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Weekend Fest

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Weekend fest at barn 5400 offers a wide variety of activities for the family. Entertainment provided for children will be hosted by Children’s Museum of Santa Rosa. Bring the kids, there is activities for everyone to enjoy at weekend fest. Included is it beer and Wine Garden hosted by Lost Church. Lost church, a San Francisco-based theater loved Sonoma County so much they open the theater here. They offer a wide variety of entrainment , from comedy to inspirational speakers . Food will be offered by a couple of Sonoma counties local favorites. Lilas streets side eats offers generous portions, mouth full of flavors and offers a glimpse into the diversity of culture Sonoma County has to offer. Preforming at barn 5400 is world renowned artist Mike Annuzi. Mike has performed well over 500 shows over the past few years. He has had the pleasure to share the stage with some of the biggest names in entertainment I can guarantee this is a show you must come and see! Come down to we can fest at barn 5400 to experience the culture in person, the event is free and dog-friendly! 

Deep Cleaning and Decontamination Services in Santa Rosa?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Sanitizing We offer a full range of deep cleaning and decontamination services in Santa Rosa.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge to navigate for business owners and homeowners alike in terms of figuring out how to live and work without exposing themselves or others to the highly contagious virus. While the world is still dealing with Coronavirus, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa can assist home and business owners who have specific cleaning requirements or want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can provide in this stressful time. 

SERVPRO has been providing bioremediation services for many years and offers a full range of specialized cleaning and decontamination services to reduce exposure to viral pathogens like COVID-19. Our staff uses proper products and personal protective equipment (PPE), which allows us to clean, disinfect and restore home and businesses safely.

Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspecting, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation. In addition, there are also the following certifications:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

We adhere to IICRC Industry standards and best practices, and we use products that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved. Our community has called on SERVPRO to perform necessary bioremediation services, and we are always here to help.

When your home or business requires deep cleaning and decontamination services, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa is on call and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us today at (707) 588-8226 and we will clean and restore your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Emergency Restoration Tips for Petaluma Homeowners!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

You'll want to act quickly if an emergency strikes. Incorrect action, on the other hand, may cause more harm than good. In a disaster, properties should be thoroughly inspected by an expert to assess and repair the damage. Here are some helpful tips from your local SERVPRO!

Water Damage Do's

  • Remove as much excess water as possible with a mop.
  • Remove lamps and tabletop objects and clear off water.
  • Take out all the upholstery cushions so that they can dry evenly.
  • Place aluminum foil, saucers, or wood blocks between the wet carpeting and the furniture legs.
  • Allow air to circulate by opening doors, windows, closets, drawers, and cupboards.
  • Remove any valuable books and documents and place them in the freezer to prevent mildew growth until the drying process can begin.
  • Stay away from rooms with sagging ceiling caused by water.
  • If the damage occurs during the cooler months, keep the heat on; if its summertime, turn on the air conditioning if possible.

Water Damage Don'ts 

  • No wet fabrics should be left in place. As soon as possible, dry them. Furs and leather goods should be dried with heat.
  • Do not leave damp carpets or floors with books, magazines, or other colored materials.
  • Do not use your vacuum cleaner to remove water from your home.
  • Do not use TV's or electrical appliances when standing on damp carpets or floors.
  • Do not turn on light fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

Fire Damage Do's

  • Use a light coating of petroleum jelly to clean and protect chrome trim on taps and kitchen appliances.
  • Before carrying out normal activities, blow off or brush-vacuum loose particles from furniture, curtains, and carpets.
  • Allow for airflow by opening windows.
  • If the power is turned off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop them open with a rolled newspaper.
  • Turn off any electronics, especially computers, in and around the affected area.

Fire Damage Don'ts 

  • Wipe or attempt to wipe absorbent surfaces such as walls, ceilings, or floors.
  • If possible, avoid using upholstered furniture.
  • After a fire, food in open packages in cupboards should not be consumed; most food and canned goods should be discarded.
  • Dry clean smoked garments until the facility has been fully deodorized.

Sewage and Flood Damage Do's

  • Throw away any food, cosmetics, medicine, medical supplies, toys, mattresses, pillows, upholstered couches, chairs, carpet padding, or cardboard that came into contact with sewage or floodwater.
  • Assume any item that encountered sewage is polluted and should be discarded.
  • Keep pets and children away from contaminated zones.
  • Within the first 48 hours, clean and dry any damp surfaces or furniture to prevent mold growth.

Sewage and Flood Damage Don'ts

  • Avoid using sprays or treatments to remove contaminated zones because they can cause more harm than good.
  • To avoid future mold growth, do not install soft flooring coverings in locations where there is a known moisture issue (such as bathrooms with leaks).

About SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. So, you know, we are close by and ready to respond when you need us the most. Call Us Today - (707) 588-8226.

Do You Know How to Clean Up Fire Extinguisher Residue?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Home fires may be terrifying, whether they are caused by an overloaded extension cord or a kitchen flare-up. Quick-thinking homeowners, on the other hand, can efficiently deal with these unexpected emergencies. But, once the fire has been out and the household calms, how should the mess be cleaned up?

That depends on the fire extinguisher type. Every household fire extinguisher model is branded A, B, or C, indicating the types of fires it can put out. Ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, and cloth are classified as A; flammable liquids such as gasoline or cooking oil are classified as B; and live electricity is classified as C. The label also reveals the “ingredients” that battle the fire within the canister. 

Most models contain a dry chemical that smothers the fire’s fuel with an inert solid because of their adaptability. After the extinguisher has been discharged, the solid settles over the area. Read the label to figure out what the powdery substance is, then put on gloves and a dust mask and clean up according to these guidelines:

Sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate: Vacuum thoroughly to remove all visible residue, making repeated passes over the affected areas. To neutralize the PH of the powder, use hot water mixed with a little vinegar. Allow for a few minutes of rest before rinsing with warm water.

Silicone types: Vacuum the residue thoroughly, making several passes to ensure that all visible residue is removed. To break down the silicone, spray the area with rubbing alcohol. Allow the solution to soak in for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Monoammonium phosphate: Do not vacuum the monoammonium phosphate residue. The residue must be cleaned by hand as soon as possible; otherwise, it may cause further harm to sensitive electronics and other equipment. To begin, wipe away the residue using a clean towel. Clean using a mixture of warm water and baking soda on surfaces that may be wet washed. As needed, thoroughly dry and sanitize the area.

What happens if your fire extinguisher emits water or carbon dioxide? Both methods of cleanup are reasonably simple, but these compounds are used in very few home models nowadays. After turning off the electricity to the area, mopping is the best method for removing water. Carbon monoxide makes a minor mess that may not require special cleanup.

Finally, because that discharged fire extinguisher is only valid for one usage, replace it right away! Cleaning up after a fire? Turn to SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa, which has the most up-to-date technology and personnel to make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

My Washing Machine Caught Fire in my Santa Rosa Home! What Now?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged washing machine In this Santa Rosa home a fire was started by an electrical malfunction in the washing machine.

Recently, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa performed a fire restoration job in Santa Rosa for a home affected by an electrical fire. The unthinkable happened as an explosion occurred due to faulty electrical wiring from a washing machine. After the initial assessment, it emerged the problem was down to an electrical fault, which meant the machine didn’t cut out when it had finished by instead grew dangerously overheated. Due to the severity of the explosion, the glass window resting behind the machine shattered, sending glass shards throughout the home. The fire-damaged washing machine was removed from the property. Nobody was injured during the incident, but the property sustained smoke damage throughout. The next phase of the job was thoroughly clean up the smoke and soot damage to the property.

Smoke damage is an essential step in the restoration process following a fire damage event. There are various ways to remove smoke residue, but getting the process started as quickly as possible will save you time and money.

What Strategies Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Smoke Residue?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for removing soot and other dangerous residues from your home. The best methods differ based on the materials exposed, the location of the damage, and the thickness or severity of the residue. Clearing surfaces as quickly as possible is a key component of our SERVPRO team’s effective mitigation strategy. It allows us to avoid the need for extensive controlled demolition and to rebuild with the proper response to handle currently exposed materials. The following are some of the most effective residue strategies:

  • Water-Based Chemical Solvents
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Soda/Media Blasting
  • Controlled Demolition

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is slightly different, each requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your property. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage? Call Us Today at (707) 588-8226

Emergency Water Shut-Off Is Everyone's Business

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

You don’t realize what’s going on until it’s too late. When you find water pooling behind a baseboard or showering down from the ceiling, your home has already been soaked by a water damage event. It simply takes a few minutes to stop the water and minimize the damage to your home. Do you know where your home’s water shutoff valve is? It’s one of those things that most homeowners overlook until they’re confronted with it for the first time. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency water removal, but we want you to be ready to act quickly.

What is the function of an emergency shut-off valve?

An emergency shut-off valve is a valve that shuts off the water supply to your home. By turning the valve, you can stop the flow of water into your home, avoiding massive leaks from causing serious damage to your walls, floors, furniture, and other items.

Locating the water shut-off valve

Find the emergency master shutoff valves to turn off the water to the entire house. It could be in the basement, crawl space, utility closet, or even in a meter pit outside, depending on

Learn how to use the emergency water shut-off valve

If the main water shutoff valve has a round handle, you should normally crank it clockwise until it stops. Turn the lever handle a quarter until it stops. It’s a good idea to test your emergency shut-off valve once you’ve grown used to finding and using it in case of an emergency. This will not only guarantee that the valve is rotating properly, but it will also act as a reminder of where it is located and how to utilize it.

If you have a leak from an appliance or pipe, don’t panic! The best option is to turn off your entire home’s water supply and call us right away. Water crises, big or small, can be handled by SERVPRO 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. The severity of water damage might be considerably increased by even a few hours of delay. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa arrives swiftly and uses cutting-edge equipment and procedures to quickly dry the area. They carefully monitor and document the drying process to ensure that your property is completely dried.  

Experienced Water Damage? Call Us Today at (707) 588-8226

Is Your Toilet Running? Better Go Catch It!

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

The toilet is one of those domestic things that we take for granted the most. We use it every day, and it typically works properly, but when it doesn’t, it throws your entire day into disarray. We’ve all had the experience of flushing and refilling the toilet, but it just won’t stop running. Not only is the running sound irritating, but it also wastes water and is bad for the toilet.

Before calling in a restoration company to guarantee your bathrooms are completely dried and deodorized after an overflow, there are numerous parts you can check. Here are five reasons why a toilet runs:

  1. The Flapper Chain: A common cause of a running toilet is the flapper change. The seal will not be able to close correctly if the chain is too long or short.
  2. The Toilet Handle: If the toilet handle does not push up immediately, the seal will stay up longer as well. A rusted or outdated handle usually causes this.
  3. The Overflow Valve: The overflow valve protects the toilet tank from overflowing. The valve will continue to supply water to the bowl even if it malfunctions. When the bowl becomes too full, it will flush automatically.
  4. The Fill Valve: The fill valve is less likely to leak than the above reasons, but don’t dismiss it because it could happen. The tank will not be able to tell when it is full because of this.
  5. The Flapper Seal: The most common cause of a running toilet is the flapper seal. The seal will not be able to halt the flow of water into the tank if it is rusted or does not fit properly.

If you have a toilet that won’t stop running, don’t wait for the problem to get bigger than you. Catching the problem early on can mean the difference between easy repair and expensive damage. If you do end up with an overflowing toilet, you can count on the experts at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa to make it “Like it never even happened.” We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year, to answer your questions and help return your home to normalcy.

Flood Damage Cleanup in Santa Rosa Home

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Air mover equipment cleaning up water damage State-of-the-art equipment in action at a water loss job in Santa Rosa home.

Water Removal and Cleanup from Your Santa Rosa Home with Ease

Recently, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa was contacted directly by a homeowner in the city of Santa Rosa, about 55 miles north of San Francisco. We received the call that the unthinkable happened as the customer returned home for the day and was devastated to find flooding.

Locating the Source of Water Loss

Our project manager quickly arrived on-site to inspect the property and the water loss status, which was due to a water filter under the kitchen cabinet that had failed. It caused a domino effect inflicting damage to the first level of the home. 

Controlled Demo Needed

Our techs had to demo the high ceiling, and there were additional bumps in the road as we attempted to remove insulation from the crawl space. Unfortunately on the first try, due to excess water and mud, we could not get it done immediately. This type of job required some additional equipment to dry the ground before continuing with the insulation removal. Another issue ensued as the flooring in the dining room was buckling and needed to be removed. Additionally, the carpet throughout the house showed signs of delamination and required removal. The technicians were delighted when on day 4, we were finally able to remove the insulation from the crawlspace. 

Water Removal/Extraction

Three technicians were dispatched to the site to start the water damage restoration process. Heavy water extraction was needed to extract water from all carpet areas. Content manipulation was performed from all affected rooms, and carpets were lifted to remove carpet pads and baseboards. Then our technicians set up the necessary water extraction equipment. This included dehumidifiers, air movers, an injector drying system for kitchen cabinets, and hardwood rescue mats to attempt to save the dining room floors. When SERVPRO technicians dry a home, they carefully position air movers to guide airflow into wet areas and speed up the drying process. While air movers cause embedded moisture to rise, dehumidification equipment catches it and transports it away, rapidly reducing moisture levels. This cycle reduces the risks of mold or musty odors developing because of the initial problem.

Final Touches

In the following days, following the removal and water removal and extraction process, our technicians monitored the equipment and the gradual drying process. Our professionals detected that the effected areas read dry when using moisture meters. This allowed our crew to pull and pack the equipment and leave the premises. Overall, we went above and beyond by working overtime to get the mitigation process under control.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa at (707) 588-8336 brings our advanced equipment and skills to any size water cleanup need and makes the loss "Like it never even happened."

4 Water Damage Restoration Tips for Your Business

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial property owners may be confronted with water damage at any time. Business owners who understands how to deal with the aftermath of water damage, on the other hand, can cut losses, reduce stress, and minimize financial outlays. To make a future water damage occurrence less devastating, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa recommends taking the following key steps to minimize commercial water damage.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

After a water incident, it is critical to contact your insurance provider to locate a local water damage restoration company and get them on the scene as soon as possible. Whatever restoration company your claims adjuster suggests for restoring and renovating your business, remember that the restoration company works for you, not your insurance company. If you do not feel at ease with the company, get someone else to work for you.

Prepare By Documenting and Planning

  • Take photographs. Do not hold your breath for the adjuster to arrive. Take pictures of the damage so that you do not have to see it for the first time when you meet with the adjuster and the water restoration company for a walk-through. You will have more confidence and be better prepared to identify and fix important areas of water damage.
  • Systems involving electricity. Before entering your home, make sure all electrical and gas utilities are turned off.

Determine the Type of Water Damage That Has Occurred

Three categories of water determine the intensity of the water damage. The type of water can be influenced not only by the water source but also by how long it has been stagnant and what materials are present in your business (such as wood, carpet, laminate, and tile). The sooner water is discovered and dealt with; the less harm will be done. 

  • Clean Water Damage: The first type of water damage that might affect your home or business is clean water. It is clean or uncontaminated water from a piece of defective equipment or a damaged water line, as the name implies. Clean water damage, on the other hand, can swiftly deteriorate into more serious harm if not addressed quickly.
  • Gray Water Damage: Water from a source that may include contaminants, such as a toilet without excrement, snow, rainfall, or even a dishwasher, falls into this second category of water damage. Mitigation of water damage demands immediate action and restoration.
  • Black Water Damage: This third type of water damage is the most severe and can do the greatest damage to your property. Water from overflowing rivers, sewage, and groundwater are all examples. This may include pathogens that transport viruses, bacteria, and parasites, and it should be cleansed by a professional, certified water mitigation company. When black water strikes, keep in mind that some aspects of your property may be irreparably damaged.

Work With a Water Damage Restoration Company

Assess the damage with the help of a water damage restoration company. Water damage restoration experts will arrive swiftly to perform the best cleaning and sanitation measures possible, including emergency water extraction to prevent further damage. To remove the water, professionals employ dehumidifiers, extractors, air movers, and driers. They will figure out what kind of water damage there is, how extensive it is, what repairs are required, and how much it will cost to restore the property.

Water damage can directly impact your business and cause a lot of stress in your life. Following these guidelines can assist you in obtaining quick and safe solutions to your water damage situation, allowing you to return to normalcy as soon as possible. 

For any water damage cleaning services, ranging from burst pipes to leaking roofs, contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa now. To prevent further damage, SERVPRO offers emergency water damage restoration services. 

Preventing an Electrical House Fire

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Electricity can be found everywhere in a home, from the corners of rooms to kitchen cupboards. As a result, there is a substantial risk of damage. Electrical fires can cause significant damage to your house and jeopardize the safety of your family. The good news is that electrical fires can frequently be avoided. By being vigilant and knowledgeable about preventing electrical fires, you may feel safe in your home, knowing that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent them entirely.

1. Ensure that all electrical outlets are securely attached to the wall. Begin by inspecting all your home's electrical outlets. As loose-fitting plugs can cause a shock or a fire hazard, make sure they are snug and secured to the wall.

  • Replace any wall plates that are cracked or missing and cover any unused outlets with a new wall plate to prevent exposed electrical wiring.

2. Electrical plugs should not be tampered with. To fit a plug into a two-conductor outlet, the third prong should never be removed. It is also a good idea not to bend or twist the prongs on the plug, as this can cause an electrical hazard.

  • Never try to force a plug into an outlet. Instead, slip the plug into and out the electrical plug by holding the covered top piece firmly. Pulling on the cord might wear it out and put you at risk of an electrical fire.

3. Surge protectors should be used. An electrical fire can be caused by overloading an outlet with too many plugs. Instead, get many surge protectors or power bars and install them in your home's electrical outlets. After then, only one to three cords should be plugged into the power bar at a time.

  • Look for power bars that have internal overload protection. If the power bar becomes overloaded, the internal overload protection will shut down, averting an electrical fire. 

4. Replace any electrical cords that are frayed or damaged. It would be best to inspect your electrical cords to make sure they are not frayed or broken. Replace them with new electrical cords if they are worn out. For a replacement cord, you may need to contact the appliance's manufacturer.

  • Double-check that the electrical plug is attached correctly to the power cord. Any exposed wiring components on the plug or cord should be avoided.

5. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis. Though using extension cords to extend the cords on your appliances or electronics may be appealing, they should only be used as a temporary solution. It is preferable if you do not use extension cords as your home's permanent electrical wiring. They can pose a serious electrical risk.

  • If you must use extension cords, be sure they are equipped with safety closures. This will keep small children from being shocked by power cords.

6. Electrical cords should be kept away from carpets and water. Electrical cords should not be hidden under carpets, rugs, or furniture. If they fray and encounter carpet or furniture, they could cause a fire. It would be beneficial if electrical cords were put in low-traffic places where they would not be stepped on or interfered with any way.

  • Keep any electrical cords away from water, as water can cause the cords to spark, resulting in an electrical fire.
  • Do not attach or staple electrical cords to walls, floors, or other objects, as this can cause an electrical hazard by interfering with the electrical current.

Contact Us When You Need Help

When you contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa at (707) 588-8226, you can be confident that your house will be cleaned and repaired by our team of specialists. We are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with a fire damage event. 

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

Prepare an Emergency Readiness Plan for Your Cotati Business

A disaster can strike at anytime, anywhere; it waits for no one. That is why it is essential to have a plan for emergencies to protect your business.  A disaster can be a devastating experience, so businesses should evaluate their plans and implement strategies to protect their commercial property, employees, and customers when a disaster strikes down the line.

How does disaster affect your business?

Following a disaster, as many as 50% of businesses close, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that can survive a disaster event, a vast majority had a preparedness plan ready. Pre-planning can not only provide peace of mind but also serve as a form of an insurance policy. Knowing that you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks volumes by instilling trust with your employees and clients. When a disaster strikes, it does not necessarily mean your business has to be affected.  

What is involved in an Emergency Readiness Plan?

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate action plan. 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 home or business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

Our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start-up approach that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.

This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help gets you back into your building following a disaster.

This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate action plan.

  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

This saves time, so we can begin mitigating the damage that can save you time and money.

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Having an easily accessible guide that effectively lays out solutions in the event of a disaster is essential to keeping your business afloat. If the unthinkable occurs, you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa is very experienced in disaster recovery and remediation. If you want to be properly prepared for an unexpected disaster, contact SERVPRO to learn more. We are faster to any disaster and can help you recover and get you back to business as usual! Call Us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226

Do's and Don'ts of California Wildfire Cleanup

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire burning in California Wildfire burning in California

California Wildfire Cleanup

Strong winds and low relative humidity in the past have caused wildfires to spread throughout California rapidly. Droughts along with high temperatures have caused dry conditions across fire-prone areas, further fueling the wildfires spread. While homes and businesses may not be destroyed during a wildfire’s uncontrolled spreading, there may still be significant damages suffered as a result.

Personal safety is a significant concern in the event of a wildfire. The first several days after the fire is controlled are critical to preventing irreversible smoke and soot damage. As soon as the local authorities confirm that it is safe to return to your home or business, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa offers the following dos and don’ts when facing wildfire damage to help minimize additional harmful effects.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into the upholstery.
  • Keep hands clean as soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpet.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with Vaseline or oil light coating.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over registers.

DON’T:

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not use any canned or packaged food or beverages that might have been stored near the fire, heat, or water. They may have been contaminated.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to your standard dry cleaner as improper cleaning may allow smoke odor to set.

Regardless of the Fire Damage, SERVPRO Can Help

Wildfire damage knows no bounds and can cause widespread damage, so it is vital to contact a company you can trust to step up to the plate. Regardless of the extent of the damage, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa can handle any size disaster. Our Disaster Recovery Team will respond quickly with additional resources during catastrophic events like the wildfires in California.

Why Commercial Cleaning is Important for Your Santa Rosa Business

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning is Essential to Your Business

Consider this: How many hours a week do you and your employees spend at work? At least 40 hours, maybe more, therefore your office is essentially your second home. You would not want to be surrounded by filth in your home, so you should not have to live in it at your place of work. Commercial cleaning provides a wide range of benefits that will help you, your office, and your employees. 

Maintaining professional commercial cleaning from an expert like SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa is essential. Listed below are a few benefits of prioritizing workplace cleanliness:

A Positive, Professional Appearance

If your business is in disarray, it leads to assumptions that it is unprofessional. Water-stained walls, dirty carpets, unkempt furniture and machinery, and dusty light fixtures can turn away potential customers and clients because of the idea that you are not a professional business. By simply scheduling commercial cleaning regularly, it can help address this issue before it even starts.

Improve Employee Productivity

The bottom line is that a clean workplace is a more productive workplace. A clean office environment can encourage your employees to be more productive and perform their duties to the best of their ability. Providing a clean workplace through advanced cleaning services can push employees to take pride in what they do.

Reduce Amount of Sick Days

Having a hygienic and germ-free workplace environment serves to reduce the number of illnesses spread around the office. As a byproduct, your employees will have fewer days off sick. A reduced number of sick days means your employees can focus on their daily tasks, bringing more revenue into your business.

Higher Quality Clean

When looking for a professional commercial cleaning service, determine the extent of the services provided. Not all commercial cleaning services are equal in terms of the level of service they perform. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa carry out a deep cleaning to your commercial property for improved maintenance, cleaner air, and a spotless appearance. SERVPRO Professionals offer a broad scope of cleaning services, including:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa can help with all your commercial cleaning needs. When there is no time to worry about the everyday wear and tear that gradually tarnishes your office, we will make it "Like it never even happened." When grime, odor, and moisture issues go far beyond a standard janitorial service, call in SERVPRO. Ranging from removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO to ensure your commercial property is the highest standard of clean.

Call Us Today - (707) 588-8226

After a Storm Strikes, Look Out for Roof Damage to Your Rohnert Park Home

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

After the Storm: Detect and Repair Roof Damage

Your roof is designed to shelter you and your belongings from the elements. Roofs are designed to withstand the worst weather conditions, but your home may face damage from wind, hail, or debris during a severe storm. However, this type of roof damage is typically tough to see with the untrained eye. Homeowners must be able to identify roof damage, so you can quickly restore your home's overall safety. If not handled swiftly, your home can face structural damage, every homeowner's worst nightmare.

