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Safety During a Thunderstorm

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do if you are stuck outside in a storm with lightening?

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we want all our residents in our community to be as safe as possible during a storm. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. If you can find a safe, enclosed shelter. Some safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

If you are caught in an open area, and can’t find adequate shelter. Crouching or getting low to the ground can reduce your chances of being struck but does not remove you from danger. Here are some actions that can help you avoid lightening in the storm.  

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
  • Never lie flat on the ground. Crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears so that you are down low with minimal contact with the ground.
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
  • Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (such as barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills).
  • Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Note:30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we can only give tips to stay safe from storms. But if your home or business has been effected by a storm in any way we are always here to help, with 24/7 emergency support. Remember to be sure to check for leaks and water damage, in your property after a storm. If you find anything we have the experience and knowledge to answer your questions and restore the problem, call us at (916) 991-1522.

References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

How Quickly Does a Christmas Tree Fire Burn the House Down?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

How fast can Christmas tree fires spread? In controlled tests, fire researchers found that a dry Christmas tree can become engulfed in less than 10 seconds. And “flashover” occurs roughly 70 seconds after an un-watered tree is ignited.

Christmas is a happy time of year, and let’s keep it that way. Please check off your Christmas tree fire safety list.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. If you do have any fire or smoke damage to your property remember to give SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda a call at 916-991-1522.

We Meet All Your Restoration Needs

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

If your home or business has restoration and clean up needs, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is there for you!

Our SERVPRO professionals have been assisting the greater Sacramento area with restoration services such as:

  • Fire and Smoke Damage
  • Water and Flood Damage
  • Mold Damage
  • Bio Hazard / Sewage Damage
  • Vandalism Related Damage
  • Storm / Disaster Related Damage
  • Cleaning Services ~ Including Covid-19 Cleaning Services                                 

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the knowledge and experience dealing with many different restoration services. We understand the stress and confusion it causes and our office personnel have the experience and are more than happy to address any confusion or concerns you may have in your time of need. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 24/7 at 916-991-1522.

What is a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

You probably know the importance of having an emergency kit or emergency plan ready for action in case disaster strikes. If you are a business owner then you know that OSHA requires you to have some sort of emergency action plan to help ensure you and your employee’s safety.

But what about your property. Do you know what to do after the disaster and how to get your business back on track as quickly as possible? What does insurance cover, does everything need to be rebuilt, can we use our equipment again, and when can people go inside and get back to work, the question go on and on…

At SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we know the headache that follows a disaster and the need to have everything go back to normal. We are here 24/7 to answer your calls and quickly start the process of making it "Like it never even happened." We also provide a free program that will help decrease your stress during the aftermath of the disaster.

Like an emergency kit or emergency plan we have the Emergency Ready Program. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your commercial property, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

This Program is;

  • Free – No cost assessment of your facility
  • It is easy and doesn’t take long to create your company profile
  • It was designed to contain the critical information needed in case of an emergency
  • Provides a quick reference of what to do, who to call, and details such as shut-off valve locations
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda as your disaster restoration provider
  • Helps you understand the order of action that authorizes disaster work to begin - This minimizes time which saves you money and gets you conducting business sooner

For more information on commercial disaster mitigation and restoration call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522. Or click here for more information on the Emergency Ready Program.

Rain isn't the ONLY thing that Causes Water Damage

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Most people when they think of water damage they think of rain and storms. Things like roof leaks, and flooding comes to mind. But that is not the only thing that causes water damage. In fact most of the time the culprit is something inside your property.

Some of those culprits may include:

  • Aging Water Heaters
  • Bursting Water Pipes
  • Toilet Overflows
  • Washing Machine Leaks
  • Plumbing issues

All can cause quite the problem once the water is flowing. But we are here to help. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda have seen it all. Wondering if the water issue in your home is something that needs water remediation, give us a call 24/7 at 916-991-1522. We can answer your questions and get you on the right track. Remember being proactive is best because the longer water sits the worse and more expansive the damage will be.

How to Properly React to Mold

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold… Your first instinct may be to clean it up quickly and get it out of your house, but do not disturb it. Sometimes when mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Inevitably spreading the mold infestation throughout your home.

 What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Touch or disturb the mold.
  • Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Dry the area yourself.
  • Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

Making a Home Fire Escape Plan

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are scary, dangerous, and leave little time for planning. The fire can spread quickly and leave as little as 2 minutes to escape your home.

Here are some escape planning tips:

  1. Get everyone in your house together to make an evacuation plan.
  2. All walk through your house and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. (If you have small children it is a good idea to draw a floor plan or you home) You should have 2 escape routes out of every room.
  3. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance away from the fire.
  4. After making your plan, do a test run fire drill with everyone. While going through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily. If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency.
  5. Once you are out safe, stay out. Do not go back inside the building for any reason. If someone is missing, inform the fire dispatcher when you call.

More Tips:

  • Install Smoke detectors in all bedrooms that people sleep in.
  • Make sure your street number is visible from the street for emergency responders.
  • Have everyone in the house memorize the emergency phone number for the fire department.
  • As escaping the fire close doors on your way out to slow the spread of smoke.
  • If there are older adults, infants, or household members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them ahead of time and have them practice together during the drill.
  • Tell guests or visitors in your home about the fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their plan.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we want everyone to be safe and hope you don’t have to go through the stress of a home fire. But if you do we are here for the after math. We're experienced and know how to get you through the stress and frustration caused by a fire disaster. We are there for you every step of the way. We have 24/7 emergency service so call today with your questions and concerns at 916-991-1522.

Resources: National Fire Protection Association.

National Fire Protection Association has free fire escape planning tools literature here.

What is a Workplace Emergency?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

An unexpected emergency such as a natural disaster can strike at any time. A workplace emergency/disaster, is an unexpected situation that jeopardizes your employees, customers, and/or public. It can cause physical or environmental changes and a disruption to your business operations or possibly shuts your business down completely.

Workplace emergencies can be manmade or natural disasters, some examples include:

  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Toxic gas
  • Explosions
  • Workplace Violence (that results in bodily harm, trauma, or death)
  • Civil Disturbances
  • Vandalism

If you experience a workplace emergency with damage to your property give SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda a call. Our staff is experienced and can help you understand what needs to be done next to get your business running as soon as possible. We are here for you, call us at (916)991-1522. You may also want to check out our free Emergency Ready Program, click here for more info.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda professionals arrive quickly and are trained and equipped to help you regain control of your life and help to make your property, "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Response

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda arrives to the property to preform water and smoke cleanup, the better the result.

Timely Service Response

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRP Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • Within eight business hours of on-site property arrival our SERVPRO Professional will verbal briefing and have the scope ready to be communicated to the adjuster assigned to your loss.

Faster Work Completion

We know the stress a loss at your property can cause. The quicker we get to work the less work that will need to be done, and the less stress you will have because the mitigation will be done sooner. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has professionals dedicated to providing 24-hour emergency services, 365 days a year.

Is Your Business Prepared for the Cold?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fall is Becoming Winter!

Is your commercial building winter ready? In the greater Sacramento area we can 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 professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

If you have a water loss of any type call our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Our staff has experience with pipe burst emergencies and have 24/7 emergency service. Call us at 916-991-1522 to help get your commercial property restored.

We Have the Right Equipment for Water Mitigation!

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Why choose SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for water damage in your property? Because we have the knowledge, and best equipment to get the job done right!

Our team will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment and trained personnel. We know that using proper equipment makes a significant difference. The right tool for the job is vital for timely mitigation.

Psychrometrics

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure. This knowledge allows our technicians to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

Water can damage materials two ways:

  1. Materials absorb water through direct contact.
  2. Materials absorb water from the air.

Thus, measuring the moisture in the air is critical to the drying process.

As restoration specialist, technicians at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda must use their knowledge of Psychrometrics to establish an environment favorable for drying. But another key part to making and keeping this environment is proper use of our equipment.

Detection Equipment

Before beginning work it is important for our technicians to scope the job. Scoping is, locating the areas of the structure that water has intruded and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. This is where moisture detection devices come in, because just by looking at the structures and contents you cannot measure just how wet it is. In fact some of the structure won’t even look wet but inside it can have lots of moisture, that if left can then cause mold growth. Here are some of the detection equipment we use.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets and carpet padding.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. We use these to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. With both of these readings our technicians can use their psychrometric knowledge to calculate specific humididty, dew point and vapor pressure.
  • Infrared Cameras can identify the location and extent of moisture in walls very effectively.
  • Manometers allows our technicians to measure the difference in air pressure when creating a negative air pressure environment.

Extraction Equipment

Extraction is the most effective method of removing moisture form a structure. When water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.

  • Extractors are equipment that use water extraction in the process of removing all standing water and excess moisture from the property. They are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery, as well as removing water from floors following water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, which results in reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated through proper use of dehumidification equipment. Many different types of air movers are used depending on the location of the moisture and the surface being dried.

Dehumidification Equipment

Dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moister from wet materials.

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers use chemicals, called desiccants, which readily absorb moister from the air.

For more information on water mitigation call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. We have emergency service 24/7, call 916-991-1522.

Has the Weather caused Water Damage to your Home of Business?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are there 24 hours, 7 days a week to be your emergency service specialists, because we know Storm damage can happen at any time!

When it comes to water damage (and especially when it is due to natural disaster, or weather), it is important to act fast.

Within Minutes

  • Water will quickly spread throughout your property, and saturating everything in its path.
  • Water will absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Basically anything it touches.
  • 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 will start to fill rooms.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread throughout your property.
  • 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.
  • Also serious biohazard contamination is possible throughout the property.

 More Than 1 Week:

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; due to need of replacing contaminated materials.
  • To remove all biohazard contaminants Structural rebuilding may be needed.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the knowledge and experience dealing with many different types of Storms throughout the years. We understand the stress and confusion it causes. We are here when you need help. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, we are more than happy to address any confusion or concerns you may have in your time of need.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda can Properly Restore Your Fire Damaged Property

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Why do you need professional help restoring your fire damaged property?

When a fire damage event occurs at your home or business, it is important to get damage repaired as quickly as possible. Fires often leave homes and businesses in a state that is unusable, and unlivable. Keeping downtime to a minimum is crucial so you may get back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

After a fire has been eliminated, there is usually secondary damage due to water. Plenty of water damage can occur in the course of fighting a fire, resulting in damage to furniture, clothing, drywall, your ceiling, and floor. By utilizing state of the art techniques and equipment, SERVPRO quickly mitigates this secondary damage. With proper equipment such as; wet-vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, and pumps.

Smoke is the next concern that needs professional attention. Smoke damage is quite substantive, and not just surface level. Smoke damage can become embedded in your walls, carpet, flooring, and furniture. Without professional assistance, this smoke damage will stay and linger for years after fire damage has occurred. Beyond this, soot also has a long lasting effect, and causes cosmetic damage by staining and discoloring your property.

It is tempting after a disaster such as fire damage to carry out the restoration process yourself without professional assistance. If you are attempting to do it properly the project will take longer, and be far less effective in returning your property to its original state. Also doing it properly yourself can be much more expansive than hiring a professional, because the proper equipment is costly. Hiring SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will ensure that the project gets done right. Our professionals will help to salvage your property and belongings with our knowledgeable technicians, and to solve the preceding issues caused by a fire with our specialized equipment.

When the unthinkable occurs, call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. We know that a fire doesn’t wait to fit into your schedule and have 24 hour 7 days a week including holiday emergency service. We are a locally owned business with the national resources to solve your home or commercial needs. Call 24/7 at (916) 991-1522 with all your fire restoration needs and concerns.

We are Everywhere!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

You know we do restoration and mitigation right because more than 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises operate in North America. When fire or water damage strikes, a SERVPRO of North Highland / Rio Linda professional can be on-site in less than four hours to help protect the structure and contents.

We have 24-Hour Emergency Service, and are committed to providing this service to help you when you need it most. Call today, 916-991-1522.

"Trick or Treat, Candy Grab Event!"

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween Event "Trick of Treat?" On October 27th, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will be giving out free Halloween Treats!

Looking to snag some free Halloween candy for your kiddos?

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is going to be hosting a Halloween Event. October 27 from 1:00-3:00PM. 

Join us for Halloween fun, grab some candy, and participate in our costume contest. The event is FREE, just a fun way for us to get to know our community. 

The event is located at our office,

5704 Dry Creek Rd.

Rio Linda, CA, 95673

October 27th 1:00-3:00PM

If you have any questions? Give us a call 916-991-1522

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage in the Greater Sacramento Area

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for property water damage today 916-991-1522

Do you have a water damage emergency? Have no Fear! SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency.

When you have a water emergency at your home or other property, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We are available to help 24/7

Just Call 916-991-1522

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we know how confusing and stressful dealing with water damage can be for you. Our team are experts in this field and have specialized training and experience.  We know how to help guide you through your crisis. 

When you call us, we will have several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Some of the Questions our SERVPRO Representative may ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • When the flooding or water damage occurred?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • How did you here 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, water, mold, and bio hazard damage event. Our Team of employees are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to IICRC certification. You know when you call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda our team will be equipped with the proper knowledge to restore your property. 

For more water damage information visit our website here. Or call us now at 916-991-1522

We respond faster to your disaster!

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda responds faster to your disaster!

We know when it comes to your business every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Or if your home has restoration needs you may be stressed with the intrusion in your personal space. We have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. We also provide 24-hour emergency service to the greater Sacramento area.

With 24-Hour Emergency Service you get;

  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-991-1522

How to Avoid Waterfalls Inside Your Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water intrusion and damage can be a headache inside your home or business. Prevent rainwater from causing a mitigation mess ahead of time with these tips:

  • Clean Rain Gutters - A clogged rain gutter can send water spilling down the exterior wall, which can result in water between the walls causing water damage and mold growth on the backside of the interior walls.
  • Roof Maintenance – It can seem obvious that water intrusion is a result of a leaky roof. But, for the most part people imagine a visible waterfall of water coming from the ceiling in their house. This is not always the case.  The smallest tear in the rubber protector under your shingles can cause water to slowly be leaking onto the structure wood inside your roof, causing mold and wood rot. Structural damage is never good for your house.
  • Window Repairs – If the caulking around your windows were not sealed correctly or weather has cause deterioration, water can be leaking into your walls.

Keeping an eye out and taking care of these before winter is ideal, but we know ideal is not always possible in people’s busy lives. If you do have water intrusion inside your home, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available with emergency services 24/7. We are more than happy to help you with all your water mitigation questions and concerns at 916-991-1522.

The Brand You Trust

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Since 1967, SERVPRO has been serving North America.

Franchise Professionals have been assisting you to recover from fire and water damages across North America. Nearly four decades of experience have culminated in the proven processes, technology, equipment and products to help ensure your client's satisfaction.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda today. We have 24/7 emergency service and a ready to meet all your fire and water restoration needs, Call 916-991-1522 now.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is There for YOU

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda have helped many people in the greater Sacramento area with both Commercial and residential property damage.

Services such as;

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services ~ Now! Including Covid-19 Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

We know there's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your business/commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.  Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 24/7 at 916-991-1522.

Summer Fire Safety!

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Summer Fire Safety Summer fire safety tips. Grilling girls Image by RoadLight from Pixabay

USFA's National Fire Data Center estimates that yearly outside cooking grills cause more than 6,000 fires, over 5 fatalities, more than 170 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we want everyone in our community to have a safe summer. During times of excessive heat it creates an ideal atmosphere for fire to ignite and thrive. 

Here are some grilling safety tips;

  • Keep your grill, fire pits, personal fireplaces, and torches 10 ft. from your home or anything that can catch fire.
  • Keep your grill out from under roof edges, decks, railings, trees, and bushes.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.

If you do end up with any property damage due to smoke or fire remember to call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522. Emergency services are available 24/7.

January and February are Flood Season!

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Historically Sacramento’s worse floods and storms 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.

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.

After Flooding

  • 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 24/7 for all emergencies.

When have you last checked your Supply Lines?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Many of us don’t think to check our supply lines to our refrigerator, washing machine, hot water heater and toilets. They are usually out of sight, out of mind. Taking the time to check your supply lines can save you from having costly water damage to your home. When inspecting your supply lines look for loose connections, crimps in the lines, or even small pinholes. Supply lines may look little but they can cause a major water loss. The next time you are in the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom take a few minutes to inspect those supply lines.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is just a phone call away to help you with any water loss you may have. When the next disaster affects your home, be sure to call us at (916) 991-1522. Our team is available 24/7.

Did your commercial building have a water or fire loss?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Has you commercial building been affected by a water or fire loss? Restoring commercial properties can present unique challenges. We understand that every hour spent restoring your property, is an hour lost in revenue and productivity. No matter the size of your loss SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda knows how important it is to get your building back up and running “Like it never even happened.”

Our team here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is IICRC certified and they receive continuous training throughout the year. If your commercial building has a water or fire loss, call our professional team at (916) 991-1522. For more information about our commercial services, visit our website.

Does your Commercial or Residential property have a water loss?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Residential and commercial properties could both be affected by water damage. Whether, it is a pipe that bursts, or an overflowed toilet, or even slow leak. Many things can cause water damage to your property. That’s why it is important when you do have a water loss, you call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

Here are some tips you can do until our professionals arrive (These tips are for clean water situations only):

  • Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be done safely.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wed upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion cover in the washing machine.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixture if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are saggy from retaining water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

If you have a water loss call our professional team at (916) 991-1522.

Does your Property have Water Damage?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda answer the phone ready to help.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your insurance information (if applicable)
  3. The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  4. When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  5. What caused the water damage (if known)?
  6. Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Call today 916-991-1522.

Don't Take on the Stress of Vandalism Alone!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vandalism and Graffiti SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda Restores properties in the Greater Sacramento Area after Graffiti and vandalism damage

Vandalism is damage and destruction to private property. 

Examples of vandalism are: Spraying paint on the property, breaking windows, flooding the property by clogging sinks or toilettes, arson, raiding and trashing inside of the property.

Sometimes vandalism can go unnoticed, and depending on the type and scale of the damage it can cause a larger problem to your home or business. 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.

Vandalism and graffiti are an upsetting headache for any property owner. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is always here to help. Our team is highly certified and our technicians are prepared to handle many issues followed by vandalism. Some of our services include:

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

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will remediate and restore damage to your property after it has been vandalized or unattended for a long period of time. Visiting our website here you can find more information about mold damage, and why it is important to hire professionals to clean it. Also, here for more information on specialty cleaning.  Or Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 24/7 at (916) 991-1522

Happy 4th of July!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Happy 4th of July SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda are experts at fire and smoke damage and restoration. We also know the huge headache dealing with fire damage can cause you and would like to remind you to stay safe while handling fire this 4th of July. 

Did you know grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year?

Grilling Safety

  • Never grill indoors! For example in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone stays away from the grill, especially children and pets.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 
  • It is also good to have a fire extinguisher readily available.

 An estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the US during 2018.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • The person lighting fireworks should always wear eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and do not relight a firework that doesn't go off (is a dud). 
  • Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda, we would like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July. If you do run into any fire damage needs you can call us 24/7 at (916)991-1522.

What to do if Your Business or Property has Been Subjected to a Fire

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helping make fire damage "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda make businesses and properties in the greater Sacramento area look they never even had a fire.

Here are the first steps you should take with your business or other property after a fire disaster.

  • Assessment of Work Required

It may be tempting to enter the property yourself after a fire to see the damage that has occurred; but we strongly recommend against this. Fire damage creates a toxic and possibly harmful environment that should only be first assessed by professionals. Professionals will need to assess possible structural damage, as well as water damage from the efforts of firefighters. Further, smoke damage may cause damage throughout the property even though the fire only affected one area.

  • Apply Restoration and Repair Plan Best for You

Depending on damage, there are many steps from start to finish to get your business or property up and running again. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will arrive quickly prepared to handle all of your cleaning needs after a fire. Some services we provide are as follows, removal of unrepairable structure and items, professional restoration cleaning for carpet, furniture, and upholstered furniture, and pack out and safe storage for your items if build back is required.

  • Guaranteed Timely Results

When working with SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda, you are receiving a service that handles all aspects of the damage restoration. This makes us the most timely, effective, and professional option to get your business or property ready and back to its former glory.

If you have suffered from fire damage, and need help, we are here for you with 24 hour service. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522. You can also see information on fire damage restoration on our website by clicking here.

Fire Season Has Been Increasing

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Forest Fire Forest Fire image taken by SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda employee.

If you live in California then at some point you have heard about a forest fire or maybe even been effected by one. According to the Cal Fire website, “The length of fire season is estimated to have increased by 75 days across the Sierras and seems to correspond with an increase in the extent of forest fires across the state.” With fire season lengthening in California, it is important to stay vigilant.

When in one of our local forest make sure you know about Red Flag Warnings. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. You can check the National Weather Service website here for Red Flag Warnings.

If you are going to be in one of our local forest keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Never mow or trim dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day. (Mow before 10 a.m. on a day when its not hot and windy).

  • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.

  • Spark arresters are required in wild land areas on all portable gasoline powered equipment.

  • Residents should make sure they have 100 feet of defensible space around structures.

  • Clear dead weeds and vegetation around property.

  • Remove leaves and needles from property gutters.

  • Trim branches 6 feet from the ground.

  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

  • Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on NO Burn Days or when it's windy or areas where not allowed.

  • Target shoot only in approved areas, and never at metal targets.

  • Before starting a campfire, make sure you have a campfire permit and that they are permitted on the land you are visiting. Afterwards, ensure that your campfire is properly extinguished.

