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What Is the Best Solution for Fire Damage in My San Jose Home?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Have SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians Clear, Clean, and Restore Your Home to its Original Condition

When a fire causes damage to your Campbell home, even if it is quickly extinguished. The intense heat and burning material might not create a large amount of physical damage, but they can still generate smoke and soot damage that spreads throughout the home, affecting everything it touches.

How many types of fire damage are there?

Fire damage to a San Jose home falls into these categories:

Burning and charring from contact with the actual fire
Combustion, melting, and more from the intense heat
Surface and deeper damage from the smoke and soot particles that settle on structural and personal property
Water damage from sprinklers and other efforts to extinguish the fire

To deal with each type of damage, SERVPRO has an intensive training program so that most team member qualifies as a Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician or FSRT.

How bad can the damage get in my home?

It can run from mild smoke damage to the total loss of the structure itself and everything inside. That depends on several factors which include how hot and how fast the fire burned, where it started, how long it burned, and how far did the smoke reach throughout the home. Depending on these factors, fire damage falls into three categories:

Minor Damage – In this category, there is a limited amount of physical damage with only items like paper products requiring replacement. The smoke residues left behind are light to moderate and can be removed from ceilings, floors, walls, and personal property by wiping them down with a dry cloth or sponge. For slightly thicker residue layers, FRSTs might use a small amount of water to break them up for removal.
Medium Damage – Here, the physical damage is more intensive. The intense heat causes damage to tables, chairs, and other furniture as well as structural items like cabinets, drywall, and ceiling tiles. Wood floors may require refinishing and walls and ceilings often need repainting. Smoke residues are sticky and thicker, requiring a cleaning solution to remove them. Thicker residues also leave behind odors that need elimination.
Major Damage – In this category, the physical damage is severe, especially at the fire’s point of origin. Wall and other framing are charred or burned, forcing repairs or demolition and replacement. If the physical damage is severe enough, FRTs may have to board up shattered windows or cover roof damage to secure the home from weather or animal intrusions. Smoke residues in this category penetrate surfaces deeply enough to warrant disposal of the items or using sanders and other abrasive tools to remove surface material that contains residue particles. Odors at this level often require the use of special equipment to neutralize them completely.

How does SERVPRO get all of this accomplished?

Each team has access to an inventory of commercial equipment and chemicals designed for each restoration task. These are a few of the items:

For ceilings, FSRTs use Extension Poles, pads, and Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaner. The combination allows team members to clean every inch of the ceiling without being immediately under the residues as they fall away. The cleaning agent is powerful, but does not damage the surface, and can even be used on acoustic tiles.
Odors are some of the most persistent types of damage to remove. If the malodor particles deeply penetrated an item, team members use a fogger combined with a deodorizing agent to create a cloud of particles that can get into a piece of furniture or structural property as deeply as the odor. These particles combine with the odor, changing and destroying them thoroughly.
Mechanical means of odor elimination can also include ozone machines and hydroxyl generators.

What about everything that was soaked by the Fire Department?

We attempt to clean carpets whenever possible. The water contains smoke residues and particles from the burned or charred items, which makes them extremely difficult to clean. For everything else, SERVPRO FSRTs use a combination of extraction wands to draw off the water covering the floor and then set up air movers and exhaust fans to draw moisture out of soaked furniture like sofas and structural items like drywall. Doing this quickly enough reduces the damage to the home and eliminates the threat of secondary water damage like mold growth.

How do I keep track of everything that was Restored or Replaced?

At SERVPRO, this is a part of our restoration service after a fire or any other disaster. Each team leader provides a complete list of every action they take for the homeowner and their insurance company when needed. We have Content Inventory Worksheets and software programs to track all items and actions.

No matter how mild or severe the fire damage might be, we can help you restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell today at (408) 371-4001 to learn more about our fire restoration services. We are here for you.

Wow! My Smart House Has a Water Leak, Now What?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

tubes from injectidry working on a wall at the baseboard SERVPRO Uses "Smart" Advanced Equipment Like this Injectri-Dry for Drying and Restoring Homes in San Jose

San Jose Water Cleanup and Recovery for Local Homeowners Is Only a Phone Call or Click Away--SERVPRO

San Jose is at the center of the future. That’s quite a statement for what used to be a small town along Coyote Creek, but residents give truth to it every day. The present, however, still throws all of us a curve when we least expect it.

How Smart Is Your Home?

Even the most advanced Smart House in San Jose can have water damage. New water heating systems no longer have tanks, but pipes still corrode and break; washing machines controlled by your phone still have intake lines that split and spill water across your home. SERVPRO restoration teams work quickly to reduce and repair the damage and halt any further problems as well.

One of the problems many residents don’t consider but are an issue with every home our teams inspect is the spread of bacteria and viruses. Even treated water from an inlet pipe can absorb enough dirt and other contaminants from carpets and floors in a few hours to begin bacterial growth. If not treated quickly enough, damage to drywall, floor trim, carpets, and more can be extensive and costly.  

To start limiting the damage, SERVPRO teams first spray any standing water with a broad spectrum disinfectant. After pumping out the water, they spray all previously exposed surfaces.   To maximize the effectiveness, personnel carefully prepare the spray mixture to meet the threat without presenting a threat to residents or pets. Teams only spray with no one present and warn residents not to enter before enough time elapses to ensure safety.  

Next, team members install fans to increase interior air circulation and examine everything. If the water did not remain standing in the home for more than a few hours, most building material, like drywall, remains intact for continued use. If the material has absorbed too much water, our specialists can use devices such as air movers to speed up drying without causing further damage. Air movers are also good for drying wood floors. Carpets, though, have to be replaced far more often than flooring and building materials.  

At SERVPRO of Campbell, we proudly support our fellow residents here and in nearby communities such as Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga. If you have suffered through a broken pipe or appliance, call us today at (408) 371-4001 to learn more about what we can do to return your home to its original, dry condition.

Information about Disinfection of San Jose Medical/Dental Clinics

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Preventative cleaning for San Jose Businesses

Let SERVPRO of Campbell help your San Jose medical/dental clinic or any business that is open to prevent widespread contamination.

If you own an essential business in San Jose that is open, it is vital to maintain a vigilant approach to disinfection and cleaning in the turbulent wake of pathogenic cases. Preventing the spread of pathogens and the virus is a current priority of every medical/dental facility, and it is the requirement of any business that is open. Our SERVPRO team is prepared to help keep up with the demand for restorative or maintenance disinfection as needed by San Jose Area businesses.

Our expert technicians are trained, certified and highly experienced in environmental cleaning. We provide specialty cleaning services to businesses and institutions in the area every day. We follow the latest updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We use EPA registered cleaning agents and follow work protocols and standards developed by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification IICRC in conjunction with the Restoration Industry Association (RIA).

We are able to adapt our hours around available time windows. Furthermore, SERVPRO of Campbell’s service is available on a one-time or routine basis. Let’s get together and talk about your needs.  Our SERVPRO of Campbell’s team is here to help.  We have solutions, give us a call today at (408) 371-4001.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Water Cleanup In Your San Jose Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Address Safety Hazards

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

Once We Arrive

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

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

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

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Safety is Our Priority with Flood Damage Restoration in San Jose

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

Safety Training Helps Improve Flood Damage Restoration in San Jose 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Tear Out Needed After Fire Damage in San Jose

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

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

Tear-Out of Fire Loss

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

Cleaning of Smoke Residues

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

Air Quality Measures

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

Odor Control Before Repairs

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

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

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage San Jose – Drying After a Water Leak

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

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

Key Criteria for Avoiding Mold Growth

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

Wet Goes to Dry

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

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

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

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

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Damage In San Jose Caused By Storm Flood Waters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Identification
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).

