Are space heaters safe?
Winter is here and maybe those extra layers of clothes and the extra blankets that you through on aren’t doing the job. Well, with it being winter and the temperatures dropping, we are all having to pulling out are space heaters to stay a little warmer. Just remember that even though our space heaters are convenient they do pose as a fire hazard. How you ask? Well here a few things to help you prevent a fire from your space heater.
- Keep your space heater away from anything flammable.
- Check for any frayed cords.
- Keep the space heater out of any foot traffic so it doesn’t get knocked over.
- Turn off your space heater when you are finished with it.
If you have any questions or need help restoring your property after a fire loss give our team of experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda a call 916-991-1522.
Had a Fire? What types of Smoke and Residues were left behind?
Did you know there are different types of fires? Depending on the type of fire they let off different types of smoke and residues. There are 3 different types and those are:
- Protein Fire – The residue between a light yellow to brown color that is greasy.
- Synthetic Fire – The residue is a grey to black color that is dry like a powder.
- Natural Fire – The residue is a black color that is thick and smears
If your home experiences any one of these types of fires or has smoke damage give our team a call at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Our highly trained technicians have the cleaning materials needed to get your home back to the way it was before you had your loss. Let us come and access the damage, give us a call at 916-991-1522.
Time to Clean out your Storm Drains!
It is that time of the year when the storms are headed our way. So what does that mean for you? This means commercial and home property owners should take the time to clear out all your drains and gutters. Not clearing out the drains and gutters around your property during the storm season can cause you to have debris build up. I’m sure you are wondering how that can affect your property; well debris build up can lead to a water loss. So before the storms come in to town you should head out to your commercial or home property and clean out the drains and gutters.
If your home experiences damage from the storms give the experts a call at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 916-991-1522.
Come Home from Vacation to a Water Loss?
A water loss can happen at any time and the worst time it can happen is when you are away on vacation. When you are on vacation you don’t really think about things that could go wrong at home because you are so excited for your trip. If you are planning a vacation, whether that is for a weekend, a couple weeks, or maybe months you may want to consider these few tips to prevent a water loss while away.
- Have your plumbing checked
- Find someone to house sit
- Shut off the main water supply
If you do experience a loss while you are away contact the highly trained production crew here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Our team is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can reach us at 916-991-1522.
Do you have an Emergency Ready Plan?
Does your business have a plan for when something happens, who to contact and what to do. Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda can help you put together and Emergency Ready Plan. This plan will help your employees know what to do and who to call in case an emergency happens and a business owner is not around. Having an Emergency Ready Plan can help your business
Here are a few things that are included in an ERP:
- Main Utility Shut Offs
- Emergency Contacts
- Property Overview
- Copy of Evacuation Floor Plan
If you would like us to provide you a free Emergency Ready Plan contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda t 916-991-1522. We are here to help your business succeed.
Does your Commercial Property have a water loss?
Imagine it’s end of day Friday and you are leaving work. You lock up the building and everything is fine. Monday morning comes and as you walk into the building it is completely flooded. A pipe in the bathroom broke over the weekend and is continuously spewing out water. What do you do? Well here are a few things you need to do right away.
- You want to shut off the water (whether that is at the source or the main water shut off).
- Call the owner of the building and let them know what happened.
- Call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.
- Ask the experts if there is anything you can do before they get there.
If you have a loss at your commercial property and you need someone to restore your property then SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is here to help. Feel free to give us a call at 916-991-1522.
Have a Loss and Need a Pack Out?
When you own a home or business you never know when water, fire, or mold damage is going to occur. Depending on the type and the size of the damage done to your home, you may need your things put into an onsite storage unit while your property is being restored. Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda have the resources needed to pack out all your personal belongings in your home. We make it simple so you don’t have to worry about hiring several different companies.
The next time you have a water, fire, or mold loss occur, call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to come help pack out and restore your property. Give us a call at 916-991-1522.
Frayed Cords and Dust Build Up
Whether it’s your home or work place we all have things plugged into an outlet. Many of our outlets are out of our site and once we plug things into them we don’t really look at them until we need to plug something else in or unplug something. We aren’t really looking at the other cords plugged in. But, it’s important to check the cords that are plugged in to the outlets to make sure they are not frayed or have too much dust build up. Frayed wires and dust build up is a major fire hazard. All it takes is a tiny spark to cause a disaster. So next time you are in your work place or at home take the time to check the cords plugged in and clean the dust in the area.
If your home or commercial building experiences an electrical fire and you need help restoring it. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is only a phone call away 916-991-1522.
Did you winterize your commercial property?
Winter is officially here!
Did you remember to winterize your commercial building? In the North Highlands / Rio Linda area we get some pretty cold winter nights. During those cold nights our commercial properties could experience pipes freezing and they can crack causing a significant water loss. This kind of loss is very frustrating and could cause more damage than we think.
If your commercial property has experienced a significant water loss from a cracked water pipe, follow these few simple tips:
- Turn off the main water valve immediately
- If any flooding occurred and power cords and plugs are affected shut off power to those rooms.
- Call the professions.
If you have a water loss of any type call our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda are ready to assist you to restore your property. Our staff is available for you 24/7 at 916-991-1522.
How will you be safe and prepared this flood season?
Flooding in Linda, California February 1986. Screenshot from The Forgotten Flood
Historically Sacramento’s worse floods have been in January and February
SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda wants everyone in the community to be prepared and safe during flooding season. You can prepare for a flooding emergency before it happens.
Before a Flood Prepare
- Know the risk of flooding in your area and get flood insurance if in a flood area. (Home insurance does not cover water that comes into a house from outside, you need flood specified insurance to be covered. Talk to your agent and know you are covered.)
- Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
- Install “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
- Keep a good amount of water bottles in your home ready in case of any emergency.
- If in a high risk flood area you may want to construct barriers to stop floodwaters from entering your home. Also stock up on sandbags ahead of time! During a flood watch sandbag locations can be found by calling 311. (In past years, local suppliers of sandbags have ran out as the rain continued and flooding got worse so it is important to be prepared ahead of time.)
- Follow the directions provided via media and by the Police and Fire Departments to ensure that you are heading in the safest possible direction.
- Create a plan and practice the plan. Talk with family members about where to go and what to do during a flood emergency. (Practicing your plan with your family helps the whole family but is especially helpful to the younger ones in your family. It can not only help them know exactly what to do in the situation but also help keep them from being as scared during the flood.)
- Don’t forget your pets! Have an emergency kit ready for them as well including their transportation needs, carriers, and leashes.
- Have an emergency kit ready to go stocked with
- Copies of important documents (insurance and credit cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.) and cash in small bills kept in a waterproof container
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Bottled water and nonperishable food, such as energy or granola bars
- Flashlight with extra batteries, though LED flashlights are recommended
- Battery-operated AM/FM radio
- Extra chargers and batteries for mobile phones and devices
- Extra medication and a list of the medications each family member takes, why they take them and their dosages
- First-aid kit
- Notepad and pen
- Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
- Lightweight rain gear and a Mylar blanket
During Flood Safety Tips
- If you can safely, turn off all utilities to your home before leaving.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
- If there is a downed power line Stay away and keep others away from them. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line.
- Return home only if your area has been cleared to reenter by local Police and Fire Departments.
- Avoid moving water.
- Stay away from damaged areas and any areas under water, unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
- Red Cross provides great information on what to do after a flood and has numbers available for help.
We are here to help you every step of the way
Remember, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is here for you. We want everyone to be safe and will help answer questions and concerns you may have about flooding and coverage in your area. You can give us a call at 916-991-1522. We have a trained professional available 24 hours a day for all emergencies.