Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan:
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan? during the day and at nighttime.
Do You Need Water Removal Services? Contact The Experts at SERVPRO
After the removal of pooling water, what is left behind can be unsightly and produce unpleasant smells. Getting rid of staining and soiling often requires professional knowledge and specific products, and this is where SERVPRO excels. We have built our reputation on the removal, remediation, and cleanup of water and we stick to simple principles that have served us well.
The infrastructure of the home usually takes on the immediate impact of water damage. Subfloor mats can become saturated with moisture and quickly become hotbeds for bacteria and fungi. Equally, wall cavities or furniture fittings can take on moisture undetected to the naked eye causing long-term problems. SERVPRO of West Sacramento are experts at spotting potential problem areas that may have slipped your notice.
A professional solution is best left to the water damage experts. Contact SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916.626.0426 for assistance.
Where is that Water coming from?
When hard rainfall hits, make it a habit to check on spaces in your home or place of business that may have potential for water damage. This recommended practice can undoubtedly save you time, money, and the headache of uncontrollable damages down the line.
Once discovered, Water Intrusion can enter through:
- Cracks on the Exterior of your Building
- Window Sills
- The Ground Level or Foundation
After Discovery, it’s crucial to determine the Source, and repair it right away. Waiting on this vital step causes severity in fixing it. Having the Source located, identified, and repaired promptly during the current storm will work in your favor that your water intrusion problem is no more.
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Water Damage Restoration call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916.626.0426. We are your 24/7 Emergency Service Providers.
How to Avoid a Disaster During a Power Outage
Use these best practices during power outages!
It’s important to prepare for and protect your homes, businesses, and families during power outages in the winter months as many hazards can go unnoticed.
Candles left unattended can potentially become destructive by creating structural fires. The safer choice would be using flashlights or other battery-operated lighting options that avoid the presence of an open flame. Be sure to keep extra batteries on hand. If candles are your only option, it is vital to never leave them unattended and you place the candle in a fireproof candleholder away from any flammable materials and/or drafts.
Fire hazards are not the only disaster lurking during power outages. Carbon Monoxide poisoning from indoor grills or generators are also extremely dangerous. If these appliances are used in enclosed areas including homes, garages or sheds, the outcome could be lethal. Carbon Monoxide gas can go unnoticed as it cannot be seen, smelled, nor tasted. A person may not realize they are being poisoned until it’s too late. It is essential to use these items exclusively outside in a well-ventilated area and you operate them according to manufacturer’s instructions.
If you have experienced any fire, soot or property damage to your home or business, rest assured our experienced technicians and customer services representatives are here to help 24/7. Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916.626.0426.
Fire Cleanup Steps
Call your local SERVPRO of West Sacramento to come and inspect the damage to your property. Our highly trained Project Managers and Technicians thoroughly inspect your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. Hiring a professional restoration company will allow for a complete comprehensive review of the property damage. They will also record and document all damage for your insurer if needed.
Property damage can continue even after the fire has been extinguished. The priority should be to prevent further damage to your property. A restoration company will look at what needs to be protected and take the proper steps to do so. With your windows, walls, and roof potentially damaged, the restoration company will look at what needs boarding up or if your roof needs tarping. This helps to protect your property from further damage.
Water removal post firefighting efforts is top of the list. Hiring a professional team to investigate the possibility of leaks or places where mold can develop is particularly important.
Smoke and Soot Removal
Odors and staining left behind from smoke or soot damage go beyond surface level. With SERVPRO’s specialized techniques, the next step for SERVPRO of West Sacramento is to remove the smoke and soot left behind on the ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
There are a variety of cleaning techniques that can be used to clean up these damaged items and structures, along with equipment such as industrial air scrubbers and foggers that will help remove smoke odors.
There has been a horrible disaster at your home or business property, a fire! To minimize business interruption and additional recovery costs, the restoration process must begin as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to count on professionals to assess the damage and get to work quickly so that business can resume as normal.
5 ways to get rid of smoke smell
- Air out the structure as soon as is safe and possible
- Make sure the area has positive air pressure, by bringing the outside air in and forcing in the inside air out.
- Get rid of all items that are not salvageable and clean the salvageable items with proper chemicals.
