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Why is Skilled Restoration Best for Fire and Smoke Cleanup?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke and soot from even small fires can travel throughout your home. SERVPRO is always available for the restoration process.

Rather than Leaving Lingering Reminders in Your San Jose Home, SERVPRO Handles Fire and Smoke Cleanup Thoroughly!

Navigating the following steps after a fire in your San Jose home can be challenging to process. SERVPRO makes it easier on residents by offering our services will skill and compassion. There is already plenty on your mind after such an event, so let us make it “Like it never even happened,” so that your home gets back to pre-fire condition.

Why call SERVPRO for fire and smoke cleanup in San Jose? We take care of restoration for you, but there are some simple steps you can do to make the process easier, including:

  • Prepare yourself for smoke and soot damage, which often impacts areas where the fire did not reach. There may also be damage unavoidably caused by first responders attending the blaze.
  • Wait for entry into your home. It is important for safety reasons that you do not enter until you get the green light.
  • Contact your home insurance agent to start the claim filing process. SERVPRO is also available to ensure all of the correct documentation is available to facilitate your claim.
  • Document any damages to ensure you remain organized and provide some insight on what needs replacement.
  • Enlist our help as soon as possible. Waiting too long after a fire causes corrosive smoke and soot residue to wreak havoc on various surfaces and materials.

Let us get to work on your fire and smoke cleanup! Call SERVPRO of Campbell when you need us at (408) 371-4001.

What Do Water Restoration Companies Do?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water stains on baseboard and wall Water stains are telltale signs of damage. Inspect your walls and cabinets often for signs of water damage.

Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Provide San Jose Residents with Unmatched Services While Saving Both Time and Money!

Few things are more frustrating than when you realize there is a slow leak in the plumbing under your kitchen sink or that you get slammed with a burst pipe in the middle of the night. San Jose residents need someone to work quickly on the cleanup rather than handle it with DIY methods. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO, which means we get there within hours of your call to start the water damage restoration process.

Water restoration companies in San Jose, like our team at SERVPRO, can help save you time and money when faced with a water-related emergency. Once you call us, you can count on us for:

  • Rapid response time –the longer the moisture festers in your home, the quicker that costly secondary damage occurs.
  • Superior knowledge –our technicians are IICRC-certified, ensuring you have industry insiders on-the-job and putting best practices into place for cleaning, drying, and restoring your home.
  • Proper equipment –with all that goes into a restoration job, you cannot rely on a mop and bucket alone. We arrive with our Green Fleet, which includes industrial grade pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, and a large selection of EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

San Jose residents should never feel as though they have to tackle water cleanup on their own when their home gets hit with an emergency. SERVPRO of Campbell has crews standing by to help 24/7, which is just part of what makes us the best water restoration companies in the area. Call us at (408) 371-4001 for rapid response.

Who Can San Jose Residents Call for Fire Cleanup?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

fireman discharging water from fire hose Did you know that water damage arises from extinguishing fires? SERVPRO has the tools to restore your fire and water damage.

Fire Damage is No Match for SERVPRO – Call us When You Require Restoration of Your San Jose Home!

San Jose is a central hub for Silicon Valley and the biggest city in the Northern California region. The name means Saint Joseph in Spanish, and the city had an estimated population of 1,026,908 in 2015. Before the Spanish arriving in the area, the Ohlone people were the original inhabitants.

1777 was when San Jose got founded, where it became the first civilian town to get founded within Spanish Alta California. In 1850, California gained statehood, and it made San Jose the first capital of the state. Once World War II was over, San Jose experienced a notable economic boom. The growth of electronics and high-technology helped bring the region from agricultural beginnings to a more urbanized metropolitan area.

Exploring Historical San Jose Neighborhoods

From culturally diverse neighborhoods to outstanding theaters and shops, there is something for everyone to explore and experience in San Jose, California. When it comes to communities, some of the most notable in the city include:

  • Alum Rock/Berryessa –Here, you will find the largest skate park in the state of California, Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park. There is also the Raging Waters water park and the oldest municipal park in the state, Alum Rock.
  • Mayfair –This neighborhood includes Cesar Chavez Memorial Walkway, which highlights several stops along a five-mile route heading into the Mexican Heritage Plaza in the East Side.
  • Little Italy –This was the first and last neighborhood in San Jose of Italian immigrants, to which there were three initially. While only spanning several blocks, you will find incredible Italian pride and some of the best Italian cuisine around. Many people like to visit Henry’s Hi-Life restaurant, the original site for the Torino Hotel.

When you are in the San Jose area, there are countless places to stop for a bite to eat so that you can enjoy a lot of local flavors and diverse cuisines. Some of the top dining establishments in the city include:

  • La Foret Restaurant –located on Bertram Road, this is a fine dining establishment featuring French cuisine. Favorite dishes on the menu include soufflé, wild boar, and American wagyu beef.
  • Bill’s Café –located on Willow Street, this café features a broad selection of breakfast and brunch favorites like eggs benedict and thick-cut French toast.
  • Henry’s Hi-Life –Located on W. Saint Jon Street, this steakhouse and bar feature craft cocktails, famous cuts of meat, and a delectable dessert selection.

Let the Water and Fire Restoration Team at SERVPRO Address the Damage to Your San Jose Property

Home fires lead to more than just burnt materials and belongings. There can be immense water damage that calls for skilled cleaning efforts. SERVPRO arrives fast to ensure your San Jose home gets returned to pre-fire condition as soon as possible.

Our emergency restoration team is available to handle all water-related issues and fire damage in San Jose. Some of the causes of water damage after a fire come from:

  • Ruptured piping from extreme heat
  • Storm damage where water comes in during or after a fire
  • Water from fire hoses used to douse the blaze

Avoiding costly repairs and looking for the most efficient way to address moisture along with your fire damage is paramount to our team at SERVPRO of Campbell. Call us at (408) 371-4001 when you need an emergency response.

How to Recover from San Jose Fire Damage

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet ready for action 24/7 365 days a year. Large or small fire damaged done to your home is no DIY project. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed.

Getting your San Jose home back to normal

Most property owners are astonished by the number of house fires that occur in their neighborhoods, almost on a daily basis. The sad part is that most of these destructive events could have been avoided with better safety habits.

Large or small, house fires can cause terrible grief for any homeowner. Fire damage happens across San Jose daily, leaving many families clueless about getting things back to normal. Professional damage restoration services like SERVPRO can help to reverse many of the most severe consequences of a fire, but there are a few things that you can do on your own.

  • Take an inventory of belongings that survived the fire and figure out what you lost.
  • Move objects away from affected areas so that you can avoid further complications.
  • Use the opportunity to remodel and repaint parts of your home interior.

While SERVPRO technicians work to remove some of the more complicated effects of the fire, such as smoke odors, you can work on these tasks to move on faster and perhaps even improve your home at the same time.

SERVPRO of Campbell provides affordable and timely damage restoration services for the local neighborhood. Call us at (408) 371-4001.

Saving Money in San Jose Water Cleanup

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Rapid water removal shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Call the professional team of SERVPRO for the help you need.

Professional water cleanup does not need to empty your wallet.

The need for rapid water removal from homes and businesses is obvious--mitigate the damage and return to routines. Delaying the repair of a known leak generally increases the repair cost. Why wait?

One of the most common reasons  homeowners receive long-term water damage to their San Jose homes is that they do not employ a professional damage mitigation service when the incident is still fresh. Companies like SERVPRO provide San Jose water cleanup services at low rates that cost far less than what future damage restorations typically do.

Many of our most popular water cleanup services help to stop further damages from occurring, such as:

  • Water extraction pumps that quickly remove standing water from the home
  • Dehumidifiers that prevent corrosion and oxidation of your home appliances and materials
  • Antifungal treatments that, coupled with rapid drying techniques, halt the spread of mold

Because these treatments tend to be time-sensitive, it often takes very little manpower and resources to effectively contain the situation. The sooner we arrive after a disaster, the faster we can rectify the problem, so be sure to call us quickly when your home is in trouble.

Contact SERVPRO of Campbell with the details of your water damage situation at (408) 371-4001.

Avoid Headaches: Hire Mold Damage Professionals in San Jose

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on wood paneling Mold will spread within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for the mold remediation services needed for your home.

San Jose is one of the best cities to bike through.

In some parts of the country, traveling by bike can be a nightmare. With low street quality, harsh weather conditions, and minimal bicycle lane infrastructure, it can often be better for someone to walk than to bike around the neighborhood. San Jose stands out as one of the best large cities in the country for cyclists who take to the streets.

Today, San Jose boasts almost 400 miles of bike lanes and trails around the city. The first of these was built half a century ago, and the demand for bicycle infrastructure has only grown since then. City planners are well aware of this phenomenon, with bike racks installed at major public areas such as government buildings, parks, and even the airport. Even our city buses have bicycle racks on the front, allowing many residents to travel across town without owning a motorized vehicle.

The Better Bike Plan 2025 aims to improve things even further. The city plans to add even more bicycle infrastructure with an eventual goal of having 15% of total street travel be done by biking. Besides building new bike paths around town, existing routes will be upgraded and equipped with safeguards such as flood drainage installations. By 2025, most of these changes should be near completion, and our city may be the best in the country for bike travel.

San Jose went from a farm town to a sprawling city in a decade.

Our city is one of the largest in the country today, but not long ago, it was a minor urban hub on the road to San Francisco. The rapid expansion into the country's 10th largest city was thanks to a single controversial man who forever changed our local history.

A. P. "Dutch" Hamann was appointed as the city manager in 1950. Without delay, he immediately set to work in his attempt to create a bigger and better Los Angeles. By catering to the rapidly-expanding Californian industry sector and aggressively annexing land around the area, Hamann grew the city to hundreds of times its original size in less than two decades. At the time, San Jose was perhaps the single most modern skyline in the country, owing to how much of its development happened in such a short time.

Not everyone agreed to such rapid expansion. In 1969, voters indicated that they were opposed to continued growth, and Hamann stepped down. Yet, the actions he took were irreversible – the metropolis continued to grow into what we see today.

Trust the experts for San Jose mold damage.

One of the worst things you can do for your mold damage problem in San Jose is to hire an untrained company to mitigate the disaster. Mold remediation specialists like SERVPRO exist so that you can avoid expensive after-effects of mold infestation such as:

  • Persistent odors
  • Recurring infestations (often seasonal)
  • Patches of discoloration
  • Related water damages

Insurance companies prefer to hire us because we ensure that these and other damaging effects have minimal impact on your home. If you need help dealing with mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

Cathartic Watercolor Workshops for San Jose Residents

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet ready for action 24/7 365 days a year. Rapid-response water restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO have the technicians and equipment for the job no matter the size.

Guided Watercolor Projects Bring Out San Jose Locals’ Inner Artist

San Jose art lovers are cordially invited to the School of Visual Philosophy’s Watercolor for the Soul Workshop. This course takes place every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, with the next ones occurring on February 2 and 9. The class is led by artist Carolyn Larsen, an experienced watercolorist.

  • Tickets start at $25
  • Participants should bring watercolor paper, brushes, and paints
  • The venue provides easels, tables, and chairs to work at
  • Registrants can purchase a $25 materials kit during ticket selection that is picked up on the day of the class right before their session

These workshops do not have a specific curriculum but instead focus on showing participants different fundamental principles and techniques. Instructor Larsen also provides guidance, assistance, and critique at students’ request. Absolute beginners who are new to painting or using watercolors are welcome.

SERVPRO of Campbell is ready to serve residents looking for rapid-response water restoration companies in San Jose. Call (408) 371-4001 to have a team at your property within hours.

Adults in San Jose Learn Taekwondo from a Top-Level Instructor

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Businesses need fast relief when it comes to fire damage. Call the SERVPRO team with their experience and know how to get your company back up going.

San Jose Martial Arts Beginners Can Discover Their Love for Taekwondo in Santa Clara

San Jose locals looking for a new means of getting fit or achieving their New Year’s resolutions might find what they are looking for in nearby Santa Clara. Instructor YeRang Choi teaches classes at Jiaren Yoga Studio on Homestead Road. The next Saturday night class occurs on January 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

  • Classes target older teens and adults with little to no taekwondo experience who wish to start with fundamentals before moving into more elaborate techniques
  • Children welcome with adult supervision
  • Tickets start at $45, with an eight-course package available for just $200

Choi has over 20 years of experience and sports a third-degree black belt certified by the Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters. The Kukkiwon, located in South Korea, houses the World Taekwondo Academy and is the discipline’s official governing body.

SERVPRO of Campbell ensures that San Jose businesses receive fast fire restoration services when they call (408) 371-4001.

San Jose Homeowners Get 24/7 Cleanup Services from SERVPRO

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse loaded with the latest equipment and technology. Water damage is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

IICRC-Certified Professionals Ensure That Properties Look “Like it never even happened.”

San Jose, California, renowned today as the heart of the American technology sector, is home to over 1.02 million residents as of 2019. This figure makes it the third-largest city in California by population and the largest in Northern California. It is also the Santa Clara County seat and one of the wealthiest areas in the United States. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the distinctive Mediterranean climate in Silicon Valley’s “capital,” which also has the third-highest GDP in the world, exceeding $1 trillion.

San Jose’s history begins with Spanish settlers arriving on land occupied by the Tamien nation. In 1777, the San Jose area was home to the California territory’s first city, Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It became part of Mexico in the early 1820s after the nation won its independence from Spain. It would then be given to the United States government in the late 1840s in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War.

Tech companies operating in the heart of this Silicon Valley city today include:

  • eBay
  • Cisco Systems
  • PayPal
  • Super Micro Computer, Inc.
  • Adobe

Other significant names include such companies as Kaiser Permanente, Safeway, Western Digital, Cadence Design Systems, and Target Stores, Inc.

A Brief History of Silicon Valley

San Jose’s technological boom begins with the work of Stanford engineering school dean Frederick Terman. His mentorship of several students at Stanford created students’ tradition of forming technology firms after leaving the university. Future leaders under his tutelage included David Packard and Bill Hewlett. They would later found the tech giant referred to today as HP.

