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Have You Checked Your Fire Alarm?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke / Fire alarm installation Keep yourself and your family safe by making sure your fire alarms are properly maintenanced.

A fire or smoke alarm offers one of the simplest and most affordable ways to protect your home from fire damage. But to protect you, they must be in proper working order. Here are a few tips from the experts to help ensure the detector in your Clovis, CA, home is in top condition.

Know Your Alarm Type

How often you check your alarm depends a lot on the type you have. For an old-fashioned Alarm which are powered by a 9-volt battery, be sure to replace the batteries every year. A lithium battery-powered alarm won’t need its batteries touched for a decade, while an alarm that’s hard-wired to your home’s electrical system will likely have a backup battery. As with a standard 9-volt alarm, that battery should be replaced annually.

Heed the Beep

Beeping is one of the top signs that you may need to replace the battery. Press the test button on the alarm to see if it’s still working properly and if not, replace batteries promptly.

Replace Alarms When Needed

Like most things, these devices have an expiration date. Experts recommend replacing all smoke detectors, regardless of the type, every decade for maximum effectiveness.

We’re fortunate to live in an era when the average smoke alarm is affordable. Make the most of your devices by keeping them in working order with these tips from the fire experts.

Handling a Flooded Home with Mitigation

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Home flooded Give SERVPRO a call anytime to help with any level of flooding in your home or business.

Having an extensive amount of water in your home or having to deal with water in a business area is difficult to handle on your own. By contacting professionals such as SERVPRO of Clovis, you can save yourself from the stress of many of the issues that come with flooding.

 The first step would be to send one of their experts out to look and assess the flood damage that is apparent in your home or business. If you currently have water in the home or any type of water in a business that is standing, they will help to clear this away to begin the restoration process.

If you are experiencing flooding of any kind give us a call at SERVPRO of Clovis ASAP and we will be here to help!

Make a Fire Escape Plan for Your Office or Business

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

It is crucial that every workplace establishes a fire escape plan. This plan should be posted throughout a building and shared with all occupants.

Evacuation Routes

Use an accurate floorplan to determine evacuation routes from every room in the structure. It is a good idea to do the following:

Identify primary and secondary routes
Ensure that routes are reasonable for occupants
Obtain equipment such as an escape ladder
Secondary routes may be less than ideal, but they should still be practical. Keep the age and physical condition of occupants in mind. Post the emergency escape plan at strategic locations.

Maintain Fire Detection and Suppression Equipment

Many commercial properties are equipped with advanced detection and suppression systems. The fire escape plan should include regular tests to ensure the functionality of detectors and sprinklers. Hardwired alarm systems should have battery backups, and it is important to replace batteries that function as a main or backup power source. Make sure that fire extinguishers are of the appropriate class and filled with suppressant.

Keep Track of Occupants

Every business should maintain a current contact list. This list should include these details:

  • Names
  • Contact information
  • Departments

Keep this list in a location where it can be accessed remotely or physically removed in the event of a fire. Every business should have a safe location where employees can gather outside. This place should be far enough away from the structure without being downwind.

A fire in a commercial building can be devastating for many reasons, be sure to keep safety training up to date to prevent further tragedy in the case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Clovis and Odor Removal

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Gym locker room Don't let smells get in the way of your home or business, give the pros at SERVPRO of Clovis a call to help!

SERVPRO of Clovis knows that sometimes odors happen and there can be any number of causes. Whether it be a rogue mouse that died in a wall, nicotine residue from years of cigarette smoke buildup, or a pile of your kids soccer jerseys that you forgot about in the trunk of your car. SERVPRO is prepared to deal with any and all of these issues. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky, but as pros in deodorization, we're able to take care of it. Whether it’s a smoky smell in a vehicle, or a locker room full of stinky equipment, we’ve got odor solutions for any size job. So if you have any questions about how SERVPRO of Clovis can help out with odors in your residential or commercial property or in your car, just give us a call at (559) 297-3429!

Stay Prepared: Do You Have an Emergency Storm Kit?

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

emergency kit Stay safe and be prepared with an emergency kit!

An storm kit should be in a location in your home that all family members are aware of in case of emergency. SERVPRO of Clovis wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm or any other case of emergency approaching. As laid out by FEMA, the following items should be included in your emergency kit:

  1. Flashlight and extra batteries
  2. First aid kit
  3. Any medicine currently being taken
  4. Emergency food and water
  5. Extra change of clothes and shoes
  6. Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.

Smoke Damage and How it Affects Your Commercial Building

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Office with fire damage Let SERVPRO help you when it comes to commercial fire loss

If you have had a fire in your building then you will likely be dealing with some serious damage. While you are probably most concerned with the effects that the flames have had on your property, you should not discount the severity of smoke damage. This can often be overlooked, but smoke and soot are capable of causing secondary damage in a variety of ways. The following are some things that may be affected.

1. Surfaces
Because smoke travels further than flames, it can cause soot damage throughout the building, even if the fire was contained in one area. Soot carried by smoke contains acidic elements that can damage surfaces. It can cause rusting and deterioration of certain building materials and can also cause discoloration to walls, floors, and other items.

2. Electronics
Even if your computers and other electronic devices are not touched by the fire, they might be in danger of smoke damage. Smoke can easily fill small spaces in these objects, and you may not be able to tell immediately whether or not they were affected. Because of this, you should wait to use your electronics until they have been inspected by a professional. Turning them on can cause any smoke inside to spread and carry soot throughout their various components, leading to permanent damage.

3. The Air
Something else that you might not consider is how smoke and soot affect the air in your building. These particles can remain suspended in the air for an extended period of time, creating an unpleasant environment for you, your employees and anyone else who must spend time in the building. It can also cause lingering odors. Using a filtration system for additional smoke cleaning can reduce this.

After a fire, it is best to have a fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Clovis come in and perform smoke damage cleanup. 

What Water Category is Present and What That Means For Treatment

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team van Let the SERVPRO team evaluate and help you make a restoration plan!

Understand What Type of Water Has Impacted You or Your Business 

Contaminated water is a problem for yourself and your adjuster. Not only do these situations pose a physical dilemma, but the potential of increase in microorganisms may deem the location a hazard. Was the flooding clean or dirty? That is an important factor when dealing with a water loss Without proper assessment, it's hard to know. A restoration without proper diagnosis could lead to the incorrect treatment and cause further conditions for growth and destruction. Thus, to ensure the safety of anyone dwelling in the property, as well as proper cleaning, proprietors and their agents should rely on a reputable water restoration company to diagnose and guide the remediation efforts.

The following are the Categories of Water and how they are classified

  • Category 1 - This involves a clean supply line leak or bust. While mold spores are not a concern, if not attended to promptly, this could lead to saturated belongings, structural concerns, and possibly create the right environment for mold growth. The premises needs to be dried out as quickly as possible.
  • Category 2 - When the lines to a dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator break, contaminated water does enter the area. Bacteria is still possibly present, making this a situation that should be handled with care. In addition, a toilet overflow, not from a sewage break, may also fall into this section, especially if feces or urine was present. A thorough inspection would dictate what should be sanitized and dried.
  • Category 3 - Of up most concern is flooding from outside sources and breaks in the building's sewage lines. These origins bring black water, liquid that is highly contaminated with microbes, into your establishment, filling porous materials with mold spores and bacteria. The longer this sits, the more difficult it becomes to clean. In fact, common household cleaners such as bleach may remove external staining; however, they do no absorb deep, possibly leaving behind infestation.

