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Being prepared for anything

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Most storm, fire, and water damage happens unexpectedly and emergencies can catch residents unprepared. You’re smart to have an emergency supply bag or container already stocked with the basics you need should an emergency happen. When the New Yorker published an article in 2015 called ‘The Really Big One” many people began re-evaluating their personal preparedness. SERVPRO is a national partner of the American Red Cross, an organization that advises all of us to have an emergency supply kit or evacuation pack that includes the following:

Emergency survival kit

  • Store a kit at home, at work and at each child’s school or daycare facility.
  • Dry or canned food and drinking water for each person
  • Can opener
  • First aid supplies and first aid book
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, licenses, and insurance policies
  • "Special needs" items for family members such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medications
  • A change of clothing
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Battery powered radio or television
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof matches
  • Toys, books, puzzles, games
  • Extra house keys and car keys
  • List of contact names and phone numbers
  • Food, water and supplies for pets

Additional items you can store at home for use during an emergency

  • Cooking supplies
  • Barbecue, camp stove
  • Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal or camp stove fuel
  • Plastic knives, forks, spoons
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

    Sanitation supplies

  • Large plastic trash bags for trash, water protection
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine and infant supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach with no additives, and eyedropper (for purifying drinking water)
  • Newspaper — to wrap garbage and waste

    Comfort

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Gloves for clearing debris
  • Tent

    Tools

  • Ax, shovel, broom
  • Crescent wrench for turning off gas
  • Screwdriver, pliers, hammer
  • Coil of one-half inch rope
  • Plastic tape and sheeting
  • Knife or razor blades
  • Garden hose for siphoning and fire fighting
  • In flood, earthquake and other natural disasters, recovery will be much easier if you’re prepared with emergency survival tools and supplies like these.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do no hesitate to call SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765.

Who we are

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

You may know us as the Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration Company. But did you know that there are over 20 services that we can provide. The team at SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest is ready to help you at a moment’s notice 24/7/365.  A few of the other services that we provide include…

    • Mold Mitigation
    • Document Restoration
    • Duct Cleaning
    • Deodorization                  
    • Reconstruction
    • Vandalism Cleanup
    • Forensic Remediation
    • Storm Response

Our team here at SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest can help you with whatever disaster that you may have. We are locally owned and operated, and ready to serve you.

Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, property manager, or first responder we are here for you. There is no disaster that is too large or too small that we can't handle. From our trained and uniformed crews to our professional restoration consultants, the cleanup team at SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest is here to help make your disaster, “Like it never even happened." For more information on how we can help you be prepared or for a consultation please call us at (559) 261-9765

Smoke and Soot

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

·         Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

·         Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

·         The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

·         Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

·         Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

·         Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

We would love to help you and make a difficult time less stressful. Call SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765 for more information.

What's that smell?

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold often produces a distinctive scent that many would describe as a 'smelly odor' that rarely goes away. This odor might decrease when the humidity decreases or the temperature is cooler, but the moldy smell never truly goes away. Spores from growing mold are often released, and it is the chemicals that these spores carry with them that can cause an otherwise very clean home, to have a musty smell.

Your home can develop mold damage when moisture levels are high enough to support mold colonies. Fungi require a steady supply of moisture to continue to grow and SERVPRO crews use this to find where mold is lurking in your home. Our fully trained microbial remediation technicians use building moisture thermography, also known as BMT,  to detect higher levels of moisture that could be a source of water for the mold. Not every area that has greater than normal levels of moisture has mold, but drier areas are less likely to be able to support living mold colonies.

Removing drywall and other materials from your home that have been damaged by mold is part of the remediation process. Sometimes, replacement of these materials with new materials is sufficient, but other items can be cleaned and then returned depending on the severity.

Carpeting is one type of material in your home that needs to be examined before deciding to replace or restore. Changing your carpeting when remediating mold can be a low-cost way to remodel areas of your home. It 's hard to remove mold and spores from carpeting because of the fibrous nature of the carpeting and its backing in cases of severe infestations.

Other types of flooring are often restored as well. Wood floors can be sanded and resealed and our technicians can clean linoleum floors when the damage is not extensive.

SERVPRO knows that every part of your home is important, and we make sure that every area where mold exists in your home is remediated. We easily and accurately locate where water may be entering into your home so that we eliminate future problems before they begin.

Call SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765 to rid your home of the moldy smell for good. We take your calls at any day or night and are prepared to help you. 

How to beat the Fresno heat

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

The Fresno heat can be unbearable during the summertime.  Here are some helpful tips and advice from SERVPRO to help stay cool during those hot days!

1. Plan time inside:

-Go to lunch with a friend in a cooled restaurant

-Walk through the mall

-Check out the Fresno Art Museum

-See a movie!

2. Stay covered:

-Find a place to relax under a tree

-Use an umbrella when walking outdoors

-Use fans

3. Hydrate properly:

-Drink water every 15 minutes

-6-12oz at a time to total at least a gallon of water a day

4. Stay near water:

-If a pool is not accessible at your home, find a local public pool

-Take a short drive to Millerton Lake

5. Recognizing signs of heat illness:

-Profuse/excess sweating

-Confusion or mumbling

-Chills or feeling cold

-Vomiting

*Never take signs lightly, illnesses can increase drastically and become life threatening. Seek medical attention immediately.

Summer Duct Cleaning

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

The last thing you want to happen during the scorching Fresno temperatures is to lose your air conditioning unit.  SERVPRO is here to help prevent this. 

As the weather heats up here in the Central Valley, we will all begin to utilize our air conditioners more often.  Before the summer heat arrives, call a service professional from SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest to inspect your air conditioner's duct work.

Keeping your duct work clean can extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment and prevent any problems that may arise. This can in the long run save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

With that being said, duct cleaning is not always necessary. However,  SERVPRO Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system and your family.

For more information on duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765.

Flooding Safety

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back on top.

SERVPRO's quick response to water damage

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

If water damage of any kind has occurred in your home, it is important to take action as soon as possible. When it comes to plaster and drywall becoming wet, some problems arise. Mold growth can begin, framing wood splits and swells, and the structural integrity of your home weakens. Even if you see just minor bubbling, spots, or peeling, you want to move fast, so the problem does not become much larger.
 
When you need water removal in your Fresno home, no wall is safe from damages that can occur if they got wet during the disaster. In particular, drywall is at risk to weaken and even collapse. It also many times needs to be replaced, as it is not always repairable. The structure around drywall can also be affected in cases where the damage is severe.
 
SERVPRO, a professional water removal and restoration company, is always standing by to help when you need. In a situation that involves water, we understand that time is of the essence and arrive at your home quickly so we can assess the damages and begin cleanup right away.
 
Water ruins plaster as well. It is not resistant to dampness and therefore is easily affected. It is fortunately easy to remove and replace when needed. 
 
At SERVPRO, we also check any brickwork in your home for signs of water damage. If it has not been correctly sealed, the porous cement used can absorb excess water and start crumbling. If it has been compromised, we extract the water before we repair it.
 
To extract the water from the various surfaces and walls, we bring in industrial strength equipment including truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, moisture meters to find hidden water in your walls, and fans. After the standing water is out we take care of placing the equipment around the affected areas to ensure optimal drying time.
 
SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest is experienced in finding hidden water damage inside walls. If your home or business has suffered from a water disaster, contact us right away at (559) 261-9765 so we can extract the water and thoroughly dry and repair what is necessary.

Fire Restoration for you

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire event on your property can produce some pretty destructive and violent results. Regardless of how large or small the damage is, you never hear a property owner say that they are glad it happened to them.
 
What you need is a team that can respond quickly to your request and start taking care of the fire damage to your Fresno property immediately. Our technicians arrive on site quickly and give you the benefit of having a company with certified technicians working for you.
 
Due to the extensive damage received throughout the duration of a fire, professional restoration services is your best choice. Here at SERVPRO Fresno Northwest we make sure to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition in the quickest most efficient way possible.
 
Heat alone does a significant amount of damage to your structure; it can warp your flooring and cause extensive damage. The contents of your home may be affected in various ways as well, requiring specialized item restoration services only available at SERVPRO.
 
Smoke can reach into cracks and crevices throughout your home, leaving soot residues behind, staining surfaces and causing odors to damage a variety of materials within your home. We use different deodorization and cleaning methods specifically designed to return things back to normal quickly.
 
SERVPRO gives you access to technicians with the experience and training required to present you with the quality services you need to make your fire damage disappear like it never even happened. 
 
We help you manage your insurance paperwork and communicate with your insurance company. Taking care of you and your family along the way to ensure a smooth restoration process.
 
SERVPRO technicians can answer any questions you have about our services and only present you with those that you need. We have certified technicians to handle every aspect of your restoration.
 
Give us the opportunity to provide you with a unique solution to your problem by calling SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest today. (559) 261-9765

Restoring Fresno Commercial Property

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Fresno's commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest

SERVPRO of Fresno Northwest specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Please contact SERVPRO Fresno Northwest at (559) 261-9765 for your commercial property needs.