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Enjoy A Drive-Through Christmas Event in San Jose

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

closeup of holiday lights; blurred for effect Join us at Christmas in the Park. Be sure and say hello if you see us there!

San Jose History Park Welcomes Visitors This Festive Season 

Christmas in the Park is a beloved San Jose tradition – and this year, and it is going ahead with a twist. You are invited to drive through the park and enjoy the wonderful things on display: 

  • Whimsical, festive decorations
  • Hundreds of decorated Christmas trees
  • The park’s collection of authentic and reproduction historic homes
  • Round off your visit with a Santa sighting! 

This Christmas tradition is a perfect opportunity to explore the charm of San Jose’s past while also getting into the holiday spirit. You can also choose to sponsor a less fortunate family’s visit if you would like to.  

Christmas in the Park runs from November 27 to January 3. Tickets are $20 between the hours of 5 PM and 10 PM; or opt for a twilight ticket for $10, between 4 PM and 5 PM. 

Mold spores can quickly travel indoors on your shoes and boots after you go outside. Fast action is the key to stopping the fungus from spreading. If you need mold inspection, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

Get Some Fresh Air and See A Local Mystery in Fremont

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

View of California valley from mountain At SERVPRO, we enjoy the many trails and outdoor activities our parks offer.

Fremont’s Mystery Walls Have Baffled Visitors for Centuries 

As the nights get darker, it is more important than ever to get outside for some fresh air and exercise if you can. And what better way than enjoying a stroll beside some of California’s mystery stone walls? 

You will find the Berkeley Mystery Walls dotted all over the East Bay area. The Spanish settlers found the walls when they first came to the area – and the Ohlone American Indians who were there before them said that the walls predated their arrival, too. 

The walls are scattered in odd, sometimes inaccessible places. The community does not know who placed them there or why. All scholars know is that they are ancient – and very mysterious!  

You can explore the walls for yourself from several parks in the East Bay area, including:  

  • Mission Peak Regional Reserve
  • Tilden Regional Park
  • Ed. R Levin County Park 

The walls are always open and always free, so why not come check them out? 

Please remember to switch off appliances and heaters while you are out exploring the walls. In the event of a blaze, SERVPRO of Campbell is here to help with fire damage restoration. Call us at (408) 371-4001.

Enjoy Silicon Valley and Sun in Innovative San Jose

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Inside view of SERVPRO facility; Restoration equipment stacked along wall Although our climate is beautiful, our homes still incur water damage. SERVPRO has you covered for any scope of water loss event.

San Jose Enjoys Good Weather and Little Rain – but SERVPRO is Still on Hand When Water Damage Occurs 

San Jose is a fascinating and vibrant place to live, work, and visit. It is a large, vibrant city of 1,021,795 people and is the largest city in northern California. San Jose is the political, business, and cultural capital of Silicon Valley with so much to see and do that you could live here for a decade and never get bored.  

A History of Innovation 

Silicon Valley originally got its name thanks to the number of companies in the area specializing in the manufacture of silicon-based integrated circuit chips and MOS transistors. The trade newspaper Electronic News coined the term in the 1970s, and it became popular in the 1980s when home computers became more common.  

However, the history of innovation in San Jose and Silicon Valley stretches further back than most people realize:  

  • In 1899 the San Francisco lightship received the first-ever ship-to-shore wireless telegraph broadcast in North America. 
  • By 1933 technology firms were popping up all around the area to serve the US Navy.
  • The area became popular with early Ham Radio enthusiasts, with up to 10% of nationwide Hams living in and around Silicon Valley. 

