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Business, Commercial Property, or Home: Property is Property

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Different Types of Water Damage and The Approach We Take

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage requires a different approach for each material it affects

When trying to combat water damage, it is important to remember that water has a distinct advantage. The main avenue we can take to dry water damage relies on having lots of access to the area that needs to be dried. This might mean modifying the space temporarily to access hidden areas, but for some materials that is not an option.

The key to proper drying is proper access. When it comes to walls that are made out of a stone, cement, or brick it can be very difficult to get the access that is required. When it comes to masonry walls, the drying is largely affected by its ability to evaporate on both sides on the wall. When it comes to the outside of the wall, this can either benefit or negate drying as the weather outside will affect the drying process. For this, the removal of finishes with low permeability may be done to help with the drying process.

No matter the case, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is trained and certified to help Sacramento with its flood damage repair and restoration needs. When your disaster happens, be sure to call SERVPRO and (916) 991-1522.

Mold is Not a Surface Level Problem

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold grows roots over time, as a result of its food source and growth it can damage the structural integrity of your home

We’ve spoken extensively on our blog about the sources of mold, where it likes to grow, and the speed at which it grows. You can also find information about the health effects of mold, as well as the main misconceptions about mold. In addition to this, it is important to note that when left for long periods of time mold can gradually destroy the surfaces they grow on.

Mold growth is usually a sign of unacceptable levels of humidity within the house, giving rise to the environment that mold thrives in. In addition to mold, an excess of humidity can itself cause structural damage to your home and its contents as drywall begins to deteriorate, wood begins to rot, and wallpapers can peel. The conditions for mold growth involve humidity, correct temperatures, and a food sources. In the case of mold on surfaces in your house, the surface is the food source. As the mold grows off of your drywall, brick, grout, or wooden beams it is slowly deteriorating that object.

Mold can never be truly removed from a home due to the size of mold spores, and their resistance to elimination. Mold spores already exist in every home as they float freely through the air, making the best way of prevention preventing humidity.

When it comes to mold, our trained technicians are ready to determine the extent of mold damage, where it is growing, and remediate the issue. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are also ready to find the source of any leaks, and other sources of water damage that may be giving rise to the increases in humidity. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened”.

Sacramento Basement Water Damage, Flooding and the Struggle Against Time

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sacramento Basement Water Damage, Flooding and the Struggle Against Time Don't leave your basement out of site and out of mind. When a storm hits Sacramento this winter, be sure to take care of water damage immediately.

Your basement may seem unimportant compared to the rest of your house, it is as important to keep dry as the rest of your home

Homeowners often find themselves with excess in their basement, from general seepage, if their sump pump has stopped working, or if there is standing water due to another issue. When there is no risk of the water falling to a lower floor, damaging their floors or walls, and is only sitting on cement they often feel as if the problem should not be immediately handled. The unfortunate reality is that homes, are contained structures, and it is inadvisable to have an excess of water sitting for any period of time as it can create one of a few problems.

Even though the water in the basement may not be immediately touching surfaces that traditionally will grow mold as a food source such as wood or cardboard, it will still grow mold as a result of the water. Standing water in the basement will cause moisture to enter the air, which will spread throughout the house and cause secondary mold damage elsewhere. As well, if the water is touching any wood the capillary effect will cause water to be wicked upwards, possibly causing water damage above the basement.

Full mitigation of this issue requires treatment as if it were any other part of your house. After calling SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, our first step would be to remove the water immediately, and then begin the drying process.

If you’ve delayed taking care of a flooded basement, be sure to call us at (916) 991-1522 to prevent further damage, or secondary damage to your house. Locally owned and operated, we are trained and certified to help you with your water damage situation.

Smoke Alarms: A Necessary Annoyance

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Smoke Alarms: A Necessary Annoyance Stay safe Sacramento, with proper fire alarm maintenance.

Every house has them, not all houses have them on. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, about half of all fires (house, or business) had deactivated smoke alarms, disconnected smoke alarms, or smoke alarms without batteries. This can often happen in rental properties, where the residents do not necessarily know how to replace their smoke alarm’s batteries, or do not care. Regardless of the situation or how annoying the little ‘chirp’ from the smoke alarm can be, it is important that you properly protect your smoke alarms.

There are plenty of resources online for properly maintaining the specific smoke alarm you have, if you need more help you can contact an electrician, American Red Cross, or local fire department. Alarms, in addition to maintaining power, should be tested monthly with the test button.

Be sure to visit our other blog posts on fire safety, as well as contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda when your disaster happens.

Restoring Your Sacramento Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Sacramento Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Flooding and water damage events at Sacramento commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible

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 the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

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.