Friday, November 17, 2017

Calling in the Fire Damage Restoration Experts


A house fire, large or small, is a traumatic event and even if the fire was a relatively minor one there are some important steps to take to return to normal. One of the most important factors is to try to keep a level head so that your thinking is clear. Panic or rushed decisions might simply result in more damage on top of the initial fire damage.

A fire does more than simply burn the house and the items inside the house. A fire leaves behind smoke damage, soot and structural damage that must all be dealt with correctly. The most sensible course of action is to call in a fire damage restoration expert to deal with the restoration process properly.

Fire and smoke damage is a very particular problem and requires more work than simply washing down surfaces. Smoke gets deeply into hard surfaces such as walls and floors and if it's not treated quickly, will linger for many years no matter how often you clean them.

Soot can coat surfaces and belongings and must be carefully cleaned using the correct specialist equipment. Soot covered fabric such as lounge chairs, bedroom furnishings and clothes can all be restored if treated properly. But equally, taking the wrong approach can result in permanently damage being done.

Finally, structural damage must be assessed to determine how much repair work will be required and whether it is safe to stay in the house until repairs can be made.

A good fire damage restoration specialist will be capable of performing all of these important tasks, not to mention others such as organizing and carryout packing and storage of belongings and general damage assessment. The sooner a fire damage restoration expert is called in the more chance you can be sure you will save your belongings.

There are many tasks that can be performed while waiting for a fire and water damage restoration professional to arrive. Leaving it to the experts is the ultimate aim but taking matters into your own hands can also mitigate the damage with a lot to consider to get the most out of a fire damage cleanup.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top 6 Tips For Home Renovations


Are you going to do some home renovation projects? If so, you may be looking for a good professional. Given below are our top tips for you to get the renovations done without breaking the bank. Read on.

1. Set a Budget

It's important that you know what you can get for your budget. If you know how to price the required skills and material properly, you can save a lot of money. Yes, each builder is different and builders need to know what your expectations are.

You should get at least 3 quotes and don't go for the cheapest professional. Your selection should be based on the experience, personality and the reputation of the home renovation expert.

2. Make decisions in a timely fashion

You should make each decision before the work begins. Good builders will let you know about all the situations, but delays don't happen because of the decisions as to the situations.

Delays happen when the work stops because of something that is not available. For instance, if your faucet is late, your plumbers will stop working and you will have to give them a new schedule. So, make sure you get everything ready for the work.

3. Don't change your decisions too often

If you change your mind over and over again during the course of the project, problems will happen. Changing decisions frequently will not only add to the overall costs it will also delay the project. Therefore, you should change your mind only when you have no other option.

4. Buying materials

You may want to save money. You may think that the builder is going to give you a higher estimate of the cost of the materials and pass the additional cost onto you. In some cases, this may be true. But the point to keep in mind is that the builder may get the material at cheaper rates than you. So, you are going to pay the same price at the end.

5. Kids and pets

While the construction is going on, make sure you don't have kids around the workers. The workers may try to take care of the kids and pets while doing their chores; they are not supposed to do that. So, make sure you don't allow the kids to walk around the construction site.

6. Live somewhere else

The majority of homeowners don't pay attention to this rule. It's true that remodeling costs a great deal of money and the cost goes up when you decide to move to another house. If you can't afford to move to another house for the entire project, you can try to spend some time away from the home so that the workers could work comfortably.

So, these are some useful tips for you if you are going to start a renovation project for your home. Keep in mind that starting the work without a plan in place can cost you thousands of dollars later on. Therefore, make sure you have a plan before hiring a good builder for the renovation task.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Your Local Fire and Water Damage Restoration Experts Can Help You in Your Time of Need


Fires and floods are the things of nightmares. Thankfully, your local fire and water restoration team will be there for you during every step of your recovery, from drying out soaked furniture to removing soot to remodeling your building.

No one ever thinks that fire or water could possibly ravage their home. It always seems like something that happens to someone else or an event that only would take place in a movie. In fact, even after it has happened, many people still feel as though they are in a movie, as if this horror couldn't possibly be happening.

Tragedies are hard enough to get through without having to worry about hiring many different professionals to help you get your life back on track. That's why your local damage restoration service professionals offer fire, water, and remodeling services--for your convenience and emotional ease.

Water damage

There are so many ways that water could enter your home. Through cracks in the basement walls, a burst pipe, a leaky roof, spray from putting out a fire...the list goes on. But in the end, water is water, and it can cause serious damages to your property and harbor unwanted visitors such as mold, mildew, and dangerous pathogens.

Your water damage restoration professionals will begin the process by first vacuuming all standing water from the premises. After it is determined which possessions and structures can be salvaged, the permanently damaged materials will be hauled away, and the drying process can begin. Using professional tools such as air scrubbers, air movers, and dehumidifiers, the restoration professional will make sure that all carpets, furniture, and other materials are completely dried. Then, the area will be disinfected and deodorized. If necessary, mold remediation processes can begin to quarantine any outbreaks of mold and prevent future occurrences.

Fire restoration

Fire restoration often involves many of the same initial steps as water damage restoration, as many times a copious amount of water was used by the firefighters in order to combat the blaze. After the premises are dried out and all unsalvageable areas are identified and removed, the fire restoration professional can begin removing ash, soot, and other fire byproducts. Then the remodeling can begin.
Your remodeling contractors can handle both interior and exterior remodeling and can make your home look as though tragedy had never struck. These professionals can:

  • Install replacement windows
  • Paint
  • Perform framing and drywall work
  • Install doors
  • Install flooring
  • Perform siding contractor work
  • Replace electrical components
  • And more!

Above all, your local water and fire damage restoration team with treat you with patience and compassion. After all, you've suffered unthinkable losses. It is time to grieve, and to rebuild. Your local restoration and remodeling team is here to help you.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

North Bay Counties Move Towards Completing First Phase Of Fire Debris Removal


Jessica Flores reports on progress being made with with removal of toxic debris from fires as Napa County deadline looms (11-8-2017)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Who Saved Sonoma? A List


Sonoma's local first responders were the "first attack" battling the fires that began on Oct. 9.

According to Cal Fire officials, thanks to mutual aid agreements, more than 350 additional fire crews arrived in the county in the days that followed to help battle the Central LNU Complex fires as well as 772 National Guard troops and 4,300 PG&E workers. Community members had requested a complete list of the mutual aid first responders. The following is Cal Fire’s best accounting of the scope of assistance. To add crews to this list, email lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com. To access a list of mailing addresses for most of these crews, visit Bit.ly/SonomaResponders.

See list HERE

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Resources for Everyone Impacted by Sonoma Fires

Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

As the wildfires that consumed an estimated 30 percent of the Valley raged, triage was all anyone could manage. Emergency responses to various emergency needs sprang from every quarter, seemingly, as locals opened their hearts, homes and wallets. Now, 16 days since the wildfires began, the response goal has turned to one of recovery.

Significant numbers of people are permanently displaced, continuing to need everything from transportation to shelter. Countless others have been adversely impacted in different ways, from work stoppages and slowdowns to contending with freezers full of spoiled food.

Below is a current list of ways to give and get help.

Recovery Entities

-- FEMA Legal Hotline: 415-575-3120

-- FEMA local assistance center at Hannah Boys Center, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (17000 Arnold Drive)

-- FEMA local assistance center at Santa Rosa Press Democrat (427 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa)

PGE’s Recovery Net Program will reimburse individuals (with receipts) who lost food supplies after suffering at least 48 hours without power.

Facebook groups have created dedicated groups to assist victims without housing and other practical needs: “Keep them in Sonoma Valley,” “Keep them in Glen Ellen,” “Sonoma County Strong AKA Wine Country Strong” and “Sonoma Valley Curated Giving.”

Kivelstadt Cellars is hosting a free disaster recover seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. (938-7001, 13750 Arnold Dr., kivelstadtcellars.com)

Local law enforcement has unscrupulous price-gougers on their radar, and citizens are encouraged to report unfair pricing of food, gas, housing and essentials. (800-952-5225, oag.ca.gov)

The Wildfire Legal Group is offering a free presentation at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Moose Lodge on Broadway. Lawyers will be offering free legal information. wildfirelegalgroup.com

Shelter

NorCalFireResource.com consolidates rental listings in the area. Landlords and tenants can submit forms online. (norcalfireresource.com)

SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced individuals. Hosts needed, as well as volunteers to answer phones. (1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org)

El Pueblo Inn is offering discounted rooms ($129) to evacuees. (996-3651, elpuebloinn.com)

Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program and waved service fees; persons with spare rooms can register to become volunteer hosts. (airbnb.com)

California State Parks has opened coastal campsites to refugees at Bodega Dunes, Wrights Beach, and Salt Point. (parks.ca.gov/fireaide)

To help fire victims avoid scammers and facilitate rebuilding, BuildZoom has launched a free post-disaster service to vet contractors and other service providers. They’ve also complied a how-to list of resources for residents. (buildzoom.com)

Food

The Springs Food Pantry has been relocated to St. Leo’s Church. It will be open two days a week on Tuesdays, (starting Oct. 24) from 5 to 7 pm and Saturdays from Noon to 2 pm. Redwood Food Bank will be distributing “fire boxes” and additional food to people impacted by the fire. The pantry will operate as a drive-through. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted at St. Leo's, storage space provided. Large donations will need to be coordinated with Greg Dipaulo, (609) 744-1877

Epicurean Connection is coordinating a “No Pay CafĂ©” at Sonoma Springs Community Hall, giving nearly 3000 meals away from 12-2 daily. Volunteers needed from 11-3. (18672 Sonoma Highway)

Redwood Empire Food Bank continues to need financial donations and non-perishable foods. (523-7900, 3990 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa, refb.org)

FISH is distributing groceries. (996-0111, 18330 Sonoma Highway, friendsinsonomahelping.org)

Non-perishables

Church Mouse is giving clothing and bedding away to fire victims at no cost. (996-5115, 16885 Sonoma Highway; 938-9797, 15 E. Napa St.) The Agua Caliente location seeks volunteers to help sort items.

Bon Marche Thrift Store is giving away clothing to fire victims and accepting donations. (933.9613, 19405 Riverside Dr., bonmarchethriftstores.org)

FISH has donated clothing, beddings and toiletries available at United Methodist Church (996-2151, 109 Patten Street, sonomaumc.com, friendsinsonomahelping.org) FISH has a donation center set up at the Methodist church on Patten St in Sonoma. They will be open this week: Wednesday, 11am-1pm and Thursday, 11am-3pm. Unfortunately they can’t accept donations here as they are out of space.

1345 Imola St., Napa, houses a storefront packed with donated clothing.

United Way is accepting non-perishable donations. (975 Corporate Center Parkway, suite 160, Santa Rosa, unitedway.org.)

Rotary of Sonoma has collected donated kitchenware for victims, and has “clean-up kits” available as well. (portal.clubrunner.ca)

Dexter Laundry and its local distributor, Western State Design (WSD) are sponsoring a Free Laundry Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, for residents affected by the recent wildfires. In Sonoma, at LAUNDERLAND at 201 West Napa Street. Owner: Diane Natenstedt, phone 394-5805

Financial Support

Redwood Credit Union will deploy 100% of donated funds directly to fire victims. (545-4000, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa 95406, redwoodcu.org/NorthBayFireRelief). You can apply for an immediate $1,000 to assist with essentials such as rent, food, clothing and other personal necessities. If you live in Sonoma County, click here: https://www.unitedwaywinecountry.org/our-work/financial-stability/wildfire-relief-fund/ ALL administrative costs related to the fund are covered by Redwood Credit Union, so 100 percent of Fund donations are supporting fire survivors.

