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Four Common Myths About Mold

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold Myths: Four Popular Myths

Mold is something that a lot of people have heard about but may not fully comprehend. It’s on old food, health inspectors look for it, and it can be costly for commercial building owners in Monte Sereno, CA. However, if someone is part of the last group, it’s important to know the truths and myths about mold growth.

1. Black Mold Is the Most Dangerous Type of Mold

This is partially false. Black mold is dangerous, but it isn’t the only type that should worry a commercial building owner. If any type of mold is found, it should be considered dangerous and immediately quarantined until a professional cleaning service can be called.

2. Water and Mold Damage Ruin Everything

This is a complete myth. While restoration of electronics should be left entirely to the professionals, it is very possible to clean items exposed to mold growth. It may take some time, but most, if not all, of the belongings can be brought back to normal.

3. Water Damage Is the Only Cause of Mold

Mold can grow in multiple ways. One involves water, but high humidity can cause mold to manifest as well. Unless the humidity inside is kept under 45 percent, spores can begin show up within two to three days. It is better to keep the interior of the building cool and dry to maintain the structure.

4. Mold Can Be Completely Eradicated

Probably one of the biggest myths is that mold can be completely removed. Unless the structure is a laboratory, spores of different varieties will be present. In fact, there is a level that is considered normal for most buildings. Mold can become hazardous when the concentration of spores goes over a certain threshold.

There are many responsibilities to maintaining any structure. That is why it’s always important to know the truths and myths about mold growth.

Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: 3 Tips

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

The pipelines in the insulation and pressure gauges flow and return pipes in the boiler room of a private house household Insulate exterior pipes.

Protect Your Business From a Snow Storm

When freezing temperatures and snowstorms arrive in Los Gatos, CA, they can impact your business. Slippery roads can pose a danger for employees trying to arrive on time for their shifts, and single-digit temperatures can wreak havoc with your building’s pipes. However, there are a few ways you can protect your business, employees and customers if a snow storm is in the forecast.

1. Remain Aware of Watches and Warnings

Watch the news the night before and the morning of the impending storm. If the forecast says bad weather is imminent, you may want to consider closing for the day to protect your employees. Your web designer, social media managers and data wranglers may be able to do their jobs from home. Have your web managers announce the closure on your business’ page so your customers do not get injured trying to reach your business.

2. Insulate Exterior Pipes

If a snow storm is due to arrive, you may want to wrap your building’s pipes to prevent them from freezing. Frozen water can cause a pipe burst and flooding, which can cause serious damage to your building. Use rags or foam insulation on basement and exterior pipes to protect them from cold temperatures.

3. Have a Mitigation Plan in Place

If the worst should happen and your business suffers damage during bad weather, having a mitigation and restoration plan in place may help you recover faster. Contact a storm damage and cleanup service before the winter season and learn about their services and how their technicians might be able to help in case of flooding or other disasters. Careful planning can mean the difference between a quick recovery and weeks of closure.

A snow storm in Los Gatos, CA, can interrupt your business. However, having a bad weather plan in place can help you protect your employees and building and give you peace of mind all winter long.

3 Kinds of Hidden Damage to Watch For After a Partial-Loss Fire

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Kinds of Hidden Damage to Watch For After a Partial-Loss Fire

Any type of fire loss can cause a major disruption to your San Jose, CA, business. However, things can get particularly complicated in the event of a partial loss. In the insurance world, the term partial loss refers to a situation where a fire occurs but does not destroy the entire building. A partial loss fire often causes unseen damage, which results in insufficient insurance claims and, consequently, inadequate fire restoration work. Be wary of these three commonly overlooked sources of hidden property damage after a partial loss fire.

1. Smoke Damage
Where there's fire, there's smoke and in a business fire, smoke, soot, and ash usually spread much farther than the flames themselves. In most cases, nearly every interior surface will need to be cleaned and deodorized to eliminate soot stains and smoke odors. This type of cleanup should only be done by a professional remediation company, using specialized cleaning agents and techniques. Some items may be too damaged to restore and will need to be replaced. Porous surfaces, such as carpet and upholstery, are at a higher risk of total loss from soot and smoke damage.

