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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.

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.

Storm Damage in Sacramento

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

brown staining patch on white drywall ceiling from water damage in sacramento A customer had storm damage in Sacramento from a rain storm which caused a roof leak affecting the bedrooms. Call 916-933-3890 for restoration!

Storm damage is a seasonal occurrence. Every winter and early spring season, many of our customers in the area experience storms which in turn causes water damage to residential homes. 

For this customer in Sacramento, he had storm damage due to a rainstorm that had recently happened. The rain storm ultimately caused a roof leak in two bedrooms. The ceiling drywall had visible staining.

In this instance, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will recommend that we remove the affected drywall and insulation to prevent further damage and potential organic growth. 

If you or someone you know experiences storm damage / water damage in the following areas:

  • El Dorado Hills
  • Cameron Park
  • Shingle Springs
  • Diamond Springs
  • Placerville

Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call at 916-933-3890. We are always here to help our customers in a time of distress from water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage, and biohazard services.

How Can I Fortify My Home Against Flood Damage?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Storms and flood damage happen. Our technicians are ready to go. Call us today 916-933-3890!

El Dorado and Placer County Residents Are Concerned About Preventing Flood Damage 

El Dorado and Placer County homeowners know the importance of taking good care of their home – and they know that sometimes it’s worth spending a little money now, to save expense and stress later.

When riverine flooding or localized stormwater flooding hits, homes are at risk of extensive damage. Flood damage repairs can be costly and inconvenient. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends doing all you can to fortify your home against floods before anything happens, to reduce the possible harm and protect your home. 

What can I do to boost my home’s flood resistance? 

Here are some things to consider if you want your home to be more resistant to flooding:

  • Apply water-resistant paint to the outside of your property
  • Cover pet flaps and vents if it looks like a storm is coming
  • Use sandbags to protect your property when the weather dictates
  • Consider installing flood-proof doors and windows if you are in a high-risk area

Is there anything else I can do? 

As well as taking care of your home’s structure, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends keeping on top of home maintenance projects. Things that can reduce your flood damage risk include:

  • Dealing with any roof repairs or loose tiles as soon as possible
  • Cleaning gutters and downspouts regularly and repairing any damaged parts
  • Checking your door and window seals and replacing them if needed

You might also consider hiring a landscape gardener to ensure flood water will run away from your home.

What should I do if flood damage occurs? 

No matter how many precautions you take, you cannot wholly prevent flood damage. If you need flood mitigation, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville as soon as you can. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we know how to repair and restore your home after a flood.

Our professional team will extract water from your home and make it safe again if it has suffered structural damage. We also handle the removal of damaged carpets, and we clean and restore furniture wherever possible. We will not quit until your home is appropriately dry and clean again, and we even carry out odor removal, so your house smells fresh.

For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890.

What Steps Are Crucial in Disinfecting Property Flooded by A Storm?

12/26/2020 (Permalink)

exercise studio with two black carpets in center, a water extractor vacuum to the right, and storage box of mats at the top Exercise studio in Folsom flooded due to storm sewage backup, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville was there to help! 916-933-3890.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can help clean, disinfect, or remove materials as part of flood damage restoration.

When a storm floods your property, one of the problems you must worry about is contamination. Failure to decontaminate the affected areas can pose significant risks. It is important to note that you can clean up your property and still leave traces of contaminants.

Can contamination persist after cleaning?

Cleaning is a necessary part of flood damage restoration when an El Dorado County and Placer County property floods. However, several factors influence its effectiveness in removing contaminants, including:

  • Whether affected materials are porous or non-porous
  • Whether cleaning involves the use of disinfectants or antimicrobial products
  • Procedures used in the application of cleaning agents

What is easier to decontaminate, porous, or non-porous material?

Floodwaters contain massive levels of contaminants, such as chemicals and biohazards. In most cases, decontamination is only feasible for non-porous or semi-porous materials such as wood furniture or some floor and wall materials. Porous materials, including carpets and pad, allow deeper penetration of contaminants minimizing chances of proper decontamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove such materials for disposal for the safety of your family.

Which steps are necessary when decontaminating hard surfaces?

  • Allowing products at least 10 minutes of dwell-time
  • Use of products at correct temperatures of at least 68°F
  • Ensuring the cleaning solution spreads evenly around the property

Our technicians use various approaches to ensure we decontaminate all areas thoroughly. For instance, to ensure we apply enough products on vast areas such as floor surfaces, we use electric machinery or sprayers for application. We also clean the surfaces we want to decontaminate before applying the disinfectant since the products need physical contact to be effective.

Restoring sanitary conditions to your property after a storm floods it is crucial. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890 to assist. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How To Handle Winter Storm Damage?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

2 copperline pipes and black pipe behind drywall Prevent storm damages by following SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville's winter storm damage tips! If you need help, call 916-933-3890!

Disaster strikes all year round, ranging from wildfires, rain storms, to winter storms. So what do you do in preparation for these storms? As we approach the winter season, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends that you take the necessary precautions to handle winter storm damage to your home or business. Doing so will prevent additional damage to your property. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather!

Some things to keep in mind during the winter season are frozen pipes, snow and ice build-up, and attic condensation.

  • Frozen Pipes

Consider where you live! El Dorado County sees freezing temperatures, so make sure your home has frost proof faucets or weather-proofed pipes. Many of the pipes that break during winter are located outside, so remove all hoses that are attached to the faucets. Always keep your heater above 60 degrees, even when gone, as this can cause pipes to freeze and break. Consult a plumber to inspect your pipes prior to the winter season.

  • Ice Damming

A threat to your roof is snow and ice melting from the internal heat of your home or business; however, the heat is not evenly distributed across the roof, and the melting water that collects in the cold areas can freeze into ice. Ice dams can prevent melted water from running off your roof, causing it to pool, freeze and expand on the roof where it can cause further leaks and damages. Have your roof inspected regularly before the winter season by a licensed roofer.

  • Attic Condensation

When snow, ice and water build up on your roof, the warm air rising through your home can reach that cold roof deck in your attic and turn into condensation. This can lead to wood rot and mold. Make sure your attic is properly vented. Venting will allow warm air to escape the house without reverting back into a liquid. Again, consult a professional roofer for proper inspection.

Remember that heavy snow and ice can stress your roof and lead to leaks or even a sagging ceiling. Before winter begins, take these necessary precautions to prevent winter storm damage. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can handle any kind of storm damage throughout El Dorado County, Amador County, Placer County and Sacramento County. Call our office today at 916-933-3890.

How To Keep Pipes From Freezing

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

wall torn, with a rectangle opening revealing two copper pipes frozen pipes near Placerville near me near El Dorado Hills A customer had frozen pipes in Placerville. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends keeping your pipes in check, call us at 916-933-3890

You may think that freezing temperatures are too far in the future to plan. In fact, it is just around the corner for El Dorado County and Placer County. You walk out to the front of your house with a coffee in hand only to see the snow fall and begin to pile in your driveway. This is the perfect time to plan and prepare for freezing temperatures. It is essential to prepare ahead of time to prevent the impact this winter will cause, which includes frozen pipes.

Dropping temperatures can cause catastrophic damage to your home. For example, large amounts of water can come out of a small crack from a pipe and freeze, resulting in structural damage, flooding, and potential mold growth.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends these tips to help prevent frozen pipes.

Turn up the heat

If you are going away for a few days during the winter, it’s recommended by many insurance companies to keep the heat at a steady 55 degrees. This will keep your home just warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing.

Open your doors 

As the temperature drops, it’s a great idea to keep the cabinet doors open in your home to allow the heat from the rest of your home to warm up the pipes.

Faucet Drip

When pipes freeze it’s the pressure that is formed between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to rupture. Letting the faucet drip, preferably with warm water, avoids the pressure from building inside.

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

Usually, pipes are located where there isn’t much insulation, like attics and basements. You can use fiberglass sleeves or foam to dramatically reduce the chances of your pipes freezing. 

During colder weather, frozen pipes are the most common cause of property damage. We receive calls every winter in elevated cities about frozen pipes in Placerville, winter storm damage in Cameron Park, attic mold in Coloma, winter roof damage in Diamond Springs, and water damage in Shingle Springs. If you encounter any kind of storm damage loss, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890 for immediate response. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of secondary damage. We have the training and knowledge to mitigate the destructive effects that water damage can cause!