Removal
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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Our Technicians Discuss The Different Methods of Controlling Odors in Your Fire Damaged Home in San Jose

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen cabinet, charred walls and ceiling in black soot Call our emergency services line any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year, at (408) 371-4001.

Our Different Methods of Controlling Smoke-Related Odors in Your Home in San Jose

After a residential fire in San Jose, SERVPRO works with the customer closely to monitor the effectiveness of the work we do. This includes controlling odors that now affect the house. While we often use hydroxyl generators to make things safer while we work, odors can still arise later, especially when humidity increases.


Because odors in a San Jose property depend on the materials that burned, we use different methods. Some mask the odors while the odors' source slowly diminishes. Others help reduce odors by absorbing them before they can reach the air your family breathes. One type, our sealant, used after cleaning, uses an encapsulation method to prevent odors from leaching out of the sealed material.


Beads that stop the odors do so because they are made of porous materials and then permeated with solvent-based counteracting chemicals. These come in either cherry or cinnamon and help freshen the air. We often put these in a shallow dish near the air intake vent.


Pellets and granules absorb foul odors into their sponge-like structures. Made from treated bentonite clay, these remove odors from enclosed spaces and open areas equally well. They do not have a scent themselves because we do not use them to cover odors.


Not all of our liquid deodorizers end up in a mister or fogger. Some of these we add to cleaning mixes to deodorize while we clean things by hand. We use a cinnamon-scented agent when protein-based fires leave a kitchen smelling acrid.


When porous materials like paneling smell like smoke but show no other signs of damage, we leave them smelling fresh again. A citrus-scented agent gets evenly applied with an Ultra Low Volume fogger in a wet mist. The penetration time takes about two to four hours, at which time we ventilate the area.


Tougher odors in your home might require application overnight of solvent-based mixtures. These mixes include phenolics, fragrances, and odor counteractants. Because these are solvent-based, some individuals experience irritation from the solvents. Although these diminish over time, we discuss the possibility with our customers before using this option.


If solvent-based fogging seems problematic for a customer, we can use water-based deodorizing fogging, instead. This option also includes a neutralizing agent that is powerful enough to handle the odor from an alarmed skunk.


Sealants work for more than smoke odors. They also keep stains from bleeding through fresh paint, inhibit the growth of mold and other microbes, and stop grease from marring the surface again. These come in tinted varieties as well as untinted ones. We can choose options when the customer desires painting on the surface to take place. These dry rapidly, and we can paint over them shortly after application.


SERVPRO of Campbell is ready to help customers in Fremont mitigate fire damage, smoke odors, and other types of damage. We also serve the areas around Saratoga and Newark. Call our emergency services line any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year, at (408) 371-4001.

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Walls, Baseboards, and Flooding in San Jose

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment drying wood floor This water damage was no match for SERVPRO. We have the equipment and know how to complete the job.

Preparation is Key in Restoring Your San Jose Home After Flood Damage 

San Jose and its surrounding areas are home to some of the top minds in the country. Industry leaders, disruptors, and innovators are all part of the community. However, even the best and the brightest are no match for Mother Nature, and the last few years have certainly taught us just how powerful it can be. Fires and flooding have become a genuine danger to our region, and bouncing back from these disasters is no small feat. Luckily, experts in the water and fire restoration arena are readily available to guide the renewal and rebuilding after disaster strikes.  

San Jose homeowners afflicted by flood damage can count on SERVPRO to return their homes to pristine condition. A truly professional group understands the theory behind drying techniques and utilizes the latest equipment within that framework for optimal results. Our team begins by training in the field of psychometry to learn the principles under which humidity and moisture levels can affect a building structure. With this knowledge, we can apply ourselves to the drying process while we minimize your losses. 

Flooding is generally the result of a natural disaster that causes outside contaminants to enter your home. Aside from the nature of the water entering your house, our SERVPRO crew also considers the amount of water itself. These two variables guide our efforts as we restore your home. Take, for example, when water saturates your walls. Sometimes, not always, the water may seep inside the actual wall cavity. When this happens, ventilation is crucial to dry the space and any insulation within it. Our team can remove baseboards to drill small holes into your wall and allow hot air to ventilate the cavity and preserve its integrity. If there is a concern around mildew or mold, our experts may opt to remove the insulation altogether in the interest of protecting your health. This approach to drying your home is possible due to the technical training and expertise of our technicians. 

SERVPRO of Campbell is your very own team of professional water restoration technicians. Just reach out to us by calling (408) 371-4001 and inviting us into your house. Like you, we strive to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

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We Help You Get Back In Business In San Jose

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

 An Injectidry System in a hall way damaged by water damage We used the Injectidry System to dry the area behind the wall in this business. The Injectidry System dries the walls like no other equipment can.

Commercial Water Removal San Jose Broken Overhead Water Pipe

Many commercial buildings are designed with electrical lines and water mains located in the ceiling of offices and large buildings. It is much easier to make adjustments and move pipes and cables to accommodate changes to office configurations. Everything floods when one of those water pipes breaks. The water can travel to nearby units.

The property manager called SERVPRO about commercial water removal in San Jose after a water line broke and flooded his tenant's store. The tenant unit immediately below the water line break, and both tenants on either side had water on the floors of their area. We responded as soon as we received the call. We understand how important it is to minimize the recovery and restoration time for commercial customers.

We quickly assessed the situation and determine how much water was present, what clothing was wet, and the impact on the carpeting. The water had already been turned off. However, the ceiling was still dripping, and it was determined there was a great deal of water needing water removal.

There was no water in the ceilings of the adjacent units. Their floors were wet, and there was no damage to the contents of these offices other than the carpeting. SERVPRO developed a plan to remove all of the clothing from the store and make preparations to clean and dry everything. Next, the small amount of furniture was wiped down and removed.

All of the carpeting was removed, leaving a cement floor. We removed the ceiling tiles once the clothing and furniture were removed, releasing more water. SERVPRO brought in large water removal machines to vacuum up the water, dehumidifiers and air movers to further dry the area. The fast action by our team minimized the opportunity for mold to grow and musty odors to materialize.

While their units are being restored to their original condition, all three tenants decided to relocate temporarily. The tenants and the property manager appreciated our quick and thorough action plan that took in their business needs.

Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 for 24/7 serve.  We serve Fremont, Saratoga, Newark, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We understand and react to commercial business needs.

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At Last, the Secret to Flood Damage Remediation in San Jose Is Revealed

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room Flooding, whether from internal or external sources, happens fast. Respond just as swiftly by calling SERVPRO for water removal and remediation.

Memories of the San Jose Flood Damage of 2017 Underline Why SERVPRO Provides Such a Vital Role in Recovery Efforts

Coyote Creek was the release valve when the Anderson Reservoir hit critical capacity in 2017, sending vast amounts of floodwaters into the city of San Jose. Although officials hopefully learned a hard lesson and improved their notification system since the flood, smart homeowners realize another catastrophic flooding event could impact their homes. One piece to the puzzle is why our company comes to mind -- preparedness.

Establish a Relationship with Our Flood Recovery Experts

Although marketed as a commercial product, our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is an invaluable start to a San Jose resident’s flood damage plan. We want to respond swiftly and knowledgeably when one of our customers experiences a flooding crisis. Your taking advantage of the opportunity for a no-obligation assessment of your home for disaster planning helps us help you should the occasion arise.

Invite a SERVPRO Professional to Walk-Through for Flood Disaster Planning

Our management team is well-qualified and experienced in flood damage mitigation and remediation. Our team trains to industry best practices through coursework from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This is why SERVPRO delivers consistently premier services. Our knowledge base broadens as we assess your property for strengths and vulnerabilities should significant flooding return.

