Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines
Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.
San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --
The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.
Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.
Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.
The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often.
They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration, SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.
As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.
For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.
Atascadero Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home
Water Damage Atascadero
A report on the most common signs of water damage has just been released by Atascadero water damage company, SERVPRO.
This report is valuable to property owners and residents who might be suspecting water damage in Atascadero, or any other location. Knowing the signs to watch for and taking care of any damage right away is much less costly than ignoring the signs. Early detection of water damage in Atascadero buildings is much less expensive to repair when the damage is noticed than to wait.
Check out the full report below.
The Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home
Water damage can be a huge issue in a person’s home and can often cost thousands and thousands of dollars. While sometimes water damage is obvious (such as a leaky faucet, huge wet spot or burst pipe), more often than not, it is quite difficult to locate. With that in mind, here are some common signs of water damage in a home to keep an eye out for.
An Unpleasant Odor
There are many different potential causes of a bad smell in a home or apartment, but one that most people don’t think of is water damage. However, when residual water stagnates and is hidden over time, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria like mold. This will quickly begin to smell and has been described as very “earthy”.
In addition to just smelling mold and other bacteria growing, people can sometimes see it with their own two eyes. Mold spores in the air find their way into hidden cracks in the structure of the home, and if water is also present there, mold can begin to materialize. It will often be fuzzy and discoloured, and should look very out of place. However, mold can be tough to see sometimes as it doesn’t always appear in giant patches, and even just a small bit of mold can signify some water damage.
Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings
If people want to check for water damage, the structural aspects of the home are the first places to look. Walls, ceilings and floors are places that can give owners huge hints as to whether they have water damage. Look for stains, sagging and drooping, among other abnormalities.
Suffering from water damage? If so, reach out to Atascadero water damage company SERVPRO for help. They have been in the business for around 50 years and pride themselves on their work ethic, fair prices, and customer service.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
P.O. Box 1794
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Why choose SERVPRO Atascadero water damage restoration specialists?
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster. From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.”
SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorbs into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.
Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.
SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO Atascadero professionals are versed in the standards set by
• Advanced equipment and techniques
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO Atascadero carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: Initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.
SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners to Avoid Paso Robles Water Damage
Professional water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the four most common causes of water damage and how to avoid or prevent water damage to one’s home.
Paso Robles, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing the four most common causes of Paso Robles water damage and how to avoid this type of scenario. Homeowners can avoid excessive water damage by following prevention tips listed in the report.
To view the report, click here (link), or see below:
4 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home
Water damage can have a serious effect on a house, including rendering it a total loss in extreme cases. Below are the four most common causes of water damage and tips for avoiding damage to one’s home.
Bursting or Leaking Pipes
This is one of the most common causes of home flooding and can lead to excessive water damage. Drains which become backed up with debris can block and cause pressure in the pipe, leading to a burst or leak. Incorrectly operating garbage disposals are another culprit of bursting pipes. Additionally, roots growing in the yard can move into sewer lines causing issues with piping and plumbing.
Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of garbage disposal units and avoid putting excessive amounts of food or waste down the drain.
Issues with plumbing
Hoses and pipe joints which aren’t fully attached to plumbing fixtures can cause flooding in the home. Flooding can happen rapidly in a situation like this, leading to water damage and potential mold in the affected area.
Tip: Periodically check under bathroom and kitchen sinks for worn out hoses and pipe joints.
Areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements can be more susceptible to water damage if water has been introduced and never removed. Moisture can leak through concrete foundation causing water and mold damage to lower levels of the home. Air leakage into the section between the home and the attic can cause moisture on the underside of the roof and lead to rotting and mold.
Tip: Periodically check for air leaks or moisture build-up in mold-prone areas, including the basement and attic.
Malfunctioning Household Appliances
When appliances age, their pipes and hoses deteriorate causing cracks and rust to form leaving them weak and susceptible to bursting. Household appliances which can cause the most water damage include washing machines, water heaters, refrigerators and dishwashers.
Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of household appliances and replace any old or worn out hosing and tubing.
Following these suggestions can save homeowners time, money and stress. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Paso Robles water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.
SERVPRO in Paso Robles
1702 Westfield Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
Atascadero SERVPRO Water Damage And Fire Damage Restoration Specialists Release Report On Reducing Fire Risk
Fire and Water Damage
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage and fire damage restoration specialists have released a report this week on how to reduce the risk of fire as summer approaches.
As temperatures rise, especially in dry, warm climates such as Atascadero, fire risk increases as well. Entire communities need to work together, especially those in fire-dependent ecosystems, creating fire-wise solutions that will help to prevent fires from happening, and to ensure that when they do, that fire fighters can effectively extinguish them.
“For those of us that live in fire-dependent habitats such as Atascadero, it’s not if a fire will occur, it’s when,” said Atascadero SERVPRO owner Joe Powers.
Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire, and when fire does occur, that it is possible for firefighters effectively combat them.
Check smoke detectors
Working smoke detectors can save lives. What may start as a small kitchen fire can quickly spread. Make sure to keep smoke detectors fully charged and operational.
Have an EDITH
EDITH stands for: Exit drills in the home. Cal Fire suggests sketching a floor plan of the home, and then creating an escape plan with arrows that map out the primary and secondary escape routes. Then, have a drill and test out the routes.
Create a firebreak around your home
A firebreak is a gap in vegetation that will stop or slow the spread of a wildfire. Having flammable vegetation directly surrounding a home will make it extremely difficult for fire fighters to save it.
The Atascadero Fire Chief Kurt Stone released the following standards for clearance requirements of vegetative growth:
- a) Maximum height of 4 inches
b) Located within 100 feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer
c) Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway
d) Located within 50 feet from each property line
e) Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways
Replacing plants that are prone to fire with plants that are more fire resistant can dramatically reduce the risk of fire around a home. Some fantastic fire resistant plant options include: all species of iceplant, wild strawberry, carnations, and all succulents. In general, look for moist, supple leaves, and plants with little sap production. Keep in mind that fire resistant plants can still ignite, but they can reduce the risk of fire and make it easier for firefighters to access the home during the event of a fire.
About SERVPRO Atascadero water and fire damage restoration specialists
SERVPRO Atascadero is the leader in disaster, fire, and water damage restoration. They are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.” Call today at (805) 466-6618.
SERVPRO Atascadero water damage specialists release report on the dangers of black mold
ATASCADERO, Ca. — Black mold is a common household danger that many will at some point encounter, but there are many common misconceptions held about black mold and its toxicity. Today, Atascadero water damage restoration and mold restoration specialists SERVPRO released a report further examining the dangers if this common household problem.
What is black mold?
Stachybotyrs chartarum, more commonly known as black mold, is a toxic fungus that can cause several types of problems when the spores are inhaled. Neurological, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, and many other problems are not uncommon symptoms.
Neurological symptoms of black mold inhalation
Black mold can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person’s mental ability, causing a variety of mental and neurological problems, including:
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
Less severe symptoms consist of anxiety, dizziness, shaking, shortened attention span, and delayed reflexes.
Respiratory symptoms of black mold inhalation
Since black mold is a fungus, it is the toxic spores and mycotoxins that do a majority of the damage to the body, generally when they are inhaled. As a result, black mold takes a heavy toll on the respiratory system. Pulmonary hemorrhaging (bleeding of the lungs), bleeding gums, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, swollen lungs, and nosebleeds are all notable symptoms of trichothecene mycotoxins that are lodged in the mucus membranes.
Circulatory symptoms of black mold inhalation
Black mold can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin or eyes and can eventually enter the blood stream leading to problems with blood clotting, heart damage, hemorrhaging, vomiting blood, and heart inflammation amongst other problems.
What can you do in the event of black mold exposure?
The first step would be to identify symptoms of mold poisoning, as listed above. Anyone who is experiencing mold poisoning should see a physician to inspect for allergic reactions or a lung infection. The black mold must be removed from your home to make a full recovery.
SERVPRO is your local disaster, fire, water, and mold damage specialists. They are Atascadero’s water damage restoration leaders, and are readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help any customers in need. SERVPRO Atascadero strives to make your problem, “like it never happened.” Call them today at (805) 466-6618.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
Atascadero, CA 93422
SERVPRO: A company you can rely on
Fire and Water Damage
Providing water and fire damage restoration services since 1967, we know what it’s like to suffer from the inconveniences that fire, water, and mold can cause. We have your fire and mold repair needs under control! We are a company you can trust to be efficient in doing what you’re paying us for, whether its mold remediation, fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, or storm and flood damage, we do it all!
Providing 24/7 emergency service
We deliver service all over the county, from Shandon to SLO, and we’re readily available 24/7 to serve all your emergency needs, whether it’s a fire or a flood, there’s nothing we can’t take care of.
We have offered Paso Robles fire and mold repair, but we can also restore damage caused by biohazards, rodent infestations, storms, natural disasters, and even floods. With our access to special disaster recovery teams strategically placed throughout the county for optimal response time, we can respond to disasters as fast as you may need us to restore your property and make it “Like it never happened.”
Our staff is highly skilled to suit any and all property damage restoration needs. We are constantly investing in advanced training methods and techniques to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in mold remediation and fire damage restoration so we’re always at the top of our game!
We’re highly-trained in all areas of damage control, both commercial and residential, to supply you with the best restoration services in the county, whenever and wherever you need us. While we’re doing our job, you can rest easily knowing that the problem has now been placed in the hands of our highly qualified staff.
