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Fairfield Water Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

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!

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

ALLERGIES CAUSED BY DUST IN AIR DUCTS

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.

PERFORMANCE

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.

ENERGY SAVINGS

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!

707-207-0122

Duct Cleaning

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

California Storms

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 707-207-0122 

Spring Cleaning!

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Understanding Mold

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Fairfield Water Damage

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Why choose a water specialist?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

As much as we wish it were possible to avoid the onset of water damage, this is not possible. Inclement weather or plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. Yes, there are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but it can occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist since a specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original glory.

There are a number of important functions a specialist is to perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment. If you were to try to do this yourself, you might not prove as efficient as a professional.

"Also, you may run the risk of further damaging the interior if your water removal strategy is less than adequate."

Once the water has been removed it becomes important properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional.

A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.

Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist significant.

If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

Depending on what type of water there is it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional from a "water damage team" to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water removal companies own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

A specialist can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist.

What to expect from your mold remediation company

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Be Afraid by the Men in the White Suits! 

As with any other hazardous material, like removing of lead-based paint or asbestos for example, mold remediation workers will fully suit up for action. They will have N- 95 masks, white suits, booties, and goggles. Truly looking like men from outer space. This does not necessarily mean that the mold remediation company will be removing toxic mold, but all precautions are taken. This is the standard operating procedure for any job where they are dealing with hazardous materials.
When dealing with Black Mold or any other color the remediation will follow a similar process to what is outlined below. Here is what you should expect:

Step One: We Need Access

We will have equipment, plastic, and tape everywhere. So please keep the animals somewhere else and move cars from the driveway or garage, and clear a wide access from the outside all the way to the mold area. The mold remediation company will park a vehicle as near as possible to doorway, lay down plastic sheeting, and run hoses through the house to the mold area. If the mold area is accessible from the outside (such as a crawlspace), it is so much the better. A quality mold remediation company will take care to keep your house clean while they do the work.

Step Two: Kill Mold with Biocide

The first step of this process is to isolate all infected area from the remaining rooms of the home. This is usually done with plastic sheeting and tape to make a barrier. The next step is to spray the mold area with biocide. Biocide is an EPA-approved liquid which kills mold. Please Note that bleach is not approved by the EPA for killing mold. Typically, this first step should take less time than the second step. After the workers leave, the biocide goes to work, killing the mold spores. The mold remediation company should spray well beyond the moldy area to ensure that no more mold grows. For example, if only a limited area of an attic exhibits mold, the mold remediation company will probably still spray down the entire attic. This is more desirable, and you should confirm with the company this is standard procedure.

Step Three: Remove the Mold

Typically the next day, the mold remediation company returns. Again, clear access is needed. They begin the task of removing the dead mold from its food source. This is usually part of your house. There are several different methods that can be used for this section. One crude and time consuming method is sanding, scraping and using a wire brush. Others include media blasting this would include baking soda, dry ice, sand, and other types of media.

Step Four: Clean the area

Here is where a lot of the clean-up begins. Once all the dead mold is removed from the substrate the area will need to vacuum with a HEPA (High Efficiency particular air) filter attachment. This will allow all the mold spores that were released when the mold was dying to be captured and disposed of alone with the Mycotoxins and allergens associated.

Step Five: Spray Sealer to prevent Mold from Returning

The second to last step in the process is to treat the previously affected area with a sealer to prevent new or re occurring mold growth. The remediation company should spray an area greater than the affected area to insure it is covered. If an attic or crawlspace is involved the whole area should be treated. This is a very important step in the process.

Step Six: Final Clean up

This is where the all the plastic comes down and tape is removed. These should be cautiously taken down as to not disturb were the mold spores may have landed. Once the all the plastic and tape is removed the area will need to be HEPA vacuumed again and a spore count analysis taken to verify that the home has normal levels of mold.

After the Storm

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Natural disasters such as hurricanes cause a lot of water damage to people's homes. Surprisingly however, it's the small things like leaking hoses and broken pipes that have been rendered many homeless due to unexpected flooding. The loss of property can be overwhelming; however, there is hope. Professional water damage cleanup service providers are experts and transforming a flood damaged home back to original condition (if not better).

During such disasters, water can get into all parts of your home; from the ceiling to the basement. If you have a hardwood floor, it will absorb water, and the wood will begin to warp and bend. You need a professional service that is equipped with the technology to dry the water from the floor, and save you a small fortune. The walls of your home will also absorb water, and this may cause structural weakness, posing a danger to you and your family. The attic or ceiling of your home can also store moisture which may cause it to collapse. Given these dangers, only experts can help you remedy the situation effectively. Most water damage cleanup services are available to you 24/7, so you can call whenever you require them, and they will send their team to your rescue.

Apart from the water seepage in the floor and walls, your furniture, and other items will suffer damage after a storm. Not everything may be salvageable, but there are steps that can be taken to restore furniture and other precious items. Water can be removed from carpets and upholstery, as well as dry wooden cabinets, and other household goods. Even if the water damage seems extensive, you could be pleasantly surprised to find your home retaining much of the semblance that it had before the flooding. If any of the items are completely damaged, the cleanup service will remove the debris and ensure that your home is completely clean. They will then sanitize the home, and ensure that there is no danger of mold growing. Mold can pose a serious risk to your family, and they ensure that the home is completely dehumidified, and sanitized.

Electrical systems are bound to suffer damage during such a storm. The professional cleanup service will ensure that the wiring is safe to use before they restore electricity in your home. They will inspect the outlets, and much of the wiring, especially in area where there was a lot of water absorption. Before they let you back into the house, they will ensure that everything is in its proper place, and your home is safe for habitation, once again.