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How To Be Prepared Before Flooding Strikes in Manteca and Modesto

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Neighborhood Should you be struck by a flooding event, contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto at (209) 823-8877!

You don't need to live near a stream or water body before you prepare for a flood. A flood can generate long after rainfall or can happen due to inadequate drainage systems, failed levees, and dams. In Manteca and Modesto we see our fair share of flooding in the home. These floods are usually due to failed levees or even busted pipes. 

Below are a few things you should consider when preparing for a flood to help save lives and on property damage

Have a disaster supply kit for emergency use during a flood.

The kit should include the following items:

  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

· Battery-powered radio. This is important to get useful information about the flood if it is not isolated to just your home. 

  • Extra batteries
  • Food and drinking water sufficient for every member of your family for at least three days. Keep in an enclosed box or containers to get contaminated or destroyed by the flood.
  • Cash
  • Mask
  • Wrench, spanners, or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Local maps
  • Waterproof cell phones or satellite phones for emergency use.

A flood can catch you at the home, office, or on the road (in your car). It is ideal for preparing multiple supply kits for home, office, and car.

Keep important documents locked in a waterproof safe. Better to even save them electronically and have them backed up in the cloud.

It is imperative to make a family communication plan for emergencies, be it fire or flood. All family members should agree on a meeting place during an emergency. Every member of the family should practice emergency procedures and escape routes at least twice a year. Set emergency contacts that everyone (especially the kids) should be familiar with during emergencies. Identify someone outside your community where members of your family can contact or go to when separated.

Ensure your home and priorities. Ensure your home insurance policy does cover flooding that originates inside or outside your home. Choose the best insurance coverage for your home.

Ensure your insurance policy papers are safe in a waterproof box and digital to help you process your insurance after the flood.

Should you be struck by a flooding event, contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto at (209) 823-8877!

Fall Maintenance for Your Manteca and Modesto Home

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Tiles Inspect roof shingles for repairs or replacement before the storm season arrives.

Fall Maintenance for Your Manteca and Modesto Home

The fall season is synonymous with rains, storms, and likely floods. To come out on top, preparation is everything. Good preparation can minimize the impact of a disaster. Pay attention to the guidelines below so as not to be caught with damage to your homes.

  • Take inventory of your home and properties. Take time to list out your valuables. Take pictures and back up within a cloud drive/storage. This is important for insurance purposes in the event of a disaster. This is also an excellent time to reevaluate your insurance to cover likely incidents peculiar to this season.
  • Carry out home maintenance. Inspect roof shingles for repairs or replacement before the storm season arrives. Clear out gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems to ensure water drains off quickly. Inspect doors and windows, ensuring it is securely sealed when firmly shut. Keep windows clean; the same goes for curtains and shades. Last but not least, trim any trees and landscape around your environment. It lowers the possibility of having something break off.
  • All housing systems should be thoroughly inspected. Heating and ventilation must be serviced. Clean out furnace filters, reprogram your thermostat, and check water heaters. Examine the sewage system. An overflow or failed sewage is a whole class of disaster on its own. Ensure electrical backups are intact, such as generators. Storms come with the risk of lightning. When the appropriate authorities warn, turn off all electrical appliances and switch over to battery-powered sources. Ensure all backups are in functioning order.
  • Review disaster plans, evacuation plans, and evacuation routes thoroughly. Ensure everyone knows what steps to take in an emergency. Where to go, how to get there, which numbers to call, and the most important things to take along. Keep emergency kits prepped and stocked. Aside from a portable emergency kit, store the home with non-perishable food and water supplies as well.
  • Health Supplies: Given the pandemic, it is of utmost importance to have health supplies with you. Particular prescribed medication, sanitizers, nose masks, and hand gloves are the staples. Please take note of the National Center for Disease Control recommendation on the use of these items, especially with regards to the elderly, kids, and those with a medical condition. 

After reviewing the guidelines above, reach out to experts to help evaluate your plans, preparation, and drill your family or staff. This ensures no stone is left unturned or there are gaping loopholes in your plans. Such experts should be intimately familiar with the locality and its peculiarities. 

How To Deal With Fire At Your Place of Business

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

fire truck outside building Dealing with the aftermath of a fire ideally starts before a fire outbreak occurs.

How To Deal With Fire At Your Place of Business

A fire outbreak for business has far more reaching consequences than home fire outbreaks. Multiple families are affected as their source of income becomes threatened. Customers would often experience a dip in the level of service being provided. The immediate vicinity becomes unsafe due to soot and smoke. Neighboring occupants (both businesses and non-businesses) have to spend extra to ensure its safe for them as well. The ripple effect of the fire spreads further.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire ideally starts before a fire outbreak occurs. Proper measures should be put in place. 

  • A comprehensive disaster recovery plans with properly outlined steps - what to do, who to contact, and how to go get alternative processes up and running
  • A fire extinguisher is a must-have, along with regular drills. 
  • Regularly update digital and physical copies of crucial documents. 

In the aftermath of a fire, the following are vital to minimizing the downtime a business experience.

Immediately after the 911 call, call both the insurance and SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto. Both are needed to assess the financial implications and physical damage sustained. This helps to get a timeline on how soon the business can get back on its feet. 

Some insurance companies expect the business to be responsible for boarding up and securing the building from the elements and potential looters. A proper fire damage and restoration company, SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto, can help with this. 

Cleanup should get started as quickly as possible. Water from burst pipes, from the firefighters, from the weather, can easily do more damage. Smoke and soot not only adds to the damage, but it also makes the environment immediately dangerous to health and life. 

Essential documents are first removed and stored correctly before a more thorough clean up, and storage of contents begins. Tech equipment such as laptops, printers, and storage devices that may hold valuable information is a top priority. During cleanup, experts would have to try to restore such items to their original state.

An investigation into the structural integrity of the building is also carried out. This would ensure further disaster is avoided.

It is often overwhelming to do all of these while dealing with the fire; the best option would be to call a professional team like SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto. That is where we come in at SERVPRO. We are a locally owned company with national resources and expertise and ready to assist!

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.