Art and Culture for Everyone 

With such an innovative history, it is no wonder that San Jose is home to several excellent museums, including:  

  • The Tech Interactive, a hands-on science museum for all the family. It features 132,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions, challenges, and experiments to bring out the Silicon Valley whizz in every adult and child. Be sure to check out their IMAX Dome screen, which is the largest in the west.
  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Visitors will wonder at the exhibition here, which contains the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America. Even the building is educational, being modeled after the Temple of Amon at Karnak.
  • The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation. Stop by Kelly Park in San Jose to take a look at the Corporation’s historic streetcars. You can even ride one for free.
  • The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. This one is a must for culture vultures. You will find it in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the San Jose State campus. Explore Ira F. Brilliant’s unique collection of Beethoven memorabilia, including replica pianos, a lock of hair, and even his death mask.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. San Jose is not only famous for Silicon Valley – but it also has an extensive textile history. The museum houses over 1200 textile samples, from contemporary modern weaves to historic quilts. It is a tiny gem but worth a visit.

In addition to the museums, San Jose has also plenty of public art sculptures, theaters, and performing arts initiatives to keep you entertained. The city houses its own opera, symphony, and ballet, to name just a few.

From Silicon to Green Spaces 

With so much tech and art, it would be easy to overlook San Jose’s impressive green spaces – but it would also be a mistake. Whether you are in town for a weekend visit or a long-term resident, San Jose’s parks and gardens offer ample opportunity to recharge. 

For a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle, try the Municipal Rose Garden. This tucked-away garden features hundreds of stunning roses, tall redwood trees, and an elegant fountain. The perfect place to spend an afternoon. 

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a tranquil oasis in the city that offers waterfalls, fountains, pools, and quaint bridges, complete with bonsai trees and colossal koi fish. Meanwhile, the Mexican Heritage Plaza has gorgeous gardens, meeting rooms, a theater, and outdoor art exhibitions to teach visitors more about Mexican heritage. 

Finally, kids can burn off some energy at the Rotary Play Garden. This garden has play equipment for kids of all ages, and the surface is soft enough to lessen the risk of bumps and bruises. It is quirky and artistic – and free!   

A Sunny Climate Did Not Prevent 2017 Flooding

Although San Jose enjoys long hot summers, that does not make it immune to flooding. In 2017, Silicon Valley faced its worst floods in many years. Sustained heavy rainfall raised water levels in the Anderson Reservoir in Santa Clara County, which then flooded Coyote Creek, a waterway running through the center of San Jose.  

More than 14,000 residents had to evacuate due to the floods, while the lack of warning left many of them scrambling to fit valuables into their cars and make an escape. 

Flooding from the creek is not the only way water damage can occur in homes. There is also the risk of water damage from:

  • A burst pipe or malfunctioning downspout
  • A leaking faucet or damaged bath or shower seal
  • A broken fridge, freezer, washer, or dishwasher 

SERVPRO is here to help all San Jose residents with water damage repair, no matter how big or small the disaster. 

SERVPRO’s Process Provides Effective Water Damage Repair 

As local experts in water damage repair, we understand that an effective process is everything.  

Our process starts with a fast response – we aim to be on-site within four hours of first notice of loss. We carry out a full assessment on arrival, draw up a drying plan, and communicate to the homeowner before proceeding. 

We extract as much water as possible from floors and carpets because the less moisture is present, the more effectively we can dry the home. Effective drying is a must because leftover damp provides a breeding ground for mold and increases the risk of ongoing water damage. Leftover wet also leaves home smelling unpleasant. 

After extraction comes cleaning, disinfecting, and drying. We bring in air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to evaporate water and lower humidity levels. We monitor drying at every stage to ensure we get the desired result. 

We end every cleanup assignment by walking the owner through their home and answering any questions, and we always deodorize the place before we leave to get rid of damp odors. 

SERVPRO of Campbell is here to help any resident with water damage repair. We are always available – call us at (408) 371-4001.

Can a Business Remain Open During Floodwater Cleanup?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Businessman with laptop sitting on lifebuoy in abstract flooded office interior Contact SERVPRO when water damage enters your building.

SERVPRO techs have the skills and equipment to safely mitigate all sizes of damage from flooding in San Jose commercial properties

When SERVPRO technicians assist local commercial property owners in San Jose that need flood water cleanup, many times, business owners want to remain open for daily operations, notably when only a portion of the structure receives the effects. This decision is often not in the best interest of customers or employees due to the likelihood of contaminants in the water. Before beginning cleanup, the techs often perform the following actions: 

  • Testing of the water to determine any harmful elements present
  • Donning of personal protective gear, including respirators
  • Treatment of the water with professional biocides or antimicrobial agents to lessen the hazards in the water

How Can Flood Damage to Electronics Get Minimized?

Computers, servers, data centers, routers, and other components are the central hub for most businesses in San Jose, and flood damage can ruin this equipment. In turn, this costs the property owner large sums to replace, not to mention the potential for data loss unless there are redundant backups or cloud storage. SERVPRO techs do not test electronic equipment due to the danger of shock or ruining the device. 

Even if floodwater is not in the same area as the data center equipment, if the humidity levels are up, this can affect electronic equipment. SERVPRO techs can pack out the gear. If there are any concerns about whether or not a piece is operational, the techs can arrange for a local industry professional to inspect and repair if needed before reuse. 

SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 when you need fast action against commercial flood damage. The techs have an array of professional equipment and training plus years of experience restoring business properties to their preloss condition and help them reopen as fast as possible.

Can Businesses Recover After a Property Fire?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

corner view of office Even minor fire damage can close your business. SERVPRO knows how to restore your business quickly.

SERVPRO is a Leading Supplier of Fire Damage Cleanup Services for San Jose Businesses. We Can Mitigate Loss, Dispose of Debris, and Restore your Building to its Previous Condition after a Fire

How does a business recover from a premises fire?

A fire in your San Jose company premises can cause vast amounts of stress, lost revenues, and business interruption. SERVPRO offers support to commercial enterprises in San Jose by providing expert fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) to clear debris, materials, and odors. Business insurance may cover any lost revenues during a temporary closure, while a separate fire insurance plan can frequently cover any material expense of a cleanup operation. We have experience working closely with commercial insurance adjusters and can even help you complete a 'stress-free' claim.

How does fire recovery start for commercial businesses?

The beginning of any commercial fire damage cleanup operation in San Jose is with an expert assessment. Fires cause multiple types of damage to a building and its contents, including structural harm, contents damages, smoke soiling, odors, and impacting electrical circuits and other areas. Water that is commonly used in controlling a fire can also cause further harm to a business, mainly when coming into contact with porous materials like fabrics. We accurately assess these damages using a test-kit to produce a verbal estimate for your insurance adjuster. Once confirmed, we could begin work right away.

What processes take place during fire inspections?

  • Examining the type and chemical composition of smoke damages in the property
  • Sorting materials into non-salvageable and salvageable categories
  • Providing safe working spaces for further restoration in the property

How do professional fire restoration services minimize business interruption?

We know that each day your fire damaged San Jose business is closed, you lose revenue, clients, and leads. Our team's goal is to work efficiently to minimize business interruption. In some events, we may be able to perform restoration while the business services resume. A kitchen flue fire in a bar, for example, can often be restored while some of the business services remain in place. In these circumstances, SERVPRO technicians can place warning signs and establish engineering controls to ensure that customers or staff know the potential hazards. When fire damages are confined to a single location, it may be possible to continue your business operation during restoration.

Is deodorization possible while businesses remain open?

Fire odors can persist even after the flames are extinguished. Like pellets or direct spraying, some deodorization forms can often occur while workers or staff remain in the building. If extensive damages require an ultra-low volume (ULV) thermal fogger to fumigate the property, it may be unsafe to stay in the building. Fogging equipment can be harmful to health. After fogging the premises, our technicians set up powerful box fans to perform an air-exchange with outside air. This ventilation method aims to exchange air up to fifty times before a premise is declared safe to resume business. One advantage of using a ULV fogger is that deodorization times are kept to a minimum.

What services do a professional restoration service provider for businesses?

  • Organizing fire debris removal and disposal (ordering dumpsters, safely removing burnt contents, and responsible disposal at a waste facility)
  • Contents management, whether for on-site or off-site restoration.
  • Cleaning and restoration of salvageable materials
  • Replacement and reinstallation of non-salvageable materials

Can odors always be removed from burnt premises?

