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Safe Flood Clean-up Tips

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safe Flood Clean-up Tips SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

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)

Mold Remediation Does your Home Have a Mold Problem? 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)

Fire Damage Causes of Kitchen Fires 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)

Fire Damage Pet Fire Safety Tips 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)

Storm Damage What to do when the storm hits 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

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Storm Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park (707) 588-8226

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. 

Commercial Mold Remediation

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Cleanup and Restoration to a Commercial Building Call Us Today – (707) 588-8226

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

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Got Storm Damage? We Can Help Call Us At (707) 588-8226

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!