Tips for Home Owners to Help Identify Mold
Mold is everywhere. It is a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.
You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It is the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas.
Mildew is a surface type of mold that will not damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot. If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun.
If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas.
If your property has mold call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426 "Like it never even happened."
The Pack-Out After a Fire or Water Damage
One of the most challenging times you may experience, is when your home or business is affected by a water or fire damage. As difficult as it may be during a time like this, you can count on your local SERVPRO of West Sacramento to save the day. Depending on the size or extent of the damage caused by the water loss or fire, we may be obligated to remove all the contents from the affected area. The process begins by taking a detailed inventory of your items with photos to ensure that all your items are documented. After all your items are inventoried, it is then packed up brought back to our facilities where they are stored and cleaned. You can trust our professional staff to pack, inventory, clean and store your contents in our warehouse facility. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426.
Categories of Water Damage
Water damage can be common in a home. Determining the category of water damage is important as well. Here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, we determine the category of the water depending on if the water is considered sanitary or contaminated. Category 1 water is known as clean water. This water can come from an overflow from a sink, bathtub, or other appliances. Category 2 water is considered significantly contaminated. Also known as ‘greywater’. This water may contain bacteria or fungi, but typically no feces. The water damage may be discharged from your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet, etc. Category 3 water is considered grossly contaminated. This is also known as “Black Water”. This type of water damage most often comes from sewage backups which can be distributed through many sources in the home. This water does contain harmful bacteria and fungus, and even fecal matter. With these three categories, it helps us easily determine what kind of water damage we are dealing with and how to properly remediate it. Count on us here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento to protect your home or your business.
Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve is
If a pipe or a water supply line suddenly bursts inside your home, there is not a lot of time before the water can travel from your kitchen to the hallway to the dining room and beyond. Floors get wet, walls get wet, cabinets get wet and before you know it you have an official water damage that can be very expensive and time-consuming to deal with.
Would you know what to do if this unfortunate situation ever happened in your house?
Well, if it does the first thing to do is to get the water to stop flowing. If the situation is as we described above, you will need to shut off the water at the main water shutoff to your house. The secret to success here is to know the location of the turn-off prior to the damage occurring. You will typically find your water shutoff in the front of your home and it is usually located near an outside faucet. Once you have found it, it is as easy as pulling a handle into the off position or turning a valve clockwise until the water stops flowing.
Of course, the shutoff valve could be someplace else, so it is definitely worth your time to find out where yours is located before an emergency arises. After things calm down and it comes time to clean up the mess, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento 916-626-0426.
Problems Caused by Storms
Strong winds and strong rainwater can do the most damage to the interior and exterior of your home, which can be devastating. After your home is damaged by wind or other natural elements, the storm is not necessarily over; in fact, it might be just the beginning.
Common types of damage after a storm include roof, window, and structural damage as well as exterior damage. You have seen it in the news. Extreme and some not so extreme weather events are leaving their mark on homes and properties across America. Storm and water damage affect not only the structure of your home but also your belongings. SERVPRO of West Sacramento understands that your home is more than a structure, your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience.
SERVPRO of West Sacramento professionals have the credentials, expertise, and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. SERVPRO of West Sacramento has the equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.
When an emergency arises in your home or business, give SERVPRO of West Sacramento a call at 916-626-0426.
Calm Before and During the Storm
Storms are unpredictable. In northern California storms are caused by heavy rain and can lead to flooding that could devastate your home or business. Water damage can be undetectable to the naked eye since water can spread quickly and deteriorate walls, floors, or upholstery which could eventually become mold since they thrive in dark moist environments.
During our stormy and wet season, SERVPRO of West Sacramento has your back with the remediation of mold or removal of water through our highly trained technicians and our advanced equipment.
If you know someone or are you need our services for restoring damaged buildings, please feel free to contact us at any time. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426.
Winter Fire Hazard!
Cold freezing temperatures, wind, fog, and rain are some of the winter elements that we may encounter. We tend to stay at home more often during the winter, but did you know that most house fires happen during the winter season?
Some of the most common causes are heaters, fireplaces, candles, and even cooking/kitchen accidents. To help stay clear of any house fires here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Make sure heaters are clear of any flammable contents in case of a tip over, fireplace is clean of any debris and has a screen. Candles should be blown out every time you leave the room and remember do not have too many cooks in the kitchen and always keep an eye on the stove.
Have a wonderful winter season but if the unexpected does occur, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426.
Make sure smoke alarms are in good working order
It is important to remember that smoke alarms save lives. If they are maintained and in good working order, they can play an integral role in saving the lives of your family members. Smoke alarms afford you the opportunity to leave your home quickly.
Understanding simple facts about fires can help save lives.
- Have a fire evacuation plan for your family
- Keep doors closed. This can prevent smoke and fire from spreading quickly.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly. If they are older, replace them especially if they are 10 years or older. There have been so many advances that can help save lives.
- The alarms should be interconnected. If one alarm sounds, they all sound – alerting your family to potential dangers.
- When an alarm sounds, move quickly and safely outside your home. Treat every alarm as a serious matter.
- In the event of a fire emergency call 911, immediately and stay outside.
- Should there be an unfortunate disaster, call us at SERVPRO of West Sacramento Call us at 916-626-0426.
Restore Your Business After A Water Loss
Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. 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 any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.
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. SERVPRO of West Sacramento understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need.
SERVPRO of West Sacramento can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan). Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426 for more information.
What employers should do to prevent mold
There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.
- Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
- Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
- Check the building construction and design.
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
- During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
- Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
- Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.
Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.
What to do if Mold is Found
If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give SERVPRO of West Sacramento a call. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold. Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at 916-626-0426.