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Wildfire Prevention and Safety Tips

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfire Prevention and Safety Tips 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.

SERVPRO Franchise Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Franchise Offers Local Businesses Free Emergency Ready Profile Please call SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert Park to schedule your no cost assessment of your facility at 707-588-8226.

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.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services 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 of Petaluma/Rohnert Park 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)

Mold Remediation The Effects of Black Mold in your Home 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)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process 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)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Tips 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!

Ways to Help Prevent Wind Damage to Your Home

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ways to Help Prevent Wind Damage to Your Home SERVPRO of Petaluma/Rohnert can help with the restoration and reduce secondary damage to your home. Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

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

Mold Removal and Remediation in your Home or Business

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal and Remediation in your Home or Business 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)

Commercial The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires 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 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. 

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)

Fire Damage Grilling Safety Tips 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.