexibility with your specific job. 

Our professional staff are trained to by mindful of both the legal and environmental concerns that come with restoring a commercial property. They strive to fully restore the damaged area without causing more damage to your building. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity for your business. SERVPRO cares very deeply for our fellow community and local business owners so you can trust you are in the best hands when your building is needing to be restored. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, trust the number one company in the restoration industry to be there for you.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, full service, restoration company here to service your needs across the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas? Give us a call today to see what services SERVPRO can provide for you!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

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:


Roof
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!

(530)899-9141

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?

Flooding

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.

Hail

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!

(530)899-9141

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!

(530)899-9141

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:

(530)899-9141

cec@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com

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!

(530)899-9141

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. 

(530)899-9141

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!

(530)899-9141

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!

(530)899-9141

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?

(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!

Finding Mold in Your Home or Business?

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in Your Home or Business? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are certified and are knowledgeable of the IICRC Standards.

What is Mold? 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some other restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” or “100% guaranteed mold removal” which is a fallacy. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are certified and are knowledgeable of the IICRC Standards. We understand the mold is naturally in all environments and that it is impossible to completely remove it. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor does not specialize in “mold removal”, rather, we specialize in mold remediation.

Mold Remediation is reducing the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Consider the following facts about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere- indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air. They may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/Heating systems, or may hitch a ride on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive and grow on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold growth areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO (530)899-9141. We can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7 Full Service Restoration Company? Let us also help you with any repairs needed after the mold remediation has been completed!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor, serving the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas.

Do You Need Help With a Fire Damage?

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do You Need Help With a Fire Damage? We are dedicated to bringing you back to your home immediately and we are always "faster to any size disaster".

We’ve got you covered! SERVPRO restores and repairs many fire and smoke damaged properties!

According to research done by the National Fire Protection Association residential households can expect to have a fire every 15 years, or 5 fires in a single lifetime. Most of these fires, on average, will be small and won’t cause major damage. During a lifetime, a home holds a 1 in 4 chance of having a fire that is large enough to need restoration services. This is upsetting in a community like Butte County as most of the residential, and commercial properties, are special and can be antiques. But our community has seen our fair share of fires and thanks to local fire departments and emergency personnel we are able to stop them. It’s also thanks to SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor! We put our customers, our community, first and we understand the importance of fire safety, fire restoration, and getting you back in your home fast.

Knowledge, however, is the key to prevention. When fire damage in Butte County occurs knowing you have a friend in SERVPRO will save you time, stress and money. We are the most trusted leader in the industry of both restoration services and repairs. We are a locally owner and operated facility and our own staff members are valued community members as well and we are honored to have every opportunity to help our own community out. We are dedicated to bringing you back to your home immediately and we are always "faster to any size disaster". As your one-stop contractor of choice, no matter the extent of your fire damage, we will work with you to return your property back to preloss conditions. We believe in giving back to our community, therefore, when the fire alarm goes off, when the fire fighters respond, we are there by your side as well. Remember, when the fire is out and the damaging results are devastating, that we are always here to help.

Call us today for more information- (530)899-9141

Ask about our repair services too!

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: MARS

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Continuing Education: MARS What all is involved with the Water Damage Restoration Process? Come to our class to find out!

What is a MARS Class?

M-Mitigation

A-Awareness

R-Response

S-Seminar

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to educate you on the importance fast response time when dealing with a water damage and all that needs to be considered when choosing a mitigation company. Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

Chico Class:

Date- 7/20/2018

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 9:30 AM

Course Time: 10:00 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!

Are Your Prepared to Respond?

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are Your Prepared to Respond? The SERVPRO ERP is a 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know if case of an emergency.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Response Plan!

What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

It is often extremely difficult to know what to do on the spot when Mother Nature throws damage at your commercial building, that’s what the ERP is for! SERVPRO has developed a plan for business and homeowners alike to be prepared in any situation no matter the size.

The ERP is a 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know if case of an emergency. This file includes:

  • Photos of utility shut of locations ( Gas, water, alarms, etc.)
  • Local emergency personnel contact information
  • Emergency protocols
  • Floor Plans

This file is available for everyone both in a flip chart and mobile app form!

So, why get an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

  • It’s FREE! We do everything for you.
  • It is a concise document that has all the needed information for you in one spot.
  • It is easy to understand and read
  • Access is available 24/7
  • It is a password secured document

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor  today at 530-899-9141 to get started!

We’re here to help make you future damage “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a full service restoration company open 24/7? Call us today to find out more!

License#: 1013416 

SERVPRO Tips for Flu Prevention!

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Tips for Flu Prevention! Let's prevent the spread of the Flu this year!

Protect yourself and your employees during Flu Season!

It is no secret to Butte County that when the Flu season comes knocking on our door that it hits the local businesses and their employees hard. When one person in your workplace is down for the count with the Flu, your whole business suffers and the chances of it passing on increases.

Studies show that Flu related illnesses could cost businesses over $7 billion per year due to loss of productivity and revenue to illness. The financial consequences grow and grow as more and more of your employees are exposed. Let's prevent the spread of the Flu this year! SERVPRO has created a list of cleaning tips to help your business stay healthy during the Flu season:

1) Clean and disinfect the workplace regularly.

The Flu is known to be able to spread merely through touch. There are tons of products out there that are used specifically to clean the virus that gets left behind on surfaces throughout the workplace. 

2) Target the high-touch surfaces daily.

Objects throughout your workplace such as desks, counter tops, doorknobs, keyboards, and telephones need to be disinfected at least once a day with a disinfectant. Give your staff the responsibility of keeping their area cleaned and sanitized.

3) Choose the right products.

No matter which product you use (chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium based cleaners) it is important to ensure it is EPA-registered to kill the virus effectively. Make sure you know how to properly, and safely, use the product before use.

4) Use the product correctly.

Success is achieved when the disinfectants are used properly. It is important to refer to the product label for instructions on cleaning, storage, and hazards. Call the manufacturer with any safety concerns or questions.

5) Educate your staff!

 If one staff member comes in ill the risk for your other employees increases. Encourage employees to get the seasonal flu vaccine and to avoid coming in when ill. Instruct them to wash their hands regularly and to keep their work station clean.

Do you not have enough time to do a thorough cleaning of your commercial or office building? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can do that for you! Our staff are up to date on the most recent cleaning techniques and you will be amazed by the results.

Call today to make an appointment!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy Independence Day!

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Independence Day! Happy 4th of July! From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a fun and save 4th of July celebration! Make sure to keep an eye out for children and fire hazards.

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!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Do You Have Mold Lurking Behind Your Walls?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Have Mold Lurking Behind Your Walls? Extreme caution must be taken whenever dealing with mold!

Trust SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation and Restoration Process Every Time!

Mold is a particularly tricky substance to work with due to the great number of hazards that accompany it. Extreme caution must be taken whenever dealing with mold. This knowledge and expertise is only mastered by the number one company in the restoration industry- SERVPRO! One of the most common areas to discover mold in your home is behind walls and siding as there may have been an undetected leak. This creates the ideal conditions for mold growth away from the watchful eyes of the homeowner. By the time you smell it, it is often too late, thus begins the remediation process.

Step 1: Quarantining and Removing the Source

As a start to any Butte County mold job, our SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff must first quarantine off the area and make sure other sections of the home are not affected by mold damage. We then remove the affected materials to remove the source and to begin drying the affected area.

Step 2: Drying and Scrubbing

After the affected materials are removed and the area is sealed off, we will dry the entire area with our advanced equipment. Mold needs moisture to grow, so by trusting SERVPRO to dry it out, you are stopping further growth in its tracks! Then we thoroughly scrub the area to make sure the area is clean.

Step 3: Sanitizing and Deodorizing

Once all the visible mold is gone, we eliminate microscopic remnants through the use of sanitizing compounds. Then, we begin the process of deodorization, where an foul odors left behind by the mold are handled.

Step 4: Repair and Replace

Once all of these steps have been taken, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will bring your property back to preloss condition!

We at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor make it our priority to work with you and to ensure you understand, and are involved in, the full mold remediation process. If you have mold in your home, call us today!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

4 Steps to Take After a Storm Has Passed

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Steps to Take After a Storm Has Passed Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days a year, to bring your home back to the way it was.

Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery 

Natural disasters are unpredictable and can be terrifying, especially when they hit your home and affected your loved ones. Although it is scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike Butte County, Sutter County, Plumas County and surrounding areas. These disaster include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. If one of these unfortunate events should hit your home you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!

Follow these 4 essential steps for disaster rehabilitation and recovery:

  1. Assess the Situation

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and your family members to make sure no one is injured and emergency medical personnel will not be needed. If you have any nearby neighbors see if they need help once the scene is safe. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it is safe to do so and avoid entering your home if you notice structural damage to your home that could cause the floors or ceiling to collapse.

  1. Find Food and Shelter

Food and water are vital for your health and keeping your strength during this difficult time so start searching for your necessities as soon as possible. Keeping nonperishable items in your home is essential during crisis and can be the determining factor in saving your health. If you home no longer has running water visit one of the many American Red Cross shelters that will be available after the disaster has passed through to those whose homes are no longer safe to inhabit. They also have shelters open regularly during these times at local churches, schools and other community properties. These areas are good resources if you have any needs.

  1. Be Cautious of Your Surroundings

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of the chaos. Don’t turn the gas back on in your home until you have been given the promise of safety as there could be a leak.

  1. Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recover is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage (insurance policies, birth certificates, drivers license, deeds, wills, financial statements). Collecting these documents will help you and your family recover from this crisis faster.

Should your home suffer from damage call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor! Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days a year, to bring your home back to the way it was. These emergency services include (but are not limited to) water damage, flooding, fire damage, pack-outs and mold remediation services. Don’t wait another moment call us now at (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

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

Can Your Water Damaged Carpet Be Saved?

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Can Your Water Damaged Carpet Be Saved? The best way to protect yourself, and your family, is by calling SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor now!

Answer: "What is...call SERVPRO!"

After a water damage has affected your home the first step is to make sure the cause of loss has been stopped to avoid any further damages. The next step is to stop the water from spreading any further into the unaffected areas of your home. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are faster to any disaster and we will be onsite to help you with initial emergency services immediately.

Our community is no stranger to having water damages so picking SERVPRO, as the number one restoration company in this County, is an easy choice! 

So let's answer the question...Can your water damaged carpet be saved?

After the water has been extracted from the carpet our technicians will look for the damage to your carpet. A common problem with water damaged carpet is that if it is not dried quickly there will be delamination and possibly mold. A way to tell that the carpet is delaminating is by looking at the carpet backing and seeing if the backing latex adhesive looks sound or if there are signs of mold or delamination. 

Delamination is when there is separation of the secondary backing from the primary backing of the carpet. If the carpet and the secondary backing are not attached strongly enough they can separate and cause installed carpet to wrinkle.

If the water damage cause came from a grossly contaminated source, the carpet cannot be saved and it will be considered a Category 3 Water Damage. Grossly contaminated sources include( but are not limited to) storm water, sewer backups, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. 

The best way to protect yourself, and your family, is by calling SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor now!

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are IICRC Certified in Water Damage Restoration? We are also a Full Service Restoration Company available 365 days a year to respond to any of your water damage needs.

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Fire Damage

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

What does Fire Damage Restoration Services include?

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to educate you and your staff on the importance of fire damage restoration and process needed. Our FREE continuing education classes are not only a lot of fun but they offer a ton of usable information.

Chico Class:

Date- 5/25/18

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!

Happy Mothers Day!

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Mothers Day! Happy Mother's Day From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants to thank all of the mothers out there for everything you do for your family and we would like to wish you a very Happy Mothers 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 day a year, Full Service Restoration company here to help you in your time of crisis!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Faster to Any Water Damage Emergency

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Any Water Damage Emergency When significant water damage is noticed calling SERVPRO is essential to saving the structure of your home!

Get your Butte County Residential Water Damage Taken Care of Immediately!

Having a water damage affect any area of your home may be a truly insidious event. First, there are many reasons or causes for this type of damage and each possible cause of the water damage may lead to all different severities of water damage. It could come from outside the home, such as from an overflowing river, torrential rains, or defective rain gutters. It might also be coming from inside such as a leaking pipe, water heater, and appliance. There are an insurmountable amount of ways that water can enter your home.

No matter where the intruding water comes from, a water damage requires specific knowledge and expertise that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in. When significant water damage is noticed calling SERVPRO is essential to saving the structure of your home as well as everything inside of it. There are several things that need to be considered when dealing with a water damage that are crucial to our goal of restoring over replacing and saving you money in the long run. SERVPRO is capable of completing these needed services in a way that will prevent further damage from popping up down the road and finishing them in a timely manner.

Once SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is onsite, we will look to see where the water started and where the water damage ended. Once that is done we will determine what materials have been damaged and need restoration or removal. The inspection, already begun by the water damage technicians, locates the places where molds are present. They accomplish this by specially developed equipment that locates the smallest source of moisture even if behind or inside walls. Often parts of these walls must be removed in the pursuit of thorough cleaning. When all water damage is located, and all water has been removed, the actual restoration is accomplished by repairing any of this damage and getting the entire house back to the way it looked before. This means replacing drywall, cleaning fabrics, such as clothing, carpets and throw rugs. It also entails painting and sanitize every surface. 

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor now for all of your water damage needs.

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

How to Avoid Fire Damage While Cooking

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Avoid Fire Damage While Cooking Make sure you know when to call it quits and evacuate if the fire gets out of control.

Leaving cooking unattended and not taking proper safety precautions may lead to a fire endangering not just your home but the lives of everyone in it.

Cooking tops and stoves have been used for thousands of years. They are essential to our civilization and lifestyles, but we have yet to find a way to completely stop cooking fires from happening altogether. This means that, until these fires are a part of history, safety precautions need to be taken. These appliances carry out basic necessity, but also carry a lot of risk while in use. The lack of installed smoke alarms in the average kitchen is staggering. They should regularly be placed directly above the stove, or nearby, for fast detection. Stoves can cause fire damage, large and small, and can sometimes even lead to the total loss of a home. Avoiding dangerous practices and taking care to attend to all cooking is essential for your safety and the safe keeping of your home and items. Here are some tips to avoiding fire and smoke damage to your home caused by cooking or stove malfunction.

Always Mind Food

A common source of fire damage in the Butte County area is when food is left unattended to while cooking on a stove. Even if you are minding the time and have a timer set up while cooking, being out of the room altogether is dangerous and is advised against. Fires are instantaneous and are difficult to stop once they are started. Especially oily foods, dry foods, or cooking utensils being left on stovetops can burst into flames very easily. Safe cooking practices involve regular monitoring of the food and the stove, this is essential to kitchen fire prevention.

Watch Where Your Put Things

Another common cause of fires, one we have discussed previously, is leaving items unattended beside the stove or food. This includes items such as potholders, kitchen rags, cooking utensils, and other items that are easily flammable. A hot, or in use, stove should never be used as a resting place for anything.

Keep Safety Materials Nearby

If worst comes to worst and a fire does occur having a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher nearby is the best way to stop the fire from spreading after it has started. Damaging your stove, or not being able to eat the burning dinner, should be the last thing on your mind. Focus on saving your home and your loved ones. Make sure you know when to call it quits and evacuate if the fire gets out of control.

Fire and smoke damages to your home can be devastating. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to assist you. To bring your home back to the way it was takes special care and knowledge that only the leader in the restoration industry has. The moment your home is safe to reenter, call us at (530)899-9141 anytime for emergency, restoration, and repair services.

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying for Water Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying for Water Damage What has the potential of causing a water damage? Come to our class to find out!

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- 4/19/2018

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 9:30 AM

Course Time: 10:00 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!

Mold in Plumas County Homes

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Plumas County Homes When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

Mold exists in almost all environments naturally. It is when the mold spore count is excessive, and the interior environment supports this mold growth, that this mold becomes a problem.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company?

License #: 1013416

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor  530-899-9141

Don’t Let Storm Damage Stop You!

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don’t Let Storm Damage Stop You! After a flood damage please make sure it is safe before you reenter your home by getting an inspection and evaluation.

When your home sustains flood damage during the stormy weather, call SERVPRO!

It can be tragic when a flood bring devastation and water damage to your home. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to serve our community but rapid water removal, cleanup and repairs are needed immediately to reduce damage and cost. Safety is a top priority for SERVPRO. After a flood damage please make sure it is safe before you reenter your home by getting an inspection and evaluation done.

Should you be choosing to file an insurance claim make sure you call your insurance to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owner’s policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will then be dispatched to your property to inspect the damages soon after offer a settlement. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has experience with working with several kinds of insurance companies in California and we are the best in the industry. We can assess and document all water damage, help you with your insurance communications, and expedite the water removal and damage restoration.

Once you are given the authorization to reenter your home safely you should do all you can to document the damages you are seeing for your insurance company. Be sure to take specific notice of any damage to personal contents. Once you and the insurance adjuster have inspected the damages then the restoration can start. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will make sure your home gets dried and your contents properly taken care of in order to prevent further damages from happening. The fast response is crucial and something that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can swear by every single time. We are faster to any size disaster and we are always here to help!

A benefit about choosing to have SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor serve you is that we can handle the job from start to finish. Our technicians can extract whatever standing water there is and we can also assist you with any and all repairs that need to take placed after the mitigation and drying services have been completed.

We’re Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As the top water and storm damage specialists in the industry, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the knowledge, expertise, and certifications needed to restore your property quickly the first time! Call us anytime at (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Don’t Lose Your Business to Fire Damage!

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t Lose Your Business to Fire Damage! We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition!

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for Fast, Accurate, Safe, Fire Remediation Services!

