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Eskaton Partnership

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Eskaton Partnership Eskaton

Here at SERVPRO of E. El Dorado/ W. Lake Tahoe we cherish a great business relationship with many Eskatons. Eskaton is a senior living community that provides excellent living and medical care for seniors located in the greater Sacramento area. Over the years, we have maintained a successful and professional business relationship with multiple Eskatons. We are proud to be the first one they call when something happens whether that be water damage, fire or smoke damage, organic growth found or any of the many, many services we provide. With every job that we handle with Eskaton, we treat each one with the utmost care and consideration. We understand that the wonderful folks living at each community center require a little more care and we always take that into consideration. With our excellent customer service skills and trained professionals, we leave the seniors and staff happy, satisfied and "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Cooking

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is crucial that we use caution while preparing our holiday feasts and have a preparedness plan for cooking fires. Cooking is a great way to bring family and friends together but is the number one cause of home fires and injuries.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. The leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires is food that is left unattended while cooking, which is why SERVPRO of E. El Dorado Co./W. Lake Tahoe asks for you to be aware while entertaining!

Here are some interesting information regarding Cooking Fires:

  • Consumers that were surveyed say they have left the kitchen to talk, text or use the computer to check email while food is cooking. If you tend to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second or third timer. They're an inexpensive way to stay safe while ensuring that your holiday dishes do not overcook.
  • Multi-tasking during the busy holiday season is tempting. If you succumb, it's important not to leave the stove or oven unattended.
  • Consumers reported that they have intentionally disabled smoke alarms while cooking.

If you are aware of how to stay safe AND what to do in case you experience a cooking disaster, you should be able to enjoy this time with your family and friends. If all else fails, call SERVPRO of E. El Dorado Co./W. Lake Tahoe! We have the equipment, expertise and experience to help make the disaster like it never even happened.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Santa Rosa Fires

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Santa Rosa Fires Burned out cars sit next to a building on fire in a neighborhood in Santa Rosa

Since the Santa Rosa and Napa area fires have begun and spread at alarming speeds, they have destroyed almost everything in their path. The devastation that occurred has rendered thousands injured, homeless, devastated, and even dead. Since SERVPRO Corporate called neighboring SERVPRO's out for 'storm', we have been out and in action.

SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/ W. Lake Tahoe loaded all our large vehicles with as much equipment as we could fit and headed out to the greater Santa Rosa and Napa areas. Since then, we have received countless phone calls to help restore houses and buildings of the owners whose property, were lucky enough to still be standing. Much of what is out in that area is completely burnt down. Our technicians have been at it for weeks and have witnessed very desolate lands of what used to be houses, parks, vineyards, schools, buildings and much more... all burned to the ground.

What still stands today is struck with temperature burns, covered in soot and air conditions that are hazardous. It is our mission to help as many in need and restore as many buildings back to proper use and make them 'Like it never even happened'.  

Commercial Window Cleaning

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Window Cleaning SERVPRO cleans commercial building windows.

Hey guess what guys?!

In addition to the typical water, fire, mold, and smoke work that we perform on residential and commercial buildings, we also do window cleaning. Bet you didn't know that!

We have worked on both residential and commercial buildings with maintaining or restoring the look and cleanliness of their windows. Especially with commercial buildings, there usually comes a large quantity of them, and typically, they are large. This type of commercial window washing is extensive, but don't worry.. we take special care of it. We use special SERVPRO window cleaning solution that tackles the toughest stains to make it as good as new! Our production crew has high quality cleaning tools that give them ease to reach in every crack and corner in order to assure thorough cleaning.

If you have a commercial building needed a good cleaning to restore it's presence and youth, give SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe a call at 530-494-9194

Bathroom Mold and Where to Look

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold loves dark, damp areas, which makes bathrooms an ideal environment for it to grow. Regular showers and baths keep the room moist, and various crevices provide perfect spaces for mold to flourish. However, you can help prevent mold growth in your bathroom with these nine tips.

1.Regularly Wash Your Rugs and Shower Curtain. These items retain water longer than other surfaces in the bathroom, so they are perfect targets for mold. Most rugs and fabric curtains can go in the washing machine, but read their tags for specific instructions. To clean plastic liners, simply soak them in your tub in either a mix of water and all-purpose cleaner or water and bleach for a half an hour. Replace these items as necessary.

2.Turn on the Ventilation Fan. Whenever you bathe or shower, make sure to turn on the bathroom ventilation fan. Keep it on until your bathroom is dry. The bathroom will, weather permitting, dry even faster if you open windows and doors.

3.Air Out the Curtain and Towels. After showering, make sure to extend your shower curtain. If it’s scrunched up, it will take longer to dry, and mold may start to grow in the folds. Hang up your towels and pick up any clothes off the floor so they will dry faster as well.

4.Check for Leaks. Regularly examine all bathroom fixtures. Don’t forget the pipes under the sink. Water from small leaks can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.

5.Wipe Down Bathroom Surfaces. If you have a glass shower, make sure to squeegee the excess water off the glass panes before you hop out of the shower. Wipe any moisture accumulation off the bathroom walls and flooring as well.

6.Manage Household Humidity Levels. If your house is already humid, it will be more difficult for your bathroom to dry out after a shower. If your house feels humid you can use the AC or a dehumidifier to help.

7.Keep the Clutter Out of the Shower/Tub. Avoid storing toys, shampoo bottles, loofahs, and washcloths in the shower. These items often help retain moisture in the bathroom and all give mold an ideal location to grow and hide. Try storing bottles, washcloths, toys, etc. in wire hanging baskets, in mesh nets, or on hooks that will allow everything to drip dry.

8.Clean the Bathroom Weekly. Mold spores can remain dormant for quite some time while waiting for the right circumstances to grow. It’s important to regularly clean your bathroom even if there are no visible signs of a problem. Scrub your toilets, counters, sinks, tub, and walls. Don’t forget to dust as well. Clear out your drains as needed so water remains in sinks and bathtubs for less time.

9.Seal Grout Lines. If you have tile, it’s important to seal grout lines once a year. This will prevent mold from growing in between your tiles. You can usually use standard grout sealer.

While implementing these tips can help prevent mold growth, mold is persistent and, with the right conditions, can grow almost anywhere. If you find mold on your property, call us so we can start the mold remediation process.

At SERVPRO® of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe, we understand mold growth. We have the training and experience necessary to make your home “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (530) 494-9194 or request service online.

The 'Mold' is Coming

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 'Mold' is Coming Example of different color and shape organic growth

In the restoration business we handle a lot of spectators that have opinions on jobs and situations. The biggest misconception is people using the word 'mold'. A lot of people assume that much of what organic growth we deal with, is in fact mold. That is not the case.

There are many, many different types of organic growth to be found in various houses, businesses, hospitals, vehicles, and almost any indoor space. The amount of various strains and types of organic growth species is in the thousands. But without a doubt, the most commonly misconceived idea of organic growth is to be called mold. Most people generalize mold to be any organic growth that has a green or white fuzzy type look to it. The fact of the matter is that organic growth comes in many, many different colors, shapes and textures.

Be sure to leave the diagnosis to the experts before assuming what kind of growth is in your home or business. Call SERVPRO of East El Dorado County/West Lake Tahoe to come assess your problems!   

Pumpkins Bring on Mold

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Pumpkins Bring on Mold Moldy Pumpkin

The holiday season is in full swing and everyone loves to decorate. Being the end of October, and people are all ready for the Halloween experience. In doing so, many people carve pumpkins and set them out for fun and scary decoration. What many people do not realize or know is that when pumpkins are left out for days (depending on the ripeness of the pumpkin), the pumpkin gets soggy, disfigured and moldy. In the case that you accidentally leave a moldy and disfigured pumpkin in your house, you will most likely have black mold produce on and around it. In the case that it falls onto carpet and is left there, the mold will quickly spread and dig down into your carpet.

If this happens, you should call SERVPRO to come out and make sure all organic growth is destroyed and removed. The smell will go away and it will be like it never even happened!

Emergency Readiness Profile

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Readiness Profile ERP

If you own or manage a commercial property or building you should utilize our Emergency Readiness Profile option. This program will prepare you for any water, mold, fire emergency that you experience within the property and gives you the tools to act fast in the case of an emergency. What an Emergency Readiness Profile is a file that identifies where shut off valves for gas and water are in the case of a gas leak or water leak. These are crucial items in your building to attend to in the case of a leak or emergency. An Emergency Readiness Profile also gives directs and helpful tips for procedures to obey when put in a panicking situation.

And the best part about it?.... it is all FREE. SERVPRO provides a very detailed file to keep close and on hand in the case you encounter a situation you cannot handle. Our technicians are so thoroughly experienced with incidents that they have come up with plans to help lessen the damage that can take place when an incident occurs.   

We're out for STORM!

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We're out for STORM! Owner Rose's truck is loaded with our SERVPRO trailer, full of equipment, ready to help!

The fires that have spread throughout much of the Santa Rosa areas have devastated large portions of the land and buildings. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy. Many people have lost their homes and even family or friends. The state of the area is pitiful and dreadful.

SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe got the call to action to gear up and head out to the fires to try and restore as much property as possible. Our owner Rose and team of highly trained production crews have packed up tons of different kinds of products, machines, gear, cleaning solutions and much more, ready to tackle whatever is thrown at them.

We find it very humbling to be called out to such a devastating and sorrowful area. We make it our plan to treat every person and situation with as much courtesy and empathy as possible.  We wish to help all that we can and restore as much properties to make it "Like it never even happened."

Biohazard Clean Up - What You Need To Know

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard's are potentially hazardous biological materials that can present a risk to the health of humans, animals for the environment. Biohazard must be cleaned in a way as to protect those around as well as to properly dispose of affected materials to prevent further contamination. Items that can absorb any biohazard waste should be treated as medical waste and should be properly disposed of. Those who attempt to clean up these disasters need to be trained on all the procedures required to keep everyone both directly and indirectly safe and sound. Common biohazard and hazardous cleanup's include materials such as blood, feces, urine, vomit, etc.

SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe is recognized by the California Department of Public health as a trauma waste practitioner, Which means that we are registered pursuant to section 118321 of the medical waste management act. Not only are we the most qualified to help clean up your disaster, but we are also open and available with operators and cruise on standby 365 days a year, 24 hours a day because we understand that emergencies don't just happen during business hours.

SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe works regularly with all major insurance companies including State Farm, Safeco, Mercury, US AAA, Liberty Mutual, and much more!  Make sure to call on the biohazard experts at (530) 494-9194.