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Candle Fire Safety

Candle Fire Safety

About one-third (37%) of home candle fires start in bedrooms. The fires caused 36% of associated deaths and 51% of associated injuries. On average, 24 home candle fires were reported per day. 11% of these fires started due to falling asleep while candle was left lit. Be sure to burn candles safely in your home by:

  1. Trim the to 1/4 inch before lighting each time.
  2. Always use candleholders designed specifically for candles.
  3. Burn candles in a well ventilated room.
  4. Place the candleholder on a heat resistant service.
  5. Keep wax pool clear of wick trimmings and matched at all times.
  6. Burn candles away from flammable fabrics such as blankets and curtains.

Taking these precautionary measures will help you to prevent a candle from burning your home.

Wet Carpets

Wet Carpets

If you experience a leak in your home and your carpets get wet, make sure to get that dried up as soon as possible.The longer a carpet stays wet such as the one in this photo, it can seep into the pad underneath, therefore leaving you no other option but to get new carpet. If you keep the old pad and carpet it could be the start of a mold problem, and no one wants that. So, give us a call right away so we can try and help save your carpet which will also save you money!

Wildfire Aftermath pt.2

Wildfire Aftermath pt.2

After the fire was finally contained, the home owners returned to their home. A lot was covered in soot and the entire home wreaked of smoke from the wildfire. SERVPRO to the rescue! Here is another photo of our crew members going to great lengths, literally, to make sure that we clean every inch of this home. We wanted to make sure they came home and felt "Like it never even happened"

Wildfire Aftermath

Wildfire Aftermath

This is a photo of our cleaning crew hard at work. The home owners of this house were evacuated because their house was at risk of burning into flames. The owners did not have a chance to seal everything up so smoke and soot filled the home while they were gone.

Check Your Refrigerators

Check Your Refrigerators

Water loss can come from all sorts of things inside and outside of your home. 1 common cause of water loss in a home is from a refrigerator believe it or not. No one thinks a little bit of dripping water will cause damage. This could be true if you get the leak fixed before it seeps into the floors or baseboards. If that happens then your floor could begin to rise or mold can begin to grow in the baseboards. So take a look at the fridge here and there, make sure there are no leaks, if there are, get them fixed before you have bigger problems.

SERVPRO to the Rescue

SERVPRO to the Rescue

A local storage unit caught fire in the middle of the night. Luckily, we are ready to help 24/7, no matter the time or day, we are here. The business owners gave us a call, we showed up and took care of, in this case, their business.

Sneaky Mold Problems

Sneaky Mold Problems

Mold can be very sneaky. When we say sneaky, we mean, it will grow in hidden places that you would never think it could be. In this photo , you can see that behind a cabinet there was mold found. Not just any mold, BLACK mold. One of the most dangerous out there. Don't ever assume you do not have mold growing in your home because you can not see it. Be cautious and always keep an eye out for it...in hidden places too!

Board Ups

Board Ups

When a home or business catches fire, you most likely would not be returning to that home or business until it is habitable again. Therefore, the home or business is left vulnerable to being broken into and vandalized or rooted. We highly suggest that if you are ever in this situation you board up any broken windows or doors or entryways. This will help give you piece of mind that your home or business is safer from getting broken into. We specialize in board ups , so give us a call, we are always here to help!

Office Space

Office Space

We know how important it is to get your business back up and running after it's suffered a water loss. We strive to clean up the mess to help you not stress. Know that if you go with SERVPRO, you will be back open for business in no time!

Prevent House Fires

Prevent House Fires

We never want to actually go through a fire loss. But, unfortunately, statistics say your household has a one in four chance of catching fire in your lifetime. So, remember to be proactive in preventing your home from catching fire by:

  • Clearing your home's surroundings of debris and combustible materials.
  • Maintaining your lawn and keeping bushes and trees trimmed.
  • Using fire-resistant materials when building or updating your home.
  • Making sure your home has a fully functioning fire alarm system.
  • Keeping a shovel and fire extinguisher in  an easily accessible place.
  • Practicing appropriate fire safety measures.
  • Preparing a fire safety plan.
HVAC Closet

HVAC Closet

Mold can be found and almost grow anywhere. Mold commonly grows where moisture is present.The spores they reproduce are carried by air currents. Once they land on a surface suitable for life, usually a moist area, they will begin to grow.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

This is another photo of a home that was affected by one of the most recent wild fire we have had; Mendocino Fire. A mixture of smoke and soot caused this affect on the skylight. We were able to get it clean and looking good as new again... "Like it never even happened."

Dry Cleaning Sponge

Dry Cleaning Sponge

Dry Cleaning Sponges. Also known as "chemical sponges", these natural rubber sponges are designed to remove soot from fires in a dry state. The tiny porous cells of the sponge lift soot from surfaces quickly without smearing. These 2″ thick, porous dry cleaning chemical sponges are used primarily in smoke and soot removal in fire damage jobs. They work like large “erasers”, these rubber sponges drawing the dust, soot and smoke residue into the cells of the sponge material.

Control the Mold

Control the Mold

Mold comes in many different colors, shapes, and sizes and will continue to grow until you put a stop to it. Don't let mold take over your home, have it contained and treated as soon as possible. The health defects that mold can cause are very harmful and could be deadly. Don't wait until you start having symptoms of mold exposure, call us today, so we can begin mold mitigation. Trust us, a little will turn into a lot! So, who are you going to call? Mold busters! Or should we say SERVPRO!

Plumbing Under Sink

Plumbing Under Sink

LOSS PREVENTION AND MAINTENANCE TIPS

• Inspect plumbing beneath sinks every 6 months.

• Ensure connections are secure and there is no evidence of corrosion on the pipes.

• Look for kinks in copper or plastic pipes.These could lead to pinhole leaks over time. 

• Locate the water shut-off valve.

• Inspect the valve every 6 months to make sure the water supply will shut off. Replace the valve if needed.

Faster to Any Disaster

Faster to Any Disaster

Our commercial vehicle has enough space to load up enough equipment to dry an entire hospital. We are fully equipped to handle any disaster and we are ready to help. We take pride in helping our customers feel "Like it never even happened."

PPE

PPE

When dealing with cat 3 water loss jobs ,proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a must during restoration. For those of you who don't know, Cat 3 water can be very toxic such as sewage water.It can do damage to the skin and/or respiratory system. Respirators, gloves, and suits keep our crew safe from any harm.

The Calm After the Storm

The Calm After the Storm

This is an after photo from the Carr Wild Fire that we recently had in California as most of you can remember.Red fire retardant was left behind on so many homes, trees, plants, etc. Notice in this photo, the plants, trees, and ground are covered in retardant. Luckily, fire retardant is plant friendly so it did no harm to our mother nature.

Housekeeping couldn't clean this one..

Housekeeping couldn't clean this one..

Although hotels have their own housekeeping, there are some messes they just can't help clean. This hotel had an overflowed toilet that caused 3 rooms and part of the hallway to flood. We came in , dried the affected areas and had the rooms ready for booking in no time.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Being displaced from your home can be devastating. SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo wants to make the return to your home a little cheerier. A new pot with fresh plants make it a warm welcome home.

Leaking Window

Leaking Window

A leaking window can lead to bigger problems if left unattended. If you notice a leak in your home or office give us a call to come out and check it out for you. We have the tools and equipment to help mitigate further damages.

"Tented" Air Scrubber

"Tented" Air Scrubber

After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers.

Exhausting HEPA-filtered air out of the space creating and maintaining negative pressure within that space. This helps ensure that any air leakage between the contained area and adjacent spaces will be “clean” air flowing in and not “dirty” air flowing out.

Middle of the night emergency water loss.

Middle of the night emergency water loss.

Even in the middle of the night we have crews ready to handle any size of loss. This water loss needed three crews for the initial emergency response.

