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Sacramento Graffiti and Vandalism “Like it never even happened”

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti are an upsetting headache. Regardless of your location or business it may end up happening to your property. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is always here to help.

Often it is found that acts of vandalism can go unnoticed, and depending on the type and scale of damage can cause larger damage to your home or business. A forgotten broken window, or perhaps a damaged wall can allow for water damage, or even just allow for mold damage without direct water damage if not addressed quickly. Especially when vacant, broken windows or other damage may occur without someone immediately noticing. Rain, sprinklers, or other sources of moisture may then move into the property where it will create an ideal environment for mold.

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here to help you remediate and restore damage to your property after it has been vandalized or unattended for a long period of time. Visiting our website and blog you can find more information about mold, mold damage, and why it is important to hire professionals to clean it. Our team is highly certified and our technicians are ready and prepared to handle:

  • General cleaning/graffiti removal
  • Cleaning of concrete, stone, and brick (including for mold)
  • Odor deodorization and removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Item cleaning and restoration

Be sure to call your friends at the SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda 24/7 at (916) 991-1522 and visit our website for more information.

Contamination Hazards in Flood Water

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Flood water may be a result of rain, but this need to be treated as black water.

The cause of your flood, whether it is the flood in your street, your basement, or otherwise needs to be treated as if it were contaminated water. Even if the source of the water is fresh, once it is outside of the pipe, or has fallen on the ground. We have spoken on our blog previously about the types of water contamination and how to treat them. Heavily contaminated water is referred to as black water. The important consideration surrounding black water is that it is not only unsafe to drink, but often is hazardous to be around. When it comes to flood water, here are a few things to consider why the water has become contaminated.

Visibility: With any flood water, as a result of dirt and other contaminates the water will become dark in color and cause a loss in visibility. With this loss of visibility, you are no longer able to see what lies within the water. This could very often be broken glass, sharp objects, and other hazards for tripping and falling.

Dirt: The discoloration causing the lack of visibility comes from the mixing of water with dirt and soil. When a flood occurs from heavy storms and rain, they pick up debris as soon as they meet with the ground. When water picks up this dirt, it can change the consistency of the water, making it more difficult to travel around in, and as a result a hazard if you attempt to navigate it.

Microorganisms: With the contaminates that flood waters pick up, come the organisms that exist within them. Depending on the source, and what may have come as a result of that source the quantity and type may change. Other considerations include contact with wastewater collection that may have overflowed and may be contaminated or even burst pipes.

The combination of these reasons make flood waters dangerous, and you should avoid contact with these situations at all cost. If you have flood damage, contact professionals who have the proper equipment and training to deal with the situation. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522 for professional help from SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda when your next disaster occurs.

Mold Damage Tips

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

It can take as little as 48 hours for mold to become a problem when there is excess water due to a roof leak, waterline, or other cause for water. Mold can cause health effects and significantly damage your property. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are trained, ready, and waiting to handle your mold problem with the necessary gear, equipment, and preventative measures.

If you have a mold problem, call us today (916) 991-1522.

The first priority when mold is found is safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 2 to 3 days
  • Strong and musty odors can indicate mold that is not visible
  • This may include mold behind drywall, under carpeting, or hidden under sinks

What you should not do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb affected areas or mold
  • Don’t blow any air across suspect surfaces or areas
  • Don’t attempt to dry the air yourself
  • Don’t spray disinfectants on the mold

What you should do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off any fans, heating, ventilation, or air systems
  • Contact us to professionally take care of the situation
  • We are available 24/7 to take care of these issues

For Sacramento commercial or home based mold problems, call us at, or visit our website for more information.

Sacramento Campfire Safety Tips for Camping Season 2017

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sacramento Campfire Safety Tips for Camping Season 2017 Tips to stay safe this camping season, from SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda

Even though we aren’t in a drought, it still the dry season. It is always important to stay safe no matter the conditions when making a fire, for your safety and the safety of others. Here are some safety tips on how to pick a spot, prepare your fire, and extinguish it properly.

How to Pick a Campfire Spot

  1. DO NOT build a campfire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit them.
  2. DO NOT build a campfire in hazardous, dry conditions.
  3. Find Out if the campground has an existing fire ring or fire pit.
  4. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, choose a site at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Beware of low-hanging branches.
  5. Choose an open, level location away from fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves.
  6. Take wind, and its direction, into account when choosing the site. Choose a spot that’s protected from gusts.

How to Prepare your Campfire Pit

  1. Clear a 10-foot-diameter area around the site. Remove any grass, twigs, leaves and firewood.
  2. Dig a pit in the dirt, about a foot deep.
  3. Circle the pit with rocks.

