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Mold Growth and Professional Mold Removal

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Mold Can Be Sneaky and Prevalent

Mold affects indoor air quality, and, unfortunately, can grow very quickly. In fact, mold can begin to grow in a home with humidity over 60% in under 48 hours. Mold can even grow and thrive in cold spaces, such as a refrigerator, as long as the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit. "Hidden" rot can also secretly grow in fiberglass insulation, and behind wallpaper and drywall. Even though you may not be able to visibly see the rot, it doesn't mean that it's not there and causing damage to your home and your health.

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a naturally occurring organism that manifests itself in a wide variety of environments, specifically those featuring high levels of moisture or humidity. In nature, it is relatively harmless to humans. It's only when humans encounter it up close and personal that danger presents itself.

Mold in the home is a common problem that can lead to short and long-term health complications. If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122..

SERVPRO of Fairfield 24 hour emergency service

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fairfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with a 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 us today 707-207-0122

Water damage is a fairly common subject and often not taken as seriously as it should be. Water damage can start as small as a pipe leak or be as big as a flood, either way, the damages needs to be taken care of quickly and by a professional. If the proper precautions are not taken and repairs are not made within 24-48 hours, the damage can affect both your home and your health.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

Water Damage The Cleanup And Repair Procedure

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be quite disastrous as it can cause extreme damage to the building. During a flood many unwanted things can come into your home like sewage, debris, chemicals, mud and other types of contaminants. All these unwanted materials are dropped and left behind as the water recedes.

Even if the water damaged is caused from a source of clean water like bathtub overflow, an unattended faucet or a refrigerator water line break, the water mixes with the dirt and other substances on the floor and carpets of your home.

Shorted-out electrical systems, ruined carpets and soggy drywall are common after-effects of water damage, making the matter even worse. If the cleaning work is not done in a proper and swift manner, then the mold will likely sprout and cause more damage to your home.

Whatever the cause of the flood, you must ensure that the affected area is quarantined as soon as possible.

Safety Should Be Priority

Where there is water damage the safety of your family should be given high priority. Ensure that all the main power switches are turned off and are not in contact with the water. It's recommended that you should leave affected until the water is removed completely.

Stop the Water Flow

Once you are sure that the area is safe to enter again it's important that you stop the flow of the water. If the water is still flowing then of course any cleanup effort will go waste. You should shut down the water mains if the water damage occurred due to a mishap while plumbing.

If nature and weather conditions are the reason for the water damage then you will have no choice but wait for the conditions to improve. Damage can be minimized by doing emergency, quick repairs. Wherever it is possible try to limit the amount of water coming inside your house. You can use buckets, tarps, storm shutters, sandbags and other tools to limit the water flow.

Cleaning and Drying

Mopping and drying your home is very important. The sooner it's done, the better. If neglected, the water will soak into the carpets, walls and floors making it an ideal environment for mold to flourish. It's advisable that you use proper protective clothing like gloves and a breathing mask. This should be done to avoid spreading disease due water contaminated with sewage or chemicals.

Depending on the level of damage caused, you may need to remove the carpets or furniture. For insurance purposes be sure to list any goods you have to dispose of. You must clean all items in your home that have come into contact with water. Electronics devices might not work properly again so it's better if you replace them.

It is recommended that you hire professionals who are expert in handling all types of water damage. The professionals will use various tools and techniques to clean your house in the right way. If you are searching for professional expert in handling water damage repair.

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a naturally occurring organism that manifests itself in a wide variety of environments, specifically those featuring high levels of moisture or humidity. In nature, it is relatively harmless to humans. It's only when humans encounter it up close and personal that danger presents itself.

Mold in the home is a common problem that can lead to short and long-term health complications. If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Mold Growth and Professional Mold Removal

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Mold Can Be Sneaky and Prevalent

Mold affects indoor air quality, and, unfortunately, can grow very quickly. In fact, mold can begin to grow in a home with humidity over 60% in under 48 hours. Mold can even grow and thrive in cold spaces, such as a refrigerator, as long as the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit. "Hidden" rot can also secretly grow in fiberglass insulation, and behind wallpaper and drywall. Even though you may not be able to visibly see the rot, it doesn't mean that it's not there and causing damage to your home and your health.

What To Do Now And When The Storm Ends

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

If Hurricane Sandy hit your home, you've probably lost something, from a few shingles to the whole shebang. If you've planned well, you can keep your losses as low as possible. And if you haven't planned well, you can take action now to minimize your losses in the next disaster.

The best thing you could have done before Sandy struck was make an inventory of your house and your possessions. There's even an app for that if you still want to do it. Go to the Insurance Information Institute's website (www.iii.org/software) and download its home inventory app. The app lets you enter information on where you bought your possessions and how much they cost. All the information is stored remotely, so even if your iPhone gets swept out to sea, you'll still have a record of what you lost. Make sure you know your insurance policy number -- and, if possible, where a copy of your policy is. If you haven't read your policy, this is a very good time to review it. "Reading a policy isn't exciting, but it's very important," says John Egan, editor of InsuranceQuotes.com.
Most policies will cover wind damage, and they will cover water damage if a tree crashes into your roof. But flood damage typically requires a separate policy. "There are many people who find out the hard way that flooding can cause a lot of damage," Egan says. Most flood insurance policies kick in 30 days after you sign them.

Fairfield Water Damage

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fairfield Water Damage Caution: Wet Floors

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 should we use a water specialist?

3/8/2019 (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.

Duct cleaning

3/8/2019 (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.

"Who should clean my ducts?"

Only trust a professional duct cleaning service. These experts have the knowledge and specialized equipment to effectively remove all of the dust and debris from your ductwork without damaging it or dispersing the pollutants throughout your house. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using only National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) certified specialists. NACDA certified professionals are trained, skilled experts with a thorough knowledge of industry standards, proper ductwork cleaning procedures, and environmental concerns.

"Will duct cleaning damage my furnace or air conditioner?"

No: duct cleaners use specialized tools and techniques to remove accumulated dust without harming any component of your HVAC system. In fact, your furnace and air conditioner will actually work better after a cleaning: airflow will be improved, so your heating and cooling system can run more efficiently.

"My home is new, so I don't need a duct cleaning, right?"

Wrong! Construction is a messy process, and frequently debris and drywall dust get into your ductwork. This blocks airflow, traps even more dust, and can contribute to mold growth. A thorough cleaning will remove any obstructions, as well as the accumulated dust, to get your ducts into great shape!

"Will my house be less dusty after my ductwork cleaning?"

You bet! Because your heating and cooling system circulates dust from your ductwork throughout your home, eliminating that dust means your whole house will be cleaner.

"Since my new furnace clean, I don't need a duct cleaning, right?"

Wrong. Even though your new furnace is clean, there is still dust in your ducts. And, because the fan on your new furnace is probably more powerful than the old one, all that dust and dirt is going to be blown straight into your rooms! Most HVAC cleaning specialists recommend a complete ductwork cleaning in tandem with any new furnace or air conditioner installation.

"Will duct cleaning help my allergies?"

Most likely. The accumulation inside your ducts includes pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens as well as dirt. Removing this debris should greatly decrease the concentration of allergens in the air and reduce your allergy symptoms.

If you have any additional questions about ductwork cleaning or need to schedule a cleaning for your ductwork, contact your local air duct cleaning service. They'll be able to provide additional information and superior cleaning!

Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup Solutions

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

The water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration expenses.

* Professional equipment

Water restoration companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers, portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All these equipment will help in removing water and will restore your home or office within hours.

* Technical know how

This is where water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.

Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be. These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your pocket by hiring these professionals.

Why Should We Use a Water Specialist?

3/7/2019 (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

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Be Afraid of 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.

Fairfield Water Damage

3/1/2019 (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?

3/1/2019 (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.

Kitchen Fires

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fires 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

2/27/2019 (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. 

Duct Cleaning

2/26/2019 (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

2/25/2019 (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 

Why an Emergency Ready Profile?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

We would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as an ERP. This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut offs. This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.

This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application. Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Are you "Ready for whatever happens?"

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 
By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call us or email us today to get it started!! 

EmailSales@SERVPROoffairfield.com

Contact number(707) 207-0122

Surprise!!

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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. 

Who to Call???

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If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait! Call professionals from a reputable water restoration company immediately! In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

Call SERVPRO Of Fairfield 707-207-0122

Mold Mold, Go Away!

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SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Mold Removal

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The weather here in Solano Countryt can be many things, depending on the time of year, and even the time of day. Hot, muggy summers can offer pristine conditions for mold growth. Likewise, a frigid winter causing pipes to burst and homes to flood can equally encourage mold growth if the water is not removed quickly and effectively

Mold can grow very quickly. Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a flood if standing water is still present. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement also play a role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company into the space quickly. They will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site

How to Avoid a Fire

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The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one

If you do experience a home fire call us we can help- 707-207-0122

After a Fire - Why You Should Hire a Professional

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After your house, or a part of it, has been razed and damaged by fire, cleaning and restoring it back to its former glory will be your main concern. However, most homeowners find the task extremely time-consuming, stressful, and dangerous that they would rather hire a professional fire damage cleanup expert to do the job instead.

Repairing and restoring your home back to a habitable state depends on the extent of the damage to your home. Some homes only need a few days of work while severe structural damages take several months to accomplish. With the help of a team of experienced professionals, repairing a fire damaged home is always easier.

Don't be Tempted to do it Yourself, Hire an Expert

You might be tempted by the idea of cleaning the fire damage in your home by yourself. However, doing so can worsen the fire and water damage and even threaten your health. When determining the best way to deal with cleaning fire damage in homes, it can be helpful to know some of the best options available to you.

Perhaps the best thing that you could do after a house fire is to enlist the service of a professional restoration company. Since they are expert in this kind of work, they could surely take good care of your home's cleanup, repair, and restoration in no time.

Choose expert cleanup professional

When hiring for fire cleanup damage, be sure to hire a team who holds impeccable reputation and shows pertinent license, experience, skills, and equipment that will help them perform their task and restore your home back to its former glory.

The SOP after fire damage is to conduct a fire damage assessment to find out the extent of the damage and to plan out the necessary steps to be taken for a successful cleanup. Most of the time fire cleanup professionals begin by taking away the excess moisture as soon as detected. Failure in this aspect will make your home susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew, which in turn makes it a breeding ground for diseases that could harm the health of your family.

Stop Fire Damage from Destroying your Home

Though you can't prevent fire from razing your home, the good thing is you could stop fire damage from further eating up your house with the help of a professional restoration company. Now, restoring your home from fire damage should no longer be a serious cause of concern since there's a team of professionals that are willingly offering their hands for your home's benefit. This does not only unburden you from the heavy responsibility of cleaning, disinfecting, and repairing your home. It also saves you time and money in the long run, especially if your homeowner's insurance is generous enough to cover the cost for you.

Winterize Your Home!

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Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

Clean It - Start the winter with a clean furnace - a cleaner furnace can save up to 5% of fuels costs over the course of the year compared to a dirty one.  And with this season’s lower than expected oil prices, filling up your tank will be more affordable.

Avoid ice damming by keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. If the snow refreezes, it can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.

Seal It – Keep cold air out and warm air in this winter.  Grab a tube of caulk and take a walk around your home to seal any openings around windows, doors, vents and electrical wires.  Also sealing any openings will prevent mice from sneaking in to enjoy your warm winter air! After the Storm Call SERVPRO of Fairfield-707-207-0122

SERVPRO of Fairfield is Here to Help!

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The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon
  • Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Understanding Mold

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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. 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

Commercial Water Damage

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Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

SERVPRO - Fire Restoration

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Fire damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning. Unless the fire damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by SERVPRO.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

Reduce Further Damage! Call SERVPRO of Fairfield!

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When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Why Use a Water Specialist?

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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.

Understanding Bio-Hazard Clean Up

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Each biohazard cleanup project requires a unique set of tools to ensure cleanliness, safety, and time-effectiveness. The cleanup team must wear personal protective gear, which includes a one-time-use suit, gloves, chemical-spill boots, and filtered respirators. In addition to traditional cleaning supplies, a crime scene cleanup team will need professional tools. To remove odors, cleaners use an ozone machine, foggers, and industrial-strength deodorizers. To clean the area, the team uses hospital-grade disinfectants, a no-touch cleaning system, a truck-mounted steam-injection system, a chemical treatment tank, and 55-gallon biohazard waste containers.

The Process of Thoroughly Cleaning an Area

Biohazard cleaning requires much more than taking care of appearances. Even if a scene looks totally clean, on a microscopic level it could contain pathogens that make people sick months or even years later. This is why cleanups can take from one hour to more than 40 hours.

Fire Damage and Odor Control

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When a fire happens in your home, the results can be devastating. Whether your kitchen blaze began due to a cooking mishap or because a candle overturned and devoured your living room in smoke and fire damage, the results left behind can be a true disaster. Learn how you can get the affected areas of your home back to original condition so you can return to living comfortably and productively.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners or rental insurance company should be able to help you find a specialist who can take care of the fire damage in your home. This specialist will likely want to enter your dwelling to take pictures of all the spaces that have been affected. You will want to take inventory of the items that have been burned, such as your curtains, stove, counters, furniture, and flooring. This way, your agent can reimburse you for the things that will need to be replaced. Contact your insurance company immediately so they can help you find reputable experts who can get your house back to its original level of comfort.

Professional Cleaning

When you hire a company to restore your residence after fire damage, they will want to assess how badly burned your living space is before they get to work. They need to know how many people will be required to complete the job and what tools they will need to get rid of odors and reconstruct your dwelling. These experts use special air-cleansing filters and chemical supplies to remove all odors in the air that affect your living space. They also take out all destroyed wood, cabinetry, and other construction and replace them with new parts so your home looks new again. When they are finished, your residence should look as if it had never been disturbed.

Preparing for Restoration

You and your family will need to find another location to live while the destroyed areas of your residence are being cleaned. Specialists may need a few days to repair any fire damage, especially if large areas have been consumed in flames. Prepare to evacuate your home by packing several bags of clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. Your homeowners or rental insurance company can help you find temporary lodging in a hotel so your family can live comfortably while you wait for your house to be cleaned. Be aware that there is no set time for when you will be able to move back in, so pack enough of your belongings to stay away for several weeks, as you likely won't be able to enter your premises until the specialists have finished in your home.

When you've been affected by fire damage in your residence, there are many professional companies that can help make things right again. Trust experts to help get rid of odors and put your place back in order so you can live comfortably again. With the right care, you should be back in your dwelling in just a few days or weeks.

Bio Hazard Remediation - When to Make The Call

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When to call a biohazard remediation service

A bio hazard remediation contractor should be called for the following situations:

• Deaths in the home or workplace

• Gross filth removal

• Trauma scenes

• Car accidents

• Feces removal

• Animal infestations

• Hoarding removal

• Human decomposition

What is biohazard remediation?

Biohazard remediation contractors are often referred to as crime scene cleaners, but the job entails much more than cleaning up after a death. Since the contractors are tasked with removing any type of biohazardous waste, they often get called to the scene of car wrecks, fights and accidents in the workplace. Additionally, biohazard cleaners will remove animal infestations, clean up animal feces and homes where hoarding has occurred.

A bio hazard remediation contractor is not a coroner, and will not remove a body from the scene of a death. Instead, the contractor will come in after the coroner has removed the body and restore the scene to its original condition. The job revolves around containing the biological matter, preventing it from spreading and eliminating it completely.

Mold - What You Need to Know

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Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Water Damage in Older Homes

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Older homes. They can be magical, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. But however charming they may be, there is no doubt that many older homes are plagued with problems. Whether you live in one of these older homes or a more modern home, water damage is a constant threat. It can wreak pure havoc on a home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take too long to incur water damage—just one storm or an extra-long shower will do the trick.

Water Stains. This red flag is an obvious sign of water damage. Look for these discolored stains where water is used the most. Sinks, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common locations of the telltale water damage stains. If one of these stains suddenly pops up, it’s time to get a professional on the job. If you are looking into purchasing a new home, be cautious. Inquire into the issue further and be prepared to discuss remediation options with the homeowner if you think you might have a water issue call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at 707-207-0122 or visit our website

Your Business is Important

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Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Residential and commercial disasters can be devastating and no homeowner or business owner wants to experience the stress and loss that comes with it. Whether your property has been hit by water or fire and smoke damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield can help.

SERVPRO OF FAIRFIELD has experience! Our certified technicians have years of experience when it comes to dealing with water damage and fire damage cleanup. Regardless of the amount of damage done our technicians will know how to get the job done quickly AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROPERLY!

6 Steps to Follow After Fire Damage

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Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire: 

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off. They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.


Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a fire and the aftermath. Give SERVPRO of Fairfield a call.

707-207-0122

Time is of the Essence

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Time Is Of The Essence

Fire damage restoration is a time-sensitive process. The passage of time will increase the impact in terms of the harm to property and belongings and the cost to return them to their former state. The initial impact of the flames is obvious; charred items show the results of the event. Water and chemical agents that were used to tamp down and contain the event also leave behind traces of how they were applied. However, there are other elements, less apparent but no less critical, that can dramatically increase the level of harm that has occurred.

The residual effects following a combustible event begin within minutes of the flames being doused and the smoke being cleared. Soot, ash, and odors can combine to discolor surfaces; corrode metallic objects, such as appliances and plumbing fixtures; and permanently stain fabrics, such as clothing and upholstery. As time passes, the long-term impact can be felt both in financial and emotional terms. Beginning the recovery process as soon as possible will help reduce the cost and the time required to begin a return to normalcy.

What Is Involved?

A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state.

Below are highlights of this process.

  • Securing The Site
  • Initial Removal Of Flame Retardant Items
  • Removing And Cleaning
  • Restoration And Replacement

Top 5 Water Damage Dangers

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If you've experienced water damage in your home, it's imperative that you address the problem as soon as possible. Water damage that isn't dealt with promptly can damage your home's structure and contribute to health problems for you and your family.

1. Mold and mildew. Left unchecked, water damage can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew in your home. This can lead to breathing and other health problems for you and your family, especially for people with allergies, or asthma and other respiratory diseases. Mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours after water damage has occurred. To avoid a mold problem, hire a commercial cleaning service to clean up your home as soon as possible after you experience water damage.

2. Structural problems. Severe water damage can undermine your home's structural stability. Depending on the extent of the damage and where it occurred, it may cause problems with your roof, floors, walls, or even the home's foundation. To avoid permanent damage to a home's structure, it is important to remove all water as quickly as possible. If you're concerned about a building's stability because of water damage, don't enter it; instead call a building inspector, who can let you know if it's safe to be in the home.

3. Electrical problems. Water can easily damage your home's wiring. In worst-case scenarios, this can contribute to fires or cause electrocutions. In other cases, you may need to replace electrical appliances or have your home's wiring professionally repaired. Always call a licensed electrician to deal with any electrical problems in your home after water damage. Also, make sure that you know how to shut off all the electricity to your home, so that you can prevent injuries and accidents if your home is flooded.

4. Bacteria, germs, and parasites. Depending on the source of the water in your home, it could harbor bacteria, germs, and parasites. If your home has been flooded with waste material (perhaps from a sewage backup); you will definitely need to hire a commercial cleaning service to deal with the problem. Failing to clean up properly after this kind of damage could make your family sick with illnesses like hepatitis, or diminish the value of your property because of a lingering noxious smell.

5. Chemicals. Depending on the source of the water in your home, it might be contaminated with hazardous chemicals. This may be the case if the water came from outside the home, or if household chemicals intermingled with the floodwaters. In any case, it's always best to hire a home cleaning expert to deal with situations where there is a possible chemical contamination. They'll know how to take proper precautionary measures when cleaning and make sure your home is safe for you and your family.

Why You Need Air Duct Cleaning: Mold, Mildew, and More

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Your heating and air system is much more than just the box in your yard. There is an entire network of air ducts that sends conditioning throughout your home, and the quality of this network dramatically affects your comfort. Just like any other mechanical device, air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining the quality of your system. Without proper care, there are a number of problems that can occur without you even realizing what is wrong.

Mold and Mildew

During the summer, anytime your AC is not running, the ductwork is getting hotter. When you send cold air into the house, the ductwork rapidly cools, causing condensation. Normally, the strength of the flow would prevent the condensation from lingering in the ducts. However, over time, the flow in your system can decline, particularly if the sealing on the ductwork starts to weaken. If this occurs, moisture will sit in the ductwork and create mold. If left unchecked, mildew can cause several issues in your home.

The first concern that can be created by mold is stench. Mildew festers, and if the problem gets bad enough, you can be sending stale, stinky oxygen throughout the house every time you crank up the thermostat. While this is certainly inconvenient, there are much more serious health risks associated with mold. Mold spores that become airborne can travel into the house, infecting the walls, carpet, and furniture. Over time, it can cause illness and breathing issues. Air duct cleaning will eliminate all traces of mold and mildew, and it will also improve the performance of your system by eliminating dust.

Dust Buildup

No matter how often you clean, your house is full of dust. Dead skin cells, fecal matter, pollen, and pet dander all contribute to what we know as simple household dust. Dust is a major issue for a heating and ventilation system. In large quantities, it can actually increase the cooling demand on the home. This increases the runtime of your AC unit, which makes your power bills get bigger. Your ductwork is essentially a giant vacuum hose that pulls everything out of the air and sends it through the system.

While there are filters that deal with some of the dust issues, the reality is that very few people have adequate filtration installed in their home. Only with expensive cleaners and purifiers can the dust issue be truly eliminated. For most homeowners, the filter is merely a bandage, preventing an issue from getting worse rather than solving it. When filtration fails, large quantities of dust start to build up in the ductwork. If enough buildup occurs, it can start to affect the flow through the system. This yet again increases runtimes, further escalating your power bills. Instead of simply being a nuisance, dust buildup can actually start to cost you hundreds of dollars a year.

The good news is that all these issues are entirely preventable. Call SERVPRO of Fairfield today and ask us how air duct cleaning can benefit your home.

707-207-0122

After the Storm

2/1/2019 (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.

We're Here to Help After the Storm

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals,call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon
  • Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Water Damage Clean Ups

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

When most people think of water damage in a home or business, scenes of area wide flooding showing continuously on 24 hour news channels is likely to come to mind. But actually, a small percentage of water damage losses are related to storms or flooding.

It's true that these losses get more publicity because they happen in bunches and tend to be more severe, but it is much more likely that if you suffer a water damage loss it will be from a plumbing problem. That's the good news, because there is nothing you can do to prevent storms, and little you can do to prevent storm damage, but there are things you can do to prevent water damage from plumbing problems.

Water Damage from Plumbing Mishaps

The most severe incidents usually occur in a home or business when there is a water line break and no one is there. This is a common occurrence at businesses, where a broken water supply line can spew out water all night or all weekend before it is discovered. The culprits include: blown fittings on water heaters located above the office areas; automatic coffee machines that malfunction and continue filling and overflowing the pot all night; broken lines to a sink, toilet, or ice maker; malfunctioning fire sprinkler systems; and even water main breaks in the ceiling.

In homes, similar problems with supply lines are common, but other common occurrences in are: the hot or cold water hose to the washing machine rupturing; dishwashers and washing machines continuing to fill and overflow when the float ball malfunctions; toilets that are flushed, stop up and continue to run; and bathtubs that are being filled and are forgotten.

Preventive Measures

As you can see from all of these examples, the easiest thing you can do to limit or prevent water damage in your home or business is to turn off the main water line when you will be away for an extended time. Some of worst days for water damage losses are right after major holidays or popular vacation times when people are returning home. That's when they discover that water has been leaking for who knows how long, and when the damage is severe and the clean up and repairs extensive. How long you are willing to be gone without turning off the water to your home or business depends on how big of a risk you are willing to take.

But even simpler and smaller steps than turning off the water main to your home can be taken to avoid common water damage situations. For instance don't leave your home with the dishwasher or washing machine running, or with a toilet that hasn't stopped running. Also, if you are going to be gone for more than a day, at least turn off the hot and cold water to your washing machine. That in itself will eliminate a common cause of water damage.

And one last thing, if the water service to your home is ever interrupted, make sure to turn off every faucet and shower that was on when the water went off. Severe water damage can occur when faucets and showers are inadvertently left on and the water service is restored while the homeowner is gone. So you can see that many water damage losses, and the grief that goes with them, are very preventable if you are willing to take a few simple precautions.

Fire Restoration - Fix Your Smoke and Fire Damage

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage and smoke damage can leave a home and its occupants feeling pretty hopeless and depressed. Though fire accidents are unfortunate, one will need to think positively and begin rebuilding their home in the quickest way possible in order to move on with their life. If you happened to experience a fire hiring a fire restoration company will be the best course of action.

A professional fire restoration company will use their expertise and modern equipment to go about the restoration process in your house in the most efficient manner. Here are the broad steps that a fire restoration company will follow in assessing and carrying out the work related to fire damage and smoke damage.

The restoration company will first analyze the type of smoke and soot that has been left by the fire. Smoke and soot will prevail well after the fire has been put out and it will help the experts determine the nature of fire. This will in turn allow them to assess the seriousness of the damage and will also allow them to make a decision on what can be restored and what will have to be discarded. This can be a tricky thing to do on your own if you are a home owner as not everything that looks OK will necessarily be salvageable. In the same way, not everything that looks burnt or scorched will have to be discarded. Some of the materials in your home, even if damaged, can be restored by a professional fire restoration company.

Smoke damage often goes hand in hand with fire damage in the sense that smoke can be absorbed by various materials in your house if they are porous in nature. For example, drywalls, carpets, and certain types of furniture are made out of porous material that will contain the odor of smoke. A smoke damage removal company will use EPA approved deodorizer products and ozone to restore the materials in such a way that they are free of smoke odor.

