Annual Inspect Your Fireplace to Avoid Fires
The end of daylight savings time brings darkness earlier and colder days, which causes many of us to stoke up the fire when we get home for some warm, comfy evenings watching television or reading on the couch. Unfortunately, this also brings with it an increase in the number of fires associated with fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Sometimes there is no way to avoid a fire involving a fireplace, but often there are steps we can take to reduce the risk and even prevent a fire from taking place.
First and most importantly, schedule an annual inspection and cleaning of your chimney and fireplace by a professionally trained chimney sweep. The layer of residue that is left after you burn in your fireplace or stove builds up and can catch fire. A professional will clean the inside of your unit, as well as the chimney, to rid the area of harmful residue. This will also help your fireplace to work more efficiently.
Also, make sure you are only burning dry, properly seasoned firewood. And do not burn anything besides wood in your fireplace – no garbage or miscellaneous items.
Burn your fire as hot as possible, which doesn’t allow creosote to build up on the walls inside of the chimney. Creosote can get thick and take on a glazy texture which catches fire very easily. If you keep your fire burning at a high temperature, creosote is less likely to develop.
Fireplaces can be a place of comfort and warmth during cold winter months and proper maintenance and care makes them a perfect alternative to electric heat.
Power Washing Can Help Your Business
Power washing can help your commercial business in many ways. Call SERVPRO today for all your power washing needs.
When you think about power washing, you might automatically think about using the high powered water device for cleaning of your common household items, such as driveways and decks. But pressure washers play an important roll in the day to day operations of commercial businesses as well. Pressure washers come in a variety of sizes and have just as many uses, many of which SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis can assist your commercial business with by providing cleaning services.
For example, our company has used pressure washers to clean bus stations, public bathroom facilities and water fountains. By using high-pressure, narrow jets of water to blast dirt free, pressure washers are able to get rid of ground-in dirt that won't normally come off with just water and a scrub brush. And because the machines only use water, they don't damage most hard surfaces, making them extremely versatile.
Other areas that commonly need cleaning in commercial facilities that can be served by a pressure washer include parking lots, concrete or tile patios used as break areas for workers, and floors used for storage. These are all areas that can accumulate dirt and grime which can be more easily removed by a power washer than a simple mop or broom.
SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis can help your commercial business with all their commercial cleaning needs, including all those that involve pressure washing. Call us today at (707) 724-8977 to schedule cleaning at your commercial facility today. We are Here to Help.
SERVPRO of Davis Provides Fire Restoration Services
If your home is affected by a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Davis are Here to Help. We are dedicated to responding immediately to your emergency, which can help prevent secondary damage and reduce costs.
As fire restoration specialists, we have the training and specialized equipment to respond to your specific emergency and pride ourselves in offering excellent customer service.
When tragedy strikes, you want skilled professionals helping you restore your home or place of business to its pre-fire condition. SERVPRO of Davis is that company. We can help with emergency board up services, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot from surfaces, cleaning and repair issues.
If your home or business experience fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Davis to help at (707) 724-8977. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
SERVPRO of Davis Helps with Water Restoration
Sometimes, accidents just happen. And sometimes, although we take all the necessary precautions and prevention measures to keep them from happening, they do anyhow. When those accidents involve water, it gets messy very quickly. That’s when you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Davis. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help you clean up those accidents involving water that went where it shouldn’t when it shouldn’t. We can help you extract standing water, dry out the materials that are wet and remove any parts of your home or business that need to be removed or replaced because of water damage.
If your home or business experience water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Davis today at 707-724-8977. We’re Here To Help.
Call SERVPRO If You See Mold
If mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or office. So if you see mold, do not disturb it. Stay out of the affected areas, turn off the HVAC systems and fans, and contact a remediation company, like SERVPRO of Vacaville, as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Vacaville specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If you see obvious signs of mold, DO NOT:
- Touch or disturb the mold.
- Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Vacaville today at (707) 724-8977. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help with your mold issues.
Grilling Tips for a Safe Summer
When the weather warms up, one way to beat the heat is to turn off the oven and cook outside on the barbeque. Unfortunately, this causes the number of grill-related fires to increase. Each year, outdoor grilling causes over 10,000 home fires, but SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis has put together some easy-to-follow tips to keep your home and family safe this grilling season.
The most common cause of fire involving a barbeque is related to cooking on an uncleaned grill. Grease that accumulates on the grill can cause fires, so just like clearing your dishes from the table and loading them in the dishwasher, cleaning your grill should be a part of your routine when you are done preparing your meal and cleaning up. Another important part of a clean grill involves your coals. Make sure they are completely cooled before removing them. The safest thing to do with the coals is to put them in a fire safe bucket and allow them to remain there until you are ready to dispose of them. Hot coals can smolder for a very long time. It is always better to be safe and make sure they are completely cold before disposing of them in your trash. Many dumpster fires have been started by not-cooled coals.
The second most dangerous cause of fire from grilling comes from unattended barbeques. Just like inside your home, never leave an open flame unattended outside. Your grill can flare up while you aren’t watching and catch something nearby on fire, and if you are not immediately available to deal with the problem, it can quickly escalate into a much larger problem. Be vigilant and always stay near your barbeque when you are cooking. That means you will have to do quite a bit of prep work in order to have everything you need before you begin grilling so you won’t have to leave your grill unattended, but safety should be your number one concern.
Related to this previous point, always make sure your grill is on a stable surface and cannot easily tip over. Once you load up that barbeque with all those yummy steaks and veggies, you want to make sure it won’t topple on the ground, spilling all your food and the hot coals everywhere. If the unthinkable happens, and you do tip over your barbeque, think before you act. Remember those coals are hot and combustible. Pick them up with something that won’t catch on fire, like a metal shovel and put them in a fire-safe container or metal bucket.
Also, be sure your grill is not near any hanging tree branches or other structures that can easily catch fire. If the area you have designated as your barbeque area is beginning to become overgrown, be sure to trim those trees or bushes before you start grilling.
Although the taste of the grill is temping all year long, if you don’t have a safe area to barbeque during the winter, never barbeque inside any kind of structure, including your garage. Besides the obvious fire hazard that this would pose, barbequing in your garage would also release the deadly Carbon Monoxide gas, so please stick to outside grilling only. No, opening your garage door doesn’t make a difference.
And lastly, if you are using a gas grill, be sure to shut off the gas valve completely when you are done grilling. Make it a habit to turn it off as soon as you take your food off the grill so you won’t forget.
By using these easy-to-follow tips from SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis, you and your family should be able to enjoy a safe and fun grilling season.
Air Conditioner Drains Can Cause Water Damage If Plugged
Summer is here, so a working air conditioner is more important than any other time of the year. But there are more things to think about than just whether or not the unit is pumping out cool air. It’s also imperative that you make sure that your air conditioner is not causing damage to unseen areas of your home. In order to ensure this, you should understand a little about how air conditioners work and what to look out for to make sure they are working correctly.
Many air conditioning units are located in the attic of a home and work by taking in warm air, chilling it and pumping out the cooler air. When you chill the air, condensation is produced, which is just water. That water needs to be directed out of the attic, and this is done through a condensation drain that drains out of a house at ground level. You may see water dripping from a drain up against your home when your air conditioner is running. This is the condensation being drawn away from the air conditioner and means that the drain is working properly.
Sometimes, however, drains stop working properly because they get plugged so homebuilders have designed a very creative solution for recognizing when this happens. If you have ever seen water dripping from a drain over a window during the summer when your air conditioner is running, this is an indication that your condensation drain is plugged and water is now be rerouted to the emergency drain. That drain is purposely routed to dump water over a window so homeowners will notice that there is a problem with the drain of their air conditioning unit. If not addressed, the excess water can lead to water damage and mold growth, something SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis has a lot of experience is eradicating. Although we would be available to help with all your water and mold remediation needs, we also are happy to offer homeowners help in avoiding damage in the first place.
So if it’s a hot day and you notice water running down your window, check to see if it is coming from a drain located directly above the window. If it is, your air conditioning drain is likely plugged and you should get it checked out as soon as possible to avoid water damage to your attic.
If you do experience water, fire or mold damage in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO today. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to your needs. We are local and Here to Help. Call us today at 707-724-8977.
Avoid Standing Water Near Your Home
Standing water can bring many problems. Use the tips provide by SERVPRO to help avoid problems around your home.
Summertime brings with it fun activities like squirt gun fights and running through the sprinklers, but what happens if the water from these activities don't drain away and result in pools of standing water? Even a small amount of water left undisturbed for a few days can cause a significant amount of problems. Outside, standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which commonly breed in shallow pools of standing water and often carry diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika fever. Additionally, water left standing against your home may lead to problems with your home’s foundation.
Here are a few things to check to make sure you don't have any potential hazards around your home.
- Empty, drain or cover all things that can and may hold standing water
- Change water collection pans for planted pots weekly
- Clean bird baths on a regular basis
- Check your landscaping drainage and ensure that it drains away from your home
- Be sure you are not overwatering your lawn. Adjust the watering schedule to water less frequently or for shorter periods of time.
Water can provide a lot of fun during the summer months, but it can cause some problems. Use these ideas to keep your home safe from standing water pitfalls.
These tips are brought to you by your local SERVPRO office. We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week if you have any water, fire or mold emergencies. Call us anytime at (707) 724-977. We serve the Vacaville, Dixon, Fairfield, and Davis areas and are always Here To Help.
Canal & Irrigation Ditch Safety
Stay out of irrigation ditches and canals during warm weather. They may look refreshing but are actually extremely dangerous
When temperatures rise, any body of water seems like a great place to cool off, but irrigation ditches and canals are ones you should stay away from. They may look inviting and refreshing, but they are actually extremely dangerous to enter. That’s why most canals have fences around them. Be sure not to climb on the fence and don’t ever go fishing in a canal.
Canals typically have fast underwater currents that can sweep away even the strongest swimmer, leaving them helpless to escape. Additionally, many canals have steep, slippery sides that are nearly impossible to crawl out of.
Canals are manmade structures that are used to transport water for irrigation and other human uses. Many canals were originally constructed in areas without a huge population, but as an area surrounding the canal becomes urbanized, the canal ultimately can run through neighborhoods, making it particularly dangerous.
Irrigation ditches are not as large, but are equally dangerous because they can contain trash and other debris such as rocks, glass or barbed wire that you cannot see from the surface. Pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants can be found in irrigation ditch water and it is definitely not safe to drink or swim in.
The water in irrigation ditches can move fast enough to sweep a person downstream with little chance of getting out safely. Some ditches have undertows. If you are caught in one of these, you can be pulled underwater and your chances of getting out are very slim.
Here's a few tips on keeping you and your family safe near irrigation canals and ditches:
*Never swim in or play around canals or irrigation ditches
*Never walk closely along the edge of a canal or irrigation ditch
*Never jump in to rescue a pet or object. Instead call 911 for help.
We all want to try to beat the heat this summer, but SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis wants to help you stay safe by knowing these tips for irrigation canal safety.
Deodorization Techniques to Help Eliminate Odors
Air scrubbers can help eliminate odors left behind after water damage has occurred. Call SERVPRO today at (707) 724-8977 to see how we can help.
Dealing with the aftermath of water or flood damage can be an uphill battle for any homeowner or business owner. Water often seeps into structural cavities and creates a damp atmosphere. Not only does this pose a threat to the structural integrity of your home, it usually causes an odor problem. If not appropriately deodorized, this foul smell can linger in your home long after the water is gone.
Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we use a multi-method approach to eliminate odors after water damage to your property has occurred. Our IICRC certified professionals use modern equipment to eliminate odors due to flood damage. Here are some of the deodorizing techniques used to ensure elimination of odors.
*Direct spraying: As the name implies, a deodorant is sprayed directly on the affected area using a pump. The method is useful if the intensity of the smell is not very high and the affected area is small.
*Wet fogging: This method utilizes Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to dispense water or solvent-based deodorants. The ULV fogger generates minute particles of the chemicals that penetrate to the areas where the odor causing particles hide and change the composition of these substances.
*Thermal fogging: The technique involves using heat to break up solvent-based deodorants into small particles that can get to the difficult to reach places. The deodorizing particles neutralize the odor-causing molecules right at the source. Although this method is most popular to deodorize after smoke damage, it is sometimes used for flood damage as well.
*Venting box fans: These are high-velocity axial fans that are used to ventilate and improve air circulation. These fans are used both before and after the deodorizing process. They can significantly shorten the time needed to deodorize and remove moisture at the same time.
*Air Scrubbers: These devices are sophisticated air filters that use High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration technology. The air scrubbers can capture and eliminate odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 micrometers with an efficiency of 99.97%.
Getting rid of the stale, clammy odor can be a difficult thing to do after water damage has occurred, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis can help you eliminate the odor and get your home smelling like home again!
Call SERVPRO of Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield/Davis at (707) 724-8977 to talk to one of our water damage restoration experts and discuss your deodorizing options. We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are always Here To Help.