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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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Storms and Flooding Jeopardize San Jose Commercial Properties, Mitigate Damages by Calling SERVPRO

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

green servpro van at a commercial job site Mitigate Storm Damage to Your San Jose Building by Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

The Benefit of In-house Construction Teams for San Jose Businesses with Flood Damage

Commercial Flood Damage San Jose
Stormy season costs businesses billions of dollars every year in the United States. Not only do short-term closures affect revenues, but physical damages to the structure and security of your retail outlet can lead to spiraling restoration costs. Updating your commercial insurance policy ahead of the winter months can protect you and your retail store should the unthinkable happen. Our company helps businesses in this state as well as across the country, putting together a large loss response unit to repair and reconstruct your store as quickly as possible.

Rushing water is a real danger in commercial flood damage here in San Jose. Flash flooding can occur when waterways overload, sewers back up, or when dams bust even as little as two feet of rushing water can uproot trees and flip SUVs. Your retail outlet may suffer damage from debris that gets swept up by a flash flood or by the sheer force of fast-moving water. These forces of nature can break open doors, smash windows, and pile pressure onto the walls or structure once inside your property.

Our large loss recovery teams are here to mitigate potential losses by acting quickly to remove standing water and providing emergency responses to businesses in need. SERVPRO has significant human resources that can mobilize quickly in an emergency. Draining your property, storing stock at an off-site facility as well as boarding-up the area to prevent trespass are just a few of the things we can do in the immediate aftermath of a flood.

Once your property is out of the emergency phase, SERVPRO can begin performing repairs. Unlike most restoration professionals, our company has in-house construction industry technicians with 30-hour general and construction industry training program (OSHA) qualifications. If your retail outlet is an older building, we can also provide specialists in dealing with lead-based paint activities and renovation (RRRP.) From our experience helping business members overcome flash flooding, SERVPRO knows that dealing with one point of contact throughout service can help to reduce stress and increase restoration efficiency.

It would help if you had a commercial restoration team that is ready for any eventuality. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 now.

Removing Water from Drywall in San Jose Homes

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hallway with baseboards removed and a SERVPRO fan on the floor The baseboard in this home needed to be removed to thoroughly dry the water damaged walls

SERVPRO can Help Remove Water Damage from Your Home

After a water loss incident, you need a team of professionals committed to providing your San Jose home efficient service that costs you as little as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the severity of water losses beginning as soon as our project manager and crew chief first arrive at the residence. Scoping the work to get done helps the crew chief to identify the best approaches to reduce restoration times, effectively remove water, and dry out the structure. 

After prolonged exposure to specific construction materials, water removal in San Jose homes becomes a substantial challenge. Drywall can be one of the most challenging materials to protect and preserve after a water loss incident. The determination must get made quickly if it is more cost-effective to attempt to dry out the wallboard or to remove the damaged portions and later replace them after mitigation has completed fully. 

If our SERVPRO team reaches the residence within hours of the water loss incident, it is not unrealistic to protect the house by drying all exposed materials. Drywall is a porous surface, and can quickly retain direct water exposure to allow free water inside the surface. Within a day, free moisture in the drywall can become molecularly bonded to the material, altering its composition and appearance. For drywall, this often appears as swelling and warping of the exposed areas. If this warping has begun, controlled demolition is the approach to take. We have a full division of licensed general contractors to complete this work should it be necessary. 

Reaching moist drywall before the material changes can provide a limited window to our technicians to dry the surface. Depending on where the water damage exists, we have multiple strategies for drying the damaged area, including the use of air movers, dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. 

Drywall is one of the most susceptible surfaces for degradation after water damage and an ideal location for the development of mold in moist conditions. Our SERVPRO of Campbell team has the tools and experience to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (408) 371-4001. 

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How Wind Storms Damage Roofs in San Jose

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Damaged shingles on roof Wind storm cause lots of damage. We can repair your roof and take care of the water damage Call us today!