Terman also founded the Stanford Industrial Park in 1951. His other accomplishments include filing 36 patents between 1930 and 1947. He also supported Bill Hewlett’s thesis project, which improved upon then-contemporary designs for audio oscillators. Hewlett’s idea was manufactured after he founded Hewlett-Packard with Dave Packard as the Model 200A Oscillator. Disney engineers used a modified version of this audio oscillator in the iconic film Fantasia.

Several other factors coalesced to create the current prosperous tech sector in Silicon Valley, including:

  • The Naval base in Sunnyvale
  • The invention and manufacture of the transistor in Silicon Valley
  • NASA’s opening at Moffett Field near Fairchild Semiconductor, the only company able to produce the necessary electronics for space capsule construction

San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose got its start as “The Rosicrucian Egyptian Oriental Museum,” a collection curated by Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) founder Harvey Spencer Lewis after receiving ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Egypt Explorations Society of Boston. The first artifact displayed was a small statue of Sekhmet. This lion-headed solar deity was a warrior goddess of healing and a protector of pharaohs.

The current museum was opened by Harvey Spencer Lewis’s son and the second Imperator of the AMORC, Ralph Maxwell Lewis, in 1966. At that point, the museum was the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the American west.

Past and present exhibitions at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum include the following:

  • A traveling “Women of the Nile” exhibit from 2000-2001
  • A stone effigy of Cleopatra VII displayed at museums in Chicago, Rome, and London from 2000 to 2002
  • An ancient statue of the fertility goddess Taweret
  • A replica of a rock-cut tomb that contains scenes from The Book of the Dead based on findings from Rosicrucian expeditions to the burial sites at Beni Hasan
  • A recently-established Rosicrucian Alchemy exhibit curated by alchemist Dennis William Hauck that details the seven stages of the alchemical process to create the philosopher’s stone, among other installations

The museum boasts over 100,000 visitors per year and has been a zero-energy building since 2018. The property is also used as a meeting and meditation space for Rosicrucians.

On top of being a well-curated museum dedicated to ancient Egypt, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum hopes to expand its offerings as the first alchemy museum in the United States. Plans for the world’s largest alchemy museum are to be implemented at the Rosicrucian Park’s Rose-Croix University International building, which contains a functioning alchemy lab.

Can SERVPRO Technicians Restore a Bedroom After a Pipe Leak?

SERVPRO technicians are certified to provide water removal services to San Jose homeowners, including after pipe leaks or appliance failures. Something as simple as a loose or damaged fitting can leak gallons of water into your walls, floors, or ceilings, which can quickly lead to costly repair and replacement expenses.

The team’s restoration process includes the following steps:

  • The inspection entails an evaluation of moisture levels on surfaces and behind structural materials to ensure that damage does not spread or continue during the restoration process
  • Extraction of moisture is done with portable extraction units. The presence of standing water is uncommon but is addressed with truck-mounted extractors or sump pumps
  • Structural drying uses commercial-grade centrifugal air movers in tandem with refrigerant coil or desiccant-based dehumidification to pull moisture out of surfaces and remove it from the air
  • Sanitation is primarily performed with proprietary, EPA-registered biocides to prevent bacterial contamination
  • Odor control measures like deodorizing granules, pellets, or foggers eliminate the last traces of water damage odors to return a property to its preloss state

Mattresses, bedding, and carpet can typically be cleaned and dried to a preloss state during a clean water situation like a pipe leak. On the other hand, some items, like soggy drywall or damaged ceiling tiles, may require removal and are more cost-effective to replace than repair. Technicians quickly identify potential losses and inform homeowners and insurance adjusters before commencing with the disposal.

SERVPRO of Campbell is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide Faster To Any Size Disaster service when homeowners call (408) 371-4001.

San Jose is Dedicated to the Health of its Residents

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

a family riding their bikes on a trail SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing what the Guadalupe River Park's trails hold!

The Guadalupe River Park is a Free Way to Boost Your Health and Mood

Enjoying the vibrant scenery along the Guadalupe River Park’s trails can help enhance your overall health. Exercise is good for your circulation and fresh air benefits your pulmonary health. It does not matter if you ride a bicycle, run, jog, or walk, going at your own pace makes a difference.

While traversing the trails on the River Park, you can stop and rest at different seating areas dedicated to our Sister Cities. Constructed to reflect the style and feel of these other cities, these small places also give a sense of calm and peace. These refreshing spots include 

  • Okayama, Japan,
  • Tainan, Taiwan,
  • Dublin, Ireland, and
  • Pune, India.

There are also two cities in Mexico, Guadalajara and Vera Cruz, who share a seating area in the River Park.

Air quality’s importance to good health is why SERVPRO of Campbell uses fire restoration methods that make the air in a home’s interior safe to breathe again. Call (408) 371-4001, 24/7, to make it “Like it never even happened.”