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Winters Coming

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Winters Coming!

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is what SERVPRO of Fairfield does best.

Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Locally owned and operated for over 9 years SERVPRO of Fairfield is your local water damage restoration company. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We live in your community so time's not wasted when an emergency strikes.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When winter storms hit Fairfield and our surrounding areas we scale our resources to handle a large or small disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country along with Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

The next time a winter storm strikes your home or business call SERVPRO of Fairfield (707) 207-0122

Deodorizing After a Flood Damage: How is it Done?

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorizing After a Flood Damage: How is it Done? Fast Removal needed to Mitigate Odors and Other Damages caused by flooding.

Dealing with the aftermath of flood damage due to a storm can be an uphill battle for any homeowner. The flood water often seeps into the structural cavities and creates a damp atmosphere. Not only does this pose a threat to the structural integrity of your home, it usually causes an odor problem. If not appropriately deodorized, this foul smell can linger on in your Ortega home long after the flooding. 
 
Thankfully, here at SERVPRO of Fairfield, we use a multi-method approach to eliminate odors after a flood damage to your Fairfield property. Our IICRC certified professionals use various modern equipment to eliminate odors due to flood damage in no time. Here are some of the deodorizing techniques used to ensure elimination of odors after a flood. 
  
Direct spraying: As the name implies, a deodorant is sprayed directly on the affected area using a pump. The method is useful if the intensity of the smell is not very high and the affected area is small.

Wet fogging: This method utilizes Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers to dispense water or solvent-based deodorants. The ULV fogger generates minute particles of the chemicals that penetrate to the areas where the odor causing particles hide and change the composition of these substances.

Thermal fogging: The technique involves using heat to break up solvent-based deodorants into small particles that can reach the difficult to reach places. The deodorizing particles neutralize the odor-causing molecules right at the source. Although this method is most popular to deodorize after a smoke damage, it is sometimes used in case of flood damage as well. 

Venting box fans: These are high-velocity axial fans that are used to ventilate and improve air circulation. These are used both before and after the deodorizing process. They can significantly shorten the time to deodorize and remove moisture at the same time.

Air Scrubbers: These devices are sophisticated air filters that use High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration technology. The air scrubbers can capture and eliminate odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 micrometers with an efficiency of 99.97%! 

Getting rid of the stale, clammy odor can be a difficult thing to do after a flood damage. Professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield can help you eliminate them in no time and get your home smelling like home again! "Like it never even happened."
 
Call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at (707) 207-0122 to talk to one of our flood damage restoration experts and discuss your deodorizing options after a flood damage. Remember, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Common Issues With Flooding In Your Fairfield Home

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Common Issues With Flooding In Your Fairfield Home With so many mounting issues that come with flooding damages, professional restoration is your best hope.

Common Issues With Flooding

Creeks, streams, and rivers around the surrounding Fairfield area are especially susceptible to substantial rainfall. Combating the effects of flooding in your home is not something that any homeowner is prepared to face, but something that many have to at one time or another. There are many considerations when it comes to flooding that urges the homeowner to choose professional restoration in light of doing the work themselves.

The more that you can understand about flood damages in your Fairfield residence, the better prepared you are for facing them. Many times, the damage is too serious to restore or clean up on your own, and the solution to this issue is to leave it in the hands of trusted professionals like our SERVPRO of Fairfield team.

One of the most obvious effects of flooding in your residence is the high volume of water. Within a short period, this presence can overly saturate construction materials and cause irreparable damage to the contents of your home in these affected areas. Mitigation of this damage is critical, and this process is most successful when homeowners waste no time in calling our SERVPRO of Fairfield technicians to get to work on stopping the damage from getting worse.

Another lesser considered aspect of creeks and streams rising is contaminants getting into your home from the runoff. Often many substances are haphazardly dumped into these bodies of water, diluding down to acceptable levels once it merges with a larger body. In your home, however, there could be foreign substances or even chemicals in the water affecting your house.

Mud and debris are also struggles that those facing flood damages have to contend with as well. Even in removing a significant amount of the water, dirt and mud cake to surfaces and saturate through carpeting. This inevitability requires specialized cleaning efforts beyond conventional extraction and drying for the water removal alone.

With so many mounting issues that come with flooding damages, professional restoration is the best hope for efficient removal of the water and quality cleaning efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Fairifleld technicians a call 24/7 at (707) 207-0122.

Storm Damage Restoration Process

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having SERVPRO of Fairfield to help during this type of emergency is a good option.