The word “fire” strikes fear into the hearts of most business owners, and for a good reason! Whether it is your home or business having a fire damage can bring your life, as you know it, to a screeching halt.

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don’t panic. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor and let us assist you to get your doors back open. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the remediation process. Choosing our unbeatable team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC- Certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your business back in pristine condition, so call us now at (530)899-9141 to get the process started!

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, undergoing extensive property damages, and having your business be closed for any amount of time. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips!

  1. Call The Insurance Company for Assistance.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and help determine coverage.

  1. Contact a Fire Remediation Expert- SERVPRO!

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition.

  1. Assemble Your Records.

In addition to contacting SERVPRO, make sure you assemble your business’ essential records. You’ll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company.

  1. Get Permission to Reenter the Building.

Always ask the fire department or another local authority before reentering your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of your business which can endanger you.

Don’t let your business suffer, trust SERVPRO!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Can You Trust SERVPRO for a Water Damage?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Can You Trust SERVPRO for a Water Damage? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff is trained on the most up to date techniques on how to properly monitor and dry your home after a water damage.

The Answer is Yes!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff is trained on the most up to date techniques on how to properly monitor and dry your home after a water damage.

Our advanced equipment helps our staff to get the job finished faster and more accurately than our local competitors. SERVPRO invests in the latest technology and equipment because when it comes to restoring your home we are able to complete the tasks more quickly which means less cost for you. The sooner that SERVPRO is called and is there to help you, the better your chances are of avoiding mold. Mold can start growing just 48 hours after a water damage event which leads to more cost and a longer job process.

It's never easy dealing with something new and catastrophic but SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor makes it a little easier with their knowledge and expertise that cannot be beaten. Here are the steps to our Water Damage Restoration Plan.

Please keep in mind that every water damage in the Butte County, Plumas County, Sutter County, and surrounding regions are all different and cannot always be handled the same water as another. But the general, tried and true, SERVPRO-Way stays the same!

  • Emergency Contact

-SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, 365 days a year, emergency service company. Our staff are ready to respond to any size damage faster. Our staff are here to help you get through one of the most difficult times a homeowner can go through.

  • Inspection and Damage Assessment

-The first step to helping you with your water damage is to provide you with a thorough inspection of the affected area. After checking for the source of moisture on your home or business the source must be stopped prior to any restoration or drying of the building. We will then identify the contamination of the water to ensure that the best practices will be made during the restoration of your property. SERVPRO staff inspect and test to determine the extent of the damage and how far the water has migrated to ensure proper and complete restoration. We also inspect for safety concerns for both you and our employees. If there are any safety issues, we will bring them to your attention immediately. Our staff will then help you by removing your contents from the affected area. The faster that your personal items are moved to a safer location, the better chance there is of restoring and saving them.

  • Water Removal/Water Extraction

-After the thorough inspection and the damage assessment has been completed, the water extraction process begins. This is the removal of the majority of the water to stop the water from migrating any further. Should your home require extensive restoration services, our trained technicians can conduct an organized and efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage. The goal is to complete the emergency water removal immediately so stop from damaging your home further. Removing this water effectively and quickly with reduce the chances for secondary water damage including mold and bacterial growth. Once the water has been removed, we inspect the carpet and pad to determine if they should be removed to protect and dry the subfloor beneath. If needed, we will then remove the carpet and pad. Advanced equipment will then be used to monitor the conditions of the home, check for additional moisture and additional extraction as necessary.

  • Drying and Dehumidification

-Once the water has been removed, the floors and walls are inspected for trapped moisture. Nearly all building materials are porous and can retain the water. This water can break down the material, warp, or cause mold damages. Our professional staff will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal amount of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home quickly and effectively. We’ll carefully monitor the conditions daily to ensure that the drying is progressing until the materials reach the acceptable drying goals.

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing

-In addition to cleaning the structure, SERVPRO staff are also able to clean your contents, upholstery, furniture, clothing and other restorable contents damaged by the water. This cleaning is necessary as the contents affected by the water will need professional attention and care to restore the material. SERVPRO specializes in the restoring of contents from fire, water, and mold. Our mentality is to “restore” vs. “replace”. This mind set will help you save money while preserving your keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We are also trained to identify and eliminate remaining offensive odors so that you can return to your home feeling comfortable again. Depending on the water damage, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or other disinfectant treatments to clean your home. SERVPRO will also make sure that we remove and dispose of all damaged materials with guidance from you.

  • Restoration

-Restoring your property is the final step. SERVPRO staff will bring your home back to preloss condition. Restoration may include minor repairs or major repairs in your home.

Trust the number one company in the restoration industry to bring your home back to normal- 

"Like it never even happened."

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy Easter!

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy Easter! Happy Easter! From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes everyone a wonderful Easter Celebration! We hope you all have a great time being with family, stocking up on chocolate bunnies, and finding Easter eggs!

Should you be unlucky this year and have a water damage in your home, hop on over to your phone and call SERVPRO!

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

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Why Call a Professional for Your Butte County Water Damage?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Call a Professional for Your Butte County Water Damage? Our Restoration Technicians have a lot of technology in their hands to use for your specific loss to make sure you are getting the best service!

A water damage restoration service is the kind of call no one wants to make, but when emergency services are needed it is important to not delay. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is faster to any size disaster every single time. Homeowners know that excessive moisture is the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space to create additional problems to the structure of your home. No matter how moisture gets into your home, the response time should be the same. Bring in SERVPRO, a certified firm, to immediately extract the water, dry and clean the structure to your home to minimize the health and structural threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the structure through a contaminated source, do not try to handle it on your own. This is a shout out to all of those who are DIY-ers or find it hard to make that initial call to SERVPRO. Floods and sewage back-ups contain multiple types of deadly bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Even having skin contact with these materials can have serious effects on health and may cause serious illness. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has not only the tools to eliminate the moisture but we have the needed knowledge to handle your specific, and unique, damage correctly the first time.

Our Restoration Technicians have a lot of technology in their hands to use for your specific loss to make sure you are getting the best service possible. This technology includes truck mounted vacuums, pumping systems, high velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture reading equipment, and a number of SERVPRO cleaning products. All of these items help prevent further damage that comes with a water damage if it is not handled correctly.

Trust the number one company in the restoration industry. Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor.

Call us today for an inspection- (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

3/17/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy St. Patrick's Day From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor hopes you all have the luck of the Irish today and that you all have a fun, safe, celebration!

Make sure to trust your SERVPRO friends in green should your luck run out and you have a water damage! We are always available 24/7, 365 days a year!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Faster to Your Flooding Emergency

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Your Flooding Emergency Leaving water damage can lead to serious mold issues which can then cost you more money to remediate and repair. Don't wait!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for the most convenient time to happen or even during regular business hours. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours, 7 days a week- including all holidays.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage are very invasive. The water quickly spreads throughout your home and begins getting absorbed into floors, walls, furniture and more. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor responds quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This fast-paced response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning/restoration costs for you. Each water damage situation is unique but the timeline is typically the same. Below is the timeline of damage for a water damage if left unattended:

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent damage.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper good start to swell and warp.

1-24 Hours

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bacterial contamination is possible.

More than 1 Week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically
  • Replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety decreases.
  • Mold growth poses serious health risk to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor:

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of Residential and Commercial properties after a fire, smoke, mold or water damage event. Our staff is IICRC certified in property damage restoration so you will be in the best capable hands for your unique damage situation.

Call us today for more information at (530)899-9141.

License : 1013416

Strategies for Mold Detection and Prevention

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Strategies for Mold Detection and Prevention Mold in excess can cause serious problems especially if the mold is left unchecked or allowed to grow.

Strategies for Mold Detection and Prevention

Practice these strategies for mold prevention and control in your Butte County home!

You may spend hours each day cleaning your home but no matter how tidy and spotless you keep it, mold is likely to exist to some degree. Mold is naturally found in almost every environment, however, mold in excess can cause serious problems. Especially if the mold is left unchecked or allowed to grow. So how do you know if you have a mold problem? Here are some ways you can assess the seriousness of the problem and determine if you will be needing a professional:

Mold Causes

So how does mold grow?

Windows and doors provide an entryway for mold spores to enter your home from the natural environment. It gets out of hand when these mold spores find moisture and are able to grow and thrive in the affected area. Spores feed on paper, cardboard, carpets, drywall, upholstery fabric, and just about anything made from wood.

Mold Appearance

What does mold look like?

Common household molds can appear as a slight discoloration in your ceiling, wall or floor. Colors can range from blacks, blues, oranges, reds and yellows. Not all discolorations are classified as mold though. Cigarette smoke, dust, oils and grease stains are often mistaken for mold due to their odor and their colors on materials. If you suspect mold, don’t panic, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help you.

Mold Odors

What does mold smell like?

If you smell something musty or earthy in your home, if may be that you are smelling mold. Sometimes mold can exist inside of walls and smell is the only immediate way to know if you have a mold problem without a professional. Check for leaks both inside and outside on a regular basis to prevent this.

Mold Quantity

If you live in a very humid or rainy climate, a small amount of mold growth is not unusual. That said, you should be wary of any mold that covers more than about 3 square feet. This is cause for concern and requires a professional like SERVPRO.

Mold Remediation Services from SERVPRO

So who should you call if you discover a mold problem?

If you need professional mold cleanup and remediation then SERVPRO are the people to call. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor offers a range of cleaning services for jobs of any shape or size. We follow EPA codes and can help keep your air ducts clean and mold free in order to keep it a healthy and happy place to live. For more information on our services-

call (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (2 hr)

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Continuing Education: Mold (2 hr) Where are potential areas in my home for mold growth? Come to our class to find out!

How does mold grow 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- 3/16/18

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 7:30 AM

Course Time: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

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!

Where Should You Turn With Commercial Water Damage?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Where Should You Turn With Commercial Water Damage? Trusting the right company for your large loss is easy for those who have SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor on speed dial!

Rely on SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for the Water Damage Restoration of your Commercial Property!

Commercial properties sometimes have a higher chance of being damaged by rain, floods, internal plumbing issues, and appliance malfunction due to the amount of exposure. This is especially common with plumbing issues and appliance malfunctions from overuse. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor promises property owners a speedy response when water damage compromises the use of your business property. We offer a full range of restoration services that mitigate even the worst damage that water may cause. Our technicians are highly trained to industry standards place by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring your commercial property’s water damage repair is in the best capable hands. No business property is too large or too small to benefit from the proven knowledge and experience of our trained water damage control and restoration specialists.

When Butte County, Sutter County, Plumas County and the surrounding areas suffer water damage caused by severe weather, plumbing malfunctions, floods or other natural or man-made disasters take a large economic toll to the industries affected. Whether it involves only your business or also prevents other businesses from operating effectively, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to respond faster than any other company in the restoration industry. Not only to we have the required experience with most types of water based damage but we also have a love for our community to respond faster and help you to open your doors faster.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to restore your property to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed. Call us today for more information!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is Ready!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is Ready! Noticing damage after the storm has passed? Give us a call to make it "Like it never even happened"!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the clean-up and damage restoration when storms and floods hit the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas. Our Restoration Technicians are IICRC Certified and are able to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

Faster Response

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is locally owned and operated so our crew is able to respond faster to any size disaster which is important to reducing damage and overall cost. A fast response time can save your home and your wallet.

Better Resources

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will handle your unique and special storm damage by following the IICRC s500 standards of Water Damage Restoration. This will uphold safety for you and your family and will bring your home back to its preloss condition faster. You can trust that you are in the best, capable, hands when you call SERVPRO.

Full Service

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company. Meaning we can assist you from the start of your storm damage to the repairs. That means you are trusting the best company around to walk you through one of the hardest times you will ever experience.

When storms hit Butte County and the surrounding areas SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call us today!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1014316

Happy American Heart Month!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy American Heart Month! Happy Valentine's Day & American Heart Month From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor!

In addition to it being Valentine's Day today it is also American Heart Month. Celebrate heart health by donating blood, sharing on social media, and supporting your local hospitals and care takers!

SERVPRO hopes you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration with your Valentine and that you all remember American Heart Month!

Have a Flooded Basement? No Problem!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Have a Flooded Basement? No Problem! With the help of our advanced equipment and knowledge you can rest assured that you are in the best capable hands!

Attention Butte County Residents: SERVPRO of Chico/Lake ALmanor specializes in flooded basement clean up and restoration!

A basement can flood at any time, although, flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level.  There are a number of reasons why your home basement could flood, including the following:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe.
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home.
  • Storm sewer back-up.
  • Sanitary sewer back-up.
  • Foundation Drainage Failure.
  • Water supply-line break or hot water tank failure.

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety as well as cause severe damage to the structure of your home. The best way to prevent the irreversible damages is by calling SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor as soon as you notice there is a problem! You can trust that our crew will handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of thousands of homeowners, business owners and property professionals in the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas.

So Why Call SERVPRO?

  • We are the preferred water damage specialists.
  • We are available 24 hours/7 days a week- including all holidays.
  • Our technicians are IICRC Certified and follow the s500 IICRC Restoration Standards.
  • We use Advanced Methods and Equipment.

Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor with your flooded basement from start to finish!

Have questions about basement flooding?

Call Today- 530-899-9141

License #: 1013416

Commercial ERP Benefits During Fire and Water Damage

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial ERP Benefits During Fire and Water Damage Don't be stuck with a disaster unprepared! Let SERVPRO help you make a plan and prepare for a better future.

When a disaster hits your business unexpectedly, every moment after counts. Here at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor, he help local businesses prepare in advance for building disasters.

SERVPRO is the only restoration company in the industry that provides our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). This special document provides you and your personnel with the information you need to handle an emergency service any time of day that only SERVPRO provides. With this essential information you will be able to minimize damage and become full operational again as soon as possible.

Emergency Ready Profile

A FREE SERVPRO ERP contains the following:

Action Plan- What to do in what order to ensure the safety of occupants and minimize structural damage.

Contact Information- Phone numbers for emergency services, building maintenance, and SERVPRO.

Utility Shutoffs- Photos and descriptions of locations of water, electric, and heating fuel shut offs. If a key is needed for access we note who has possession of the key or where to find it.

Building Specific Information- An ERP can be customized to add any information specific to your building or industry that helps with your disaster response.

A SERVPRO ERP is a free service we provide to help local business and property owners to be ready for whatever happens. Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to learn more about this free service and to make an appointment to get yours today!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying For Water Damage

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Continuing Education: Restorative Drying For Water Damage How fast should water be extracted after having a water damage and why? Come to our class to find out!

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- 2/15/2018

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:

(530)899-9141

cec@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Why is there Mold in my HVAC?!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why is there Mold in my HVAC?! Mold is generally caused by leaks letting in excess moisture. If you want to prevent the mold from growing back, you will have to find the source.

Mold has the potential to be able to grow on numerous surfaces both in and around your home and in the past we have been called out to very serious cases of mold growing in an HVAC unit. This exposure can cause severe health risks and structural damage. Is your home at risk for having mold in your ducts? What are the signs to look out for? For the answers to this questions we must dig deeper.

Are you at Risk for Mold Growth in Your Ducts?

While it is not impossible for mold to grow throughout your HVAC it is not as common as having mold in other locations such as the bathroom, kitchen, and basements in your home. Unless you have visual queue of mold or can smell the odor it is less likely that your air ducts are mold free. Mold growth is generally caused by leaks, so if your unit is not damaged there is a higher chance of you avoiding a mold contamination altogether.

What are the signs of Mold?

There are generally numerous signs of mold. These include both the visual signs of mold, excess moisture and a strong odor. These signs occur in dark, wet, areas of your home. If you have these signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to get the process started for you.

What to do about Mold in your HVAC unit

After discovery, the next step is to have the components of your affected duct system removed so that it can have a thorough cleaning. You ducts should not require much repair and replacing unless they are severely damaged. While this cleaning job will remediate the mold, it will not prevent it from coming back. Mold is generally caused by leaks letting in excess moisture. If you want to prevent the mold from growing back, you will have to find the source of the leak.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help!

Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all of your mold remediation needs. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor services, call (530)899-9141. 

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO is the Answer for Fire Damage Restoration

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO is the Answer for Fire Damage Restoration Fire damage can range from small to devastating. This is a reminder to check your fire alarms frequently to make sure they are in working order!

Choosing who to call after you have a smoke or fire damage in your home is easy. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the answer for your fire restoration needs.

Historical Buildings, hospitals, education facilities, parks, non-replaceable valuables, and your homes are what makes Butte County beautiful. To think that any one of these valuables could be damaged by fire is unthinkable. However, fires do occur daily! Whether natural or from a storm, a property fire, arson, electrical malfunction, or human error.

SERVPRO is your go-to fire restoration company!

If there is ever a fire in Butte County and the surrounding areas, call SERVPRO! We have specialized equipment and techniques to help you through this tough and stressful time while bringing your building back to preloss condition promptly. We believe in Restoration over Replacement when it comes to your home and your personal items. This mentality separates us from the other companies and this will lead to lower costs and get you back in your home sooner. Our professionals are trained and certified by IICRC Restoration Standards and we have the knowledge and experience ready to help you and your specific loss.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

We are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with any emergency damage situations. Our remediation process involves and industry approved inspection/damage assessment, an immediate board up or roof tarp service, water removal (if present), smoke and soot removal from all surfaces, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing, and the final steps of restoring your home to a pre-fire condition. We’ll make it like it never even happened!

We don’t arrive on the scene, work a bit, and call it good. We can be there form the moment the fire truck leave and we will be there until your home is restored. When your home is back to preloss condition, we will help you through the process of moving you back in comfortably, guiding you every step of the way. We will treat you and your home with the outmost respect and care as though they were our own.

As SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the leader in the restoration industry, our reputation is based on our excellent customer service and our expert restoration services. This restoration process begins when you pick up the phone and call us. We can respond to you rapidly as we are a 24/7 restoration business here to service you any time!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Winterizing Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Winterizing Tips The one company you can trust to handle an water damage related issues is SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor!

Is your home ready for 6 more weeks of winter?

The Plumas County region is no stranger to extremely low temperatures during this time of year. When it comes to below freezing temperatures, you can expect there to be multiple pipes freezing and often bursting, causing water damages throughout the homes and businesses in the area.

The one company you can trust to handle an water damage related issues is SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor but the last thing you want is to have to deal with a water damage. 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has developed some tips you can take in advance to protect your home, save money, and prevent water damage.

1) Winterize your A/C and Water Lines.

Simply drain the water in any hoses and air conditioner pipes to prevent the cold weather from freezing it and causing the pipe to burst.  Also, make sure you do not have additional water collected inside of the equipment. This could damage the equipment and could also start a water damage.  Make sure to also turn off exterior water spigots and properly store away any window A/C units to prevent cold drafts from entering.

Step 2) Turn down your water heater.

Typically a water heater is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most households don’t need that much steam. By lowing the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit you are not only reducing water heating cost but also preventing excess pressure on the pipes.

Step 3) Using Caulking and Weatherstripping.

This can be especially helpful when protecting your windows and doors from weather related water damage which can then lead to mold. Keep close attention to corners and where pipes or wires exit to prevent damage.

Step 4) Insulate your pipes.

This can help prevent pipes from bursting and can also be a money saver for paying less for hot water. You can find the needed insulation at most hardware stores in the area. Ideally, you want to choose the insulation with the highest heat-blocking power.

Step 5) Seal your ducts.

Get your duct work inspected to ensure that there is no issue and water is not creeping in. This can definitely go undetected for a long time and then you’ll have both water damage and mold on your hands!

In the event that your house does suffer from a water damage during the winter months, know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is only a phone call away!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Who Do I Call For Fire Damage Services?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who Do I Call For Fire Damage Services? Fire damage takes the specific care and knowledge that only SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff specialize in!

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business which can then lead to hidden damage and odors. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to properly inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. There are several components to consider when dealing with a fire damage-

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and the upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

We also need to take into consideration the type of smoke.

There are different types of smoke and as a result there are different types of soot residue found after having a fire damage. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will test the soot to determine what type of smoke damage it is and the best way of treating it. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information gathered in the pretesting. Here is some information on the types of smoke and residue-

Wet Smoke- Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke- Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore so does the smoke.

Protein Fire Residue- Produce by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and knowledge to fully restore your home after a smoke or fire damage. Our staff will always treat you and your home with the outmost respect and care.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7 Full Service Restoration Company that will work with you from start to finish and make your home like new again, "Like it never even happened".

Have questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

Call us today!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Finding Mold in Your Home or Business?

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in Your Home or Business? Mold does not always appear in visible areas of your home. If you suspect to have mold hiding behind your walls, give us a call!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. The other restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" or "100% guaranteed mold removal" which is just a fallacy as it cannot be done. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the one company from which our staff are certified and knowledgeable of the IICRC Standards. Unlike the other companies, we understand the mold exists naturally in all environments and it is impossible to guarantee the complete removal of all mold spores. SERVPRO does not specialize in "mold removal", rather, we advance in Mold Remediation.

Mold Remediation is the process of reducing the mold spore count in your home back to its natural or baseline level. Consider the following facts about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere- indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air. They may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/Heating systems, or may hitch a ride on your clothing or pet.
  • Mold spores thrive and grown on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water must be addressed. Otherwise the mold will return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty, odor and using that sense can lead you to the mold growth region.
  • Even higher-than-normal humidity can support mold growth. Try to keep indoor humidity below 45 %.

If your home or business has a mold problem, call SERVPRO! We can inspect and assess your property and resolve your specific mold problem. 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7 Full Service Restoration Company? Let us also help you with your repairs after the mold remediation has been completed!

(530)899-9141

License #:1013416

SERVPRO Advice and Information for Water Damage

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Advice and Information for Water Damage SERVPRO is constantly updating our training and techniques to provide you with the best possible results every time!

How and why SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can restore your Butte County home!

If your home has been damaged by water in Butte County and it has left you with an unwanted mess, you should consider a professional water damage company to get your home back in order. If it's more than a small puddle that a mop and bucket can handle with ease, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for assistance. The level and expertise of services, that only SERVPRO can provide, are essential when you are needing restoration. There are several steps that SERVPRO will take to get your property back in excellent condition.

Water Extraction

Water extraction in any larger scale water damage is essential and is a top priority when SERVPRO is responding. However, before this step can be initiated, an inspection and assessment will be done to find and stop the source of the water damage as needed. The rapid water removal will lessen the on-going damaged caused by water absorption of walls, ceilings, carpeting, upholstery and fabrics- not to mention wooden structural materials. Naturally, the severity and volume of the standing water will dictate the correct course of action to be taken by our knowledgeable technicians. 

Water Migration

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will take count and inventory in each room that has been affected by the water and has sustained damage. We have a proprietary software developed by our SERVPRO Corporate Office called the CCIS- short for the Contents Claim Inventory Service Report. This document will list items and building materials that have been deemed salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable. This detailed report will help with communications to go smoother between you and your insurance company. In the long run, this document will save you money. SERVPRO has extensive experience working with all insurance companies and our staff are trained on the documentation process that is expected from your adjuster and agent. We are either considered a preferred vendor for your insurance company or we are at the top of the list! With this knowledge, we are able to help alleviate the stress that may come with the claims process.

Moisture Detection

Moisture detection is a process of determining the moisture levels, in real numbers, throughout the affected areas of your home. This may include the use of infra-red detection methods, moisture meters and hygrometers to ensure all hidden picks of water or moisture are uncovered and can be dried. We utilize large, powerful air movers to increase the circulation which then increases the evaporation of water and humidity. We also use dehumidifiers, chemical and mechanical, for rapid and thorough drying. 

Choosing SERVPRO

If your Butte County home is in danger after having a water damage and it is in need of immediate restoration, give us a call! Our industry experts are IICRC-Certified, which means you will have the best capable hands on your job. With the use of our training, cutting edge techniques and tools SERVPRO is able to offer you unbeatable services, guaranteed.

We'll make the water damage vanish- "Like it never even happened."

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Happy New Year from SERVPRO!

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy New Year from SERVPRO! Happy New Year. From- Your Friends at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff wish everyone a very Happy New Years Day! We hope the 2018 year brings happiness, opportunity, and growth for everyone.

We were honored to be serving our wonderful community throughout 2017 and now we are thrilled to continue helping our community through 2018!

2017 Adopt-a-Family Toy Drive

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community 2017 Adopt-a-Family Toy Drive Our Sales and Marketing Rep, Misty, along with Mix 95.1 and the Chico Firefighters Association!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor had a wonderful time at the Adopt-a-Family Toy Drive with Mix 95.1 Radio and the Chico Firefighters Association!

The Adopt-a-Family program is a cause that SERVPRO is proud to participate in each year. The program collects funds and toys for children of the community who otherwise may not have gotten Christmas presents or a Christmas dinner. 

We are looking forward to the Delivery Day on December 23rd!

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO family to you!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

We hope you all remember what you are grateful for during this holiday season and that you spend the holidays safely with the people you love. Remember, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7, full service, restoration company here to help should you have an emergency in your home during the holidays. We are always faster to any disaster and are here to serve you, day and night. 

Feel free to give us a call anytime- (530)899-9141

Who Do I Call For a Water Damage in Plumas County?

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Who Do I Call For a Water Damage in Plumas County? Water damage can come from any area in your home or business. If you're suspicious about having water damage call us for an inspection.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is available 24 hours a day to respond to your water damage emergency, large or small, faster than any other company in the area. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity and the damage caused to your home or business.

We answer the phone ready to help!

We understand that when you call us you may be feeling confused about the process, stressed about the damaged to your home, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. Our staff specializes in water damage restoration- in fact, it’s the cornerstone of our business.

What to expect.

When you call our office we will be asking you a couple of questions regarding your specific and unique water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment, what resources, and what procedures will need to be taken by our staff in order to help you the very best way. Below is a list of questions that our SERVPRO Office will be asking you.

  • Your name and contact information
  • You insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known) and has it been stopped?
  • Is there electricity available onsite?
  • What areas and materials got affected by the water?

About SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the clean-up and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire, smoke, mold or water damage event. Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration and are equipped with the most updated forms of equipment and technology.

Trust the company that is faster to any size disaster.

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Thank You Veterans!

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community Thank You Veterans! "With respect, honor and gratitude. Thank you Veterans."

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor would like to thank all veterans, currently active military, military spouses, and families for your dedication and service to your country. 

We thank you for the sacrifice, the pain, the change, and the love for your country. We remember those who have fallen and we keep the injured in our thoughts.

Happy Veterans Day.

5 Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Community 5 Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain Rain is a top cause of most auto accidents. Be safe out there.

It's that time of year again here in Butte County when the rain is going to becoming more and more common which has the potential of increasing the rate of vehicle accidents. Not paying attention and driving more cautiously may lead to devastating results. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor compiled 5 tips that all drivers should take heed of during the rainy weather to not only protect yourself and everyone in your vehicle but the drivers around you.

1) Think and pay close attention to your surroundings. 

Many people drive subconsciously, out of habit, and sometimes even the crazy weather conditions will not change their way of driving. Make sure you are alert and well-aware of your surroundings. When conditions are less than ideal this rule is even more important. 

2) Turn on your headlights and keep them on.

It's the law to turn on your functioning headlights when visibility is low. Make sure to get all needed repairs done for your vehicle so that your headlights, windshield wipers and tires are in good working order. Having any one of these important safety items damaged could lead to dangerous conditions in severe weather. 

3) Beware of hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is the technical term for what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the water in the road rather than on the road itself which leads your car to sliding. If weather conditions are difficult or impossible for you to drive through safely, pull over and wait for conditions to improve. 

4) Turn off cruise control.

Ironically cruise control may cause for you to lose even more control of your vehicle especially if your vehicle is hydroplaning. 

5) SLOW DOWN.

Speed limit signs are not suggestions for how fast you should go, it is the law. Focus more on getting to your destination safely rather than faster. Allow yourself more time to spare to get to your destination.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants everyone to be safe during these conditions and to be mindful of it. Driving safely isn't a suggestion, it is a necessity.

Restoring Your Commercial Property

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is honored to be serving our community businesses and helping them to reopen their doors in record time!

Flooding and water damage events in the Butte County and surrounding areas are often complex and can arise with numerous damages to your building and create potential safety hazards for yourself and your employees. These cases require a specialize knowledge and expertise. Whether it is a relatively small water clean-up or a large loss, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help as the number one trusted company in the restoration industry.

When the problem is not taken care of in a prompt, or in the correct, manner your business has the potential of never reopening the doors. By trusting SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor with your unique water damage situation you are in the best capable hands. We are here, 24 hours, to walk you through every step of the job process to get those business doors reopened easily. In many instances, normal work operations are able to continue through the job process due to our technician's flexibility with your specific job. 

Our professional staff are trained to by mindful of both the legal and environmental concerns that come with restoring a commercial property. They strive to fully restore the damaged area without causing more damage to your building. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity for your business. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, trust the number one company in the restoration industry to be there for you.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, full service, restoration company here to service your needs across the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas? Give us a call today to see what services SERVPRO can provide for you!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Annual Harvest Party (2017)- Thank You.

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community Annual Harvest Party (2017)- Thank You. Thank you all very much.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor would like to thank all of our employees, the Chico Firefighters, the Chico Kiwanis Club, the Casino Party People, Bounce Pros, Persect Custom Cakes, and Snapshots for coming out and volunteering your time and resources for such an incredible cause.

We would also like to thank all of the community members and the customers for coming out and donating your time and funds toward the Chico Firefighters Association Adopt-a-family and Justin's Bike Fund.

SERVPRO Saves the Day for a Local Business!

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Saves the Day for a Local Business! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, Full Service, Restoration Company here to service the Butte County, Plumas County, and surrounding areas.

It is impossible to schedule or anticipate that your business will suffer from a water damage. This case was no different.

We received a call after hours from one of the contacts of a commercial building very near to our office in Chico California that had a toilet overflow. They immediately called us after discovering the problem as we had done a community service event with them during the Oroville Spillway emergency. Our staff rushed immediately over to begin the water mitigation services. We had found that there was standing water in almost every room of this building. Our team jumped in and started extracting the water to stop the migration into the unaffected areas. The customer was overjoyed by our staff's promptness to not only respond but to start work immediately. They observed our staff well into the night and couldn't have been more pleased by our employees' performance. 

The customer was even more amazed when we made an appointment with them on the spot to return the following day to come back and monitor the conditions. Thanks to our fast reacting staff and their determination to help their fellow community members we were able to cut the job time in half. The customer was able to start repairs and the business was back to preloss condition in no time at all. 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is honored with every opportunity to help a fellow business in need, 24 hours.

How To Put Together an Emergency Go-Bag!

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Put Together an Emergency Go-Bag! Thank you to all of the emergency personnel keeping our community safe during these emergencies.

With all of the emergencies currently happening in the Butte County region, particularly the fires, the need for an emergency plan for each household is essential in staying safe during these emergencies. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor expresses that an important component of practicing safety is making a Go-Bag.

SERVPRO has put together a list of items that are needed for your Emergency Go-Bag. These items should be ready to go or are simple to grab during an emergency if you must evacuate quickly. You might not always be at home when a disaster strikes so make sure you keep additional supplies in your car and at work. Make sure to take your Go-Bag with you if you are not going to be home for an extended period of time. Disasters are unpredictable. 

Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container. Make sure each member of your family or household has one of these Go-Bags, including your pets, in case you are separated during the evacuation. 

  • Flashlight
  • Radio- Battery Operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Emergency Cash and Change for Laundry and Phone Calls
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Changes of Clothing
  • Water and Food to Last a Few Days
  • Photos of Family Members and Pets for Identification Purposes
  • List of Emergency Contacts
  • List of Allergies to Food and Medications
  • Copy of Health Insurance and Identification Cards
  • Prescription Medications and First Aid Supplies
  • Extra Toiletries
  • Extra Keys to Your Home and Vehicle
  • Any Special Needs Items for Children, Seniors or People With Disabilities

Make sure you are keeping yourself and your family members safe during these unpredictable emergencies.

Call your local fire department or American Red Cross for further preparedness tips and practices.

SERVPRO Biohazard-Clean Up CE Classes

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard SERVPRO Biohazard-Clean Up CE Classes Did you know that when you take a continuing education class with SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor there is no test?

Are you a local insurance agent or adjuster looking for Continuing Education Credits? Are you tired of taking the classes online? We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is going to be hosting 2 Biohazard Clean-up CE Classes for the Butte County and Glen County Regions. This class is one of our most popular classes so the seats will fill up fast. See below for specific location information and contact us to save your seat at (530)899-9141.

Marysville CE Class

Date: Friday 10/20/17

Location: 519 D Street Marysville, CA 95901

Registration Time: 12:30 PM

Class Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

*Beverages and Snacks will be provided for you!

Chico CE Class

Date: Friday 10/27/17

Location: 775 Entler Avenue Chico, CA 95928

Registration Time: 7:30 AM

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

*Lunch will be provided for you at the conclusion of the class!

Can't call us? Email us your information and we'll make sure we get you registered!

Email us at cec@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com

Commercial Power Outage Tips

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Power Outage Tips Protect your building and your employees during a power outage!

Although power outages can be minor they can cause enormous problems for businesses. With nasty weather the threat of power outages increase. Being without power in a commercial building can be dangerous.

Here are some steps on how to prepare for power outages without having several losses. 

1) Prepare an 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.

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.

4) 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. 

(530)899-9141

Tornado Safety Tips- Before, During and After

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety Tips- Before, During and After Between 1950 and 2013, there were 403 confirmed tornadoes in California, coming out to an average of around 6 or 7 tornadoes per year.

Fortunately, tornado emergencies are not common in the Butte County and Plumas County areas. But that is all the more reason to be prepared in the event that there is one. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year both day and night and it is important to be ready for it.

Here are some safety tips that can and should be taken before the tornado hits.

1)Be Prepared- Tornadoes can strike at any time without warning. Make sure your family knows the plan of action in the case of a tornado warning being issued for the community. Make time to consider discussing the best places to take shelter, the different between watches and warnings, and the emergency safety kit.

2) Practice, Practice, Practice!- Make sure to practice your emergency readiness plan in the event of a storm. If you do not practice your plan there is the possibility of panic and injury. 

3) Protect Important Information- Consider storing important information such as insurance information, loan/mortgage papers, and medical information. 

Families should not just be prepared before the storm but during the event as well. Here are some safety tips that should be taken during the tornado emergency.

1) Take Shelter- Seek shelter in a safe, contained, area. Protect yourself by crawling underneath a sturdy object for protection against falling debris. Examples of safe rooms are a basement, closet, or bathroom. 

2) Do Not Drive- In the event that you are driving when the tornado begins stop and seek shelter immediately. Do not attempt to race the storm.

3) If you live in a dorm or an apartment building seek shelter at the lowest place you have access to. Use stairwells only and avoid using the elevator.

The dangers still do not cease even after a storm has passed through. Here are some tips that should be taken even after the storm has passed.

1) If you are away from your home, try to return safely. Stay updated on weather and hazard reports from the news.

2) If your home has been damaged, do not enter until given the authorization from local authorities. When you are given that authorization, first turn off your utilities to avoid further damage.

3) Do not consume water or food that has been damaged by the storm.

Remember to contact your family and your friends after the storm to ensure their safety as well. 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands the trials and devastation that a storm brings and we are here to help bring your home back to life after it has been damaged by a storm.

(530)899-9141

Practicing Fire Safety Tips

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Practicing Fire Safety Tips Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 Hour, 365 days a year, emergency service company here to help you?

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor encourages all families and members of this community to practice these safety tips in order to prevent damage to your home or business and personal injury.

1) Watch carefully when cooking. Although the saying of "A watched pot never boils" seems accurate, it is definitely not safe to leave your cooking unattended to. Especially if you are using the stove, oven, or a fryer. Make sure you keep a close eye on what you're doing and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of accidents. 

2) Don't use space heaters in a cramped space. Make sure you give heaters space by separating it at least 3 feet from anything that is flammable. 

3) Smoke outside. The ashes from smoking are still extremely hot and can be a major fire hazard. Make sure you never smoke in bed or in an area with many flammable items.

4) Inspect electrical cords frequently. Do not use damaged cords or damaged electronics. These items are at risk for causing both a shock and fire hazard.

5) Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.

6) Have a fire escape plan. See our blog information on how to make an effective fire damage evacuation plan.

7) Don't leave a candle unattended. This is one of the most common sources for a fire damage in homes.

8) Test smoke alarms regularly. If you do not have one installed, reach out to the local fire department for information on proper installation.

Be fire safe and make sure to keep your family involved to keep them safe as well!

Water Damage to Your Electronic Devices

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Your Electronic Devices Sometimes electronic devices cannot be saved. SERVPRO staff will be honest with you from day one if the devices are no longer safe to use.

After having a water damage in your home there are a lot of things to consider and to take care of. Handling it alone can be extremely difficult and that is why SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help you when your life gets turned upside down. Should your electronic devices be damaged after a water damage call SERVPRO to bring them back to preloss condition.

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 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.

(530)899-9141

License: 1013416

SERVPRO Tips for a Storm Safety Kit

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Tips for a Storm Safety Kit The American Red Cross sells already prepared Emergency Safety Kits for every emergency possible!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor encourages everyone to be knowledgeable about storm safety so you can stay safe and be prepared as much as possible.

We have generated a list of items needed in the event of a storm emergency. It is important to keep your Storm Safety Kit accessible and filled throughout the year!

A proper safety kit should include the following:

  • A Landline telephone that does not require electric operation and will work in the event of a power outage
  • A battery operated radio to stay as updated as possible on the weather conditions and predictions
  • An LED flashlight; we recommend one in every room of your home being prepared in case of emergencies.
  • A First Aid Kit with the essentials needed to provide initial emergency care.
  • Drinking water to last at least 3 days.
  • Non-perishable, ready to eat foods and a can opener.
  • Pet items (food, blankets, leash, water)
  • Towels, toilet paper, bathroom and sanitary items.
  • A copy of insurance documents,
  • Blankets and sleeping gear.
  • A list of phone numbers and addresses of local emergency services, shelters, physicians, family and friends.

Make sure your entire household knows where the Safety Kit is going to be placed so that it can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency.

Should your home suffer storm damages, know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is available to help you through it during any weather conditions. We are a 24 hour, emergency service, full service restoration company that is locally owned and operated. Make sure to put us on your emergency contact list in a storm event!

(530)899-9141

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips for After the Storm

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Tips for After the Storm Personal Safety comes first!

Unfortunately the problems that come with a Storm Emergency event are not over when the storm has passed through. There are still dangers and emergencies immediately following the storm that require safety precautions.

SERVPRO of Chico-Lake Almanor has generated a list of how to stay safe after the storm.

1) Stay away from fallen or damaged powerlines and encourage others to do the same.

       **Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris could be hiding an electrical hazard. Treat all fallen power lines as being energized and dangerous. The same goes for the materials around these power lines. Treat any debris, branches, or items around a fallen power line as being a hazard. Avoid at all cost.**

2) Make sure to have a proper Storm Safety Kit on hand with the essentials.

       **It cannot be predicted how long you may be trapped in a certain building or situation. It is important to have the needed essentials in your safety kit. **

(Take a look at our previous blog post for Safety Kit Tips!!)

3) Stay inside and dress in warm layered clothing to avoid illness.

        **Roads may be flooded or blocked so emergency personnel may not be able to respond to you right away. Stay safe and take care of yourself**

4) Stuff towels and rags underneath doors to keep the heat inside.

5) Only use a generator if you are aware on how to use it safely.

         **After a power outage, the power can be returned in spokes. Keep yourself and your electronics safe by keeping them unplugged. Leave one light on to indicate that power has been restored and then slowly turn on your other appliances one at a time.**

Storms are not uncommon for this area so these safety tips are useful to everyone! Not just homeowners and business owners.

Should your home be affected by storm damages know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help day or night. We are a 24 hour, Emergency Service, Full Service Restoration company ready to help you.

(530)899-9141

"Like it never even happened."

When is the Right Time to Get Your Commercial HVAC Vent Cleaned?

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When is the Right Time to Get Your Commercial HVAC Vent Cleaned? Don't let your customers breathe this in. Call SERVPRO!

As you crank us the air conditioning to chase away the heat in your commercial building, have you ever considered what it is you are breathing in? If it has been a while since your HVAC system has been cleaned, you could be breathing in those dust particles and allergens every time the unit is on. The best way to avoid excess dust and allergens is by getting an annual HVAC cleaning. The largest benefit to getting your HVAC system cleaned is that most of the allergy-aggravating contaminants will be removed from the system. This will lead to better health and having your unit operate more efficiently.

So how can you tell when it is time to get those HVAC vents cleaned?

  • 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

SERVPRO's Emergency Water Damage Process

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO's Emergency Water Damage Process SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, emergency service company!

Going through a water damage alone can be extremely difficult. But you are not alone, you're got the SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor team on your side helping you through every step of the water damage process.

The SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor office staff will keep you updated and aware of all that is happening during your project. Here is the basic SERVPRO process overview.

  • 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.

Our Emergency Process will help to get the work started immediately. Call us now to get started.

530-899-9141

Fire Safety: An Emergency Escape Plan

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety: An Emergency Escape Plan Fire damage does not only damage your home but also your comfort in your home. Trust SERVPRO to restore that comfort for you.

During a fire emergency it is important to make sure you and your family get out safely and quickly. The best way to be prepared for this emergency is to have a, well practiced, emergency evacuation plan. Not only is this plan essential in the home but also in the work place as well.

Here are a few ideas to help make the best emergency escape plan that works for you.

1) Sit down with your family, or employees, and draw a map of each level in your home or business. Make sure to include all doors and windows in your sketch. Find at least two ways to safely get out of the room in the event of a fire damage.

2) Consider purchasing and utilizing escape ladders for sleeping areas on multiple floors of your home. Only make purchases that have been evaluated and approved.

3) Choose a safe meeting place for once you are out of the home that is far away enough to still be able to see the building but to be out of harms way. Make sure everyone in the building is aware of this location. 

4) Teach your children on how to escape on their own in case you are not able to get them out. Also make sure you have a plan in place for those who have a disability.

5) Practice,Practice, Practice! Both at night and during the day as emergencies cannot be predicted.

By following these recommendations, you are making a commitment to yourself and your family that you will do everything in your power to be safe!

Do you have questions about fire damage or smoke damage? Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor today. (530)899-9141.

Why Should I Care About Mold in My Ducts?

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Should I Care About Mold in My Ducts? Mycotoxin- "a toxic secondary metabolite produced by mold and is capable of causing disease and death in humans and animals after long-term exposure."

Mold is everywhere.

It is outside. It is inside. It exists everywhere. Mold can grow just about anywhere where there is excess moisture. With that being the case, your HVAC system may be one of the most perfect environments to initiate mold growth. Mold, in HVAC units, is normally found in AC evaporator coils, drip pans, and in the ductwork itself. It is not always visible on the outside. This situation may be incredibly dangerous. If left unchecked excessive mold spores may contaminate the air in your home which could lead to serious health issues.

Let us cover what mold is before diving any deeper into the concerns of mold growth in your home. Mold growth in the outside environment is natural and is good for the environment. Mold spores, again, is found everywhere both inside and outside. However, mold growth inside of your home may be especially dangerous when it is located in an actively used duct system. Since ductwork circulates the air throughout your home mold growth located in, or around, your duct system could mean that your family is breathing unclean, contaminated, air. The mycotoxins released by different molds can be harmful if exposed to regularly. These toxins enter the body, either through breathing, touch, or consuming, and they can cause brain development and activity issues and may lead to serious diseases.

Taking care of the problem at hand is the best way to protect your family from the toxins produced by mold. For our typical DIY-ers out there, this is not the type of project you should attempt to do on your own. Getting directions from sites like YouTube, Pinterest, or a typical search engine may be incorrect and may just make the problem larger. Doing the mold remediation incorrectly can be more of a danger rather than just leaving the mold alone. Doing it incorrectly may lead to even more exposure to the dangerous toxins and may lead to the contamination of unaffected areas of your home if not done accurately.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the team to trust for all of your mold remediation and mold inspection needs. Our goal is to protect you and your home and to do the remediation promptly and safely. We intend to leave your home in the best possible conditions. Back to preloss conditions. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor technicians are certified in both Water Damage and Mold Remediation services so you know you are receiving the best services possible for your home.

Even if you are not physically able to see the mold that does not mean that it is not present. If you have any reason to believe that you have mold residing in your home, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to check for you! Our certified and professional inspectors will address your concerns and let you know of any issues. 

Give us a call today to schedule your inspection!

(530)899-9141

License#: 1013416

3 Easy Ways to Spot Mold

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Easy Ways to Spot Mold SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 Hour, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days a Year, Emergency Service Restoration Company!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has made a 3 step, quick and easy, process for your to find out if you may have a potential mold issue in your home or office. Doing these steps will not only save the structural integrity of your home but the health of all who come into your property.

1) Keep Your Eyes Open.

Whether it is clearly on the wall, above your shower, under your sink, or around your ductwork registers having mold growth throughout your home may be dangerous and detrimental to your health. Mold releases toxins called mycotoxins which can cause serious health issues which, after a long period of time, may lead to serious disease or even death. Mold growth is not uncommon in the typical home but knowing how to handle your specific and unique mold situation is what SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here for. Each mold growth situation is different from the other and knowing what to do and how to adapt is what our professional and certified technicians do best! So if you see mold you know exactly who to trust and call.

2) Use Your Nose.

What about the areas you can't see without tearing into material in your home? What if you can't see behind your shower or into a wall cavity? When mold grows throughout your home, often, it may release an unfamiliar odor in the affected area. If you sense that there may be mold in an area of your home call SERVPRO. We will come to your home, working with your schedule, and we will use our advanced technology and knowledge to assess the damaged areas of your home. Ignoring the issue may lead to additional problems.

3) Call SERVPRO!

If you don't see mold or smell it, can you guarantee there is no mold present in your home? It is usually the mold that isn't on the surface that goes the longest undetected. If you have any concern, or just need a peace of mind, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for an inspection. 

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Why You Should Not Attempt to Remove Mold Yourself

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Not Attempt to Remove Mold Yourself Roof leaks are typically a high source of mold growth throughout your home. Other common places include the bathroom, around windows, and sinks.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands that when it comes to your home you want what is absolutely best for it from which the saying “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” comes in. But what about mold remediation?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mold as- a superficial, often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic material or on living organisms by a fungus. Mold spores are all around us both indoors and outdoors. But when does it become too much? When you have a water damage in your home or business and it is not taken care of promptly, there is a chance that mold may start to grow in its place after just 72 hours. Once a person who is not a professional in the restoration industry attempts to remove the source of mold without the proper protective equipment, tools, and knowledge there is a chance that they have just endangered their own health as well as the health of anyone who comes to their home. Mold spores can easily become airborne and not taking care of containing the area and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, can lead to several health issues including several diseases. Excessive mold spore exposure is dangerous without the necessary tools and knowledge needed to complete the job accurately. There are just some things that people can’t do themselves.

Trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. Our staff are certified and knowledgeable on the mold remediation process for your specific, unique, mold damage. They will make sure the job gets done promptly and correctly the first time.

Call us today for a quote at (530)899-9141.

Earthquake Preparedness for Your Business

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Earthquake Preparedness for Your Business Did you know one of the highest earthquakes ever recorded was a 9.5 on the Richter Scale?

Although Butte County is not known to have many earthquakes it is not uncommon and they should be prepared for as though they happen regularly. As an owner of a commercial building in Butte County and surrounding areas, you should be prepared for any damage that could happen to your property at any time.

But you don't have to do this alone! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help.

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!

Who to Call When You Find Mold in Your Business

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who to Call When You Find Mold in Your Business SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor employees are knowledgeable of every unique mold situation and we work with all Insurance Companies!

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor!

            Discovering mold in your business can present quite the problem for you. Not only can finding this mold cause major business interruptions which can lead to money and business loss but it can also present a serious health risk for all who enter your building. Keep yourself, your employees, and your customers safe by calling the most trusted Mold Remediation Specialists in the Butte County and Plumas County regions!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands the problems that come for you as a business owner when a damage happens to your building. We also understand that the main goal is bringing your business back to preloss condition as fast as possible to save you money and to protect your employees and customers. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity. Our mold specialists are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to meet your needs faster than any other company in the restoration industry. We will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Mold is caused when major or minor water intrusions go unnoticed or are left untreated. This mold can cause serious health risks and it can also cause the structural integrity of your building to become compromised. Mold is also capable of spreading into the unaffected areas if the property is left untreated or if the problem is not resolved by professionals. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can respond and work quickly to contain the infestation to help stop the contamination of the unaffected areas.

Trust the company that will work with you to stop this problem and to save your business.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor employees are trained and certified in the following:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call us today to see what services SERVPRO can provide for you! (530)899-9141

Board-up After a Fire Damage

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board-up After a Fire Damage Keep your home safe and secure immediately following a fire damage.

When you have a fire damage in your home or business, your life feels like it's suddenly turned upside-down.

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!

(530)899-9141

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company that can help you through your fire damage form the start of the repairs. 

License#: 1013416

Smoke Alarms Save Lives During a Fire!

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Save Lives During a Fire! The Kitchen can be one of the most fire hazards in your home. Make sure to not leave the stove on when unattended. This may cause a fire damage.

Smoke Alarms may seem a little annoying at times when you are trying to cook dinner and it starts sounding off. But Smoke Alarms save lives when they are properly installed and maintained!

In your home, Smoke Alarms should be place in ever room. This includes your basement or garage. Make sure you consistently check your Smoke Alarms to make sure they are in the best working condition to be able to warn you of any fires in your home. Smoke smoke alarms without batteries can be wired directly into the home but they still need to be replaced every ten years or earlier. The battery operated alarms will warn you when the battery life is low so you can replace them promptly. Make sure you don't put this off.

Should you need help installing a smoke alarm or help with deciding where to put them, contact your local fire department or the American Red Cross Association for Assistance. 

Should you have a fire in your home, know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is always here to help bring your home back to the way it was!

SERVPRO Storm Safety Tips!

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Storm Safety Tips! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7 Full Service Restoration Company here to help with your needs.

Storms are extremely difficult to predict and to guarantee the severity of the storm.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor encourages everyone to be as emergency ready as possible for any storm emergency event.

We have generated a list of SERVPRO Storm Safety Tips that could be used throughout the year. By following these steps, you are being more prepared and are doing your part in keeping yourself and your family safe during a devastating event.

1) Stay Inside During Thunderstorms and Blizzards.

They may be cool to look at but lightning, wind and ice can damage powerlines and make them very dangerous to be around. It is also important to stay off of the phone and the computer during a storm. Instead, stay updated on the most current storm conditions with a battery operated radio.

2) Use Flashlights Instead of Candles.

Using candles during a storm can be a huge fire hazard. Never leave candles unattended to nor in an unoccupied room. 

3) Unplug as Many Appliances as Possible.

Doing this will prevent damage to the appliances when the power comes back on. Gradually plug things back in when the power is restored.

4) Do Not Open the Refrigerator or the Freezer Unless You Absolutely Have to.

Keeping the door closed as much as possible will help to make the food last longer.

5) Do Not Try to Use a Gas Appliance to Stay Warm.

Using a gas appliance the wrong way may cause deadly carbon monoxide. Bundle up in layers of clothing and blankets instead.

6) Stay Away From a Damaged Power Line.

Even utility workers cannot tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Stay cautious and away from damaged lines.

In the event of a storm damage affecting your home know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help with anything you need. We are available 24 hours a day for emergency services, board ups, water extraction, etc. 

(530)899-9141

Like it never even happened.

Commercial Cleanings- Flu Prevention!

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleanings- Flu Prevention! This time of year is called “flu season.” In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Protect yourself!

It is no secret that flu season comes around and hits commercial building employees hard. When one individual is down for the count with the flu, the entire business suffers. Studies show that flu related illness could cost businesses approximately $7 billion per year due to the 111 million work days lost due to flue related illness. The financial consequences could be even larger if the ill employee continues to come to work and gets the other employees sick. There are ways to avoid the consequences and prevent flu related illness from entering the work place.

1) Clean and disinfect regularly.

                The flu can be spread merely through a touch of an infected surface. However, the flu virus is easy to kill when using the appropriate products regularly, especially during the flu season.

2) Target high-touch surfaces.

                Objects such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, and phones need to be disinfected as least once a day with a disinfectant.

3) Choose the right products.

                No matter which product you use (chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium based cleaners) it is important to ensure it is EPA-registered to kill the virus effectively.

4) Use the product correctly.

                Success is achieved when the disinfectants are used properly. It is important to refer to the product label for instructions on cleaning, storage, and hazards.

5) Educate staff on preventative measures.