Practical Recommendations that Change the Result

We want to know about your storage configuration and mechanical systems, two critical areas of substantial destruction when flood waters pour in. Expect us to make suggestions that can significantly minimize the impact several inches to many feet of water in a home makes. Perhaps we might recommend moving stored items to an upper floor or raising appliances above flood level. We can hit the ground running if called for flood recovery if we have a complete understanding of the potential “problem” areas within your physical layout.

Share Information that Helps Orient Our Team

When you fill out your Profile, let us know about your priorities and concerns. List the contact information for vendors and contractors who installed your appliances and mechanical systems. Give us an alternative person to confer with as a point of contact if you are unavailable. The more information we possess ahead of time, the more like you have answered the where, how, what, and why SERVPRO team members could ask.

Remembering the stress of the 2017 floods is why SERVPRO of Campbell prefers to pre-plan with you in anticipation of another disaster. Call us at (408) 371-4001 to set up the initial walk through appointment.

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Even Minor Flood Damage In Your San Jose Home Requires Our Help

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to turn around flood damage in homes with our advanced equipment and certified technicians.

Even A Small Amount Of Flood Damage In San Jose Home Needs Pro Assistance

Flood damage in this part of California, fueled by the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek, frequently results in damage to local homes. Locally heavy storms can also result in flash floods, which leads to groundwater entering a home. We handle this type of water damage as a biohazard as coming into contact with the groundwater can be dangerous for both humans and pets.

When SERVPRO answered a call to clean up flood damage in a San Jose home, we dispatched our emergency response team to the location and found the homeowner previously cleaned up the water but was unhappy due to a pungent odor that remained. He had concerns water remained somewhere in the room. Common secondary issues from inadequate water cleanup are:

    •    Pungent odors
    •    Warped or softened sheetrock
    •    Buckled hardwood flooring
    •    Delaminated tiles
    •    Mold growth

We used our moisture detection equipment and found numerous areas in the room that took on water, including the padding in the carpet. The homeowner dried a portion of the wet carpet, not realizing the padding remained damp. We also found excessive moisture behind the baseboards in part of the room. Luckily, the hardwood baseboards showed no signs of warping. SERVPRO technicians determined with cleaning and disinfection, they had the potential for restoration and reuse.

We used our weighted extractors to push the residual moisture to the surface of the carpet for easy removal. The carpet and padding were a loss and required replacement as groundwater contaminated them, and there was no way to return them to a sanitary standard for reinstallation. Amazingly, the subfloor remained unaffected by the floodwater.

Our air movers made short work of drying the water loss areas in the house, and SERVPRO technicians hand cleaned all the surfaces to disinfect them. Once we completed the room restoration efforts, a slight odor remained. Our certified Odor Control Technicians worked to eradicate the remaining water odor to leave the room fresh and ready for the new carpet installation.

SERVPRO of Campbell is ready 24/7 to turn around flood damage in homes with our advanced equipment and certified technicians we can make any size water loss “Like it never even happened.” Call (408) 371-4001 today!

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The Way to San Jose Storm Damage Restoration Is Through SERVPRO

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Relief for San Jose Is Just a Green SERVPRO Vehicle Away

Flood Damage Cleanup in San Jose Home

Flood damage is one of the most frequent types of damage and losses average over 8 billion dollars every year. This sobering statistic from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) states a single inch of water averages over $10,000 worth in water loss damages. Saving as much of your home and possessions as possible is dependent on how quickly the cleanup efforts begin. The longer excessive moisture remains in the house, the more chances for softening of building materials, foul odors, and mold.

When SERVPRO cleans up flood damage in a San Jose home, even though we arrive within an hour after the initial call, often the majority of the water has receded and migrated into walls, under flooring and other elements of the structure have been damage. To locate all areas of excessive moisture, we scope the property with various types of detection equipment. We have the ability with our thermal imaging to "look" behind walls.

Standard actions during flood mitigation include:
?    Removal of damaged sheetrock and other water loss items
?    Drilling of weep holes to help with drainage and airflow
?    Organized pack out of undamaged item to clear the worksite
?    Coordination with the adjuster to stay within the coverage parameters

Water extraction takes precise planning and execution because the more moisture we remove upfront, the less time it takes to dry the structure. If the flood in the home is the result of groundwater, many porous objects such as carpet and padding are generally a loss due to the inability to restore them to sanitary levels for reuse.

SERVPRO technicians go through the flood-damaged areas as they clean up debris and remove water to look through items for things that have restoration potential. We either handle it on-site or pack out items to our secure facility for cleaning and deodorization. We document items using the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service technology, even on a room by room basis, to make the claims process that much easier.

Flood damage requires fast action. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 as our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate any amount of water loss in your home, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Tips for Removing Smoke Odors From San Jose Homes

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

No one likes smoke odors in their home. SERVPRO of Campbell has the know how to remove that smell!

Odors in a San Jose Home from Fire Damage or Smokers Can Be Tough to Mask, But Try These Techniques

There are plenty of reasons to try and rid your home of smoke odors; you have just bought a new home or readying a place to sell to someone else. Most people consider professional damage restoration companies like SERVPRO a "last resort" to handle smoke odors in their home. The truth is that our specialty equipment helps us handle problems that you could not remedy any other way. However, there are some steps you can take to attempt to rid your San Jose residence of smoke smells without employing our services.

Air Fresheners

Most air fresheners cannot effectively combat the massive amount of smoke odors produced during large-scale fire damage to a San Jose home. However, commercial-grade products temporarily mask some smoke smells caused by tobacco use or smaller. We generally recommend using scent-free odor masking products since you may need to use large amounts of them to cover up the smell of smoke, even temporarily. Scented air fresheners can quickly become overbearing when used in these quantities. Sometimes air fresheners cannot effectively mask the smell of smoke in all reaches of your home. You may need to call in SERVPRO technicians to use industrial-grade deodorizing foggers to neutralize the scent.

Fresh Paint

The application of a fresh coat of paint over any walls and materials near the area with smoke smells eliminates some smoke odors. However, even with multiple layers of paint, you cannot be sure that no smoke odors go unmasked without professional treatment. Most of the time, smoke particles often embed themselves in nearby furniture and flooring materials that cannot use paint.

Heavy Cleaning

While some smoke residues can root themselves deep inside walls, ceilings, and furniture, most should lie on or near the surface level in the form of dust particles. A thorough scrubbing of the entire interior area can eliminate most smoke odors without the use of heavy-duty fogging devices. However, the amount of labor required for such intensive cleaning may make a professional odor removal treatment the most cost-effective solution available.

SERVPRO of Campbell is a local provider of fire damage mitigation and restoration services with access to top-of-the-line equipment and training necessary to eliminate smoke odors as wholly and quickly as possible. Call us 24/7 at (408) 371-4001.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your San Jose Water Damage Restoration

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Call our technicians 24/7 if your home suffers from water damage. Our fast response will prevent mold growth and limit further damage.

Expert Water Removal For Your San Jose Area Home

After a water problem occurs on your San Jose property, time starts ticking away. Stains can set-in, mold begins to grow, water permanently damages wood furniture, flooring, and other household contents. Having a professional water removal company on speed-dial makes a significant difference in the amount of loss you suffer should emergencies occur.

With a pre-existing relationship, your restoration company already knows the location of your San Jose home and the water damage service needed. They understand the layout, amount of equipment, personnel, and resources necessary to remove standing water and restore your home’s indoor living environment. A single phone-call can provide you with a full home inspection, a solid plan of action, and quality recommendations that severely limit the damage you might experience.

