Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
SERVPRO of Lodi is ready at a moments notice to help get you and your home back to its preloss condition. We're available 24/7 209-368-6119
Temporary Power Outages
Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:
1. Flashlights for each family member
2. Battery-operated radio and clock
3. Extra batteries
4. Containers of bottled water
5. Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants
6. Non-electric can opener
7. List of important phone numbers
8. First-aid kit
Following a heatwave, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.
•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
•Choose foods your family will eat.
•Remember any special dietary needs.
•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.
•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
•Protein or fruit bars
•Dry cereal or granola
•Non-perishable pasteurized milk
•High energy foods
•Food for infants
These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov
A Long Winter and Bizarre Weather
SERVPRO of Lodi: Water Damage Specialists
With so much snow in the mountains that eventually will thaw and melt, flooding is imminent. SERVPRO 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/flood condition. During these crazy winter months of 2019 we're ready to help you with your emergency water damage challenges.
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 to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, 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 SERVPRO of Lodi 209-368-6119
Leaky Roofs Caused by Constant Rain
With the relentless series of storms we've seen since last December, SERVPRO of Lodi has seen a marked increase in water damage from roof leaks. Roof leaks can be a challenge to deal with! A roof leak generally happens at the worst possible time, typically during the peak of a heavy rain/windstorm.
Roofs will leak for a number of reasons, including shoddy construction, holes made by animals, missing shingles thanks to intense wind and rain, problems with plumbing vents, damaged flashing, and clogged and overflowing gutters. Consider the age of the roof, too. It may be so old and worn that it’s time for a proper replacement. Additionally, skylights and chimneys traditionally leak because they’re essentially sealed holes in the roof! There's a phrase: there's 2 types of skylights, those that leak and those that will....
Typically you’ll see a stain on a wall or ceiling that’ll give you an idea you have a leak coming from somewhere. In extreme cases SERVPRO of Lodi has been called out when the ceiling has already come crashing down. The insulation in attics is very absorbent and can hold quite a bit of water; a slow leak can sometimes take weeks to reveal itself, usually with a loud crash and ceiling drywall and insulation covering everything in the house!
The best time to trace where the leak is coming from is to examine its trail as best you can when it’s raining outside. SERVPRO of Lodi has the tools to help track the leak to it's source. Once it's found a roofer can come by and either temporarily tarp the roof or get it repaired if the rains stopped!
IICRC Specialists at SERVPRO of Lodi
SERVPRO of Lodi is a proud member of the IICRC: Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration.
The IICRC has a specific set of standards for water, fire, smoke, mold, trauma cleanup, remediation of drugs, and upholstery cleaning.
IICRC is also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), further ensuring that standards are being followed on a national level.
Here at SERVPRO of Lodi we value the training and knowledge that the IICRC provides. We are proud to send our employees to classes where the curriculum is taught so that they can become certified. This certification is a guarantee that every time a job is performed, from the smallest water loss to the largest water loss, SERVPRO of Lodi is here to professionally ensure that the job is completed correctly.
SERVPRO of Lodi - Customer Review
I would go 10 Stars..... honestly! About a month ago I called in to have them come out because we had a small over flow in our master bathroom. My spouse and I cleaned it up and dried it ourselves but I wanted to make sure we got it good enough to prevent mold. Perry came out and confirmed we did great work and there were zero concerns with potential mold. I got an estimate for future carpet cleaning and knew this was my go to company for anything they do.
..... well ..... the past Saturday I came home and opened our garage door to water dripping from the bottom of it and flowing from our laundry room door. My spouse was home and our water out hose disconnected from the washer and went everywhere. I was so mind blown I didn't even know where to start so I went straight to our breaker box and killed everything while my mind kept racing. Honestly, I couldn't remember the name of the company that came last month but I remembered Perry so I searched yelp again looking for the highest ranked business in the area and called. When the call was answered they asked how they can help and I literally asked " do you have a Perry with this company "? She said yes but he is unavailable at the moment can we get the next available tech to help? I said yes please as long as I know I'm with the right company I need someone out here as soon as possible...
Commercial Services with SERVPRO of Lodi
SERVPRO of Lodi provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in San Joaquin County. We respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROlodi.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
SERVOR of Lodi - Supporting Our Local Salvation Army
Every year over 25,000 volunteers with red kettles ring bells in front of retail stores to help raise money for the Salvation Army relief efforts.
The Lodi Salvation Army is heavily involved in the community providing year round services and programs to low income families, children and the homeless. They offer overnight shelter and meals to families in time of need and provide disaster relief in times of tragedy.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London England and gained prominence in the United States after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
SERVPRO of Lodi happily supports the Lodi Salvation Army and their generous volunteers!
Call SERVPRO of Lodi 209-368-6119 We are your restoration specialist.
ANSI/IICRC -Standards For Water Damage
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set a standard and reference guide for water damage restoration that we at SERVPRO of Lodi follow.
This guide, known as the S500, provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It is based on reliable restoration principles, research and practical experience.
The 3 Basic Categories of Water:
Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.
Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).
Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.
Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category.
*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.
The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage:
Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation. It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.
Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation. It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.
Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation. Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.
Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations. Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (eg. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete and stone). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.
*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.
Air Duct Cleaning Pros
While your commercial business is focused on providing a service, it’s easy to forget the services you need as well. One thing you should always put first is making sure that your employees are breathing clean air and are operating in a safe work environment. Chemicals, pollen, construction debris and dust can easily be transferred from the exterior of a building to interior through the air duct system. Here are a few advantages to having your building’s HVAC system professionally cleaned by a SERVPRO of LODI professional:
- Allergies & Dust - Having your commercial business’s air ducts cleaned by SERVPRO of LODI can help fight allergies because pollen and dust particles will be removed in the process and the affected area will become sanitized and more conducive to a safe work environment.
- Efficiency - Years of dust, hair, pests, and other pollutants in ductwork will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow. A proper cleaning will help remove the buildup and promote the proper airflow needed to run the system at peak efficiency.
- Eliminate Odor - The professional technicians at SERVPRO of LODI use their specialized chemicals to break down the molecular bonds that create troublesome odors. This helps to improve the overall air quality within the entire building and reduces the chances of your employees feeling uncomfortable from strange and unsettling odors that may linger in the air.
- For commercial duct cleaning - Call SERVPRO of Lodi 209-368-6119