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Our Professional Guide To Flood Damage Restoration In San Jose

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Professional Guide To Flood Damage Restoration In San Jose If your home falls victim to unexpected flash flooding, we are ready to lend a hand.

Professional Help For Flood Damage In San Jose

San Jose covers much geographical area and features many micro-climates. Although the rainfall totals are not above average community-wide, and the city can have an arid feel, the fact is that flooding is possible from rain showers and storms here and in the surrounding mountains. If your home falls victim to unexpected flash flooding, we are ready to lend a hand.

When overflows from the creeks and other waterways in San Jose cause flood damage to your home, a list of many tasks needs to be completed to return your abode to preloss condition. It is also imperative that response is fast and professional, with trained technicians and commercial grade equipment available to aid the recovery. One of the cornerstones of our service covers all aspects of flood assessment, water removal, and structural drying.

Waters from overland flooding by definition are contaminated. Many different hazards find their ways into the water washing across roadways and yards and industrial sites. If roads are flooding the sewer system often backs up, sometimes depositing human waste into the lower areas of your home. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, a quick assessment of the quality of water trapped inside your home guides our crew as to their next steps.

Category 3 or black water contains sewage and debris like dead insects and animals. Landscaping and roadway residues like fertilizers, pesticides, and oil or gas are toxic. Water filled with these substances is hazardous and must be contained and disposed of according to local regulations. SERVPRO crews understand the rules concerning flood waters and are familiar with the proper procedures required to remediate them. We also carry and use EPA registered disinfectants that treat flooded areas to kill a wide range of pathogens.

Our service vehicles have all the equipment needed to pump and extract the flood waters out of your home. SERVPRO employees also master moisture metering and thermal scanning detectors to find hidden pockets of water for release and removal. Any moisture left behind continues to break down building materials and threatens your home with the potential for mold damage. Any lingering contaminated flood water also poses a risk of exposing your family to dangerous viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

SERVPRO of Campbell has the expertise, proven cleaning, and disinfecting products, and water removal tools to manage your residential flooding needs. Contact us at (408) 371-4001 as soon as possible after the flooding for the best possible outcome.

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Our Complete Guide To Mold Damage Remediation In Campbell

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Complete Guide To Mold Damage Remediation In Campbell Mold should not ruin your life!

Having The Right Information Helps Remediation Of Mold Damage In Campbell

Damages such as discoloration or rotting of materials like wood are common after mold infestation. To deal with these issues effectively, you should have the right information concerning mold infestations. This way you can take the right approach if your Campbell property is affected. We offer professional remediation services which eliminate the burden of dealing with the problem on your own.

When you notice signs of mold damage in Campbell, the property in question has a moisture problem. Although most infestations are caused by water from flooding or leakages from plumbing systems, sometimes higher than normal humidity levels in the air can lead to mold development. Establishing the source of moisture is the key to long-term results. Our SERVPRO team inspects the entire building to find all the moisture sources before starting the remediation process.

Some materials are easily affected by mold because they retain moisture over extended periods. Wood is one such material because it absorbs a lot of water especially if submerged in water like in cases of flooding. Carpets too can conceal moisture even when they seem dry. This situation arises when the pad retains wetness even after the carpet dries. Our SERVPRO technicians combat these two problems by ensuring any wet surface is dried correctly. We use various specialized equipment such as drying mats to extract moisture effectively from wooden floors.

Surfaces, where mold growth was prevalent, require thorough cleaning. Various approaches can be used depending on the level of growth and the material on the surface. Our SERVPRO team HEPA Vacuums the area to get rid of loose particles. We might also agitate the surface with wire brushes to get rid of stubborn residue. Cleaning the area with antimicrobial agents or sterilants helps kill any remaining spores limiting chances of future growth. We also get rid of any excess moisture using dehumidifiers in the area.

Mold should not ruin your life. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 to help with the remediation process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Critical Mistakes With Flooding in Campbell That You Should Avoid

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Some Critical Mistakes With Flooding in Campbell That You Should Avoid If a sewage backup or a toilet overflow has flooded your home, contact SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

Proper Cleanup is Necessary after Flood Damage in Campbell

When property floods, various contaminants are introduced. Proper cleanup helps make the property habitable again and also forestalls future problems. You can only clean your Campbell property thoroughly if you understand the contaminants you are facing. The professional restoration services we offer help deal with the different aspects of damage “Like it never even happened.”
 
Among the likely problems in cases of flood damage in Campbell is sewage backup. Because sewage is heavily contaminated, removal of porous materials in the affected area before cleanup is necessary. Carpets, pad, and insulation are among the porous materials that should be removed from the contaminated area. Our SERVPRO technicians have the necessary expertise to handle such removals safely. After removal, we pressure wash the affected area and use professional cleaning agents to eliminate any contaminants left.
 
