How to Put Out an Electrical Fire
Electricity is an essential part of life. From lights to heating systems to TV’s, it provides the energy for most powered objects in a home. Electricity is pretty much in almost every home, but it can also be extremely dangerous if the proper maintenance is not done. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical failures or malfunctions are the second leading cause of home fires in the united states. Electrical failures and malfunctions also accounted for the highest share of deaths and direct property damage. Always check to see if there is any frayed wires, and replace old or damage cords immediately. If an appliance has a three prong plug, never force it into a two slot outlet or extension cord.
If an electrical fire were to break out in your home, here are actions that you should do immediately:
Cut off the Electricity – If the device that is causing the fire is found and you can safely reach the cord, unplug it.
Add Sodium Bicarbonate – If the fire is small, you may put it out by pouring baking soda on it.
Don’t Use Water – Using water to put out an electrical fire can put you at risk for being shocked or electrocuted because water is a natural conductor of electricity. Water also may cause the fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
Remove the Oxygen Source – An electrical fire may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with a heavy blanket or clothing if the fire is small.
Check Your Fire Extinguisher – Electrical fires are considered a Class C Fire, which means that you will need to have an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Residential fire extinguishers are often multi-purpose and labeled as ABC, but it is very important to make sure that it is before using it on an electrical fire.
For more information on electrical fires, visit www.ready.gov/home-fires
If your home suffers from an electrical fire, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Riverside City. Our team is available 24/7 and will restore your home to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.” (951)222-2224 SERVPRO of East Riverside City
Why and How Mold Grows in Your Riverside City Home
Mold growth can occur in 24-72 hours
The air in your Riverside home is full of mold spores. They travel inside on pets, clothing, shoes, and bags. The spores are invisible to the naked eye, so you may not even realize they are present unless you see black mold growing on a wall or smell an odor that gives it away. There are several elements that contribute to mold growth as well as preventative measures you can take to protect your home.
Causes of Mold Growth
The main culprit in fungus growth is moisture. There are several reasons excess moisture may be present in your house:
- Water damage from leaks
- Humidity level higher than 50%
- Condensation from windows or HVAC system
- Spoiled food
The mold cleanup process should not only include mitigating the problem itself, but also addressing the circumstances that made it possible to begin with. Mold remediation specialists are trained to handle both mold growth and water damage so that the problem does not return. Special equipment is used, along with our SERVPRO cleaning products to quickly restore your property.
Prevention of Mold Growth
Once you pinpoint the issues in your Riverside home that are most likely to cause black mold growth, it becomes easier to prevent it. Monitor humidity levels regularly. Inspect your home frequently for leaks, and have any problem that could result in water damage fixed as soon as possible. Make sure your windows, roof, basement and other areas vulnerable to leaks or flooding are in good condition. Store food properly and throw out food that has expired. These tasks may seem time-consuming, but they're a small commitment compared to having to deal with a mold problem.
The best way to prevent the mold spores in the air of your home from becoming the black mold growth on your wall is to control moisture. Adopting the proper vigilance needed to protect your home can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
If your home is in need of mold remediation, call us today, we are here 24/7 to help with your mold or water damage needs!
(951)222-2224 SERVPRO of East Riverside City
Make a Plan for Your Pets!
Pets are family too! Have an evacuation plan for them.
Our pets are an important part of the family, so they definitely need to be included in your emergency plan. If you have a plan for you and your pet, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. If you leave your pet behind, they may end up lost, injured or worse! Have that plan ready, here are some helpful tips that you can modify that works best with your pet's needs.
Why wouldn't you want your furry friends to join you and have comfort when a disaster strikes. There is an all-natural spray or chew tablets that you can give your pets to reduce their stress levels. I've tried it and it works wonders for my little bunny, she gets stressed out and the calming spray really helped her out, and they are tasty, animals love them! Make sure to have all the things they love, like toys, blankest, yummy snacks, and the brush always seems to calm our bunny Foofoo, she loves to be brushed! She also loves pet pet and scratchers (is what we like to call it). She put her head down to let us know that she wants pets on the top of her head. She has a little bag that we keep all her items in that she needs. It's just the right size to just grab at any moment's notice, we keep it in the hall cabinet so its easy access. She likes treats, lots of them< she also loves veggies but I wouldn't recommend packing veggies in an emergency bag lol!
Build a Kit for Your Pet:
- Have an evacuation plan for your pet. Many public shelters and hotels do not allow pets inside. Know a safe place where you can take your pets before disasters and emergencies happen.
- Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
- Have your pet microchipped. Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
- Contact your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get additional advice and information if you’re unsure how to care for your pet in case of an emergency.
- Food. Keep several days’ supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water. Store a water bowl and several days’ supply of water.
- Medicine. Keep an extra supply of the medicine your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
- First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs.
- Collar with ID tag and a harness or leash. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag. Have copies of your pet’s registration information and other relevant documents in a waterproof container and available electronically.
- Traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet.
- Grooming items. Pet shampoo, conditioner and other items, in case your pet needs some cleaning up.
- Sanitation needs. Include pet litter and litter box (if appropriate), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
- A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet.
- Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.
This is a great list for your pet or pets if you have multiple. Regardless of what breed or size, it applies to dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, whatever your beloved furry friend is!
If you end up in a situation, where you need to evacuate from a storm or flood and you come home to water damage, call us today! We are here to help! (951)222-2224 We are available 24/7
Prepare Your Home For The Fall Season
Is your home prepared for fall season?
Sweater weather is now in full swing! Well, for us Riverside residents, we'll take the cold weather when we can get it. We still love leaves changing colors, stomping on crunchy leaves, and pumpkin spice everything! Decorating your home for fall is always fun, and the wonderful smell of candles makes it so cozy, BUT have you prepared your home for fall up keep? Follow our checklist to make sure your home is ready to take on fall.
- Clean or replace your gutters – Not cleaning and draining your gutters can cause water damage inside and outside your home.
- Drain your outdoor faucets – Drain and disconnect all garden hoses to prevent water from freeing. Not doing this can cause pipes to burst, leading to water damage.
- Check for drafts – If you have drafts in your home, this only causes heating cost to rise. Consider weatherstripping to keep heating costs down.
- Change your batteries – It is always important to check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices in your home.
- Have your furnace inspected – Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, change the filter, and check for heating efficiency.
- Check water drainage – Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways.
Take care of the little things that can make a huge difference for you and your home. By following this checklist, you could potentially avoid extensive damage to your home. As always, if you happen to have water damage, we are here to help 24/7, call us today! (951)222-2224 or visit our website www.SERVPROeastriversidecity.com
Get your commercial building SERVPRO clean!
At SERVPRO of East Riverside City, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill can place you and all the occupants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. If you ever have a biohazard, follow these tips to keep you and everyone in your commercial building safe.
What to Do After a Contamination
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
What Not to Do After a Contamination
- Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not use television or other household appliances.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Whether it is blood, fluids, or tissue, our technicians have the tools and equipment to detect every spot, splatter, or shard. Biohazard cleanups are the hardest cleanup sites we face as industry experts. But rest assured SERVPRO of East Riverside City will complete the cleaning, and your property will be restored to a safe and healthy environment. Call us today (951)222-2224 we are here 24/7!
Smell Natural Gas?
Fire prevention week is Oct. 3rd-9th
It's fire prevention week! Many people assume that natural gas explosions are a thing of the past, back when regulations were not as strict as they are today. However, the truth is that gas fires continue to occur at an alarming rate and, sadly, they often result in much more dire consequences than fire damage. You can prevent a gas fire by recognizing the signs of a gas leak.
Determine if Your Home Utilizes Natural Gas
Before you learn the signs of a gas leak, you should determine which aspects of your home use natural gasses. You may be at risk for a gas leak if any of the following appliances use the natural commodity: Oven Hot water heater AC unit Fireplace Dryer Heating system
If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak.
What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak
A gas leak can quickly lead to a gas fire which can quickly lead to a gas explosion. For this reason, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of a leak and take proper measures to prevent disaster: Check the stove: If it is safe to do so, walk over to your stove to make sure all the burners are off. Open the doors and windows: If you cannot find the source of the leak, open all the doors and windows to help the gasses escape. Do not flip any switches: A light switch can cause a spark, which can cause an explosion. Keep all the lights off if you suspect a gas leak. Shut off your gas meter: If you do not know where your gas meter is located, now's the time to find it. If you smell gasses, locate the meter, and turn it off.
