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Middletown Mold Cleanup

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Middletown mold cleaning

Many young couples become ecstatic over their first home purchase. However, mold growth in your new home can become a mood killer, as well as a frustrating experience. A home should be inspected thoroughly before purchased; most molds are hidden, due to the conditions in which it thrives.

Where does mold grow?

If your home already has furniture, the mold may grow behind couches, in water heater closets that have had leaks, in crawlspaces or attics, or behind refrigerators and dishwashers. Mold can also grow behind sheetrock or wallpaper if there was a water leak from a pipe in the wall.

The first signs of mold

Many people believe mold growth may be in their home due to their allergic reactions in their home atmosphere. Many of these reactions include sneezing, coughing, swelling and/or sore eyes, a runny nose, nasal congestion, or an upper respiratory infection. Mold can have a musty or old, rotten smell. Visible mold can form in patches that look like dirt or small spots. It can be black, white, gray, or green, depending on the type and strain. Many people ignore mold growth because they don’t realize what it is or they don’t want to deal with it. Experts in Middletown mold cleaning will stress the importance of maintaining a sealed area so mold spores won’t spread. They will also stress the importance of wearing proper PPE uniforms, masks, gloves, and using the right antimicrobial growth solutions so mold will be removed and stay away.

Who are these experts?

These experts go by the name of SERVPRO of Lake County, and they have been around for many years helping people make their homes healthy again. We can help you with cleaning up mold, so your health is no longer at stake. 

Middletown Fire Damage Restoration

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Middletown Fire Damage Restoration Seeing something like this can make the damage seem like it will never end, but SERVPRO won't let that happen!
 

Having your home all of a sudden go up in flames will be an emotional and life changing experience. Seeing your special keepsakes, memories, and furniture ruined can make you feel like the situation is hopeless, and nothing will make things better.

Do you know a company that will:

Remove your personal items to be cleaned and restored?
Remove the soot, fire damage, and smoke smell?
Talk with your insurance company on an as needed basis?
Always be available, even once the project is complete?

We are SERVPRO of Lake County, and even before the catastrophe all of these local fires brought to our community, we've seen so much devastation due to just one spark. Middletown fire damage restoration is always available, even if it's just because of a toaster oven. We are an emergency service company, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even for the biggest jobs!

Upper Lake Water Extraction

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Upper Lake Water Extraction Nobody wants to wake up to squishy carpet!
 

Imagine this kind of wetness when you wake up to put on your slippers. Not very pleasant, but very alarming. The longer wet carpet sits, the more likely you will have a damaged subfloor that will take weeks to replace, especially if the whole level of your home is damaged.

Some of our water damage and extraction process

We have seen some horrific cases of water damage; they are often accompanied by unpleasant odors, rotting wood or even black water.  In the case of black water, the water is completely contaminated and poses a biohazard to you, or anyone who touches it without protecting. In the case of floods, we highly recommend not entering the water because the flood water may have mixed with raw sewage during a storm.

If carpet has been contaminated, we don’t clean it. We remove it right away, and clean/sanitize the area underneath to prevent further growth. If you don’t use any sort of chemical or technology to prevent the spread and growth of mold.

Why the first time is most important

 Upper Lake water extraction is such a scientific process. If we don’t extract enough, you could be left with mold. If we don’t dry what can’t be extracted, it might get through to the subfloor, which could possibly require reconstruction. Smells are also difficult to remove, so if we leave the water sitting too long, any smell left behind may be difficult to remove. We don’t want to cost you any more than what’s necessary, especially if there are preventative measures that can be applied. 

Lower Lake Building Repairs

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Rebuild on its way for Lake County

After the devastation of the Valley Fire, Lake County was left in what looked like shambles. However, due to the generosity of the community and hard work of the fire departments, utility companies, health inspectors, and fundraisers, Lake County will be back on its feet in no time. Middletown home and business repairs are on the rise! The Clayton Fire had similar results, but not as chronic. A lot of businesses are lost, which means revenue and products need to be replaced as soon as possible. We want to be there to help as much as possible so the community doesn't fall away and become deserted. 

What do you need?

There are many services available for those affected by the Clayton and Valley Fires. Restoration work may be on the bottom of many people's lists. However, most people don't realize that a lot of restoration work is paid by their homeowners insurance. Smoke damage has been the most common need for restoration work. Some homes were affected by flames, either partially or entirely; we've seen it all. 

How does the process work?

Give us a call, we will take some basic information such as your address and phone number, and extent of the damage, as well as any contact information for your insurance company. We work with all major insurance carriers, as well as smaller ones, and can provide a free estimate for you. We understand this process is emotional, and we will be there for you every step of the way and we communicate closely with your insurance company.

Let us help you get your life back on track!

Lakeport Storm Damage

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

2016 and 2017 had its storm season start late, but they are still just as powerful and mighty. Insurance agents and fire departments keep us busy this time of year, and we also get many calls about broken pipes due to temperature changes. 

Storm damage all over California

Lakeport storm damage is no stranger to us; we have handled losses here, as well as storm damage on the coast. While most of our calls are between the hours of 8 and 5, we also respond to emergency calls such as tree falls or heavy flooding. 

