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Why Choose SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto for Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire The damages from the fire, the smoke, and soot, and the water from putting out the fire can be costly.

The aftermath of a fire is not a thing of beauty. The damages from the fire, the smoke, and soot, the water from putting out the fire, and any damages done by firefighters to put out the fire can be costly. Most of the damages that will need repair are from these:

  1. The fire: The amount of damage is dependent on the intensity of the flames, the amount of time it was burning, and other factors.
  2. The smoke and soot: When various materials burn, the smoke, soot, and residue can easily ruin certain materials and properties.
  3. The water: Things not damaged by the fire may be soggy with water used to douse the fire.
  4. The firefighters: Damage such as broken walls, holes in the roof or smashed windows created to allow firefighters access to the building. Walls or windows may have been broken to allow smoke to escape, slow the growth of the fire, or make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls.

After a fire, please do not enter your damaged home or apartment unless the fire department says it is safe. Also, utility services (water, electricity, and gas) may not be safe to use. Do not try to turn them back on by yourself. Secure the services of a professional repair and restoration team as soon as possible. The quicker the response will lessen the damage, limit secondary damage, and reduce cost.

SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto is one of the top teams. While each fire and water damage restoration process is slightly different, our methods for a "typical" fire damage restoration are:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

With SERVPRO, you are guaranteed that:

  1. Our response is fast.
  2. We are specialists in water and fire damages/ restoration.
  3. We have advanced training in damage assessment and restoration techniques.
  4. We have specialized equipment to restore your property quickly.
  5. We are professional; we treat your household and items with care during the whole process.
  6. We have extensive experience. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.
  7. And most importantly, we are locally owned and operated. We understand the human and community part of the restoration.

Our mentality is “restore first”. This lowers cost and gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption. For fire and smoke damage, contact our team to mitigate your damages. Reach the SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto office at (209) 823-8877! 

Improve Indoor Air Quality with Duct Cleaning

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

man inspecting hvac system Cleaning air ducts helps reduce the number of airborne pollutants circulating in your home and improves your indoor air quality.

Do you know that the best way to improve indoor air quality is to clean or service your ventilation system regularly? Many people fail to clean or service their HVAC system after installation. The only time they remember is when it develops a fault.

Allergens such as pollen, dust, dander, mites, and pet hair can find their way to the ductwork. Bacterias, viruses, and other microbes can also be sheltered in ducts.

Cleaning air ducts helps reduce the number of airborne pollutants circulating in your home and improves your indoor air quality. Pollens and molds can settle in your ductwork and get circulated inside your rooms when your air conditioner or heater is turned on. When inhaled, air pollutants can cause breathing disorders such as asthma and allergies.

There are some basic things you can do yourself in keeping your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) clean frequently. Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean not only extends the life-span of the equipment but also enables it to operate at peak condition.

HVAC systems should be serviced every 6 months and build up specks of dirt removed for proper circulation. A dirty duct will circulate contaminated air such as mold and dust throughout your home.

As duct cleaning helps get rid of contaminants in your HVAC system, you can further improve your indoor air quality by using air purifiers, air cleaners, and ventilators to treat the air.

Avoiding Grease Cooking Fires

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

cooking bacon Cooking fried chicken for Sunday dinner, or bacon for a classic BLT sandwich for lunch, ensure you take proper precautions for fire safety.

Cooking fried chicken for Sunday dinner, or bacon for a classic BLT sandwich for lunch, ensure you take proper precautions for fire safety. When cooking in the kitchen, always clean grease immediately after cooking. Don't leave the oils and fats to pile up to avoid cooking fire. Always take the necessary precautions when cooking.

How to avoid a grease fire:

  1. Never leave your pot or frying pan unattended.
  2. Always keep your pot or pan covered to avoid grease from spilling into the fire.
  3. Reduce the temperature when heating oil to prevent splashing.
  4. Turn off the burner if you suspect the grease is getting too hot.

A grease fire can be challenging to put out. It could escalate and get worse when you try to put it out with water or a towel. To put out a grease fire, one needs to act fast and requires adequate skills with a sound mind.

Steps on how to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off the heat. Once there's a grease fire, do not pick up the pan to avoid the fire from escalating to you or the floor; rather, turn off the heat.
  2. Cut off oxygen to the fire by covering the pot or pan with a lid. Then allow the pan cool off before touching it and cleaning up.
  3. If the fire is out of control, use a fire extinguisher to set it out. If it still cannot be managed, call 911 and get everyone outside.

