Summer is coming
Once again, summer is just around the corner, which means in Northern California we are at the start of our fire season. This means we need to start being mindful of how hot and how dry it will be over the next 5 – 6 months (fire season has been extended in recent years). With the excessive rain we have had this year there is a lot more “fuel” for wild fires. Make sure that you take precautions ie: remove all dry brush around your property to reduce the fire danger - make sure that any and all outdoor equipment that you use is in top condition in order to minimize the chance of sparks. We are still in a water use restriction so please only water when it is allowed. We all need to do our part to reduce the chance of wild fires in our state, and make sure there is a plentiful water supply for when they do happen. Please remember SERVPRO of Turlock if you do find yourself in a situation where you will need fire restoration. Everyone have a fun and safe summer
Water damage can happen fast and furious
Water damage can happen fast and has the capabilities to cause major damage before you even have time to realize what is happening. SERVPRO of Turlock's technicians are highly trained in assessing water damage - determining what needs to be done to dry out the property - and what damage is beyond the drying process. We just completed a job in which the client had standing water for less than 4 hours before SERVPRO of Turlock was contacted and arrived on the scene. Once there we were able to mop up all the water and start the drying process. Unfortunately due to the age and material of the lower cabinets our technicians determined they were non-salvageable and had to be removed.
Turlock Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Turlock for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Turlock specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. 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 Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (209)633-8667
Steps Used to ensure mold does not return
Treating 2 x 4's to prevent further mold
Not only is it necessary to remove any and all areas that have mold on them, it is also very important that steps are taken to ensure that mold does not return. Mold spores are microscopic and have the ability to grow rapidly when the conditions are right. Those conditions are a damp warm dark area: SERVPRO of Turlock has technicians that are trained to not only detect and remove mold, they also have the ability to treat areas to maintain the infrastructure of the home. SERVPRO of Turlock technicians make sure to treat the 2 x 4's with Concrobium Broad Spectrum Disinfectant whic is a powerful EPA-Registered Tuberculocide with one of the fastest kill claims in the industry. They then treat the area with Concrobium Mold Control - which is an innovative fungistat with EPA registered mold growth prevention
Wind Storms - the other storm type
When you hear the words Storm Damage - your first thought may be there was a major rain storm that caused the damage. However, what most people don't consider is the "Wind Storms" that can occur. There are certain times of the year in the Central Valley that we get "Wind Storms" with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. When this happens these gusts can topple trees and create major damage to cities - counties - and home owners. The damage can be as small as power outages to as big as a tree falling onto your house. This home owner was part of the latter, where the tree came down onto a trailer in his yard. When this happens it is comforting to know that SERVPRO of Turlock is just a phone call away.
Be Prepared for Winter
Each year, California prepares for severe winter storms. These storms often result in flooding, landslides, electrical outages, and damage to highways and other important infrastructure. Over the last two decades, every one of California’s 58 counties has been declared a disaster area at least once due to storm impacts. In 1995 alone, 48 counties were declared federal disaster areas due to a single set of winter storms. California's current drought conditions do not reduce the risks of winter storms. Over the last four years of this historic drought, winter storms have caused localized flooding, loss of life and property damage. Californians must continue to conserve water, while preparing for winter storms.
This year, the State has re-doubled preparation efforts given the warming trend in the Pacific Ocean known as El Niño. This year’s El Niño condition is among the strongest on record and is expected to influence weather patterns by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream. Scientific data shows that a strong El Niño condition increases the likelihood of above average winter rains. Climate experts indicate that this year's strong El Niño conditions provide higher odds of heavy precipitation this winter, especially in southern and central California.
El Niño warming of the Pacific Ocean also increases the sea level along California’s coast. As water molecules in the Pacific Ocean warm, they expand and result in a temporary rise in sea level. Increased sea levels to date this season along California’s coast measure between 6 and 11 inches. This increased static sea level may increase flooding and other impacts in coastal communities.
Are you ready for a disaster?