Let a professional vendor such as SERVPRO of Clovis diagnose your water loss and create a plan of the best treatment options for you. Our team of technicians are professionally trained to determine exactly what treatments would be best for each individual circumstance. Put your trust in SERVPRO of Clovis! Call us at (559)297-3429

Are You Checking for Mold?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth from previous water damage Regularly inspect your home for mold so that you can find any before it becomes an issue!

Places That Get Overlooked When Regularly Checking For Mold

Most homeowners know the obvious places to look for mold in their homes basements, bathrooms, and kitchens are big targets but there are a few places that go regularly unchecked.

  1. House Plants - Overwatering house plants can easily lead to a moist environment with enough standing water to promote mold growth.
  2. Washing Machines - Naturally the washing machine feels like a clean environment due to the constant detergents going into the machine, but if your washing machine is not properly drying in between uses this may cause a good environment for mold growth.
  3. Drywall - There may be darkened patches on the walls or ceiling of a room , regularly check the walls around the house especially the ones hidden behind furniture for dark patches which are an indicator that there is mold present.
  4. Carpets - Mold typically grows underneath your carpets. Any liquid-related spills or accidents can cause moisture to become trapped in the carpeting, permeating the areas underneath and inviting mold growth. Before you tear up the carpet to check, you might try smelling it or feeling it to see if it appears damp or musty.
  5. Window Sills - When the humidity levels in your home are too high, it can cause excessive condensation to form on your window sills. This moisture is what causes the mold on wood. It's important to regularly check window sills, as mold that originates here can quickly spread to other areas of your house.

No matter the level of mold present trust in SERVPRO of Clovis to help with mold removal and remediation. Give us a call at (559) 297-3429

Fire Safety Tips to Remember This Summer

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

young girl watching fireworks Be sure to keep safe this summer!

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means barbecues, bonfires, boat rides and of course, booming fireworks displays. Unfortunately, the traditions and activities we hold dear come with a little downside: fire. More fires occur on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and more fires occur in July than any other month of the year. That is why we recommend taking some time to do a little preparation for the holiday season. The following are some tips we recommend you keep in mind this summer.

General Safety Tips

  1. Test Your Fire Detectors
  2. Always have a Fire Extinguisher on hand
  3. Have a home fire evacuation plan

Grill Fire Safety Tips

  1. Clean your grill before use
  2. Position your grill away from potential hazards
  3. Keep children and pets away from the grill

Firework Safety Tips

  1. Read and follow firework instructions
  2. make sure there is always adult supervision
  3. Keep a hose and bucket of water on hand at all times

At SERVPRO, we understand how devastating a home fire can be no matter the size. If you experience a home fire this holiday season SERVPRO of Clovis is here to help every step of the way. Give us a call at (559)297-3429

Toss it or Keep it? After a Fire What Can You Keep and What Should be Tossed

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Messy closet of clothes SERVPRO is here to help with the aftermath of any fire.

A fire can be extremely devastating when it rages through a person’s home. In the aftermath, you need to go through the cleanup process and decide what to keep and what to throw away. There are some things you can salvage, while others are unsalvageable or possibly pose health hazards to keep.

Clothing/Other Soft Goods

"Soft Goods" Refers to items in a home that are made of textiles such as clothing, bedding, drapery, couches, etc. In very minimal cases where the exposure to smoke and soot were little to none the textiles can be treated by specialized companies, even then they do not guarantee that they will be able to remove smoke and soot smells from soft goods. Usually it is best to discard of of any affected items that don't seem like they have a good chance to be properly cleaned.

Medicine/Cosmetics

High heat will wreak havoc with your medicine or cosmetics. You don’t want to risk ingesting anything that you know was either in or close to the fire. You definitely should throw away the items if they are charred or have other obvious defects or damage.

Food

You don’t automatically have to throw out all of your food following a fire. However, fire damage can render some things unhealthy. Inspect your food supply carefully following a fire to determine what can say or go. You should toss the following:

• Opened containers or perishable foods.
• Food you stored in thin plastic bags or cardboard.
• Non-perishable food that was close to the heat.

If you have experienced any type of fire loss give SERVPRO of Clovis a call at (559)297-3429, we're here to help!

Fire Cleanup: What to Expect

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen Don't get overwhelmed by the thought of clean up after a fire loss, remember we are here to help and restore everything to the best of our abilities!

If you’ve experienced fire or smoke damage, then you may be wondering where to start with the cleanup process. Here are a few things you can expect to see in your home after a fire and during restoration.

Steps Cleanup May Include

Calling your local fire damage professional can be a great first step in the cleanup process. Some things they can take care of include:

  • An inspection and assessment of damage type and necessary repairs
  • Boarding and tarping the home against further damage
  • The removal of flood water and drying if necessary
  • Any necessary smoke cleaning and removal of soot damage
  • The cleaning of salvageable materials
  • The replacement and restoration of unsalvageable materials
  • Any necessary sanitation

What Types of Damage Fire Can Cause

Aside from obviously burned materials, a fire can leave unpleasant smoke and soot which can be difficult to deal with. Fires may also weaken structural integrity, or cause pipes to burst which would then cause flooding. With flooding comes additional concerns such as mold, or the sanitation issues that can arise with a broken sewer pipe.

Your home may have experienced a lot of soot damage and required extensive smoke cleaning, but at the end of the process everything should be repaired to pre-fire conditions. This means you can safely live there again with no reminders that the fire ever occurred. 

A professional team, like the one here at SERVPRO of Clovis, can clean your home of smoke damage and help restore it back to pre-fire conditions. It may take a little time depending on the extent of damage but trust us to help you every step of the way.

Disaster Preparedness : Disinfecting Drinking Water

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Woman Drinking water Make sure any water that can possibly be consumed is disinfected as best as possible.

USE ONLY WATER THAT HAS BEEN PROPERLY DISINFECTED FOR DRINKING, COOKING, MAKING ANY PREPARED DRINK, OR FOR BRUSHING TEETH

1. Use bottled water that has not been exposed to any potentially contaminated waters if it is available.

2. If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.

3. If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.

4. If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Wildfire Preparedness, Keep your Property as Safe as Possible

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire Stay safe this hot summer and prepare your property from wildfires

The geography, weather patterns and number of Wildland Urban Interface communities in California make it a state particularly threatened by devastating wildfire. Wildfires are more rampant now then they have been in past years, this makes it very important to make sure you are prepared as  and take action now to prevent as much damage as possible to your home in the case of a wildfire. As stated by CALFire  we must Plan, Prepare, and stay Aware.

Get Ready (create 3 defensible zones around your home)

Zone 0 - this is the first 5ft around your home.

  • It is recommended that you remove all dead and dying weeds, grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches and vegetative debris
  • make sure there is no firewood in this zone
  • Limit plants in this area to low growing, nonwoody, properly watered and maintained plants
  • Limit combustible items (outdoor furniture, planters, etc.) on top of decks

Zone 1 - this is 30ft from buildings structures, decks, etc.