Floodwaters soil the affected areas with mud and other types for dirt. It can even sweep pet waste into concealed places. If such waste stays in place, it leads to bad odors in the house. Our SERVPRO team anticipates such issues which is why we check and clean all nooks and crannies where waste may lay hidden.
 
Mold infestation is common after a case of flooding. Mold spores are ever present in any environment and only require enough moisture for growth to occur. Since some of the surfaces affected by the flood waters such as wall cavities remain hidden from view, mold can proliferate for long before it is detected. Our SERVPRO technicians remove drywall to access wall cavities for cleanup and thorough drying diminishing any chances of mold growth.
 
Airing the affected property is necessary because it eliminates excess moisture from the air. The process also helps dry any wet materials completely through evaporation. In ideal conditions, it is possible to do this by opening doors and windows, which exchanges the moist indoor air with drier outside air. This approach is known as an open drying system. Our SERVPRO teams use a closed drying system which seals off the affected area separating it from outside air and air from other parts of the structure unaffected by flooding. After such isolation, it is possible to dry the property faster using air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
To overcome challenges from flooding, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001. We are available 24/7.

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Fire Safety Tips

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now  

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Signs That You Need A Hot Water Heater Repair

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water heaters are essential elements of our home. We use them in daily activities such as taking a bath, using the dishwasher and using the washing machine. But because we use them frequently, it’s sometimes easy to take them for granted and forget that they need to be maintained. Failing to do so will result in malfunctions and problems and eventually, replacing your water heater. Taking notice of the first signs of a problem can help you repair your water heater before it becomes worse.

You don’t have to be an expert to spot the first signs of trouble. All you need to have is a keen sense of observation so that your water heater can be repaired.

  1. Hot water has off smell or off color. The first instance that you notice your hot water has an off smell or has a rusty color, that’s something that you need to check out. The smell could be the result of a rusty anode rod in the water heater. There is no need to worry since the anode rod can be replaced that will then eliminate the bad odor. Bacteria growth also causes bad smells. This happens when the hot water has not been used or has been turned off for quite some time or when the thermostat is set at a very low level.
  2. Corroded pipes can also cause an off color in your water. This can be solved by installing a water softener or by replacing the plumbing. If you also see a lot of sediments in the water, it’s time to have the water heater repaired.

    Water is not hot enough, too hot, not strong enough or there is none at all. When there is no water, check first that your water heater has power and is working fine. If it is, have it inspected by a plumber. If water is not enough, this could be due to an undersized water heater and is a common situation when a lot more people are using the water heater. This could also be caused by the presence of mineral deposits inside the water heater tank. When water is too hot or not hot enough, you may have to adjust the temperature dial of the water heater. If there is no change in temperature, have the water heater checked and repaired.

  3. Strange noises and leaks. Leaks coming from your water heater could lead to flooding. In the same way, strange noises like pops, bangs, gurgles, and the like are clear indicators that something is wrong with your water heater. This is usually caused by a buildup of sediments inside the tank. A boiling sound, however, could mean the water heater is overheating or that pressure is building up inside the tank. All these have to be addressed immediately to prevent further problems.

It’s important to have your water heater repaired as soon as you see these signs. This will help you save on costs, prevent further damage, and avoid an untimely replacement of your unit. If you do have issues with your hot water heater leaking, call SERVPRO of Campbell. We are always here to help clean up the aftermath of a disaster! 

Be Prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Will you be ready when disaster strikes? The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Campbell as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever expects a disaster, but now is the time to plan for it.

In review, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Campbell as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at 408-371-4001 to start your Emergency READY Profile today.

Common Causes of Fire Damage

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn

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Preventative Measures to Avoid Water Damage

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that prevention is the best medicine, but floods can happen at any moment from any number of causes. By completing regularly scheduled home maintenance and keeping an eye out for common warning signs, you can minimize the chances of a flood. However, nothing can give you a 100% guarantee of never having a flood. In that case, preparation is the best way to minimize water damage.

First, it’s a good idea to know your flood risk. Are you in a potential flood zone? Is your yard sloped away from your foundation? Knowledge is power so the more you know about how your home might flood, the more steps you can take to prevent it or minimize damage from it.

Using waterproof building materials is a great way to reduce damage from flooding and there are waterproof sealants and paints that can be applied to existing structures. In particular, there are many protective coatings for block or poured concrete walls which are common in basements.