There are many different types of smoke damage that can occur and it mostly depends on the type of smoke that was released during the fire. For example, wet smoke will result from a low heat fire and will leave a very pungent odor and very thick soot in the affected area. There are also other types of smoke such as dry smoke, fuel oil smoke and protein smoke that will have to be treated in an appropriate manner.

Fire damage needs to be approached by professionals as certain materials can have a very adverse reaction to fire. For example, asbestos and lead are hazardous materials that can have very adverse effects when exposed to fire or smoke.

Fire damage also presents the added problem of having to clean up the extinguisher used to put out the fire. If you used a commercial foam extinguisher, it will need a certain type of treatment. If you used water to put out the fire, it will need a different fire restoration approach that will involve the use of dehumidifiers and blowers to dry out traces of water.

How to Prevent Fire Damages in Your Home by Following Some Simple Tips

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

It is very difficult to recover fire damage issues. Both emotional and financial damages occur due to fire. Though you can recover a lot of furniture and other properties by restoration professionals, it is better avoid any chances for fire in your home. We can avoid any kind of unnecessary fire damage in our home by following some simple steps. The steps are provided below.

1. Never accumulate fire vulnerable goods in our home
2. Do not allow children to play with match box, lighters etc
3. Do not smoke in your home
4. Insure your house against fire damages
5. Keep fire control instruments in your home
6. Avoid the chances of short circuit issues

As I said we should never keep any kind of fire vulnerable goods like paper, plastic etc in our home especially in kitchen. If we keep these kind of goods in kitchen the chances of fire damage is high. So we should not keep any goods vulnerable to fire in kitchen as it can increase the total damages by fire. Another important point is about our children. We should not let our children to play with lighters, match box etc. Any careless action with these things can cause a fire in your house. So we should keep match box and lighter away from children in your home.

Now let us come to the adults in a house. Smoking is one of the major reason which cause fire in a house. Any carelessly dropped cigarette buds can set fire in your house. So always do not smock in your house to prevent fire in your house. One better precaution you can take against fire damage issues is to insure your house and properties. Though insuring your house cannot avoid the mental tension fire caused, you can have a relief from financial issues. So it is advised to take an insurance against fire damages to save any unexpected financial problems caused by fire.

You should always keep safety instruments in your house. Better ask advice from experts to know more about appropriate fire extinguisher you should buy. There should be a proper fire exit in your house to avoid life damages. It is advised to check your electrical wiring in every year to avoid possible electric short circuit issues. If you are ready to follow the points described above in ninety percent you can avoid fire damages.

You Business is Important

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Residential and commercial disasters can be devastating and no homeowner or business owner wants to experience the stress and loss that comes with it. Whether your property has been hit by water or fire and smoke damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield can help.

SERVPRO OF fAIRFIELD has experience! Our certified technicians have years of experience when it comes to dealing with water damage and fire damage cleanup. Regardless of the amount of damage done our technicians will know how to get the job done quickly AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROPERLY!

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Back Ups

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Fairfield has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Fairfield has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

Need Biohazard Cleanup? Call Us Today – 707-207-0122

Business Fires

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fairfield knows fires are tough but we can and will help you

call us today at 707-207-0122

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 Solano County company surviving is pretty high

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends

Business Fires

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fairfield knows fires are tough but we can and will help you

call us today at 707-207-0122

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 Solano County company surviving is pretty high

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends

Flooding

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

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 Fairfield professionals 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 

Flooded

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Fairfield basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 707-207-0122

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Fairfield and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 707-207-0122

The Basics

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration companies play an incredibly crucial role at a time when many of us will need it most. Water damage can be extensive and permanent if left unchecked and for that reason it’s crucial that you kno SERVPRO of Fairfield will respond quickly,l act efficiently to help salvage the situation as much as possible while minimizing the damage to your belongings.

When it comes down to it though and you’re watching a burst pipe fire water across your office, this is not the time to start browsing the web and reading customer reviews. Instead, you need to act quickly with a number ready-loaded in your phone and you can rely on SERVPRO of Fairfield to do what’s best for your business

This is that number 707-207-0122 and SERVPRO of fairfield is that company.

No Job Too Big

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Prompt and proper drying is essential to minimizing losses due to water damage. SERVPRO of Fairfield's Certified Applied Structure Drying Technicians are immediately dispatched for emergency water extraction, drying, mold remediation, dehumidifying, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to mitigate any size water loss with the largest inventory of drying equipment in the state, using nationally approved drying procedures.

If necessary, our Restoration Technicians are dispatched for inventorying/packing/moving of any content items requiring more detailed restoration and relocate those items to our secured warehouse facilities.

Drying Technicians continuously assess the moisture levels in the area to ensure that they are diminishing.

When disasters strike, you need help, fast! You can count on SERVPRO of Fairfield to respond at once, no matter when the disaster strikes!

Water Remediation includes:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Response
  • Immediate Source Removal of Water
  • Advanced Drying Procedures
  • Sewage Backup Remediation
  • On-Site Cleaning

SERVPRO of Fairfield and Your Business

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Large commercial water damage in Fairfield is  our specialty here at SERVPRO of Fairfield.

Commercial properties require a knowledgeable and qualified team and one that is willing to work around  unique business schedules.

Whether it is a large scale loss or a small clean up we work quickly to get you and your business back to business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns as well.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Commercial Water Damage

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Faifieldspecializes 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

Water Damage

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Here in the Fairfield, CA area water damage is no stranger.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. The SERVPRO of Fairfield, CA Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. If you experience such damage contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Mold Infestation Can Happen Quickly

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold infestation in any home or business can happen quickly with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak, and SERVPRO of Fairfield is ready to help. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Flood or Storm Damage? SERVPRO Stands Ready to Help

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flood or storm damage can cause great damage, 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 Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.  If you experience such damage contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Fires Can Be Devastating, SERVPRO of Fairfield Can Help

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires Can Be Devastating, SERVPRO of Fairfield Can Help Kitchen Fire Damage

Fires can be devastating, and we here at SERVPRO of Fairfield, CA can help you with your home or business if you have suffered fire damage. 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 Franchise 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.  Call SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals,call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call 1-800-SERVPRO

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Fires Can Be Devastating, SERVPRO of Fairfield Can Help

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating, and we here at SERVPRO of Fairfield, CA can help you with your home or business if you have suffered fire damage. 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 Franchise 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.  Call SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

Clean It - Start the winter with a clean furnace - a cleaner furnace can save up to 5% of fuels costs over the course of the year compared to a dirty one.  And with this season’s lower than expected oil prices, filling up your tank will be more affordable.

Avoid ice damming by keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. If the snow refreezes, it can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.

Seal It – Keep cold air out and warm air in this winter.  Grab a tube of caulk and take a walk around your home to seal any openings around windows, doors, vents and electrical wires.  Also sealing any openings will prevent mice from sneaking in to enjoy your warm winter air!

Remove hoses, turn off outside water and tighten outside faucets as pipes can burst if water in the pipe freezes.  And during a deep freeze, remembering to drip your inside faucets ever so slightly will greatly eliminate the risk of inside pipes bursting. 

Check It – Check smoke detectors, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights to ensure they are operating properly. Have extra batteries on hand and replace if necessary. 

Keep a cache of candles on hand but when in use keep the flame away from flammable items and never leave them unattended.   Same goes for a portable space heater!

Store It – Having a supply of warm blankets in the linen closet, bottled water in the pantry and ice melting compound in the garage is always a good idea.  And keeping a small bucket of sand and a shovel handy insideyour home will be most helpful . . . especially if Old Man Winter brings a foot of snow to your door!

Historical Floods

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding poses tremendous danger to both people and property. Since 1900, floods have taken more than 10,000 lives in the United States alone. Because it is often difficult to judge the depth of the water or the speed of the current, flood waters can be deceptive.

The Big Thompson Canyon (Colorado) Flood, which killed 139 people in 1976, proved a tragic illustration of a sobering statistic - 95% of those killed in a flash flood try to outrun the waters along their path rather than climbing rocks or going uphill to higher grounds.

Beyond the risk of fatalities, floods devastate homes, towns, and even entire regions. The great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 covered an area 500 miles long and 200 miles wide. More than 50,000 homes were damaged, and 12,000 miles of farmland were washed out.

June 1972 was a traumatic month. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, a series of thunderstorms caused heavy rains along the eastern slopes, resulting in flash flooding along Rapid Creek, which flows through Rapid City, South Dakota. The flooding caused more than $100 million in damage and at least 237 people died.

During that same month in the east, the remnants of Hurricane Agnes caused torrential rains across the mid-Atlantic states, especially from Virginia through New York. In the subsequent flooding and flash floods, 118 people perished and entire communities were inundated.

In November 1977, heavy rainfall helped to weaken an earthen dam near Toccoa, Georgia. The ensuing dam failure lead to the deaths of 40 people, half of them children. Most had lived mobile homes, less than a mile below the dam.

In February 1978, over 20 lives were lost in the Los Angeles area during the worst rainstorms ever seen in Southern California. Successive rain and mud slides during March brought damage totaling more than $80 million and increased the death toll to nearly 40 people.

Other historical flash floods include the Johnstown Flood of 1889 and the Shadyside, Ohio Flood of 1990.

SERVPRO-Fire Damage

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO-Fire Damage This fire damage was caused by a stove top fire.

Fire damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning. Unless the fire damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by SERVPRO.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

Water Damage-How to Respond

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You come home and you find your floor is full of water. What do you do?

You identify the source and stop the leak immediately. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp areas and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and nature will take its course. In your mind, your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money and the trouble of getting a contractor out. Case closed!

The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you.

Call us at (707) 207-0122 

"Like it never even happened."

When is the Best Time to Have Your Carpets Cleaned By a Professional?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

You won't notice it immediately, but as years pass it becomes obvious that your carpet doesn't appear as bright and fresh as it did the day you had it installed. Over time regular wear and tear, coupled with accidents and various over the counter cleaners, will affect the pile and overall appearance. When standard vacuuming won't do the trick to restore your rugs to their former glory, you may wish to look into the services of a professional cleaner to handle the job.

Is there a right time to have your carpets cleaning with professional, truckmounted water extraction? A licensed cleaner may tell you that there is never a wrong time, but if you need an occasion or situation to encourage you to make that call, there are good reasons to look into this service:

Moving: Whether you rent or own, if you intend to move it's a good idea to have a pro go over your carpets once you have the furniture removed. It may surprise you to discover how much soil and grime is embedded, and how the color in the pile returns after everything is washed and dried. You can practically leave your home as clean as the day you claimed it.

New Baby: If you have added to your family recently, or are expecting a new arrival, you may think about carpet cleaning only after the little one has made a mess or two. Actually, it's a good idea to schedule a cleaning before you bring baby home. A thorough shampoo and extraction helps remove bacteria in your home and disinfect the rooms. For a baby immune to germs, this is a good illness prevention measure.

Renovation: Redecorating? Buying new furniture? Take advantage of the moving to get your carpets cleaned. With the space available, it provides less work for a cleaner to perform, and you can start living anew after a major makeover.

New Pets: If you have welcomed a four-footed companion to your home, it's a good idea to give your carpets not only a good cleaning but protection and sealant. This helps upkeep for your rooms so when accidents happen, they won't damage your carpets too much.

Once a year or every six months, depending on traffic through your home, is a good schedule to keep for cleaning and deodorizing. Because rugs and carpets absorb much of the daily dirt coming into your house, you want to make sure they remain as clean as possible to prevent illness.

How Do I Know If I Need Air Duct Cleaning?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. A dirty air duct can lower the quality of the air in your house by promoting the circulation of allergens and bacteria in the air. There is no scientific evidence that actually proves that cleaning the air ducts will improve your health, but it is a good practice. The indoor air is just as important as the outdoor air. One way to keep the air inside your home free from unnecessary pollutants is to keep the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems clean.

What parts of your air ducts should be cleaned? The blowers, fiber glass, metal ducts, air vents, access doors, drain pans and coils should all be cleaned. There should be no stains, mold, dust, insects or any particles left over. After you have a professional clean the ducts, you should give it a test run to make sure that the system is still working properly.

When do you need air duct cleaning? There are several signs that indicate the need for a thorough air duct cleaning. Here are some of the major points that indicate the need for an air duct cleaning.

1. The growth of mold inside the ducts or on the surface of the cooling or heating system. (mold growth can only accurately be determined by professionals)

2. The infestation of insects or any small unwanted pests in the ducts.

3. If they are clogged with a great deal of dust or other debris.

It is important to have a professional take a look at your systems occasionally to make sure everything is clean and working well. Certainly if the above problems are prevalent, it is definitely time to go ahead and schedule a cleaning. Make sure the professionals you hire to clean them are licensed. If they claim that there is mold, have them show it to you and figure out a way to prevent the mold from growing again.

Depending on the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and the type of system that needs to be cleaned, the price for a professional cleaning can start at a few hundred dollars and rise up to a couple thousand dollars.

One way so save the expense of getting a professional air duct cleaning is good maintenance. There are several things you can do to keep your air ducts as clean as possible. Dust and vacuum the house often. Change the filters of the heating or cooling system on a regular basis. You should also keep the ducts nice and dry.

Signs that you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield-MOLD

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 re mediate your mold problem quickly and safely

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Why You Need to Hire a Professional Biohazard Cleaning Company

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

A biohazard clean up and bio-hazard waste situation at your home, business or industrial structure is always a stressful and challenging experience. You can rely on us to shield family, friends, owners, managers, and co-workers from being exposed to the emotionally difficult and physically hazardous aspects of the cleanup.

There can be substantial legal implications for failing to conform to OSHA's Blood borne Pathogens Rules, and State and Municipal Sanitary codes and laws. To minimize your exposure to potential legal difficulties, it is important to hire a bio-recovery company that is trained to properly handle biohazards, who is insured, who is discreet, and who is experienced.

Bio-recovery services are frequently covered by insurance policies. SERVPRO of Fairfield will work closely with your insurance provider to achieve a speedy resolution to your claim.

We understand how challenging a time this is for you and all the other individuals involved in your specific situation. We have extensive experience in processing bio-hazardous incidents with speed and sensitivity.

Why Is It Important to Hire a Professional Biohazard Cleaning Company

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

A biohazard clean up and bio-hazard waste situation at your home, business or industrial structure is always a stressful and challenging experience. You can rely on us to shield family, friends, owners, managers, and co-workers from being exposed to the emotionally difficult and physically hazardous aspects of the cleanup.

There can be substantial legal implications for failing to conform to OSHA's Blood borne Pathogens Rules, and State and Municipal Sanitary codes and laws. To minimize your exposure to potential legal difficulties, it is important to hire a bio-recovery company that is trained to properly handle biohazards, who is insured, who is discreet, and who is experienced.

Bio-recovery services are frequently covered by insurance policies. SERVPRO of Fairfield will work closely with your insurance provider to achieve a speedy resolution to your claim.

We understand how challenging a time this is for you and all the other individuals involved in your specific situation. We have extensive experience in processing bio-hazardous incidents with speed and sensitivity.

When Do I Need Air Duct Cleaning?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. A dirty air duct can lower the quality of the air in your house by promoting the circulation of allergens and bacteria in the air. There is no scientific evidence that actually proves that cleaning the air ducts will improve your health, but it is a good practice. The indoor air is just as important as the outdoor air. One way to keep the air inside your home free from unnecessary pollutants is to keep the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems clean.

What parts of your air ducts should be cleaned? The blowers, fiber glass, metal ducts, air vents, access doors, drain pans and coils should all be cleaned. There should be no stains, mold, dust, insects or any particles left over. After you have a professional clean the ducts, you should give it a test run to make sure that the system is still working properly.

When do you need air duct cleaning? There are several signs that indicate the need for a thorough air duct cleaning. Here are some of the major points that indicate the need for an air duct cleaning.

1. The growth of mold inside the ducts or on the surface of the cooling or heating system. (mold growth can only accurately be determined by professionals)

2. The infestation of insects or any small unwanted pests in the ducts.

3. If they are clogged with a great deal of dust or other debris.

It is important to have a professional take a look at your systems occasionally to make sure everything is clean and working well. Certainly if the above problems are prevalent, it is definitely time to go ahead and schedule a cleaning. Make sure the professionals you hire to clean them are licensed. If they claim that there is mold, have them show it to you and figure out a way to prevent the mold from growing again.

Depending on the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and the type of system that needs to be cleaned, the price for a professional cleaning can start at a few hundred dollars and rise up to a couple thousand dollars.

One way so save the expense of getting a professional air duct cleaning is good maintenance. There are several things you can do to keep your air ducts as clean as possible. Dust and vacuum the house often. Change the filters of the heating or cooling system on a regular basis. You should also keep the ducts nice and dry.

Something to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Air Ducts are present in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning) systems to provide airflows that take care of supply and exhaust. Usually referred to as 'ventilation' ducts because they also deliver ventilation as part of supply-exhaust cycle, they are a good way of ensuring optimal comfort in heating and cooling as well as the quality of air.

Ducts can be of the following types:

• Aluminum ducting 
• Fabric ducting 
• Fiberglass ducting 
• Flexible ducting 
• Galvanized steel 
• Polyurethane insulation panels

It is recommended that air ducts are cleaned periodically to remove not only dust and pollutants but also things like children's toys, debris, paper clips, pet hair and any material that can be trapped inside. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air duct cleaning is "probably unnecessary" if occupants of a home do not suffer allergies or illnesses and if a customary inspection reveals no indication that any dust particles are deposited inside. But it cautions that indoor air is up to five times more polluted and unhealthy than outdoor air because the same contaminated air that likely contains bacteria, fungi and mold keeps circulating within the house.

The National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA) estimates that a modest six-room home collects up to 40 pounds of allergens, dirt and dust in the air ducts annually. In statistical terms, that means 40,000 dust mites per ounce of dust correlated to 40 pounds of dust.

When is it necessary?

The timing or period of cleaning can vary from home to home, location to location and the general condition of the equipment.

However, some pointers to initiate a cleaning could be:

• When dusting and sweeping need to be done more often, 
• When there are visible traces of dust around the home, 
• When certain areas of the house seem to get no regular air flow from the ducts, 
• When a musty smell or odor keeps hanging in the air 
• When the occupants of a home experience burning sensation in the eyes, nose and throat, congestion in the nasal passages, constant sneezing, headaches, running nose etc.

Benefits of air duct cleaning

Apart from the most obvious benefits of a clean home and environment free from dust and pollutants, energy savings is a crucial benefit. With regular use, air heating and cooling systems do tend to get dirty; the dust and contaminants make the systems work harder thereby lessening the life of the ducting systems. Energy efficiency studies show that up to 40% of the energy used for indoor heating or air-conditioning is wasted, which is a whopping amount when translated into power and energy bill payments.

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a naturally occurring organism that manifests itself in a wide variety of environments, specifically those featuring high levels of moisture or humidity. In nature, it is relatively harmless to humans. It's only when humans encounter it up close and personal that danger presents itself.

Mold in the home is a common problem that can lead to short and long-term health complications. If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122..

Mold Removal Requires Experts

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Couple water puddling or seeping inside a residence with humidity and you have the recipe for mold.
SERVPRO of fairfield has highly trained and certified technicians ready to assist you.
While mold can be an unsightly addition to bathrooms and basements, it also poses health risks. Is mold really something to cause that much concern? Absolutely! Getting that mold removed is vital for the health of you and your family.

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield for mold remediation

If you see signs of mold

Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

We are always here to help you with any and all of your restoration needs.

Emergency Restoration Services, Reduce Further Damage

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Solutions

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

The water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration expenses.

* Professional equipment

Water restoration companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers, portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All these equipment will help in removing water and will restore your home or office within hours.

* Technical know how

This is where water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.

Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be. These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your pocket by hiring these professionals.

Mold Removal Requires Experts

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Couple water puddling or seeping inside a residence with humidity and you have the recipe for mold.
SERVPRO of fairfield has highly trained and certified technicians ready to assist you.
While mold can be an unsightly addition to bathrooms and basements, it also poses health risks. Is mold really something to cause that much concern? Absolutely! Getting that mold removed is vital for the health of you and your family.

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield for mold remediation

If you see signs of mold

Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

We are always here to help you with any and all of your restoration needs.

Making Your Home Fire-safe

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one.

Frequently Asked Questions: Water Damage Remediation

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

You come home and you find your floor is full of water. You identify the source and stop the leak. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp area and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and will nature take its course. In your mind your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money. Case closed.The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Air Duct Cleaning Benefits

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

People clean air ducts to maintain a safe and healthy environment, save money as well as to increase its efficiency and these are considered to be some of the most important benefits of cleaning duct work. This is because the duct, like other items in the house, accumulates lots of dust and other foreign element. This leaves indoor air unclean to cause allergies and other airborne diseases. It is therefore important to clean the duct in order to improve the quality of air indoor.

Cleaning the components of an air duct is vital to keep it performing efficiently. This can result in increased energy saving as well as improve the life span of the air duct. It can also reduce the utility bill by a considerable amount. On the other hand, the home will be uncomfortable if the air duct breaks and it is also expensive to repair it and even more costly to buy a new one.

Another one of the benefits to cleaning air ducts is that it prevents allergies by keeping the air dust free. An air duct is a major collector of dust, pet droppings and other contaminants and these key triggers of allergies and respiratory problems such as asthma. It is particularly important to clean air duct in a house where elderly people and kids live since they are vulnerable to allergies.

Duct cleaning benefits also include fresh air in a home. The home will no longer have a musty smell which is created by mold, dust and dirt. The smell can not come out even if a person tries to use fresheners and candles, and it is therefore important to have the duct cleaned regularly in order to keep the air indoors fresh. This way a person will not feel embarrassed to invite guests into their home for fear of what they are going to say.

There are many companies which provide duct cleaning services. Most of them are run by professionals and they provide quality services. However, one must be careful when choosing duct cleaning services to avoid scams. Choose a company which has been in the market for a long time and one which has a good track record. In addition, make sure the company cleans all components of the duct work to avoid spreading contaminants to clean components.

When a person hires duct work cleaning services, they leave a home cleaner and healthier. Once air is circulated inside the vents of the duct work it will no longer carry dust. The home will smell less dusty. People should learn to enjoy a clean and dust free home with companies offering duct cleaning benefits.

It is important to clean an air duct in order to get rid of dust and other elements which can hamper the performance of the duct work. Besides, an air vent that is cleaned regularly has a long life span and it also operates efficiently to save energy. Other air duct cleaning benefits include saving money, preventing allergies and improving indoors air quality.

How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Company

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage after a burst pipe, rising river, hurricane, overflow, or similar situation often impacts more than the immediate area and also the home's content which might be in its path. The process of restoring a property to its pre-damaged state is referred to as water damage restoration, which many companies specialize in. Any water damage to a home can be a destructive and stressful time, but having it repaired need not be a difficult process.

Here are of the several steps which might help in searching for the right water damage restoration service:

Use the services of a specialist water damage restoration company: In an unfortunate situation like this, it is important that you are able to hire the services of a company that specializes in treating water damaged properties, whether this might be from internal damage (burst pipes) or external damage (floods, storms, hurricanes). It is often the case that certain carpet cleaning companies might claim to offer a water restoration service, however they are likely to lack the required expertise that you would need for such a significant job of this type.

Make contact with several local companies: In the process of searching for the right contractor to hire it is important to contact two or three different companies to determine the type of services that might be available to you. Even in such a distressful situation like this, it is still important to invest the necessary time to establish whether a company is a good hire or not. If able, get personal referrals from family members or friends who might have been in a similar situation, or go online and search for local companies that have a good number of positive comments next to their business name. Finding the right highly trained staff is imperative to having a property dried and restored to a high standard.

Obtain multiple estimates: after receiving several estimates for the repair work, you can compare each of those are side by side to establish which he is able to offer a high standard of work at a reasonable price. A temptation might be there to opt for the cheapest estimate; however it is important to consider all factors in the decision-making process, as it is important that the company is able to offer a qualified team that is able to get the job done the right way.

Don't delay in getting repairs carried out. If placed in a situation where significant water damage has been caused to property, it is important that the work is carried out as soon as possible. Water damage if left is only likely to worsen, which can lead to damage to the integrity of a structure as well as the development of a mold infestation

What to do Now and When the Storm Ends

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

If Hurricane Sandy hit your home, you've probably lost something, from a few shingles to the whole shebang. If you've planned well, you can keep your losses as low as possible. And if you haven't planned well, you can take action now to minimize your losses in the next disaster.

The best thing you could have done before Sandy struck was make an inventory of your house and your possessions. There's even an app for that if you still want to do it. Go to the Insurance Information Institute's website (www.iii.org/software) and download its home inventory app. The app lets you enter information on where you bought your possessions and how much they cost. All the information is stored remotely, so even if your iPhone gets swept out to sea, you'll still have a record of what you lost. Make sure you know your insurance policy number -- and, if possible, where a copy of your policy is. If you haven't read your policy, this is a very good time to review it. "Reading a policy isn't exciting, but it's very important," says John Egan, editor of InsuranceQuotes.com.
Most policies will cover wind damage, and they will cover water damage if a tree crashes into your roof. But flood damage typically requires a separate policy. "There are many people who find out the hard way that flooding can cause a lot of damage," Egan says. Most flood insurance policies kick in 30 days after you sign them.

When is the Best Time to Get Your Carpets Cleaned by a Professional?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

You won't notice it immediately, but as years pass it becomes obvious that your carpet doesn't appear as bright and fresh as it did the day you had it installed. Over time regular wear and tear, coupled with accidents and various over the counter cleaners, will affect the pile and overall appearance. When standard vacuuming won't do the trick to restore your rugs to their former glory, you may wish to look into the services of a professional cleaner to handle the job.

Is there a right time to have your carpets cleaning with professional, truckmounted water extraction? A licensed cleaner may tell you that there is never a wrong time, but if you need an occasion or situation to encourage you to make that call, there are good reasons to look into this service:

Moving: Whether you rent or own, if you intend to move it's a good idea to have a pro go over your carpets once you have the furniture removed. It may surprise you to discover how much soil and grime is embedded, and how the color in the pile returns after everything is washed and dried. You can practically leave your home as clean as the day you claimed it.

New Baby: If you have added to your family recently, or are expecting a new arrival, you may think about carpet cleaning only after the little one has made a mess or two. Actually, it's a good idea to schedule a cleaning before you bring baby home. A thorough shampoo and extraction helps remove bacteria in your home and disinfect the rooms. For a baby immune to germs, this is a good illness prevention measure.

Renovation: Redecorating? Buying new furniture? Take advantage of the moving to get your carpets cleaned. With the space available, it provides less work for a cleaner to perform, and you can start living anew after a major makeover.

New Pets: If you have welcomed a four-footed companion to your home, it's a good idea to give your carpets not only a good cleaning but protection and sealant. This helps upkeep for your rooms so when accidents happen, they won't damage your carpets too much.

Once a year or every six months, depending on traffic through your home, is a good schedule to keep for cleaning and deodorizing. Because rugs and carpets absorb much of the daily dirt coming into your house, you want to make sure they remain as clean as possible to prevent illness.

Get Your Free Emergency Ready Profile!

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

I want to take the opportunity again to tell all you about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as the ERP you have heard us talk about so much.  This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut off's.  This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.  This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application.   Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.Are you "Ready for whatever happens?" Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
 The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 
 By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalizedEmergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. Call us or email us today to get it started!! Email: Sales@SERVPROoffairfield.com         Contact number: (707) 207-0122

Fire and Water Restoration Services - Summary of Services by a Professional Restoration Company

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire or an overflowing sink that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning or water damage caused by flooding. Unless the fire or water damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire and water restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by a fire and water restoration contractor.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.


Restoration services for damage caused by water

  • Water damage is the worst type of damage as it can lead to structural weakness, bacterial infections, toxic mold growth and many other problems that are best tackled by a professional restoration company. A fire and water restoration contractor will use various types of equipment such as dehumidifiers, blowers, truck mounted and portable water extraction units, moisture meters and hygrometers in their restoration process. This is definitely not something that can be managed by homeowners who will not have access to this costly and effective equipment.
  • Different materials in the house require different types of drying as they all absorb moisture differently. A a fire and water restoration company will use the right equipment such as a dehumidifier or a blower for different types of materials in an effort to dry the property in the most efficient manner.
  • Water follows the path of least resistance. In other words, it will seep into porous materials as and when it comes in contact with them. A fire and water restoration company will quickly be able to assess the water damage in your house and will advice you on which parts of the house are restorable and which parts cannot be salvaged and will have to replace. This is not common knowledge and you could stand to lose a lot if you didn't know how to prioritize your restoration efforts if you are doing it on your own.

The Basics

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration companies play an incredibly crucial role at a time when many of us will need it most. Water damage can be extensive and permanent if left unchecked and for that reason it’s crucial that you kno SERVPRO of Fairfield will respond quickly,l act efficiently to help salvage the situation as much as possible while minimizing the damage to your belongings.

When it comes down to it though and you’re watching a burst pipe fire water across your office, this is not the time to start browsing the web and reading customer reviews. Instead, you need to act quickly with a number ready-loaded in your phone and you can rely on SERVPRO of Fairfield to do what’s best for your business

This is that number 707-207-0122 and SERVPRO of fairfield is that company.

No Job Too Big

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Prompt and proper drying is essential to minimizing losses due to water damage. SERVPRO of Fairfield's Certified Applied Structure Drying Technicians are immediately dispatched for emergency water extraction, drying, mold remediation, dehumidifying, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to mitigate any size water loss with the largest inventory of drying equipment in the state, using nationally approved drying procedures.

If necessary, our Restoration Technicians are dispatched for inventorying/packing/moving of any content items requiring more detailed restoration and relocate those items to our secured warehouse facilities.

Drying Technicians continuously assess the moisture levels in the area to ensure that they are diminishing.

When disasters strike, you need help, fast! You can count on SERVPRO of Fairfield to respond at once, no matter when the disaster strikes!

Water Remediation includes:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Response
  • Immediate Source Removal of Water
  • Advanced Drying Procedures
  • Sewage Backup Remediation
  • On-Site Cleaning

SERVPRO of Fairfield and Your Business

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Large commercial water damage in Fairfield is  our specialty here at SERVPRO of Fairfield.

Commercial properties require a knowledgeable and qualified team and one that is willing to work around  unique business schedules.

Whether it is a large scale loss or a small clean up we work quickly to get you and your business back to business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns as well.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Commercial Water Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Faifieldspecializes 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

Flooding

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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

Older Homes and Water Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Older homes. They can be magical, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. But however charming they may be, there is no doubt that many older homes are plagued with problems. Whether you live in one of these older homes or a more modern home, water damage is a constant threat. It can wreak pure havoc on a home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take too long to incur water damage—just one storm or an extra-long shower will do the trick.

Water Stains. This red flag is an obvious sign of water damage. Look for these discolored stains where water is used the most. Sinks, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common locations of the telltale water damage stains. If one of these stains suddenly pops up, it’s time to get a professional on the job. If you are looking into purchasing a new home, be cautious. Inquire into the issue further and be prepared to discuss remediation options with the homeowner if you think you might have a water issue call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at 707-207-0122 or visit our website

 http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

Smoke Damage: Why Should You Use a Professional for Cleanup?

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most important things that you can do after a fire is to act quickly. Because smoke and fire damage can become worse over time, it is paramount that you start the assessment and cleaning process as fast as possible. By doing so, you can avoid much long-term damage and loss of property.

A fire is one of the most catastrophic events that could happen to your home. It strikes when you least expect it, and make your home uninhabitable until you are able to repair and restore the damage that it has done. Fire can leave behind soot and smoke odor, which can do even more damage after the fact, if not properly dealt with. While you may be tempted to begin the restoration process yourself, there are a few things that you consider before making this decision. In most cases, it is more than worth it to employ a professional restoration company to clean up after your fire and smoke damage.

Whenever you are dealing with fire damage, speed is of the utmost importance. Not only do you want to minimize the long-lasting effects that soot and smoke can have on your property and belongings, but you also want to use your home as usual once again. Because of their extensive training and equipment, restoration specialists can return your home to its original state much quicker than you could yourself. To make this decision easier, the cost of restoration is covered by most insurance policies.

Another reason to work with a local restoration specialist is to make sure that you identify and remove all of the smoke and soot that remains in your home after a fire. Because smoke and soot can be very pervasive, the damage that is left behind is not always readily apparent. Restoration companies have the experience, knowledge and equipment to help you find and clean up all of the damage that has been done to your home. This can help recurring odors, and hidden damage from affecting you in the future.

One of the biggest reasons to use a professional company for your fire damage clean up is to save you time. Not only do fires cause total disarray to your home, they can also turn your life upside down. The resulting paperwork, and list of things to do can seem insurmountable. The last thing that you need to worry about is whether or not you are cleaning everything properly. By working with a trained professional, you can rest assured that your home will be cleaned quickly, thoroughly and with the utmost care.

Whether you are dealing with damage from a small fire, or something much larger, the benefits of working with a professional restoration company are numerous. Furthermore, many offer service 24/7, giving you the opportunity to start the process as quickly as you possibly can. The result is a home that is restored to its previous condition quickly, efficiently and as completely as possible.
Jon Balke has worked as a general contractor and restoration specialist for over 15 years, specializing in cleaning and restoring smoke damage in Valencia CA. He has worked with companies such as American Craftsman, one of the top companies in this field.Article Source: http://ezinearticles.com/expert/Jon_Balke/1351295
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Signs that you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs that you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield This photo shows extensive mold growth behind cabinets

Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Fire-Water Restoration Companies: Why it is Important to Hire One?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire-water restoration companies offer highly specialized services to bring your residential or commercial property back to preloss condition. Taking care of fire and water damage is a skilled as well as a dangerous job. Don't risk personal safety or the value of your building with a DIY effort or inexperienced services.

Why you need an experienced fire-water damage restoration company? 

  • Gets the repairs done properly: Fire and water damage threatens the structural integrity and the safety of the building. A professional service knows what to look out for and has the necessary training to get the job done correctly. This is crucial to restoring the look, safety and value of your property.
  • Helps avoid future remediation expenses: You might think your fire or water damage is minimal and doesn't warrant professional restoration-only to discover hidden problems and be faced with huge remediation expenses in the future. It will cost you even more to have everything redone. Getting an expert service provides peace of mind and protects your investment.
  • Has the right training, experience and safety equipment:This is absolutely essential to the fire or water restoration process. One of the more important chemicals used in cleaning smoke damage is trisodium phosphate - TSP, an extremely powerful and harsh compound that can irritate the skin and eyes severely. Professionals have the training and equipment to get the work done without compromising the health and safety of their customers or staff. In the case of water damage, there is always a risk of mold, another health hazard. Unnecessary exposure can make you seriously ill while inexperienced handling will only cause it to spread. Can you really afford to take that chance?
  • Can deal with your insurance company directly: Fire and water damage is often covered by your insurance. The insurance providers, however, require that you work with approved fire-water restoration companies in order to process your claims. The benefits of working with such a service far outweigh the costs. Being experienced in insurance procedures also means they can save you the stress of navigating the complex claim process as well as help expedite your claims. Industry recognition also offers some assurance of work quality and money well spent.


Look for certified fire and/or water restoration companies in the event of a disaster. It means they have the necessary credentials to do the work. Recognized companies are also less likely to risk their reputation with bad service. They will use the right techniques and equipment to restore a clean home or office. Most also offer a free written estimate. It is important to document the scope and cost of your project. This will avoid any hidden charges and nasty surprises when the bill arrives. Try and select a contractor one that offers 100% satisfaction on every job for total peace of mind.

Fire or water damage repair doesn't have to be a traumatic experience. An established fire and water restoration company has the expertise to get it done quickly, smoothly and to your absolute satisfaction. Don't settle for anything less.

Main Causes of Home Water Damage

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance companies report that approximately 93 percent of water damage claims last year could have been prevented by simple home maintenance or the use of a standard shut-off system or leak detection system. With most flood damage claims costing an average of $5,000 in repairs, it's extremely beneficial for homeowners to understand and easily identify possible threats that might lead to water damage.

Rain

According to insurance companies, rain damage makes up for 8 percent of all water damage claims. Even small amounts of rain, over time, can wear down at your home and cause eventual damage to your home's foundation or interior. Extreme weather conditions such as floods can also cause major damage to homes, especially without the proper protection. Flood damages lead to especially dangerous amounts of standing water, which can house harmful bacteria and pathogens that often lead to illness.

Plumbing Incidents

Many plumbing problems such as burst pipes and pipe leaks occur within walls and can be very difficult to detect. Left undetected for long periods of time, these plumbing problems can cause severe water damage. Leaky and burst pipes are the most common culprits of flood damage, often resulting from backed up drains and toilets. Experts suggest regular inspections of your pipes in order to catch potential problems and make necessary repairs before any real damage occurs.

Household Appliances

Older and malfunctioning appliances can wreak havoc on a home's internal water systems. Weak hoses and rusted or cracked pipes can lead to future leaks and water accumulation. Homes most frequently experience damage from damaged or aged washing machines and hot water tanks; however, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters can also become more and more susceptible to damage over time. Fixing or replacing older models can prevent future leaks and water damage.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation Systems

Most homeowners don't realize that their heating and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. Without proper attention, these units can see severe moisture buildups which can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew deposits. To prevent these issues, schedule regular maintenance with a professional to catch possible damage. Replacing old fixtures may be necessary in the long run to prevent moisture buildups and, ultimately, water damage.

How to Prevent Water Damage

While some water disasters occur as a result of unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances, most H2O damage can be prevented through regular home inspections and the periodic maintenance of household products. Homeowners can also install a shut-off system or leak detection system to catch leaks and shut off your water main automatically in the case of a hazardous leak. Investments in smaller repairs and other preventative measures can end up saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the long run.

Types of classes of water damage

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage comes in many shapes and forms, and can leave lasting damage to not only your property but your health as well, if not dealt with correctly. One of the first steps to relieving your property of potential water damage is to determine what kind of water damage you are dealing with. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) there are three types of water damage, which they outline in their Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (the S500). Water damage is categorized by its source, length of time in the structure, history of the structure, and other impactful factors like chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, animal feces, fuel, detergents, rat poison, etc.

Category 1 

The first type of water damage they outline is Category 1, which includes burst water pipes, leaking appliances, and small amounts of rainwater. The defining characteristic of Category 1 water is that it is clean at the source, and therefore does not pose a hazard if consumed by people. Category 1 water requires much less equipment and time to remedy.

Types of Category 1 water damage include, but are not limited to burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, falling rainwater, melting snow or ice, broken toilet tanks, or toilet bowl over flow that does not contain any contaminants. While this type of water damage is not necessarily hazardous, if it is not dealt with it could turn to category 2 within 24 hours. That time period could be sped up if the right conditions for microorganism growth are present such as stagnant air, humidity, and moderate temperatures (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Category 2 

Category 2 water damage, or gray water, is characterized by beginning with some amount of contamination at the source, or Category 1 water that has been neglected as mentioned before. This type of water damage is moderately dangerous, and could cause some degree of sickness or discomfort for people or animals if exposed.

The most common types of Category 2 water damage are discharge from washing machines or dishwashers, toilet flow overflow with urine but no feces, sump pump back-up, hydrostatic pressure seepage, washing machine overflow, broken aquariums, and puncture water beds. These instances of water damage may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants, and other forms of contamination that are hazardous to human health. Health effects are as follows: allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (lung tissue inflammation), burning eyes, skin irritation, inflammatory response, nausea, headache, and fever. Again, time and conducive temperatures allow for deterioration to a Category 3 within 48 hours.

Category 3 

The final and most dangerous type of water damage is Category 3, or black water. Black water is highly contaminated, contains pathogens, and can cause serious illness or even death in extreme conditions. Any person with a weak immune system, respiratory illness, allergies, or young children should remain away from the structure for the duration of the infection and clean-up.

Examples of this type of damage include sewage, ground surface water intrusion, toilet backflow from beyond the trap, and flooding sweater/rivers/streams that have entered the premises. Flooding water brings in silt and other organic matter, that may already have bacteria growing in it, and resting stagnant in your home will only provide a more suitable environment in which microorganisms can grow. Negative health effects from black water are numerous, and include bacterial infections from E. coli, salmonella, and shigella, soil organisms like Streptomyces, saccharopolyspora, thermonospora, viruses like rotavirus, hepatitis, and echovirus, and even parasites such as giardia, cryptosporidium, and others. In any situation, black water is very serious and needs to be dealt with immediately.

Besides categories of water damage, there are also 4 classes per the IICRC. Water damage is divided into class based on the rate of evaporation required. Often the type of material that has been affected is the determining factor.

Class 1 

The water loss has been limited to only a partial room area, and the materials effected are of low porosity (water is retained on the surface). There is little or no wet carpet or cushion.

Class 2 

The entire room is affected, as well as the carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up the walls 1-2 feet. Moisture remains in the structure of the building.

Class 3 

The slowest evaporation rate and water may have come from above. Ceilings, walls, carpet, cushion, and sub-floor is all saturated, and will require ample time to dry.

Class 4 

Class 4 comprises wet materials with low porosity or permeation such as hardwood, concrete, stone, brick, or plaster. Water has formed deep pockets of saturation and will require special equipment that creates an environment of very low humidity.

As you can see, water damage is a very serious matter. If not dealt with immediately, the negative health effects are numerous. If your home or other property has been affected by any type of water mentioned or not mentioned above, I recommend calling a professional restoration company ASAP. They will know exactly what to do.

Water damage the cleanup and repair procedure

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be quite disastrous as it can cause extreme damage to the building. During a flood many unwanted things can come into your home like sewage, debris, chemicals, mud and other types of contaminants. All these unwanted materials are dropped and left behind as the water recedes.

Even if the water damaged is caused from a source of clean water like bathtub overflow, an unattended faucet or a refrigerator water line break, the water mixes with the dirt and other substances on the floor and carpets of your home.

Shorted-out electrical systems, ruined carpets and soggy drywall are common after-effects of water damage, making the matter even worse. If the cleaning work is not done in a proper and swift manner, then the mold will likely sprout and cause more damage to your home.

Whatever the cause of the flood, you must ensure that the affected area is quarantined as soon as possible.

Safety Should Be Priority

Where there is water damage the safety of your family should be given high priority. Ensure that all the main power switches are turned off and are not in contact with the water. It's recommended that you should leave affected until the water is removed completely.

Stop the Water Flow

Once you are sure that the area is safe to enter again it's important that you stop the flow of the water. If the water is still flowing then of course any cleanup effort will go waste. You should shut down the water mains if the water damage occurred due to a mishap while plumbing.

If nature and weather conditions are the reason for the water damage then you will have no choice but wait for the conditions to improve. Damage can be minimized by doing emergency, quick repairs. Wherever it is possible try to limit the amount of water coming inside your house. You can use buckets, tarps, storm shutters, sandbags and other tools to limit the water flow.

Cleaning and Drying

Mopping and drying your home is very important. The sooner it's done, the better. If neglected, the water will soak into the carpets, walls and floors making it an ideal environment for mold to flourish. It's advisable that you use proper protective clothing like gloves and a breathing mask. This should be done to avoid spreading disease due water contaminated with sewage or chemicals.

Depending on the level of damage caused, you may need to remove the carpets or furniture. For insurance purposes be sure to list any goods you have to dispose of. You must clean all items in your home that have come into contact with water. Electronics devices might not work properly again so it's better if you replace them.

It is recommended that you hire professionals who are expert in handling all types of water damage. The professionals will use various tools and techniques to clean your house in the right way. If you are searching for professional expert in handling water damage repair.

Fire damage and odor control for your home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire happens in your home, the results can be devastating. Whether your kitchen blaze began due to a cooking mishap or because a candle overturned and devoured your living room in smoke and fire damage, the results left behind can be a true disaster. Learn how you can get the affected areas of your home back to original condition so you can return to living comfortably and productively.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners or rental insurance company should be able to help you find a specialist who can take care of the fire damage in your home. This specialist will likely want to enter your dwelling to take pictures of all the spaces that have been affected. You will want to take inventory of the items that have been burned, such as your curtains, stove, counters, furniture, and flooring. This way, your agent can reimburse you for the things that will need to be replaced. Contact your insurance company immediately so they can help you find reputable experts who can get your house back to its original level of comfort.

Professional Cleaning

When you hire a company to restore your residence after fire damage, they will want to assess how badly burned your living space is before they get to work. They need to know how many people will be required to complete the job and what tools they will need to get rid of odors and reconstruct your dwelling. These experts use special air-cleansing filters and chemical supplies to remove all odors in the air that affect your living space. They also take out all destroyed wood, cabinetry, and other construction and replace them with new parts so your home looks new again. When they are finished, your residence should look as if it had never been disturbed.

Preparing for Restoration

You and your family will need to find another location to live while the destroyed areas of your residence are being cleaned. Specialists may need a few days to repair any fire damage, especially if large areas have been consumed in flames. Prepare to evacuate your home by packing several bags of clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. Your homeowners or rental insurance company can help you find temporary lodging in a hotel so your family can live comfortably while you wait for your house to be cleaned. Be aware that there is no set time for when you will be able to move back in, so pack enough of your belongings to stay away for several weeks, as you likely won't be able to enter your premises until the specialists have finished in your home.

When you've been affected by fire damage in your residence, there are many professional companies that can help make things right again. Trust experts to help get rid of odors and put your place back in order so you can live comfortably again. With the right care, you should be back in your dwelling in just a few days or weeks.

Reasons it is important to hire fire damage services to get your home back to normal

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home can happen at any time. Most people are unprepared for it, just like they are unprepared for dealing with the cleanup after the fire occurs. That is why it is vital for you to understand why it is a smart idea to hire fire damage services to help get it done correctly.

There are many reasons why it is imperative to call in the professionals. Knowing the reasons will help you see why you need help right away.

Below are the reasons that you have to be aware of.

One: Other unforeseen damages - Fire is only one of the things that can create damage to your home. Soot and smoke are also problems, along with damage from the water that put out the fire.

With the unforeseen damages in your home, it will no longer be safe for your family to live in.

Two: Smoke and soot - Soot can cover a lot of things in your home like your draperies and carpets. Getting rid of soot is not easy to do and without the right equipment and knowledge, it can be almost impossible.

Smoke has a bad tendency to linger for years if you don't realize it is there. There are many places that smoke can get into besides the obvious like your carpet and furniture. It can also be in your walls or air ducts. This makes the air in your home unsafe to breathe, especially for children.

Hiring a professional means that all of the soot and smoke will be safely removed from your home so you won't have to deal with other problems caused in the future by the fire and things left behind that you were not aware of.

Three: Right equipment - In order to cleanup correctly after a fire, you have to have the right equipment. Many people will not have this equipment handy. This means you would have to spend money to buy it or rent it is possible.

Hiring a cleanup service will allow you to save time and money in learning how to do it yourself. The professionals have all of the equipment needed to get the job done correctly from the start.

Four: Structural damage - There are many times that a fire or the water damage from putting it out can cause structural damage. This can lead to big problems in the future if it is not take care of immediately.

Knowing these reasons will let you see why you should hire fire damage services to help you get your home back to normal and why you need to do it immediately. Don't delay because the sooner the cleanup gets started, the less damage repair will need to be done.

What to Expect From a Mold Remediation Company

11/14/2018 (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.

Hire a Mold Remediation Company to Make Your Home Safe to Live In

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Mold Remediation Hire a Mold Remediation Company to Make Your Home Safe to Live In A Fairfield mold damage

SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/mold-remediation 

 

SERVPRO of Fairfield 24 hour emergency service

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SERVPRO of Fairfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with a 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 us today 707-207-0122

Water damage is a fairly common subject and often not taken as seriously as it should be. Water damage can start as small as a pipe leak or be as big as a flood, either way, the damages needs to be taken care of quickly and by a professional. If the proper precautions are not taken and repairs are not made within 24-48 hours, the damage can affect both your home and your health.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

Smoke and fire damage in your home-Why you should use the services of a fire restoration company

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

If you are reading this article, your home might have been the unfortunate victim of a fire in the area. When people suffer a fire in their home, they are often hard pressed when it comes to finances and avoid using the services of a professional fire restoration company. This approach can however prove to be a costly mistake as a professional fire damage and smoke damage company will be able to save you a lot of money although they might seem like a very large unwanted expense at the beginning.

To fully understand the importance of letting professionals do the job of smoke damage cleanup or fire damage cleanup, you must first understand the various intricacies related to a fire.

Every fire is different in the sense that every house uses a different design and a different mix of construction materials which can all burn very differently. To start with, you have to understand that smoke damage can be very high even if the fire was small and contained to a very small space. This is because smoke can be absorbed by various porous construction materials such as wood, carpets, walls, ceilings and so on. There are many different types of smokes that can result out of a fire. For example, there is wet smoke, dry smoke, protein smoke and fuel oil smoke. Each type will need to be cleaned in a very different way. Smoke damage will also go hand in hand with soot damage. Soot will need to be cleaned thoroughly and materials will have to be treated with special chemicals and ozone treatments to get rid of the smoke odor which can linger for months after a fire if they are not treated.

A professional fire restoration company will usually work around the clock which means that you can call them at any time of the day to get started with your restoration work. It is very important to start early as they will be able to treat your home for smoke damage. If not treated early, the smoke can be absorbed by various parts of your house and the cleanup process will become much more drawn out when the smoke has been left unchecked for a while. Fire damage experts will also quickly be able to give you an estimate about what materials in the house can be restored and what is beyond any form of repair. They will be able to treat certain damaged materials such as scorched furniture in such a way that it can be used without having to be discarded.

Often times, fire restoration companies will also take a considerable amount of effort in cleaning up the mess left by the extinguisher which was used to put out the fire. It might be water in some cases or it could be a foam extinguisher. Regardless of the type, it will have to be cleaned up as foam can damage materials such as carpets, walls, ceilings while water can also have a very damaging effect by allowing the growth of mold.

A professional fire restoration company will also be able to assist you with those complicated insurance forms that you will have to fill out with the insurance company.

Fairfield Water Damage

11/8/2018 (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. 

Mold on the Loose

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold on the Loose Notice all the gray spores, that is mold.

A lot of times, we may think we do not have mold in our home because we can not see it. Don't let it fool you, be proactive in finding mold, hidden mold is most common. The smell of mold is very unpleasant. Some compare it to rotten wood or wet socks. Mold has a moist like smell to it. Take the time every so often to check behind appliances, cabinets, in closets, behind furniture, and bathrooms. It is important to be on the look out for mold as it can cause harm due to the toxins it can put in the air. But just because you can't see it, does not mean that you don't have any. This photo shows mold behind a cabinet from a customer's kitchen. We went in to do water restoration and low and behold, there was mold. The owner had no idea that it was even there. Mold comes in all colors , shapes, and sizes.  If you discover mold, let us take care of it immediately.