Stay Safe and Assess Storm Damage

Before surveying the exterior of your home, it is essential to wait until the storm has passed and outside the conditions are safe. Even if everything looks clear, proceed with caution, particularly on or near your roof. Your roof can be the most dangerous place for post-storm damage to hit as it can create structural damage that is out of your standard line of sight. 

Detect Signs of Roof Damage from Hail

Hail damage is evident as hail has a distinct and powerful sound striking your roof and windows. You will see a collection of ice pellets on the grounds of your property. Hail causes damage in the form of dents to your siding or can even shatter your windows if it is strong enough. Additionally, hail can leave marks on your roof or even break off shingles.

Hail damage typically causes the following damage to your home's roof:

  • Missing Shingles: Keep an eye out for gaps in the roof pattern or segments of the exposed roof. It is also common to find missing shingles on the ground close to your property.
  • Damaged Shingles: Look for shingles on your roof that are curled, buckling, dented, or cracked.
  • Look for gutter and downspout buildup that have collected asphalt granules. Moreover, downspouts that are dented, hanging, or even missing.

Check for Signs of Wind damage

Winds with high speeds can incite chaos by knocking over trees, shattering windows, and damaging roofs. If shingles fly away from strong winds, underlayment is unprotected from the elements. This can make your home a hazardous living environment that is susceptible to water damage. 

Look for Signs of Water Damage

Missing or broken shingles from hail and wind damage are easily identifiable, but the effects of water damage are more challenging to detect. If water damage and leaks are left untreated it can lead to mold growth, damaging your home's foundational structure.

Your roof is designed to shelter you and your belongings from the elements. Roofs are designed to withstand the worst weather conditions, but your home may face damage from wind, hail, or debris during a severe storm. However, this type of roof damage is tough to see with the untrained eye. Homeowners must be able to identify roof damage, so you can quickly restore your home’s overall safety. If not handled swiftly, your home can face structure damage, every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Stay Safe and Assess Storm Damage

Before surveying your homes exterior, it is important to wait until the storm has passed and outside the conditions are safe. Even if everything looks clear, proceed with caution, particularly on or near your roof. Your roof is typically the most hazardous place for post-storm damage to hit as it can produce structural damage and is out of your sightline.

Detect Signs of Roof Damage from Hail

Hail damage is obvious as hail has a distinct and powerful sound hitting your roof and windows. You will see a collection of ice pellets on the grounds of your property. Hail causes damage in the form of dents to your siding or can even shatter your windows if it is strong enough. Additionally, hail can leave dents on your roof or even break off shingles.

Hail damage typically causes the following damage to your home’s roof:

  • Missing Shingles: Keep an eye out for gaps in the roofs pattern or segments of the exposed roof. It is also common to find shingles on the ground close to your property.
  • Damaged Shingles: Look for shingles on your roof that are curled, buckling, dented, or cracked.
  • Look for gutter and downspout buildup that have collected asphalt granules. Moreover, downspouts that are dented, hanging, or even missing.

Check for Signs of Wind Damage

Winds with high speeds can incite chose by knocking over trees, shattering windows, and damaging roofs. If shingles fly away from strong winds underlayment is unprotected from the elements. This can make your home a more hazardous living environment that is susceptible to water damage.

Look for Signs of Water Damage:

Missing or broken shingles from hail and wind damage are easily identifiable, but the effects of water damage are more challenging to detect. If water damage and leaks are left untreated it can lead to mold growth which can damage your home’s foundational structure.

SERVPRO experts emphasize important places on the interior and exterior of your home to check for signs storm damage that requires restoration services.

  • Gutters: Check for water build-up because if water is not appropriately redirected, it can create pooling in your home and trigger mold growth.
  • Ceilings: Keep an eye out for water spots and yellow or brown discoloration.
  • Walls: Inspect for signs of cracking, peeling, or bubbling in the paint or wallpaper.
  • Look for mold or wood rot and leaks in your attic, basement, and crawl spaces. This can materialize with a musty smell, which can take place in the short time span of between 24 to 48 hours following a storm.
  • Flooring: Check for gaps or curling floorboards, sagging wood or expansion in wood and laminate floors. This expansion can occur when the materials become saturated with water.
  • Roof: Shingles that are cracked, curled, or missing.
  • Windows: Examine moisture buildup in the form of fog between glass panes.

In case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa provides 24-hour emergency services, 7 days a week.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips for Your Petaluma Home

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire in Your Petaluma Home

For many, the kitchen is a space to prepare meals that bring the family together, and for others, it is a space in their home that they are unfamiliar with. Regardless of your experience level in the kitchen, accidents can occur. You can help reduce your risk of a kitchen fire taking place by learning these kitchen safety tips. This will ensure your home is fully stocked with necessary fire safety equipment.

  1. Always Stay in the Kitchen When Cooking

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If you are whipping up a meal on the stove or oven, an adult needs to remain in the kitchen to watch the food so it does not burn. It would help if you also used a timer when cooking to guarantee you do not lose your sense of time, which is a common cause for accidents.

  1. Keep the Kitchen Clutter-Free

Remove items that do not need to be in the kitchen to avoid any additional fire hazards. Additionally, be aware of flammable kitchen items that can rapidly catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, curtains, or even excess food packaging, and do not place them near the stovetop.

  1. Unplug or Turn Off Your Appliances

Unplug any kitchen appliances when you are not using them, such as toasters and coffee machines. This will significantly reduce the occurrence of a fire. Turn off the appliance that you are using immediately after you finish cooking. It is also beneficial to wipe away leftover dust, food crumbs, and grease from your stove-top after use.

  1. Install Reliable Protection

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, outside of each sleeping area and in every bedroom. It is vital to remember to install smoke alarms at least 10 feet from cooking appliances. Remember that if you are cooking something that involves a lot of smoke, while it might be tempting to disable your house smoke alarms briefly, it can create an unsafe environment for you and your family. Moreover, test your alarms monthly to guarantee they are functioning correctly and replace the batteries every six months.

Fire extinguishers in your home should be placed on every level, as well as in the kitchen and garage. Keep your kitchen fire extinguisher nearby, allowing it to be more easily accessible in a fire event. Kitchen accidents happen but following these tips can allow you to protect your home and family.

Kitchen fires can happen fast, even when you are following all the proper precautions. If you experience a kitchen fire, contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa to help restore your kitchen to normal. We are here 24/7 to serve you! Call us at (707) 588-8226

Be Prepared for Wildfires

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

If you watch the TV or read the papers, you know it's time for the wildfires! As the heat rises, and the vegetation dries, we're only a spark away from disaster. Will you be ready?


If you live on a remote hillside, or in a valley, prairie or forest where flammable vegetation is plentiful, you could be vulnerable to wildfires. These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents.

1. Fire facts:

  • Once a fire starts in a rural area, it is hard to control. Wildland firefighters are trained to protect natural resources, not our homes or buildings. The fact that many homes are located far from fire stations, causes longer emergency response times. Within a matter of minutes, an entire home can be destroyed by fire. Limited water supply in rural areas can make fire fighting difficult. Homes that are secluded and surrounded by woods and brush fuel fires.

2. Be prepared and have a fire safety and evacuation plan:

  • Practice fire escape and evacuation plans.
  • Mark the entrance to your property with address signs that are clearly visible from the road.
  • Know which local emergency services to call and have those numbers posted near telephones.
  • Provide access for emergency vehicles at least 12 feet wide with turnaround space.

3. Tips for making your property fire resistant:

  • Keep lawns cut, leaves raked, and the roof and rain-gutters free from leaves and sticks.
  • Keep Stacked firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Store flammable things in metal containers outside the home at least 30 feet away from buildings and wooden fences.
  • Create a "defensible space" by thinning trees within 30 feet around your house.
  • Landscape with more fire resistant plants to prevent fire from spreading quickly. For example, hardwood trees are more fire-resistant than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus, or fir trees.
  • Make sure water sources, such as hydrants, ponds, swimming pools and wells, can be reached by the fire department.

4. Protect your home:

  • Use a fire resistant or protective roofing materials like stone, brick and metal to protect your home.
  • Cover all exterior vents, attics and eaves with metal mesh screens to prevent debris from collecting and to help keep sparks out.
  • Install multi-pane windows, tempered safety glass or fireproof shutters. This helps to protect large windows from heat.
  • Use fire-resistant draperies.
  • Have chimneys, wood stoves and all heating systems inspected and cleaned every year.
  • Insulate chimneys and place "spark arresters" on top.
    NOTE: The chimney should be at least three feet above the roof, and be sure to remove branches around the chimney, or any that hang over.

5. Follow local burning laws:

  • Do not burn trash or other yard waste without knowing local burning laws.
  • Before burning anything in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit.
  • Use an approved incinerator with a safety lid or covering with holes no larger than 3/4 inches.
  • Create at least a 10-foot clearing before burning debris.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or garden hose on hand when burning.

6. If a wildfire threatens your home (and you have time), consider this:

Inside

  • Shut off gas at the meter. Turn off pilot lights.
  • Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.
  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings. Remove flammable drapes.
  • Move furniture into the center of the home away from windows and sliding-glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  • Gather people and pets into one room. Make plans to care for your pets if you must evacuate.
  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Leave the key in the ignition and the car doors unlocked. Close garage windows and doors.

Outside

  • Seal attic and ground vents.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Place combustible patio furniture inside.
  • Connect garden hose to outside taps. Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet the roof.
  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home.
  • Gather fire tools such as a rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket, and shovel.

7. If you are advised to evacuate, do it! Don't wait. Choose a route away from the fire.

The secret of dealing with all disasters is being prepared!!! With a lot of thought and preparation, situations that may have been deadly, can often be dealt with safely.


Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Christine_E_Cederquist/8320 

SERVPRO is Here to Help

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro green truck and trailer SERVPRO is ready to help

When your property experiences a burst pipe, water damage, mold issues, or even fire damage, it's critical to find the right restoration company to handle the repairs. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa provides this guide to find the right restoration company for your property.

1. Offers a Detailed Plan for Damage Repairs

Getting your home or business back to it's pre-condition after a disaster means having a straightforward plan of action for making all repairs, as well as preventing potential problems such as mold growth. An experienced restoration company will offer you a comprehensive assessment of your property's damage. Additionally, provide you with the repairs that need to be made and a reliable estimate of costs, which will ensure that you make the decision that best fits your needs. 

2. Uses the Latest State-of-the-Art Equipment and Techniques

After water damage occurs, your home or business will need to undergo water extraction, drying, and dehumidification to prevent mold growth in the future. By using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, a restoration company can speed up the restoration process altogether. A reputable restoration company has updated and sanitary equipment, industrial-grade cleaning products, and sufficient personal protective wear.

3. Understands the Insurance Process

A water restoration company that understands the insurance process makes all the difference. SERVPRO has extensive experiences working with insurance companies, and we will work on behalf to make the claims process run as smoothly as possible. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today - (707) 588-8226

Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded water pipe Contact SERVPRO for all water damage issues in Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

Water damage is a tremendous hazard and occurs far more frequently than many realize. It can happen in virtually every home and at any time, resulting in an array of problems. A simple leak can cause severe structural damage if not correctly handled and repaired that worsens over time.

Your home is not only at risk for structural damage, as mold can swiftly begin growing if water damage has taken place. Water damage can be tricky to spot as it is not always apparent to the naked eye. In some instances, it can be obvious, but often times it develops gradually and subtly.

Here are a few things to look out for if you suspect water damage.

1. Dark or wet spots

Watch for discoloration, such as watermarks on the ceiling and the interior and exterior walls of your home.

2. Crackling, bubbling, or flaking

If the drywall or paint on your ceiling or walls is beginning to crack, bubble, or flake, water damage could be present.

3. Pooling water or puddles

Persistent leaks and ongoing drips can result in pools of water. If a puddle appears after it is tended to, it could convey that there is a presence of a leak.

4. Increase in utility bills

If you've noticed your water bill has suddenly spiked, it may be a sign of a hidden leak.

5. Damp, musty, or moldy smell

Damp, musty, or moldy smells can be a significant indicator of water damage. Dampness carries a distinctive odor that is hard to ignore. The smell is often accompanied by the presence of mold, which brings water damage.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Need Emergency Services? Call Us 24/7 - (707) 588-8226

Ready for Whatever Happens 24/7, 365

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year SERVPRO is here to help 24/7, 365

Few things are as disheartening as trying to repair your home or business after it suffers considerable damage. When a catastrophe hits, it's hard to know what next steps to take.

If your home or business has been damaged, we know you're stressed out right now. But rather than wrestle with feelings of hopelessness, your best course of action is to give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa immediately. Our goal is to restore your peace of mind and help repair your property. That way, you can get on living your life without having to worry about disaster cleanup.

From water damage to fire cleanup, we are here for you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Regardless of the time of day when you reach out, an IICRC certified trained technician will be ready and waiting with a solution to your disaster problem.

  • 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

Go ahead and take a deep breath because SERVPRO is here for you every step of the way. Call Us Today At - (707) 588-8226

Choose SERVPRO for Your Restoration Needs

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

When you purchase a home, the last thing on your mind is the possible damage that can occur at a moment's notice. Regardless of the damage done to your home, calling a professional restoration company is crucial in getting your home back to it's previous condition. Deciding on what restoration company to use following a disaster event can be difficult, but we have a few tips that can make that decision more straightforward.

1. Responds immediately when disaster strikes

Water damage only gets more complicated the longer it is unaddressed. It's crucial to choose a remediation service that is available 24/7 and can arrive quickly when you call. 

2. Employs licensed, insured, well-trained teams

As you research water damage restoration companies with excellent references from local customers such as your friends and neighbors. Also, consider where the company is located because locally owned, and operated companies are more likely to rely on word of mouth created by offering trustworthy, thorough repairs. 

3. Has Credentials and Endorsements

Look for reliable water damage restoration companies with excellent references from local customers such as your friends and neighbors. Also, consider where the company is located because locally owned, and operated companies are more likely to rely on word of mouth created by offering trustworthy, thorough repairs. 

To get your property and life back to normal after a water disaster strikes, we are here to help. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa trusted, experienced water restoration teams are standing by to respond to your call whenever you need us. Our compassionate, detail-oriented staff members are happy to get your life back to normal "Like it never even happened." Call us 24/7 to learn more about water damage restoration services you can rely on. 

3 Crucial Home Fire Safety Tips

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Here are three tips from our team here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa to avoid a preventable fire and minimize your risks

1. Home Fire Prevention

  • Keep flammable materials away from heat sources. If you're using a portable space heater, keep it at least 3 feet away from flammable objects like furniture, blankets, electronics, or anything combustible.
  • Do not leave flames or smoke materials unattended, including fireplaces, stovetops, candles, and cigarettes.
  • Fix or replace frayed electrical cords or wires.
  • Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords.
  • Have your furnace or home heating source periodically inspected and kept in good working order.
  • Make sure everyone in the household understands the importance of home fire safety and observes fire-safe habits.

2. Home Fire Safety Equipment

  • Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home, in every bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
  • Inspect and maintain your smoke detectors.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Consider installing an automatic sprinkler system in your home.

3. Fire Safety Planning

  • Create a fire safety plan that establishes at least two escape routes and a safe location away from the home where everyone can meet.
  • Make an emergency communications plan to stay in contact during and after a fire.
  • Practice your escape plan twice a year so everyone can act quickly when it counts.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Have Questions? Call us 24/7 - (707) 588-8226

4 Commercial Mold Prevention Tips

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Remove the associated risks of mold by following these four tips for prevention within your commercial property: 

1. Keep an eye out: Mold can be difficult to spot and is present almost everywhere, including indoors and outdoors. It is crucial to create a routine inspection plan, explicitly searching for mold signs. Mold spores thrive on moisture, and initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

2. Decrease moisture: Your commercial buildings' geographic location can spread mold spores. This factor depends on the humidity, and higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Therefore, it is essential to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Since damp air spawns mold growth, dehumidifiers are a great option to reduce mold risk.

3. Take the initiative: If you suspect mold, turn off the HVAC systems and fans in your commercial property. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your building through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems. 

4. Bring in an expert: To effectively prevent mold from growing, it requires a mold remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa. We can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

If You See Signs Of Mold, Call Us Today - (707) 588-8226

Water Damage Service for Commercial Buildings

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies of every scale from small to large. Flooding and water damage are very intrusive and do not provide prior warnings. Water can quickly spread to every surface and become absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. If water damage is not addressed rapidly and correctly, it can not only threaten your health and safety but also cause severe damage to your commercial property structure. The longer you delay the process, only serves to worsen the issue as mold growth after water damage can occur in your commercial property. 

We are here to help as we work efficiently and quickly to start the water extraction process urgently. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (707) 588-8226

Fire Cleanup to a Commercial Building

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced fire damage like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Mother Nature can strike at anytime and at any place.  When a severe storm blows through, it can bring with it heavy rain, flooding, high winds, lightning, hail, and even tornadoes.  The damage that storms can inflict on buildings will vary depending on the type and severity of the storm.  Some of the potential kinds of damage that different storms can cause are cracked or shattered windows, roof damage from hail, damage from fallen branches/trees or even water damage from flooding.   If that damage isn’t repaired quickly, interior damage, mold, and damage to equipment and inventory can follow - not to mention the disruption caused for your employees and customers.  The costs of repairs to commercial buildings in particular are likely to be substantial due to the high concentration of glass used in these structures. Without the full and timely payment of insurance benefits, rebuilding and repairing can be prohibitively expensive.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park understands that severe weather can happen without notice and cause water damage to your commercial property.  As a trusted restoration company, we’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.  We have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. 

Call us at (707)588-8226

Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 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.

Faster Response

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 1,700 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! (707) 588-8226

No matter what degree of storm damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make it like it very happened. Call us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226.

Choose SERVPRO

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Choosing a restoration company when a disaster strikes your home is a difficult choice to make. Trust is one of the biggest decision makers and we work hard to establish that trust to our clients and communities. Therefore, we are at your service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for whenever you need us. When fire, flood, or mold attacks your home, we at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park restore through the mitigation of damage created by unpredictable natural disasters. When it comes to these services, we want your office or home to look, “Like it never even happened.”

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1700 Franchises Nationwide and a team of professionals who are highly trained and certified in IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Which sets the standards for best practices in the cleaning and restoration industries.

Need Service?

Call us here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. (707) 588-8226

Hiring a Professional Damage Restoration

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 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.

Faster Response

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 1,700 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! (707) 588-8226

No matter what degree of storm damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make it like it very happened. Call us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226.

Flooding Can Strike Anywhere

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and flash floods can happen almost everywhere, and at any time during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break.  Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  According to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) more than 20% of all flood insurance claims come from areas in low to moderate risk flood zones.  On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. 

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods, because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed and unpredictability. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.  Flash floods occur when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen with little or no warning.

Many residents and business owners are unaware that they qualify for flood insurance. You can take steps to reduce the financial impact of flooding before a disaster strikes.

Preparing for a Flood

Residents and business owners need to prepare for flood conditions. Before the threat of flooding becomes imminent, residents and business owners should:

    • Purchase a flood insurance policy if they do not already have one. 
    • Review their current insurance policy, become familiar with what is covered, and ensure the limits are adequate for their building and personal belongings.
    • Make an emergency kit, plan evacuation routes, and keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place.
    • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.

If you are experiencing water damage due to flood, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call 707-588-8226  We're Here to Help restore your home or business back to pre-water damage condition.  We can quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.

Fire Statistics

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fire statistics show that in 2012, 9 years ago, there were more than 98,000 non-residential building fires and we at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park want to help prevent fires in your business.

Here are some valuable prevention tips for you and your company:

29% of commercial blazes were caused by cooking equipment so you should follow manufacturers’ recommendations for maximum volt/wattage for each equipment you have in your kitchen area.

You can always ask your electrician to periodically inspect the item and outlets for potential overload in you kitchen or anywhere in your office area.

on the same topic, replace appliances that feel hot when you touch.

Most of the appliances and other equipment don't need to be plugged in when they aren't being used so unplugging them at the end of the day and weekends is a good wait to prevent fires out of business hours.

We at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help you in case of fire damage. Call us at 707-588-8226

Storm Damage? We Can Help

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential mold.

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (707) 665-0822.  We are always Here to Help!

BE FLOOD READY...AND FLOOD SMART

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Flood after heavy storm

Certain areas of Petaluma are at risk of flooding during and after heavy winter storms. Be prepared by taking the following actions:

1. Identify whether your home or business is in the flood zone.

2. Make sure you are properly insured.

3. Develop an emergency plan for your family. In the case of businesses, develop a continuity plan to protect your operation; be sure to inform staff about how you will handle flooding situations.

4. Sign up for City Nixle Alerts.

5. Businesses: Complete the Emergency Contact Information Form so that the City can let you know if your site is being affected by flooding or other emergency.

6. Keep leaf litter and other debris out of the storm drains near your property.

7. When heavy storms are predicted, take precautions:

  • Review our Flood Safety Tips.
  • Put up sand bags or erect flood barriers in front of your property.
  • Move valuables or business assets (e.g., auto fleet) that could be destroyed in the event of flooding.
  • Tell staff what to do and let customers know what to expect if flooding is predicted.

Report a Water, Sewer, or Storm Water Emergency
Call Public Works at 707.778.4546.

Sand Bags
During some flood events sand and sandbags are made available from an un-staffed station located at the end of Hopper Street. Shovels are provided for you to bag your own sand.

Remember, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready to respond 24/7 to take care of any water damage restoration need. Please call us at (707)588-8226

How SERVPRO Can Help Businesses Prepare for the Worst

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Most companies protect their personnel and computer data from an emergency, but what about getting the facility back in business? SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides a plan to get back to work when you're most prepared to plan... before the crisis occurs.

Should the unimaginable happen and a natural disaster strikes your business, it may be too late to effectively manage your recovery. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Professional can help you prepare an emergency response plan today.

We encourage our business customers to learn how to best protect their business for all types of emergency situations. Contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at (707) 588-8226 for free resources, including:

  • Disaster preparedness plan assistance
  • Family and business communication plans
  • Home and workplace emergency contact cards
  • Emergency supply checklists

With just a little bit of time and minimal effort, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help prepare and protect your employees and customers should an emergency occur. Don’t wait until it is too late—prepare now for what you can’t prevent.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business. Unfortunately, disasters happen and even the most carefully operated and maintained building can experience a water damage event. Water damage tends to leave its mark on properties in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

To help your property stay at its best here are these potential causes of water damage:

    • Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators.
    • AC and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may growth from leakage.
    • Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity,  test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage.
    • Bursting or leaking pipes.

If you experience water damage in your commercial building and need a restoration company that you can trust, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help restore your business back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707)588-8226

SERVPRO 24 Hours Emergency Response

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Choosing the right company if you have experienced a water, fire, or mold damage can be one of the most important choices you make. After helping many disaster victims, SERVPRO of Napa County has the expertise, facilities, and equipment to help you resolve your emergency fast. Our team of professionals technicians are certified, bonded and insured -- not to mentioned trained to help you get your property back to its original state as soon as possible.

As the trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency help and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park today for more information 707-588-8226

Flood Facts

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common, costly, and deadly natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you live, flooding happens in many ways due to overflow of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or as a result of excessive rain.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming tasks.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

 Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000-square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

If you need assistance with flood damage call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at (707)588-8226

Maintain and Understand your Indoor Plumbing Systems

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

If you need assistance with water damage call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at (707)588-8226

Preventing Water Damage

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is always here to help when you have water damage in your home or business, but we also strongly believe in prevention. Water can damage important things and make you lose valued items, and nobody wants that. That's why we are bringing you some tips to help you be safe from water damage:

  • Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

  • Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

  • Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business. Unfortunately, disasters happen and even the most carefully operated and maintained building can experience a water damage event. Water damage tends to leave its mark on properties in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

To help your property stay at its best here are these potential causes of water damage:

    • Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators.
    • AC and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may growth from leakage.
    • Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity, test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage.
    • Bursting or leaking pipes.

If you experience water damage in your commercial building and need a restoration company that you can trust, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help restore your business back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. Call us at (707)588-8226

Flooding and Water Damage

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level, there are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (707) 665-0822

If water damage not is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are Flooding Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (707) 665-0822

The Experience

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

After a loss or damage, we understand you don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your home. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your expertise, call us. Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make your home look it's very best.

We have highly trained technicians ready to restore the damages to your home, so you can rest at ease. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will get the job done right and get it done quickly because the SERVPRO Advantage includes:

  • Award-winning training
  • 40 years' experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products 

For a prompt response, quality cleaning and restoration, give us a call today at 707-588-8226, and leave the dirty work to us.

Fire or Water Damage? We Have You Covered

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Rohnert PArk, Cotati, Petaluma and surrounding cities! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. We are:

  • 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

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency Fire Damage, Flood Damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Sonoma County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for fast professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services by giving us a call today! 

Emergency Response Matters

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. The first step to reopening your doors is just a telephone call away.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals are available 24-hours a day and have the expertise, training, and equipment required to put you back in business. Our technicians are highly trained and are ready for dispatch to restore your business.

Whether you need your business cleaned up or dried out, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Professional will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 707-588-8226.

Safety Tips After a Fire

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home.

If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

Protect Yourself During a Power Outage

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water and transportation.
  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services.
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove and ovens to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
    • Check with your local officials for locations of cooling or warming centers. Locations may have changed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • CDC has provided cooling shelter operators with guidance to help protect people from COVID-19. This guidance can be used for warming shelters, too.
    • If you go to a public cooling or warming center, keep at least six feet of space between you and individuals who are not a part of your immediate household.
    • Wear masks when in public spaces. Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, and people who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove them.
    • Try to bring items that can help protect you and others in the cooling or warming center from COVID-19, such as two masks for each person age two or older in the household, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, and cleaning materials.
    • Review the CDC’s guidelines for “Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on the welfare of others.
  • Sign up for email updates about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Helping Your Business Prepare For The Worst

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Most companies protect their personnel and computer data from an emergency, but what about getting the facility back in business? SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides a plan to get back to work when you're most prepared to plan... before the crisis occurs.
Should the unimaginable happen and a natural disaster strikes your business, it may be too late to effectively manage your recovery. SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito Professional can help you prepare an emergency response plan today.


We encourage our business customers to learn how to best protect their business for all types of emergency situations. Contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park (707)588-8226 for free resources, including:

  • Disaster preparedness plan assistance
  • Family and business communication plans
  • Home and workplace emergency contact cards
  • Emergency supply checklists

With just a little bit of time and minimal effort, SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito can help prepare and protect your employees and customers should an emergency occur. Don’t wait until it is too late—prepare now for what you can’t prevent.

Shop Petaluma

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Shop Petaluma - The City of Petaluma, in collaboration with the Petaluma Downtown Association, the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, and local merchants, created a virtual shopping experience to give local storefronts and restaurants a place to share what they have to offer during the unusual circumstances COVID-19 has presented. On the website you'll find listings for local storefronts and restaurants in our Downtown, with detailed information on the goods and services they have available during Shelter-in-Place, as well as the best ways for customers to contact them. We encourage you to use Shop Petaluma as your resource for supporting our local businesses!

Movie Night at SOMO Village

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have Halloween plans? If not, why not go to a free drive-in Halloween-themed movie at the SOMO Village parking lot sponsored by the City of Rohnert Park Community Services Department? All of the children will receive a treat bag including candy and a Halloween-themed craft to do in the car while waiting for the movie to start. 

This event is sponsored by Measure M-Parks for All which was passed by the voters in 2018.

Since the city had to cancel its annual Halloween Carnival due to the COVID-19 restriction on large gatherings, they wanted to provide a fun, safe and family-friendly event that everyone could enjoy on Halloween weekend whether trick or treating is in their plans.

The movie, ParaNorman will be featured October 30 and the movie Casper will be held October 31. ParaNorman is a story about a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from an old curse.

The SOMO Village parking lot will open at 6 p.m. and the movies will begin at dark. Reservations are required by calling 707-588-3456 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.recity.org/halloween to reserve a space online. 

There will be portable restrooms and hand washing stations available on site, but we are encouraging people to use the restroom before arriving for the movie.

How You Can Help Us Provide Better Service

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park our goals are to provide excellent service to our customers and to build up our reputation as knowledgeable experts in the field of Restoration/Mitigation. Our team consists of local-residents who want the best for their communities. We understand that needing an emergency restoration service means going through an unfortunate experience. However, we want you to take comfort in knowing that we have your best interests in mind. Therefore, we are open to hearing your thoughts and/or concerns. We are committed to leaving a positive impact and are not satisfied with our work until we restore the damage done to your property to make it look "Like it never even happened."

Please feel free to contact us either by phone: (707) 588-8226 or by our social media pages (links below).

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Protect your Family and Home

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire This fire originated in the kitchen.

House fire is a scary situation. It is a disaster that no one ever wants to experience in their life. As a fire restoration and cleaning company, what we come to realize is, many fires originate from the dryer. Here are some ways that you can prevent dryer fire from destroying your home.

  1. Always clean your lent screen before pushing the start button.
  2. Regularly clean your vent hose and make sure to check that they are in good shape. Try to keep the vent hose as short as possible to avoid clogging.
  3. Clean the vent line regularly to prevent clogging. If you are not able to clean the vent yourself, call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. We have professionals who can quickly remove and restore your vent line.
  4. Keep the area around and behind your dryer clean and away from any material that can cause a fire.
  5. Regularly clean the lint inside of the dryer. Some dryers today may be more difficult to clean in which you'll need a technician help.
  6. If you have a gas dryer, make sure you check your gas line periodically. When in doubt, replace the gas line.

If you need professional assistance in cleaning out your vent line, call us today at 707-588-8226. We are "Here to Help".

Firing Up the Grill

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

With the warm weather, it's crucial that we are careful when a BBQ is in full swing. Being safe can help avoid fire and smoke damage that could result from carelessness. If something were to happen our SERVPRO team is ready to go to aid in fire damage loss and restoration. We also help with smoke cleanup in your property, whether it be your home or your place of business we can respond quickly and have a group ready to go shortly after we receive the call. It is important to know who to call when an emergency happens because you never know when disaster will strike.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready to help.  Call us at (707)588-8226

What to do with Water Damages?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are faster to any size disaster, your water damage or flooding is no problem for us to handle!

Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms. Moisture is the driving force allowing for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. We will assist to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service. 

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

 Call us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226

Main Causes of Home Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Insurance companies report that approximately 93 percent of water damage claims last year could have been prevented by simple home maintenance or the use of a standard shut-off system or leak detection system. With most flood damage claims costing an average of $5,000 in repairs, it's extremely beneficial for homeowners to understand and easily identify possible threats that might lead to water damage.

Rain

According to insurance companies, rain damage makes up for 8 percent of all water damage claims. Even small amounts of rain, over time, can wear down at your home and cause eventual damage to your home's foundation or interior. Extreme weather conditions such as floods can also cause major damage to homes, especially without the proper protection. Flood damages lead to especially dangerous amounts of standing water, which can house harmful bacteria and pathogens that often lead to illness.

Plumbing Incidents

Many plumbing problems such as burst pipes and pipe leaks occur within walls and can be very difficult to detect. Left undetected for long periods of time, these plumbing problems can cause severe water damage. Leaky and burst pipes are the most common culprits of flood damage, often resulting from backed up drains and toilets. Experts suggest regular inspections of your pipes in order to catch potential problems and make necessary repairs before any real damage occurs.

Household Appliances

Older and malfunctioning appliances can wreak havoc on a home's internal water systems. Weak hoses and rusted or cracked pipes can lead to future leaks and water accumulation. Homes most frequently experience damage from damaged or aged washing machines and hot water tanks; however, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters can also become more and more susceptible to damage over time. Fixing or replacing older models can prevent future leaks and water damage.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation Systems

Most homeowners don't realize that their heating and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. Without proper attention, these units can see severe moisture buildups which can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew deposits. To prevent these issues, schedule regular maintenance with a professional to catch possible damage. Replacing old fixtures may be necessary in the long run to prevent moisture buildups and, ultimately, water damage.

How to Prevent Water Damage

While some water disasters occur as a result of unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances, most H2O damage can be prevented through regular home inspections and the periodic maintenance of household products. Homeowners can also install a shut-off system or leak detection system to catch leaks and shut off your water main automatically in the case of a hazardous leak. Investments in smaller repairs and other preventative measures can end up saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you need professional help, call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert park today 707-588-8226.

When Water Damage Strikes

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, we specialize in water damage restoration. If you have recently experienced a water damage loss due to a recent storm or flood, we can help. We understand the stress that comes when your home or business has been affected by a flood or storm.

Here is some top reason why you should choose SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to restore your property when tragedies strike your home or business.

Prevent further structural damage or mold

  • We have a 24-hour emergency service that allows us to respond to your needs immediately.
  • Immediate action can prevent mold

We have the right tools

  • Specialize equipment to get the job done
  • Experience technicians

Fixing water damages yourself can be dangerous and time consuming

  • Please remember that water damages should be left to professionals. Without the proper tools and expertise, you can hurt yourself or someone else.
  • We can have our professional water damage experts to clean and restore you home, so you can rest at ease.
  • Our crews can have the job done quickly.

Prevent water damages to your home and belonging

  • Avoid permanent damage by contacting us right away
  • Procrastination can cost you a lot of money

Get rid of bad odors

  • Our reliable team of experts can eliminate the bad odors from your property
  • We can deodorize your home to ensure it smells clean and fresh

Call Today -SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 707-588-8226

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Fire happening in a commercial building.

Commercial fire can be devastating, harming both human and property.  Every year, there are as many as 75,000 commercial building fires in the United States.  U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year.  These fires caused an annual average of 85 civilian deaths, 1,325 civilian fire injuries and $3.2 billion in direct property damage, according to the (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Association.  Though some are small and cause relatively little harm, many others pose a great risk to life and property.   Fortunately, many fires can be prevented if you’re aware of the potential hazards. Here are several of the most common causes of commercial building fires.

Human Error 

Many commercial fires can be attributed to human error and are not meant to be malicious. For example, spilling liquids on electrical equipment, leaving a coffee pot on, or burning food in the kitchen can easily cause a fire to break out. To decrease the chances of this happening in your commercial building, perform risk assessments to determine if any changes need to be implemented, provide proper staff training, and ensure fire extinguishers are easily accessible throughout the building. 
 
Negligence 

Negligence fires are the result of someone not following proper procedures and can usually be easily avoided by proper staff training. For example, storing or handling flammable items improperly or covering electrical equipment that must have air can result in a fire that causes significant commercial fire damage. 
  
Arson 

Unfortunately, arson is a frequent cause of commercial fires, particularly in industrial buildings and factories. This may be an act of vandalism, an attempt to collect insurance money or even the work of an unhappy employee. To minimize the damage associated with arson, you may want to consider installing an automatic sprinkler system. 
 
Faulty Wiring/ Electrics 

Electrical issues are another frequent cause of commercial fires. For example, outdated equipment, loose or frayed wires, and overloaded plugins can spark a fire with little to no advance warning. This is why it is so important to make certain your electrical equipment, including boilers, hot water heaters, and furnaces are in good working order and able to handle their workload. To ensure your equipment/ appliances are functioning properly, you may want to invest in a portable appliance tester (PAT). 

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (925)299-1323

Be Prepared for the Wildfires

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

If you watch the TV or read the papers, you know it's time for the wildfires! As the heat rises, and the vegetation dries, we're only a spark away from disaster. Will you be ready?


If you live on a remote hillside, or in a valley, prairie or forest where flammable vegetation is plentiful, you could be vulnerable to wildfires. These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents.

1. Fire facts:

  • Once a fire starts in a rural area, it is hard to control. Wildland firefighters are trained to protect natural resources, not our homes or buildings. The fact that many homes are located far from fire stations, causes longer emergency response times. Within a matter of minutes, an entire home can be destroyed by fire. Limited water supply in rural areas can make fire fighting difficult. Homes that are secluded and surrounded by woods and brush fuel fires.

2. Be prepared and have a fire safety and evacuation plan:

  • Practice fire escape and evacuation plans.
  • Mark the entrance to your property with address signs that are clearly visible from the road.
  • Know which local emergency services to call and have those numbers posted near telephones.
  • Provide access for emergency vehicles at least 12 feet wide with turnaround space.

3. Tips for making your property fire resistant:

  • Keep lawns cut, leaves raked, and the roof and rain-gutters free from leaves and sticks.
  • Keep Stacked firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Store flammable things in metal containers outside the home at least 30 feet away from buildings and wooden fences.
  • Create a "defensible space" by thinning trees within 30 feet around your house.
  • Landscape with more fire resistant plants to prevent fire from spreading quickly. For example, hardwood trees are more fire-resistant than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus, or fir trees.
  • Make sure water sources, such as hydrants, ponds, swimming pools and wells, can be reached by the fire department.

4. Protect your home:

  • Use a fire resistant or protective roofing materials like stone, brick and metal to protect your home.
  • Cover all exterior vents, attics and eaves with metal mesh screens to prevent debris from collecting and to help keep sparks out.
  • Install multi-pane windows, tempered safety glass or fireproof shutters. This helps to protect large windows from heat.
  • Use fire-resistant draperies.
  • Have chimneys, wood stoves and all heating systems inspected and cleaned every year.
  • Insulate chimneys and place "spark arresters" on top.
    NOTE: The chimney should be at least three feet above the roof, and be sure to remove branches around the chimney, or any that hang over.

5. Follow local burning laws:

  • Do not burn trash or other yard waste without knowing local burning laws.
  • Before burning anything in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit.
  • Use an approved incinerator with a safety lid or covering with holes no larger than 3/4 inches.
  • Create at least a 10-foot clearing before burning debris.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or garden hose on hand when burning.

6. If a wildfire threatens your home (and you have time), consider this:

Inside

  • Shut off gas at the meter. Turn off pilot lights.
  • Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.
  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings. Remove flammable drapes.
  • Move furniture into the center of the home away from windows and sliding-glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  • Gather people and pets into one room. Make plans to care for your pets if you must evacuate.
  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape. Leave the key in the ignition and the car doors unlocked. Close garage windows and doors.

Outside

  • Seal attic and ground vents.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Place combustible patio furniture inside.
  • Connect garden hose to outside taps. Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet the roof.
  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home.
  • Gather fire tools such as a rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket, and shovel.

7. If you are advised to evacuate, do it! Don't wait. Choose a route away from the fire.

The secret of dealing with all disasters is being prepared!!! With a lot of thought and preparation, situations that may have been deadly, can often be dealt with safely.


Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Christine_E_Cederquist/8320 

Commercial Restoration

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration cleaning is a special type of cleaning service that is offered to buildings that have been damaged by water, fire, or some sort of national disaster. It takes a lot of knowledge and expertise to be done right, and it is important to use after the event of a disaster has occurred. No matter how much damage or how much mess is left after a fire or flood, things can be salvaged and the building or home can be cleaned. Here is more information on this type of cleaning service:

One way to use commercial restoration cleaning is to have all of your carpet professionally dried, shampooed, and vacuumed. This will either salvage the carpet that has been damaged or dirtied, or it will make the decision to replace the flooring altogether more apparent. Any type of cloth or upholstered surface can be cleaned during this process. All of the right methods and products will be used and you can count on the fact that everything will be done in order to make your carpet look like new.

Another example of this type of service is removing any type of foul odor from a home or building. No matter what caused the odor, or how potent it is, there is always a way to clean it and get rid of it. No one likes to be at home or at a commercial property while putting up with an unbearable smell. You can also have your place of business or home completely disinfected from any type of chemical or bacteria. It takes real professionals to go in and make a building safe again in the event of an accident or emergency. This keeps the place healthy and everyone that goes inside healthy and free of harmful bacteria.

If your home has been severely flooded or burnt, the best thing to do is to call in this type of restoration cleaning service as soon as possible. The longer you wait the worst the damage becomes. As soon as you get the company in to inspect your home and to start cleaning it, you will then be able to see what is salvageable and what isn't. This also makes your case with your insurance company much easier to go through.

In any type of event that takes a real commercial grade cleaning company that specializes in restoration you should not hesitate to call and get a quote.

Call us 24/7 at (707) 665-0822

Tips to Making it Through Storm

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

We have been having some major storms lately. Tornadoes, hurricanes and torrential rains have been wreaking havoc throughout the United States. It is important to be as prepared as possible if a storm is coming your way. This means different things depending on the areas in which you live. Also, storm damage varies from location to location. Weather extremes make storm damage nearly impossible to predict. Lightning, wind, ice, floods, rain, extreme cold and heat can cause all types of damage to your home.

When a storm hits it is best to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you maximize safety and minimize the inconvenience storms and storm damage can bring to your life.

1) Have flashlights with spare batteries in a location that is easy to access. Avoid candles if at all possible. It is easier than many homeowners think to leave a candle lit and have fire ravage through your house. Storm damage creates a mess but fire damage creates an environment where the effects are long lasting.

2) Purchase extra bottled water and canned foods. This will create less havoc for you encase of a long lasting power outage. It is important that you have extra water to cook with as well as to drink.

3) Use surge protectors on all major appliances. They will help eliminate the surge from entering these valuable pieces of equipment rendering them useless. If you do not have surge protection and you have fair warning a storm is headed your way unplug all major appliances and electronics.

4) Make sure you have a battery operated radio. It should be on and tuned in to a local station for regular updates.

5) If you go out after a storm has hit you area make sure to avoid down power lines. They are still full of energy and will shock you.

6) If your lights blow during a storm double check your fuse breaker box make sure that you have not just blown the fuses by asking neighbors if their power is out also. If it is the power call the electric company to make sure they are aware of the outage.

7) It is important if your power is out to conserve the energy left in your freezer and refrigerator. You can do this by limiting the times you open and close them. Dry ice is also available for purchase at local groceries if you are able to get out.

8) Of course if the power outage comes at a time of extreme cold you can store food in a cooler outside.

9) In cold weather you will want to make sure that you leave the water dripping to avoid pipes from freezing.

10) Warm clothes should be worn. Use caution with fireplaces and never use flammable liquids to start a fire. It is also important that you never use a gas stove to heat your home. This practice is unsafe and can result in more damage.

11) It is important that if storm damage occurs and you are without power that you use care and caution in running generators.

It is important to note that after a storm you should immediately restock your emergency supplies. It is likely that the season of storms is upon you and that it won't be the last one through your area. Storm damage cannot be prevented but it can be managed. Your reaction in the situation will likely determine how well you cope with the difficulties that come along with the aftermath of storm damage

5 Good Reasons For Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Office

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

It is common sense that most people go for a certain service or product if they find it more useful than other similar available. It is all about better options. It is true for commercial cleaning services also. With the changing times, businesses have changed and so have the customer expectations. Now people expect more quality service, value added products. Keeping this in mind, we will be discussing how commercial cleaning services could benefit over other available options.

Here are a few reasons that will help you understand how commercial cleaning services are the better option when it comes to a clean and hygienic work place.

Better, faster Cleaning Services

Though faster is not always better, but in this particular case it actually is. Office premises vary in area and a single business could extend to more than one building and floors. What these companies excel in is the art of cleaning a premise comprehensively at a professional pace. That does not mean that just to do the jobs in standard predefined timings they would overlook the nooks and corners or do a less than thorough job. The manage it by using high tech cleaning equipment covering more area in lesser time, and by training their staff to make maximum use of their time and technology.

Competition among rival cleaning services

One good thing that has happened in the recent times is that due to the highly competitive prevailing market conditions the benefit of the resulting higher cleaning standards has gone in favor of the customer. Now you have the option of getting better quality services at highly competitive prices.

Use as you choose - Flexible working schedule

As an option against hiring your own cleaning crew, outsourcing such work to a professional service provider gives you the benefit of selecting your own cleaning frequency. Every organization has its own preference and requirement for getting the office premises cleaned. If you are a small or a medium sized business concern you may not require a daily cleaning and hence could go for a biweekly cleaning schedule or may if you feel once a week cleanup is good enough for you, you could make arrangements with the cleaning company for the cleaning work to be done like that.

After hours cleaning services

The biggest advantage of hiring a professional cleaning company is that you can have the work done after or before your office working time. What this means is that you get a clean work place less the hassles of your staff being disturbed during the work hours. However, you could arrange to have mixed services such as off time cleaning and minimal presence of the cleaning crew during work hours just to take care of the odd spill.

Value added services

Like any other business, some of these commercial cleaning services have added more diversity to their mainstream cleaning business. They are now offer value added services such as water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, sanitizing, and pest control and so on...

How to Prepare For Storms and Hurricanes

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fortunately with today's advance technology, meteorologist has the ability to use scientific principles to explain, understand and observe the forecast through computer programs, Doppler radar and satellite.  Knowing where storms are now can help forecasters predict where storms will be tomorrow and the next day. Though storms or hurricanes may not always be predictable, it should be taken seriously and this required that we be prepared. 

Here are some useful tips to help you and your family prepare for the storm or hurricane:

  • Tune In - Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  • Create an Emergency Plan - Discuss with your family or household members on preparing escape routes from your home.  Make sure to have means of communication (e-mail, phone and cell phone) and set places to meet.  Plan for your pets should you need to evacuate.  Most shelters will accept service animals.
  • Stock Up on Emergency Supplies - Stock non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries in air-tight containers.
  • Prepare your Home - Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition.  Keep gutters, down pipes and drains clear.  Remove tree branches that are close to your house.  Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber and secure loose items around your property.
  • Fill up Car & Get Cash - Fill up as soon as a storm looks like a possible threat. Similarly, don't wait to get cash because you might need to purchase supplies after the storm.

If you are experiencing the unfortunate storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park  a call at (707) 588-8226. We can help restore your property to preloss condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Include Your Pets in your Fire Safety Plan

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Dog chewing electric cables Chewed up cables can cause a fire

Our pets are part of our family. Some consider their dogs and cats to be children. They provide companionship and add joy to our lives. It is not something we like to think about, but keeping our pets safe during a fire or natural disaster is something we must prepare for. A home fire is the most top of mind event we can prepare for through prevention and safety awareness. In fact, fire kills more people in the US than all natural disasters combined with over 1.6 million fires in 2007. However, there are many other emergencies that can separate pets from their owners, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. It is important to keep our pets and families safe by being prepared.

Fires can occur through a variety of causes including candles, natural disasters, lightning, smoking, Christmas trees, electrical, gas leaks, fireworks, space heaters, arson etc. However the top causes for home fires (38%) are from cooking and heating accidents, according to the USFA. In fact, December, January and February are top months due to colder weather. In the spring and summer months, lightning fires are more prevalent.

According to the NFPA, a home fire is reported every 79 seconds to a fire department and 4 out of every 5 fire deaths result from home fires. Only 25% of home fires occur at night, so many occur during the day when you are not home with your pets.

Some things to prevent and prepare your home and pets from fire and natural disasters:

  • Install and frequently check smoke alarms, chimneys, grills, etc.
  • Keep pets away from candles, grills, open flames, etc and never leave a home and pet unattended with an open flame. Keep flammable items such as dishtowels and oven mitts away from what you are cooking.
  • Make sure neighbors know you and your pets, and that they have an emergency number for you and your vet's number. If you feel comfortable, give them a key and your alarm code.
  • Have a plan. Decide in advance how your family will handle a fire or disaster and review often, including how to handle the pets. This includes having a plan for animals that are in crates or confined to a room while you are away.
  • Have a doggie or kitty door installed.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit and include pet items such as food or medication, vaccination records, leashes and a favorite toy to comfort your pet.
  • Make sure your animals wear ID tags and/or are micro chipped in case they get separated from your family or get spooked and separated from your home.
  • Clearly mark the front and back entrances with a Pet Safety sticker to alert emergency workers that there are pets inside your house. 

Keeping your furry friends happy and healthy by including them in your fire safety plans. More safety and prevention tips can be found online at the NFPA and the AKC.

Remember if you need help with fire restoration please call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at  (707)665-0822

Fire Safety Plan for Kids

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Structure damage after a fire Fire damage affected entire home.

Fires don't occur often in homes, thankfully, but when they do, everyone must know what to do. There won't be time to check a manual or read a book. The family must know immediately what to do and do it! To make that happen, there must be a fire safety plan in place, and the family must have rehearsed it.

The Fire Safety Plan

The plan itself should provide for two ways out of the house. This isn't too difficult when everyone's on the ground floor, but a second story is a little different. Remember that a fire or smoke may block the only stairway. Buy and install an emergency ladder with metal steps. Secured beneath a window, it can easily be lowered out of that window so that family members can climb to the ground. Once on the ground, children and adults alike should move to a designated meeting point that is safely away from the burning house. This allows parents and fire fighters to determine who is safe and who still needs assistance. It's important to get to the meeting point because we definitely don't want a fire fighter to risk his or her life by entering a burning home when it's not necessary.

