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Disaster Preparedness, Health and Safety Training: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Community Disaster Preparedness, Health and Safety Training: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Plan, Prepare, Educate and Train

September - National Preparedness Month
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Identify gas, electrical and water shut-off locations. This video shows you how to turn them off in an emergency.
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Remember:  Because you have stayed alert and prepared You Are The Help Until Help Arrives.  Emergencies happen quickly.  Because you are the closest to the person with injuries you are in the best position to provide immediate care.  A recent study by the National Academies of Science indicated that trauma, for Americans under the age of 46, is the leading cause of death.

Community and Personal Planning Training Here

Almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster. Plan today: www.ready.gov/volunteer 

Another resource is completing the training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

Preparedness is a community effort: A "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" approach.  Community leaders facilitate individual education.  The first 72 hours after a major disaster is the critical time frame when prepared and educated neighbors come together.

Finally, we at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties, want to emphasize the importance of individual Health and Safety Training & Education like first aid and CPR.  

The American Red Cross offers an extensive library of training, tips and emergency procedures. American Red Cross - Tips and Training Library

Have a great September and Be Prepared and Safe!  

National Preparedness Month - How to Shut Off Utilities During a Disaster

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial National Preparedness Month - How to Shut Off Utilities During a Disaster  Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.

September is National Preparedness Month - Utility Shut-Off Tips

We at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties want to share some of our professional tips regarding utility shut-off.

You can also check out this preparedness link here.

Disasters such as fires, flooding, earthquakes or power outages can happen without warning. When confronted with a disaster, it’s important to shut off utilities in your home to prevent further damage. Learn how to shut off natural gas, electricity and water supplies in your home before a disaster occurs, and teach your family how to do so as well:

Natural Gas

Gas shut-off procedures vary from home to home. Contact your local gas company for information on the safest way to shut off gas supply to your home according to your home’s gas meter configuration.

Once you learn the gas shut-off procedure, practice it with the whole family, but make sure to not actually turn off the gas when practicing.

If you smell gas near a gas pipe or gas-fueled appliance, or if the CO detector goes off, open a window immediately and get everyone out of the house as fast as possible. Turn off the gas supply and call the gas company soon after.

Once you turn off the gas, never attempt to turn it back on yourself. Only a qualified professional must turn your gas supply back on. 

Electricity

After a disaster or if you notice electrical damage in your home, turn off electricity immediately to prevent fires and electrical shocks.

First, locate the main circuit box that’s usually mounted on a wall. In many houses, the circuit box is located in the basement, so make sure to bring a flashlight.

Inside the panel, you will see multiple switches, including the main switch that shuts off all electricity in your home.

For safety purposes, always shut off individual switches before shutting off the main switch.

Water

After a disaster, your water supply may get polluted due to cracked lines, so it’s important to shut it off until authorities say it’s safe to turn the water back on.

Locate the shut-off valve for the main water line of your home, which can be found in one of these areas:

  • on a wall near the front of the house
  • near the water heater
  • in the garage
  • buried in the ground outside, near the street, in a covered box
  • Label the shut-off valve so you can easily find it in the future.
  • Be sure that the valve completely closes when you turn it clockwise. If the valve doesn’t completely close, it may be rusted or damaged. In this case, have it replaced by a qualified technician.

 When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened." 

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September 2017 National Preparedness Month - Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Community September 2017 National Preparedness Month - Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends September - National Preparedness Month

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan today. 

www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #PlanAhead #NatlPrep

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity and Greater Tehama Counties is committed to supporting your Redding area communities.

1. Make an Emergency Plan.

Download a copy of this outstanding Family Emergency Communication Plan (.pdf)

As you prepare your plan for your specific daily needs and responsibilities.  Communicate this list with your personal network, family and friends.  Outline details like prescriptions, pets, children, power outage, food and personal paperwork. In what areas do you need assistance?

  • Different ages of members within your household

  • Responsibilities for assisting others

  • Locations frequented

  • Dietary needs

  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment

  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment

  • Languages spoken

  • Cultural and religious considerations

  • Pets or service animals

  • Households with school-aged children

2. Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.

Find out details of Apps and Emergency Alerts at Apps and Emergency Alerts.

3. Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.

Many emergencies may cause a sudden and unexpected evacuation. In some instances you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Evacuating quickly and safely with you family safe is the result of planning ahead.

4. Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.

Additionally you might want to take a look at

FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program details.

5. Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.

Doug Stephens, Owner of SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties, says,

"When disaster strikes, you need to be ready to immediately assess the situation and take the first critical steps to protect your employees and property from further damage. The key is having a plan in place before you need it. You can afford to take time now to gather the necessary information and create a recovery plan, but you can't afford that time after a disaster. That's a time for action, not planning."

If you have any questions about emergency preparedness phone anything - (530) 222-0200

Mold Facts: Shasta County Home or Business Cleaning

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Facts: Shasta County Home or Business Cleaning Mold in the corners home wood and wallboard.

The Mold Cleaning Baseline

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.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties would like you to 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, SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties 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 – (530) 222-0200

Water Damage Cleaning: Professional SERVPRO Procedures

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleaning: Professional SERVPRO Procedures Water Damage Emergencies requires SERVPRO professional procedures.

Water restoration services provided by the professional team at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties

refer to methods of repairing and restoring damage caused by water. Such damage can be the result of seepage, leaks, dampness, or flooding. The work done by our professionals goes way beyond simply cleaning up. It begins with water removal and ends with ensuring that your home is protected from further damage.

We are available 24/7. Call (530) 222-0200

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We serve the North State areas of Redding CA, Shasta Lake CA, Red Bluff CA, Corning CA, Los Molinos CA, Willows CA, Orland CA, Dunsmuir CA, Mt. Shasta CA, Yreka CA, Weaverville CA, Fall River Mills CA and Burney CA and surrounding areas for many types of emergency restoration services.

Here’s a brief look at what procedures are involved in our water restoration services:

  • Water Removal: The restoration process begins with pumping out excess water.
  • Deodorization: Foul odors can be eliminated by applying techniques such as ozone treatment, crystals, dry fogging, and wet fogging. The materials and equipment for these techniques are only available to professional water restoration service companies.
  • Mold and Mildew Removal: To achieve long-term results, this procedure must be performed by an expert restoration services provider. Using scientific technology, technicians can kill and remove developing mold and mildew.
  • Drying and Dehumidifying: These processes are necessary to remove moisture in the air and on walls, floors etc.
  • Content Restoration: This procedure involves cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting clothing, draperies, furnishings, beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas etc. These items can be successfully restored, but prompt action must be taken because harmful microbes, mildew and mold grow very fast in a damp environment.
  • Decontamination: Water restoration services also decontaminate and clean any items that are restorable, and dispose of those that are not.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties will respond quickly to your water damage emergency.  24/7 - (530) 222-0200

The Dos and Dont's of Mold Removal

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Dos and Dont's of Mold Removal Dangerous Mold

Dangerous Mold

Even if you are a clean person, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue with mold.Unfortunately, mold, like bed bugs, doesn’t care about your level of cleanliness, level of income, or where you went to college. Anyone can have a mold problem in their home or business at any time.

The scary thing is that mold can be growing for quite a while before it becomes noticeable, your professional at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity and Tehama Counties has compiled this handy list of some dos and don’ts you should follow when it comes to mold removal:

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Do:

  • Examine your home or business regularly. Most types of mold share some obvious warning signs. For example, a musty smell in a damp basement usually means there’s mold around. Black, gray, brown, or even white clusters of mold on walls, carpeting or flooring are easy to spot with the naked eye. Be observant about your home and check it regularly for mold.
  • Call us 24/7 - (530) 222-0200. A professional can determine which type of mold you might have, where it originates from, and how to safely perform mold removal.

Don’t:

  • Try the DIY approach. Because some molds are toxic to pets and humans, it’s not safe to tackle this problem on your own. The money you think you might save by DIY-ing this isn’t worth your health.
  • Wait. Mold can grow quickly and can be dangerous. If you suspect a problem, call it in ASAP!
  • Make the mold feel welcome. Mold likes the darkness and warm, moist air. Don’t roll out the red carpet with their favorite things! Fix the leaks, install dehumidifiers and don’t ignore the warning signs of more mold growth.

For more mold dos and don’ts, contact our trusted mold removal professionals at SERVPRO North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties today.

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Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth Water soaked carpet is ripe for mold growth.

Carpet is at high risk of mold growth.

For mold to grow, it needs oxygen, moisture, a surface to grow on, and a food source. Spores are commonly found in the air. If they land on damp or wet spots indoors, they feed on dust, and mold growth will occur very soon.

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In the right conditions, area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting provide a perfect breeding ground for mold. Carpet located below ground level in basements, as well as carpet that’s been wet for a period of time, and moist or damp carpeting, are at especially high risk of mold growth.

Just because mold is not immediately visible or apparent on carpeting doesn’t mean that growth is not in progress. Actually, mold is likely to only be visible on the surface of carpeting in severe infestations – as would commonly occur when the carpet has remained wet for some time after flooding.

Carpeting that has been subjected to flood damage or standing water usually needs to be disposed of because conditions are ripe for mold growth. Even if visible growth has not yet started, it’s highly probable that it will happen unless the carpeting is removed, cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, removing it and cleaning it is not guaranteed to prevent mold growth.

