Petaluma—Plumbing the Depths of Charms

Picturesque Petaluma

Petaluma is one of the most picturesque towns of Sonoma County, with irresistible scenery, award-winning dining establishments and world-class beer. What more could you ask for? Not much, except maybe outstanding plumbing, heating and cooling services. Oh, wait. They already have that, as Ongaro and Sons is proud to service satisfied customers in Petaluma.

The name comes from the Miwok tribes who once lived throughout the region; the Miwok phrase “péta lúuma” means “hill backside,” most likely referring to the Sonoma Mountain which Petaluma abuts.

Egg Basket of the World

Settlers moved to the area after James Marshall found gold in 1848 and turned to farming when they didn’t strike it rich. Consequently Petaluma became known for its grain and chicken production, which earned it the title of “Egg Basket of the World.” The town continues to honor its heritage with the annual Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival, originally created in the 1900s to promote the town as part of National Egg Day, which features a “Cutest Little Chick Contest” as well as more than 130 parade units attracting crowds numbering up to 25,000. Today, not surprisingly but not quite “eggs-actly,” Petaluma is known as a “foodie haven of Northern California.”

Built on Bedrock

Because it exists on stable bedrock, Petaluma was one of the few San Francisco Bay area communities that wasn’t devastated by the 1906 Earthquake. Which is why its historic chicken processing plants and well-preserved pre-1900 buildings still stand.

Getting Around

Petaluma covers a wild area of rolling hills and sprawling vineyards. The Petaluma River flows through downtown and creates a serene waterfront where it empties into San Pablo Bay. Drive through downtown to see Victorian-era homes, boutiques and specialty shops, and then enjoy the farmlands along Valley Ford Road.

Several local companies offer tours to see the redwoods or visit local wineries in everything from an open-air jeep to a limousine. Petaluma Transit also has six bus routes around Petaluma.

Historic Downtown

Beer lovers find world-class brews and delicious pub food on the banks of the Petaluma River. Wine lovers enjoy Theatre Square for its small dining establishments, many of which have earned highly coveted Michelin Star ratings, that serve wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. The Big Easy is a restaurant and jazz club and Jamison’s Roaring Donkey has trivia nights, painting and other community activities.

The historic downtown buildings have served as a backdrop for major films and TV series. American Graffiti was filmed at Petaluma High School and near several downtown businesses. Filmmakers also shot Cujo, Howard the Duck, Flubber and Pleasantville throughout the town.

Ugliest Dog Contest

For some 25 years, Petaluma has hosted the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest® at the Sonoma-Main Fair, devoted to the notion that “dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend.” We won’t make any claims about the attractiveness of our staff, but we can assure you that everyone at Ongaro and Sons reflects a breadth of experience and dedication to customer service that is a testament to the values of a family-owned and operated company since 1932.

Wetlands Preservation and Recycling Water

The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance is dedicated to preserving natural habitats and partnering with local governments, schools and other organizations to educate the public about environmental stewardship and promote natural systems for water recycling.

Ongaro and Sons is dedicated to helping Petaluma residents conserve water. As an example, Leaky faucets and toilets are a significant source of water waste. Thorough inspection of plumbing fixtures and pipes ensures water is being distributed in the most efficient and least wasteful manner.

The delivery of clean and safe drinking water delivered to Petaluma homes is also an important health consideration. While water treatment plants test and treat water to ensure it is safe, a lot can happen to the water once it leaves the distribution plant and makes it way to your faucet. One way to ensure household water is as pure, safe, and healthy as possible is to install a water filtration system.

When Wet is Too Wet

Speaking of water in your home, water damage to basements and home exteriors can easily overload plumbing systems. If water is not thoroughly and properly removed, your furnishings and carpeting deteriorate over time due to the likely growth of mold. This can also aggravate your allergies and, in some cases, result in respiratory-related illnesses.

Even in dry conditions, you might not escape seasonal allergies. It’s annoying to suffer a runny nose or headache caused by allergies, especially when the weather is getting better, which it almost always is in Petaluma.

Ongaro and Sons offers a set of tips to help relieve your allergy suffering. Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system, including changing air filters, is particularly important to making it easier for Tiburon residents to breathe at home.

Small Town Values

Petaluma can be described as offering “a glimpse into small-town America at the turn of the century.” The town offers an old-school charm that emphasizes character, sincerity and honesty. As a fourth generation family-owned company, Ongaro and Sons emphasizes and practices the same values. Petaluma residents rely on Ongaro and Sons for their plumbing and heating and cooling needs because every one of our employees is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction. Because everyone in a small town knows they can depend on one another.

Ongaro & Sons Services Petaluma

Ongaro and Sons provides a full range of plumbing and heating and cooling services to Petaluma. When Petaluma residents call us, they know they’ll receive quality workmanship and incomparable service.


For any and all plumbing jobs related to your home, Ongaro and Sons provides a variety of residential services including inspection, installation and repair. Our technicians are experienced with drain cleaning and maintenance and repair, including installation and repair of garbage disposals. Experienced certified plumbers carefully and thoroughly explore your plumbing, using drain line cameras when necessary, so that we can identify the problems and fix exactly what is wrong.


Ongaro and Sons designs a Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system using a diagnostics approach to provide the highest levels of efficiency and comfort. Ongaro and Sons technicians are trained for all residential makes and models of forced air and air conditioning repair. Our fully stocked trucks have replacement parts on hand for most required repairs, and if we don’t have the part on hand we can get the part quickly so that you’ll be up and running in a very short time.

Boiler Repair

Ongaro and Sons technicians make use of the latest diagnostic equipment and years of experience to determine a problem quickly and get you back up and running as soon as possible. They are highly trained in boiler repair and regularly attend boiler manufacturers training courses. We work on most all major manufacturer models. Regular boiler system maintenance and annual tune-up ensure longer lasting equipment and lower utility bills. Should your boiler need replacement, we carry most major brands.

Duct Cleaning, Repair and Replacement

Central air conditioning and heating are the top energy consumers in most California homes, so ensuring the efficiency of your entire HVAC system can yield big improvements in energy efficiency. When we think about saving energy, we usually focus on the furnace and air conditioner units, but a leaky duct system can reduce your climate control system’s efficiency 20 to 30 percent. These leaks also  bring unwanted dust, unconditioned outdoor air and humidity into your living space and take money straight out of your wallet.

If your home is over seven years old, have your ducts professionally tested by one of our certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) technicians via an energy audit. If needed, we can do a thorough and effective cleaning, repair or even replace leaky ductwork.

Indoor Air Quality

Ongaro and Sons puts the “V” back into the HVAC. Ventilation is the process of bringing fresh air into your home to replace stale air filled with indoor pollutants such as cooking smells, pet odors and/or tobacco. Proper ventilation is not only key to the efficiency of your home heating and cooling system, but to your indoor air quality and you and your family’s health. While air filters and air fresheners remove particles from circulating, they don’t bring in fresh air. One simple way to correct this is to open doors and windows, but this is not always practical. It also allows outside allergens and pollutants into the house.

Ongaro and Sons offers a number of solutions to increase the quality of your indoor air, including everything from a filtration system to a complete home purification system and fresh air exchanger system. We’re a family-owned business. No one knows better than us the importance of protecting the health of you and your family.

Contact Us

Ongaro and Sons is here for Petaluma residents as well as commercial businesses to provide full-service heating and pooling, plumbing and boiler installation, maintenance and repair. Contact us with any questions or discuss your needs, and experience 100 percent customer satisfaction.