We consider ourselves lucky to live and work in such a beautiful and vital area as we do. As this area’s premier disaster recovery service we also understand the circumstances that can put your loved ones, your business and your investments at risk.
As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.
Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but businesses of all sizes. As an employer in Turlock or any of the surrounding areas, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.
SERVPRO of Turlock would like to invite you to check out the Ready Campaign which is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready.
Ready Business, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The Business section of Ready.gov/business There you will find more information and links where business owners can download or order free Ready information, publications, and much more.
For more information to help prepare your business visit our website for the ERP App. The app contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business for their unique needs during an emergency. If you have any questions feel free to contact 209-633-8667
Mistakes to avoid when your home has Water Damage
A lot of people assume that they know what to do if damage from water ever happens in their home, but they make the same mistakes that so many other people make. You are about to learn the mistakes that you should never make when this problem happens in your home
One: Don't try and do the clean up on your own- This is a big mistake that many people make. They assume that with the damage being caused by just water, they can easily clean it up themselves.
You can clean up any water that you see, but the mistake that most people make is not cleaning up the water that is hidden. - Now, most people don't even realize that there is water that is hidden from their view, so they don't clean it up because they never even know that it is there.
Water has a way of seeping into cracks and getting behind the walls. This water has to be cleaned up correctly so that it doesn't cause more damage to the home later on, or so that it doesn't cause mold to grow in the home.
Two: Leave the water - Some people assume that they can leave the water and it will dry up on its own after the water evaporates. That is a big mistake because the water is not going to go away all on its own.
You have to clean up any water that is found, even if it is a small amount. The longer the water remains in your home the more damage it will cause. Water can cause damage to the foundation of a home, and it can also cause mold to grow in any area where it is left standing.
Always take time to clean up the water you can see, then get the professionals into your home to double check that all of the water is gone. If it is not, then they can take care of the water that you can't see for you.
Even Business' need SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Turlock has a clientele base that is mostly made up of residential owners. However, on those rare occasions we will get a call from a commercial business. This is what happened on a winter day when we received a frantic call from an H & R Block franchise stating that their bathroom flooded and the water was all the way out to the front of the building. Not only was this a bad situation to begin with it also happened to be during tax season. No business wants to be down for any length of time let alone during their busiest time. SERVPRO of Turlock was able to take care of the them with very minimal disruption to their business and were able to get them up and running quickly. Which I know not only made them happy but also all their tax clients too.
Fire Season 2019 - Preventing Wildfires with These Tips
Fire Season 2019 will soon be here in Northern California and from now through November property owners and renters have to be on their guard because a wildfire can break out at any moment and destroy a home within minutes.
If you own rental property in the Central Valley here are actionable tips you can use to protect your rental property.
How To Protect Your Rental Property During Fire Season
- Design smart landscaping, using gravel walkways between sections of vegetation to create firebreaks. Choose plants that are high in moisture (like aloe) or fire-resistant (like French lavender); and avoid flammable trees like conifers. Keep grass short; trim dead branches; and remove unnecessary shrubs and thin trees.
- Restrict open burning when it’s windy, dry, and hot.
- Choose fire-resistant materials when it’s time for a new roof, deck, fence, or siding. For existing structures, apply a fire-retardant coating.
- Clear debris from roofs & gutters, since dry leaves and branches are ready fuel for windblown embers.
- Consider roof-mounted sprinkler systems, which may qualify for FEMA grants in your state.
- Store combustible materials safely. Don’t keep items like gas containers where they could heat up or tip over. A cool, dark, ventilated storage area away from residential structures is ideal.
- Establish communication procedures between staff and residents for imminent threats, and hold safety drills periodically.
- Make sure you’re covered. If a home is at an elevated level of risk, property insurance companies may help with risk assessment and wildfire prevention efforts. Make sure that tenants have renters insurance for what’s inside their homes, too.
And Keep SERVPRO of Turlock's information handy if the unthinkable does happen