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Preparing Your Napa Business for Wildfire Season

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Businesses Have a Responsibility to Prepare for Wildfire Season

June through September are commonly when summer fires burn most fiercely. Wildfires can wreak havoc anywhere within California, and woodsy areas tend to be the most vulnerable due to the buildup of debris that rapidly catches fire. As with any natural disaster, business owners should develop a disaster recovery plan with the necessary instruction to keep businesses stable under extreme circumstances.

Develop a Wildfire Response Plan

A written wildfire response plan should be created and made accessible to all employees. Workers should be always aware of and familiar with the wildfire response plan instead of relying on it solely when a disaster quickly strikes. A plethora of copies of the wildfire response plan should be readily available when the unforeseeable happens. Employees should know the evacuation routes and practice traveling along with them. Be aware of the safest and secure location to retreat to if a wildfire burns and evacuation becomes necessary.

Maintain the Property

Scatters of natural debris can quickly start wildfires. Roofs, gutters, decks, alleys, and other areas around the property should be regularly cleaned of combustible materials, such as debris. It is important to note that dead vegetation should be immediately removed from the property.

Create a Defensible Space

Experts recommend fire scaping the property, which is otherwise known as developing a defensible property. The landscape should be structured strategically so that the disaster effect is lessened if a fire breaks out. Basically, the building is surrounded by less-flammable materials.

In fire scaping, near the business property are carefully picked, planted, and maintained to lessen the risk of combustion and diminish the rapid spread of wildfires. Fire smart plants with high moisture content and do not contain waxes, oils, or resins in their stems are ideal in fire scaping.

Protect Elevated Decks

Flammable materials should never be fixed underneath an elevated deck. Wildfires that happen have less chance to cause unrecoverable damage if the bottom of elevated decks is confined.

Close Vents

Attic and crawl space vents should be closed or safeguarded with a mesh screen to block flying ash from infiltrating the property.

Prepare a Disaster Kit

Businesses in high-risk wildfire locations benefit significantly from having a readily available disaster kit. At the least, the disaster kit should contain the following items:

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Water and canned food
  • Blankets
  • Battery-powered radio or technology to facilitate communication

Be Prepared for Alerts

Due to wildfire alerts being publicly broadcasted, it is essential to regulate how you and your employees will receive alerts and health warnings. Whether it is through public service announcements, smartphone alerts, social media, or air quality reports.

Fire Damage Restoration

When your business is overwhelmed by fires during wildfire season, immediate help is close by. SERVPRO of Napa provides reliable fire and smoke damage restoration services with a stellar reputation for rapid responses to emergencies in Napa County.

Our fire and smoke damage specialists at SERVPRO work quickly to restore the property to its pre-damaged condition. Soot is quickly removed from the property with state-of-the-art technology and advanced cleaning techniques.

Wildfires can happen anytime at a moment’s notice. SERVPRO of Napa County’s fire and smoke damage restoration professionals are available to the business and residential communities 24 hours a day and 7 days a week; for emergency and non-emergency situations.

Categories of Water Damage in Your Napa Home

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwater can cause substantial damage to your home or building and can be harmful to your health.  The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three types: clear, gray, and black. Knowing what the color of your floodwater means is important so you can clean and dispose of water safely. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO of Napa will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Cleanup, drying, and restoration services follow. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1 (Clean Water)

Clean water is water that comes from your home’s inbound water pipes, also known as potable water. Clean water is water that you could have consumed safely before it flooded through your home or business. You’ll typically see flooding from clean water coming from a broken water line, toilet tank, a leaking washing machine, or the refrigerator. Clean water that is cleaned up quickly typically doesn’t create health risks, but after just 24-48 hours of contact with your home, it can become gray water.

Category 2 (Gray Water)Category 3 (Black Water)

Black water is water that has been contaminated by floodwaters or sewage. It can wash into your home due to a flooded river, or appear from a backed-up toilet, or clogged sewage line near your Napa home. This water typically contains harmful contaminants such as bacteria, mold, and viruses, which can be very dangerous to your health. If black water damage isn’t rapidly addressed by professionals, your home can become contaminated and an unsafe environment.

Call SERVPRO of Napa County for Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Restoration Services to restore your Napa home back to a safe and clean condition. We utilize top of the line industry equipment and techniques that compliment our extensive in-house, e-video, and IICRC-certified technicians. We provide cost-effective (we will coordinate efforts of clean up with your insurance adjuster) and expedient water damage restoration and sanitization to your home.

Call Us Today – (707) 226-2181

Spring Showers...Bring Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Rainfall on roof SERVPRO is here to help, rain or shine.

Spring showers may bring flowers, but they can also bring water damage. Bottom line: Roof leaks or basement flooding can materialize with heavy rains. The water damage can then lead to hazardous mold growth, structural failure, staining, and other types of property damage. 

Common Causes of Water Damage

Water damage can happen in any home or business. Structures with excess water pooling in areas such as the basement, crawl spaces, or interior walls are at risk of long-term water damage consequences. 

Home and business owners can do their part in stopping the growth of mold by being aware of the most common areas of water pooling and water leaks. Here are a few places to monitor:

  • Be aware of pipes that are leaking or have burst. Make sure to check the basement and under sinks periodically.
  • Inspect areas that are likely to collect water, such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements.
  • Keep an eye on household appliances that use sources of water, such as the ice maker in your fridge or the dishwasher.
  • Schedule yearly cleanings and inspections of HVAC systems.
  • Thoroughly check all areas of the house after a disaster event and other weather-related water issues.

SERVPRO of Napa County 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 significantly increase the severity of the water damage. 

Call Today - (707) 226-2181

Choose SERVPRO, the Leader in Restoration

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro truck SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day

Home and business owners have many restoration companies to choose from, no matter where they live. Unfortunately, not everyone who promotes their restoration services is qualified to handle the job. It can be a difficult decision to trust a restoration company with your property, so why SERVPRO?

We have the answer for you, SERVPRO of Napa County is the fastest to any disaster. We emerge ahead of the pack through our 1-4-8 rule:

  • 1- Within 1 hour, a client will receive a call back with a firm time to dispatch a crew to their location.
  • 4- Within 4 hours, crews will be sent and onsite.
  • 8- Within 8 hours, equipment will be set, and or the cleaning process will be underway.

Another reason to choose SERVPRO is our 24-hour emergency service which is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. 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 in Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

SERVPRO of Napa County 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, and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial to 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.

Get Lost, Foul Odors!

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Skunk Some odors are harder to get rid of than others

The IICRC-certified odor removal specialists at SERVPRO are ready to tackle the toughest odors, the odors that your standard household cleaners and deodorizers simply cannot eliminate. Various situations may lead to unpleasant and unwanted smells wafting through your home or business. This includes recent property damage, such as mold infestation or fire damage which can bring smoke odors that linger for weeks. 

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Napa County has the experience and the expertise to identify and eliminate foul odors and help you quickly return to normalcy. Once we determine the odor source, we will put together a custom plan of attack that will terminate the foul odor. Our professional-level odor removal strategies, involving commercial-grade cleaning and deodorizing solutions, state-of-the-art equipment, and specialized cleaning techniques, we are here to help. However, some smells are stubborn and will require more than one process to leave your home without a trace of the odor, but we are up for the challenge.

Call Us today - (707) 226-2181

We Are Here to Help Anytime and Anywhere

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro green van Getting to you with quickness

Time is of the essence when it comes to fire, water, and smoke restoration. When accidents involve fire and water, it creates instant fear of losing everything. SERVPRO will handle your restoration job with a proven track record, a guarantee of satisfaction, and a communication commitment. Most importantly, we care about your home or business and do the job that upholds your highest standards.

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 Napa County has the specific fire and water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

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)?

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike, but we are here to help every step of the way. SERVPRO of Napa County 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 team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Choose SERVPRO for Water Damage in Your Napa County Home

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro is here to help Here to help and faster to any disaster

When you experience water damage or require fire damage cleanup and restoration, the last thing you want to worry about is which water damage companies accept your insurance. We are a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies, checking one more stressor off your list. Water damage can range from very mild to utterly disastrous. When facing water damage, professional assistance can be a massive help in both restoring your home and getting back to a sense of normalcy.

Flooding and water damage are very invasive. Water spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Napa County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize damage, cleaning, and restoration costs. 

Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. SERVPRO of Napa County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (707) 226-2181

Trust the Experts Here at SERVPRO

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro is here in your community and here to help SERVPRO is here to help our communities

SERVPRO of Napa County has seen the many forms of misery that can suddenly appear in your life. From mold removal or a flooded basement to fire damage restoration and smoke elimination, emergency restoration is something most people never think they'll need until it's too late. Damage restoration services are not all alike there's more to fire and flood water damage restoration than an excellent shop vac and a sponge. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

When you call SERVPRO of Napa County, you're calling the experts who make you feel like family. We are committed to giving you excellent service and guide you through the difficult situations you face when restoring your home.

Allow the experts to step in as SERVPRO can handle any size loss, big or small. With a fully-staffed company of trained employees, SERVPRO of Napa County has the human resources to deploy an army of workers to your location. We also own all of the latest equipment that will let us do your job right, including:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Generators
  • Air Scrubbers
  • Air Movers
  • Extractors

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 - (707) 226-2181

Spring Showers: The Do's & Don'ts When Your Home Has Water Damage

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water droplets from spring showers Don't let spring showers bring water damage

Along with the infamous spring showers, it can bring water damage resulting in your worst nightmare. Don't fret; everything is going to be okay. Call SERVPRO of Napa County, we are here to help. While this might might feel brand new to you, we see it every day and have the equipment and experience to get you dried out and return to normalcy as soon as possible. We've provided a list of what to do and what not to do while you wait for the professionals to arrive.

What To Do After Water Damage: 

  • Clear away and secure small furniture items to minimize rust or stains and expedite the restoration process.
  • Place aluminum foil under the legs of wood furniture that may leave irreversible stains to the carpet.
  • Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other personal items that may degrade the carpet's quality

What NOT To Do After Water Damage:

  • Do not use power outlets near the water source because electrical shock may result, and damage the equipment itself.
  • Do not place newspaper on wet surfaces because newspaper ink is easily transferrable.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted by water or it might enable the spread of contamination

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 - (707) 226-2181

Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to home When a fire is too big to clean by yourself, call SERVPRO of Napa County

Dealing with a fire in your home is highly stressful and can be a devastating experience. SERVPRO recognizes that residents are concerned about fire damage in their homes, and we are here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. In the meantime, we have some helpful tips for after a fire damage event before professional help arrives. 

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in your house to prevent soot particles from spreading into the upholstery and carpets until it is restored.
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Use gloves so you don't cause further damage upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Protect your belongings by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If weather allows, open windows and doors for ventilation.
  • Empty the freezer and refrigerator if the electricity gets shut off, and prop doors open with rolled towel or newspaper. Discard opened food packages as they could be contaminated.
  • Remove pets to a clean air environment.

What NOT To Do After a Fire

  • Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces.
  • Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned.
  • Toss food items or canned goods that were exposed to heat or fire.
  • Turn on the water, electricity, and gas until professionally checked. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is slightly different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for specific conditions. SERVPRO of Napa County has the equipment 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 - (707) 226-2181