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Water Damage Repair Near Me

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

When you are frantically completing a google search for 'water damage repair near me' you are most likely in a dire situation and require a prepared team of water damage repair technicians to quickly arrive on the scene and manage the situation. This is why SERVPRO of West Sacramento is the first and ONLY call you need to make. We are available 24/7/365 and will arrive quickly to stop the damage and restore your home or business as quickly as possible. Furthermore, we provide all phases of construction services. This way, if there is further damage to the home your single search for 'water damage near me' will give you a complete repair experience! 

Give SERVPRO of West Sacramento a call at 916-626-0426. “Like it never even happened.”®

Who To Call For Fire And Water Damage Emergencies?

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowners and business owners have many choices when they have a fire or water damage emergency. The choices can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing on who to call. Should you call a local company or take the recommendation of a friend or insurance agent? The choice comes down to ultimately who you feel confident in and comfortable having in your home and who will take care of your property. We here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento try to be the best restoration company in the area with great communication, trust and being there when called upon. If you have questions about us or our services, please do not hesitate to call. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”®

If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Water Damage Restoration call SERVPRO of West Sacramento today at 916-626-0426.

Are You Prepared for a Thunderstorm?

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

In the past we have experienced large thunder and lightning storms. It is important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Talk with your family and create an emergency plan for thunderstorms, lightning, floods, and heavy winds. Think about an emergency shelter and evacuation plan. Below we have a few suggestions to make sure you and your family are ready for whatever happens. 

Protect your electronics

Your electronics can get fried if they are not properly protected. Plug electronics into a surge protector to avoid damage during a storm. 

Prepare for power outages

Have battery-operated flashlights and lanterns in easy to get to places. Check on these items from time to time to make sure the batteries still work, replace them if necessary. Also, think about keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors shut to keep food from spoiling. Call your local power company to inform them of the outage and to get information regarding when the power should be restored. 

Stay away from power lines

Do not go near power lines should they fall to the ground; they can be very hazardous. Call 911 if you see downed power lines. 

Go inside when you hear thunder

If you hear thunder, it is likely that lightning is also occurring. Lightning can be dangerous, so make sure to go inside when thunder occurs. 

Keep an emergency kit ready

Consider putting together a kit of things you may want to have on hand during a storm. Items you may want to include would be water, non-perishable food, flashlights, blankets, extra batteries, a radio, and a first aid kit. If an emergency does strike your home during a thunderstorm, SERVPRO of West Sacramento is ready to help get your life back to normal. Call us and we’ll be there for you! 916-626-0426.

Water Damage Can Cause Black Mold... We Can Help.

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

There are several reasons that harmful and toxic black mold can spread through your home. One of the most common factors that leads to this mold is improperly treated water damage. There are two separate types of water damage that can cause mold spores to spread inside your home. The first and most common is a slow, unnoticed leak. The second would be a large and sudden loss.

Slow, Unnoticed Leak: This damage is common when there is a leaky pipe that hidden underneath a sink, inside of the walls, near a windowsill, or under the floor. The affected areas are now filled with moisture and become a breeding ground for black mold to grow and spread.

Large, Sudden Loss: When a homeowner has a large leak, or a pipe burst that leaves standing water there are two routes normally taken. A DIYer will typically try to remove all the water themselves and then dry out the affected area with retail fans and opening a few windows. This is not recommended and can lead to more problems. If you are not properly trained to fight water damage it can be difficult if not next to impossible to locate all the moisture without the proper equipment. If any of the damaged area is left untreated it becomes a harbor for black mold. The second and recommended route is to call a water mitigation company that can properly identify all the affected areas and can get to work quickly.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento technicians are highly trained to identify and target water damage at the source. The best preventative measure to identify a slow, unnoticed leak would be to monitor your water usage bill. If you see an unexpected and noticeable spike in the amount of water being used it could be the sign of a leak. Calling a plumber to identify any potential problems is best. After a large, sudden loss, it is best to give a water damage restoration business a call so that your problem can be handled by professionals. As the best water damage restoration business out there, SERVPRO of West Sacramento is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Places That Water Damage Can Hide

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Sustaining water damage is an unpredictable and inconvenient life event. An area prone to flooding might be more prepared, but flooding is far from the only thing that cause water damage.

Inconvenience aside, water damage is also costly. The typical insurance claim for water damage amounts to over $6,500, but insurance will often not accept water damage claims at all. Checking the common places water damage can hide is a wise practice for homeowners so they are not surprised later on.

Places That Water Damage Can Hide

  • Under a sink. Because the area under the sink is hidden, it is easy to be unaware that there is a leak until there is a big problem. Check regularly for water buildup and mold.
  • Around a tub. The caulk that seals a bathtub to the wall can become worn over time, allowing water to seep in.
  • Under drywall. Drywall can hide severe water damage within the walls, which is especially common after flooding or a burst pipe.
  • At roof intersections. Chimneys and exhaust fans that intersect with the roof should be checked regularly for leakage around their seals.
  • In an HVAC unit. The air conditioning system’s drain line can become clogged, leading to water buildup within the unit.
  • Behind appliances. Washing machines and dishwashers can have leaks that remain hidden for an extended period of time because they are in hidden areas.
  • At an exterior faucet. Where an exterior faucet is connected to the water pipe is a prime spot for leaks to develop and is often hidden by siding.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), SERVPRO of West Sacramento is happy to help! Give us a call at 916-626-0426.

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster because we know what an impact quick action has during a property disaster recovery.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

A quick response and cleanup are key to a successful storm damage restoration.


When rain and wind comes to local communities causing fallen trees, damages to roofs and flooding to basements, our local SERVPRO of West Sacramento is ready to help. We have years of experience handling disaster cleanup and mitigation, we know how important it is to be prepared, our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Contacting SERVPRO of West Sacramento for immediate service after you experience a flood or water damage can be the difference between a quick cleanup and mitigation or more costly and intrusive restoration, construction, and mold remediation services. Our Emergency Service Team technicians are available 24-7 with to help cleanup and repair your storm and flood property damage. Our priority is providing quick and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”
It’s critical to take quick action and call our SERVPRO team to begin taking steps to stop the damage from becoming an even bigger disaster. Our professionals first assess the severity of the situation and determine the full extent of the storm, flooding, or additional water damage. Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity, and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step solution to restore and repair your property and contents to help minimize additional damages.

Our SERVPRO Team has the experience and resources to handle your storm property damage quickly and professionally. We know what comes next after the storm and we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help when you need us! Call us today at 916-626-0426.

The Importance of Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your Business

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Office buildings are places where large numbers of people stay throughout their day at work. If emergencies occur management must ensure an ordered and timely evacuation. In order to do so, as management you should develop an emergency evacuation plan in which you post in key locations inside each floor of your building. Each employee in the building should be aware and familiar with escape routes. By being prepared your employees will not panic and will respond to an emergency as quickly as possible. 

As a business owner, you should observe each room of your building carefully. Find locations for an emergency phone, a fire hose, and an extinguisher.

You should always discuss the plan escape routes and aim to identify at least two routes for each room.

By doing this you & your employees will be prepared and ready for action & to get out safely!

If your business has been affected by a fire, storm or water damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of West Sacramento today at 916-626-0426.