2. Water Damage
A common side effect of fire loss is water damage, usually caused by the high pressure and large volume of water used to put out the fire. Mold growth often begins within the first 24 hours after a fire and can spread through the building's air ducts to areas beyond the fire-damaged zone. Unchecked mold growth can cause serious property damage to your building. A certified industrial hygienist should conduct a full mold inspection after any fire.

3. Heat Damage
The intense heat produced by a fire can cause significant damage to your building. At extreme temperatures, the glass may warp, and window or door frames may blister or melt. Iron or steel can transfer heat to other areas, causing structural instability. An engineer's inspection is often the best way to detect this damage.
A fire loss doesn't have to destroy your entire building to cause widespread property damage. Checking for these damage sources will ensure that your insurance claim and restoration measures are adequate.

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

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with water damage situations day or night. Give us a call right away.

Efficient Water Removal For Your San Jose Coffee Shop

As a proprietor of a San Jose coffee shop, you can appreciate the customers you have pouring in from the time you open your doors until you close them again. This demand for the product makes the slightest hiccup to provide for the customers a significant drain on potential profits. Instances like water damage events can put an immediate stop to your ability to serve the community. With the proper 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 remove the excess water quickly to assess 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 and 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 you have to consider about a water damage 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 wiring components 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 damage 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.

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

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteering with Coworkers Helps Build Camaraderie in San Jose

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy has Volunteer Opportunities for San Jose’s Businesses

Many think of volunteering as something an individual does. The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC) offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for both individuals and groups, including companies. Call the Conservancy office at (408) 298-7657 to discuss how they can help your business give back to the community.

The GRPC provides the following to area businesses interested in working together for the benefit of the biking and hiking trails, orchard, and Heritage Rose Garden:

  • Orientation the day of your scheduled volunteer session, followed by
  • Education and training that covers the day’s activities,
  • Tools and equipment (but please bring your own work gloves!)

Activities range include (but are not limited to) adding mulch, pruning, raking, removing litter, refinishing or repainting surfaces, and general cleaning. The staff at GRPC also requires seasonal help for events, educational workshops, and other planned activities.

SERVPRO of Campbell supports local businesses by assisting with commercial water cleanup when needed. Call (408) 371-4001 when plumbing or other accidents happen to minimize downtime and keep your company up and running smoothly.

Can a Business Remain Open During Floodwater Cleanup?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO techs have the skills and equipment to safely mitigate all sizes of damage from flooding in San Jose commercial properties

When SERVPRO technicians assist local commercial property owners in San Jose that need flood water cleanup, many times, business owners want to remain open for daily operations, notably when only a portion of the structure receives the effects. This decision is often not in the best interest of customers or employees due to the likelihood of contaminants in the water. Before beginning cleanup, the techs often perform the following actions: 

  • Testing of the water to determine any harmful elements present
  • Donning of personal protective gear, including respirators
  • Treatment of the water with professional biocides or antimicrobial agents to lessen the hazards in the water

How Can Flood Damage to Electronics Get Minimized?

Computers, servers, data centers, routers, and other components are the central hub for most businesses in San Jose, and flood damage can ruin this equipment. In turn, this costs the property owner large sums to replace, not to mention the potential for data loss unless there are redundant backups or cloud storage. SERVPRO techs do not test electronic equipment due to the danger of shock or ruining the device. 

Even if floodwater is not in the same area as the data center equipment, if the humidity levels are up, this can affect electronic equipment. SERVPRO techs can pack out the gear. If there are any concerns about whether or not a piece is operational, the techs can arrange for a local industry professional to inspect and repair if needed before reuse. 

SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 when you need fast action against commercial flood damage. The techs have an array of professional equipment and training plus years of experience restoring business properties to their preloss condition and help them reopen as fast as possible.

Can Businesses Recover After a Property Fire?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

corner view of office Even minor fire damage can close your business. SERVPRO knows how to restore your business quickly.

SERVPRO is a Leading Supplier of Fire Damage Cleanup Services for San Jose Businesses. We Can Mitigate Loss, Dispose of Debris, and Restore your Building to its Previous Condition after a Fire

How does a business recover from a premises fire?