Wind Damage to Roofs Can Leave Your San Jose Home Vulnerable 

Weather events that can produce high winds can be as destructive to the roof of your San Jose home as many of the other storm systems that can pass through. As challenging as it might be to inspect your roof after these potential threats thoroughly, there are often several glaring signs that can indicate a need for repair and attention. The faster you can manage these vulnerabilities, the less susceptible your house remains to wind-driven rain, hail, or other precipitation concerns. 

An excellent place to begin your visual inspection to see if a recent wind-storm has broken the roof of a San Jose home is at the edges and the corners of the structure. These are the points where your roof’s structural integrity gets continually tested by higher wind pressure . Budding vulnerabilities along this edge can begin to push up shingles, giving the wind more of a grab on these materials with each subsequent storm without repair. Eventually, as our SERVPRO team has seen, it can lead to considerable portions of shingles to get pulled off at once. 

We have a team of general contractors capable of both roof repairs and emergency tarping services to provide the level of care your property needs at any given time. Exposed areas like insulation and underlayment can allow for water penetration into the house. Moisture and water damage can become a harmful situation when undetected in an attic space. While our SERVPRO team can help with water losses, we want to save you time and money by repairing wind damaged roofs before it becomes a more costly situation. 

Looking over the roof yourself is not always something that homeowners are capable of, but our team can help with a thorough and honest inspection. We are looking for curling or missing shingles, and other vulnerabilities to areas like the soffit, eaves, flashing, and chimneys. We can also perform an interior inspection to ensure water damage and microbial threats have not developed from moisture penetration. We have a full team of qualified and experienced general contractors that can help with full-scale roof repairs, tarping, and even tree removal if the need arises. 

Wind can be a destructive force in nature, even without the accompanying torrential rainfall or other precipitation. If you feel like your home suffered damages in a recent windstorm, give our SERVPRO of Campbell team a call to help at (408) 371-4001. 

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We Discuss The Fundamentals Of Fire Cleanup After A Wildfire In San Jose

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Fundamental Fire Cleaning After San Jose Wildfires

Cleaning up smoke residues, soot, and ash are conventional approaches necessary to San Jose homes and businesses that find themselves in the vicinity of a migrating wildfire. Because of the devastation that properties indirect paths with the disaster can experience, as well as effects possible for homes in the immediate areas, the incidents can often be a strain on resources and personnel for even experienced restoration groups like our SERVPRO team.

We strive to maximize our efficiency in these situations, especially with the volume of properties needing wildfire cleanup in San Jose. The scoping of these emergencies is critical and happens before the full force of our team arrives to begin mitigation and recovery. During this process, our project management follows specific guidelines to catalog damaged elements to effectively complete smoke and soot cleanup promptly.

Careful Inspections
A thorough visual inspection is always a starting point for our SERVPRO team. After a wildfire, this assessment includes structural concerns existing outside of the house, inside of outdoor air conditioning appliances, and throughout the property where debris, soot, and odors could spread throughout the structure.

Not all of the residues and effects that a technician encounters during this inspection get removed and cleaned in the same way. Soot residues require chemical sponges and vacuuming, whereas other smoke residues require other potent cleaning products in our arsenal to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are also responsible for determining the affected surface beneath the residue and how dire it is to clean immediately – as some materials (wood, drywall) are more susceptible to fire loss than others (tile, porcelain).

Once skilled technicians like ours have determined the types of residues and effects present after a wildfire near your house, we must determine the ideal method for removing them from surfaces where they have bonded. To choose the best approach and product, our cleaning technicians must consider multiple factors, including the temperature, expected chemical action, and time.

Wildfires are a devastating and destructive force, but our SERVPRO of Campbell's team can help when you need it. Give our professionals a call today at (408) 371-4001.

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Call SERVPRO When You Need Fire Damage Experts In San Jose

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

An air scrubber set up with a HEPA filter to clean the air after a fire hit this home The air scrubber pictured here is outfitted with a HEPA filter to capture airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns after a fire.

Signs Your DIY Fire Damage Cleanup Was Not Enough in Your San Jose Home

When fire damage happens in a home, mainly if there is not much charring or smoke damage visible, many homeowners take the task on for cleanup on their own. Sometimes this is not a good idea.

