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Use SERVPRO’s Expertise to Tackle Water Damage After an Event in San Jose

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged living room flooring Quick water removal and drying can help save your flooring after a water damage event in the home. Contact our certified team for remediation efforts.

The Right Speed of Water Removal Helps Restore San Jose Properties with Minimal Loss

When there is a water spill in your San Jose property, performing a quick extraction and drying all wet areas is the natural response. However, speedy water removal can turn into a nightmare when it causes some unexpected damages to your property. Water removal by a professional team such as SERVPRO helps complete the process at modest speeds preventing damage from high speed or prolonged removal.

Transferring the water problem from one section to another is the main issue that fast water removal from your San Jose property can cause. Improper disposal of the water extracted from affected areas can transfer the problem to another section of the property. Our SERVPRO technicians identify an appropriate way to dispose of the water before starting the extraction process.  We can use long hoses to direct the water to a treated sewer line if there is one in your property. We can also use large containers such as wheeled trash cans to hold the water as we extract it within the house before transporting it to the disposal point. Such steps ensure we do not direct water to your front or backyard where it can filter back into the house, causing long-term problems.

After extracting all surface water from the property, there is a need to carry out drying procedures, which work through evaporation. Although completing the drying process fast to prevent issues such as rotting, rusting, or other forms of material deterioration is essential, moderating the speed is also essential to avoid problems such as condensation or hasty drying that can lead to physical alterations of materials such as cracking or warping. Our SERVPRO technicians take estimates, including establishing the size of the affected areas as well as moisture readings. We can then set a drying goal, which determines the number and placement of the drying equipment for proper moisture management.

Water spills readily damage properties. The restoration approach taken can also cause some issues. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 to help manage the restoration of an incident, making it, "Like it never even happened."

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Is It Important for Fast Extraction to Remove Water Damage from My San Jose Home?

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

leaking p-trap under a bathroom vanity We will handle the water damage restoration in your home 24/7. We begin quickly extracting the water to save further damage, so call us right away.

SERVPRO's Water Removal Equipment Helps Our Neighbors in San Jose

Appliances have become instrumental for convenient living for San Jose homeowners, but these machines are not impervious to failures or malfunctions. A common concern with water-fed appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher, and other similar units are the gaskets and seals that hold water in or prevent leaks at the connections with the water supply. While often this is little more than a single piece of rubber, the erosion of this component could very quickly flood the immediate area around the appliance should it cause a disconnection or substantial leak.

Are Shut-Off Valves Important to Help Prevent Water Damage?

While most appliances have an independent shutoff valve to prevent further flow onto the floor of your San Jose home making water damage, preventing significant, that is rarely before the incident has spread enough to require immediate water removal services. From the time that this disaster strikes, you should reach out to our SERVPRO professionals immediately. Our highly-trained technicians have fast extraction equipment that can work to protect flooring materials and other structural elements exposed to the pooling water.

  • The first step once our technicians arrive at your home is to get our team working right away--
  • Removing the excess water throughout the damaged areas
  • We have extractor trucks and gas-powered pumps for substantial water loss incidents
  • Our portable sump pumps and other specialized equipment can prove sufficient for removing both pools of water and the absorbed water in saturated materials like your carpeting

Restoring your hardwood flooring in the kitchen or laundry area of your home is an intricate task for our SERVPRO team. We have tools like our air movers and injecti-dry system to begin pulling moisture from the exposed flooring, but this work needs to get regularly monitored to manage the moisture content in the wood. This type of flooring can become overly dry, causing as much water damage as over-saturation would.

While there are many steps to restoring your home after a water loss incident from one of the appliances, water removal, and the appropriate mitigation work must come first. Our SERVPRO of Campbell rapid response team is available to help 24/7 by calling (408) 371-4001.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Your San Jose Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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If Your San Jose Commercial Office Space Requires Water Cleanup, SERVPRO Can Help!

When you have an office space or business center, you need to know that everything runs smoothly at all times. If you happen to suffer a water loss incident, the last thing you need is for everything to come to a screeching halt. Hiring the professionals to assist with water cleanup will not only lessen the cost impact of the loss, but it also ensures nothing is left unaddressed.

The skilled team at SERVPRO knows how to get in quickly to assess your commercial water cleanup needs in San Jose. Various dynamics determine the right course of action so that all challenges are overcome. If the water spilled creates a vast amount of stagnant water on level flooring, then extraction efforts are immense. We come prepared with truck-mounted water extractor along with industrial-strength removal equipment that gives us the capacity to remove all standing water quickly and efficiently.

Removing Water from Cavities
Once water seems into walls or other cavities like HVAC duct lines, SERVPRO employs specialized techniques for water removal. Along with the use of extraction tools, our technicians may drill tiny holes at the base of walls to help drain out any water that may get trapped within the framing. For the HVAC ducts, we use wet vacuums to pull out most water before the next steps for proper drying.

Dealing with Varying Floor Types
When you call SERVPRO to your commercial office space, rest assured that we have the training to deal with various floor types. We can easily remove moisture from hardwood flooring, tiles, and all carpeted areas. Water extractor equipment outfitted with a squeegee wand helps with hard flooring, while carpet wants are necessary for carpeted spaces to yield optimum results. For all carpeted rooms, our technicians scope the area to identify carpet pile density to ensure the right method is used.

You have enough on your place when you are dealing with a water loss incident in your office space. Let our team at SERVPRO of Campbell help when you need to address commercial water cleanup! Give our office a call at (408) 371-4001, and we can send a team out as soon as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Tips to San Jose Property Owners for Keeping Mold Infestations and Damage at Bay

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wood panel walls and floor heater Stop that mold from coming back to your San Jose home!! SERVPRO does great remediation

Can You Mold Damage from Returning to your San Jose Home?

As a homeowner in San Jose, there are several methods and investments you can make to prevent uncontrolled microbial growth. Microbes- which include fungi, bacteria, and viruses- thrive in warm, humid environments. Food sources for fungi are plentiful in a home environment with most natural and porous materials providing the conditions for growth. However, paying attention to the small details in your home, especially during the wetter periods of the year, can make a big difference. Pay special attention to those areas that may have inadequate insulation like a garage or crawlspace.

Preventing mold damage in your San Jose home can be as simple as performing regular maintenance checks. A malfunctioning sump pump or heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit are typical culprits when it comes to microbial growth issues. Regular inspections and maintenance can help prevent them. You may also want to consider installing a vapor barrier in your crawl space to prevent condensation from creating moisture pockets in the wall cavities and flooring of your home. In areas where mold growth is likely, a hygrometer is an inexpensive way of keeping an eye on humidity, which should remain below 60 grains per pound (GPP) at all times.

When mold does become a problem, it is best to enlist the help of a professional inspection and remediation service. Often, the visible signs of growth are just the tip of the iceberg, and cleaning the surface damage becomes a monotonous task with mold returning in as little as 72 hours between cleans. SERVPRO offers professionally qualified mold remediation technicians that can deal with the source of mold and put in place measures to help prevent it from coming back.

The primary condition for mold growth is a water supply. A slow leak or poor insulation can both result in damp spots, which quickly become hotbeds for microbial growth. SERVPRO can perform temporary demolitions of drywall to dry inside cavities and address the source of the issue. We can also inspect porous materials that show signs of infestation and replace them with clean materials. At the end of our service, full deodorization, along with anti-microbial treatment of the affected area, can control and contain a mold issue.

If you notice a musty odor in your home, bring in professional assistance as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

Commercial Water Damage Experts Can Help with Restoration in Your San Jose Learning Center

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Your San Jose Learning Center Can Depend on SERVPRO’s Experienced Teams to Properly Handle Water Damage Remediation you Require

Whenever you have water damage on any level in your learning facility, moisture can spread throughout the building at a rapid rate. With any plumbing failure event, it is best to call a team of trained professionals so that water restoration methods are implemented quickly. Until SERVPRO arrives, there are various steps that your on-site maintenance team can do that helps to facilitate the restoration process.

If you know the steps to take when you have commercial water damage in San Jose, it is possible to save a great deal of the contents and materials inside your building. There are times when a water emergency happens overnight, and a massive amount of water is spilled. Should you arrive the next day, having your maintenance team begin safe mitigation procedures until our arrival makes quite a difference.

Address Safety Hazards

Your maintenance team can mitigate potential safety issues. This means looking at anything that could cause potential harm to occupants and blocking the area off, keeping foot traffic away. It is then best to work on the removal of visible water by mopping up moisture and squeegeeing any hard surfaces. 

Once We Arrive

SERVPRO technicians can safely remove any standing water remaining in the building. We then assess your building materials, testing your contents, and determining drying goals. Air movers are excellent for moisture removal, especially when paired with industrial dehumidifiers. If water infiltrated wall cavities, we use wall cavity ventilation tools to strategically direct airflow throughout wall cavities to help replace any moist air with dry air.

Dehumidifiers are used to help to lower relative humidity in the space by pulling water vapor from the air. SERVPRO employs the use of various dehumidifiers, including refrigerant dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerants (LGR) dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers. After achieving our drying goals, SERVPRO then returns for testing daily until all moisture levels are back to where they were before your water loss event.

Count on our trained water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Campbell when your learning center suffers from commercial water damage. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (401) 371-4001.

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Safety is Our Priority with Flood Damage Restoration in San Jose

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment and drying mat being used on water damaged floor Flooding can happen at any time. SERVPRO is equipped to handle your flood damaged emergencies 24/7.