A fire in your San Jose company premises can cause vast amounts of stress, lost revenues, and business interruption. SERVPRO offers support to commercial enterprises in San Jose by providing expert fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) to clear debris, materials, and odors. Business insurance may cover any lost revenues during a temporary closure, while a separate fire insurance plan can frequently cover any material expense of a cleanup operation. We have experience working closely with commercial insurance adjusters and can even help you complete a 'stress-free' claim.

How does fire recovery start for commercial businesses?

The beginning of any commercial fire damage cleanup operation in San Jose is with an expert assessment. Fires cause multiple types of damage to a building and its contents, including structural harm, contents damages, smoke soiling, odors, and impacting electrical circuits and other areas. Water that is commonly used in controlling a fire can also cause further harm to a business, mainly when coming into contact with porous materials like fabrics. We accurately assess these damages using a test-kit to produce a verbal estimate for your insurance adjuster. Once confirmed, we could begin work right away.

What processes take place during fire inspections?

  • Examining the type and chemical composition of smoke damages in the property
  • Sorting materials into non-salvageable and salvageable categories
  • Providing safe working spaces for further restoration in the property

How do professional fire restoration services minimize business interruption?

We know that each day your fire damaged San Jose business is closed, you lose revenue, clients, and leads. Our team's goal is to work efficiently to minimize business interruption. In some events, we may be able to perform restoration while the business services resume. A kitchen flue fire in a bar, for example, can often be restored while some of the business services remain in place. In these circumstances, SERVPRO technicians can place warning signs and establish engineering controls to ensure that customers or staff know the potential hazards. When fire damages are confined to a single location, it may be possible to continue your business operation during restoration.

Is deodorization possible while businesses remain open?

Fire odors can persist even after the flames are extinguished. Like pellets or direct spraying, some deodorization forms can often occur while workers or staff remain in the building. If extensive damages require an ultra-low volume (ULV) thermal fogger to fumigate the property, it may be unsafe to stay in the building. Fogging equipment can be harmful to health. After fogging the premises, our technicians set up powerful box fans to perform an air-exchange with outside air. This ventilation method aims to exchange air up to fifty times before a premise is declared safe to resume business. One advantage of using a ULV fogger is that deodorization times are kept to a minimum.

What services do a professional restoration service provider for businesses?

  • Organizing fire debris removal and disposal (ordering dumpsters, safely removing burnt contents, and responsible disposal at a waste facility)
  • Contents management, whether for on-site or off-site restoration.
  • Cleaning and restoration of salvageable materials
  • Replacement and reinstallation of non-salvageable materials

Can odors always be removed from burnt premises?

Some fire odors may be cost-inefficient to eliminate. However, these odors can often be trapped within the material they occupy and become no longer noticeable to those in your business. Semi-porous materials used in your building's assembly can absorb odor particles- especially in high-pressure fires. Solid woods, for example, can soak odor particles into the wood grain. In these situations, since replacing the wood is expensive, SERVPRO can repaint it with an odor sealant. Odor sealants trap odors while providing a smooth base coat for repainting. SERVPRO crew chiefs make restoration decisions with your business in mind. Our conclusions are based on time-efficiency, cost-efficiency, and industry-leading training.

How do fire restoration technicians restore Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC) Systems?

  • Inspecting the system by removing ducts, using a circular drill for piping and supply vents to assess interior walls of the HVAC
  • Feeding specially designed agitative equipment like air whips into the vents to loosen or dislodge soils
  • Applying powerful negative air pressure to the vents to draw any dislodged soils from inside
  • Replacing supply-side filters and return side venting ducts throughout your business

An unexpected fire can throw your business plans into havoc. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 today.

How Do I Choose the Right Restoration Company When My Business Needs Disaster Recovery in San Jose?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

puddle on the floor of a building Commercial restoration companies can be difficult to choose from. Call SERVPRO for professional commercial services.