Autumn Storms

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Autumn storms are right around the corner. The effect of these storms can be good or bad. As much as we love the sound of thunder, the jolt of lightning going through the sky and the smell of rain, there are bad things that can come along with it. Power outages are often a risk associated with storms. It is good to know what to do in case you lose power, because you never know how long it could be out. It could be out for a matter of seconds, or for several hours. Here are some tips SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggests that will help you know how to be prepared, and what to do during a power outage.

  • Keep flashlights available around your house. Avoid using candles when possible.
  • Keep the opening of freezers and refrigerators to a minimum. When kept closed, refrigerators can stay cool up to 4 hours, and freezers can stay frozen up to 48 hours. If need be, you can put ice in a cooler to keep your food cold.
  • Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are running a generator, it should be used outside and away from a window or door. Never use a gas stovetop, oven, camp stove, or charcoal grill to heat your home.
  • If it’s cold in your home, add more layers of clothes and blankets. Do not use the oven or a grill as a heating source. If it becomes too cold, try to plan to go to another location where heat is available.
  • Turn off and disconnect any appliances and electronics. The power may surge or spike when it is restored, and that may cause damage to the items.
  • If you have a sump pump, keep an eye on it so you don’t end up with a flooded basement.

If a storm occurs, the safety of you and your family is of the utmost importance. Be safe out there!

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call us at 916-933-3890.

Unpredictable Storm Damage

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Bad weather can be unpredictable, and when it happens, homes are at risk of suffering storm damage. The worry is that it’s often difficult to tell just how serious the damage is.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville understands the process of water damage through the roof and has years of experience. 

Homeowners may be unaware of what is causing major issues within the building’s structure and only consider the minor issues. Remember, serious storm damage is not always immediately visible! It may seem like there’s nothing to worry about, but actually, mold growth and ceiling stains are very often signs of a more sinister problem.

Call Us Today at 916-933-3890.

Schedule an appointment for us to come and inspect your home ASAP. If you wait for obvious signs of damage, you may be putting your entire home at risk. Moreover, if your roof or other structural elements have suffered storm damage, your insurance may cover the cost of repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has a team of full trained technicians specializing in storm damage restoration. We also offer 24/7 emergency home restoration services on mold, water, fire, smoke, or any other disaster that may strike your home.

We are always ready to help and can handle any size job!

5 Things To Remember As A Storm Approaches

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

water heater in closet space Always be prepared for storms with a backup generator! Keep your power running for usage of water heaters, air conditioning, or other appliances.

With the storm season swiftly approaching El Dorado and Placer County, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has been emphasizing the importance of emergency storm preparedness. As leading storm damage restoration experts, we are familiar with the risks posed by storms, including the best ways to prepare for them. 

Here Are 5 Benefits of Having a Backup Generator During a Storm

You Don’t Get Stuck In The Dark

You won’t have to rely on flashlights or candles to go about your business at home. By getting a backup generator that automatically activates during power failures, it will ensure that your home stays well-lit.

Remaining Comfortable

It can be devastating if the temperatures are extreme and you don’t have adequate power to use heating or air conditioning. By investing in a generator, it will allow you to stay warmer during the winter months, or cooler during the summer months until regular power is restored.

Food Won’t Spoil

Refrigerated food can spoil easily if the power outage lasts more than a few days. With a backup generator, you won’t have to rely on dry goods, and your food will last longer!

Maintain Communications

We at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommend that it is vital to have radio contact, or even better, internet and television access too, to stay apprised of weather updates and to reach out for help in the case of an emergency. 

Control Flooding

Consider getting a backup generator to help prevent your basement from flooding in the event of a storm flood. Even during a power outage, you will be able to connect your sump pump to drain water. This will save you a lot on emergency water damage repair costs.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville hopes you will turn to us in the event of your emergency storm damage for restoration services. From handling floods from the rainstorms or fire damage from wildfires, we are here for you! 24/7, 365 days. Just call 916-933-3890 to make an inquiry. Our team has extensive experience in water and fire restoration, as well as other clean up services. We take pride in helping our customers to help them get their lives back to normal!

Storm Damage Prevention Tips

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on open window pane frame SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends minimizing storm damage restoration by investing in storm windows or hurricane shutters!

As homeowners, we don’t get to choose when a storm takes over our area, but you can be ready when it does strike. Because of this, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville specializes in quick, affordable and efficient storm damage restoration services. Below, we have compiled some tips to help you reduce and prevent severe storm damage from impacting your home!

