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

4/17/2019 (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.

SERVPRO of Fairfield 24 hour emergency service

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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.

Water Damage The Cleanup And Repair Procedure

3/8/2019 (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.

Types and Classes of Water Damage

3/8/2019 (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.

Main Causes of Home Water Damage

3/8/2019 (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.

Surprise!!

2/1/2019 (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. 

Who to Call???

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Damage

2/1/2019 (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 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

Water Damage in Older Homes

2/1/2019 (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

Top 5 Water Damage Dangers

2/1/2019 (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.

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.

Water Damage-How to Respond

1/2/2019 (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."

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.

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

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Commercial water damage

2/9/2018 (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 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

Water Damage in older homes

2/9/2018 (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

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???

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

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."

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

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

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

2/8/2017 (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. 

What to do

2/8/2017 (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.

Who to call

2/8/2017 (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

Call SERVPRO Of Fairfield 707-207-0122

Older homes and water damage

12/1/2016 (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

Water Damage

9/15/2016 (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. 

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

1/18/2016 (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.


Main Causes of Home Water Damage

1/18/2016 (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 and Classes of Water Damage

1/18/2016 (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

1/18/2016 (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.