Keep your valuables and irreplaceable items such as photo albums, yearbooks, and important documents on high shelves. Do the same with chemicals and paints. If they leak into flood waters, they could cause additional damage. Any items put away for storage should be in air and water-tight plastic containers. Never leave boxes or items on the floor; instead, invest in raised shelving units.

It may also be a good idea to raise appliances and electronics off the ground. Get wires and power strips out from behind your tv stand and organize them in a way that keeps them out of the flood danger zone. Put washing machines and dryers on cinder blocks or sections of lumber to reduce the chances that rising water levels will affect them.

If a flood does strike, turn off electricity, gas, and water lines and place buckets under active leaks. If the water is pooling slowly, soak up as much of it as possible to reduce the potential damage. Calling SERVPRO of Campbell at the first sign of a flood is the best way to reduce water damage. Our highly trained technicians will solve your immediate problems and ensure you don’t experience lasting effects or further damage.

Flooding can happen to anyone. Take steps now to protect your home and keepsakes from water damage in the event of a possible flood.

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What To Do When A Commercial Water Damage Happens

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time and without notice. The effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and reopen their business as soon as possible.

Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property? Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property? What is your plan?

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention

Large-scale losses can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines.

    1. Know where your emergency water shut-off valves are located, and have a contingency plan in place in case you are not available.
    1. Create an Emergency Ready Plan with directions for what to do in an emergency as well as a list of phone numbers of who to call in an emergency. Make sure someone you can trust has the authorization to make decisions if you are unavailable.

It is a good idea to have a trusted commercial restoration company such as SERVPRO of Campbell with information on file before disaster strikes. How quickly cleanup begins will impact the size of the loss.

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen at any time. Whether from natural disasters, leaking roofs, frozen pipes, sewage backups, or flooding, water damage is a serious concern and a major threat to your commercial property.

Understanding the source of the water damage is essential for proper cleanup, as clean water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof during a rainstorm will be treated differently than floodwaters and sewage backups. Always protect your health, and let the commercial water damage experts handle the cleanup and restoration of your property.

Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage

Proper removal and drying of the water is critical after a water damage emergency, and will prevent any long-term problems some experience after attempting water damage cleanup themselves, or by hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper equipment or experience. Mold growth can begin 24-48 hours after water damage, and starting extraction and drying as soon as possible after water damage is your best line of defense against mold.

Call SERVPRO Campbell to extract the water, dry your structure and to clean and remove any potentially dangerous contaminants.

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What To Do If You Suspect Mold Growth In Your Commercial Building

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

As commercial buildings are become more energy efficient often these energy efficient buildings do not have proper ventilation or air exchanges. Poor air quality then becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Even as you’re HVAC systems become more energy efficient, costly, and with the addition air filters exposure to indoor mold has become a major hindrance. Fortunately, there are several different solutions to this issue. When mold growth does occur, it is very important to know the right steps for properly removing it from an indoor environment, and ensuring that it doesn't re-occur.

Any area that contains the right levels of water has lack of light, and no exposure to fresh air can cause mold to begin growing in as little as 48 hours. Since mold tends to grow in cramped, closed, and damp spaces, the reality is that for every visible colony of mold that you see, there could be several more square feet (millions of spores) of mold in areas that you do not. Simply put; an area that can hold moisture and no easy access is vulnerable, especially in commercial buildings where there are numerous places mold can grow, and are often difficult to locate.

If you suspect that your building has mold growth you should call a licensed professional

It’s a task which should be firmly limited to qualified professionals who have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

The Steps for Removing Mold:

 Plan and Prepare. Contact a licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

Identify, and Protect. When remediation is performed, take special care in inspecting “unseen” areas where mold could potentially grow, and have them cleaned accordingly. Protect your building by having any water damage completely remediated by a water mitigation company such as SERVPRO of Campbell and by having air inspections to detect spores that could cause resurgence in mold growth.

Act Quickly. Mold begins growing within 48 hours, but some can begin colonizing a surface even sooner, so don’t wait when it comes to contacting a mold remediation professional such as SERVPRO. If you have had an area flood with water, water removal and potential remediation needs to begin as soon as it is detected or mold is a real possibility.

Turn Off the HVAC. Mold is spread through airborne spores, and your HVAC can transport those spores throughout a building. It can also grow in any ventilation shaft where there's condensation to feed growth. Until the mold has been properly removed, don’t give the mold potential routes of access throughout your building, or you could be dealing with a much more extensive growth.

If you think you have mold, it’s time to call a trusted licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Campbell. 

 SERVPRO has the skills, staff, certifications and equipment to handle your mold project. 

For more information call SERVPRO of Campbell at 408-371-4001