How to Build Your Campfire

  1. Make sure you have a source of water, a bucket and shovel nearby at all times.
  2. Gather three types of wood from the ground always. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live or fresh materials won’t burn, and you’ll be damaging the forest. Dead standing trees often are homes for birds and other wildlife.
    1. Tinder: Small twigs and dry leaves grass and needles.
    2. Kindling: Sticks smaller than 1″ around.
    3. Fuel: Larger pieces of wood. Keep these stacked upwind, away from the fire.
  3. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire pit.
  4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter.
  5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it into the fire.
  6. Add kindling and fuel, the larger firewood, as it grows and to keep it going.
  7. Keep the fire small and under control.

How to Extinguish your Campfire

  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  2. Pour plenty of water on the fire. Drown ALL material, not just the visibly red material. Pour until hissing sounds stop.
  3. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  4. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  5. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  6. Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Pack it in, Pack it out. It is your responsibility to pack out everything that you packed in, including any trash.

Between professional fire damage services, or fire safety tips. SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda is here to provide 24/7 fire damage services. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information.

Dryer Vents, an Incredible Sacramento Safety Hazard

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vents, an Incredible Sacramento Safety Hazard Clean Vents: Safety, Efficiency, and Savings.

Prevent the loss of your home and danger to you and your family with one simple home checkup.

It is important to make sure that the dryer vent is clean. The dryer vent is a flexible tube that runs from your clothes dryer to the outside of your house. When cleaning the lint from the filter before you run the dryer, you are cleaning the bulk of material produced by the drying process. Beyond this material mistakes, and slowly builds up over time in the hose from your dryer to the outside world. The unfortunate truth about lint is that it is extremely flammable, and this excess buildup causes over 1/3rd of house fires related to dryers.

By keeping this tube clean by inspecting and cleaning it yearly, you can help ensure that this won’t be the cause of your next disaster. If you notice the dryer, or your clothes are unusually warm, or that it is taking longer to dry your clothes it is important to check up on the exit and make sure the vent door can open, and that it is not clogged.

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda proudly serves our community with the help it needs when disaster strikes, water, mold, or fire damage are our specialties. If you need help, call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information on our services.

What You Should Think About Before Leasing in Sacramento

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Should Think About Before Leasing in Sacramento Leases are an important decision in your business, be sure to make the right one.

There are lots of factors to consider when finding space for your business, here are a few tips and resources to get you started.

Whether you are starting a new business, expanding your current business, or even moving a business you need to make sure you are making the right decision. Asking the right questions is the best way to finding the information you need.

  1. Who is the Landlord? Who owns the building?

It is important to know who the people you are going to be renting from, and what their background are like. You can change the way you approach negotiation, or have an understanding for what their expectations will be.

  1. How long has the building been owned by the current owners?

Depending on the answer to this, they may have more or less likelihood to keep it, or to possibly sell it in the future. Having the property be sold while you are leasing can be disruptive and should be avoided. New owners will also probably have a high mortgage cost, making renting from them more expensive than normal.

  1. Is the landlord/property manager/building owner close?

Should you need to reach any of these for any reason, it is important that they are close. Whether you need a decision, have a question, or any concerns having all of these easily accessible is a good thing.

  1. What businesses have been in the building, what is the history?

Depending on the age, you may have more considerations for upkeep once you have moved into the space. As well, if a similar business has operated here and had to shut down, you should find out why that happened and possibly avoid the space if it is a concern for your business.

  1. Who were the last tenants and why did they leave?

If you can find these tenants, they can provide valuable information for dealing with the landlord, rental agency, or property management.

  1. Are there plans to sell?

Plans to sell the building you are leasing will prove disruptive to your business. One strategy of a person looking to sell may involve increasing rates to increase the market value of the property.

  1. Who is the largest tenant?

Also known as anchor tenants, these tenants likely pay the most rent for the building and can have large effects on the traffic driven to a particular property. If they are about to move or leave, you should know about it before leasing a property.

From your friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, we hope the next time you move your local business, or start one you make the right decision. Be sure to check out our other blogs to find out if your business is at risk for mold, and what you can do to prevent mold, water, and fire damage. Visit our website for more information, and call us 24/7 if you need mold, water, or fire remediation at (916) 991-1522

Sacramento Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sacramento Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Basements are common areas for flooding, but need professional restoration to prevent further water and mold damage.

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 Sacramento 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 - 916-991-1522

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 North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 916-991-1522

Does Your Sacramento Home Have a Mold Problem?

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold spores thrive 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 or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 916-991-1522

We're Ready for Your Sacramento Flood or Storm Damage

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We're Ready for Your Sacramento Flood or Storm Damage Storms and floods are never convenient, that's why we're available 24/7 to help.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your damaged 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.

The Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Sacramento 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.

Do You Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 916-991-1522

Faster to your Sacramento Water Damage Needs

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Sacramento Water Damage Needs Water damage caused extreme warping in this Sacramento home's wood flooring.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 North Highlands / Rio Linda arrives 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 – 916-991-1522

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 North Highlands / Rio Linda

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 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.