Special Fire Safety Precautions

If you or a child are in a room behind a closed door, be sure to touch the door knob quickly before leaving the room. If the knob is hot, there is fire or hot smoke and gases in the hallway. Rather than entering a hall full of fire, plug the crack at the base of the door with a towel or piece of clothing to keep the smoke confined to the hallway. Then, hang a bed sheet or towel out of the window to let the fire department know that you need help.

Long before an emergency ever occurs, smoke detectors should be installed throughout the house. This is especially important on sleeping floors. When a child is lost in a home fire, it is usually because there were no working smoke detectors in the structure and the child slept through the developing fire. In order to depend upon them, fire detectors must be tested monthly and the batteries must be changed every six months. Let kids hear the alarm so they know it and will react to it. Change batteries when daylight savings time makes its changes.

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Provide a second one in the garage. Check each one monthly to ensure it has pressure, and have them serviced each year. This ensures the unit will be ready to perform when you need it. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher and then show everyone else in the family how to use it. While you are desperately trying to put out that nasty grease fire on the stove is no time to learn to use an extinguisher.

Place plenty of flashlights, usually one for each bedroom, and spare batteries throughout the house. If the house begins to fill with smoke or there is a power outage in the middle of the night, each child is able to find their way out. Likewise, each bedroom and the kitchen should have emergency numbers posted, especially 911. Arrange to take your kids to the local fire station so that they can meet a real fire fighter. This will help to reduce the "scary image" created by a fire fighter in full fire fighting gear in a dark, smoke-filled hallway.

Child Fire Safety Exiting Plans

As cold-hearted as it sounds, encourage kids to get out of the house immediately without looking for family pets. To search through a smoke-filled house or apartment to find a dog or a cat can put a child at serious risk. Animals often find their way out, and more than one pet has been saved by a fire fighter.

Teach children to crawl out of a smoke-filled room or hallway. Hot smoke and gases rise to the ceiling, so the available oxygen is near the floor. If a child's clothing catches on fire, as it might in a cooking fire, teach your family to stop, drop and roll. This reduces the oxygen available to the burning clothing and puts out the fire.

Ensure every family member makes it out safely by developing and practicing a home fire safety plan. Provide two exits for every room and make sure kids know how to use them as well as fire extinguishers, emergency telephone numbers and flashlights. Check smoke alarms monthly. Teach everyone to stop, drop and roll in order to put out a clothing fire.

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If you are in need of fire restoration please call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at 707-665-0822

Put Property Owners Back in Control

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss  condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened."  Every SERVPRO Franchise Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered-whatever the case, with SERVPRO our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

 Call us 24/7 at (707) 665-0822

Who is SERVPRO?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Local SERVPRO Our local office.

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 45 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration.  Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry.

You may be aware that your local SERVPRO of Petaluma/ Rohnert Park is part of a Franchise System that has been helping make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened," since 1969.  But did you know that system has grown to include more than 1,700 franchises nationwide?

Your local SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is always ready to help.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Hallway Water damage due to pipe break.

-Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

-Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

-Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as this could cause electrical shock or damage to vacuum cleaner.

- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you need help with water damage don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Petaluma/ Rohnert at (707)588-8226

Proactive Cleaning Services for Commercial Buildings

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A group photo of SERVPRO professionals in a parking lot with two vans parked on the left and right. The last shot we took after the job ended for a huge commercial property.

With the news of COVID-19 arriving to the United States and to the Bay Area, we are all on high alert and taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our community. Over the weekend we were called in to clean up and disinfect a huge commercial space. We brought in our whole crew to work on all surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables (to name a few) inside of every building before Monday when people would arrive again to the area. Our cleanup procedure generally includes the cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment or tools. The CDC recommends using a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPRO’s® proprietary disinfectant is hospital-grade named SERVPROXIDETM which currently has a dozen of EPA-approved claims for cleaning Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella Rotavirus, and Swine flu (H1N1). SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

If you own a commercial building and would like to inquire about our services. Please feel free to give us a call or check out our website. https://www.SERVPROpetalumarohnertparksantarosa.com/

Please be safe and remember, prevention is key!

SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

(707) 588-8226

Fire at C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

A far-shot of a brown building with a large white tower to the right a huge green tree stands in the center of shot. C&H Building in Crockett, CA

At 9 a.m. this morning, a fire ignited inside of the C&H Sugar refinery located in Crockett, CA. The fire began on the sixth floor of the building on a conveyor belt that is used to carry raw sugar. Fortunately, due to the intensity of labor and quick response of the 65 firefighters who responded, there are no reported injuries. The damage of the fire is still under investigation, however, there was reported smoke found only on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors.

Fires can ignite at any time and do massive damage to your property. Make sure to follow the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association located on their website: https://www.nfpa.org/.

Please be safe and if your structure suffers damage due to a fire. Contact our professionals here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Call Us: (707) 588-8226

Property Managers, Call SERVPRO® for Mold Removal

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

White ceiling with brown mold visible across it.  Visible mold on a ceiling. Our team went to go remove and restore it back to normal.

Mold.

Hearing the word just makes me nauseous. However, not all mold is bad, some mold even contributed to saving lives (like the discovery of penicillin). However, as a property manager suffering from water damage. The last thing you’d want to see or hear is mold growing and manifesting in your units. Unfortunately, mold can grow on many surfaces such as: wood, carpet, insulation, dust, fabric, and wallpaper. So long as moisture, oxygen, and darkness are present, mold can continue to thrive.

However, the professionals here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa are IICRC certified and we work efficiently and effectively to remove every trace of mold in your building. We begin by removing moisture from your indoor property, then we isolate the contaminated area, we suppress the dust, remove any materials and put them in bags, and we clean the affected area. We are molds worst nightmare and we do it quickly to lower the time your business is interrupted by this unwanted guest.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

Restoration from Storm Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Locker room with red lockers to the left and red doors to the right. Dehumidifiers are located on the floor. This locker room was one of many rooms in the building that needed water removal.

This winter season, we did not experience that much rain. However, the weather channel is predicting that beginning in March, we will experience rain in the bay area. Therefore, we must make sure that our properties are protected. Recently, our team got a call about a flood in their building and we went to go remove the water with our industrial size pump. We then had to monitor and remove any trace of water to avoid further damage done to the floor of this building. During this process, as you can see in our photo, we used dehumidifiers and other machines to make sure that the area is completely dried. Eventually the job took a few days to complete given the size of the damage. But we made also made sure that the property was restored, “Like it never even happened.” However, we also would like to state that prevention is key and that having your best interests in mind. We would like it if a disaster of this scale does not occur to your property. But if it does, then contact us and we will minimize the interruption in your life.

SERVPRO® representatives respond faster to any size disaster.

5 Workplace Safety Tips for Small Businesses

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Small businesses, especially start-ups need to make sure that before operations occur, safety should be of upmost importance. Although this may seem like a given, there are instances when businesses do not follow certain requirements set by OSHA, get an employee injured and set themselves up the legal repercussions.  Therefore, here are 5 steps that we take here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa that can protect you and avoid most accidents in the workplace.

Easy Access to your Safety Rules

Every job site or office needs to make their rules visible or easily accessible by their employees instead of just containing them within a rule book. This can work as a friendly reminder for your team members in case a situation arises.

Make Employees Involved

If you give a damn, your employees will too. Make sure that you are sincere and mindful of your employee needs and that their safety is not just for your protection but because you would not want any accident to befall them.

Communication

Although it is important to effectively communicate safety rules. It is even more important to emphasis that other employees should communicate quickly if they see something potentially unsafe or a hostile work environment. Communication is key!

Avoid Making Shortcuts

Getting things done quickly may look attractive with productivity, however, these conditions and work environment can increase the likelihood of workplace injuries. Therefore, productivity should not be at the expense of your employees.

Practice an Emergency Ready Plan

Make sure you have a plan for your employees that follows federal protocol about any situation that might arise. In the event of a natural disaster, contact your local SERVPRO and we can get you started on one of our own Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP). This complimentary plan would be easily accessible through an app on your mobile device that would contain the necessary information in the event of a disaster.

Safety should be the priority of every business. Prevention is key, and we have your back.  

High Chance of Storms this Year 2020

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Three Victorian style homes in the center of a slanted uphill road with rain and lightning in the sky above them. Damage from a storm? Contact us!

According to an article written by Reuters, an international team of scientists forecast that there is an 80% that El Niño will make its way across the Pacific. Which means we might in for a chaotic winter season here in the bay area. There is a high probability that if El Niño will flood our streets which could lead to water damage to our properties.

Prevention is Key

Here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa we provide services such as our Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO® that enables you to list out critical information needed in the event of an emergency. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us through the number provided below. Through this free of charge service, we want you to know that we have your best interest in mind, and we can equip you with the tools needed in the event of intense weather conditions. Also be sure to follow this blog which will be updated at least weekly and follow us on social media so that way in case you need restoration services, we are only a click away.

SERVPRO® professionals are known to be, "faster to any size disaster," and we take pride into making your damaged property look, “Like it never even happened.”

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Six Ways to Protect Your Home Before A Storm

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Old and dirty brown roof shingles that are in desperate need of repairs. This roof needs repairs.

1. Reduce flying debris

If you see any tree branches near or hanging over your structure, the best solution may be to cut them off. You can also secure weak and loose fencing and anchor any heavy objects around your yard into the ground.

2. Replacing windows and exterior doors

If possible, consider replacing your windows and outside doors with pressure and impact resistance improvements so that you can have better protection from the outside force of a storm.

3. Inspect and repair your roof

Inspect your roof and overhang to look for signs of wear or damage. This is crucial to prevent water from entering through the cracks and damages your ceilings, causing mold.

4. Check caulking

Make sure the caulking around your windows and doors are in good shape and not cracked or broken. If there are any gaps, make sure to get a caulk gun to fill up holes around pipes or wires that enter your building. This will reduce the risk of leaks from wind-driven rain.

5. Inspect carports and other attached structures

Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in good condition.

6. Create an inventory list

This can help you out when filing an insurance claim.

Taking these preventative measures can help you before a storm hits. However, if your property does suffer damage from a storm. Our SERVPRO® team of professionals are either a click or call away.

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Do you Have a Plan In Case of Emergency?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ready Plan mobile device download page for android devices. Download the SERVPRO® App today!

According to FEMA, 40% of Businesses do not reopen after sustaining a disaster. Although, we do not plan for disasters to occur, the unfortunate truth is that they could. Therefore, as a nationwide restoration company we have an app that is available for download to help you create a plan in case of an emergency.

Introducing the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile.

This is a free resource that we recommend each business takes advantage of. We make a detailed report of your facility with critical information such as emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, emergency exits, emergency locations for staff, and much more. Information that only you have access to and for your usage in the event of an emergency. The ERP also provides a guide to help you back into your building, which minimizes the amount of time your business could stay inactive.

SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

Contact Us to Get Started!

(707) 588-8226

This Home Was Destroyed During a Wildfire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Front view of a home destroyed by a fire with a white painted railing leading to the ground and unharmed by the fire. A home we visited that was destroyed by fire damage.

We speak a lot about fire prevention but there are times where natural disasters occur and a storm can devastate your property. Recently, we experienced the destruction of Kincade, which destroyed many homes and businesses. Fortunately, there are no reported casualties due to quick decision making and mass evacuation of people north of Santa Rosa, CA. Many surrounding counties suffered blackouts and even we had to undergo a time period with no power. However, we at SERVPRO are always prepared and were there along with teams from other counties and states to lend a hand and help businesses and homeowners restore their property or protect them from harmful air pollution.

However, there are times when our representatives arrive to a location that has been completely decimated by a fire. In this case, an entire home was destroyed leaving a family with the decision of relocating while the repairing process began.

Prevention and planning are key for ones' safety during a storm that is out of our control. 

Restoration of an Educational Facility

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cardboard boxes with the SERVPRO logo in the center of the room are stacked in 4 rows in a library. A school needed our help and we came in with the equipment needed to get the job done.

Recently, we were contacted by a school that needed our services due to a minor flood that damaged a huge portion of their floor. We came in and inspected the damage and found that although there were many rooms that were affected, we had the tools and resources to get the job done quickly and efficiently so that we could make it look, “Like it never even happened.” To get this done we sent in our best team to investigate the flooring, check for mold, and begin the drying process using our specialized equipment. After drying, we use a device to check for any moisture or mold again to make sure that no additional damage would ensue.

If you need experts in the restoration industry, contact your neighborly

SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

Why SERVPRO is a Leader in the Restoration Industry

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® is a national brand known in the cleanup and restoration industry, you’ve probably seen or heard our national advertisements. Recently, we hosted the NCAA First Responder Bowl which had the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers played against the Western Michigan Broncos. A game we were proud of watching here at our local franchise in Petaluma/Rohnert Park.

When disaster strikes your business or home, we understand the hardship of having to deal with the issue. Therefore, we would like to inform you about our best practices procedures that we take to ensure that your business or home is in good hands.

Disasters involving water and mold are never easy to process and our goal is to make it easy on the clients to avoid any further frustration. In many cases, we inspect the damages and communicate our findings to all stakeholders by using an estimating software that is preferred by insurance companies due to its standardized pricing and fair approvals of estimates. This process can take days and we utilize this system to make sure that we gain your approval prior to proceeding with services. Disasters may arrive and destroy quickly. However, we at SERVPRO® like to take our time to assess the situation to do a good job in mitigation and restoration.


Here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are committed to ensuring our clients a positive experience.

Be safe and thank you for choosing SERVPRO®

IS4000 of the Storm

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

December is on average the wettest season in the north bay. However, we are not in the clear skies yet, as the rain will persist during the month of January. Therefore, I would like to discuss the process of contents or item restoration. When a storm hits your home, the devastation may leave numerous locations in need of restoration or repairing. That is why we also conduct organized and efficient pack-outs for all belongings in your property. This ensures a quicker remodeling process and protects your items from any potential damage from a coming storm or from on-site work. We take your belongings to our warehouse where we will cleanup and remove any water damaged using our Esporta IS4000. This machine can restore up to level 4 water damaged items. We remove any water and leave it to dry with our specialize heaters and dehumidifiers.

This ensures that your belongings can also either be restored like nothing ever happened or protected to ensure that nothing happened. Like our tagline says, we make it, "Like it never even happened."

For any storm related situations, feel free to contact us and our service professionals will help you through the process.

We Support Small Businesses!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO as a nationwide company is known to help restore your property and items during a disaster. However, we do not only specialize in huge disaster losses. Any type of loss is an important job for us and we do the best we can to help make your home look as it did before disaster struck.

We may have the resources and backing from a corporate location to restore large loss properties, however, when it comes to small local businesses. We would like to help you too!

SERVPRO® or Napa County is a locally owned franchise and we are small business too. Therefore, we understand the value and the importance of time we need to keep our businesses growing. Any inconvenience, big or small, we are, here to help®.

The Rainy Season is Here

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

An office building damaged by water. With ceiling pieces on the right and a wet notebook on the left. Water damage at an office.

Sonoma County has been issued a flood warning. Previously we have shared how to's on preventing water damage. However, if you do happen to experience water leakage or flooding. Contact us as soon as you can to have us remove and mitigate any potential harm to your home. 

Listed are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in the even of a storm. 

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

When you want a superb water removal service. Trust the trained technicians here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

 Call Us at Anytime!

We are Available at Anytime: (707) 588-8226

Choose SERVPRO®

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a large green container positioned to the right with trees and the sky to the left. The SERVPRO® Logo

Choosing a restoration company when a disaster strikes your home is a difficult choice to make. Trust is one of the biggest decision makers and we work hard to establish that trust to our clients and communities. Therefore, we are at your service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for whenever you need us. When fire, flood, or mold attacks your home, we at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park restore through the mitigation of damage created by unpredictable natural disasters. When it comes to these services, we want your office or home to look, “Like it never even happened.”

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1300 Franchises Nationwide, 79 Large Loss Response Team, and a team of professionals who are highly trained and certified in IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Which sets the standards for best practices in the cleaning and restoration industries.

Need Service?

Call us here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. (707) 588-8226

Clean your Gutters

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning gutters is part of home maintenance and before the rainy season it would be in your best interest to check and clean your gutters from any debris that might lead to a clog.

You will need:

  • Ladder
  • Buckets or a tarp
  • Trowel or gutter scoop
  • Garden hose
  • Spray nozzle
  • Wire hooks
  • Work gloves or latex gloves
  • Gutter hardware

First thing you’d want to do is place the ladder squarely and safely on the floor. Then place a tarp or buckets underneath for collecting debris. Put on your latex gloves and then your work gloves to keep your hands dry. Afterwards, grab the debris you can clogging the gutters and throw them to the tarp below or place them in a bucket. The next step would be to use the garden hose with the spray nozzle attached to flush any remaining debris in the gutters. If you don’t see the same amount of water is releasing from the drain, it might mean that you have a clog. In this case you’d want to place the hose at full power from the bottom of your gutter to shoot water in the opposite direction.  The last thing would be to check the gutter and see if it is sloped correctly to remove the possibility of standing water.  

Taking these steps will assure that you have a nice clean flow of water when the rain falls. Here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we want to inform you of preventative measures to keep your home from water damage. However, if you do need restoration services from a leader in the industry with nationwide support. Then call us at (707) 588-8226. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No Job is too Big, No Team is Too Small

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

A white tent with a SERVPRO logo in the front and 1-800-SERVPRO on the side. Many SERVPRO trucks on the left. FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

Disasters are unpredictable and can bring in huge losses. However, here at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, no job is too big for us to handle. Recently, we experienced the devastation of the Kincade fire, my duty involved assisting out technicians install air purifiers in huge commercial buildings such as hospitals, retailers, or banks. In one of those jobs I helped in setting up 15 industrial sized purifiers in different floors so that the hospital staff and patients were protected from the harmful air pollutants that were released due to the fires. With a corporate backing, SERVPRO® Industries LLC, we have the resources of 79 Large Loss Teams Nationwide and 1300+ franchises with qualified mitigation and restoration professionals who are, Here to Help®.

Please be safe and if you need any water mitigation or fire damage restoration. Call us at (707) 588-8266. Thank you.

Steps to Avoid Water Damage this Winter

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Top of photo says, "Here to Help" and there is a SERVPRO professional copied 3x holding a flashlight under a crawl space. Here to Help

Winter is coming. And with it, the rainy season begins.

Therefore, it is crucial to take preventative measures to avoid any water damage done to your home. Even in California your pipes can freeze which doesn’t only prevent hot water or any water, but also leaves your pipes vulnerable for rupture which means more damage done to your entire house. How is this prevented?

Check your pipes and keep them insulated by either surrounding them with either foam or any other insulator material. Use electrical tape to wrap the insulator around your pipe. For pipes that are hard to reach, use hot water to run through the pipes which assist in warming up the pipes.

Another preventative measure you can take is by caulking and sealing your windows in your home.

Inspect your home and count the windows that need to be caulked. Having a caulking gun that you can buy at your local hardware store is needed. However, determining what type of caulk you use will determine on your specific home needs. I would recommend asking a professional. Things to consider as well, your timing of the project and the weather conditions. Caulk may take 24 hours to dry and a rainstorm could ruin your progress. Then make sure you clean and remove any old caulk before applying the new caulk. Smooth it out with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon. Then wait for 24 hours and your home becomes better insulated.

Consider how long it has been when someone has inspected your roof.

This is very important and dangerous if not handled carefully. I would advise hiring a professional to inspect and make any necessary changes to keep water from leaking through your roof. Also note the condition your gutter is in. Remove any clutter to allow the proper drainage of water.

There are many more preventative measures but taking these steps will secure your home a little more than just riding the season out.

For any professional restoration services, contact us here at (707) 588-8226.

SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

A SERVPRO Story

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

A black and white photo with a SERVPRO vehicle in the center and a SERVPRO professional with a woman on the right. History of SERVPRO®

History:

The history of SERVPRO® industries LLC begins in 1967 when a couple decided to create a painting business in Sacramento, CA. This couple was Ted and Doris Isaacson and their business would grow and change into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration in 1969. Around this time, they acquired 175 Franchises from the Bristol-Meyers Domesticare Division. The business would continue to grow and now SERVPRO® has been established nationwide consisting of 1,500 franchises. They have also been awarded and ranked #1 consecutively in the Restoration Services category by Entrepreneur Magazine since 2005.

Our Commitment:

With a long history of success in the restoration industry, we at SERVPRO® of Petaluma/Rohnert Park have a responsibility to you guys in the community to do a great job and be a proud representative of the SERVPRO® name.

Contact Us:

Need restoration services? Give us a call and one of our professional team members will help you in the right direction. Phone: (707) 588-8226.

5 Safety Tips for your Fire Escape Plan

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A brown wooden background with five silver bars that make the five symbol in Roman numerals. The Number Five in Roman Numerals

October is Fire Prevention Month and our team at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park have followed these safety tips shared by the National Fire Protection Association through this year’s National Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Please be safe and follow these tips so that you and your family can escape the fire safely.

  1. It is important to know the layout of your home. Make an escape plan by drawing a map that shows all your windows and doors, which could potentially be your exit strategy.

Fact: One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire becomes life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available could be as little as one to two minutes, according to Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

  1. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside can be easily opened.

Fact: A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Make sure to close all doors behind you when exiting a room. Also, check to make sure a door is not hot, that can be an indicator of a fire on the other side.

  1. Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

Fact: Escape planning and practice can help reduce the time to get everyone out. It is best to call the Fire Department when outside your home.

  1. Practice your escape plan during the day and night with everyone in your home at least twice a year using different ways out. Be extra mindful to teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

Fact: While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

  1. If the smoke alarm sounds, your first thought should be to get out. Never go back inside for people or pets.

Fact: Only 8% said that their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out. Smoke inhalation is also very dangerous. If you need to go through smoke, get low and go under the smoke till you reach your way out.

For more information or resources regarding fire, electrical, or related hazards, please feel free to visit the National Fire Protection Association at https://www.nfpa.org/.

Introducing our Esporta iS4000

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

The Esporta Washing Machine in the center of a warehouse. Esporta iS4000

The SERVPRO® tagline used in our national advertising is “Like it never even happened.” As a locally owned franchise here at SERVPRO® of South Petaluma/Rohnert Park we strive to do business this way to ensure your satisfaction. To do this we must invest in technology that helps us as leaders in the restoration industry. That is why I would like to present our Esporta iS4000 Wash System.

Introducing

The Esporta iS4000 is a premium washing machine. It is unlike any tradition commercial washing machine in the market due to its unique patented hydraulic spin system that keeps your items safe during the washing process. This machine has the power to restore items that have been damaged by water. From Category 1-3, which consists of minor unsanitary to the most unsanitary agents including harmful bacteria or fungi. It can even clean damage due to heavy smoke/soot or mold. It can handle even delicate items such as leather and porcelain.

Contact Us!

Do any of your items/contents need to be restored? Call us at (707) 522-8226 and one of our professionals will be happy to help!

Ten Things I Needed During a Power Outage

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

The number ten in big black bold font inside of a yellow circle background. The number 10

The month of October was a time of turmoil and unpredictability. The Kincade fire was spreading at an alarming rate and if it wasn’t for the brave firefighters who came from all over the nation to help, there would have been more destruction than what happened. PG&E took preventative measures by shutting off the power in many counties in the bay area. I live in Marin County and my job is in Sonoma. Both locations underwent a blackout for multiple days. During the outage, there were essential items that I wish I had to make the process easier. This is a list that I have compiled from the least to most importance, so that next time I can be prepared and perhaps you could be too.

10. First Aid Kit: Bottom of the list but still an essential item. Not needed for just a power outage but in general for your safety.

9. Powered Portable Charger(s): I realized that having my phone charged was a necessity at times to receive notifications about the fire and to call family members who are experiencing a power outage as well.

8. Batteries: These guys come in handy for a multitude of reasons. Especially if you want access to any electrical item that could use batteries for a charge or for the next item listed.

7. Flashlight: The Night came quickly and before we all knew it, everything was pitch black. Making it difficult to move around. Having a flashlight (especially LED because they last longer) is an essential item that can save you from falling or hurting yourself.