3 Ways To Minimize The Need For Storm Damage Restoration Services

Regularly Inspect Your Roof

Check whether there are any minor leaks and repair immediately to prevent serious structural damages when extreme weather sets in. If you find your home has suffered extensive storm damage, it may be necessary to invest in the services of a water damage restoration professional like the experts from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. 

Trim Dead Wood

No matter what time of the year, strong winds, heavy rain or snowfall can easily snap branches or trees surrounding your home and cause structural damage. Because of this, the professionals from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommend regularly trimming dead wood and branches on your property.

Consider Storm Windows

To help minimize the need for storm damage restoration is by investing in high quality storm windows or hurricane shutters. Such investments will prevent leaks and other storm damage by protecting the glass of your windows and adding an extra layer against the wind and rain.

For more tips on how to avoid the need for costly storm damage restoration services, contact the professionals from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville 916-933-3890. In addition to storm restoration services, we also specialize in water extraction, odor neutralizing, mold remediation and more, so visit us on our website https://www.SERVPROeldoradohillsplacerville.com/ for a complete list of our services!

Prepare in Advance for Severe Weather Storms | SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO fleet vehicle in front of a home damaged by a fire storm leaving black charred marks on the side of the house If you suspect storm damage, contact us at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville 916-933-3890. Our team is eager to offer quick assistance!

It is difficult to predict when a storm will happen and the damage it will cause to your home and/or business. Storms can impact you to varying degrees which is why SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends you take the approach of advanced preparation to remain as safe as possible in the event of a storm, whether it be wind storm, firestorm, thunderstorms, or snow storms! By taking the extra steps to protect your property, you can be certain that no matter what type of storm moves through your area, you are as protected as possible.

So what can you do to be as protected as possible from the storms?

Prepare your home in advance as much as possible. 

While the nature of storm damage can be erratic, by doing some advanced preparation work to protect your property, you can ensure that you are taking the right steps to mitigate any possible damages. For instance, start by trimming back any dead or overhanging trees, as well as securing any objects that could possibly become loose during a wind storm. Even consider installing a home generator for utility usage if your power is out!

Create a family communications plan. 

It is important to have a communications plan so you can check in with your family and be certain that everyone is accounted for and safe. Oftentimes, a storm may catch one or more of your family members while they are out and about, set a designated meeting point to regroup after the storm. In other cases, when your family is all at home when severe weather is forecasted through the area, you can move as a group to your designated sheltering area until the storm has passed.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. 

Always have an emergency kit prepared and fully stocked in your home. The emergency kit can contain everything your family may need, both during the storm and after the fact. Items we recommend are flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, non-perishable food and water are all good to keep on-hand just in case. 

Consider getting a weather radio. 

In our present day, having cell phones has made it so much easier to receive emergency weather alerts no matter where you are, but in case of severe weather or the battery runs low, it is always good to have a backup such as a weather radio. Storms can be unpredictable and cause power outages, or even knock out cell towers, so having a weather radio that is either powered by replaceable batteries or a manual system is smart.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at any hour 916-933-3890 to report damage and receive a rapid response!

What Can You Do When Your Home Is Affected By Storm Damage?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking the land Call us, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville 916-933-3890, for your storm restoration needs. We will return your home to its preloss condition!

Are you prepared for a thunderstorm? Winter Storm? Firestorm? Widespread storm damage is expected to strike your home or business at any time. With that comes water damage and fire damage that El Dorado County has experienced. Here at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crew of highly trained technicians utilize specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Be prepared to take the necessary course of action before and after when dealing with storm damage that will help both you and us.

  • Clean Your Rain Gutters - People sometimes don't remember to check their gutters for debris and blockage. Have your gutter cleaned and debris removed beforehand to prevent water blockage. Look for sticks, debris and leaves that could clog up the gutters and flood or overflow. 
  • Take Safety Precautions - storm damage can create physical hazards such as collapsed property wall, glass damage, or standing water in the home interior. Additionally, moisture can soak into the furniture and carpet, creating an environment for mold growth which can cause health effects. Contact SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville to assist you with tasks to secure your property and ensure your wellbeing.
  • Photograph the Damage - Use your cell phone or camera device to photograph the damage so you have a record for your insurance company of the storm damage. Doing so will ensure that you can be fully compensated after restoration.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company - Immediately contact your insurance agent and adjuster to notify them of the damages. Once an adjuster has determined the extent of damages after viewing your home, payment for repairs can proceed.

Storm damages, flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we! SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Do not hesitate to reach out at 916-933-3890, we prioritize your needs to decontaminate and restore your home safely, quickly and correctly.

How can SERVPRO help you?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Clothing in a bedroom This customer had a small fire in their home, but the home also had some factors complicating our cleaning. SERVPRO can handle any situation!

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is known locally for being fast, responsive, and an expert within the restoration industry. In a storm event such as localized flooding, microburst, snowstorm, or wildfire, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is always Here to Help.

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents throughout our service area of El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, and Cool. We also offer restoration services in surrounding areas such as Downtown Sacramento and Amador County.

As storm damage experts, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the experienced staff, advanced training, and equipment on hand to restore your commercial or residential property quickly and professionally through any water damage, flooding, or wildfire event. We use a scientific approach to drying and cleaning and provide validation and documentation that your property has been restored to the best of our ability. Our technicians receive training in Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, and Applied Microbial Restoration.

Positioned in El Dorado Hills, our team is minutes away from many of your homes and businesses and ready to respond any time of day or night. Storm damage, water damage, and wildfire damage affect not only the structure of your home or business, but also your belongings. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills / Placerville specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms, other water damage events, and fires. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Additionally, if you have specialty items such as electronics, high-value rugs, specialty textiles, etc., SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has a network of companies that can provide those services, even if we can’t.

Storm Flooding

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen drywall from a ceiling This commercial property in Placerville suffered flooding from a rain event. The water came in the main level, which then flooded the basement below.

Storm damage is very unique, and every situation needs a different strategy. Here in El Dorado County, we see a lot of snow and rain storms accompanied by flash flooding. Cameron Park and Placerville are most commonly affected by moderate flash flooding. Though most people don’t think of it as a “storm”, SERVPRO considers wildfires to be a storm event as well.

In water storms, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will take your phone call and dispatch a team to your home or business. The team will evaluate your needs and give you an on-site estimate. Once you have approved the estimate and authorized us to perform the work, our experienced crew will extract all of the standing water. Depending on the recommendations and agreed scope of work, we will either begin removing all of the wet materials, or place drying equipment. Our equipment is usually in place for 3 to 5 days, depending on the materials affected and the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the most up-to-date training to provide you with a smooth and efficient restoration process. At completion of our services, our technicians will thoroughly decontaminate all of the affected areas, if applicable.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville responds completely differently to fire event storms. In wildfire situations, a large number of calls for emergency service come in before the areas are even accessible. When you call our office at 916-933-3890, a staff member will obtain information about your home or business. We will also ask you questions about access and condition of the structure. Our goal is to have a crew on site at your location to conduct an evaluation within 4 hours of your call.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can weather any kind of storm, any time of day.

Wildfire Season is Upon Us!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt Vinyl Fence This customer was the victim of a wildfire. The fire burnt up to her back yard and melted the vinyl fence. Luckily, her home only had light soot.

When a person says “storm”, you automatically think of rain, snow, and flooding. However, we also consider wildfires to be storm events. Wildfires can be exacerbated by high winds during the dry season. Over the last five years, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has assisted customers throughout the rampant fires in Amador County, Napa, Santa Rosa, Paradise, and Chico. Being evacuated and displaced from your home from an extended period of time is very disheartening. You are missing your belongings, your pets, and your personal space. During that period of time, you have no idea if your home is still standing. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville understands the emotional aspect of a wildfire. You tell us what is most important to you and we will make that our primary focus. We will work with you and your insurance company to restore your home as quickly as possible.

Winter Storm Damage Placerville

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

rain water entering home This customer in Fair Oaks had an exterior siding leak that had been funneling water into the home for two years.

Winter storms hit Northern California particularly hard. Our El Dorado County community is situated in the foothills between the valley of Sacramento and the mountains of Lake Tahoe. Rain and snow are commonplace for our area. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is equipped with vehicles and equipment that can withstand the worst storms, so that we can get to you in any emergency. Our all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles will get to your home through floods and snowstorms. Our generators will power the equipment necessary to restore your home even if you don’t have power. Our high-powered desiccant will dry your home even if it is below freezing outside. Our industrial heaters will heat up the air in your home to better facilitate drying. In certain situations, your homeowners insurance may not cover the damage to your home resulting from a flood. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville first to assess your damage. We will provide you with an inspection report so you understand the scope of damage when speaking with your insurance agent or insurance company. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is always Here to Help.

Storm Flooding in El Dorado County

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

This customer's home was affected by the wildfires in the Redding area. After we finished, said her home never smelled better.

Storms come in all shapes and sizes from wildfires to floods. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is primed and ready to assist you in any disaster. Our specific franchise, along with many others, assisted many victims over the years. From the Butte Fire in Amador County to the fires in Napa and Santa Rosa, Redding, and Paradise. We have responded to the massive flooding locally over the last few winters in the Placerville and Cameron Park areas. In any situation, call our office and we will do everything in our power to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville knows the ins and outs of the insurance claim process and we can assist you throughout. From the very first time you call our office to the last time we speak, you will be treated with professionalism and compassion. Our knowledge and workmanship is unparalleled in El Dorado County. You can count on us.

California Fires

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

This customer was affected by the wildfires last year. They were the only home left standing in the neighborhood!

You may know SERVPRO as a fire and water damage cleanup company, but did you know that we also perform bio-hazard and decontamination services? In the recent Camp Fire in Chico, we assisted the Office of Emergency Services with cleanup of their evacuation facilities. For several months, we have been on site providing emergency decontamination services and regular janitorial services for OES, the Red Cross, and the National Guard at their staging area. No call is to big or small for us. If we can’t help you, we know who can. Specialized industries like ours require advanced and ongoing training. Our technicians are trained in special protocols so that we are never caught unawares. Every situation is different, but we know how to handle them all. Call us today with any questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year!

Fire Damage Rancho Cordova

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

This customer had a fire that burned plastic. Plastics make oily soot and will streak and stain if not cleaned appropriately.

California wildfires make an appearance every year. Big or small, we all feel the impact. Smoke and soot are particulate matter that is on the surface of your items and your home. The best way to get rid of smoke odor is to physically remove the particulate matter from the surface of the material, whether with dry wiping or wet washing. Never re-paint without cleaning first! Different types of soot require different cleaning methods, so make sure you give us a call before doing any cleaning yourself. After physical removal of the particulate matter, we will nano-deodorize the home using hydroxyl or ozone treatment. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the experience to make it "Like it never even happened." From Sacramento and Rancho Cordova to El Dorado Hills and Placerville, we are your trusted resource for any house fire, wildfire, or business fire!

Rain damage Rancho Cordova

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

These customers just bought their home. They did not realize that the window seals were faulty! The winter rains have caused a big problem.

To SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, “storm damage” can mean many things. A storm can be a wildfire, hail, rain, wind, etc. Every storm is different in terms of damage and insurance coverage. If you have damage resulting from a storm event, whatever kind it may be, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville before you call your insurance! We will conduct a free inspection and advise you on the cost of remediation to see if it even meets your deductible. We will help you work with your local insurance agent to see if coverage applies to your loss and help you navigate the claims process. SERVPRO services Sacramento and El Dorado Counties. We are your most trusted resource for all damage-related questions! If you call our office, you will be connected with a compassionate, experienced person who will be able to assess your needs. You can call us any time of day or night and you will always be connected with a real person in our office. Let us know how we can help you!

Winter is approaching

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville would like to remind everyone that the upcoming winter season will be a very wet one indeed! With the rain we had last year, we expect to get about just as much this year! That being said, our franchise would like you all to take precautions necessary to have a safe and joyful winter!

1. Double-paned windows - remove the screens and install storm windows to ensure that the heat stays in and the cold stays out. If that doesn't work for your budget, try picking up an inexpensive plastic-film sheet kit from your local hardware store. This should help keep your home nice and warm!

2. Remember to protect your pipes from freezing this winter! The most susceptible pipes in your home will be located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls. You can try adding more insulation to them to keep them from freezing.

3. Make sure tree and bush branches are away from your home. With the rain and possible snow coming our way, the branches can be so weighed down that they'll break and fall onto your roof.