Some fire odors may be cost-inefficient to eliminate. However, these odors can often be trapped within the material they occupy and become no longer noticeable to those in your business. Semi-porous materials used in your building's assembly can absorb odor particles- especially in high-pressure fires. Solid woods, for example, can soak odor particles into the wood grain. In these situations, since replacing the wood is expensive, SERVPRO can repaint it with an odor sealant. Odor sealants trap odors while providing a smooth base coat for repainting. SERVPRO crew chiefs make restoration decisions with your business in mind. Our conclusions are based on time-efficiency, cost-efficiency, and industry-leading training.

How do fire restoration technicians restore Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC) Systems?

  • Inspecting the system by removing ducts, using a circular drill for piping and supply vents to assess interior walls of the HVAC
  • Feeding specially designed agitative equipment like air whips into the vents to loosen or dislodge soils
  • Applying powerful negative air pressure to the vents to draw any dislodged soils from inside
  • Replacing supply-side filters and return side venting ducts throughout your business

An unexpected fire can throw your business plans into havoc. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 today.

How Can Homeowners Salvage Wet Carpet After a Faucet Overflow?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home SERVPRO of Campbell is prepared to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.”

IICRC-Certified Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO Perform Water Cleanup in San Jose That Restores Carpeting

No matter how careful San Jose residents are with their fixtures, accidents happen. A bathtub overflow can quickly saturate flooring and drywall in your bathroom, as well as hallway carpet. Without fast action, this moisture can delaminate bathroom flooring, damage your drywall, and create unpleasant odors from mold that can be costly to remediate.

SERVPRO is prepared to provide water cleanup for San Jose residents that restores their property and contents to a preloss condition. This team’s cleanup services also include structural restoration for components like carpet, drywall, and subfloors that have been compromised by water damage and microbial growth.
What Prepares SERVPRO Techs to Render Cleanup Services?

Certification and training. SERVPRO staff, franchise owners, and technicians alike undergo extensive, hands-on training, as well as self-paced online learning modules to further hone cleanup and restoration knowledge.

Restoration industry accreditation. Your local SERVPRO and the professionals therein are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified, meaning that they can consistently meet the standards put forth for the restoration industry at large.

Additional credit and non-credit courses. These courses are targeted at SERVPRO staff as well as real estate and insurance professionals who wish to expand their knowledge regarding disaster cleanup and restoration. Available classes include:
    •    Water Damage Restoration
    •    Fire Damage Restoration
    •    Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    •    Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    •    A non-credit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

How Does SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Carpet?
SERVPRO technicians focus on careful extraction for carpeting to prevent it from separating from the pad when possible. Extraction can be performed with wands, wet/dry vacuums, and heavy-duty rover vacuums. Techs can tent carpet and erect polyethylene drying chambers to ensure that it is thoroughly dried before reinstallation.

SERVPRO of Campbell is prepared to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (408) 371-4001 for rapid-response emergency mitigation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Where Can Emergency Services for Flooding Be Found?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home After a storm occurs. You can trust that your home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is a San Jose-based Restoration Service for Flood Damage that Operates Twenty-four-hours a Day.

How do I get rid of floodwater in my house?

A consistent period of heavy rainfall can lead to flash-flooding, dam bursts, or groundwater intrusion for the residents of San Jose. When your property becomes flooded, the priority is to remove standing water as quickly as possible. The removal of standing water significantly reduces the extent of harm caused by water migration and the likelihood of structural collapse. SERVPRO technicians refer to this crucial part of restoration as the extraction phase. Our goal is to mitigate losses in the property as much as possible by quickly removing moisture using extraction equipment. 

Factors in deciding what type of water extractor I need?

- The distance of the structure wall to wall

- The height of standing water in the property

- Power accessibility for choosing between pumps or extractors

Does water extraction use a lot of power consumption?

Equipment that we use for Flood Damage Mitigation in your San Jose needs to generate significant energy to transport water. Pumping equipment is generally more power-intensive than extractors. However, both kits may require a vital power source. SERVPRO technicians stock power converters so that we can run extraction equipment of house mains safely. These converters are also equipped to withstand water exposure to ensure they are safe to run. We understand that using mainline electricity may not be possible in a flooded property, so we also stock portable and industrial generators to ensure that extraction can be completed quickly after flooding. 

What types of water extractors are there?

- Extraction units

- Light wands

- Deep extraction tools

- Submersible pumps

Getting rid of standing water in your home is the first step toward returning it to a preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 now.

What Guidelines Are There for Mold Remediation?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling and wall. Mold is very serious, we know what you need. Let SERVPRO help you San Jose.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Follow Nationally-recognized Practice Guidelines When Performing Mold Remediation in your San Jose Home.

Is an environmental professional needed for mold recovery?

It is not unusual for an indoor environmental professional (IEP) to instruct our technicians to remediate your San Jose home. However, an IEP s is not always used during mold remediation. In the absence of an IEP, trained SERVPRO technicians can rely on remediation guidelines from the environmental protection agency (EPA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC). These form a basis from which qualified mold remediators can conduct safe and effective mold remediation. By following these guidelines, our technicians can often return residential properties to a preloss condition. 

What are the critical parts of mold remediation?

- Drying and chemically cleaning materials with microbial growth

- Demo non-salvageable items and dispose of them safely

- Perform drying of wet items within 48 hours (to prevent further mold growth)

Is mold likely to spread through a property?

Microbes can spread through porous materials. When we perform mold remediation in your San Jose home, it is essential to set up containment areas to prevent spreading. Containment areas can control the infestation at its source. Since microscopic organisms like spores can travel on clothes or airways, our technicians often use negative air-pressure or HEPA-fitted vacuums. Once a crew chief establishes containment, we can begin the process of removing contamination. Any non-salvageable materials are double bagged and transported from the property. Cleanable fabrics or non-porous materials can be treated with biocides or other anti-microbial chemicals to good effect. 

What does the IICRC recommend for mold remediation?

- Establish safe working conditions

- Record the extent of damage

- Contain mold at the source

- Get rid of contamination

- Dry the property and control humidity

If you suspect mold growth at your property. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 for expert remediators.

Can I Save Money When Cleaning Up Fire Damage?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt items after fire SERVPRO can help to eliminate additional fire damage expenses. Give us a call at (408) 371-4001. We are always available.

When You Call SERVPRO to Your San Jose Home, We Work Fast to Limit Loss and Overall Costs for Fire Damage Restoration.

The devastation left from your San Jose house fire may be immense, leaving you at a loss for where to begin the cleanup. In such a time of worry and confusion, SERVPRO is available for emergency fire restoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We arrive at your property to begin the assessment and restoration project quickly so that we get you back to your routine faster than any DIY methods would allow. Our IICRC-certified technicians bring the latest advancements in equipment and professional techniques so that we can erase traces of the blaze. Everything is left, "Like it never even happened."

What is the Next Step After the Fire Gets Extinguished?

After the flames get thoroughly doused, and the first responders on the scene say that your property is safe for entry, call our crew to get our Green Fleet in motion for your fire damage restoration in San Jose. Once we arrive, the crew chief begins assessing the damage to effectively plan the cleanup and restoration. We work with the promise to repair and restore rather than replace, helping to save you both time and money overall.

Will Indoor Air Quality Be an Issue Now?

Any fire leaves behind copious amounts of soot and smoke particles that threaten indoor air quality. It is equally important that we are mindful of remaining moisture from water or chemicals used to extinguish the flames. Any moisture left behind creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive, which brings the potential for health effects.