                If one staff member comes in ill the risk for your other employees increases. Encourage employees to get the seasonal flu vaccine and to avoid coming in when ill. Instruct them to wash their hands regularly.

Do you not have enough time to do a thorough cleaning of your commercial or office building? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can do that for you! Our staff are up to date on the most recent cleaning techniques and you will be amazed by the results.

Call today to make an appointment!

(530)899-9141

How to Respond Appropriately During a Thunderstorm

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Respond Appropriately During a Thunderstorm Should the storm result in damage to your home SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to help you get through it!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor believes that all homeowners should be knowledgeable about the safety pre-cautions that can and should be taken in the event of a Thunderstorm Emergency. We have made several blog posts about the importance of safety, having a Storm Safety Kit, and steps that can be taken to prepare for a storm emergency. We have now made a list of tips to be taken during a thunderstorm event.

1) Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm (darkening skies, lightning flashes, or increasing winds).

2) Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.

3) If a severe thunderstorm wanting is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.

4) Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.

5) Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows in case of breakage.

6) Do not take a bath, shower, or use plumbing.

7) If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

8) If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.

Do what you can before the storm to prepare for emergencies and make sure you are in a safe location should the storm begin. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here for you and your family in the event of a storm emergency.

(530)899-9141

“Faster to any Disaster.”

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process Mold doesn't need to be clearly seen for it to be present. If you suspect any mold growth call us!

Microscopic mold spores are found almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. 

This makes it impossible to remove all mold spores throughout a home or business. There are some other restoration businesses that claim "100% mold removal" which is impossible and is a fallacy that simply cannot be done.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is not one of those businesses. We are honest with you from the start and are here to help you, not trick you. We will get you the most accurate information possible about your unique mold situation and tell you the best way to take care of your specific mold loss. We are here to help bring your home back to preloss condition the safest, fastest, and the most correct way.

Although every mold loss is different, and requires a unique solution, the general SERVPRO process for Mold Remediation stays the same and has been proven time and time again to be the best way. The steps listed below illustrate our "typical" process:

1) Emergency Contact- (530)899-9141

You always hear the saying that "acknowledging the problem is the first step". That is completely accurate when referring to having a mold loss in your home or business. Acknowledging the problem and asking our professionals for help is the best start you can do! When you call our office, our very friendly staff will ask questions about your needs and about the damage. Then they will see when the most convenient time for us to meet with you will be so we can make an appointment. We are here to make it easier on you and we will work with your schedule. We are here to serve you and make you feel safe in your home again. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour/7 days a week Emergency Service Company which means you can get the best service anytime! Day and night!

2) Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

The next step is to have our professional technician come out and inspect the affected area and determine the best way to handle your unique situation. SERVPRO is an IICRC certified firm and our staff are constantly being trained and updated on the most current restoration practices. 

3) Mold Containment

When you have authorized for our crew to being the mold remediation process in your home or business our main goal is to bring your home back to preloss condition while preventing further damage to your home. Our crew will close off the contaminated area to avoid mold to spread throughout the area during remediation. Our SERVPRO staff will clean the job site daily to make sure that no further damage will be made.

4) Air Filtration

Our specialized equipment will help to remove the excess mold spores that were released into the air during the removal of the mold contaminated material to help to purify the air and prevent contamination once the mold containment is taken down.

5) Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

Our staff will then removing the affected materials to stop the mold from growing and affected other materials.

6) Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We will keep the job site clean to where once the job has been completed it will be as though it never happened.

7) Restoration

Our goal is to bring your property back to preloss condition and to make it “like it never even happened.”

Call our SERVPRO team today to see what we can do for you! (530)899-9141

 License #: 1013416

Do Not Enter Your Home After a Fire Damage!

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do Not Enter Your Home After a Fire Damage! Do not enter a home after a fire damage unless given the authorization to do so by a professional!

After having a fire affect your home you may have the urge to run back inside after the fire has been put out to examine the damage. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor suggests strongly against that impulse.

Even after the fire department has put out the fire there are still dangers. Do not reenter the home until a thorough inspection has been completed and you are given the thumbs up by a professional. Although a firefighter, building official, or structural stabilization professional may say that it is “OK To Enter”, that does not mean that it is “Safe To Enter.” There are still several elements that can be a hazard if caution is not used. The building may look structurally safe but that is all dependent on the damage to the floor, walls, and ceiling. Fires can weaken these areas without showing any signs. Beware of protruding nails and screws that can puncture through your shoes and injury your feet.

Avoid the legal liability and injury of your curious friends and neighbors by not permitting them access to the damaged area. Avoid allowing children to roam freely in the affected area as not only the aftermath of the smoke and fire damage can be internally damaging but the compromised structure can be a hazard.

Electrocution hazards are always an issue if the electrical service has not been disconnected. Treat all electrical devices as hazards and do not attempt to use them until given the “Safe to Operate” approval from a professional.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is key on safety both for you and for your family. Call us for an inspection after your fire damage.

(530)899-9141

SERVPRO Caring for Your Belongings During a Water Damage

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Caring for Your Belongings During a Water Damage A water loss in a bike shop that SERVPRO was able to save!

Having a water damage in your home can not only affect the structure of your home but also your belongings. 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 a building for you, this is your home.

As a leader in the restoration industry, 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.”

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms in Advance

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Thunderstorms in Advance Local home had a tree collapse on it during a recent storm.It's a good thing that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor was called!

Thunderstorms are considered severe in the even that it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning which has shown to kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flooded, high winds, and power outages.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to prepare for a thunderstorm in advance. Here are some tips on what you can do now to be prepared in an emergency.

1) Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms. Make sure you understand what the different warnings mean and how to act upon them.

2) Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household. In the event you are not there make sure the rest of your household would know what to do in the event of an emergency situation.

3) Pick a safe place in your home to gather during a thunderstorm. This safe place should be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors that have the potential to be broken by the weather conditions.

4) Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm. Make sure these items are brought in before the storm. Do not attempt to go out in the middle of the storm to retrieve these items.

5) Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed.

6) Protect your animals. Ensure that they are either brought inside or kept in a safe part of your home. Again, do not attempt to go out in the middle of the storm in search of your pet.

7) Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies. Local hospitals, colleges, and training facilities are open year round to get this training.

8) Put together an emergency preparedness kit.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor encourages homeowners to complete these steps to be as prepared as possible during a thunderstorm. Should a thunderstorm affect your home, know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is faster to any disaster and is able to respond 24 hours!

(530)899-9141

5 Tips & Tricks for Commercial Carpet Cleaning

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Tips & Tricks for Commercial Carpet Cleaning SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can handle all of your Commercial and Residential cleaning and restoration needs!

When it comes to having a highly visited office, as a business owner, you want to make the best impression possible on the clients that come in. If the client see visible dirt and spots they will associate that filth with the business. The dirt and germs that accumulate in carpeting will accelerate wear and tear on the carpet and will greatly reduce the overall cleanliness of the office. There are very simple ways to protect your carpet and to keep them clean.

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.

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.

Step 3) Choose the best equipment for the job.Routine cleaning, such as vacuuming daily, can reduce the need for a deep cleaning.

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.

Step 5) Train your staff. Keeping up a daily routine of cleaning will reduce cost overtime and will help the carpet to last longer.

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

What’s Next After Having a Fire Damage?

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What’s Next After Having a Fire Damage? Fire damages in kitchens are some of the most common places for a fire to occur in your home. Do not leave food unattended to while cooking!

After the fire trucks leave, your home will most likely suffer from fire, smoke damage, and extensive water damage from the firefighters putting out the cause of loss. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor have the knowledge and specialized restoration techniques to start the process quickly and get you back into your home.

Although every fire damage even is a little different, and often requires a unique solution, the general process stays the same. The steps below illustrate our SERVPRO process for fire damage restoration.

Step 1) Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you choose to call SERVPRO. Our office representative will get your information as well as information regarding the fire damage event so that we can respond to your loss quickly and be able to assist you effectively. Getting as much information about the damage will help our staff be prepared and bring the most appropriate equipment and resources for your particular loss.

Step 2) Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

After receiving the information from you, our office representative will make an appointment for our Fire Damage Specialist to meet with you and complete a thorough inspection of the affected areas. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your home to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3) Immediate Board-up and Roof Tarp Service

                Fire Damage can often compromise windows, walls and roofs. This could cause a break in security and hazards of broken pieces of glass and debris. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4) Water Removal and Drying (if water damage it present)

                The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water that was left after putting the fire out. SERVPRO then uses dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5) Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

                We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6) Cleaning and Sanitizing

                We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. SERVPRO uses a variety of cleaning techniques that have been mastered to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers

                and fogging equipment.

Step 7) Restoration

                Restoration is the final step- getting your home back it its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home.

SERVPRO can help you from the start of the fire damage restoration to the end. Call us now to find out more about our services and what we can do for you.

(530)899-9141

How Will You Save Your Business After a Water Damage?

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Will You Save Your Business After a Water Damage? After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first.

Water damage can never be predicted, but they can be prepared for!

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.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are available 24-Hours and are able to provide Emergency Services for any situation, day or night, without fail. As a trusted leader in the Water Restoration Industry, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is proud to serve the Chico, Chester, Lake Almanor, Durham, Forest Ranch, and surrounding areas.

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

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?

Call us today to see what we can do for you (530)899-9141.

License #: 1013416

Water Damaged Carpet- Can it be Saved?

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damaged Carpet- Can it be Saved? Water damage can cause discoloration, break down, permanent damage, and mold growth on materials if left unattended to.

After a water damage has affected your home the first step is to make sure the cause of loss has been stopped to avoid any further damages. The next step is to stop the water from spreading any further into the unaffected areas of your home. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are faster to any disaster and we will be onsite to help you with initial emergency services immediately.


After the water has been extracted from the carpet our technicians will look for the damage to your carpet. A common problem with water damaged carpet is that if it is not dried quickly there will be delamination and possibly mold. A way to tell that the carpet is delaminating is by looking at the carpet backing and seeing if the backing latex adhesive looks sound or if there are signs of mold or delamination.


Delamination is when there is separation of the secondary backing from the primary backing of the carpet. If the carpet and the secondary backing are not attached strongly enough they can separate and cause installed carpet to wrinkle.


If the water damage cause came from a grossly contaminated source, the carpet cannot be saved and it will be considered a Category 3 Water Damage. Grossly contaminated sources include( but are not limited to) storm water, sewer backups, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Category 3 Water exposure may cause severe illness of even death if ingested.


Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are IICRC Certified in Water Damage Restoration?


We are also a Full Service Restoration Company available 365 days a year to respond to any of your water damage needs.


(530)899-9141


License #: 1013416

We’re Faster to Any Size Storm Disaster

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We’re Faster to Any Size Storm Disaster Water staining on the ceiling of a home after a storm compromised the roof and led to water damage.

Storms and floods are not planned nor do they wait to be during normal business hours.

It’s a good thing that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor are 24 hour, seven days a week, emergency service specialists.

Our crew is available for you from morning through night to assist with any damages your home may suffer. Choosing SERVPRO means that you can rely on us to get there immediately to help any time of the day or night.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

Our SERVPRO specialists are able to respond faster to any disaster when you need help the most. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into the materials in its path including floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

 

Trust the company that has the fastest response time and our specialists to prevent further damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a full service restoration company that can help you from the start of your storm damage to the conclusion of the restoration.

 

License#: 1013416

Keeping Your Home Safe

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keeping Your Home Safe SERVPRO staff working hard to restore this Chico home!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff is trained on the most up to date techniques on how to properly monitor and dry your home after a water damage.

Our advanced equipment helps our staff to get the job finished faster and more accurately than our local competitors. SERVPRO invests in the latest technology and equipment because when it comes to restoring your home we are able to complete the tasks more quickly which means less cost for you. The sooner that SERVPRO is called and is there to help you, the better your chances are of avoiding mold. Mold can start growing just 48 hours after a water damage event which leads to more cost and a longer job process.

SERVPRO Steps to Water Damage Restoration:

Every water damage is different and cannot be handled the same way as another. The general process, however, does stay the same.

  • Emergency Contact

-SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour, 365 days a year, emergency service company. Our staff are ready to respond to any size damage faster. Our staff are here to help you get through one of the most difficult times a homeowner can go through.

  • Inspection and Damage Assessment

-The first step to helping you with your water damage is to provide you with a thorough inspection of the affected area. After checking for the source of moisture on your home or business the source must be stopped prior to any restoration or drying of the building. We will then identify the contamination of the water to ensure that the best practices will be made during the restoration of your property. SERVPRO staff inspect and test to determine the extent of the damage and how far the water has migrated to ensure proper and complete restoration. We also inspect for safety concerns for both you and our employees. If there are any safety issues, we will bring them to your attention immediately. Our staff will then help you by removing your contents from the affected area. The faster that your personal items are moved to a safer location, the better chance there is of restoring and saving them.

  • Water Removal/Water Extraction

-After the thorough inspection and the damage assessment has been completed, the water extraction process begins. This is the removal of the majority of the water to stop the water from migrating any further. Should your home require extensive restoration services, our trained technicians can conduct an organized and efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage. The goal is to complete the emergency water removal immediately so stop from damaging your home further. Removing this water effectively and quickly with reduce the chances for secondary water damage including mold and bacterial growth. Once the water has been removed, we inspect the carpet and pad to determine if they should be removed to protect and dry the subfloor beneath. If needed, we will then remove the carpet and pad. Advanced equipment will then be used to monitor the conditions of the home, check for additional moisture and additional extraction as necessary.

  • Drying and Dehumidification

-Once the water has been removed, the floors and walls are inspected for trapped moisture. Nearly all building materials are porous and can retain the water. This water can break down the material, warp, or cause mold damages. Our professional staff will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal amount of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home quickly and effectively. We’ll carefully monitor the conditions daily to ensure that the drying is progressing until the materials reach the acceptable drying goals.

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing

-In addition to cleaning the structure, SERVPRO staff are also able to clean your contents, upholstery, furniture, clothing and other restorable contents damaged by the water. This cleaning is necessary as the contents affected by the water will need professional attention and care to restore the material. SERVPRO specializes in the restoring of contents from fire, water, and mold. Our mentality is to “restore” vs. “replace”. This mind set will help you save money while preserving your keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We are also trained to identify and eliminate remaining offensive odors so that you can return to your home feeling comfortable again. Depending on the water damage, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or other disinfectant treatments to clean your home. SERVPRO will also make sure that we remove and dispose of all damaged materials with guidance from you.

  • Restoration

-Restoring your property is the final step. SERVPRO staff will bring your home back to preloss condition. Restoration may include minor repairs or major repairs in your home.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here for you from the beginning to the very end of your water damage restoration project.

SERVPRO Tips for Mold Damage

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Tips for Mold Damage Mold isn't always visible on the surface of a material. This is a photo of mold that was found only after our certified technician removed material.

Did you know that in as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly grow and spread to areas of water intrusion in your home or business?

Mold is known to cause health effects and can greatly compromise the safety and structure of your home or business. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is your local mold specialist. Our employees have been trained specifically to handle your mold damage safely, effectively, and promptly. SERVPRO has the proper protective gear, specialized equipment, and sense of urgency to get you back in your home or business in a timely manner.

The best way to handle mold is to take care of it as soon as you notice it. Consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • When you have a water damage in your home it is important to get your SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor professionals out immediately to stop the migration of water and to contain the affected area. Not taking care of the problem can lead to secondary damages which include mold.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory issues.
  • Keeping people away from the mold site is the best way to protect them from mold related health issues initially.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind the drywall or under carpeting.
  • It is important to report this right away to avoid further damage and health risks.

What to do after finding mold in your home or business:

  • Stay out of the affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC systems and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for an inspection of the affected area.

What NOT to do after finding mold in your home or business:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible mold or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry out the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If there is suspected mold in your home or business, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the expertise to handle the situation. We are proud to be a part of and to serve our community.

Call us today- (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

Why Call SERVPRO for Your Fire Damage?

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Call SERVPRO for Your Fire Damage? Smoke damage needs specific cleaning and restoration techniques that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has mastered!

Having to deal with a fire damage to your home or business alone is extremely difficult. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here for you from start to finish.

We are a full service restoration company open 365 days a year to help with any and all restoration and construction work for our community. SERVPRO staff are faster to any disaster and are here to help!

Why choose SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor?

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is understanding about how urgency is key when handling damage done to your home. We are dedicated to responding to you promptly when you call on our help. Having a fast response time is best as it can help lessen the damage, it can limit the secondary damages, and it ultimately reduces cost. Our SERVPRO staff will work with and for you throughout the entire process, making sure you are involved and aware of the process.

 

  • We’re Fire and Water Specialists

The best way to prevent further damage to your home and to get the damages remediated in a timely fashion is by hiring a professional. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff are certified in restoration by the IICRC and our staff have advanced training in the techniques of restoration. We are always up to date on the best way to complete a task and we have the experience and the dedication to restore your property to its previous condition. We are there to make it “like it never even happened”.

When a fire occurs in your home, chances are that emergency personnel were called upon to respond as well. This could lead to having both fire damage and water damage to your home. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can handle both and will do the job in a safe and prompt manner.

 

  • Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

It is difficult knowing all of the memories and the personal possessions in your home have been affected by a fire. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff will do our very best to keep out “restore vs. replace” mentality while working with you. We understand that the items in your home have sentimental value to you and we will always try to restore rather than replace first. This “restore first” mentality allows us to restore your property faster and to get you back into your home quicker.

 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is locally owned and operated so we are able to respond to your smoke or fire damage faster. Our staff is alert and ready respond at any moment for you.

Our franchise is extremely involved in our community and we work hard so you can rest easy knowing you are in the most capable hands.

 

Find us on Facebook to stay involved and updated!

 

License #: 1013416

Why Call a Professional for Your Mold Loss in Butte County?

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Call a Professional for Your Mold Loss in Butte County? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor puts safety first and with do the mold remediation safely and correctly every time! Our crew chief, Maria, being safe!

Having mold show up in your home in Chico, Lake Almanor, and surrounding areas in not uncommon. It all too often gets swept under the rug and pushed to be taken care of another day. That day is today!

Mold is a sign that there is either a known or an unknown water source that has been present for at least 48 hours. In that 48 hours, mold begins to grow in the space of the intruding water. Leaving that mold to grow and grow can be detrimental to the safety of your home and your health. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is unlike any other restoration company in this area. Some restoration companies guarantee that they will “removal all mold” present. This is simply not true because it is impossible to remove all mold spores from the interior environment as they exist almost everywhere in both indoor and outdoor environments.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor does not do “mold removal”, rather, our specifically trained team does “mold remediation”.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s employees know and understand mold well and they are trained to remediate your home or business safely without having the mold spread to uncontaminated areas. Our  mold remediation process works for all mold losses although each mold loss is different and requires specific care that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is certified to provide.

Our Mold Remediation Process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact- (530)899-9141

SERVPRO of Chico/Almanor is a 24/7, 365 days a year, company that will respond to your specific needs any time.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is faster to any disaster and as soon as you are ready to take care of the mold remediation, our office staff will be there to call you and make an appointment at your convenience. Our estimator will be onsite and will walk through the affected areas with you to show you step-by-step what will need to be done.

Step 3: Mold Containment

The first step in mold remediation is to prevent it from getting any worse. Our staff sets up a containment barrier to keep the uncommon spores in the affected area when removing the mold contaminated materials.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment captures the microscopic mold spores out of the air and contains them.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The only way to prevent the mold from spreading and constantly coming back is to remove the main mold source. This includes especially porous materials such as drywall and carpeting. Each mold remediation case is different and is dependent on the materials affected and the amount of mold contamination.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Our SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor staff has been specially trained in both cleaning and odor removal after a mold remediation loss. Our staff will care for your contents such as furniture, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items. They are also trained in deodorization and odor removal when a mold remediation loss has been completed.

Step 7: Restoration

Dependent on the level of mold remediation needed there will most likely need to be minor repairs and replacements. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration company that can help you with your loss from start to finish. Once the mold remediation process is completed, our SERVPRO staff can come in a give you an inspection and estimate for the repairs. Our office staff will then be on top of it and will get it scheduled as soon as you give us the thumb’s up!

 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is unlike any other company in the Chico and Lake Almanor areas. Our staff will do the job right the first time.

Call our office today to see what we can do for you!

(530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

 

“Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s House Winterizing Tips

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s House Winterizing Tips Emergency water extraction after a pipe burst affected several rooms of a home during the winter season.

Phil the groundhog just predicted an additional 6 weeks of winter is in store for us. Is your house ready to take on the additional time?


SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor certified staff have developed some steps that you can take to protect your home and prevent water damage.


 


Step 1) Winterize your A/C and Water Lines


Simply drain the water in any hoses and air conditioner pipes to prevent the cold weather from freezing it and causing the pipe to burst.  Also, make sure you do not have additional water collected inside of the equipment. This could damage the equipment and could also start a water damage.  Make sure to also turn off exterior water spigots and properly store away any window A/C units to prevent cold drafts from entering.


Step 2) Turn down your water heater


Typically a water heater is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most households don’t need that much steam. By lowing the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit you are not only reducing water heating cost but also preventing excess pressure on the pipes.


Step 3) Using Caulking and Weatherstripping


This can be especially helpful when protecting your windows and doors from weather related water damage which can then lead to mold. Keep close attention to corners and where pipes or wires exit to prevent damage.


Step 4) Insulate your pipes


This can help prevent pipes from bursting and can also be a money saver for paying less for hot water. You can find the needed insulation at most hardware stores in the area. Ideally, you want to choose the insulation with the highest heat-blocking power.


Step 5) Seal your ducts


Get your duct work inspected to ensure that there is no issue and water is not creeping in. This can definitely go undetected for a long time and then you’ll have both water damage and mold on your hands!


 


In case your house does suffer from a water damage during the winter months know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is open 24/7 and can respond to losses all over the Butte County, Lake Almanor, and surrounding areas anytime.


Call us today if you have any questions or concerns about your home’s safety at (530)899-9141.


 


“Like it never even happened.”


 


License #: 1013416

SERVPRO Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Storm

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Storm Keep your pets safe through any kind of emergency

How to keep pets safe during natural disasters and emergencies.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor understands that when a family owns a pet, they become a part of your family. We have developed a couple of tips for you and your family to make sure your pets stay safe during both storm situations and every day emergencies. 

1) Start Getting Ready NOW

-Make sure that all cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. This will increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if separated.

-Put together your disaster kit for yourself and your pets. This includes food, water, and basic necessities.

-Find a safe place to stay ahead of time. Never assume it will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. So before a disaster hits, make sure that you are given the authorization by your local office of emergency management to make sure it is alright to evacuate with your pets. 

-Contact hotels outside of your immediate area and find out if they accept pets. Ask about restrictions to pets including number allowed, size, and species.

2)If You Evacuate, Take Your Pet

-If it isn't safe for you, chances are, it isn't safe for your pet either. You have no way of knowing how long you will be kept out of your home after the evacuation and you may not be able-or allowed- to go back for your pets.

3)After The Disaster 

-Make sure to assess the damage and hazards before letting your pets roam through your home. There may be wild animals who may have sought refuge in or near your home during a storm or emergency.

4) Be Ready For Everyday Emergencies

-Find a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member and give them a spare key to your home to care for your pets if you are not able. 

-Make sure the caretaker understands the specific needs of your pets.

If you follow these steps your pet will be safe during whatever emergencies come your way.

And trust SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all of your storm damage needs. We make the damage "like it never even happened". 

Subscribe to Monthly SERVPRO Newsletters

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Want to know more about SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor? Check out our Newsletter!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has recently started sending out monthly newsletters to local agents and adjusters. The newsletter contains information that you can't find anywhere else about SERVPRO, contests, prizes, Employee Spotlight, and an opportunity to take your restoration questions directly to the owner!

If you are not already subscribed to our monthly newletter, email us at cec@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com.

Or call us today to give us your information and you will be sent the most recent newsletter at (530)899-9141.

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Avoiding Dryer Vent Fires

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Safety Tips: Avoiding Dryer Vent Fires This clogged dryer hose could be the cause of a house fire in your home.

You probably have heard it a million times: the build-up of lint in a dryer vent can cause a fire. So you religiously clean out the lint screen after each load of laundry and think that you’re averting the risk. 

The reality is that while you are reducing the risk, you’re not eliminating it because those lint screens are only catching roughly 25% of the lint. The remaining 75% goes into the dryer vent and sticks to the walls. The U.S. Fire Administration (part of FEMA) cites that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year resulting in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. And the leading cause: failure to clean them.

 

If you want to make sure you have safe and efficient vent system for your dryer, you have to address these issues related to the dryer vent hose:

 

Length: The longer the dryer hose, the more chance for lint buildup. The more chance for buildup, the greater risk of fire. Check the specifications on your dryer; it will quote the maximum distance for your duct/hose. Also, check your town code requirements. (They tend to range between 25′ and 35′ maximum.) But “the shorter the better” is the rule to follow.

 

Bends: Every bend is the equivalent of adding additional feet to your dryer hose. (We read different numbers: every bend adding the equivalent of somewhere between 2.5 and 5 feet to the risk because as you can imagine, bends catch lint!) Combine that with the information above about duct length when you’re planning where to place a dryer in your home.

 

Material: Use METAL DRYER DUCTS. Flexible dryer ducts made of foil or plastic can sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. So metal ducts, either flexible or solid, are much safer because they don’t sag, so lint is less likely to build up. Plus, if a fire does start, a metal duct has a greater chance of containing it.

 

Cleaning: Clean the duct regularly (and keep cleaning that lint screen with every load of laundry). You should also clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer because lint builds up there as well.

 

Warning signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned include:

  • Drying times are taking longer.
  • Your dryer is getting hot when you’re using it and your clothes are being damaged.
  • You can’t see any steam or hear any noise outside your house at the wall vent when you run the dryer.

 

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

We are always ready to respond to any emergencies  in the Butte County and surrounding areas. Call today to find out more information (530)899-9141

License #: 1013416

November Employee Spotlight (2016)

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Community November Employee Spotlight (2016) Congratulations Victoria! Keep up the great work.

Each month SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor selects an employee that has really stood out the previous month to be recognized for all of the amazing things that they did.

For the November month, the Employee Spotlight is for Victoria!

Victoria is the Job File Coordinator for SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. We asked her a couple of questions so people can get to know her a bit.

Question 1: What were you doing before you came to work for SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor and for how long?

Victoria: "I was at SERVPRO of Douglas County, Oregon for two years."

Question 2: What is your favorite thing about working for SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor?

Victoria: "I love meeting and getting to know people I normally wouldn't get to meet in every day life. I love helping people when an unexpected loss occurs in their home, and helping with the process of putting their home back together."

Question 3: What is something you enjoy in your free time?

Victoria: "I love to go on bike rides, hanging with friends, playing games, or watching a good scary movie."

Great job with all of the work you do for SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor Victoria! Keep it up!

Meet the rest of the crew: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

2016 Annual Harvest Party

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Community 2016 Annual Harvest Party Thank you to everyone who came out and supported!

Every year, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor teams up with the Chico Firefighters Association Adopt-A-Family and Justin's Bike Fund to help out the families in the community.

The Annual Harvest Party is a benefit for both of these funds from which all of the proceeds raised and donated go towards. Everyone had an awesome time this year having great good, playing in the bounce house, playing our carnival games, posing in the photo booth, and decorating their own cupcake. 

There were smiles all night long and this year we raised approximately $2000 for these causes!

To see the photos that were taken at the event, visit our Facebook page.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s Tips for a Safe Halloween!

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s Tips for a Safe Halloween! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wishes you and your family a very Happy Halloween!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween this year.

Here are some tips to help you keep your children safe while trick-or-treating.

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is Mold Certified!

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is Mold Certified! Mold can go undetected after a water damage unless you take action!

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 pre-loss 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.

2016 Chico Safety Fair

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Community 2016 Chico Safety Fair Our Marketing Manager, Marketing Coordinator, and our Commercial Marketing staff striking a pose in front of the Enloe Medical Center Helicopter.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor loves working both for and with members of our wonderful community.

The Chico Safety Fair is a wonderful event that is planned out by the Chico Fire Department in order to educate the community of the importance of fire safety. This year, our SERVPRO booth was giving out coloring books, popcorn, emergency readiness guides, and flyers for our Annual Harvest Party which is a benefit for the Chico Firefighters Association Adopt-A-Family.

Our Marketing Staff had a great time meeting members of the community as well as the community firefighters and medical personnel. Even the owner of SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor, William Jones, stopped by to support the event and have good conversation with members of the community. 

We always have such a great time at this event and we can't wait until next year!

SERVPRO Saves Chico Home!

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Saves Chico Home! SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor's owner, William Jones, discussing the details of the loss with the homeowners.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor got a call to respond to a water damage in Chico, CA. Before inspection, our staff was told that the damages were minimal and that the size of the loss was relatively small. That couldn't have been more incorrect.

Due to a burst pipe over the homeowner's master bathroom, the entire home was affected by the water. When SERVPRO arrived onsite, the customer was devastated by the damages, but our incredible staff gave them hope and got the work done!

Our staff helped with the pack-out of contents, the water mitigation services, the dry out, the demolition, the repairs, and finally the pack-in of the contents. The customer was so amazed by our staff and had nothing but glowing things to say about SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. 

Biohazard Clean Up CE Class 10/14/16

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Clean Up CE Class 10/14/16 Take a look at that incredible decor! Look familiar?

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor offers MONTHLY CE Classes!

This month, the topic of the CE Class was Biohazard Clean-up and boy, did we sure get into the theme! Our classroom was decorated from ceiling to floor with protective equipment, warning signs, caution tape, and more. Guests were excited right from the start to learn from one of the best. 

William Jones, the owner of SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor, always does an incredible job of making the information both fun and relevant to the agents and adjusters of the Butte County regions. The students engaged themselves and asked great questions about the material taught and they walked away with some of the best information!

After the class, we got to treat the students to lunch and good conversation with the owner and the office staff. We also auctioned off a gift basket from which the proceeds went directly to the Chico Firefighter Association Adopt-A-Family and Justin's Bike Fund. 

SERVPRO Fireplace Safety Tips!

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fireplace Safety Tips! Don't let a Fire Damage stop your from enjoying the season. Use these SERVPRO tips to help!

It is nearing that time of year 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. You don’t want a visit from Good Ol’ Smokey The Bear while you are enjoying the season.

 

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

Call (530) 899-9141 for more details.

Wind Storm Damage Prevention Tips… Easy as 1. 2. 3.

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind Storm Damage Prevention Tips… Easy as 1. 2. 3. Trees can cause a large amount of damage during a storm. Trust your local professionals to help you out of a sticky situation the right way!

With the ending of the summer months there is the possibility of storms heading towards the Butte County areas. 

Butte County has seen its fair share of weather related issues and despite the weather being perfect right now, it never hurts to be aware of the damage that high winds can do to your home or business.  Prevention is easy if you follow these three simple steps:

  1. Keep outdoor items from becoming harmful weapons!  High winds, hail, and heavy rain can make something as simple as a trashcan or child’s toy into an airborne missile!  When you hear of wind and storm warnings, make sure to bring in anything that could be picked up and blown into vulnerable areas of your home or business like windows or doors.  Outdoor building such as storage sheds should also be anchored properly to the ground.
  2. Reinforce susceptible areas.  Garage doors are particularly susceptible to wind damage.  High winds can damage or blow them, creating a high pressure situation which can damage the roof as well.  Reinforce the door by using braces across the back or replace with a stronger door and tracks.  Modifications should be done by an installer.
  3. Pay attention to your trees and landscaping.  Trees can cause debris that can damage your home in a windstorm.  Maintain trees having them trimmed and debris raked and disposed of regularly to help minimize damage from a storm. Be aware of trees that are breaking or dying as these can be especially hazardous during the storms.

If wind damage occurs remember to trust your local professionals. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will work hard for you to bring your business or home back to the pre-loss condition the right way!

Call today at (530)899-9141 to get more information.

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

Visit our website today to find out more!

Our Website: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/

Meet our Crew: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

License #: 1013416

Butte County Residential Water Damage Taken Care Of Immediately

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Butte County Residential Water Damage Taken Care Of Immediately Collapsed ceiling after a local water damage.

It Is Critical To Get Residential Water Damage Taken Care Of Immediately In Butte County

Water damage in your Butte County home is truly insidious. First, there are many reasons or causes for this type of damage. It could come from outside the home, such as from a local river, torrential rains or a stream that has gotten too big for its banks. It might be from a leaking pipe or water heater, even an appliance that has sprung a leak. It might also be from a leak in the roof or a seeping in from outside through a less than adequately sealed basement wall. 

No matter where it comes from, a Butte County water damage restoration company is in the best position to take care of it and to recover from it than anyone else because of their training, experience and specialized equipment for the tasks involved. When significant water is noticed, calling your insurance company first is critical. They can let you know what is permissible as far as costs they are liable. The next call needs to go to  your locally trusted water damage restoration company. SERVPRO!

The several things that are crucial to completing, when they get to your home are to inspect the entire house to find the source of the water. Also, design the plan to get it stopped, and it all cleaned up to make your home healthy again. 

The things they look for, beyond where the water is coming from is where it is going. Where it has been is also very telling. The water may touch many things as it makes it way down to the lowest level of the house. This means it can be going down walls. It can flow down the walls on either side of the drywall. It can also be absorbed and flow up the walls, again, on either side of the sheet of wallboard. 

It will, if the water leaking source is on an upper level, go down through floors and then ceilings, staining first and then causing them to deteriorate and fall. This is part of the overall damaging effects of the water, by itself. When you consider the introduction of mold spores, from which mold grows, into the mix, this is part of what is considered water damage. 

The inspection, already begun by the water damage technicians, locates the places where molds are present. They accomplish this by specially developed equipment that locates the smallest source of moisture even if behind or inside walls. Often parts of these walls must be removed in the pursuit of thorough cleaning. 

When all water damage is located, and all water has been removed, the actual restoration is accomplished by repairing any of this damage and getting the entire house back to the way it looked before. This means replacing drywall, cleaning fabrics, such as clothing, carpets and throw rugs. It also entails painting and sanitize every surface. 

Butte County Water Damage Advice and Information

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Butte County Water Damage Advice and Information Ceiling collapse after water damage to ceiling in a Butte County home

How and Why SERVPRO Can Restore Your Butte County Water Damaged Home

If water damage in Butte County, has left you with an unwanted mess, you should consider professional water restoration services to get your home back in order. Once more than a small puddle has accumulated on your floor, and more than a mop and bucket are required for clean-up, call the professionals from SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor. Their services will restore your property to its pre-water damaged condition while preventing structural deterioration and mold growth. There are several essential steps that SERVPRO will take to get your property back in excellent condition. 

Water Extraction is the top priority. However, before this can be initiated, an assessment and inspection will be done to stop the source of the water (if applicable). The rapid water removal will lessen the on-going damage caused by absorption of walls, ceilings, carpeting, upholstery, and fabrics; not to mention wooden structural materials. Naturally, the severity and volume of the standing water will dictate the correct course of action. No guess work is involved since that careful inspection has set the tone for restoration. Our water damage restoration experts will arrive with multiple types of equipment. Truck mounted water pumps, ride-able water vacuums, sump pumps, wet vacs, even squeegees are all at the ready. Sump pumps can quickly remove large volumes of water from critical areas like basements or lower level rooms

We will inventory each room that has sustained water damage. We have a proprietary software program developed by our SERVPRO Corporate Office called the CCIS. The Contents Claim Inventory Service report will list items and building materials as salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable. This detailed report will help with your insurance claim and save you money. We are willing to cooperate with you and your insurance adjuster in the water damage restoration process. We are considered either a preferred vendor or at the top of the list, of over 300 insurance and property management companies. We can help alleviate stress from the entire claims process.

Moisture Mapping is a process of determining moisture levels, in real numbers, throughout the affected areas of your property. This may include infra-red detection for temperature variations, moisture meters, and hygrometers to ensure all hidden pockets of water or moisture are uncovered and dried. We utilize large, powerful air movers to increase circulation, thereby increasing the evaporation rate of unwanted water and humidity. Dehumidifiers, chemical, and mechanical types are also installed for rapid and thorough drying. The final touches include fogging with specialized equipment to deodorize and to sanitize your home.

Choose SERVPRO Today
If your property in Butte County has water damage in need of restoration, then give a call to SERVPRO. Our industry experts are IICRC-certified, which means industry standards have been met for professional water damage restoration protocols. We enhance this training with corporate and franchise level reinforcements. With the use of e-training to maintain cutting-edge techniques and tools, we can offer you outstanding service. Our goal is to minimize the costs and inconvenience to you as we restore your home to pre-loss condition--"Like it never even happened."

Commercial ERP Helps When Pump Fails

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial ERP Helps When Pump Fails Be prepared with our Emergency Ready Profile

When disaster strikes, every minute counts. Here at SERVPRO® of Chico/Lake Almanor, we help local businesses prepare in advance for building disasters.

Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) provides you and your personnel with the information you need to minimize damage and become fully operational again as soon as possible.

Emergency Ready Profile

An ERP contains the following:

Action Plan – What to do in what order to ensure the safety of occupants and minimize structural damage.

Contact Info – Phone numbers for emergency services, building maintenance, and key contractors.

Utility Shutoffs – Photos and descriptions of the locations of water, electric, and heating fuel shutoffs. If a key is needed for access, we note who holds the key.

Building Specific Info – An ERP can be customized to add any information specific to your building or industry that helps with your disaster response. 

Call to Schedule Your ERP

SERVPRO® ERP is a free service we provide to help local business and property owners be “Ready for whatever happens.” Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor at 530-899-9141 today to learn more about completing an ERP for your organization.

SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan! An ERP is a 24-48 hours snapshot of all the building and contact information you may need in the event of an emergency.

What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

A 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know in case of an emergency. It includes:

  • Photos of utility shutoff locations (i.e. water, gas, alarms, etc.)
  • Emergency Personnel Contact Information
  • Emergency Protocols
  • Floor Plans (...don’t have one? We’ll create one for you!)
  • AVAILABLE IN FLIPCHART AND MOBILE APP FORM!

Why get an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

  • It’s FREE! We do all the work for you!
  • Concise document that has all vital information in one spot
  • Easy to understand and read for all personnel
  • Access Available 24/7
  • Password secured document

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor  today at 530-899-9141 or email us at williamjones@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com to get started on your ERP!

We’re here to help make you future damage “Like it never even happened”.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a full service restoration company open 24/7? Call us today to find out more!

License#: 1013416 

What are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage? Leaving water in a residential or a commercial building can cause lasting damage. Take care of the problem today!

The stormy season will soon be upon us, and as the Butte County prepares for an influx of water, hail, and high winds, you should know how to keep your home safe. Storm damage isn’t always something you think about, but when it comes to your home, it can be quite problematic. Different types of storms can create different types of damage. When you need help cleaning up the mess that Mother Nature left behind, a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor can help.

Flooding

The most destructive type of storm in terms of your home is a flooding. Floods occur when heavy rainfall such as that associated with hurricanes, causes water levels to rise, and surge over banks and into streets. Even a minor flood can send contaminated water straight through your home, causing untold damage. The water is dirty, full of debris, and extremely harmful to every single one of your belongings. Instead of navigating the flood waters on your own, contact a professional.

Hail

When frozen ice balls shoot out of the sky at high speeds, the results are about as good as they sound like they might be. Hail can reach incredible sizes, and can be harmful to your home, your vehicles, and your safety. During particularly nasty storms, you might find yourself cleaning up broken windows, water damage, destroyed siding, and downed trees. This type of storm is a fairly common one, so be aware of the consequences, and have the number of SERVPRO close at hand.

High Winds

A gentle breeze can be a relief on a hot day, but it is certainly not fun when it picks up to the highest of speeds. Wind does the bulk of its damage to the outside of your home, busting windows, destroying window frames and shutters, and causing cracks and holes. This creates vulnerable areas in your home, and during an intense storm, that can spell trouble. At the end of a particularly rough battle with high winds, you could be dealing with shards of glass as well as water damage.

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. 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 

Storm Damage: Protecting your Home from High Winds

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage: Protecting your Home from High Winds SERVPRO staff are always ready to respond to any storm emergencies you may encounter

When you sit by the water and enjoy a nice breeze, you probably don’t realize what a powerful force you are dealing with. Wind may be invisible moving air, but when a storm hits, it becomes an awe inspiring force of nature that can be both incredible and terrifying. In 2014, Maryland residents and business owners dealt with over $5.4 million in property damage as a result of wind. 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 sometimes even 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

Benefits of Using a Fire Restoration Company

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Benefits of Using a Fire Restoration Company This was the cause of loss for a large fire that happened locally. When disaster hits, let SERVPRO help!

If your home catches on fire, your first concern is obviously the safety and well-being of your family.But when it’s over, what do you do next? Since a fire is such an unexpected disaster, many homeowners simply don’t know what type of fire restoration services are available to them. That’s why SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wanted to let you know more about who we are.

Emergency Fire Response

Why is a quick response so important for fire restoration? Well, a quick response can actually limit the damage caused by fires. No matter what size the disaster may be, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will respond immediately. And since our response time is so quick, we can actually reduce the costs of fire restoration. Whether you need antiques and fine-art restoration or you need electronic restoration, our experienced team will be there whenever you need us.

Our Fire Restoration Mentality

When our team arrives at your home or business, our first instinct is to try and restore as much as your property as possible. Why do we do this? Well, our “restore first” mentality allows for more property and possessions to be saved, which saves you money and time. If we can restore your property through our expert restoration services, we are going to make every possible effort to do just that. This approach also helps relieve the stress of homeowners who are rightfully worried about having to deal with total demolition.

Experience of Working with Insurance for Fire Damage

When your house or property suffers fire damage, the last thing you want to do is try to fix things while also dealing with insurance. SERVPRO is not only experts at fire restoration, but we have extensive experience working with insurance companies. We know everything that is involved in filing a report, and our experience and expertise lets the process move faster than if you tried to handle it on your own. We know that fire damage can cause emotional and physical strain, but working with a fire restoration company can help minimize the negative effects.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

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

Space Heater Safety

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Prepare your family and your home for disasters to occur

With temperatures expected to fall again throughout Butte County and surrounding areas, people all over are flocking once again to their local box store in search of space heaters. For many Americans their only source of heat in their homes is the use of portable electric space heaters. But how safe are these space heaters? Let’s take a look at how truly safe these heaters are and how to use them correctly.

Portable Space Heaters

According to a 2013 report by the National Fire Protection Agency, electric space heaters account for more than 70 percent of all winter injuries and more than half of all property damages caused by heating fires. There are several different kinds of electric space heaters available: oil or water-filled radiators; fan-forced heaters, that blow hot air over hot metal coils; ceramic heaters, the blow air over a hot ceramic heating element; and an infrared heater, where the heat is created by infrared bulbs. Each of these heaters is different but they can all be dangerous if they are not taken care of properly.

Safety Tips

Before purchasing your new electric space heater, it is important to research which brand and model unit is the safest. Look for a unit with both a tip-over and overheating protection mechanism. These protections are especially important if you plan on using the unit in a home with a child or pet that could knock over the unit. You should also look for a unit with a temperature control and automated shut off when it reaches your ideal temperature. Before plugging in the heater, make sure to inspect it to make sure it is not damaged and is safe to operate. Keep the unit at least three feet from anything that could burn like a bed or curtains and away from children, the elderly, and pets. Place the heater on a solid surface away from foot traffic. Never plug your unit into an extension cord and be sure to turn it off before going to bed or when leaving a room. Leaving an electric heater on unattended could prove damaging or even deadly.

As with any possible hazard in your home, it is important to have certain things on hand: a fire extinguisher, a safety plan, and SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s emergency phone number. With these items on hand, your home will always be safe and in good hands!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

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 530-899-9141.

Why is there Mold in my Air Ducts?!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why is there Mold in my Air Ducts?! Leaving the mold in place will increase the possibility for it to spread and grow onto other areas of your home. Don't wait for that to happen!

It is well known that mold can grow on numerous surfaces both in and around your home, and cases of mold growing in air ducts have been known to cause illnesses in the past. Is your home at risk for mold in its air ducts? What are the signs to look out for? In order to answer these questions and more, read on.

Are You At Risk For Mold Growth In Your Air Ducts?

While it is not impossible for mold to grow in air ducts, it is not incredibly common. Unless you have any visual queues of mold or can smell something off, it is very likely that your air ducts are safe mold free and you do not have to worry. You can always have it tested if it would give you peace of mind, but the chance of having mold growth in your air ducts is very low under usual conditions. Mold is generally caused by leaks, so if there is no leak, there is a fair chance that there is no mold either

What Are The Signs Of Mold?

There are generally numerous signs of mold. These include both the visual signs of mold, excess moisture, and a strong smell. These especially can occur in dark, wet corners, nooks, and crannies. If you have these signs of mold, you can probably skip getting it tested and go straight to remediation. While the toxic black mold many companies use as a scare tactic is a possibility, even the most common and far less dangerous types of mold can negatively affect air quality and the structure of your home if left unchecked.

What to Do About Mold In Your Air Ducts

If a tester does find mold, the next step is to have the components of your air ducts removed by a professional so a thorough cleaning can be done. Your ducts should not require replacement unless they are severely damaged or cannot be reached. While this cleaning job will remove mold, it will not stop it from coming back. Mold is generally caused by leaks letting in excess moisture. If you want to prevent the mold from growing back, you will have to find the source of the leak.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is here to Help!


Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all of your mold remediation needs. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor services, call (530)899-9141. 

Strategies for Mold Prevention and Control in your Butte County Home

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Strategies for Mold Prevention and Control in your Butte County Home Mold spreading throughout a Susanville home after being left to sit. SERVPRO will stop the mold in its tracks!

No matter how spotless you keep your home or office, mold is likely to exist to some degree. Mold only becomes a problem if it is allowed to grow and spread unchecked. So how do you know if you have a mold problem? Here are some ways you can assess the seriousness of the problem.

Mold Causes

Windows and doors provide an entryway for mold spores into your home. Mold spores can also be tracked in on your clothing or on the fur of your pets. Remember, mold thrives on moisture, meaning the spores will grow if they are exposed to consistently damp areas. Mold is especially prevalent where water leaks or flooding has occurred. It feeds on paper, cardboard, carpets, drywall, upholstery fabric, and just about anything made from wood.

Appearance

Common household molds can appear as a discoloration in your ceiling, wall or floor. Colors can range from blacks and blues to oranges, reds and yellows. Not all discolorations are mold though. Cigarette smoke, dust, oils and grease can also cause discolored patches in your home. A few drops of bleach on a discolored spot might reveal mold if the discoloration changes or vanishes completely. If you suspect that you have mold, don’t panic. Hire a professional to assess the problem if the area is very large or greenish-black.

Mold Odors

If you smell something musty or earthy in your home, it may be that you’re smelling mold. Sometimes mold exists inside of walls, and the smell is the only immediate way to tell if you have a problem. Check for leaks inside and outside your walls and try to track down the source of the smell. You can decide how to approach the problem once you’ve determined how much mold you’re dealing with.

Quantity

If you live in a very humid or rainy climate, a small amount of mold is not unusual. That said, you should be wary of any mold that covers more than about 3 square feet area. If the molded area is a larger than a sheet of plywood, that’s cause for concern. The mold will need to be remediated by a professional to stop it from spreading any further.

Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

If you need professional mold cleanup and remediation then SERVPRO are the people to call. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor offers a range of cleaning services for jobs of any shape or size. We follow EPA codes and can help keep your air ducts clean and mold free in order to keep it a healthy and happy place to live. For more information on our services, call (530)899-9141, visit us online and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Commercial Fire Damage Can be Rectified

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Can be Rectified Commercial ducts that are not cleaned regularly can become a large fire hazard. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor does duct cleanings too!

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration for Your Business

The damage from a fire can seem insurmountable, especially if many of your personal belongings were damaged. We can help you salvage what isn't destroyed by the heat and flames of a fire, saving you from the hassle of replacing your belongings. This fast cleanup also helps you regain your sense of home and family much quicker. 

For businesses in Butte County that have had fire damage, we can assist you in recovering inventory and other items at your place of business. Sometimes, the only damage is from soot that has settled onto hard surfaces. This by-product of a fire must be removed to preserve your equipment. Without fast wipe down and cleaning, soot will chemically etch your tools and equipment permanently. 

How SERVPRO can help both Homeowners and Businesses Recoup Their Losses 
In addition to cleaning your belongings and equipment to stop the damage of soot and refurbish these items, so they are usable again, we can complete a detailed checklist of your inventory. Presenting this to your insurance carrier is the next step in receiving insurance policy payments to replace items that cannot be recovered. 

We will also note which items can be refurbished by outside sources, as is the case with artwork, electronics, and computers. Fire creates particulates that when airborne can find their way onto your electronics' interiors. When you power these items on, and they have not been professionally cleaned the power and soot combined can create secondary fires from electrical shorts.
 
Our experienced technicians are waiting to help you with any size loss, both large and small.  
Some fires are small and localized. Don't let this trick you into thinking that the smoke and other damage you witness is inconsequential. Soot has various toxins in it that can affect your health. It should be professionally cleaned and removed from all affected surfaces. If you've had fire damage, call your local SERVPRO Chico/Lake Almanor at (530)899-9141 so we can help you get back on track and get your doors reopened "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Behind Walls

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Behind Walls Mold found behind bedroom drywall after the home suffered an undetected water damage.

Mold Remediation and Restoration Process

Mold is a particularly tricky substance to work with, due to the great number of hazards that accompany it. Extreme caution must be taken even by our experienced and trained technicians. One of the most common areas to discover mold in your home is behind walls and siding, as here moisture may leak in without light, creating ideal conditions for mold growth away from the watchful eyes of homeowners. By the time you smell or otherwise detect the mold, it is often too late, and we must begin the lengthy process of restoration.

Quarantining and Removing Walls 
As a start to any Butte County mold damage job, we quarantine off the area and make sure other sections of the home are free from mold damage. Then, we remove the outermost layers of the wall so as to fully expose the mold colony. This is essential in drying out the area and applying disinfectant or UV sanitization. If possible, we will scrub off all the mold from the wall materials and reapply it. Otherwise, we will order new materials to replace anything which cannot be salvaged. 

Drying and Scrubbing 
After the walls are removed and the area sealed off, we dry the entire area with the help of heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifying machines. Mold needs moisture to grow, and with our thorough drying process, any further growth is quickly stopped in its tracks. Then, we thoroughly scrub the area, to make sure all traces of visible mold are gone. 

Sanitizing and Deodorizing 
Once all visible mold is gone, we eliminate microscopic remnants via the use of sanitizing compounds or intense UV rays (the same light waves that cause sunburn). Then, we begin the final process of deodorization, where any foul smells left behind by the mold are removed via the use of fogging devices. Then, we restore the wall as it was before, and examine our work. 

We at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor make it a priority to work with you and ensure you understand the full process of mold remediation. If you have a case of mold damage in your home, call us 24/7 at (530)8999141 for our restoration services or a quote.

In Need of a Fire Damage Restoration Company?

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Need of a Fire Damage Restoration Company? House fire in Lake Almanor needing structure, upholstery and carpet cleaning.

SERVPRO Restores and Repairs Many Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties

The National Fire Protection Association reports that residential households can expect a fire every 15 years or five fires during a lifetime. Most will be small fires with little or no damage. During a lifetime, residential households have a one in four chance of having a fire that is large enough to call the local fire department. Butte County has seen its fair share of fires. Local fire departments and various community agencies come together and inform homeowners about the importance of fire safety starting from the children up.
 
Knowledge is the key to prevention. When fire damage in Butte County occurs, knowing that you can count on SERVPRO, will save you time, stress and money. We are a trusted leader in the industry of restoration and repairs. We are locally owned and operated. We are proud to be a helping member of the community. We are dedicated, and we are faster to any size disaster. As your one-stop contractor, no matter the extent of your fire damage, we will work with you to return your property to a pre-loss condition. We believe in giving back to the Butte County community. Therefore, when the fire alarm goes off, and the fire department responds, we would like to be there by your side as well. Remember, when the fire is out, and its damaging results of smoke, soot, water and mold are left behind, we stand ready to help with restoration and repair processes. 
 
SERVPRO Chico/Lake Almanor stands ready to help with all types of fire emergencies and other forms of disasters. Our motto is to “restore first.” This focus to get you back into your home or business quickly is based on our specialized training and advanced equipment to help restore your property. Call us today at 530-899-9141 so that we can answer any questions you may have about our fire damage restoration services.

