Water Leaks, Not a Flood but Still a Problem
Proper training and proper tools will SAVE you money, time, and effort
Hidden water damages in your home or business can cause damage directly related to water such as discoloration, structural problems, and rises in your water bill. Small water leaks more often will cause larger secondary issues such as mold and mildew in your home.
As a result of the slow water leak, there is no real noticeable problem for a period of time. As a result of this, areas around the water leak are allowed to become humid and damp, and with this comes mold and mildew growth. Be sure to keep an eye out in your home for signs of minor water damage in your ceilings or walls, perhaps paint separating from the ceiling, sagging in these areas, or water spots.
If you notice any of these issues, or even smell mold and mildew be sure to call for professional help. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is trained and ready to find and fix these issues. When your water event happens, call us at (916) 991-1522 immediately.
Wet Leaves Will Cause Mold in Sacramento, “The City of Trees”
Wet leaves on the ground can make for the perfect conditions for mold growth this fall in Sacramento
Mold is a natural and healthy part of leaf decomposition. In some aspects, leaf mold is even wanted for compost and gardening for its properties when mixed with the soil. However, when leaves are left outside to decompose on your sidewalk and yard, you can end up tracking excess mold into your house.
This fall the City of Trees will drop its leaves, and the streets of sidewalks of Sacramento will be covered. Street cleaning programs aside, when it comes to your property you are responsible for taking care of the leaves. When left on the ground, the leaves will begin decomposing and between the moderate climate of Sacramento and the naturally wet habitat of these leaves, they will produce mold. To drive down the amount of mold spores in the air, on your pets and family, and ultimately in your house, it is important that you pick up the leaves and put them in your compost, the street if there is weekly leaf collection, or in your yard waste bin.
For all of your storm, mold, fire, and water needs SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here to help. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or explore more of our website for more information about mold, water, fire safety, or our services and expertise.
Why Water Damage Requires Professional Help
Proper training and proper tools will SAVE you money, time, and effort
When a water disaster strikes your home, acting quickly is important. We’ve spoken at length in our blog about the importance of properly taking care of water loss in your home, but there are a few more reasons why the professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are important for properly taking care of your home.
In the best case scenario, it is a small water leak coming from a supply line, such as your sink, which means that the water wasn’t contaminated before the loss. Even in this case, there is a large importance to be placed on professional equipment and expertise to take care of the job. 1 house fan won’t get the job done, and neither will 10 house fans. It takes professional equipment, properly managed- a plan in place using trained and professional techniques to take care of the issue.
If you attempt to dry it yourself, you risk taking a much longer time to dry the property. With the humidity in the air from the water loss, this means that you are hugely increasing the likelihood of getting mold. Mold can spread fast as we’ve written about in other blogs, and requires its own set of professional help. Another consideration is that reducing the time it takes to dry a property reduces the damage done. In the case of expanding and contracting wood, stopping the spread of the water loss and removing humidity from the house in critical in preventing further damage.
The worst case is that the source of the water loss was contaminated, whether the source is gray or black water will dictate the severity of the treatment, as well as secondary damages such as odor or extra cleaning that is required.
In all cases, contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda for locally owned and operated professional help. We are certified to take care of your water, mold, or fire loss whether it is in a home or business. We are proud to serve our community, and are available 24/7 when your disaster happens. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information about our services.
Sacramento’s Storms This Winter: Sump Pumps & Flood Prevention
A flood isn’t necessarily a monsoon, water can seep into your basement and you need to prevent it
A roof leak, or a growing pool of water outside due to a blocked drain may seem like the most common types of flooding. Most houses with basements have sump pumps, and it is important to keep these pumps clear of debris in order to prevent flooding due to water in the basement. The danger in a flooded basement lies in the uses we have for it, often we use it for storing old family heirlooms or tools which can be quickly ruined by water.
Sump pump maintenance should be done at least annually to make sure that it will perform properly when the next larger than average storm hits. Testing it with water, cleaning any filtration, and emptying the pit of debris are all good ways to keep it operating properly.
When the next disaster strikes your Sacramento home, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda. We are ready and able to professionally restore and repair your water loss event. Call us 24/7 for your emergency at (916) 991-1522.
Air Duct Mold - an Important Consideration
We have talked in excess about the different surfaces mold can grow on, and the implications of mold growth. This continue, however, into places that are even less seen and can have much larger implications. Mold grows under the right conditions on almost any surface. This includes humidity, temperature, and a source of food. Depending on the time of year, your air ducts can provide all three of those conditions perfectly.
Secondly is transport, mold spores are too small to control, and constantly floating in air. When mold growth occurs, the amount of spores in the air spikes as a result of the growth, making the propensity for it to grow further very likely. When it comes to transportation, these spores are very likely to make it past the air filter on the intakes of your HVAC system, and as a result get transported to the rest of your property.
With this in mind, if you feel as if you can ‘smell’ the mold in your house but cannot find it, you need to contact a professional immediately. Mold grows extremely quickly, and spreads just as fast. “Black mold” and similar hooks are used to entice you into needing testing to determine if it is harmful. All types and colors of mold can be harmful, and regardless of if it is tested harmful by a company, it should be handled in the same way as the problem will persist without proper care.
SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda have the certified professionals you need to take care of mold. Call us at (916) 991-1522. Locally owned and operated water, fire, and mold damage restoration service for Sacramento. Take a look at our work with mold in our before & after photos, and get an inside look at how we will handle your mold remediation.
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.