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Flood Facts and Safety Tips

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Facts and Safety Tips The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Floods rank as one of the most common, costly, and deadly natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you live, flooding happens in many ways due to overflow of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or as a result of excessive rain.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming tasks.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

 Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000-square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods 
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

Understanding the common types of Floods

Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.

Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transport to surface water or the sewage system.

River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians has the expertise, resources and equipment to handle the job.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

Help People by Donating to Hurricane Irma

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Community Help People by Donating to Hurricane Irma Together we can make a difference. You can help by making a donation to the American Red Cross.

After Hurricane Harvey caused devastation along the Texas coast few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida over the weekend. Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. Widespread flooding and wind damage have been reported across most of the Florida Peninsula and Southern Georgia.  

With over 180 mph gust of winds and the longest cyclone around the globe, Hurricane Irma caused many lives, destroyed homes, government buildings, and businesses.   As the rain continues, many people are in danger with flooding across the Southeast U.S. The amount of people injured and dead is still unknown, as death toll rises. The estimate overall cost of property damages and lost businesses may well rise up to hundreds of billions of dollars. 

You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!

The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by these recent catastrophic hurricanes.

Click HERE to make a donation.

SERVPRO Board Up and Other Services

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

When fire has finally been put out or the storm has passed, the aftermath can be a traumatic experience.  Often times, the damages resulting from busted doors, broken windows, cracked walls or a damaged roof will require emergency board up and tarp to secure the property from further damage.  Whether the damage occurred from a fire, wind damage, fallen tree or forced of entry, your primary focus should be safety and to take action immediately to protect your property and valuable asset.  By leaving your doors or windows unattended, it can lead to further damage from weather, exposure, vandalism, and theft.

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito, we specialize in cleaning, remediating and rebuilding properties.  If your structure is damaged, our trained and experienced technicians can effectively board up doors, garage, windows, wall openings, roofs, etc. We have the equipment and resources to board up residential and commercial needs.  As a locally owned and trusted restoration company, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to emergency conditions.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it, “Like it never even happened!”

SERVPRO of  S. San Rafael/Sausalito professionals can also perform other restoration services to secure your home or business and restore it to its preloss condition in a quick and professional manner. 

  • Board Up
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Carpet and Installation
  • Content Move-outs
  • Content Storage
  • Deodorization
  • Document Restoration
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Emergency Fencing
  • Fallen Tree Removal
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Cleaning
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Cleaning Services
  • Inventory
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Roof Tarp
  • Temporary Power

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (415) 479-2900

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.

Water damage can originate by different sources such as floods, broken pipes, leaky faucet or toilet overflow.  If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold or other bacterial growth.  Water damage can be challenging depending on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage.  Whether it is from a clean or outside source, water can soak your carpet, padding, and surrounding walls and can cause costly damage that can be difficult to repair without complete replacement if not handled right away.   If you find yourself in a situation that involves standing water in your home, it is imperative that standing water is removed completely to help lessen the damage and/or limits a secondary damage.  Hiring a water restoration company like SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can make the cleanup process easier to handle.  Our technicians has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

Water damage can do so much harm in a short period of time.  Whether you have an inch, a foot of water or more, the quicker you respond to water damage, the less damage your property will endure.  SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can quickly respond to water damage emergencies.  Our technicians use powerful extraction pumps to remove the standing water.  We also use special moisture readers to detect moisture that has made its way behind walls and below flooring.  After we removed all the water, our technicians will use powerful fans and dehumidifier to dry out all affected areas.  

As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding to any size disaster.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption in your life and restore your home to its pre-water damage state.  We make disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today - (415) 479-2900

Understanding the Different Types of Smoke Damage

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Different Types of Smoke Damage Knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper cleanup and restoration.

After the fire truck leaves, your Sausalito home likely suffers from a serious smoke and soot damage.  Smoke damage can exist in many forms and each type can have different levels of impact on your property and require different method for restoration.  Since smoke and soot is very invasive, they can penetrate into materials causing discoloration and odors, and can leave behind residue buildup.  SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration.  Our technicians know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, which is vital to proper restoration.