A gas fire can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, the best thing you can do if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home ASAP and call 911. If a fire does occur, SERVPRO of East Riverside City fire damage cleanup crew can help with the restoration process. Call us today 24 hours 7 days a week! (951)222-2224
Tips for Staying Healthy as COVID-19 and Flu Season Approach
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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus. Now, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further. To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu presents, SERVPRO of East Riverside urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu spread primarily by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. While not as frequent, it is also believed adults and children can contract COVID-19 or the flu by touching a surface or an object that has virus particles on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC continues to recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but experts also emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily to help mitigate the potential spread from contaminated surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
To limit exposure and control the spread of these double threats, SERVPRO recommends you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, keep your hands away from your face, and wear a mask to protect others. For effective daily routine cleaning at home or at work, we recommend first removing surface grime and dirt with soap and water, then following up with a disinfectant. It is easier to feel comfortable about limiting exposure at home where you can control how clean your surroundings are. It is more difficult out in public, but this year especially, it is important to be aware of the space you are in. You need to learn to recognize spaces where cleaning is – or is not – a priority so you can adjust your behavior accordingly.
For those home and business owners who have specialized cleaning requirements or who simply want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can offer in this stressful time, SERVPRO of East Riverside City can help. While we remain a leader in disaster cleanup and remediation situations, we also provide that same ‘deeper level of clean’ for everyday residential and commercial cleaning. In addition, SERVPRO offers their "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" program, developed for businesses in response to the pandemic. The high level of confidence that a professionally cleaned space provides offers welcome reassurance to patrons as the flu season intersects with COVID-19.
SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of East Riverside City's "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" call us today! 24/7 (951)222-2224
How To Spot Hidden Water Leaks
Hidden leaks are trouble, SERPVRO is here to help!
When was the last time you moved your appliances to inspect for hidden leaks? Leaks are trouble, that is why it is important to be alert and spot water leaks before they drive up your water bills and cause damage to your home.
Here is where to find hidden leaks in your home:
Check your water meter: Turn off all the water in your home and record the number on your water meter. Wait at least 20 minutes, return to check your meter again. If the meter reading has changed, that means you have a leak.
Check your usage: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highly recommends checking your winter water usage to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. If a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, it is likely that there is a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.
Check your bill: If your bill is rising consistently but your water usage has not changed, a leak may be to blame. Collect bills from the past few months and compare them to see if there is a steady increase. Your water bill should remain within the same range month to month.
Check exterior usage: Leaks not only happen inside your home – they can occur outside as well. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight.
Routine check: Regularly check places such as the toilet base, shower door, ceilings, cabinets, and basement corners for mold or pooling water. Being alert and proactive in checking for water leaks is key for avoiding potential problems.
Spotted a hidden water leak and have damage? SERPVRO is here to help! We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO Of East Riverside City uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.
Removing Odors After a Flood
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.
The water damage that occurs when your home floods often come with odors and mold growth that continue to seep into your Riverside residence long after the water has subsided. You can take care to eliminate odors and preserve the safety of your home with the following measures:
Air Things Out
Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your home. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate drying of the affected areas.
Dry the Wet Areas
You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold.
Deodorize Your Home
There are natural and inexpensive methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets or other absorbent surfaces can be vacuumed up, greatly with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells.
Keep an Eye Out for Mold
As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately, poses a potentially recurrent problem that can present itself throughout the life span of your home. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home.
Be Aware of Contaminants
Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when flood water finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (951)222-2224 and leave the restoration to us, SERVPRO Of East Riverside City!
Common Reasons Of Commercial Water Damage
Malfunctioning sprinkler systems is very common in commercial buildings.
There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When a company suffers a water loss, everyone is impacted. Here is a list of a few common water damage causes for commercial buildings.
- Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems: Just recently, one of our techs went out to do an inspection at a commercial building, the sprinklers from upstairs malfunctioned and were going off all night! Fire sprinklers are great and can keep a building safe during a fire, if one accidentally goes off or breaks it can cause substantial water damage to the building, and assets in that building. It is recommended to get your sprinklers tested every few years. It is also beneficial to learn where the shut off is. If you or your building manager do not know where the shut off is, contact us about getting your building prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile.
- Appliances: Just like in a home, most commercial buildings have appliances like hot water heaters, refrigerators, and toilets. All those things have the potential to cause a water loss. Have a plumber check fittings and pipes regularly.
- Backed Up Sewer Lines: Sewer damages are extremely messy, and no one wants to deal with that. It is recommended to get your sewer lines jetted or cleaned every 18 months.
Not every disaster can be prevented, that is why we are here to help around the clock. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your business back to pre-water damage condition. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call SERVPRO Of East Riverside City today! (951)222-2224 we are here 24 hours 7 days a week!