Here are some of the activities you can expect from SERVPRO of Fairfield.

  • Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of Fairfield will come to your property and their trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. In many cases, SERVPRO of Fairfield will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors.

If contacted in time, SERVPRO of Fairfield will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues. 

As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something the experts can handle.  

If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of Fairfield today to help reinstate your home.

Common Signs of Mold Growth

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Any sort of water damage in a home can abuse a multitude of problems, but one of the big issues people deal with is mold growth popping up after you believe the moisture to be dried out.

Not only can mold growth cause structural damage and unsightly stains, it can also be the catalyst for you or family members to experience health problems.

A large part of the problem is that mold exposure doesn’t necessarily immediately come to mind if someone has a persistent runny nose or a scratchy throat.

Let’s go over some of the signs you might have mold growing in your home.

Basic Signs of Mold Growth

We stress that if you find mold growing in your home, we don’t want you to panic. The problem is one that can be resolved but we don’t want to take away from the fact that it can be particularly taxing on anyone who suffers from a mold allergy.

The signs of a mold issue in your home aren’t always the same from house to house, but here are a few that are pretty universal.

Excess Moisture and Humidity

Mold needs a feeding source and moisture to grow, and because mold can feed on a wide variety of items. If your home has recently been flooded, you are definitely dealing with excess moisture.

But what if you haven’t had a flood? Is there still a chance you’ve got some excess moisture on hand?

Unfortunately, yes. If you’ve noticed some rooms in your home have a muggy feel to them or if you see condensation accumulating on your windows or mirrors, you have higher moisture levels than average. This can definitely lead to mold growth.

Musty Odor

Another sign of mold growth is a very distinct, musty odor.

If you aren’t up to date on the latest signs of mold (and there’s absolutely no reason why you should be unless you’re like me and work in the industry), you might associate this odor with your basement, if you have one, and assume that’s just how some basements smell.

I used to think basements just smelled musty.

Unfortunately, this is usually a big sign of mold growth and one that should encourage you to do a spot check of mold in your home. Plus, this odor isn’t relegated to basements only. This smell can show up anywhere mold is present.

Health Issues

Just like with any allergy, not everyone reacts the same way. Some people show no symptoms at all while others experience runny noses, headaches, itchy eyes and more. Depending on the severity of the allergy, some people can even have respiratory issues that affect their breathing.

If you’ve noticed symptoms that don’t seem to go away and there isn’t another obvious cause, there might be mold growing in your house. 

Mold Stains

Seeing mold stains seems pretty obvious that you have mold, but let’s just include it to make sure we cover all the bases.

Mold comes in a variety of different colors and textures. It can be white and powdery or black and slimy. The darker varieties have a tendency to leave the more obvious stains. If you notice these on your walls or floors, it’s time to do a serious check for mold.

Professional Mold Removal

If you suspect you have mold growing in your home and aren’t sure where to start in the removal process, contact us. Our team of professionals are ready to take your call and answer any questions you might have. Plus, we can help devise a plan that works with your timeline. Contact us today! (707) 207-0122.

Preventing Mold Growth in Winter Months

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

We are frequently asked if we find "more mold" in warmer months as opposed to colder months. In order to answer that question we need to be a little more specific. If we are talking about outdoors, then yes, molds are more active in the warmer months as opposed to the colder months. If we are talking indoors the answer is no. The temperature outside will not directly affect mold growth indoors, in a controlled temperature environment.

Bottom line: if you have a mold issue in your home, it's not going to matter if its June or January. If there is a food source and a moisture source mold can grow. Something that outdoor temperatures can affect though is the moisture source that could cause mold growth in your home.

In the colder months, homeowners can be faced with different challenges that could potentially create mold issues in their homes. These challenges include: frozen pipes, improper insulation, pipe bursts, ice damming and more. Here are tips to help prevent these winter-related issues that may result in mold growth:

  • Make sure all gutters are cleaned out to help prevent ice damming
  • To help prevent mold in attics, make sure the attic is properly insulated to help prevent condensation. (Remember there is such thing as too much insulation!)
  • To help prevent mold in crawl spaces, make sure any pipes running through the crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts. Also, if there are vents to the outside, close those vents during winter months.
  • To help prevent mold in basements, continue to run dehumidifiers in the basement, even during the winter. They may not run nearly as much, but anytime the relative humidity exceeds 50-55%, there is enough moisture in the air for mold to grow.
  • Make sure bathroom exhaust fans are working properly when you are taking your hot, steamy showers. Also, make sure those exhaust fans are vented to the outside of the home and not into your attic.

