October 9th, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California
One of the neighborhoods destroyed by these fires
In the late hours of Sunday night, October eighth, twenty seventeen, as Sonoma and Napa County residence get ready for the coming work week, disaster is starting to smolder. With winds blowing at hurricane speeds, and electrical issues playing a factor, fires erupted throughout the night, bringing with it, destruction and fear for many citizens, including the ones in Santa Rosa. With people being awoken in the middle of the night and having to escape their homes, to other families getting calls from friends to evacuate, a fire storm had descended upon the town full force. 5,700 structures were burned, while the majority were burned all the way to the ground, leaving behind only their chimneys, and a pile of rubble. The devastation and destruction that went along with this was record breaking and heart stopping. For days, people were out of work, staying home, waiting for the news that they too would have to evacuate their homes, possibly to never see it again. Today, is November eighth, one month later, and we are all still effected by this tragic event and probably will be for months and years to come. One thing we will have to remember is together we can get through to the other side. We are #SonomaStrong
The Loss of Local Landmarks
Our Historic Round Barn
Santa Rosa is 184 years old. We were founded in 1833 and have grown to be the 26th most populated city in California as of 2010. There are 482 municipalities (cities and towns) in California. Santa Rosa is twenty-six.... This shows the extent of how large of a city we are. We are large and have a long history, one that we are proud of, with over eight museums, and countless land marks. Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County, next to Napa County. Sonoma and Napa Counties are close and tight knit communities that have been know for years to America and wine connoisseurs as Wine Country. Well once again we here in Santa Rosa are on the map.... but this time not for wine but because of a horrific and devastating fire. Our hearts are broken as we see our town brought to it's knees from a fire that caught us all off guard. While many of us lost our homes, we look for comfort from our community, trying to see familiar landmarks, and yet again we are brought up short as so many are no longer. Many landmarks and schools were destroyed and one that hit home for the masses was our historic Fountaingrove Round barn that sat on a hill as if it was the welcoming committee to people traveling south bound into Santa Rosa. We are shaken by the destruction but we will rebuild. Though this was a living nightmare, we have made it to the other side, rising from the ash. We here want you to remember through this process, SERVPRO is always #HERETOHELP. #SonomaStrong
A shot of water damaged insulation due to a roof leak
As we enter the end of 2017, we also enter into rainy season in Northern California. While this feels like a welcomed occurrence following our devastating fire storm, we have to stay prepared. As we've begun to experience rain, here at SERVPRO, we've begun to get calls reporting water damage. As you can see in this picture, there is removed drywall ceiling, reveling wet insulation, due to a leak in the roof. We had to act fast of course to prevent mold, but we ask for your vigilance as well. Before consistent rain hits, clean your gutters and if you are able, get your roof examined for any damage. We would like to have people prepared this season to prevent you from suffering a water damage. But if you do suffer from one, don't stress. Call us here at 707-571-8333 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
An outline of where the water is.
When we get called in for a water damage, we ask a lot of questions over the phone to best inform our guys about what they are going to be walking into, but we never know everything until our guys are on the scene. Once they speak with the customer and get a scope, they take moister readings to know exactly how wet it it and then they outline the problem. This helps for so many reasons. It lets everyone involved see where the water is. Homeowners, adjusters, contractors, us etc. We take certain precautions and steps at every job that help make everything run smoother and help us make it "Like it never even happened" that way you can go about your life. If you have water damage call us at (707)571-8333
A shot of Hurricane Harvey from satellite.
Our hearts go out to everyone effected by Hurricane Harvey. During these hard times, know that all SERVPRO's act like one, and will be coming together to make sure Texas has fast emergency relief. This is a massive storm and though we won't be out there in body we are sending only love and well wishes. Please listen to your local SERVPRO's and all SERVPRO's that are traveling there to help your local franchises. They will be doing their best to make sure they can save as much as possible and give you as much comfort as possible during this horrific time. If you want, to you can donate to disaster relief at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/relief-units-rolling-texas-hurricane-harveys-punch/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGHH-N17V_HHNB
Our thoughts again, are with all effected by this horrible event.
Water Damage in Sonoma County
A picture of a flooded basement due to extensive rain fall.
During the winter of 2016 to early 2017 in the Sonoma County area, there was a huge amount of water that down poured for days, and weeks on end. Here at SERVPRO we were flooded, (get it, flooded?) with calls of people saying their basements, and homes, were flooding and people's roofs leaking and any other problem you could imagine. During these times, we see a variety of water losses and we have to know how to deal with them all with attention to all details for each job. Sometimes we have to pump out a lot of water and then start the drying process. Other times we get get right to the drying process and start fighting off the possibilities of mold. We know how to work every job we get so all you have to worry about is what is SERVPRO's number. It is (707)571-8333! We will make it "Like it never even happened."
The Intrusion of Mold
Underneath a sink where there was a small leak that caused mold to grow.
SERVPRO has seen it all and done it all. Whether you have fire, water, smoke damage or mold, we can make it "Like it never even happened." Though all damages can be prevented in most cases, mold is defiantly avoidable. If you suffer a water damage, call us as soon as possible, because the fast we know and get out to your job, the high chance you have at avoiding mold. Also, if you have a bathroom with only a small window or perhaps no window at all, get a vent or fan installed if possible and clean up puddles of moister on the floor and window seals to reduce your chances of mold. You can also check under sinks, both bathroom and kitchen, to see if there are any leaks or any mold. If you can, it is a great idea to have your pipes checked yearly. Between us here at SERVPRO and you following these per-cautions, we can beat mold together!
Does Your Sonoma County Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Sonoma County, 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)571-8333
Sonoma County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 Santa Rosa S.E./Sonoma 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 Santa Rosa S.E./Sonoma 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.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (707)517-8333
Sonoma County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.
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 Santa Rosa S.E./Sonoma 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)571-8333