SERVPRO technicians use water detection and extraction equipment to reach every area in your home. We find pockets of moisture hidden in your walls, under kitchen cabinets, in crawlspaces, and even those behind appliances. The hand-held and truck-mounted extraction units we use to remove hundreds of gallons of water significantly reduce the amount of time drying equipment has to remain in your home.

SERVPRO’s technicians have Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), go through our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP), and often specialize in several restoration procedures to ensure you have access to qualified personnel. We train year round to provide you with recommendations that come with the quality results you deserve.

SERVPRO emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round. We enjoy getting to know our restoration customers and want to build lasting relationships that help provide you with peace of mind during emergencies. Never hesitate to give us a call, ask questions, and take advantage of our recommendations to help protect your home investment.

Contact SERVPRO of Campbell for full-service water removal, cleaning, and restoration services throughout Fremont, Saratoga, and Newark. Our team of licensed restoration professionals stands ready to deliver quality solutions to every member of our local communities. Better yet, let us provide you with preventative solutions that protect your home before emergencies ever occur. (408) 371-4001.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Your Campbell Home After A Fire Disaster

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready and prepared to assist you 24/7 with your fire damage repairs. Our highly skilled and IICRC certified crew is the best in the industry.

Reach Out to Professional Fire Cleanup Services For Your Campbell Home

When your home finds itself in need of professional fire cleanup services, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Even a small fire inside of your home, restricted to your bathroom countertop, can feel like a tremendous mess that you cannot clean up on your own. When these kinds of problems happen in your home, it is fortunate to know that there is professional help close by who can help.

Reaching out for local Campbell fire cleanup services as swiftly as possible can reduce the overall damages in your bathroom. From the moment you put out the blaze with an extinguisher, the molten mess of cosmetic products, hand towels, and toothpaste begins to cool. The key to having a smooth remediation with little hiccups is to get to the fire damage before it completely cools. For example, as ash and soot cools on a surface like plastic, it can begin to yellow. While it is not impossible to remediate fire damage that has sat for a long time, it is much easier to do the job before the temperature falls.

When SERVPRO commits to a job, we always go the extra mile to keep you happy, as the homeowner. We always travel to your home as swiftly as we can to begin to remediation swiftly. Our technicians have been certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) and have gone through many training scenarios to prepare them for whatever problems they may find on the job site.

SERVPRO also uses advanced technology to fight fire damages inside of your home. After removing the burnt bits of plastic contained and charred bits of towels, our techs can focus on removing the molten cosmetic products as well as soot. We can use a house-made gentle cleaning solution, designed to lift the debris and grime away. Furthermore, to deal with the foul smell, SERVPRO can use an air scrubber equipped with a HEPA filter to remove the unpleasant odor from the air.

When fire damage gets out of hand on your property, never wait to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Campbell by phoning (408) 371-4001. Whenever you need us, our technicians are available to help.

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Removing Debris and Residue from Water-Damaged San Jose Homes

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water can turn into the above, call SERVPRO today.

Don’t let debris be your new wall or lawn decorations.

Cleaning up after water sweeps through your San Jose residence is rarely as straightforward as it might appear. Even with a homeowner’s ability to review the damage to the best of their ability, there are areas out of sight or unconsidered where further damages and effects must get addressed with the appropriate equipment, cleaning products, and practices of trained professionals. Our technicians can quickly determine the full extent of the loss incident in your property and the best approaches to overcome the lingering symptoms and effects to return your home to its original condition.

We understand that many loss incidents hinge on water cleanup for your San Jose residence, to get the home back to its previous condition. With so many layers of effects to address after water damage, our SERVPRO professionals become a wise choice for this recovery. We have years of experience, and this niche of our restoration team has accreditations as both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) to handle every aspect of cleaning and restoration in your damaged property that could be necessary.

Debris is a common concern after a water loss incident because materials like drywall often get caught in the path of the moving water and this area of your property becomes quickly saturated. Within a day, drywall can swell and degrade, causing it to crumble and break apart. Even with effective recovery efforts by our SERVPRO professionals, protecting and preserving saturated drywall is rarely entirely possible.

The erosion and crumbling of sheetrock can present a need for widespread cleanup in your damaged home. With our moisture detection equipment, our technicians can determine how much of the sheetrock has wicked moisture up from the floor and begin the meticulous process of removing damaged portions of drywall to prevent further irreparable conditions from developing.

We understand how important it is to get mitigation work started right away, especially to lower the amount of cleanup and recovery efforts needed after a water loss incident. You can count on the experience and equipment for our SERVPRO of Campbell professionals to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (408) 371-4001.

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Professional Water Removal Services For Homeowners In San Jose

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t get over your head with water damage.

Let our technicians stand with you. 

As you learn more about how water can affect your San Jose home, the more likely you are to contact a professional to perform water removal services. In most cases, people who attempt repairs on their own, end up contacting a licensed professional before its all done. Sadly, some end up doing more harm than good before they realize they are in over their heads.

With many changes this day and age, it is highly unlikely that you have all of the equipment sitting around that you need to perform proper water removal to your San Jose property. Before you decide which road to take, remember that the longer water sits on your property, the more damage, it can do.

Calling SERVPRO gives you access to technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We also utilize commercial-grade equipment, tools, and resources throughout the water removal process. You would be hard pressed to find technicians who work harder to provide you with quality results. SERVPRO technicians put moisture detection and monitoring devices such as moisture detectors, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers to work for you. We gain control over the relative humidity in your living environment, as well as effectively dry the structure of your home. All in all, these tools make locating and removing water faster.

SERVPRO also uses dehumidifiers, air movers, and various size extraction equipment in unison to speed up your entire drying and water removal process. Dehumidifiers turn moist air into dry air while air movers circulate clean, dry air throughout the affected area. Both hand-held and truck mounted extraction units can remove massive amounts of water from your home in minutes.

We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round for your convenience. Never hesitate to give us a call, we can answer your questions, provide solutions, and help you make informed decisions that fit your unique situation. Our entire staff is proud to provide excellent restoration services to every member of our local community.

Contact SERVPRO of Campbell for additional information about our services or to schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. We provide quality cleaning, restoration, and water removal services throughout Freemont, Saratoga, and Newark. (408) 371-4001

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

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO to the Rescue in San Jose Cleanup and Restoration Services

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.

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

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

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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SERVPRO Solutions for Special Situations When Restoring Commercial Water Damage in San Jose

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have the proper technology to restore business documents from water damage.

Commercial Water Damage in San Jose Properties 

When there is a water leak or spill in a commercial establishment, most of the focus is on removing standing water to restore normal operations. However, apart from what pools on the floors, the water might affect other areas too causing unforeseen challenges especially if a professional does not do the restoration. We have extensive experience handling such special situations in San Jose.

Documents and electronics are likely to be involved in the case of commercial water damage in San Jose emanating from a problem in the fire suppression sprinkler system. The issue with such loss is not the replacement cost of the items, but the loss of data, which can cripple day-to-day operations at the business. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to safeguard your documents. This mostly involves freezing them to prevent further deterioration, then drying them through sublimation, which changes a solid directly to vapor, without passing through a liquid state. Through such processes, we help safeguard ownership documents and business records.

Cabinets and other holding spaces in commercial establishments can present challenges when restoring water damage especially if you do not have the right equipment. Many cabinets have laminated surfaces that act as a vapor barrier. Such a barrier can interfere with detection thus leaving excess moisture in the material that can cause problems in the future. Cabinet backs also add an extra layer of materials over drywall, which can prolong the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors with probes to check the actual level of saturation in affected materials. We also use hole-saws to cut holes at the back of the cabinet allowing a venting system to circulate air in the wall cavity expediting drying.

Checking HVAC ducts is also essential if there is a chance, the water affected them, to eliminate the possibility of mold development and air quality issues. Our SERVPRO technicians check the material lining the ducts before determining the best course of action. Cleaning sheet metal duct is simple. However, other materials like flex duct and fiberboard may require additional steps.



Call SERVPRO of Campbell to help you deal with special situations after water loss in your business. You can reach us at (408) 371-4001 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Needed for Your San Jose Property

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise professionals have the training to locate hidden mold in your home.

Your Best Resource to Remove Mold from Your Home in San Jose

Homeowners hear about mold infestation often, but rarely do you think it could happen to you. Even those living in San Jose, which is not as humid as other parts of the country, are susceptible to having their home threatened by mold. The question is whether to call a professional team to help or if you want to tackle the issue yourself. As tempting as it may be, it is best to rely on experts when dealing with mold remediation.

When you encounter mold damage in your home in San Jose, your initial call should be to your local SERVPRO Franchise System. Our crew not only has the years of experience but is also specially trained to eliminate your mold infestation. Mold spreads throughout our environment very quickly, and it requires very little to reproduce. Even when you utilize readily available mold killing solutions, you may be missing on an entire area of growth in places like behind your walls, attic or basement. When our team of experts reviews your home, we recognize the extent to which mold has invaded your structure.  

It is during this assessment that our SERVPRO Franchise professionals utilize plastic sheeting and other methods to stop any further spread of mold in your home. We use personal protective equipment to make sure we are not affected as we act swiftly to remove and prevent the spread bacteria. In more extreme cases we may even use negative air pressure to avoid the spread of mold spores. In the removal process, we scrape and wipe each surface, as well as implement other advanced techniques. Soda blasting and disinfecting solutions are also part of a complete remediation process.  

Our industry experience allows us to achieve a swift and thorough success. This success is only possible because we train on the latest techniques and utilize equipment well beyond what the average homeowner would use. You can capitalize on our experience as well by calling us whenever you first detect the presence of mold in your home.  

At SERVPRO of Campbell, we are one phone call away. Call us at (408) 371-4001 so we can visit your home and inspect the damage. Together we can develop a plan to make sure your home is mold-free and safe for you and your family.

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How SERVPRO Franchise Professionals Restore Your Flood Damaged Saratoga Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Each van in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to remove flood water quickly.

A flooding incident can happen any time even a few days after dealing with a similar incident. Hiring a professional restorer eliminates the burden a homeowner would have to shoulder doing the cleanup and restoration. Involving a professional also ensures the best steps are utilized at every stage, whether it is cleanup to restore sanitary conditions or to dry all excess moisture to forestall problems likely to develop in future.  

Incidents of flood damage in Saratoga present a cocktail of problems. Apart from the water reaching different parts of the house, it is also likely to deposit wastes and contaminants such as silt, raw sewage, pesticides and other chemicals in the affected areas. Removing these wastes is not easy without the right equipment and skills. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use simple tools like shovels and brushes or advanced equipment like power washers to remove silt, debris, and other soils, which guarantees better outcomes.  

Restoring a flood-damaged property can be a costly affair especially if you have to replace many items and materials affected by the water. The processes of removing all the water may also involve teardown, which drives the cost even higher. If you can reduce the level of damage from teardown, you can save some cost. Our SERVPRO technicians follow specific procedures such as performing a flood cut 2 feet above the water line, drilling ¼-inch weep holes or 1½-inch vent holes to access wall cavities. By doing this, we reduce the level of destruction while creating enough access room.  

Flooding incidents and the cleanup process that follows leave moisture in concealed spaces which if not addressed can lead to mold infestation and rot among other issues. Tearing down materials in these areas to reach the moisture can be useful, but it is also likely to extend the work or lead to extra costs. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals try to avoid such extra problems where possible by using specialized equipment such as the injecti-dry system, which is effective and minimizes the need for teardown.  

Dealing with damages from flooding in San Jose, Fremont and Campbell should not be too difficult. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 to help you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Mold in San Jose

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is common in San Jose. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Mold Remediation for Your Home in San Jose

If you have ever walked through a home and greeted by a musty odor, mold exposure is possible, even without you knowing it. Even if you do not smell it, your home may have mold damage already working its way through your walls and structure, which may affect your health and that of your family. Mold is present everywhere, so it is not entirely uncommon for it to take hold of your home and leave you in need of professional mold remediation services.

When you encounter mold damage to your home in San Jose, call SERVPRO and enlist our team’s expertise towards managing and eradicating the presence of mold on your belongings. Moisture is the breeding ground for mold, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers guidelines focused on cleaning, discarding and drying moldy items per relevant recommendations. Our team is well-versed on these action steps and is trained to act accordingly. Our professional approach and extensive training are what sets us apart from others.

As part of the mold remediation process, our SERVPRO team prevents further dissemination of mold spores by utilizing plastic sheeting to act as barriers to contaminated areas. We also seal your vents to prevent your HVAC system from further circulating any unwanted bacteria throughout your home. Once we have removed mold from your home utilizing techniques that recognized as industry best practices, we ultimately proceed to disinfect and deodorize your home, so it is ready for you to enjoy once again.

What differentiates our SERVPRO technicians from others, is the variety of approaches available at their fingertips. With mold remediation, in particular, each surface requires a specific method for mold to be removed; e.g., we treat solid surfaces differently than soft ones such as upholstery. To this end, our experts use different methods to achieve full mold remediation in your home. From baking soda blasting to dry ice blasting to hand scrubbing, we employ a variety of methods for your benefit.

Above anything else when you face with mold damage, please call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 so you may have an experienced and reputable team at your side. We work very hard to make your home "Like it never ever happened."

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SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Your San Jose Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to save your belongings after fire and smoke damage have struck your home.

Fire Damage Experts In San Jose Talk About Refinishing Charred Surfaces

If something ever burns inside your San Jose home, it is possible that the blaze torches things fast and engulfs a good portion of your contents and building materials. Once flames ignite, they can quickly spread throughout your home and use just about any substance as fuel causing you a significant amount of fire damage. In most cases, if the fire gets extinguished quickly, the loss will be less than if it has time to burn. The more oxygen the blaze receives, the hotter and faster it will burn. When several items inside your home get heated, it can become necessary to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Whenever things burn inside a building, items can get fully combusted and just partially charred. Any time our SERVPRO technicians work on a fire damage project in San Jose, we first figure out what we think we can save with cleaning and refinishing and what we know will have to be removed and replaced. To figure this out, our estimators arrive at your residence with a testing kit. The kit comes with all of the proper tools to test objects and their surfaces to see what work will need to be done to bring your house back to its original, preloss condition. Once we determine the overall scope of the job, we calculate an initial estimate detailing what we think needs to be done during restoration and give it to you and your homeowners' insurance provider.

After fire damage, during some situations, wooden surfaces of your contents and structural components can get charred on the surface. If the charring only exists on the surface of wooden items such as your wall studs, then it is possible that we can refinish them without having to replace them. If the charring on wooden materials only exists on the surface and does not exist a quarter inch into the wood, then we can often sand off the burnt substances and save the object. If you ever need help with your contents or building materials getting burnt or charred during a fire, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 any time of the day.

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Our Team Has You Covered When A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over Home In San Jose

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Give us a call at any time so that we can handle the infestation before it gets worse.

Mold Clean Up Services For Your San Jose Home

When you discover mold in your San Jose home, it can be an upsetting find since mold can cause health effects. However, now that it is found, you can get it taken care of right away. To do so, you need a professional mold remediation company, as mold cannot be cleaned thoroughly with regular household cleaners, and it can also be difficult to find hidden mold if you are not sure how to do it.

When you need clean up services for mold damage in your San Jose home, SERVPRO’s professional staff is standing by to help you. We have the proper training and tools that we need to remediate the mold and fix the moisture issue causing it in the first place, so it does not return.

The first step of SERVPRO techs is to contain the mold contamination to ensure it does not spread into areas of your home which are not contaminated. Containment can include installing plastic sheeting for barriers and then establishing negative air pressing in the area with the mold. We seal HVAC vents to stop the spread of the mold into your duct system. We also establish clean rooms and decontamination roofs for entering, leaving and decontaminating materials and equipment.

The method we use to remove the mold depends on what kind of surface the mold is on. Nonporous materials can be cleaned. However, porous materials with visible mold growth many times have to be removed and discarded.

Dust and settled spores also need to be cleaned. In most situations, we can remove settled spores by using a HEPA vacuum and damp wiping, even when it comes to porous materials. We clean the surfaces first from top to bottom. We clean in the direction of the airflow toward the negative air machines, and once a round of cleaning is done, we allow time for mold spores and dust to settle again before the next round of cleaning.

Lastly, the contents and structure need to be dried back out. Dehumidifiers with a low airflow need to be used to prevent any further spread of mold. We bring the area back to its normal moisture content levels to prevent further mold growth.

SERVPRO of Campbell is careful when cleaning up mold growth in your home in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, or Santana Row so as not to make the problem worse and to ensure mold cannot keep growing. Give us a call at (408) 371-4001 at any time so that we can handle the infestation before it gets worse.

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A Flood Damage Restoration Team Can Help You After A San Jose Storm

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

A San Jose home that has been effected by water damage after a storm.

Making The Most Of Flood Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout San Jose

There are more than a few reasons why professionals recommend starting flood damage cleanup in your San Jose home fast. You want to attempt to get everything under control quickly, avoiding secondary damages, and structural integrity problems that often develop after a flood.

Naturally, everyone’s first concern after flood damage occurs in your San Jose home is your safety. You want a restoration company that can provide you with as many services as possible, things that help protect your family as well as your home. Everything from IICRC certification to advanced training in odor removal and asset recovery should be well within your technical team's wheelhouse.

The longer water has to sit around your house, the easier it becomes to penetrate certain materials. Bacteria, mold, and other pathogens often accompany flood waters into your home. Keeping your family safely out of harm’s way and providing you with excellent flood damage restoration services is what SERVPRO is all about. Our initial inspection after a flood addresses every inch of the affected area. We can also check the surrounding area for any hazards or those that may develop over time if given the opportunity.

Water can get into your furniture, leaving stains, odors and additional damage behind. SERVPRO’s technicians put many restoration methods to use. We can remove water with extraction equipment, normalizing moisture levels from the inside out, preventing cracking, separation, tearing, and splitting that often occurs after items are affected by flood waters. No item should be considered non-restorable until after your restoration specialist has an opportunity to look things over. It is conceivable that you might be surprised by the sheer number of items we can restore that you would otherwise consider lost.

SERVPRO has entire flood damage restoration teams available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We pride ourselves on providing quality cleanup and restoration services that you and your family can count on to get things back up and running quickly. You are never alone, there are professionals available, day or night, to help, regardless of the size of your flood damage situation.


Our team at SERVPRO of Campbell provides expert solutions to flood damage throughout the surrounding areas of Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and Los Gatos. Call us for help, today. (602) 507-6163

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When Water Has Damaged Your Commercial Property In San Jose Contact Our Team At SERVPRO Immediately!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

We understand that your carpet business needs to be in full operation for you to make a profit, which is why you can expect our team to work fast.

We Provide Professional Commercial Water Damage Services In San Jose

The storm last night left water standing in the front office of your carpet business. Flood waters contain contaminants such as rodents, chemicals and raw sewage, which is why it is highly necessary for you to call professionals right away to clean and sanitize the building. Our team sets out to make sure your business is safe for you to return after the cleanup process. When possible, our techs can restore your office to its pre-storm state. Plus, we work quickly and aim to save as many items and contents inside the structure that we can.

SERVPRO commercial water removal crews in San Jose are skilled and well trained. The first thing the team can do is stop water from flowing inside your office. Next, they can begin removing water with truck-mounted or portable extractors. The crew may also employ vacuums, wands and pumps to remove excess water from inside the affected areas quickly. We understand that your carpet business needs to be in full operation for you to make a profit, which is why you can expect our team to work fast.

The techs may need to pack-out various items and contents such as desks, chairs, electronic devices, carpet samples, showroom displays, and paper documents. This step is taken to help protect your contents and to prevent additional damage. Plus, working fast can prevent extensive structural damage. If the crew has to remove materials from the premises, they itemize, categorize and keep track of every item they take from the structure during the pack-out stage. If your furniture, computers and paper files become contaminated with gray water, our team can remove, clean, sanitize and dry the items that we can save.

Drying and removing moisture from the structure is an essential phase of the restoration services we provide. We may employ air scrubbers to clean and purify the indoor environment. Plus, our crew may utilize industrial air movers and axial fans to enhance drying. Also, the team can place dehumidifiers in various areas to push moisture from the structure to the outside. We may also use heaters to quickly dry specific sections such as the flooring, lower walls, and baseboards.
 
SERVPRO of Campbell can restore your business when possible. We are close by and available 24/7 to help you get back in business fast. Contact us at (408) 371-4001. Our teams can help you recover from any size water emergency and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Did You Know That Mold Damage Can Quickly Affect Your San Jose Home?

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spreads very quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the mold infestation in your home.

How to Deal with Mold Damage in San Jose Effectively

The proliferation of mold colonies has different adverse effects on properties. You need to start remedial action immediately early signs appear in your San Jose property. Surfaces infested by mold can be an eyesore, and the musty smell associated with such growth is not comfortable either. The smell is produced by the chemical changes that happen to the mold during its lifecycle. The spores also produce hyphae which attach to surfaces or grow deep into porous materials. This process leads to a breakdown of the affected materials causing deterioration and loss of structural strength. As certified AMRT, Applied Microbial Remedial Technicians, our team comes up with unique approaches to deal with any situation.

We understand the need for containment in areas where there is severe mold damage in San Jose. Based on the extensive IICRC training, and experiences we have had dealing with mold, we take various steps to create proper containment areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can install plastic sheeting creating containment barriers. We also seal HVAC vents preventing contamination of the duct systems which can lead to long-term air quality issues. By taking these steps, we prevent the spread of debris to other unaffected areas.

Cleaning affected areas properly is also essential. Our highly skilled team takes various steps when cleaning these areas. To get rid of loose fragments of mold, we HEPA vacuum affected materials. To remove residue from semi-porous materials such as wood and concrete, our SERVPRO technicians damp wipe, wire brush, or sand the infested materials. We also rely on specialized techniques such as Soda blasting when removing mold residue because it is very efficient and unlike the abrasive techniques, it does not damage the surfaces.

Removing airborne spores and other debris is also important. By establishing negative air pressure in the problem areas, our SERVPRO technicians get rid of airborne debris. We also use HEPA filtered air scrubbers that capture 99.97% of particles helping improve the air quality.

Dealing with mold issues should not be a big problem. Call SERVPRO of Campell at (408) 371-4001 for a customized solution for the problem you are facing. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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San Jose, Wild-Fires and Help from SERVPRO

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

San Jose House and Wild Fires Get Help and Cleanup from SERVPRO

The Cost of Fire Damage Repair to Your San Jose Home

When you need professional restoration for any of the potential disasters or emergencies that could affect your San Jose residence, most homeowners have the same question: how much is this going to cost? Understanding pricing and related expenses for restoring a residence can help you to appreciate that while initial estimates could seem steep, at least you still have a structure that can be rehabilitated.

