Staying Safe in the Summer
Each summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun.
According to the United States Fire administration, just under 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal/wood burning and propane grill fires, annually. A barbecue grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping off the grill.
If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.
Summertime should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will help keep you safe all summer long.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluid designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
- Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.
- When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and setup camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
- Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
- Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
Sump Pump Failure & Homeowner's Insurance
We recently talked about sump pumps; how they work and why they’re important. Now imagine the potential damage to your home should your sump pump stop working for any reason; whether it be due to a power failure during a spring storm, or the simple mechanical failure of the pump itself. Without a functioning pump to pump the water out of your sump crock, and up out of your home, the crock will overflow into your basement, soaking your carpet and drywall if your basement is finished, and possibly destroying furniture, important documents and anything else you may have stored in your basement. And depending upon things like the water table and soil conditions in your area, the elevation of your home, and the amount of time the pump is out of order, the amount of water can be significant, causing havoc even in an unfinished basement.
Many people may assume that their homeowner’s insurance will cover this type of damage. But did you know that in most cases, a standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not provide coverage for water damage caused by sump pump failure. However, this type of coverage can be very affordable and can easily be added on to your standard homeowner’s policy in the form of what’s called an endorsement. When this type of endorsement is active, it provides for coverage of property damage caused by water that has managed to back up and into your home from pipes, sewer systems, drains, sump pumps, water-service, or any additional system that transfers fluids to and from your home. Now is a perfect time of the year to check with your insurance agent to see if you have this important coverage.
What's Up With Your Laundry?
Most of us pride ourselves on being incredibly talented multi-taskers, going through life, and getting stuff done. That’s great and all, but there comes a time where it’s actually dangerous to multi-task. For instance, laundry is not something you want to do while you’re away from home because two major disasters can happen the minute you leave your home.
Water Loss Potential
The first one being a water loss when your washing machine’s water line breaks or starts leaking. Another possibility is the hose hooked up to your washer can actually become detached due to the shaking and shifting of the machine. Wouldn’t that be a fun surprise to come home and see your entire laundry room floor is covered in water? Actually, no. It’s not fun. We would know.
Fire Loss Potential
The second major disaster that is likely to occur is a fire sparking from the clogged lint in your dryer vent. With fires being so unpredictable, we strongly advise you do not hit the start button before you run some errands in town. An extra precaution we advise is cleaning out your lint trap before and after each use, and on a yearly basis, clean out the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
We know it’s tempting to get two things done at once, but this is one task that needs more of your attention and presence.
Restore Your Business After A Water Loss
Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. 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 any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.
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. SERVPRO understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need.
SERVPRO can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan).
Call us today: 925-856-8180
3 Cooking Tips to Reduce Fire Hazards
It is not difficult to prevent kitchen fires, but awareness and attention are necessary. Here are three fire damage prevention tips to avoid a kitchen fire.
- Organize the Kitchen
A kitchen should be organized with basic fire safety in mind. Avoid storing cooking utensils, oven mitts, or pot holders anywhere near the stove. It is also a good idea not to hang curtains or leave towels or other combustible textiles close to heating elements.
- Monitor Cooking Food
A key safety tip is to remain in the kitchen to monitor food while it is cooking. This will ensure that you see and smell smoke and can suppress a fire as soon as it starts. If you do need to leave the room, set a timer that will remind you to check on food and prevent it from getting burned or starting a fire.
- Use Grease Safely
Grease fires are very hot and can cause extensive damage in a kitchen. Heat any cooking oil or grease slowly to a safe temperature and exercise caution when adding food. Remove as much moisture from food as possible before cooking in fat, and never cook frozen food in hot grease. Keep a Class K extinguisher between the kitchen and the nearest exit. Baking soda and salt can cause a chemical reaction that can put out grease fires, or you may be able to smother a fire with a cookie sheet or metal pot lid.
These tips can significantly reduce the risk that a grease fire will start in the kitchen of your home in Danville, CA. If a fire does break out, do everything you can to suppress it without compromising your safety. You may definitely want to call firefighters to ensure that the fire is extinguished and poses no further danger. A residential fire damage mitigation and restoration service can fix any damage to you home. Call SERVPRO of Danville at 925-856-8180.
Mold In Your Commercial Building
Mold is one of those things that you do not give too much thought to in life except for when for some reason, an area of your commercial building starts to smell a little musty or you notice the tell-tale dark patch on your drywall. The truth about mold is that it is everywhere. Like dust or pollen, mold spores are just a part of our natural biosphere and they actually do serve a useful purpose. Mold is nature's great decomposer and is valuable in recycling any organic waste.
Whether you like it or not, your commercial property is currently filled with microscopic mold spores. It doesn't pose any problem until the day that the mold spores are introduced to a little bit of moisture. With just a little introduction to moisture, that mold spore can grow into a colony. That is when you might start to notice a musty odor or start to see the dark shadows. First things first, you need to contact a plumber to find the source of the water. Cleaning the mold without fixing the leak will just lead to more mold.
SERVPRO Rises To All Occasions
SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water/Storm Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial reconstruction
- Mold Remediation
Which Phone Should You Use In An Emergency - Landline or Cell Phone?
In the event of an emergency, most people know that they should call 911. This patches us through to our local emergency responders who are dispatched to a specific location. But with the introduction of cell phones into our daily lives in the 1980’s, a crinkle was added to the 911 dispatch system.
Previously, all 911 calls coming from cell phones were automatically routed to the California Highway Patrol 911 dispatch centers, which overloaded the call centers and slowed down responses to potential victims. Now cell phones use either GPS or cell tower triangulation so that a dispatch center can be identified and the call is routed to the proper location.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) does have jurisdiction over state freeways and handles emergency calls on these roadways. So some cell calls made from city streets that are near a freeway will be routed to the CHP.
One way to ensure that a 911 operator can pinpoint your location is to use your landline to make a 911 call whenever possible. A landline is plugged into a specific address, so an Emergency Response Team will know exactly where to respond.
However, if you find yourself in an emergency situation and you only have your cell phone, use it to call 911. Your call will be routed to an emergency response team who will send help to your location no matter how you place your call.
Remember, don't delay calling 911 in the event of an emergency. The professionals who are answering the phone will find you help whether you are calling on a landline or a cell phone. Reach out, call and stay safe.
SERVPRO Can Provide So Many Services
SERVPRO is on call and available 24 hours day/7 days a week to respond to your emergency. We specialize in fire and water restoration services along with mold remediation, but we also provide so many other services. Here are just a few of the services we can provide:
- Odor Removal
- Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup
- Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
- Biohazard Cleanup
- COVID Cleaning
- Commercial Cleaning Services
- Board-Up Services
SERVPRO works closely with many large and small insurance companies, property management companies, and government entities. We also have experience working in:
- Small Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Call Us Today!
SERVPRO is on call 24-hours a day to respond to residential and commercial property damage emergencies. Our highly trained technicians have the experience and equipment to mitigate property damage. Call us today at 707-724-8977. We’ll restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Protecting Your Commercial Building From Water Leaks
Undetected water leaks can cause a great amount of damage, especially if they continue for an extended period of time. Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.
- Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building. In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
- Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate.
- Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
- Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak.
If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO