Recent Storm Damage Posts

Cloverdale Home Repair

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Cloverdale home repair is no news to us! We are used to dealing with fire and water damage, so what may take months for a repairman or homeowners to tackle will take us just a few weeks, depending on the size of the loss. Besides, doing the work yourself may end up costing you more money. 

Water damage repair

Believe it or not, we have gotten a lot of calls about water damage in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, and the surrounding areas. Leaky roofs and broken pipes are the first thing you notice because you feel those huge drops on your head, or you come home and the ceiling is on your floor. Even just watching the ceiling fall as you're on the phone with the insurance company is enough to give you a stroke. 

Our year round services

Wildfires kept us busy this last year, as well as this year and not to mention frozen pipes. We try to remind everyone about fire safety and getting pipes insulated, as well as checking smoke alarms so they work year round. But, sometimes these things get forgotten with everything else going on in our lives.

Since you already have enough to deal with, leave it to us. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE!

Time to Start Preparing for Storm Damage

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our experience with storms

SERVPRO employees have no problem working in the rain! We've had countless interactions with different weather conditions-blistering heat, freezing cold, dead of night (well, that's not a weather condition, but you get the idea)-and we've powered through because of the importance for the customer. Each day that we don't work on a water damaged home could be tens or hundreds of dollar spent that isn't NECESSARY.

Sonoma County storms

Although we have been doing continuous active work in Sonoma County, we have previously come across dozens of storm jobs. We have worn special suits to crawl under houses during the rainy season. Even with severe water damage and leaks, we aren't afraid to get dirty. When it's absolutely necessary, we want to do everything possible. 

Healdsburg Flood Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Healdsburg flood damage

Although we are not seeing or feeling any rain at the moment, homes can still feel the effects of flood damage after a storm. Some areas in Healdsburg are known year round as flood zones, and warnings/safety measure are put into place to ensure people’s safety. Even with all the preparation, some things can’t prepare you for Healdsburg flood damage.

Common misconceptions about water damage

One of the most common myths about flood damage is that you don’t need a separate insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do NOT cover flood damage. Even though this is California, which floods a lot, you should most definitely purchase flood damage coverage from your insurance company during the winter season.

We also recommend not touching carpet after a sewage or flash flood loss. Diseases and contaminants could have affected your carpet, especially with a sewage loss, and saving carpet after a loss like this is not recommended. It’s incredibly unsafe and unsanitary. We as a restoration company would remove the carpet and restore the subflooring. We would also apply disinfectant to make sure the area is sanitized.

Why we want to help

We get many calls from customers wanting to rent our equipment to complete the water damage removal themselves. However, if you don’t know the extent of the water damage, where it’s coming from, or the class of water, you should not do this on your own. If you don’t even know what the classes of water are named, you definitely need to seek the help of professionals. We can appreciate the frustration of having to deal with this stuff all on your own, but we have been taking care of storm and flood damage for many years and are used to most situations that arise.

Cloverdale Storm Damage

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

5/25/18

Our prep work for storm damage

The storms this year aren't unusual for what we've had to overcome in the past, but we still have our share of challenges! As individuals and a company, we work hard to overcome any obstacles within our crew or on a job. One of our biggest issues is being prepared for a bunch of jobs coming in at the same time, and then not having a lot of storm work for a while because we have so much sun! We do what we can according to the season and weather reports to prepare. This mess from a Cloverdale storm damage job was very common all over Sonoma County. Good thing we had all our equipment inspected and extra products on hand!

What can you do to prepare for storm damage?

Pruning your trees, as well as making sure dead trees are cut, is really important to do before a big storm hits. Strong winds can knock tree limbs into your windows or through your roof, allowing water to enter. Keep your gutters clear, be aware of shut off locations for your utilities and how to operate them, and get an annual roof inspection by a professional. They can check for loose shingles, the overall foundation of your roof, and other areas of damage. 

Santa Rosa storm damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Santa Rosa storm damage Water getting everywhere!

Storm damage affecting your home

Shingles are to remain on a roof for a reason; they keep your home insulated and allow water to run off the side. Your gutters function the same way. If one of those is malfunctioning, your ceiling may collapse or a slow drip will form, and you have to prepare for the inevitable; calling your homeowners insurance company!

Being consistent with insurance coverage

Insurance companies are incredibly particular about flood insurance, water damage, fire damage, and even damage sustained by wind. There may be cases when you don't have coverage. Be sure to update your policy every year, if not every season, if you live in an area with unpredictable weather.

Storm damage accrued this winter

The wind and water that went all over the place in Sonoma County wreaked havok this winter, and even in the spring. Storm damage in Santa Rosa required emergency flooding restoration services. We had calls come in on weekends; weather was especially stormy in Santa Rosa, as well as surrounding counties. Even when we have our down time at our warehouse, we are getting prepared for anything big that may hit. Murphy's Law applies here-whatever can happen will happen! (But it didn't take into account our super awesome work ethic!)

Past flood damage in Windsor

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Past flood damage in Windsor Our technicians know how to check for moisture, which is critical when monitoring an area that needs to dry. We need to know how much drying is left!