6. Gas: Many of my family members and co-workers were worried to drive for too long, especially in the traffic due to the evacuees leaving the dangers of the fires. Gas stations were generally closed with the next station being about 40 minutes away. Having a car is needed just in case we need to rush to loved ones or evacuate from the fire ourselves.

5. Cooler: A cooler is a great place to store your refrigerated goods. Most people I know had to throw away their week’s supply of groceries. Not only did it cost a lot of money to replace when the power came back, but we were left without any fresh food. Therefore, having a large cooler would be an important item for the preservation of food. Of course, this would only work with the next item on my list.

4. Manual Can opener: A can opener is an important tool to open cans storing unperishable foods. This is a lifesaver and keeps you from having to buy food out in neighboring counties where the lines were incredibly long in some cases. Save yourself the drive and the money.

3. Ice: Everything else on the list are items that you can buy and store until you need them. However, Ice is trickier because it doesn’t last long unless you take up space with a bagful in your freezer. Therefore, when an outage occurs this may be not only the most important item to have but also the most difficult to acquire. For example, I was in the city of San Francisco which is 40 minutes away without traffic and even in the stores in the city was it hard to find ice. Most stores were emptied out because the millions of people knew of the value ice had during this time. This is the most difficult to have but if you have a chance to buy some while an outage is announced by PG&E, my advice is to go buy some asap.

2. Canned or unperishable foods: Just in case you do not have access to a cooler or some ice. Having canned foods or snacks like bars, nuts, or candy could go a long way in keeping you sustained for a while. We didn’t know how long the power was going to be out, but we might as well not go hungry in the process.

1. Bottled Water: We need water to survive and this was an item that was not rare to find like ice but was still highly sought after during the power outage. Preferably not in plastic containers but if presented with an emergency, then it is better to have access to this resource more than any other item on this list and why I have it as my number one choice.

Again, thank you to the first responders and be safe everyone.

Windsor's Happy Halloween Day! Nov. 09, 2019

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Setting is a front porch. A woman wearing a mask holding a basket of candy for a little girl in a red costume. Happy Halloween Sonoma County!

The Kincade fires may have ruined Halloween Day for the evacuees in the Sonoma County area. But these spirits are unbroken. Check out the holiday event named, “Halloween Take 2!” Brought to you by the residents of Windsor, CA. Take your family and friends to enjoy a night full of tricks and treating around the streets of downtown. If there is a porch light lit, then the residents are open to trick or treaters. Some of us at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will be out there tomorrow evening with our children to have them enjoy the holiday that was taken from them due to the recent fire. Thank you to all local, statewide, and out of state fire departments for protecting us by containing the fire.

Be safe and Happy Halloween! 

Thank You to Our First Responders!

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

This is an extremely stressful time. Once again, we are experiencing the horror of a massive fire. The Kincade fire began its destruction five days ago and has expanded to 75,000 acres of land. We are fortunate and thankful to the Firefighters and other first responder teams who have been working tirelessly to contain the fire and keep us from harms way. Their efforts have prevented fatalities as of this moment. Preparation has also come with a cost however I live in Marin County and the majority of us have had our power shut off for four days now without any notification as to when the power may turn on. PG&E is working to restore the power by monitoring the wind patterns to see if we may be at risk by faulty power lines. Without power our food storage was the first thing to go. Ice was scarce and many people that relied on refrigeration have had to eat out. Businesses outside of Marin have been busy with people, locals and evacuees from Geyserville and Windsor. Businesses have also had to shut down due to the lack of power leaving those without work as well.

We are being kept in the dark and we can only hope that this fire is extinguished as soon and safely as possible. When this happens, we will need to restore and rebuild what we lost. If you need assistance during that process of getting back into everyday life, then contact a professional here at SERVPRO of Rohnert Park/Cotati and we will be glad to help. Until then, take care, be safe, and avoid be well.  

Tel: (707) 588-8226

How You Can Help Us Provide Better Service

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Two men steam cleaning a dirty carpet with the tagline, We'll make it, "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO Tagline

At SERVPRO of Rohnert Park/Petaluma our goals are to provide excellent service to our customers and to build up our reputation as knowledgeable experts in the field of Restoration/Mitigation. Our team consists of local-residents who want the best for their communities. We understand that needing an emergency restoration service means going through an unfortunate experience. However, we want you to take comfort in knowing that we have your best interests in mind. Therefore, we are open to hearing your thoughts and/or concerns. We are committed to leaving a positive impact and are not satisfied with our work until we restore the damage done to your property to make it look like it never happened.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone: (707) 588-8226 or by our social media pages (links below).

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Main Causes of Home Water Damage

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Insurance companies report that approximately 93 percent of water damage claims last year could have been prevented by simple home maintenance or the use of a standard shut-off system or leak detection system. With most flood damage claims costing an average of $5,000 in repairs, it's extremely beneficial for homeowners to understand and easily identify possible threats that might lead to water damage.

Rain

According to insurance companies, rain damage makes up for 8 percent of all water damage claims. Even small amounts of rain, over time, can wear down at your home and cause eventual damage to your home's foundation or interior. Extreme weather conditions such as floods can also cause major damage to homes, especially without the proper protection. Flood damages lead to especially dangerous amounts of standing water, which can house harmful bacteria and pathogens that often lead to illness.

Plumbing Incidents

Many plumbing problems such as burst pipes and pipe leaks occur within walls and can be very difficult to detect. Left undetected for long periods of time, these plumbing problems can cause severe water damage. Leaky and burst pipes are the most common culprits of flood damage, often resulting from backed up drains and toilets. Experts suggest regular inspections of your pipes in order to catch potential problems and make necessary repairs before any real damage occurs.

Household Appliances

Older and malfunctioning appliances can wreak havoc on a home's internal water systems. Weak hoses and rusted or cracked pipes can lead to future leaks and water accumulation. Homes most frequently experience damage from damaged or aged washing machines and hot water tanks; however, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters can also become more and more susceptible to damage over time. Fixing or replacing older models can prevent future leaks and water damage.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation Systems

Most homeowners don't realize that their heating and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. Without proper attention, these units can see severe moisture buildups which can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew deposits. To prevent these issues, schedule regular maintenance with a professional to catch possible damage. Replacing old fixtures may be necessary in the long run to prevent moisture buildups and, ultimately, water damage.

How to Prevent Water Damage

While some water disasters occur as a result of unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances, most H2O damage can be prevented through regular home inspections and the periodic maintenance of household products. Homeowners can also install a shut-off system or leak detection system to catch leaks and shut off your water main automatically in the case of a hazardous leak. Investments in smaller repairs and other preventative measures can end up saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you need professional help, call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert park today 707-588-8226.


Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Allison_Caldwell/2061254

Protect your family and home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

House fire is a scary situation. It is a disaster that no one ever wants to experience in their life. As a fire restoration and cleaning company, what we come to realize is, many fires originate from the dryer. Here are some ways that you can prevent dryer fire from destroying your home.

  1. Always clean your lent screen before pushing the start button.
  2. Regularly clean your vent hose and make sure to check that they are in good shape. Try to keep the vent hose as short as possible to avoid clogging.
  3. Clean the vent line regularly to prevent clogging. If you are not able to clean the vent yourself, call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. We have professionals who can quickly remove and restore your vent line.
  4. Keep the area around and behind your dryer clean and away from any material that can cause a fire.
  5. Regularly clean the lint inside of the dryer. Some dryers today may be more difficult to clean in which you'll need a technician help.
  6. If you have a gas dryer, make sure you check your gas line periodically. When in doubt, replace the gas line.

If you need professional assistance in cleaning out your vent line, call us today at 707-588-8226. We are "Here to Help".

Essential Safety Tips When Grilling

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Outdoor grilling is such a popular method of cooking these days that it is easy to forget that outdoor grills can be very dangerous. In this article I am going to cover some essential safety tips that when followed, will keep you and your family safe during the grilling season.

  • Check Your Grill - This is especially important if your grill has not been used for some time. It is important to check your grill for wear and damage, this applies to both gas grills and charcoal grills. If you have a gas grill then remember to check that the rubber gas hose that connects to your gas cylinder is in good condition.
  • Grill Positioning - Place your grill on a solid, level surface, well away from any flammable material and ideally a good 3 meters from any structure.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended. - The Fire can quickly and easily rage out of control, and remember that charcoal can burn at very high temperatures.
  • Never allow children or pets to play or run around your grilling area. A knocked over grill can cause severe burn injuries.
  • Never use any kind of accelerant to assist in the lighting of your grill. If you have a gas grill and it does not have an automatic ignition system, then a long handled butane lighter is ideal. If you have a charcoal grill then why not try a chimney starter for ease of lighting.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing that is likely to dangle into the fire and catch light. A pair of heat resistant grilling gloves or mitts are a great way of protecting your hands and lower arms.
  • Use long handled grilling tools whilst cooking. This will allow you to reach all areas of the grill without burning your hands. Try and avoid tools made of nylon and other materials that could easily melt.
  • Invest in a grilling thermometer. This will ensure your meat and poultry are cooked right through.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or a spray bottle of water close to hand. A grill fire can quickly get out of hand - especially when using a charcoal grill. If food drips too much fat and juice onto the fire this can result in a flare up. Usually water from a spray bottle is sufficient to reduce a flare up.
  • Make sure all plates, boards, knives and other utensils that have come into contact with raw fish, meat or poultry are washed properly.
  • When you have finished grilling, ensure the grill is fully cooled before moving it. If you have a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are completely cooled before you empty them


Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Rachel_Wade/649494 

Flood Damage Prevention

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Anywhere it rains heavy for long periods of time, levees break, drainage systems are clogged or old and where there are hurricanes and tropical storms, flooding can result. Floods can happen anywhere and to any property. There are preparations that can help minimize the potential flood damage and speed up the damage recovery after a flood.

The first thing that needs to be done is to get flood insurance. After that, there are other preparations and preventive actions that you can do to lessen the losses in the home. Creating a file (flood file) with information on all of your possessions will help you and the insurance company if there is any flood damage. The insurance company can process the claim faster and you can get on with the damage recovery process. This "flood file" should contain; a copy of the insurance policy with the companies phone number and any other important documents. It should also have a room by room inventory sheet of all your possessions. Photographs and video would also greatly help with the documentation. Make sure the "flood file" is kept in a secure waterproof container.

As with any prevention process there are preventive actions that can be done around the house to prepare your home for a potential flood. If you have a sump pump ensure it is in working condition. Clean leaves and debris from downspouts and gutters. Make sure (especially if you are in a high risk zone) that the washer and dryer, furnace and water heater are on cement blocks. They should be at least one foot above the elevated flood projection. Also, the electrical components need to be at least a foot above the elevated flood projection.

Developing a family emergency plan is also a great idea to help prepare for the possibility of a potential flood. Prepare a safety kit with drinking water, blankets, first aid kit, batteries, flashlight and a radio. Plan and practice your family flood evacuation routes and safe routes when on the road. Everyone in the home needs to know emergency phone numbers and have an out of state emergency family contact. If you have pets, they have to be considered too.

Educating yourself on flooding and flood risks will give you an idea of what kind of flood insurance you will need, the extent of flood preparations that need to be done to your home and a better understanding of flood areas. Flood maps of all areas are made to show the high risk, moderate-to-low risk and the undetermined risk flood areas. High risk flood areas are most likely to flood with the right conditions. All this information will help you prepare, plan and make informed decisions on flood damage prevention and safety.

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When Water Damage Strikes

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, we specialize in water damage restoration. If you have recently experienced a water damage loss due to a recent storm or flood, we can help. We understand the stress that comes when your home or business has been affected by a flood or storm.

Here is some top reason why you should choose SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to restore your property when tragedies strike your home or business.

Prevent further structural damage or mold

  • We have a 24-hour emergency service that allows us to respond to your needs immediately.
  • Immediate action can prevent mold

We have the right tools

  • Specialize equipment to get the job done
  • Experience technicians

Fixing water damages yourself can be dangerous and time consuming

  • Please remember that water damages should be left to professionals. Without the proper tools and expertise, you can hurt yourself or someone else.
  • We can have our professional water damage experts to clean and restore you home, so you can rest at ease.
  • Our crews can have the job done quickly.

Prevent water damages to your home and belonging

  • Avoid permanent damage by contacting us right away
  • Procrastination can cost you a lot of money

Get rid of bad odors

  • Our reliable team of experts can eliminate the bad odors from your property
  • We can deodorize your home to ensure it smells clean and fresh

Call Today -SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 707-588-8226

If water damages are not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

5 Important Summer Grilling Safety Tips

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is around the corner and many people are anxiously ready for planning to cook outdoors. However, while grilling and hosting barbecue parties can be a lot of fun, it's important to make sure you follow a few safety guidelines to ensure that you and your guests have the best possible experience. The worst thing that could happen during your picnic would be if someone needed to go to the emergency room or the fire department has to be called!

Here are 5 very important summer grilling tips to follow to ensure the safety of you and your guests:

1. Grill From a Distance: Grilling too close to houses, decks, fences, bushes, or trees can greatly increase your risk of a fire while cooking outside. A minimum safe distance should be 5 feet, with 10 feet or more recommended. When you are making foods such as hamburgers or steaks that can drip grease and fat it can cause many flames to shoot up from the grill. You will also want to make sure there are no nearby flammable objects or materials, such as extra propane tanks or aerosol cans. You should never grill indoors or in a garage or covered porch area as this can also be a fire risk. The only things that should be nearby are your cooking necessities and a fire extinguisher!

2. Keep Kids and Pets Safe: A hot grill can be very dangerous to children and animals, especially since they may not realize that it can potentially burn them. Keep kids and pets as far away from the grill as possible and have another adult keep them occupied during cooking to make sure they don't accidentally bump into the grill.

3. Protect Your Body: It is very easy for grease to splatter when cooking, and anytime you are working near a hot surface you will want to make sure that you take precautions to minimize your risk for burns. Using special matches or lighters for your grill, long handled tongs, and heat resistant oven mitts will all help your skin stay safe while barbecuing outside. Make sure your clothes are not too loose also - hanging sleeves or a baggy shirt could easily catch on fire inadvertently.

4. Never Leave the Grill Unattended: It only takes a minute away from your grilling station for something to go terribly wrong. Never when cooking outdoors leave the area. Make sure before you start that you have everything you need including the food, dishes, utensils, seasonings, and maybe even a drink for yourself while you are working.

5. Follow the Manufacturer Recommendations: Different models will have different features and specifications. Be sure that you completely understand the user manual and directions and follow any other additional safety information that comes with your equipment. You should also make sure that you perform regular cleaning and maintenance. Inspect the parts and pieces before use for leaks if using gas or propane and if necessary call a licensed person to repair.

Following these simple safety tips will help prevent injury to you, your guests, or your property. Taking just a few minutes to do these things can reduce your risk and make sure that your barbecue party is a safe and enjoyable one!

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5 Good Reasons For Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Office

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

It is common sense that most people go for a certain service or product if they find it more useful than other similar available. It is all about better options. It is true for commercial cleaning services also. With the changing times, businesses have changed and so have the customer expectations. Now people expect more quality service, value added products. Keeping this in mind, we will be discussing how commercial cleaning services could benefit over other available options.

Here are a few reasons that will help you understand how commercial cleaning services are the better option when it comes to a clean and hygienic work place.

Better, faster Cleaning Services

Though faster is not always better, but in this particular case it actually is. Office premises vary in area and a single business could extend to more than one building and floors. What these companies excel in is the art of cleaning a premise comprehensively at a professional pace. That does not mean that just to do the jobs in standard predefined timings they would overlook the nooks and corners or do a less than thorough job. The manage it by using high tech cleaning equipment covering more area in lesser time, and by training their staff to make maximum use of their time and technology.

Competition among rival cleaning services

One good thing that has happened in the recent times is that due to the highly competitive prevailing market conditions the benefit of the resulting higher cleaning standards has gone in favor of the customer. Now you have the option of getting better quality services at highly competitive prices.

Use as you choose - Flexible working schedule

As an option against hiring your own cleaning crew, outsourcing such work to a professional service provider gives you the benefit of selecting your own cleaning frequency. Every organization has its own preference and requirement for getting the office premises cleaned. If you are a small or a medium sized business concern you may not require a daily cleaning and hence could go for a biweekly cleaning schedule or may if you feel once a week cleanup is good enough for you, you could make arrangements with the cleaning company for the cleaning work to be done like that.

After hours cleaning services

The biggest advantage of hiring a professional cleaning company is that you can have the work done after or before your office working time. What this means is that you get a clean work place less the hassles of your staff being disturbed during the work hours. However, you could arrange to have mixed services such as off time cleaning and minimal presence of the cleaning crew during work hours just to take care of the odd spill.

Value added services

Like any other business, some of these commercial cleaning services have added more diversity to their mainstream cleaning business. They are now offer value added services such as water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, sanitizing, and pest control and so on...



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Protect Your Home and Personal Property From Lightning Storms

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

With spring, comes lightning storms. Many people enjoy watching as they illuminate the dark night. Mother Nature puts on a beautiful show as the lightning bolts streak across the sky, sometimes flashing for what seems to be an eternity.

The not-so-beautiful part of spring storms is that they cause more property loss in any given year than floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined! Lightning is a discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere and flashes from one cloud to another. Therefore, the first thing most people think of when lightning is present is the chance for a fire.

Though lightning storms can happen any season - any month, for that matter - storm season is June through August. Early spring comes in as a close second for active, damaging lightning storms. July has the highest number of lightning fires; 41% strike residential and other structures.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 17,400 fires are caused by lightning on an annual basis, resulting in a total of $138 million in property damage. The dollar loss per fire is almost double that of other fires.

PROTECTION

The first thing you might think of is a lightning rod. Though many think they attract lightning, what they really do is provide a safe path for the electricity to follow to the ground.

In addition to the structure, you must also protect the personal property inside. Electrical surges often occur and can damage TVs, computers and other electronics. A surge protector installed at the main electrical panel and also at the outlets will often prevent sudden spikes in electrical current, which could have resulted in "fried" electronics.

RECOVERY

Review your insurance policy with your agent to make sure you have sufficient coverage on your home and the personal property inside.

Also, create an inventory of all the personal property you own (personal property is described as all items that will fall out of a building when turned upside down and shaken). Insurance companies will require this list when you file a claim for the loss. They will ask for each item you want replaced, what you paid for it, when you purchased it and who the manufacturer was. They will also request model numbers and serial numbers for appliances, electronics, power tools, etc.

Proper insurance and a personal property inventory - together, these will enable you to recover financially if a lightning storm results in a fire that damages or destroys your home or business. You'll not only have your inventory to file the insurance claim quickly, this will lessen the stress while it maximizes your settlement.



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Commercial Restoration Cleaning

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration cleaning is a special type of cleaning service that is offered to buildings that have been damaged by water, fire, or some sort of national disaster. It takes a lot of knowledge and expertise to be done right, and it is important to use after the event of a disaster has occurred. No matter how much damage or how much mess is left after a fire or flood, things can be salvaged and the building or home can be cleaned. Here is more information on this type of cleaning service:

One way to use commercial restoration cleaning is to have all of your carpet professionally dried, shampooed, and vacuumed. This will either salvage the carpet that has been damaged or dirtied, or it will make the decision to replace the flooring altogether more apparent. Any type of cloth or upholstered surface can be cleaned during this process. All of the right methods and products will be used and you can count on the fact that everything will be done in order to make your carpet look like new.

Another example of this type of service is removing any type of foul odor from a home or building. No matter what caused the odor, or how potent it is, there is always a way to clean it and get rid of it. No one likes to be at home or at a commercial property while putting up with an unbearable smell. You can also have your place of business or home completely disinfected from any type of chemical or bacteria. It takes real professionals to go in and make a building safe again in the event of an accident or emergency. This keeps the place healthy and everyone that goes inside healthy and free of harmful bacteria.

If your home has been severely flooded or burnt, the best thing to do is to call in this type of restoration cleaning service as soon as possible. The longer you wait the worst the damage becomes. As soon as you get the company in to inspect your home and to start cleaning it, you will then be able to see what is salvageable and what isn't. This also makes your case with your insurance company much easier to go through.

In any type of event that takes a real commercial grade cleaning company that specializes in restoration you should not hesitate to call and get a quote.



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Storm Damage: Tips to Making It Through a Storm

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

We have been having some major storms lately. Tornadoes, hurricanes and torrential rains have been wreaking havoc throughout the United States. It is important to be as prepared as possible if a storm is coming your way. This means different things depending on the areas in which you live. Also, storm damage varies from location to location. Weather extremes make storm damage nearly impossible to predict. Lightning, wind, ice, floods, rain, extreme cold and heat can cause all types of damage to your home.

When a storm hits it is best to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you maximize safety and minimize the inconvenience storms and storm damage can bring to your life.

1) Have flashlights with spare batteries in a location that is easy to access. Avoid candles if at all possible. It is easier than many homeowners think to leave a candle lit and have fire ravage through your house. Storm damage creates a mess but fire damage creates an environment where the effects are long lasting.

2) Purchase extra bottled water and canned foods. This will create less havoc for you encase of a long lasting power outage. It is important that you have extra water to cook with as well as to drink.

3) Use surge protectors on all major appliances. They will help eliminate the surge from entering these valuable pieces of equipment rendering them useless. If you do not have surge protection and you have fair warning a storm is headed your way unplug all major appliances and electronics.

4) Make sure you have a battery operated radio. It should be on and tuned in to a local station for regular updates.

5) If you go out after a storm has hit you area make sure to avoid down power lines. They are still full of energy and will shock you.

6) If your lights blow during a storm double check your fuse breaker box make sure that you have not just blown the fuses by asking neighbors if their power is out also. If it is the power call the electric company to make sure they are aware of the outage.

7) It is important if your power is out to conserve the energy left in your freezer and refrigerator. You can do this by limiting the times you open and close them. Dry ice is also available for purchase at local groceries if you are able to get out.

8) Of course if the power outage comes at a time of extreme cold you can store food in a cooler outside.

9) In cold weather you will want to make sure that you leave the water dripping to avoid pipes from freezing.

10) Warm clothes should be worn. Use caution with fireplaces and never use flammable liquids to start a fire. It is also important that you never use a gas stove to heat your home. This practice is unsafe and can result in more damage.

11) It is important that if storm damage occurs and you are without power that you use care and caution in running generators.

It is important to note that after a storm you should immediately restock your emergency supplies. It is likely that the season of storms is upon you and that it won't be the last one through your area. Storm damage cannot be prevented but it can be managed. Your reaction in the situation will likely determine how well you cope with the difficulties that come along with the aftermath of storm damage



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Include Your Pets in Your Fire Safety Plans

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our pets are part of our family. Some consider their dogs and cats to be children. They provide companionship and add joy to our lives. It is not something we like to think about, but keeping our pets safe during a fire or natural disaster is something we must prepare for. A home fire is the most top of mind event we can prepare for through prevention and safety awareness. In fact, fire kills more people in the US than all natural disasters combined with over 1.6 million fires in 2007. However, there are many other emergencies that can separate pets from their owners, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. It is important to keep our pets and families safe by being prepared.

Fires can occur through a variety of causes including candles, natural disasters, lightening, smoking, Christmas trees, electrical, gas leaks, fireworks, space heaters, arson etc. However the top causes for home fires (38%) are from cooking and heating accidents, according to the USFA. In fact, December, January and February are top months due to colder weather. In the spring and summer months, lightening fires are more prevalent.

According to the NFPA, a home fire is reported every 79 seconds to a fire department and 4 out of every 5 fire deaths result from home fires. Only 25% of home fires occur at night, so many occur during the day when you are not home with your pets.

Some things to prevent and prepare your home and pets from fire and natural disasters:

  • Install and frequently check smoke alarms, chimneys, grills, etc.
  • Keep pets away from candles, grills, open flames, etc and never leave a home and pet unattended with an open flame. Keep flammable items such as dishtowels and oven mitts away from what you are cooking.
  • Make sure neighbors know you and your pets, and that they have an emergency number for you and your vet's number. If you feel comfortable, give them a key and your alarm code.
  • Have a plan. Decide in advance how your family will handle a fire or disaster and review often, including how to handle the pets. This includes having a plan for animals that are in crates or confined to a room while you are away.
  • Have a doggie or kitty door installed.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit and include pet items such as food or medication, vaccination records, leashes and a favorite toy to comfort your pet.
  • Make sure your animals wear ID tags and/or are micro chipped in case they get separated from your family or get spooked and separated from your home.

Keeping your furry friends happy and healthy by including them in your fire safety plans. More safety and prevention tips can be found online at the NFPA and the AKC.

Sources: USFA, NFPA, AKC, NFPA 2007 Fire statistics



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Home Fire Safety Plan For Kids

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fires don't occur often in homes, thankfully, but when they do, everyone must know what to do. There won't be time to check a manual or read a book. The family must know immediately what to do and do it! To make that happen, there must be a fire safety plan in place, and the family must have rehearsed it.

The Fire Safety Plan

The plan itself should provide for two ways out of the house. This isn't too difficult when everyone's on the ground floor, but a second story is a little different. Remember that a fire or smoke may block the only stairway. Buy and install an emergency ladder with metal steps. Secured beneath a window, it can easily be lowered out of that window so that family members can climb to the ground. Once on the ground, children and adults alike should move to a designated meeting point that is safely away from the burning house. This allows parents and fire fighters to determine who is safe and who still needs assistance. It's important to get to the meeting point because we definitely don't want a fire fighter to risk his or her life by entering a burning home when it's not necessary.

Special Fire Safety Precautions

If you or a child are in a room behind a closed door, be sure to touch the door knob quickly before leaving the room. If the knob is hot, there is fire or hot smoke and gases in the hallway. Rather than entering a hall full of fire, plug the crack at the base of the door with a towel or piece of clothing to keep the smoke confined to the hallway. Then, hang a bed sheet or towel out of the window to let the fire department know that you need help.

Long before an emergency ever occurs, smoke detectors should be installed throughout the house. This is especially important on sleeping floors. When a child is lost in a home fire, it is usually because there were no working smoke detectors in the structure and the child slept through the developing fire. In order to depend upon them, fire detectors must be tested monthly and the batteries must be changed every six months. Let kids hear the alarm so they know it and will react to it. Change batteries when daylight savings time makes its changes.

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Provide a second one in the garage. Check each one monthly to ensure it has pressure, and have them serviced each year. This ensures the unit will be ready to perform when you need it. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher and then show everyone else in the family how to use it. While you are desperately trying to put out that nasty grease fire on the stove is no time to learn to use an extinguisher.

Place plenty of flashlights, usually one for each bedroom, and spare batteries throughout the house. If the house begins to fill with smoke or there is a power outage in the middle of the night, each child is able to find their way out. Likewise, each bedroom and the kitchen should have emergency numbers posted, especially 911. Arrange to take your kids to the local fire station so that they can meet a real fire fighter. This will help to reduce the "scary image" created by a fire fighter in full fire fighting gear in a dark, smoke-filled hallway.

Child Fire Safety Exiting Plans

As cold-hearted as it sounds, encourage kids to get out of the house immediately without looking for family pets. To search through a smoke-filled house or apartment to find a dog or a cat can put a child at serious risk. Animals often find their way out, and more than one pet has been saved by a fire fighter.

Teach children to crawl out of a smoke-filled room or hallway. Hot smoke and gases rise to the ceiling, so the available oxygen is near the floor. If a child's clothing catches on fire, as it might in a cooking fire, teach your family to stop, drop and roll. This reduces the oxygen available to the burning clothing and puts out the fire.

Ensure every family member makes it out safely by developing and practicing a home fire safety plan. Provide two exits for every room and make sure kids know how to use them as well as fire extinguishers, emergency telephone numbers and flashlights. Check smoke alarms monthly. Teach everyone to stop, drop and roll in order to put out a clothing fire.

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Choose SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing the right company if you have experienced a water, fire, or mold damage can be one of the most important choices you make. After helping many disaster victims, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the expertise, facilities, and equipment to help you resolve your emergency fast. Our team of professional technicians is  trained to help you get your property back to its original state as soon as possible.

As the trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency help and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

 Call us 24/7 at (707) 665-0822

Emergency Response Matters

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. The first step to reopening your doors is just a telephone call away.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals are available 24-hours a day and have the expertise, training, and equipment required to put you back in business. Our technicians are highly trained and are ready for dispatch to restore your business.

Whether you need your business cleaned up or dried out, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Professional will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 707-588-8226.

Expertise Matters

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

After a loss or damage, we understand you don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your home. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your expertise, call us. Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make your home look it's very best.

We have highly trained technicians ready to restore the damages to your home, so you can rest at ease. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will get the job done right and get it done quickly because the SERVPRO Advantage includes:

  • Award-winning training
  • 40 years' experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products 

For a prompt response, quality cleaning and restoration, give us a call today at 707-588-8226, and leave the dirty work to us.

No Job Is Too Large for SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any sized disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and manage to cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Church
  • Retail Stores
  • Winery
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Resorts

Our elite large-loss specialists are standing by, prepared for immediate response should a disaster strike. If your business suffers a major loss, call (707) 588-8226, and we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Can Help Your Business Prepare For The Worst

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Most companies protect their personnel and computer data from an emergency, but what about getting the facility back in business? SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides a plan to get back to work when you're most prepared to plan... before the crisis occurs.

Should the unimaginable happen and a natural disaster strikes your business, it may be too late to effectively manage your recovery. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Professional can help you prepare an emergency response plan today.

We encourage our business customers to learn how to best protect their business for all types of emergency situations. Contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park at (707 588-8226 for free resources, including:

  • Disaster preparedness plan assistance
  • Family and business communication plans
  • Home and workplace emergency contact cards
  • Emergency supply checklists

With just a little bit of time and minimal effort, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help prepare and protect your employees and customers should an emergency occur. Don’t wait until it is too late—prepare now for what you can’t prevent.

Life Happens, But We’re Here For You When You Need Us

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. You handle much of the maintenance of your home, but when it gets to be too much, you can rely on your local SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Professionals. We specialize in cleaning and restoration and have highly trained technicians to help you manage and restore your home.

Some of the many services we provide are:

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Plumbing
  • Tree Removal
  • Sewage and Gutter
  • Contents Disposal
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Paint
  • Debris Removal
  • Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our expertise can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (707) 588-8226 to schedule an appointment.

Some SERVPRO tips to help your business prevent water damages

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage happens a lot because of rainfalls and storms but it can also occur because of leaks and other situations. here are some tips we at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Park want to give your company so you can be prepared.

First and most important, water spreads quickly so always have our number ready in case of emergency

 SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

another good thing to do is installing water detection devices: A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects slow leaks that often go unnoticed and also low moisture levels. you should install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets.

It's also a good idea to know the location of your water main, and shut it off as fast as you find a leak.

Commercial Mold Remediation

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

Fire Cleanup and Restoration to a Commercial Building

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced fire damage like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Got Storm Damage? We Can Help

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (707) 588-8226.  We are always Here to Help!

It's Possible to Prevent Water Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing your home for storm damage is important. we at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park  have some tips and will focus on Hail damage and thunderstorm winds.

Not only cars suffer from hail causing dents, After a hail storm, make sure no water is leaking through the roof because hail damage can weaken a roof to the point that leaks develop

thunderstorm winds can also cause significant damage: make sure you don't have loose objects in the yard. they can be thrown at the house and cause damage. significant damage is also caused by fallen tree branches so try to keep the trees close to your home pruned and the branches removed. cars in the garage may be a good idea too, nobody wants dents right? 

We hope you never go through an emergency but if it happens call us.

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park  (707) 588-8226

Ways to Help Prevent Wind Damage to Your Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home.  Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  It can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house. 

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. 

It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.   These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.  Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof damage can be reduced during the construction phase when the roof deck and the shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will firmly anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material must be properly fastened to the deck. Weakly connected shingles will lift easily from the deck.

Siding damage can be reduced at the construction phase as well. Properly fastened siding is less likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger and more storm resistant structure.

 Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of the structure being damaged.

Mitigating Damage after a Storm

Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that can be quickly cut to size and nailed over the opening.

Keep your personal safety in mind and attempt such a closure yourself only if it can be done with little or no risk. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. A tree on a structure is a very serious personal and structural safety issue. A tree may look as if it will not shift position. But it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. A fallen tree may also mask other very serious safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be live and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm, it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

Don't let Mold be a Problem This Winter in Your Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't leave wet items lying around the house, mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. It's always a good idea to make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower and don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly.

The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control. Indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent is recommended. Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see so make sure control it so you don't have problems.

BUT IF you happen to have mold in you house. Call SERVPRO Petaluma/Rohnert Park on (707) 588-8226

We have all the tools to make you free from mold.

It's Possible to Prevent Water Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing your home for storm damage is important. we at SERVPRO of Napa County have some tips and will focus on Hail damage and thunderstorm winds.

Not only cars suffer from hail causing dents, After a hail storm, make sure no water is leaking through the roof because hail damage can weaken a roof to the point that leaks develop

thunderstorm winds can also cause significant damage: make sure you don't have loose objects in the yard. they can be thrown at the house and cause damage. significant damage is also caused by fallen tree branches so try to keep the trees close to your home pruned and the branches removed. cars in the garage may be a good idea too, nobody wants dents right? 

We hope you never go through an emergency but if it happens call us.

SERVPRO of Napa County (707) 226-2181

Recognize Signs of Mold in Your Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like that of a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for mold remediation services.

Remember significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours.  You might notice a strong, musty odor, this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible but the odor can help identify it.  Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call at: 

(707) 588-8226

The Dangers of a Flash Flood

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flash floods can occur after a heavy rainfall and it takes minutes for the water to damage houses, roads, cars or anything that it can touch. It can be very dangerous because of the volume and speed associated with rocks and other debris the water brings. but don't worry, here are some tips us at SERVPRO Petaluma/Rohnert Park are glad to provide you with.

Counties usually have a planning department that can first help you find out if your home is located in a Flash flood zone.

Have an evacuation plan and practice it with your family. There's a high chance that you community has an emergency plan and it shouldn't be hard to find it so you can be in the same page as your community.

after securing that you and your family is safe next step is calling SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

and leave heavy job for us.

When Water Damage Occur at your Commercial Building

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike at a commercial building at any time. Whether it's flooding, burst pipes or faucet leaks, water damage is one of the most common and destructive problems you can face in your business.  If not taken care of immediately, excess water in your business can promote electrical hazards, cause expensive damage to your business's structure and can even lead to the growth of hazardous mold.

If you are experiencing water damage emergency situation, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call.  Our experienced technicians are ready to restore your property to pre-water damage condition.   They can quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your property is dry.  

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

Mold around the house and tips on controlling it

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

We care about your home too much to let it go full of mold. That's why SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park brought you tips to controlling and preventing growth of undesirable mold.

In the kitchen:

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary.
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.

In basements and crawl spaces:

  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

In the laundry room:

  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.

In bathrooms:

  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
  • Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Open a window when showering.
  • Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

Content Source:

https://www.webmd.com/women/mold-mildew#3

What not to do when you have water damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes when we have a water damage situation going we want to do something in order to minimize losses. Check our other posts for more information on how to prevent and act fast. We also know it's very important to know what not to do and that's why we are bringing you this list:

  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove standing water.
  • Do not leave furniture directly on wet carpeting.
  • Do not begin to repair or repaint any damage surfaces until they are completely
    dry.
  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.

We also want to remind you that we are here to help. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Spotting Water Damage

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Some times it's the water you don't see that causes most of the damage. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park knows it and because we care about you we brought information on how to see signs of water damage in your basement of foundation. Evidence of water damage isn’t always obvious and sometimes it’s not even visible so make sure you pay attention to these signs:

  • CHANGES IN COLOR/TEXTURE OF SURFACES -  Both walls and floors can show signs of water damage.
  • CRACKING – This will usually occur in the foundation and/or floor and can happen both inside and outside the home.
  • ODOR – While basements and crawl spaces usually have a certain smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a water problem. Pay attention to a strong damp, musty odor that doesn’t go away (even after a storm or wet weather). In most cases, it is mold or mildew that you smell, which means you’ve got moisture or water damage on your hands.
  • MOLD – If you can’t spot mold, you can sometimes smell it, so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to distinctive odors in the basement. Mold will appear on furniture, wood and other organic materials, walls and other surfaces either as dark green or black in color or sometimes a white powdery substance.

Content Source: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/flood/how-to-spot-water-damage-in-your-basement-or-foundation/115005754828

Preventing Water Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is always here to help with you have water damage in your home or business but we also  strongly believe in prevention. Water can damage important things and make you lose valued items we nobody wants that. that's why we are bringing you some tips to help you be safe from water damage:

  • Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

  • Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

  • Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.

Facts about Holidays fire

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Holidays are here and the U.S Fire Administration has some facts we at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park find really import to share:

  • One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires.

Content Source:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/holiday.html

Causes for Mold in homes

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms that grow but in order for it to grow it needs some conditions and we at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park want you to be aware of it:

  • Mold spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

Your home has almost all the conditions for mold to grow, the only one of the list you can help control is moisture. In other words, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

Content Source:

https://moldpedia.com/what-causes-mold-grow

Scenarios where mold can grow in your home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Last blog post we talked a little bit about the conditions mold needs to grow. If you haven't seen it yet you can click right here and check "Causes for mold in homes".

In this post we are going to be focusing on Scenarios where the factor Moisture is found and may be key for a mold problem:

  • Leaking Pipes
  • Leaks in Roof
  • Condensation
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Wet Clothes
  • Flooding
  • Damp Basement
  • Water at the House's Foundation

If you have any of these situations above, don't hesitate to call us. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs

How to Prevent Mold issues

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is here and we at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park care about your home. here are some tips to prevent mold issues:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.

If you want to know more about how to prevent Mold issues at your home you can go Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Content Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

Is Cooking Dangerous?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

The answer is NO! But cooking is the number 1 cause of fires in homes.

We all love a good meal and with the Holidays coming we hope you all have great meals coming out safe of your kitchens. We brought you information about how to be even safer.

First most fires in the kitchen are man-made, so keep an eye while in the kitchen. here are some safety tips:

House fires happen most during dinner hours—between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

  • For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher (class B) or baking soda. Do not use water! It will spread the oil/grease and make your fire worse.
  • Never leave your food unattended. Fires only need 30 seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze, so even going to the bathroom could endanger your home.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces. For instance, don’t throw a dish towel on top of the stove, because it could still be hot!
  • Don’t wear baggy clothing. It could catch fire accidentally.
  • Keep the grill at least 10 feet from vegetation and the house.

And remember, we at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park are here to help in case of emergency to make it "Like it never even happened."

Content source: 

https://www.safewise.com/blog/the-most-common-places-that-fires-occur-in-the-home/

America's next eclipse is in 2024

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you weren't able to see one of the most anticipated and unifying events this country has witnessed in nearly a hundred years, don't worry. You won't have to wait an entire century until the next one -- just seven years. Another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024.

Although the last eclipse was peaking over two minutes in the path of totality, the 2024 eclipse will have peaks of 4½ minutes. In the United States, it will be visible in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA.

If you're eclipse chaser who doesn't mind globetrotting, you can also catch these total solar eclipses around the world in the coming years:
  • 2019: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina
  • 2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic
  • 2021: Antarctica
  • 2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
  • 2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia
  • 2028: Australia, New Zealand
  • 2030: Botswana, South Africa, Australia

for more information go to CNN.com

House Cleaning

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

The days of a house cleaner with a mop, bucket and vacuum are over.  Today a professional is entrusted with the care of a home, its furnishings and the health of its occupants.  With the many new materials and surfaces being used in home décor, a professional house cleaner has a much broader range of knowledge than in the past as many of these newer surfaces require specialized care.

In addition to caring for the home and its contents, a professional house cleaning technician helps care for health.  This includes hygienic cleaning, effective sanitizing of surfaces, use of appropriate cleaning agents, and procedures to prevent cross contamination.  A thorough vacuuming with a high-efficiency filtration vacuum is an important contributor to improved indoor air quality.

An IICRC-certified House Cleaning Technician is trained to properly care for homes and health. A consumer who uses a certified professional can confidently trust the cleaning and relax in a clean and healthy home.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/house-cleaning/

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

SERVPRO Franchise Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes, You Can be Ruined or You Can BE READY!

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster?  Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, 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.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be, "Ready for whatever happens".

Preparation is key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.  Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you Ready for whatever happens?"

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park offers a complimentary assessment of your facility that can minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. This assessment provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services and serves as a quick reference for important building and contact information. We would like to offer you this FREE service at your place of business. It's called SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP), and here are some advantages of the program:

  • Includes a concise Profile Document that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Offers a guide to help you get back into your building safely following a disaster.
  • Provides facility details such a shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider

Call us Today to Get Started 707-588-8226.

Test your escape plan often

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
  • It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
  • If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

Flooding and Water Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (707) 588-8226

If Water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are Flooding Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (707) 588-8226

IICRC Certified Firm

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Helpful tips to Prepare for a Water Damage

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Know your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of a receipts or other documents for your valuable items. Store a copy of these records online or at another location.
  3. To limit the risk of water damage within your home check your pipes frequently and pay attention to any indicators of water damage, such as dripping sounds in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or significant change in your water bill.
  4. Inspect your roof and foundation often. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation or shingles missing. Check that the landscaping around your home is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5.  Water damage can be overwhelming. If a water damage should strike find an expert you can count on. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is Always Here to Help! –Call (707) 588-8226

FIRE SAFETY IN MANUFACTURED HOMES

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

About manufactured homes
Manufactured homes (sometimes called "mobile" homes) are transportable structures that are fixed to a chassis and specifically designed to be towed to a residential site. They are not the same as modular or prefabricated homes, which are factory-built and then towed in sections to be installed at a permanent location.

In order to distinguish between modular, prefabricated and recreational trailer homes, the following definition for a manufactured home from NFPA 501, Standard on Manufactured Housing, applies:

A structure, transportable in one or more sections that in the traveling mode is 8 body-ft (2.4 m) or more in width or 40 body-ft (12.2 m) or more in length or that on site is 320 ft2 (29.7m2) or more, is built on a permanent chassis, is designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation, whether or not connected to the utilities, and includes plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems contained therein. Such terms shall include any structure that meets all the requirements of this paragraph except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification required by the regulatory agency. Calculations used to determine the number of square feet in a structure are based on the structure’s exterior dimensions, include all expandable rooms, cabinets, and other projections containing interior space, but do not include bay windows.

The federal government regulates the construction of manufactured housing. Since 1976, manufactured homes have been required to comply with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured housing construction and safety standards, which cover a wide range of safety requirements, including fire safety. Post-1976 manufactured homes bear a label certifying compliance with these standards.

The HUD standard has been enhanced over the years and the HUD "Final Rule" for smoke alarms in manufactured homes is largely based upon NFPA 501. Today, new construction of manufactured housing is required to contain, among other provisions:

  • factory installed hard wired or 10 year battery source, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up (including alarms inside or immediately adjacent to all rooms designated as sleeping areas, top of the stairs and on the basement ceiling near the stairs)
  • provisions for special devices for hearing and visually impaired persons.

NFPA's national fire data indicate that manufactured homes built to HUD standards (post-1976 construction) have a much lower risk of death if fire occurs compared to pre-standard manufactured homes. The latest data (2007-2011) also shows that the overall fire death rate per 100,000 housing units is roughly the same for manufactured homes and for other one- or two-family homes.

Despite the federal requirements for factory-installed smoke alarms and the fact that eight out of ten manufactured homes now are and seven out of ten manufactured home fires now involve post-HUD-Standard units (based on 2007-2011 data), 51 percent of fires in manufactured homes were reported as having no smoke alarms present. This suggests a problem with detection devices being removed by occupants.

Safety tips
To increase fire safety in manufactured homes, NFPA offers the following guidelines:

  • Choose a HUD-certified manufactured home
    If you are in the market to purchase or rent a manufactured home, select a home built after 1976 that bears the HUD label certifying compliance with safety standards.
  • Keep smoke alarms working
    Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. If you experience frequent nuisance alarms, consider relocating the alarm further away from kitchen cooking fumes or bathroom steam. Selecting a photoelectric smoke alarm for the areas nearest kitchens and baths may reduce the number of nuisance alarms experienced. As an alternative, NFPA 501 permits a smoke alarm with a silencing means to be installed if it is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the "test" button. It is not necessary to use smoke or a real flame to test the smoke alarm's operability, and it is risky to do so. Replace batteries at least once a year, and when the alarm "chirps," signaling low battery power. Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum smoke alarms.
  • Make sure you have enough smoke alarms
    If your older manufactured home does not have smoke alarms in or near every sleeping room and in or near the family/living area(s), immediately install new alarms and fresh batteries to protect these rooms.  For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Plan your escape
    Know ahead of time how you will get out if you have a fire. Develop an escape plan which includes having an alternate exit out of every room. Make sure you can open and get out of windows and doors. All post-HUD Standard manufactured homes are required to provide windows designed for use as secondary escape routes for the bedroom. Familiarize yourself with their operation and don't block access to them.  Immediately fix any windows that have been painted or nailed shut, doors that are stubborn or "stuck," and locks that are difficult to operate. Security bars or grates over windows or doors should have quick-release devices installed inside, which allow you to open them in an emergency. Hold a fire drill twice a year to rehearse how you will react if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Electrical
    Hire a licensed electrician if you notice flickering lights, frequent blown circuits, or a "hot" smell when using electricity. Use extension cords for temporary convenience, not as a permanent solution. Avoid overloading electrical receptacles (outlets). Electrical cords should not be run under carpets or rugs, as the wires can be damaged by foot traffic, then overheat and ignite the carpet or rug over them. Ground-fault circuit interrupters reduce the risk of electrical shock and should be installed by electricians in kitchens and baths. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters monitor electric circuits for arcing and should be installed by electricians on bedroom circuits.
  • Cooking
    Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires in U.S. homes. Supervise older children who cook and stay in the kitchen when heating anything on the stove. Keep cooking surfaces clean and place anything that can burn well away from the range. Heat oil slowly and know how to slide a lid over a pan if you experience a grease fire. Read more cooking safety tips.
  • Heating
    Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. When purchasing new space heaters, select appliances with automatic shut-off switches. Kerosene heaters are illegal for home use in some jurisdictions. Check with your local fire department before purchasing a kerosene heater. Turn off portable space heaters before falling asleep or when leaving the room. Refill kerosene heaters outdoors, after the heater has cooled down. Supervise children and pets when space heaters are operating. Read more heating safety tips.
  • Walls
    All post-HUD Standard manufactured homes are required to have wall linings that do not promote rapid flame spread, with special protection around primary heating and cooking equipment, such as the furnace and cooking range. Presently, gypsum wallboard has replaced plywood wall paneling and wood based ceiling panels in the fabrication of manufactured housing walls and ceilings. This action has dramatically reduced the impact of fires in manufactured homes. Do not mount anything on the walls – such as paneling, drapery, or wall hangings – that would reduce this protection, especially near major heat sources.
  • Smoking
    If you have smokers in your home, ask them to smoke outside. Wherever people smoke, set out large, non-tip ashtrays on level surfaces and empty them frequently. Thoroughly douse butts with water before discarding. Check around and under cushions for smoldering butts. Read more smoking safety tips.
  • Protect yourself from intruders
    Install outdoor lighting to deter intruders, including would-be arsonists. Keep gasoline, charcoal lighter and other flammable liquids locked in an outdoor shed. Don't store items underneath your home. Store firewood away from your home and keep trash and other flammable debris cleaned up. Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/escape-planning/fire-safety-in-manufactured-homes

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Grill Safety

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

With the weather growing warmer and grilling becoming the cooking method of choice for many people it becomes crucial to remember grilling on Charcoal grills and or gas grills can present a variety of safety hazards. So before you heat up your grill, here's a few tips on grilling safely.

Grill Placement

Never use your grill indoors, in a garage, or under anything that could catch fire.

Place your grill at least ten feet away from your home, or any other structures or buildings.

Keep a spray bottle and fire extinguisher nearby at all times.

Charcoal Grill Safety

Make sure you use your grill in an open space. Charcoal grills burn off dangerous carbon monoxide gas that builds up in closed areas.

Never use any flammable or combustible liquid to start the fire. These starter fluids could cause an uncontrollable flash fire; add more charcoal or use kindling instead.

After grilling, allow charcoals to cool completely, soak them in water, and then store or dispose them in a metal container so they don't reignite.

Gas Grill Safety

DO

  1. Follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials handy.
  2. If the igniter no longer works, replace it in accordance with the grill manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Keep the top of the grill open until you are sure the grill is lit, even if you have an electronic ignition. 4. Cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean when the grill is not in use.
  4. Store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
  5. If you smell gas, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). If you are unable to turn off the valve, immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder.
  6. Consult a qualified service technician if you are having grill or propane cylinder problems.
  7. Keep your grill clean to prevent flare-ups.
  8. Check for knots or kinks in gas hoses.
  9. Make sure the area around the grill is free of leaves or anything else that could ignite.

DON’T

  1. Smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
  2. Use matches or lighters to check for propane leaks.
  3. Pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
  4. Allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill.
  5. Use, store, or transport propane cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
  6. Transport propane cylinders in your trunk. Instead, keep in a cool place, such as an air-conditioned car.
  7. Move a lit grill.
  8. Leave a lit grill unattended.
  9. Attempt to adjust any gas containers or hoses while the grill is lit.
  10. Grill in a covered patio or garage, even with the doors open, because gases can build up.

Maintenance and Personal Safety

Check your grill frequently for cleanliness. Make sure no animals or bugs have crawled inside.

Don't allow fat and grease to buildup. A hot grill can ignite fat and grease and start a fire.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

Sewage backups, Crime scene residues, Suicide/death accidents, Homicide cleanups, Blood cleanup Accident cleanup, Hoarding scenes, Animal waste/remains, Chemical spills/Tear gas cleanup and Meth lab cleanups.

The most common Biohazard scenarios that we

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

We help you with your mold issue

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Water Damage During the Rainy Season in Spring

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors or even flooding. Intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth if left unattended. The best way to control mold growth is to control the moisture. Getting rid of mold completely in a household environment is nearly impossible.

If you find yourself with a soggy or soaked carpet, give SERVPRO of Petaluma /Rohnert Park a call!

We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any hour of the day just dial (707) 588-8226 and we will answer 24/7! We are here to make it Like it never even happened!

Safe Flood Clean-up Tips

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

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Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

Does your Home Have a Mold Problem?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Petaluma and Rohnert Park commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Causes of Kitchen Fires

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

The kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water and grease come together.  The most common type of fire is the grease fire.  A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

  • Too high temperature in the fryer
  • Vegetable, more flammable, oils
  • Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
  • Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
  • Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
  • Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function

Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave.  When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven.   The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call fire department.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at (707) 588-8226.  We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

Pet Fire Safety Tips

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226
  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and counter tops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents. Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
  • Have working smoke alarms on every level of the home. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
  • Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at (707) 588-8226.  We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

What to do when the storm hits

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by severe storms can be both difficult and dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your family safe and begin to get your life back together after a storm hits.

Take Safety Precautions

Storm damaged homes are dangerous places; electrical hazards, sharp things and the real risk that something heavy could fall on you.  Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.  Here are other things to consider when your home is damaged:

    • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.
    • Turn off your natural gas, electrical and water at their shutoff locations in your home.
    • Do not touch any wiring or metal plumbing fixtures as they may be carrying electrical current.

Take pictures of the damage caused by the storm

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

    • Photograph the outside of your home and any property that has been damaged during the storm, such as outbuildings or decks.
    • Photograph the inside of your home and any interior property that has been damaged before you move anything.
    • Interior and exterior pictures should be taken from multiple angles to ensure they accurately portray the extent of the damage.
    • If trees or other debris, such as a neighbor's lawn ornaments, have damaged your home, photograph them as well.
    • All pictures should be taken before any preliminary repair work begins.

Cleaning Up After a Storm

    • If the roof has been damaged, cover the areas that could be exposed to the elements with a tarpaulin.
    • Cover broken windows with plastic sheeting or plywood.
    • Exterior walls that have sustained damage should be covered with plywood or plastic sheeting.
    • Remove valuable items from the home prior to leaving for an extended period as the damage to your home may make it more easily accessible for thieves.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

    • Have the pictures you took of the damage printed, or transferred to a CD, and provide them to your claims adjuster.
    • Obtain quotes for repair work to your home and replacement cost estimates on any items that were damaged during the storm and give them to your claims adjuster.
    • If you buy replacement items, such as a television, computer, microwave, light fixtures, or carpet, be sure to keep a copy of the receipt. Photocopy your receipts before submitting them to your claims adjuster.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.

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STORM DAMAGE REPAIR - Storm & Flood Services:

    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Mitigation
    • Mold Remediation
    • Sewage Cleanup
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Odor Removal
    • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night to help Meriden business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

As Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Rohnert Park home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

How to prepare for storms and hurricanes

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226.

Fortunately with today's advance technology, meteorologist has the ability to use scientific principles to explain, understand and observe the forecast through computer programs, Doppler radar and satellite.  Knowing where storms are now can help forecasters predict where storms will be tomorrow and the next day. Though storms or hurricanes may not always be predictable, it should be taken seriously and this required that we be prepared. 

Here are some useful tips to help you and your family prepare for the storm or hurricane:

  • Tune In - Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  • Create an Emergency Plan - Discuss with your family or household members on preparing escape routes from your home.  Make sure to have means of communication (e-mail, phone and cell phone) and set places to meet.  Plan for your pets should you need to evacuate.  Most shelters will accept service animals.
  • Stock Up on Emergency Supplies - Stock non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries in air-tight containers.
  • Prepare your Home - Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition.  Keep gutters, down pipes and drains clear.  Remove tree branches that are close to your house.  Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber and secure loose items around your property.
  • Fill up Car & Get Cash - Fill up as soon as a storm looks like a possible threat. Similarly, don't wait to get cash because you might need to purchase supplies after the storm.

If you are experiencing the unfortunate storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park  a call at (707) 588-8226. We can help restore your property to preloss condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Problems?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

Mold is dangerous so if you find mold in your home or business give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park a call! As a Large Loss Team we service Petaluma, Rohnert Park and all of Sonoma County! We can handle any size disaster! 

Mold can be found all environments, both indoors and outdoors, year round! Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions, like what our Northern California spring and summer time.  

Lookout for mold in unsuspecting areas! Outdoor mold can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers! 

If you have any questions, give our 24 hour line a call at SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 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.

Faster Response

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 1,700 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! (707) 588-8226

No matter what degree of storm damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make it like it very happened. Call us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226.

Water Damage From a Burst Pipe Should be Promptly Addressed

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A small undetected leak can lead to great water damage.

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, disruptive to your personal schedule, and result in unwanted insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine what is the best course of action. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured. A concerned homeowner in the Bay Area should order a mold inspection after any plumbing problems to ensure that this issue does not expand into an expensive and potentially dangerous situation.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe.   SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

When your home has water damage, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  Call us so that we may help at (707) 588-8226.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Home

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends never leaving a portable heater unattended in your home.

Space heaters can be a great way to warm up the coldest areas of your house throughout the harshest of winter months. They are not without their potential threats, however. Monitoring them carefully and not leaving these heaters running unattended can help prevent unnecessary damage to your home, let alone those who live inside of it.

Electric and gas space heaters offer a great deal of warmth and can completely transform the coldest areas of your house into the most comfortable. They also put out lots of concentrated heat, and many of them feature grills or open flames that burn hot enough to scald a person or to catch loosely hanging fabrics or drapes on fire. There are some words of caution about these heaters if you want to virtually eliminate the possibility of fire damages to your residence.

The first step is to consider the placement of your heater very wisely. While it might require being close enough to an outlet to plug in, you should be mindful of the furniture and other objects in the room that could inadvertently make contact with the heater. With the excessive heat and open design of many of the small room heaters, something left too close to the heat could catch on fire (even without directly touching).

As many of our experienced SERVPRO team would tell you, preventing fire damage is often as simple as walking yourself through all of the scenarios that might happen. People do not intend to set their homes on fire, but these accidents can happen with a lack of foresight. As an added precaution, you should not leave these types of heaters on unattended in a room that you are not currently occupying.

While regrettable, house fires and small incidents do occur when using space heaters. While it might not be significant enough to force you to leave the house, sometimes the remains of the soot or the lingering odor of burned materials can be more than you can repair or remedy on your own. Our fire restoration team is equipped with deodorizing equipment to neutralize smoke and foul odors, and our commitment to mitigating your loss ensures that we restore the damage promptly.

No matter what degree of fire damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to make it right. Call us 24/7 at (707) 588-8226.

Dangers of Frying A Turkey

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Frying a turkey should never be performed in an enclosed area

In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. The cooking method requires placing the turkey in 3 gallons or more of oil, heated by propane. 

The SERVPRO warns that cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil and could lead to fires, burns, or other injuries.

5 Dangers of Frying a Turkey
Here are 5 dangers associated with deep frying a turkey, according to SERVPRO:

  • A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
  • An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.
  • Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.


Turkey Frying Safety Tips

SERVPRO advises against using a turkey fryer. If you decide to do it anyway, these precautions should be followed. Please follow these tips to stay safe: 

  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.

About SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 707-588-8226 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 707-588-8226 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 707-588-8226

Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 707-588-8226

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 707-588-8226

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 707-588-8226 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 707-588-8226

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 707-588-8226 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

How You Can Help People Affected by the North Bay Fire

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. - Dalai Lama

While dozens of fire crews go from house to house to save lives, killer wildfires continue to menace North Bay California with 26 dead and hundreds missing. The 21 fires currently burning across the northern part of the state have also destroyed more than 3,500 buildings and torched more than 191,000 acres — a collective area nearly the size of New York City. These wildfires collectively are the deadliest in California’s modern history. 

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS:

  • If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate on short notice.
  • If you see a wildfire and haven't received evacuation orders yet, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called.
  • If ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do it immediately- make sure and tell someone where you are going and when you have arrived.
  • If you or someone you are with has been burned, call 9-1-1 or seek help immediately; cool and cover burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.

HOW TO HELP RIGHT NOW:

• Santa Rosa has currently met its immediate requirement for volunteers, but they ask that people interested in volunteering or donating as-needed sign up with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has a sign-in sheet here. For Sonoma County, you may call 707-573-3399 if you're hoping to volunteer.

• The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has also been called in to help. If you wish to donate or volunteer, you can register on their website.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ... “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.

Biohazard and Hoarding Cleanup Up

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

If someone you know or even yourself needs hoarding cleanup, it is best to call the professionals at 707-588-8226.

Hoarders typically collect excessive amount of items such as newspaper, magazines, books, clothing, containers, cardboard, garbage or even rotten food.  Often times, people that hoard has difficulty discarding or parting with their possessions because they believe that an item will be useful or valuable in the future.  These objects will cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress.  Hoarding can prevent typical use of space and limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping.  It could potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling hazards, poor sanitation, and/or mold growth.  Failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park’s technicians always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and are trained to assist in removing and disposing of unsalvageable materials and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.  Our job is to clean and sanitize in the most efficient and effective way possible to make the living conditions safe and sanitary.

If you or someone you know needs hoarding cleanup, it is best to call in a professional remediation company. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 707-588-8226 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

What to Do Before, During and After an Earthquake

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Preparation is a key component for making it through an unexpected disaster.

We all know that earthquakes are a common occurrence in California and other parts of the West Coast regions.  But earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and occur without warning.  After the initial earthquake, the aftershock may follow.  Most are smaller than the initial earthquake but larger magnitude aftershocks also occur.   Earthquakes may cause household items to become dangerous projectiles; cause buildings to move off foundations or collapse, damage utilities, roads and structures such as bridges and dams, or cause fires and explosions. They may also trigger landslides, avalanches, and tsunamis.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park wants to emphasize the importance of preparation before an earthquake strike.  By making an effort to be prepared and having a plan of action in place, you can lessen the impact a disaster might have on you, your home and your family.

Learn and follow these steps now to PREPARE before, during, and after an earthquake.

What to Do Before an Earthquake:

  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  • Secure items that could fall or move and cause injuries or damage such as; bookshelves, picture frames, mirrors, light fixtures, televisions, computers, hot water heaters, etc.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  • Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  • Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves as they can fall during an earthquake.
  • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

What to Do During an Earthquake:

  • Stay calm and stay put.
  • If you’re indoors, DROP to the ground; take COVER by crawling under a sturdy table or stand in a doorway. If under a desk or heavy table, cover your head and neck with your arms and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • If there isn’t a desk or sturdy table nearby, crawl away from windows, next to an interior wall. Stay away from glass, windows
  • If you’re outdoors, stay away from building, trees, power lines or anything that might fall.
  • If you’re driving, move away from overpasses, stop slowly in a safe area and stay in your vehicle.
  • Don’t use elevators (they’ll probably get stuck anyway). Don’t run out of the building during the shaking as objects may be falling off the building and cause serious injuries or death.

What to Do After an Earthquake:

  • When the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries.
  • If the building is damaged, safely evacuate, go to an open space away from damaged areas.
  • Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves to avoid fire and hazardous leaks.
  • Be careful of around broken glass and debris
  • Inspect your chimneys for unnoticed damaged that could lead to fires.
  • Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis and seiches sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  • If you’re at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.

If your home or business suffers from earthquake damage, call our professionals at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park.  We can respond quickly and help make disasters, "Like it never even happened."

Any Questions - Call Us Today (707) 665-0822

Help People by Donating to Hurricane Irma

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Together we can make a difference. You can help by making a donation to the American Red Cross.

After Hurricane Harvey caused devastation along the Texas coast few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida over the weekend. Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. Widespread flooding and wind damage have been reported across most of the Florida Peninsula and Southern Georgia.  

With over 180 mph gust of winds and the longest cyclone around the globe, Hurricane Irma caused many lives, destroyed homes, government buildings, and businesses.   As the rain continues, many people are in danger with flooding across the Southeast U.S. The amount of people injured and dead is still unknown, as death toll rises. The estimate overall cost of property damages and lost businesses may well rise up to hundreds of billions of dollars. 

You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!

The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by these recent catastrophic hurricanes.

Click HERE to make a donation.

Flood Facts and Safety Tips

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Floods rank as one of the most common, costly, and deadly natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you live, flooding happens in many ways due to overflow of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or as a result of excessive rain.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming tasks.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

 Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000-square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

Understanding the common types of Floods

Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.

Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transport to surface water or the sewage system.

River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians has the expertise, resources and equipment to handle the job.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

SERVPRO Board Up and Other Services

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

When fire has finally been put out or the storm has passed, the aftermath can be a traumatic experience.  Often times, the damages resulting from busted doors, broken windows, cracked walls or a damaged roof will require emergency board up and tarp to secure the property from further damage.  Whether the damage occurred from a fire, wind damage, fallen tree or forced of entry, your primary focus should be safety and to take action immediately to protect your property and valuable asset.  By leaving your doors or windows unattended, it can lead to further damage from weather, exposure, vandalism, and theft.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, we specialize in cleaning, remediating and rebuilding properties.  If your structure is damaged, our trained and experienced technicians can effectively board up doors, garage, windows, wall openings, roofs, etc. We have the equipment and resources to board up residential and commercial needs.  As a locally owned and trusted restoration company, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to emergency conditions.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it, “Like it never even happened!”

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals can also perform other restoration services to secure your home or business and restore it to its preloss condition in a quick and professional manner. 

  • Board Up
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Carpet and Installation
  • Content Move-outs
  • Content Storage
  • Deodorization
  • Document Restoration
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Emergency Fencing
  • Fallen Tree Removal
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Cleaning
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Cleaning Services
  • Inventory
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Roof Tarp
  • Temporary Power

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage in Rohnert Park

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.

Water damage can originate by different sources such as floods, broken pipes, leaky faucet or toilet overflow.  If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold or other bacterial growth.  Water damage can be challenging depending on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage.  Whether it is from a clean or outside source, water can soak your carpet, padding, and surrounding walls and can cause costly damage that can be difficult to repair without complete replacement if not handled right away.   If you find yourself in a situation that involves standing water in your home, it is imperative that standing water is removed completely to help lessen the damage and/or limits a secondary damage.  Hiring a water restoration company like SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can make the cleanup process easier to handle.  Our technicians has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

Water damage can do so much harm in a short period of time.  Whether you have an inch, a foot of water or more, the quicker you respond to water damage, the less damage your property will endure. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert can quickly respond to water damage emergencies.  Our technicians use powerful extraction pumps to remove the standing water.  We also use special moisture readers to detect moisture that has made its way behind walls and below flooring.  After we removed all the water, our technicians will use powerful fans and dehumidifier to dry out all affected areas.  

As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding to any size disaster.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption in your life and restore your home to its pre-water damage state.  We make disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today - 707-588-8226

Understanding the Different Types of Smoke Damage

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper cleanup and restoration.

After the fire truck leaves, your Rohnert Park home likely suffers from a serious smoke and soot damage.  Smoke damage can exist in many forms and each type can have different levels of impact on your property and require different method for restoration.  Since smoke and soot is very invasive, they can penetrate into materials causing discoloration and odors, and can leave behind residue buildup.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration.  Our technicians know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, which is vital to proper restoration.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

  • Dry Smoke Residue– Dry smoke residue occurs during fast burning fires that burn at a high temperature. Dry smoke residue is generally dry, powdery, and does not smear much.
  • Wet Smoke Residue-Wet smoke residue occurs from smoldering fires with low heat. Dry smoke residue is sticky with strong smoke odors. During cleaning, wet smoke residue can smear, making cleanup more difficult.
  • Protein Residue– Protein residue is essentially invisible and it can discolor paints, varnishes, and other finishes. Although this residue is not very visible, it has a very strong smell.
  • Fuel / Oil Residue– Fuel oil residue rarely comes from fires unless petroleum products were being stores on site. More commonly fuel and oil residue restoration comes from furnace puff backs that cause a fuel oil soot. This can be relatively sticky and difficult to clean.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprinting powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Wildfire Prevention and Safety Tips

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

If your home or business is damaged by wildfires, SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can help restore your property to preloss condition.

Wildfires can occur at anytime and anywhere throughout the year.  Late summer and early fall is typically the peak time for wildfires in California.  People that live or work in an area prone to wildfires are at greater risk.  Wildfires sometimes start naturally by heat ignited from sun light or lightning strikes.  However, majority of the wildfires in the U.S. are caused by humans.  Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, negligently discarded cigarettes or intentional acts of arson.  A wildfire can move as fast as 6.5 miles per hour in forest and 14 miles an hour in grassland, consuming trees, homes, natural resources, humans and everything in its path.  

By working together, we can make our residents and neighborhood safer from wildfires by taking safety precautions.  Here are some wildfire safety tips to help prevent wildfire from occurring.

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 mesh metal screening to prevent ember entry.

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  Call us today 707-588-8226.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Need Biohazard cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for 24-hour emergency service at (707) 588-8226. We're always Here to Help!

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park also offers fast, reliable biohazard, crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.  Our professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.  Here are cleanup services we can help with:

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Our trained SERVPRO Franchise technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. Our professionals help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. 

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

The Effects of Black Mold in your Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park at (707) 588-8226.

In as little as 48 hours mold can quickly become a problem in your home when there’s excessive moisture on building materials.  Mold can be found both indoor and outdoor. It can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems.  Outdoor mold can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors but the most common types of mold include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Stachybotrys, also known as black mold.

Stachybotrys is extremely toxic which produces mycotoxins and is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are particularly warm, humid and damp.  If left unattended, black mold may cause a variety of health effects associated with respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure.

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park immediately to inspect, assess and remediate your property.  Our technicians has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  We make disasters, "Like it never even happened."  Call us today (707) 588-8226.

Water Damage Restoration Process

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for excellent, effective water removal services at (707) 588-8226.

Water damage can originate from many different sources of heavy storm, floods, broken pipes or leaky roof.  The damage to your building materials can range from mild to severe depending how long it has been exposed to wet condition.  Standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Mold can start to grow in as little in 24 hours and if left unattended, it can be harmful to people especially those with compromised immune system.   In an event of water damage, safety is always the primary concern on any water damage job.  If you try to do this on your own, you’ll end up spending countless hours trying to figure it all out and still not come close to solving the problem.  SERVPRO Franchise professionals are highly trained and equipped with knowledge to restore your property.  Below are some steps our technicians performs during a water damage restoration.

Identifying the Source and Water Type 

We will check for the source of moisture and check for contaminated water in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. There are different types of water, typically categorized as either Clean, Gray, or Black and each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible to avert further damage. 

Surveying Damage and Mold 
 
Once we have determined what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation. 
 
Furniture and Water Removal 
 
The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump. 
 
Drying and Odor Treatments 
 
At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed. 
 
Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning 
 
In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, then furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected. 

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at (707) 588-8226.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage emergency at your home, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help. We're just a phone call away (707) 588-8226.

Water damage is the most serious emergencies that can happen to your home.  Your primary focus should be safety first. Water damage can come from many different sources such as; roof leaks, broken pipes, leaky dishwashers, toilet backups, or flooding due to heavy rainstorm.  No matter where the leaks or flooding originated from, it doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage.  Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, building components, electronics and personal items.  Not to mention, it can lead to possible mold growth if not addressed immediately.  Water damage can be a traumatic experience for homeowners.  Being informed about the causes, consequences, and ways to handle water damage can help you overcome the problem more efficiently.  Here are some useful emergency water damage tips that will assist you in taking proper action in case of water damage to your home.

What to DO After Flooding

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Don't use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Water damage is best left to professional emergency restoration technicians.  Hiring a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can quickly extract the water and then dry your home using state-of-the-art equipment.  Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have a water damage emergency? Call us today at (707) 588-8226.  We are always Here to Help!

Mold Removal and Remediation in your Home or Business

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help mitigate your mold infestation. Call us today (707) 588-8226.

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.  They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation.

When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth can occur, particularly if the moisture problem goes unaddressed for some time.  It is impossible to eliminate mold and mold spores outdoors. But indoor mold can be effectively controlled.  By deploying proven mold removal and prevention strategies, indoor mold can be managed.  To fully assess your mold situation, it is best to hire highly trained restoration specialists like SERVPRO that can conduct mold tests to determine the exact type of mold you are dealing with.

Mold Removal and Remediation

Many homeowners feel they can address mold issues on their own utilizing bleach or other products.  This can be a dangerous choice if you are not aware of the type of mold you are dealing with.  If mold is improperly handled, it can easily spread, multiplying the problem many times over. 

You have probably heard a lot about the health risks associated with mold.  Mold can be a health problem but more often it is more of a nuisance than a toxicity problem.  If you have occupants in the home that suffer from allergies, compromised immune systems, or other health disorders mold can be an increased, and very serious problem.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, our highly trained restoration specialists are Here to Help! We’re a trusted company that specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can also mitigate mold and mildew. Should you have mold problem in your home or business, call us today (707) 588-8226.

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience commercial fire, SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park has the training and expertise to make disasters “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial fire can be devastating, harming both human and property.  Every year, there are as many as 75,000 commercial building fires in the United States.  U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year.  These fires caused an annual average of 85 civilian deaths, 1,325 civilian fire injuries and $3.2 billion in direct property damage, according to the (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Association.  Though some are small and cause relatively little harm, many others pose a great risk to life and property.   Fortunately, many fires can be prevented if you’re aware of the potential hazards. Here are several of the most common causes of commercial building fires.

Human Error 

Many commercial fires can be attributed to human error and are not meant to be malicious. For example, spilling liquids on electrical equipment, leaving a coffee pot on, or burning food in the kitchen can easily cause a fire to break out. To decrease the chances of this happening in your commercial building, perform risk assessments to determine if any changes need to be implemented, provide proper staff training, and ensure fire extinguishers are easily accessible throughout the building. 
 
Negligence 

Negligence fires are the result of someone not following proper procedures and can usually be easily avoided by proper staff training. For example, storing or handling flammable items improperly or covering electrical equipment that must have air can result in a fire that causes significant commercial fire damage. 
  
Arson 

Unfortunately, arson is a frequent cause of commercial fires, particularly in industrial buildings and factories. This may be an act of vandalism, an attempt to collect insurance money or even the work of an unhappy employee. To minimize the damage associated with arson, you may want to consider installing an automatic sprinkler system. 
 
Faulty Wiring/ Electrics 

Electrical issues are another frequent cause of commercial fires. For example, outdated equipment, loose or frayed wires, and overloaded plugins can spark a fire with little to no advance warning. This is why it is so important to make certain your electrical equipment, including boilers, hot water heaters, and furnaces are in good working order and able to handle their workload. To ensure your equipment/ appliances are functioning properly, you may want to invest in a portable appliance tester (PAT). 

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Grilling Safety Tips

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these simple grilling safety tips to keep your family and friend safe during the cookout season.

When the weather gets warmer, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. Grilling and cookouts are the most popular activities outdoor. It’s a great way to relax and have fun with family and friends. Weather the barbecuing takes place at the beach, picnic area, camping site or just out in the backyard, grilling can poses risk of fire if not handled properly. According to a (NFPA) National Fire Protection Association report, nearly 9,000 homes fires are caused by grilling in the US and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. 

Causes of Grill Fires: 

The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended. 

A leak or break was the leading cause for outside or unclassified grill fires. Leaks or break were primarily a problem with gas grills.

General Grilling Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you encounter fire damage during this cookout season, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call.  We're dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, has the training, equipment and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. We’re close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (707) 588-8226.

Fire Safety Tips When Cooking

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these fire safety tips, be alert and watch what you are cooking at all times.

As we look forward to the upcoming holiday season of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor day (to name a few) many of us will invite our family and friends to celebrate these major holidays.  These can be exciting especially preparing some delicious dishes for the party.  Whether you’re cooking indoor or outdoor, there is always a potential for fire hazard in the kitchen or in the backyard.  Did you know that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year? The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.  So before you turn on your stove, here are some fire safety tips prevention. 

Here's What You Need to Know:

• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.
• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
• If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from the stovetop.

What to Do During a Fire:

• Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
• Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
• For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
• If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
• Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

If you have the unfortunate experience of fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park!

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

Steps to Take When a Tree Falls on your Property

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

If a tree falls on your home, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help with removal and restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

Wind, rain, hail, snow, and other natural weather events can cause more damage to your home than you might realize. Any time a storm strikes, it’s worthwhile to check your home for any damage afterwards, particularly your roof. Roof damage, if left un-repaired, can evolve into greater problems with your home’s interior, from leaks and mold to weakened ceilings. Catching the damage and repairing it right away is your best bet for extending the life of your roof and avoiding a total overhaul.


A common occurrence during tropical storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are steps to take for emergency tree removal in your Rohnert Park home.



  • Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.

  • In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.

  • Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.

  • Call your insurance company and if you can, safely take pictures of the damages.

  • Contact your local mitigation and emergency storm cleanup provider in Rohnert Park.


If your property was damaged by a fallen tree, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can help restore your home in to pre-storm condition.  


We’re Here to Help! Call us today  (707) 665-0822

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage in your commercial building, call us today (707) 588-8226.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business. Unfortunately, disasters happen and even the most carefully operated and maintained building can experience a water damage event. Water damage tends to leave its mark on properties in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

To help your property stay at its best here are these potential causes of water damage:

    • Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators.
    • AC and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may growth from leakage.
    • Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity,  test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage.
    • Bursting or leaking pipes.

If you experience water damage in your commercial building and need a restoration company that you can trust, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help restore your business back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226.

Mold Remediation to a Commercial Building

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Got Mold? No Problem. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is here to help with remediation process and to prevent mold growth in your business.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.


Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges


Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.


Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – 707-665-0822 

What to Do After Your Property is Damaged by a Storm

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is ready to Help restore your property and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.


Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by severe storms can be both difficult and dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your family safe and begin to get your life back together after a storm hits.


Take Safety Precautions


Storm damaged homes are dangerous places; electrical hazards, sharp things and the real risk that something heavy could fall on you.  Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.  Here are other things to consider when your home is damaged:



  • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.

  • Turn off your natural gas, electrical and water at their shutoff locations in your home.

  • Do not touch any wiring or metal plumbing fixtures as they may be carrying electrical current.


Take pictures of the damage caused by the storm


If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.



  • Photograph the outside of your home and any property that has been damaged during the storm, such as outbuildings or decks.

  • Photograph the inside of your home and any interior property that has been damaged before you move anything.

  • Interior and exterior pictures should be taken from multiple angles to ensure they accurately portray the extent of the damage.

  • If trees or other debris, such as a neighbor's lawn ornaments, have damaged your home, photograph them as well.

  • All pictures should be taken before any preliminary repair work begins.


Cleaning Up After a Storm



  • If the roof has been damaged, cover the areas that could be exposed to the elements with a tarpaulin.

  • Cover broken windows with plastic sheeting or plywood.

  • Exterior walls that have sustained damage should be covered with plywood or plastic sheeting.

  • Remove valuable items from the home prior to leaving for an extended period as the damage to your home may make it more easily accessible for thieves.


Contact Your Insurance Company


Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.



  • Have the pictures you took of the damage printed, or transferred to a CD, and provide them to your claims adjuster.

  • Obtain quotes for repair work to your home and replacement cost estimates on any items that were damaged during the storm and give them to your claims adjuster.

  • If you buy replacement items, such as a television, computer, microwave, light fixtures, or carpet, be sure to keep a copy of the receipt. Photocopy your receipts before submitting them to your claims adjuster.


Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance


The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.


When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.


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STORM DAMAGE REPAIR - Storm & Flood Services:



  • Fire Damage Restoration

  • Water Mitigation

  • Mold Remediation

  • Sewage Cleanup

  • Carpet Cleaning

  • Odor Removal

  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup


We're Faster to Any Size Disaster


A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night to help Meriden business owners and residents.


We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists


As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.


As Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Rohnert Park home or business back to pre-storm condition.


Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 665-0822

Mold Infestation? We Can Help!

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help with your mold problem. Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822

Mold can be found just about almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.  Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions.  They spread and reproduce by making spores.  Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.   Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.  Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation.


If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home or business, it is important to be alert for:



  • The presence of visible mold.

  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.

  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

  • Excessive humidity.


If you suspect that your Rohnert Park home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert can inspect, assess, remediate your mold infestation and make it, "Like it never even happened!"



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822


SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is on Instagram

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Check us out on Instagram and Like our page!

We want to let everyone know that SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is now on Instagram.  You can like, share or follow our page by clicking on the link Instagram.com/SERVPROpetaluma.  Find out what we are up to and get updates, tips, and news about our company.  It's a great way to learn a little bit more about what we do in our community and keep up with events that we have done, or those coming up in the near future.  


Tell us about your experience with SERVPRO on Instragram. We want to know what we can do to continue providing our customers the best possible service.  Our goal is to restore your property damage, "Like it never even happened!"

Got Storm Damage? We Can Help

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Storm can strike at any business. If you experience the unfortunate storm damage, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call at (707) 665-0822.

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into pre-loss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (707) 665-0822.  We are always Here to Help!

Common types of Mold in Homes

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If you find mold in your home give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call (707) 665-0822. We are always ready to help.

Mold is a fungus that can be found almost anywhere, indoor and outdoor.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors but the most common types of mold include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Stachybotrys, also known as black mold. 

Common Types of Mold in Homes

  • Aspergillus – is found in warm, extremely damp climates, and a common occupant of house dust.  This mold produces mycotoxins which is a poisonous chemical compound.
  • Cladosporium – is a very common outdoor fungus that can find its way indoors and grow on textiles, wood and other damp, porous materials. 
  • Penicillium - is a very common species found on wallpaper, decaying fabrics, carpet, and fiberglass duct insulation. It is known for causing allergies and asthma. 
  • Stachybotrys - is extremely toxic “black mold” that produces mycotoxins is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are particularly warm, humid and damp.

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold.  If you find mold in your home or business give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call at (707) 665-0822.  We have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

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If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (707) 665-0822

What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call at (707) 665-0822.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

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The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater is to ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained.

Water damage tends to leave its mark in the forms of wood rot, peeling paint,  wall stains, and mold growth. Properly maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage.  Follow these tips to avoid costly future repairs.

  • Repair doors & windows - check for old and worn out doors or windows to ensure that your caulking isn't cracked.
  • Gutters  - clean and inspect your gutters regularly to ensure they are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage.
  • Downspouts -  clean and check your downspouts at least twice a year.  If you live in a extremely rainy climate, you should check them more frequently.
  • Sump pump - check it at least once a year and make sure that it is working properly.
  • Plants & Trees - some plants and trees around your home can be a problem if not properly maintained.  Make sure to trim the extended roots to prevent blockages from your drainage system.
  • Use a drainage snake, not chemical - chemical can eat away at your pipes.  Try your luck using a drain snake to avoid potential damage to your pipes.

If you are experiencing water damage at your home and need a restoration specialist, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call at (707) 665-0822.  We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your home, "Like it never even happened!"

 

The Effects of Water Damage

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If the laminate floor has been flooded in your home, give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park a call. We are ready to restore damage to your property.

Water damage can come from natural disasters, plumbing failure, and a range of other sources.  Floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in basements.  When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases.  Standing water presents a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and even black mold.  If left untreated, your wet floor can severely hinder your indoor air quality and spread a variety of different contaminants.  Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately.  Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

If you experience a water damage and looking for a trusted restoration company,  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is Here to Help restore your home back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Call us anytime at 707-665-0822 

What to Do and Don't Do After a Water Damage

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SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park trained professionals can handle your water emergency quickly and effectively.  Here are some tips of what you can do and don' do after a water damage.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened!"

 Call us 24/7 at (707) 665-0822

 

The Water You Don't See

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SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park uses advanced equipment and techniques to extract water quickly and closely monitor and document the drying process.

The water you don't see can originate from many sources including foundation leaks, burst pipes, leaky roof or poor drainage around the home.  When you suspect that you might have a water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.  But if you're already experiencing water damage, SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park Franchise Professionals are here to help!  Our technicians are highly trained and can safely clean, disinfect, deodorize and restore your home.  A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions, especially when the water you don't see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot and other unseen damage.

If you have any water damage to your property give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at 707-665-0822 

What to Do and Don't Do After a Fire

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park have specialized fire and smoke damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

The most important thing is to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick.

Here's What to Do and Don't Do After a Fire.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

DON'T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair services.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.  They may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.  The wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner.  Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

If your home or business has been damaged by the fire, you may not know where to turn.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is here to help restore your property to preloss condition and make it, "Like it never even happened!"  We are available 24 hours a day and can have a team of technicians out to your property in no time!

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822

Safety Tips in Case of a Fire at Home

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Important fire safety tips to help you and your family in case of a fire at home.

Important and useful safety tips in case of a fire at home

In case of a fire at your home, your priority is to get yourself and your family members out as quickly as possible.  There is no time to gather valuables.  Fire can spread out within seconds and in just a few minutes, it can become life-threatening.  

Don't attempt to extinguish any fire if there is a threat to your safety.  If you're unable to exit your home safely because of smoke or fire, remain in your room until it is safe to do so.  Keep door closed and await assistance from the fire department.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire, smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, we have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Give us a call at 707-665-0822. 

 

 

Winter Fire Safety Tips

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for unexpected disaster in the winter.

The winter season is just around the corner which means that home fires occur more often by unattended candles, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.  

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park, we want to remind everyone to take simple steps to protect their homes and family from the danger of household hazards and heating equipment. Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for unexpected disaster in the winter.

Here are some fire safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have your chimneys and vents checked. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. 
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. 
  • Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
  • Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets.
  • Beware of space heaters. Like fireplaces, people and pets should not be allowed to sit any closer than three feet.
  • Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics.
  • Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shut-offs before reaching dangerous temperatures.

If you have the unfortunate experience of fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park!

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822

 

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

When a fire starts inside your oven, keep the door closed and turn it off immediately. The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.

The kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water and grease come together.  The most common type of fire is the grease fire.  A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

  • Too high temperature in the fryer
  • Vegetable, more flammable, oils
  • Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
  • Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
  • Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
  • Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function

Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave.  When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven.   The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call fire department.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at 707-665-082.  We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

Safety First When a BBQ is in Full Swing

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With the warm weather coming up, a lot of folks will be using their BBQ grill.  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park knows it's crucial that we are careful when a BBQ is in full swing.  Whether you are utilizing wood chips, charcoal briquettes, or propane to cook your feast, safety should always be your first priority.

Being safe can help avoid damages from fire and smoke. Our SERVPRO team is always ready to go help you whenever disaster strikes. We can help with smoke remediation, whether it be your home or your place of business, and we can respond quickly once we receive your call.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are available 24/7/365!  Give us a call, and we can help make any damage you are facing Like it Never Even Happened! 

707-665-0822

Fire Damage Restoration Services

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Servpro of Petaluma/Rohnert Park (707) 665-0822

By providing timely response SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can provide you with service like fire, smoke, and soot removal, contents claims inventory, and document restoration, and so much more.

We can respond immediately to your emergency with the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. We are a 24-Hour Emergency Service, are Faster to Any-Sized Disaster, are a team of highly trained restoration technicians, are Locally Owned and Operated, and are a trusted leader in the Restoration Industry. SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is always ready to respond to your emergency needs!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park knows the first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property. We want to make your damages “Like it never even happened” and get your home or business up and running again.

If you have any questions give us a call 24hours a day, 7 days a week at (707) 665-0822

Ways to Prevent Water Damage at your Commercial Building

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Unfortunately, even the most carefully operated commercial building can experience a water damage event sometime in its lifetime. Water damage tends to leave its mark in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business.

To help keep your property in shape keep a look out for these potential causes of water damage:

  • Leaking pipes
  • Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators,
  • Air conditioning and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may grow from the leakage
  • Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity. (Manually test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage)

A great way to prevent damage from getting worse is to have staff be well-practiced in how to handle an emergency and most importantly have a response plan ready! 

Call and ask your local SERVPRO representative to help prepare your Emergency Readiness Plan today! 

(707) 665-0822 

Staying Safe During the Summer Heat

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we're here to help you get ready for this Summer Heat! 

Stay safe during our North Bay heat by remembering these tips this summer:

Ø Get the trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies

Ø Stay well hydrated!!

Ø Have a emergency kit handy

Ø Keep ice packs handy in the freezer

Ø To reduce 80 percent of the heat that enters your home by covering windows that receives morning and afternoon sun

Ø Weather strip your doors

Ø Stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. Listen to local weather forecasts

Ø Window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary

 Stay safe this summer and if you need us remember to give us a call for any fire, water, and smoke emergencies that come up.

You can reach us 24/7 at 707-665-0822!

Safety Grilling Tips During the Summer

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

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It is BBQ season and everyone is excited including us here at SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park! 

Summer means fun under the sun for us her in Northern California, and if your at the Beach, at the Russian River, or at home with your grill remember grill safety!  Here are some grilling safety tips.

General Grilling Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we can handle any Fire, Smoke, Water damage you may incounter but we dont want you to have to call us for sudden fire or smoke damage. Be safe with your grill or bon fires, and remember your local SERVPRO is always Here to Help if you need it! 

Contact our 24/7 line at 707-665-0822 

SERVPRO Green Products

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

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If you need some serious Spring cleaning done in your home or office SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.  Our technicians are highly trained in cleanup services and can professionally clean your carpet, upholstery and furniture which will surely brighten and freshen up your home.

Cleaning can mean using harsh cleaning products, but with SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park you can choose to not use them in your environment. We have three Green Cleaning Products that allow us to finish any cleaning project in an environmentally sound way! 

We have products designed to clean carpet and upholstery, and surface cleaner, and glass cleaner all of which are environmentally friendly. 

If you have any questions or concerns give us a call at 707-665-0822

Got Mold Problem?

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

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Mold can be found in many environments, both indoors and outdoors, year round! Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. With our Northern California weather that can especially mean spring and summer time.  

Lookout for mold in unsuspecting areas; mold can grow both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor mold can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers. 

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Rohnert Park home.  If you suspect you have a mold problem give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call! As a Large Loss Team we service Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and all Sonoma County! We can handle any size disaster! 

Smoke and Fire Damages Restoration Services

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

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Winter happens to be the most common time of the year for fires in a residence, but fires start no matter the season. Having smoke damage from even a small fire like a pot left on a hot stove, can be just as damaging as a larger fire. Make sure you are taking preventative measures in your home or business! Fire safety is always important.

If you have fire or smoke damages to your property give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call and we can answer any questions you have. We specialize on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.  

We are available 24 hours a day and can have a team of technicians out to your property in no time!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 24/7 line is 707-665-0822. 

Water Damage During the Rainy Season in Spring

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

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Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors or even flooding. Intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth if left unattended. The best way to control mold growth is to control the moisture. Getting rid of mold completely in a household environment is nearly impossible.


If you find yourself with a soggy or soaked carpet, give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call!


We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any hour of the day just dial 707-665-0822 and we will answer 24/7!

Unexpected Water Damages

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

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If you have the unfortunate experience of having water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park with any questions or concerns! We are available 24hours a day and can have a team of technicians out to your property in no time!

Having a wet winter means water getting into unexpected places. Make sure you are taking preventative measure in your home or business!

If you have any water damages to your property give SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

If you have any questions, call us anytime at 707-665-0822 

Have Water Damage? Call us We Can Help.

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park wants to remind you to stay alert during wet weather, having water where it doesn't belong can lead to a problem such as mold growth.  Mold is present almost everywhere and can start to grow in as little as 24 - 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Rohnert Park home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you find water damage in your home or building give us a call and we will make your damages "Like it Never Even Happened".  SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park can handle any size damage and is open twenty-four hours a day, so whenever disaster strikes we can respond!  

Have questions? Call us at 707-665-0822

Movie Night

1/29/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park would like to thank everyone that made it out to the movie night on Wednesday! 


We had a great time watching Creed, we brought snacks, candy and soda for everyone and had a great time. We love being out in our community with our clients, friends, and family! 


Hope to see you all at our next event! And remember, SERVPRO is Always Here to Help! 

SERVPRO can handle your Fire Damages

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is always here to help!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park franchise professionals can take care of your fire damage. By providing timely response with our services, ranging from FIRE, SMOKE, and SOOT removal, to contents claims inventory, and document restoration, and so much more. At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know the first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property. 

We are always faster to any size disaster and will strive to make your damages "Like it never even happened".  Our technicians has advanced training, years of experience and equipment to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.   You can rely on us to make your property look its very best.

We are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year!

If you have Fire, Smoke or Soot damage in your property, call us at 707-665-0822.  

What to do with Water Damages?

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"Like it never even happened"

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are faster to any size disaster, your water damage or flooding is no problem for us to handle!

Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms. Moisture is the driving force allowing for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. We will assist to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service. 

Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

 Call us 24/7 at (707) 665-0822

Have water damage? Call SERVPRO!

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Remember, SERVPRO is always Here to Help!

Water intrusions can be a big problem.  They can invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your home.  Standing water from an overflowing bathtub or other water incident will search for pin hole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel downward.  Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of your home.


At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know disaster strikes unexpectedly, but our SERVPRO professionals are prepared and ready to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle clean, black and gray water restoration.   


We are available 24/7 for any loss you may have!  Just give us a call so we can make your emergency situation "Like it never even happened!"


Call us today at 707-665-0822

Whats lurking behind your walls?

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know Mold. And it is not always visible or easy to recognize, it can hide under your floors and behind your wall. Don't put your health at risk by inhaling spores and mildew! 50% of illness is either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.

If you suspect mold growth, or need Mold Remediation call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park and get your home or office tested and cleaned! Nothing is worth compromising your health.

Questions? Call us today at 707-665-08222

Flooding and Water Damage

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage? Call Servpro!

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (707) 665-0822

If Water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we are Flooding Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (707) 665-0822

Free Courses

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Free courses are available!

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we offer both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters and Real Estate professionals. The Continuing Education (CE) Courses provide you with information to better service your customers.

These programs are designed to improve your knowledge regarding emergency mitigation. 

Here are some of the CE courses that are offered by SERVPRO

  • Fire Damage Restoration

  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage

  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

  • Biohazard Cleanup

Continuing Education (CE) Courses are available every few months, yearly. If you are interested in attending a free course call and reserve your seat! 

Questions? Call us today at 707-665-0822

Fire or Water Damage! We have you covered!

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Servpro of Petaluma/Rohnert Park We make it "Like it never even happened"

At SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Rohnert PArk, Cotati, Petaluma and surrounding cities! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. We are:

  • 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

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (707) 665-0822

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency Fire Damage, Flood Damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Sonoma County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for fast professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services by giving us a call today! 

Mold Damage? Water Damage? Fire damage? We can Help!

11/18/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Professionals

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and surrounding cities! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

We offer:

24-Hour Emergency Service

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

Use of Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

A trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Have Questions? Call Us Today at 707-665-0822 

Thinking of cleaning your air ducts?

11/3/2015 (Permalink)

Don't breathe these contaminates in!

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park knows the importance of indoor air quality and the potential dangers of having dirt, dust and other contaminates in your HVAC system. Breathe easier after we clean out your air ducts.

Cleaning your HVAC unit can potentially extend the lifespan of the equipment by removing bacteria/fungi/mold, reducing potential for mold growth, restoring peak energy efficiency, and eliminating odors! At SERVPRO we can clean HVAC systems for residential and commercial properties, at any time! 

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park!

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

At Servpro of Petaluma/Rohnert Park we can handle water damage in your home or office, at any time of the day!

Disaster strikes unexpectedly but our SERVPRO professionals are able to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle black water and gray water restoration. 
Plus we are here 24/7 for any loss you may have! Just give us a call so we can make it "Like it never happened."
Remember at SERVPRO we are Always ?#‎HeretoHelp?
?#‎wetwinter? ?#‎waterdamage? ?#‎pipes? ?#‎callSERVPRO?

SERVPRO's First Annual Mini Golf Tournament

10/9/2015 (Permalink)

First Mini Golf Tournament

We are holding our First Annual Mini Golf Tournament on October 15, 2015 at Scandia Family Center in Rohnert Park from 4:30-8:00pm.

Have refreshments, meet our many hole sponsors and compete for prizes! This will be an evening of fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Dont Wait, Communicate!

9/8/2015 (Permalink)

September 2015 #NatlPrep

September is National Preparedness Month and here at SERVPRO we are always ready for any emergency! Make sure you have your emergency plan ready! Communicate with your loved ones on your emergency plan is and what steps to take after an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO we are always Here to Help, and we mean always; we are available to you 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Next time you or someone you know has an emergency call your local SERVPRO professionals!

First annual Bowling Night!

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park's First Annual Bowling Party

SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park will be having a Bowling Night Friday August 21 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Double Decker Lanes! We are so excited to spend time with our community. We will be providing food and drinks, and friday happens to be karaoke night! This is a fun family event, and will have a contest to find the best bowler at our event, winner receives a prize and bragging rights of course! We are looking forward to having a friday funday! 

We are now on FB and Yelp

7/10/2015 (Permalink)

Like us and give us a review

Do you want to know more about our franchise? Like us on Facebook and learn more about the SERVPRO family. You can view pictures of events we have been a part of and see those that are coming up. Its a great way for you to see, and learn more about the people who will be coming to make it "like it never happened".

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROsonomarin?ref=hl

We know have a Yelp page that you can go on to give us a review and let us know about the experience you had with our SERVPRO professionals. Let us know what we can do to continue giving you the best experience we can.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/SERVPRO-of-petaluma-rohnert-park-cotati

Our ribbon cutting

7/2/2015 (Permalink)

Some of our SERVPRO team along with the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce

After being in business in our current area we finally were able to have our ribbon cutting. Members from the community joined our staff in the celebration. It was great meeting our community chamber, and having our mayor come out was very exciting. It's great to know we have such a wonderful group of people we can count on and expand our business even further. 

Ribbon Cutting

6/8/2015 (Permalink)

So Excited!

We are very happy to have this ribbon cutting ceremony for SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park. We thank the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of our business.

Firing up the Grill

5/19/2015 (Permalink)

Tips for the summer

With the warm weather coming up, it's crucial that we are careful when a BBQ is in full swing. Being safe can help avoid fire and smoke damage that could result from carelessness. If something were to happen our SERVPRO team is ready to go to aid in fire damage loss and restoration. We also help with smoke cleanup in your property, whether it be your home or your place of business we can respond quickly and have a group ready to go shortly after we receive the call. It is important to know who to call when an emergency happens because you never know when disaster will strike.

Fire Damage Restoration

8/30/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Petaluma - Rohnert Park beat the previous record for CE class attendees on August 28, 2013. Usually have 12 people attend, but the word seems to be going around that people enjoy our classes taught by our Marketing Director Josh Wikoff. This month we had 17 people attend our Fire Damage Restoration Education Course. Congratulations Josh! Your overall evaluation is 10.

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