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After Storm Tips by SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

With the winter snow affecting Highway 50 in California, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville have tips on what to do after a rainstorm or winter storm.

What should you do after your house floods? After a significant weather event, people are often conflicted on what to do next. Some want to start the clean up process as soon as possible, while others are overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Although it is best to have a restoration professional work through the process on your behalf, there are certain steps that can be take prior to our team’s arrival.

Safety is our biggest concern after water damage. Our team never begins water mitigation until a structure has been cleared as safe.

-Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet yourself or standing in water

-Do not walk through flood waters. It can be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage, or even electrically charged

-Turn off the electricity to rooms that are affected by the water damage

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Notifying the insurance is the next recommendation. An agent or adjuster should be able to recommend a trusted restoration team in the area, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. Do not move or remove any materials without documenting the condition. Doing this it will ensure that the agent or adjuster has an accurate assessment of the damage.

At SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we are ready to answer your calls 24/7 during storm events. The more quickly you act, the more effective the restoration process will be. The chances of saving any water damage materials and possessions are better than the water dwelling for a period of time. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890 if you have water damage from the rainstorm or winter storm.

Top 4 Storm Preparation Tips

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm in advance can minimize the damage to your property. You will be ready for high winds, rain, or flood water when it happens. These are five tips SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommend to help you prepare for the storm and limit the wind and water damage to your property.

Tip 1: Trim Trees

Pruning trees can keep heavy branches from falling and damage your roof. It can even become dangerous wind-blown debris to you and those around you.

Tip 2: Cover Windows with Secure Shutters

Covering your windows if high winds and flying debris to prevent broken glass. It is expected during major storms. If possible, board up the openings or have shutters installed.

Tip 3: Assemble an Emergency Kit

Make a plan that accounts every individual in the household, put together a nonperishable food list, a first aid kit, battery powered radio and batteries. For each individual, a gallon of water and food to last three days.

Tip 4: Anticipate Power Line Outages

Have flashlights and batteries on hand in case the power is shut off to your home, or a tree has fallen on a powerline. If water is rising, turn off the electricity or evacuate the building.

Always be prepared for major storms in Placer County by following these four storm preparation tips. If your home does sustain water damage, give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call. We can respond to your disaster, assess, and provide a scope on what to do next. Give us a call at 916-933-3890.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville Helps Prepare for the Cold Weather in Placer County

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the upcoming cold weather in Placer County? Cold weather can impact your residential property or commercial property. From the heavy rain to the snow dropping and freezing temperatures to damages caused by winds, sleet, and snow. You cannot control the weather, however, you can take steps to be prepared for the cold weather and prevent damages to your home. Listed below are tips SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends:

-Inspect the property for downed tree limbs and branches. Heavy wind and rain, ice and snow can cause tree branches to fall, which result in damage to the structure.

-Inspect roofs, water pipes and gutters to ensure they are properly running. Gutter maintenance is important. Downspouts need to be directed away from the house and it needs to be cleaned from debris that may be collecting in the gutters. Obstructions to the gutter can cause severe damages to the roof.

-Prevent frozen water pipes by allowing the water to drip when temperatures drop below freezing.

-Inspect for proper drainage to the property to alleviate potential floods.

Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call during this winter storm if you have any damage to your home: pipe leak, pipe burst, or an overflowed gutter. Any type of water damage to your home, we can handle and ensure that we provide the best possible service. Our franchise operates 24/7, and we provide emergency services. Give our office a call at 916-933-3890.

How Does SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville handle roof leaks?

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Roof leaks can cause allow water access to the interior of your property. It may go unnoticed until there is a slight discoloration or a slow drip from the ceiling. These are the unwelcome signs of a roof leak, which can be extensive and expensive to repair. So, what should you do if water has stained on the ceiling or running down the walls?

First, you need to understand the risks that roof leaks can cause, which include:

-Soggy insulation

-Rotted framing

-Damaged drywall

-Damaged ceilings

-Pooled water sitting inside the walls

-Possible mold and mildew growth

For the exterior repairs, you will need a roofing company to situate the repairs to the roof or temporarily tarping the affected area to prevent further water damage from entering the structure.

For interior repairs from the water damage, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommend poking several holes in the area with buckets below to catch the released water. Releasing any water that is bowed in the ceiling will prevent extensive damages, like the ceiling caving down completely, flooding the house with water and drywall. We can assess the roof leak from the inside by inspecting the attic, checking the materials such as drywall of the affected area, and placing drying equipment to stabilize the environment.

Lastly, remember to contact your insurance provider to ensure that the claim will be covered.

Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call if you have a roof leak or interior water damage to your home. We operate 24/7 and service El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs, and Placerville. We can be reached at 916-933-3890.

Winter Storm Hits Placer County

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

electrical power line through roof Electrical power line fallen through roof resulting in water damage to property in Placerville

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville have been getting numerous calls from residents in the city of Placerville. This winter has hit the town more than ever before resulting in difficulties for the residents. Issues include inches of snow causing water damage to exterior of homes, electrical and power lines and fallen trees collapsing into homes. Our most recent call was a mobile home park located in Placerville that experienced an electrical power line that fell through the roof resulting in damage to the kitchen and living room area. Due to the snow melting, there was water damage to the drywall ceiling and wall, insulation, vinyl and carpet flooring.

With an opening to the home, additional damage can occur if more snow comes and melts on the roof and falls into the house, or it begins raining in Placerville. This poses a problem to the homeowner as the heavy rain could cause severe water damage throughout the home.

In this instance, tarping of the roof can prevent further damages to the property. As for the damages to the interior of the home, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can assist with the mitigation and restoration. Our mitigation consists of removing affected materials.

If you have water damage from the winter storm: snow or rain, give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call. We operate 24/7 and will respond to water damage, fire damage emergencies. Reach us at 916-933-3890.

Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

text reading "turn off water open faucets warm the pipes close faucets & turn on water check for leaks" on blue background Remember to winterization your water pipes. If a pipe cracks and there's water damage, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890!

Winter is coming. The weather is getting colder outside. Many people are preparing for the winter season by bringing out their winter clothes, chopping wood for the fireplace and furnaces. However, one task that many people overlook during the winter preparation is the winterization of water pipes. Winterizing is draining water to prevent damage that broken or leaky water pipes can cause. Water tends to accumulate inside pipes. As it gets cold, the water freezes inside the pipes and expand, which eventually causes the pipes to crack. Once the pipe cracks, water can start leaking slowly causing water damage to your property.

Here are some tips SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggest preventing your pipes from bursting and causing water damage to your home!

  1. Wrapping outside faucets
  2. Disconnect garden houses
  3. Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
  4. Shut off and drain your water system
  5. Using air compressors to blow excess water out of the pipes

What if your pipes have already frozen over? These are the tips SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggests if your pipes are frozen.

  1. Locate the water main shut-off valve
  2. Open the faucet so thawing water can flow freely and relieve pressure

If you do you find water damage from a pipe leak, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville right away. We are available 24/7 for water damage at 916-933-3890.

Water Damage Timeline

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

equipment drying carpet from water damage Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call at 916-933-3890 for water damage restoration!

Water emergencies and flooding do not wait to happen during regular business hours, and neither does SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. We provide emergency water restoration 24/7, including holidays.

So, what is the timeline for water damage?

Water damage and flooding spreads quickly. Within minutes, water can start absorbing into the walls, ceilings, insulation, floors, and other porous materials. Water damage can cause staining, swelling, and warping materials. Contents within the home like furniture and personal belongings may be affected with water damage as well.

The moment you have water damage to your home, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. We will be there within four hours of receiving your call. Our technicians will be dispatched and head to the warehouse to load up the drying equipment and water extraction equipment to begin the water remediation process. We want to prevent mold growth, or further secondary damage from the water. We remove as much water as necessary with the water extraction equipment and place drying equipment to stabilize the environment and begin the drying process.

There are instances where the property is a vacation home, or the customer is on vacation and water damage has been sitting for an extensive period. If the water damage is not situated within a couple of days to weeks, the dwell time may cause more damage to the materials resulting in structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard pose serious risks to occupants. At this point in time, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will need to coordinate with the homeowner or insurance to remove affected material and set up a contractor to replace the materials.

If you have questions regarding water damage to your home and need emergency or an inspection, give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call at 916-933-3890.

Who Do You Call For Water Emergency?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

What do you do when disaster strikes, and you are left to figure out what to do next? A pipe burst and water is seeping through the ceiling and into the walls and insulation and damaging personal family photos on the wall. When the worst-case scenario is the one that is happening to you right now, who can you trust to restore some sense of normalcy to your everyday life and alleviate the stress that comes with dealing with disasters?

At SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we exist to put your mind at ease and take care of your disaster situation. We understand that planning for a disaster is one thing but going through it is something completely different. While insurance is there for a reason, we make sure your home is taken care of by our team of highly trained technicians.

Our technicians come into your home with a restore first mentality. If contents like family heirlooms, documentation, or things of sentimental value, have been affected by water damage, we assess to determine if it is salvageable, and restore rather than replace everything. Our services during emergencies include water extraction, equipment placement, content assessment, and more!

Though we never wish disaster on anyone, we know very well that these situations unfortunately happen. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is here to assist in your time of need to make those situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today if you encounter damage to your home at 916-933-3890. We are available to assist 24/7 for emergencies.

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

In the event of a major storm, whether it be a wildfire or a rainstorm flooding the neighborhood, you can get a quick and professional response from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. We respond faster to any disaster. What is the timeline for services? It is typically 1-4-8. Within one hour, we reach out to you. Within four hours, we are on-site providing services. Within eight business hours, we notify you or your insurance on the scope of the damages.

When we first get the dispatch of a new lead from our corporate office, we reach out to you within the first hour. During the initial phone call, we will gather information from you regarding the damage that has happened to your home. For example, the source of the loss, when it happened, how many rooms are affected, and what materials are affected.

Following the phone call, we will inform our technicians of the loss details. During the time of dispatching our technicians, they are heading to the warehouse to load up on equipment to stabilize the environment.

Lastly, within the eight business hours, we give a verbal briefing either to you or your insurance on the scope of damage and mitigation efforts.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville work in a timely manner to restore what is possible. Our franchise is available to serve you in your time of need 24/7. Give us a call at 916-933-3890.

Storm Damage in El Dorado Hills

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

water extraction of carpet and water damage to drywall in el dorado hills Water damage at El Dorado Hills home needs water extraction to the wet carpet. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890.

Water damage to a residential or commercial building can often times be from natural causes. For instance, the recent rainstorm in the Placer County and El Dorado County areas have hit many properties in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Diamond Springs, Shingle Springs, and Cameron Park. Many other cities in the surrounding areas have reached out to SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville for services. Many buildings had water damage from either flooding or roof leaks. 

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville took on the storm and dispatched many technicians to as many properties as we could in a short amount of time. 

For this El Dorado Hills resident, they had water damage to one of their bedrooms due to water coming from under the window sill and leaking into the home. Water damage affected the drywall wall and left the carpet wet. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville provided this customer with emergency services for water extraction and drying equipment to be placed to stabilize the environment. Over the course of several days, our franchise will reach out to the customer to set up monitoring visits to ensure that the equipment is properly drying out the affected materials. 

Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call if you have water damage from a rain storm, flooding, or roof leak. We are available 24/7 at 916-933-3890.