Friday, August 30, 2013

Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup Solutions

If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

The water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration expenses.

* Professional equipment

Water restoration companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers, portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All these equipments will help in removing water and will restore your home or office within hours.

* Technical know how

This is where water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.

Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be. These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your pocket by hiring these professionals.

We offer a wide range of services to our clients with highly trained staff that are always ready to assist you whether its a big or small project. In this case, we can guarantee that we provide an excellent service and customer satisfaction. Your safety is our main goal. Call us today and find out how 911 Restoration can help you in your home restoration from disaster. We are here to be your tool as a solution to your problem.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fire Restoration Can Return Your Home To Good Condition

If your home has recently fallen victim to a fire, it is important to seek out the services of a fire restoration company as soon as possible. These professionals can help you deal with the damage and offer effective solutions for restoring your property to a good condition. Whether it was just one room that suffered damage or the entire house, a specialist can help you salvage any items and work with your insurance provider to file an accurate claim.

Having to deal with the aftermath of an event like this can put a great deal of stress on you and your family. While your primary concern should be about the health and safety of your loved ones, you should also focus on getting the recovery process started as soon as possible. By working with a team of fire restoration professionals, you can get the extra peace of mind you need during this difficult experience. They will help relieve some of the burden and stress and allow you to focus on your family while they get things back in order inside your home.

Hiring a fire restoration company will also protect your loved ones from harmful smoke and soot that might linger in your house. Trying to clean up on your own is not recommended because it is easy to miss underlying damage that is hard to detect. By enlisting the services of professionals, you can ensure that everything is properly inspected and cleaned to prevent future problems and complications. The methods they use will also allow for lingering smoke to escape so that it does not harm anyone's health.

With the proper training, these individuals are equipped to salvage any items that are valuable. It can often be difficult to lose so much, but when valuables are restored to their original condition it can lower the amount of grief and anxiety you feel. It can also reduce the cost of replacing the items on your own.

A representative from a fire restoration company can also be helpful when you are dealing with your insurance provider. By having an accurate report and a list of the items damaged that could not be restored, you can get the proper amount of compensation. Most insurance companies will want a professional to verify the exact list of items lost. By having one assist you from the beginning, you can speed up the process and get the money you need to start rebuilding and furnishing your home.

No matter how much damaged the flames caused, have a restoration specialist help you deal with the aftermath. They can make the entire process simpler and allow you to focus on getting your life back together following an unfortunate disaster.

When in need of fire restoration, Grand Rapids, MI, residents turn to the professionals at VanDam & Krusinga Building and Restoration. To learn more about how their services can help you return to your normal life, please visit
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

RECIPE - Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

"This delicious Italian soup features tortellini, sausage, and lots of vegetables -- carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, and bell pepper. The soup is enriched with beef stock and red wine, and garnished with grated Parmesan cheese."

1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping

  1. Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.
  3. Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.  
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

News From SERVPRO of Fairfield

Welcome to August!  Can you believe the kids are back in school?  We have been very busy at Servpro of Fairfield in our local community this summer with Relay for Life and now we have teamed up with the local Red Cross to help raise awareness of the importance of emergency planning.  Do you have an emergency plan?  Click here for more information from the American Red Cross and an assessment to determine your readiness rating.

All the Best!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

FOR OUR PLUMBING PROFESSIONALS: Important PPE Issues Associated with Electrical Hazards

Plumbing hazards can present workers with a variety of personal safety hazards. Most hazards are related to exposure to toxic materials, chemicals, or biological material. In addition to general safety hazards, plumbing-specific hazards include exposure to epoxies and glues, heavy metals, biohazard agents, asbestos-containing materials, and mold.

Additional hazards are related to wet environments. They include slips, falls, and increased risk of electrical shock. Typical PPE used for plumbing work includes footwear, gloves, eye protection, head protection, and respiratory protection.

Foot protection. Appropriate footwear is necessary to avoid slips, trips, and falls in wet environments. Workers should wear a sturdy shoe with a protective toe box and a non-slip sole. Managers also should consider potential electrical-hazard ratings on footwear as discussed earlier. The footwear also should be protected with foot coverings or should be washable when employees work in environments contaminated with lead, asbestos, and biohazard agents.

Eye and face protection. These products must protect against particulates, chemical and biohazard splashes, burns from steam, and work involving high-pressure systems. Face shields generally provide greater protection than eyewear alone. Managers should consider special eye and face protection when plumbing activities involve welding.
Hand protection. Selecting hand protection must address the hazards associated with material handling, biohazards, sharps, and high temperatures in steam systems. The protection offered by disposable plumbers gloves is the ability of the gloves to withstand viral penetration. Such gloves that pass viral penetration tests - under ASTM1671D - provide an effective barrier against bloodborne pathogens and other infectious materials

Protective clothing. Disposable protective clothing generally is required in areas that present potential exposure to biohazards, mold, asbestos, and lead. Workers might need additional protective clothing when the task involves exposures to high temperatures or high-pressure operations. Managers should be sure to select protective clothing that is appropriate for both wet and potentially contaminated environments.

Respiratory protection. Respirators are always the last line of defense against airborne hazards, such as infectious agents, asbestos, lead, and other chemicals. Managers should be aware that the use of respirators requires a written respiratory protection program, fit-testing respirators on employees, medical clearance to wear respirators, and training.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Friday, October 11, 2013, from 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NorthBay Healthcare Conference Center
4500 Business Center Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94534

For over a century, the Red Cross has been a community leader in emergency preparedness and response. Our Heroes Breakfast honors that longstanding tradition of heroism by recognizing local individuals whose extraordinary acts make them a hero. Our heroes personify compassion, selflessness and kindness.

The annual breakfast, a gathering of more than 200 community and business leaders, raises critical funds to help support Red Cross disaster preparedness and response programs in Solano County.

Monday, August 12, 2013

CALLING ALL AGENTS: Free Biohazard Cleanup C.E. Credit Course

Please find attached our Bio Hazard Flyer for our CE Class we are holding on August 13th at our very own shop, located at 5130 Fulton Dr Suite I Fairfield CA 94534, from 9AM to 12PM.  We would love to see each and every one of you attend this class for FREE and receive 3 CE Credits with a BBQ lunch to follow.  This class will be very informative for all who attend and provide a great insight on how we handle Bio Hazardous contents for proper clean up.
Our very own Ben Pederson will be our special guest instructor for this class you won't want to miss it.

Look forward to seeing all who can attend.

Friday, August 9, 2013


What is a Biohazard? 'Bio' refers to life and 'hazard' means potentially dangerous. Combine the two and you have the possibility of a dangerous situation, in which, communicable diseases may be transmitted. In order to protect ourselves from susceptibility to lawsuits, we must follow the California State Health and Safety Code and OSHA regulations when faced with a biohazard on our property.

When a death occurs at your building it must be dealt with properly. Maintenance crews that are not trained in blood-borne pathogens may not cleanup blood or body fluids according to OSHA regulations. Anyone involved in trauma scene waste disposal must be registered with the California Department of Health Services. Throwing the waste into the dumpster is not acceptable. Suppose a neighborhood kid or transient is rummaging through contaminated material in your dumpster and is infected with hepatitis or the AIDS virus?

What about your tenants and their families? Would you want them to re-inhabit a unit that was not properly disinfected? Liability issues that involve tenants' health and safety can be devastating.

Another messy and potentially hazardous cleanup is that of a "pack rat".

The pack rat is a compulsive collector, and believe it or not, it is not that uncommon. After a move out of a tenant or a death, the apartment owner enters the unit and the discovery is made. In the apartment resides many years' worth of waste from old newspapers, garbage, pet feces and even human waste. Every inch of the apartment is contaminated and the cleanup is long, arduous and potentially hazardous to the health of the maintenance crew.

Last, but not least, we have the 'belatedly discovered' death. Also known as decomposition or 'decomp'. These cases generally cause the most property damage. Although there are many variables involved, usually the larger the decedent and the longer they are 'undiscovered', the more damage that is done. As time passes, fluids seep into flooring and wick up into walls. Decompositions are also the most offensive due to the very strong and aggressive odor. The odor in turn attracts insects, which helps to spread the contamination further.

There are, however, certain procedures that you can follow to insure the proper disinfection of your unit and disposal of bio-hazardous waste.

If you encounter a crime scene, accidental death, decomposition or any other major waste problem on your property, contact a licensed trauma scene management company. If there are large amounts of blood or body fluids at an accident or death scene, the state now requires that a 'registered trauma scene waste management practitioner' handle the cleanup.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dealing With Fire Damage Properly

A fire can be one of the worst things that could happen to anyone. In some ways, having a thief breaking in to your place would be better than having a fire. At least a thief can't carry off everything, but when a fire breaks out then there is a very real chance that your place will burn down to the ground, taking everything with it.

Even if the fire is put out, the damage that it can cause can be substantial. Aside from the actual property that it destroys, a fire would usually mean that you need to spend thousands of dollars in repairing and renovating your place. It can be very stressful to deal with the aftermath of a fire, to say the least.

In case of a fire in your place, here are some of the things that you can do in order to deal with the damage that it has caused. The important thing is to keep your head because it would never do for you to panic at such a difficult time like that.

Do Not Re-Enter-Once the fire has been put out do not re-enter the house right away. The fire would have weakened the structure of the house and you could be putting yourself in great danger by going in. Then there is the possibility that you can do further damage there and besides, there is nothing that you can do there except to look at what you have lost.

Insurance Agent-Instead of checking out your place after a house fire, the first thing that you have to do is to call your insurance company to report what has happened so you can find out what would be covered by them. They will send over an adjustor in order to inspect the place and the estimate of the coverage will come mainly from the findings of the adjustor. It is possible that your insurance would cover the full cost of rebuilding and repairing your place, but that would depend on the kind of coverage that you have.

Restoration Companies- There are companies that specialize in repairing and restoring what has been damaged by fire and water is used for extinguishing the fire. You ought to call one after you have gotten in touch with your insurance company. It is important that the repair and the restoration should start right away because the longer that it takes the more damaged could be caused.

What They Can Do- Dealing with fire damage in your home can be extremely stressful, that's why it would be better if you hire a restoration company for that. Besides, handling the damage caused by fire and water requires experience and expertise that you might not have. Soot, for example, can be extremely hard to deal with as days pass by without them being removed.

Water soaked walls and posts would have to be treated using special machines and the structure of the whole place has to be checked in order to be sure that it would still be safe and sound.

Choosing the right company if you have water damage in Raleigh, NC can be one of the most important choices you make. Emergency Reconstruction has the expertise, facilities and equipment to help you resolve your emergency fast. Our team of professionals are certified, bonded and insured -- not to mentioned trained to help you get your property back to its original state as soon as possible.
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Emergency Water Damage Service

Those who are experiencing flooding in their homes are going to need help right away. It will help to keep their homes and their possessions safe. When this happens, in many cases an insurance company will try to get a homeowner to choose one particular water damage service, but homeowners have the right to choose whatever service they want. This will ensure that they get the most for their money and save as much as they can. Having to do so much work in order to get their home back in order.

There are many water damage services which can get to the scene of a flood within an hour, and that can help to save as much as possible. They will also help to remove all of the other things that water can do to a home. This includes getting rid of mold, which can ultimately make the home an unsafe place to live. They will work to dehumidify and dry out the home to keep it smelling well. The entire home can be restored as soon as the whole home is dried out. Other things can be dried out in order to try to save as many items as possible.

Most who come out will be able to get a free quote, which allows people to make the best decision about what company should be used. They can do everything that they can in order to save people from saving time and money down the road because they didn't take the time to have the problem fixed as soon as they could. Mold after the water damage has happened can end up being very dangerous, causing people to have something like an allergic reaction. It can even be dangerous to the home itself when this happens, as wood that is left wet can end up rotting. That can lead to people have to do some serious work on their home when the wood within it is rotting and breaking. That can be extremely expensive.

There are many different things that people can do in order to make sure that they protect their homes from sustaining too much damage. These companies will get to the home fast, and they can help to protect the home from mold and mildew. Those can cause serious health problems, and those who can get to this early won't have to worry about anything happening.

Sanitation is a major priority of 911 Restoration and our professional team of experts is here to help you maintain a safe and healthy sewage system. Problems in a sewage system can arise without warning and need to be resolved quickly by a team of trained professionals. 911 Restoration prides itself on speedy service and doing the job right the first time.
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