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Basic Tips for Storm Preparedness

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Hurricane happening.

Even if you do not live in an area that can be directly impacted by a hurricane, you may be affected by the severe weather conditions that result from the storm. Because we are all affected by severe weather activity, we should be prepared when events take place.

One important area of concern during a severe storm is our ability to keep our food safe. When severe weather strikes we are often left with no electricity. It is very possible that you will have a power outage to occur. Because we need to be prepared during bad weather, we need to follow a few safety tips such as:

  • You should ensure that you have enough water for you and your family to drink. Store plenty of water in clean plastic or glass containers. It is recommended that at a minimum you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. If the weather conditions are hot, then you may need to double this amount per person. Additional water will be needed for cooking, bathing and other household needs.
  • Prepare water for storage and later use by adding four drops of chlorine bleach per quart of water (about 16 drops of chlorine per gallon), then stir the water to thoroughly mix.
  • Seal water containers and label them as purified drinking water. Place the date on the water container and store them in a cool, dark place. Purified water stored in this way should be safe for long periods of time such as five years or longer.
  • Prepare to have a three-day supply of food for your family to carry you through a short-term disaster situation. Choose foods that do not require refrigeration and if possible, require little water for preparation.
  • Some ready-to-eat foods that should be considered are: canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, juices, and soup. Some high-energy foods that should be considered are: peanut butter, jelly, crackers dried fruits, and jerky. Children will also enjoy having some hard candy and cereal bars available.

There are additional items that your family may need to have on hand during a short-term weather related disaster situation. Some of these items are:

  • Radio - battery powered with extra batteries
  • Flashlight - with extra batteries
  • Candles
  • Manual can opener
  • Utility knife
  • Plastic plates, cups, utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags with ties
  • Moist towelettes
  • Chlorine bleach, cleaning supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blanket for each family member
  • First aide kit
  • Camp stove, fuel, lighter

There may be other special needs that your family may need to have available, such as diapers, baby formula, and medications.

For more information on individual, family and community preparedness, see the FEMA website at fema.gov/areyouready giving you a step-by-step guide to citizen preparedness.

Commercial Losses - Fire Control and Suppression Systems Can Prevent Financial Loss

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Suppression System Fire Suppression System installed in a commercial building.

Fire alarm systems are required by law in almost every commercial and industrial place of business. There are few exceptions to this rule. Deciding which type of fire alarm system and suppression system is rarely left up to the business owner or property owner. Specific alarm systems and monitoring panels will be determined by the local authorities.

Even though building codes and fire codes will dictate the type of system needing to be installed, these requirements are strictly the bare minimum that the local jurisdictions and state government mandate. Frequently the bare minimum will still result in vast amounts of property damage. For this reason it is always important to inquire of the fire alarm installation company how best to improve on the fire codes with regards to the installed fire suppression system.

If the building or facility is being erected, going the extra mile by installing additional fire prevention measures will lower the chances of extensive property loss when a fire does occur. For proper installation of a new fire alarm and suppression system or improving a current fire control system, contracting with a professional and competent installation company will need to be arranged. With new construction, this is taken care of by the general contractor overseeing the entire construction project. If the building is already established and occupied, then any improvements to the fire alarm system will most likely be set into motion by the property owner or property manager.

Fortunately fire codes do not change drastically or frequently, but if the codes do change, occasionally those structures currently established may not need to upgrade the current fire suppression system due to being grandfathered. One exception to this rule may be when the property is sold.

Local or state law may dictate that in order to complete the real estate transaction the existing fire suppression system, including the control panel, may need to be updated. Should this be the case, the cost can be surprising. The expense of upgrading or modernizing the fire control components will need to be taken into account along with the details of the real estate transaction. Many real estate agencies and service will not always be aware of specifics of this type.

It is recommended that the sale of the commercial property be contingent upon a fire inspection. Many professional and experienced fire alarm installation firms can be utilized in this manner. Without a satisfactory inspection, the new property owner may be fined and ordered to improve or bring the current suppression system up to date which can easily reach into the thousands.

Storm Damage Cleanup

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Storm

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. Our highly trained staff knows the complexity and urgency of storm damage and is always ready to respond immediately. Our emergency vehicles are stocked full of equipment that is specific to the environment we live in, allowing us to not only respond quickly but also have the know-how and tools to repair most of the damage that happens in Central Oregon.

With an on-call rotation of certified technicians  available 24/7, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito prides ourselves on being ready and able to repair whatever property damage you experience.

Call us 24/7 at (415)479-2900

Tips for Preparing for Severe Weather

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

At the Store

Every time someone goes to the store, they should buy a few canned goods and some batteries. Candles are not safe in any storm as wind can knock a lit candle down and possibly start a fire. The sturdier the flashlight is the longer it will last. Canned and bottled drinks are also good to store just in case. Packaged snacks will tide most anyone over until the power comes back on or in case someone is stuck inside a room. A weather radio or a regular radio with batteries keeps people informed. All of these can be stored in an inexpensive plastic storage box.

At Home or Work

A small room without windows in an interior part of the house or office is the best place to seek safety from a tornado. The room should have someplace to store supplies. At home, this could be a bathroom or a closet. A small container holding supplies fits nicely in to a cabinet. At the last minute, throw some pillows in so there is someplace soft to sit or lay a weary head. Office buildings have stairwells and these are the closest and safest places to be during a bad wind storm. It is important that no one pushes anyone else as people descend the stairs. And always be mindful of those who want to go back and get their cell phones accidentally left on a desk.

In a Vehicle on the Road

Cars are most likely to be tossed in to the air and thrown to the ground. The best bet is to pull the car over the side of the road, get out and lay down in a ditch or under an overpass. These are the safest places to be when a twister is either ahead of you or behind you. An overpass will protect you from falling debris. At the very least, a ditch is low enough to the ground where a tornado can't quite pick you up and toss you into the next county.

About Animals

Animals instinctively know when trouble lurks. They are closer to the ground than people and can feel the vibrations. If your pet is acting a little odd, check the weather. Bring all animals - outdoor and indoor ones - to the safe room in the house. Try to keep them as calm as possible. Family pets become family members and leaving them outside in severe weather is cruel. Everyone can be safe if they know what to do before a storm arrives. Make plans and make sure everyone knows what they are.

When you need help with water or fire damage please call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito at (707)479-2900

Tips for Residential Fire Safety

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Plan It is very important to have an emergency plan.

We all want to keep our family and property safe from dangerous, deadly fires. But do many of us take time to ensure that we, in fact, are safe? Take time to employ these 8 tips for residential fire safety to keep your loved ones and pets out of harm's way.

Avoid Hazards - One of the best ways to prevent residential fires is to avoid certain habits and practices that can lead to blazes. A tried and true rule to always follow is to place all lighters and matches in high areas away from a child's reach. Also use caution when burning candles in the home and teach your children that both matches and lighters are not toys to be played with.

Have a Plan - Have a plan for you and your family on what to do if a fire does occur. Make sure to vary the plan based on where the fire occurs and what type of fire it is. When you have your strategy in place purchase the needed safety tools (IE. fire ladder, fire extinguisher) and place them in the designated areas. You will also want a plan on how to practice your skills to maintain your fire tools such as when to perform a fire extinguisher inspection.

Practice Your Plan - Having a plan in place in the event of a fire is only half of the job. In order for your family to be safe, they must feel comfortable on executing the plan. Take time to practice a fake fire in the home so every family member can rehearse the plan. It may be beneficial to do varying scenarios so that different approaches can be made.

Inspect Your Equipment - Make sure to perform a fire extinguisher inspection on a regular basis to ensure it is in proper working order.

Hire a Chimney Sweep - Have your chimney swept by a professional on a yearly basis preferable before the heating season. Creosote can build up in the flue leaving your chimney vulnerable to a fire.

Educate Yourself - Educate you and your family on basic fire safety skills. There are many educational books geared to children that cover the topic empowering them to make wise choices in the event of a fire in the home.

Alarm Your Home - Always have both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the home. Test both regularly and replace batteries as needed. Carbon monoxide detectors often have an expiration date. To help me remember when the date is approaching, I used a black permanent marker to write the date on the bottom of the unit facing the floor so anytime I look up I can clearly see if the unit is near expiration.

Be Smart - Common sense can go a long way in overall fire safety in the home. Make sure you know the basics of how to protect you and your family from home fires. Also teach your children how to approach fire hazards using good judgment and practical knowledge.

Follow these residential fire prevention tips to keep your family and home safe from a dangerous blaze. Performing a fire extinguisher inspection, sweeping your flue, and the other six tips are all important to maintaining a nontoxic environment for those you love to work and play in.

Tips for Residential Fire Safety

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

We all want to keep our family and property safe from dangerous, deadly fires. But do many of us take time to ensure that we, in fact, are safe? Take time to employ these 8 tips for residential fire safety to keep your loved ones and pets out of harm's way.

Avoid Hazards - One of the best ways to prevent residential fires is to avoid certain habits and practices that can lead to blazes. A tried and true rule to always follow is to place all lighters and matches in high areas away from a child's reach. Also use caution when burning candles in the home and teach your children that both matches and lighters are not toys to be played with.

Have a Plan - Have a plan for you and your family on what to do if a fire does occur. Make sure to vary the plan based on where the fire occurs and what type of fire it is. When you have your strategy in place purchase the needed safety tools (IE. fire ladder, fire extinguisher) and place them in the designated areas. You will also want a plan on how to practice your skills to maintain your fire tools such as when to perform a fire extinguisher inspection.

Practice Your Plan - Having a plan in place in the event of a fire is only half of the job. In order for your family to be safe, they must feel comfortable on executing the plan. Take time to practice a fake fire in the home so every family member can rehearse the plan. It may be beneficial to do varying scenarios so that different approaches can be made.

Inspect Your Equipment - Make sure to perform a fire extinguisher inspection on a regular basis to ensure it is in proper working order.

Hire a Chimney Sweep - Have your chimney swept by a professional on a yearly basis preferable before the heating season. Creosote can build up in the flue leaving your chimney vulnerable to a fire.

Educate Yourself - Educate you and your family on basic fire safety skills. There are many educational books geared to children that cover the topic empowering them to make wise choices in the event of a fire in the home.

Alarm Your Home - Always have both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the home. Test both regularly and replace batteries as needed. Carbon monoxide detectors often have an expiration date. To help me remember when the date is approaching, I used a black permanent marker to write the date on the bottom of the unit facing the floor so anytime I look up I can clearly see if the unit is near expiration.

Be Smart - Common sense can go a long way in overall fire safety in the home. Make sure you know the basics of how to protect you and your family from home fires. Also teach your children how to approach fire hazards using good judgment and practical knowledge.

Follow these residential fire prevention tips to keep your family and home safe from a dangerous blaze. Performing a fire extinguisher inspection, sweeping your flue, and the other six tips are all important to maintaining a nontoxic environment for those you love to work and play in.

Proactive Cleaning Services for Commercial Buildings

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A group photo of SERVPRO professionals in a parking lot with two vans parked on the left and right. The last shot we took after the job ended for a huge commercial property.

With the news of COVID-19 arriving to the United States and to the Bay Area, we are all on high alert and taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our community. Over the weekend we were called in to clean up and disinfect a huge commercial space. We brought our whole crew to work on all surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables (to name a few) inside of every building before Monday when people would arrive again to the area. Our cleanup procedure generally includes the cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment or tools. The CDC recommends using a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPRO’s® proprietary disinfectant is hospital-grade named SERVPROXIDETM which currently has a dozen of EPA-approved claims for cleaning Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella Rotavirus, and Swine flu (H1N1). SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

If you own a commercial building and would like to inquire about our services. Please feel free to give us a call or check out our website. https://www.SERVPROnovatosanrafaelsausalito.com/

Please be safe and remember, prevention is key!

SERVPRO® of Novato/San Rafael/Sausalito

(415) 479-2900

Fire at C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

A far shot of a brown building with a large white tower to the right a huge green tree stands in the center of shot. C&H Building in Crockett, CA

At 9 a.m. this morning, a fire ignited inside of the C&H Sugar refinery located in Crockett, CA. The fire began on the sixth floor of the building on a conveyor belt that is used to carry raw sugar. Fortunately, due to the intensity of labor and quick response of the 65 firefighters who responded, there are no reported injuries. The damage of the fire is still under investigation, however, there was reported smoke found only on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors.

Fires can ignite at any time and do massive damage to your property. Make sure to follow the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association located on their website: https://www.nfpa.org/.

Please be safe and if your structure suffers damage due to a fire. Contact our professionals here at SERVPRO® of Novato/San Rafael/Sausalito to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Call Us: (415) 479-2900

Property Managers, Call SERVPRO® for Mold Removal

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

White ceiling with brown mold visible across it.  Visible mold on a ceiling. Our team went to go remove and restore it back to normal.

Mold.

Hearing the word just makes me nauseous. However, not all mold is bad, some mold even contributed to saving lives (like the discovery of penicillin). However, as a property manager suffering from water damage. The last thing you’d want to see or hear is mold growing and manifesting in your units. Unfortunately, mold can grow on many surfaces such as: wood, carpet, insulation, dust, fabric, and wallpaper. So long as moisture, oxygen, and darkness are present, mold can continue to thrive.

However, the professionals here at SERVPRO® of Novato/San Rafael/Sausalito are IICRC certified and we work efficiently and effectively to remove every trace of mold in your building. We begin by removing moisture from your indoor property, then we isolate the contaminated area, we suppress the dust, remove any materials and put them in bags, and we clean the affected area. We are molds worst nightmare and we do it quickly to lower the time your business is interrupted by this unwanted guest.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (415) 479-2900

Restoration from Storm Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Locker room with red lockers to the left and red doors to the right. Dehumidifiers are located on the floor. This locker room was one of many rooms in the building that needed water removal.

This winter season, we did not experience that much rain. However, the weather channel is predicting that beginning in March, we will experience rain in the bay area. Therefore, we must make sure that our properties are protected. Recently, our team got a call about a flood in their building and we went to go remove the water with our industrial size pump. We then had to monitor and remove any trace of water to avoid further damage done to the floor of this building. During this process, as you can see in our photo, we used dehumidifiers and other machines to make sure that the area is completely dried. Eventually the job took a few days to complete given the size of the damage. But we made also made sure that the property was restored, “Like it never even happened.” However, we also would like to state that prevention is key and that having your best interests in mind. We would like it if a disaster of this scale does not occur to your property. But if it does, then contact us and we will minimize the interruption in your life.

SERVPRO® representatives are faster to any size disaster.