SERVPRO of Benicia / Martinez / Southeast Vallejo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (925) 372-7234

House Fire

House Fire

A house fire can be very stressful and overwhelming for a home owner to deal with. As you can see in this photo, the aftermath left the house a mess. There was smoke damage, soot, and insulation mixed with fire retardant leaving a cotton looking material all over the house. But when it comes to the mess, do not stress, SERVPRO will take care of that for you! Make it Like it never even happened.

Intruder Alert!

Intruder Alert!

This beautiful, vacant home was victim of an intruder. In this case, it was a wild turkey that got in through the roof. You don't see that everyday! And to make matters worse, the turkey nested and made a mess all over the house.

SERVPRO was on site right away to close off the broken window and clean up the mess. Once again, making it like it never even happened!

Wildfire

Wildfire

Wildfires are sometimes called "wildland fires."

Wildfires can originate from a dropped match, cigarette embers, campfires, exhaust sparks from a train, or arson.

Many wildland fires are ignited by lightning.

Wind, temperature, and humidity all influence wildfires. Strong winds push flames toward new fuel sources. Wind can pick up and transfer burning embers and sparks, starting "spot fires."

Burning Candle

Burning Candle

  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.  This candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo is here to help with all your home and business cleanup needs.

Bedroom affected by Mold

Bedroom affected by Mold

This bedroom was victim of mold infestation. The mold was caused by water loss in the walls. Sounds like a job for SERVPRO! That is exactly what the home owners were thinking. They gave us a call and we began remediation right away. SERVPRO is always here to save the day!

Fire in Fairfield Neighborhood

Fire in Fairfield Neighborhood

This neighborhood caught fire which started on the fence line of their backyard due to arson. SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo was there to board up the broken windows and burnt doors, also packed out and cleaned all the salvageable items in the homes that were damaged by the fire. Last but not least , we restored the areas in all homes affected by the smoke from the fire. We here at SERVPRO take pride in helping with unfortunate events such as this one. So, never fear, SERVPRO is here!

Vandalized Trailer in Martinez

Vandalized Trailer in Martinez

This trailer was broken into and vandalized which is very unfortunate for the owners. But luckily they knew who to call. SERVPRO to the rescue! We came right away and made it look just like new!

Commercial Water Loss in Martinez Medical Facility

Commercial Water Loss in Martinez Medical Facility

Whether it’s a small apartment or large commercial building, SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo is here to save the day! This building was flooded due to a leak in the roof. You’d think a leak in the roof wouldn’t cause so much damage, but as you can see, it can. Luckily, SERVPRO was quick to respond and got the job done. The building was dried and restored in no time!

Mold Containment

Mold Containment

Containment is the key to proper mold remediation. Keeping the contaminated area closed off while remediation is in progress is crucial so mold spores don't spread into the unaffected areas. 

Running air scrubbers both on the inside and outside of the containment helps when entering or exiting the contained area. 

Business helping business

Business helping business

We are very fortunate to have a network of small businesses around us.

It's nice to be able to call upon other businesses  in our community and to be able to help when others are in need.

When we needed a large truck to move some equipment around we called on our neighboring scaffold company, Xtreme Scaffold, who sent a truck right over.

 

 

 

 

First Van

First Van

Our very first SERVPRO van and truck mount.

This was in 2007 when we first purchased our franchise.

We have since expanded our fleet, yet with this van is where it all started

Classroom Training

Classroom Training

Rick Botsford, owner at SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo spending some time in the classroom.

Rick traveled from Martinez, CA to SERVPRO Headquarters in Gallatin, TN to take part in a week-long Franchise Management Course.

We are excited to see what new ideas he brings back with him!

When the ship comes in.

When the ship comes in.

When your ship is in port and needs some cleaning, who do you call? SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo of course!

We understand the need to get back out to sea, so we put "all hands on deck" when the call comes in.

New Marketing Vehicle

New Marketing Vehicle

We're excited to add a new marketing vehicle to our fleet. This eye catching wrap is sure to get lots of attention. Make sure to give us a wave as we're out and about!