NEVER...Walk Away From Your Stove!
In these challenging times it is easy to get to get sidetracked
It happens, especially now…… doing several things at once, spring cleaning, while you have soup on the stove. So you leave the stove, just for a quick minute. Only it’s just never as quick as you anticipate. Meanwhile back in the kitchen….a fire has erupted. It can happen so quickly.
Good Rule: never leave the stove or turn your back for any period of time.
1) Evaluate – call 911 if it is out of control while gathering family and get to safety
2) Put a metal lid on it
3) Turn off the heat
4) Dump baking soda
5) Chemical fire extinguisher is best as a last resort or if the above options are not available
6) Stop. Let the area sit, cool down, before you address the damage.
NO, NO, NO
1) Do not throw water
2) Do not use a hand towel
We hope you never need to remember these tips. But your SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here to help with the clean-up should disaster strike. The photos are from a kitchen grease fire; just a second of “unattended”. The good news is the final repairs are beautiful; "Like it never even happened." No family members, or pets were injured in the event. Just frayed nerves and a bit of quilt. (Accidents happen and we should learn from them and move forward.)
Quick thinking allowed the structure damage to be contained to the kitchen. However soot and smoke damage occurred throughout the residence.
We are here to help, give us a call (916) 632-2250
Smoke Dangers in Your Home
Often, it’s the smoke that can do more harm than the flames when a fire occurs in a home. If not properly taken care of, smoke can be left to damage the contents and surfaces of your property.
Effects of Smoke
Smoke can cause discoloration as well as leave a lingering odor throughout the space. If left untreated, the smoke can cause further damage to the home’s contents. Electronics, furniture, clothing and even walls and ceilings can all be damaged. Although the fire is gone, this substance creates a massive problem for you and your home.
To reduce the damages to your home after a fire, open a window to release the smoke from the property. Turn off any ceiling fans, air conditioners or heating units to prevent the smoke from spreading throughout the home. Do not attempt to clean the smoke off of surfaces as doing so can lead to more damage if improperly handled.
Smoke can lead to a large problem in your home, but SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can take care of the damage for you. Our fire restoration professionals are equipped with the proper equipment and techniques to restore your home to preloss conditions. Call us today (916) 632-2250
Fire Prevention Tips
House fires are extremely dangerous and can cause expensive damages. The following are fire prevention tips.
- Install and regularly test and maintain smoke alarms. Monthly tests should be performed and replace the smoke detector every 10 years.
- Clean the dryer. Dryer lint is the perfect combustible material when combined with the heat from the dryer. The lint tray should be cleared after each load to avoid a build-up of lint.
- Watch open flames. Candles, cooking and fireplaces are just some of the reasons most people are exposed to open flames. Never leave them unattended.
- Maintain wiring. Household wires and cables can become a fire hazard if they are used when frayed or otherwise compromised. Check them often and replace once they become worn.
- Store household chemical in proper locations. Keep these products protected from sunlight or heat to avoid combustion.
Contact SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin if your home or business has suffered fire damage. We have certified fire and smoke restoration technicians on staff to help. Call us at (916) 632-2250
Ozone Deodorizes without Chemicals
Activated oxygen machines, otherwise known as ozone machines, work in your home to clean the air of odor. One of the most common uses is for the decimation of smoke odor. These machines work by breaking down the oxygen we breath (O2), and converting it into ozone (O3).
These machines have a wide range of uses and be used in one room of a house or the entire floor of a building. Here at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, we use them quite often when there has been a fire. The activated oxygen machine allows us to clean a room that smells of smoke without using any chemicals. These little machines are not limited to smoke odor cleaning! They can also be used for pet and food odors!
If you have any odors in your home, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remove odors in your home or business. Call us today at (916) 632-2250
Toilet Leak in Lincoln, CA
Water damage can happen anytime and anywhere from things like dishwasher leaks or toilet clogs or wax ring failures on toilets. Sometimes you are not even aware of a leak inside a wall or in your crawlspace until there is a musty smell or discoloration on sheetrock. We walk through the disaster with you, helping you to understand the sometimes complicated claims process and how to best advocate for yourself and your home. After all your house is probably the biggest investment you have ever made, it is not just a collection of rooms and things, it is your home; and we take care of it as if it was ours.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!
Call us at (916) 632-2250
Mitigation vs. Restoration
If your businesses has been affected by severe flooding, the chances are that you have contacted a flood and water cleanup company to help get your building back to normal is pretty high. You will probably hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot, and you might not fully understand what they mean. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.
Mitigation is the first line of defense when it comes to water damage. It also includes measures that are used to help stabilize the situation before any more damage can occur. Here are some examples of what happens during mitigation:
- Inspecting damage
- Making sure building is stable
- Window board up
- Setting tarps
- Removing furniture/other belongings
- Extracting water
- Setting drying equipment
Depending on if more work needs to be done, based on the damage, that is where restoration comes in to play.
Restoration or Reconstruction
Restoration means that we will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Once mitigation has been complete, the repairing of the structure can begin. This means replacing drywall, painting, and many other things depending on what is needed.
Whatever your needs may bay SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for all mitigation and restoration/reconstruction needs! (916) 632-2250
Keep Your Eyes Opened for Water Damage
The longer that water sits after a pipe bursts or a roof leaks, the more damage you are actually causing to your home or business. When you notice a water emergency, the first thing to do is to shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the water is coming from somewhere that you cannot get to shut it off, you might need to call a plumber. Once the water is shut off, you need to call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. We can assess the problem. No job is too big or too small; we will be able to handle it all. Water damage can sometimes be difficult to spot, but here are some signs you can look for:
- Water rings on your ceiling or walls
- Soft or sagging in your ceilings or walls
- Wet or soggy carpets
- Warping in your wood floors
It is imperative that you call a professional right away to get the situation under control before it gets worse. Our trained technicians are on stand by and waiting for your call any time, day or night. Call us today at (916) 632-2250! We are always here for you.
5 Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in your Commercial Business
Why should you worry about mold or mildew in your building? Over time some mold may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Use the following tips to help prevent mold or mildew growth in your business.
#1: Clean Out the Refrigerator
It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Over time, it can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.
#2: Look for and Repair Leaks
Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.
#3: Keep It Clean
It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well. Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold and mildew growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.
#4: Clean out Trash Cans
While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent growth.
#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.
If you find mold or mildew in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at (916) 632-2250 today!
Smoke and Soot Damage to Neighboring Properties
A question I was once asked: Can my home be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein. Call today (916) 632-2250
Emergency Ready Profile
Do you own or operate a small business? You cannot always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared. Let SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin help you be prepared for unplanned disasters by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). By creating an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin you minimize interruptions in the daily operations of your business by having an immediate plan of action in place should disaster strike. The Emergency Ready Profile provides immediate contact information and other important details that provide a guide to get your business back up and running after a disaster. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, give our office a call at (916)632-2250 to set up an appointment.