If you think you may have a mold issue, contact us at (707) 207-0122 to schedule a mold inspection for your home. 

Effects of Water Damage

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate. Hiring a water damage restoration company can make the cleanup process easier to handle, as these companies employ experienced workers who know the best ways to repair or replace damaged items and help with water damage cleanup.

Causes of Water Damage

There are several possible causes of water damage. Leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in basements. Too much water can lead to minor problems such as water in basement areas, or it can lead to the destruction of homes and businesses. Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately. Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

Categories of Water Damage

Assessing the severity of the damage is important for determining what is needed to start water damage repair and water removal. There are several different categories assigned to water damage. Category 1 refers to clean water, or water that does not pose a threat to humans. Possible causes of this type of damage include broken appliances or sink overflows. Category 2 water is also called gray water. This means that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness of ingested. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause category 2 water damage. Category 3 water is known as black water. This type of water is unsanitary, as it contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water.

There are also several classes of water damage. The class of damage is important when assessing water damage repair options. Class 1 is the least harmful form of damage. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage repair is the easiest in this type of situation. Class 2 has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions may be damaged. Water damage repair is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage. Class 3 has the fastest rate of evaporation. In this case, the water may come from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, soaking the walls and furniture. Class 4 requires special water restoration and water removal procedures. This type of damage may affect hardwood floors, plaster, and concrete.

Restoration Process

The water restoration process is an important one. Using the right procedures and materials can help people save cherished belongings and even prevent their homes from being condemned. Water restoration companies specialize in mitigating the effects of water, but the success for water damage restoration depends on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage. Water restoration companies may hire outside experts to assess a property and determine a water restoration and water removal plan. These water restoration companies typically use high-tech equipment and well-documented procedures to control water damage. Water in basement areas may only require a short cleanup process, but water in other areas of a property will require extensive remediation.

Health Hazards

It is important to hire one of these water damage restoration companies as soon as possible after water damage occurs. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms, increasing the risk for serious health problems. Mold exposure may aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Exposure may also increase the risk for respiratory diseases and other medical problems. Cleaning up immediately can help mitigate the health effects of water damage on everyone in a home or commercial space.

What To Do After Water Damage

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

What’s the first thing that you are supposed to do after a major storm passes through your property? Apart from a storm, there are other factors that can cause flooding in your building, including burst pipes, appliance breakdowns, sewer back-up, faulty sump-pump and more. This can be a difficult time for you, but there are steps that you can take to feel in control of the situation. Here is what SERVPRO of Fairfield recommends:

Safety First

If the water damage was serious enough for you to leave your house to stay elsewhere, you should make sure that your flooded house is safe before you return. As a necessary safety precaution, check for any noticeable structural damage, such as loosened foundation elements, cracked walls, holes, and warping before entering your home. If there are any damages to sewer lines, electric devices, gas and water pipes, contact your utility companies immediately. Also, remember to switch off the fuse box and the main power source for your house because water and electricity don’t mix.

Take Pictures

Before you think about doing anything regarding the damage caused by water, make sure that you take clear photos or video for your insurer. Soft copies are useful because they can be copied and stored electronically. If you choose to dry out your property and make repairs before documenting the damage, you could significantly reduce your expected compensation.

Be Concerned About Your Health

The water in your flooded house may be clear, but there’s a chance it could be contaminated by household chemicals or even sewage. In light of this, you are advised to wear rubber gloves, high water-resistant boots or waders when you enter your home. Any food that may have been affected by the water should be discarded. Also, use only boiled water until the water entering your house is declared to be safe for consumption.

Contact Your Insurance Company

SERVPRO of Fairfield advises that you contact your insurance provider immediately. Homeowners insurance varies depending on the type of coverage that you have. Your provider will send someone (an insurance adjuster) to evaluate the damage and determine if it’s covered by your policy. This is why it’s essential to document every detail before cleaning out your home and making repairs. The photos and videos that you took may be used by the insurance company to assess the damage correctly. If there are any repairs that you want to be done immediately, you should talk to the insurance company about them. 

Cleanup

You should start the cleanup process after your insurance company has assessed the damage and advise you to go ahead. Anything that’s not safe for use should be thrown away. You may also be advised to remove the drywall, insulation, and flooring to prevent mildew and mold from spreading in your house. Also, furniture should be dried out, cleaned thoroughly or thrown away if the damaged caused is beyond repair. 

Mold starts to emerge 24-hours after a flood, and if left to grow, it can be very frustrating to eliminate them from your flooded house. In this light, you are advised to remove your belongings from water and dry them as soon as possible. However, you should seek the help of an expert to assess the damage before doing anything. SERVPRO of Fairfield is here to help you to assess your damage and advise you accordingly.

Preventing Grease Fires

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Grease fires most often occur when a pan is left on the fire for too long. Another way grease fires occur is when excess grease on the drip pan or stove top accidentally catches fire. A small mistake can lead to the need for fire damage repair services soon after the fire. Preventing grease fires is easy as long as you stay in the kitchen while cooking and take a few simple safety measures. Here’s a look at how to prevent and handle grease fires in your kitchen:

• When heating oil for deep-fat frying or pan-frying, stay in the kitchen at all times. Unattended cooking is the number one reason for kitchen fires.
• Before turning the heat on, ensure the burner or stovetop is cool. Also, clean any excess grease or oil spills from the drip pan and around the burner.
• Check the heat ratings of cooking oil. The ratings indicate the maximum temperature the oil can be cooked at before catching fire. The smoking point of most vegetable oils is around 450°F and of animal oils, around 375°F. Clip a thermometer to the side of the pot to gauge the temperature of the oil.
• When cooking oil is close to burning point, it will emit smoke and will ruin the taste of your food. If this happens, turn off the heat, carefully remove the pan from the burner and allow the pan to cool off.
• Don’t heat grease before dropping food into it. Otherwise, hot grease might splash out onto nearby objects, creating a fire hazard and causing injuries.
• Be extra cautious when putting food into hot oil. Use long utensils that allow you to gently put food into hot grease without dropping it and causing splashes.
• Use a lid or cover to prevent hot oil from splattering. If you need to stir the food, remove the lid carefully and put it back when you finish stirring.
• Clean oil and food spills immediately after they occur. First, turn off the stove and remove the food from the heat source. Then, wait for the stove to cool off and carefully wipe off the oil spills.
• If grease catches fire, don’t try to move the pan or pot. Put a metal lid on top of the pan to shut off the oxygen supply to the fire.
• A small fire that is contained within a pan can be extinguished by pouring baking soda on the fire until it outs. If you don’t feel safe controlling the fire yourself, immediately exit the house and call 911 for emergency help.
• Use a class K fire extinguisher to put out grease flames that are out of control.
• Lastly, NEVER use water to put out a grease fire! Pouring water may cause grease to splash and spreads the fire. Never move the pan or run while holding it either. You’ll risk splashing grease onto yourself and around the house.

However, even if you follow every one of these tips, accidents do happen. If fire damage strikes your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Fairfield to help you get your home cleaned up and looking like new quickly, with no stress to you!

Health Dangers of Mold

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold refers to various types of fungi that can grow in different parts of your home. Damp, warm and humid areas are ideal for the mold to grow in. If there is a leak in your house or if there has been a flood in your home recently, chances of mold growth in your property are significantly greater. You should call in a professional mold remediation service, to inspect the house for mold and to remove it.

If left unchecked, mold can have various adverse affects on the health of those that live in the property. Some of the health risks it poses are:

Allergy or Hypersensitivity

Most people react to mold because it is a highly concentrated allergen and people who already suffer from different allergies have stronger reactions to it. People will normally be faced with nasal and sinus congestion and a runny nose as part of the allergic reaction, because of the mold. In certain cases, it can also cause eye irritation, coughing, and sneezing fits.

Prolonged exposure to mold can actually lead to the growth of the fungi in the airway and become the cause of many different types of lung diseases. But this reaction is very uncommon, it only happens if the person is extremely allergic to the fungi growing in their airway.

Infections

Fungal infections are common in people who have a compromised immune system. People who have cancer, diabetes or AIDS have a higher chance of being infected by mold. The infection can be extremely serious and can prove to be fatal in some rare cases.

There are also various types of superficial infections caused, because of exposure to mold. Most of these infections affect the skin, infecting the skin of feet, arms and also the nails. Oral and nasal infections because of mold are also very common.

Toxins

In some cases, as with black mold, the mold itself is not as dangerous as the toxic substances that it produces. Inhalation and ingestion of these toxins is linked to hypersensitivity, cough, worsening of asthma, and other respiratory diseases.

The harmful effects of mold depend on the type of mold growing in your home and the state of your immune system. But, you shouldn’t wait around to find out how the mold will affect your health. Call us if there is a risk of mold growth in your home;we will come in and perform a thorough inspection of the property and re-mediate the mold.