By all means, Do NOT...

  • Pour water on a grease fire.
  • Fan the flame with a dry or wet cloth.

It can make it worse and spread the fire.

Cleaning up after a grease fire is not always easy. It does leave a heavy scent of smoke throughout the home. But with the help of a professional, you could get your home repaired quickly and effectively without having to worry about the scent.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto today at  (209) 823-8877 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation. 

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Five Fire Safety Tips for the Office Kitchen

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

modern yellow and white office kitchen Strict safety measures should be implemented in the office kitchen as there could be many people working in the building, and safety is so important.

A small office kitchen fire is capable of leaving a devastating impact on the office, losing valuable resources, and millions of dollars to a fire. Strict safety measures should be implemented in the office kitchen as there could be many people working in the building, and safety is so important for staff and the facilities.

Here are five essential safety tips to help you get started:

1. Locate the office kitchen away from the workspace. Doing so will prevent loss on a larger scale during an outbreak, which may lead to the destruction of valuable office documents.

2. Replace worn or frayed power cords
Make sure kitchen appliances' power cords are intact always and are not exposed. Check if power cords of appliances are exposed and cover or replace it.

3. Watch food as it cooks
Standard working ethics advise there are designated time for work and break time. In order not to get distracted in the kitchen, avoid going there during working hours. If you have something to do, finish up before going to the office kitchen.
Turn off kitchen appliances before leaving the kitchen to avoid an outbreak.

4. Maintain a cleaning habit for kitchen appliances regularly
There may be spills of food on microwave, oven, and toaster, take it as a responsibility to remove the spillages and clean appliances except if you have a designated person for the job.

5. Train employees to use a fire extinguisher
Accidents are bound to happen anytime and anywhere. Staff members must be properly trained on how to use fire extinguishers and other safety measures to tackle and fire hazards they encounter while in the office.

Safety is essential anywhere we find ourselves. Employees should be kept abreast of the standard safety practices of NFPA and should know what to do when faced with fire challenges.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

sprinkler valves To avoid someone closing a valve when it should be open or opening one when it should be closed, it is a good idea to place signs near the sprinklers.

Sprinklers are good for moments fires start, and you are unaware or unavailable to put it out. A properly working fire sprinkler should be able to prevent a small fire from escalating. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to keep your sprinkling system clean and in right working conditions to avoid substantial collateral damages.

Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

Maintenance requires you to run a routine check on your sprinkling system to ensure it's active when needed.

To avoid someone closing a valve when it should be open or opening one when it should be closed, it is a good idea to place signs near the sprinklers.

Train employees on the functions of sprinklers, how to operate, which valves to open and close, what each valve represents to ensure everyone knows what to do during an emergency.

While rationing employees, ensure they are familiar with the NFPA Code 25. No knowledge is lost, knowing the basics of sprinkler systems and system safety can go a long way in saving lives and properties.

Sprinklers in places of high heat like a bakery and stores should be tested frequently or replaced with high-heat heads. Heat detector sensors of sprinklers in crowded areas can be messed up, especially in contact with objects.

When carrying out painting maintenance, remember to remove taps or lids used to cover the sprinkler head when finished.

In the long run, inspect pipes every five years and replace gauges.
Sprinkler heads should be changed every twenty years for a fast response. Basic functions of the control valves, alarm switches, and backflow preventers should undergo inspection annually. Also, general system checks should be carried out periodically.

In case the sprinkler fails, inspect the cause of failure, and resolve faults. Ensure sprinklers are in proper working condition. Sprinkler systems have proved productive over hundreds of years. They should be taken seriously to avoid the spread of fire and tackle it quickly.

Common Dangers in Older Homes

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

white paint and paint supplies Paints used before 1978 are lead-based which means you can be exposed to lead poison.

Old homes really do possess a charm. However, aging also does affect things in homes that can harm individuals. There is no cause for alarm, all you need to do is check a few things out and you’re good to go.

  • Poisoning From Lead Paint and Plumbing

Paints used before 1978 are lead-based which means you can be exposed to lead poison. Lead poisoning is extremely dangerous to both children and adults. However, it is less likely that lead-based paints on friction surfaces like windows or that are still in good condition are dangerous. Once it is scraped and exposed, the lead dust can spread around the home and can cause health problems.

Check all painted surfaces for any sign of deterioration and call a professional service to get it tested.

