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Did You Know That Bathroom Appliances Can Cause Fire Damage in San Jose?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did You Know That Bathroom Appliances Can Cause Fire Damage in San Jose? Make sure your bathroom appliances are unplugged between uses.

Bathroom Appliances Gone Haywire Can Lead to Fire Damage in San Jose Apartments

Bathrooms and kitchens in San Jose should have specialized outlets that trip a tiny built-in breaker should a shock hazard develop. These protect people if an appliance should ever get wet by either water splashed on it or through accidental submersion in a sink or tub. Problems can still happen if someone uses one of these electrical items later because water can corrode internal components and cause them to get too hot.

Using curling irons or hair dryers with corroded contacts can leave your San Jose apartment's bathroom scarred by fire damage. Melting plastic can ignite and help spread and strengthen any flames, helping the fire get around the room. Shower curtains can become a path to the ceiling, leaving dense layers of blackened soot. Residents with this kind of damage need professionals like the ones at SERVPRO to get such disasters mitigated, and the area restored "Like it never even happened."

With the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, SERVPRO's technicians learn how to clean up such areas. Mitigation includes discerning between truly damaged materials that require removal and replacements and those that we can revitalize, saving our customers as much as possible while restoring their property to a safe, livable condition again.

We use several different tools to clean surfaces after fire damage mars their appearance. Dry sponges that pull soot off mirrors and fixtures protect them from the fine lines that ruin the sheen and make achieving a shiny appearance impossible. Waiting to remove soot can leave property owners wanting to replace such items, resulting in lost rental deposits or additional costs related to court-awarded damages. SERVPRO wants to help you recover completely from the consequences of fire damage and with as little stress as possible.

Because smoke travels out of enclosed areas, soot deposits affect a larger area. We clean these extended paces with small, stiff brushes that whisk soot off surfaces, followed by handheld vacuums that sweep the fine particles up. These vacuums have HEPA filters on them, so soot stays inside, incapable of sifting out and landing on your floors.

SERVPRO of Campbell's goal is to provide all our customers with a thorough job, from start to finish, including odor control measures when necessary. Our IICRC-certified teams know how to do the work efficiently, letting you put the fire damage behind you so you can get back to your normal activities. Contact us at (408) 371-4001 if you live in Fremont, Santana Row, or Los Gatos and need our assistance.

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San Jose Property Owners Benefit from Reduced Water Losses with SERVPRO Service

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Jose Property Owners Benefit from Reduced Water Losses with SERVPRO Service San Jose High Tech Offices Rely on SERVPRO of Campbell for Water Loss Mitigation

How Professionals Make a Difference by Mitigating Water Damage in San Jose

Homeowners in San Jose, just like those across the rest of the country, spend much time cleaning up minor spills and overflows inside their houses. Water and the mess it can cause is such a constant in most people's lives. It can be hard to distinguish between situations where do-it-yourself cleanup is more than adequate, and where the exposure to permanent harm is not, and the experts should take over the tasks. Understanding the potential risks of inadequately resolved moderate to severe water losses can provide some clarity. By listing the many things, a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Campbell can do to help, completes the learning curve.

Why Water Damage Concerns:

Little Leaks Can Spell Big Trouble

When small leaks and frequent spills near water sources such as faucets, sinks, showers, and tubs, they leave residual moisture on surfaces. Then the building materials nearby often absorb the excess water, including pulling it deeply into cracks and crevices. Over time the repeated water damage can cause deterioration of floors, cabinets, drywall, insulation, and many more fixtures and structural components. Even something as innocuous as a pet tipping over a water bowl repeatedly can cause the floor beneath the bowl to swell and eventually weaken and rot if the water soaks in day after day.

When the water in your San Jose home from a tiny crack in a pipe under a sink or in a wall continually drips, the materials surrounding the leak absorbs the water. Wallboard begins to crumble, and cabinets and flooring start to warp, buckle, or otherwise distort. Wood veneers pull away from their base plywood or particle board because of the water damage. If the leak is on a level over a living space, the ceiling below can show staining, bulging, and crumbling.