Stickers and T-shirts imprinted with the slogan “The Love in the Air is Thicker Than the Smoke,” with proceeds benefitting Dunbar Elementary School, has been organized by alum Denise Shadwell Draper. Customized orders okay. (ucaring.com/sonomavalleyfire2017, or (530) 228-4661)

GoFundMe has a list of verified fire relief crowdfunding campaigns.

United Way of the Wine Country is accepting donations. (unitedwaywinecountry.org)

The Sonoma County Resilience Fund is accepting donations. (sonomacf.org/sonoma-county-resilience-fund)

Salvation Army NorCal Wildfire Fund is accepting donations. (salvationarmyusa.org)

The Red Cross is accepting donations. (redcross.org)

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is accepting both volunteers and financial support. (573-3399, info@volunteernow.org)

Services for Undocumented People

Graton Day Labor Center has established a fund to support undocumented families. (829-1864, 2981 Bowen St, Graton, 95444 gratondaylabor.org)

Exchange Bank is accepting cash donations for its Undocufund Fire Relief: PO Box 1100, Sebastopol, Ca. 95473

Fun

Halloween costume party/fundraiser with Modern Action performing live at The Reel Fish Shop & Grill, Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m., $10 advance-$15 at the door. (343-0044, 401 Grove Street, thereelfishshop.com)

Sonoma Valley Historical Society wants your stories and photos, for The Sonoma Fire Project. (938-1762, 270 First St. West, sonomavalley.com)

Staples is offering free access to services, including printing, faxing, and computer work station time. (935-1466, 977 West Napa St.)

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is free through the rest of the year. (939-7862, 551 Broadway, svma.org)

Music Nomad is offering to help any local musician who lost their guitar, ukulele, or banjo. Message them on Facebook.

Operation Bicycle is providing free bikes for people who lost theirs in the fire. (Sonoma Teen Services, 939-1452, 17440 Sonoma Highway, teenservicessonoma.org)

Sonoma Optometry is replacing eye glasses for anyone who lost theirs in the fire. (938-3937, 201 W. Napa, sonomaoptometrycenter.com)

Salon Novo is still offering complimentary shampoo and blow-dry. (703-9357)

Russian River Brewing Company will donate proceeds of Sonoma Pride beer and 2018 Pliney the Elder to fire victims. (545.2337, 725 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, russianriverbrewing.com/sonomapride.com)

The Boisset Collection is crafting a special limited-edition red wine, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to disaster relief funds. (boissetcollection.com)

Animals

Pets Lifeline is distributing goods collected by Rotary to care for pets. (996-4577, 19686 8th St. East, petslifeline.org)

Support for displaced or needy animals on Facebook: Napa/Santa Rosa Animal Evacuations Info; Solano County Horse/Livestock Fire Evacuation Help Page.

Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center needs volunteers to clean and organize pens. (942 Hartle Ave, Napa,)

Jameson Rescue Ranch is connecting needy animals with foster shelters. (Deassa@JamesonRescueRanch.org)

Broccos Old Barn is accepting donations for displaced animals. (938-2291)

Pet Food Express will bathe your pets at no charge. (935-0777, 500 W. Napa St, petfoodexpress.com)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Safety Tips for Children


Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Federal, State Crews Plan Cleanup of Hazardous Materials from Wildfire Burn Areas


First comes ridding the fire zones of obvious threats such as propane and gas tanks, asbestos and pesticides. But the process to give a site the all-clear is going to take a long time. Allen Martin reports.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Chapter Begins for North Bay Victims of Wildfires


People who lost their homes in the Wine Country wildfires are being told they need to register with FEMA. Susie Steimle reports.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

County Reminds Residents To Arrange Fire Clean-Up By Approved Contractors Due To Toxic Ash


Jessica Flores reports on Napa and Sonoma County officials warning returning residents about toxic ash from burned homes (10-19-2017)