Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
You can never be too careful when it comes to fire safety in your home, and smoke alarms are a great way to help alert your family to emergency situations, such as house fires. There are some important guidelines to follow regarding smoke alarms that will help keep your family safe.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement and installed inside of every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area. For example, a home that is two stories and has three bedrooms should have five smoke alarms. Homes that have a set number of hardwired alarms can still place more battery-operated smoke alarms throughout the house. There is no such thing as having too many smoke alarms in your home! Just make sure they are properly placed within each room.
In order to benefit from smoke alarms in your home, they need to be properly installed in each room. In the kitchen, battery operated smoke detectors should be installed at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances to minimize the number of false alarms. Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be placed high on walls or ceilings. If you are installing your battery-operated smoke alarm on a wall, the top of the alarm should not be installed more than 12 inches from the ceiling. Keep in mind that alarms should not be placed too close to vents or windows in order for them to properly work.
We hope these smoke alarm tips are helpful and keep your home and family safe from harm.
Sprinklers Can Cause Water Damage Inside Your Home
When looking for the source of water damage or mold inside your house, sometimes you need to look outside your home for the cause of the water damage. One area that may get overlooked is your sprinkler system.
If there is a stained arch on the side of the house or the wall is wet and there are sprinklers nearby, then most likely the sprinklers are spraying the side of the house. Sprinkler heads should be checked to see if they are pointed the wrong direction or if they are broken. When adjusting the sprinkler heads, a check of the wall's condition should also be done. Any damaged wall areas should be repaired, which will help prevent future water intrusion.
Occasionally if the sprinklers have gotten the wall area wet over a long period of time and the moisture has penetrated the wall, then mold or mildew may have developed. If this is the case, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville. They can respond immediately to any signs of mold or mildew and help with mold and mildew remediation. Call us today at 707-724-8977.
Schedule Duct Cleaning for your Business
There are many benefits to having the air ducts in your office professionally cleaned. A thorough air duct cleaning reduces the amount of interior cleaning and dusting necessary to maintain a hygienic work area because it reduces the dust that would otherwise circulate throughout your work space. Periodic air duct cleaning also promotes a healthier environment because harmful contaminants and micro-organisms such as pet dander, pollen and mildew are not allowed to recirculate in your office. Having your air ducts cleaned also improves air flow efficiency which will allow your furnace and air conditioning units to operate at peak efficiency and provide the most cost-effective performance for your energy dollar.
SERVPRO of Vacaville now provides duct cleaning services, so call us at 707-724-8977 to schedule your duct cleaning work today.
What Causes Air Conditioner Leaks?
Air conditioning leaks can be very costly. They are both messy and can potentially cause significant water damage to your home or place of business. Knowing what causes water leaks in your central air conditioning system can help you avoid some problems before they become big disasters.
The most frequent cause of water leakage from a central air conditioning system is a clogged drain pipe which can make your system’s drain pan overflow. Drain lines can become clogged with dirt, rust, algae and other debris. One way to avoid this problem is to add a safety pan under your AC unit to catch drain pan overflow.
Disconnected drain lines allow condensate to drain through the ceiling or onto the floor of a home, causing major damage. This can happen when improperly installed drain pipe fittings loosen over time and disconnect from the unit. To avoid this problem, make sure that your central AC system has a secondary drain line, especially if your air handler is in the attic.
You should also clean or change your HVAC air filter regularly and make sure that your AC refrigerant levels are checked regularly.
If your air conditioning unit leaks, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville. They know just how to take care of any water damage, mold remediation or mildew damage to your home and are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help you with any of your restoration needs. Call SERVPRO of Vacaville today at 707-724-8977.
How Will Your Business Respond to a Disaster?
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. By allowing SERVPRO to help your business develop an Emergency Ready Profile, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
What Are the Advantages of an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Company?
- This concise document contains all the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- Provides a guide to get you back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations and priority contact information.
- There is no cost to your business for this service.
Call SERVPRO of Vacaville today to get started on our Emergency Ready Profile for your business. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (707) 724-8977.
Getting the Most Out of your Air Conditioning Unit
Using your air conditioner during the summer months increases your electricity bill significantly. If you don’t clean the unit often enough, debris will block the airflow and the unit will release cool air more slowly. Then, the air conditioner will take longer to cool your home, forcing you to turn the temperature lower and lower. Here’s a few tips to help the unit operate at its’ fullest potential, which can help save you some money.