At SERVPRO North Shasta, Trinity, & Greater Tehama Counties we offer 24/7 emergency house restoration services on mold, storm, smoke, fire and flood damage, as well as vandalism or any other disaster that may strike your home.

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Meet Our Team

Company Profile

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties has been independently and locally owned and operated by Doug and Dianna Stephens since 1993. We serve the North State areas of Redding CA, Shasta Lake CA, Red Bluff CA, Corning CA, Los Molinos CA, Willows CA, Orland CA, Dunsmuir CA, Mt. Shasta CA, Yreka CA, Weaverville CA, Fall River Mills CA and Burney CA and surrounding areas for many types of emergency restoration services.

Fire Safe Your Home in Shasta County, CA

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safe Your Home in Shasta County, CA Fire safety readiness is the key in Shasta County

Fire Safety. Preparation and Readiness in Shasta County, California

The topic this season is all about Fire Safety. Preparation and Readiness are the key. The professional team at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties is there for you after the damage, but what should you do to fire safe your home?

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  • Clean dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
  • If you are reroofing, follow your fire department current roofing standards.
  • Cover your chimney outlet and stovepipe with 1/2" mesh screen.
  • Enclose the underside of eaves, decks and balconies with fire resistant materials to keep out flying embers.
  • Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from all structures
  • Locate LPG tanks 30 feet away from structures; maintaing 10 feet of clear space around the tank.
  • When replacing windows install on dual or triple pane windows.
  • Establish defensible space.
  • Install Smoke Detectors
  • Keep a charged ABC type fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage.  Know how to us it!

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Water Damage and Insurance Coverage - Shasta County, California

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Insurance Coverage - Shasta County, California Torrential rains, storms cause home water damage through the roof.

During the torrential rains of the Shasta County winter season property owners assess damages from the storms.

Disaster recovery businesses like SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties were field flood damage calls 24/7.

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When client calls come in we respond to the location and assess the damage. We remove any standing water as quickly as possible to remove dry rot and mold.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama County will work closely with the homeowner and their insurance agency.

North Redding and Shasta Dam have been known to receive more than 2 inches in a 24 hour period.

Surface damage from water, unless covered by a federal flood insurance policy, is not typically covered by a homeowner's policy.

A standard policy most often also covers roof damage and water entry from wind and storms.

A key point to remember with home insurance is that the insurance is for emergency disasters and not to repair damage caused by negligence or lack of maintenance.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?

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SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties has been independently and locally owned and operated by Doug and Dianna Stephens since 1993. We serve the North State areas of Redding CA, Shasta Lake CA, Red Bluff CA, Corning CA, Los Molinos CA, Willows CA, Orland CA, Dunsmuir CA, Mt. Shasta CA, Yreka CA, Weaverville CA, Fall River Mills CA and Burney CA and surrounding areas for many types of emergency restoration services.

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Mold Damage Questions Answered by SERVPRO, Shasta County, California Professionals

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Questions Answered by SERVPRO, Shasta County, California Professionals Understanding Mold is the Key.

How to Understand Mold Damage

When it comes to mold in our homes, there are many old misconceptions circulating to this day. Once you bust the myths, you will have a better understanding of mold and its impact to your health and home. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties have put together a list of 5 common mold myths and the truth behind them, so you can use this information to your benefit when you encounter a mold problem:

Myth 1: All mold is toxic

Truth: While many molds can affect your health due to long-term exposure, there are beneficial molds as well. The mold found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain molds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some molds are used in medicine, as well. For instance, the Penicillium mold has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered.

Myth 2: Bleach kills mold

Truth: Many people use bleach as a mold removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mold, but not mold spores. The worst part is that removing mold with bleach and water can allow mold to regrow even faster. Instead, use a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.

Myth 3: There should be no mold in my home

Truth: The truth is that mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air you are breathing contains mold spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mold in your home. Greater amounts of mold can pose health risks and damage your home if you don’t take care of the mold infestation.

Myth 4: You shouldn’t worry about a small spot of mold

Truth: In reality, a small area affected by mold can grow larger and larger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mold can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in your home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.

Myth 5: You can clean up mold infestations yourself

Truth: Even though you may be able to clean areas smaller than 10 square feet yourself, bigger infestations require professional mold removal services. In fact, your efforts of removing mold using UV light or high-heat drying can accelerate mold growth. Well-trained mold remediation professionals have the specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mold infestations much more efficiently.

Visit our Mold Information Page. Essential mold removal do’s and don’ts are available here. Contact SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties

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It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Redding / Shasta County California home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. 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.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(530) 222-0200