Lead can also be found in pipes and it could contaminate or poison your water and put your health at risk. If you’re living in an old building, get your water tested for lead poisoning. 

  • Polybutylene Pipes Hazard

Polybutylene (PB) used by plastic manufacturers between 1978 and 1995 to produce pipes recorded a high amount of incidence of ruptured pipes resulting in property damage in the U.S. before being shut down. Although companies have stopped using PB, many homes still use them. Consider inspecting your PB pipes if they are intact or replacing them completely.

  • Deteriorating Asbestos Hazard

When asbestos begins to deteriorate, it can release tiny fibers which when inhaled gets trapped in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. Mesothelioma and fatal cancers are diseases asbestos exposure can cause.

  • Outdated Electrical Wiring

The electrical wiring methods of old buildings may not be to standard and can cause risk of a fire outbreak. The CPSC records about 46,000 fires caused by electrical wiring failure yearly. According to the CPSC, the majority of affected homes built about 40 to 100 years ago have not been inspected before.

Some obvious signs your electrical system is failing are frequent sparks, flickering or dim lights, frequent power outages, unusual sounds like sizzles or burning smells, smoke, electrical shock, shrinking of television pictures, damaged insulation, and hot switches or outlets.

Get a professional electrician to inspect your electrical wiring system to avoid these fire hazards.

10 Home Electronics to Clean Regularly

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

computer and mouse Dust settles readily on computers and laptops.Dust your computer weekly.

We make use of electronic devices regularly daily. It is essential to keep them clean as we always touch them. One of the ways to make electronic devices last longer is by cleaning them regularly. Below are tips on ten basic home electronic devices to periodically clean.

Before cleaning an electronic device, it is essential to read the instructions manual to know where not to touch to avoid damage. Please avoid the use of water on electronic devices; it may lead to spark and damage the equipment.

  • Cellphones and Tablets

Statistics have it that a cellphone is covered with about 25,127 bacteria. Clean your cellphones and tablets regularly with wipes. There are special cleaning fluids for cleaning screens or a UV light to disinfect your screens. Dampen a microfiber cloth in a mix of water and isopropyl alcohol in the ratio 60:40 and use it to wipe your device screens daily when turned off. Microfiber cloths should be used to avoid scratch.

  • Computers and Laptops

Dust settles readily on computers and laptops. Before you clean the screen of your computer or laptop, turn off the device. Dip a microfiber cloth into a mix of warm water and soap. Squeeze out the excess water and wipe screens to remove specks of dirt, continue the cleaning process at least twice on a screen. Remove lingering moisture or streaks from devices with a dry microfiber cloth.

Use a blower to blow hidden dirt hiding inside the desktop after opening the cover. If you'd rather not remove the cover, you can schedule a professional cleaning service for your computer. Dust your computer weekly.

  • Keyboard and Mouse

According to researchers from the University of Arizona, an office desktop is capable of housing bacteria 400 times more than a seat toilet. The majority of these bacterias are found on the keyboard and mouse. Due to the frequent use of these two devices, ensure they are cleaned regularly to keep germs at bay.

Debris stuck between keys on the keyboard can be removed using compressed air. Cotton swabs dipped in alcohol can be used to clean each of the keys. Clean the mouse with a microfiber dipped in alcohol. The keyboard and mouse should be cleaned weekly.

  • How to clean the printer

Clean printers regularly to keep it free from dust. You can use compressed air or a small handheld vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt that builds up inside the printer.

  • Headphones and Earphones

Over time, headphones and earphones become coated in sweat, wax, and dust and dirt as they come into contact with the ear. It is best to clean headphones and earphones regularly to avoid the migration of soil onto the ear. 

  • Flat-Screen TVs and Remote Controls

These are essential things to clean when doing your regular daily cleaning routine. However, just like cleaning the screen of computers and laptops, do the same for your TV for a thorough cleaning routine. Unplug the TV and wipe clean with microfiber dipped in a mixture of warm water and soap twice. Clean with dry microfiber to altogether remove moisture and stuck debris. Check the remote battery pack and clean the package and the remote surface.

  • Smart Speaker

Smart speakers are easy to clean with a damp microfiber cloth.

  • Game Consoles and Controllers

Dust and wipe off consoles and controllers during regular daily cleaning or at least once a week. However, please do not open the console to clean it; leave that to the professionals.

  • Modems and Routers

Routers and modems should be cleaned weekly or monthly as the case may be by dusting and wiping down with a dry microfiber to keep it in good working condition.

  • Streaming Devices

Just a simple wipe when doing your routine daily cleaning will keep them in good condition.

How to Disinfect Your Home

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Someone cleaning the sink Disinfecting your home is essential to kill bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that may be harmful to humans.

Disinfecting your home is essential to kill bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that may be harmful to humans. We come in contact with many germ carriers in the home-like knobs, tables, remotes, utensils, toilets, and more. However, to stay safe and secure, you must use disinfectants when cleaning the house. The most active disinfectants are bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hot water.

The Best Disinfectants

The Center for Disease Control recommends using a bleach solution diluted with water or a 70% alcohol solution for high-contact surfaces.

To make your bleach disinfectant, use five tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

The bleach solution is practical in nonporous surfaces like the bathroom and mopping with a bleach solution is recommended.

Tip: By all means, avoid mixing bleach with anything other than water. Bleach is a powerful chemical that could set off a dangerous chemical reaction when combined with other substances. Do not mix bleach with alcohol.

You could use regular alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol) of at least 70% alcohol if you don't have bleach at home. Rubbing alcohol should be diluted.

Different disinfectants perform different purposes. Some disinfectants are more effective than the other, depending on the composition.

  • Disinfectants should be left on a surface for about 10 minutes before wiping off. Surfaces that need to be disinfected are tables, remotes, railings, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, sinks, and faucets daily or often as the case may be.
  • Bleach should not be used on hardwood and other porous floors because of stain. Bleach is very powerful and may change the color of porous surfaces.
  • You can disinfect counter tops first by using soap and water, then use the bleach solution or rubbing alcohol to kill the virus, bacteria, or microorganism.
  • When doing the laundry, soak clothes in hot water for 30 to 45 minutes before washing and dry clothes with high heat to kill microbes.

Wipe your laundry hamper down like you would other surfaces to avoid microbes that could have migrated from clothes to remain.

Practice self-care when using disinfectants by wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. Alcohol and bleach can be very aggressive on the skin.

Fire Safety Tips for the Office

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

No Lighting Matches Sign You can contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto to help you restore your fire damaged property in the shortest time possible.

Fire outbreak can cause serious commotion in an office with everybody running about not knowing what to do next. This can lead to loss of documents, properties, and money. As a responsible business owner, protecting your facility and employees against fire breakouts should be taken seriously. It is the responsibility of real estate agents and business owners to be aware of fire prevention issues and measures needed to reduce the risks. In order to prevent and protect against fire outbreak, the following fire prevention tips are essential for an office.

  • Enlighten your employees on the importance of fire safety

Educate your employees on fire safety measures to protect them and your office. Put up visible fire safety signs in strategic places in the office to remind employees of what to do during a fire outbreak. Ensure employees keep all the equipment in the proper order to avoid causing a fire.

  • Install Automatic Sprinkler Systems and Fire Extinguishers

Install automatic sprinkler systems and place fire extinguishers in visible places in the office for emergency purposes.

  • Strictly Enforce No Smoking Policies

Smoking should not be allowed within the office space. Cigarettes are a potential threat in the office, if not properly disposed of, it can cause a fire when in contact with papers and office furniture. Enforce strict smoking policies and penalties for defaulters.

  • Do Not Store Combustible Products In Buildings Without Safety Measures In Place

Keep combustible materials far from the office. The store for such items should be isolated from the office to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

  • Install Smoke Alarms and Detectors

The importance of installing smoke alarm detectors is to notify you of a fire outbreak in the building immediately. This gives you the opportunity and time to put out the fire before it escalates.

  • Check Your Fire Alarms/Detection Regularly

Have the fire alarm systems checked and serviced regularly to ensure it can serve during a fire outbreak. Replace damaged or old fire alarm systems.

  • Be in Touch with the Local Fire Department

Have your local fire department inspect your office space and give you professional advice concerning fire safety equipment and measure. 

  • Maintain Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Electrical systems and appliances that have not been maintained can cause a fire. Ensure you use standard electrical wiring systems in the office. Check your electrical appliances regularly and repair/replace faulty/damaged appliances. Ensure employees turn off all electrical appliances before leaving the office.

Let the maintenance department check your building and electrical connections regularly to avoid sparks which may lead to a fire outbreak. Office fire can lead to a serious loss of funds. However, you can contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto to help you restore your fire damaged property in the shortest time possible. We know the importance of staying open for business, that is why restoration of commercial properties gutted by fire is swiftly done to help you open your business quickly.