Helping Businesses Be Better
When you are in business, we all know presentation is key. The first thing a possible customer sees when they pass your business is the exterior of your business. So, as a business owner, you want that exterior to be clean and inviting. We her at SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo want to help you keep your business clean and inviting. This photo is a prime example of that. There was a leak coming from the HVAC unit in this building. The leak somehow caused rusty water to leak out onto the front of the building. That leak left rusty colored residue all on the side of the building. This business owner knew just who to call to get the job done right. We came in, cleaned it all up, and left the building looking like new. Like it never even happened.
This home belongs to a customer that keeps us in mind every year. Of course, if her home ever suffers a fire or water loss she knows to call us. Or, if she ever discovers mold , she knows to call us. But, one thing that she never fails to need every year is a good old carpet cleaning. Since the first time we cleaned her carpets to the current year, we never seem to fail her. That is something very fulfilling for us because a satisfied customer is a mission accomplished in our eyes. We thrive in building good rapports with our customers such as the one we talked about just now. This is why you should choose SERVPRO when in need , whether it be a huge loss or a simple carpet clean, we are here for you!
Wildfires In California 2018
A sad time for California
As most of you know, this year has been one of the worst years in California's history when it comes to wildfires. There have been over 7500 fires that have burned over 1.6 million acres throughout our Golden State. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, that is the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. The most recent wildfires going on (Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire, and Morgan Fire) have filled the skies with thick gray smoke and our hearts with sorrow for those who have lost everything if not their own lives. This is a sad time in California, but the best time for us to show that we can come together and be there for each other in times like these. Whether it's time or donations, let's all work together to give back to those less fortunate. Look into how you can help today.
We Work Closely with your Insurance
When you go through a fire or water loss in your home or business, we know that it can be a very tough time. That is why SERVPRO and your Insurance company work closely together to make sure that you, your family, and home are well taken care of. SERVPRO has built strong relationships with many major insurance companies over the years such as State Farm, Farmers, Mercury, The Hartford, and many more! We stay very detailed and organized and communicate with your handling adjusters almost daily from start to finish ensuring that everything is taken care of the right way. Most insurance companies know that we here at SERVPRO take pride in being faster to any disaster and leaving our customers with the feeling that it never even happened. Even your insurance knows SERVPRO is the way to go.
We Are There for Your HVAC
Unfortunately, mold can grow anywhere. As long as it is in an area with excessive moisture, it will grow. That is why your HVAC (ductwork, AC evaporator coils, drip pans) and the area it is located in are the perfect environment for mold. If you ever discover mold in, near, or around your HVAC, give SERVPRO a call right away. We will come in and make sure the mold is gone, we even offer cleaning of your entire HVAC. It is something we highly recommend as mold spores could have already spread throughout the ducts and coils thus allowing the mold to travel into other areas of the house. We can put a hold on that mold! And are only 1 call away! So, call us today!
We Go the Extra Step
Black mold found behind kitchen cabinet.
When we start a job whether it be fire, water, mold, or a simple carpet clean, our crew is trained to keep their eyes peeled for any other concerning issues that we can help fix. The photo that is displayed is one that came from a very happy customer's home. We went in to start a water mitigation and dry down. When we removed cabinets to make sure that the back of those were dry, we found none other than black mold. One of the most toxic out there. We immediately notified the owner and her adjuster, then contained it right away so that it could not spread into any other areas. We not only left the home owner's kitchen dry, we also treated the mold. The home owner was so pleased, she called in to say, in her words, "Thank you for taking the time to go that extra step, if it hadn't been for that, I would have never known there was mold in my kitchen." That call confirmed that our mission was accomplished! That is why SERVPRO is the way to go!
Home Fire Sprinklers
Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire.They respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.
- Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a family who has survived a fire will also have their “home” to live in and enough of the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
- The cost of a home fire sprinkler system in a new home averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot totaling an amount similar to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath.
- A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium.
- Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire.
- Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71%, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%.
- Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.
- A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
- Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home fire sprinkler system should be winterized the same as you winterize a domestic water supply.
Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke
The smoke rising into the sky as the wildfire burned through thousands of acres in Solano County.
As some of you may know, there was yet another large fire yesterday in Solano County. The wildfire burned more than 4,000 acres of land and was 70% contained as of last night. Luckily, there were no fatalities or injuries.
Most of us could see and smell the smoke spreading through the air. The smoke is made up of small particles, gases, and water vapor. The remainder includes carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, irritant volatile organic compounds, and air toxics.
Some may be more sensitive to the smell than others, either way, it is best to avoid inhaling smoke if you can help it. The smoke can cause a headache or irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
The biggest health threat from the smoke is from the fine particles that it carries. These particles can penetrate deep into your lungs. Your lungs and airway may become swollen, irritated, and blocked. This could prevent oxygen from getting into your blood and respiratory failure may develop. With that being said, you can see why it is very important to avoid inhaling the smoke.
You can reduce wildfire smoke exposure by staying indoors, keeping windows and doors closed, and running your HVAC system on the recirculating setting. Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution. Wearing a mask called a "particulate respirator" can also help protect you. Also, be sure to check local air quality reports and local visibility guides so that you are aware of what actions you need to take, if any, to avoid smoke inhalation.
Let SERVPRO Help
In the event that your office building or business needs restoration services, we are the ones to call! We are ready to come in and get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get back to business. With our considerate, respectful, professional, and of course, awesome team members, you will most definitely be left satisfied from the moment you call the office to the final day of completion. We here at SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/ SE Vallejo know no one wants to go through the headache of dealing with these types of losses, that is why we are here to help save the day. From a general cleaning to a fire loss, keep us in mind if you need help.
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The Rain is Coming
We have all had a great summer enjoying the beautiful clear skies and sunny days. Unfortunately, that has almost come to an end. Now we need to get ready for the rain. Water damage isn't limited to rain but rain is definitely a cause. Before it starts to pour take precautionary measures to keep the rain out of your home to prevent a water loss.
Your roof's primary purpose is to keep water out of your house. neglecting it could lead to a whole lot of problems.
Windows and doors are common vulnerable areas for water leakage. Water can seep through the space around window and door frames if they're not properly sealed.
- Maintain Your Home's Exterior Finish
Periodically inspect your exterior walls and look for signs of damage such as holes, wood rot, or warping. If caught early enough, you may be able to clean out the wet materials and repair the affected. (SERVPRO can help with that!)
Make sure your gutters are properly functioning and clean. It is critical to do so as it protects your home from water damage. (SERVPRO can help with that!)
You can always take measures to keep water out of your home but if water isn't properly diverted away from the base of your home, your foundation could be at risk.
Functioning gutters send water out through a downspout, which funnels the water from your home. If the downspout does not extend far enough, it could funnel directly into a puddle at the bottom of your house thus flooding your crawlspace. (SERVPRO can help with that!)
If your home sits on the bottom of a slope, water runoff from your yard should be redirected away from your home. If it is not, then you will most likely have problems with standing water near your foundation. This could cause the ground near your foundation to erode overtime, making it vulnerable.
Be sure to waterproof your home before it leaks into bigger problems. And remember who to call in case the water still makes it's way in ...
SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo!