Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SERVPRO Cleaning Services - Air Ducts / HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.

SERVPRO of Fairfield routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Fairfield will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on duct cleaning contact  SERVPRO of Fairfield  today. (707) 207-0122

Sunday, July 28, 2013

SERVPRO Cleanup & Restoration - Dehumidification

Dehumidification can save money in restoration and replacement costs, and costs of downtime and delayed production schedules.

SERVPRO, an approved IICRC School, provides training in the art of Psychrometrics. Proper lowering of moisture levels is a science performed by trained professionals. Don't allow untrained restorers to damage your home.

The dehumidifiers operated by SERVPRO of Fairfield have the power and capability of removing moisture from, among other things:

  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Interior paint
  • Cement floors
  • Carpets
  • Insulation
  • Basements

Drying time is reduced because SERVPRO Professionals adjust the locations and types of dehumidifiers as drying conditions change. SERVPRO Professionals save you from considering:

  • The science of drying the structure yourself.
  • Relative humidity.
  • The cubic feet of the damaged area.
  • How much time it will take to dry the structure.
  • The extent of the damage.
  • If your carpet or padding is salvageable.

SERVPRO of Fairfield are equipped with the training, equipment and experience to make it "Like It Never Even Happened."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Grilled Buffalo Wings Recipe


3 pounds chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded
1 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle cola -flavored carbonated beverage
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon soy sauce


Preheat a grill to medium heat.
In a large pot, mix together the hot sauce, cola, cayenne pepper, black pepper and soy sauce. Add the wings to the sauce - frozen is okay. Place the pot to one side of the grill, so the sauce comes to a simmer.
Use tongs to fish wings out of the sauce, and place them on the grill for 8 to 10 minutes. Then return to the sauce to simmer. Repeat this process for about 50 minutes. The sauce will thicken. When the chicken is tender and pulls easily off of the bone, you have two options. You can dip one last time and serve for sloppy style wings, or serve right off the grill for dryer wings.

Monday, July 22, 2013

SERVPRO of Fairfield News


This summer has started with a splash! Servpro of Fairfield sponsored a team for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Vacaville.  We had a DUNK TANK!  It was a blast not only for Servpro of Fairfield, but also for our community supporters and survivors alike.  Each survivor was given 3 chances to dunk whomever was in the hot seat.  We were honored to have Monte Hoover with Gillespie's Abbey Carpet Center (And ambassador of the year in both the Fairfield AND Vacaville Chambers of Commerce) and Denny Cone, the Strategic Director of Relay For Life, California Division of the American Cancer Society sit in the "HOT SEAT" which helped our team DOUBLE what we raised last year. "Thank you so much to Ralph Kirker, of Kirker Fire Protection without Ralph's help, we couldn't have kept our sanity at the dunk tank.  He was awesome. We also want to give a special thanks to Bryan Kirchgestner, with Bryan's Best Home Inspections who walked a whopping 50 MILES during the entire 24 hours.

It was an exciting and emotional event.  Cancer affects all of us, in one way or another.  This is just Servpro of Fairfield's way to FIGHT BACK!  You can FIGHT BACK with us in Fairfield at Armijo High School, July 20, 2013.  We are 21% to our goal of raising $1000.00.  You can help by donating, joining our team, or just showing up at the Relay and viewing all the different on site fundraisers.
On another note, the dry season is upon us.  We have been out to many fires recently, so we are focusing this month on fire damage restoration.  We are interested in your feedback on this newsletter. 

Please stay safe and have a glorious Summer!

All the Best!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Fire Risks Of Metallic Plumbing Systems Draw National Attention
Welding Torch Flames Rank Among Top-Ten Causes of Accidental House Fires Annually.  

When the average homeowner thinks about those situations that are most likely to cause an accidental house fire, a number of typical causes come to mind. Smoking in bed. Leaving home with the iron on. An unattended pan cooking on the stove. Overloaded outlets or faulty wiring. However, it is unlikely that the type of plumbing system in the home is ever a consideration.

The fire risk associated with plumbing materials lies in the tools that are used during installation. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), torches, which are required to solder metallic plumbing systems such as copper, rank among the top-ten leading causes of house fires each year. As a result, in recent years, negative publicity has been mounting regarding the destruction and injury that can result from a fire sparked by a soldering torch.

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As always, We would love your feedback, so please email me, or Stacy with your ideas and suggestions.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Insurance Agents Open Property to Clients Who Lost Homes


BLACK FOREST - Andy Taylor and Rene Thomsen might be the best insurance agents ever.

When their evacuated policy holders began calling June 12 to ask about compensation for temporary housing, the married insurance team, who were evacuated from their home the day before, opened the lot behind their office to customers fleeing the Black Forest fire.

The 10-acre property became a campsite for three families and their animals, including horses, dogs and cats. Even Judy von Ahlefeldt, the one-woman news organization who produces the weekly Black Forest News, is operating out of the converted space since losing her home in the fire.

"That's how it is out here," said Taylor, 53. "It wasn't even a conscious decision. That's how people treat each other in the forest. We're all neighbors. If it wasn't us, it'd be someone else."

Taylor and Thomsen, whose satellite Farmer's Insurance agency serves a few hundred families in the Black Forest area, lost their barn and acres of now-scorched property, but their home remained mostly unscathed. The two are living out a mobile home, camping alongside their policy holders.

Roughly 12 of their clients lost everything in the fire. Among their clients were Marc and Robin Herklotz, the married couple that died as they prepared to flee. The Herklotzes only owned a policy with Taylor and Thomsen for about a year, but, as with every policy holder they manage, the couple had become family.

"It just makes me sick to my stomach," said Thomsen, 54.

Despite their obvious generosity, Taylor and Thomsen don't recognize their compassion as unusual. They are amazed and inspired by the magnanimity of others, including local businesses that have shelled-out thousands of dollars in materials and help for free.

"You really have to know these people to understand that if there were Farmer's insurance holders in need, or any other insurance holder for that matter, they would be willing to help on any level," said Jim Vincent, who lost his home in the fire and has a policy with Taylor and Thomsen. "Their door is always open to anyone in need."

Even with their lives damaged, the self-described road hounds will stay put, even if some of their policy holders may not.

How long will they let their newfound neighbors camp out in their backyard? Indefinitely.

"They might only have to stay here for two or three weeks," Thomsen said. "They have enough on their minds right now."

Article Source: The Gazette

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Suggestions from someone who lost her home to fire - and experienced the staggering generosity of community.
Message, text or email them your love and concern. Crisis can be so isolating, and hearing that others know what's going on and that they care is wonderful. But keep it simple: "I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you are alive." There really isn't much else to say.

Listen. Everyone is going to have a unique response to this terrible event. After our fire it seemed I was constantly out of step with the prescribed narrative. When people thought I should despair, I was hopeful. When others assumed things were looking up, I was tanking. Your friend, who (if in Colorado Springs) is surrounded by so many others going through this same tragedy, will need someone to simply listen to how it is for her or him.

Send a check. This is one of the most helpful things you can do. Your friends are going to be spending money every which way, and insurance can take a while to process, even if everything goes smoothly.

Send a gift certificate. Everyone in our family is a reader, so we were given many gift certificates to bookstores. Our books were one of the first things we wanted to replace. You could send a certificate to a favorite restaurant or a grocery store.

Give clothes or home items. Be really thoughtful here. If they were insured, your friends will be provided with the household basics and might not be ready to sort through a lot of stuff.

Make a meal or bring groceries. Your friends are probably exhausted and struggling on many levels. Even if they are staying with people temporarily, this could help their hosts.
If you're local, run a needed errand. When I went on my first shopping trip after the fire to buy a pair of sandals, my local mall didn't have the style I wanted, but the mall on the other side of town did. I wasn't able to take the time to drive that far, but a friend found out, bought them and delivered them right to me. It meant so much.

Focus on the children. If kids are involved, it's complicated. Losing everything is especially devastating for them; their belongings mean so much. If you can, figure out a game or toy a child is missing particularly and get that to him or her right away. You will have done a great thing for the entire family.

Consider taking the long view. The process after a fire is long. You may want to check in throughout the rebuild and do any of the above a few months down the road when they may need it most.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Rights and Obligations

The rights and obligations of the landlord and tenant depend on the lease terms, the fire's cause and the extent of the damage. Before providing advice, an attorney may ask you the following questions:

1. Is the property residential or commercial?

2. What was the cause of the fire? Did the tenant cause the fire? Was there an electrical system failure? Were there mixed causes? Were the causes undetermined? The fire department's report, if any, may give an opinion on the fire's cause.

3. How badly was the property damaged?

4. How long are repairs estimated to take?

5. What are the lease terms? Is the lease term fixed or a month-to- month lease? What repair provisions exist in the lease? What insurance provisions are contained in the lease, and does the lease contain a subrogation waiver?

6. When was the rent last paid? An attorney may also review the lease to determine if it contains any applicable provisions regarding insurance, repair obligations and rental payments.

The lease may specify particular rights and obligations if the property is destroyed. For example, a lease may give either the tenant or the landlord the right to cancel the lease after the destruction of the premises.  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

SERVPRO Cleanup & Restoration - Move Outs

When a customer’s home or business requires extensive, specialized cleaning, SERVPRO of Fairfield can conduct an organized, efficient move-out.

By itemizing, recording and relocating your contents to a secure location, the move-out will provide several benefits, including:
  • A quicker remodeling process.
  • Protecting items from potential damage.
  • Provide extensive restoration to contents.
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage.
The move-out process usually consists of six steps:
  1. Video the job site.
  2. Perform an initial scope & job estimate.
  3. Pack, tag, inventory, and additional sorting of clean and claim items.
  4. Move to a warehouse, clean and deodorize, and repack.
  5. Claim list suggestions from the customer.
  6. Move items back to the customer.
When restoration is completed, SERVPRO of Fairfield will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. For additional information, check out Contents Claim Inventory Service

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."

~John F. Kennedy

Monday, July 1, 2013

SERVPRO Cleanup & Restoration - Electronic Cleanup

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device.

If you suspect your electronics have been damaged by smoke or water, it is very important NOT to turn on the electrical equipment.

SERVPRO of Fairfield can see to the restoration of your electronics, including:
  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more
SERVPRO of Fairfield is available to clean the exterior of electronic items to help stop further corrosion. Electronics will be sent to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.