Persistent Dampness Invites Mold Growth

Water damage is not only directly destructive to building materials. When damp structures and contents are not entirely dried out, mold growth can take hold and spiral. This side effect of water damage is common when moisture lingers on a non-porous surface or absorbs into a porous material, remaining wet or damp for 24 to 48 hours or more. Mold spores are always present, waiting for the opportunity to absorb a bit of water and start multiplying into expanding mold colonies. Fungi damage organic matter, using it for a food source. This weakens many conventional building materials. Some susceptible individuals can suffer health effects when reacting to the mold spores and the toxins they create during growth. Generally, this secondary water damage can be averted if the water removal is swift and the mold growth never starts.

Water Damage Can Hide in Attics and Foundations in San Jose Properties

Unless converted into living spaces, homeowners might be utterly unaware of water incursions in the uppermost and lowest spaces inside their residences. If your roof has loose or cracked shingles or improperly fastened or missing flashings water works its way in with every passing rain. The growing moisture load can wick down into the main living spaces and cause structural components like rafters and even supporting walls to weaken.

Likewise, water can seep through cracks in a foundation, basement, or crawl space. The water damage can follow heavy rains or after a home sprinkler system oversaturated the soil surrounding your San Jose, CA home. Concrete and cinder blocks are vulnerable to erosion and degradation from the water flow. Water absorbed into these materials eventually can cause them to shift, break down, or fail in their load-bearing responsibilities.

Professional Water Remediation Offers Trained Technicians

At SERVPRO of Campbell, we invest in the highest quality training available for our technicians. Our crews pursue certification as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT), learning about the concepts involved in water damage, the effects unwanted water has on structural components, and techniques and strategies to dry out structures successfully.

We also support employees who continue their water damage remediation education by certifying as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD). This enhancement course offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) broadens the SERVPRO team’s knowledge and ensures more positive outcomes for our services.

Company Plus Individual Experience

SERVPRO of Campbell water damage team members share years of experience on the job with our less seasoned technicians, using the training they mastered in real-life settings. We are wise to the ways of water migration, unfazed when staining and dampness present far from the source of a leak. We never stop until we find the spill or leak and all the places the water wandered. Once we map out all affected areas, we use research-based techniques to remove the water and entirely dry out the structural components and cavities testing at higher than normal moisture levels.

High-Efficiency and Innovative Equipment

Because water damage restoration is a cornerstone of SERVPRO of Campbell’s business we invest in heavy duty, commercial grade equipment. Our familiarity with the steps needed to recover from a water loss helps us sort the innovative from the gimmicky when we consider upgrading to state of the art equipment. Having the proper tools for a task always increases the odds of a superior outcome. SERVPRO’s signature green service vehicles consistently stock all the equipment needed for a water damage job, including smaller but essential items like thermal scanners and sensitive moisture sensors and probes.

Pack-Out Service

When a water damage scenario occurs with severe consequences, SERVPRO offers a useful pack-out service option. Contents suffer harm from a water loss as well, and homeowners are often so overwhelmed that they discard items that could be restored by our expert technicians. SERVPRO of Campbell uses the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to document the items moved to our production facility during a water damage restoration project. We use digital photography, bar coding, and traditional lists to track the evaluation of the items and the cleaning, drying, and restoration process. We can store your belongs off your property until the restoration process has been completed.

Water damage remediation is a top priority for the professional team at SERVPRO of Campbell. Call us with questions and concerns about water losses at (408) 371-4001. Our evaluation leads to a workable plan that limits the long-term harm persistent water damage can do. SERVPRO of Campbell services the areas of Campbell and San Jose.

We Are Your Best Option After A Flood Has Damaged Your Campbell Daycare

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Are Your Best Option After A Flood Has Damaged Your Campbell Daycare SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 is ready to assist our local community with the mitigation of commercial flood damage.

SERVPRO Restores Commercial Flood Damage In Campbell Daycare

A sobering statistic from the National Flood Insurance Program showed 20% of commercial flood damage claims were from low to moderate-risk areas. A whopping 90% of insurance claims filed by businesses affected by natural disasters included flooding as part of the damages.

SERVPRO answered an emergency call from an adult daycare facility with commercial flood damage in Campbell. The owner of the daycare was initially upset at the prospect of closure during mitigation of the water loss. Once our technicians explained the conditions of the building were unsafe for clients due to both the potential for floodwater to have contaminants as well as the danger of slip and fall accidents, she agreed it would be best to close during remediation.

We immediately scoped the recreation room as the area where the water intrusion happened, and the water was over the baseboards at one point but had receded, and thermal imaging confirmed it wicked into the sheetrock in various places. Unfortunately, once sheetrock weakens from water exposure, there are no techniques to restore it, and removal is the only option.