For more tips and tricks from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROeldoradohills/

SERVPRO and Hurricane Harvey

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

On August 25th, 2017, Louisiana and Texas coasts were hit by a massive Category 4 strength hurricane we now refer to as Hurricane Harvey. Once the storm landed on the coast, it quickly spread to Mississippi and Tennessee, making it the largest hurricane to hit the United States!

Thankfully, SERVPRO is a large corporation with many franchises scattered about the United States and Canada. Our corporate office dispatched our Disaster Recovery Teams shortly after the hurricane hit in preparation for damage repairs and cleanup. Currently, we have over 400 franchise teams helping with restoration and mitigation and multiple franchises are dispatching every day to the scene! SERVPRO’s motto is “Faster to any sized disaster”, and as a team, we will bring forth our best efforts to restore these states back to their normal conditions. Disasters can’t be prevented, however, with restoration teams all around the world, we will rebuild and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Prevention

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville would like to remind our community of the rain that will hit this winter. We are predicted to have yet another very wet winter, so that means we all need to be prepared for what is about to come...

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways and roads
  • Sufficient heating fuel, like dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm
  • Make a family emergency plan — Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency
  • Listen to a weather radio station or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) and be aware to changing weather conditions
  • Minimize travel, but keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather
  • Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water

Storm Damage in Jackson

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7/365 to storm or flood damage in El Dorado and Sacramento counties. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville uses specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition, and make it “Like it never even happened.” We have a warehouse located in El Dorado Hills, making us centrally located in the areas we service, to respond “Faster to any size disaster.” Call your local franchise today at (916) 933-3890 for any and all of your emergency restoration needs. Our response time is unbeatable, and our expert technicians can and will walk you through your water damaged property to help you better understand the situation at hand. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has your back, and we will make sure your home or business is back up and running the way it was prior to property damage.

How can we help with the recent hurricanes in the United States?

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

As you all know, our nation has recently been hit with some extremely destructive hurricanes. We hear updates almost every day on this subject matter, yet we still don’t feel like we are helping enough. Did you know that with all restoration companies in the United States combined, there still won’t be enough companies out there to help with the damages that have transpired? SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has been collecting and will still collect donations to send to the American Red Cross in hopes of helping at least one family get through this terrible devastation. If you would like to donate, please contact us at (916) 933-3890 or visit redcross.org to see how you can be of help. Let’s help our fellow states rebuild and recreate during this difficult time!

Storms are brewing here in El Dorado County

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

We are just 6 short days away from October! You know what that means... the winter storms will be here before we know it!

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville recommends that all homeowners and renters have their roofs inspected by a professional company before the rain hits. This will not only save you the hassle of a leaky roof, but it will also save you time and money later down the road with emergency roof tarping, water extraction, dry out time, drywall repairs, etc..

If you or someone you know is in need of a recommendation for a great roofing contractor to come and take a look at a roof, please let us know - we would be happy to refer you to a company we know and trust.

Flooding Cameron Park

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

This customer in Rancho Cordova had some backyard flooding. He didn't know that it also flooded his pantry and kitchen.

Flooding can happen at any time. A heavy rain can flood homes and businesses. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the experience and manpower necessary to deal with any weather-related event. Blizzards, rain, hail, and thunderstorms don't scare us! SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is available 24/7 to respond to any emergency.

California suffers storms of all kinds and SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is your California storm damage expert. We have dedicated and experienced team members, from our office staff to our technicians, that are available for you. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is your go-to company for flooding in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Cameron Park, Diamond Springs, Shingle Springs, Pollock Pines, Camino, Rescue, Pilot Hill, Cool, Sacramento, and Folsom.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is ready to travel and help your family or team with any residential or commercial problem. Call us today at (916) 933-3890 for any water damage, mold damage, fire damage, or crime scene cleanup. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is here to help.


Storm Damage El Dorado County

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

This customer was the victim of a local wildfire. The town was evacuated and his shop was closed. We helped him clean up in the aftermath.

Hurricane Matthew is beating up the eastern seaboard. Did you know that SERVPRO franchises from the west coast travel during STORM events? SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is proud to be a franchise that travels to help others in need. Should El Dorado County or Sacramento County have a large weather event, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will be here to assist our customers. Our dedication to you comes first.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is your leading damage restoration contractor for Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Pilot Hill, Rescue, Camino, Pollock Pines, and everywhere in between. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is visible on Yelp, Google, and are members of the Better Business Bureau of Northern California.

Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville today. Our team is ready to help you with your water or fire related emergency. You can trust our company and our family with your home.


Fall is here

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

This customer in Rancho Cordova had his backyard flood in March. He didn't think much of it, but look what they found behind a cabinet in September!

Summer is finally at an end! But it sure doesn't feel like it. The mountains have had their first snow, but it is still hot, hot, hot here in the valley. This time last year, the Butte fire was still in full swing and California was burning up.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will be here season after season to help you with your home or business. Whether in a snow storm, rain storm, or house fire, we are always here to help. We are your go-to restoration company in El Dorado, Sacramento, and Amador County. Just this week we have been in Pollock Pines with a refrigerator leak, Placerville with a business fire, Rancho Cordova with another water leak, West Sacramento with a crime scene cleanup, and Plymouth with some mold.

Our dedicated and experienced crew can handle any disaster from big to small. Whether you have mold, fire damage, a frozen pipe, a burst pipe, a drain backup, a toilet overflow, a crime scene, or a death scene, we can help. Call us today with any questions or concerns you may have. We know how to handle disasters and make it like it never even happened.

Fire Storms

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

This firefighter saved a customer's home from the Butte Fire, and nearly lost his own life. He saved a three week old puppy from under their home.

When you think of a storm, you often think of rain, hail, snow, or wind, but storms can also be made of fire. Being located in El Dorado County, we are in wildfire country. During the Butte Fire in Amador County, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville was working on schools, churches, and government buildings before the area was unevacuated. We worked behind the evacuation lines with CalFire, PG&E, the Sheriff's Department, and CHP to get buildings and homes restored so that once the evacuation was lifted, people could return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has worked tirelessly over the past year to double our staff in order to be able to provide our customers in the fire areas with enough teams so that we can quickly respond to any call. We want you to know that we will take care of you and help you in any way that we can.

Ice Storms Camino, CA

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

This customer's home was below grade and rainwater had been draining into the basement in an unused bedroom for an unknown amount of time.

Hopefully, we will have a rainy winter like last year, but that also means snowy and icy. Frozen pipes, ice dams on roofs and gutters, rain flooding, and snow melts are all common problems that we have seen. No one wants to think about the disasters, but it never hurts to be prepared. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is your go-to source in an emergency. Our trained staff will answer your call any time of day or night. We will also be able to provide you with advice on your next steps and any information that you would find helpful.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is based out of El Dorado Hills, so we are faster to any disaster at any time of day. All of our technicians live locally and therefore are able to get to you faster.

Faster to Any Disaster

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

This is a glimpse into our daily Work In Progress meeting where we discuss job details and progress with key personnel.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is fully equipped to handle any major storm event in El Dorado County. We have teams of technicians ready to respond, as well as contracts with local employment agencies that are ready to mobilize temporary labor as necessary.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville's staff receives the most up-to-date training in order to provide you with the best and most knowledgeable service when disaster strikes.

Because SERVPRO is a national company, we have access to large amounts of equipment and personnel. SERVPRO has responded to all of the large disasters including the Louisiana Flooding, the Butte Fire, Hurricane Katrina, the San Bernardino Fire, the Galleria fire, and more.

The well-being of your family, home, and business comes first. for us. Thank you for trusting SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville.

Are you ready for El Nino in Northern California?

10/29/2015 (Permalink)

Flurries at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort!

California is hopefully going to experience yet another year of record-breaking rainfall! Here at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we are prepared for what the weather will bring when it comes to water losses in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.

As we experienced last winter, rainfall and snowfall create many problems for homeowners, renters, and business owners. We know that you know it is important to winterize your house; but have you ever experienced the detriment of not being geared up for what might come?

Be prepared this winter! Always have an emergency kit ready to go. Stock up on firewood and refill your generator with gasoline before a storm hits. Most importantly, keep our information on file, or even better, save our information to your cell phone! We answer our phones 24 hours a day and you will never get an answering machine. 

We are located in El Dorado Hills, local and able to respond to your emergency. Our technicians are standing by for your phone call if you ever need us! We will be at your home or business within 4 hours, guaranteed. We can make it "Like it never even happened!"


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