Business Fires

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SERVPRO of Fairfield knows fires are tough but we can and will help you

call us today at 707-207-0122

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 Solano County company surviving is pretty high

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends

Flooding

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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 

Commercial Duct Cleaning Equals Happy Customers

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

While your commercial business is prospering and growing by leaps and bounds, it’s easy to let things that aren’t a priority go to the wayside. One thing you should always put first is making sure that your employees are breathing clean and are operating in a safe work environment. Chemicals, pollen, construction debris and dust can easily be transferred from the exterior to the office through your building’s air duct system. Here are a few advantages to having your building’s HVAC system professionally cleaned by a SERVPRO of Fairfield professional:

  • Allergies & Dust - . Having your commercial business’s air ducts cleaned by SERVPRO of Fairfield can help fight allergies because pollen and dust particles will be removed in the process and the affected area will become sanitized and more conducive to a safe work environment.
  • Efficiency - Years of dust, hair, pests, and other pollutants in ductwork will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow. A proper cleaning will help remove the buildup and promote the proper airflow needed to run the system at peak efficiency.
  • Eliminate Odor - The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Fairfield use their specialized chemicals to break down the molecular bonds that create troublesome odors. This helps to improve the overall air quality within the entire building and reduces the chances of your employees feeling uncomfortable from strange and unsettling odors that may linger in the air.

For all of your commercial duct cleaning needs - Call SERVPRO of Fairfield Today 707-207-0122

 Restoring Fairfield, California's Commercial Property After Water Damage

When Storms hit the Fairfield, CA area, SERVPRO is ready!

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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. During these crazy winter months of 2018 we're ready to help you with your emergency water damage challenges.

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 Fairfield,CA, 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 707-207-0122

Containment of Mold is Important

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Every construction project, no matter how large or small, will create a cleaning project. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep post construction cleaning to a minimum, all of which SERVPRO of Fairifield can provide. We work with numerous local remodeling contractors to be sure your home is kept clean and dust free throughout the rebuilding process.

Pre-construction site protection certainly has some financial benefits.  It will reduce required labor, prevent incidental damage to unprotected areas, and shorten project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep non-construction people away from the work area and it will help prevent the spread of airborne particles / construction dust, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean completely.

Overtime these particles settle over surfaces and belongings, traveling through HVAC systems and permeating throughout the home. It is possible to suffer from post construction dust for months or even years, especially if the HVAC system has not been properly sealed or cleaned. This can negatively affect the occupants, chiefly those with compromised immune systems or those sensitive to allergens.

Our IICRC certified team creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can at times be obstructive to those who choose to occupy the home throughout the project. However, our team strives to design contaminate shields that won’t compromise the occupants’ use of the home. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of Fairfield can save you time, money and headaches.

Flooded Home in Fairfield CA

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

A home can flood at any time, although most flooding occurs when a pipe inside your home leaks.. There are a number of reasons why your Fairfield home could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer  pipe 

  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

  • Storm sewer backup

  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

  • And many more

    The flooding in this Fairfield home was caused by a broken pipe.  The insured's had left for a few days and returned home to find their home flooded

    We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process. After installing high tech drying equipment, we then used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine when the  structure was actually dry. 

    If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    We are Flooded Home Specialists:

  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

  • We bill the insurance directly – One less thing for you to worry about

  • Our technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques

  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

    Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 707-207-0122

Types of Fires

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Fires can occur in any room of your home and depending on what burns, can produce different types of smoke and soot.

Types of Fire - Smoke - Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • 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.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Fairfield
  • 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

Fire remediation service, call SERVPRO of Fairfield 24/7/365 at 707-207-0122

How do I know if I need duct cleaning?

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Air duct cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. A dirty air duct can lower the quality of the air in your house by promoting the circulation of allergens and bacteria in the air. There is no scientific evidence that actually proves that cleaning the air ducts will improve your health, but it is a good practice. The indoor air is just as important as the outdoor air. One way to keep the air inside your home free from unnecessary pollutants is to keep the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems clean.

What parts of your air ducts should be cleaned? The blowers, fiber glass, metal ducts, air vents, access doors, drain pans and coils should all be cleaned. There should be no stains, mold, dust, insects or any particles left over. After you have a professional clean the ducts, you should give it a test run to make sure that the system is still working properly.

When do you need air duct cleaning? There are several signs that indicate the need for a thorough air duct cleaning. Here are some of the major points that indicate the need for an air duct cleaning.

1. The growth of mold inside the ducts or on the surface of the cooling or heating system. (mold growth can only accurately be determined by professionals)

2. The infestation of insects or any small unwanted pests in the ducts.

3. If they are clogged with a great deal of dust or other debris.

It is important to have a professional take a look at your systems occasionally to make sure everything is clean and working well. Certainly if the above problems are prevalent, it is definitely time to go ahead and schedule a cleaning. Make sure the professionals you hire to clean them are licensed. If they claim that there is mold, have them show it to you and figure out a way to prevent the mold from growing again.

Depending on the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and the type of system that needs to be cleaned, the price for a professional cleaning can start at a few hundred dollars and rise up to a couple thousand dollars.

One way so save the expense of getting a professional air duct cleaning is good maintenance. There are several things you can do to keep your air ducts as clean as possible. Dust and vacuum the house often. Change the filters of the heating or cooling system on a regular basis. You should also keep the ducts nice and dry.

Why you need to hire a professional bio hazard cleaning company

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A biohazard clean up and bio-hazard waste situation at your home, business or industrial structure is always a stressful and challenging experience. You can rely on us to shield family, friends, owners, managers, and co-workers from being exposed to the emotionally difficult and physically hazardous aspects of the cleanup.

There can be substantial legal implications for failing to conform to OSHA's Blood borne Pathogens Rules, and State and Municipal Sanitary codes and laws. To minimize your exposure to potential legal difficulties, it is important to hire a bio-recovery company that is trained to properly handle biohazards, who is insured, who is discreet, and who is experienced.

Bio-recovery services are frequently covered by insurance policies. SERVPRO of Fairfield will work closely with your insurance provider to achieve a speedy resolution to your claim.

We understand how challenging a time this is for you and all the other individuals involved in your specific situation. We have extensive experience in processing bio-hazardous incidents with speed and sensitivity.

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

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We would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as an ERP. This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut off's. This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.

This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application. Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.Are you "Ready for whatever happens?"

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 
By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call us or email us today to get it started!! 

EmailSales@SERVPROoffairfield.com

Contact number(707) 207-0122

Signs that you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield-MOLD

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Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 re mediate your mold problem quickly and safely

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

When is the best time to have your carpets cleaned by a professional?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

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You won't notice it immediately, but as years pass it becomes obvious that your carpet doesn't appear as bright and fresh as it did the day you had it installed. Over time regular wear and tear, coupled with accidents and various over the counter cleaners, will affect the pile and overall appearance. When standard vacuuming won't do the trick to restore your rugs to their former glory, you may wish to look into the services of a professional cleaner to handle the job.

Is there a right time to have your carpets cleaning with professional, truckmounted water extraction? A licensed cleaner may tell you that there is never a wrong time, but if you need an occasion or situation to encourage you to make that call, there are good reasons to look into this service:

Moving: Whether you rent or own, if you intend to move it's a good idea to have a pro go over your carpets once you have the furniture removed. It may surprise you to discover how much soil and grime is embedded, and how the color in the pile returns after everything is washed and dried. You can practically leave your home as clean as the day you claimed it.

New Baby: If you have added to your family recently, or are expecting a new arrival, you may think about carpet cleaning only after the little one has made a mess or two. Actually, it's a good idea to schedule a cleaning before you bring baby home. A thorough shampoo and extraction helps remove bacteria in your home and disinfect the rooms. For a baby immune to germs, this is a good illness prevention measure.

Renovation: Redecorating? Buying new furniture? Take advantage of the moving to get your carpets cleaned. With the space available, it provides less work for a cleaner to perform, and you can start living anew after a major makeover.

New Pets: If you have welcomed a four-footed companion to your home, it's a good idea to give your carpets not only a good cleaning but protection and sealant. This helps upkeep for your rooms so when accidents happen, they won't damage your carpets too much.

Once a year or every six months, depending on traffic through your home, is a good schedule to keep for cleaning and deodorizing. Because rugs and carpets absorb much of the daily dirt coming into your house, you want to make sure they remain as clean as possible to prevent illness.

Water Damage- How to respond

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

You come home and you find your floor is full of water. What do you do?

You identify the source and stop the leak immediately. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp areas and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and nature will take its course. In your mind, your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money and the trouble of getting a contractor out. Case closed!

The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you.

Call us at (707) 207-0122 

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO- Fire Damage

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning. Unless the fire damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by SERVPRO.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

The Rain is Coming

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

We have all had a great summer enjoying the beautiful clear skies and sunny days. Unfortunately, that has almost come to an end. Now we need to get ready for the rain. Water damage isn't limited to rain but rain is definitely a cause. Before it starts to pour take precautionary measures to keep the rain out of your home to prevent a water loss.

  • Maintain your Roof

       Your roof's primary purpose is to keep water out of your house. neglecting it could lead to a whole lot of problems.

  • Seal Windows and Doors

        Windows and doors are common vulnerable areas for water leakage. Water can seep through the space around window and door frames if they're not properly sealed.

  • Maintain Your Home's Exterior Finish

        Periodically inspect your exterior walls and look for signs of damage such as holes, wood rot, or warping. If caught early enough, you may be able to clean out the wet materials and repair the affected. (SERVPRO can help with that!)

  • Clean Your Gutters

        Make sure your gutters are properly functioning and clean. It is critical to do so as it protects your home from water damage. (SERVPRO can help with that!)

  • Ensure Proper Drainage

        You can always take measures to keep water out of your home but if water isn't properly diverted away from the base of your home, your foundation could be at risk.

  • Check Your Downspouts

         Functioning gutters send water out through a downspout, which funnels the water from your home. If the downspout does not extend far enough, it could funnel directly into a puddle at the bottom of your house thus flooding your crawlspace. (SERVPRO can help with that!)

  • Redirect Runoff

        If your home sits on the bottom of a slope, water runoff from your yard should be redirected away from your home. If it is not, then you will most likely have problems with standing water near your foundation. This could cause the ground near your foundation to erode overtime, making it vulnerable.

Be sure to waterproof your home before it leaks into bigger problems. And remember who to call in case the water still makes it's way in ...

SERVPRO of Fairfield!

Don't Let Fire Haunt Your Halloween

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

With all the fun and excitement Halloween brings like dressing up, decorating, and, of course, CANDY! We want to make sure that we are keeping our little monsters and ourselves safe. Did you know that decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year? Also, 2 out of 5 of these fires were started by a candle. Here are some safety tips from NFPA to help you avoid these fires:

  1. Use battery operated candle or glow stick in Jack-O-Lantern instead of a candle.
  2. Dried flowers, cornstalk, fake webs, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  3. Teach children to stay away from open flames including Jack-O-Lanterns with candles in them.
  4. When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric.
  5. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  6. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

We hope you find these tips helpful! Happy Halloween from all of us here at SERVPRO of Fairfield. And remember, a Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween.

Rain, Rain Go Away

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

With the relentless series of storms we've seen since last December, SERVPRO of Fairfield has seen a marked increase in water damage from roof leaks. Roof leaks can be a challenge to deal with! A roof leak only happens at the worst possible time, typically during the peak of a heavy rain/windstorm.

Roofs will leak for a number of reasons, including shoddy construction, holes made by animals, missing shingles thanks to intense wind and rain, problems with plumbing vents, damaged flashing and clogged and overflowing gutters. Consider the age of the roof, too. It may be so old and worn that it’s time for a proper replacement. Additionally, skylights and chimneys traditionally leak because they’re essentially sealed holes in the roof! There's a joke, there's 2 types of skylights, those that leak and those that will....

Typically you’ll see staining on a wall or ceiling that will give you an idea you have a leak coming from somewhere. In extreme cases SERVPRO of Fairfield has been called out when the ceiling has already come crashing down. The insulation in attics is very absorbent and can hold quite a bit of water; a slow leak can take weeks sometimes to reveal itself, usually with a loud crash and ceiling drywall and insulation covering everything in the house!

The best time to trace where the leak is coming from is to examine its trail as best you can when it’s raining outside. SERVPRO of Fairfield has the tools to help track the leak to its source. Once it's found a roofer can come by and either temporarily tarp the roof or get it repaired if the rains stopped!

Our Mold Damage Experts Are Better And Faster At Restoring Your Home

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Mold Damage Experts Are Better And Faster At Restoring Your Home Mold spores are microscopic, which means there may be thousands of airborne spores inside the affected areas.

Visible signs of mold-growth include gray, green or black spots on surfaces such as floors, shower or wall tile and other surfaces like counter-tops or ceilings. A stale or musty odor can also be present in your home. If you notice that there is a presence of in your bathroom, kitchen or any other room inside your house, contact us right away. Mold spores can cause health effects, which makes it urgent for you to act as soon as possible.

Our SERVPRO mold damage services in Fairfield can restore your home to its pre-mold condition. We train our crews to utilize professional-grade disinfectants and to use industrial equipment to remove mold. We work fast to clean the affected areas inside the structure. Plus, our teams take the proper precautions to make sure the spores do not spread to any other rooms inside your residence. Crews first seal entryways such as windows, doors, vents, and ceiling exhaust fans to contain airborne spores.

Mold spores are microscopic, which means there may be thousands of airborne spores inside the affected areas. SERVPRO technicians can use commercial air scrubbers to trap and remove the spores and to scrub and purify the air inside the home environment. These top-grade machines can also remove stale odors by pulling in fresh air from the outside and pushing out musty air. We may also employ anti-fungal agents to sanitize the structure and to prevent future mold growth. We must note that it is impossible for us to eliminate every spore inside the structure, but we can reduce them to a safe level.

After the cleaning phase, techs can begin the drying stage. Drying also helps stop mold from growing back inside your home. We may also use air movers, axial fans and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels and to speed up drying.

SERVPRO of Fairfield offers mold damage restoration services in your area. When possible, we can restore your home. Contact us at (707) 207-0122 anytime. We are close by and here to help.

What To Do When A Home Suffers From Storm Related Water Damage

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do When A Home Suffers From Storm Related Water Damage We're always ready to help!

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases, governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.

Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites. 

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing. 

Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods.

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Call Today 707-207-0122

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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.

7 Things Not To Do Following Fire Damage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

A fire and the damage it causes can be nightmarish. In just a few moments, an entire room can be destroyed, and a fire restoration services team will need to be called in. Hopefully you’ll never have to face such a scenario, but if you do, there are some things that you should never do following a fire.

Don’t Try To Clean Up Yourself

Vacuuming, wiping down the walls, touching the drapes, and any other attempt at cleaning the place up yourself can put you at risk of inhaling the extremely dangerous chemicals that are in soot and ash. Besides this, you could cause further damage to your property. Ash and soot require specialized, professional cleaning from a fire restoration services team.

Don’t Walk Around On Uncovered Carpets

Put clean sheets or towels over your carpet before you walk around on it. Otherwise you may get ash and soot setting into your shoes, and this is bad for your health.

Don’t Turn Appliances On

This goes especially for fires that took place in the kitchen. Don’t turn any electrical appliances on that were inside the room during the fire. They’ll need to be checked and cleaned professionally before being turned on again. If you turn them on when ash or other debris may be trapped inside of them, you could ruin them. Also, do not turn on ceiling appliances such as a light fixture or fan if the ceiling is wet. The wiring could be damp and could cause electric shock.

Don’t Deodorize

If you use the wrong type of deodorizer, such as a store-bought or a commercial deodorizer, you might offset the better formulas that the fire restoration services cleaning team will use that break up smoke molecules and improve odors.

Don’t Try To Clean Your Carpet

If you attempt to remove ash, soot, or water from your carpet or shampoo it, you’re again putting yourself at risk of inhaling very dangerous chemicals from that ash and soot. And in most cases, your carpet will need to be replaced anyway.

Don’t Turn On Your HVAC System

Keep your cooling or heating system turned off until your home is cleaned. By turning on the HVAC system, you’re inviting smoke to travel through your ductwork, which can cause secondary damage to your home.

Don’t Try To Keep Furniture

If there was heavy smoke during the fire, don’t try to continue using your upholstered furniture or carpet. If you keep using them, you’re putting yourself at risk of respiratory health problems. Your upholstered furniture and carpet will need to be replaced. In fact, you shouldn’t even sit or lie down on upholstered furniture that has been in a fire, even for a few minutes.

Knowing what not to do after a fire can make a bad situation a little easier, and can help prevent further damage.

At SERVPRO of Fairfield, we’ve seen our share of fire and smoke damage, and we’ve also seen it made worse when homeowners attempt to clean up themselves. Trust us—don’t try it! Just wait for fire restoration service professionals to come take care of it. If you ever find yourself in need of the best fire restoration services in the Bay Area, SERVPRO of Fairfield is here for you.

Tips to Protect Home Exteriors from Water Damage

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water can infiltrate a property in many ways, causing damage to its components, including the roof, walls, foundation, and more. To prevent water intrusion, property owners must take preventative measures both on their home’s interior and exterior. This article deals with protecting a home’s exterior from water damage.

Roof

  • The roof needs to be inspected for missing or damaged shingles, flashings, and tiles.
  • The vents, flues, chimneys, air conditioners, and evaporative coolers must be installed properly and in good shape.
  • The roof should also be checked for leaks around rooftop air-conditioning units, vents for exhaust or plumbing, and other specialized equipment.
  • Tree limbs that hang above the roof must be cut so they don’t cling to shingles and trap moisture.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Gutters and downspouts must be kept clean, free from debris, and in good condition to allow water to flow freely.
  • Metal screens should be installed to prevent leaves, twigs, silt and other debris from clogging the gutters and drainage holes.
  • Downspouts must direct water at least two metres away from the home’s foundation. Installing downspout extensions may be needed to achieve this.

Doors and Windows

  • The corners of the doors and windows should be checked for leaks. Signs of leaks include peeling paint, paint discolouration, and swollen frame.
  • Exterior doors and windows should be protected from the sun, rain, and snow by installing overhangs above them.
  • Doors and windows must close tightly. To check for a tight fit, there should be no cracks between the sash and frame of the windows.
  • Damaged flashing or weather-stripping around windows should be repaired or replaced.

Walls

  • Cracked or broken siding boards, bricks, stone or other masonry, as well as structural sheathing must be repaired.
  • Any openings from wiring, plumbing, phone, cable, and heating and air conditioning lines must be sealed with foam or caulk. Also, the damaged or unpainted wood surrounding these openings must be repaired.
  • Checking for signs of termite activity on the walls and the wooden structures around the foundation is also recommended. Termites can eat wood, plaster, and even metal siding.
  • The exhaust vent doors must open and close properly.
  • Any shrubs and other landscaping features must be removed from along the walls.
  • When irrigating the garden, directing water towards the house should be avoided to prevent excessive water near the foundation.

Keeping properties safe from water damage from the inside is also critical. The SERVPRO team stands ready to provide professional restoration services to any property affected by fire, water or mold damage.

11 Tips to Limit Mold Growth

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a problem many homeowners associate with warm weather, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down just because winter is upon us. While it’s true that most molds thrive in environments more than 70° F, some types of mold do fine in cold weather. In fact, there are some settings in your winter home that create an ideal environment for mold. Here are 11 steps you can take to prevent it from taking hold.

1.Some of the places you may notice mold during the winter is in uninsulated closets, crawlspaces, attics, windows, and any other place that that temperature is colder than in the rest of the home. Ensure that spots like this are kept free from moisture.

2.Mold loves moisture. Aim to keep the humidity level below 40% in all parts of the home. When it gets higher than that, it creates a mold-friendly environment.

3.If you have spaces in your home that tend to be more humid, swap out wall-to-wall carpets for hard-surface floors or area rugs. Also, do not store books or stacks of paper in such areas.

4.As mentioned above, mold loves moisture, so it’s extremely important to fix any leaks in your roof and around doors and windows. Any spot that retains moisture is very likely to invite mold. If you can’t get the roof repaired or replaced, have a roofing contractor cover the damaged areas with a tarp to prevent leaks.

5.Be sure that all gutters and downspouts are clean and that the water flows away from your house. If it doesn’t, add inexpensive extenders to the ends of the downspout to direct water further away.

6.When taking a shower or cooking, always use fans to vent that moisture out of house.

7.Make sure that all vents in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry vent to the outside rather than to crawlspace or attic. If not, the moisture will collect in those areas and provide a cozy spot for a mold infestation.

8.If you have a crawlspace, consider sealing it with waterproof plastic. If your crawlspace has vents, you should close them in the summer and make sure they open during the winter to prevent moisture buildup.

9.Insulate pipes and other cold surfaces in your home.

10.If you have moisture problems in your basement, talk to a company about what it would take to correct those issues. At the very least, add quality dehumidifiers.

11.Perform routine checks of your pipes, windows, and basement walls. Take immediate action if you notice condensation. Find the source of the moisture, or call in a pro to find it for you.

Many of the items on this list are regular maintenance items that should be taken care of throughout the year, but it’s always a good idea to have a winter checklist that you go through just before the start of the season. A little prevention can go a long way in warding off the hassle of a mold infestation, so take steps today to maintain maximum air quality in your home.

Should you suspect a mold problem, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield. Give us a call!

Ways Water Can Damage the Foundation of Your Home

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

One of the things we often see when people call us for water and storm damage restoration is how flooding affects the very foundation of homes. In these cases, it is about far more than the cosmetic damage or even the mold damage that water can cause to your home, it is about your home’s very structural integrity. This being the case, let’s look at four ways in which water can threaten the foundation of your family’s home.

  • Soil saturation: Water can cause the soil around the foundation of your home to loosen. This can lead to water penetrating your home. To avoid this, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and working in proper order.
  • Soil Erosion: Water can begin to slowly wash away the soil that supports your home’s foundation causing it to settle. Sometimes these signs are very subtle and take some time to occur. Signs of this include uneven floors, drywall cracks, tilting chimneys etc. That is why it is important to have experts look at all aspects of your home in the aftermath of a flood.
  • Hydrostatic pressure buildup: Hydrostatic pressure – which is caused by soil that is over saturated with water – can build up and cause your homes wall’s to push inward leading to cracking and bowing. This can happen suddenly or over time as a result of heavy rainfall.
  • Excessive tree root growth: Overly saturated soil can cause tree roots around your home’s foundation to grow. These roots can eventually begin to add even more pressure to the foundation of your home and cause your foundation to crack. This in turn can even lead to a home “leaning” noticeably.
  • Water can cause damage to wood structural components near your foundation: Foundations that are permeated with water could damage the wooden components of your home. This in turn can lead to mold growth. It is notoriously difficult to remove mold from wood as it is porous. Our professionals have experience in removing wood from homes permanently regardless of what caused it to grow. 

Most homeowners don’t even think about the foundation of their home until it is damaged in some way. But water is one of those forces that can affect the very core of your home. Therefore, flood repair is a very complicated part of recovery from storms. It takes professionals who have encountered these kinds of emergencies and know exactly how to mitigate the damage that flooding often causes.

 

What to do After a House Fire

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours after a house fire is a critical time period. If the fire department knows anything, restoration companies have heard it on their radios and will send their “chasers” out trying to get you to sign a contract.  Whatever you do, do not make a decision while you are upset.  Fire clean up takes a long time and a fast decision could be a mistake.

  1. Getting You Home Boarded Up.  Ask the fire department if they have a recommendation (some counties have a rotating list of restoration companies)  or you can pick one of the chasers in front of you. Be clear that you are only hiring them for the board-up. Take the cards of all the chasers at the fire, tell them you will make a decision in the next few days on the restoration.

 

  1.  Find a Safe Place to Stay:  Smoke is a carcinogen.  If you can smell smoke, it is not safe.  Most insurance policies will put you up in a hotel,  family or friends can take you in or you can contact a  local disaster relief agency, such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.  

 

  1.  Research Local Restoration Companies:  Your insurance company will send out their preferred vendor, that company does a lot of work for the insurance company and will do everything they can to keep the insurance company happy.  Not necessarily the company you want working for you. An independent company will be your advocate. Yelp and BBB will give you the basics.

 

  1.  Contact your Insurance Company:  once you start a claim, they will cover living and other daily expenses and help you with the clean-up.  Whichever restoration company you choose will work with the insurance adjuster to help you decide on the best plan of actio.

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  1.  Recover your Possessions:  If you have enough insurance, the items destroyed in a house fire will be cleaned or replaced. The restoration company will make an inventory of your possessions. However, the best and easiest way to be reimbursed is to have your own inventory kept either on the internet or in a fireproof safe that includes the date of purchase, cost and description of each item whenever possible.

Fire damage restoration entails the total cleanup of your property and possessions to preloss condition. Trained and certified technicians use special equipment and cleaning products. Fire damage restoration also involves cleaning up the water damage caused by the fire department.

If you’re in need of fire damage recovery after a fire, give us a call at 707-2070122 today.

Easy to Spot Signs of Mold Growth

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Easy to Spot Signs of Mold Growth Mold and moisture build up.

Mold Growth Sign #1

Mold spores need water and a feeding source to survive. The feeding sources are plenty because mold will feed on a variety of different items, but the key is the available moisture.

Have you noticed any windows or mirrors in your home fogging up and collecting condensation? If so, this is a sign you have a higher moisture content in certain areas of your home. If you don’t have a proper ventilation system that takes any excess moisture and disposes of it outside of you home, you’re going to experience moisture buildup.

Another sign of higher moisture content is a damp or muggy feeling in certain rooms of your home. This is more prevalent in areas such as your attic or basement. Your attic is an area of your home where the temperature fluctuates on a regular basis and this alone can lead to humidity and moisture buildup. Because basements are underground, that dampness can easily seep in through any cracks or crevices in the wall or foundation and lead to excess moisture as well.

If you suspect any areas of your house to have more moisture than others, there’s a good chance you might have mold.

Mold Growth Sign #2

While mold might be sneaky, it doesn’t mean it’s completely invisible. Mold gives off a very distinct smell. It’s a musty smell and one you most likely associate with a damp feeling in the room.

People often associate this smell with a lack of air circulation but mold growth is another possibility.

If you notice any areas in your home with a musty odor, it’s a good idea to do a spot check for mold.

Mold Growth Sign #3

Are you unknowingly giving mold colonies a virtual buffet of feeding sources?

Mold has the ability to feed on multiple sources which is another reason areas of storage in your home are areas where mold growth is more prevalent. Mold will feed on curtains, fabrics, carpets, and wood and many of those items are stored in your basements and attics.

It’s important to store any possible items in airtight plastic containers. Plastic is one item mold spores do not feed upon and if the containers are sealed, there’s no way for mold to make its way to the contents inside.

Items that can’t be stored this way should be placed away from walls and not leaned on any structural beams if possible. Moisture can collect in the small areas between the item and the walls or beams and lead to a cozy spot for mold to call home.

Mold Growth Sign #4

Unfortunately, those who are allergic to mold will experience symptoms if you have mold growing in your home. Mold growth can cause a wide variety of symptoms in different people depending on the severity of the allergy.

These symptoms can be the typical allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat and watery eyes or they can be more severe. Some people experience respiratory issues, headaches, skin problems and even depression.

It’s important to note that if you don’t have an allergy to mold, you wouldn’t notice anything different, but keep an eye on family members and pets. If they begin to show signs and don’t seem to go away, it might be time to do a spot check.

Contact Us

If you suspect you have mold growth in your home, contact us. We have a team of certified professionals who are willing to answer any questions or ease any fears you might have. Mold removal can seem like an overwhelming issue to tackle but we can help you devise an individualized plan that works with your schedule. Contact us today!

How to Restore Fire Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

1. Remove Fire Damaged Materials

First, remove all the burned and smoke damaged materials. The obvious items are the pieces of furniture and appliances that look like they’ve been through a fire. They will look melted and blackened and like they’re from the set of the most recent Marvel movie. The not so obviously damaged items that also need to be removed are the smoke-damaged items. All of the items in the adjoining rooms to where the fire occurred are unfortunately probably going to fall into this category. This also means that the paint and probably the drywall from some of the rooms, depending on their proximity to the fire.

2. Air Out The Smoke Damaged Space

Second and possibly the easiest step is airing out the smoke damaged space. This step requires the use of industrial air movers which are giant fans that rapidly circulate air throughout an enclosed space effectively filling the space with new fresh air and getting rid of the old smoke-stained air. All that needs to be done is to place the air movers in the space, turn them on and let those air movers do their work!

3. Rebuild and Restore

The third and hardest of all the steps is the rebuild, restoring the fire-damaged space to all of its original glory and maybe even then some! This means replacing the building materials you had to remove like paint and drywall and all the appliances and furniture and carpeting. Building something is always harder than destroying it, which is why this step ranks harder than the original demolition of the fire-damaged space. That being said many people will take this opportunity to rebuild spaces more to their liking if that’s not making lemonade out of lemons then I don’t know what is!

The 4 Most Common Types of Fire

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

While a fire can start anywhere at any time, below is a list of the top four most common causes of fires. This information may even help you to prevent starting a fire.

1. In the United States, the most common type of fire starts in the kitchen. Whether it is from burning food, grease, or an electrical problem, often times all three can cause a fire. Grease is the major cause of a fire it can grow and spread quickly, getting out of control and spreading to other rooms of your home, before the fire department arrives.

2. Electrical fires are the second most common type of house fire. When you have electricity and water it can be bad. Often times, if the wiring is old or not grounded a fire can start and someone can be electrocuted. Electrical fires can be caused by several different things, including old wiring, faulty wiring, broken or old breaker boxes, faulty appliances, and the improper use of outlets.

3. During the cold winter months’ portable heaters and electric blankets start their fair share of fires. If you have to use a portable heater make sure you one that has a timer and an automotive shut-off. In place of electric blankets try using a heavy quilt.

4. Smoking is the fourth leading cause of fires. If you can smoke outside and make sure you put your cigarette out before going back inside your home. People fall asleep smoking more often than most people can imagine there are nearly a thousand deaths a year in the United States, because of smoking not to mention the loss off property. It does not take much for an ember off the tip of a cigarette to catch a chair, couch, rug, or curtains on fire, so be extra cautious when smoking in your home.

You can’t always prevent a fire especially an electrical one due to poor or faulty wiring or appliances. So, when you have the option to use extreme caution such as smoking, or cooking please do so!

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Here’s what NOT to do after commercial water damage:

  1. Do not enter a room with standing water in it until all electricity has been turned off.
    - Live wires touching water can electrify the water, making standing water in the room very dangerous. Make sure all electricity is disconnected or off prior to entering a room with standing water.
  2. Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
    - Regular household vacuum’s are not meant to handle large volumes of water. Sucking up standing water with a household vacuum will definitely break it and potentially cause it to short circuit.
  3. Do not attempt to lift tacked down carpet without professional help.
    - Wet carpet is very heavy. Not only could you hurt yourself trying to remove damp carpet but carpet also contains a variety of tacks that can hurt you if you are not trained in pulling it up correctly.
  4. Do not use electrical appliances when carpet or flooring is still wet.
    - Exposure to water can cause electrical appliances to short circuit or fail. Since they are not manufactured to be “water proof”, water can easily get into vulnerable areas in the appliances and greatly increase your chance of electrocution or fire.
  5. Do not touch or disturb any visible mold.
    - Mold spreads very easily. Mold caused by water is dangerous to you and can have harmful health effects. Make sure you call a mold damage specialist to handle the cleanup and removal of mold so as to not cause harm to yourself or your employees.

Do You Know if You’re Buying a House with Mold?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Know if You’re Buying a House with Mold? House inspections could save you a lot of time and money

The new home buying process can be exciting, stressful, and scary all wrapped in one big emotion. Yes, the three “I’m ready get this over with right away” emotions. This feeling can often times lead home buyers to skip over the small but important details of the process. However, there are a number of questions that you should always ask AND get an answer to before proceeding with buying a home. One of the questions that you should be sure to get an answer to is, “Am I buying a house with mold?”

Let’s be honest. It’s not always in a realtor’s best interest to get an inspection on a property that they’re selling. A mold inspection gone bad can open up a number of problems for someone selling a home, costing thousands of dollars and they would like to knowingly be apart of selling a house with mold. However, hidden mold in a home can cause an even bigger problems for a clueless home buyer. Think about it. Imagine being super excited to move your family into the home that you have always dreamed of having. You go on a bidding war against other potential buyers that drive the price up, spend thousands of dollars on new furniture throughout the house, get the kids into a new school, all just to find out that the your dream home is really a moldy nightmare.

So how do I prevent buying a house with mold?

I’m glad you asked! When buying a new home, ask the realtor for recent paperwork showing that the home has passed an inspection. Do not take the realtor’s word alone. If there is no recent paperwork, request to have an inspection before moving forward with the buying process. Keep in mind that unless the realtor is a certified mold inspector, his advice is not likely to be helpful. You need professional mold inspectors involved. If the seller of the home is not willing to provide an inspection, then you may be saving your family and yourself a lot of headaches, figuratively and literally, by not buying the home. Do not move in without proof that there are no mold problems. Buying a house with mold can cost your family a lot of money, cause illness and develop stress.

Signs that you may be buying a house with mold

If you would like to sort of a “pre-inspection” before calling in the professionals, here’s a list of things to look at to know if you’re possibly buying a house with mold:

  1. Does the house have wet carpet or water stains.
    Carpeting and carpet padding are great mold foods and mold growth can easily hide inside carpeting and padding.
  2. Does the home have indoor bodies of water?
    An indoor pool, jacuzzi spa or large fish aquarium continuously generates high indoor humidity to drive mold growth.
  3. Is there a built in humidifier?
    As humidifier pushes moisture and humidity throughout the house, this increases the chances of indoor mold growth. This is true for humidifiers that are built into the home’s heating/cooling equipment and free-standing, portable units.
  4. Does the refrigerator have an automatic ice maker?
    Water supply line that brings water to an automatic ice maker often goes bad. A bad water supply line causes leaking water and could promote mold growth into kitchen floors, walls, and cabinets.
  5. Does bathroom and laundry vents lead outdoors?
    Such vents often exhaust high humidity air into attics, crawl spaces, walls, ceilings, or floors, rather than directly outdoors. Be sure that these vents are leading outdoors to prevent moisture build-up.
  6. Does the air conditioning condensation pan have a leak?
    Air conditioning systems include a drip pan to catch water than condenses and drips from the air conditioning coils. Such drip pans are sometimes poorly installed or the pan drain pipe becomes blocked, thus allowing water flooding and mold growth into adjacent walls and ceilings.
  7. Does the building lot slope towards the house?
    If the house building lot slopes downward toward the house, rather than away from the house, there is going to be significant water intrusion into the basement, crawl space, concrete slab, and/or building foundation, and thus enabling the growth of mold resulting from such water intrusion.
  8. Does the house on the side or bottom of a hill?
    A residence that is located on the side of a hill or at the bottom of a hill will be a moldy house because rain fall will cause significant ground water intrusion into the same areas mentioned above.
  9. Is the roof overhang too short?
    If the roof overhang extends less than two feet beyond the walls beneath the overhang, rainfall will fall upon and run down the exterior walls to soak into the wood and masonry surfaces of such walls.
  10. Has the house ever had a leaky roof?
    If the roof surface or flashings around a chimney or furnace and plumbing vent pipes are degraded or poorly-maintained, water will enter into the home’s attic and run downward into the insides of the ceilings, floors, and walls beneath the attic to cause huge, hidden toxic mold growth therein.
  11. Has the house ever had a crawl space water intrusion?
    Most crawl space dirt floors suffer from water wicking upward from the ground water in the soil. In addition, rainfall frequently runs into crawl spaces. Crawl space water intrusion results in big toxic mold growth that can grow upward into the insides of the floors and walls above.
  12. Does the house have leaking water supply or sewage drain pipes?
    Plumbing line leaks can cause massive toxic mold growth inside and on walls, ceilings, and floors.

Remember these tips and always hire an experienced and trusted home inspector when purchasing a home. Good luck on your house hunting!

Fire Damage Restoration: Minimize Fire Damage to Your Home with These Tips

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home is a devastating experience, both for your family and all your personal belongings. You may be wondering what you can do to further protect your home, or if you should only let a professional take care of the area. Smoke and fire damage is a tricky thing to deal with, so it is very important to have a professional restoration company handle that aspect of fire damage restoration.

Before the professionals start your fire damage restoration project, here are some things to do after a fire:

  • Limit activity and foot traffic in your home. Staying off of carpet, furniture, and upholstery is key to preventing soot, dirt, and other particles from getting trapped all around your home.
  • If you do need to get around your home quite a bit, put down clean towels or sheets on the floor and furniture.
  • If possible, change filters in your home to keep dirt and soot from circulating.
  • Don’t try to wash the walls or carpet — leave that for the professionals to avoid permanent damage.
  • Don’t try to clean kitchen appliances yourself. After a fire, electrical connections and wiring may be damaged and could cause further problems if not cleaned carefully and correctly.
  • Don’t eat any food that may have been exposed to the fire and smoke.

With these tips and professional fire damage restoration services, you can minimize fire damage to your home and make the restoration process easier. At SERVPRO of Fairfield, we are the ones you can trust to take care of your home after any disaster. Contact us today!

Water Damage Caused by Air Conditioner

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Air conditioners can cause water damage if not properly maintained. When a unit is working at its peak efficiency it can collect anywhere between 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. Because most of the unit is typically tucked away and out of sight, many times you won’t be able to see the amount of damage until it has already accumulated into major water damage.

Common Causes of Air Conditioner Leak

Although there are a few different reasons why an air conditioner might leak, here are two of the most common causes of leaks in A/C units:

Clogged Drain Line

Ideally, water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan, after which it is then disposed into the sewer system. But if a drain becomes clogged it can overflow and lead to damaged floors, carpeting, as well as creating unhealthy molds. If you’re ever unsure about the type of mold you have, you should always seek an expert’s opinion.

Condensation Pump Malfunction

A dirty condensation pump can cause water to leak. The excessive build-up of water can lead to the growth of mold and mildew inside the unit which can lead to further health issues if not taken care of within an appropriate amount of time. Most mold isn’t that harmful to humans or pets, but if you ever suspect black mold, you should always reach out to an expert. If you ever need help or have questions don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us.

The Dangers of Mold: 5 tips and tricks you need to know

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Most people think mold is just something in your house that looks nasty in the bathroom. But before you know the dangers of mold you should have an idea of what exactly mold is. Mold belongs to the fungi family.

This nasty element can thrive almost anywhere. Believe it or not, mold is present almost everywhere. Recent studies performed have shown that over 50 percent of homes and businesses have moisture present which is a prime harvesting spot for mold. Below we have compiled 5 tips and tricks to detect if mold has entered your home or business.

  1. Always be on the lookout

Look for visible signs of mold growth such as fuzzy-like specimens colored gray, white, black, or green. Some types of mold aren’t as dangerous as others, black mold is by far the most dangerous mold and one should you most certainly be aware of.

  1. Home Mold Test Kits

Home Depot and Lowe’s have do-it-yourself mold kits that are designed to find any presence of mold in your home. As some molds are hard to identify, these kits are proven to ensure safety in both your home or business.

  1. Winter Mist

As the season’s change and rain mixes with colder temperatures, there is an excess of moisture. This extra amount of moisture can open the door to fungal growth which thrives in damp areas.

  1. Use the sense of smell

Be on the lookout for an ammonia scent, although this doesn’t occur with all types of molds any unfamiliar or musty smells in the house could mean that mold has surfaced.

  1. Basement Flooding

People living up north this can be a huge problem for you! If you find your basement flooding from time to time, this could be a huge red flag that your home could be suffering from mold infestation. Any water discoloration or mustiness are huge indicators that mold has begun to take over.

Still Uncertain?

Sometimes mold may have the upper hand in your home. That is why our mold experts at SERVPRO of Fairfield are here to eliminate all mold infestations that may occur in your home or business. We are here not only as your advisor, but your friends dedicated to providing information and resources to ensure a safe and happy home! Contact SERVPRO of Fairfieldtoday if you have any questions.

Top 10 Reasons Commercial Buildings Fail Safety Inspections

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Top 10 Reasons Commercial Buildings Fail Safety Inspections

Safety inspections are crucial for all commercial buildings, especially inspections and testing of fire protection equipment. If your building’s emergency lights aren’t working properly or if your fire extinguishers are expired, you will not only fail the safety inspection, but you are putting all occupants and employees in danger. Continue reading to learn about the top reasons commercial buildings fail safety inspections to ensure your building is up to code.

Top 10 Reasons For Failed Inspections:

  1. The exit doors are difficult to open from the inside. All exit doors must be easily accessible in the event of an emergency for occupants to exit the building safely.
  2. The stairways, pathways, and/or walkways are obstructed.
  3. Emergency lights and exit signs aren’t working properly.
  4. Electrical outlets, circuit breakers panels, and junction boxes aren’t covered. Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of commercial building fires, so it’s crucial to ensure all outlets are covered.
  5. The use of extension cords for a permanent solution rather than temporary purposes.
  6. There are no fire extinguishers in the building. Also, if there are fire extinguishers, but they are hidden, expired, or not working.
  7. The sprinkler system hasn’t been serviced properly by a licensed fire protection official at least once a year.
  8. Hazardous materials aren’t properly stored or are stored without the proper permits.
  9. The building’s fire alarm system hasn’t been tested and serviced annually by a licensed fire alarm company.
  10. The area around the outside of the building is full of high grass, weeds, trash, or debris.

Is clutter driving me crazy?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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
Flashlight
First aid kit
Extra batteries
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
Local maps
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

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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

Kitchen Fires

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fires 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

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.

We're here to help after the storm

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals,call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon
  • Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Water damage clean ups

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

When most people think of water damage in a home or business, scenes of area wide flooding showing continuously on 24 hour news channels is likely to come to mind. But actually, a small percentage of water damage losses are related to storms or flooding.

It's true that these losses get more publicity because they happen in bunches and tend to be more severe, but it is much more likely that if you suffer a water damage loss it will be from a plumbing problem. That's the good news, because there is nothing you can do to prevent storms, and little you can do to prevent storm damage, but there are things you can do to prevent water damage from plumbing problems.

Water Damage from Plumbing Mishaps

The most severe incidents usually occur in a home or business when there is a water line break and no one is there. This is a common occurrence at businesses, where a broken water supply line can spew out water all night or all weekend before it is discovered. The culprits include: blown fittings on water heaters located above the office areas; automatic coffee machines that malfunction and continue filling and overflowing the pot all night; broken lines to a sink, toilet, or ice maker; malfunctioning fire sprinkler systems; and even water main breaks in the ceiling.

In homes, similar problems with supply lines are common, but other common occurrences in are: the hot or cold water hose to the washing machine rupturing; dishwashers and washing machines continuing to fill and overflow when the float ball malfunctions; toilets that are flushed, stop up and continue to run; and bathtubs that are being filled and are forgotten.

Preventive Measures

As you can see from all of these examples, the easiest thing you can do to limit or prevent water damage in your home or business is to turn off the main water line when you will be away for an extended time. Some of worst days for water damage losses are right after major holidays or popular vacation times when people are returning home. That's when they discover that water has been leaking for who knows how long, and when the damage is severe and the clean up and repairs extensive. How long you are willing to be gone without turning off the water to your home or business depends on how big of a risk you are willing to take.

But even simpler and smaller steps than turning off the water main to your home can be taken to avoid common water damage situations. For instance don't leave your home with the dishwasher or washing machine running, or with a toilet that hasn't stopped running. Also, if you are going to be gone for more than a day, at least turn off the hot and cold water to your washing machine. That in itself will eliminate a common cause of water damage.

And one last thing, if the water service to your home is ever interrupted, make sure to turn off every faucet and shower that was on when the water went off. Severe water damage can occur when faucets and showers are inadvertently left on and the water service is restored while the homeowner is gone. So you can see that many water damage losses, and the grief that goes with them, are very preventable if you are willing to take a few simple precautions.

Fire Restoration - Fix Your Smoke And Fire Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage and smoke damage can leave a home and its occupants feeling pretty hopeless and depressed. Though fire accidents are unfortunate, one will need to think positively and begin rebuilding their home in the quickest way possible in order to move on with their life. If you happened to experience a fire hiring a fire restoration company will be the best course of action.

A professional fire restoration company will use their expertise and modern equipment to go about the restoration process in your house in the most efficient manner. Here are the broad steps that a fire restoration company will follow in assessing and carrying out the work related to fire damage and smoke damage.

The restoration company will first analyze the type of smoke and soot that has been left by the fire. Smoke and soot will prevail well after the fire has been put out and it will help the experts determine the nature of fire. This will in turn allow them to assess the seriousness of the damage and will also allow them to make a decision on what can be restored and what will have to be discarded. This can be a tricky thing to do on your own if you are a home owner as not everything that looks OK will necessarily be salvageable. In the same way, not everything that looks burnt or scorched will have to be discarded. Some of the materials in your home, even if damaged, can be restored by a professional fire restoration company.

Smoke damage often goes hand in hand with fire damage in the sense that smoke can be absorbed by various materials in your house if they are porous in nature. For example, drywalls, carpets, and certain types of furniture are made out of porous material that will contain the odor of smoke. A smoke damage removal company will use EPA approved deodorizer products and ozone to restore the materials in such a way that they are free of smoke odor.

There are many different types of smoke damage that can occur and it mostly depends on the type of smoke that was released during the fire. For example, wet smoke will result from a low heat fire and will leave a very pungent odor and very thick soot in the affected area. There are also other types of smoke such as dry smoke, fuel oil smoke and protein smoke that will have to be treated in an appropriate manner.

Fire damage needs to be approached by professionals as certain materials can have a very adverse reaction to fire. For example, asbestos and lead are hazardous materials that can have very adverse effects when exposed to fire or smoke.

Fire damage also presents the added problem of having to clean up the extinguisher used to put out the fire. If you used a commercial foam extinguisher, it will need a certain type of treatment. If you used water to put out the fire, it will need a different fire restoration approach that will involve the use of dehumidifiers and blowers to dry out traces of water.

How to Prevent Fire Damages in Your Home by Following Some Simple Tips

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

It is very difficult to recover fire damage issues. Both emotional and financial damages occur due to fire. Though you can recover a lot of furniture and other properties by restoration professionals, it is better avoid any chances for fire in your home. We can avoid any kind of unnecessary fire damage in our home by following some simple steps. The steps are provided below.

1. Never accumulate fire vulnerable goods in our home
2. Do not allow children to play with match box, lighters etc
3. Do not smoke in your home
4. Insure your house against fire damages
5. Keep fire control instruments in your home
6. Avoid the chances of short circuit issues

As I said we should never keep any kind of fire vulnerable goods like paper, plastic etc in our home especially in kitchen. If we keep these kind of goods in kitchen the chances of fire damage is high. So we should not keep any goods vulnerable to fire in kitchen as it can increase the total damages by fire. Another important point is about our children. We should not let our children to play with lighters, match box etc. Any careless action with these things can cause a fire in your house. So we should keep match box and lighter away from children in your home.

Now let us come to the adults in a house. Smoking is one of the major reason which cause fire in a house. Any carelessly dropped cigarette buds can set fire in your house. So always do not smock in your house to prevent fire in your house. One better precaution you can take against fire damage issues is to insure your house and properties. Though insuring your house cannot avoid the mental tension fire caused, you can have a relief from financial issues. So it is advised to take an insurance against fire damages to save any unexpected financial problems caused by fire.

You should always keep safety instruments in your house. Better ask advice from experts to know more about appropriate fire extinguisher you should buy. There should be a proper fire exit in your house to avoid life damages. It is advised to check your electrical wiring in every year to avoid possible electric short circuit issues. If you are ready to follow the points described above in ninety percent you can avoid fire damages.

6 Steps To Follow After Fire Damage

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Safety is a primary concern when dealing with fire damage. Returning to normal may seem impossible, but thankfully it isn’t. After calling the fire department, home and business owners should be aware that the building may be dangerous. Entering the building should be avoided since the environment could be toxic. No one should enter the house or office until the emergency responders approve that it is safe. Roofs and floors could be unsafe and could possibly cave in without notice. Smoke, soot and water are problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Home and business owners should take the following steps following a fire: 

  • Contact local disaster relief. In some cases, relatives will open their home for their families or friends in an emergency. If that is not an option, local services can help families find shelter, food and medication
  • Contact the insurance company. The insurance company can help home and business owners understand what they must do in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
  • Utilities should not be turned on if the emergency responders have shut them off. They could be extremely hazardous and should only be used if a professional says it is safe.
  • Call the landlord or mortgage company and inform them about the situation
  • Call the police and inform them that the office or home will be vacant until the building is restored.
  • Receipts should be saved to provide information to the insurance company and to claim losses on income tax forms.


Fire damage can be severe, but restoration is possible. It is important to proceed with caution to prevent any further damage. With experienced restoration professionals and some time, a house or office can often be restored to its original condition.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a fire and the aftermath. Give SERVPRO of Fairfield a call.

707-207-0122

Time Is Of The Essence

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Time Is Of The Essence

Fire damage restoration is a time-sensitive process. The passage of time will increase the impact in terms of the harm to property and belongings and the cost to return them to their former state. The initial impact of the flames is obvious; charred items show the results of the event. Water and chemical agents that were used to tamp down and contain the event also leave behind traces of how they were applied. However, there are other elements, less apparent but no less critical, that can dramatically increase the level of harm that has occurred.

The residual effects following a combustible event begin within minutes of the flames being doused and the smoke being cleared. Soot, ash, and odors can combine to discolor surfaces; corrode metallic objects, such as appliances and plumbing fixtures; and permanently stain fabrics, such as clothing and upholstery. As time passes, the long-term impact can be felt both in financial and emotional terms. Beginning the recovery process as soon as possible will help reduce the cost and the time required to begin a return to normalcy.

What Is Involved?

A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state.

Below are highlights of this process.

  • Securing The Site
  • Initial Removal Of Flame Retardant Items
  • Removing And Cleaning
  • Restoration And Replacement

Top 5 Water Damage Dangers

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you've experienced water damage in your home, it's imperative that you address the problem as soon as possible. Water damage that isn't dealt with promptly can damage your home's structure and contribute to health problems for you and your family.

1. Mold and mildew. Left unchecked, water damage can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew in your home. This can lead to breathing and other health problems for you and your family, especially for people with allergies, or asthma and other respiratory diseases. Mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours after water damage has occurred. To avoid a mold problem, hire a commercial cleaning service to clean up your home as soon as possible after you experience water damage.

2. Structural problems. Severe water damage can undermine your home's structural stability. Depending on the extent of the damage and where it occurred, it may cause problems with your roof, floors, walls, or even the home's foundation. To avoid permanent damage to a home's structure, it is important to remove all water as quickly as possible. If you're concerned about a building's stability because of water damage, don't enter it; instead call a building inspector, who can let you know if it's safe to be in the home.

3. Electrical problems. Water can easily damage your home's wiring. In worst-case scenarios, this can contribute to fires or cause electrocutions. In other cases, you may need to replace electrical appliances or have your home's wiring professionally repaired. Always call a licensed electrician to deal with any electrical problems in your home after water damage. Also, make sure that you know how to shut off all the electricity to your home, so that you can prevent injuries and accidents if your home is flooded.