- Wash all the items that are washable.
- Call the professional restoration company SERVPRO of West Sacramento which have industrial cleaning equipment and the training to effectively deodorize and clean the affected areas.
Should the unexpected happen give SERVPRO of West Sacramento a call at 916.626.0426.
Leakproof Your Home
Always be ready! It is time to prepare your home and/or business for cold and rainy weather but keeping water out of your property can be quite complicated. For example, plumbing issues or light rain can cause moisture and leaks through the roof, walls, foundation etc. When this occurs the moisture eventually reaches the porous materials in your home, which may then lead to structural damage and other humidity concerns. It is equally important to note that if left untreated you risk mold growth. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you take proper care of all potential areas prone to leaks such as the following:
- Inspection of the plumbing pipes system
- Inspection of the roof/chimney
- Inspection of the water heater
- Check attic insulation
- Clean the gutters
- Repair any cracks
- Seal proof doors and windows
- Check exterior faucets and irrigation system
In the event that you encounter any leaks or flooding, please contact SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916.626.0426.
Your business after a fire!
Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors re-open, they stay open.
When a fire has affected an area, burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage to any observer. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, reparation can still be time sensitive, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
Smoke and Ash
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases but can heavily coat and smear surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of a fire, this may be a relatively easy clean-up, or thorough repainting may be necessary.
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire such as rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other building elements if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing and in this way can potentially save you thousands in unnecessary reconstruction costs.
SERVPRO of West Sacramento helps businesses to get back on track after a disaster. Give us a call at 916.626.0426!
Plumbing Problems Can Cause Water Damage
If your dishwasher or garbage disposal springs a leak, you can expect water damage within cabinets and across your flooring in addition to compromised plumbing. Areas below your kitchen or wet bar can also sustain damage including soaked walls and ceilings. SERVPRO can repair the leak and begin the recovery process within hours of contacting us and we can be reached any time, day or night. When you place your plumbing problems in our hands, we act fast. By assessing the situation and making an efficient plan we can save you from mopping or dealing with unpleasant odors and have you back in your home as soon as possible.
Dirty dishwater or food debris can swiftly contaminate clean water. Our fast response can often reduce your water damage to a mere moisture problem, which is a straightforward issue we can resolve quickly. If the affected areas are saturated with gray water and full of decaying food, microbial growth can begin very quickly. Our technicians are trained to follow the water trail. After the source has been alleviated, they evaluate where the plumbing leak may have migrated so that you are not surprised by additional damage. Once we have completed our inspection, we devise a plan that repairs, cleans, and dries out all affected areas to prepare for the final touches that bring your house back to its preloss condition.
We extract any standing water and follow proper protocol to clean and dry out cabinetry. Our SERVPRO staff is trained to remove moisture without harming hardwood or laminated under sink cupboards. The tile, wood, or laminate flooring in your kitchen also needs attention; it will be inspected carefully for leakage into the subfloor or ceiling below. While the humidity is reduced, airflow and gentle heat application can dry out flooring and the structures underneath with as little residual damage as possible. Effectively completing these steps reflects the up to date, IICRC training that each of our technicians complete before entering your home. Reversing the effects of water damage can rarely be mitigated with do-it-yourself techniques and we are ready to lend our expertise to make sure it is done correctly.
When your kitchen appliances fail, SERVPRO of West Sacramento is the first call you should make at 916.626.0426.
SERVPRO of West Sacramento is here to help your business!
You never know when a water damage can affect your business - be prepared with SERVPRO!
Water damage can happen to anyone at any time. However, preventative maintenance can help reduce the chances of a water loss from occurring; it is always best to have a plan in place prior to the loss resulting in property damage.
For businesses, experiencing a water damage can be detrimental if not managed correctly. SERVPRO of West Sacramento understands that responding quickly and acting efficiently will help a business’s all-around bottom line. Minimizing business disruption is our number one goal when responding to commercial losses. Know that SERVPRO of West Sacramento specializes in creating the proper mitigation plan for your business that will help your production get right back on track. SERVPRO of West Sacrament is ready to assist day or night, call our office today 916.626.0426!