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Causes Why Kitchen Fires Can Happen

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Causes Why Kitchen Fires Can Happen SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

The kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water and grease come together.  The most common type of fire is the grease fire.  A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

  • Too high temperature in the fryer
  • Vegetable, more flammable, oils
  • Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
  • Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
  • Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
  • Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function

Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave.  When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven.   The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call fire department.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at (925) 299-1323.  We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

Pet Fire Safety Tips

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pet Fire Safety Tips SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323
  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and counter tops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents. Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
  • Have working smoke alarms on every level of the home. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
  • Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at (925) 299-1323.  We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

What to do When the storm Comes

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do When the storm Comes SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by severe storms can be both difficult and dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your family safe and begin to get your life back together after a storm hits.

Take Safety Precautions

Storm damaged homes are dangerous places; electrical hazards, sharp things and the real risk that something heavy could fall on you.  Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.  Here are other things to consider when your home is damaged:

    • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.
    • Turn off your natural gas, electrical and water at their shutoff locations in your home.
    • Do not touch any wiring or metal plumbing fixtures as they may be carrying electrical current.

Take pictures of the damage caused by the storm

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

    • Photograph the outside of your home and any property that has been damaged during the storm, such as outbuildings or decks.
    • Photograph the inside of your home and any interior property that has been damaged before you move anything.
    • Interior and exterior pictures should be taken from multiple angles to ensure they accurately portray the extent of the damage.
    • If trees or other debris, such as a neighbor's lawn ornaments, have damaged your home, photograph them as well.
    • All pictures should be taken before any preliminary repair work begins.

Cleaning Up After a Storm

    • If the roof has been damaged, cover the areas that could be exposed to the elements with a tarpaulin.
    • Cover broken windows with plastic sheeting or plywood.
    • Exterior walls that have sustained damage should be covered with plywood or plastic sheeting.
    • Remove valuable items from the home prior to leaving for an extended period as the damage to your home may make it more easily accessible for thieves.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

    • Have the pictures you took of the damage printed, or transferred to a CD, and provide them to your claims adjuster.
    • Obtain quotes for repair work to your home and replacement cost estimates on any items that were damaged during the storm and give them to your claims adjuster.
    • If you buy replacement items, such as a television, computer, microwave, light fixtures, or carpet, be sure to keep a copy of the receipt. Photocopy your receipts before submitting them to your claims adjuster.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.

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    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Mitigation
    • Mold Remediation
    • Sewage Cleanup
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Odor Removal
    • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night to help Meriden business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

As Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

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Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Storm Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda

Mother Nature can strike at anytime and at any place.  When a severe storm blows through, it can bring with it heavy rain, flooding, high winds, lightning, hail, and even tornadoes.  The damage that storms can inflict on buildings will vary depending on the type and severity of the storm.  Some of the potential kinds of damage that different storms can cause are cracked or shattered windows, roof damage from hail, damage from fallen branches/trees or even water damage from flooding.   If that damage isn’t repaired quickly, interior damage, mold, and damage to equipment and inventory can follow - not to mention the disruption caused for your employees and customers.  The costs of repairs to commercial buildings in particular are likely to be substantial due to the high concentration of glass used in these structures. Without the full and timely payment of insurance benefits, rebuilding and repairing can be prohibitively expensive.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  understands that severe weather can happen without notice and cause water damage to your commercial property.  As a trusted restoration company, we’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.  We have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. 

Commercial Property Can Quickly Become Infested With Mold

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Can Quickly Become Infested With Mold SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Commercial Fire and Water Restoration

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire and Water Restoration Call Us Today – (925) 299-1323

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced fire damage like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (925) 299-1323

We are Ready to Help with Storm Damages

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We are Ready to Help with Storm Damages Call Us At (925) 299-1323

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (925) 299-1323.  We are always Here to Help!

Preparing for Storm and Hurricanes

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Storm and Hurricanes SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda (925) 299-1323

Fortunately with today's advance technology, meteorologist has the ability to use scientific principles to explain, understand and observe the forecast through computer programs, Doppler radar and satellite.  Knowing where storms are now can help forecasters predict where storms will be tomorrow and the next day. Though storms or hurricanes may not always be predictable, it should be taken seriously and this required that we be prepared. 

Here are some useful tips to help you and your family prepare for the storm or hurricane:

  • Tune In - Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  • Create an Emergency Plan - Discuss with your family or household members on preparing escape routes from your home.  Make sure to have means of communication (e-mail, phone and cell phone) and set places to meet.  Plan for your pets should you need to evacuate.  Most shelters will accept service animals.
  • Stock Up on Emergency Supplies - Stock non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries in air-tight containers.
  • Prepare your Home - Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition.  Keep gutters, down pipes and drains clear.  Remove tree branches that are close to your house.  Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber and secure loose items around your property.
  • Fill up Car & Get Cash - Fill up as soon as a storm looks like a possible threat. Similarly, don't wait to get cash because you might need to purchase supplies after the storm.

If you are experiencing the unfortunate storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call at 925-299-1323. We can help restore your property to preloss condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Got Mold? Found Help!

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Found Help! SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Mold can be dangerous, if you find mold in your home or business give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call! As a Large Loss Team we service Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda! We can handle any size disaster! 

Mold can be found all environments, both indoors and outdoors, year round! Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions, like what our Northern California spring and summer time.  

Lookout for mold in unsuspecting areas! Outdoor mold can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers! 

If you have any questions, give our 24 hour line a call at SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Avoiding Storm Damage

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Avoiding Storm Damage SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Preparing your home for storm damage is important. We at SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  have some tips and will focus on Hail damage and thunderstorm winds.

Not only cars suffer from hail causing dents,  after a hail storm, make sure no water is leaking through the roof because hail damage can weaken a roof to the point that leaks develop.

Thunderstorm winds can also cause significant damage: make sure you don't have loose objects in the yard. They can be thrown at the house and cause damage. significant damage is also caused by fallen tree branches so try to keep the trees close to your home pruned and the branches removed. cars in the garage may be a good idea too, nobody wants dents right? 

We hope you never go through an emergency but if it happens call us.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323