There were very few water damaged items for us to remove, as the daycare had a policy of picking up items on the floor and placing chairs on tables every night so their janitorial service could sanitize the floor. If there was any positive in this situation, probes confirmed the seal on the tile floor stopped the migration of water to the subflooring. We used controlled demolition techniques, including "flood cuts," where sheetrock is cut away roughly six inches above the highest area where the water hit. The reason for this is that it lets warm, dry air from our air movers penetrate within wall cavities, working in tandem with dehumidifiers and speeding the drying process.

Sanitary conditions are a must after mitigation, and once the premises are dry, all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly using our antibacterial solutions. We placed the steel tables and chairs on blocks during drying since they were non-porous; they could be hand washed and disinfected.

We gave the daycare owner an overview of the necessary repairs to restore her facility to its preloss condition. She hired our Building Services division to restore her property and let her reopen as quickly as possible as a secure space for her clients to spend their days.

SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 is ready to assist our local community with the mitigation of commercial flood damage. We are available 24-hours and arrive on site within hours to help make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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If Your San Jose Crawl Space Is Damaged By Water Call Our Experts For Help

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO If Your San Jose Crawl Space Is Damaged By Water Call Our Experts For Help Get in contact with SERVPRO of Campbell by phoning the number (408) 371-4001.

A Leaking Water Heater Can Cause Water Damage In Your San Jose Crawl Space

Finding water damage inside your home can always complicate your life. However, if you manage to catch it swiftly, the problem is usually quite simple for a professional to address. When it sits for too long, the water damage can begin to become an even more significant problem for your home. Water can impair the structural integrity of your property by causing mold damage, which eats away at organic material. In just seventy-two hours after exposure to excess water, microbial growth can form.

Fortunately for you, the water damage inside of your San Jose crawl space was discovered very quickly, as it leaked underneath the shared wall between the crawls space and the laundry room. When you call a cleanup and remediation company as soon as possible, after finding the damage, it gives the technicians the best chance of remediating the damage smoothly.

Here at SERVPRO, we always work around your clock. If you find water damage in the middle of the night, our expertly trained and certified technicians are ready to get to your home as swiftly as we can. SERVPRO is open every day, and every night, to make sure that you can get the help you need when you need it.

After a brief investigation, our SERVPRO techs can get to work. The water damage impacted the shared wall between the two rooms, the tiled floor in the laundry room, the wooden support frames inside the crawlspace, and caused a chalky substance to form on the concrete floor inside.

SERVPRO can make flood cuts on the shared wall, to remove any damaged material, and then throw it away. From there, we can begin to set up a drying system made to draw water out of the tile floor and the wooden framing by using heaters, axial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers in conjunction. The residue on the concrete floor can be cleaned by applying a water-stain removing solution. Finally, air blasting tubes can be fed into the wall, to make sure any excess water is remediated, and drying mats can be applied to the tile flooring.

If a device malfunction causes water damage inside of your residence, never delay getting assistance. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Campbell by phoning the number (408) 371-4001. 24/7, our technicians are available to help you.

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Proof That Commercial Water Damage Remediation in San Jose Really Works

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Proof That Commercial Water Damage Remediation in San Jose Really Works If your fitness center facility has water damage, time is of the essence to prevent any mold from setting in. Call us right away.

Overcoming the Challenges of Commercial Water Removal in San Jose Fitness Centers

Water loss in a fitness center presents various challenges, so it is essential to carry out water removal fast. Most of the equipment used has metallic parts, which might rust due to exposure to water. Also, high levels of relative humidity likely to prevail after a water spill can interfere with their electronic components. Our professional water removal services can help you deal with the loss at your San Jose fitness center "Like it never even happened."

Big open spaces in fitness centers can hinder commercial water removal in San Jose because restoration crews have to cover greater distances. Also, the floors are mostly level so water might not flow out through gravity. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome such challenges by using sophisticated water removal equipment including dry-wet vacs and truck-mounted water extractors. We also use plastic sheets to divide the wide, open spaces, so smaller drying chambers thus expediting the process.

The floors in fitness centers are made of different materials, which can pose another challenge to water removal efforts. Some options such as rubber floors are impervious to water, but when it sits for too long, the water can breach through the seams on each tile reaching the plywood subflooring. Other floor materials present different challenges. Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of moisture detection equipment to check for wetness. With FLIR thermal cameras, we can check for wet areas on subfloors allowing us to take mitigation steps before problems such as mold develop.