San Jose homeowners with fire damage that do their own DIY cleanup may find there are issues still present. Some things, such as mold or odors, have the potential to spread. Here are some of the most common issues SERVPRO technicians see and what to do about them.

Foul Odors after a Home Fire

The problem with soot is the particles range from the visible to smaller than the human eye can see. Once airborne, such as in the HVAC ductwork, they spread. Anywhere they go, it smells like a fire happened, and porous items such as upholstered furnishings and carpet require deep cleaning. SERVPRO technicians such a multilayered approach to ending smoke odors through the use of air scrubbers and thermal foggers to eradicate odors. If necessary, they clean the ductwork in the home to rid it of any residual smoke odors.

If Water Gets Left Behind After a Fire, Mold Can Follow

Mold spores are already present indoors. They remain inert until favorable germination conditions occur. After fire damage happens and the area gets soaked by the fire department extinguishing it, if all the water is not extracted and dried, mold spores can set up home as fast as 24-hours and spread rapidly throughout the house. SERVPRO technicians use their detection equipment to scope the loss area and determine if any water migrated behind walls or under flooring. They ensure the property receives both drying and the application of antimicrobials to inhibit mold growth.

Cleaning Walls After a Fire

Walls can look clean and still smell terrible. This is because, during a fire, the hot air expands, this expansion forces suit into the paint on the wall. If solvent cleaning solutions do not cause the residue to release for cleaning, a sealant is a good solution that only requires priming and painting to look (and smell) like new.

Whether the fire damage just happened or you need some assistance after a DIY cleanup, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001. Their certified technicians can make the fire loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Small Water Spill, Just Wipe It Up! Big Puddles and Soaked Materials? SERVPRO Can Help San Jose Homeowners

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow and green tubes from a drying system with a green dehumidifier close by SERVPRO can dry wet wall cavities with our advanced equipment. Why contain dampness in the void of your San Jose home and have a mold problem later?

When Is Water Damage in San Jose Bad Enough for Professional Help?

Water loss incidents can be some of the mildest or most destructive disasters that can affect San Jose properties. As damaging as these situations can become, there are windows of opportunity to lessen an emergency’s impact and to protect your property from the migration and saturation of spreading water loss outcomes. Establishing when an incident has gotten out of your control and expertise to restore is a critical choice, as it can be a substantial cost and time difference on the recovery that your property ultimately needs.

Between drying up widespread moisture to even water removal in San Jose homes, there are many instances that homeowners can recover without the intervention of professional restorers like our SERVPRO team. Understanding when a disaster has become too severe is a challenging admission for many property owners because it does indicate that the condition is dire and has the potential to continually worsen. Our trained professionals are ready to help. Here are some ways that you can quickly identify when a water loss incident is too much for your experience and equipment.

You Cannot Track the Full Extent of the Damage
A clear way of determining when you are too inexperienced for a current water loss scenario in your home is when you have lost track of how bad the situation has become. When water moves into structural cavities and seeps into materials, for instance, it is challenging to determine how threatening these conditions are without SERVPRO’s premier inspection and detection devices. Moisture and RH relative humidity play a key role in water damage mitigation, so what to do?
You Notice Degradation and Warping of Materials
If you cannot dry out damages quickly enough, they begin to have adverse effects on exposed materials in their path. One of the materials that show this damage most quickly is drywall, as this wallboard can often bloat and deteriorate in as little as 24 hours from direct and persistent water exposure. Small wipe downs most homeowners can do, but for extensive water intrusions, best to call in the pros.
As threatening as water loss incidents can be, you can always count on our fast and reliable service during this crisis. Our SERVPRO of Campbell team has extensive training and advanced equipment to inspect and restore water-damaged property thoroughly. Give us a call today at (408) 371-4001.

How to Take the Headache Out of Flood Damage in Your San Jose Home

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

 flood waters outside a home Call now for SERVPRO to come and remediate flood damage in your San Jose home.