For more videos and information on Red Flag Warnings you can visit Cal Fire website here.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda wants everyone to be safe during Fire Season. If your property or business has been effected by a forest fire or any fire we are here for you. Call us 24/7 at 916-991-1522. You can learn about Fire Damage Repair and Restoration services that we offer here on our website.

References:

Cal Fire, https://www.fire.ca.gov/

National Weather Service, https://www.weather.gov/wrh/

"Happy Memorial Day!"

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Memorial Day "Happy Memorial Day!"

Memorial Day, is a day that's set aside to remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country and our freedom. 

From all of us at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we would like to wish you and your family a happy memorial day and pay our respects to those and the families of those who have and are serving our country. "To all we wish a happy, fun, and safe Memorial Day!"

Do You Need SERVPRO?

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened," campaign 2010 SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda make every disaster "Like it never even happened."

With 24 hours service, quick response time, and cutting-edge technology, water restoration for homes effected by natural disasters is more advanced and cost-effective than ever before. 

Professional water recovery services for your home can feel like an unnecessary expanse. However, the more you understand about these loss incidents and how SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda team resolves them, the more you can appreciate that professional restoration may be the ideal approach for you!

You may be asking yourself, "Why Can't I Resolve Water Losses Myself?"

Water losses create situations like standing water that can not only migrate throughout your residence but penetrate exposed materials and contents through absorption. DIY cleaning and restoration only impact surfaces losses, meaning that much of the absorbed water is trapped moisture in structural cavities that go unresolved. This unresolved water can cause a bigger problem for your residence. Within 48 hours, lingering moisture and saturated elements can show physical signs of damage, which ultimately require removal and replacement, and conditions could be ideal for the development of mold colonies.

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice After a Disaster?

Several restoration companies can all claim to be the best choice for you in a crisis, but we have built a strong reputation in the area based on our reliability and fast response. When you are choosing our team of professionals, you are choosing:

  • Industry-leading equipment
  • Experienced technicians - Trained and CERTIFIED in water restoration and structural drying
  • 24/7 Emergency service
  • Knowledgeable team ready to help you throughout the entire process

Our team may even help you choose a capable contractor that could save you money. No matter how un-threatening water losses might initially appear, there is often more to the situation than you think. Let our experienced SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda team help you to fully restore your home after these losses. You can contact us 24/7 whenever disaster strikes.

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Kit?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Safety Tube Kits SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda safety tube kit with: Mask, Whistle, Light Stick, Water Pouch, and Emergency Blanket.

It is Always a Good Idea to have an EMERGENCY READY KIT available in your home. The greater Sacramento area is no stranger to rolling blackouts, and you don't want to be stuck in the dark. When creating and emergency ready kit you want to make sure you have enough items for at least 72hrs. Here are a few necessities to have ready:

  • Flashlights for each family member
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Candles (matches)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Hand can opener
  • Water bottles
  • Walky-talkies
  • Solar battery charger for phone
  • First aid kit

It is important that every family member knows where your are going to store these items for your emergency ready kit. It is also important to periodically check to make sure everything is fully stocked and not expired.

If you have a storm related emergency and your property has damage don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda a call. We can talk you through the issue and if it is one of the few services we do not provide we can point you in the right direction. We have emergency services available 24 hours. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at (916)991-1522.

We Love our Community!

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Down Town Rio Linda Sacramento CA How long have you been in the Rio Linda area? Do any of these historic Rio Linda photos look like familiar areas to you?

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has been serving Sacramento County for years and takes pride in our Community!

We have a variety of cleaning and restoration services available in your time of need. Your home or business may be affected by:

  • Fire/Smoke
  • Flood/Water
  • Mold
  • Bio-Hazard/Pathogen
  • Natural Disaster

Maybe it is for something else and you don't know who to call. CALL US!

Even if in the rare chance our services aren't what you need, we may be able to direct you to who you do need. We have 24 hour Emergency services available and want to be there for you. 

Need help with Restoration in the greater Sacramento area? Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 916-991-1522

Images Source: Rio Linda Chamber-Commerce

SERVPRO Remediates Mold in the Greater Sacramento Area

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold SERVPRO Sacramento Greater Area Got Mold, at your home or business in the greater Sacramento Area? SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is here to help! Call us at (916) 991-1522.

Moisture in buildings can allow for many types of mold. Molds are highly adaptable and can grow in many environments and conditions. 

Apartments, Rental Properties, and Hotels/Motels - Mold tends to want to live where we want to live given the moderate temperatures we keep ourselves in. As a result of this, landlords and hotel/motel owners are some of the most afflicted business owners when it comes to mold, especially when spaces are inhabited frequently and for short periods of time. Renters can contribute to mold growth without knowing, and with their short stay may not notice it while they are there. Regular checkups are essential in the fight against long term mold growth. 

Restaurants - Food service is the most common business for mold damage in Sacramento. With food preparation, there is an ample source of nutrients, plenty of water, and a humid working environment. Unnoticed scraps of food can fall, or find itself out of sight where mold can grow and spread. 

The most frequent living conditions for mold are moisture, darkness, plentiful food sources, and moderate temperatures. Different businesses and different types of mold will have varying environments for growth, meaning that your commercial property may be more or less susceptible to mold depending on the business. 

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda technicians receive professional mold remediation training and use EPA approved products that follow CDC guidelines. If you need mold remediation in your home or business, Call us at (916) 991-1522, or view our mold services here.

If you're a business owner in need... We do commercial water damage and restoration!

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water and mold damage Examples of water and mold damage we have encountered in our many years of service for the greater Sacramento area.

There are a multitude of ways that your business may receive water damage.

One of which could be, the water source inside the building. Whether it's water for a client such as food preparation, or services such as dentistry or cleaning, all water sources are at risk for leaks or breakage. Failures in these systems, high pressure or not, can and will lead to water damage in your commercial business. 

The best way to solve this issue is to allow training professionals to assess the damage and act accordingly.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda are IICRC certified to tackle water damage due to flooding, toilet overflows, sewer backups, pipe breakages, and more. Dirty water from sewage, drains, or floods especially needs expert care and removal to prevent the spread of pathogens that may exist in these conditions. 

Damage will often be visible, but can also be unnoticeable to the human eye.

When it comes to bacteria and pathogens, this is especially critical as unclean areas from these issues can and will spread. Some areas that moisture hides are, under and around items inside your business and inside of walls. One important part of the drying process for the quickest cleaning can be to pack-away items off-site. This provides security from damage during the cleaning and build back process of your business.  

SERVPRO is here to help!

If your business or home, in the greater Sacramento area has water damage. Call us at (916)991-1522. We are available 24/7 to help get your business back on track. For more information on commercial or other services, visit our website. 

When Wind and Rain Comes, We are Here for You!

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda Downed Tree SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda reports to a home in the greater Sacramento area with a downed tree and damage after a storm.

High Wind Conditions:

During a strong rain or thunderstorm, high wind conditions can affect the outside of your home or business. The high winds can cause fallen trees, roof damage, and/or broken windows and their frames and shutters. If not fixed the problem will only get worse over time and give rise to further damage from storm conditions.

Water Damage and Flooding:

Most common storm damage is flooding. Floods can occur from heavy rainfall in a few different ways. If you have a basement; water can rise above and overflow your sump pumps. In other cases, flooding may occur when the ground becomes over saturated around your property causing crawl spaces to flood or water to seep into your property through the foundation slab. In either case, a minor flood sends contaminated water through your property causing damage. 

If you are affected by storm damage, Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to help. You can visit our website or call us at (916)991-1522. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has 24 hour emergency services. 

SERVPRO is Here for You!

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleaning SERVPRO team cleaning high-touch surfaces

During These Unprecedented Times SERVPRO has Been There in Your Time of Need

SERVPRO has been specialist in cleaning services for over 50 years. We are always evolving weather it's a pandemic, natural disaster, or small household disaster that is thrown our way. 

New Standards of Clean

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. 

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

Some commercial spaces mentioned by the CDC's guidance include: Bathrooms, Schools, and Classrooms, Playground Equipment, Water fountains, Retail spaces, Sales counters, Shelving offices, Carpets and Rugs, Stair Handrails, Elevators, and Fitness Equipment. 

Approved Cleaning Products

Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line are EPA-approved to abolish emerging pathogens. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the pathogen you are cleaning. 

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda

If your business or home needs cleaning services, call the experts today - SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 916-991-1522

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

"Happy Holiday's"

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Holiday's from all of us here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda Front of SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda, with a festive boarder.

Winter is here and rain is coming! It is important to make sure your home is prepared for the weather.

To prevent flooding and leaks around your home you can clean your gutters, get your roof checked, and get the sills around the windows checked. This protects your home from getting leaks and causing water damage inside. Once you notice water damage it is important to call an expert right away before the situation gets worse.

If your home gets water damage call us the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. We will be there quickly and ready to mitigate your water loss. Contact us with any questions at 916-991-1522.

When is Flood Season?

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

1.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.)

2.Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

3.Install “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

4.Keep a good amount of water bottles in your home ready in case of any emergency.

5.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.)

6.Follow the directions provided via media and by the Police and Fire Departments to ensure that you are heading in the safest possible direction.

7.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.)

8.Don’t forget your pets! Have an emergency kit ready for them as well including their transportation needs, carriers, and leashes.

9.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
  • Toiletries
  • 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

1.If you can safely, turn off all utilities to your home before leaving.

2.Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

3.Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

4.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.

5.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.

After Flooding

1.Return home only if your area has been cleared to reenter by local Police and Fire Departments.

2.Avoid moving water.

3.Stay away from damaged areas and any areas under water, unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.

4.Red Cross provides great information on what to do after a flood and has numbers available for help.

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.

How to Make Your Office a Place You Love

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

The Office The Office

Not every workplace can be like the episode of The Office but that doesn’t mean you can’t spice up your work area to make it more fun! Check out these tips below about how to turn your office into a place you may not want to leave!

Check out these 6 tips: 

  1. If allergies permitting, see about having a Bring Your Dog to Work day! Everybody loves their dogs and dogs have been proven to release stress. So ask your employer if your office is able to bring in your sweet pooch and make the day a little more fun!
  2. Decorate your space to your personal style! A potted plant or pictures can add some pizzazz to your desk!
  3. Free coffee is a HUGE perk in the office. Either keep a pot brewing or offer coffee accessories to help keep your employees caffeinated (and happy!)
  4. A program to award your hard-working employees shows that they’re appreciated and encourage healthy competition.
  5. Get out of the seat and get moving! Mobile exercises and stretches can help stay focused throughout the day and maintain relaxation during high stress times.
  6. Get a thorough clean and have SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda deep clean your commercial spaces. Reduce sickness and germs as well promoting a healthy atmosphere.

Need any commercial cleaning for your office space? Keep SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda in mind to provide the best workplace you and your co-workers can work in.

The Dangers of Standing Flood Water From A Storm

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Danger Of Storm Damage Danger Of Storm Damage

Storms and hurricanes devastate different regions every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, the standing flood water resulting from storms can cause serious health risks. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

Health Dangers

Standing flood water is teeming with health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all of the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Bacterial infections and diseases become a greater possibility because flood water can infect everything it touches. This can include anything from articles of clothing to the toys that children play with. For this reason, it is incredibly important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash hands as often as possible- especially before meals. In addition, open wounds pose a far greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If at all possible, keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface. Much of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury. On top of that, storms frequently cause damage to power lines. These can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. Flood water itself poses the possibility of causing drowning, whether people are in their cars or trying to swim across.

If you need storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the team at SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda today.

When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO is here!

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Resources To Handle Floods Resources To Handle Floods

SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We use specialized equipment to restore your 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have traveled to many areas of the country to help those affected by storm damage. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Falling Trees Don't Have the Best Aim!

10/4/2020 (Permalink)

Local Sacramento home after this tree fell as a result of strong wind conditions. Local Sacramento home after this tree fell as a result of strong wind conditions.

Regardless of the season, bad weather can strike at anytime. What bad weather is might change person to person, but its smart to prepare for difficult weather in advance. Stockpiling a few items and preparing an emergency kit will help you stay safe. Here are a few items you can throw together for your home emergency kit.

  • A battery operated weather radio will allow you to stay up to date with information, even when the power goes out. Having extra batteries for this, and your other devices can allow you to continue to have flashlights and communication during power outages.

When living in areas that can be cold, a small generator on hand is smart. If the power goes out, and you need to produce heat, the generator will put you on the safe side of this situation. Its also smart to purchase generators in off seasons, such as late spring, summer, or fall when they are cheaper and not in demand.

  • Bad weather doesn’t always come when you're at home, so prepare your car for these situations as well. Make that next trip to Tahoe this summer just that much safer!
  • Having a few extra non-expirable food items for these situations can be a pertinent decision as well. Bottled water is a must, but some other common items to buy include granola bars, soups, dry milk, and anything that comes in a can.
  • If the next big storm in Sacramento causes damage to your property, be sure to call SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (916) 991-1522.

At SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda we have your back at anytime and anywhere

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

We have your back We Have Your Back

SERVPRO® of North Highlands/ Rio Linda has had its own reconstruction division for years. We are experienced and capable of large and small loss insurance claims and able to handle them from start to finish. This makes it easier for homeowners and speeds up the claim process, which also benefits your insurance company. We know they’re scary, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way.

Our teams are caring and compassionate and know just how to handle the situation at hand. We focus on restoring, not replacing, so any and all of your belongings that can be restored will be, and you can rest assured that they will be taken care of as though they are our own. We have special equipment, tools, and cleaning supplies to make sure that your life gets turned right side up, and you’re back on your way.

Happy Labor Day From SERVPRO

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day Happy Labor Day

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, and Labor Day 2020 occurs on Monday, September 2 (it’s traditionally observed on the first Monday in September). It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda hopes you are enjoying a work free relaxing Labor Day today. But if disaster does strike your home or business we know the importance of immediate action and are available 24 hours a day for emergencies because we know even small damage has the potential to cause serious structural damage.

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.

The #1 fire damage restoration service in Sacramento, and surrounding areas.

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

2020 Fire Damage 2020 Fire Damage

We handle clean up, sanitization, and restoration after fire and smoke damage.

Fire damage to your property, whether it’s residential or commercial, can be an overwhelming burden and oftentimes a traumatic experience. After you have taken care of your own physical welfare, it’s important to think about the destruction caused to your property. Here at SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda. We offer 24-hour fire damage restoration response to help you begin the process of restoring your property.

The first two days after experiencing fire damage are considered the “golden hours” of recovery. This is because a quick response can ensure the restoration and recovery of as much property as possible. The soot and smoke that lie in your property will continue to linger well after the fire has gone out. This can accelerate the corrosion of the structure and degrade the integrity of the building, leading to further deterioration. The dry chemicals and water that go into putting out a large fire coupled with toxic smoke need to be dealt with immediately. 

SERVPRO North Highlands can help with that immediately. Call Us Today 

SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda We Are The Experts, Always Here To Help

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda can help you remove mold quickly

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Brown Mold Growing Brown Mold Growing

Many people think mold is little more than a nuisance; the reality of the situation is that mold is horrifically dangerous--to both you and your home. Mold moves in silence, contaminating the infected area swiftly

Mold can be seen in many different colors (ie. brown, green, and black) and often times appears as spots. Additionally, a musty odor may be present. While it is impossible to eliminate all mold spores in an indoor environment, the mold spores will not grow in the absence of moisture. Thus, controlling moisture is the key to preventing mold growth.

If you suspect you may have mold in your household, it is best to call a specialist. Many a time people will attempt to resolve the matter by themselves, resorting to common items such as bleach in an effort to drive back the infestation. This is a bad idea. Not only is this putting getting you within range of mold, it may worsen the situation. Moreover, the cause of the problem must be remedied first before taking any further action.

It is wise to avoid using your homemade remedies to minimize the issue and let a professional handle it for you. If you suspect or you see that you have a mold issue in your home SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda, call us, and we will immediately respond to solve your problem before it worsens.

Don't put your home in danger, SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda can help.

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety 2020 Fire Safety 2020

The first and most important step to take after a fire is to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. Should anyone feel at all ill, it is imperative that you seek medical attention.

The best decision you can make when your home is exposed to fire is to rely on an expert for the safest cleanup methods. Certain tools and knowledge are required in taking the necessary precautions to get your home back to its original condition post fire. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Are you running out of time?

    The IIRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), a globally recognized leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:

    • Within minutes
      Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
    • Within hours to days
      Wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained if not addressed within hours to days of damage, and metal surfaces will at this point begin to rust, pit, and corrode, requiring refinishing or replacement.
    • Within weeks
      Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces, resulting in a longer, more costly restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.

How important is it to protect your home from water damage ?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water Leak In House Water Leak Can Damage Your House

Water coming from the ceiling is a symptom of some other home system that is leaking. When a ceiling shows signs of water damage and dripping water, the place to look is in one of two home systems: the roofing system or the plumbing system. Ceiling leaks may be evidenced by actual water dripping down, but before the problem escalates to that point, you may see blistered or peeling paint, or discoloration over a spot in the ceiling.

It also could also be a pipe burst 

Follow these steps to control damages from a broken pipe:

  • Immediately turn off your home’s water supply at the main cutoff valve.  
  • Drain pipes by running cold water faucets and flushing toilets. 
  • Locate and fix the break with epoxy putty or a pipe repair clamp.
  • Thoroughly dry affected areas by running fans for approximately 2-5 days depending on the severity.

If repairs and cleanup turn out to be more than you can handle, contact your insurance company. Most homeowner policies cover burst pipe water damage, and you should let your agent know you'd like to hire SERVPRO North Highlands/Rio Linda.

Our teams are always ready to help you with busted pipes, water damage and repairs. We take care of it all, and we also offer certified mold remediation services. When a broken pipe at the house tries to ruin your winter, give us a call here at SERVPRO North Highlands/Rio Linda.

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS USED TO REPAIR & RESTORE A HOME

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

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These cleaning agents are available in various dilution options, so we will never apply too much to sensitive areas of your home. Depending on the extent of the soot debris that has accumulated around your home, we have special products for use on your home's carpeted areas. These gentle products are stain-resistant, so you can rest assured that we will restore your home without causing further damage.

All of the smoke and soot removal products we use are non-greasy and won't leave any unwanted residue behind. They work well for removing heavy smoke odors that have infiltrated your home.

Our contractors use these cleaning products and dry cleaning soot sponges to efficiently remove soot and silt debris from your property.

We Are Always Here For Our Customers SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda. 

12 Tips for Using Your Fireplace

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Tips 2020 Fire Tips 2020

Using the fireplace for the first time after the summer or fall puts you at a risk for accidental fire, so here are 12 helpful tips to make sure your fireplaces and wood stoves are fire-safe.

  1. Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  2. Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  3. Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
  4. Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
  5. Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
  6. Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  7. Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  8. Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
  9. Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
  10. Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
  11. Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark.
  12. Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

If you or your family need any help, don't hesitate to call u at SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda 

Remodeling Removes Mold & Mildew

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom Mold Bathroom Mold

One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage is the resulting mildew and mold that builds up, grows, and then spreads if not removed. Mold in particular can be very damaging to your house. If left unaddressed, mold causes structural damage to your home which can spread and create even worse problems in the future.

Insects and other pests love damp, dark places. A flooded kitchen provides these creatures the perfect place to hunker down and multiply. Pests like termites eat away the wood in your home, while spiders and other venomous pests can easily come into contact with family, friends, and pets in your home. Spiders are never a welcome pest, especially when they are venomous and their bite can cause serious infections. When you remodel your kitchen after flood damage, the contractors will aid in removing any pests that may have taken up refuge in these dark, wet spaces.

Do you need your kitchen restored or remodeled after a flood? SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda always here to help. 24/7 available 

Detect Plumbing Problems to avoid Home Flooding

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

The Warning Signs The Warning Signs

The Warning Signs

A few of the warning signs that your plumbing way be failing are:

Slow Moving Drains

Drainage speed is a great indicator of a possible future plumbing issue. Drainage speed slowing is a sign of a possible blockage building up within your piping system. Blockages can lead to much bigger issues so it is important to quickly and effectively remove the blockage before your piping system begins to fail.

Clogged Drains

Multiple clogged drains is a sign of a serious future pipe failure. Clogged drains can cause large amounts of water to become clogged in certain areas of your home’s plumbing. This is turn can cause a burst in your plumbing system.

Soggy Patches of Grass

When sewer lines break, the water has only one place to go, and that is into the ground. As this wastewater collects it will begin pooling in areas throughout your yard. This is a telltale sign that there has been a break in your home’s piping system.

Bad Odor

Just like with soggy patches of grass, when a sewer line breaks and sends wastewater throughout your yard you will be able to literally smell the wastewater that is pooling throughout your yard. This is turn means there could be a crack in your plumbing system.

If you are a home or commercial property owner and you have noticed any of these signs on your property, please do not hesitate to give SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda a call

Is Your Water Heater Causing Damage?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Images of the difference between corrosion, leaking, rust, and soot damage on a water heater Images of the difference between corrosion, leaking, rust, and soot damage on a water heater.

A leaking water heater could be a small problem but it could easily turn into a very big problem. Even small amounts of water can cause damage to your sub-floors, floors, and walls. Unfortunately for some homeowners, a leaking hot water heater can go undetected for days or even months. This creates a desirable habitat for mold to grow in your home.

 Signs of a Hot Water Heater Leak

 Check regularly for:

  • Water on the floor around the water heater.
  • Discoloration of the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • Mold on the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • A musty odor in the area where your water heater is located.
  • The room the water heater is in feel unusually humid.

 I think I have a leak! Now What?

 Find the Source!

  • Dry the area and try to determine where the water is coming from.
  • Check pipes around water heater and overhead.
  • The gaskets and valves may have come loose from the water pressure.
  • If you can’t find the source, check every few hours for signs of where the water is traveling from.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda! (916) 991-1522

When it comes to water or mold, our trained technicians are ready to determine the extent of damage, and remediate the issue. If the source still hasn’t been found 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 causing that musty odor. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information here. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda are here to help, we are ready at anytime and anywhere.

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

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If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, discovering mold in a hidden corner, or you have a bat infestation in your attic you might wonder who among all the restoration and clean up companies to call. SERVPRO has over 38 years of experience, highly trained certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our customers!

The world has changed what it means to be clean, so let customers and employees know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

As your favorite stores and businesses are beginning to open up their doors, we are offering them an additional step to help ensure your confidence with a higher cleaning service.

HOW STORM RESTORATION SERVICES HELP YOUR HOME

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

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When your home sustains storm damage, it's important to schedule storm restoration services as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to your house.

When water enters your home, it'scrucial to quickly address water damagebefore it becomes a bigger problem. If water is left to sit on your flooring, inside your walls, or on your books or other objects, it can cause irreparable damage and cause a hefty repair bill. Calling a 24/7 storm restoration company as soon as possible helps to mitigate these problems and get your home back in working order quickly before mold growth or drywall damage occurs.

Hail Damage Can Cause Broken Windows, Remove Roof Shingles, & Deteriorate Your Property

When hail strikes during a severe thunderstorm, it can cause massive damage to your home depending on how large the hail was and for how long it fell. If hail damage is ignored, you may see your roof structure weaken over time, especially if damaged or removed shingles aren't repaired in a timely manner. Your overall property structure can also deteriorate as the entire structure may be weakened after hail falls on it. Storm restoration services include repairing any hail damage that was incurred. 

At SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda, call us to get an estimate. 

WHY YOU NEED TO RESTORE & REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Restoration Kitchen Restoration

Flooding is never an easy event to deal with. The resulting emotional toll coupled with water damage makes it difficult to cope with. While any damage to your home is stressful, hiring a professional company like SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda to restore and remodel your kitchen after flood damage is pivotal to the safety of your home.

From preventing structural issues to avoiding mold exposure, here is why you need to restore and remodel your kitchen after flood damage

One of the most visually obvious issues with water damage is the resulting buckling of flooring, cabinets, and wallpaper. When water seeps under your tile or wood flooring, it warps the foundation beneath, causing noticeable buckling of the vinyl. Wood absorbs a lot of water, which causes the wood to deteriorate and lose integrity. This buckling isn’t only unsightly, but also creates an environment where moisture can get trapped, allowing mold and mildew to grow and spread.

Remodeling Removes Mold & Mildew

One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage is the resulting mildew and mold that builds up, grows, and then spreads if not removed. If left unaddressed, mold causes structural damage to your home which can spread and create even worse problems in the future.

At SERVPRO North Highlands, We Can Help. Call Us For An Estimate and We Will Be There 

HOW TO ELIMINATE SMOKE ODOR IN HOUSE

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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When it comes to smoke odor removal, there are several options available. Some may use scented candles, air fresheners, and sprays to get rid of smoke odor or any kind of unpleasant smell.

However, they’ll soon realize that there is only so much scented candles or sprays can do for the problem. In fact, they can make matters worse, as they simply combine with the smoke smell and leave behind something quite unpleasant. Even opening your windows and letting fresh air in won’t be getting rid of the smoke odor completely.

A lot of people believe that a good scrub will be enough to get rid of the smell of smoke in a house. And they’re right in a sense. You can scrub your walls plus your ceilings with ammonia and water to get rid of the smell of smoke, especially if it was just a small amount and the room wasn’t exposed too long to the smoke. You probably won’t be able to smell it anymore. However, it won’t be cleaning something more important – the air you breathe.

Vinegar and baking sodas are natural odor neutralizers and another good option. You can place some vinegar in the room and baking soda in the carpet to start eliminating the smell of smoke. It’s going to work but it’ll take time and several repeats to get the smell completely out.

While using these may be tedious, they’re a lot cheaper than choosing a professional. In fact, if the smoke particles have had time to sink into the upholstery, curtains, and even your clothes, washing them with vinegar and baking soda is your best bet.

But vinegar and baking soda still leave one problem behind – the remaining invisible-to-the-naked-eye smoke particles still hanging around in the air. Plus, since you used ammonia in cleaning the heck out of your walls and ceilings, you may have now added chemical fumes to your indoor air. The world is such a scary place, ain’t it? But there’s no need to panic. Take a deep breath (or not) and calm yourself. There is a way out of this dilemma.

WHY IS WATER DAMAGE SO COSTLY?

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water Leak In House Water Leak In House

Water can be a destructive force. It can cause major damage in an instant, yet we need it to survive. Our homes contain a plumbing system that transports water behind the walls and under the floors. However, when the water finds a way to escape the confines of your plumbing, or intrudes because of rain, it can have no mercy on your possessions!

Water Damage Sources

The primary sources of water damage in a household can come from any one of the following:

  • A leaky toilet
  • A broken water main line in the ground
  • Burst pipes in your plumbing
  • Leaking roof
  • Structural issues

Bursting pipes is a reminder that, even though your plumbing system is good at what it does, it still requires maintenance and repairs from a professional plumber from time to time. If you do not catch a leak immediately, there is the potential for thousands of dollars of damage to occur. And so the question becomes, what can make water damage cost a homeowner an arm and a leg? Restoration & Mold!

The cost of an entire water restoration project can be many thousands of dollars, depending on the damage, the size of the house, and the affected areas. Aside from structural damage to your home, you have to consider any costs in replacing furniture, or other personal belongings.

Some routine costs to consider when there is a water leak, a flood, or if a pipe bursts in your home, are:

  • Drywall replacement
  • Replacing flooring
  • Replacing a subfloor in your bathroom
  • Additional fees may be needed on carpeting, cabinetry, paint, trim, etc.

In Conclusion

Water damage is costly for homeowners and there are no ways to get around this fact. If it is left unaddressed, it could cause further harm to your home and potentially your health. Mold must be remediated, due to its hazardous nature, and water needs to be contained to ensure your home remains in good condition. Call SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda can help today. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOME FLOODS

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

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While many things can be done to minimize your home flood damage prior to a flood, it can be entirely possible that you could find yourself in a situation that is not only unexpected, but that you are unprepared for. Water is a leading cause of home damage and can be caused by an array of situations, either natural or man-made, but most commonly:

  • Heavy rains
  • Burst/leaking pipes
  • Malfunctioning sump-pump
  • Sewer buildup

Knowing how to react during and even after a flood, may help keep your family and your home safe.

Safety First: Worry about immediate dangers.

The most important thing to keep in mind is, if at any time the situation seems precarious, and you or your family are at risk, remove yourselves from the situation. Securing safety for you, your family, and your pets are foremost. Things to consider when assessing safety in your home during flooding:

  1. Look for any structural damage that may have been caused by the flood. Water can compromise the walls of a home or building.
  2. Utilities should be turned off immediately, if they can be reached, to reduce the risk of electrical hazards or gas leaks. If you need assistance during this, contact your utility companies immediately.
  3. Flood water may be contaminated! Children and animals should be kept out of any standing water. Any adults needing to enter standing water should do so with rubber boots and gloves.

Removing water and drying out your home.

After the safety situation is dealt with, it is time to properly take care of your home and possessions. If possible, stop all sources of water. Removing water will differ depending on the situation and amount of water in your home. Pumps can be used to help remove the water out of your home. Once water gets to a more manageable level, industrial dryers can remove any moisture in carpets and on floors.

If you don't act fast after a flood, mold can set in within hours and create a health hazard for you and your family. 

Contact Us At SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda 

Are You a Victim of Graffiti and Vandalism?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Images of Vandalism and Graffiti. Are you in the Greater Sacramento Area and have a Graffiti or Vandalism problem? SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is there for you 24/7.

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

Here to Help Your Business With All Its Cleaning Needs!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees cleaning business Help is just a phone call away! SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has cleaning services to suit your commercial needs.

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda have the commercial cleaning services you need. For a company that delivers superior results for any problem, SERVPRO is here for you. If you need a professional cleaning, emergency water or fire restoration, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Whether it is a small office building, large office building, apartment building, restaurant, hotel, retail store, residential, manufacturing, or school and government buildings, we are here for your timely and professional needs. Be sure to contact us when you need help with your property damage next.

Recently this year we also introduced the Certified SERVPRO Cleaned Program because after recent events the words standards of clean have changed. Certified SERVPRO Cleaned Program is a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service, designed just for your business.

For all your cleaning service needs (General, Vandalism, Bio Hazard, Mold, Water, Fire, and Smoke clean up and restoration), Call us at (916) 991-1522. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here for you. Emergency service is 24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays.

Happy 4th of July!

7/4/2020 (Permalink)

Image of Stature of liberty with fireworks. Happy 4th of July! Happy 4th of July from all of us here at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda!

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe independence day.

Firework Safety Recap:

  • Only use fireworks in open, flat, inflammable, and sturdy spaces.
  • Keep your distance, 60-120 feet for ground based fireworks such as fountain fireworks.
  • Once you light it, get as far away as you can.
  • Light one firework at a time.
  • Keep children safe at all times. A 2014 study showed that 34% of firework related injuries were suffered by children younger then 15.
  • Have a safety kit available and know how to treat minor burn. Mayor Clinic: First Aid of minor burns link Here.
  • Know what the weather will be like that day, very windy days and push sparks into neighboring houses.
  • Keep water nearby. Firefighters use a formula to determine how much water is needed to put out fires. [(length x width of what’s on fire) /3] x percent of involvement = water needed to put our fire. EX: a 10’ x 15 size structure is half way on fire you’ll need 25 gallons of water per min to extinguish.
  • Don’t throw used fireworks directly in the trash. Soak the charred remains in a bucket of water to prevent them from igniting other garbage.
  • Throw out the dud fireworks. If they do not ignite do not try to light them again and remember to put them in a bucket of water before tossing into the garbage can.
  • Check your local laws.

If an unfortunate fire accident happens to your home or business SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda is always here to help 24 hours a day. Call 916-991-1522

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda Hope You Have Fun and Avoid Fires this Fourth of July!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Most injured body parts by fireworks diagram by US Consumer Product Safety Commission Diagram of most injured body parts by fireworks. Remember be safe this 4th of July!

15,600 fires are started every year by fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By taking the proper safety precautions, many of these fires could have been easily avoided. If you want to enjoy the celebrations without the risks of fire, go to a professional show. Professional shows are big, fun, and most importantly- safe.

If you still can’t resist having your own firework celebration, here is a list of the recommended safety precautions from the National Council on Firework Safety.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities, and never give fireworks to children
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, save your drinks for after the show
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles
  • Never relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department

With Fourth of July coming up, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda wish you a fun and safe Fourth of July!

For information on fire damage services to your home or business, call us at (916) 991-1522

Any Type of Disaster, Any Time SERVPRO is There For You!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW!

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, a overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning and knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” will give you peace of mind.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda can create an Emergency READY Profile for your business.

The Emergency Ready Plan will -

  • Help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Help you know what to do, who to call and what to expect.
  • Help minimize the affects of water and fire.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you Ready for whatever happens?”

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda Today 916-991-1522

Happy 4th of July Grilling

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Outdoor Grilling 

Grilling Safety Tips

  • DO keep the grill at least 10 feet away from structures, such as the garage or porch, and out from under tree branches and eaves. The farther away from structures, the lower the risk of fire.
  • DO maintain the grill by cleaning the grease or fat buildup after every usage. Doing so not only decreases the risk of fire but also helps the food cook better.
  • DO check for gas (propane) leaks regularly. Make a solution with one part water and one part dish soap and apply it to the line that connects the grill to the gas tank. If bubbles appear on the line when you turn on the gas, have the grill serviced immediately.
  • DO keep water and a fire extinguisher handy. Since grilling involves fire, there is always a risk for minor flare-ups, so you should have something to extinguish the fire with.
  • DO place the coals from the grill in a metal can after you’ve finished grilling; allow the coals to cool off first.
  • DO be sure to check the regulations on fires If you are camping. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extremely dry conditions.
  • DON’T allow small children and pets to come close to the grilling area.
  • DON’T turn on the gas with the lid closed. If there’s any gas trapped under the lid, it will instantly turn into a fireball that can cause serious burn injuries.
  • DON’T leave the grill unattended. In case the grill catches fire, an adult should be around to extinguish it quickly. Fires can double in size every minute.
  • DON’T grill indoors. Propane and charcoal grills must never be used indoors. Besides the fire hazard, there is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • DON’T barbeque too much food at once. Although it seems time-efficient, cooking too much food at once can cause excess fat to drip down onto the grill flames, potentially causing a small fire.

For Fire Cleanup, contact SERVPRO!

Fire Safety and Fireworks 2020

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With the warmer months of the summer comes times to celebrate events with barbeques, family events and everyone’s favorite firework displays. These times where we use fireworks for celebrations do we take the necessary safety precautions to prevent injury or property damage needed? In all years studied, Independence Day has more incidents reported in NFIRS than any other day of the year. The number of incidents in the NFIRS database associated with July 4 and July 5 were 2.4 times the average daily number of incidents on other days of the year. Brush and outside fire incidents were nearly four times higher during this holiday than on the average day. Structure fires increase on July 4 and July 5th as well. As would be expected, fireworks were responsible for a considerable portion of the increase in fire incidence on Independence Day. In fact, 31 percent of the total annual number of fireworks−related fires occur on July 4 and 5. These fires individually were less severe than fires generally, with lower average dollar loss per fire, less than half of the injuries and one third the deaths per fire.

About SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

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Hurricanes are powerful and unpredictable storms that can cause immense damages in their path. To stay safe and protect your property during a hurricane, preparedness is key. Check out how to prepare for hurricanes and what to do during and after one.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Before the Hurricane

  • Create an emergency kit. FEMA recommends packing the following items in your emergency kit:
    • Water for drinking and sanitation to last at least 3 days;
    • Non-perishable food for at least 3 days;
    • Hand crank or battery-powered radio (tuned in to NOAA Weather Radio), as well as spare batteries;
    • Flashlight with extra batteries;
    • First aid kit;
    • Whistle to call for help;
    • Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct-tape for shelter making;
    • Moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation;
    • Pliers or wrench to turn off utilities;
    • Can opener;
    • Local maps;
    • Cell phone with an extra charger.
  • Learn your area’s flooding risk and community hurricane evacuation routes. Know the geographical area you live in.
  • Create a family evacuation plan. Determine a meeting place for your family and routes to get there. Plan how to get in touch with your family if separated. Plan where you’ll go if you must evacuate, such as a shelter.
  • If you don’t have flood insurance, get one now. Regular homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flood damage.
  • Find out whether your property is flood-prone due to its elevation level.
  • If there are levees and dams in your area, find out if they pose a hazard to you when the storm hits.
  • Store copies of important documents, such as proof of ownership of any property in your emergency kit.
  • Back up the data on your electronic devices to ensure it’s secure if your computer or other devices are damaged during the hurricane.

Secure Your Property:

  • Secure your roof. Make your roofing and frames stronger by installing reinforcements, such as straps or clips. Also, secure loose shingles with heavy-duty adhesive and seal around your home’s chimney or vent pipes to keep water out.
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts. Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent clogs. These could cause water damage to your home when the rain starts to pour. Also ensure your gutters are strong and not sagging.
  • Secure your windows. Strong winds can shatter your windows, leaving your home vulnerable. The best way to secure your windows is to install permanent storm shutters, which can be made of steel, aluminum, and other materials. Installing plywood is also a good defense for your windows. However, avoid taping as it doesn’t prevent glass from breaking.
  • Caulk your home. Caulking is a fast way to waterproof your house and reinforce vulnerable areas. Caulk around your windows and doors, the edges of your house, and around chimneys and other roof penetrations.
  • Insulate the outside first floor walls with rigid foam or install plastic sheeting. It won’t stop all the water from getting in, but most of the silt will be kept out.
  • Reinforce your garage. To make it withstand powerful winds, secure your garage door with a brace kit rated for storm and hurricane winds. Other ways to strengthen your garage door are installing a metal post system or covering the door with metal panels, fabric screen or 5/8-inch plywood.
  • Trim trees and shrubs. Loose branches in your yard (and neighborhood) could be struck by powerful winds during a storm, damaging your house. So cut those dead or loose branches to safeguard your property.
  • Secure loose objects. Your yard may also host objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Tie down and secure anything that could be swept up by winds, such as potted plants, lawn furniture, and dog houses. When a storm is imminent, bring light objects inside.
  • Protect appliances from power outages. While you should unplug electrical devices during a powerful storm, it’s ideal to also purchase a surge protector. It prevents damage to your devices in case the power goes out.
  • Move valuables to a higher floor. As electronics and appliances are susceptible to water damage, move them to a higher floor. If you can’t, at least raise them off the floor on concrete blocks.
  • Use sandbags when a storm is hours from arriving. Pile up sandbags at least two feet high as an efficient barricade against floodwaters. If you don’t have sandbags, place heavy-duty garbage bags – filled one-third of the way with water – around your house doors.
  • When a storm is hours from arriving:
    • Ensure your car in good working condition and fill up the gas tank. If you’re going to evacuate, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies.
    • Charge your cell phone to have a full battery if the power goes out.
    • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that food lasts longer during a power outage.
    • Be alert for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

During the Hurricane

  • If authorities advise or order you to evacuate your area, take your emergency kit and leave immediately. Strictly follow posted evacuation routes and do not try to take shortcuts.
  • If you are outside and the storm approaches, get indoors as soon as possible to avoid being hit by flying debris.
  • If your home is on low-lying ground or if you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest safe place, such as a shelter.
  • While indoors, stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safer spot to stay in, such as an interior room or a bathroom on the lower level.
  • During the storm, electrical wiring may be damaged; don’t use electrical appliances to avoid fire hazards and electrical shocks.
  • If your home is under the risk of flooding, turn off electricity at the main circuit breaker. Don’t turn on electricity until local authorities have advised you to do so.
  • Never use gasoline-powered or charcoal-burning devices inside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep those devices outside.
  • If trapped in a building that’s flooding, go to the highest level. However, don’t climb into a closed attic as rising floodwater may trap you.
  • Lightning is also a safety risk. Stay safe from lightning in your home during a storm by NOT using the shower, phone, or electrical equipment.
  • Be aware that the eye of the storm may pass over your area, during which the storm will calm. However, the storm can start again without warning.
  • Stay indoors until the local authorities have announced that the storm is over. Listen to the radio or turn on the TV (if safe do so) to get the latest updates.

After the Hurricane

  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Floodwater may also can contain contaminants, dangerous debris or downed power lines.
  • Enter a damaged building only after the electrical system, gas lines, and plumbing have been inspected for damage.
  • Take photos of any property damage and contact your insurance company for assistance. Wear protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, rubber boots, and masks when inspecting your home.
  • Don’t touch wet electrical equipment, more so if you’re standing in water.
  • Throw out food that has been exposed to floodwaters or have not been maintained at a proper temperature. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Don’t drink tap water if you’re not sure it’s safe.

For flood cleanup services, contact the SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda drying professionals

How to Clean Up Your Basement after a Flood

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Things to do immediately after a basement flood

  • First, make sure that it’s safe to enter your home. Check for structural damage, such as cracks, holes or warping.
  • Immediately shut off the electrical supply to your home at the main circuit breaker. Be aware of electrical wires that are under the water level.
  • If the flooding is due to a burst water pipe in your home, shut off the main water supply.
  • Avoid direct contact with floodwater, which may contain dangerous contaminants. If you must walk through floodwater, wear protective clothing, such as disposable overalls, eyewear, gloves, and a face mask.
  • Call your insurance company, take photos, and document all damaged items. Make a list of the belongings to restore and to discard. This will help you with your insurance claim.
  • If you have a sump pump installed, wait for it to drain the floodwater. If the pump has a backup battery, it should drain the water even if the power is off.

