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5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

A lot of insurance policies for homeowners cover water damage but who wants to go through the hassle?  Instead, use these 5 basic tips to prevent water and mold damage in the first place.

Pay close attention to your water bill!

Most water pipes are hidden behind the walls and floors in your home so you might not know there’s a problem until the damage is done.  It’s important to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill.  If you start seeing your bill creep up or get uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

Grease in your sink can cause a big stink!

NEVER put grease down your kitchen sink drain if possible.  Whether you flush it down with hot or cold water or detergent, it can still harden and cling to the plumbing causing some serious damage.  The best thing to do is to pour that grease into an empty container and let it sit out on the counter or in the refrigerator.  Once it firms up, you can just toss in the garbage and be done with it.

Don't throw a gutter ball when it comes to your roof gutters!

You might not think about it often but have you checked your roof gutters lately?  If you can safely do so, give it a good look before storm season arrives.  If they are clogged with debris from trees or maybe even birds, they might not be working the way they are intended to.  When the rain pours down a clogged gutter can send water where you don’t want it go; into your roof, foundation, or basement causing water and mold damage.  Make sure to keep them clean and if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Remember your school volcano project?  Let's not try that in the plumbing!

From your kitchen sink causing a stink to the rub-a-dub-dub there's a clog in the tub, drain backups are going to happen.  Chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again.  While they may work at getting that clog free, they are also caustic chemicals that eat away at your plumbing and are not good for your health too.  Overusing chemical drain cleaners can set yourself up for leaks down the road.  Instead, invest in a good drain snake at your local hardware store.  You can snake your way through most any clog without damaging your plumbing and your health.

Don't let the Rise of the (Washing) Machines ruin your week!

Most homeowners don't think about their washing machine hoses after they are first installed.  Unfortunately, these inconspicuous and inexpensive plumbing components flood a lot of houses.  Leave a 3 to 4-inch gap between the back of your washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection.  Regularly check the hoses for signs of cracks and if at all possible replace with steel braided or auto-shutoff hoses.  It's also a good practice to replace your washing machine hoses every 5 years.

Don't let water damage ruin your week.  Call the experts at SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counites & Sonora at (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555 for help.

Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Motherlode.

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -
(209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Click here to Meet Our Crew!

Does Your Amador County Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Amador County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Amador County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

For Immediate Service in Calaveras County, Call SERVPRO

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

General  For Immediate Service in Calaveras County, Call SERVPRO Calaveras County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Calaveras County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

Residential Services

Whether your Calaveras County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Calaveras County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services by clicking here.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips Most of the time, the mold growth you see on drywall is much more extensive on the backside. Don't let it contaminate your home, call us today!

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 Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora 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 Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora 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) 223-4423 / (209) 536-6555

When Storms or Floods hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, SERVPRO is ready! Jackson Creek flooding in Jackson, CA.

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (209) 223-4423

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleaup and Restoration

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleaup and Restoration Cleanup of a fiery plane wreckage at a local airport.

Trained to Handle Whatever Comes Our Way

All of SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora technicians have been trained and certified in Biohazard/Crime Scene cleanup.  With our training, we know how to effectively and safely remove and properly dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accidents, trauma, crime scenes or deaths.  Our technicians will thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize affected areas according to OSHA guidelines.

 

Safety Is a Priority

Trying to clean up biohazard site can be dangerous which is why we take every precaution in safety and disposal of contaminated materials.  Because of this, we are registered with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Environmental Protection Agency as a Hazardous Waste Transporter as well as the California Department of Public Health as a Trauma Scene Waste Management Practitioner.

 

Care and Concern

We understand that it can be traumatic when dealing with events such as biohazard and crime scene cleanup which is why we strive to make the process go as quick and smooth as possible all the while remaining discrete and respectful of the situation.  Available 24/7 365 days a year, we are your local trained professionals ready to help you in your time of need.

 

Have Questions about Biohazard/Crime Scene Cleanup?

Call Us Today – (209) 223-4423

Amador County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Amador County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Amador County Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (209) 223-4423

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Most of the time, the mold growth you see on drywall is much more extensive on the backside. Don't let it contaminate your home, call us today!

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 Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora 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 Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora 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) 223-4423 / (209) 536-6555

Restoring Your Motherlode Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Motherlode Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event This flooded commercial building was cause by a broken fire suppression line.

Flooding and water damage events at motherlode commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • CMT - Certified Mold Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SMT - Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician