COMMON CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES
Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators.
- Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to always turn your handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it. When leaving the house, always remember to turn off stove and oven.
- Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles can also pose a danger for many residents.
- Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs.
- Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.
When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here to help and restore your home quickly and professionally. Give us a call at 916.632.2250.
Candles are great for helping to create a warm and cozy feeling, but they could also pose a big threat. Many home fires occur due to candles left unattended or too close to flammable items and can a happen year round.
Here are a few tips to help prevent fire:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never burn a candle without a votive or a container.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the home or space.
If a fire or smoke damage should affect your home of office, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our crews are ready to help 24/7, 365 when disaster strikes. Call us at 916.632.2250.
WASHING MACHINE WATER DAMAGE
Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in the home, and the damage can be costly, reaching potentially thousands of dollars.
Since each washing machine has multiple ways of causing water damage with multiple components that break down, below are some things that most commonly cause leaks:
- Plugged floor drain, before disassembling your washing machine, check that the floor drain is clear of debris like lint that can build up over time. Water on your floor may be the result of a clogged drain and not an issue with the washer itself.
- External supply hoses, start a fill cycle on your machine and look for drips around the water supply connection hose. If the hoses themselves seem to be free of corrosion or rust but are still dripping, try replacing the internal washers to create a tighter seal.
- Internal hoses, if the supply hoses are not leaking, check the internal hoses that connect the inlet valve to the tub by opening the washer cabinet. Cracked or perforated hoses may be the problem.
- Seals, normal wear and tear can cause door boot seals to crack or rip. If your machine is leaking during either the fill or agitation portion of the wash cycle, damaged tub seals could be the cause and will need to be replaced.
If you experience water damage in your home because of a faulty washing machine, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250.
Categories of Water Damage
Water damage can be common in a home. Determining the category of water damage is important as well. Here at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, we determine the category of the water depending on if the water is considered sanitary or contaminated. Category 1 water is known as clean water. This water can come from an overflow from a sink, bathtub, or other appliances. Category 2 water is considered significantly contaminated. Also known as ‘greywater’. This water may contain bacteria or fungi, but typically no feces. The water damage may be discharged from your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet, etc. Category 3 water is considered grossly contaminated. This is also known as “Black Water”. This type of water damage most often comes from sewage backups which can be distributed through many sources in the home. This water does contain harmful bacteria and fungus, and even fecal matter. With these three categories, it helps us easily determine what kind of water damage we are dealing with and how to properly remediate it. Count on us here at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to protect your home or your business.
Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve is
If a pipe or a water supply line suddenly bursts inside your home, there is not a lot of time before the water can travel from your kitchen to the hallway to the dining room and beyond. Floors get wet, walls get wet, cabinets get wet and before you know it you have an official water damage that can be very expensive and time-consuming to deal with.
Would you know what to do if this unfortunate situation ever happened in your house?
Well, if it does the first thing to do is to get the water to stop flowing. If the situation is as we described above, you will need to shut off the water at the main water shutoff to your house. The secret to success here is to know the location of the turn-off prior to the damage occurring. You will typically find your water shutoff in the front of your home and it is usually located near an outside faucet. Once you have found it, it is as easy as pulling a handle into the off position or turning a valve clockwise until the water stops flowing.
Of course, the shutoff valve could be someplace else, so it is definitely worth your time to find out where yours is located before an emergency arises. After things calm down and it comes time to clean up the mess, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin 916-632-2250.
What employers should do to prevent mold
There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.
- Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
- Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
- Check the building construction and design.
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
- During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
- Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
- Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.
Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.
What to do if Mold is Found
If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin a call. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold. Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250.
Restore Your Business After A Water Loss
Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. 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 any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.
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. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan). Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250 for more information.
What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause health effects in people if they are exposed to them.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today, (916) 632-2250.
Space Heaters Need Their Space
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin reminds you that half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Association Agency offer the following safety tips:
- Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. They are intended to sit on the floor and not a table.
- Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child's room.
- Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from such combustible materials as furniture, bedding, and curtains.
- Do not use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
- Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Unplug the heater when not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and do not use it if it’s frayed or worn.
- Do not plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater, which can cause overheating.
- Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is always available 24/7/365 to service your needs!
Water Damage Repair Near Me
When you are frantically completing a google search for 'water damage repair near me' you are most likely in a dire situation and require a prepared team of water damage repair technicians to quickly arrive on the scene and manage the situation. This is why SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is the first and ONLY call you need to make. We are available 24/7 and will arrive quickly to stop the damage and restore your home or business as quickly as possible. Furthermore, we provide all phases of construction services. This way, if there is further damage to the home your single search for 'water damage near me' will give you a complete repair experience! Give SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin a call at 916-632-2250.