Basement flood cleanup tips

  • Quickly remove affected items from floodwater to avoid mold growth, warping, and rot. Items that suck up a lot of water (like carpet and furniture) can usually be salvaged if they have been in floodwater for less than 24 hours. Otherwise, throw them away.
  • Completely dry the basement to avoid further damage and mold growth.
    • Suck up the water with a sump pump and a Wet-Dry vacuum.
    • Use dehumidifiers and ventilate the basement as much as possible. Use fans and open windows if the weather allows, but not when the outside humidity is high.
    • Remove the baseboards (if present) and drill 1-inch holes halfway between the wall studs at the base of the walls. This allows moist air from behind the walls to evaporate.
    • Properly drying a flooded basement may take up to two weeks.
  • After everything has been dried, clean and disinfect the basement contents and structure (walls, foundation floor, drywall, etc.). You may need to discard the drywall and wood if a lot of mold has developed.
  • Don’t use bleach to clean mold because bleach kills live mold but not mold spores. Household detergent is preferable.
  • Regardless of the size of the mold-affected area, strongly consider contacting a mold remediation company. They can identify the moisture source and restore the moldy surfaces efficiently and without risk of mold recurrence.
  • Make any necessary repairs, such as filling foundation cracks, replacing damaged drywall with a mold-resistant type, and sealing windows and vents.
  • How to prevent basement flooding
    • Clean your gutters and downspouts and divert rainwater six feet away from the house. Also, make sure the ground is slightly sloping away from your home.
    • Install an emergency generator to provide your house with electricity during blackouts.
    • Install a sump pump that automatically drains water from your basement and prevents water from rising. Choose one with a backup battery.
    • Seal openings or cracks in the walls, floors, foundations, and windows of your house.
    • Install porous pavement around your home to help absorb rainwater and thawed snow.
    • Ensure that your drainage systems and plumbing are working properly. Have them checked periodically by a professional.
  • For basement flood cleanup, call the SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda restoration professionals

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Closets

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Tips to prevent mold from growing in your closets:

  • Make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing them in closets. The moisture in clothing can accelerate mold growth.
  • Store only clean clothing and items in closets as dirt and other organic substances are potential food sources for mold.
  • Don’t pack clothes or other items too tightly in closets. Allow air to circulate between them to reduce moisture.
  • Avoid storing clothes in sealed containers like plastic tubs. Keep them in breathable packaging like a cotton sheet.
  • Don’t store items on the closet floor to prevent trapping moisture underneath them.
  • Choose plastic-coated wire shelves instead of solid shelves to improve air circulation.
  • Leave closets open when possible. Replace solid closet doors with louvered doors for better air circulation.
  • Avoid opening closets if they are in rooms with high humidity, particularly when producing moisture (e.g., showering or cooking).
  • Place a low-wattage light bulb in closets, at a safe distance from clothes or other flammable items. Leave the light on for several hours. The heat from the bulb helps keep the closet and the clothing dry.
  • Empty, clean, and dry closets thoroughly on occasion. Doing so ensures you keep them fresh and aired out, reducing the possibility of mold growth.
  • If you have a humidity problem in your home, use the air conditioning unit or a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.
  • If clothes in a closet smell musty, take them out and fix the moisture problem. Learn how to remove musty smell from clothes.

Don’t let mold take over! Call the pros at SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda. 

Fireplace Safety Guidelines

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Fireplace safety tips

  • Before the heating season, hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and remove creosote or other obstructions, such as animal nests, from the chimney.
  • Allow only a qualified professional to install chimney connectors and chimneys in your house.
  • Inspect your chimney cap regularly. If it’s damaged, repair or replace it. If your chimney doesn’t have a cap at the top, have one installed fitted with wire-mesh sides to prevent debris or animals from entering the chimney.
  • Keep any flammable objects, such as newspapers, books, and furniture, at least two feet away from the fireplace.
  • Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in the room.
  • Use only dry, seasoned wood cut to the correct length.
  • Have a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors installed to prevent embers from shooting out of the fireplace.
  • Use fireplace tools to maintain the fire.
  • Supervise children whenever the fireplace is being used. Remind them to stay away from the fire.
  • Keep pets at a safe distance from the fire, as well.
  • Always supervise the fire and never leave it burning when going to sleep or leaving the home.
  • Close the damper only when the embers have cooled off.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms, so that when one sounds, they all do.

When starting a fire:

  • Remove the ashes from the previous fire but let them cool for several hours before disposing of them. Leaving the ashes will result in more smoke, as it reduces the air supply to wood.
  • Put the ashes in a metal container with a tight lid. Store it outside, at least 10 feet away from the home and other buildings.
  • Open the damper; you may have to look up into the chimney with a mirror or flashlight to check that it’s open.
  • Place crumpled paper on the grate and cover it with kindling or another firestarter (but do not use flammable liquids to start your fire!). Add the firewood once the kindling is burning brightly. Then, close the fire screen.
  • Don’t overload the fireplace; a large fire generates more smoke and can damage your chimney.
  • Never burn plastic, garbage or other toxic materials.

For professional fire damage cleaning services, contact the SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda experts!

How to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Home

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Prevent Frozen Pipes and Pipe Bursts

Pipes in the crawl space, outside walls, and in the attic are vulnerable to freezing and bursting in cold temperatures.

  • Close all cracks, holes, and openings in outside walls and foundation, near water pipes, with caulk.
  • Insulate water pipes in unheated areas, such as the crawl space, basement, garage, attic, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Wrap them in insulating materials such as foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves.
  • Faucets that connect to pipes in unheated spaces are prone to freezing. Let cold water drip from the faucets served by exposed pipes. Running even a trickle of water through pipes helps prevent them from freezing.
  • Allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing when outside temperatures drop below 32 °F by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. Move the products stored in these cabinets up, out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Set the thermostat to the same temperature during the day and at night. Your heating costs may rise, but you’ll prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
  • If you’re leaving home for more than two days, leave the heat on in your home. Set the temperature to no lower than 55 °F. Shut off the water supply and drain pipes and appliances that use water. In addition, have someone you trust check your home once per week.
  • If a pipe bursts, shut off the water supply to your home immediately.

Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams take form when warm air in the attic heats the roof and melts the snow on the roof. The melted snow collects on unheated eaves and starts freezing, creating ice dams. If you don’t prevent or remove ice dams, the result will be winter water damage to your roof and home.

  • Have your gutters and downspouts cleaned, inspected, and repaired before the snow starts to settle. Doing this ensures that water will flow unobstructed in your drain system.
  • Insulate your attic properly — heat in the home should not reach the attic. Warm air can melt the snow on the roof, which refreezes, forming ice dams. Make sure the attic floor is airtight by sealing any openings.
  • Provide enough ventilation to the attic to keep the roof cool. Warm air should escape through vents near the top of the attic. Cold air should flow in through vents near the eaves. The temperature in the attic should be 5 to 10 °F warmer than the outside temperature.
  • Remove the snow on your roof when it’s about six inches deep. Use a roof rake or a long-handled brush to remove the snow without a ladder.
  • Install a water membrane underneath the roof shingles. It helps prevent water from seeping in.
  • Install a snow shield to prevent leaks. The shield goes under the shingles, starting from the low edge of the roof and extending up at least three feet inside the exterior wall of the house.
  • Install gutter screens to help keep out the debris that causes build-up and damage.

Prevent Spring Thaw Water Damage

Melting snow and ice can enter your home through the roof or foundation when spring arrives. Follow the winter water damage tips below to prevent that from happening.

  • Remove the snow from your roof:
    • Heavy snow on roofs can cause ice dams, which creates structural damage to the roof.
    • Remove the snow from the roof when it’s at least 6 inches deep.
    • If possible, stay on the ground to shovel the snow off the roof. Otherwise, hire a professional.
    • More tips for removing snow from roofs can be found here.
  • Shovel snow away from your home to prevent water from seeping into the foundation.
  • Keep the sewers clear of snow and debris to allow melted snow to flow unobstructed.
  • Check your basement often for water leaks from sewer drains. Make sure the basement floor, walls, windows, and doors are properly sealed.

Other Winter Water Damage Safety Tips

  • Condensation — If you notice condensation on windows, pipes, or walls in your home, dry out the area immediately. Prevent condensation by lowering the humidity in your home or by fixing leaks if there are any.
  • Install water leak detectors anywhere a water problem may occur, such as on sump pumps, near water-bearing fixtures, and behind or beneath pipes.
  • Check water supply lines yearly for leaks. Inspect your hot water heater, washing machine, ice machine in your refrigerator, and other appliances that can leak.
  • Get sewer backup coverage, which is usually not included in your homeowner’s insurance. Heavy rains and melting snow can overload your stormwater system, causing water or sewage to back up into your home.
  • Disconnect outdoor hoses if you aren’t using them. Having your hoses disconnected will prevent water from freezing in the line and creating a blockage that can cause backflow.

For water damage restoration in winter, call the SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda disaster restoration experts

You Can Count On SERVPRO For Your Commercial Water Damage Needs

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If you ever find your commercial property underwater, you can count on our team of professionals at SERVPRO Of North Highland If you ever find your commercial property underwater, you can count on our team of professionals at SERVPRO Of North Highland

A professional water restoration team will extract the water but they will also prevent secondary damages. With water damage, the property will be exposed to moisture and high levels of humidity which can cause damages to all different types of items. It is crucial to limit exposure by extracting the water fast or moving the vulnerable items from the affected areas. Our SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda technicians evaluate the situation and help you decide the best option.

Managing humidity levels in a retail store are very important because of the adverse effects high levels of humidity can have on the products. One way to regulate this is by drying all excess moisture from the affected area soon after removing the water. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve this by using high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers. We even have trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifiers for drying vast areas. Apart from using advanced equipment, we also rely on our know-how in ASD, Applied Structural Drying, to expedite the job. For example, we can divide the area into smaller parts using plastic sheets.

You might never realize how much traffic comes through your retail store until an emergency hits like flooding. This type of situation will most likely force you to close down for some time. Next comes the calls from customers and suppliers trying to find out the exact timeline of reopening. Meanwhile, you're sorting through the perishable items you might end up throwing away or can salvage. To avoid the losses and inconveniences to your clients, you can hire a professional restorer to fix your flooded retail store.

If you ever find your commercial property underwater, you can count on our team of professionals at SERVPRO Of North Highlands/ Rio Linda. 

Be Concerned With Your Office Cleanliness!

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Have you ever considered how an office space might affect your health?  Industry research consistently reveals that office environments can be breeding grounds for germs.  Notice these statistics:

  • The average desk harbors about 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, with some of these bacteria types being incredibly harmful and contributing to the spread of disease.
  • Office phones have been found to harbor 25,127 germs per square inch.  And, these germs can be different types of bacteria – everything from Helicobacter pylori, to E- Coli.
  • Office kitchenettes can be heavy ‘sickness-inducing’ germ offenders.  For example, refrigerator handles, cabinet tops, water coolers and the like can host a heavy concentration of germs.  Research showed one office water cooler to house 2.7 million germs per square inch!  
  • A survey of 1,000 office workers found that over two-thirds of workers put themselves at risk by not following recommended guidelines for how often to clean your workspace.

Thus, the cleanliness of your office can directly affect the health of office employees and customers.  Cold and flu season can greatly exacerbate the risk.  Your Facility Manager and Cleaning Company should be concerned with your office cleanliness to reduce harmful germs and bacteria.

Here are a few reminders of high impact office cleaning tasks:

  • Keep entrance glass spotless.  Smudges and a ‘greasy look’ will generate an immediate negative perception.
  • Foyer and lobby floors should be well maintained.  Even small amounts of debris and dirt can give the impression the ‘whole office must be dirty.’
  • What about odors when entering your office suite?  Does it smell clean and fresh?  Or possibly stale or ‘slightly off’?  Often, carpets can be the culprit in office odor.  Regular professional carpet cleaning is highly recommended.
  • Dirty HVAC vents and returns will quickly relay an unclean environment.  Use a HEPA vacuum to thoroughly clean vents without dust reintroduction.
  • Water fountains and water coolers that reflect stains, debris, and standing water are off-putting and unsanitary.  Often daily sanitizing is necessary to maintain a clean look and healthy use.  Also, take note of carpet stains or wet areas caused by leaking fountains.

Thus, a clean office will assuredly enhance your brand reputation.  However, a dirty one will drive opinions to the negative, and this can indeed spread quickly via word-of-mouth, social media, and online reviews.  Ensure you have a strong commercial cleaning program.  Foot traffic, geography, industry and the like play an important role in cleaning tasks and frequency.

SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda 

Keep Your Office Clean by Anticipating Changes

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Keep your office clean by anticipating changes.  How so?  We’ll start by focusing on a proactive versus a reactive mentality.  For example, If you have guests over to watch a game, you don’t wait until the guests arrive and then check if you have enough snacks and drinks.  Rather, you take a proactive approach and prepare for the increase in people in your home.  Indeed, it takes a bit of proactive planning!  You don’t want to be reactive and wait until your party has started to address your guest’s needs.

In like manner, to keep your office clean, avoiding a reactive state is vital.  Many factors will affect the cleanliness of an office.  A little bit of planning can go a long way to maintaining a clean office.  Here are a few ideas that can help you stay ahead of the curb.

Factor 1:  Weather & Foot Traffic

Many businesses see an increase in foot traffic at predictable times of the year.  For example, the warm spring season brings about an army of landscapers!  This often leads to outside debris bring tracked indoors.  In addition, the change in weather often energizes employees for more outdoor breaks and lunch activities.  This means more outdoor-to-indoor foot traffic.  Thus, it’s important to proactively plan for these changes.  Here are a few ways that can help:

  • Increase winter time floor cleaning activities with your janitorial vendor.
  • Schedule professional carpet cleanings well in advance.
  • Increase your janitorial vendor’s cleaning schedule.  For example, add Saturday’s during the spring season.

Winter can bring a whole new set of challenges.  Often, roads and walkways are covered in salt.  This can be tracked into your building and wreak havoc on hard floor surfaces.  It can even cause dangerous slipperiness.  Prepare for this winter change by adjusting your floor cleaning routine.  Do you typically wet mop the lobby twice a week as an example?  It might be best to increase this rotation.  It can also be helpful to machine auto-scrub large hard floor areas with heavy foot traffic.

Factor 2:  Construction Projects

Office building construction projects can greatly complicate office cleaning success.  If your facility is having remodeling or repairs performed, you can expect all types of debris!  Drywall dust, wood shavings, paint splatter, and all manner of dirt.  This is especially evident after large scale construction work.  If not prepared for, these projects can leave an office space covered in drywall dust, even in areas where the construction is not active.  The impact of this can be catastrophic for medical office environments, data centers, labs, and other critical environments in your building.

Be sure and notify your cleaning company of the upcoming construction.  Work with them to ensure a solid plan for the construction.  Even the smallest amount of construction can have an impact on customers and patrons.

Also, a reputable cleaning company that has experience handling post-construction cleaning as a specialized service could be necessary.  Such a cleaning company will know details that a less experienced company might not, such as:

• Post-construction cleaning requires several cleaning phases of the same area.
• Dust will continue to settle on surfaces many days after construction is complete.
• Special attention must be given to high reach areas, HVAC systems, computer rooms and more.

Your experienced janitorial vendor can help you with the planning and response to construction activities in your facility.

Factor 3: Cold & Flu Season

Every year thousands of people catch colds and the dreaded flu.  Many of these people will enter office spaces, bringing these contagious germs with them.  What can an office do to prepare for this?

Having the proper cleaning supplies and cleaning rotation is paramount.  There are many types of cleaning agents, but not all are designed to deal with cold and flu germs.  Make sure you have proper disinfecting and sanitizing cleaning agents.  Also, make sure they are used correctly.  Areas like lobby’s, bathroom touchpoints, lunchroom touchpoints, doorknobs and the like need to be consistently sanitized.

In addition, having good office environment hygiene is a major factor in keeping the spread of germs down.   Thus, consider training staff to the following:

• Washing hands regularly and thoroughly.
• Sanitizing shared office supplies and equipment.
• Keep disinfectant wipes around the office and in bathrooms.
• Encourage sick employees to stay home and not share germs!

Call SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda today!

Best DIY Pet Stain Removal Solution

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Keep Your House Clean & Your Fury Friend Happy Keep Your House Clean & Your Fury Friend Happy

Even when you have a well-trained furry friend, accidents can still happen.  If the stain they left behind is not properly cleaned right away, it may take the right carpet cleaning professional to get your floor looking and smelling like new again.

When you think of SERVPRO of North Highland/ Rio Linda you probably know we are the industry’s leading experts when it comes to fire and water restoration, but did you also know we can also help you tackle the less disastrous messes, like the ones your favorite pet might occasionally leave behind?

 That’s right, if you live in the Seattle area, SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda will help you with your carpet cleaning and odor elimination by using our state of the art equipment. Our experienced technicians are experts at deodorizing and eliminating the source of the odor. For good! Because almost nothing is worse than walking into a home that smells like pet urine! Even if you can’t see the stain, many times it will have saturated the carpet padding underneath, causing a foul smell you won’t be able to get rid without the help of a trained professional.

However, for the smaller pet stain problems you might encounter, here are a couple of inexpensive and easy solutions our experts recommend to help solve your pet stain and odor problems. 

The sooner the better when it comes to cleaning urine stains.  If you can blot the stain with paper towels when it is still wet you will decrease your chances of having a permanent stain. Once all the excess liquid has been absorbed mix the following simple solution together, put it into a spray bottle, and then spray directly on the stain.  Let it sit for at least 10 minutes then use more paper towels to let it dry.

Pet Stain Remover

2 cups vinegar

2 cups warm water

4 tbls of baking soda

You can also use the baking soda/vinegar method for older stains that have settled into the carpet.  However instead of lightly spraying, pour the vinegar directly on to the soiled spot, followed by a couple tablespoons of baking soda over the top of the vinegar. Let it sit and dry for 24 hours, before sweeping and vacuuming up the remaining amount of baking soda.

Halloween Safety Tips

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Halloween Safety Halloween Safety

According to the NSC, Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Walk Safely

  1. Never assume a motorist has seen you. Make eye contact and make sure they know you are there.
  2. Always stay on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sideways,walk facing traffic as far to the left side as possible.
  3. Put the devices down. Keep heads up and walk, don't run across the street.

Costumes 

  1. Be visible! Add lights and reflectors to your child's costume, it's a fun and easy way to help keep children safe as they trick or treat.
  2. Check that your child's costume is flame resistant and does not obstruct their vision.
  3. Choose masks that are easy to see through and think about lifting your mask up while walking between houses.

Check Candy

  1. Always check candy before letting your child eat it. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  2. Watch out for foods your children are allergic to.
  3. Throw away candy that is unwrapped.

How Can I Protect My Home From Flood Damage?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home

Technicians Offer Professional Flood Damage Mitigation for Homes

Home flooding is the most common natural disaster in the continental United States. While the surface-level damage caused by floodwater, silt, debris, and contaminants is overwhelming enough on its own, flooding also requires rapid mitigation because of the damage it can do behind wall cavities and beneath floors.

SERVPRO offers emergency-response flood damage mitigation for Jefferson residents. Theses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians, provide comprehensive disaster cleanup that includes the following:

  • A thorough initial inspection by a SERVPRO crew chief to develop a plan of action for saving your home from flood damage.
  • A rapid-response team that is available day and night to restore your home, including on weekends and holidays.
  • In-depth extraction, sanitation, and drying can be accomplished with SERVPRO’s own power sources when yours have been affected by flooding.
  • Restoration and rebuilding services provide cost-effective home cleanup while safely minimizing loss of structures and contents.

Preventative and Emergency Measures for Home Flooding

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

  • Formulate an emergency plan with your family before a disaster. Keep an emergency kit at the ready with enough first aid, shelf-stable food, water, medicine, and other necessities for everyone.
  • Keep photos and digital copies of documents, valuables, and other items and store this data in a safe, off-site location.
  • Consult with licensed professionals about implementing landscaping, drainage systems, waterproofing, or barriers that can lessen the impact of home flooding.

During the Flood

  • Monitor the situation with an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio.
  • Move important documents and other valuables to higher ground or an upper floor. Make use of sandbags for fast-acting diversion of floodwater.
  • Focus on personal safety for yourself and your loved ones above all else. Avoid making contact with floodwater and focus on keeping occupants safe until the disaster has passed.

After Flooding Subsides

  • Do not make contact with floodwater and avoid interacting with electrical components affected by flooding.
  • Call your insurer as soon as possible to file a claim. A prompt filing is more likely to provide faster service and compensation from your insurance provider.
  • Document damage with photos, video, and detailed descriptions of affected structures and property before performing any temporary repairs.

SERVPRO is ready to coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that cleanup is performed per IICRC standards and your insurance policy.

How SERVPRO Restores Flood-Damaged Belongings

SERVPRO techs have the resources to take the content of your home off-site for thorough cleaning. This process, called a pack out, entails technicians documenting, packing, and moving damaged items room by room for restoration. This process not only bolsters your proof of loss claim with extensive written, photo, and video evidence, but it also strives to prevent loss to a variety of items in your home, including:

  • Books and documents
  • Electronics and digital media
  • Keepsakes, heirlooms, and antiques
  • Collectibles, jewelry, and artwork
  • Children’s toys and items of sentimental value

SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda offers mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call for an emergency response team to come to your home.

Can Water Restoration Companies Save You Money?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage ? No Problem Water Damage ? No Problem

With efficient responses and cutting-edge technology, water restoration for San Jose homes is more advanced and cost-effective than ever before. 

Professional water recovery services for your San Jose home can initially feel like an unnecessary expense. However, the more you understand about these loss incidents and how our SERVPRO team resolves them, the more you can appreciate that professional restoration might be the ideal approach. In many ways, choosing our capable contractors can save you money. 

While you might only mentally compare the act of mopping and drying against the elaborate drying approaches of water restoration companies in your San Jose home, there is often more to the water removal process than meets the eye. 

Why Can’t I Resolve Water Losses Myself?

Water losses create situations like standing water that can not only migrate throughout your residence but penetrate exposed materials and contents through absorption. DIY cleaning and restoration only impact surface losses, meaning that much of the absorbed water and trapped moisture in structural cavities go unresolved. Within 48 hours, lingering moisture and saturated elements can show physical signs of damage, which ultimately require removal and replacement, and conditions could be ideal for the development of mold colonies. 

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice After a Disaster? 

Several restoration companies can all claim to be the best choice for you in a crisis, but we have built a strong reputation in the area based on our reliability and fast response. When you are choosing our team of professionals, you are choosing:

  • Experienced technicians
  • Industry-leading equipment
  • Trained and certified in water restoration and structural drying
  • Available 24/7

No matter how un-threatening water losses might initially appear, there is often more to the situation than you think. Let our experienced SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda team help you to fully restore your home after these losses. We are available 24/7 

What Needs to Be Done to Properly Clean Up My Flood Damage?

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Proper Flood Damage Require Experts Proper Flood Damage Require Experts

Proper Flood Damage Cleanup in Sacramento Requires Expert Water Extraction, Waste Removal, Structural and Content Drying, and Disinfection and Deodorization.