4 Essential Steps of Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Essential Steps of Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Ceiling collapse in Lake Almanor due to storms affected the area

Natural disasters can be terrifying, especially if they affect your home and your loved ones.  Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!  Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family are able to recover quickly and safely.  

1.     Assess the Situation

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt.  If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help.  Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for a while, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse.

2.     Finding Food and Shelter

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can.  If your home no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir, or ice cube trays.  If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside.  Shelters are usually assembled by the American Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in; look for one of these if you feel your home is dangerous.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in these dire situations.

3.     Be Cautious

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos.  Don’t turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you’re cooking over your fireplace.

4.     Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver’s license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information.  Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor with all Your Disaster Rehabilitation Needs!

If a disaster has affected your home, call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for all your cleanup needs!  Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days per year; they include water and flood damage cleanup, mold remediation, odor control, reconstruction services, trauma cleanup, and fire and smoke damage cleanup.  Don’t wait another moment if your home has been devastated; call us today at 530-899-9141.

SERVPRO's 2-Part CE Class

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO's 2-Part CE Class SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has only 4 CE Classes left for the remainder of the 2016 year. Call today to find out the dates and save your spot!

This morning SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor hosted 2 CE Classes for the Butte County agents and adjusters so that they may earn their required units.

The first class was all about the "Deodorization of Malodors" and everyone walked away knowing something entirely new. William, the owner of SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor, told a couple of personal stories and made the material easy and fun to learn.

The second class was all about the "Mitigation Awareness and Response Seminar". All of our guests were interested about the enthusiasm William has with both of these subjects. 

After the second class our guests, William, and our Marketing Department got to sit down to a local lunch and chat. It was a great time getting to know each other further and developing lasting relationships.

We also auctioned off a raffle prize to which all funds went directly to the Chico Firefighters Association Adopt-a-Family and Justin's Bike Foundation. All of the agents and adjusters participated in the raffle. 

All in all, today was an enormous success not just for our guests but also our staff.

Comprehensive Commercial Water Damage Restoration, from Where?

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Comprehensive Commercial Water Damage Restoration, from Where? Commercial water damage in Eagle Lake where a content pack out was needed of the sales floor and water mitigation services for the entire building

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Your Commercial Property

Commercial properties can be damaged by rain, floods, internal plumbing and appliance mishaps, or experience secondary water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO offers property owners a speedy response when water damage compromises the use of business property, offering a full range of restoration services that mitigate even the worst damage water can do. Our technicians are highly trained to industry standards by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring your commercial property’s water damage repair is in the hands of experts in the field. No business property is too large or too small to benefit from the proven skills and experience of our trained water damage control and restoration professionals.

When Butte County water damage occurs because of severe weather, plumbing malfunctions, floods or other natural or man-made disasters the economic toll to the industries affected can be high. Whether it involves only your own business or also prevents any tenants or other business partners from the quiet enjoyment of their homes or robust commerce in the shop or storage area they rent from you commercial water damage must be restored quickly and thoroughly. Because we are a local company we can respond immediately to your commercial water damage needs with trained technicians and specialized equipment that can handle most commercial water disasters. We have experience with almost any type of water based damage and will have your business back on track fast no matter the cause.

If the extent of your commercial water damage is greater than one restoration company can efficiently manage alone, we can tap into a network of over 1700 franchises to increase the scope of our repair capabilities vastly. When you contract with our company to deal with water damage that is catastrophic and extensive, we will utilize our relationship with the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams nationwide to respond on the scale your situation requires. The resources at our command will rise to the challenge, turning the tide on the most complex and momentous water damage scenarios.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor to restore your properties to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed and your money making assets placed back online quickly when you dial 530-899-9141 any time of the day or night and engage our services. We are proudly ranked as of one of the leading commercial restoration companies in the nation.

After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage This roof became compromised by the storm and the ceiling became affected and collapsed.

The Importance of Conducting a Storm Damage Inspection


As summer ushers in warmer 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.


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:


Roof
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. Should you need any help with water or storm damage or clean-up call the professionals from SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor at (530)899-9141 to get an inspection.

Why Did I Get Mold Damage In my Home?

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Did I Get Mold Damage In my Home? Mold can be found anywhere in your Butte County home. Keep your eyes open and get an inspection from SERVPRO!

In Your Property, SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage

Homes of all shapes, sizes, and locations share some common enemies, one of the chief ones being mold infestation. 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. Here are some of the conditions and causes for a 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. An important step we take in halting any mold colony's growth and preventing future ones from forming is dehumidification, whereby we take almost all the moisture out of a room and its air. We reduce the RH, 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 we check for moisture and mold when responding to any call to a home, via moisture sensors, hygrometers, and infrared devices. 
 
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 we offer 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. 
 
Expert 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 at 530-899-9141 for 24/7 emergency service.

Why you should call a professional restoration company in Butte County for water damage.

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why you should call a professional restoration company in Butte County for water damage. One of our crew chiefs, Maria, working hard on a Butte County water/mold loss

A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed it is important not to delay.  Homeowners know that moisture is the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem.  No matter how moisture gets into a building, the response should be the same.  Bring in a certified firm immediately to extract, dry and clean the structure to ensure that there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the structure through a contaminated source, do not try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backups contain multiple types of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can have serious effects on people causing serious illness.  A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, but they also have the necessary protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal.  These include powerful truck mounted vacuums and pumping systems, high velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture reading equipment, and a number of cleaning products formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats.  White the technicians work on the structure, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies.  This is the only way to ensure a structure to be safe to live and work in.  Any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

The professional technicians with SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor have the latest IICRC certifications and the most up to date equipment and technology to help with any size water damage issue in any building located in Butte County and surrounding areas.  Call us today at 530-899-9141 for any emergency water damage or estimate to help clean up and restore your structure from any water related damage.

How to Avoid Stove Top Fire Damage in your Butte County Home

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Avoid Stove Top Fire Damage in your Butte County Home Butte County home that suffered from fire damage. Don't let this be you! Be aware!

Attended Cooking and Keeping Safety Materials Nearby Can Help Prevent Fires From Originating in a Kitchen

Cooking tops and stoves have been used by civilizations with advanced metal or stone work for thousands of years, as it is a simple enough concept: a plate or surface is heated by open flame sufficient to cook and burn any food placed upon it. However, these essential appliances also carry a fair bit of risk and are one of the most common causes of fire damage in homes worldwide. Smoke alarms in kitchens are regularly placed directly above the stove so as to react quickly to any fires that start on it. Stoves can cause fire damage large and small, sometimes leading to total loss of the home, so avoiding dangerous practices around them is essential for your home's safety. 
 
Always Mind Food 
 
A common source of fire damage in Butte County is food left cooking unattended on stoves. Even if you are minding time and have a timer set up while cooking, being out of the room while something is cooking is never a good idea and can lead to fires. Especially with oily or dry foods, food items left on stovetops can burst into flame very quickly, spreading to nearby wooden cabinets and walls. Safe cooking involves regular monitoring of food on the stove, and this is essential in kitchen fire prevention. 
 
Watch Where You Put Things 
 
Another common cause of fires is when a resident leaves a fabric cooking item, such as a potholder, laying on a hot stove. Any object left on a stove has a risk of starting a fire, and a hot stove top should never be used as a resting place for anything. Simply use the counter that is likely only a few feet away. 
 
Keep Safety Materials Nearby 
 
If worst comes to worst and a fire starts on a stove, make sure you have a smoke detector nearby and a fire extinguisher in the room. Damaging the stove with extinguisher materials should be the least of your concerns, so don't hold back. Above all, mitigating further damage from the fire is essential, and crucial to this is stopping any small fires in their tracks. 
 
SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is equipped to respond to and deal with any house fire quickly so as to mitigate restoration costs for you. The moment the fire has died and your home is secure, call us at (530)899-9141 24/7 for emergency mitigation and restoration services.

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

Call us today to learn more!

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License #: 1013416

Don’t Let Storm Damages Hold You Back!

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don’t Let Storm Damages Hold You Back! Standing water in a basement as a result of storm damage

When a Butte County Property Sustains Flooding Damage, Call SERVPRO!

It is tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to a Butte County home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for you home to get back to normal with minimal losses.
 
Safety is a top priority. After the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 
 
You do need to call your insurance agent to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owner’s policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company. SERVPRO does work with many agencies and municipalities in California. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration. We can check your home for structural damage and any possible electrical issues since water and electricity are a dangerous duo. This inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 
 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you should also document all the flood causing water damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including damaged furniture. This, along with the input from SERVPRO, will help you to be fairly compensated by the insurance company. 
 
Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster had done his inspection, then the clean-up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Contamination is a given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage back-up. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great.
 
It is wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO; because they can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage. And they have the skill and knowledge, along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 
 
After the water removal and clean up are in operation, then repairs need to be done. They could be extensive, depending on how much structural damage has occurred and the condition of the contents of your Butte County property. SERVPRO can start with water removal and finish your project with complete restoration services, "Like it never even happened."

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the experience, equipment, and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. "We're Faster to Any Size Disaster." Call 24/7 at (530)899-9141

Don’t Lose Your Butte County Business to Fire Damages!

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Don’t Lose Your Butte County Business to Fire Damages! Local business suffering from heavy fire damage. SERVPRO is here to help!

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services

The word “fire” strikes fear in the hearts of most people and for good reason. Whether it’s your home or business it can bring life, as you know it, to a screeching halt. 

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don't panic. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (530)899-9141 to get the process started!

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:

  1. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

  1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

  1. Assemble Your Records.

In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

  1. Get Permission To Reenter The Building.

Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.

Don’t let your business suffer. Trust your local specialists!

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company?

Find out more today:

Office Phone Number: (530)899-9141

Meet our Incredible Staff: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (Employee Appreciation 2016)

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Community Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (Employee Appreciation 2016) It was a beautiful day in San Francisco for the game!

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor got the opportunity to head out and support the San Francisco Giants team on August 27th with our incredible employees.

Everyone had a great time before we even left for the game as there was a Hot Dog bar for our guests to make their own sack lunch for the bus ride down.

 There were tons of games, snacks, drinks, and laughs on the 5 hour drive to the game. I think anyone in attendance would say that even just being on the bus and having a great time was one of the best parts of the day!

When we got to the game, a couple of our guests got a complementary Giants speaker that really made the experience even better.

All of our guests had a really great time at the game just enjoying each other’s company, watching the anticipating game, and eating all of the garlic fries the stadium had to offer!

Unfortunately, the Giants lost the game. However, there were no complaints about the day because we got to spend it all together.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor cannot express how essential our awesome staff is to every project that we complete. Words nor actions could ever express the gratitude accurately, but this is a start!

All in all, this event was a HOME RUN!

SERVPRO Is the Answer for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Is the Answer for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration A Butte County home affected by a large fire that affected their entire home. Good thing SERVPRO was there in time to save the day!

SERVPRO Is the Answer for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Historical buildings, hospitals, education facilities, parks, non-replaceable valuables, and your homes are what make up the beautiful Butte County. To think that any one of them could be damaged by fire is unthinkable. However, fires do occur! Whether natural or from a storm, a property fire can be the result of arson, electrical cord malfunctions, or human error.

 We are your go-to fire restoration company. 
 
If there is ever a fire in the Butte County and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO! We have specialized equipment and the expertise to help you through this tough and stressful time. We believe in a “restore first” mentality to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. Our professional teams have received IICRC training in restoration techniques. We have the experience to restore your property quickly. 
 
We are locally owned and operated and proud to be part of this community.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with emergency damage situations. Our remediation process involves an industry approved inspection/damage assessment, an immediate board-up and roof tarp service, removal of water if present, removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing and the final steps of restoring you back to a pre-fire condition. We will make it like it never even happened!
 
We don't arrive on the scene of your fire, work a little bit, then leave. We will be there when the fire trucks leave, and we will be there until your property is fully restored. When your restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate your move-in according to your needs. We will treat your property as if it were ours, with respect and care. 
 
As SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is the leader in the restoration industry our reputation is based on our customer service and our expert remediation services. The restoration process begins when you call us. We can respond rapidly because we are locally owned and operated.

Call us today at (530) 899-9141 and let us explain our services and answer any questions you may have.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Services Restoration Company?

Learn more by following the link below!

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

Butte County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Butte County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Marysville home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Butte County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 530-899-9141

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement flooded? Call us today! We’re ready to help- 530-899-9141

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company? Check out our website!

Meet our Crew: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

See our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

Restoring Your Butte County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Butte County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Water damage in Oroville Commercial building

Flooding and water damage events at Butte County and surrounding areas 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 Chico/Lake Almanor

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor 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. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour Full Service Restoration Company!

Meet our Staff! : http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Butte County Home

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Butte County Home We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour Full Service Restoration Company!

Meet our Crew! : http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

See our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

Mold in Butte County and Surrounding Areas

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Butte County and Surrounding Areas Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home quickly and sometimes unnoticed.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Did you know SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company?

Meet our Crew: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

License #: 1013416

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor  530-899-9141

When Storms or Floods hit Butte County SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is ready!

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Butte County SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is ready! Tarped roof during storm event in Oroville.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Butte County and the surrounding areas we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a full service restoration company open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Ready at any time to respond to emergencies without delay!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor  530-899-9141

Faster To Your Water Catastrophy

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster To Your Water Catastrophy SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24/7 full restoration company prepared to help out with any Residential or Commercial losses!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor responds quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 530-899-9141

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

·         Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

·         Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

·         Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

·         Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

·         Drywall begins to swell and break down.

·         Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

·         Furniture begins to swell and crack.

·         Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

·         A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

·         Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

·         Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

·         Metal begins to rust and corrode.

·         Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

·         Paint begins to blister.

·         Wood flooring swells and warps.

·         Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

·         Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

·         Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Meet our Crew! : http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

Contractor License: 1013416

Digging for Gold

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Community Digging for Gold SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor’s float for the year of 2016

For several years now, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has supported the beautiful city of Paradise in one of their most well-known events, the Gold Nugget Parade. The annual event represents an important part of the local history, the finding of the massive gold nugget in Magalia. The event has several pieces to it that makes it great such as bake-offs, BBQs, games, Booths, Costume Contests, and of course the Parade.

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor loves participating in this event every year and we are best known for our creative float design and the tons and Tons and TONS of candy that gets tossed to the excited crowd.

This year, SERVPRO not only had an excellent float and tons of candy for the community, but we also sold water guns and bubble for donations. Altogether, we raised $400 that day for the Relay For Life event that we also participated in.

We love this event and we love the opportunity to be able to gather with the community and really make a difference. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Who do I call for Fire Damage Services in Butte County?

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who do I call for Fire Damage Services in Butte County? Fire and smoke damage to both the structure of your home and your contents can cause a pervasive odor in your Butte County home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

·         Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

·         Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

·         The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

·         Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

·         Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

·         Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. Our staff will always treat you and your possessions with the outmost respect and care. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a Full Service Restoration Company that will work with you and make your home like new again, like it never even happened.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 530-899-9141

Contract License #: 1013416

Who Do I Call For A Water Damage in Butte County?

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Who Do I Call For A Water Damage in Butte County? SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Butte County and Surrounding Areas.

 

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today –

530-899-9141

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

·         Your name and contact information

·         Your insurance information (if applicable)

·         The street address of the water-damaged home or business

·         When did the flooding or water damage occur?

·         What caused the water damage (if known)?

·         Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor

SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor is a 24 hour Full Restoration Company. Let us also handle any repairs that come after the mitigation services.

Meet our Crew!:  http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/employee-photos

Our Certifications: http://www.SERVPROchicolakealmanor.com/company-profile

 Contractor License #: 1013416

 

New Ownership

1/19/2015 (Permalink)

Dear friends and colleagues,


SERVPRO of Chico / Lake Almanor is pleased to announce that we are now under new/old ownership. As of January 1, 2015 William & Babette Jones have become the sole owners of the franchise.

William has been in the restoration industry since September 1998 and has been a co-owner and managing general partner of SERVPRO of Chico / Lake Almanor since July 1, 2010. William is certified in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, trauma scene clean up and applied structural drying.

William and his staff are very excited to continue serving you and your clients and appreciate all of the support that you have been to our business these past 4 years and we look forward to serving your needs for many years to come.

Sincerely,

William & Babette Jones
SERVPRO of Chico/ Lake Almanor
530-899-9141
williamjones@SERVPROofchico-lakealmanor.com

SERVPRO Helps Clean Caper Acres

3/19/2014 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Helps Clean Caper Acres Photo Credit: Chico Enterprise Record ChicoER.com

CHICO -- Once again, the Chico cleaning company SERVPRO has stepped up for Caper Acres.


Earlier this summer, the company became dedicated to helping the city keep Caper Acres open when budget issues forced the closure of the play area four days a week.


SERVPRO volunteered to take on cleaning duties in Bidwell Park to free up city staff to concentrate on safety inspection, repair and cleaning at Caper Acres.


But its commitment was only through Oct. 1.


In a press release issued Thursday by the city, SERVPRO has extended that commitment to Nov. 1.


"SERVPRO's generosity has meant that park staff can focus on other areas of the park, such as fixing irrigation and infrastructure issues, vegetation management and tree pruning. As we proceed, we will be looking into more of these types of solutions and we are thankful that SERVPRO is extending its time through October to Nov. 1," said Ruben Martinez, public works director. Reported in the Chico ER. 

Christmas Fire Fighters Toy Drive

8/16/2013 (Permalink)

Community Christmas Fire Fighters Toy Drive Lauren Hyle SMR, Santa, Marie Fickert Chico Fire and William Jones Owner

SERVPRO of Chico / Lake Almanor is proud to be the largest sponsor of the Chico Fire Fighters Adopt a Family toy drive. 

We are committed to raising fund throughout the year and collecting toys to assist the Fire Fighters in making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. 

Contact our office to become a partner or donate a new unwrapped toy. 

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