  • Relocate wood piles to Zone 2.
  • Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
  • Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks, balconies and stairs.

Zone 2 - from 30 feet to 100 feet out from buildings, structures, decks, etc. or to your property line, whichever is closer.

  • Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
  • Create horizontal space between shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
  • Create vertical space between grass, shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
  • Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 3 inches.
  • All exposed wood piles must have a minimum of 10 feet of clearance, down to bare mineral soil, in all directions.

Other Ways to Prepare for a Wildfire

Being prepared can reduce the amount of loss during a wildfire and potentially save your property from further damage.

Act Fast When Roof Damage is Discovered

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Man getting rained on from leaking roof Don't let a small problem become a huge emergency

Damage to the roof due to harsh weather can be very troublesome and damaging to a home. Many times, you aren’t sure where to start or who to call. One of the best things that you can do is to call your local SERVPRO and roofer to asses the damage.  Be wary of any fly-by-night roofing companies that always pop up any time there is a large storm or natural disaster. This will ensure that you get the highest quality service, and results that are in your best interest.

Often roof storm damage is not visible to the naked eye and partnering with a reputable company such as SERVPRO of Clovis who understands the issues is a benefit. If you do find storm damage,  let SERVPRO help set you in the right direction. We will tarp your roof to prevent further water damage inside your home. We will then help you come up with a game plan to get your home better than it was before!

Have You Cleaned Your Dryer Vent?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

cleaning a dryer lint trap Don't let your dryer be the cause of a house fire, regularly clean out the lint from your dryer

As a property owner you can take steps to keep your dryer vent clean. Emptying your dryer's lint trap after each load is essential. You can also detach the vent from the back of the dryer and use a vacuum or a long-handled appliance brush to clean the duct.It’s a great way to stay proactive and protect your property from a needless fire.

Warning signs that your Dryer Vent Should be Cleaned

  • Drying time for clothes is getting longer and longer
  • Your clothing and the dryer itself are very hot
  • The vent hood flap doesn't open properly 
  • If there is a burning smell present

Prevent Mold in Your Business and Know How to Detect it

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth inside of a building's ceiling Don't let mold become an issue for you business, if you suspect the presence of mold call SERVPRO!

40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. Much of this is due to the lack of preparedness for the building a business occupies.

Inside mold growth occurs where there is moisture. It can occur in ceilings, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpet and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill. Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature. Growth can begin in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture. Mold works as a decomposer, consuming the dead materials on which it grows, and it can appear to be black, blue or green in color.

The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.

  • Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
  • Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
  • Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
  • Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Identifying Mold 

  • Odor - Mold has a very distinct musty, and damp smell. Some would compare it to the smell of opening an old book. This is one of the most recognizable signs of mold
  • Past Flooding/Water Damage - Where there is water damage, mold has a high potential of growth

If you suspect mold in your business and need professional remediation, don’t wait, contact us today! Our staff is professionally trained to remediate mold.

Overlooked Causes of Water Damage

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

water heater A water heater leak can go unnoticed, make sure that yours is properly maintained

Water damage is a serious problem that many people don’t realize can cause other damages like mold as well as get progressively worse if it goes unseen and untreated.

There are many causes of water damage such as plumbing system failures which lead to 48%, more water loss than system material failures which is the second leading cause. A cracked pipe, all it takes is a quarter inch crack to lose 250 gallons of water.  Now imagine a pencil eraser sized crack at a constant rate you can lose up to 500 gallons of water just from a small crack. Washing machine supply lines that fail can lead to water damage, a lot of people forget to check the supply line since they aren’t visible. But wear and tear can cause a water leak. The next cause is also forgotten due to it normally not being visible and that is the water heater. Over the years the tank corrodes and if not maintained it is not uncommon to have a slow leak or burst.

These are just a few things that might be helpful in keeping your home or business from having a water loss. 

Broken Pipe? Remember These Pointers

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe Take action! Don't let a broken pipe situation get any worse than it has to.

A broken pipe can cause a plethora of damage in a very short timeframe so action must be taken immediately as to minimize the loss.

Take the following steps:

  • Find your water main and shut it off immediately.
  • Shut off the electricity if the water is seeping into any of your wiring.
  • Safety first. If you have ceilings ready to drop, stay clear of the area.
  • Open a faucet to help relieve the remaining pressure.
  • Put a bucket under the leak if possible.
  • Start your clean up. Get out the mops and buckets, the wet vac or anything you have and start getting rid of any water you can. The quicker the better to help reduce the spread of the damage and prevent mold.
  • Set up any fans to blow warm air into the impacted rooms.
  • Open doors to closets and pantries to let air in and give it a chance to dry.
  • Clean up any obvious damage as soon as you can.
  • Review your insurance policy and call your agent.
  • Call SERVPRO Clovis at (559) 297-3429

Types of Flooring SERVPRO of Clovis Encounters During Water Damages

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged carpet Don't let your flooring mitigation wait! Give us a call at SERVPRO of Clovis to determine the status of your flooring.

SERVPRO of Clovis encounters many types of flooring when servicing water damage losses. There are many variables that determine if the flooring can be saved and this varies from one type of flooring to the next.

The first factor in determining if SERVPRO can save your floor is if the water source is clean water or contaminated, and in what way it may be contaminated. Any water that is contaminated such as water from a drain back up, flooding or water damage that has sat for over three days is considered black water. In all black water scenarios the flooring is unsalvageable and would be removed and disposed of.

If the water is clean and the incident has happened in the last several days, these are the determining factors in saving your floor:

  • Carpet – SERVPRO would extract the water and remove all of the wet pad. Dehumidifiers and air movers would be placed and monitored until the drying is complete. The pad would then be replaced, and the carpet would be re-installed and cleaned.
  • Laminate Flooring – When water gets under laminate flooring, it will need removed and replaced with new flooring.
  • Wood Floors – SERPVRO uses floor drying mats that can be successful in drying wood floors. The amount of water and the type of wood flooring is an important factor on saving a wood floor.
  • Ceramic Tile – The determining factor for saving ceramic tile floors is what is under the floor. If the tile floor is laid over vinyl the floor cannot be saved.  

Call SERVPRO of Clovis at (559)297-3429 and we can assist you with your water loss and determine if your flooring can be saved.

Save Your Clovis Home From Extensive Damage With Prompt Water Removal

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

water pouring out on living room floor Let SERVPRO help with any water related issues before they cause any further damage.

A Swift Response can Prevent Further Damage and Costs

Flooding is not the only time you can end up with water in your home. No matter why water is present, it must be cleaned up before it can cause damage to your home's interior. No homes are made to withstand the presence of water and can suffer costly damage that affects not only the appearance of your home but also the health and safety of the people who live there.

SERVPRO of Clovis is ready and properly equipped to handle any level of moisture as well as any level of contamination of the water itself. When the water involved is contaminated, our water removal experts also implement measures that prevent the spread of bacteria and any other possible contaminants, such as using a bactericide, which is often sufficient.
 
Water, as a fluid, easily permeates many areas and items in a home that you may not think to check or easily has access to dry yourself. For example water may travel under cabinetry, into crawl spaces, or absorb into drywall or insulation. These areas and materials can retain a significant amount of water and must be included in water removal efforts.
 
Any left-over moisture can spell bigger problems in the future. Even slightly raised humidity levels can put a home at risk of water damage such as disintegrating walls and mold growth.We apply concrobium to surfaces that are at highest risk for developing mold, as it has been shown to prevent mold from growing while still being safe to use around children and pets. 

Whatever your water problems may be, SERVPRO of Clovis is here to help. Give us a call at (559) 297-3429 and we can get the water removal process started as soon as possible to get your home dry and comfortable once again.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Clovis, our main goal is to help our customers and community.

It may seem impossible to make people happy during the mitigation process; before we initially arrive onsite, we understand that homeowners are facing potentially devastating damages. Fires, flooding, mold, biohazard contamination – these are stressful circumstances for anyone to handle.

Our staff recognizes the emotional anxiety that is associated with property damage and they are sensitive to what our customers are faced with. A customer could be displaced by the mitigation and reconstruction process for days, weeks, or even months depending on the extent of the damages.

Our crews get to know our clients on a personal level – we get invited into their homes, we know their schedules, we get to meet their children, we see family photos and artwork, we become familiar with their pets, we are trusted with their home security, often we delicately handle treasured possessions for cleaning and storage until the restoration process is complete.

We understand the vital role we play to our customers during these challenging times and we take pride in being the company that people can trust. When it comes down to it, we are community members helping fellow neighbors. If you’re asking why you should choose SERVPRO, remember that we care about our customers and strive to ensure that they know that we really care. Allow us to be the company to helps you when you’re in need.

Call our SERVPRO of Clovis office today – (559) 297-3429

SERVPRO is Here to Help!

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

·         Kitchen/Food Areas

·         Bathrooms

·         Schools/Classrooms

·         Offices

·         Retail Spaces

·         Water Fountains

·         Shelving/Racks

·         Sales Counters

·         Carpets and Rugs

·         Stair Handrails

·         Elevator Cars

·         Playground Equipment

·         Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services or fogging , call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Clovis 559-297-3429]

SERVPRO of Clovis Handles Fires!

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

creek fire map Creek Fire Map Of Affected Areas

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring as opposed to replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Clovis provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carper
  • Do no wash an walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor into the fabric

SERVPRO of Clovis is available 24-hours a day to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 559-297-3429.

Water Damage Timeline

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Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 

559-297-3429

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Covid-19 and businesses get back to business!

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With Covid-19 all over the world and with nearing one million cases in the U.S. alone, it is understandable why there is such pressure for businesses to remained closed.  But fortunately for those small businesses they are able to start opening.  But along comes new rules and standards for cleaning and sanitizing as these businesses start to come back. 

SERVPRO can help in cleaning your commercial property or business if you are in need.  We can help prevent the spread of viruses by using commercial-grade cleaning products and processes.  Our teams will follow all protocols as far as social distancing applies, along with extra precautions such as Personal Protective Equipment.  We take this uncertain time as serious as those around us and that's why we understand where you are coming from as a small business.  We want you to get back up and running as soon as possible and if a deep cleaning of your business is what helps for ease of mind for employees or customers, we are here to help!

Give us a call if you would like your commercial property cleaned at 559-297-3429.

We can be cleaning experts for your place of business in Fresno County

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO Of Clovis at 559-297-3429

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Pros Know Best

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When water damage resulting from sewage issues or some other problem affects your property, you need to take effective action immediately. Although the water issue may seem minor, it can cause substantive damage to your house if it is not eliminated quickly and correctly. And while you may be inclined to start the water removal process on your own, it is important always to have this work completed by a team of professionals from SERVPRO of Clovis.

Here are several reasons why:

Water Damage Is Progressive

Water damage can worsen with each passing moment. The longer you postpone calling water damage restoration experts to fix the problems, the greater the damages will be. Apart from obvious damage to contents and building materials, you may also be victimized by a mold infestation if the water is not removed promptly. Exposure to fungi may cause health effects as well as increase restoration costs.

Sewage Water is Dangerous

If the excessive water on your property contains sewage, it is very dangerous. In fact, sewage water contains pathogens, pesticides, and waste matter. Black water causes health implications if you come in contact with this type of water. Contact professionals who can remove the sewage water quickly and safely. Don't attempt to do it yourself. Training, specialized equipment, and hazmat clothing are required for a return of safety to your property.

Electrical Hazards

Water, being a conductor of electricity, can send shocks powerful enough to cause electrocution under some circumstances. Whether you're dealing with black, gray or clean water, the extraction process brings with it electrical hazards. Don't subject yourself to the risk of electrocution. Instead, allow the experienced professionals from SERVPRO Clovis to complete the process for you. These individuals possess the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to complete the process in a safe manner that precludes you and them from experiencing illness or injury.

Call SERVPRO of Clovis now at (559) 297-3429.


Although water damage can disrupt your well-being and cause inconveniences within your daily life, it doesn't have to drain all your energy and assets. To restore your property and resume your way of life, contact the water damage restoration experts of SERVPRO Clovis. Our certified technicians will clean and dry your property with remarkable speed, and we'll also provide you with complete customer service that keeps you calm throughout the remediation process. We will document, invite you for a final walk-through,  and guarantee that your home is dry and safe. "Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Clovis has the experience, expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates. Call us 24/7 for help. (559) 297-3429

Simple Step to Prevent Commercial Electrical Fires

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As industry experts know, commercial electrical fires can be very dangerous and costly. When a commercial fire occurs, it can lead to the injury or death of the employees or customers present. Additionally, electrical fires can result in major property loss. SERVPRO of Clovis, a premier fire damage restoration company, will respond immediately to get you back in business. Luckily, most of these fires are preventable and can also be contained through maintenance of fixtures, employee training, and the facilitation of greater awareness regarding work hazards. Learn more about how to identify electrical hazards and reduce the incidence of a commercial fire by reading the following information: 

Recognizing the Warning Signs 

Electrical distribution systems contain several complex elements. These elements are capable of exposing commercial buildings to fire risks. Some of the areas of concern are:

  • Corroded Wiring: Wiring that is old or defective can cause electrical fires. Although all wiring can start to break down at some point, the wiring exposed to corrosive substances or the outdoor environment is subject to faster degradation. Industrial facilities, multi-tenant warehouses, and farms should be attentive to their wiring given that it can be subject to extreme exposure to the elements.
  • Circuits and Fuses: Tripped circuits and blown fuses are signs of overloaded outlets or circuits. These circuits and outlets can generate overheating and result in combustion leading to commercial electrical fires. 
  • Hot Spots: Overloaded circuits, corroded wires or connectors, loose connections, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loading, short circuits, switches, and breakers can generate "hot spots". This is the result of the excessive heat that builds up within the electrical panels. If there is any sense that these "hot spots" could cause a commercial flare up, here is an option. Infrared thermal imaging can be operated to locate these hot spots, repairs can then be done preventing electrical shortages or breakdowns that lead to fires. Small business owners can hire licensed electricians to complete the inspection. 

Electrical Distribution Equipment

Periodically, electrical distribution equipment needs to be physically inspected. The equipment should also periodically undergo thermal imaging. This work should be completed by a licensed professional. Some of the equipment requiring inspection includes:

  • electrical panels, switchboards, and switchgear    
  • fuses
  • circuit breakers
  • relays and contactors
  • disconnect switches
  • motors
  • motor controls
  • transformers

The Fire Marshall periodically visits commercial buildings checking the fire extinguishers' expiration dates. The overhead sprinkler system, fire exit lighted signs and safe egress from the commercial building are all inspected. Prevention is the key.

Conclusion

Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property. Significant water damage can be an unintended result of extinguishing a commercial fire. The fire suppression system of a commercial building(overhead fire sprinkler system) can also cause a large amount of water damage. Commercial business owners know that electrical fires negatively affect their property, the operation of the business, and the loss of revenue. However, the information above can help you take strides towards preventing these fires from happening. In the event that you find your commercial space affected by a fire, electrical or otherwise, you should know who to call to help facilitate the remediation process. As a company with extensive experience in restoring property affected by electrical fires, the professionals of SERVPRO of Clovis can provide you with the detailed assistance necessary to get your business space in working order. Contact us today for professional, personalized service. 

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Clovis responds quickly to your Fresno or Clovis water, fire or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of Clovis can handle your fire damage

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Just hours after a fire occurs, metal fixtures, including faucets and handles on doors can be permanently ruined by fire damage in your Fresno home or business if it is not immediately treated properly. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Clovis have both the compassion and knowledge needed to perform your fire damage restoration the right way the first time. Our team of technicians are licensed, fully trained and certified in smoke and fire damage restoration. We realize that these times are stressful and emotional, and treat you accordingly, guiding you through each step of the restoration. We understand what each fire emergency needs.

Timing is critical once the fire is out. Your repairs for fire damage need to be started fast to maximize their effectiveness. We will answer your call and move into action right away, 24/7. We recognize the trauma and emotional upset which occupants suffer, and work fast and considerately to mitigate any damage to property that is salvageable, like fixtures, household items, metals and other items. Our techniques are state-of-the-art, and our cleaning processes will many times stop you from having additional costs of replacement. Smoke and fire damage restoration needs special skill and knowledge, our technicians at SERVPRO of Clovis are professionals and have the expertise that is needed to do the job correctly.

SERVPRO of Clovis expertise mitigates smoke damage

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Fire and smoke damage can be very destructive even in your home? In such an event, your home or work property is likely to sustain damages. It is advisable to hire experts to restore your home rather than do it on your own. Take a look at the benefits you get when you hire professionals.  

Experts like us at SERVPRO of Clovis have numerous years of field experience. Over the years, we have seen various types of fire damage in Clovis.  This gives us ample knowledge to tackle unique problems. We work with expediency to get your business or residence back to normal. "Like it never even happened."

When dealing with the expense in a fire and smoke damage restoration process, you often have to deal with the insurance company. In most cases, the company may not be congenial of the situation you are in and rather than being helpful, they can bury you with loads of paperwork. As a result, the process becomes long and frustrating. When you hire us, we can work with your insurance adjuster to lessen the burden on you by helping with the claims process.

Thunderstorm Time

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A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

                                                            Know the Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms despite advance warning. While some did not hear the warning, others heard the warning and did not pay attention to it. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.

Emergency Preparedness Planning for Your Business

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As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Clovis a call today for a No-cost Assessment on your building 559-297-3429.

Why SERVPRO Should Be the Only Company You Call for Water Damage

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Water is a devastating force that can affect your Fresno residence or office. Moisture quickly infiltrates and begins to disintegrate porous building materials including drywall, ceiling tiles, and some types of flooring. It can migrate from the original damaged space into other rooms, levels, and hidden cavities between walls, under floors, and above ceilings. In just 24 to 48 hours secondary damage such as mold growth begins. Homeowners need to reach out to professional restoration experts right away.

When an overflowing tub or sink becomes a waterfall, your Fresno home requires a comprehensive water damage recovery plan. Unfortunately, it is rarely enough to mop up the water you see, as moisture is notorious for moving into any absorbent material or flowing into neighboring spaces. Intensive training in moisture metering and infrared scanning is useful to trace the path of water. The typical homeowner lacks that skill, which is why working with a trustworthy water restoration company is so important.

SERVPRO can arrive as soon as practical after your call, ready to assess the extent of the damage and to devise a plan to remove the water and dry all affected spaces. Our service vehicles carry an equipment stock that anticipates a range of water removal and drying tasks. The submersible pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are set to manage the challenges, clearly supporting why SERVPRO delivers fast and effective services when water damages your home.

Our technicians cover a broad range of water damage scenarios during the time they spend on IICRC training. This background helps speed the process of restoration. Why SERVPRO is an industry leader is our expectation that every project we accept stands on its own. We carefully evaluate the specific circumstances of your water damage crisis so that we miss nothing, including unexpected seepage or harm to vulnerable building materials or contents others might not consider. When we respond our mission is to leave your property “Like it never even happened.” Working with you and your insurance company to achieve this end is always our goal.

Why SERVPRO of Clovis should rank first in your search for reputable water damage restorers is clear -- we have the trained technicians and appropriate equipment to get the job done. Contact us at (559)297-3429 when water flows outside of its lane for a fast and efficient response.

Commercial Business

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Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 
 
You may think that fire damage like this would put them out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them.
 
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors. 
 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean. 
 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean. 
 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly. 
 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored. 
 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean. 
 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices. 
 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains. 
 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Clovis 559-267-3429

Restoring Commercial property

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Flooding and water damage events in Clovis' 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 Clovis

SERVPRO of Clovis 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 Clovis at (559) 297-3429 for your commercial property needs.

What to do After a Fire

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A house fire is one of the most frightening and disruptive events that can impact a family. After surviving a fire, it is crucial to remain calm and take the steps that will help you recover from this traumatic event. Enlisting the prompt support of family and emergency service professionals, like SERVPRO of Clovis can really make a difference in the recovery process.  Here are a few things you can do until help arrives:

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork,

What you don’t want to do:

Attempt to clean walls or any painted surfaces

Turn on A/C or heater, ceiling fans.

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Clovis make it "Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage to Your Business

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Many businesses and homes are at risk for a fire, especially when they lease older buildings in need of repairs. We know how costly and devastating a fire can be to a business or home, so it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. SERVPRO of Clovis is committed to working around the clock to get your business or home restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. 

What to Expect When We Arrive After a Fire Loss:

1. Detailed scope of the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss.

2. Pretest affected surfaces is always performed to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively.

3. Equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

If a fire has damaged your business or home, call us right away at 559-297-3429. SERVPRO at Clovis will treat you with empathy, respect and care for your property.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. SERVPRO of Clovis has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, office building or your personal home, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We at SERVPRO of Clovis are available 24/7/365. 

We Care

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Yes we are a part of a major corporation, however we here at SERVPRO of Clovis feel it's important to not forget where we've come from and that in order to be successful we need to remember it's all about you our client and the personal touch. Why do people often go back to the same small business or refer their friends and family to it? It's simple the quality of service that you receive and the time they take to make sure YOU the client are taken care of and that they don't just meet but exceed your expectations and needs! We here at SERVPRO of Clovis go that extra mile as it is our goal to not just meet but exceed your expectations in every way possible. From making sure your questions and concerns are addressed from the first time we arrive on site to making sure your home or business is put back together in every way that matters to you. No matter how big or small the job, SERVPRO of Clovis is here to help every step of the way! Whether assisting you with your home, or your large commercial building SERVPRO of Clovis is here with a level of care and customer service you normally find in a small business.

We like to say Small business attitude and personal touch at a corporate level. Give us a call at 559-297-3429 today to see the difference

How Does Ozone Destroy Odors

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zone reacts with odor molecules by transferring the “extra” oxygen atom of the ozone molecule to the odor molecule, changing its composition so it no longer has the same chemical makeup. This chemical reaction is called oxidation. In a nutshell, through the oxidation process, what was formerly an odor-causing molecule is now an entirely different compound, and therefore does not possess the odor of its preceding form. To compare the difference between odor treatment using deodorizers and ozone, pretend we have two foul smelling odor molecules, think of them as two bad guys. Let’s treat the first bad guy with a spray-on deodorizer. This can be represented by locking him in a jail cell so he can’t affect anybody or anything. He is harmless, but he is still a bad guy. Once he is released, he can be a bad guy again…or in our case a stinky odor molecule.

Now let’s take the second bad guy and treat him with ozone. During the oxidation process, his very molecular structure is altered; he is no longer the same thing. This can be represented by waving a magic wand and “poof-he’s a rabbit”! Since the bad guy has been turned into something completely different/harmless, he can no longer be a bad guy-he is now a permanent rabbit, or in our case, a molecule without an unpleasant odor.

Do you have an odor molecule? Don’t despair, call SERVPRO of Clovis 559-297-3429.

Winter Storms

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Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference
Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Trust SERVPRO of Clovis for your restoration needs.

What you can do to help

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  • Increase grade:  The earth around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow earth from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating the slope.
  • Clean rain gutters:  Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.
  • Divert down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.
  • Roof maintenance: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
  • Window repairs:  Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.
  • Sweep away debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when the area’s great trees emit pollen in tumble weed fashion and drop their leaves in mass, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

When Storms Hit!

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SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When Storms hit weather your in Fresno and Clovis, or in the mountains of Shaver Lake and Bass Lake, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clovis, 559-297-3429

What To Do If Your Office Floods

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Imagine you had a great weekend. You & your family went on a quick getaway trip, maybe up to Bass Lake or Shaver Lake. Come Monday morning you walk into the office, and squish squish is what you hear under your feet. Oh no….. there is water EVERYWHERE! It appears a pipe busted, & by the amount of water, it didn’t just happen. No fear SERVPRO of Clovis to the rescue. Our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Clovis has the expertise that is needed to restore small, midsize, and large commercial size buildings to their pre-flood waters condition. The training that our team receives, and the equipment that we use can get these jobs done effectively and efficiently so that there will be no unnecessary delays.  

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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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 Clovis 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.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 559-297-3429

Call The Professionals

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After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean the smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it sooner. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke includes drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will result in having to replace these items.

You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it, but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced professionals from a reputable company to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck. That is where SERVPRO of Clovis comes into play.

One of the advantages of using experts to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that we have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, we will know the right steps to take in cleaning your home and preventing further damage on the property.

When we come to your home, the first thing we will do is to assess the extent of the damage and determine where the odors are coming from. We will then vacuum the whole house to remove any traces of soot. Soot is dangerous because it can cause breathing complications besides damaging property. After we finish vacuuming, we will cover the carpets and furniture to prevent more dirt from settling on them. We will also identify what can and cannot be replaced and advise you accordingly. Once we find the source of the odor we will use specialized detergents to treat it and eliminate the smell completely.

Indeed, bringing in a professional on site will save you a lot of headaches and ensure that you get rid of the smoke efficiently. If you live in Clovis or surrounding cities, call SERVPRO of Clovis for reliable smoke removal services at an affordable cost. For more information call us at (559) 297-3429.

How to Protect Your Home

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

  • Increase grade:  The earth around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow earth from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating the slope.
  • Clean rain gutters:  Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.
  • Divert down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.
  • Roof maintenance: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
  • Window repairs:  Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.
  • Sweep away debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when the area’s great trees emit pollen in tumble weed fashion and drop their leaves in mass, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

How to Prepare for a Storm

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Things to do:

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

SERVPRO of Clovis can handle storm damage to your business or home. Storm are unpredictable and so scary when your home is being affected. You can count on us help help get your home back and feel safe knowing when storms hit we can make it look "Like it never even happened."

Clovis Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Clovis basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 559-297-3429

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Clovis and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 559-297-3429

It's the Water You Don't See

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Clovis has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your local SERVPRO of Clovis will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. From evasive & non-evasive moisture meters, air movers and dehumidifiers,too  Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers that  atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Pros Know Best!

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage resulting from sewage issues or some other problem affects your property, you need to take effective action immediately. Although the water issue may seem minor, it can cause substantive damage to your house if it is not eliminated quickly and correctly. And while you may be inclined to start the water removal process on your own, it is important always to have this work completed by a team of professionals from SERVPRO of Clovis.

Here are several reasons why:

Water Damage Is Progressive

Water damage can worsen with each passing moment. The longer you postpone calling water damage restoration experts to fix the problems, the greater the damages will be. Apart from obvious damage to contents and building materials, you may also be victimized by a mold infestation if the water is not removed promptly. Exposure to fungi may cause health effects as well as increase restoration costs.

Sewage Water is Dangerous

If the excessive water on your property contains sewage, it is very dangerous. In fact, sewage water contains pathogens, pesticides, and waste matter. Black water causes health implications if you come in contact with this type of water. Contact professionals who can remove the sewage water quickly and safely. Don't attempt to do it yourself. Training, specialized equipment, and hazmat clothing are required for a return of safety to your property.

Electrical Hazards

Water, being a conductor of electricity, can send shocks powerful enough to cause electrocution under some circumstances. Whether you're dealing with black, gray or clean water, the extraction process brings with it electrical hazards. Don't subject yourself to the risk of electrocution. Instead, allow the experienced professionals from SERVPRO of Clovis to complete the process for you. These individuals possess the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to complete the process in a safe manner that precludes you and them from experiencing illness or injury.

Call SERVPRO of Clovis now at (559) 297- 3429.


Although water damage can disrupt your well-being and cause inconveniences within your daily life, it doesn't have to drain all your energy and assets. To restore your property and resume your way of life, contact the water damage restoration experts of SERVPRO of Clovis. Our certified technicians will clean and dry your property with remarkable speed, and we'll also provide you with complete customer service that keeps you calm throughout the remediation process. We will document, invite you for a final walk-through,  and guarantee that your home is dry and safe. "Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Clovis has the experience, expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates. Call us 24/7 for help. (559) 297-3429

Water Restoration Process

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (559) 297-3429
Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO Clovis: A Certified Firm Benefiting Commercial Clients

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clovis has been an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm for almost a decade. This is very important for our commercial clients because it means that we meet the highest standards available in the industry.

The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO of Clovis is an industry leader. 

In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.  

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

SERVPRO of Clovis is honored to be  counted among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you have come to expect.  We can be reached at 559-297-3429 day or night!

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus with SERVPRO logo and "HERE TO HELP" SERVPRO of Clovis is here to help!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need!

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning!

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Clovis, 559-297-3429!

Coronavirus Pathogen Disinfecting

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

picture of coronavirus Coronavirus Pathogen Disinfecting

SERVPRO stands ready to assist those in need of Coronavirus (COVID19) pathogen disinfecting. SERVPRO has the cleaning products, personal protective equipment, protocol, and trained personnel to provide emergency and scheduled service. If you are a property manager, building owner, school district, airport, medical facility, retail business, or homeowner give our office a call now at 559-297-3429.

SERVPRO is sensitive to our customers' unique needs and circumstances, no matter the job. Let us know what we can do to work around your schedule to meet your needs.

We can provide you with professional guidance and service. For more information and the latest news, visit the World Health Organization website at the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

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. 

If a Flood or Storm Hit SERVPRO of Clovis is Ready!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood hits Clovis, SERVPRO of Clovis is ready for action!

SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources or Handle Floods and Storms

If storms hit Clovis, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 559-297-3429

Storm Damage Preparedness

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

If a storm hits be prepared.

MAKE A PLAN

Water

  • Water will keep you alive. If you have enough water, you can live on half of your normal food intake. Make sure to store at least one gallon of water per person per day and store enough water to last two weeks. 
  • People in hot environments, children, people who are ill and nursing mothers should store more.
  • Rotate your water supply every six months
  • Other sources of water in your home: water heater, ice cubes, pipes and toilet tank (not the bowl)Unlike water, food can be rationed. Store at least a three to five-day supply of non-perishable food in a dry place where the temperature is not above 70 degrees. PetsBut you should know safe places to keep your pets if you have to evacuate with them. Where are hotels and motels outside of your area that accept pets? What friends or family members could keep them for you? Which boarding facilities, veterinarians or shelters could be used?Your water heater can be a critical source of water in an emergency, but only if it’s still standing. Go to your home improvement store of choice and buy the metal straps to secure the water heater to nearby studs.GasWhen you should shut off your gas meter:
  • If you have natural gas coming into your home, it’s easy to turn off, but not so much for turning it back on. Only qualified people should turn gas back on.
  • A falling water heater can break gas lines and water lines or spill your water.
  • Utilities
  • Pets are an important member of your family. Plan for them as well. Remember that emergency shelters typically do not allow animals. Only service animals are allowed in shelters.
  • Select foods that require little or no preparation, water or refrigeration. Select foods that are high in calories, nutritious, compact and lightweight. Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Food
  • You smell natural gas
  • You hear gas leaking
  • There is a fire (unless shutting off the gas would jeopardize your safety)
  • If you need to shut off the gas, use a wrench to turn the valve a quarter turn in either direction
  • Take some time to become familiar with which utilities enter your home and where they can be shut off. As you practice emergency plans, locate and map the gas, water and electricity mains. During family drills, go through the movements, but do not practice shutting off gas lines.

What to Do After a Fire

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Be safe when entering a house on fire.
  1. Ask whether it is safe to enter the home. Do not enter if the fire authorities deem it unsafe. They may establish a safety zone, but never assume a room is safe, until it has been cleared to enter.
  2. Know who to call.
  3. Contact family members and let them know you are safe, and unharmed.
  4. Contact your insurance agent. They will be able to talk you through the necessary steps, including proper documentation and emergency lodging and living expenses (keep all of your receipts.) The insurance company may assist in securing a company to help with clean up options.
  5. You may request a restoration company at this time for contents cleaning etc. Contact SERVPRO of Clovis.
  6. Another call may be to your landlord if applicable, and to your local American Red Cross.
  7. Secure the property to prevent possible looting. SERVPRO is available to assist with securing property/ Board Ups.
  8. If water hoses were used to exterminate the fire, drying your home is critical. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO to do water/ fire cleanups. Water can lead to mold damage if not dried properly. SERVPRO is an approved restoration contractor for many major insurance carriers and adheres to the highest standards in the restoration industry.
  9. Seek counseling if needed. Children and adults can feel a traumatic sense of loss, and may need help to avoid a lasting sense of sadness and disorientation after a house fire. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A house fire is a traumatic event and individuals need to be treated with respect and compassion by those close to the process of rebuilding.

For more information on contents and structural drying, extinguisher residue and soot removal call SERVPRO at (559) 297-3429.

What to Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage

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What to do until help arrives.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Clovis has the tools and man-power to address everyone’s issues as quickly as possible. However, since we cannot get to everyone at the same time, we can offer tips and measures to take while you wait for help to arrive.

What to Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Shut off the source of water is possible
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any painting, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

SERVPRO of Clovis will do everything to get to you as fast as possible and take care of your water damage. In the meantime, take these steps to safely save your affected furniture and personal items.

SERVPRO of Clovis Core Values

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Always ready to get to work.

Here at SERVPRO of Clovis we pride ourselves on holding up to our core values as a locally owned company and as a team. We believe in 6 key values that represent our company and makes us stand out in the community.

  1. Growth - Pursue growth through knowledge, excellence, innovation and continuous improvement every day - at every level.
  2. Integrity - Do what is right and fair - Our relationships with customers, suppliers and each other are based upon honesty, trust, and mutual respect. We do what we say we will do.
  3. Being the Best - We relentlessly pursue excellence in everything we do. We embrace technology and superior quality, value and service to our customers and coworkers. As a team, we work together to meet the needs of our customers and help the company win.
  4. Leadership - Provide strong, supportive management teams who embrace and drive change, promote honestly, integrity, innovativeness, teamwork, excellence and empowerment of individuals.
  5. Customer Service - To achieve total customer satisfaction by understanding what the customer wants and delivering it flawlessly.
  6. Teamwork - Our team is reliable, honest, supportive of each other's efforts, enthusiastic and positive. We communicate openly and face challenges optimistically. We are accountable, deliver on promises and strive to exceed expectations.

Thunderstorm Safety

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Thunderstorm Safety

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down tree and utility poles - causing widespread power outages.

WATCH vs. WARNING

Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area

Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Be Prepared

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home

Make Preparedness Kit

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

Final Step

Call SERVPRO of Clovis 559-297-3429 if your home or business experiences damages from a storm. We have the resources to handle any size disaster.

There's a reason they say we are "Faster to any Disaster!"

Septemeber is National Preparedness Month

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Prepared Kit Ready to Go!

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month to remind everyone that “we must all take action, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.”

What you can do:

  • Make A Family Plan – you may not be together with your family during a disaster.
    • Set up emergency alerts from local officials
    • Discuss family plans for disasters and plan where to go for safety.
    • Collect information on paper including, phone numbers, emails, social media, medical facilities, doctors, service providers, school
    • Decide on safe, familiar places where your family can go for protection and if you have pets think about animal-friendly locations
  • Take Action – ensure you can go for at least 3 days without electricity, water service, access to supermarket, or other local services
    • Prepare a disaster supply kit (water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, local maps)
    • Bookmark weather.gov to stay informed on severe weather
    • Learn about wireless emergency alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency

Consider the following disasters that can occur at any time: Learn more about hazards which can affect your community and ways you can take action to prepare.

  • Earthquakes – can occur suddenly and be deadly. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
  • Floods - Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere.
  • Hurricanes - have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas.
  • Tornadoes - are one of nature’s most violent storms, and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds.
  • Wildfires - can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture.

