The Glory Hole
The Glory Hole in Lake Berryessa looks like a large sink drain.
Not too far from SERVPRO of Vacaville's doors is a unique site that is drawing a lot of visitors. Locals know it as the Glory Hole, but its official name is the Morning Glory Spillway, and simply put, it is a gigantic drain that helps release water from Lake Berryessa. The reason it is garnering so much attention is that the Glory Hole has only been used about two dozen times since it was first built in the 1950s. The Glory Hole works a lot like the drain in the side of your sink. When the water gets too high, it spills into the drain to prevent overflow. In the case of Lake Berryessa, the lake level must rise above 440 feet before water spills down into the Glory Hole. And when it does, a steady stream of visitors gather near the southern end of Lake Berryessa, near the border of Napa and Solano counties, to watch it drain. It is especially popular with Vacaville, Dixon, Winters and Davis residents since the attraction is an easy drive from all of these communities. If you haven't had a chance to make the trip to see it yet, don't worry; the Glory Hole will likely spill for a couple of months, like it did in 2017.
Once water spills into the hole, it drops about 200 feet straight down into a narrowing pipe. At the bottom, the pipe takes a 90-degree turn and runs hundreds of feet to the other side of Monticello Dam. The dam holds back Putah Creek to form Lake Berryessa, which supplies water to Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City and Vallejo, as well as Travis Air Force Base. While most dams have a spillway to the side to manage high waters, the Monticello Dam features the less-conventional Glory Hole, making it unique and a popular tourist stop at this time of year. Be sure to visit it while you still can!
Thanks to a new website, fire officials are getting some help in locating the exact source of fires from a network of high-definition cameras sprinkled around California. Seventeen cameras are now being added to that network in the North Bay, a part of the state that has recently become synonymous with devastating wildfires.
By logging onto alertwildfire.org, fire officials will be able to zoom in on plumes of smoke and get a reading on its direction. This will help firefighters and emergency responders to see, locate and confirm fires, quickly scale fire resources up or down to respond appropriately, to study how the fire behaves until it ultimately is contained, and to help conduct evacuations.
Longer periods of drought have contributed to an increased likelihood of devastating wildfires with tornado-like tendencies that allow fires to jump large rivers and traditional fire barriers. This was driven home once again by the fires in Butte County in November, which destroyed some 14,000 homes including the entire community of Paradise. SERVPRO of Vacaville helped several homeowners whose homes survived the fire storm, but wished more homes could have been saved. It is our hope that the new camera system will help detect the source of future wildfires and decrease their devastation for homeowners in all of California.
Avoiding Electrical Fires
We all know that installing and maintaining a smoke detector is the best way to stay safe in case of a fire in your home, but you may be surprised to learn about the most common causes of electrical fires. Here they are:
Faulty outlets, appliances - Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.
Light fixtures - Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.
Extension cords - Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into an outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure.
Space heaters - Because space heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.
Wiring - Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home.
Be sure to check today and make sure none of these dangers are in your home. In the unfortunate case of a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville are on-call 24 hours a day to help. Call us at 707-724-8977.
It's the Water You Don't See That Causes the Most Damage
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas you can’t see - your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home, and even more importantly, the health of your loved ones.
SERVPRO of Vacaville understands how disruptive water damage can be for your entire family and will help ensure that the source of the water is identified. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained professionals. With top-of-the-line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Vacaville Professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again. Call us at (707) 724-8977 and we’ll be sure to make sure we take care of you, no matter how big or small your problem is.
Follow These Mold Safety Tips If you Suspect Mold
Attention Vacaville, Dixon & Winters Residents
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 Vacaville 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 Vacaville 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) 724-8977
If Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Vacaville is Ready
SERVPRO of Vacaville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources or Handle Floods and Storms
If storms hit Vacaville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (707) 724-8977
Preventing Additional Damage After a Fire
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. The professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.
Here's just a few of the things we can help you with after a fire:
- Smoke and soot removal
- Inventory your home's contents
- Document restoration
There are also steps you can take to minimize additional damage to your home after a fire occurs:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading
- Place clean towels on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Wash any walls or painted surfaces
- Shampoo carpet or upholstery
- Clean any electrical equipment
- Send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor into the fabric
If you do experience a fire in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville. We will work to ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored back to preloss condition whenever possible.
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Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you Can Do Until Help Arrives
No one wants to deal with water damage to your home, and hopefully it’s not something that happens often. When it does, be sure to call SERVPRO of Vacaville, a water damage repair and restoration specialist, as soon as you notice any damage. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your property properly. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep in mind which may help minimize the damage done to your home.
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use your television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Having to deal with water damage can be frustrating and confusing, but the specialists at SERVPRO of Vacaville are on call 24-hours a day to respond to your residential or commercial emergency. If you have any questions, give us a call today at (707) 724-8977.