We also can't stress enough the importance of having homeowners insurance. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a big bill and an incomplete restoration job.

Every technician, at one time or another, has been properly trained and we have several with many credentials as well as years of experience. No matter how badly you think your water damage situation is, remember to call SERVPRO for immediate help!

Clearlake Commercial Fire Cleanup

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Big Fire, Big Company? Not Necessarily

Although many businesses may want a bigger company to deal with fire damage, bigger doesn't always mean better. They may have a lot of people, but can the people work as a team? They may have a lot of pieces of equipment, but are those pieces up to par? Do they work for what they're designed to do? These are all important questions to ask when deciding who should deal with Clearlake commercial fire cleanup.

SERVPRO is not just one company, it's a big team!

While we know we can handle large losses with our crew of at least 30 people, there may be fire losses that happen that require more manpower. We don't want to bring in just anyone; we would want those who have the SERVPRO methods down. Those methods include swift, fast, and consistent team work. We respond right away after we get a call about a loss, and we appear on site the same day if it's an emergency. We don't want you to wait until Monday!

Lakeport Flooded Basement

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storms-wind and rain

The wind and rain has been really unpredictable. Paying attention to local weather reports, as well as information from the Lake County Sheriff, is very beneficial to your family if a disaster does occur. Due to the nature of natural disasters, we respond in the middle of the night if necessary. 

A flooded basement in Lakeport

We haven't received many calls in the past about a flooded basement until recently. The window to the basement was broken, which allowed flowing water from the outside to make its way into the basement, causing contents to become damaged. Most of the contents were damaged; however, we were able to retrieve some sentimental belongings that were higher off the ground. The quicker you get to water damage, the less time it has to travel up a wall or through cardboard boxes. 

Upper Lake Water Damage Repair

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Different types of water damage

 A lot of people call us because they've had water damage due to a broken appliance, leak, flood, or broken pipe. We don't mind at all how the damage happened, we are happy and ready to help. But, we do have to perform certain testing to determine the category of water so we can properly cleanup, and repair, your home.  

Category 1 Water

 Category 1 is known as clean water. Water that comes from an overflowing sink, water supply line, or washer machine line fall under this category. It's known as clean water because the water more than likely isn't contaminated. This is the 2nd most common type of loss we see. We recommend replacing your water lines according to the manufacturer's instructions, as well as shutting off water when you will be gone for even a couple days. The most common type of loss we see involving water is Category 2. 

Category 2 Water

This type of water is known as gray water. This water is wastewater that can come from bathtubs, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. Water damage from any of these situations can pose a risk to people due to contaminants. It's the most common, due to utility and appliance malfunctions. Upper Lake water damage cleanup requires us to always be prepared for Category 2. 

Category 3 Water

This category is the most dangerous to people and animals. It is known as black water because the primary source is sewage. Floods, sewer backups, and water mixed with animal waste have the highest potential of being labeled a Category 3. When we at SERVPRO know what kind of water we are having to clean up, we can better prepare for the project. We can also assure you and your family will be safe!

Clearlake Home Repair

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Clearlake Home Repair This water damaged home was due to a leaky roof, so SERVPRO repaired the water damage right away.
 

Fixing repairs from fire and water damage

Usually, plumbers and construction workers don't know the entire process of dealing with water or fire damage. Most homeowners start with using towels to soak up water when they have a major leak or floor. But, some don't know that this isn't the only thing that needs to be done.

Over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada

Although we have franchises in every state, a lot of communities aren't aware of what SERVPRO can do. We are anxious to educate the community. We have been around for almost 50 years, and know everything in and out of the restoration industry. We have learned from other companies what not to do, and how to treat our customers properly. Whether you are having coverage concerns or issues with your insurance company, have odd circumstances, or just need some advice on where to start with the clean up process, we are here to help. We managed to get this Clearlake home repair project finished in time for the market. 

Lake County Fire Damage and the Importance of Insurance Coverage

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why don't more people get homeowners insurance?

Human nature tells us that just because someone had a bad experience with fire or water damage, doesn't mean we will. "I'm careful with all my appliances." "I don't live in an area that has dry weather." "I have coverage on other items in my home, as well as my vehicle." "It won't happen to me."

Recently, Lake County experiences a devastating fire which is effecting so many. Homes were burned, and some of those homes didn't have insurance coverage. This is an incredibly unfortunate circumstance because many of these homes may not be rebuilt due to lack of family funds.

What can you do to protect your investments?

The first thing you should do to get homeowners insurance is call your insurance company. This would be the same company that insurances your vehicles, boats, or provides your life insurance. Getting homeowners insurance is relatively expensive, and depends on the amount of coverage you want for the items in your home. 

This massive fire that struck Lake County can happen anywhere, under any circumstance. We still have dry weather and are still going through a drought. SERVPRO of Lake County recommends you get yourself signed up for homeowners insurance right away. If you're a tenant, you can talk with your property manager and insurance company about getting coverage for your contents. 

Fire damage is possible under any circumstances; don't be caught without homeowners insurance coverage. Anything is possible!