Mold in your commercial building

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is one of those things that you do not give too much thought to in life except for when for some reason, an area of your commercial building starts to smell a little musty or you notice the tell-tale dark patch on your drywall.  The truth about mold is that it is everywhere.  Like dust or pollen, mold spores are just a part of our natural biosphere and they actually do serve a useful purpose.  Mold is nature's great decomposer and is valuable in recycling any organic waste.

Whether you like it or not, your commercial property is currently filled with microscopic mold spores.  And it doesn't pose any problem until the day that the mold spores are introduced to a little bit of moisture. With just a little introduction to moisture, that mold spore can grow into a colony.  That is when you might start to notice a musty odor or start to see the dark shadows.  First things first, you need to contact a plumber to find the source of the water.  Cleaning the mold without fixing the leak will just lead to more mold. 

And that is the time for you to call SERVPRO of West Sacramento. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation you may come across.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento is locally owned and operated.  Call us at 916-626-0426.

Candle safety!

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to eliminate the risk of fire from candles.

Candles are great for helping to create a warm and cozy holiday feeling, but they also pose a threat. Many home fires occur due to candles left unattended or too near flammable items and the occurrence rises around the holidays.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle without a votive or a container.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the home or space.

If a fire or smoke damage should affect your home of office SERVPRO of West Sacramento are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our crews are ready to help 24/7, 365 when disaster strikes.

Space Heaters Need Their Space

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento reminds you that half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Association Agency offer the following safety tips:

  • Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. They are intended to sit on the floor and not a table.
  • Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child's room.
  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from such combustible materials as furniture, bedding, and curtains.
  • Do not use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
  • Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Unplug the heater when not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and do not use it if it’s frayed or worn.
  • Do not plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater, which can cause overheating.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento is always available 24/7/365 to service your needs!

3 Important Flood Safety Tips

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

When considering flood safety, it is a good idea to stay inside, as driving can be dangerous

Flood Safety Tips

When there is severe weather, it is important to stay safe. If you wait until an emergency occurs, it may be too late, so you should make sure that you are prepared beforehand. Here is some flood safety advice that you should keep in mind when it is storming or flooding.

  1. Make an Emergency Kit

If you know that there may be a storm in the area, you should gather a few things in case it becomes an emergency. It is possible that the power may go out, so always keep a flashlight and extra batteries in your kit. A radio can be helpful as well, so you can keep track of the weather. Always include canned foods and bottled water and store these in a safe location.

  1. Avoid Flood Waters

When considering flood safety, it is a good idea to stay inside, as driving can be dangerous. If your home has more than one level, you should stay on the upper floors in case the waters enter the house. These waters are considered Category 3 or black water which means they are highly contaminated. You should avoid coming into contact with them and never consume any food or beverages that have been in the water.

  1. Relocate if Necessary

While one of the most important safety tips is to avoid driving on a flooded road, there are some cases when you may need to evacuate your home. Ideally, this would be done before the streets become unsafe for travel. Keep updated with the news to determine if this is something that you will need to do.

During a storm, flood safety is an important thing to consider. Use these tips to ensure that you and your family are prepared for any emergencies. If your home is damaged during the disaster, contact an emergency restoration service to perform mitigation and repairs.

What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento today, (916) 626-0426.

We are disaster ready! We Are Available 24/7/365!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

When your residence or commercial property is impacted by water, weather, flood, fire, or mold damage, it is crucial to respond quickly. SERVPRO of West Sacramento is available to our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will always speak to one of our team members who will be able to guide you through the process. SERVPRO of West Sacramento also works closely with many of the insurance agencies personally with the goal to make it " Like it never even happened.”
Here are a few of the customer first things you can expect from our team.
A quick response. Time is money. We understand that the faster our response, there is the potential of a less costly restoration.
Prompt arrival at the damaged site; Our professionally trained technicians will be able to continue to offer support and guidance to you every step of the way.
A thorough inspection and one on one communication. We take on each project as if it were our property. It is important to us that we communicate with you every step of the way, providing the next steps.
Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento 916- 626-0426. Let our team help you the next time you are faced with a property disaster.

4 Tips for Winter Fire Safety

10/4/2020 (Permalink)

House fires spike when the weather gets colder. The leading cause of these house fires is the use of heating equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the US Fire Department responds to an average of 50 thousand fires per year just from heating equipment.

Here are a few simple tips that you can follow to prevent house fires in your home this winter:

1.) Be mindful when using space heaters.

Space heaters account for more than two in five of house fires due to heating equipment (source: NFPA). Of these fires, 86% result in fatalities. The biggest cause of space heater fires is having them placed too close to flammable objects. To prevent this, you can follow the "3 feet" rule (see tip #2).

2.) Follow the "3 feet" rule.

A good rule of thumb is to keep anything that is flammable a minimum of three feet from any heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove and portable space heaters. This will lessen the chance of anything accidentally catching fire. 

3.) Turn off all heating equipment before going to bed.

Most heating equipment fires do not occur overnight. However, the ones that do account for almost half of house fire fatalities from heating equipment. Make sure to turn off all heating equipment before going to bed. You are better off using an extra blanket or two than unnecessarily risking your life.

4.) Remember that ovens are not heaters.

Ovens should never be used for a source of heat. This is an inefficient way to heat your house, and it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Stick to using your oven to make food as it is designed to do. 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about wintertime fire safety or fire damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of West Sacramento office at 916-626-0426. 

Prepare for Fall Rain Storms

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

As the West Sacramento area approaches winter weather, it’s important to be aware of the flood and storm risks that could affect your home or business. If you suspect that your home or flood could be exposed to high levels of water due to storms, here are some tips to prepare your property to minimize damage.

First, ensure that crucial utilities are elevated to avoid water damage. This would include furnaces, water heaters, and electric panels.

If necessary, install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.

Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage. 

If water does flood your home or business during a storm, disconnect electrical appliances if it is safe, and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If water enters your home or business, make sure to call SERVPRO of West Sacramento as soon as possible to prevent secondary damage. As experts in water damage, we can assist you in putting your life back together after storm damage.

916-626-0426

Faster Response - Did you know Heavy Rains can cause Sewer Backups in your Home or Business?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Storms bring heavy rains and heavy rains can bring floods.  Floods are known for causing extensive Water Damage to homes and businesses.  Even if the flooding area is away from your property it can possibly cause a sewage backup inside your home or place of business.

When the public drain system becomes overburdened with water and exceeds its boundaries the combined sewer system becomes overwhelmed and starts to stop the flow of water which then causes water and sewage to reverse its flow of direction.  When this happens the sewage and water starts to back up in toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs and floor drains.  That sewage and water will spread beyond its limits inside homes and businesses.

Removing Fire Odors

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Odors from smoke and fire damage can be hard to remove. The odors are complex. Fire damage odors depend on several factors: what materials burned in the home, how hot the fire was, and length of time damages sit before cleanup. 

At SERVPRO of West Sacramento we understand the process of contents restoration.  We take a restore vs. replace approach, saving our customers time and money. 

Ozone is one method that we use to deodorize items after cleaning them.  When used properly, this is a very effective method.  Used improperly, it can be dangerous or ineffective. 

