Challenges in Paradise
Tristan is hard at work cleaning a home in Paradise.
Cleaning homes in Paradise brought unique challenges for the many different contractors who were working to repair homes after the Camp Fire. SERVPRO of Vacaville had to bring pressure washers with self-contained, extra-large water tanks with them to several properties because some parts of the City were still without a water system six months after the fire. We used this pressure washer to clean soot off the outside of homes and to help get residents whose homes had survived get back living in their homes. It was also necessary to bring generators in order to produce our own power, since some areas of the City were still without power while we were working.
But amazingly, all of the residents SERVPRO of Vacaville has come in contact with share a very positive outlook. They were all extremely grateful for their great fortune in surviving such a devastating fire, and were very appreciative for the work so many people are doing to try to return their homes and the community to the way they were prior to that fateful November day when the Camp Fire ravished their lives.
SERVPRO of Vacaville is grateful to have the opportunity to help these customers and hopes they all are able to return to their homes and community soon.
Help Prevent Fire in Commercial Buildings
Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires.
- Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading. Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
- Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it working correctly.
- A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.
Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.
If you do experience a fire in your commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville to help you recover. We'll make it like it never happened. 707-724-8977.
Preventing Water Leaks in Commercial Buildings
Water may be essential to life, but it can cause a great amount of damage to a commercial building if it ends up where it shouldn’t be and is undetected for a long period of time. Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.
- Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building. In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
- Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate.
- Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
- Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak.
If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville. We can help find where the water is coming from and help to “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 707-724-8977.
Preparing Your Business for a Power Outage
Power outages disrupt a businesses’ operations, but here are some steps you can take now to limit the impact a power outage will have on your business.
- Assemble an emergency kit – This should include first aid items, tools, blankets, flashlights, batteries, a manual list of important phone numbers and a floor plan for your office that shows emergency exits.
- Get Power Surge Protectors – Power surges can occur when electricity turns back on, which can destroy important business information. If you experience a power outage and don’t have surge protectors at your place of business, turn off all electrical equipment during the outage to avoid damage to your electronics when power is restored.
- Train your employees – It’s important that your employees know what to do when the power goes off. Be sure to retrain and review your emergency plan often.
- Most Importantly STAY CALM – Remaining calm and thinking through your actions before reacting is the most important element to staying safe during a power outage. And if you stay calm, your fellow employees and customers will most likely also.
SERVPRO of Vacaville is happy to provide you with these tips so you will be prepared the next time there is a power outage in your area.
Fire Extinguishers in Commercial Buildings
Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.
Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall. They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building. OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting. They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.
Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis. In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.
Supporting the Communities We Serve
Will C. Wood Sober Grad Nite Chairperson Stacy Andersen gladly accepted a donation from SERVPRO of Vacaville to help fund their event.
When it comes to finding a company to help you recover from water, fire or mold damage in your home or business, we know that there are a lot of different choices out there. However, SERVPRO of Vacaville isn’t just a company to help with your restoration needs. We actively and gladly participate in many different community sponsored events in the cities we serve.
One of the events SERVPRO of Vacaville supports is the Sober Grad Nite Celebrations at both Vacaville High School and Will C. Wood High School. Sober Grad Nite Celebrations typically take place the night of graduation and provide a safe, fun place for students to celebrate, and have drastically reduced the number of accidents and deaths of teenagers on the night of graduations throughout the nation. The Grad Nite Celebrations in Vacaville typically involve a casino where volunteers act as dealers, carnival-style games that are free to play but offer prizes for participating, raffle prizes, henna tattoos, all the food you can eat for the evening, as well as a hypnotist that encourages celebrating seniors to participate in the show.
SERVPRO of Vacaville is proud to help sponsor events like these that positively affect our community, and we look forward to working with other groups to enrich the communities we serve.
What To Do If You Experience a Sewer Backup
SERVPRO of Vacaville responds quickly to an emergency, whether it be flood, fire or even a bio-hazard. Sometimes our customers don't realize what situations can pose a serious health risk to themselves and their families and try to take care of the problem themselves. Water from a sewer system backup, for example, should be considered very dangerous. The water is extremely unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.
If you home or business should experience a sewer system backup, remember these tips:
1. Stay out of the affected area
2. Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
3. Treat ALL bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
4. Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
At SERVPRO of Vacaville, we are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your bio-hazard emergency. Call us at 707-724-8977 if you need our help.
If you drive for Uber, Lyft or any ride-sharing company in your spare time to earn a little extra money, it is important that your car look pristine and be clean inside in order to attract more customers. But what do you do when a customer leaves your car dirty or even unsanitary? Call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville to help. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform your car from an unhealthy environment back into clean, safe vehicle someone will be glad to drive in. Our company can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. And remember, SERVPRO of Vacaville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Vacaville community. When you have a mess in your car or home that needs to be cleaned up fast, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville at 707-724-8977. We will clean, disinfect and deodorize your vehicle and get you back on the road quickly.
The Glory Hole
The Glory Hole in Lake Berryessa looks like a large sink drain.
Not too far from SERVPRO of Vacaville's doors is a unique site that is drawing a lot of visitors. Locals know it as the Glory Hole, but its official name is the Morning Glory Spillway, and simply put, it is a gigantic drain that helps release water from Lake Berryessa. The reason it is garnering so much attention is that the Glory Hole has only been used about two dozen times since it was first built in the 1950s. The Glory Hole works a lot like the drain in the side of your sink. When the water gets too high, it spills into the drain to prevent overflow. In the case of Lake Berryessa, the lake level must rise above 440 feet before water spills down into the Glory Hole. And when it does, a steady stream of visitors gather near the southern end of Lake Berryessa, near the border of Napa and Solano counties, to watch it drain. It is especially popular with Vacaville, Dixon, Winters and Davis residents since the attraction is an easy drive from all of these communities. If you haven't had a chance to make the trip to see it yet, don't worry; the Glory Hole will likely spill for a couple of months, like it did in 2017.
Once water spills into the hole, it drops about 200 feet straight down into a narrowing pipe. At the bottom, the pipe takes a 90-degree turn and runs hundreds of feet to the other side of Monticello Dam. The dam holds back Putah Creek to form Lake Berryessa, which supplies water to Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City and Vallejo, as well as Travis Air Force Base. While most dams have a spillway to the side to manage high waters, the Monticello Dam features the less-conventional Glory Hole, making it unique and a popular tourist stop at this time of year. Be sure to visit it while you still can!
Thanks to a new website, fire officials are getting some help in locating the exact source of fires from a network of high-definition cameras sprinkled around California. Seventeen cameras are now being added to that network in the North Bay, a part of the state that has recently become synonymous with devastating wildfires.
By logging onto alertwildfire.org, fire officials will be able to zoom in on plumes of smoke and get a reading on its direction. This will help firefighters and emergency responders to see, locate and confirm fires, quickly scale fire resources up or down to respond appropriately, to study how the fire behaves until it ultimately is contained, and to help conduct evacuations.
Longer periods of drought have contributed to an increased likelihood of devastating wildfires with tornado-like tendencies that allow fires to jump large rivers and traditional fire barriers. This was driven home once again by the fires in Butte County in November, which destroyed some 14,000 homes including the entire community of Paradise. SERVPRO of Vacaville helped several homeowners whose homes survived the fire storm, but wished more homes could have been saved. It is our hope that the new camera system will help detect the source of future wildfires and decrease their devastation for homeowners in all of California.