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Storm Prevention For Floods

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

In the Occurrence of a Flood:

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

The Don'ts:

  1. Do not leave wet fabrics in place, Hang furs and leather goods.
  2. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  3. Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water.
  4. Do not use the television or other household appliances.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

If you experience damage to your home after flood, call SERVPRO of Danville at 925-856-8180. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doesn’t matter if the damage you see is big or small.

Earthquake Prevention with Storm Damage

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Earthquake is the shaking of the Earth’s surface resulting from the sudden release of energy in the lithosphere that creates seismic waves. It  range in size from  weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced and cause tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and volcanic activity.

Things to Do Before an Earthquake

  1. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  2. Learn first aid.
  3. Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  4. Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  5. Don't leave heavy objects on shelves (they'll fall during a quake).
  6. Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
  7. Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

Things to Do During an Earthquake

  1. Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
  2. If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  3. If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
  4. Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix.
  5. If you're in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
  6. Don't use elevators (they'll probably get stuck anyway).

Things to Do After an Earthquake

  1. Check yourself and others for injuries.
  2. Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. Turn on the radio. Don't use the phone unless it's an emergency.
  3. Stay out of damaged buildings.
  4. Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
  5. Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you).
  6. Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  7. Stay away from damaged areas.
  8. If you're at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  9. Expect aftershocks.

It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself, wherever you are, when the earth begins to shake.

Priority Is Guests

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself, wherever you are, when the earth begins to shake.

When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head, a fire, a traumatic event, or a natural disaster, our team will coordinate with your management and maintenance staff to prioritize spaces, isolate the damage, and restore the area to your complete satisfaction, while minimizing the inconvenience to you and your guests. 

Types of Facilities:

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers
  • Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Entertainment Venues

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility. 

From small entertainment venues to large convention centers and everything in between, we work quickly to assess your restoration needs and work with your staff to prioritize spaces so that basic operating functions can continue normally, and your guests can enjoy your services with minimal impact.

Our Experience Includes:

  • Facilities Cleaning and Restoration
  • Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup
  • Biohazard
  • Odor Removal
  • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
  • Mold Removal
  • Vandalism Cleanup
  • Document and Records Recovery
  • Total Project Management

Fire In The Workplace

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Fire prevention in the workplace is a serious matter, and not just because your livelihood is on the line. A fire can put your business at risk, but it can also do the same for the lives of you and your coworkers. Luckily, there are some basic steps you can take to ensure workplace fire safety for everyone who helps keep your business running. Check out the following seven expert tips to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your business and coworkers safe.

  1. Create a fire prevention plan. Take the time to create a plan for workplace fire safety. Create guidelines for employees, make a calendar with inspection dates and important maintenance, and share it with everyone at your business.
  2. Set a smoke policy. Smoking but it also introduces potential fire hazards. Consider the following as you create a safety-minded workplace smoking policy:
    • Designate smoking and non-smoking areas.
    • Have ashtrays available and make sure people use them.
    • Keep ashtrays clean of other material and away from flammable items.
    • Clean all ashtrays regularly.
  3. Place and check fire extinguishers. Like sprinklers, fire extinguishers can sometimes prevent a minor fire from turning into a major disaster. Buy enough fire extinguishers as appropriate for the size of your building, and make sure they’ll be accessible when it matters. That means no junk or equipment making them hard to reach. Putting them under cabinets or on high shelves won’t do much good when a room is full of smoke, either.
  4. Check for hazards. Make time on a regular basis to inspect equipment, areas where chemicals are stored and other identified high-risk areas. Perform maintenance on electrical equipment as soon as problems are spotted. Fires are often preventable, and the last thing you want is for your business to be destroyed by a fire that could have been averted through proactive maintenance.

Cigarette Prevention In The Home Is Important

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Though there are various reasons residential fires occur, cigarettes are one of the most common causes of home fires in Danville, CA.

Keep Ashtrays Outside

Properly extinguishing and disposing of cigarettes is often a helpful way to prevent a fire. Though many people keep ashtrays in their home, it can be wise to place your ashtray outside of your home if you want to decrease the chance of a fire occurring. If a cigarette isn’t properly extinguished, an ashtray fire can easily start in your home, especially if the ashtray is near flammable materials. Keeping an ashtray outside and away from flammable objects can be a useful way to keep your home safe.

Don’t Smoke When Sleepy

In order to reduce the likelihood of a cigarette fire in your home, it’s usually best not to smoke when you are tired. Many fires from cigarettes occur when a person is smoking on a sofa or bed and then they fall asleep. When asleep, it’s easy to drop a lit cigarette without noticing, and if the cigarette remains lit, mattresses, cushions, and other materials can quickly catch fire. Avoiding smoking when you’re tired is an easy way to decrease the chance of a home fire.

Smoke Outside

When a person smokes inside a home, a fire is often more like to occur. With so many flammable items in homes, setting a lit cigarette down momentarily can result in a fire. Homeowners whose homes have been damaged by fires may find it helpful to contact fire restoration experts. However, smoking outside of your house can help to prevent a home fire, eliminating the need for restoration and fire cleanup.

Instead of restoring your home after a fire, it’s generally easier and less time-consuming to take precautions to prevent a cigarette fire. Keeping ashtrays outside, not smoking when tired and only smoking outside are helpful ways to prevent a cigarette from causing a fire in your home.

Losses

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Danville has the capability to provide water mitigation, mold restoration and fire restoration for your commercial building quickly and efficiently? Our SERVPRO franchise has approximately 20 employees that will mobilize quickly when you need our services.

