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Having a Safe and Fun Summer

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Summer is quickly coming to a close and Labor Day is right around the corner.  Barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. At SERVPRO of E. El Dorado Co./W. Lake Tahoe, we want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.

Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets away from grill area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Never leave your grill unattended.
• When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
• Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Legalized Marijuana in CA Calls for Commercial Opportunity

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Legalized Marijuana in CA Calls for Commercial Opportunity Marijuana

Marijuana in California

It is well known that California voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November of 2016. With these huge changes setting in, new opportunities for commercialized marijuana growth are emerging and many look to seize the opening.

Making it happen

On January 1st, 2018 recreational marijuana becomes legal to California for those 21 years and older. This poses great opportunity for massive production of marijuana growth and sales. Over 100 businesses have already applied for indoor grow permits with the City of Sacramento. The regulated areas for permitted marijuana growth are restricted to industrial, commercial and agricultural zones. Under the city legal code, these much greater grow operations would permit commercial growth of up to 22,000 square feet of marijuana. It is very apparent that many are trying to jump on this new business juncture.

Problems Brewing

With any size marijuana grow operation, there comes major lighting, irrigation and ventilation equipment needed for efficient production. All of that heavy production equipment can come with electrical and water issues. Marijuana plants require intense lighting for growth, thus have need for numerous, heavy duty, agricultural lamps. These lamps run off of high amounts of electricity which can bring about electrical problems. Whether it be from the heat from the lamps or a short circuit from the electrical lines, a fire could break out and cause serious damage. SERVPRO of East El Dorado County/West Lake Tahoe can restore your building or office after a fire, quickly and professionally so you can get back to work per usual.

With irrigation systems set up all around the growth operation, water lines could break, spilling water everywhere. This kind of matter may produce water damage to the walls, floors, and (if above a story level) the ceiling for the below floors. SERVPRO of East El Dorado County/West Lake Tahoe does extensive work on flooding and water damaged houses and commercial buildings.

SERVPRO of East El Dorado County/West Lake Tahoe has highly trained technicians to come out and handle any water or fire damage created by commercial marijuana grow operations.

Give us a call at 530-494-9194 in any case of water, fire, mold or restoration problems. 

Glowing "Foxfire" Mold

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Glowing "Foxfire" Mold Bio-luminescent mold, a.k.a. 'Foxfire' mold

When most people think of mold they think of ugly, dirty, furry mold. The consensus shows that it is a very unpleasant and even smelly growth; but what most people don't know, is there are strains of GLOWING mold!

These glowing molds are classified as bio-luminescence. The illuminating fungus is found in decaying wood and can emit a green, blue or sometimes yellow glow. Usually, the fungi is very dim; but on occasion, it has reportedly been bright enough to read by.  

In our line of business, we meet all sorts of structural problems. Mold is one of our more popular jobs that we work on, and recently, we were given a project that was a new to our experience. A gentleman called to report glowing mold in his house and we were stunned to find that the mold had indeed, been glowing!

This mold is the Foxfire mold and in this case, illuminated blue. Of course any mold is no match for our technicians. We properly and promptly removed the mold and fixed the rest of the repairs needed for reconstruction. In the end, we concluded with another very satisfied client, and a new experience with it.

Call us 24/7 for emergency or standard help at 936-638-1720

Clean and Spruce Up That Office!

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to spring cleaning, most people think of it as referring to their homes. But where do you spend so much of your time during the week? Spring cleaning shouldn’t be just for the home, the workplace can also benefit from a good cleaning!

How about those desk drawers?

Just like your junk drawers at home, filing cabinets can collect a lot of unnecessary items in a year’s time! Take the time to go through your drawers at work. Keep and organize the essential items and throw away the rest!

Are your filing cabinets in order?

After a year of use, does your closet at home stay organized? Many times filing cabinets become disorganized over time. Sort through your papers, organize what you need to keep and throw away or recycle the rest.

What is that stuck between the keys of your keyboard?

After a year of snacking at your desk and dust mites flying, computers and electronics need a good cleaning. Take some time to wipe down monitors and spray your keyboard! Get those crumbs out!

Germs are everywhere!

When was the last time you wiped down your office phone? How about the surfaces of your desk and chair? With so many employees working together, illnesses are bound to spread! Use disinfectant spray and wipes to keep those germs away!

Summer is finally here and it is time to start fresh, declutter and organize. So open the office windows, take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate your workspace with a good spring cleaning!

The Importance of Deodorization

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Deodorization is an important concept in the cleaning process that we use here at SERVPRO. It is common to use deodorization throughout the aftermath regarding smoke damage. There are two deodorization processes that we commonly use here at SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe which is thermal fog and ozone. Thermal fogging is used in smoke damaged homes and hard to reach spaces. When oxygen, O2, passes through an ozone machine, some of the molecules are split resulting in free oxygen atoms. These free atoms combine back with intact O2 molecules resulting in O3, which is ozone. Give SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe a call for any deodorization questions. "Like it never even happened."

Keep Your Family Safe. Check Your Smoke Alarms.

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”.

The key message for Fire Prevention Week is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

NFPA is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms. Visit NFPA's website for more information. The above information and more courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association.

Electrical Safety Tips

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Safety is used to educate us about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

Did you know that an electrical outlet can do much more than provide electricity? Electrical outlets can be life saving devices by preventing shocks, burns and even fires.

Specialized electrical outlets can provide you with a safer home and work environment. Do your outlets need an upgrade?

Protect yourself from electrical fires.  If you have any questions about electrical fires or electrical fire damage, be sure to contact SERVPRO of E. El Dorado Co./W. Lake Tahoe at (530) 494-9194.

Don't Ignore Your Washer and Dryer

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that your washer and dryer is a likely source for flood or fire in your home?  Without periodic maintenance, you could be dealing with a major flood or fire problem.  Preventing a flood due to a washer’s hose corroding and splitting open is as easy as inspecting periodically and replacing when necessary.  Check and clean filters to avoid buildup and water flow problems. 

As illustrated in this picture, SERVPRO of E. El Dorado Co./W. Lake Tahoe recently cleaned up water damage in El Dorado County caused by a corroded washer hose that cracked open.   The damage to the property was extensive affecting hardwood floors as well as carpet, contents and drywall. With more attention to maintenance, you can avoid this from happening to you.

The Facts About Smoke and Soot

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can indulge it's self in various cavities within your home, which causes 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 floor to floor.

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

Different types of smoke:

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

  • Dry Smoke - Fast burning, High temperature, Heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for 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. Make sure to call on the professionals that care at SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe at (530) 494-9194.

Fire Damage and the Harmful Effects

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

During a fire, smoke inhalation is one of the most dangerous effects that incapacitates people. The materials that our furniture, clothing and other items are made of can produce dangerous residue. As a fire spreads inside a building, it will produce two life-threatening events - consume most of the breathable oxygen and create toxic gasses.

Not only will fire damage affect structures, but it is also quite lethal to people. Smoke contains tiny particles that are harmful in their own way. These include vapors which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that act as poison within the body. Minute particles of our burning property are so tiny that they penetrate our respiratory and digestive system. These minute particles are so small; they enter our lungs, as well as cause irritation to our eyes. 
Toxic gasses are a part of the characteristics of smoke. These gasses are the most deadly substances anywhere, consisting of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide and phosgene which is formed when products like vinyl are burned. These gasses also absorb the air we are trying to breathe, either by consuming it or by displacing it with other elements.
Smoke inhalation prevention measures can be taken that includes having smoke detectors in every room of a home or office. Also, invest in carbon monoxide detectors which should be placed in areas that are at risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Fire damage is always a devastating experience for you and the family. 

Feelings of confusion and stress are common. This is not the time to work with uncaring professionals. When SERVPRO arrives, we always treat people with great empathy and above all – respect! We will also treat your property and belongings with great care. 

SERVPRO of E. El Dorado County/W. Lake Tahoe are experts in fire, water and mold remediation. We are locally owned and operated, so that when you call us, we arrive very quickly and are ready to work for you. Call us at (530) 494-9194.