The inside of your ducts can be a host to all sort of debris
After your sacramento fire disaster, here's a general guide of what you can and cannot repair
If you have just had a fire in your home, it is unfortunate to see the packout of your life as the house is prepared for restoration. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is prepared to help you recover and clean any family heirlooms, valuables, and other possessions that are important to you and your family. In one particular case, a family had a hand made quilt representing their family that had a piece added for every member. After this quilt was tossed from their home by a firefighter, we helped to restore and remove the soot and smell from the quilt.
In other cases, we have a sophisticated ultrasonic cleaning system meant for restoring items after a fire, which you can read about on our blog.
SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda proudly serves our community as a locally owned and operated business. We are ready 24/7 for your needs, call 24/7 at (916) 991-1522 when disaster strikes, so we can make your home “Like it never even happened.”
Dust, Mold, and Electricity Bills: Clean Your Ducts
When it to the cleanliness of your office, the cleanliness of the air is an important consideration. If your ducts are collecting and possibly spreading dusty and dirty air around your office, the office itself will get dustier. Ducts can be the most unsanitary part of a building, regular cleaning of ducts is part of proper building maintenance.
Alongside dust, the other main consideration for duct dirt and grime is possible mold growth. A duct can be a cool, and damp place where mold growth will flourish. With the proper food and temperature, mold will grow anywhere. If it is growing in your ducts, this can lead to the quick spreading of spores throughout your property.
As a benefit to cleaning the ducts, you can count on some increased efficiency too. Ducts and HVAC systems are designed with the ductwork in mind, if there are blockages and materials that cause lack of efficiency, this will be reflected in your power bill. But conducting proper maintenance, you can prevent that loss.
Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here for you, call us at (916) 991-1522 for your next commercial air duct cleaning.
How We Care for Your Belongings
When water damage happens, its not just the structure that needs care
No matter the job, when we enter a property the care of the contents is always taken into account. When it comes to your belongings there are a few considerations we take depending on the severity of the problem. If the property requires extensive cleaning and restoration, a packout is performed in which the items and contents are cataloged, safely stored, and transported into storage. So far as cleaning, there are a few different techniques that are conducted depending on the severity of the damage to the item, and the type of restoration it requires.
- Dry Cleaning - Lightest type of cleaning
- Wet Cleaning - For removing residues that require water to help facilitate removal
- Spray and Wipe - For items that cannot be made too wet
- Foam Cleaning - For any fabric that cannot be wet cleaned
- Abrasive Cleaning - Deeper cleaning, where a rough material is used
- Immersion Cleaning - Items need to be fully submerged to be cleaned properly
For immersion cleaning, we have our ultrasonic cleaning system that aids in the cleaning of all items. If the damage is large enough to require a pack out, your items are safely stored in our facilities. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is locally owned and operated to serve our community; and that means you! Call us 24/7 if disaster has struck, (916) 991-1522.
Stay Dry, Sacramento!
Even though rain can be pretty exciting, its important to understand all weather comes with its own safety concerns. A few misconceptions to clear up, and a few tips to help you stay dry this winter.
- Don’t use candles when the power goes out - as fun as it might be, candles used in place of lights are actually poor light sources, and a simply made fire hazard
- Have a safety kit, which you can read more about in our other blog posts
- If there is thunder, stay in doors - Lightning is not as rare as you think, and this is only a rule of thumb for other possible dangers
- Keep your refrigerator closed when the powers out - The longer your food stays refrigerated, the longer you can stay indoors.
- Notify the power company exactly when the power goes out - The power company may not yet know that there is a service issue, and can get on the problem as soon as possible
- Stay as far away from power lines as possible - This includes powerlines that have been downed, and powerlines that are in contact with trees. If something happens during a storm, contact the service provider.
We hope you stay dry, and flood free in Sacramento this winter. Feel free to call us at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for information on our services.
Mold spores are too small to contain
There are a lot of… ‘alternative facts’... surrounding mold, but we have the right information to keep your house mold free, and your family safe
‘Black mold’ might be the most overused and misunderstood phrase of our industry. Mold in general is a largely misunderstood issue. The issue with mold, is that it likes environments that we largely like, and as a result will grow where we want to be, or in environments we make. There are molds with harmful effects, and regardless of its potential to cause harm all mold should be treated the same, and treated by professionals. Here are some facts about mold to counter some of the mythology surrounding it.
Your basement has never flooded, and it doesn’t really matter anyway.
We’ve spoken previously about the importance of proper basement maintenance. Beyond this, the basement is a leading source of mold for a few reasons. Firstly, it is easily forgotten. Secondly, cardboard boxes storing materials, and materials within those boxes are likely targets for mold growth with the damp and cool atmosphere.
Using bleach to kill mold
Bleach may be a powerful disinfectant, and do well at killing bacteria: but it is not a good avenue for mold removal. Mold grows roots within materials it is growing on, and bleach will not penetrate those materials. Water from the bleach solution can penetrate, and leave the material with water for further mold growth.
A Clean and odor free home is mold free
Visible dirt has almost nothing to do with mold growth, mold will most likely grow in least trafficked places, and where you least expect it. In the same vein, even though mold produces an odor that is often musty, just because you do not smell this odor does not mean your home is mold free. Not all mold produces odor, and if it does produce an odor, it is not necessarily in an area with airflow that would allow you to smell it.