Should your commercial building experience a large loss, we can quickly activate more SERVPRO trained teammates from other SERVPRO franchises to help us get your building back in order so that you don’t lose revenue. SERVPRO has mobilization teams that travel across the country as needed to support recovery after large storm or disaster events. These teams are familiar with handling the work that goes into a large loss project and are trained to work as efficiently as possible. In the 24 years our franchise has been in business we have brought the mobilization teams in to help a handful of times. Each time, we have had successful outcomes.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We are dedicated to providing detailed and consistent communication to make our customers aware of job status and progress toward completion.

If you’re dealing with a large commercial loss call us today at (925) 856-8180. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Preventing Water Damage

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Rain is very important for the natural environment but it can become a problem if it gets into your home.  One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is rain and it can get into your home in so many ways including leaks or seepage in the foundation, poorly sealed windows, and openings in the roof or siding.  Excessive rainfall can lead to considerable damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.  It is very important for every homeowner to be aware of how rain can lead to water damage in their homes and what they can do to prevent it.

Most of the time, rain is harmless to homes and buildings but when it does find its way in, it can lead to a range of problems.  Rain water can spread within a home by getting absorbed into porous building materials and if the problem is not dealt with right away, the damage can become extensive.  The following are some of the ways rain can cause damage in your home:

  • Seepage: Rain commonly enters homes by seeping through cracks in the foundation. This is much more likely to happen if the gutters are not draining properly and rain water gathers near the sides of the house.  Too much seepage can begin to ruin the foundation.
  • Roof Leaks:If there is any damage to the roof, rain water can leak into the attic or upper floors and cause structural damage to the walls and ceilings.
  • Flooding:Excessive rain can lead to flooding in your home which causes extensive damage and brings in microorganisms that can be harmful to your health.
  • Mold:Rainy or wet conditions contribute to mold growth because mold needs moisture to thrive. Mold not only causes serious property damage, but also threatens your health.

Steps for Preventing Water Damage from Rain

You can help prevent water damage from the rain in your home by taking the following actions:

  • Check for Proper Drainage: Effective drainage is important for making sure the rainwater drains away from your home. Inspect your roof for structural or surface damage that could affect its drainage ability.  Any hole in the roof must be addressed immediately to avoid leaks.  Your gutters must also be cleaned and clear of debris so the rain water can flow through them and the downspouts should be pointed away from the house.  It helps if the yard is sloped away from your home.
  • Install and Routinely Check Sump Pump:Sump pumps are very effective for keeping excess rainwater out of your home and draining it away from the foundation. Make sure to check your sump pump often and even have a professional inspect it once a year for any issues.  A sump pump malfunction could leave your home vulnerable to flooding.
  • Locate and Repair Water Leaks: Rain water can leak into your home through holes in the roof, poorly sealed doors and windows, and cracks in the foundation. Make sure you check these common areas and repair any damage that could allow a water leak.  You may also want to remove tree branches that are close to the roof or siding of your home because they could cause damage.

Water Damage in the Bathroom?

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

A nice warm shower or bath can be a great way to end the day or re-energize in the morning. You aren’t alone in being drawn to the comforts a bathroom can provide. Lingering dampness after bathing and potential water damage create welcoming environments for mold growth.

While sometimes obvious, mold damage can also be sneaky. Hidden water damage may likely be the culprit if you notice the distinct musty odor without the visual cues. When finding the source, check the following areas:

  • Inspect toilets, sinks and pipes for signs of a leak or mold.
  • Check caulking around tubs and showers.
  • Remove ventilation fan cover to look for signs of growth.
  • Inspect walls, grout, wallpaper, drywall, rugs, and other porous materials for dampness.

The pesky fungus may be annoying, but luckily mold prevention is easy. Incorporating a few daily habits and regularly checking for damage can keep it at bay. Some tips include:

  • After bathing, squeegee walls to eliminate lingering water.
  • Always use the ventilation fan when bathing and keep it running for 30 minutes afterward.
  • Mold loves humidity. Try to keep levels below 50% in the home via a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
  • Keep bathrooms clean. Washing the rugs and towels and cleaning toilets, sinks and showers can eliminate conditions that mold and mildew love.

Avoiding Residential Fire 101

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Your home is your safety net, that's why it's so scary to imagine anything happening to it. House fires take an average of 3,000 lives per year and we don't want you to become one of those statistics. Although you can't control everything, here are some tips to prevent house fires.

  1. Test Your Smoke Alarms

Simple enough, yet so many households fail to check their alarms regularly. To test it, just press the little button on it. If the beep is weak, change it! Smoke alarms can be your best friend during sudden house fires. 

  1. Inspect All Heating Sources

Malfunctioning heat sources can spark and cause a fire. Always clean your air filters, and make sure to dust around heat sources often. 

  1. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean

Keep a look out for towels, cookbooks, or clothing that's too close to your burners. Also, make sure to get all the food and crumbs out from underneath the burners. Those could also cause a sudden stove fire. 

  1. Store Flammable Products Carefully

Keep any type of aerosol away from any heat sources. They could combust if they become too hot. Make sure you keep candles in a proper spot away from blankets and curtains as well. 

  1. Always Have A Fire Extinguisher Handy

Everyone in your household should know where the extinguisher is, as well as know how to use it. 

Things happen, even if you try to prevent it. If a fire has damaged your home, don't forget to give us a call. 

Rain, Storm, Flood, Oh My!

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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