Overcoming fire damages in your San Jose home vary in cost depending on multiple factors. The first and most obvious of these is the severity of the damage to your home. A widespread structure fire is going to cost more to restore than a small kitchen fire localized to a single room. If the effects are from a wildfire, there may be only the ground left. Then, that is between you and your insurance company on where to proceed. Our SERVPRO technicians can help initially to determine both the scope of the work to get performed, the personnel required to do it, the equipment needed, and a general idea of how long it should take to complete. Lucky structures, not burnt out, typically have substantial heat and smoke damage that does need mitigation. We can do that.

All of these components work into the initial estimate provided to your insurance company following a fire incident in your home. By working promptly to determine this estimate, we can help you to achieve an approval on your filed claim much more quickly. Under the added pressure that insurance adjusters go through during natural disasters like wildfires, we aim to work as efficiently as possible with the both of you. Even with all of these factors, you still do not have all of the components that factor into the cost of restoring a home after a fire.

While many companies have dubbed expenses as “the cost of doing business,” our SERVPRO franchise has strived to be as transparent as possible. Much like any business, we have overheads to cover and administration rates and personnel. We have dedicated professionals that assemble a job plan, take photographs of the work to get performed, deliver and pick-up oversized equipment, and oversee the work of our technicians on-site at your home.

Initially, homeowners do not fully appreciate the gravity of what it takes to operate a restoration company with the training, certifications, and efficiency that we have. Of course, when the surrounding area has suffered catastrophic damage, our SERVPRO of Campbell emergency response team is available 24/7. Give us a call anytime at (408) 371-4001.

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Important Steps To Take Before Our Experts Arrive At Your Flood Damaged San Jose Home

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

While most of the drying and mitigation work should be left to the professionals, we recommend taking a few steps while waiting for us to arrive.

How To Help Start The Flood Damage Drying Process In San Jose Before We Arrive

When flood damage hits San Jose, many local homeowners struggle to figure out what to do to protect their property best. Although professional damage mitigation companies like SERVPRO can arrive at your home within hours of the disaster happening, it may still be important to begin some minor preventative treatments before a crew of technicians arrives. While most of the drying and mitigation work should be left to the professionals, we recommend taking a few steps while waiting for us to arrive.

Turn on the A/C and Start Mopping
Unless there is still standing water in your flood damaged San Jose home, you can immediately begin the drying process by activating the home's air conditioning system and beginning to mop up excess water. You most likely cannot mop the entire home before SERVPRO arrives to start drying on an industrial scale, but removing moisture early on can be an important preventative measure against permanent damage to the flooring materials and home foundation. You can also wipe down wood furniture and countertops to achieve a similar effect.

Separate Objects
By providing space between objects and surfaces, you allow them to dry out faster and not spread water between materials. Placing wood blocks, aluminum foil or any other non-porous barrier between the legs of furniture and the ground promotes faster drying and decreases the time we need to take to dry and restore these objects once we arrive. Also, try to separate any pillows, sheets, cushions, and other components of furniture so that they do not trap moisture between them.

Pick Up and Remove Debris
Removing debris and small objects from the floor of your home can help to accelerate our initial drying process. However, be careful not to touch anything that could pose a safety hazard, such as shards of ceramic or pieces of damaged metal. SERVPRO technicians wear advanced safety gear to protect them from anything the flood might drag in.

SERVPRO of Campbell stands ready to respond to local cases of flood damage on a 24/7 basis. Call us at (408) 371-4001 for our help.

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San Jose Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Finding and Remediating Mold Colonies to Mitigate Damages

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Wear PPE Personal Protection Equipment During Mold Remediation in San Jose

Finding and Removing Mold Damage in San Jose Homes

Mold is a quiet disaster that affects many San Jose properties. A growing colony of mold spores can go undetected for months and even years. Despite its unobtrusive nature, mold causes millions of dollars in remediation costs every year.
 
Because mold damage appears like a stain in many San Jose homes, many residents think they can kill it with a spray bottle of bleach and then paint over any visible growth. To indeed remove the threat, however, homeowners have to remove the mold and the hyphae. To eliminate current growth and eliminate future growth, owners need to bring in a professional company like SERVPRO.
 
We start with an inspection to find out where the growth started and determined just how far throughout the home the mold has grown. Since not all mold gives the ‘musty odor’ generally associated with it, our inspectors use an air content meter to measure levels inside the home and track the origin point that way.
The origin point is where we usually find the source of water that enabled the mold to expand and grow in the first place. We typically use moisture meters and infrared camera technology to uncover hidden pockets of moisture. Eliminating this source forces the mold to return to dormant state and stop growing unless it has found a secondary source of moisture.
 
With the growth stopped, our teams begin removing any visible mold. Most spores spread quickly and only leave a thin layer across most surfaces, not visible to the naked eye. In these cases, SERVPRO technicians can wipe off the mold using a dry sponge. For thicker layers, they use a mild cleaning agent with an anti-fungal chemical to break up the growth and then wipe it away with the sponge.
 
If the mold grew undetected for a long period, the spores had time to extend hyphae into nearby material like drywall. Once these root-like structures penetrate the surface, we cannot remove them without breaking up the affected panels. Our team leaders recommend removing the affected panels and carefully dispose of them without spreading any mold to other parts of the home. Containment is a key factor in professional mold remediation.
 
Our teams can quickly replace the drywall with new panels if the homeowner wants the job done without delay. As restoration professionals, we can hang the new wall, and paint it to look exactly like the old one. If the owner wants a new color, technicians are happy to do that as well.
 
Returning each home to its original or improved condition is our goal at SERVPRO of Campbell. If you need our help to clean and remove mold; contact us at (408) 371-4001 today.

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How Our Team Will Help You Recover From A Commercial Water Damage Emergency In Your San Jose Coffee Shop

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to water removal services for your San Jose shop, professional outfits like our team can help you to remove the excess water quickly.

Efficient Water Removal For Your San Jose Coffee Shop

As a proprietor of a San Jose coffee shop, you can appreciate the customers that you have pouring in from the time that you open your doors until you close them again. This demand for the product makes the slightest hiccup in the ability to provide for the customers a significant drain on potential profits. Instances like water loss events can put an immediate stop to your ability to serve the community, but with the right professional assistance like our technicians, you can be back in business much more quickly.

When it comes to water removal services for your San Jose shop, professional outfits like our SERVPRO team can help you to remove the excess water quickly can get to assessing the effect that it has had on the building and the contents of your shop as well. This assessment can determine the extent of drying efforts that have to happen as well as the presence of moisture throughout the affected areas so that our experienced technicians can focus our equipment on these points.

One of the initial things that you have to consider about a water loss incident in your building is the need to act quickly. Water damage can spread rapidly, saturating materials and the contents of your shop to the point of irreparable conditions without the appropriate intervention. The wood flooring in your shop is an excellent example of affected material, as this surface is porous and can absorb the water to the point of swelling and distortion.

Another concern that you should have is the investment you have made into promoting business through efforts like open mic nights. The electronic equipment like speakers, microphones and even the components of the wiring for the stage itself can quickly get affected by the moist environment. Our industrial strength dehumidifiers can help to remove this threatening moisture and dampness and preserve this investment you have made in your business model.

While you cannot avoid disasters like water loss incidents entirely, you are never alone in facing their effects either. Give our SERVPRO of Campbell emergency response team a call anytime that disasters threaten your business. We are available 24/7 at (408) 371-4001.