We have the training and experience you need to help you with your mold problem. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda at (916) 991-1522 24/7 today.
Stay Warm Sacramento, but Stay Safe
Space heaters can be a cost effective way to heat small spaces, but with simple designs can often be a fire hazard.
Heating (or cooling) houses is an inefficient way of staying warm. Unless someone is in each room of the house at any given time, you are ultimately heating space that no person is occupying. The best way to save money is to then heat only one room you are currently in, or with some space heaters that are directional, have heat flowing directly towards you to keep yourself warm.
With this in mind, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heaters account for 30% of all home fires, and 4 out of 5 deaths where the fire was caused by home heating. Below are some tips to help you stay safe, while staying warm this winter in Sacramento.
- Keep a safe distance of about 3 feet between anything and the space heater. This especially includes bedding, curtains, and furniture.
- Keep kids away from it, as they may not be as aware of their ability to catch fire or burn them as you are.
- Do not plug space heaters into extension cords, and do not step on their cords.
- Turn them off before going to sleep, leaving a room, or leaving them unattended.
- Have smoke and carbon monoxide monitors to detect possible fires.
- Only use space heaters that are “UL Listed” which means they have been independently tested for safety.
- Do not use any sort of burning space heaters indoors, only use electric heaters that do not produce fumes when functioning properly.
Space heaters, although ideally efficient, actually will cost more in the long run to heat your home. It is much more important to have your home properly insulated and to use a conventional central heat pump type system than to just try use a space heater for an extended period of time. If you must, make sure you do it safely. If anything should happen, call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda 24/7 for fire damage restoration at (916) 991-1522.
Business, Commercial Property, or Home: Property is Property
SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda has made a lot of great content for property owners, be sure to take advantage
No matter what the situation is, or what type of commercial property is, most information applies to you. If you own a business that does a lot of building, mold tips for kitchens still apply! If you are a homeowner in a residential neighborhood, vandalism cleanup is still something you should be concerned about.
Beyond property-specific blogs, be sure to check out our safety blogs. Having a barbecue for your employees or coworkers? Be sure to read our grilling tips for safety. About to lease an apartment? Check out our commercial leasing tips, as there is no such thing as too much advice when making a financial decision.
SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are your friends, locally owned and operated and proud to serve OUR community. Like your doctor, we hope you’ll never have an urgent reason to call us: but are always here when you need us. Call us, 24/7 at (916) 991-1522
Lightning Safety for the Next Sacramento Storm
For your safety, it is important to have a plan and be ready to make changes to your day when there are conditions for lightning. If there is a thunderstorm in your area, there is no safe place outside. Lightning is fairly rare compared to the amount of people in a given area but that does not relieve the danger. If you can hear thunder, no matter the distance lightning is close enough to possibly strike you. It is important that if you hear this thunder, you get to shelter.
Once inside, it is important to stay off of corded electrical devices that are plugged into the wall. It is also important to avoid plumbing and things that are interconnected via metal such as baths and faucets. It is also a good idea to not be on concrete surfaces.
From your friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, stay safe Sacramento. When a storm hits, be sure to check for leaks and water damage. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is always here to help, with 24/7 support please call (916) 991-1522.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Processes to Save Your Precious Belongings
These are just some of the tools we use to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."
Cleaning even the most delicate heirlooms with our custom ultrasonic cleaning system
When it comes to a fire, there is a sizable consideration beyond structural damage. Even things that are not directly burned will likely have soot and smoke damage throughout your home or business. Oftentimes these items can be valuable or difficult to clean manually, such family heirlooms, cookware, and other trinkets.
With our system, we are able to take your items from the pack out, rinse them, wash them in a specialized solution, wash them in an ultrasonic bath, rinse them again, dry them, and pack them up “Like it never even happened.” We specialize in fire restoration, but of your home or business and the contents of it.
This is just one of the things SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda has to offer you when it comes to your fire disaster. Always here to help, we are ready 24/7 when you need us. (916) 991-1522 for your local, certified restoration experts. When it comes to the rest of the services we offer, feel free to visit the rest of our website for more information.
Keeping Your Business’s Carpets Clean
Cleanliness is Key for Your Sacramento Business
Keeping clean is important for your Sacramento business
Your business, when dealing with customers, will leave a positive impression if it clean. When it comes to the people that are supporting your business, you want to make them feel they are in the right place for their business. If there are visible dirt spots, stains, or other wear and tear on your carpets, this may give your customers a negative opinion of your business.
For large projects, or a professional cleaning, contact us. For everything us, here are a few tips that can help you keep a general level of cleanliness for your carpets.
Stains and spots are different, if a liquid spills you should immediately blot it with a towel, rag, or paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Try not to wipe or rub this are as you can increase the amount of staining that affects the carpet which will be more difficult to manage.
If you have a spot, try and pre-spray cleaning solution onto the spot. Cleaning solutions often have chemicals designed to break down the dirt, grime, oil, or spill that causes spots. Always read the directions on the products you are using, as if improperly used it is possible that you could do more harm than good. In the same vein, a routine cleaning regimen helps to prevent permanent staining over time.
Before doing a deep carpet cleaning, be sure to vacuum before hand to remove excess material from the carpet. In doing this you are allowing the cleaning product you are applying to work as effectively as possible.