- Rake any leaves and debris away from your outside air conditioner unit.
- Cut back branches and plants so that everything is at least two feet from the air conditioner. This will ensure optimal air flow surrounding your unit.
- Getting your air conditioner professionally cleaned is expensive, but you can do it yourself to save money.
It’s a good idea to completely clean your outdoor air conditioner once in the spring and once in the summer. Since you’re probably using your air conditioning unit the most heavily during these seasons, its worth it to clean the unit to make sure you aren’t wasting money running the air conditioner excessively just because it isn’t clean enough to operate at its fullest potential.
Is your home safe when you're on vacation?
According to a recent study, thirty-give percent of Americans plan on taking at least one family vacation every year. If you plan on traveling for more than a couple of days, you should make sure your home is properly protected while you're away. You already know to check and double check that each window and door is properly locked, but you may be missing a couple of steps that will ensure your home is truly safe while you and your family are elsewhere. Here's a few easy steps to not inadvertently alert others that your home is empty.
1. Suspend mail and newspaper services.
2. Arrange for lawn care services while you are gone. This will help make your home seem less abandoned to strangers.
3. Install exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars.
4. Wait to post vacation pictures on social media until you return home. No need to advertise to everyone that you aren't home.
Hopefully these tips help to protect your home and give you more people of mind during your next vacation.
That's One Clean Boat
Dustin did a great job cleaning our customer's ski boat when a loose boat cover allowed dirt and water inside.
Owning a boat offers its own set of unique challenges. One of those challenges is keeping the boat clean during the off season, as one of our SERVPRO of Vacaville customers learned. We were contacted recently after a boat owner learned that their boat cover was not secured tightly over the winter months, which allowed dust and water to accumulate inside the boat. Unfortunately, they didn’t find the leak until they took the cover off for the summer and found that the excess water and heat from the sunshine caused mold to grow. So instead of hooking up their boat and hauling it to the lake, they brought it to our warehouse in Vacaville, where the professional staff gave it a good cleaning and eradicated any trace of mold. The next stop was the lake!
If you find dirt or mold that’s difficult for you to clean, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville and we will come help you with your most difficult cleaning problems. Give us a call at (707) 724-8977 anytime.
Oh Dear! I Hit A Deer! Now What?
A leisurely drive through a beautiful winding forest at sunset can quickly turn into a negative experience if a deer darts out in front of your vehicle, which is not an uncommon experience. In fact, during certain times of the year, your chances increase dramatically of encountering a deer along the side of the road, and unfortunately, their quick movements often result in injury to them and damage to our vehicle. Here is some useful information on how to avoid deer/vehicle encounters and what to do if you do accidentally hit a deer.
Deer car crashes are most common in October, November and December, which is mating season for deer, which means they tend to roam more. So be extra vigilant when you are driving in areas where they may populate during these months of the year. Also, deer come out to feed at dawn and dusk, and the lower visibility at this time during the day makes it more difficult for drivers to see them. Be on the look out for them at this time of the day also. And remember if you see one on the side of the road, there are likely others nearby.
If you do hit a deer and it appears to only be injured, do not attempt to move it yourself. Note the location and contact your local wildlife rescue group immediately. If the animal is dead and your car is driveable, DO NOT run your car through a car wash. This will only cause the carcass of the animal to get pushed further into the undercarriage of your vehicle. In this situation, you should call a professional cleaning service, like the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville. We have firsthand experience in the cleaning and care of your vehicle and can deliver your car back to you “Like it never even happened.” While we hope this situation never happens to you, if it does you can be sure that we are on-call ready to help if the need arises. Call us at (707) 724-8977 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Summer Grilling Tips
When the weather warms up, everyone heads outside to cook on the grill and unfortunately, the number of grill-caused fires go up. Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 10,200 home fires, but there are some easy safety tips you can follow to keep you and your home safe this grilling season.
- Grill Outside and Away From Any Structures – Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outside use only, so keep them outside and away from overhanging tree branches.
- Make Sure Your Grill Is Stable – Only set up your grill on a stable surface and make sure it cannot tip over.
- Keep Your Grill Clean – Remove grease and fat build up from both the grill and the tray below it to decrease the risk of fire.
- Never Leave a Lit Grill Unattended – Just like a stove in your home, always stay near your grill and never let children play near your grill unattended.
By using these easy-to-follow tips from SERVPRO of Vacaville, you and your family should be able to enjoy a safe and fun grilling season.