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 S. San Rafael/Sausalito 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:

  • Dry Smoke Residue– Dry smoke residue occurs during fast burning fires that burn at a high temperature. Dry smoke residue is generally dry, powdery, and does not smear much.
  • Wet Smoke Residue-Wet smoke residue occurs from smoldering fires with low heat. Dry smoke residue is sticky with strong smoke odors. During cleaning, wet smoke residue can smear, making cleanup more difficult.
  • Protein Residue– Protein residue is essentially invisible and it can discolor paints, varnishes, and other finishes. Although this residue is not very visible, it has a very strong smell.
  • Fuel / Oil Residue– Fuel oil residue rarely comes from fires unless petroleum products were being stores on site. More commonly fuel and oil residue restoration comes from furnace puff backs that cause a fuel oil soot. This can be relatively sticky and difficult to clean.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprinting powder and fire extinguisher residue.

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 – (415) 479-2900

Wildfire Prevention and Safety Tips

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfire Prevention and Safety Tips If your home or business is damaged by wildfires, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can help restore your property to preloss condition.

Wildfires can occur at anytime and anywhere throughout the year.  Late summer and early fall is typically the peak time for wildfires in California.  People that live or work in an area prone to wildfires are at greater risk.  Wildfires sometimes start naturally by heat ignited from sun light or lightning strikes.  However, majority of the wildfires in the U.S. are caused by humans.  Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, negligently discarded cigarettes or intentional acts of arson.  A wildfire can move as fast as 6.5 miles per hour in forest and 14 miles an hour in grassland, consuming trees, homes, natural resources, humans and everything in its path.  

By working together, we can make our residents and neighborhood safer from wildfires by taking safety precautions.  Here are some wildfire safety tips to help prevent wildfire from occurring.

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 mesh metal screening to prevent ember entry.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  Call us today 415-479-2900.

SERVPRO Franchise Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Franchise Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile Please call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito to schedule your no cost assessment of your facility at 707-588-8226.

When Disaster Strikes, You Can be Ruined or You Can BE READY!

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster?  Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, 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.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be, "Ready for whatever happens".

Preparation is key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well 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?"

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito offers a complimentary assessment of your facility that can minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. This assessment provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services and serves as a quick reference for important building and contact information. We would like to offer you this FREE service at your place of business. It's called SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP), and here are some advantages of the program:

  • Includes a concise Profile Document that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Offers a guide to help you get back into your building safely following a disaster.
  • Provides facility details such a shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider

Call us Today to Get Started 415-479-2900.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services Need Biohazard cleanup? Call SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito for 24-hour emergency service at (415) 479-2900. We're always Here to Help!

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito also offers fast, reliable biohazard, crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.  Our professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.  Here are cleanup services we can help with:

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Our trained SERVPRO Franchise technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure.  SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. Our professionals help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. 

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (415) 479-2900

The Effects of Black Mold in your Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Effects of Black Mold in your Home If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park at (415) 479-2900.

In as little as 48 hours mold can quickly become a problem in your home when there’s excessive moisture on building materials.  Mold can be found both indoor and outdoor. It can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems.  Outdoor mold can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors but the most common types of mold include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Stachybotrys, also known as black mold.

Stachybotrys is extremely toxic which produces mycotoxins and is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are particularly warm, humid and damp.  If left unattended, black mold may cause a variety of health effects associated with respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure.

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito immediately to inspect, assess and remediate your property.  Our technicians has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  We make disasters, "Like it never even happened."  Call us today (415) 479-2900.

Water Damage Restoration Process

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process Call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Suasalito for excellent, effective water removal services at (415) 479-2900.

Water damage can originate from many different sources of heavy storm, floods, broken pipes or leaky roof.  The damage to your building materials can range from mild to severe depending how long it has been exposed to wet condition.  Standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Mold can start to grow in as little in 24 hours and if left unattended, it can be harmful to people especially those with compromised immune system.   In an event of water damage, safety is always the primary concern on any water damage job.  If you try to do this on your own, you’ll end up spending countless hours trying to figure it all out and still not come close to solving the problem.  SERVPRO Franchise professionals are highly trained and equipped with knowledge to restore your property.  Below are some steps our technicians performs during a water damage restoration.

Identifying the Source and Water Type 

We will check for the source of moisture and check for contaminated water in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. There are different types of water, typically categorized as either Clean, Gray, or Black and each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible to avert further damage. 

Surveying Damage and Mold 
 
Once we have determined what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation. 
 
Furniture and Water Removal 
 
The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump. 
 
Drying and Odor Treatments 
 
At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed. 
 
Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning 
 
In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, then furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected. 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Suasalito is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at (415) 479-2900.