What Gear is Necessary to Clean Up and Restore My Flood-Damaged Home?

Sacramento Flood Damage cleanup and restoration companies, like SERVPRO, use a wide range of advanced tools to quickly and effectively remediate your flood-affected home.  This high-tech gear includes the following:

  • Portable and truck-mounted water extractors to rapidly remove feet of standing water from your residence
  • Submersible pumps to facilitate large water extraction projects
  • Refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers that quickly remove moisture from your home’s air and interiors
  • Air movers and box fans to circulate and dry interior air
  • Injectidry systems that dry difficult-to-reach spaces behind ceilings and walls

SERVPRO technicians, using this equipment, can effectively dry all areas of your house following a flood.

How Does SERVPRO Sanitize My Residence?

After removing standing floodwaters and drying your interiors, our remediation experts sanitize your home with state-of-the-art foggers.  These foggers broadcast the following types of antimicrobials into all affected areas of your house:

  • EPA-approved bacteria, virus, and fungus-killing antimicrobials
  • Pairing agents that combine with harmful particles, causing them to drop from the air onto surfaces where they can be more easily removed
  • Humidity-reducing agents that hinder microorganism survival and growth

These chemical agents help remove the harmful bacteria and viruses deposited by floodwaters from your home. Also, they help prevent future structural damage resulting from dry rot and other fungal issues.   

If you ever need help cleaning and restoring your flood-damaged home, call SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

PREVENTING FLOOD DAMAGE

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing Flood Preventing Flood

Floods are one of the world's most common and devastating natural disasters, causing extensive loss of property and life. Flood damage can be overwhelming. However, before you even require storm restoration services, make sure to review tips for preventing, or at least limiting, flood damage when you know that flooding is a possibility.

Negative Effects of Flood Damage

  • Swollen house framing
  • Damaged electrical outlets
  • Damaged drywall
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Damaged furniture
  • Damaged flooring
  • Pest invasions

How to Prevent Flood Damage

  • Elevation – Elevation offers the best protection against flooding. New buildings are expected to be built at or above the level of the area's base flood if they reside in locations with a high flooding risk.
  • Floodwalls – Floodwalls are self-supporting barriers that resemble privacy fences. Their heavy construction keeps them from sliding or falling over. Floodwalls also prohibit water from seeping underneath. Floodwalls can be formed from cement blocks, wood, poured concrete, or bricks, and they can prevent destruction caused by erosion, floating debris, and unequal water pressure on the building’s walls.
  • Stop Sewer Backup – Floodwater can infiltrate sewer systems and back up into buildings. To limit the effects of sewer backups, install a flap valve on the single sewer line.
  • Plastic Sheeting – Plastic sheeting can offer temporary protection from flooding to outside walls. The plastic should be placed on structures that extend from the building so that the weight of the water does not press against the building and nearby landscaping is minimally affected. When using plastic sheeting in a sandbag levee, cover all doors, drains, windows, and other openings to prevent sewer backup.

If flooding does impact your home, a storm restoration contractor can help you navigate the recovery process. Your storm restoration contractor will be able to repair your roof, siding, exterior painting, and fencing as well as replace windows and gutters. If you are in need of storm restoration services, contact SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda, a reputable Sacramento City storm restoration contractor.

Prevent Home from Fire Damage

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

In this list, we go over different causes of fire damage and how to nip them in the bud. The simple tricks in this list could save you from spending a large sum of money on reparations or even save your life from SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda. 

Tips to Prevent Fire Damage

1. Be Careful with Cooking Fires

2. Clean Up the Oven

3. Beware of Candle Burns

As it turns out – not really!

Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments collectively responded to roughly 8,700 house fires that were set off by candles per year. These candle fires caused an annual average of 82 deaths and 800 injuries. Additionally, it caused $295 million in direct property damage.

Candles are so nice to look at that people often forget that they are also open flames. Candles at a romantic dinner may set the mood. However, it may cause some serious harm to you as well!

4. Space Heaters and Fabrics are a Bad Combination

5. Fix Your Electrical Wiring. These house fires involved equipment such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs. Faulty electrical and lighting equipment was the number one cause for direct property damage.It also ranks third among the major causes for home fires.

6. Cell Phone Charging Faults Can Cause Fires Be Careful!

7. Fix Your Fire Alarms Right Away

8. Install As Many Fire Extinguishers as You Can

9. Get a Thorough Property Evaluation Done

Before buying a new house, get a thorough evaluation of the property done by an independent third party. The same applies if you are looking to revamp your house. There are local guidelines, community guidelines, State Laws, and Federal Laws that go into fire safety. At SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda we could help with that.

The Potential Dangers of Removing Mold Yourself

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom Mold This bathroom was caused by mold

The re-emergence in DIY home care and repairs, spurred on by television contractors, has home owners everywhere deciding to put down their phones and pick up their hammers as they attempt to tackle the problems facing their home. And while the feeling of a hard day’s work spent getting a bit dirty fixing your own home does have an allure to it, the truth is many DIYers bite a bit more than they chew sometimes when it comes to removing mold. While putting aside the accidents and potential hospital visits that occur while taking on a project outside your limits of experience, sometimes some repairs are best left to the mold removal professionals.

Unlike painting a room, fixing a broken garbage disposal, or even replacing a broken window, some repairs come with inherent dangers that most home owners are unaware even exist.
The dangers present within mold infestations are one of those repairs when it is best to put down the sponge and pick up the phone.

Removing Mold professional brings the right tools and years of mold remediation experience to help you reclaim your home from mold…

Far too often when a home owner decides to take their mold problem into their own hands, they unfortunately come to the fight ill-equipped to properly treat their infestation.  And this can often spell more than just unsuccessful attempts at removing mold but can quickly become hazardous to home owners health.

Exposure to certain molds can have significant adverse effects on a homeowner’s health, some individuals, who can be a bit more sensitive to mold exposure, can even be fatally poisoned by exposure.

With the potential for harm quite high even with the use of personal protective gear, it often much safer and more effective to allow Gainesville Mold professionals specifically trained to remove mold and address the situation.

Not all infestations end with simple and straight forward removal, in fact the opposite proves true with greater frequency. Far too often properly removing mold becomes a project much too large to handle on your own and requires the eye and experience of a professional with years’ experience in safely and properly removing mold from your home.

It is important for not only your safety but the safety of your family, that you call a Gainesville mold professional if you suspect mold has begun to infest your home. Even the most cautious of DIYers can spread the growth unknowingly, allowing the mold to get a stronger foothold in their home while increasing the risk of hazardous exposure.

Adding to the potential risk, improperly and inadequately removing mold could cause larger amounts of spores, naked to the eye, to circulate into your home. Though undetectable to the naked eye, the microscopic spores can potential grow into new sources of infestation, starting the cycle of removal over again.

To save yourself the trouble and protect your family’s health, call experts who can effectively and safely remove your home’s mold infestation. Your family’s health is worth the phone call to SERVPRO North Highlands/ Rio Linda.

"Happy Father's Day!"

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Father's Day image of man grilling. Happy Father's Day from all of us here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda would like to wish all the fathers out there a Happy and Safe Father’s Day.

But before firing up that new grill and using your new grill set complete with digital temp meat fork. We would like to share some grilling statistics from the National Fire Protection Association.

  • July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
  • Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. However, more than one-quarter (27%) of home fires started by outdoor grills began in a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch.
  • 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average.
  • 19,000 patients went to the ER per year because of injuries involving grills.
  • 9,300 injuries included thermal burns.
  • 70% of U.S. households own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill or smoker.

In the case of an unfortunate grill fire event 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.

Safety Tips For When You Suspect Mold

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

If you see mold don't touch, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specialize in mold cleanup and restoration Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

You Can Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 24 Hours 7 Days a Week

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service, designed just for your business.

Responding during difficult times is what we do, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is there for you.

The world has changed what it means to be clean. So, as your favorite stores and businesses are beginning to open up their doors, we are offering them an additional step to help ensure your confidence with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Chose SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

For more information Call (916) 991 - 1522

What is STORM?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Aerial View of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in Macy's parking lot Aerial View of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in Macy's parking lot

As time has gone on the way SERVPRO defines a storm has evolved.

Originally STORM was used as a rallying call to all SERVPROs to help in areas where more than just the local franchises were needed to help everyone that was affected. These events included massive rainstorms, hurricanes, and flash floods.

However, those aren't the only natural disasters that happen in our world.

This massive network of hundreds of franchises willing to travel became a saving grace to those affected by all kinds of catastrophic events. Wildfires, sudden widespread freezing temperatures, even earthquakes suddenly became part of this movement.

That is STORM to SERVPRO it is the first name we gave it and it is the name that stuck.

In every disaster there is overwhelming emotions. We have had wildfires cause havoc throughout California and now we are experiencing a pandemic with the rest of the world. It is easy to get caught up in all the pain and hardship, but we have to work together to lift emotions. Focus on the positives of the future, if you need help don't be afraid to tell someone, and never lose your hope.

Is Your Water Heater Causing Damage?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Images of the difference between corrosion, leaking, rust, and soot damage on a water heater Know the signs of damage. Corrosion, Leaking, Rust, and Soot are common water heater problems. We are there for you! Call 916-991-1522 today.

A leaking water heater could be a small problem but it could easily turn into a very big problem. Even small amounts of water can cause damage to your sub-floors, floors, and walls. Unfortunately for some homeowners, a leaking hot water heater can go undetected for days or even months. This creates a desirable habitat for mold to grow in your home.

Signs of a Hot Water Heater Leak

 Check regularly for:

  • Water on the floor around the water heater.
  • Discoloration of the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • Mold on the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • A musty odor in the area where your water heater is located.
  • The room the water heater is in feel unusually humid.

 I think I have a leak! Now What?

 Find the Source!

  • Dry the area and try to determine where the water is coming from.
  • Check pipes around water heater and overhead.
  • The gaskets and valves may have come loose from the water pressure.
  • If you can’t find the source, check every few hours for signs of where the water is traveling from.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda! (916) 991-1522

When it comes to water or mold, our trained technicians are ready to determine the extent of damage, and remediate the issue. If the source still hasn’t been found 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 causing that musty odor. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information here. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened."

Happy Memorial Day

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Memorial Day Photo Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a time to honor, reflect, and remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Today we praise the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the name of our country. Their selfless devotion, outstanding courage, and honor should inspire us to make their sacrifice meaningful. Thank you so much to all the servicemen and women who have gone above and beyond protecting our country.

From all of us at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe memorial day weekend and pay our respect to those and the families of those who have and are serving our country. “To all we wish a happy, fun, and safe Memorial Day!”

NEW Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Sticker in Store Window. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Sticker placed in the window of a home or business after it has gone through the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

Introducing our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program for businesses.

  • Consult
  • Clean
  • Certify

Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service, designed just for your business.

For details, Call (916) 991 – 1522

For Immediate Service in the Greater Sacramento Area, Call SERVPRO

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provide immediate service 24 hours for all residents of the Greater Sacramento area. Greater Sacramento area Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Sacramento. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

We have Residential Services and Commercial Services

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Bio Hazard/Sanitation Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-991-1522

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North highlands / Rio Linda, 24 hour Fire, Smoke, Water, Mold, and Bio Hazard, clean up and restoration. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 916-991-1522

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

IICRC Certified Firm

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Certified We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-991-1522

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

We Have Trained and Certified Biohazard Cleanup Technicians

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus Safety tips brought to us by American Red Cross Thank you for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here at SERVPRO of Northighlands / Rio Linda we hope everyone in our community is staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis.

We are here for you if, You Need Biohazard Cleanup?

Call Us Today (916) 991-1522

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Remember to:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are water damage restoration specialists and have specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment


Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 916-991-1522.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Water Loss - What Category Does Your Loss Fall Under?

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers from water damage it is important to understanding what type of water you are dealing with. This is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.  There are three types of water. 

Clean water (Category 1): Is water from a broken pipe, a water supply line, or even rainwater is also considered clean.

Gray water (Category 2): Is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  This is when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants begin growing, making the water hazardous. 

Black water (Category 3): Is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When dealing with black water, it is imperative to wear the proper PPE to insure proper safety practices.

Below are a few tips on handle each water loss category.

If the Water Damage Is from Clean Water (Category 1)

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

 If the Water Damage Is from Contaminated Water (Category 2 or Category 3)

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands  thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

The next time you have a water loss call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 916-991-1522.

Did your water supply line break?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water supply lines break all the time in homes. When this happens people don’t notice until the water has significantly spread through your home. Here are a few steps on what to do:

  • Shut off the water. Whether this is at the source or the main water shut off to the home.
  • If anything electrical was affected turn off the power to the affected area.
  • Call the Experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.
  • Remove as much water as possible.
  • If furniture is in the room try to get it off the ground so the legs are not affected.

Following these few steps will help second damage from occurring.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda the next time you have a water loss and we will help you restore your home. Give us a call at 916-991-1522.

Are space heaters safe?

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

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?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

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!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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?

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Main Utility Shut Offs
  2. Emergency Contacts
  3. Property Overview
  4. 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?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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.

  1. You want to shut off the water (whether that is at the source or the main water shut off).
  2. Call the owner of the building and let them know what happened.
  3. Call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.
  4. 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?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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?

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

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?

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

  1. 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.)
  2. Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
  3. Install “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  4. Keep a good amount of water bottles in your home ready in case of any emergency.
  5. 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.)
  6. Follow the directions provided via media and by the Police and Fire Departments to ensure that you are heading in the safest possible direction.
  7. 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.)
  8. Don’t forget your pets! Have an emergency kit ready for them as well including their transportation needs, carriers, and leashes.
  9. 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
  • Toiletries
  • 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

  1. If you can safely, turn off all utilities to your home before leaving.
  2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  3. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

After Flooding

  1. Return home only if your area has been cleared to reenter by local Police and Fire Departments.
  2. Avoid moving water.
  3. Stay away from damaged areas and any areas under water, unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
  4. 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.

Maintain your property throughout the year!

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S!!!

Our team here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda hopes that everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s!

Here are just a few tips to help you maintain your property going into the New Year!

  1. Test all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Clean your gutters.
  3. Get your HVAC serviced.
  4. Throw out unwanted garbage and debris from home.
  5. Check your roof, decks, and fences.

It is important to take care of your property throughout the year to avoid any problems.

If you do unfortunately have a loss or have any questions feel free to call our experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda, and we will be able to help you! You can reach our helpful and friendly staff 24/7 at 916-991-1522.

Do you have an Emergency Ready Kit?

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

With it being winter season it is important to have an emergency ready kit available in your home. With living in North Highlands / Rio Linda it is important to stay prepared in case a winter storm hits and causes a power outage for multiple days. When creating an emergency ready kit you want to make sure you have enough items for at least 72hrs. Here are a few necessities to have ready:

  1. Flashlights for each family member.
  2. Extra batteries.
  3. Battery operated radio
  4. Candles (matches).
  5. Non-perishable food.
  6. Hand can opener.
  7. Water bottles.
  8. Walky-talkies.
  9. First aid kit.

It is important that every family member knows where you are going to store these items for your emergency ready kit. It is also important to periodically check to make sure everything is fully stocked in your emergency ready kit.

Let SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda know if you have a loss we can help with. You can contact our office at 916-991-1522.

It’s Halloween, go totally catty, batty, deadly, ghostly and scary!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

"Trick or treat, bags of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street"! Happy Halloween, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

“Happy Halloween!”

Wishing all a safe, happy, scary, and sweet candy filled Halloween! From all of us here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

Many people know SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to be the fire, water, and mold Restoration Company. People recognize our technicians driving around in green cars, or parked outside their neighbor’s house. But our green vehicles aren’t just green for any reason, they are green to symbolize how we stand out to our community by helping out however we can.

 Our team here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda believes in supporting our community. We are involved with several community events and we sponsor several organizations in the North Highlands and Rio Linda community. We sponsor our local schools, sports teams, and small businesses.  We also attend annual events thrown by the community like the Farm and Tractor days where we go out and show our support.

 We believe in connecting with our community on another level to gain a trusting relationship with our customers so they feel comfortable when they call us to do the job.  If you ever need the help from SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda give us a call at 916-991-1522. Our technicians will get in our recognizable bright green vehicles and be on the way any time of the day, no matter the size of the damage.

Join Us For Our Halloween Trick~or~Treat Event

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Halloween Event Flyer "Trick or Treat! Be so sweet! Give me something good to eat!" Please join us for our trick or treat event.

October 30th from 3:00-4:00PM for our local Trick~or~Treat Event.

It will be at our office 5704 Dry Creek Rd. Look for the large SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda sign.

It is a free event for kids to pick up candy and participate in the costume contest for a prize.

We hope to see everyone there!

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call 916-991-1522

Do you love your furry friends but not the fur they leave behind?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our GM's "Fur Babies" as he calls them. Left: Daisy being cute. Right: Roxie being... Roxie.

As the days get colder does your pet spend more time inside the house with you?

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda cleans pet hair and odors and refreshes your home!

During the cold winter months, our furry friends like dogs and cats who would normally spend many hours a day outdoors are forced to stay inside where it is warm. Now your carpet is covered in shed hair and that corner where Fido had his accident has never quite smelled the same.

SERVPRO can help!

Our professional cleaning services can clean and remove odors from your carpets and upholstery and refresh your home.

Call us today 916-991-1522 and get a free and easy over-the-phone estimate!

Need carpets cleaned? Tell us how many rooms and if we need to move furniture.

Need upholstery cleaned? Tell us what you need cleaned and keep a tape measurer on hand in case our professional estimates need any additional info.

That's all you need to get an easy hassle free estimate without even needing to leave your house, or wait for someone to come by.

What are you waiting for? Call 916-991-1522 for a free estimate today!

Keep Your Business and Mind at Ease, Thanks to the Professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

From creepy cob webs to disastrous floods, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is ready for your call 24/7 - 916-991-1522

But What About Your Business?

You may not worry about a little bit of cobwebs and dust around your home but your business is a different story. Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on our professional at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to make your workspace look its very best.

SPECIALTY CLEANING SERVICES

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and exclusive cleaning products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Vandalism
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Bio-hazard
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Carpet and Upholstery

NO JOB IS TOO LARGE!

At SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we have years of experience cleaning an array of different types of business in the surrounding and greater Sacramento area.

Some examples are:

  • Property Management / Rental Facilities
  • Apartments
  • Medical / Hospital Facilities
  • Retirement Homes
  • Education Facilities
  • Government Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities
  • Food Truck / Trailers
  • Office Buildings of All Sizes
  • Mall Department Stores
  • Drug Stores
  • Entertainment Facilities

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-991-1522

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Happy Labor Day

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day from all of us at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda

Labor Day is a day to honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our nations strong and successful labor force.

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. – Theodor Roosevelt

SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda hopes you are enjoying a work free relaxing Labor Day today. But if disaster does strike your home or business we know the importance of immediate action and are available 24 hours a day for emergencies because we know even small damage has the potential to cause serious structural damage.

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.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda One of professionals answers the phone ready to help at any hour!

Call Today 916-991-1522

You can count on SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

When you have water, fire, or mold damage done to your home and need to get your property back to the way it was before your loss, you’re going to want to a company that you can trust. Most home or business owners want to use a company that has the knowledge and specialized equipment to ensure the job is done correctly. Our specialized equipment like our dehumidifiers and air movers help us dry in a timely manner to get you and your property back into your daily routine.

Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is that trusting company the customers want to use because we are dependable and do exceptional services. We ensure that all of our technicians are professional and use the specialized equipment that best fits your property’s needs. Our team also documents everything we do during the process so we can ensure our customers that we aren’t taking any short cuts and doing the job correctly.

Feel free to call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522.

Fire Season

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

With summer here and the high temperatures it brings along, it is important to be cautious of fire hazards around your home. We don’t realize the dangers we are in during the summer time until it is too late. It is important to clean up around the outside of your property from the brush and debris. A lot of us let that dry brush and debris build up around our homes not realizing how dangerous it can be to our property and the surrounding properties near you.  All it takes is high heat or a little spark and things can go bad very quickly.

If your home has experienced a fire and you need help restoring your property, call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522. Our team of highly trained technicians are available 24/7.

Start Preparing for Winter Now

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

With winter approaching and the rain coming it is important to make sure your home is prepared for the weather ahead. There are a few things you can do prior to winter to assure that your home is safe. To prevent flooding and leaks around your home it is important to clean your gutters, get your roof checked, and get the sills around the windows checked. It is important to do these things so your home is protected from getting leaks inside and causing water damage to your home. Once you notice water damage it is important to call an expert right away before the situation gets worse.

If your home gets water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. We will be there quickly ready to mitigate your water loss. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 916-991-1522.

Is your water heater leaking? What should you do?

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

The wet humid environment caused by a leaking water heater creates the perfect living conditions for mold to grow.

A leaking water heater could be a small problem but it could easily turn into a very big problem. Even small amounts of water can cause damage to your sub-floors, floors, and walls. Unfortunately for some homeowners, a leaking hot water heater can go undetected for days or even months. This creates a desirable habitat for mold to grow in your home. Which can cause numerous health problems, including allergic reactions and respiratory disorders.

Signs of a Hot Water Heater Leak

Check regularly for:

  • Water on the floor around the water heater.
  • Discoloration of the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • Mold on the floor and/or walls around the water heater.
  • A musty odor in the area where your water heater is located.
  • The room the water heater is in feel unusually humid.

I think I have a leak! Now What?

Find the Source!

