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Water Heater Leaks

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Notice all of the damage around this leaking water heater. The leak was not discovered for months! Don' t let this be your water heater.

A leaking water heater can cause great damage to your property. The leaking water can damage the walls and floors surrounding the water heater, seep deep down into the foundation thus causing more problems in the future, and it could even lead to mold growth. 

That is why it is good to prevent the leaks by regularly maintaining your water heater at least once a year. With good maintenance, a water heater can last at least a decade. So, you won't need to worry about replacing it often. But do try and keep track of that decade mark so you can get a new one when and if needed.

If you do discover that your water heater has a leak or has been leaking, we highly advise that you get the leak fixed and affected area dried right away. This will help to prevent any long term damage which will save you money and stress. 

A plumber can help fix it, we can help dry it of course! As quickly and efficiently as possible!

So in conclusion, maintain your water heater. But, if there's an accident, never fear, SERVPRO is always here!  

Importance of Smoke Alarms

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Smoke Alarm Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Water Damage

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

In this photo here, the toilet overflowed, and wasn't discovered quick enough. Water destroyed flooring in hall way and carpets in bedrooms near leak.

Water damage can be caused by several sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow or leak, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters, or, one of the worst, toilet leaks. That is why it is very important to maintain all of the above often so you do not run into these problems. But, if you see that an area has been affected in your home or business due to any of those things, we highly recommend that you get the area dried down right away before it begins to really damage the affected area. Water damage can cause mold, rusting of steel, rotting of wood, or even de-laminate materials. But never fear, SERVPRO is here! We will get a crew on-site to begin the water restoration right away as we are available 24-7 . We are fully equipped with the equipment and crew needed to handle all of your restoration needs. "Like it never even happened."

Hauling Debris

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Don't stress, call us today and let us take care of the mess!

When your home falls victim to a fire, depending on how long the fire went on and how quickly it was put out, you could lose a lot of your contents. 

If you don't have the proper help, getting rid of those contents on your own can be tough and a lot of work. Not to mention, very time consuming and stressful. 

Well, we are happy to let you know that we here at SERVPRO Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo offer services to help you with that. We are equipped with the staff, tools, and vehicles to help haul all of the debris and non salvageable items out and away from your home.

We will handle the labor, the hauling, and the dumping so you can deal with more important matters. 

SERVPRO Sodablasts!

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our Box truck, locked and loaded, ready for a soda blast!

In this blog we will be talking about another service we bet you didn't know we could do, Soda blasting. Soda blasting is for heavy duty cleaning jobs such as removing paint, corrosion, and gunk. How does it work you ask? First, you load the soda blaster with bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. Then you turn on the blaster, which has a built in air compressor that creates a power wash with a baking soda scrub that helps tackle the toughest cleaning jobs. 

To most, a soda blaster is not the easiest machine to handle. To make sure that the blast is done quickly and efficiently, you should, of course, go with the PROS of SERVPRO!

We are available 24-7 to get the job done. With the friendly crew and office staff we have, we can guarantee, you will be left satisfied!

So, don't wait, call and inquire today!

We are Highly Recommended

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo have built a great rapport with our community and previous customers. So great that we are highly recommended throughout our territory. Not just for the great job we do, but for the friendly, professional staff we have. From the crew to the office, you will be treated with respect and kindness. The photo you see here is from a job that is a great example to what we mean. This is a photo of a commercial water loss we handled, and it was all thanks to a reference from a previous customer recommending us to the property owner of this tutoring facility.

Since this job, the property owner has called us to help with all other restoration and cleaning jobs he needs done.

Once you find the right company, why go elsewhere? So find us and stick with us. You will not regret it!

Car Odors Be Gone

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let this be you!

Have a pesky odor in your car? Tried everything to get rid of it and it just won't go away? Well, let SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo give it a try! We have a method that has yet to fail us when it comes to odor removal. All thanks to a little machine called the Ozone. All we need is 1 hour with the ozone in the car and voila, odor be gone! If need be, we can even clean the carpet and upholstery in your vehicle to ensure the odor is gone and stays gone!

We all know having smelly odors in our car is no fun and quite unpleasant. Especially for those of us that spend a lot of time in the car commuting to and from work, running errands, etc. 

So let us here at SERVPRO help you out with that today! You will not regret it!

What To Do When Your Home Floods

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether it be plumbing issues or a natural disaster, water can do some serious damage to your home. Your floors, ceilings, walls, even your personal belongings can all be affected. That is why it is important to act quickly when you discover a flood in your home.

First and foremost, if it is safe to do so, shut off your water supply. Try to dry up as much water as possible to avoid severe water damage or mold growth. Then, call SERVPRO! We offer 24/7 emergency service so that you never have to handle this on your own, no matter what time or day. If there is a lot of standing water that needs immediate extraction, we can handle that! We also come prepared with equipment to help dry down the affected areas right away which, is highly recommended. The quicker you start drying, the better. 

While we are there, we will do our best to locate the cause. If we can not, then we recommend you call a plumber or leak detection company to help determine the cause. Once that is determined, have it fixed right away. Trying to dry down your home while your water is still leaking is nearly impossible so, having it fixed is very important.

Depending on the amount of damage or cause of leak, we recommend you consider filing a claim with your insurance. 

Once you have done all of that, we here at SERVPRO will take care of the restoration! We'll monitor your home daily to ensure the areas are drying quickly and efficiently.We'll complete all that is needed to be done in order to restore your home and/or contents correctly so no problems arise in the future. We'll communicate with your insurance company every step of the way. And of course, we'll make sure all of your questions are answered and your concerns are gone over. 

And lastly, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Lead Paint Removal

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here you see our tech Ray, carefully sanding away at some lead paint. This customer made the right choice by letting us handle this for him. Will you?

When it comes to lead paint removal, it isn't as simple as you think. Lead was put into paint to speed up the drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that caused corrosion.Then the manufacturers later found out, as most of us know, lead is a metal that can cause serious health problems if ingested or inhaled as it is very toxic. With that being said, you must be very careful and cautious when removing lead-based paints from any surface. You should honestly leave it up to the pros...of SERVPRO Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo of course! We have the knowledge, equipment, and supplies to take care of your lead paint removal! We will make sure to contain all lead paint that is removed so it does not leak into your gutters, sidewalks, floor, or spread into the air. So, if you are thinking of repainting your home or office. First, check what year the structure was built. If it was before 1985, you most likely have lead based paint. If that is the case, give us a call to help you sand it down or carefully remove any chipped paint before you move forward with the fun part....painting!

Pigeon Problems at a Local Warehouse

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

This is only a glimpse of the damage done. Bad birdies!

This was an interesting job for us. We received a call from a local warehouse owner letting us know they needed a deep clean. This was not like any deep clean we normally do. The owner explained that pigeons had found a way into the warehouse and made it a home for themselves. At first it was a few, then more pigeons got wind of the new inside hangout and decided to join also. That is when employees and owner realized there was a problem and a huge mess. The birds dropped feces and urine in the areas they'd settled into, after time, those areas were covered as more pigeons had joined. This was definitely a job we could take on as we are the Pros of cleaning and restoration. After the birds were cleared out, we got the job done! Made it as if no pigeons had ever even gotten in!