We have a variety of cleaning and deodorizing methods based on science and years of specialized training. Every odor is unique and must be handled differently. Remember that who you choose to clean after a fire is one of the most important decisions you can make and choosing SERVPRO we will remove that smell, "Like it never even happened."

Should I have a fire extinguisher in my home?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

A quick use of a fire extinguisher can suppress a small fire before it spreads throughout the home.

Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness.

A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from a fire by smothering it in a dry chemical foam. In a way, it is a high-powered version of pouring baking soda on a grease fire, which makes it particularly relevant in the kitchen.

But if you’re going to invest in a fire extinguisher to help protect your home and family—which luckily isn’t a huge investment, with most home units coming in between $10 and $40—you don’t want a one-hit wonder. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher, which works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. On the market, this translates to a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated. Units with these ratings can be found at almost any home improvement store.

Once again, having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your first priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them at least once a year, and replacing the unit altogether once it is 10 years old. Once you are confident with this routine, you can consider adding a fire extinguisher to your home arsenal!

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in West Sacramento commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento today for any of your commercial needs. We make it "Like it never even happened."

916-626-0426

What Employers Should Do to Prevent Mold

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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 us a call to SERVPRO of West Sacramento. 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.

Fall showers can brings unexpected water damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Some of us may be excited about the change in weather as we enter into the fall season, but it’s important to remember that the potential for water damage in your home increases with the increase in precipitation.

Here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, we are always ready when a disaster occurs in your home or office. We have experienced crews who will assist you in answering questions, communicating pertinent information to you and your insurance, and who will get you back to your life as soon as possible.

As we enter into the next season, with winter on the horizon, keep SERVPRO of West Sacramento in mind. If you find yourself with water damage in your home or business, call us right away so that we can prevent secondary damage from occurring and costing you more money. 916-626-0426.

Cleaning in the time of COVID

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 has tested us as individuals and as a community. We know that these past months have been scary, confusing, and challenging for many of us. As our area beings to enter into phased openings it is important to stay safe through regular cleanings that promise you the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

SERVPRO of West Sacramento. recommends that as difficult as it is right now to be reopening businesses there are steps you can take to help. 

Here are tips to consider for a new way of operating.

  1. Identify a workplace coordinator to handle COVID-19 issues that impact the workplace
  2. Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation
  3. Register for Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service with SERVPRO of West Sacramento.

Choose SERVPRO of West Sacramento and here are 5 Top Reasons Why!

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

You may be wondering why you should choose SERVPRO of West Sacramento instead of one of the other dozens of restorations companies, let us tell you why:

  1. 40+ Years Experience in the Industry.
  2. Respond immediately when you need us most.
  • Home emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Sacramento provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
  1. Qualified Technicians and Team Members
  • Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications; rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following: IICRC training, Employee Certification training, E-Learning programs, and Continuing Education Classes.
  1. We are ready and equip to handle any loss whether it be small or large
  • SERVPRO of West Sacramento is ready to handle your loss whether it is a water loss caused from a leaky dishwasher in your home, or water loss in your commercial business caused by fire sprinklers throughout the entire structure.
  1. We understand the stress of a loss in your home
  • We at SERVPRO of West Sacramento understands the stress a hardship in your home can cause and our staff is there to make it as easy as possible. Our technicians know it is your home but treat it with respect like their own.  Our hope is to take that stress from you and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give SERVPRO of West Sacramento (916) 626-0426 a call today.

Do't Turn Off the Drying Equipment

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO of West Sacramento to help restore your property after suffering a water damage, our professional technicians will place the appropriate equipment to dry out the area as quickly as possible. It is important to always following our instructions and keep the equipment running at all times. We realize that the equipment is noisy and can become bothersome if you remain in your home during the restoration process, however, turning off the air movers and/or dehumidifiers can delay the drying time and can cause further damage to your property such as microbial growth. It is also important to note that oftentimes your insurance coverage will only pay for the drying equipment for a specific length of time, depending on the category of damage. Your SERVPRO of West Sacramento project manager will monitor the moisture readings of the equipment daily to determine the appropriate time for removal. If you have any concerns or questions about the drying equipment, be sure to speak to any of our crew members.

Give SERVPRO of West Sacramento (916) 626-0426 a call today!

Steps Taken in the Cleanup of Water Damage

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento Handles the Entire Remediation Process

Water damage can come from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Ultimately, many different objects, surfaces, and materials in a home can suffer water damage from the same event, and many homeowners question how a company such as SERVPRO handles a comprehensive water damage cleanup job. Here you'll learn about some of the ways our technicians control and repair water damage in local residences.

Identifying the Source and Water Type

Water damage must be correctly defined by water type and source. Did it come from a storm or flood, or was it a pipe burst? There are also different types of water, typically categorized as either clean, gray, or black, 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 to your home.

Surveying Damage and Mold

After we understand 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, and furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento employs certified and well-trained technicians who are experienced with all kinds of water damage restoration and cleanup jobs. If you need our services for any type or volume of water damage to your home, call us at (916) 626-0426 for 24/7 emergency service

The Accepted Standard for Water Damage Restoration

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Licensed Restoration Companies Have the Experience to Deal with Your Water Problems

Currently, there are no government regulations outlining procedures for water damage cleanup. There are two certifying standard bodies that provide the rules of care procedures: Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”) and the Restoration Industry Association (“RIA”). The restoration companies are regulated by Maryland's Department of Consumer Affairs.

If your home experiences water damage, contact a restoration company. The IICRC is a non-profit organization that offers certification programs and standards used by the restoration industry. An IICRC company must demonstrate proof of insurance and provide education and training, leading to a certification for technicians.

The RIA is a trade association for cleaning and restoration professionals. They offer education, training, technical support and certification for technicians. Restoration companies are generally the first responders after significant damage to a home from floods, water, fires, mold, and other major events.

The job of a restoration company is to clean, preserve, and protect the home and its contents so that additional damage will not occur. Not all restoration companies are certified to repair your home unless they are licensed.

Most California insurance adjusters and claim representatives are familiar with SERVPRO as a quality restoration company in your community that can begin the clean-up, restoration and repair process quickly. When contacted, our restoration technicians will arrive and evaluate the work to be done and the equipment needed to restore you to a pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento is nearby because we are locally owned and operated. Our technicians are the best in the industry with IICRC certification and training. If your home or business receives damage from fire, water, mold, or a storm, call us at (916) 626-0426 and let us safely restore you back to normal.

Storm & Wind Damage

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There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to a home.  Wind damage and water damage are the most common results of a heavy storm and it is important to contact SERVPRO as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  Wind damage can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.  These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.

Wind Type Varies by Storm and Causes Different Degrees of Wind Damage

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.  Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.

Characteristics of the Wind Affect the Wind Damage

The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation.  Some characteristics to take into account include speed, direction, and duration of the gusts and recognizing them can help you protect your home and property effectively from wind damage.  Recognizing the characteristics of the wind can also help you determine how much potential damage to expect.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Wind and Storm Damage Repair Costs

Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year and understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your home and save on restoration and repair costs. 