Safety Training Helps Improve Flood Damage Restoration in San Jose 

When a flood affects your San Jose property, there is a need to start restoration processes quickly. Various issues can impede such restoration. Guaranteeing safety to everyone involved is one such issue. One way professional restorers overcome this obstacle is by providing thorough training of their work crews. That way, technicians can identify and neutralize safety issues allowing work to proceed smoothly. 

Water intrusion during flood damage incidents in San Jose is likely to cause electrical hazards. For example, rising water can reach electrical outlets causing short circuits and increasing the risk of electrocution for anyone who ventures into the damaged property. Our SERVPRO technicians use their training to respond to such hazards in different ways, including the use of correct circuit testers. We use testers that check whether a circuit is both grounded and protected by a GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. 

Although the floodwater collects on the floors and affects other surfaces, various airborne hazards can develop such at a loss site. With proper training, restoration crews can eliminate or minimize such risks. A process like using air movers to increase airflow, thus speeding up the drying process, helps control the excess moisture introduced into the structure by the flooding. However, it can also create other problems such as aerosolizing contaminants. Inhalation of such contaminants can cause health issues. We train our SERVPRO technicians to set up Air Filtration Devices to remove contaminants from the air during the restoration process. We use devices with advanced features such as HEPA filters and activated carbon, which removes 99.97% of particulate matter in the air. 

Sometimes safety issues develop due to poor management of the loss site. Wetness makes most surfaces slick, increasing the risk of slip and fall accidents. Cables and hoses that supply the restoration equipment can also trip people. Our SERVPRO technicians use their skills to plan the loss site, minimizing such risks. We set up a staging area for the equipment used in the restoration, reducing movements to and from the loss site. We also secure cables and hoses to avoid trip hazards. 

Safe restoration of flood damage helps in many ways, including ensuring speedy completion of the process. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Restoring Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery from Fire Damage in San Jose

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Recovery Process Covers a Variety Of Restoration Needs After a Fire In Your San Jose Home

House fires are usually containable, providing that firefighting procedure begins quickly. Containing a property fire reduces the likelihood of structural damage. However, one of the main reasons that residents use restoration services is to tackle the significant amount of soot and soiling that remains after a fire. Soots and smoke residues can be especially damaging to fabrics in the home because fabrics are usually made from porous materials. While replacing materials may seem like a necessity, we can often find a solution that restores rather than replaces fabrics and upholstery. 

Our team of fire damage technicians in San Jose specializes in the restoration of carpets, rugs, and upholstery. The roster here at SERVPRO includes Carpet repair and reinstallation technicians (RRT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning technicians (UFT) as well as Rug Cleaning technicians (RCT.) As a homeowner, you can trust us to have the expertise, equipment, and experience to salvage contents with smoke or soot soiling. 

While the most significant areas of smoke damage usually manifest on the ceilings or upper walls, you may find that these soots drop onto the carpets below. The damage this process causes can be exacerbated by water from a firefighting procedure which can set soots. SERVPRO RRT technicians can detach your carpets and remove them from the property. We can apply a variety of carpet conditioners to the affected carpet to remove any residual damage. RRT technicians can then re-install the renovated carpet to your home. 

Upholsteries are equally vulnerable to falling soot but can also suffer from direct soot and smoke soiling. We can mobilize rotary machines that create a mechanical buffer while applying a pre-cleaning solution. For leather materials, we can apply leather butter to reduce the likelihood of cracking or permanent damages. Often, pre-cleaning sofas and upholstery can be essential to the restoring of your contents to a preloss condition. 

To restore rather than replace carpets, rugs, and upholstery, contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In San Jose After A Fire

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

An scrubber sitting inside this kitchen after a fire We have state of the art equipment necessary like this air scrubber to restore your home after a fire. We respond right away, so don't hesitate.

Tear Out Needed After Fire Damage in San Jose

Fire damage to a house often brings a few issues to deal with. The flames leave behind charring, smoke damage to the structure and contents, and in some cases, water damage due to extinguishing efforts to put out the fire.

One of the most challenging situations a San Jose homeowner can experience is fire damage. Billowing smoke coats surfaces quickly, and charring renders both structure and contents with no potential for restoration.

Tear-Out of Fire Loss

One of the first steps is to remove the charred building materials. Ruined sheetrock, door frames, and insulation that has taken on smoke damage all require disposal. SERVPRO techs carefully remove these items leaving the studs and framing supports.

Cleaning of Smoke Residues

The remaining surfaces with smoke damage get cleaned with the professional-grade cleaners, many of which are SERVPRO-exclusive formulas. For stubborn residues such as wet smoke, created when plastic or rubber items burn, these usually need the use of solvent-based cleaners to release their grip on surfaces.

Air Quality Measures

SERVPRO techs concentrate on the removal of airborne soot particles. They use air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filtration to capture the particulate matter. This assists in improving air quality and also reducing foul odors.

Odor Control Before Repairs

When the fire damage cleanup efforts complete, the techs ready the property for the necessary repairs. The treatment of the exposed framework with antimicrobial solutions is standard. Another common need before reconstruction of the property begins is odor control. The techs use various methods ranging from time-release gel pellets for light odor control applications to more intensive applications. Ozone machines were once the industry go-to for odor neutralizing but in the present two of the best options for treatment are hydroxyl generators which use UV rays to get rid of pungent smoke odors and thermal foggers which dispense an odor-eradicating solvent in the form of a heated fog, ideal for porous objects.

When you need help with fire damage in your home, call the pros at SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001. The certified techs arrive quickly and have the skills to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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We Provide 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service To San Jose Home Owners

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Nine of our machines set out on the hardwoods in this home We used our state of the art equipment and completely dried the structure and removed damaged materials after a leaking water filter caused flooding.

Water Damage San Jose – Drying After a Water Leak

Many homeowners assume that all that is needed after a water leak is to mop up the visible water on the floors and let the remaining moisture dry naturally. Water can seep into walls, under cupboards and soak carpeting and underpadding and even the subfloor underneath. High moisture areas in warm conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew infestations leading to potentially more serious issues.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in the San Jose area and surrounding villages and towns. We vacuum up all surface water and check for moisture hotspots that need drying. Mold spores are everywhere, so it is essential to remove all sources of moisture that provide an excellent environment for mold to grow.

Key Criteria for Avoiding Mold Growth

Our technicians take into account the temperature in your home, the amount of moisture remaining, the humidity of the environment in your home, and the air movement available through AC systems or air movers. SERVPRO checks these criteria and checks for high moisture areas inside walls and also under flooring materials to make sure that we thoroughly dry your home. Moisture meters and humidity levels are continuously checked until the humidity levels have returned to normal levels in all areas after water damage.

Wet Goes to Dry

Moisture typically moves from wet materials to drier areas. Moisture remaining in flooring materials such as carpeting may weep into walls containing highly absorbent drywall or wallboard. Even dry materials may absorb moisture from high humidity air inside buildings.

SERVPRO can deploy air movers to move dry air over moist materials. We use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. We can place air movers strategically around the room or building to minimize the secondary damage from wet or high humidity migrating to previously dry materials. Avoid mold infestations; SERVPRO can check all areas and dry your home completely.

Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve West Valley, Los Gatos, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Restoring Your Office Building's Floors after Flood Damage Eliminates Newly Formed Slip and Fall Hazards in San Jose

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water on wood floor Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your business to pre-damage condition.

Commercial Water Damage In San Jose Caused By Storm Flood Waters

Flooding in San Jose hits flooring the hardest - the time submerged, plus the deposits of murky debris, cause serious problems. Even marble flooring can sustain damages because of the chemicals that often wash into a building. Wood flooring swells, rapidly becoming uneven. Ceramic tiles can loosen and, once misaligned, can chip and break under normal foot traffic. 

SERVPRO is always available to help business owners in San Jose mitigate flood damage and restore damaged buildings. Our building crew is skilled in restoring these three common flooring choices, as well as drying out the subflooring. Carpeting, if present, often becomes so damaged by flooding, as well as so intensely saturated with contaminants, that we advise our customers about alternative flooring options. 

Accidents can happen in areas of marble flooring where residues from the flood became concentrated. Power washing with a slightly alkaline detergent mixed with a disinfectant clears the floor of debris and any pathogens. Using broad squeegees, we push the water out of the area and extract any remaining moisture. This helps our drying equipment work as efficiently as possible. 

Wood flooring that becomes buckled from swelling can trip someone and cause them to fall. It can also make it very difficult to roll furniture or office equipment to other locations. While used less often, wood flooring needs our help in achieving a specific range of moisture content. Removing several sections of boards to allow for expansion while we complete the drying process is normal Cleaning with a disinfectant also reduces any odors. Some floors might require sanding later, once completely dry, to remove any crowning. 

Loose or broken ceramic tiles can cause someone to trip or slip. SERVPRO technicians want to do everything possible to reduce your recovery expenses, and this is one area where we can help. Floodwater can cause the grout between tiles to disintegrate, and the force of the water can leave them in a mess. We can sort these tiles for you, clean them, and inventory any breakage. Once any needed replacements are available and the subfloor is completely dried, our building crew can repair the floor for you.

SERVPRO of Campbell wants your business to succeed. Office space often becomes a part of your company's brand, and we want to help restore this "Like it never even happened." Call (408) 371-4001 for flood damage mitigation experts in Fremont, Saratoga, and Newark.

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