We have skilled technicians that utilize the right filtration tools and equipment for the job to restore air quality while eliminating odor-causing particulates, such as:

  • Air Scrubbers – An air scrubber helps to lessen the colonization of microorganisms throughout the air while helping to remove debris and particulates. With the help of HEPA filtration, air enters the machine where the filter grabs onto microbes, airborne debris, and particles.
  • Hydroxyl Generators – This is dual-acting equipment that helps deodorize your household's interior while purifying and filtering the air. The hydroxyl units also have HEPA filtration technology that allows them to capture particulates from the surrounding environment.

Are These Soot Stains Removable from All Surfaces?

The heat from the fire ripping through your home leads to surface area charring. For a standard restoration project, the best option is usually resurfacing or replacement, but these may be costly and time-consuming. SERVPRO technicians utilize various advanced equipment and techniques that can handle even the toughest smoke and soot residue. For example, soda blasting with pressurized air releases high-speed sodium bicarbonate that works to strip away charring and residues. Due to deodorizing properties, the sodium bicarbonate also removes odorous elements from the materials treated.

Particles from smoke and soot are known for settling rapidly on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces after a fire. If you use DIY methods, this takes much time, and you could bring on further damage that makes your efforts counterproductive. SERVPRO technicians have tools like pressure washers and vacuums to help pull up residue, and HEPA filtration pulls loose particles inside to keep them from redistributing into the air.

Will I Still Be Able to Smell Smoke?

When we address a fire damage restoration project, handling tough smoke odors is one of our primary concerns. Every step allows us to break down these stubborn residues while also finding all cracks and crevices where odorous particulates might have traveled. Some of the steps include:

  • The possibility of packing up and moving contents and furnishings off-site for further cleaning and deodorization. This allows us to prevent soot and smoke residue transfer into other unaffected areas of your home.
  • Technicians carefully clean surfaces riddled with residue, never leaving any space untreated. Our Green Fleet comes stocked with various EPA-registered cleaning agents for removal of residue on materials like drywall, wood, plastics, glass, and metals.
  • In areas where pungent odors are present, we may recreate the event that caused odor penetration to begin with. By heating deodorizing agents with our fogging technology, we can put out a chemical cloud to penetrate materials deeply to trap odors and pull them out.
  • Some exposed surfaces may also be sealed off using specialized primer, which then gets finished off with the final paint color. If odors migrate throughout your HVAC system, we also have special sealants to stop the particulates in their tracks.

Fire damage restoration is an area where SERVPRO of Campbell excels. If you would like to have a team come out to your property after you suffer loss from a house fire, give us a call 24/7 at (408) 371-4001.

We Have Water Damage, Can I Save My Interior?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying hardwood floors Water damage? We have the equipment to dry and restore your home.

With Proven Water Restoration Techniques, SERVPRO Ensures Your San Jose Home Gets Back to Normal Fast 

Water damage comes in many forms, but it all needs to get handled quickly to cut back on the loss's scope. When you have a pipe burst or a water leak in your San Jose home, you need to have skilled technicians on the job to limit the project's cleanup time and cost. SERVPRO has the techniques and availability to meet and exceed your expectations. With a simple phone call, we can have our Green Fleet at your door in as little as four hours to start the cleanup and restoration. 

Do I Need Skilled Restoration? 

Speed is imperative once you have water damage to your San Jose home. We have IICRC-certified technicians to handle your water restoration in San Jose to inhibit mold growth and the cost of the loss. After we arrive, our crew will: 

  • Inspect and assess the water damage.We look at building materials and the path of water migration to plan out the best course of action for cleanup and water removal.
  • Begin extraction to pull up any standing water.We bring a variety of water extraction tools and submersible pumps to facilitate water removal easily. 

If you have water seeped into the walls or behind baseboards, our team uses specialized drying methods. Wet insulation is known to trap and hold moisture, which brings the potential for mold clusters that begin to thrive. Our crew can remove damaged drywall using controlled demolition to have it replaced with brand-new materials. Everything gets finished off so that your interior gets restored to preloss condition. 

When you need professional assistance with water restoration, our team at SERVPRO of Campbell is quick to respond and ready to work in as little as a few hours after your call. Contact us at (408) 371-4001 for emergency service. 

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