Is clutter driving me crazy?
Summer is almost here…and you should ask yourself: Is clutter driving me crazy?
SERVPRO of Fairfield believes that an organized lifestyle can mean efficiency in your day and a more relaxing time while at home. Your home will look cleaner and you will find that you have more space which is easier to use and enjoy.
Sort your items. Go through every room in your home and sort items by what you will do with them: keep, donate, or throw away. Keep items should be things you need and cannot part with, throw away items should be those which are completely useless to everyone, and donate items are those which you can’t use but someone else would benefit from.
Think critically about ‘keep’ items. Sometimes we feel like we need something but we really don’t. These are the types of items which usually make homes cluttered and leave little space for the things we do need. Once you’re done with the initial keep-donate-trash sweep, make a second sweep through your keep items and think about the last time you used them and if you actually need them.
Find good uses for non-keep items. For the items that you will trash or donate, consider the best uses for those items. Certain types of donated items will do the most good if donated to particular organizations (old furniture to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and clothing/toys to the Opportunity House Boutique, etc.). Make sure that items you designate trash really are trash. Tattered clothing should not be donated but low-quality though functional and intact kitchen equipment could really help someone out.
And if cleaning (for you) is just too physically demanding… call SERVPRO of Fairfield at 707.207.0122. Remember: “We are always here to help.”
Northern California Wildfires
A firefighter battles flames spreading at a Keysight Technologies building in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)
Just a few months ago Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties experienced devastating wildfires. These wildfires exceeded $3 billion and over 14,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and smoke blanketed the San Francisco Bay Area. While some people barely notice the smoke, others struggled to breathe.
To be prepared (or at least reduce your risk) from fire and smoke, you should consider:
Installing and testing smoke alarms
Have fire extinguishers (your local fire department can advise you)
Have and escape plan (including: an evacuation route and a family meeting place).
Get to know your neighbors
Be aware of what is going on outside your home
Follow all instructions from emergency officials
Things to consider:
Emergency clothes (packed in a suitcase)
Water (for drinking and sanitation)
Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
And when you need help cleaning up (BIG or small) be sure to call SERVPRO of Fairfield. We are always here to help.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, they will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO Franchise Professional training and certifications.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
SERVPRO of Fairfield is always here to help.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading factor in household fires in the United States. From overheated stoves to unattended flames, the kitchen presents a variety of hazards for even the most astute home chef. While living room and bedroom fires account for a small percentage of annual household fires, staying safe in the kitchen will prevent significantly more fires from damaging your property and endangering your safety.
Everyone experiences an accident in the kitchen from time to time. You might forget to turn off the burner or allow a sudden blast from the oven to set off your smoke alarm. Tiny accidents can lead to big trouble down the road. Here are some ways to prevent kitchen fires:
Set timers and pay attention to them.
Cover up unused outlets with plastic covers to prevent sparks.
Wear protective clothing when you cook with hot oil.
Keep small children away from pot handles and other hot objects.
Fairfield Water Damage
You come home after a fun, two week trip to the front floor squishy and wet. Once you investigate further, you notice there are several inches of water all over your home’s floors, and the roof is leaking. There was a recent rainstorm, and now your furniture and home belongings are soaked.
What would you do? SERVPRO of Fairfield has had experience in over hundreds of jobs and 75% of them have dealt with water due to fire departments putting out fires, roof leaks, broken pipes, malfunctioning dishwashers and refrigerators, and other mishaps. We’ve seen it all, we understand how insurance companies work, and we know how to keep them and you happy.
We know your happiness is important You want your home back the way it was and insurance companies want to keep you as a client. We always appreciate the business, and have been performing restoration work for years. Water damage restoration is one of our specialties. Our customers and insurance companies recommend our services because they know we will perform nothing but excellent, thorough work.
Dust in air ducts causing allergies!
There are a lot of things that need cleaning your home that you normally skimp on. Nobody thinks about checking or inspecting their air ducts to make sure that they’re performing properly. But you should. Dirty air ducts lead to many problems, including dirty air quality and allergies. Clean air ducts can even save you money and make your HVAC system last longer. If your air ducts look dirty to you, that’s because they are. We’ll go into detail about the benefits of cleaning you air ducts routinely and how to go about it.
AIR QUALITY IMPROVES
Dust buildup in your home is inevitable. When your HVAC system takes air in to circulate it out, dust gets stuck in the air ducts. Studies have found that in normal homes, nearly 40 pounds of dust is created just by living in your home. Now think about all 40 pounds of dust airing through your home and resting in the ducts. Not a very pretty thing to think about, right?
Since dust isn’t toxic, when it’s in the air it doesn’t mean that the air in your home is unhealthy to breathe in. It just means that for people with respiratory problems like asthma, or allergies to certain elements in the environment, it could be harder to inhale.
ALLERGIES AND DUST
A buildup of dust in the air makes it difficult for people with lung problems to breathe. It causes wheezing, tight chest, and short breath.
Dust allergies aren’t just triggered by dust, however. It’s also caused by dust mites, tiny microscopic bugs that live on your mattresses, pillows, furniture, clothes, and dead skin. They are normally harmless to humans, as they are too tiny to do anything to hurt you, unless you have a dust allergy. Dust mites cause 25% of all known allergies. A big number for something we can’t even see.
The performance of a heating and cooling system can be severely hindered by dust. Dust landing on a coil and a heat exchanger affects the efficiency of an HVAC system by almost 40%. Poor efficiency causes uneven heating/cooling. One room in your home may be hot, but the next room over is freezing during the winter. If dust continues to build up, it makes your system start to overwork itself and parts start to fail. It’s much cheaper to clean your system that it is to replace all of it.
To get rid of dust mites, cleaning your ducts and furniture is highly recommended, even if you don’t have a respiratory problem. Having clean furniture and air ducts won’t completely eradicate the dust mites, but it certainly will lessen the number in your homes.
When there’s dust blocking the air ducts, your HVAC system works harder to be able to push out air and keep you cool/warm. This extra work causes your HVAC to burn more energy to push out the same amount of air as a clean air duct using less energy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates between 25-40% of the energy used by HVAC systems is wasted. Cleaning your ducts will certainly help you take advantage of that wasted energy and let your wallet take a break.
Give SERVPRO of Fairfield a call for a duct cleaning quote!
While many homeowners are beginning to realize the importance of routine duct cleaning, you may still have questions about the process. That's why we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about who should clean your ducts, why it's necessary, and how it's done.
"Why do my air ducts need to be cleaned?"
Over the years, dust, allergens, dirt, and other debris can accumulate in your ducts. In fact, it can build up in layers as much as three inches deep! This filth can trap bacteria and foster mold growth, creating potential health threats for your family. And, to make matters worse, every time your HVAC system turns on, some of these contaminants are circulated throughout your house. Having your air ducts cleaned removes this accumulation of pollutants and greatly improves the air quality of your home. For safe, breathable air, you should have your ducts cleaned at least every four years.
"How exactly is my ductwork cleaned?"
Using specialized tools and a negative airflow system (essentially a huge vacuum), air duct cleaners scrape the dust, dirt, and debris from your ducts. The tools agitate the particles away from the sides of the ducts and the vacuum keeps them from escaping into your house. The cleaning should also include air washing furnace and air conditioner components, vacuuming registers, and applying mold inhibiting agents if necessary.
When winter snow eventually melts, it will send millions of acre-feet of water down into California’s rivers and reservoirs, potentially causing floods. In the interim, it’s creating dangerous conditions on highway passes.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
Flood or storm damage can cause great loss, and here in the Fairfield, CA area we have seen a lot of it. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of FairfieldProfessionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. If you experience such loss contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service.
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
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 707-207-0122
It's Spring Cleaning Time, Are you getting your Spring Cleaning To do List Stared? Why not Add Air Duct Cleaning to that list and cut down on dusting chores for the rest of the year! Spring Cleaning Time means most Homeowners will Have the Gutters Cleaned, the House Painted, or Powerwashed, and even have the House Cleaned from Top to Bottom with a professional Maid Service, remove unused furniture and clutter, and forget about air duct cleaning or do not know enough to clean the Homes Air Ducts's.
Pollen and Dust can trigger allergy symptoms, and, although not proven scientifically, air duct cleaning may make a difference in your overall health and well being. By Cleaning the Air Ducts in your home and or office, you are removing airborne contaminants, that cause allergies, sneezing, coughing, migraines, headaches and so on. It is Believed that by reducing these Airborne contaminants, from your homes Air Duct's, the end result will be Less Sneezing, Less Headaches, Less Migraines. Sneezing and Coughing only spreads germs, by removing these Air borne Contaminants, from your home or office, you will also spread less germs to your family, friends and co-workers. That means less sick time, and a more healthy life. Consider having air duct cleaning, When you move into a new home, have a new baby on the way or breathing problems. Air Duct Cleaning is Doctor Recommended, and should be done every 3-5 years.
If your home has been exposed to a water leak, then you may have things growing that you didn't expect. With the greater awareness of the hazards of exposure to mildew and other fungus growths, it is important to have your residence tested and treated as quickly as possible. Mold remediation is very involved and something you should start as soon as your home has tested positive.
Since water is required for growth and contamination, the first step of the plan is to identify the source of the accumulation and stop it. The specialist will assess the size of the moisture problem and what damage has been done before continuing. If the affected area is large, you may have to relocate from your home temporarily, just until the process is complete. The area will be contained during the repair process. In order to contain the area, your mold remediation specialist will turn off all fans and heaters. He or she may use physical barriers and negative air pressure chambers to isolate the growth and spores.
but does guarantee reconditioning of your space. Since water is required for growth and contamination, the first step of the plan is to identify the source of the accumulation and stop it. The specialist will assess the size of the moisture problem and what damage has been done before continuing. If the affected area is large, you may have to relocate from your home temporarily, just until the process is complete. The area will be contained during the repair process. In order to contain the area, your mold remediation specialist will turn off all fans and heaters. He or she may use physical barriers and negative air pressure chambers to isolate the growth and spores. As the assessment and repairs move forward, you may find that the damage is greater than you thought. You must be willing to be flexible in order to make your home safe to inhabit again. Once the area is contained and the water issue has been repaired, your technician will begin removing the infested materials. How this happens will depend not only on the amount, but also on the type of growth and surfaces that are affected. It may be as simple as using antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to remove the colonies from the surfaces. These treatments will also prevent new colonies from forming. However, if the surface is porous then more drastic measures may be taken. Sections of the area may have to be removed and replaced in order to eradicate the growth. Items like drywall, carpet, and carpet padding are examples of items that may need to be replaced. Mold remediation is not just restricted to floors and walls. Contents within the room have to be cleaned. This includes furniture, decorations, curtains, and any clothing. Your technician will have ways to decontaminate these items without damaging them. He or she will also have fogging equipment that will take the musty smell out of the room.