All kinds of water damage

During the winter 2017/2018 season, we had numerous calls about water damage, whether from inside or outside the home. Despite the weather being mostly dry the past few weeks, moisture can still be in the air. Overnight frost, even the slightest, can also lead to condensation, and facilitate water damage. Most recently, we’ve had calls about the Windsor flood damage. Heavy rains mixed with hours of rain fall equal major disasters that may seem overwhelming to manage. The Healdsburg and Windsor areas were affected a lot due to their location on the valley floor.

Ways we can help

Attempting to do it yourself due to money concerns may lead to more money concerns and no fixed home. We are in this business because we want to help others restore their sentimental items. We also appreciate your business, and work with insurance companies such as Farmers, American Modern, Safeco, AAA, State Farm, The Hartford, and many others. Insurance companies are there to give you help when you’re in a bind, and we can make sure to follow their policies so your home can get the treatment it deserves.

Pre loss condition is our goal, as well as the least expensive option to keep your insurance company happy. However, least expensive doesn’t necessarily mean cheap. We have been able to find drying techniques, cleaning techniques, and easier ways to use equipment so fewer resources are required to restore your home.  We can help you get on your way!

Storm damage is upon us

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage is upon us Water damage traveled up to the ceiling and door frame of this home, requiring partial demolition, as well as water extraction and drying.

Cloverdale storm damage

Some homeowners may be saying that they thought they had extra time before big storms may hit. However, with California weather, we have been dealing with a lot of ups and downs, and so much unpredictability. Because of the back and forth nature, we make ourselves available at a moment's notice. We expect storm damage in Cloverdale this season due to the structure of the valley in Sonoma County. Water piles up on the bottom floor, and all the surrounding homes and business get the brunt of it. 

SERVPRO's 24 hour emergency service

Due to the untimely manner of fire, water, smoke, and mold damage, we are a 24 hour emergency service company. We can come to your home at 2 PM or 2 AM to board up your home and create a more secure area, or we can start extracting water due to a toilet overflow. Cloverdale storm damage never stops us! We have equipment and technicians on standby at all times to make sure you get the service you need when you need it.

 Don't hesitate to call, we promise it doesn't bother us! What bothers us is people having to pay more for restoration services because too much time was wasted not responding to the situation.

707-537-6635 is our contact info, for any time day or night.

The effects of storm damage on commercial buildings

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

We've already received calls about wind and storm damage to some roofs. Check your building's insurance policy! Some building owner's insurance policies don't cover storm damage. Doing everything possible to prevent water damage during storm season is recommended. Inconveniences and frustrations tend to accompany storm damage.  Insurance companies also have to perform their own investigations to determine the cause of the loss, and whether it will be covered by the current insurance policy.

SERVPRO's storm damage cleanup services

Storm damage on commercial buildings can be handled by our team of professionals. We have the capabilities of getting many pieces of equipment, as well as coordinating with other Franchises, to get any job done. We can deal with water, fire, or roof damage. A lot of people don't realize their roof could have become affected by a swift of strong winds, falling branches, or even excessive water. Emergency tarping could be needed, and will make a huge difference on the amount of water damage inside the structure.

Sonoma County Storm Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

You know you live in California when: everyone freaks out about avocados, In N Out, and there's a winery every 5 miles. You also know you're in California when you can wear shorts one day, but then decide to have a spontaneous Eskimo day with a fully insulated suit to protect you from the wind chill. Weather here is CRAZY, and sometimes even we have a hard time keeping up with it. However, we keep ourselves accountable by doing what we can before that storm hits, before that toilet decides to flood, or before that home becomes infested. 

Storm damage-what you can do for added protection

10 day weather reports ahead of time can be helpful for setting up your emergency food and water storage, double checking your homeowners insurance policy, and getting paperwork from your safe. These steps should be taken if a huge storm is anticipated. Lately, we've had very cold temperatures and wind. These conditions can lead to roof damage and broken pipes. You can survive any storm (literally or theoretically), just be prepared!

Flood damage in Geyserville

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood damage in Geyserville Damage to this home was extensive, and multiple rooms had to be reconstructed after being dried.

El Nino and floods in Sonoma County

2017 demonstrated that areas in Sonoma County flood easily due to being in the valley. Lots of rain accumulation, with nowhere to go, leads to standing water and possibly travelling water. Where does the water travel? Water can travel to the insides of our homes and businesses, of course.

Inconveniences of water damage

Water damage can cause mold, deterioration of your belongings, a headache with insurance companies, and lots of impatience. Trying to get it all sorted can take several weeks or months, unless you have the help of flood damage experts in the Geyserville area. SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE has been around for years, and flood season is upon us. Take a look at all the various jobs we've performed in Sonoma County. We take good care of our customers, and we appreciate the business.

Santa Rosa Storm Damage

12/23/2016 (Permalink)

Parking lots are flooding during the final 2 day push before Christmas. Not only do more accidents happen this time of year, but we also see water damage the most during this time of year. As obvious as this next statement is, it must be said: we will only notice water damage in your home once it happens. 

A recent customer of ours noticed 2 random water spots on her ceiling in one of the bedrooms of her home. SERVPRO determined the shingles were faulty, and needed to be replaced. We dried out the room and made sure to tarp the roof before any more damage happened. If it weren't for the recent rain, the customer would have never known her home could fall victim to the rain!

We urge you to give us a call and let us look at the damage that you can have. We can then offer you advice on what needs to be done! 537-6635 is our direct line, day or night.