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Our Professional Guide To Flood Damage Restoration In San Jose

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

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 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)

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

Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A water damage can cause a home or business owner thousands of dollars in damage in just a matter of hours! The good news is you can prevent water damage to your home by following a few simple, inexpensive preventative measures.

    1. Make Sure You Clean the Gutters - Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned at least once a year – even more often if you have overhanging trees dropping leaves and debris. Gutters that become clogged can dump water down the side of your house, destroying plants, landscaping and your home’s foundation. Installing gutter covers is a good way to slow clogging. Making sure the gutters are clean is a simple way to allow the gutters to do their job, and to let water harmlessly drain away.
    1. Monitor Your Water Bill & Water Meter - A spike in your water bill could indicate a leak. Even a small leak can become a big problem if left unattended for a long period. To check for leaks you can't see, try marking the water meter with a piece of masking tape (or note the digital reading), with the edge right over the needle to mark its place. Provided all water-using devices and faucets are turned off, the next step is to leave the house for 6 hours. Upon returning, the needle should be in the exact same spot. If it has moved at all, there most likely is a leak.
    1. Check Under Your Kitchen & Bathroom Sink -Kitchen & bathroom sinks, are among the most used drains in the home. Sink drain pipes develop leaks particularly since they are in common spaces and typically near under-sink storage. If the sink has gotten jostled and not properly resealed, it can begin damaging the cabinet space underneath. Be sure to remove items from under your kitchen sink occasionally to check for dampness and mildew. If left untreated, this can result in both significant mold and more serious damages to the home.
    1. Flash and Chalk Windows and Doors - Windows and doors are the main openings in a home, and often the spaces around their frames develop cracks where water can seep in. To prevent water getting into the walls, ensure that the flashing and caulking that surrounds these openings is intact. It is recommended that you caulk doors and windows at least every five years, and inspect them every time the season changes. For homes that have vertically-mounted vents that lead into the attic from a wall instead of through the roof, the same maintenance process also applies to these vents.
    1. Turn Off Water When Leaving - It’s always a good idea to turn off the main water supply when leaving your home for an extended period. Turning off the main water supply helps to reduce the chance of small leaks turning into huge, expensive damage while you are away. Never run appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine while you are away from home. If the appliance leaks while you are gone, the damage can be tremendous. Finally, know the location of your main water supply valve and learn how to shut it off before you have a leak.
    1. Secure Appliances and Fixtures - Supply lines for ice makers, toilets and washing machines are often subject to vibration and can loosen. Over time supply lines can wear out and begin to leak. It is recommended that you replace any rubber supply lines with braided stainless steel. Installing a leak detector with a water-sensitive shut-off mechanism can also prevent flooding in your home. You should inspect the tightness of connections at least every 6 months. If there is fraying, replace the line immediately.
    1. Inspect Your Air Conditioning Unit - It is very important that you check for water overflow during the hot summer months when your air conditioner is running constantly. If you notice water leaking from your AC inside, it could be due to a clogged condensate drain line. When the water cannot escape your home through the soffit hose, it fills the drain pan and overflows. It is also important to make sure that the drain pan is not old and damaged. If you do have a leak it’s best to call a professional to determine the reason for the leak.
    1. Know When to Replace Your Hot Water Heater - The average lifespan of a hot water heater is 8-12 years. As your heater ages, it’s prone to slow leaks and sudden bursts, due to tank corrosion and broken valves. If you notice the water doesn’t get as hot as it used to, there’s rust in your water or a metallic taste to your hot water, it could be a sign your hot water heater is about to fail. Schedule a professional inspection immediately.

SERVPRO of Campbell is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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Hoarding

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarding home where SERVPRO was called to clean.

Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space. Living space becomes cluttered. It may be unusable. Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

Why Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:• Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.• Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.• Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires. Damaged wires can start fires.• Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.• Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape froma fire.

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders:• Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.  Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.• Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.• The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.• Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of peopleand pets.

How Can You Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury

  • When talking a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter.
  • Be empathetic. Match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding.
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits. Practice the plan often. Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month.
  • Reach out to community resources. Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force.

SERVPRO Campbell/ Los Gatos has experience in cleaning hoarding homes. Hoarding is a specialty cleaning situation and many times involves some sort of bio-haz situation. PPE is a must in these incidents and should not be completed by family members or friends.


SERVPRO of Campbell/Los Gatos is one of the areas leading specialty cleaning companies if you need help, call us today at (408) 371-4001 we are here and ready to help.

   

Smoke, Soot, Fire Restoration & Clean-Up

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Campbell/Los Gatos will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (408) 371-4001

The Water You Can't See

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Carpet may seem dry until further inspection.

The Water You Don't See...

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a water loss. When time matters most, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.

Here are a few tools used by Professional Restoration Contractors to properly mitigate a loss;

Moisture Sensors- used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters- used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The meter provides accurate readings to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers- measures temperature and relative humidity to calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When handling a contaminated loss (CAT 2 or 3), it is not only important to dry the structure, but disinfect and often deodorize.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers- used to atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. It can also be use to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers- dispenses solvent-based products by creating a dense fog that consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles.

The bottom line... ALWAYS treat a water damage seriously. Call a professional contractor that is trained and experienced in property damage restoration.

CallSERVPRO ofCampbell/Los Gatosfor any restoration needs you may have at (408)371-4001

SERVPRO Campbell/Los Gatos is ready for any Emergency at your Business.

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Flooding and water damage events at Long Island commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In any emergency situation in your business, give us a call an we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

SERVPRO of the Campbell/Los Gatos specializes in cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage, fire and mold events. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Do Biohazard Cleanup

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Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Campbell/Los Gatos is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Common Biohazard Encounters

Sewage Backups – Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens – We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues – From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism – From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO professionals can clean and restore your property and contents

Restoring Your Campbell Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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We work with Property Managers to asses the situation asap and come up with a solution to minimize disrupting the tenants and customers.

Flooding and water damage events at Campbell Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Campbell

SERVPRO of Campbell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Campbell Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Campbell for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Campbell specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (408)371-4001

For Immediate Service in Campbell, Call SERVPRO at (408)371-4001

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! Call us at 408-371-4001 anytime!

SERVPRO of Campbell provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Campbell. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (408)371-4001.

Residential Services

Whether your Campbell home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Campbell commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROcampbell.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

What to Do is your personal belongings have been damaged by water

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. If you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non-Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

Amount of Time water saturated the items

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO, contact us today at 408-371-4001!

Tips For Warm Summer Days

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

With summer only one week away, now's the time to start preparing your new home for the warmer months.

From saving money on your electric bills to giving your home’s interior a seasonal refresh, a lot can be done now to make sure your new home is in optimal shape for years to come. To help get you started, here are just a few summer home maintenance tips:

Interior

There are also plenty of things you can do to get your home summer ready from the inside.

Since warmer weather brings thoughts of a well air-conditioned home, let’s start with the AC system.

With spring allergies in full swing and warmer temperatures on their way, it’s crucial to be sure your air filter and AC system are working properly to keep the air as clean as possible.

Annual maintenance is recommended to make sure that your HVAC unit is in top shape for the warm days!

Keep Cool out there! 

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6/8/2017 (Permalink)

General cleaning of a home that has been cleaned for 7 years.

Title: IICRC Certified Firm

  • Alternative Title: Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Campbell Home

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We are an IICRC Certified Firm

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SERVPRO of Campbell is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Campbell

SERVPRO of Campbell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Campbell 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of Campbell is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 408-371-4001
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Campbell has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Campbell
SERVPRO of Campbell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Campbell Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Campbell will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 408-371-4001

Does Your Campbell Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 408-371-4001

Restoring Your Campbell Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Campbell commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Campbell

SERVPRO of Campbell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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