Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:
  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.
If You See Signs of Mold, Contact Servpro of Fairfield- (707) 207-0122

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If you think you might have a mold problem, call Servpro of Fairfield Inc. at (707) 207-0122 to schedule an inspection or mold removal.
In most water damage situations, mold growth is not a problem, and SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can safely restore your home or business to preloss condition. The need to address the mold removal can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection.

Mold Remediation
In some situations an indoor air quality professional will be required to create a restoration plan for your home. SERVPRO is experienced at carrying out the assigned mold remediation plan and working to make it "Like it Never Even Happened."

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Get rid of pigeons on your property.
Pigeon problems are common for many property owners and business managers all over the world. Pest pigeons and pigeon infestation can be a terrible nuisance as well as an expensive and harmful liability.
Problems associated with pest pigeons:
  • Pest pigeon droppings - each pigeon leaves up to a pound of droppings per week!
  • Pigeons carry diseases like cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella
  • Pigeons are hosts to other pests such as fleas, ticks, lice, and mites
  • Pigeon droppings can carry histoplasmosis, a potentially fatal respiratory disease
  • Liability results from unsanitary messes and potential slip-and-fall accidents
  • Pigeons build nests in vents and chimneys, creating fire hazards
  • High cost of cleanup, repair and maintenance
  • Property devaluation
Call Servpro of Fairfield today to get a free estimate on cleaning!
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Bird Control Abatement Fairfield California

Health risks from birds and pigeons are often exaggerated. Nevertheless, roosting birds may present the risk of disease to people nearby. The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost - particularly if roosts have been active for years.

Coming into contact with pigeon droppings poses a health risk. There is a disease caused by a fungus, histoplasmosis, which lives in the pigeon droppings. When the droppings harden and become dust like, the fungus will be airborne and breathed in causing a terrible respiratory

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported a potentially blinding eye condition - presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS) - that probably results from the fungus. NIH estimates that 4 percent of those exposed to the disease are at risk of developing OHS.

Droppings, feathers, food and dead birds under a roosting area can breed flies, carpet beetles and other insects that may become major problems in the immediate area. These pests may fly through open windows or crawl through cracks to enter homes or buildings.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Roof Leaks

Hint: One of the reasons is not (but should be): Because it's there.

When professional home inspectors examine a roof, they start not in the attic with a flashlight but on the ground outside the house, with a pair of binoculars. This is not because they are lazy or afraid of heights (if the latter is true, they've made a very bad career choice); they're looking for obvious signs of trouble, like missing shingles or holes made by animals, as well as standard red-flag areas, like skylights and plumbing vents. Later, in the attic, they check for any signs of water, double-checking all of the trouble spots noted in their ground inspection.

If you've noticed some water damage on your ceiling, don't assume it's coming from a hole in the roof directly above. Thanks to gravity and liquid adhesion (yes, there's a name for it), the water could be getting in just about anywhere and wending its way down the underside of the roof deck before it drops onto the back of the ceiling. To sleuth your own leaks, do what the inspectors do: start outside, looking for any of the obvious trouble areas listed below, then head to the attic with a flashlight.

1. Plumbing Penetrations: Builders know that running a pipe through a roof is like drilling a hole in a boat and patching it with a rubber plug, but it has to be done. Common penetrations include plumbing vent pipes, exhaust flues for appliances, attic vents and ventilation fan ducts, among other necessities. Worn or cracked rubber boots and metal flashing around pipes and flues are among the most common leak sources.

2. Flashing: Flashing is any thin metal sheet, strip, angle or fitting that covers a seam or transition point in a roof. Transitions are hell on roofing materials, and flashing is the best band-aid we've come up with so far. Leaks tend to start where flashing is either damaged or corroded, or where it's missing altogether (how much did you pay for your last roof?). In addition to most penetrations, flashing should be present and intact at all dormers, valleys (where two different roof planes meet) and where a roof meets a wall.

3. Skylight: Skylights and roof windows are wonderful for bringing light into a home. If you also like a little rain now and then, they'll eventually provide you with that, too. Evidence of water anywhere near the downhill side of a skylight is a sure sign that the unit (or more likely, its installation) is performing its less-advertised function: leaking.

4. Chimney: If you think it might be hard to seal every millimeter of airspace between a brick wall and a plywood floor, you're pretty smart, or at least you're getting a sense of what roofers have to deal with when it comes to chimneys. A chimney stack not only creates a huge hole in a roof, it also collects water on its surface, which can trickle down and get into the smallest breaches. Failed flashing is the leading cause of chimney-related leaks. Also, if your chimney is anywhere but at the peak of the roof, it should have a cricket-a triangular metal "tent"-on the high side where the stack meets the roof; without this, water can pool at the base of the chimney, and pooling water is never a good thing on a roof.

5. Shingle Damage: Unless you've been walking around on your roof in your golf spikes, the shingles themselves might be the last things to cause a leak, but they don't live forever. While really old shingles can simply wear enough to fail, more common problems are cracked, cupped, damaged or missing shingles. Cap shingles, along the peak and ridges, are the most prone to wind damage and often blow off in a storm. Nails driven through shingles and left unsealed (with roofing cement) also tend to leak. Because nails make holes. If your roof is metal, watch for corrosion, especially where dissimilar metals are in contact, such as with an aluminum vent cap on a steel roof. With tile and slate roofs, broken and missing shingles and failed repairs are cause for concern-regarding your roof and your bank account.

6. Ice Dams: People in cold climates can't wait to see local TV news coverage of ice dams each year...just like they can't wait for the next flu virus. For those of you who missed the most recent newsflash, ice dams are caused by a warm attic melting snow on the roof, and the water runs down toward the cold eave and freezes. Eventually, the ice backs up under the shingles, where it melts and drips into your house. A vicious cycle, indeed. And the solution? Better insulation and air-sealing above the home's living space, and better ventilation in the attic, to keep it cold (while lowering your heating bill-a happy cycle, indeed).

7. Meteorites: This reason for a roof leak should be considered common only if you are Radivoke Lajic, whose house in northern Bosnia has been struck 6 times by meteorites since 2007. If you are not Mr. Lajic, the chances of a meteorite causing a roof leak in your home are close to 1 in 2 trillion, which means even lottery players can stop worrying about it.

How to Trace a Leak

In the attic, leaks typically show up as dark streaks on the underside of the roof decking, the structural plywood or board layer under the shingles. Follow these streaks up the roof to where they appear to start. Unfortunately, you might not be there yet; the water can travel along the top of the roofing felt (tar paper) before it penetrates to the sheathing, and even then it has to find a crack or seam somewhere before it travels to the underside...In any case, following the water markings will get you closer to the leak source, and, with any luck, will keep you from using an entire case of roofing cement (now available in convenient tubes!) trying to stop the leak.

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Monday, February 17, 2014


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Smoke Damage Cleanup - A Daunting Task Without Professional Help

Smoke damage cleanup can be a harder task than most people realize. Unless you have had a fire in your home before, you may not realize the time and effort that smoke clean up actually takes. We all know that when we go camping and sit next to a camp fire everything we own smells like smoke. The tent will trap that smoke smell and a year later you unwrap the tent and it smells even stronger than it did a year ago. Now think about having that camp fire in your house. Everything the smoke touches will hold the smell, and the sooner it is properly cleaned the better.

The second problem with smoke damage cleanup is the water that is used to put out the fire. So on top of having smoke penetrate every fiber and material in your home, you also have water damage to deal with. It's like having two disasters hit at once. When it first happens the problem seems overwhelming. The first thing you have to do is dry out the water, to prevent further damage from water and mold. So as soon as you are allowed back in the home safely, think of drying out the home as fast as possible. If it's warm out opening the windows may bring in too much heat and cause humidity so a dehumidifier will be the best option. If it is cool out, getting the windows open and air flow to the damp areas would help dry them out fast. To dry a home efficiently, it is highly recommended to enlist a professional service; most cleanup specialists are available 24 hours a day to get the process started as soon as possible.

Smoke damage cleanup professionals are in the business to deal with this damage from the very beginning. They also keep up on the latest tools and techniques to get the job done correctly and efficiently. A cleanup professional will also have experience dealing with the insurance claims and get you the most money back to help with expenses. We all know that the longer it takes to get your life and home back to normal the more damage to the sanity, so act fast and get professional help right away.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Smoke Damage: Why Should You Use a Professional for Cleanup?

One of the most important things that you can do after a fire is to act quickly. Because smoke and fire damage can become worse over time, it is paramount that you start the assessment and cleaning process as fast as possible. By doing so, you can avoid much long-term damage and loss of property.

A fire is one of the most catastrophic events that could happen to your home. It strikes when you least expect it, and make your home uninhabitable until you are able to repair and restore the damage that it has done. Fire can leave behind soot and smoke odor, which can do even more damage after the fact, if not properly dealt with. While you may be tempted to begin the restoration process yourself, there are a few things that you consider before making this decision. In most cases, it is more than worth it to employ a professional restoration company to clean up after your fire and smoke damage.

Whenever you are dealing with fire damage, speed is of the utmost importance. Not only do you want to minimize the long-lasting effects that soot and smoke can have on your property and belongings, but you also want to use your home as usual once again. Because of their extensive training and equipment, restoration specialists can return your home to its original state much quicker than you could yourself. To make this decision easier, the cost of restoration is covered by most insurance policies.

Another reason to work with a local restoration specialist is to make sure that you identify and remove all of the smoke and soot that remains in your home after a fire. Because smoke and soot can be very pervasive, the damage that is left behind is not always readily apparent. Restoration companies have the experience, knowledge and equipment to help you find and clean up all of the damage that has been done to your home. This can help recurring odors, and hidden damage from affecting you in the future.

One of the biggest reasons to use a professional company for your fire damage clean up is to save you time. Not only do fires cause total disarray to your home, they can also turn your life upside down. The resulting paperwork, and list of things to do can seem insurmountable. The last thing that you need to worry about is whether or not you are cleaning everything properly. By working with a trained professional, you can rest assured that your home will be cleaned quickly, thoroughly and with the utmost care.

Whether you are dealing with damage from a small fire, or something much larger, the benefits of working with a professional restoration company are numerous. Furthermore, many offer service 24/7, giving you the opportunity to start the process as quickly as you possibly can. The result is a home that is restored to its previous condition quickly, efficiently and as completely as possible.

Jon Balke has worked as a general contractor and restoration specialist for over 15 years, specializing in cleaning and restoring smoke damage in Valencia CA. He has worked with companies such as American Craftsman, one of the top companies in this field.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Water Damage Restoration 101 - Why Use a Water Damage Restoration Company?

While in the midst of a recent job, the insurance adjuster came out and asked why we are continuing to dry when the floor looked dry upon the adjuster's visual inspection. An insurance adjuster, presumedly, is better qualified and has more experience in water damage restoration than a homeowner who is dealing with an emergency remediation service for the first, and hopefully final, time. The sincere question of said adjuster prompted this article as if someone who is supposed to be professionally educated and experienced in this arena does not understand what dry means, then it stands to reason that the in duress homeowner does not know and can reasonably question the time and effort we expend in doing a professional water damage remediation.

Let's face it, money is always a consideration. Any person, in a purely fiduciary and cost accounting point of view, could make the reasonable determination that removing water from a structure can be accomplished by simply using a store rented machine, a shop wet vacuum, or by any carpet cleaning service found in the phone book. This reasonable and cost controlling assumption that any of the water removal methodologies just outlined is correct as any of the aforementioned water removal methods should be able to remove the top layer of water but NONE of those water removal methods can remove the water that has penetrated the flooring, base boards, or drywall. Unfortunately, the moisture not removed by these methods is, often times, the underlying catalyst for costly structural damage and can create the optimal conditions for mold growth. While this approach to save money is understood and appreciated, this approach is unnecessary as, in many cases, a professional water damage remediation company can handle such work for little to no out-of-pocket cost to the homeowner.

In addition to the cost savings the professional water damage remediation company may afford the homeowner, a professionally trained and intra-industry certified company will know the industry established dry standard for the region they serve and will ensure that the moisture content of the affected area will be dried to the established drying standard and not to a level that looks, feels, and otherwise appears dry upon a casual inspection. The benefit of this is simple... the potential for structural damage is abated and the potential for mold growth is minimized thus saving the homeowner untold expenses in home repair and medical costs.

So what does dry mean? When is something dry? Dry does not mean a moisture content of zero as even in the desert there is moisture - if you know where to look and how to extract it. Dry, in the context of water damage remediation, refers to a point in the intra-industry drying standard at which the moisture content is stated to be dry. Each region, by virtue of its unique ecology, has its own established drying standard. The outline of each region is beyond the scope of this article but any interested party can easily find the established drying standard for their region online. It is to this point that a professional water damage remediation company will dry to, or beyond, to ensure your home indemnified to its preloss condition. Then, and only then, is your affected home / structure able to be deemed as dry.

As outlined in this article, there really is a lot that goes into a water damage remediation service... far more then is apparent at first glance. Now that you have a reasonable understanding of the time, money, and risk you can offset via the contracting a professional water damage restoration company, you now know that your fiduciary responsibility and cost saving intent is BEST served by using a professional water damage remediation company whenever water damage occurs.

This article is composed by and offered as a public service by Jimmy K. Jimmy K is the Independent Owner and Operator of Emergency Response Restoration, 2665 N Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. Jimmy K is a true consumer advocate who is not afraid to battle the insurance company to ensure the proper restoration of the consumer's water damaged home office or asset.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Company

Water damage after a burst pipe, rising river, hurricane, overflow, or similar situation often impacts more than the immediate area and also the home's content which might be in its path. The process of restoring a property to its pre-damaged state is referred to as water damage restoration, which many companies specialize in. Any water damage to a home can be a destructive and stressful time, but having it repaired need not be a difficult process.

Here are of the several steps which might help in searching for the right water damage restoration service:

Use the services of a specialist water damage restoration company: In an unfortunate situation like this, it is important that you are able to hire the services of a company that specializes in treating water damaged properties, whether this might be from internal damage (burst pipes) or external damage (floods, storms, hurricanes). It is often the case that certain carpet cleaning companies might claim to offer a water restoration service, however they are likely to lack the required expertise that you would need for such a significant job of this type.

Make contact with several local companies: In the process of searching for the right contractor to hire it is important to contact two or three different companies to determine the type of services that might be available to you. Even in such a distressful situation like this, it is still important to invest the necessary time to establish whether a company is a good hire or not. If able, get personal referrals from family members or friends who might have been in a similar situation, or go online and search for local companies that have a good number of positive comments next to their business name. Finding the right highly trained staff is imperative to having a property dried and restored to a high standard.

Obtain multiple estimates: after receiving several estimates for the repair work, you can compare each of those are side by side to establish which he is able to offer a high standard of work at a reasonable price. A temptation might be there to opt for the cheapest estimate; however it is important to consider all factors in the decision-making process, as it is important that the company is able to offer a qualified team that is able to get the job done the right way.

Don't delay in getting repairs carried out. If placed in a situation where significant water damage has been caused to property, it is important that the work is carried out as soon as possible. Water damage if left is only likely to worsen, which can lead to damage to the integrity of a structure as well as the development of a mold infestation.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

How To Protect Your Home From Fire Damage

For homeowners, fire damage is a very real and ever-present concern. For many people, coming home to find their house surrounded by smoke or receiving a call that their house has burned down is their absolute worst nightmare. Fires can cause a great deal of damage, and can destroy an entire home in a short amount of time. Protecting your home from damage can seem stressful and overwhelming, but it is possible to reduce the risk by following some safety tips and exercising caution when inside your home.

The place where you should be most cautious is the kitchen. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 42% of house fires begin in this room of the house. Most are caused by carelessness while cooking. Leaving pans of hot grease unattended, forgetting to monitor the oven when cooking food, and putting flammable materials inside the microwave can all lead to these unfortunate events. You must always keep an eye on the food you're cooking to make sure it doesn't ignite. Additionally, never put aluminum foil in the microwave, as this could cause sparks to ignite.

Another important safety tip is to be careful when you smoke inside your home. According to the NFPA, smoking is a leading cause of house fires. These are extremely preventable. You just need to be careful with your cigarettes. Never set one down, even for a few seconds, because you never know when it could ignite something around it and cause your whole house to go up in flames. Situate ashtrays around your home and make sure that you only put your cigarettes in those ashtrays. Never throw them in a garbage can or other waste receptacle. Trash cans generally contain flammable materials, and even if your cigarette is almost out, the other materials inside the trash can could still ignite.

If you really want to protect your house from fire damage, you might want to consider putting in a sprinkler system. These systems can be pricey, but can extinguish small fires and minimize the destruction that fires can cause. If you decide to take this step, be sure to do some research on which model best fits your needs, and shop around to make sure you are getting the best price.

You should also invest in smoke alarms. At the very least, you should have one in each bedroom of your home. Additionally, it is smart to put one in the kitchen. A smoke alarm can lessen the risk of fire damage by alerting you if the home is overheated or filling with smoke. Some alarms will even notify the local firefighters unit so they will be able to send a response team to your home in a more expeditious manner. Smoke alarms may not be able to prevent them from starting, but they can reduce the damage they can cause.

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