Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.
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.
Summer Power Outages
With summer temperatures inching higher each day, PG&E has announced that it may turn off power to some grids in Northern California in high risk areas in order to mitigate possible fire danger. Here's a few tips to keep you cool and safe in case your home or place of business loses power.
Keep your refrigerator closed. Inside of the refrigerator should stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and freezers need to be below zero degrees. Use ice bags or dry ice to keep the inside of the unit cool.
Keep windows and doors closed and block the sun by closing blinds and shades.
Back up your files and install surge protectors. Take the time to back up your files before the hot weather hits and install surge protectors from your local hardware store to protect your electronics if the power surges when it is turned back on.
Using these easy tips will help make any electrical power outage a bit more tolerable.
Stay Out and Stay Alive
With temperatures hitting the 100 mark in the Solano County area recently, any body of water seems like a great place to cool off, but irrigation ditches and canals are ones you should steer clear of. They may look inviting and refreshing, but they are actually extremely dangerous to enter.
Irrigation canals typically have fast underwater currents that can sweep away even the strongest swimmer, leaving them helpless to escape. Additionally, many canals have steep, slippery sides that are nearly impossible to crawl out of.
Irrigation ditches are not as large, but are equally dangerous because they can contain trash and other debris that you cannot see from the surface.
Here's a few tips on keeping you and your family safe near irrigation canals and ditches:
*Never swim in or play around canals or irrigation ditches
*Never walk closely along the edge of a canal or irrigation ditch
*Never jump in to rescue a pet or object. Instead call 911 for help.
We all want to try to beat the heat this summer, but SERVPRO of Vacaville wants to help you stay safe by knowing these tips for irrigation canal safety.
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.
If Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Vacaville is Ready
SERVPRO of Vacaville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources or Handle Floods and Storms
If storms hit Vacaville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (707) 724-8977