If your home sustains wind damage during a storm, make sure to call SERVPRO of West Sacramento immediately.  Our qualified technicians can provide effective wind damage and storm damage repair. Call us today: (916) 626-0426

3 Circumstances that Require a Flood Cut

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

When flooding affects your home, having a professional cleanup and restoration company come to inspect and repair the damage can be an important step in preventing further problems and beginning the cleanup process. Flood technicians may perform a variety of repairs to restore your home, including a flood cut, which requires cutting out sections of drywall about a foot above the flood line to inspect the wall behind it. While this process is not always necessary, there are a few circumstances that may require it after a flood occurs.

  1. Black Water Floods

When outdoor flooding invades your home from overflowing streams or rivers, it may contain sewage, chemicals or dead animal carcasses. This water can be considerably contaminated and is known as black water. A flood cut is usually necessary when this type of flooding occurs because your home’s drywall and any insulation behind it may be affected by the dirty water and may need replacing.

  1. Wet Insulation

Flood technicians may perform a flood cut and tear out sections of drywall if they believe any insulation behind your home’s walls has water damage. Because insulation cannot be properly dried, a flood cut may be needed to remove any wet material. Once the interior wall is cleaned and dried, new insulation can be installed.

  1. Mold Growth

After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly if it is not addressed. Flood technicians may perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area if any is found. Because mold does not need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other areas and cause an unpleasant odor in your home. A flood cut can prevent this and keep mold at bay.

Flooding in your home can cause a variety of problems in your home long after the waters recede. Having flood cuts performed may resolve these issues and prevent costly repairs later on. Give SERVPRO of West Sacramento a call, (916) 626-0426

Our Step by Step Process to Fire Damage Restoration

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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Some fires require the fire department to use water in your home. If this happened the water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration or Reconstruction

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. 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.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (916) 626-0426

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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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 West Sacramento 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. 

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. Any questions or to schedule an inspection give SERVPRO West Sacramento a call (916) 626-0426.

Mitigation vs. Restoration/Reconstruction

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If your business has been affected by severe flooding, the chances are that you have contacted a flood and water cleanup company to help get your building back to normal is pretty high. You will probably hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot, and you might not fully understand what they mean. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.

Mitigation

Mitigation is the first line of defense when it comes to water damage. It also includes measures that are used to help stabilize the situation before any more damage can occur. Here are some examples of what happens during mitigation:

  • Inspecting damage
  • Making sure building is stable
  • Window board up
  • Setting tarps
  • Removing furniture/other belongings
  • Extracting water
  • Setting drying equipment

Depending on if more work needs to be done, based on the damage, that is where restoration comes in to play.

Restoration or Reconstruction

Restoration means that we will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Once mitigation has been complete, the repairing of the structure can begin. This means replacing drywall, painting, and many other things depending on what is needed.

Whatever your needs may bay SERVPRO of West Sacramento is here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for all mitigation and restoration/reconstruction needs! (916) 626.0426

5 Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in your Commercial Business

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold or mildew in your building? Over time some mold may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Use the following tips to help prevent mold or mildew growth in your business.

#1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Over time, it can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look for any Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

#3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well. Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold and mildew growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

#4: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent growth.

#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

If you find mold or mildew in your place of business, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at (916) 626-0426 today!

Why does my Carpet Smell?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.

This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.

A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.

If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.

Pet odor

When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.

Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.

The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.

These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.

Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.

Cigarette smoke

If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.

While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.

A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.

Old age

Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.

Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.

In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.

Food and drink spills

Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.

Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.

Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.

For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.

If you have a smell you can’t get rid of – call SERVPRO of West Sacramento to see if we can help you (916) 626-0426

How can SERVPRO help with Biohazard concerns?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento does more than just fire and water restoration.  Our professionals can also help you with Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup.

Bloodborn pathogens can be scary.  Bodily fluids, tissues and other potentially risky substances can be removed and disposed of properly by our technicians who are trained in proper biohazard removal.

Crime scene residue can be overwhelming.  Once law enforcement is finished with the area, let our professional technicians come in and deal with the fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals and residues from tear gas or pepper spray.  

Arson and vandalism can leave a home or business owner feeling vulnerable, violated and unsafe.  Let SERVPRO of West Sacramento take care of the aftermath.  Our team can remove spray paint, clean up broken glass and clean up after a fire.

Sewage backups are the worst!  Black water carries with it a terrible odor as well as potentially harmful microorganisms into your home or business.  SERVPRO of West Sacramento can remove the black water, contaminants and dry the area.  They will disinfect and clean the property and leave it "Like it never even happened." 

Signs of Storm Damage

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  1. Roof:Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters:After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows:Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior:Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately. Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at (916) 626-0426 for any restoration or repair needs you may have.

Water Damage Can Potentially Leave Noticeable Odors

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know when to be worried about a funny smell? Most new homeowners are not water damage specialists, but the human nose is an excellent tool for sniffing out trouble. Your nose is not the only way to spot water damage in your new home. SERVPRO of West Sacramento technicians are IICRC certified and can help handle any moisture problems you may discover after moving in.

The sooner you notice a problem, the sooner you can call us to help mitigate ongoing damages. With spring coming in, some water damage will be easier to spot. When you notice a problem, a highly trained SERVPRO professional can assess the extent of your damages. We can use our specialized equipment to remedy the issue fast.

What should you keep an eye out for when you do your spring cleaning? Start at the top. When looking for roof damages, obvious water stains aren't the only problem. Swollen insulation is usually an indication of water retention. Check your flashing (where the roof meets the walls) for cracks and look for missing shingles as well as more obvious signs like holes. Look at door frames and molding. Unusual stains or dark spots on the walls can mean trouble.

Inside, make sure you check your appliances after you move in to be certain they are not leaking where you cannot see easily behind them. Cracked hoses and loose connections can be tricky. Ripples, buckling, and changes in texture can tell you the flooring has a water problem. Remember to trust your nose. If it smells wrong, it probably is.

Outside water damages and mold are often caused by improper drainage. Check your spouts to see that they are clear and make sure you do not have water pooling around the foundation of your new home. At the first sign of damage, you can call SERVPRO of West Sacramento for help (916) 626-0426.

Water Damage Timeline

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Sacramento provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—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 West Sacramento arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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:

  • Microbials 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.

Need Emergency Service? You can call us 24/7 at (916) 626-0426

Know the Facts about Business Fires

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your company surviving is pretty high!

Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to SERVPRO of West Sacramento for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.

What to Expect when you have a Commercial Water Loss

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

The pipe burst under the sink in the bathroom of your office building and left a mess. The floors and walls are wet – it appears that you may have to disrupt daily operations for a while so that professionals can restore the office. It is wise to call us right away because excess water can cause damages to the structure of the building as well as to floor tiles and walls. Plus, if you allow water to stand inside the building for more than 48 hours, microbial growth may start to occur.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento’s commercial water damage technicians are highly trained and understand the importance of mitigating moisture quickly. The team can use extractors, vacuums or pumps to remove water from the structure. During the mitigation phase the team dries the area. Our crews may employ air movers or axial fans to dry the office. The team may also utilize dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and increase evaporation. We also may use dehumidifiers to pull in moisture and return dry, warm air inside the office environment. This step helps increase the drying phase.

We work fast to dry the area to prevent microbial growth and to reduce the chances of other secondary issues, such as wood rot, from occurring. The crew can also pack out materials and contents from inside the office. We itemize, categorize and store each item in a dry and safe area on or off-site until the restoration process is complete. We know that it is essential to keep your office functioning on a daily basis, which is why you can expect our techs to work quickly and to strive to get the job done right.

SERVPRO of West Sacramento provides commercial water damage restoration services that can restore your office when possible. Call us at (916) 626-0426 any time of the day or night to schedule an appointment. We are here to help and can return your office to its preloss condition.

Severe Rainstorms in the Winter and Spring

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some tips and advice of what to do before a severe storm. This is very helpful for the family to be prepared. I know outside it does not seem like much of a winter for our part of the country but we have had instances where we do need the info.

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Prepare your home:
    • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
    • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
      • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Prepare your vehicle:
      • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, extra blanket, and jumper cables.
    • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
    • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
    • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
    • Plan to bring pets inside.
    • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
    • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.

What TO do and what NOT to do after a fire

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What to do after A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • 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.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Why to Board Up After a Fire

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

If your commercial or residential property has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier. 

Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

1. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

2. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.

3. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Don’t hesitate to call us (916) 626-0426.

Mold Remediation Specialists

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova 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, as this will only discolor the growth and do nothing to remediate it.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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. Call today if you need an inspection (916) 626-0426

Use a Professional Water Restoration Company

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Picture this: you come home from vacation only to find water in your home! Who can you call to help? Your initial response may be to call a contractor, but there are differences between contractors and professional Water Restoration Companies. As a professional Restoration Company, we try to restore, rather than replace, whenever possible.

 A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This often will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO® of Rancho Cordova technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. The average time to dry is 3-5 days, this prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible. Restoring your home is more cost efficient than replacing materials in your home.

 Call SERVPRO® of West Sacramento! We are available 24/7 for emergency water losses! (916) 626-0426

Are you ready for Severe Weather?

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of West Sacramento wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during sever weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

 Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.

Smoke and Soot Cleaning

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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 West Sioux Falls 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. To schedule an inspection, call SERVPRO West Sacramento today (916) 626-0426.

When “What If?” becomes “What Now?” … Emergency Ready Profile

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

 A large percentage of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had some form of a preparation plan in place beforehand. SERVPRO of West Sacramento’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.

 To learn more about an ERP you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO West Sacramento at (916) 626-0426 to schedule yours today.

It Doesn't Take A Lot Of Water To Cause Problems!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage. Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, damage building components.

Water damage can be caused by many things:

  • Sump pumps
  • Water heater failures
  • Broken pipes
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker problems
  • Flooding due to heavy rain
  • Ground water seeping into the basement
  • Natural disasters

Even after the water seems to disappear, excess moisture can hide in your floor coverings, foundation, wood structures and walls—causing major damage to your property and creating the perfect environment for microbial and other fungi growth.

That's where the SERVPRO of West Sacramento comes in. If you catch it in time, you can ward off a lot of the damage and save money and headaches down the road. It’s important that water is quickly removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew and other microorganisms that are harmful. If you need us, we will be there. (916) 626-0426

Important things to know about Black Water

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Immediately after experiencing life-altering flooding in West Sacramento, CA the first thing you probably want to do is start dealing with the water damage from the flood. Before diving in to the problem it is important to know about the associated dangers of black water. 

What is this water and why should it be avoided? 

Black water is liquid presumed to have multiple contaminants. It could contain: 

• Fecal matter 
• Urine 
• Used toilet paper 

Sewage systems frequently become compromised and leak after water damage, they can pose health threats to those who encounter the dirty liquid. 

It’s also important to be aware of gray water. This type often comes from washing machines, dishwashers, sinks and showers and is not immediately as dangerous as the black variety, but can become more hazardous after 48 hours of contact with building surfaces. 

How can you stay safe from contaminated water? 

The best way to limit your risk to hazardous water from flooding is to limit your exposure to it. Instead of trying to handle the cleanup process yourself depend on our team of professionals to assess the damage and tackle the steps necessary for a thorough restoration of your home.

Black water is a likely contaminant after a flood, and it’s a primary reason why you should not deal with the water damage on your own. Contacting a professional team to assist with damage from flooding gives you greater protection from possible risks and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.


Call SERVPRO of West Sacramento at (916) 626-0426 for more information on mitigating storm damage and how you can be prepared.

Fire Hazards

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Home and commercial fires can happen quickly and always expectantly.  Here are some common causes of home fires and ways to reduce the risk:

  • Electrical Equipment - Faulty or frayed cords can be the culprit to an electrical fire. Even seemingly harmless appliances like a toaster oven or blender can be dangerous if the cord is damaged.  Make sure all cords plugged in are in good condition.
  • Candles - Approximately 37 percent of fires caused from candles start in a bedroom, because it is easy to forget about a candle or fall asleep with one lit. Make sure to blow out a candle when leaving the room and be sure to keep tissue boxes, books, and curtains away. 
  • Heating Mechanisms - winter months can sometimes require extra heating devices. Portable heaters are useful but are dangerous.  Furniture, clothes, curtains, and other flammable objects can all catch fire if near a portable heater.  Be sure to keep those items away from the device and monitor regularly. 

There is always a risk of fire hazards so it’s important to know the potential sources and take precautions. If you suffer from fire damage, call SERVPRO of West Sacramento today so we can get you back in your home. (916) 626-0426

Commercial Water Mitigation Process

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If you have a water emergency in your West Sacramento business, such as a pipe burst, cleanup or other flooding scenario; you'll need to call on the services of a professional water cleanup company to ensure the job is done right. A restoration company will take the following steps to deal with the damage:

  1. Inspect and Diagnose

Once you make the call, the water mitigation company will come to the scene to make an inspection and test the water in order to determine which specialized equipment and methods are best suited to fixing the damage. 

  1. Haul Out Contents

As soon as the situation is assessed, any items in the affected area, such as office equipment, electronics, furniture and documents will be removed to a safe, dry area. Items will be sorted to determine what can and cannot be saved. Whatever can be salvaged will be cleaned, dried, deodorized and sanitized using specialized equipment and cleaning agents.

  1. Extract the Water

Once everything has been taken out of the area, the water removal can begin. Depending on the cause of the water damage, whether it's a pipe burst cleanup, a supply line cleanup or removal of sewer water, different high-efficiency equipment will be used to remove the mess. Specialized sump pumps and trash pumps, in addition to truck-mounted water extractors, will be used to suck out as much moisture as possible. Any contaminated surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized.

  1. Dry and Dehumidify

After the bulk of the water is extracted, steps will be taken to remove excess humidity from the air and moisture from hard-to-reach places. Heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers will be brought in to make sure everything is completely dry.

  1. Restore

When everything has been completely dried and disinfected, structural restoration can begin. This might entail only minor repairs and painting or require the complete rebuilding of entire rooms, depending on the severity of the damage. 

Whether you need a pipe burst cleanup or a building overhaul due to a major flood, SERVPRO of West Sacramento will be able to quickly take care of the problem and get your business back on track.

Call today (916) 626-0426 to start the process.

Fall Allergy Quick Guide

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of West Sacramento, we are professionals when it comes to restoration and remediation. What we really care about is helping people. So, we have come up with a quick guide on how to get through this allergy season:

  • Check the pollen count when you wake up.
  • Try not to walk through leafs; they attract moisture that lets mold flourish.
  • Make sure to drive to work with your windows up and the AC on.
  • Wash your hands to clean out any remaining pollen from your hands.
  • Keep your work station uncluttered and clean of any dust.
  • Shower and change clothes as soon as you get home.
  • Don't let the temperature get above 72 degrees overnight; mold grows in warmth.
  • Wash your sheets to remove any lingering pollen.
  • Keep your windows closed overnight.

SERVPRO West Sacramento- Trusted Professionals For Your Business Remediation

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Your trusted and local SERVPRO West Sacramento professionals and ready to help with your business remediation needs 24/7. We understand the additional complications that arise from having water/mold/fire damage in your place of business. It is necessary to ensure your customers and employees are able to have access to your place of business as soon as possible. 

Time Is Of The Essence:

Our goal is to expedite remediation while being cognizant of your business needs. We are on the scene quickly and committed to working with your insurance and management so this unexpected event is as seamless as possible. 

"Like It Never Even Happened" is our slogan for a reason. We are local and trusted. If your West Sacramento or surrounding Sacramento area business experiences a mold/water/or fire event please call us first. Our professional office staff will be happy to assist you. Our positive reviews from other local business's reflect our integrity and excellent work ethic. We are committed to our customers and our local community.

SERVPRO West Sacramento 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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) 873-8085

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 West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Faster to your West Sac/Sac Area Water Damage Emergency

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento 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) 873-8085

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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

Does Your West Sacramento Home Have A Mold Problem?

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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) 873-8085

West Sacramento Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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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 West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento 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) 873-8085

When Storms or Floods hit West Sacramento/Sac Area SERVPRO is ready!

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SERVPRO of West Sacramento specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and 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 West 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

(916) 873-8085

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your West Sacramento/Sac Area Home

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SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento and surrounding Sacramento area 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.

For Immediate Service in West Sacramento and Surrounding Sacramento Area Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO of West Sacramento provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in West Sacramento or the surrounding Sacramento area. 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) 873-8085

Residential Services

Whether your West Sacramento/Surrounding Sacramento area 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

West Sacramento Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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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 West Sacramento 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) 873-8085

Restoring Your West Sacramento Business After A Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at West Sacramento and surrounding Sacramento area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 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 West Sacramento

SERVPRO of West Sacramento 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.

West Sacramento Storm Damage Cleanup

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Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (916) 873-8085

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Why Choose Your Local SERVPRO Professional?

 

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. 

DAMAGE TIPS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.

Your primary focus should be safety, be especially careful of electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.

Mold Remediation For Your Commercial Business

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SERVPRO West Sacramento understands that besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO West Sacramento. We will respond quickly to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Mold And Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (916) 873-8085

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of West Sacramento can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. Our technicians have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Our technicians are trained and certified in various areas of remediation:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call us for a free estimate for your West Sacramento or surrounding Sacramento area business.

(916) 873-8085

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration For Your West Sacramento Home Or Business

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Why choose your local SERVPRO West Sacramento for fire damage cleanup and restoration?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 

They’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. 

Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Contact SERVPRO West Sacramento for fire damage restoration to your home or business in the West Sacramento or surrounding Sacramento area.

We are available 24/7, local, trusted, and professional. 

We care about your home and business. We will provide you with professional service for your home or business and take pride in our high quality customer service. 

(916) 873-8085

Certified Government and Commercial Services

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SERVPRO of West Sacramento offer a wide range of services from cleaning commercial warehouses to removing biohazard contaminants. We can respond immediately to any unplanned emergency, and have the expertise and ability to handle any of your long-term project sourcing government and commercial needs. Our highly trained crew will work with you, and your insurance if applicable to deliver quality service. "Like it never even happened." Call us to learn more about the commercial and government services we currently offer and how we can specifically address all of your servicing needs. Why choose SERVPRO West Sacramento?

    • 24-Hour Emergency Service
    • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
    • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    • Locally Owned and Operated
    • Professional and caring staff
    • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 
  • We proudly service the following areas: West Sacramento, Landpark, Pocket Area, as well as Sacramento.

Fire Season in the Capital City

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Fire season is here once again. If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos. SERVPRO West Sacramento is dedicated to restoring your damaged property back to preloss condition and helping your life get back to normal.

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there may potentially be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, SERVPRO West Sacramento uses the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

Tips from FEMA if a fire threatens:

  • Take your Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Lock your home or business.
  • Tell someone when you left and where you are going.
  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds, or noncombustible window coverings.
  • Shut off all utilities, if possible.
  • Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.
  • Move flammable furniture into the center of the home.
  • Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with precut noncombustible coverings.
  • Place combustible patio furniture inside. Connect the garden hose to outside taps.
  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home or business.
  • Gather fire tools.

For more detailed fire safety tips visit FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov

When a fire takes control of your life, SERVPRO West Sacramento is here to help you take it back. SERVPRO West Sacramento Professionals can give you peace of mind by helping make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO West Sacramento can help you.

SERVPRO West Sacramento Fire Damage Restoration Services

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With these hot temperatures warming up the Greater Sacramento area, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a fire. 

Because of the lack of rain this year there is certainly a higher risk of fires. Rain throughout the year keeps the ground and soil moist by covering it longer well into the spring and summer which in turn influences the onset of fire season as well as the widespread and seriousness of potential fires.

If you do unfortunately happen to have fire damage on your home make sure to call a professional like SERVPRO West Sacramento to help you and your family in a time of need.

SERVPRO West Sacramento Fire Damage Restoration Services are available 24/7. Call us at 916.873.8085

Call SERVPRO West Sacramento For FAST Water Damage Response

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Water Damage In Your West Sacramento/Sacramento Area Home?

                 Need Emergency Service? 
           Call SERVPRO West Sacramento

                   916-873-8085


Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO West Sacramento professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

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.

West Sac/Land Park, Storm Water Damage

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Storms can wreak havoc on your home in more ways than one. Many people assume that since the initial source of the water begins with Mother Nature it is safe. That is not correct. Groundwater that may enter your home can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents making it category 3 which requires a professional for cleanup. There are 3 different categories that identify the level of contamination and what type of remediation should be used. Below we have included detailed information on these types.    

Category One: Clear Water 

This water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a broken water supply line, tub or sink overflow with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines to name a few. However, once clean water leaves the exit point, it might not remain clean after contacting other surfaces or materials.    Although it is considered the "safest" of the categories, it can degrade to category 2 or 3 if left untreated.

Category Two: Gray Water 

Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. This is because it may contain potentially unsafe levels of chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. Examples of Cat 2 water include, but are not limited to: overflow from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls with urine; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure and broken aquariums.   If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.
 Category Three: Black Water
  Cat 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents.  Cat 3 water can include, but are not limited to:  sewage; toilet backflows from beyond the trap; flooding from seawater, rivers or streams, ground surface water or other contaminated water entering the indoor environment.     It is important to use experts who are very skilled in the safe handling of black water and will use breathing filtration apparatus and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness. They will also contain the affected area so that no dangerous materials are allowed to escape during the restoration process. Knowing what type of water is damaging your property or where it is coming from helps restoration experts to approach the situation in a safe way.  If you have water damage in your West Sacramento, Land Park, or surrounding Sacramento area home call your local and trusted professional:   SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085        Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Smoke and Soot Cleanup In West Sacramento

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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 West Sacramento 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 – 916-873-8085

 

Is There A Mold Problem In Your West Sacramento Home?

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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.

Mold Tips For Homeowners

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In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of West Sacramento has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (916) 873-8085

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of West Sacramento for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO West Sacramento 24/7 water Damage Services

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We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - SERVPRO West Sacramento

916-873-8085

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 West Sacramento 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)?

Sacramento Storms

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Storms can be very serious. In the Greater Sacramento area we don’t always see a lot of major storms come through; but when we do SERVPRO West Sacramento is available to address all of your clean-up needs. When dealing with storm damage immediate action is very critical for your home or building. SERVPRO of West Sacramento is part of a national network of Franchises with a special Disaster Recovery team in place throughout the country to better handle these large scale events. Here are some suggestions on what you can do in the event a storm:

Pre-storm:

  • Look for potential hazards on your property
  • Trees
  • Branches leaning over 45 degrees over your roof
  • Anything close to utility lines
  • Check your gutters, remove debris to prevent water damage

During the storm:

  • Follow all guidelines for evacuations
  • Don’t hesitate to get help
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods, drinks (water and drinks with electrolytes), gas, batteries, etc.
  • Prepare in advance

After the storm:

  • Stay clear from all utility lines, trees, hanging branches, unsecure areas
  • Evaluate what you can and can’t handle for cleanup
  • Call the professionals at SERVPRO West Sacramento for cleanup and emergency services

Prepare Your Sac/West Sac Business For 2018 Storms!

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The extremely heavy rainfall we experienced in of more storms such as this. Many local business' suffered a negative impact last year either tthe Sacramento area last year was the result of El Nino. This year we could have a higher than 50% chance o the physical location of their business (exterior flooding, interior leaks, as well as damage to carpets etc). 

"Since 1870, we haven't seen a second strong El Niño in such quick succession, so if 2017 turned out to be one, it would be unprecedented,"  New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) told weather.com.

NOAA's CPC currently forecasts a 53-percent chance of El Niño's development sometime September through November.

Now is a good time to begin in advance for the possibility of storms to prevent damage that may have the potential to impact your business. The link below has storm preparedness tips you may find useful.

http://storms.ca.gov/individual-preparation/

Is your business in a flood zone, and if so, how can you obtain flood insurance? The informative link below can help provide answers to these important questions.

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

West Sacramento Residential and Commercial Storm Damage

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Local and Trusted.        

        SERVPRO West Sacramento? 

     We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your West Sacramento home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of West Sacramento can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

  SERVPRO West Sacramento

                        (916) 873-8085

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Sacramento is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

 We are proud to serve our local communities:

Water Damage And Your West Sacramento Home

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Homeowner Water Damage Information

Water damage in your home can become a bigger problem than just the damage it may cause. It can become contaminated and breed bacteria. This is why it is important to have a professional do your water damage remediation work.

SERVPRO West Sacramento understands the value you place in your family and home. We do our very best to make a challenging time as easy as possible and work quickly so that you and your loved ones can be assured that your home is safe. 

Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.

Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it,

Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

Even though water may start out as Category 1, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Any contamination that the water touches, such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground, can change water damage Category to 2 or even Category 3. And since standing water breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

More contamination can mean that the restoration team will have to use more aggressive measures to clean your structure and property, and it might mean that soft furnishings, like your carpet and the carpet pad, may have to be discarded for your safety.

Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, so preventing water damage is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.

For more tips on what you should know about water damage click on the helpful link below.

http://porch.com/advice/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-water-damage/

Sacramento/West Sacramento Business Water/Fire/Mold Services

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At SERVPRO West Sacramento we understand business and customer service. If a water/fire/mold issue arises at your place of business call us 24/7.

Our priority is you, our customer and we will be on the job quickly to minimize the affect on your business and customers as much as possible.

We recently took on a fire job at a well known Sacramento restaurant and SERVPRO West Sacramento was  praised by the owners for the professional and timely work of our amazing technicians.   

In addition to water/fire/mold remediation we also offer service contracts for janitorial as well as carpet cleaning. Please contact our office if you have any questions or are interested in any of our new business services. We are happy to help!

 SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

West Sacramento Residents Summer Fire Safety Tips

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As the temperatures rise your home is at greater risk for fire. SERVPRO West Sacramento wants you and your family to have a fun filled summer that is SAFE!

Statistics:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

You can protect your home and family by following these easy steps..... 

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Make sure children fully understand the plan. If you have pets have a fire plan in place for them as well.

For more fire prevention tips and information please visit the site below.

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

What Is Mold? Where Does It Grow?

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If you detect mold in your home or business call SERVPRO West Sacramento.

                                              (916) (916) 873-8085

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mold every day.

In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you're sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.

Where Do Molds Grow?

Your walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the thing all molds need most is moisture, so you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.

Commercial Building Damage West Sacramento/Sacramento Area

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All the same types of damage that can affect residential properties have an equal chance of affecting commercial buildings. These include:

  • Storm and wind damage – Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can remove roof tiles, break windows and more.
  • Water damage – Water damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain or a number of other things. In any case, this can then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.
  • Fire damage – Fire damage can come from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, from a gas stove or from lightning. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.

Mold – Mold is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand.

If your business has a water/fire/mold issue please contact your local and trusted professional:

  SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085

      Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

IICRC Training

  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Your Business IS OUR BUSINESS!

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If your business suffers from water/fire/or mold damage call your local professional-SERVPRO West Sacramento.

(916) 837-8085

Water damage in your place of business can be a devastating blow: Not only can it cost you quite a bit to clean up, but it can also slow—or even shut down—business operations.

Whether it's managing the distraction, sending employees home for the cleanup, or losing equipment and records, water damage will inevitably cause your business to take a hit. Here are some strategies to prevent water damage from happening.

Make sure hose connections are secure on water supply lines to washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers, and other appliances that use water.

  • Re-caulk and re-grout around sinks, showers, and tubs. Leaking shower pans and loose or missing tiles should be repaired.
  • Check and replace washing machine hoses regularly, especially if there are signs of cracking, bulging, or other deterioration.
  • Follow the recommended maintenance procedures for all appliances and equipment. This includes periodically draining a portion of the water out of the water heater to flush out the sediment in the bottom of the tank. (Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.)
  • Regular maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor will help keep air conditioner pan drain lines clear of deposits that can clog the line.
  • When the weather turns cold, a trickle of water from both hot and cold faucets may help prevent frozen pipes. Another good idea is to open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Insulate water pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts, such as those located in garages and basements, to help reduce the chance of leaks from frozen pipes.

Water in unwanted areas can cause considerable damage due to a leak or natural disaster, mold can develop quite fast, at times in as little as 48 hours.