4. Bacteria, germs, and parasites. Depending on the source of the water in your home, it could harbor bacteria, germs, and parasites. If your home has been flooded with waste material (perhaps from a sewage backup); you will definitely need to hire a commercial cleaning service to deal with the problem. Failing to clean up properly after this kind of damage could make your family sick with illnesses like hepatitis, or diminish the value of your property because of a lingering noxious smell.

5. Chemicals. Depending on the source of the water in your home, it might be contaminated with hazardous chemicals. This may be the case if the water came from outside the home, or if household chemicals intermingled with the floodwaters. In any case, it's always best to hire a home cleaning expert to deal with situations where there is a possible chemical contamination. They'll know how to take proper precautionary measures when cleaning and make sure your home is safe for you and your family.

Why You Need Air Duct Cleaning: Mold, Mildew, And More

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Your heating and air system is much more than just the box in your yard. There is an entire network of air ducts that sends conditioning throughout your home, and the quality of this network dramatically affects your comfort. Just like any other mechanical device, air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining the quality of your system. Without proper care, there are a number of problems that can occur without you even realizing what is wrong.

Mold and Mildew

During the summer, anytime your AC is not running, the ductwork is getting hotter. When you send cold air into the house, the ductwork rapidly cools, causing condensation. Normally, the strength of the flow would prevent the condensation from lingering in the ducts. However, over time, the flow in your system can decline, particularly if the sealing on the ductwork starts to weaken. If this occurs, moisture will sit in the ductwork and create mold. If left unchecked, mildew can cause several issues in your home.

The first concern that can be created by mold is stench. Mildew festers, and if the problem gets bad enough, you can be sending stale, stinky oxygen throughout the house every time you crank up the thermostat. While this is certainly inconvenient, there are much more serious health risks associated with mold. Mold spores that become airborne can travel into the house, infecting the walls, carpet, and furniture. Over time, it can cause illness and breathing issues. Air duct cleaning will eliminate all traces of mold and mildew, and it will also improve the performance of your system by eliminating dust.

Dust Buildup

No matter how often you clean, your house is full of dust. Dead skin cells, fecal matter, pollen, and pet dander all contribute to what we know as simple household dust. Dust is a major issue for a heating and ventilation system. In large quantities, it can actually increase the cooling demand on the home. This increases the runtime of your AC unit, which makes your power bills get bigger. Your ductwork is essentially a giant vacuum hose that pulls everything out of the air and sends it through the system.

While there are filters that deal with some of the dust issues, the reality is that very few people have adequate filtration installed in their home. Only with expensive cleaners and purifiers can the dust issue be truly eliminated. For most homeowners, the filter is merely a bandage, preventing an issue from getting worse rather than solving it. When filtration fails, large quantities of dust start to build up in the ductwork. If enough buildup occurs, it can start to affect the flow through the system. This yet again increases runtimes, further escalating your power bills. Instead of simply being a nuisance, dust buildup can actually start to cost you hundreds of dollars a year.

The good news is that all these issues are entirely preventable. Call SERVPRO of Fairfield today and ask us how air duct cleaning can benefit your home.

707-207-0122

Mold removal

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

The weather here in Solano Countryt can be many things, depending on the time of year, and even the time of day. Hot, muggy summers can offer pristine conditions for mold growth. Likewise, a frigid winter causing pipes to burst and homes to flood can equally encourage mold growth if the water is not removed quickly and effectively

Mold can grow very quickly. Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a flood if standing water is still present. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement also play a role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company into the space quickly. They will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site

How to avoid a fire

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The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one

If you do experience a home fire call us we can help- 707-207-0122

After a fire - Why you should hire a professional

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After your house, or a part of it, has been razed and damaged by fire, cleaning and restoring it back to its former glory will be your main concern. However, most homeowners find the task extremely time-consuming, stressful, and dangerous that they would rather hire a professional fire damage cleanup expert to do the job instead.

Repairing and restoring your home back to a habitable state depends on the extent of the damage to your home. Some homes only need a few days of work while severe structural damages take several months to accomplish. With the help of a team of experienced professionals, repairing a fire damaged home is always easier.

Don't be Tempted to do it Yourself, Hire an Expert

You might be tempted by the idea of cleaning the fire damage in your home by yourself. However, doing so can worsen the fire and water damage and even threaten your health. When determining the best way to deal with cleaning fire damage in homes, it can be helpful to know some of the best options available to you.

Perhaps the best thing that you could do after a house fire is to enlist the service of a professional restoration company. Since they are expert in this kind of work, they could surely take good care of your home's cleanup, repair, and restoration in no time.

Choose expert cleanup professional

When hiring for fire cleanup damage, be sure to hire a team who holds impeccable reputation and shows pertinent license, experience, skills, and equipment that will help them perform their task and restore your home back to its former glory.

The SOP after fire damage is to conduct a fire damage assessment to find out the extent of the damage and to plan out the necessary steps to be taken for a successful cleanup. Most of the time fire cleanup professionals begin by taking away the excess moisture as soon as detected. Failure in this aspect will make your home susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew, which in turn makes it a breeding ground for diseases that could harm the health of your family.

Stop Fire Damage from Destroying your Home

Though you can't prevent fire from razing your home, the good thing is you could stop fire damage from further eating up your house with the help of a professional restoration company. Now, restoring your home from fire damage should no longer be a serious cause of concern since there's a team of professionals that are willingly offering their hands for your home's benefit. This does not only unburden you from the heavy responsibility of cleaning, disinfecting, and repairing your home. It also saves you time and money in the long run, especially if your homeowner's insurance is generous enough to cover the cost for you.

Winterize your home!

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

Clean It - Start the winter with a clean furnace - a cleaner furnace can save up to 5% of fuels costs over the course of the year compared to a dirty one.  And with this season’s lower than expected oil prices, filling up your tank will be more affordable.

Avoid ice damming by keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. If the snow refreezes, it can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.

Seal It – Keep cold air out and warm air in this winter.  Grab a tube of caulk and take a walk around your home to seal any openings around windows, doors, vents and electrical wires.  Also sealing any openings will prevent mice from sneaking in to enjoy your warm winter air! After the Storm Call SERVPRO of Fairfield-707-207-0122

SERVPRO of Fairfield is here to help!

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The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon
  • Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Understanding Mold

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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

Commercial water damage

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Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

SERVPRO - Fire restoration

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Fire damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning. Unless the fire damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by SERVPRO.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

Reduce further damage! Call SERVPRO of Fairfield!

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When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Why use a water specialist?

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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.

Understanding bio-hazard clean up

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Each biohazard cleanup project requires a unique set of tools to ensure cleanliness, safety, and time-effectiveness. The cleanup team must wear personal protective gear, which includes a one-time-use suit, gloves, chemical-spill boots, and filtered respirators. In addition to traditional cleaning supplies, a crime scene cleanup team will need professional tools. To remove odors, cleaners use an ozone machine, foggers, and industrial-strength deodorizers. To clean the area, the team uses hospital-grade disinfectants, a no-touch cleaning system, a truck-mounted steam-injection system, a chemical treatment tank, and 55-gallon biohazard waste containers.

The Process of Thoroughly Cleaning an Area

Biohazard cleaning requires much more than taking care of appearances. Even if a scene looks totally clean, on a microscopic level it could contain pathogens that make people sick months or even years later. This is why cleanups can take from one hour to more than 40 hours.

Fire damage and odor control

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When a fire happens in your home, the results can be devastating. Whether your kitchen blaze began due to a cooking mishap or because a candle overturned and devoured your living room in smoke and fire damage, the results left behind can be a true disaster. Learn how you can get the affected areas of your home back to original condition so you can return to living comfortably and productively.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners or rental insurance company should be able to help you find a specialist who can take care of the fire damage in your home. This specialist will likely want to enter your dwelling to take pictures of all the spaces that have been affected. You will want to take inventory of the items that have been burned, such as your curtains, stove, counters, furniture, and flooring. This way, your agent can reimburse you for the things that will need to be replaced. Contact your insurance company immediately so they can help you find reputable experts who can get your house back to its original level of comfort.

Professional Cleaning

When you hire a company to restore your residence after fire damage, they will want to assess how badly burned your living space is before they get to work. They need to know how many people will be required to complete the job and what tools they will need to get rid of odors and reconstruct your dwelling. These experts use special air-cleansing filters and chemical supplies to remove all odors in the air that affect your living space. They also take out all destroyed wood, cabinetry, and other construction and replace them with new parts so your home looks new again. When they are finished, your residence should look as if it had never been disturbed.

Preparing for Restoration

You and your family will need to find another location to live while the destroyed areas of your residence are being cleaned. Specialists may need a few days to repair any fire damage, especially if large areas have been consumed in flames. Prepare to evacuate your home by packing several bags of clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. Your homeowners or rental insurance company can help you find temporary lodging in a hotel so your family can live comfortably while you wait for your house to be cleaned. Be aware that there is no set time for when you will be able to move back in, so pack enough of your belongings to stay away for several weeks, as you likely won't be able to enter your premises until the specialists have finished in your home.

When you've been affected by fire damage in your residence, there are many professional companies that can help make things right again. Trust experts to help get rid of odors and put your place back in order so you can live comfortably again. With the right care, you should be back in your dwelling in just a few days or weeks.

Bio hazard Remediation - When to Make the Call

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When to call a biohazard remediation service

A bio hazard remediation contractor should be called for the following situations:

• Deaths in the home or workplace

• Gross filth removal

• Trauma scenes

• Car accidents

• Feces removal

• Animal infestations

• Hoarding removal

• Human decomposition

What is biohazard remediation?

Biohazard remediation contractors are often referred to as crime scene cleaners, but the job entails much more than cleaning up after a death. Since the contractors are tasked with removing any type of biohazardous waste, they often get called to the scene of car wrecks, fights and accidents in the workplace. Additionally, biohazard cleaners will remove animal infestations, clean up animal feces and homes where hoarding has occurred.

A bio hazard remediation contractor is not a coroner, and will not remove a body from the scene of a death. Instead, the contractor will come in after the coroner has removed the body and restore the scene to its original condition. The job revolves around containing the biological matter, preventing it from spreading and eliminating it completely.

Mold - What you need to know

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Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Water Damage in older homes

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Older homes. They can be magical, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. But however charming they may be, there is no doubt that many older homes are plagued with problems. Whether you live in one of these older homes or a more modern home, water damage is a constant threat. It can wreak pure havoc on a home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take too long to incur water damage—just one storm or an extra-long shower will do the trick.

Water Stains. This red flag is an obvious sign of water damage. Look for these discolored stains where water is used the most. Sinks, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common locations of the telltale water damage stains. If one of these stains suddenly pops up, it’s time to get a professional on the job. If you are looking into purchasing a new home, be cautious. Inquire into the issue further and be prepared to discuss remediation options with the homeowner if you think you might have a water issue call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at 707-207-0122 or visit our website

 http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

Your business is important

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Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Residential and commercial disasters can be devastating and no homeowner or business owner wants to experience the stress and loss that comes with it. Whether your property has been hit by water or fire and smoke damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield can help.

SERVPRO OF FAIRFIELD has experience! Our certified technicians have years of experience when it comes to dealing with water damage and fire damage cleanup. Regardless of the amount of damage done our technicians will know how to get the job done quickly AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROPERLY!

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Surprise!!!

2/6/2018 (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. 

Who to call???

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If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait! Call professionals from a reputable water restoration company immediately! In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

Call SERVPRO Of Fairfield 707-207-0122

Mold Mold, Go Away!

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SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/mold-remediation 

Why an Emergency Ready Profile?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

We would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as an ERP. This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut off's. This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.

This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application. Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.Are you "Ready for whatever happens?"

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 
By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call us or email us today to get it started!! 

Email: Sales@SERVPROoffairfield.com

Contact number(707) 207-0122

Why you need to hire a professional bio hazard cleaning company

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

A biohazard clean up and bio-hazard waste situation at your home, business or industrial structure is always a stressful and challenging experience. You can rely on us to shield family, friends, owners, managers, and co-workers from being exposed to the emotionally difficult and physically hazardous aspects of the cleanup.

There can be substantial legal implications for failing to conform to OSHA's Blood borne Pathogens Rules, and State and Municipal Sanitary codes and laws. To minimize your exposure to potential legal difficulties, it is important to hire a bio-recovery company that is trained to properly handle biohazards, who is insured, who is discreet, and who is experienced.

Bio-recovery services are frequently covered by insurance policies. SERVPRO of Fairfield will work closely with your insurance provider to achieve a speedy resolution to your claim.

We understand how challenging a time this is for you and all the other individuals involved in your specific situation. We have extensive experience in processing bio-hazardous incidents with speed and sensitivity.

How do I know if I need duct cleaning?

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. A dirty air duct can lower the quality of the air in your house by promoting the circulation of allergens and bacteria in the air. There is no scientific evidence that actually proves that cleaning the air ducts will improve your health, but it is a good practice. The indoor air is just as important as the outdoor air. One way to keep the air inside your home free from unnecessary pollutants is to keep the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems clean.

What parts of your air ducts should be cleaned? The blowers, fiber glass, metal ducts, air vents, access doors, drain pans and coils should all be cleaned. There should be no stains, mold, dust, insects or any particles left over. After you have a professional clean the ducts, you should give it a test run to make sure that the system is still working properly.

When do you need air duct cleaning? There are several signs that indicate the need for a thorough air duct cleaning. Here are some of the major points that indicate the need for an air duct cleaning.

1. The growth of mold inside the ducts or on the surface of the cooling or heating system. (mold growth can only accurately be determined by professionals)

2. The infestation of insects or any small unwanted pests in the ducts.

3. If they are clogged with a great deal of dust or other debris.

It is important to have a professional take a look at your systems occasionally to make sure everything is clean and working well. Certainly if the above problems are prevalent, it is definitely time to go ahead and schedule a cleaning. Make sure the professionals you hire to clean them are licensed. If they claim that there is mold, have them show it to you and figure out a way to prevent the mold from growing again.

Depending on the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and the type of system that needs to be cleaned, the price for a professional cleaning can start at a few hundred dollars and rise up to a couple thousand dollars.

One way so save the expense of getting a professional air duct cleaning is good maintenance. There are several things you can do to keep your air ducts as clean as possible. Dust and vacuum the house often. Change the filters of the heating or cooling system on a regular basis. You should also keep the ducts nice and dry.

Signs that you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield - MOLD

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 re mediate your mold problem quickly and safely

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

When is the best time to have your carpets cleaned by a professional?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

You won't notice it immediately, but as years pass it becomes obvious that your carpet doesn't appear as bright and fresh as it did the day you had it installed. Over time regular wear and tear, coupled with accidents and various over the counter cleaners, will affect the pile and overall appearance. When standard vacuuming won't do the trick to restore your rugs to their former glory, you may wish to look into the services of a professional cleaner to handle the job.

Is there a right time to have your carpets cleaning with professional, truckmounted water extraction? A licensed cleaner may tell you that there is never a wrong time, but if you need an occasion or situation to encourage you to make that call, there are good reasons to look into this service:

Moving: Whether you rent or own, if you intend to move it's a good idea to have a pro go over your carpets once you have the furniture removed. It may surprise you to discover how much soil and grime is embedded, and how the color in the pile returns after everything is washed and dried. You can practically leave your home as clean as the day you claimed it.

New Baby: If you have added to your family recently, or are expecting a new arrival, you may think about carpet cleaning only after the little one has made a mess or two. Actually, it's a good idea to schedule a cleaning before you bring baby home. A thorough shampoo and extraction helps remove bacteria in your home and disinfect the rooms. For a baby immune to germs, this is a good illness prevention measure.

Renovation: Redecorating? Buying new furniture? Take advantage of the moving to get your carpets cleaned. With the space available, it provides less work for a cleaner to perform, and you can start living anew after a major makeover.

New Pets: If you have welcomed a four-footed companion to your home, it's a good idea to give your carpets not only a good cleaning but protection and sealant. This helps upkeep for your rooms so when accidents happen, they won't damage your carpets too much.

Once a year or every six months, depending on traffic through your home, is a good schedule to keep for cleaning and deodorizing. Because rugs and carpets absorb much of the daily dirt coming into your house, you want to make sure they remain as clean as possible to prevent illness.

Water Damage - How to Respond

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

You come home and you find your floor is full of water. What do you do?

You identify the source and stop the leak immediately. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp areas and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and nature will take its course. In your mind, your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money and the trouble of getting a contractor out. Case closed!

The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you.

Call us at (707) 207-0122 

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO - Fire Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Fire Damage This fire damage was caused by a stove top fire.

Fire damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning. Unless the fire damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by SERVPRO.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Fairfield and your Business

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Large commercial water damage in Fairfield is  our specialty here at SERVPRO of Fairfield.

Commercial properties require a knowledgeable and qualified team and one that is willing to work around  unique business schedules.

Whether it is a large scale loss or a small clean up we work quickly to get you and your business back to business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns as well.

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Commercial Water Damage

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Faifield 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

Flooding

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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 

Older homes and Water Damage

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Older homes. They can be magical, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. But however charming they may be, there is no doubt that many older homes are plagued with problems. Whether you live in one of these older homes or a more modern home, water damage is a constant threat. It can wreak pure havoc on a home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take too long to incur water damage—just one storm or an extra-long shower will do the trick.

Water Stains. This red flag is an obvious sign of water damage. Look for these discolored stains where water is used the most. Sinks, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common locations of the telltale water damage stains. If one of these stains suddenly pops up, it’s time to get a professional on the job. If you are looking into purchasing a new home, be cautious. Inquire into the issue further and be prepared to discuss remediation options with the homeowner if you think you might have a water issue call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at 707-207-0122 or visit our website

 http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

The Basics

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration companies play an incredibly crucial role at a time when many of us will need it most. Water damage can be extensive and permanent if left unchecked and for that reason it’s crucial that you kno SERVPRO of Fairfield will respond quickly,l act efficiently to help salvage the situation as much as possible while minimizing the damage to your belongings.

When it comes down to it though and you’re watching a burst pipe fire water across your office, this is not the time to start browsing the web and reading customer reviews. Instead, you need to act quickly with a number ready-loaded in your phone and you can rely on SERVPRO of Fairfield to do what’s best for your business

This is that number 707-207-0122 and SERVPRO of fairfield is that company.

No job is too big

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

 

Prompt and proper drying is essential to minimizing losses due to water damage. SERVPRO of Fairfield's Certified Applied Structure Drying Technicians are immediately dispatched for emergency water extraction, drying, mold remediation, dehumidifying, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to mitigate any size water loss with the largest inventory of drying equipment in the state, using nationally approved drying procedures.

If necessary, our Restoration Technicians are dispatched for inventorying/packing/moving of any content items requiring more detailed restoration and relocate those items to our secured warehouse facilities.

Drying Technicians continuously assess the moisture levels in the area to ensure that they are diminishing.

When disasters strike, you need help, fast! You can count on SERVPRO of Fairfield to respond at once, no matter when the disaster strikes!

Water Remediation includes:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Response
  • Immediate Source Removal of Water
  • Advanced Drying Procedures
  • Sewage Backup Remediation
  • On-Site Cleaning

Business Fires

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fairfield knows fires are tough but we can and will help you

call us today at 707-207-0122

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 Solano County company surviving is pretty high

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends

Calling in the Fire Damage Restoration Experts

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Calling in the Fire Damage Restoration Experts This kitchen fire started with chicken in the oven

A house fire, large or small, is a traumatic event and even if the fire was a relatively minor one there are some important steps to take to return to normal. One of the most important factors is to try to keep a level head so that your thinking is clear. Panic or rushed decisions might simply result in more damage on top of the initial fire damage.

A fire does more than simply burn the house and the items inside the house. A fire leaves behind smoke damage, soot and structural damage that must all be dealt with correctly. The most sensible course of action is to call in a fire damage restoration expert to deal with the restoration process properly.

Fire and smoke damage is a very particular problem and requires more work than simply washing down surfaces. Smoke gets deeply into hard surfaces such as walls and floors and if it's not treated quickly, will linger for many years no matter how often you clean them.

Soot can coat surfaces and belongings and must be carefully cleaned using the correct specialist equipment. Soot covered fabric such as lounge chairs, bedroom furnishings and clothes can all be restored if treated properly. But equally, taking the wrong approach can result in permanently damage being done.

Finally, structural damage must be assessed to determine how much repair work will be required and whether it is safe to stay in the house until repairs can be made.

A good fire damage restoration specialist will be capable of performing all of these important tasks, not to mention others such as organizing and carryout packing and storage of belongings and general damage assessment. The sooner a fire damage restoration expert is called in the more chance you can be sure you will save your belongings.

There are many tasks that can be performed while waiting for a fire and water damage restoration professional to arrive. Leaving it to the experts is the ultimate aim but taking matters into your own hands can also mitigate the damage with a lot to consider to get the most out of a fire damage cleanup.

Spring Cleaning

4/18/2017 (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

4/18/2017 (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. 

Duct Cleaning

4/10/2017 (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

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

late-season atmospheric river has pushed Northern California’s water year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) to the second wettest ever recorded, the National Weather Service said Friday.


The storm has dumped rain from the Bay Area north to Shasta and east to Susanville along the Sierra Nevada, where months of rain and snowfall have already filled reservoirs and saturated soils to levels not seen since before the drought


This week’s storms sent wind gusts blasting across the Golden Gate Bridge at 54 mph, according to the Weather Service. They also knocked out power to tens of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers, the utility reported.


Caltrans reported that a water-saturated hillside in Oakland gave way and collapsed. It brought a road along with it.


The National Weather Service in Reno said the city received nearly an inch and a half of rain in 24 hours and up to 15 inches of snow in the mountains. Winds in the mountain tops reached 134 mph. An avalanche warning was issued for the highest peaks.



“This event isn’t expected to be as strong as storms in January and February but is a significant precipitation event for April,” the Weather Service said.


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.


 

Hire an expert

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

After your house, or a part of it, has been damaged by fire, cleaning and restoring it back to its former glory will be your main concern. However, most homeowners find the task extremely time-consuming, stressful, and dangerous that they would rather hire a professional fire damage cleanup expert to do the job instead.

Repairing and restoring your home back to a habitable state depends on the extent of the damage to your home. Some homes only need a few days of work while severe structural damages take several months to accomplish. With the help of a team of experienced professionals, repairing a fire damaged home is always easier.

Don't be Tempted to do it Yourself, Hire an Expert

SERVPRO of Fairfield has the experts

Call us today 707-207-0122

Mold removal

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122

Signs That You May Need SERVPRO of Fairfield

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Call us today 707-207-0122

Winterize your home

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

 

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

Clean It - Start the winter with a clean furnace - a cleaner furnace can save up to 5% of fuels costs over the course of the year compared to a dirty one.  And with this season’s lower than expected oil prices, filling up your tank will be more affordable.

Avoid ice damming by keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. If the snow refreezes, it can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.

Seal It – Keep cold air out and warm air in this winter.  Grab a tube of caulk and take a walk around your home to seal any openings around windows, doors, vents and electrical wires.  Also sealing any openings will prevent mice from sneaking in to enjoy your warm winter air! After the Storm Call SERVPRO of Fairfield-707-207-0122

Before the Storm

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

If Hurricane Sandy hit your home, you've probably lost something, from a few shingles to the whole shebang. If you've planned well, you can keep your losses as low as possible. And if you haven't planned well, you can take action now to minimize your losses in the next disaster.

The best thing you could have done before Sandy struck was make an inventory of your house and your possessions. There's even an app for that if you still want to do it. Many apps let you enter information on where you bought your possessions and how much they cost. All the information is stored remotely, so even if your iPhone gets swept out to sea, you'll still have a record of what you lost. Make sure you know your insurance policy number -- and, if possible, where a copy of your policy is. If you haven't read your policy, this is a very good time to review it. 

What to do when water invades

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can be quite disastrous as it can cause extreme damage to the building. During a flood many unwanted things can come into your home like sewage, debris, chemicals, mud and other types of contaminants. All these unwanted materials are dropped and left behind as the water recedes.

Even if the water damaged is caused from a source of clean water like bathtub overflow, an unattended faucet or a refrigerator water line break, the water mixes with the dirt and other substances on the floor and carpets of your home.

Shorted-out electrical systems, ruined carpets and soggy drywall are common after-effects of water damage, making the matter even worse. If the cleaning work is not done in a proper and swift manner, then the mold will likely sprout and cause more damage to your home.

Whatever the cause of the flood, you must ensure that the affected area is quarantined as soon as possible

Call SERVPRO of Fairfield

707-207-0122

What to expect

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire or an overflowing sink that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning or water damage caused by flooding. Unless the fire or water damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire and water restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by a fire and water restoration contractor.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.
  • Call us today 707-207-0122

Water damage and restoration

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Restoration services for damage caused by water

  • Water damage is the worst type of damage as it can lead to structural weakness, bacterial infections, toxic mold growth and many other problems that are best tackled by a professional restoration company. A fire and water restoration contractor will use various types of equipment such as dehumidifiers, blowers, truck mounted and portable water extraction units, moisture meters and hygrometers in their restoration process. This is definitely not something that can be managed by homeowners who will not have access to this costly and effective equipment.
  • Different materials in the house require different types of drying as they all absorb moisture differently. A a fire and water restoration company will use the right equipment such as a dehumidifier or a blower for different types of materials in an effort to dry the property in the most efficient manner.
  • Water follows the path of least resistance. In other words, it will seep into porous materials as and when it comes in contact with them. A fire and water restoration company will quickly be able to assess the water damage in your house and will advice you on which parts of the house are restorable and which parts cannot be salvaged and will have to replace. This is not common knowledge and you could stand to lose a lot if you didn't know how to prioritize your restoration efforts if you are doing it on your own
  • SERVPRO of Fairfield can help 
  • 707-207-0122

Surprise

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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. 

