Servicing your heating unit before the cold weather.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles explain how it's not good to neglect your furnace when it’s not in use could cost you in the long run. Higher heating bills while inconvenient are manageable, but what’s more important is a fire or smoke cleaning costs which tend to be more expensive. Here are some tips to keep your furnace in good working condition.
Have your Furnace Professionally Serviced
The general rule of thumb is to get a professional to inspect and service your heating unit once a year, typically in the early fall. This timing gives you the opportunity to fix any problems a technician finds before temperatures drop and you need to turn up the heat. Professional furnace technicians typically do the following during an annual inspection:
- Have it cleaned
- Test to make sure it is working properly
- Tighten loose hardware and replace any broken parts
- Check the wiring for fire hazards
The last action is essential to preventing home fires and avoiding additional fire cleaning costs, including flooding and smoke remediation.
Finding Mold in Your Commercial Property
If the health inspection finds a minor issue at your restaurant, they will allow you to resolve it before their next visit (that will come quickly). However, that doesn’t mean you should relax and let minor issues slip your attention. If there are a lot of them, or if the inspection finds a big problem, your restaurant can get shut down. A hefty fine and the bad press that follow a health inspection closure are awful for business. Therefore, you should avoid these significant issues at all cost.
The Usual Culprit — Mold
One of the most significant issues a health inspection can find is mold. The dreaded mold doesn’t mix well with anything, let alone food, so eradicating it everywhere it pops up should be your number one priority. Often you can’t see it, but you may smell the distinctive smell of moisture. That is also a sure sign that you may have a mold problem, and you shouldn’t ignore it. However, you also shouldn’t panic. While mold is a severe issue, we can get rid of it.
What Causes Mold to Appear
If you suspect that mold has indeed infected your dining establishment, there’s no time to waste. Calling an expert to come in and inspect your restaurant and deal with the potential problem is the best course of action. What’s more, an expert will also help you understand how to avoid future mold problems. However, it’s also important to be aware of the most common causes of mold in restaurants.
The bad news is that mold loves the moist, warm environment. Kitchens, bathrooms, and storage rooms are the ideal places where mold can make its new home and bloom. What’s more, restaurants have a lot of surface area that’s moist or damp, and that isn’t aired or dried-out very often. If we don’t use the area in question frequently, mold will bloom quite quickly and potentially overtake the entire kitchen and prep area.
How to Get Rid of Mold in a Restaurant
We always must be on alert since mold is quite sneaky. It can be quite hard to detect mold. After all, how often do you move your freezers to check what’s behind them? Probably not often enough. Even the smell of mold is a significant reason for concern. What’s more, it’s often the number one way to detect you have a problem — other than spotting mold with the naked eye, of course.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles has the right tools and expertise to remove mold efficiently and without the hazard of worsening the problem. So, if you see mold — don’t touch it. Call for help and get a thorough diagnosis. If your restaurant has been closed due to a mold issue, you will need the paperwork to prove that the problem was handled by professionals and cleared, before you get the green light to re-open your dining institution.
Prevent a Fire Damage After the Holidays
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles caution homeowners to take common sense precautions throughout the holiday season in Atascadero, CA. Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)*, while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles encourages homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. “When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace, a draft that blows a candle flame too near, or a carelessly held cigarette to turn your holiday celebration into a tragedy.”
Prepare your house for a water damage
Communities celebrated as a much-needed rainstorm recently blew through California, but it was not all good news for those who experienced the Alisal Fire earlier in October or who had experienced devastating fires in 2020. Evacuation orders were issued for Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and other areas that were in danger of experiencing mudslides because of the devastation of wildfires and the Paso Robles water damage experts from SERVPRO of Atascadero / Paso Robles have prepared some tips to help property owners protect their homes and businesses from storm damage.
The time to prepare for winter storms is months before the rains arrive. The old saying “the roof doesn’t leak when it’s not raining,” makes a good joke, but not such a good strategy for preventing damage. The general time to assess potential problems is to conduct an inspection of buildings and landscape far enough in advance of winter rainy season to budget and schedule the necessary work.
There are two good times to inspect for damage:
- Right after a storm when critical repairs can be made, or temporary repairs can be made to continue to protect the property until permanent repairs can be done.
- Several months before the stormy season when there is plenty of time to schedule and make the repairs and reinforcements correctly.
Tips for storm proofing your house from the Paso Robles water damage experts
- Clean up the yard. Remove clutter form the yard and trim dead and broken branches off of trees and shrubs. Move anything that wind can move or knock over, such as patio furniture, bicycles or other toys to safe places out of the wind. “No one wants a patio chair to come crashing through the living room window,” said Joe Powers, owner of the Paso Robles water damage remediation SERVPRO of Atascadero / Paso Robles.
- Clean rain gutters and make sure the downspouts are in good working order and the water flows away from the house.
- Stock up on supplies such as tarps, sandbags or other materials to divert the flow of water, boards for the possibility of broken windows, and weatherstripping in the event doors or windows are leaking.
- Prepare an emergency kit with extra drinking water, non-perishable food and battery powered lighting. It’s a good idea to have camping gear on hand, such as coolers and a camp stove.
- Have a plan for preparing meals in case the power goes out.
- Have an emergency escape plan in the event the family and pets need to evacuate. Make sure important documents, financial account information and emergency phone numbers are packed in an escape kit, along with food, water, extra clothing, batteries and other necessities.
- Keeps phones and other important electronics charged and add all emergency phone numbers to all phones.
The goals are to be safe and protect your family from harm and your home or office from storm damage and the long-term effects of water damage and mold damage.
Choosing SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles for your Fire Damage
When disasters impact your Atascadero/ Paso Robles Property, not just anyone can fix it to the high standards that you can expect from professional restoration. While our franchise strives to offer each customer that we serve an experience that goes above and beyond their expectations, not every restoration company in our service area can provide that for you. There are important elements that set our team apart regarding fire restoration and recovery, and it begins by providing our clients with experienced and professional technicians. Each of our technicians that come out for fire restoration work has undergone extensive training to obtain their Fire and Smoke Restoration certification through the IICRC. This organization sets the standard for high-quality restoration work to get performed on residential properties, but this is only the beginning to the educational opportunities and ongoing in-house training regiments that exist to make our technicians elite in the field. This training extends beyond our ability to manage the damaged elements of your property and begin restoration practices. Our SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles technicians can also keep an open line of communication with our customers and their insurance companies to meet the needs of the other parties while we return your home to its original condition.
Fire Safety Tips During Holiday Barbeque Events
Summer and fall brings family and friends together for good times over the barbecue. Great food and great company make great memories and the professionals from SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles want to make sure those memories are not marred by an out-of-control fire.
People getting together for a good time hardly seems like something that can turn into a disaster, but these interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Association can make people much more aware of barbecue safety:
A few precautions and a watchful eye can help keep flames and hot coals in the barbecue and away from guests, pets, dry vegetation, and other flammable surroundings. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire.
- Always check the tank and connections for gas grills before starting.
- Set up the grill in a clear area outside away from flammable materials, including dry grass, trees, umbrellas, and covered patios.
- Allow plenty of room for people to move around, reducing accidental contact with the hot barbecue, or even tipping it over.
- Don’t allow children and pets to play too close.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. A fire extinguisher can be used with gas or charcoal/wood grills. A water hose can be used with charcoal or wood grills.
- Trim excess fat. Meat that is too fatty causes flames to flare and can cause serious injury. Keep a spray bottle handy to stop flare-ups.
- Never leave fire or hot coals unattended.
- Keep the grill clean, including the cooking surfaces and grill pans.
- Check the barbecue for rust spots or holes. Make sure it is well supported with no danger of being easily knocked over. Don’t use damaged equipment.
- Let the barbecue cool down completely before covering it.
- Dump the ashes into a metal bucket and hose them down until there are completely cool with no embers of smoke before disposing of them.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles ERP
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles is a 24/7 emergency service provider. When fire, water, or mold damage affects your home or business, our crews respond promptly to restore your property to pre loss condition. But what can you do to prepare for property damage?
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles is committed to providing our community with resources to prepare for disaster. One way we help facilitate preparedness is through our Emergency Ready Profile, or an ERP. Whether you own a home, a business, or both – our ERP preparedness folder gathers important information, resources, and photos that are tailored to you and your property, which can be crucial when responding to a restoration emergency.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.” Our ERP service is at no cost to you and includes a walkthrough of your property with one of our restoration professionals.
Tips on how to decrease the chance of having a water damage in your property
- Increase grade around your property: The dirt around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow dirt from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating a slope.
- Rain Gutters: Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.
- Rerouting down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.
- Maintain you roof: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
- Repair damaged windows: Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.
- Clean any debris: Especially during spring and fall seasons, when leaves start to fall, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.
Fast Response from SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles specializes in storm and flood damage restoration throughout the north part of the Central Coast. Our technicians are highly trained, and they use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Which will bring a sense of relief knowing that we are able to do that to your property.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We are available 24/7 to help you out.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When Storm weather hits your property, we are able to 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 are strategically located throughout the United States.