Summer Storm Damage Prevention For "City of Trees" Residents

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Some say it feels like we live in a park. With just under 3 million trees across Sacramento, there's a reason it has been called the 'City of Trees

Sacramento (nicknamed The City of Trees) has the largest tree canopy in the US and third-largest in the world? We have over 450 varieties of trees in our river town. Trees play a key role in reducing overall temperatures, help shield city dwellers from air pollution and absorb excess water during strong storms, thereby potentially preventing floods. Now is the time to prepare for fall and winter storms by minimizing the potential damage to your trees and home.

The link below provides additional information you may find helpful. Take advantage of this great summer weather by pruning and following some of these prevention tips in advance. 

https://www.stihlusa.com/information/articles/tips-for-tree-care-and-storms/

If you experience storm damage this fall, call your local and trusted professional-

SERVPRO West Sacramento. (916) 873-8085

             FASTER to any sized disaster.....

Summer's Unwanted Guest: Mold

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Mold thrives in the summer heat. Find ways to prevent this unwanted visitor in you home here.

SERVPRO West Sacramento wants our friends and neighbors to be aware of the potential danger and damage summer heat can bring and adversely affect your home.

Summertime traditionally brings family trips, school vacations, as well as plenty of hot uncomfortable weather. Those sunny days, however, often come with high humidity — ideal conditions for annoying and potentially toxic mold.

It’s a pervasive menace that is poised each summer to grow and thrive in your house. Left unattended, fast-growing mold can cause damage that will cost in the thousands of dollars to eradicate or, worse, pose a dangerous threat to the health of your entire family.

In reality, mold is a fungus that can grow anywhere moisture is present. Mold spores thrive in warm temperatures (77 to 86 degree Fahrenheit) and wherever there are damp conditions. Mold spores are in the air we breathe, and they can grow on any surface. In a house, mold can be found in ceilings and walls, under sinks, in drywall, hidden behind wallpaper or baseboards, in the ductwork or even on furniture and clothes. It can also grow outdoors under wood piles or mulch, gutters or abandoned trash.

Mold in a house can lay dormant until it gets the needed heat and humidity to grow and multiply. Additionally, it needs a food source, such as dust, dirt or some other organic debris.

Stay alert and make sure you follow some of the tips we have posted in our other blogs to keep your home and family safe. If you do find mold, call your local and trusted professional- SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085. 

Enjoy your summer and stay safe!

SERVPRO West Sacramento- Your LOCAL Water Damage Experts

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Local Water Damage Experts: SERVPRO West Sacramento

Your local SERVPRO West Sacramento is not just your neighborhood water/fire/mold remediation company, it's also certified by the IICRC-(Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). When your home has water damage choose a professional, trusted, and certified company.

SERVPRO West Sacramento (916) 873-8085

Like it never even happened.

Why choose a certified professional? 

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

 

Fire Safety Tips For A Safe Summer

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As the temperatures rise your home is at greater risk for fire. SERVPRO West Sacramento wants you and your family to have a fun filled summer that is SAFE!

Statistics:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

You can protect your home and family by following these easy steps..... 

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Make sure children fully understand the plan. If you have pets have a fire plan in place for them as well.

For more fire prevention tips and information please visit the site below.

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

West Sac/Sacramento Area Commercial Damage Restoration

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When disaster strikes your business, call SERVPRO West Sacramento!

We understand that time=money for business owners. We are available 24/7 for your emergency needs and will have your business back up and running LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED.

SERVPRO West Sacramento are your local, trusted professionals for Water Damage, Flood Damage, Sewage Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Wind Damage, Hail, Damage, Mold Damage, Vandalism and Graffiti Damage, and Odor Removal.

We have the assets to perform any size job and can also take care of your cleaning needs for your home... carpet, upholstery, walls, and ceilings and floors!  

              FASTER to any sized disaster.....

                 SERVPRO West Sacramento

                       (916) 873-8085

              Highly Trained

                Restoration 

                 Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

       IICRC Training

  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Land Park/Sac/West Sac Sump Pump Tips

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

We have run into this issue a few times, most notably in the Land Park area which has many older historic homes. We would like to encourage our neighborswho have a sump pump to take advantage of the nice weather and check before the fall rains arrive. A sump pump is much like a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, or your home’s security system; there is rarely a time when you actually need to use it, but it can be an essential tool if a dire situation occurs. Sump pumps help mitigate and prevent such situations by quickly draining flood water from the basement of a home through an external discharge pipe. And like most emergency equipment, it is important to make sure that your sump pump is well maintained and free of mechanical problems. Otherwise, you may one day find yourself with a flooded basement and thousands of dollars in damages.Click on the link below for some helpful tips tomake sure your sump pump is in good shape before the rainy season begins.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/test-sump-pump-34954.html

If you have storm or water damage call your local trusted professional:

    SERVPRO West Sacramento (916)873-8085

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Fire Prevention Tips For Your 4th Of July

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO West Sacramento would like you and your family to have a fun filled and safe Fourth of July.

Remember to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

 

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

Fire Damage and Safety Tips

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO West Sacramento professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

What you can do until help arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Stay safe, and call SERVPRO West Sacramento 916-873-8085

Local, professional and faster to any disaster. 

 

 

Tis The Season For Chocolate Bunnies AND Dust Bunnies

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is here! It may not feel like it yet due to the continuing rains and bad weather we've experienced here in Sacramento. Hard to believe that Easter will be here in a few short days. You might find yourself busy doing some spring cleaning around your home. While pushing aside furniture and chasing dust bunnies you could encounter mold. See our informative and helpful links below on mold facts and helpful spring cleaning tips. After you've put your broom away, put your feet up and relax with some hot cocoa (see recipe below). Warmer weather is just around the corner believe it or not.


http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20211/creamy-hot-cocoa/


http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips


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Busy Business

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Chris Amaral, Owner SERVPRO West Sacramento.

Chris, owner of the new SERVPRO West Sacramento franchise has been busier than expected. "We've received many more calls than I anticipated due to the recent storms. The one thing I wasn't tracking to in becomeing the owner of a SERVPRO franchise is how good it feels to help homeowners in a time of need. We have been blessed with not only business but amazing and kind customers. It feels great to love what you do." Our testimonials are a direct reflection of the quality of SERVPRO West Sacramento technicians and staff. We take great pride in our work and deliver a high level of service to our customers.

We are local, professional, and a business you can trust in a time of emergency. Check out our wonderful reviews from customers and if you have a water/fire/mold issue in your home give us a call!  916-873-8085 

Introducing SERVPRO West Sacramento- Meet Chris Amaral

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Introducing SERVPRO West Sacramento and Chris Amaral owner/President. Based out of West Sacramento and serving nearby Sacramento communities we look forward to building relationships in the community through volunteerism and of course maintaining the high level of customer service and professionalism SERVPRO is known for.

Chris was drawn to the Sac/West Sac area due to it's fast paced growth and the new urban direction  We will be sharing his journey with you as a new business owner in the area as he travels the community and enjoys the local cuisine (we will provide reviews of course)! Stay tuned to keep up to date on his adventures.

We would love to be of assistance and earn your business. Please contact our office for any of your fire and water mitigation/restoration needs. We look forward to serving you!

SERVPRO West Sacramento

525 Harbor Blvd

West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 873-8085

   

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