We even offer cleanup services!
Every hour you spend cleaning is an hour of productivity and revenue lost. In the time you spent cleaning up, you could have been running your business! At SERVPRO, in addition to restoration, we also offer cleanup and inspection services. Whether it be carpet or upholstery cleaning, construction cleanup, sewage cleanup, biohazard cleanup, trauma scene cleanup, rodent infestation cleanup, or even something as simple as mold remediation, let us take care of all of your Paso Robles fire and mold repair needs.
For a helping hand you can trust, call SERVPRO fire and mold repair experts today at (805) 239-0466. SERVPRO is based in Atascadero and has provided services for clients in all of North County including Paso Robles.
After serving various clients with Paso Robles mold damage remediation needs, we know the strains that a disaster such as water, fire, mold, or storm damage can put on a property. There’s no job too large for us, whether it be commercial or residential, we have the experience and know-how to restore your property back to pre-disaster conditions in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible. With our highly-skilled technicians, we aim to minimize the difficulties you encounter in a home disaster and provide you with a safety net to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never happened”
We are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any emergency situations you may encounter, and we even have access to 1,650 SERVPRO franchises located throughout the country. In the event of an emergency or disaster, we even have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams systematically placed throughout the country to optimize response time and arrive at the scene of emergency in the most timely and professional manner as possible.
Highly-skilled and trained staff
SERVPRO takes pride in our employees. Our technicians are highly skilled and are constantly looking to improve themselves. We have, in the past, served clients looking for Paso Robles mold damage remediation specialists, and we constantly invest in the latest training and mold remediation techniques to be sure that we’re up to date on our stuff. You can rest assured, knowing that whether it be fire, water, or mold damage, you’re in good hands with SERVPRO at the wheel. We’re dedicated to maintaining the smile on the faces of our many customers, and we won’t rest until they’re satisfied. When fire damage occurs, often times the firefighting efforts will leave water damage and that can lead to a mold infestation. Mold can produce harmful allergens and irritants and can be a huge burden on a household or workplace. Whatever it may be, SERVPRO has the tools and know-how to remediate it. We first locate the source of the water feeding the mold and cut it off, then the mold remediation process begins. We use a negative air pressure chamber to isolate the infected area, and demolish any remaining spores to make sure that your mold problems are no longer existant.
How can I contact SERVPRO?
Reach us by phone at (805) 239-0466. When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on!
SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster
American Red Cross
Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster
preparedness and recovery efforts.
Atascadero, CA (Grassroots Newswire) June 1, 2016 -- The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.
According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.
One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long, said Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents and cooking is something most people do every day.
Although SERVPRO's business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.
SERVPRO's commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services, said Powers.
Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.
For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and
Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
What is SERVPRO?
SERVPRO is your local Atascadero mold damage remediation specialists. We know the strains water, fire, and mold can put on your place of residence or business, and in an effort to help you, we are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it is minor damage such as a burst pipe, or major damage from a heavy storm, SERVPRO is here to help! We are constantly investing in the latest mold remediation techniques for when your water damage problems become mold infestation problems, so you never have to worry.
Why should I trust SERVPRO?
Well, people all over the county rely on us to help them when they’re in need, and so far we have yet to let a single customer down! Fire, mold, or water damage, we can take care of it in the most timely and professional manner possible, assuring that you receive the customer service you’re paying for.
We lead in storm and recovery damage, and in the event of a major storm or disaster have access to the resources and personnel of over 1,650 franchises, as well as strategically placed special Disaster Recovery Teams throughout the country to optimize response time, and quickly make it “Like it never happened.”
We are the number one Atascadero mold damage remediation specialists, and we constantly are investing in the latest mold remediation techniques and training for our already highly qualified staff.
Atascadero mold damage restoration
Mold spreads quickly, and can produce allergens and irritants, which can be a major disturbance in your place of residence; SERVPRO Atascadero can assess, inspect, and remediate your property if necessary.
We first stop the source of water feeding the mold, and then isolate the affected area using a negative pressure chamber to make sure your mold problem is no longer existent!
Atascadero fire damage restoration
Even fire or smoke damage is no big deal to our highly trained damage specialists. We will take care of any soot, smoke, or fire damage done to your property and restore it as quickly and professionally as possible, and that is our guarantee. At SERVPRO, we strive to take your problems into hands you can trust and quickly make it “Like it never happened.”
Where can I reach SERVPRO?
SERVPRO, Atascadero Mold Damage Remediation specialists have a local office in Atascadero located at 8855 Curbaril Ave. or you can reach us by telephone at (805) 466-6618. When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO, for all your water, fire, and mold damage restoration needs!