Understanding Controlled Demolition in Mitigating and Remediation San Jose Flood Damage

When large quantities of water enter your San Jose home, it is not only the visible flooding that needs to be managed. Water migrates, soaking into fixtures, structural components, and building cavities. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have skills in detecting where the water traveled within your home. We use research-based yet practical strategies to contain, remove, and dispose of the water. Effective and efficient drying techniques then return your home to normal moisture levels.

The Flow of Flood Water

A storm or major plumbing or appliance breakdown can send thousands of gallons of fluid into your San Jose home. Flood damage requires a fast and professional response aimed at removing standing water and absorbed moisture fast. Water seeks cracks and joints through which to flow, disappearing on surfaces only to collect in building cavities between, behind, over, and under structural components.

Controlled Demolition Aids Mitigation Efforts

SERVPRO uses sensitive moisture probes and sophisticated technology like thermal imaging cameras to detect the pathways of the floodwater. Our technicians keep careful records, preserving the data so we can be sure all floodwater is extracted and disposed of according to local hazardous waste regulations. To reach caches of water, we use strategies like flood cuts. Our team uses special saws to cut wallboard several inches above the water line to the floor to release fluids for removal. Opening up walls also serves to enhance the effectiveness of our air movers and heaters as we work to transfer absorbed water into the air as vapor. That vapor is condensed or absorbed by dehumidifiers for permanent removal from your home.

Other Approaches to Expose Floodwater for Removal

The SERVPRO team also considers punching holes to release the water trapped behind paint, wallpaper, paneling, and ceiling tiles. Baseboard drill holes allow warm, moving air into confined spaces. Mortar joints also are targeted places to create ventilation holes to access water caught in cinder block cells or other brick construction.

Straightforward Repairs Instead of Extensive Tear Outs Later

If water is left hidden, it continues to contribute to deterioration and can provide a perfect environment for microbial growth. Repairing strategically placed cuts and small drill holes is a less disruptive answer than pulling whole walls or ceilings down because the water remained.

SERVPRO of Campbell is prepared with trained crews and state of the air equipment to meet your flood damage mitigation and remediation needs. Call us at (408) 371-4001 to schedule an appointment now.

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Did flood Damage Become and Unwanted Guest at Your San Jose Hotel?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Man and woman at front desk of hotel.  Clerk behind desk. Don’t let flood damage check into your hotel. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Guest Safety After Flooding in a San Jose Hotel 

Guest satisfaction and safety are paramount in contending with the damaging effects of a flood in your San Jose hotel. As hazardous as the situation might be, the right response from qualified professionals like ours can ensure that work is getting done immediately to protect the property and those that are currently guests in your accommodation. The hospitality niche of business is highly competitive, so make sure that you are choosing the team that can offer the fastest and most thorough turnaround. 

Flood damage to San Jose hotels can occur in a multitude of ways, so addressing any of these conditions requires the right tools, equipment, and techniques. Our SERVPRO professionals train extensively through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to obtain Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) endorsements. Many of team have secondary accreditations with mold remediation (AMRT) and biohazard cleanup.

One of the best practices that our team has when addressing any disaster in a local hotel is to install containment systems. 6mil plastic sheeting is thick and durable enough to prevent the spread of active microbes and bacteria while drying, extraction, and other mitigation efforts get underway. These barriers also prevent the migration of water loss damages to other rooms or areas of the hotel, making it easier to redirect guests away from the problem areas until restoration completes. 

Protecting your guests is providing them with a positive experience regardless of work getting done in your hotel. With these established drying zones and work areas, your customers do not become exposed to various contaminants, dust, debris, and particulates present during restoration. This threat can become even more concentrated and potent through demolition and reconstruction efforts, so the plastic sheeting can regulate airflow and filtration as our contractors begin removing compromised materials. 

Floods can quickly get out of control, especially without immediately reaching out to competent restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Campbell team. As challenging as some of these effects might be, effective containment can reduce the impact on your guests and help to prevent negative feedback and ratings online. Give us a call anytime at (408) 371-4001. 

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