What to do

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You come home and you find your floor is full of water. You identify the source and stop the leak. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp area and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and will nature take its course. In your mind your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money. Case closed.The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Who to call

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If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

Call SERVPRO Of Fairfield 707-207-0122

Mold Oh My

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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

SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

they are dealing with hazardous materials.

Mold Go Away

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Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: CALL 707-207-0122

Why you do not want Mold

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SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem


As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.


http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/mold-remediation 

After the Storm

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If Hurricane Sandy hit your home, you've probably lost something, from a few shingles to the whole shebang. If you've planned well, you can keep your losses as low as possible. And if you haven't planned well, you can take action now to minimize your losses in the next disaster.

The best thing you could have done before Sandy struck was make an inventory of your house and your possessions. There's even an app for that if you still want to do it. Go to the Insurance Information Institute's website (www.iii.org/software) and download its home inventory app. The app lets you enter information on where you bought your possessions and how much they cost. All the information is stored remotely, so even if your iPhone gets swept out to sea, you'll still have a record of what you lost. Make sure you know your insurance policy number -- and, if possible, where a copy of your policy is. If you haven't read your policy, this is a very good time to review it. "Reading a policy isn't exciting, but it's very important," says John Egan, editor of InsuranceQuotes.com.
Most policies will cover wind damage, and they will cover water damage if a tree crashes into your roof. But flood damage typically requires a separate policy. "There are many people who find out the hard way that flooding can cause a lot of damage," Egan says. Most flood insurance policies kick in 30 days after you sign them.

If you need help call us today- 707-207-0122

SERVPRO of Fairfield is here to help

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The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals,call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

 

  • Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

What you need to know

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Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals At 707-207-0122

SERVPRO Of Fairfield knows what to do

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Fire and water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire or an overflowing sink that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning or water damage caused by flooding. Unless the fire or water damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire and water restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by a fire and water restoration contractor.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

Fire can be devastating

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Fire and water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire or an overflowing sink that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning or water damage caused by flooding. Unless the fire or water damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire and water restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by a fire and water restoration contractor.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Fairfield can help. Call us at 707-207-0122

How to avoid a fire

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The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one

If you do experience a home fire call us we can help- 707-207-0122

Older homes and water damage

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Older homes. They can be magical, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. But however charming they may be, there is no doubt that many older homes are plagued with problems. Whether you live in one of these older homes or a more modern home, water damage is a constant threat. It can wreak pure havoc on a home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take too long to incur water damage—just one storm or an extra-long shower will do the trick.

Water Stains. This red flag is an obvious sign of water damage. Look for these discolored stains where water is used the most. Sinks, toilets, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common locations of the telltale water damage stains. If one of these stains suddenly pops up, it’s time to get a professional on the job. If you are looking into purchasing a new home, be cautious. Inquire into the issue further and be prepared to discuss remediation options with the homeowner if you think you might have a water issue call SERVPRO of Fairfield today at 707-207-0122 or visit our website

 http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/water-damage-restoration

Many types of storms

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This may be hard to believe but every state in the U.S. has experienced at least some type of flooding within the past six years.  Even homeowners who don’t live next to a body of water can experience costly and dangerous flooding. Severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, heavy rain, or snow melting on mountaintops hundreds of miles away can make the flood waters rise. Mother Nature isn’t the only reason floods occur.  Broken pipes, sewer line backups, damaged appliances, faulty sprinkler systems, and overflowing sinks and tubs are other reasons your home might flood.

If you find a leak and you put off fixing it, it could lead to an even bigger water damage disaster or even mold growth. Don’t delay addressing water damage – you may not be able to see the extent of the damage until it is too late

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Or call us at 707-207-0122

Mold removal

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The weather here in Solano Countryt can be many things, depending on the time of year, and even the time of day. Hot, muggy summers can offer pristine conditions for mold growth. Likewise, a frigid winter causing pipes to burst and homes to flood can equally encourage mold growth if the water is not removed quickly and effectively

Mold can grow very quickly. Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a flood if standing water is still present. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement also play a role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company into the space quickly. They will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site

Your business is important

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Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Residential and commercial disasters can be devastating and no homeowner or business owner wants to experience the stress and loss that comes with it. Whether your property has been hit by water or fire and smoke damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield can help.

SERVPRO OF fAIRFIELD has experience! Our certified technicians have years of experience when it comes to dealing with water damage and fire damage cleanup. Regardless of the amount of damage done our technicians will know how to get the job done quickly AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROPERLY!

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Business fires

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SERVPRO of Fairfield knows fires are tough but we can and will help you

call us today at 707-207-0122

 

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 Solano County company surviving is pretty high

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends

Back Ups

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Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Fairfield has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

 

What to Do After a Contamination

 

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

 

What Not to Do After a Contamination

 

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

 

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Fairfield has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

Need Biohazard Cleanup? Call Us Today – 707-207-0122

http://www.SERVPROfairfield.com/commercial-restoration-services

Flooded

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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Fairfield basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 707-207-0122

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Fairfield and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 707-207-0122

Flooding

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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 

The Basics

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Water damage restoration companies play an incredibly crucial role at a time when many of us will need it most. Water damage can be extensive and permanent if left unchecked and for that reason it’s crucial that you kno SERVPRO of Fairfield will respond quickly,l act efficiently to help salvage the situation as much as possible while minimizing the damage to your belongings.

When it comes down to it though and you’re watching a burst pipe fire water across your office, this is not the time to start browsing the web and reading customer reviews. Instead, you need to act quickly with a number ready-loaded in your phone and you can rely on SERVPRO of Fairfield to do what’s best for your business

This is that number 707-207-0122 and SERVPRO of fairfield is that company.

No Job too big

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Prompt and proper drying is essential to minimizing losses due to water damage. SERVPRO of Fairfield's Certified Applied Structure Drying Technicians are immediately dispatched for emergency water extraction, drying, mold remediation, dehumidifying, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to mitigate any size water loss with the largest inventory of drying equipment in the state, using nationally approved drying procedures.

If necessary, our Restoration Technicians are dispatched for inventorying/packing/moving of any content items requiring more detailed restoration and relocate those items to our secured warehouse facilities.

Drying Technicians continuously assess the moisture levels in the area to ensure that they are diminishing.

When disasters strike, you need help, fast! You can count on SERVPRO of Fairfield to respond at once, no matter when the disaster strikes!

Water Remediation includes:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Response
  • Immediate Source Removal of Water
  • Advanced Drying Procedures
  • Sewage Backup Remediation
  • On-Site Cleaning

SERVPRO of Fairfield and your business

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Large commercial water damage in Fairfield is  our speciality here at SERVPRO of Fairfield.

Commercial properties require a knowledgeable and qualified team and one that is willing to work around  unique business schedules.

Whether it is a large scale loss or a small clean up we work quickly to get you and your business back to business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fairfield 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

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns as well.

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Commercial Water Damage

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Flooding and water damage events at Solano County 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 Fairfield

SERVPRO of Faifieldspecializes 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

Mold infestation can Happen Quickly

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Mold infestation in any home or business can happen quickly with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak, and SERVPRO of Fairfield is ready to help. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Water Damage

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Here in the Fairfield, CA area water damage is no stranger.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. The SERVPRO of Fairfield, CA Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. If you experience such damage contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Flood or Storm Damage? SERVPRO stands ready to Help

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Flood or storm damage can cause great damage, 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 Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.  If you experience such damage contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

Fires can be devastating, SERVPRO of Fairfield can Help

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Fire Damage Fires can be devastating, SERVPRO of Fairfield can Help Kitchen Fire Damage

Fires can be devastating, and we here at SERVPRO of Fairfield, CA can help you with your home or business if you have suffered fire damage. 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 Franchise 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.  Call SERVPRO of Fairfield and we will come out to give you professional and courteous service. 

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

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No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals,call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call 1-800-SERVPRO

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

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Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

Clean It - Start the winter with a clean furnace - a cleaner furnace can save up to 5% of fuels costs over the course of the year compared to a dirty one.  And with this season’s lower than expected oil prices, filling up your tank will be more affordable.

Avoid ice damming by keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. If the snow refreezes, it can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse.

Seal It – Keep cold air out and warm air in this winter.  Grab a tube of caulk and take a walk around your home to seal any openings around windows, doors, vents and electrical wires.  Also sealing any openings will prevent mice from sneaking in to enjoy your warm winter air!

Remove hoses, turn off outside water and tighten outside faucets as pipes can burst if water in the pipe freezes.  And during a deep freeze, remembering to drip your inside faucets ever so slightly will greatly eliminate the risk of inside pipes bursting. 

Check It – Check smoke detectors, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights to ensure they are operating properly. Have extra batteries on hand and replace if necessary. 

Keep a cache of candles on hand but when in use keep the flame away from flammable items and never leave them unattended.   Same goes for a portable space heater!

Store It – Having a supply of warm blankets in the linen closet, bottled water in the pantry and ice melting compound in the garage is always a good idea.  And keeping a small bucket of sand and a shovel handy insideyour home will be most helpful . . . especially if Old Man Winter brings a foot of snow to your door!

Historical Floods

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Flooding poses tremendous danger to both people and property. Since 1900, floods have taken more than 10,000 lives in the United States alone. Because it is often difficult to judge the depth of the water or the speed of the current, flood waters can be deceptive.

The Big Thompson Canyon (Colorado) Flood, which killed 139 people in 1976, proved a tragic illustration of a sobering statistic - 95% of those killed in a flash flood try to outrun the waters along their path rather than climbing rocks or going uphill to higher grounds.

Beyond the risk of fatalities, floods devastate homes, towns, and even entire regions. The great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 covered an area 500 miles long and 200 miles wide. More than 50,000 homes were damaged, and 12,000 miles of farmland were washed out.

June 1972 was a traumatic month. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, a series of thunderstorms caused heavy rains along the eastern slopes, resulting in flash flooding along Rapid Creek, which flows through Rapid City, South Dakota. The flooding caused more than $100 million in damage and at least 237 people died.

During that same month in the east, the remnants of Hurricane Agnes caused torrential rains across the mid-Atlantic states, especially from Virginia through New York. In the subsequent flooding and flash floods, 118 people perished and entire communities were inundated.

In November 1977, heavy rainfall helped to weaken an earthen dam near Toccoa, Georgia. The ensuing dam failure lead to the deaths of 40 people, half of them children. Most had lived mobile homes, less than a mile below the dam.

In February 1978, over 20 lives were lost in the Los Angeles area during the worst rainstorms ever seen in Southern California. Successive rain and mud slides during March brought damage totaling more than $80 million and increased the death toll to nearly 40 people.

Other historical flash floods include the Johnstown Flood of 1889 and the Shadyside, Ohio Flood of 1990.

Why it is important to hire a professional biohazard cleaning company

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A biohazard clean up and bio-hazard waste situation at your home, business or industrial structure is always a stressful and challenging experience. You can rely on us to shield family, friends, owners, managers, and co-workers from being exposed to the emotionally difficult and physically hazardous aspects of the cleanup.

There can be substantial legal implications for failing to conform to OSHA's Blood borne Pathogens Rules, and State and Municipal Sanitary codes and laws. To minimize your exposure to potential legal difficulties, it is important to hire a bio-recovery company that is trained to properly handle biohazards, who is insured, who is discreet, and who is experienced.

Bio-recovery services are frequently covered by insurance policies. SERVPRO of Fairfield will work closely with your insurance provider to achieve a speedy resolution to your claim.

We understand how challenging a time this is for you and all the other individuals involved in your specific situation. We have extensive experience in processing bio-hazardous incidents with speed and sensitivity.

When Do I Need Air Duct Cleaning?

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Air duct cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. A dirty air duct can lower the quality of the air in your house by promoting the circulation of allergens and bacteria in the air. There is no scientific evidence that actually proves that cleaning the air ducts will improve your health, but it is a good practice. The indoor air is just as important as the outdoor air. One way to keep the air inside your home free from unnecessary pollutants is to keep the air ducts of your heating and cooling systems clean.

What parts of your air ducts should be cleaned? The blowers, fiber glass, metal ducts, air vents, access doors, drain pans and coils should all be cleaned. There should be no stains, mold, dust, insects or any particles left over. After you have a professional clean the ducts, you should give it a test run to make sure that the system is still working properly.

When do you need air duct cleaning? There are several signs that indicate the need for a thorough air duct cleaning. Here are some of the major points that indicate the need for an air duct cleaning.

1. The growth of mold inside the ducts or on the surface of the cooling or heating system. (mold growth can only accurately be determined by professionals)

2. The infestation of insects or any small unwanted pests in the ducts.

3. If they are clogged with a great deal of dust or other debris.

It is important to have a professional take a look at your systems occasionally to make sure everything is clean and working well. Certainly if the above problems are prevalent, it is definitely time to go ahead and schedule a cleaning. Make sure the professionals you hire to clean them are licensed. If they claim that there is mold, have them show it to you and figure out a way to prevent the mold from growing again.

Depending on the amount of cleaning that needs to be done and the type of system that needs to be cleaned, the price for a professional cleaning can start at a few hundred dollars and rise up to a couple thousand dollars.

One way so save the expense of getting a professional air duct cleaning is good maintenance. There are several things you can do to keep your air ducts as clean as possible. Dust and vacuum the house often. Change the filters of the heating or cooling system on a regular basis. You should also keep the ducts nice and dry.

Something to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

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Air Ducts are present in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning) systems to provide airflows that take care of supply and exhaust. Usually referred to as 'ventilation' ducts because they also deliver ventilation as part of supply-exhaust cycle, they are a good way of ensuring optimal comfort in heating and cooling as well as the quality of air.

Ducts can be of the following types:

• Aluminum ducting 
• Fabric ducting 
• Fiberglass ducting 
• Flexible ducting 
• Galvanized steel 
• Polyurethane insulation panels

It is recommended that air ducts are cleaned periodically to remove not only dust and pollutants but also things like children's toys, debris, paper clips, pet hair and any material that can be trapped inside. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air duct cleaning is "probably unnecessary" if occupants of a home do not suffer allergies or illnesses and if a customary inspection reveals no indication that any dust particles are deposited inside. But it cautions that indoor air is up to five times more polluted and unhealthy than outdoor air because the same contaminated air that likely contains bacteria, fungi and mold keeps circulating within the house.

The National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA) estimates that a modest six-room home collects up to 40 pounds of allergens, dirt and dust in the air ducts annually. In statistical terms, that means 40,000 dust mites per ounce of dust correlated to 40 pounds of dust.

When is it necessary?

The timing or period of cleaning can vary from home to home, location to location and the general condition of the equipment.

However, some pointers to initiate a cleaning could be:

• When dusting and sweeping need to be done more often, 
• When there are visible traces of dust around the home, 
• When certain areas of the house seem to get no regular air flow from the ducts, 
• When a musty smell or odor keeps hanging in the air 
• When the occupants of a home experience burning sensation in the eyes, nose and throat, congestion in the nasal passages, constant sneezing, headaches, running nose etc.

Benefits of air duct cleaning

Apart from the most obvious benefits of a clean home and environment free from dust and pollutants, energy savings is a crucial benefit. With regular use, air heating and cooling systems do tend to get dirty; the dust and contaminants make the systems work harder thereby lessening the life of the ducting systems. Energy efficiency studies show that up to 40% of the energy used for indoor heating or air-conditioning is wasted, which is a whopping amount when translated into power and energy bill payments.

Mold Growth and Professional Mold Removal

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Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold growth in your home.

Mold Can Be Sneaky and Prevalent

Mold affects indoor air quality, and, unfortunately, can grow very quickly. In fact, mold can begin to grow in a home with humidity over 60% in under 48 hours. Mold can even grow and thrive in cold spaces, such as a refrigerator, as long as the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit. "Hidden" rot can also secretly grow in fiberglass insulation, and behind wallpaper and drywall. Even though you may not be able to visibly see the rot, it doesn't mean that it's not there and causing damage to your home and your health.

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

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Mold is a naturally occurring organism that manifests itself in a wide variety of environments, specifically those featuring high levels of moisture or humidity. In nature, it is relatively harmless to humans. It's only when humans encounter it up close and personal that danger presents itself.

Mold in the home is a common problem that can lead to short and long-term health complications. If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122..

SERVPRO of Fairfield Donation Sends Vacaville Youths to Halloween Event

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Vacaville ReporterPosted:   10/16/2014 09:48:05 PM PDT Thanks to an undisclosed but sizable donation from SERVPRO of Fairfield, youths from the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club will get to attend a safe Halloween-themed golf tournament at Scandia, in Cordelia, on Oct. 24. The event, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Solano County, formerly known as the Vacaville Optimist Club, and Scandia Family Fun Center. Youths are slated to enjoy "ghoulish nibbles," compete for awards for best costumes and team, and enter a spooktacular raffle contest.
 The contribution came about during a Little Wing Connections Monthly Business Networking Luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott in Fairfield, organizers said. SERVPRO representative Kimi Blaine was inspired to sponsor children to play at the Optimist Club's Miniature Golf Tournament after hearing Anna Eaton, VNBGC executive director, speak. She approached SERVPRO owners, Sherry and Kelly McLean and Tom Swain, and the donation subsequently was made. "Kids are the future," said Sherry McLean. "Not every child has the same opportunities, so when there is a way to help out, it's our place to stand up and fill the gap for them."

Emergency Restoration Services, Reduce Further Damage

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When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Mold Removal Requires Experts

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Couple water puddling or seeping inside a residence with humidity and you have the recipe for mold.
SERVPRO of fairfield has highly trained and certified technicians ready to assist you.
While mold can be an unsightly addition to bathrooms and basements, it also poses health risks. Is mold really something to cause that much concern? Absolutely! Getting that mold removed is vital for the health of you and your family.

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield for mold remediation

If you see signs of mold

Contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

We are always here to help you with any and all of your restoration needs.

Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup Solutions

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If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

The water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration expenses.

* Professional equipment

Water restoration companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers, portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All these equipments will help in removing water and will restore your home or office within hours.

* Technical know how

This is where water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.

Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be. These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your pocket by hiring these professionals.

Making Your Home Fire-Safe

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The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one.

What To Do Now And When The Storm Ends

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If Hurricane Sandy hit your home, you've probably lost something, from a few shingles to the whole shebang. If you've planned well, you can keep your losses as low as possible. And if you haven't planned well, you can take action now to minimize your losses in the next disaster.

The best thing you could have done before Sandy struck was make an inventory of your house and your possessions. There's even an app for that if you still want to do it. Go to the Insurance Information Institute's website (www.iii.org/software) and download its home inventory app. The app lets you enter information on where you bought your possessions and how much they cost. All the information is stored remotely, so even if your iPhone gets swept out to sea, you'll still have a record of what you lost. Make sure you know your insurance policy number -- and, if possible, where a copy of your policy is. If you haven't read your policy, this is a very good time to review it. "Reading a policy isn't exciting, but it's very important," says John Egan, editor of InsuranceQuotes.com.
Most policies will cover wind damage, and they will cover water damage if a tree crashes into your roof. But flood damage typically requires a separate policy. "There are many people who find out the hard way that flooding can cause a lot of damage," Egan says. Most flood insurance policies kick in 30 days after you sign them.

How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Company

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Water damage after a burst pipe, rising river, hurricane, overflow, or similar situation often impacts more than the immediate area and also the home's content which might be in its path. The process of restoring a property to its pre-damaged state is referred to as water damage restoration, which many companies specialize in. Any water damage to a home can be a destructive and stressful time, but having it repaired need not be a difficult process.

Here are of the several steps which might help in searching for the right water damage restoration service:

Use the services of a specialist water damage restoration company: In an unfortunate situation like this, it is important that you are able to hire the services of a company that specializes in treating water damaged properties, whether this might be from internal damage (burst pipes) or external damage (floods, storms, hurricanes). It is often the case that certain carpet cleaning companies might claim to offer a water restoration service, however they are likely to lack the required expertise that you would need for such a significant job of this type.

Make contact with several local companies: In the process of searching for the right contractor to hire it is important to contact two or three different companies to determine the type of services that might be available to you. Even in such a distressful situation like this, it is still important to invest the necessary time to establish whether a company is a good hire or not. If able, get personal referrals from family members or friends who might have been in a similar situation, or go online and search for local companies that have a good number of positive comments next to their business name. Finding the right highly trained staff is imperative to having a property dried and restored to a high standard.

Obtain multiple estimates: after receiving several estimates for the repair work, you can compare each of those are side by side to establish which he is able to offer a high standard of work at a reasonable price. A temptation might be there to opt for the cheapest estimate; however it is important to consider all factors in the decision-making process, as it is important that the company is able to offer a qualified team that is able to get the job done the right way.

Don't delay in getting repairs carried out. If placed in a situation where significant water damage has been caused to property, it is important that the work is carried out as soon as possible. Water damage if left is only likely to worsen, which can lead to damage to the integrity of a structure as well as the development of a mold infestation.

Air Duct Cleaning Benefits

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People clean air ducts to maintain a safe and healthy environment, save money as well as to increase its efficiency and these are considered to be some of the most important benefits of cleaning duct work. This is because the duct, like other items in the house, accumulates lots of dust and other foreign element. This leaves indoor air unclean to cause allergies and other airborne diseases. It is therefore important to clean the duct in order to improve the quality of air indoor.

Cleaning the components of an air duct is vital to keep it performing efficiently. This can result in increased energy saving as well as improve the life span of the air duct. It can also reduce the utility bill by a considerable amount. On the other hand, the home will be uncomfortable if the air duct breaks and it is also expensive to repair it and even more costly to buy a new one.

Another one of the benefits to cleaning air ducts is that it prevents allergies by keeping the air dust free. An air duct is a major collector of dust, pet droppings and other contaminants and these key triggers of allergies and respiratory problems such as asthma. It is particularly important to clean air duct in a house where elderly people and kids live since they are vulnerable to allergies.

Duct cleaning benefits also include fresh air in a home. The home will no longer have a musty smell which is created by mold, dust and dirt. The smell can not come out even if a person tries to use fresheners and candles, and it is therefore important to have the duct cleaned regularly in order to keep the air indoors fresh. This way a person will not feel embarrassed to invite guests into their home for fear of what they are going to say.

There are many companies which provide duct cleaning services. Most of them are run by professionals and they provide quality services. However, one must be careful when choosing duct cleaning services to avoid scams. Choose a company which has been in the market for a long time and one which has a good track record. In addition, make sure the company cleans all components of the duct work to avoid spreading contaminants to clean components.

When a person hires duct work cleaning services, they leave a home cleaner and healthier. Once air is circulated inside the vents of the duct work it will no longer carry dust. The home will smell less dusty. People should learn to enjoy a clean and dust free home with companies offering duct cleaning benefits.

It is important to clean an air duct in order to get rid of dust and other elements which can hamper the performance of the duct work. Besides, an air vent that is cleaned regularly has a long life span and it also operates efficiently to save energy. Other air duct cleaning benefits include saving money, preventing allergies and improving indoors air quality.

Frequently Asked Questions: Water Damage Remediation

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You come home and you find your floor is full of water. You identify the source and stop the leak. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp area and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and will nature take its course. In your mind your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money. Case closed.The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

When Is The Best Time To Have Your Carpets Cleaned By A Professional?

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You won't notice it immediately, but as years pass it becomes obvious that your carpet doesn't appear as bright and fresh as it did the day you had it installed. Over time regular wear and tear, coupled with accidents and various over the counter cleaners, will affect the pile and overall appearance. When standard vacuuming won't do the trick to restore your rugs to their former glory, you may wish to look into the services of a professional cleaner to handle the job.

Is there a right time to have your carpets cleaning with professional, truckmounted water extraction? A licensed cleaner may tell you that there is never a wrong time, but if you need an occasion or situation to encourage you to make that call, there are good reasons to look into this service:

Moving: Whether you rent or own, if you intend to move it's a good idea to have a pro go over your carpets once you have the furniture removed. It may surprise you to discover how much soil and grime is embedded, and how the color in the pile returns after everything is washed and dried. You can practically leave your home as clean as the day you claimed it.

New Baby: If you have added to your family recently, or are expecting a new arrival, you may think about carpet cleaning only after the little one has made a mess or two. Actually, it's a good idea to schedule a cleaning before you bring baby home. A thorough shampoo and extraction helps remove bacteria in your home and disinfect the rooms. For a baby immune to germs, this is a good illness prevention measure.

Renovation: Redecorating? Buying new furniture? Take advantage of the moving to get your carpets cleaned. With the space available, it provides less work for a cleaner to perform, and you can start living anew after a major makeover.

New Pets: If you have welcomed a four-footed companion to your home, it's a good idea to give your carpets not only a good cleaning but protection and sealant. This helps upkeep for your rooms so when accidents happen, they won't damage your carpets too much.

Once a year or every six months, depending on traffic through your home, is a good schedule to keep for cleaning and deodorizing. Because rugs and carpets absorb much of the daily dirt coming into your house, you want to make sure they remain as clean as possible to prevent illness.

Get Your FREE Emergency Ready Profile!

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I want to take the opportunity again to tell all you about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as the ERP you have heard us talk about so much.  This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut off's.  This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.  This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application.   Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.Are you "Ready for whatever happens?" Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
 The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 
 By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalizedEmergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. Call us or email us today to get it started!! Email: Sales@SERVPROoffairfield.com         Contact number: (707) 207-0122

Fire and Water Restoration Services - Summary of Services by a Professional Restoration Company

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Fire and water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. It can be a simple grease fire or an overflowing sink that can cause damage or it can be something more serious such as fire caused by lightning or water damage caused by flooding. Unless the fire or water damage was negligible, it is generally recommended that property owners seek the professional help of a fire and water restoration contractor.

Here is a summary of the typical services that will be offered by a fire and water restoration contractor.

Restoration services for damage caused by fire

  • Smoke and soot removal - Smoke from a fire can linger for a very long time unless it is professionally removed. Fire and water restoration companies will use special deodorizers and ozone to completely remove smoke and its odor. Different materials in the house have different levels of smoke absorption and only an expert restoration company will know how to treat each material.
  • Structural repair - Some homeowners will be surprised to know that a very large part of the building structure can be restored although it might look hopeless to the home owner. A professional fire and water restoration company will help you save a lot of money with restorations instead of destruction and rebuilding which can result in very high expenses.
  • Damage to the floor - Often times, the floor is often the first to be damaged in a fire. A fire and water restoration contractor will be able to tell you if the floor in your house or property is salvageable with restoration work or if it will have to be replaced.

Restoration services for damage caused by water

  • Water damage is the worst type of damage as it can lead to structural weakness, bacterial infections, toxic mold growth and many other problems that are best tackled by a professional restoration company. A fire and water restoration contractor will use various types of equipment such as dehumidifiers, blowers, truck mounted and portable water extraction units, moisture meters and hygrometers in their restoration process. This is definitely not something that can be managed by homeowners who will not have access to this costly and effective equipment.
  • Different materials in the house require different types of drying as they all absorb moisture differently. A a fire and water restoration company will use the right equipment such as a dehumidifier or a blower for different types of materials in an effort to dry the property in the most efficient manner.
  • Water follows the path of least resistance. In other words, it will seep into porous materials as and when it comes in contact with them. A fire and water restoration company will quickly be able to assess the water damage in your house and will advice you on which parts of the house are restorable and which parts cannot be salvaged and will have to replace. This is not common knowledge and you could stand to lose a lot if you didn't know how to prioritize your restoration efforts if you are doing it on your own.


Smoke Damage: Why Should You Use a Professional for Cleanup?

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One of the most important things that you can do after a fire is to act quickly. Because smoke and fire damage can become worse over time, it is paramount that you start the assessment and cleaning process as fast as possible. By doing so, you can avoid much long-term damage and loss of property.

A fire is one of the most catastrophic events that could happen to your home. It strikes when you least expect it, and make your home uninhabitable until you are able to repair and restore the damage that it has done. Fire can leave behind soot and smoke odor, which can do even more damage after the fact, if not properly dealt with. While you may be tempted to begin the restoration process yourself, there are a few things that you consider before making this decision. In most cases, it is more than worth it to employ a professional restoration company to clean up after your fire and smoke damage.

Whenever you are dealing with fire damage, speed is of the utmost importance. Not only do you want to minimize the long-lasting effects that soot and smoke can have on your property and belongings, but you also want to use your home as usual once again. Because of their extensive training and equipment, restoration specialists can return your home to its original state much quicker than you could yourself. To make this decision easier, the cost of restoration is covered by most insurance policies.

Another reason to work with a local restoration specialist is to make sure that you identify and remove all of the smoke and soot that remains in your home after a fire. Because smoke and soot can be very pervasive, the damage that is left behind is not always readily apparent. Restoration companies have the experience, knowledge and equipment to help you find and clean up all of the damage that has been done to your home. This can help recurring odors, and hidden damage from affecting you in the future.

One of the biggest reasons to use a professional company for your fire damage clean up is to save you time. Not only do fires cause total disarray to your home, they can also turn your life upside down. The resulting paperwork, and list of things to do can seem insurmountable. The last thing that you need to worry about is whether or not you are cleaning everything properly. By working with a trained professional, you can rest assured that your home will be cleaned quickly, thoroughly and with the utmost care.

Whether you are dealing with damage from a small fire, or something much larger, the benefits of working with a professional restoration company are numerous. Furthermore, many offer service 24/7, giving you the opportunity to start the process as quickly as you possibly can. The result is a home that is restored to its previous condition quickly, efficiently and as completely as possible.
Jon Balke has worked as a general contractor and restoration specialist for over 15 years, specializing in cleaning and restoring smoke damage in Valencia CA. He has worked with companies such as American Craftsman, one of the top companies in this field.Article Source: http://ezinearticles.com/expert/Jon_Balke/1351295 
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Signs That You May Need SERVPRO of Fairfield

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Mold Remediation Signs That You May Need SERVPRO of Fairfield This photo shows extensive mold growth behind cabinets

Mold is a danger that can appear in just about any home regardless of age,  environment or location. However, mold grows due to moisture trapped in walls, ceilings, and floors. This issue can go unnoticed for days, weeks and in some cases even years.

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

 SERVPRO of Fairfield 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 think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Fire-Water Restoration Companies: Why It Is Important To Hire One?

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Fire-water restoration companies offer highly specialized services to bring your residential or commercial property back to pre-loss condition. Taking care of fire and water damage is a skilled as well as a dangerous job. Don't risk personal safety or the value of your building with a DIY effort or inexperienced services.

Why you need an experienced fire-water damage restoration company? 

  • Gets the repairs done properly: Fire and water damage threatens the structural integrity and the safety of the building. A professional service knows what to look out for and has the necessary training to get the job done correctly. This is crucial to restoring the look, safety and value of your property.
  • Helps avoid future remediation expenses: You might think your fire or water damage is minimal and doesn't warrant professional restoration-only to discover hidden problems and be faced with huge remediation expenses in the future. It will cost you even more to have everything redone. Getting an expert service provides peace of mind and protects your investment.
  • Has the right training, experience and safety equipment:This is absolutely essential to the fire or water restoration process. One of the more important chemicals used in cleaning smoke damage is trisodium phosphate - TSP, an extremely powerful and harsh compound that can irritate the skin and eyes severely. Professionals have the training and equipment to get the work done without compromising the health and safety of their customers or staff. In the case of water damage, there is always a risk of mold, another health hazard. Unnecessary exposure can make you seriously ill while inexperienced handling will only cause it to spread. Can you really afford to take that chance?
  • Can deal with your insurance company directly: Fire and water damage is often covered by your insurance. The insurance providers, however, require that you work with approved fire-water restoration companies in order to process your claims. The benefits of working with such a service far outweigh the costs. Being experienced in insurance procedures also means they can save you the stress of navigating the complex claim process as well as help expedite your claims. Industry recognition also offers some assurance of work quality and money well spent.


Look for certified fire and/or water restoration companies in the event of a disaster. It means they have the necessary credentials to do the work. Recognized companies are also less likely to risk their reputation with bad service. They will use the right techniques and equipment to restore a clean home or office. Most also offer a free written estimate. It is important to document the scope and cost of your project. This will avoid any hidden charges and nasty surprises when the bill arrives. Try and select a contractor one that offers 100% satisfaction on every job for total peace of mind.

Fire or water damage repair doesn't have to be a traumatic experience. An established fire and water restoration company has the expertise to get it done quickly, smoothly and to your absolute satisfaction. Don't settle for anything less.

Main Causes of Home Water Damage

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Insurance companies report that approximately 93 percent of water damage claims last year could have been prevented by simple home maintenance or the use of a standard shut-off system or leak detection system. With most flood damage claims costing an average of $5,000 in repairs, it's extremely beneficial for homeowners to understand and easily identify possible threats that might lead to water damage.

Rain

According to insurance companies, rain damage makes up for 8 percent of all water damage claims. Even small amounts of rain, over time, can wear down at your home and cause eventual damage to your home's foundation or interior. Extreme weather conditions such as floods can also cause major damage to homes, especially without the proper protection. Flood damages lead to especially dangerous amounts of standing water, which can house harmful bacteria and pathogens that often lead to illness.

Plumbing Incidents

Many plumbing problems such as burst pipes and pipe leaks occur within walls and can be very difficult to detect. Left undetected for long periods of time, these plumbing problems can cause severe water damage. Leaky and burst pipes are the most common culprits of flood damage, often resulting from backed up drains and toilets. Experts suggest regular inspections of your pipes in order to catch potential problems and make necessary repairs before any real damage occurs.

Household Appliances

Older and malfunctioning appliances can wreak havoc on a home's internal water systems. Weak hoses and rusted or cracked pipes can lead to future leaks and water accumulation. Homes most frequently experience damage from damaged or aged washing machines and hot water tanks; however, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters can also become more and more susceptible to damage over time. Fixing or replacing older models can prevent future leaks and water damage.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation Systems

Most homeowners don't realize that their heating and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. Without proper attention, these units can see severe moisture buildups which can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew deposits. To prevent these issues, schedule regular maintenance with a professional to catch possible damage. Replacing old fixtures may be necessary in the long run to prevent moisture buildups and, ultimately, water damage.

How to Prevent Water Damage

While some water disasters occur as a result of unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances, most H2O damage can be prevented through regular home inspections and the periodic maintenance of household products. Homeowners can also install a shut-off system or leak detection system to catch leaks and shut off your water main automatically in the case of a hazardous leak. Investments in smaller repairs and other preventative measures can end up saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the long run.

Types and Classes of Water Damage

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Water damage comes in many shapes and forms, and can leave lasting damage to not only your property but your health as well, if not dealt with correctly. One of the first steps to relieving your property of potential water damage is to determine what kind of water damage you are dealing with. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) there are three types of water damage, which they outline in their Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (the S500). Water damage is categorized by its source, length of time in the structure, history of the structure, and other impactful factors like chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, animal feces, fuel, detergents, rat poison, etc.

Category 1 

The first type of water damage they outline is Category 1, which includes burst water pipes, leaking appliances, and small amounts of rainwater. The defining characteristic of Category 1 water is that it is clean at the source, and therefore does not pose a hazard if consumed by people. Category 1 water requires much less equipment and time to remedy.

Types of Category 1 water damage include, but are not limited to burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, falling rainwater, melting snow or ice, broken toilet tanks, or toilet bowl over flow that does not contain any contaminants. While this type of water damage is not necessarily hazardous, if it is not dealt with it could turn to category 2 within 24 hours. That time period could be sped up if the right conditions for microorganism growth are present such as stagnant air, humidity, and moderate temperatures (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Category 2 

Category 2 water damage, or gray water, is characterized by beginning with some amount of contamination at the source, or Category 1 water that has been neglected as mentioned before. This type of water damage is moderately dangerous, and could cause some degree of sickness or discomfort for people or animals if exposed.

The most common types of Category 2 water damage are discharge from washing machines or dishwashers, toilet flow overflow with urine but no feces, sump pump back-up, hydrostatic pressure seepage, washing machine overflow, broken aquariums, and puncture water beds. These instances of water damage may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants, and other forms of contamination that are hazardous to human health. Health effects are as follows: allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (lung tissue inflammation), burning eyes, skin irritation, inflammatory response, nausea, headache, and fever. Again, time and conducive temperatures allow for deterioration to a Category 3 within 48 hours.

Category 3 

The final and most dangerous type of water damage is Category 3, or black water. Black water is highly contaminated, contains pathogens, and can cause serious illness or even death in extreme conditions. Any person with a weak immune system, respiratory illness, allergies, or young children should remain away from the structure for the duration of the infection and clean-up.

Examples of this type of damage include sewage, ground surface water intrusion, toilet backflow from beyond the trap, and flooding sweater/rivers/streams that have entered the premises. Flooding water brings in silt and other organic matter, that may already have bacteria growing in it, and resting stagnant in your home will only provide a more suitable environment in which microorganisms can grow. Negative health effects from black water are numerous, and include bacterial infections from E. coli, salmonella, and shigella, soil organisms like Streptomyces, saccharopolyspora, thermonospora, viruses like rotavirus, hepatitis, and echovirus, and even parasites such as giardia, cryptosporidium, and others. In any situation, black water is very serious and needs to be dealt with immediately.

Besides categories of water damage, there are also 4 classes per the IICRC. Water damage is divided into class based on the rate of evaporation required. Often the type of material that has been affected is the determining factor.

Class 1 

The water loss has been limited to only a partial room area, and the materials effected are of low porosity (water is retained on the surface). There is little or no wet carpet or cushion.

Class 2 

The entire room is affected, as well as the carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up the walls 1-2 feet. Moisture remains in the structure of the building.

Class 3 

The slowest evaporation rate and water may have come from above. Ceilings, walls, carpet, cushion, and sub-floor is all saturated, and will require ample time to dry.

Class 4 

Class 4 comprises wet materials with low porosity or permeation such as hardwood, concrete, stone, brick, or plaster. Water has formed deep pockets of saturation and will require special equipment that creates an environment of very low humidity.

As you can see, water damage is a very serious matter. If not dealt with immediately, the negative health effects are numerous. If your home or other property has been affected by any type of water mentioned or not mentioned above, I recommend calling a professional restoration company ASAP. They will know exactly what to do.

Water Damage The Cleanup And Repair Procedure

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Water damage can be quite disastrous as it can cause extreme damage to the building. During a flood many unwanted things can come into your home like sewage, debris, chemicals, mud and other types of contaminants. All these unwanted materials are dropped and left behind as the water recedes.

Even if the water damaged is caused from a source of clean water like bathtub overflow, an unattended faucet or a refrigerator water line break, the water mixes with the dirt and other substances on the floor and carpets of your home.

Shorted-out electrical systems, ruined carpets and soggy drywall are common after-effects of water damage, making the matter even worse. If the cleaning work is not done in a proper and swift manner, then the mold will likely sprout and cause more damage to your home.

Whatever the cause of the flood, you must ensure that the affected area is quarantined as soon as possible.

Safety Should Be Priority

Where there is water damage the safety of your family should be given high priority. Ensure that all the main power switches are turned off and are not in contact with the water. It's recommended that you should leave affected until the water is removed completely.

Stop the Water Flow

Once you are sure that the area is safe to enter again it's important that you stop the flow of the water. If the water is still flowing then of course any cleanup effort will go waste. You should shut down the water mains if the water damage occurred due to a mishap while plumbing.

If nature and weather conditions are the reason for the water damage then you will have no choice but wait for the conditions to improve. Damage can be minimized by doing emergency, quick repairs. Wherever it is possible try to limit the amount of water coming inside your house. You can use buckets, tarps, storm shutters, sandbags and other tools to limit the water flow.

Cleaning and Drying

Mopping and drying your home is very important. The sooner it's done, the better. If neglected, the water will soak into the carpets, walls and floors making it an ideal environment for mold to flourish. It's advisable that you use proper protective clothing like gloves and a breathing mask. This should be done to avoid spreading disease due water contaminated with sewage or chemicals.

Depending on the level of damage caused, you may need to remove the carpets or furniture. For insurance purposes be sure to list any goods you have to dispose of. You must clean all items in your home that have come into contact with water. Electronics devices might not work properly again so it's better if you replace them.

It is recommended that you hire professionals who are expert in handling all types of water damage. The professionals will use various tools and techniques to clean your house in the right way. If you are searching for professional expert in handling water damage repair.

Fire Damage and Odor Control for Your Home

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When a fire happens in your home, the results can be devastating. Whether your kitchen blaze began due to a cooking mishap or because a candle overturned and devoured your living room in smoke and fire damage, the results left behind can be a true disaster. Learn how you can get the affected areas of your home back to original condition so you can return to living comfortably and productively.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners or rental insurance company should be able to help you find a specialist who can take care of the fire damage in your home. This specialist will likely want to enter your dwelling to take pictures of all the spaces that have been affected. You will want to take inventory of the items that have been burned, such as your curtains, stove, counters, furniture, and flooring. This way, your agent can reimburse you for the things that will need to be replaced. Contact your insurance company immediately so they can help you find reputable experts who can get your house back to its original level of comfort.

Professional Cleaning

When you hire a company to restore your residence after fire damage, they will want to assess how badly burned your living space is before they get to work. They need to know how many people will be required to complete the job and what tools they will need to get rid of odors and reconstruct your dwelling. These experts use special air-cleansing filters and chemical supplies to remove all odors in the air that affect your living space. They also take out all destroyed wood, cabinetry, and other construction and replace them with new parts so your home looks new again. When they are finished, your residence should look as if it had never been disturbed.

Preparing for Restoration

You and your family will need to find another location to live while the destroyed areas of your residence are being cleaned. Specialists may need a few days to repair any fire damage, especially if large areas have been consumed in flames. Prepare to evacuate your home by packing several bags of clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. Your homeowners or rental insurance company can help you find temporary lodging in a hotel so your family can live comfortably while you wait for your house to be cleaned. Be aware that there is no set time for when you will be able to move back in, so pack enough of your belongings to stay away for several weeks, as you likely won't be able to enter your premises until the specialists have finished in your home.

When you've been affected by fire damage in your residence, there are many professional companies that can help make things right again. Trust experts to help get rid of odors and put your place back in order so you can live comfortably again. With the right care, you should be back in your dwelling in just a few days or weeks.

Reasons It Is Important To Hire Fire Damage Services To Get Your Home Back To Normal

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A fire in your home can happen at any time. Most people are unprepared for it, just like they are unprepared for dealing with the cleanup after the fire occurs. That is why it is vital for you to understand why it is a smart idea to hire fire damage services to help get it done correctly.

There are many reasons why it is imperative to call in the professionals. Knowing the reasons will help you see why you need help right away.

Below are the reasons that you have to be aware of.

One: Other unforeseen damages - Fire is only one of the things that can create damage to your home. Soot and smoke are also problems, along with damage from the water that put out the fire.

With the unforeseen damages in your home, it will no longer be safe for your family to live in.

Two: Smoke and soot - Soot can cover a lot of things in your home like your draperies and carpets. Getting rid of soot is not easy to do and without the right equipment and knowledge, it can be almost impossible.

Smoke has a bad tendency to linger for years if you don't realize it is there. There are many places that smoke can get into besides the obvious like your carpet and furniture. It can also be in your walls or air ducts. This makes the air in your home unsafe to breathe, especially for children.

Hiring a professional means that all of the soot and smoke will be safely removed from your home so you won't have to deal with other problems caused in the future by the fire and things left behind that you were not aware of.

Three: Right equipment - In order to cleanup correctly after a fire, you have to have the right equipment. Many people will not have this equipment handy. This means you would have to spend money to buy it or rent it is possible.

Hiring a cleanup service will allow you to save time and money in learning how to do it yourself. The professionals have all of the equipment needed to get the job done correctly from the start.

Four: Structural damage - There are many times that a fire or the water damage from putting it out can cause structural damage. This can lead to big problems in the future if it is not take care of immediately.

Knowing these reasons will let you see why you should hire fire damage services to help you get your home back to normal and why you need to do it immediately. Don't delay because the sooner the cleanup gets started, the less damage repair will need to be done.

What to Expect From a Mold Remediation Company

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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.

Hire a Mold Remediation Company to Make Your Home Safe to Live In

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Mold Remediation Hire a Mold Remediation Company to Make Your Home Safe to Live In A Fairfield mold damage

SERVPRO of Fairfield and their highly trained technicians are more than qualified to handle any size mold problem

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of your property and maintain it so that it remains safe and attractive to anyone who enters and sees it. While you may work hard to keep things from happening that would affect the safety of your property, there are some things that can occur without you initially knowing about it. Mold is absolutely one of those things an unchecked water leak can become a mold issue quicker than most people think

If you think that you have mold or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fairfield and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

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SERVPRO of Fairfield 24 hour emergency service

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Water Damage SERVPRO of Fairfield 24 hour emergency service SERVPRO of Fairfield is ready to make this "Like it never even happened"

SERVPRO of Fairfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with a 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 us today 707-207-0122

Water damage is a fairly common subject and often not taken as seriously as it should be. Water damage can start as small as a pipe leak or be as big as a flood, either way, the damages needs to be taken care of quickly and by a professional. If the proper precautions are not taken and repairs are not made within 24-48 hours, the damage can affect both your home and your health.

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Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home - Why You Should Use The Services Of A Fire Restoration Company

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If you are reading this article, your home might have been the unfortunate victim of a fire in the area. When people suffer a fire in their home, they are often hard pressed when it comes to finances and avoid using the services of a professional fire restoration company. This approach can however prove to be a costly mistake as a professional fire damage and smoke damage company will be able to save you a lot of money although they might seem like a very large unwanted expense at the beginning.

To fully understand the importance of letting professionals do the job of smoke damage cleanup or fire damage cleanup, you must first understand the various intricacies related to a fire.

Every fire is different in the sense that every house uses a different design and a different mix of construction materials which can all burn very differently. To start with, you have to understand that smoke damage can be very high even if the fire was small and contained to a very small space. This is because smoke can be absorbed by various porous construction materials such as wood, carpets, walls, ceilings and so on. There are many different types of smokes that can result out of a fire. For example, there is wet smoke, dry smoke, protein smoke and fuel oil smoke. Each type will need to be cleaned in a very different way. Smoke damage will also go hand in hand with soot damage. Soot will need to be cleaned thoroughly and materials will have to be treated with special chemicals and ozone treatments to get rid of the smoke odor which can linger for months after a fire if they are not treated.

A professional fire restoration company will usually work around the clock which means that you can call them at any time of the day to get started with your restoration work. It is very important to start early as they will be able to treat your home for smoke damage. If not treated early, the smoke can be absorbed by various parts of your house and the cleanup process will become much more drawn out when the smoke has been left unchecked for a while. Fire damage experts will also quickly be able to give you an estimate about what materials in the house can be restored and what is beyond any form of repair. They will be able to treat certain damaged materials such as scorched furniture in such a way that it can be used without having to be discarded.

Often times, fire restoration companies will also take a considerable amount of effort in cleaning up the mess left by the extinguisher which was used to put out the fire. It might be water in some cases or it could be a foam extinguisher. Regardless of the type, it will have to be cleaned up as foam can damage materials such as carpets, walls, ceilings while water can also have a very damaging effect by allowing the growth of mold.

A professional fire restoration company will also be able to assist you with those complicated insurance forms that you will have to fill out with the insurance company.

Hire a Professional Fire Damage Cleanup to Restore Your Home

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After your house, or a part of it, has been razed and damaged by fire, cleaning and restoring it back to its former glory will be your main concern. However, most homeowners find the task extremely time-consuming, stressful, and dangerous that they would rather hire a professional fire damage cleanup expert to do the job instead.

Repairing and restoring your home back to a habitable state depends on the extent of the damage to your home. Some homes only need a few days of work while severe structural damages take several months to accomplish. With the help of a team of experienced professionals, repairing a fire damaged home is always easier.

Don't be Tempted to do it Yourself, Hire an Expert

You might be tempted by the idea of cleaning the fire damage in your home by yourself. However, doing so can worsen the fire and water damage and even threaten your health. When determining the best way to deal with cleaning fire damage in homes, it can be helpful to know some of the best options available to you.

Perhaps the best thing that you could do after a house fire is to enlist the service of a professional restoration company. Since they are expert in this kind of work, they could surely take good care of your home's cleanup, repair, and restoration in no time.

Choose expert cleanup professional

When hiring for fire cleanup damage, be sure to hire a team who holds impeccable reputation and shows pertinent license, experience, skills, and equipment that will help them perform their task and restore your home back to its former glory.

The SOP after fire damage is to conduct a fire damage assessment to find out the extent of the damage and to plan out the necessary steps to be taken for a successful cleanup. Most of the time fire cleanup professionals begin by taking away the excess moisture as soon as detected. Failure in this aspect will make your home susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew, which in turn makes it a breeding ground for diseases that could harm the health of your family.

Stop Fire Damage from Destroying your Home

Though you can't prevent fire from razing your home, the good thing is you could stop fire damage from further eating up your house with the help of a professional restoration company. Now, restoring your home from fire damage should no longer be a serious cause of concern since there's a team of professionals that are willingly offering their hands for your home's benefit. This does not only unburden you from the heavy responsibility of cleaning, disinfecting, and repairing your home. It also saves you time and money in the long run, especially if your homeowner's insurance is generous enough to cover the cost for you.

Duct cleaning

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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.

"Who should clean my ducts?"

Only trust a professional duct cleaning service. These experts have the knowledge and specialized equipment to effectively remove all of the dust and debris from your ductwork without damaging it or dispersing the pollutants throughout your house. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using only National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) certified specialists. NACDA certified professionals are trained, skilled experts with a thorough knowledge of industry standards, proper ductwork cleaning procedures, and environmental concerns.

"Will duct cleaning damage my furnace or air conditioner?"

No: duct cleaners use specialized tools and techniques to remove accumulated dust without harming any component of your HVAC system. In fact, your furnace and air conditioner will actually work better after a cleaning: airflow will be improved, so your heating and cooling system can run more efficiently.

"My home is new, so I don't need a duct cleaning, right?"

Wrong! Construction is a messy process, and frequently debris and drywall dust get into your ductwork. This blocks airflow, traps even more dust, and can contribute to mold growth. A thorough cleaning will remove any obstructions, as well as the accumulated dust, to get your ducts into great shape!

"Will my house be less dusty after my ductwork cleaning?"

You bet! Because your heating and cooling system circulates dust from your ductwork throughout your home, eliminating that dust means your whole house will be cleaner.

"Since my new furnace clean, I don't need a duct cleaning, right?"

Wrong. Even though your new furnace is clean, there is still dust in your ducts. And, because the fan on your new furnace is probably more powerful than the old one, all that dust and dirt is going to be blown straight into your rooms! Most HVAC cleaning specialists recommend a complete ductwork cleaning in tandem with any new furnace or air conditioner installation.

"Will duct cleaning help my allergies?"

Most likely. The accumulation inside your ducts includes pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens as well as dirt. Removing this debris should greatly decrease the concentration of allergens in the air and reduce your allergy symptoms.

If you have any additional questions about ductwork cleaning or need to schedule a cleaning for your ductwork, contact your local air duct cleaning service. They'll be able to provide additional information and superior cleaning!

Why should we use a water specialist?

12/28/2015 (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.

Fairfield Water Damage

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fairfield Water Damage Caution: Wet Floors

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. 


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