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Why SERVPRO?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

servpro van behind school bus driving on road Why SERVPRO?

When looking at companies who can provide you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services you might ask yourself, why SERVPRO?

Let me tell you somethings about SERVPRO:

1. SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. Therefore, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company. SERVPRO is actually one of the top 10 franchises today.

2. All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do. 

3. We work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done.

4. We work quickly to ensure that your home is back to normal ASAP.

5. We appreciate your feedback! We would like to know if your happy with our services. We also are interested in knowing if your unhappy with our services. We want to make it right, and fix anything that may have gone wrong.

Why SERVPRO?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

When looking at companies who can provide you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services you might ask yourself, why SERVPRO?

Let me tell you somethings about SERVPRO:

1. SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. Therefore, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company. SERVPRO is actually one of the top 10 franchises today.

2. All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do. 

3. We work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done.

4. We work quickly to ensure that your home is back to normal ASAP.

5. We appreciate your feedback! We would like to know if your happy with our services. We also are interested in knowing if your unhappy with our services. We want to make it right, and fix anything that may have gone wrong.

Vacations Could Mean Unexpected Water!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Covering Contents of Home Pipe Broken While Away On Vacation

Looking forward to your getaway trip?

  • Dog Walker Scheduled         
  • Mail On Hold 
  • Neighbor Watching The House 

But, have you ever thought to turn off your water?  Should you?  The answer is YES.  A simple drip of water will add $ to your water bill and a minor pipe leak has the potential of flooding your home while you are away.

Be safe, not sorry where water is concerned.  An unexpected flood can cause hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in damages to your home.

If you have ever experienced the nightmare of water-soaked belongings, quick immediate action is needed to get to the problem, rid your home of the water and restore your house “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Clovis also proudly serves the following communities:

  • Fresno
  • Bakersfield
  • Madera
  • Merced
  • Shaver Lake
  • Visalia
  • Huntington
  • Bass Lake
  • Coarsegold
  • Sanger
  • Selma
  • Kingsburg
  • Tulare

Fire Extinguishers in Commercial Buildings

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers need to be visible.

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines. 

Avoiding Electrical Fires

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Always unplug unused wires and pugs.

We all know that installing and maintaining a smoke detector is the best way to stay safe in case of a fire in your home, but you may be surprised to learn about the most common causes of electrical fires.  Here they are:

Faulty outlets, appliances - Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

Light fixtures- Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount. Extension cords - Misuse of extension cords are another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into an outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure.

Space heaters- Because space heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous because the coils become so hot, they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.

Wiring- Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home.

Be sure to check today and make sure none of these dangers are in your home. In the unfortunate case of a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Clovis are on-call 24 hours a day to help.

Call us at 559-297-3429.

Flood Warning Tips

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for when a flood comes your way.

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly - flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.
  • IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don't Drown!
  • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
  • Stay where you are.

Water Saving Tips For This Summer

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

This summer may be really hot, but save the water and your bill.

Every state is experiencing the effects of drought, and saving water is on everyone’s mind these days. We waste a lot of water; our showers are too long, and we are often obsessed with an emerald green lawn. We need to change the way we handle and view water and leave behind the outdated and inefficient water management systems of the past.

Here are some tips that will help you save water this summer. Your water bill will be reduced, and you can save yourself some time into the bargain as well as doing some good for the Earth.

  1. Water your yard in the cool parts of the day. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s hot, so run your irrigation system while it’s most likely to stay with your lawn. Make sure you are not watering your sidewalk or your driveway, too. A drip system works quite well in this respect. Replacing your thirsty lawn with a drought tolerant garden would be a great way to save water, and it won’t have to be mowed every week!
  2. Check for leaky toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day!
  3. Take shorter showers. Trimming just two minutes off of your showers can save up to 1700 gallons of water a year. One way to do this is to turn off the shower while you shave or soap up. Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and faucets for a savings of thousands of gallons per year as well.
  4. Cover the pool. Make sure the water in your pool stays there by covering it when you are not using it. This will prevent water loss by evaporation.
  5. Use a car wash. When you are washing your car by hand can easily use 100 gallons of water, and takes a lot of time and effort, as well. Commercial car washes average 40 gallons or less!
  6. Trap rain water. Collect the water from summer rain storms by getting a water barrel. You can reuse this water for your garden. Green roofs, rain gardens, and other water-saving techniques are called green infrastructure and go a long way towards saving this most precious resource. More and more landowners and city governments are choosing to invest in these and other innovative strategies as ways to save water, reduce pollution, and save millions, and even billions, in costs for new water tanks, tunnels, and other traditional water infrastructures.

Preventing Water Leaks in Commercial Properties

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial flood disaster

Water may be essential to life, but it can cause a great amount of damage to a commercial building if it ends up where it shouldn’t be and is undetected for a long period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak.  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 559-297-3429

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clovis.  We can help find where the water is coming from and help to “Like it never even happened.” 

5 Things You Should Not Store in Your Garage

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

This is how your garage should not look.

Most of us try to accomplish new goals, get a new fresh start. Getting healthy, organizing our homes, bettering our lives always seem to be at the top of the list. One space to start cleaning and organizing is the garage! That extra storage area that easily becomes a catchall for excess items.  We have compiled a list of items that should not be stored in your garage. Get them out and reclaim your space.

  1. Paint- Because the garage is prone to extreme temperature changes, paint should not be stored in the garage.  Recycle paint according to your county guidelines or donate it.
  2. Electronics-If you are putting electronics out in the garage, you must not be using them.  Donate these items because they can’t withstand the temperature fluctuations and will easily break.
  3. Propane and Hazardous Chemicals-Proper ventilation is key for storage of propane and hazardous chemicals.  For safety reasons, these items need to be stored outside.  
  4. Food- Keeping food in the garage is an open invitation to rodents and insects.  Although shopping in bulk can save money, storing extra food in the garage will cause problems. The moisture and humidity will spoil the food. Find room in the house for food storage.
  5. Cardboard boxes-Insects, mice and other rodents love cardboard. Invest in waterproof plastic bins to store your items.

Hope these tips help you gain back your garage. Happy Cleaning from SERVPRO of Clovis!

What to Do if You Experience a Sewer Backup

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer backup is very dangerous.

SERVPRO of Clovis responds quickly to an emergency, whether it be flood, fire or even a bio-hazard.  Sometimes our customers don't realize what situations can pose a serious health risk to themselves and their families and try to take care of the problem themselves.  Water from a sewer system backup, for example, should be considered very dangerous.  The water is extremely unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.  Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

If you home or business should experience a sewer system backup, remember these tips:

  1. Stay out of the affected area
  2. Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  3. Treat ALL bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  4. Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

At SERVPRO of Clovis, we are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your bio-hazard emergency.  Call us at 559-297-3429 if you need our help.