Drying wet materials and restoring relative humidity in the facility to normal levels is essential. Normal humidity levels ensure those using the facility feel comfortable. Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of air movers to increase the evaporation rate. We also have trailered desiccant dehumidifiers, which expedite the extraction of moisture from the air.

In case of a water loss situation in your Fremont, Campbell or Saratoga area fitness center, call SERVPRO of Campbell to help with the removal. You can reach us at (408) 371-4001 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Our Remediation Service Technicians Are The Leaders In San Jose

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Our Remediation Service Technicians Are The Leaders In San Jose We completely dried the structure and removed damaged material after this house had a leak. We also applied an antimicrobial to prevent mold growth.

Prevent Additional Flood Damage to Your San Jose Residence By Seeking Prompt Remediation

Flooding causes various kinds of damage to buildings and needs to be dealt with promptly. It promotes the growth of fungi like Aspergillus and Penicillium. These fungi can lurk in wallboards and other hard to access areas, contaminating the air in your home. Water in your home can also cause mildew and mold to grow on clothing closets, drapes, inside the walls and attics among other places. Mold and mildew can cause upper respiratory health problems, musty odors, and financial devastation as you work to fix the damage caused to the structure of your residence.

To prevent the dangers associated with flood damage in your San Jose residence, you need to hire professionals who can remove the water, toxins, and odors left behind. The remediation service technicians at SERVPRO are qualified to handle biohazards. We can remove toxins and pathogens from the affected areas. Our technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to clean this kind of contamination. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment like chemical resistant gloves, heavy duty gloves, rubber boots, and full body suits to stay safe.

The biohazard contamination of your home can increase your stress levels. Our technicians treat every customer with compassion and sensitivity. We seek to exceed the expectations of our customers when it comes to restoring their flood-damaged homes. We have extraction, air moving, dehumidification, and deodorization equipment that makes our job easier and enables us to provide a higher level of service.

Flood damage may also leave bad odors in your home. Eliminating these odors without having to rip up the flooring and replace everything is daunting. When black water damages some kinds of flooring, such as carpets, we recommend replacing them. After replacing the flooring, using an ozone generator is the most appropriate way to deal with the awful orders. SERVPRO technicians can set up the ozone generators in your home to get rid of bad odors. These machines are useful in cleaning, sanitizing and removing all types of foul odors.

When there is flood damage in your home, our technicians have the expertise to make it appear “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 for cleanup, drying and deodorization services. We serve the residents of San Jose, Fremont, and Campbell among other neighboring communities.

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Why You Need To Act Fast When You Discover Water Damage In Monte Sereno

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why You Need To Act Fast When You Discover Water Damage In Monte Sereno We have the equipment and experience to handle any water damage in your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Why SERVPRO is Your Top Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Your Monte Sereno Home

Preventing water damage in your Monte Sereno home is critical to preserving the strength and integrity of your structure. Usually, some simple checks and steps plus some preventative measure can avoid any water catastrophes. The bathroom is likely the area which is most prone to damage from water. Each time you use the bathtub for a shower or a soak, you use several gallons of water. If you regularly check around the area to rule out any moisture accumulation, you can stop disasters before they happen.

When you do find water damage in your Monte Sereno bathroom, you need to act fast to correct the issue before additional damage is done. That is why SERVPRO is the right choice to turn to for help. Our staff understands the need for speed but are also trained to handle the job thoroughly and efficiently. With the tools and experience you would expect from professionals, we can restore your home, so it is like nothing ever happened.

Your first precaution should be to make sure that you and the rest of your family are not overfilling the tub during a bath, and not splashing water outside of the tub. That is why children should be supervised, besides ensuring their safety. When showering, make sure that the door or shower curtain is securely closed so that all the water remains inside the tub.

SERVPRO techs use various tools to help us find the moisture problem and to dry everything back out. In a bathroom situation where the tub has leaked, we can use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to detect how much moisture is in building materials and to monitor them as we are drying everything out. Air movers and dehumidifiers help us to dry the affected materials out and get the moisture content in the air in your bathroom back to a safe amount.

Other things to look out for include any staining on the walls around your shower or tub or any mold growth. These are both sure signs you could have an issue that is out of sight. Also, make sure to replace any loose or missing tiles in your shower or bathtub wall right away. Ensure there is no missing grout between the tiles as well and reapply grout as you need. Check the caulking between tiles as well and repair as needed.

SERVPRO of Campbell is always standing by to help you with any water damage emergency in your home in Los Gatos, Fremont, or Newark. You can call us at (408) 371-4001 anytime you need, so please do not hesitate to reach out as soon as you see an issue.

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San Jose Smoke Odors, Kitchen Fires, and the SERVPRO Treatment

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Jose Smoke Odors, Kitchen Fires, and the SERVPRO Treatment Stinky Kitchen FIre Odors Got You Down? SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for San Jose Cooks--Residential and Commercial

Oven Blaze Brings Fire Damage for Dinner in San Jose

Fire damage is not a one-size-fits-all category when it comes to clean up. Depending on the type of fire, whether it was high heat or slow moving and materials that burned, all of them leave different types of residues and odors that need to be handled in various ways. Among the kinds of damage from fires we remediate most often, protein residue is one of the most pungent we encounter. No one wants to be reminded of the time dinner caught on fire from the odor that remains.

When SERVPRO was called to remediate fire damage in a San Jose kitchen, the culprit was immediately apparent; it was from a chicken that was forgotten in an oven and was too close to a heating element. Protein fires are caused when food items burn. They generally have minor amounts of residue but leave a significant amount of foul odor. At the initial phone call, we instructed the homeowner to turn off their HVAC to avoid spreading any particles and odors to currently unaffected areas of the home.

Once on site, SERVPRO technicians wiped down all the kitchen surfaces with our professional-grade cleaners to remove the greasy protein residue, and this action helps lessen the odor. Then our certified Odor Control Technicians inspected the area and determined the best course of action would be to contain the kitchen area and use an activated oxygen unit overnight and follow up with a thermal fogger both inside and outside the contained area to neutralize the odor. Thermal fogging is very useful as it binds with odor-causing particles and eliminates them. This method is not just covering up one odor with another.

Sometimes fire damage is not from the flames, but the odor left behind. This is not a situation you have to handle on your own. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001, and one of our certified technicians can help you get rid of unpleasant odors from a cooking mishap.

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We Have Fast Extraction Equipment To Handle Water Damage In San Jose

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Have Fast Extraction Equipment To Handle Water Damage In San Jose 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.

Hose Disconnections Can Damage Flooring in San Jose Homes

Appliances have become instrumental in 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.

While most appliances have an independent shutoff valve to prevent further flow onto the floor of your San Jose home preventing significant water damage, 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 on removing the excess water throughout the damaged areas of your property. While we have extractor trucks and gas-powered pumps for substantial water loss incidents that could occur, often 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.

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Drying Out Your Water Damaged San Jose Home Requires More Than a Box Fan

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Drying Out Your Water Damaged San Jose Home Requires More Than a Box Fan SERVPRO of Cambell has the equipment to quickly dry your home.

Advanced Equipment for Efficient Restoration in San Jose Homes

Whenever disaster strikes your San Jose home in the form of a water loss incident, you need assurances that the right professionals can arrive promptly to begin drying up the damage before it gets out of control. Whether you have required the services of professionals like ours in the past before or not, it is no secret that we work to have the industry-leading equipment to get the job done quickly and correctly. It is our priority to offer fast and effective service to our customers, regardless of the time that they need it.

Much of the success that our team has had with recovering water damage to San Jose homes can get accredited to the focus that we have on accruing the best available equipment for the jobs that we do. Our SERVPRO team has many tools and machines ideal for extraction, drying, and cleanup. When we become aware of an emergency affecting your property, we can respond fast to ensure that these tools stocked on our production truck rolling out to the scene is all that we would need.

When our team arrives at your home, we begin with a thorough assessment of the damage and determine what actions must get taken to restore the water damage completely. This process also includes determining the source of the damage and ensuring that this area gets repaired to prevent further exposure and damage in the immediate future. Leak detection equipment, moisture detection equipment, and thermal imagery all play a vital role in this initial phase.

To dry out the damage to your property, we have many tools that can do this effectively. Often our SERVPRO professionals rely on high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers for residential water damage recoveries. We can also use tools like our injecti-dry system to help impact inaccessible areas like wall cavities, ceiling cavities, and beneath flooring material.

While many steps make up water restoration for your home, our SERVPRO of Campbell response team arrives with the tools to get the job done fast. You can reach our experienced professionals 24/7 by calling (408) 371-4001.

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