  • Dry the area and try to determine where the water is coming from.
  • Check pipes around water heater and overhead.
  • The gaskets and valves may have come loose from the water pressure.
  • If you can’t find the source, check every few hours for signs of where the water is traveling from.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda! (916) 991-1522

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. If the source still hasn’t been found 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 causing that musty odor. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information here. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened."

Do You Like Taking Hot Showers and Baths?

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure you are checking your water heater regularly for Corrosion, Leaking, Rust, and Soot damage.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we know how stressful the clean up and restoration can be for a house with both small and major hot water leaks. If you do have a leak with damage to your house our team is trained and ready to help.

Feel free to call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522.

But we would like to help keep your water heater from getting that bad in the first place. Here are some ways to potentially prolong the life of your water heater and keep those shower’s and baths nice and hot.

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  1. Where is Your Water Heater is Located?

Sometimes a water heater is tucked away in a closet in the attic or there is no access to it because of items being stored around it. You want both the water heater and plumbing to it as easy to reach as possible and to clear a path to it.

  1. Is There Space Around Your Water Heater?

First, if your unit starts to leak you will not catch it very quickly if you can’t see it or don’t know where it is. Thus causing worsening damage to your house, this can include hazardous mold.Second, Items to close to the unit can be a fire hazard.Last, a gas-fired unit needs a good supply of oxygen to burn gas. Without sufficient oxygen it could cause damage to the burner chamber, affect how well it is working, and even cause a carbon monoxide leak.

  1. Do You Know What Type of Water Heater You Have?

You should know if your water heater’s a storage or tankless type. If it uses electric, natural gas, or propane.Know the age and gallon capacity.Know the model number, serial number, and brand.

  1. How Do You Turn Off the Water to Your Water Heater?

This is important to know before an emergency situation happens. There should be a gas valve or a disconnect switch within a few feet of the water heater. You should also know where your main gas shut-off valve is. Sometimes turning off the main gas shut-off is safer, like in a gas leak situation. Also make for sure you know where any special tools you may need to shut off the valve are located.

  1. Have You, or Do You Know How to Drain/Flush Your Water Heater?

You should drain a few gallons of water out of your water heater at least once a year. If you notice any sediment or debris, then a flush is recommended. To flush you will need to turn the temperature down and completely drain the tank. Then turn the water back on while the drain is open and let the water flow for a minute or more to help remove any lingering sediment or debris. Once draining is done and water is debris free, refill the tank, and turn the thermostat back to desired setting.

  1. Last, Have You Completed an Annual Water Heater Inspection?

An annual inspection might even be what catches a pesky leak you didn’t know existed.Start with the top of the water heater, is there any leaks, or bad corrosion on the valves and pipes? Check the thermostat and area below the thermostat. Look and see if you notice soot, charred metal, or any black residue. If you have a gas water heater check the draft hood and make sure it is placed properly, with a few inches of air space between the tank and where the vent connects. If you ever smell gas, turn off gas supply immediately and contact a professional. If you have an electric water heater and notice signs of leaking make sure there aren’t any more signs abound the upper and lower panels covering the electrical components.

We Are Here For You!

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

What Does RED FLAG WARNINGS & FIRE WEATHER WATCHES mean?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When it’s hot out, keep an eye out for fire weather. The National Weather Service has safety tips and all heat and storm warnings.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours.

Fire Weather

The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.More information available at The National Weather Service

Helpful Safety Tips and Reminders

As the months roll on in the area with hot weather SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda not only wants you to stay safe and hydrated during the heat but also be prepared to keep your town and properties safe as well. Here are some Safety Tips to follow during red flag warnings & fire weather watches:

  1. Equipment Use Safety
  • Don’t mow or trim dry grass on Red Flag Warning days. Instead, mow before 10 a.m. when it is not hot and windy.
  • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
  •  If you are in a wild land area, make sure you have a spark arrester, which is required for portable gasoline powered equipment.
  1. Campfire Safety
  • Before starting a campfire, obtain a campfire permit.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Carefully extinguish the fire when you are finished. Douse with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until it is cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground.
  1. Outside
  • Keep 100 feet of defensible space around structures.
  • Clear dead weeds and vegetation.
  • Remove leaves and needles from gutters.
  • Trim branches 6 feet from the ground.
  • If you are allowed to burn grass clippings, etc., in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
  1. Vehicles
  • Never pull over in dry grass.
  • Make sure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground.
  • Properly maintain your vehicle.
  • Monitor tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rims, which can ignite.
  • Don’t let brake pads wear too thin.
  • Never throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle.
  1. Other
  • Properly extinguish cigarette butts.
  • Don’t make the mistake of burning landscape debris like leaves or branches on No Burn Days, when it is windy, or if it is prohibited in your area.
  • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never shoot at metal targets.
  • To prevent arson, report suspicious activities to authorities.

We Are Here For You

If disaster strikes your home or business SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is here for you to get your life back on track. "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has experience with fire disasters in California.  We were there and available fast for the Tubbs Fire, Camp Fire, and other disasters as soon as we got the green light informing us that it is safe for us to enter the area.

Thank You

During heightened fire danger, CAL FIRE will place additional firefighters on duty, staff more fire engines and keep more equipment on 24 hours a day to be able to respond to any new fires. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda would like to take a moment to thank all the Cal Fire Firefighters for being there keeping California safe.

Damage to Your Business This Firework Season?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Sacramento CA, January 10, 2018. Image courtesy of Pyro Spectaculars in Pyro Blog Articles, uncategorized by Alicia Nichols

This celebration season, consider SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda for your soot, smoke, or fire damage needs

Smoke or Soot Damage?
SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda has specialized, certified, and trained professionals to help you with your needs. With our help, we can return your salvageable personal belongings, or commercial merchandise back to its original condition. Cleaning and Odor Control technicians can then remove or otherwise fix lingering smoke odors after soot cleaning has taken place.

Fire Damage?
Our service professionals are ready and able for fire damage of any size in Sacramento. Highly trained and certified Fire Restoration Technicians are available to help you anytime, 24/7. This means we are here to help you when the unimaginable may occur this Fourth of July.

Water Damage?
Firefighting efforts, while necessary, may likely cause water damage as well. SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda is prepared with our advanced drying techniques and equipment to start the restoration process as soon as possible. IICRC certifications mean we are ready and able to get your property dried swiftly and thoroughly.

If you’re faced with fire damage to your Sacramento home, business, or property; give us a call at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information.

The 4th of July is Just Around the Corner, Here are Some Safety Tips

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda Hope You Have Fun and Avoid Fires this Fourth of July!

15,600 fires are started every year by fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By taking the proper safety precautions, many of these fires could have been easily avoided. If you want to enjoy the celebrations without the risks of fire, go to a professional show. Professional shows are big, fun, and most importantly- safe.

If you still can’t resist having your own firework celebration, here is a list of the recommended safety precautions from the National Council on Firework Safety.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities, and never give fireworks to children
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, save your drinks for after the show
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles
  • Never relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department

With Fourth of July coming up, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda wish you a fun and safe Fourth of July!

For information on fire damage services to your home or business, call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website.

We're There for our Community!

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

How long have you been in the Rio Linda area? Do any of these historic Rio Linda photos look like familiar areas to you?

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda takes pride in our community and helping those with in it.

SERVPRO has been serving Sacramento County for years!

We have 24 hour emergency service available and will be there for your emergency situation. Such as, fire, flood, sewage, vandalism, or storm related damage. Call at any time, any day, and you will talk with an actual member of our team who will get you the help you need as soon as possible.

We also have many general services. We clean anything and everything; houses, carpets, drapes, rugs, clothes, and furniture.

Maybe you need some help with something on your property and you don't know who to call. Then call us!

Even in the rare chance that our services are not what you are looking for, we can make sure we direct you to who you need.

Need help on your next Home project in Rio Linda, North Highlands, or the greater Sacramento area? Then dial 916-991-1522 and get your local property damage experts!

Prepare For Summer Fires!

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

With summer here and the high temperatures it brings, it is important to be aware of fire hazards around your home. We don’t realize the dangers we are in during the summer time until it is too late. It is important to clean up around the outside of your property from the brush and debris. A lot of people don’t realize that dry brush and debris around your property can be very dangerous to you and the surrounding properties near you.  All it takes is high heat or a little spark and things can go bad very quickly.

If your home has experienced a fire and you have fire damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to help restore your property 916-991-1522. Our team of highly trained technicians are available 24/7.

After the Storm!

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

In Sacramento, thunder storms happen more than we would like them to and you never know when they are going to hit. It is always important to have a safety plan and be prepared for when they do hit your home or business. It is always good to have an emergency kit ready with a first aid kit, flashlights, plenty of water, and maybe a few nonperishable snacks. You never know how long you will be without power and resources for food and clean water.

When the storm surpasses there is usually some clean up to do depending on the size of the storm that hit your home. It may be anything from flooding to a tree falling onto your home. We have the specialized equipment and training needed to help get your home to where it was before the storm hit.

Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specialized equipment and experience needed to get the job done in a timely manner.  Give us a call at 916-991-1522 and let our team help you restore your home after a storm.

Do you have Small Leaks and Flooding in your Home!

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Having a home or business and worrying about leaks and flooding are stressful. When you have a single story property only have to worry about that main floor, but when you have a multiple story property you may not realize that when you have flooding or a small leak upstairs that your flooring, walls, insulation, and wood can be in danger on several floors. It is important that when you have flooding or find a small leak upstairs that you call an expert right away to access the issue. If you wait to take care of the issue the more problems you may have and the higher your chances of getting mold is.

Don’t let your water problem get worse, call our team of experts to help you get the problem resolved. Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specialized equipment needed to dry your home in a timely manner.

If you have concerns of a water problem call our team at 916-991-1522. We are available 24/7.

Is Mold Taking Over Your Commercial Building?

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that mold is everywhere? It is microscopic and can be carried into your home from your clothes, animals, or even just through the air. Mold can cause allergens and irritants? Mold can cause serious health problems if you don’t get the problem taken care of right away. Mold thrives off of moisture and grows rapidly when exposed to water.

When owning a commercial building you can have the issues of flooding, water leak, or pipe burst and when you don’t get the issue resolved right away you can end up with mold damage. When you spot mold in you commercial building it is important to call professionals so they can contain the mold before it spreads. Mold can spread very quickly and be carried from room to room without you even knowing.

Call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to help remediate your home to the way it was before the mold took over. We are just a phone call away 916-991-1522.

What areas in your home are more likely to have water damage?

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

There are a few places in a home that are more likely to have flooding and water damage than others. The most common area of your home to have a leak or a flood would be your bathrooms and kitchen. The reason being is that you have a tub/shower, toilet, and sink that can malfunction at any time in the bathroom and in the kitchen you have your sink, dishwasher, and fridge. If you ever come across flooding or leaking in your bathroom or kitchen, you want to turn off the water, locate the leak or where the flooding is coming from, and then call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

Water can spread quickly throughout your home and can cause more damage under the surface and in places that you can’t see. Water from flooding and leaks can absorb into the walls, flooring, and personal belongings. That’s why when you call our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we bring our specialized equipment that can read beyond the surface. It is important to call the experts at SERVPRO immediately to prevent mold growth.

If you have any questions or need our help, give SERVPRO of North Highlands/ Rio Linda a call at 916-991-1522.

Storms In Sacramento!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

As you know living in the Sacramento area that the weather can change any time of the year causing flooding. Our team is always ready for a storm whether it is large or small. The perk of being independently owned is that we are able to respond faster to any disaster.

When there is a large storm that comes through the Sacramento area and causes flooding call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Our teams of experts have the specialized equipment and are highly trained to restore your damaged property to the pre-storm condition.

Always make sure that if you are stuck to get to a safe location as soon as possible. Keep a few emergency kits available in the home, business, and cars. If you have any questions or need our assistance feel free to contact us at 916-991-1522.

Keep a Look Out for Water Damage!

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be very detrimental to your home or business. A lot of people don’t realize that the longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are actually causing to your property. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. Then you want to call the professional experts here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to come out and assess the problem. It doesn’t matter the size of the damage we will be able to help get it under control.

Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business, you can always look at your walls and ceiling to see if there is water rings and if you feel like the floor are soft or sagging most likely there is water damage. The best thing to do is call and expert right away before the problem gets worse.

Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have are specialized equipment ready to use in our cars so we can get to you as quickly as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse call our highly trained team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522.

Commercial Water Damage

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

When owning any type of property you are taking a risk in the challenges that it may present. When you have a commercial property it presents more unique challenges than just a normal residential property would. When a commercial building has water damage, it can occur from several things such as sewage backup, pipe leaks, flooding, and more.

Whether the water damage is large or small you are going to want experts assess the problem as soon as you notice the damage. The longer you wait to contact someone the more damage can be caused to your commercial building. Just remember that the smallest leaks can cause the biggest problems.

If you notice that your commercial building has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda. Our team here has the specialized equipment and the knowledge needed to take care of your commercial water damage needs.  

Trusting SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

When you have water, fire, or mold damage done to your home and need to get your property back to the way it was before your loss, you’re going to want to a company that you can trust. Most home or business owners want to use a company that has the knowledge and specialized equipment to ensure the job is done correctly. Our specialized equipment like our dehumidifiers and air movers help us dry in a timely manner to get you and your property back into your daily routine.

 Our team at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is that trusting company the customers want to use because we are dependable and do exceptional services. We ensure that all of our technicians are professional and use the specialized equipment that best fits your property’s needs. Our team also documents everything we do during the process so we can ensure our customers that we aren’t taking any short cuts and doing the job correctly.

Feel free to call the experts at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda at 916-991-1522.

Happy Mother's Day!

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda!

It’s Mother’s Day and mom should be taking it easy and relaxing on her special day.

Treat your mom and have her carpet or upholstered furniture professionally cleaned by SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda.

At SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we clean and restore your carpets and upholstered furniture.

Facts:

  • Professional cleaning will remove dirt, dust, and stains from your upholstery, making it look better and ensuring it lasts longer.
  • Professional upholstery and carpet/rug cleaning using steam can kill dust mites, while vacuuming just removes them temporarily. This improves indoor air quality and may reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma.
  • Professional cleaning removes other small particles and debris. Things too small for the human eye to see, like bacteria, insect parts, fragrances, chemical fumes from household cleaners, fabric fibers, smoke, mold spores, and pollen are embedded in upholstery fibers.

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda today! 916-991-1522

When Disaster Affects You, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is ready!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW!

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, a overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning and knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” will give you peace of mind.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda can create an Emergency READY Profile for your business.

The Emergency Ready Plan will -

  • Help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Help you know what to do, who to call and what to expect.
  • Help minimize the affects of water and fire.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you Ready for whatever happens?”

Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda Today 916-991-1522

Dealing with the Aftermath of Squatters

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Left: The results of a trash can garbage fire. Right: Debris left over after police removed unlawful inhabitants of a property.

So some squatters moved in while you glanced away from a property?

You have finally been able to contact local authorities and had the issue with the people in the property resolved. However, you are left with the aftermath of their unique choices of living arrangements.

The squatters are out, but my property is an absolute disaster!

Don't worry! Call SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda and we can help you with anything you need!

  • Fire, soot, water, and mold damage mitigation
  • Full property cleaning
  • Junk and debris removal
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard removal including needles and other paraphernalia
  • Board-up and securing of property
  • Communicating with your insurance
  • And everything else in-between!

Squatters have no care for your property whatsoever. They have no fear of local laws or any form of liability. Therefore the results of unlawful inhabitance in your property could be anywhere from relatively contained to massively widespread.

We have the experience and training to help you through this. We will be able to guide you to what needs to be done if this is your first time dealing with these problems, we can get to work immediately if you are already experienced with the processes involved in these situations. We can handle your insurance for you, or we can let you have the reins and minimize our contact with your insurance. We will communicate and work with your individual and personal needs to make this problem "Like it never even happened."

Having issues dealing with the aftermath of squatters in one of your Sacramento Properties? Call us today at 916-991-1522

Supporting the Community

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Many people know SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda to be the fire, water, and mold restoration company. People recognize our technicians driving around in green cars, or parked outside their neighbor’s house. But our green vehicles aren’t just green for any reason, they are green to symbolize how we stand out to our community by helping out however we can.

Our team here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda believes in supporting our community. We are involved with several community events and we sponsor several organizations in the North Highlands and Rio Linda community. We sponsor our local schools, sports teams, and small businesses.  We also attend annual events thrown by the community like the Farm and Tractor days where we go out and show our support.

We believe in connecting with our community on another level to gain a trusting relationship with our customers so they feel comfortable when they call us to do the job.  If you ever need the help from SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda give us a call at 916-991-1522. Our technicians will get in our recognizable bright green vehicles and be on the way any time of the day, no matter the size of the damage.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Sacramento and surrounding areas

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we know the importance of immediate action. We are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies because we know even small water damage has the potential to cause serious structural damage.

One of SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda professionals answers the phone ready to help at any hour!

Call Today 916-991-1522

When Water damage occurs in your home or workplace, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will respond quickly, with the right equipment to dry and help protect your property.

Emergency Water Damage Process Overview

ONE HOUR:

Within one hour from notice of loss, a professional with SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will contact you to arrange for service.

FOUR HOURS:

Within four hours of loss notification, one of our water damage experts will be on-site to start mitigation services. The hey to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

Our trained and equipped professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explain what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

PRETESTING:

Our restoration expert will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS:

Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, usually your adjuster of property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATION:

The SERVPRO of North Highlands  / Rio Linda team will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property. Using state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH:

After work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted will you to help ensure your satisfaction.

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners(These tips are for clean water situations only!)

  • Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be done safely.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wed upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion cover in the washing machine.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixture if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are saggy from retaining water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Your Business Should Never Suffer Due to Bad Scheduling

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

We set up a way for this local skating rink to continue their normal operations throughout this water loss through barriers and careful scheduling.

When disaster strikes your Sacramento business, you can’t afford to just “shut down” until it is taken care of.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we know what it is like to run a business, and that every second wasted is lost profit.

While everyone is concerned about getting the job done fast, we also take great care in planning what order things need to get done. Let’s say a pipe in the attic of your business bursts, if you need to run your fax machine to enable your profits and an I.T. isn’t scheduled to be onsite to evaluate your machine until after the drying is complete, that is pure loss of profit. That is why with your commercial property the most important factor of our work is tackling every obstacle with proper organization. If we can set up temp offices in an unaffected area but that was the only fax machine, then drying is not the highest concern at this time. Our highest concern will always be your bottom dollar.

Through constant communication and intelligent scheduling we will work with you to plan the quickest and most efficient way for you to get back on track as soon as humanly possible. After all, if you run a company you need income to stay afloat, so any problem that is not a direct opposition to income can wait its turn.

Does your business need a job done not only fast, but right? Then call us today at 916-991-1522!

High Heat is Just Around the Corner, is Your AC an Accident Waiting to Happen?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Pictured are two examples of condensation lines.

We have quickly moved out of the cold months into Spring. However, unless you are new to Sacramento, you know quite well that the heat of Summer doesn't wait it's turn.

HVAC condensation lines getting clogged is a very large cause of many early Summer water damage claims. While your HVAC unit, and electricity bill, get to rest in the short few weeks between cold and hot a blockage could easily form in your condensation line.

So here is what to do!

  • Call an HVAC company to service your unit. This is probably the easiest and most efficient method, but unfortunately the most expensive.
  • Check to make sure your primary condensation line, usually located near the ground outside the home in an area of high foot traffic, is slowly dripping water when your HVAC is on.
  • If you primary line is not dripping check the secondary line, usually located somewhere like above a window or door as to be more noticeable when dripping.
  • If the primary, or both lines, are not dripping while the unit is on, find a way to flush out or remove the potential blockage. The cleanout will usually be located close to the HVAC main unit. Make sure you thoroughly research how to properly clear your lines before attempting to!
  • Check your HVAC unit overflow pan, make sure it has no holes or rust around it. If it is damaged you may need to have it replaced.

If you believe your HVAC has been leaking then call us ASAP.

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will come out and perform a free moisture inspection on your Sacramento property if you believe you may have had a potential accident. Hopefully we turn up nothing on our scope, if we do find something we will get you an estimate or begin communication with your insurance as soon as you need us to.

Concerned about your HVAC leaking, call 916-991-1522 today!

What is a Storm?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

An eerily beautiful wildfire photo. Hopefully this can stand as a metaphor, that even in disaster we can move on to something beautiful.

As time has gone on the way SERVPRO defines a storm has evolved.

Originally STORM was used as a rallying call to all SERVPROs to help in areas where more than just the local franchises were needed to help everyone that was affected. These events included massive rainstorms, hurricanes, and flash floods.

However, those aren't the only natural disasters that happen in our world.

This massive network of hundreds of franchises willing to travel became a saving grace to those affected by all kinds of catastrophic events. Wildfires, sudden widespread freezing temperatures, even earthquakes suddenly became part of this movement.

That is STORM to SERVPRO it is the first name we gave it and it is the name that stuck.

In every disaster there is overwhelming emotions. We have to try our best to smile through the worst and work toward better days together. All in all we must never lose our hope, even in the most trying of times.

With the recent wildfires that have caused havoc throughout California it is easy to get caught up in all the pain and hardship, but we have to work together to lift emotions. Smile even though it hurts, focus on the positives of the future instead of dwelling on the negatives of the past, if you need help don't be afraid to tell someone, and never lose your hope.

This goes out to all of the families that have been affected by the California wildfires. You have the strength to get through this, believe in yourselves, your family, and your friends.

Attic Clean up

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Before and after image of an attic

When a fire happens the smoke rises and you may not even realize just how much of your house it effects. The smoke smell could be trapped inside the insulation in your attic.

At SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda we are proud of our work and are experienced in removal and cleanup of insulation. We have serviced many happy customers in the community with fire related jobs, and have restored many attics.

Our expertise extends past the insulation removal process and our knowledge is extensive in proper cleaning products to remove smells including smoke, soot, mildew, and bio related smells (urine, blood, etc.). Other smell removing processes that we have experience with such as ozone and fogging can be beneficial to get your home back to the living standard you expect.

Usually You Don't See it Coming

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Almost every fire is some kind of accident.

However, no matter how much we prepare, sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control.

This house experienced an electrical fire that burned through it's walls and ceiling.

Be it faulty wires or opportunistic rodents freeloading in your attic, fires will happen.

At this property we worked quickly to board up the damage of the roof and secure the structure from anyone, or anything, trying to get in.

Once we were secured the cleaning process begins.

We work with your insurance that way you don't have to.

We give all our customers full control over how much they want to be involved.

You want every communication with your insurance through you? You got it!

Maybe you are just absolutely exhausted with this process and you want to just be left alone and be given updates at major milestones of the work? You got it!

Fire will take control of your home from you, we do everything we can to give it back.

If you had a loss don't hesitate to call today 916-991-1522.

Importance of Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

All homes and commercial properties should have CO alarms to keep your family and friends safe.

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather storms, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

Never use a generator, grill or camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.

To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.

Opening doors or windows and using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen and has no scent, it is very dangerous and can rapidly lead to loss of consciousness and death.

Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.

Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

If your home or business suffers from any type of storm damage, call SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda at 916-991-1522 and we will send a professional out to assist with making your home safe for you and your family.

The Mold Remediation Process

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Before and After a Mold Remediation.

  1. Contact Us  at 916-991-1522 The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel to best suit your needs.

  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  3. Mold Containment Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold spores. We may use advanced containment procedures to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and HVAC systems must be turned off to prevent the spread of spores throughout the home.

  4. Air Filtration Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores during the mold remediation process.

  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.

  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and all restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  7. Restoration Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Commercial Sewage Backup

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage debris in a main hallway.

Here at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda, we know just how important it is to recover after a loss. Whether it be fire damage, water damage, mold issue, storm damage, or any number of issues, our goal is to get you and your business back up and running as fast as possible.

Sewage Backup in Local Building

A local property manager called recently about a sewage backup they had. They were rather worried that they may have to shut down, and did not want it to impede on their business. We reassured them we would be there as soon as possible to handle the situation. Our crew went in and got the sewage cleaned up within a day or so. The property manager was thrilled that they did not have to shut down and so appreciative that we got there so quick and handled everything.

If you experience any kind of damage in your commercial business, give us a call at (916) 991-1522.

Flood Facts that are Need-To-Know!

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Dripping wet insulation!

Flood facts that may Surprise You:

  • Floods ranked #1 in the United States for natural disasters.
  • Two feet of rushing water can easily carry a car away.
  • Flash floods are known to bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high.
  • There is a risk of 1 in 4 chances of a flood damaging your home with a 30 year period in a high-risk area.
  • Homes in high-risk flood areas are more likely to suffer from water damage than fire damage.
  • Most basic homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
  • Areas experiencing new land development are at an increased risk of flooding, especially if the construction changes the natural runoff paths.
  • For the last decade, total flood insurance claims averages more than $3.4 billion per year.

Now that you know some interesting facts about floods, how can you prevent floods from damaging your home? Below are a couple of tips on ways you can prevent water damage from floods.

Check for dark spots and other signs of water damage under your pipes and inside cabinets. Check for water stains on ceilings and toilets that aren’t secured to the floor. Take a moment to inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check your windows and door frames for any damage or gaps.

Don’t delay addressing water damage – you may not be able to see the extent of the damage until it is too late. If you find a leak, and put it off, it could cause serious damage and even lead to significant mold growth.

If your property does suffer water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda to handle your clean up and restoration needs. We provide emergency response 24/7 and will always respond quickly in your time of need. Contact us at 916-991-1522.

Got Mold? We Can Fix That!

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold isn't always black, know what you're looking at and Call us for help.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home using your HVAC system and any fans you have on.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and ALL fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda specializes in mold remediation, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are IICRC trained and certified restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly clean and resolve your mold problem quickly and safely. The safety and health of you and your family are our biggest concern.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 916.991.1522

Firework Damage at Your Sacramento Business or Home?

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

This celebration season, consider SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda for your soot, smoke, or fire damage needs

Smoke or Soot Damage?

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda has specialized, certified, and trained professionals to help you with your needs. With our help, we can return your salvageable personal belongings, or commercial merchandise back to its original condition. Cleaning and Odor Control technicians can then remove or otherwise fix lingering smoke odors after soot cleaning has taken place.

Fire Damage?

Our service professionals are ready and able for fire damage of any size in Sacramento. Highly trained and certified Fire Restoration Technicians are available to help you anytime, 24/7. This means we are here to help you when the unimaginable may occur this Fourth of July.

Water Damage?

Firefighting efforts, while necessary, may likely cause water damage as well. SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda is prepared with our advanced drying techniques and equipment to start the restoration process as soon as possible. IICRC certifications mean we are ready and able to get your property dried swiftly and thoroughly.

If you’re faced with fire damage to your Sacramento home, business, or property; give us a call at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information.

Tips on Firework Safety in California

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keep those water buckets around!

15,600 fires are started every year by fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By taking the proper safety precautions, many of these fires could have been easily avoided. If you want to enjoy the celebrations without the risks of fire, go to a professional show. Professional shows are big, fun, and most importantly- safe.

If you still can’t resist having your own firework celebration, here is a list of the recommended safety precautions from the National Council on Firework Safety.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

With Fourth of July coming up, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda wish you a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda provides business owners with commercial water damage restoration services

Most businesses have a source of water in their building. For some, this may be crucial, others it may be secondary. Whether it's water for a client such as food preparation, or services such as dentistry or cleaning, all water sources are at risk for leaks or breakage. Failures in these systems, high pressure or not, can and will lead to water damage in your commercial business. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here to help Sacramento businesses with their water damage based issues.

There are a multitude of ways to receive water damage, but the best way to solve this issue is to allow trained professionals to assess the damage and act accordingly. Our North Highlands and Rio Linda SERVPRO technicians are prepared and IICRC certified to tackle water damage due to flooding, toilet overflows, sewer backups, pipe breakages, and more. Even clean water needs to be removed professionally to prevent further damage. Dirty water from sewage, drains, or floods especially needs expert care and removal to prevent the spread of pathogens that may exist in these conditions.

Damage will often be visible, but can just as well not be readily apparent to you. When it comes to bacteria and pathogens, this is especially critical as uncleaned areas from these issues can and will spread. Furthermore, water can spread into materials, damage, warp, and ultimately permanently change them.

An important part of the drying process for the quickest cleaning, is the pack-away of items off-site. This provides security from damage during the cleaning and repairing process and also protects against theft of supplies and inventory. SERVPRO is here to help.

If you face water damage, commercial or otherwise in sacramento: call us at (916) 991-1522. We are available 24/7 to help with get your business back on track. For more information on commercial services, visit our website.

Is Your Sacramento Home At-Risk for Water Heater Failure?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Proper checkups and maintenance may save you from this often-overlooked water damage risk.

Water heaters are often overlooked as a sign of extreme failure. Many times, people forget about their water heater at all until they find themselves with cold water. Paying attention to these small signs may save you big before your next water disaster.

Strange Noises and Leaks:

  • Sediment buildup inside of the tank can give rise to these signs
  • Leaks from the header can cause flooding and water damage
  • Any bangs, gurgling, popping, or creaking may indicate something is wrong with your water heater
  • If you can hear water boiling, this is a strong indication that water is being overheated or that pressure is building inside of the tank as a result of a blockage
  • Address these issues immediately to prevent further damage.

Smell and Color:

  • Hot water with a rusty smell, or color can indicate malfunctions
  • Rusty anode rods in the water heater need to be replaced to maintain integrity of the basin
  • Odd smells could also be due to bacteria growth, if the water heater has been off for a period of time

Corroded Pipes:

  • Off color water is a tell-tale sign that something from the water heater to the exit point has corroded
  • Sediments appearing in the water is also a sign that the pipes have degraded over time
  • Have the water heater inspected by an industry professional before taking appropriate steps

Acting on these telltale signs can be a great preventative measure against possible water damage to your Sacramento home or business. For more information on our water damage services, visit our website or call us at (916) 991-1522.

Preparing for Bad Weather

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the season, bad weather can strike at anytime. What bad weather is might change person to person, but it is smart to prepare for difficult weather in advance. Stockpiling a few items and preparing an emergency kit will help you stay safe. Here are a few items you can throw together for your home emergency kit.

A battery operated weather radio will allow you to stay up to date with information, even when the power goes out. Having extra batteries for this, and your other devices can allow you to continue to have flashlights and communication during power outages.
When living in areas that can be cold, a small generator on hand is smart. If the power goes out, and you need to produce heat, the generator will put you on the safe side of this situation. Its also smart to purchase generators in off seasons, such as late spring, summer, or fall when they are cheaper and not in demand.

Bad weather doesn’t always come when you're at home, so prepare your car for these situations as well. Make that next trip to Tahoe this summer just that much safer!

Having a few extra non-expirable food items for these situations can be a pertinent decision as well. Bottled water is a must, but some other common items to buy include granola bars, soups, dry milk, and anything that comes in a can.

If the next big storm in Sacramento causes damage to your property, be sure to call SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands to help you make it “Like It Never Even Happened”. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information.

Common Mold Locations in Your Sacramento Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are constantly floating around just about everywhere. As a result of this, and given the right conditions, mold may show up in your home or business at any time. Even if you maintain a general level of cleanliness around your property, mold will still find the conditions it needs to survive and spread.

Bathroom

  • Anywhere there is moisture, mold can be present
  • Check your shower, this means grout, any products, small spaces, or above the shower area
  • Under your sink, you may not notice that a pipe has started to leak creating a perfect environment for mold
  • Leaking in your shower or bathtub may also go unnoticed and cause mold to grow beneath these items

Living Room

  • Check for mold under carpets, spilled drinks or food can offer mold a prime place for growth
  • Window seals, water may become trapped and give mold an ideal environment for growth
  • Brickwork, an exposed chimney or other brickwork can allow moisture to be trapped in between bricks, giving rise to mold growth

Kitchen

  • Your fridge may be hiding mold under, or behind it
  • Garbage can will often have moisture and plenty of food for mold to thrive on, check the container and lid for mold growth

After checking these places, if you still suspect mold growth, call SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands to have professionals inspect your home. Call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information.

Sacramento Campfire Safety Tips for Camping Season 2017

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

At-Risk Types of Businesses for Commercial Mold Damage in Sacramento

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations in All Kinds of Businesses

Moisture in homes can allow for many types of mold. Molds are highly adaptable and can grow in many environments and conditions. The most common threads between mold are moisture, darkness, plentiful food sources, and moderate temperatures. Different businesses and different types will have varying environments for this mold to grow, meaning that your commercial property may be more or less susceptible to mold depending on the business. Below is a list of a few of the types of businesses that are most susceptible, though we receive calls from all types of businesses with mold issues.

Industrial Settings - Some settings with moist environments can be excellent for mold growth. Commercial areas often with unused areas, lots of corners, and neglected space are perfect places for mold growth. Industrial workers also have a tendency to ignore mold growth under the assumption that it is a mess from another part of the job.

Apartments, Rental Properties, and Hotels - Mold tends to want to live where we want to live given the moderate temperatures we keep ourselves. As a result of this, landlords and hotel owners are some of the most afflicted business owners when it comes to mold, especially when spaces are inhabited frequently and for short periods of time. Renters can contribute to mold growth without knowing, and with their short stay may not notice it while they are there. Regular checkups are essential in the fight against long term mold growth.

Restaurants - Food service is the most common business for mold damage in Sacramento. With food preparation, there is an ample source of nutrients, plenty of water, and a humid working environment. Unnoticed scraps of food can fall, or find itself out of sight where mold can grow and spread.

SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda offers professional damage restoration and cleaning services, with the training needed for even the toughest commercial jobs. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or view our mold services here

Sacramento 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 916-991-1522

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

Sacramento Flood Damage - Facts about Flood Damage in Sacramento

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda here to give you facts about flood damage in Sacramento

Everyone resides in a flood zone. Even dry areas can experience flash floods, especially after a drought with heavy rainfall. Rivers, streams, and lakes can overflow with a few extra rainy days.

A few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your Sacramento home. Flood damage can also affect your Sacramento commercial building. It is possible that your insurance plan does not cover flood damage because you may not be an immediate risk to this common type of home damage.

Here are some facts and prevention tips about flood damage:

  • Flood damage, on average, can cost around $5,000 to $10,000. How much damage, and the cost to repair that depends on what type of water affected your property, and how much water there was.
  • Having a plumber inspect and flush your water heater at least once a year is a recommended way to prevent failure, and subsequent flooding of water from that container.
  • Survey your house, inspect, and replace rubber hoses that are old, worn, or may become faulty. Metal or braided hoses will not go hard and burst like rubber, and continue to check all hoses.
  • Toilet leaks will appear as a small leakage from the base of the toilet, check for these to see if this needs to be repaired.
  • When moving into a new apartment, space, or business, locate the main water shutoff. If something bursts, you need to know where this is quickly to be able to prevent further damage.
  • Always keep your eye out for unwanted moisture, or signs of water damage on your walls or ceilings.
  • Often leaks or breaks in plumbing happen where pipes can’t be seen. If you suspect a leak, turn off all water usage. Then, check your water meter, wait an hour, and check again. If you have used any more water, you will know you have a leak.
  • Furthermore, if you have a spike in your water bill you may have a leak. Keep an eye on these to make sure you are properly informed about your Sacramento home or business.

If or when you experience flood damage in your Sacramento home, call SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for storm or water damage information.

Restoring Your Sacramento Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Water Leaks, Not a Flood but Still a Problem

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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”

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

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!

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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
  2. Have a safety kit, which you can read more about in our other blog posts
  3. 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
  4. Keep your refrigerator closed when the powers out - The longer your food stays refrigerated, the longer you can stay indoors.
  5. 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
  6. 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 Mysteries

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

 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.

Safety:

  1. Keep a safe distance of about 3 feet between anything and the space heater. This especially includes bedding, curtains, and furniture.
  2. Keep kids away from it, as they may not be as aware of their ability to catch fire or burn them as you are.
  3. Do not plug space heaters into extension cords, and do not step on their cords.
  4. Turn them off before going to sleep, leaving a room, or leaving them unattended.
  5. Have smoke and carbon monoxide monitors to detect possible fires.
  6. Only use space heaters that are “UL Listed” which means they have been independently tested for safety.
  7. 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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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.

Dryer Vents, an Incredible Sacramento Safety Hazard

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 http://www.SERVPROnorthhighlandsriolinda.com/storm-flooding-restoration 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 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.

Mold in Sacramento? Follow these Safety Tips

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold found in a Sacramento home SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda remediated.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

Sacramento Smoke and Soot Services

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Sacramento House Fires we've helped to make "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 916-991-1522

Restoring Your Sacramento Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Its Always a Good Time to Check Supply Lines in Sacramento

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Example water supply line

No matter the weather, prevent water damage by doing routine checks on common sources of water

Sacramento homes can often come under water damage, and in many cases subsequent mold damage as a result of old supply lines. What are supply lines? Supply lines are flexible water lines that come off of pipes, that supply water to appliances like your refrigerator, hot water heater, washing machine, and toilets. Just doing a quick check to make sure there are no even small leaks can help prevent costly future water damage. Crimps in the line, splits in the lines protection, loose connections, or very small pinholes can all lead to future water damage are are a sign that these lines need to be replaced.

Your friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are locally owned, and locally operated. We hope that with these tips, and other tips located on our blog can help you prevent your next disaster. When disaster does strike, be sure to call us 24/7! (916) 991-1522

Sources of Mold in Sacramento

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth on seeds.

We remediate the damage from mold, but where does mold come from?

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on many surfaces, unfortunately it also uses these surfaces as a source of food. Mold uses its root system, called Hyphae to anchor itself and then slowly disintegrates the material that it is attached to. As the mold eats away at the material the roots grow deeper, causing larger and more structural damage. This is possible in a variety of porous materials including grout, concrete, or brick.

Regardless of building materials, depending on the current climate and conditions, or any previous and recent water damage that went unnoticed mold may grow and compromise these materials. One such place is outside the home, where mold is not often thought to grow. Decorative brick or other surfaces that may become damp can grow mold, as well outside surfaces of the house. When these surfaces, grow mold pets and people may help to carry those spores inside of the house.

Cleaning outside mold can be just as important as inside mold when weather allows for the conditions to be right. Mold can be deposited in many surfaces, and grow on most. As an example pet beds can be perfect breeding grounds for mold as they are moist and often forgotten, and it only takes a small amount of moisture to start growth.

For all types of mold remediation, it is important to contact SERVPRO to inspect and take care of the damage. Mold may be a hazard to you, your family, and your pets and it is important professionals take care of the damage. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is locally owned, operated, and have trained professionals ready to help. Call 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information.

Common Mold Misconceptions

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Black mold growth needs to be treated with the same care as all mold growth

More often than not black mold is used as a sensational headline or news report.

More often than not mold is used as a sensational headline or news report. Mold is something that should be taken seriously, but scandalous news reports do harm in public education.

The most common type of mold that is black is called stachybotrys chartarum, a type of mold that produces allergens and irritants. Many types of mold produce allergens and irritants, not just this type of mold. This means that mold of all types should be treated professionally, not just mold that is black in color. Treat all types of mold with an air of caution, by reading our tips and help on this topic.

Given that mold with all types of colors and appearances can be harmful, be sure to call professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda to help you immediately. With 24/7 support, call us at 916-991-1522 or visit our website for more information and tips.

Be Prepared for Your Next Commercial Mishap

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

50% of small businesses do not reopen after a major fire or water disaster occurs in their business

SERVPRO of N. Highlands and Rio Linda is here to mitigate this disaster 24/7 to help your business stay on track and out of harm's way. No matter what the size of the damage, by calling us you can help to make sure your business is not part of the 50% that close when disaster strikes. We will help to make it “Like it never even happened”, so you can get back to business as soon as possible. You can't schedule when the unthinkable will happen, but you can take the correct steps to mitigate it. 

Locally owned, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are there for your commercial damage restoration needs. See other local Sacramento businesses and organizations we've already helped with before and after photos. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda at 916-991-1522 24/7 if you need help, or visit our site for more information about our services.

Be Prepared for Sacramento’s Next Power Outage

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

You may not need a full "bug out bag", but there are some essential items to think about.

After any sort of storm, power outage, or other unforeseen emergency: you may need to be prepared for road closures for up to 72 hours. Depending on the nature of closures, whether it be a large flooding or water event or power outage here is what you should have to be prepared for you, your family, friends, and neighbors.

  1. Flashlights (One for each family member ideally)
  2. Battery-operated clock and radio
  3. Extra batteries for everything
  4. Non-perishable food, this could come in the form of canned, dried, dehydrated, or other foods
  5. A way to open and prepare all of these foods without electricity
  6. Plenty of bottled water, (many gallons), gallon water jugs are cheap and store well, so there is no reason not to keep a few around
  7. Keep a list of important phone numbers, and if relevant addresses and a map incase you lose access to the internet
  8. First aid kit, more than just a few bandages.

These are just the essentials, for more information and tips feel free to visit  http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather. It may be summer now, but a power outage could happen at any time, and there's no better time to prepare for this fall and winter rainy season than now.

Should weather strike, and you need help, call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information about our storm damage, water damage, fire damage, mold damage, commercial cleaning, or other services. We are locally owned and operated, and here to help you 24/7 with your disaster.

Grilling Tips from Your Friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands of Rio Linda

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Sacramento grilling safety tips to keep this summer safe and fun.

Stay safe Sacramento, grilling tips to prevent fire this summer.

Year round Sacramento locals are injured while using their grills, whether they are gas powered or charcoal powered. Following these helpful safety tips can help Sacramento stay safe and prevent fires this summer:

  1. Keep your grill away from your house, as far as you reasonably can. Never use a grill under any overhangs wood or otherwise
  2. Make sure the grill has sturdy ground to sit on- prevent it from falling over
  3. Keep your grill clean to prevent unwanted fire
  4. Always supervise the grill while you are using it
  5. Use long tools to keep yourself safe while using the grill
  6. Make sure anyone not using the grill stays away from the grill

From your friends at the SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, we wish Sacramento a safe and fire free summer. If you face fire, water, mold, home, or commercial damage, call us at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information.

What to Do When Your Device Falls in Water

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

If you act fast, it may not be too late.

It’s something that will eventually happen to all of us, but with proper care you might be able to reverse your mistake.

Water itself isn’t conductive, but any water that isn’t specifically deionized will have minerals in it that will make it conductive. When water gets into your device, it will create a pathway between two points where electricity shouldn’t flow, creating a short.

  1. Get your device out of the water as fast as possible. Don’t put yourself in danger to do so, but grab it as soon as the mistakes been made. The longer your phone is in water, it becomes increasingly more likely that water will seep into your phone. This includes water resistant phones as well, water resistance doesn’t not mean waterproof and they are prone to allowing water inside of them under pressure as well.
  2. Turn your device off. This is the best way to ensure that a short does not occur if water is inside of the device.
  3. Dry device phone off as best as you can externally, but don’t use blow dryers. Blow dryers can heat the device and damage components. If you have silica packets or rice around, leave your phone in a container with them to allow the water to be wicked away.
  4. Wait a few days, water can be difficult to leave a phone and the rice or silica will need time to work.
  5. Turn it on to test. You may be in luck! Most phones, even if they still work, will always show that they have been water damaged with indicators that change color when this occurs.