When a Storm Hits, SERVPRO is Ready!

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SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Clovis, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (559) 297-3429

Preventing Water Damage From Rain

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Flooded Rain Water

Everyone loves the occasional summer thunderstorm - but it could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • Inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • Clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • Sump pump is very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • Have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation:

  • Make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn:

  • Grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Clovis can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Delicious Turkey Caught On Fire.

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. With that being said, keeping fire safety top of mind during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there's a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer. 

Statistics

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries.

Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don't have any slips, trips or falls.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter.
  • Keep matches and utility lighter out of reach.

Ensure your smoke alarms are in working condition.

Heater Safety Tips

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All Space Heaters Need to be Cared For Correctly.

9 Things to Remember When it Comes to Space Heaters

1)Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from combustible materials, including beds, sofas, curtains, papers, clothes, etc.

2)Make sure the heaters power cord is not damaged or frayed in any way.

3)Make sure the heater is securely plugged into the power outlet. Ensure it does not come loose or fall out. 

4)Ensure your heater is on a stable and level surface with minimal risk of it getting knocked over.

5)Make sure your space heater has been certified as safe to use. You should see a safety logo on the back somewhere.

6)Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

7)Ensure your unit is turned off when you go to sleep, in a different room, or unable to keep an eye on it.

8)It is wise to teach everyone in your household how to properly operate your heater.

9)If your space heater requires fuel, make sure you refill it with the right kind... or you will most likely cause a fire. 

The Correct Equipment For a Fire Damage

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The Right Tools to Handle The Job.

We believe at SERVPRO of Clovis that the right tools for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Clovis fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, no smeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Deodorization Equipment

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Common Causes of House Fires

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House Fire

Here are the top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

1. Candles

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep

2. Smoking

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.

3. Electrical & Lighting

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

4. Dryers & Washing Machines

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

5. Lightning

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

If you experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Clovis (559) 297-3429

Why Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO

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Insurance Agents Trust SERVPRO.

The SERVPRO difference!

WHY MORE INSURANCE AGENTS CHOOSE SERVPRO  

SERVPRO blends customer service with accountability! SERVPRO understands your responsibility to provide results to your shareholders and clients. SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to help when disaster strikes, making you their "hero" in their times of need. 

We are here to make you look good.

There are many ways to ensure success as an insurance agent. Having a strong office staff, a company who pays claims in an ethical and timely manner, advertising, being involved in your community, and maintaining a positive relationship with your clients.  Our Treasure Valley team knows how critical it is that every job goes as smooth as possible, ensuring your clients trust you time and time again when they need help. Our teams are trained to reduce the lost time and mitigate the damages as quickly as possible. Whether it’s fire, water, mold or any other cleanup; we are here to help, 24 hours a day. 

Our team members are available for direct phone calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client’s loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done the right way the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results. 

That’s the SERVPRO difference.

Cleaning Services For Commercial Properties

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Have an Odor In The Office, SERVPRO Can Clean It!

If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. A lot of times, you don't have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.

When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Clovis for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Clovis offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization 

What To Expect When You Call SERVPRO of Clovis

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We Answer Your Call in Seconds!

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call SERVPRO of Clovis Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Clovis has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information including your phone number and email address
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Is there standing water (if applicable)?
  • What year was the home or business built?

About SERVPRO of Clovis

We specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Category 3 Water Damage

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Sewage water is contaminated water which is category 3.

There are many water sources that contribute to your water damage, and they are classified as Category 1 (Clean Water), Category 2 (Gray Water), and Category 3 (Black Water). Out of the three categories, category 3 is the most unsanitary type of water damage. 

Flood water is one source of unsanitary water in a home or business.  This is something to be aware of as we enter hurricane season.  But the most common source of category 3 water is a sewer back up. Any porous materials that come in contact with the contaminated water should be removed and disposed. This includes carpet, carpet pad, and drywall.

Our water technicians are all IICRC certified and trained and know what to do, and the steps to take, in cleaning up category 3 water.  We know how stressful water damage can be, and they are there to help guide you through any water situation that you encounter.

Remember, the sooner you mitigate your water damage, the less chance you have of major repairs.  Give us a call at 559-297-3429 – we’re here to help!

Small Leaks Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Clovis Home

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Mold Damage in Your Home

Your Clovis home might deal with its fair share of poor weather conditions and threats according to this. While the presence of flood conditions and that lasting moisture can sometimes bring about worse effects for your home, perhaps one of the biggest threats is something that you might oversee on a consistent basis; a seemingly insignificant leak. Something as important as a small, steady leak on an appliance like a water heater or washing machine might not seem like a big deal, but it could provide enough moisture for fungal growth to occur.

You might not be aware that mold spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe in and mingle throughout our homes all the time. They only become mold colonies and begin to bloom when temperature and moisture conditions allow them to, which is why a seemingly unproblematic leak might provide enough dampness to the area or the air for these spores to activate and seat on nearby surfaces. By the time that you have noticed mold damage to your Clovis home, the problem is significant enough to warrant professional services.

Resolving this issue using professional remediation services is your best decision, as our SERVPRO team gets thoroughly trained in mold remediation and restoration to IICRC standards of certification.
Our team sections off the affected areas by turning off air circulation devices in your home while the remediation process is underway. Equipment like negative air chambers and ozone machines can clean the air of spores and prevent them from spreading to new areas while colonies are getting removed. Dehumidification is a critical part of the process, as well as repairing the leak that caused the moisture in the first place to prevent a similar situation from occurring again.

Our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Clovis can help you with whatever kind of mold damage that you might discover in your home. We can be reached anytime by calling (559) 297-3429.

Does your home have a mold problem?

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Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural level.

Consider the following mold facts: Mold exists just about everywhere, walls, floors, ceilings and outdoors.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, HVAC or even hitch a ride on your clothing or a pet which will travel inside.

Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and slight inflammation.

Before a mold remediation begins, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed at that moment. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (559) 297-3429

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO of Clovis

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Clovis residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Clovis provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Clovis. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 - (559) 297-3429

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or roof leak or mold remediation, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Safety Tips if you Suspect Mold

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Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home if messed with. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate all over your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans in affected areas.

Close off affected areas.

Contact SERVPRO of Clovis for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in mold cleanup and restoration in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crew is highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment designed for these unique cleanups and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Give Us a Call Today – 559-297-3429

Clovis 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of Clovis provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Clovis

SERVPRO of Clovis is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
559-297-3429

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Clovis has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Clovis

SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Clovis Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

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This Clovis home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Clovis basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 559-297-3429

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Clovis and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 559-297-3429

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

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Commercial Water Damage

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often confronted with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large water cleanup, we work quickly to analyze each unique situation and isolate the damaged area properly.

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 areas while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, call us and we’ll be there fast to help you get through this tough event.

SERVPRO of Clovis specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water, fire, or mold event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

IICRC Certified Firm - Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Clovis Home

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IICRC logo

SERVPRO of Clovis is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Clovis Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Clovis Home.

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 Clovis 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 559.297.3429

Faster to your Clovis Water Damage Event

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Clovis provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Clovis arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 559-297-3429

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Does your Clovis home have a Mold Problem?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

In Clovis mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours!

Mold Damage

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 559-297-3429

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