For all of your other water damage needs, call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda 24/7 at 916-991-1522, or visit our website for more information about water, mold, and fire damage.

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is Hiring!

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Spread the word! SERVPRO of North Highlands/Rio Linda is hiring Fire and Water Damage restoration Production Crew Chiefs & Technicians.

We are seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you'll thrive in this work environment.

As a valued SERVPRO® employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and advance. Compensation is $22,000-$66,000 per year depending on experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
  • Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
  • Maintain a clean and professional physical appearance.
  • Prepare rooms/areas for work activities. Set up staging area and equipment for each project.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
  • Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns).
  • Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.

Position Requirements

  • Restoration Crew Chief should have 1-year Experience. Technicians can be trained.
  • Effective oral communication
  • Available to work overtime and at off-cycle hours
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications WRT and FSRT required
  • IICRC certifications ASD and AMRT preferred
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals

Experience is a Plus:

  • Fire and Water Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Contents/Structure Cleaning
  • Construction Work
  • Demo Work: 1

Call us at 916-991-1522 or email us at office@SERVPRO10057.com.

Help at your fingertips, what SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda can do to help you!

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning services to suit your commercial needs

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda have the commercial cleaning services you need. For a company that delivers superior results for any problem, SERVPRO is here for you. If you need a professional cleaning, emergency water or fire restoration, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Whether it is a small office building, large office building, apartment building, restaurant, hotel, retail store, residential, manufacturing, or school and government buildings, we are here for your timely and professional needs. Be sure to contact us when you need help with your property damage next.

For your cleaning service needs, visit our website or call us at (916) 991-1522. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are here for you. 

Where to Start When Fire Damage Occurs

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda provide professional fire damage services for commercial and non commercial needs

When a fire damage event occurs at your Sacramento business or commercial property, it is important to get damage repaired as quickly as possible. Fires often leave businesses or commercial properties in a state where business cannot continue, which is bad for your business. Keeping downtime to a minimum is crucial.

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is “Faster to Any Disaster”

Here are the first steps you should take with your business or home after a fire disaster.

Determine the scale of work required:
The first step in any Sacramento fire, commercial or residential, is to have a professional assessment done. Although it may be tempting to enter the property yourself after a fire to see the damage that has occurred; we strongly recommend against this. Fire damage creates a toxic and possibly harmful environment that should only be first assessed by professionals. Professionals will need to assess possible structural damage, as well as water damage from the efforts of firefighters. Further, smoke damage may cause damage throughout the Sacramento property even though the fire only affected one area.

Explore your options for repair:
With fire damage and possible water damage to your Sacramento home, there are many steps from start to finish to make your property “Like It Never Even Happened”. Depending on the extent of the damage, drywall may need to be removed if it has been damaged by smoke or water. Other damage may include carpeting, furniture, including upholstered furniture which will need to be professionally cleaned. By calling SERVPRO we will be there quickly and prepared to hand all of your cleaning needs after your Sacramento fire.

Guarantee timely results:
When working with SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, you are receiving a service that handles all aspects of the damage restoration. This makes us the most timely, effective, and professional option to get your Sacramento commercial property or business back up and running as soon as possible. 

If you have suffered Sacramento fire damage, and need help now, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda can be reached on our website, or by culling us 24/7 at 916-991-1522.

Why You Need Professional Help With Your Sacramento Fire Damage

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda can restore your fire damaged Sacramento property when you need it

When a fire damage event occurs at your Sacramento home or business, it is important to get damage repaired as quickly as possible. Fires often leave homes and businesses in a state the space is unusable. Keeping downtime to a minimum is crucial so you may get back to normal, “Like it never even happened”.

After a fire has been eliminated, the largest secondary damage due to a fire becomes an immediate concern. Plenty of water damage can occur in the course of fighting a fire, resulting in damage to furniture, clothing, drywall, your ceiling, and floor. By utilizing state of the art techniques and equipment, SERVPRO quickly mitigates this secondary damage using wet-vacs, fans, dehumidifiers, and pumps.

Smoke is the next concern that needs professional attention after a fire. Smoke damage is quite substantive, and not just surface level. Smoke damage can become embedded in your walls, carpet, flooring, and furniture. Without professional assistance, this smoke damage will stay and linger for years after fire damage has occurred. Beyond this, soot also has a long lasting effect, and causes cosmetic damage by staining and discoloring your property.

It is tempting after a disaster such as fire damage to your Sacramento home to carry out the restoration process on without professional assistance, but the project will take longer, and be far less effective and returning your property to its original state. Hiring SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda will ensure that the project gets done right. Our professionals will help you to salvage your goods with our IICRC-trained technicians, and to solve the aforementioned issues caused by a fire with our specialized equipment and technicians.

When the unthinkable occurs, feel free to call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda 24/7 at (916) 991-1522. We are a locally owned business with the national resources to solve your home or commercial needs.

Using Electronics Safely: Preventing Your Next Fire Disaster

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Properly using your cords and electrical outlets can help to prevent fires in your home, keeping you and your family safe

From your friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda, here are a few tips on staying safe with your electrical appliances in your home. When it comes to electricity, the degradation of cords and sockets can cause a “short” to occur between the wires, this sparking may cause a fire.

  1. Socket Guards - Install socket guards when not using a plug, they are cheap and simple and can protect children from injury
  2. Unplug, Not Pull - When unplugging an appliance, make sure to pull from the base of the plug and not the cord to prevent damage
  3. Replace Damaged Cords - If you spot a damaged cord or cable, be sure to replace it before the damage becomes worse.
  4. Running cords or cables under your carpet can cause them to degrade over time when people step on them, and if they do become damaged you cannot see it
  5. Know Your Power - Check the wattage rating on cords to avoid overloading them. Don’t overload any circuit, don’t daisy chain adapters so that you can plug more into one socket
  6. Leave The Ground - Never cut the third prong and remove the grounding ability from high-powered electronics
  7. When placing extension cables, don’t leave them hanging on metal surfaces, heated surfaces, or sharp surfaces
  8. When buying extension cords, ensure they are certified by organizations such as “UL Listed”

With these helpful tips, SERVPRO from North Highlands and Rio Linda hope you and your family will continue to be safe and disaster free. For all of your other cleaning and restoration needs visit our website or call us at (916) 991-1522.

Mold: Not Always a Visible Issue

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold, it's not always the water you can see, but the water you can't.

Water damage big or small can lead rise to a serious mold problem. Small, unnoticeable leaks with little tangible water loss are just as susceptible to causing large mold issues as larger water losses. When water damage occurs, mold is a type of secondary water damage, that is why it is important to hire professionals such as SERVPRO to dry and restore these water damage issues before mold growth spreads throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. When it comes to mold restoration, here are the tools and techniques that we use to ensure the job has been done properly.

Moisture sensors, and moisture meters are both used to detect moisture on your walls, baseboards, and carpets. Moisture meters are a little more invasive, and detect moisture content of materials, with accurate results.

We can also measure the temperature and relative humidity of your property, allowing us to know the exact conditions we are attempting to dry your home under. Weather can always affect the effectiveness of drying techniques.

Agents are dispersed to help fight, and kill mold by penetrating sites with odor causing residues. Fungicides can also be injected into cavities to be effective against hard to reach mold.

When it comes to mold remediation, you need a professional. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda for immediate, 24/7 help with your mold issue at (916) 991-1522.

Prevent Mold in your Sacramento Kitchen

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Your Sacramento kitchen provides the perfect conditions for mold, so how can you prevent it?

Kitchens are one of the most susceptible areas to mold in a Sacramento home. Given the moderate temperatures in Sacramento, and the damp and cool environments that are present in your kitchen, this is a prime area for mold to occur. For walls, you may want to use mold resistant paint because of the inherent added moisture in the kitchen area. This type of paint is water resistant and will prevent mold penetrating from the paint into the walls.

Removing standing water, and thus extra humidity and growth spots, are one way to prevent mold. The dryer you keep your kitchen, the less moisture you are allowing into the air for possible mold growth. As well, keeping surfaces clean can help prevent water sneaking into cracks, crevices, or under objects that may start mold growth.

Regularly opening windows in your kitchen can help to reduce humidity, and thus mold. Good ventilation will prevent the conditions that allow for mold growth. When you do find mold, be sure to contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda to take the preventative mold remediation measures you need to keep your house clean. Call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information on our services.

What to Do After a Flood or Water Loss

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

If you take the right steps are water damage, you can help to mitigate further damage and costs.

  1. Firstly, if you are dealing with any sort of sewage or contaminated water avoid ALL contact and wash your hands thoroughly after in contact with contaminated items.
  2. Shut off the water source if you can, or contact a qualified party to do so.
  3. Turn off electricity for the relevant parts of the building via the circuit breaker to prevent shortages, damage, and fire.
  4. Mop the area to remove excess water when possible.
  5. Do a soft pass over wooden furniture to dry them and prevent damage.
  6. Remove upholstered materials from wet areas to prevent further damage and start drying.
  7. Place wood or aluminum foil between furniture and wet carpeting to prevent spread of water upwards.
  8. Remove all moisture sensitive objects such as electronics, art, paperwork, or other important objects.
  9. Make sure to move all hanging cloth whether it be from curtains, or furniture, or tables to prevent contact with the ground by clipping it up.

Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda for help with your water damage based necessities. Call us at (916)-991-1522, or visit our website.

What Not to Do after a Flood or Water Loss

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

In the time directly after a flood or water loss, minutes matter. Preventative measures can help negate further damage to your Sacramento property.

  1. Do not touch or make contact if the water is sewage or otherwise contaminated
  2. Do not spread contaminated water by walking from affected areas to unaffected areas
  3. Do not use household fans to attempt to dry wet areas, if the water is contaminated this is especially important as uninformed drying techniques can spread contaminates throughout the house
  4. Do not enter rooms with standing water where an electrical hazard may exist
  5. Do not enter affected areas if any electrical outlet is exposed to water, this can include electrical equipment, circuit breakers, and switches
  6. Do not leave newspapers, magazines, and books that are damp on carpets which will cause staining
  7. Do not leave colored rugs on top of other carpeting, as this can cause staining
  8. Do not use your normal vacuum cleaner to remove water, this will break your vacuum and it can cause electrical shock
  9. Do not use electrical appliances while wet
  10. Do not turn on any sort of embedded electrical appliance such as ceiling fixtures if there has been water damage in the ceiling

Preventative measures after a disaster can ensure your safety and faster restoration of your property. SERVPRO can help bring your property to its original condition if you visit our website or call us at (916)-991-1522.

Types of Water Contamination

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleans sewage backups, too! Here is what qualifies for each category of contaminated water.

Sewer backups ARE an emergency. Water from these systems may contain many bacteria, microbes, or viruses. It is important to get the qualified help you need to tackle these issues safely with the proper equipment. There are three classifications for water contamination, and when working with SERVPRO we properly classify these types in order to provide you with the service that you need.

Clean Water: This is most commonly found from a clean source of water, such as a leaky faucet, water main, or supply line. Water damage is water damage, so even though this water is drinkable water, it still does damage to your home and needs to be taken care of accordingly.

Gray Water: This is “relatively clean” water that has been used in some capacity by a washing machine, shower, or sink. This category includes water with some urine but no feces, from a toilet overflow. This water can still contain bacteria or viruses, and can quickly turn into “category 3: black water” if untreated. Contact with this type of water should be avoided.

Black Water: Most contaminated type of water, this is sewage. This type of water can cause severe illness if ingested. Contact with this type of water should be avoided. Black water can also be from flooding rivers or streams, as this water has never been filtered from the environment and may still contain microbes, bacteria, or viruses.

If you have a clean water, gray water, or black water loss event, call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda to get professional help with your water restoration needs. (916)-991-1522, or visit our website.

What Kind of Storm Damage Might Your Property Face?

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When this winter hits, here are the most common types of damage you may face from storms.

Water Damage and Flooding:
Most common and destructive is flooding. Floods can occur from heavy rainfall in a few different ways. For homes with basements, water can rise above and overflow your sump pumps. For one story houses, flooding may occur on the bottom story. In either case, a minor flood sends contaminated water through your house causing damage.

High Wind Conditions:
During a strong rain or thunderstorm, high wind conditions can affect the outside of your Sacramento home or property. This damage can come in the form of downed trees, damaging roofs, breaking windows and their frames or shutters. This vulnerabilities unsolved will only get worse over time and give rise to further damage from storm conditions.

If and when a storm causes damage to help, contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda by visiting our website or calling us at (916) 991-1522

Commercial Water Damage and Your Business

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda provides business owners with commercial water damage restoration services

Most businesses have a source of water in their building. For some, this may be crucial, others it may be secondary. Whether it's water for a client such as food preparation, or services such as dentistry or cleaning, all water sources are at risk for leaks or breakage. Failures in these systems, high pressure or not, can and will lead to water damage in your commercial business. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is here to help Sacramento businesses with their water damage based issues.

There are a multitude of ways to receive water damage, but the best way to solve this issue is to allow trained professionals to assess the damage and act accordingly. Our North Highlands and Rio Linda SERVPRO technicians are prepared and IICRC certified to tackle water damage due to flooding, toilet overflows, sewer backups, pipe breakages, and more. Even clean water needs to be removed professionally to prevent further damage. Dirty water from sewage, drains, or floods especially needs expert care and removal to prevent the spread of pathogens that may exist in these conditions. 

Damage will often be visible, but can just as well not be readily apparent to you. When it comes to bacteria and pathogens, this is especially critical as uncleaned areas from these issues can and will spread. Furthermore, water can spread into materials, damage, warp, and ultimately permanently change them.

An important part of the drying process for the quickest cleaning, is the pack-away of items off-site. This provides security from damage during the cleaning and repairing process and also protects against theft of supplies and inventory. SERVPRO is here to help.

If you face water damage, commercial or otherwise in Sacramento: call us at (916) 991-1522. We are available 24/7 to help with get your business back on track. For more information on commercial services, visit our website.

Sacramento Campfire Safety Tips for the 2017 Camping Season

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

A safe fire pit will make for a safer trip, for your family and the forest.

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.

Tips for Mold Damage in Your Home or Business

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can quickly become a problem for your Sacramento home or business, follow these tips to stay safe, prevent further damage, and get help quickly.

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.

When Water Damage Strikes, It's time to Act

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm damage can happen at any time, that is why SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are there 24 hours, 7 days a week to be your emergency service specialists. When it comes to water damage with a storm, it is important to act fast. That is why SERVPRO technicians are available to help you make your emergency “Like it never even happened.” Here is a timeline of water damage, so you can know when to act.

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.

SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands is here when you need help. Visit our website or call us at (916) 991-1522 24/7.

Common Mold Locations in Your Sacramento Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Where does mold come from?

Body: Mold spores are constantly floating around just about everywhere. As a result of this, and given the right conditions, mold may show up in your home or business at any time. Even if you maintain a general level of cleanliness around your property, mold will still find the conditions it needs to survive and spread.

Bathroom

  • Anywhere there is moisture, mold can be present
  • Check your shower, this means grout, any products, small spaces, or above the shower area
  • Under your sink, you may not notice that a pipe has started to leak creating a perfect environment for mold
  • Leaking in your shower or bathtub may also go unnoticed and cause mold to grow beneath these items 

Living Room

  • Check for mold under carpets, spilled drinks or food can offer mold a prime place for growth
  • Window seals, water may become trapped and give mold an ideal environment for growth
  • Brickwork, an exposed chimney or other brickwork can allow moisture to be trapped in between bricks, giving rise to mold growth

Kitchen

  • Your fridge may be hiding mold under, or behind it
  • Garbage can will often have moisture and plenty of food for mold to thrive on, check the container and lid for mold growth 

After checking these places, if you still suspect mold growth, call SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands to have professionals inspect your home. Call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information.

Start Your Year Off Right - SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda Tips to Stay Organized

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Office Organization

Need to keep your Sacramento office fresh? Here are a few tips to help you out.

  1. Give everything a place. If you need more storage, add more storage. Making sure you have a place to store the things you need is important, making sure it's stored properly means you can find it later. Organization is key in efficiency.
  2. File paperwork regularly. Walking into a messy office makes work more difficult and daunting. Avoid this by sorting and filing things properly in your newfound storage, so you can find them again.
  3. Move paperwork off your desk. If there isn’t somewhere to store every little thing, it ends up in the last place it was left; your desk.
  4. Get rid of what you don’t need. If it is not absolutely necessary, toss it. Does this item have unnecessary multiples? Does it have a purpose? Is it outdated? Did you even remember you had it before you started your cleaning? Do you really need it?
  5. Address your problem areas. Find out what is the messiest part of your office, and focus on that first. Often one large problem area can spill into other problem areas. Put things in their permanent locations to avoid the cluttering of them in the first place.
  6. Hide your cables. Cables can often be a source of mess, and a safety hazard. Cable ties, cable organizers, or hidden areas can be a great way to keep them neat and tidy.
  7. Clean and disinfect. Do it yourself, or hire a professional. We can often forget about something as simple as cleaning the office, but is certainly worth the effort.
  8. Keep your computers clean, too. Sorting your files away on your computer can make an old computer seem fresh again. Being able to find everything you need in a quick way can help you on task and efficient.

Whether its giving tips on how to declutter or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands is here to help you.

For information on the Commercial Cleaning Services we provide visit here, or call today at (916) 991-1522.

Business Types At-Risk for Commercial Mold Damage in Sacramento

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations in All Kinds of Sacramento Businesses

Moisture in homes can allow for many types of mold. Molds are highly adaptable and can grow in many environments and conditions. The most common threads between mold are moisture, darkness, plentiful food sources, and moderate temperatures. Different businesses and different types will have varying environments for this mold to grow, meaning that your commercial property may be more or less susceptible to mold depending on the business. Below is a list of a few of the types of businesses that are most susceptible, though we receive calls from all types of businesses with mold issues.

Industrial Settings - Some settings with moist environments can be excellent for mold growth. Commercial areas often with unused areas, lots of corners, and neglected space are perfect places for mold growth. Industrial workers also have a tendency to ignore mold growth under the assumption that it is a mess from another part of the job.

Apartments, Rental Properties, and Hotels - Mold tends to want to live where we want to live given the moderate temperatures we keep ourselves. As a result of this, landlords and hotel owners are some of the most afflicted business owners when it comes to mold, especially when spaces are inhabited frequently and for short periods of time. Renters can contribute to mold growth without knowing, and with their short stay may not notice it while they are there. Regular checkups are essential in the fight against long term mold growth.

Restaurants - Food service is the most common business for mold damage in Sacramento. With food preparation, there is an ample source of nutrients, plenty of water, and a humid working environment. Unnoticed scraps of food can fall, or find itself out of sight where mold can grow and spread.

SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda offers professional damage restoration and cleaning services, with the training needed for even the toughest commercial jobs. Call us at (916) 991-1522, or view our mold services here.

Fireworks Safety Tips in California, From Your Friends at SERVPRO of North Highlands & Rio Linda

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Professional fireworks display, within safe and well regulated conditions

SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda Hope You Have Fun and Avoid Fires this Fourth of July!

15,600 fires are started every year by fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By taking the proper safety precautions, many of these fires could have been easily avoided. If you want to enjoy the celebrations without the risks of fire, go to a professional show. Professional shows are big, fun, and most importantly- safe.

If you still can’t resist having your own firework celebration, here is a list of the recommended safety precautions from the National Council on Firework Safety.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities, and never give fireworks to children
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, save your drinks for after the show
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles
  • Never relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department

With Fourth of July coming up, SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda wish you a fun and safe Fourth of July!

For information on fire damage services to your home or business, call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website.

Is Your Sacramento Home At-Risk for Water Heater Failure?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Proper checkups and maintenance may save you from this often-overlooked water damage risk.

Water heaters are often overlooked as a sign of extreme failure. Many times, people forget about their water heater at all until they find themselves with cold water. Paying attention to these small signs may save you big before your next water disaster.

Strange Noises and Leaks:

  • Sediment buildup inside of the tank can give rise to these signs
  • Leaks from the header can cause flooding and water damage
  • Any bangs, gurgling, popping, or creaking may indicate something is wrong with your water heater
  • If you can hear water boiling, this is a strong indication that water is being overheated or that pressure is building inside of the tank as a result of a blockage
  • Address these issues immediately to prevent further damage.

Smell and Color:

  • Hot water with a rusty smell, or color can indicate malfunctions
  • Rusty anode rods in the water heater need to be replaced to maintain integrity of the basin
  • Odd smells could also be due to bacteria growth, if the water heater has been off for a period of time

Corroded Pipes:

  • Off color water is a tell-tale sign that something from the water heater to the exit point has corroded
  • Sediments appearing in the water is also a sign that the pipes have degraded over time
  • Have the water heater inspected by an industry professional before taking appropriate steps

Acting on these telltale signs can be a great preventative measure against possible water damage to your Sacramento home or business. For more information on our water damage services, visit our website or call us at (916) 991-1522.

For Immediate Service in Sacramento, Call SERVPRO

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Sacramento Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Sacramento. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 
  • Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 916-991-1522

    Residential Services

    Whether your Sacramento home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Sacramento commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROnorthhighlandsriolinda.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Sacramento Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    8/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

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

    8/12/2016 (Permalink)

    This Sacramento home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

    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

    Sacramento 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

    8/8/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Sacramento

    SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today – 916-991-1522

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Highlands / Rio Linda has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • 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.

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