Community Commitment and Years of Experience Join Our Premier Training Track Record to Make SERVPRO the Best Fit When Your San Jose Business Compares Restoration Companies

When any of the links in our business community in San Jose breaks because of a fire, water, storm, mold, or another emergency, everyone connected to that company loses. Your business can be stopped short in its tracks by many different kinds of disasters. If you have never considered the possibility of this type of challenge to your property and livelihood, your response will be slowed as you try to choose from among the many restoration companies in our region. Selecting the restorers who can meet your firm’s unique needs quickly and professionally requires consideration of the services offered by individual companies in the industry and how their offerings fit your circumstances.

Is There One “Deal-Breaker” Requirement for a Highly-Qualified Restoration Company?

When sorting through your choices among restoration companies in San Jose, one stipulation is absolute. The company your business hires must have managers and technicians trained to the highest restoration standards by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Research-based and field-proven strategies taught by IICRC experts in a wide range of disaster restoration specialties prepare the management and workforce of reliable and reputable companies for all aspects of commercial restoration.

Should I Hire a Local Company as a Disaster Restoration Partner?

If you are concerned that a local firm might not have the capacity to manage a substantial commercial loss, SERVPRO is the perfect fit. On the other hand, if you worry that your niche business is too small to attract our commitment, think again. We are a local, community-based commercial restoration company in San Jose with no plans to move on down the road, like some restoration crews that follow disasters rather than putting down roots. We can help you solve your immediate restoration needs of any size or intensity, and allow you to follow up in the days, weeks, and months after the project completes if you have questions or fears. Being local does not mean our response is limited. We have access to a robust nationwide network of professional restoration resources, able to scale both workforce and equipment to your needs:

  • Our signature green service vehicles are stocked fully with the equipment and products needed to respond to water, fire, storm, and mold emergencies.
  • Our phone is answered 24/7, every day of the year, ready to send a well-trained and equipped crew to your site quickly.
  • Our state-of-the-art production facility has specialized technicians and innovative resources to clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize your business contents. We track your property with our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) and provide climate-controlled storage for your possessions until your commercial building is ready for re-occupancy.

What Is the Emergency READY Profile (ERP)?

A unique opportunity for commercial clients to prepare for a wide range of disaster scenarios is the Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP). We urge customers to consider developing an ERP because it is the best way we know to have our restoration company crews hit the ground running when your business suffers a loss. There are many ways we share information during the process of drafting an ERP. Our goal is to develop a concise digital document that our work crews review for pertinent details and a detailed plan during the restoration of your business after a disaster. The ERP:

  • Begins with a complete, in-person assessment of your commercial building by one of our project managers
  • Crafts an individualized response we explain to your satisfaction, so we all know what the plan looks like
  • Offers recommendations designed just for your operations that you can implement to reduce the risk of harm from any water, fire, storm, mold, or other disasters
  • Allows you to add details on our mobile app such as:
  • Clearly designating our company as your preferred provider of restoration services
  • Listing employees, family members, or others who can act on your behalf during a disaster if you are unavailable
  • Connecting us with the contractors or vendors that built, installed, or designed your equipment and systems

Be confident in your decision to hire SERVPRO of Campbell for commercial restoration after any structural and contents disaster. We can help craft an ERP, so your business and our workers are ready when disaster strikes, but we answer your call to (408) 371-4001 with fast, professional services even without pre-planning.

Does Your Business in San Jose Need a Flood Damage Plan?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded interior of an office building going up to a stairwell You cannot stop a flood from happening near your business. Contact SERVPRO to get professional flood remediation services for your business.

How San Jose Business Owners Can Be Better Prepared For Flood Damage

Being a business owner means being prepared for all sorts of eventualities. Commercial risks include everything from fire to burglary to staff shortages, and also flood damage. San Jose business owners who make a proper flood plan will find it easier to get back up and running after an incident.

SERVPRO recommends all San Jose businesses have a flood damage plan in place, even if your property doesn’t seem prone to flooding. You never know when a flood might occur. A flood can occur due to a natural disaster or because of overflowing gutters, or a leaking window during a storm.

What is a flood damage plan?

A flood damage plan is a written document you draw up for your San Jose business. It contains all the information you and your employees need to act quickly in the event of a flood.

Your plan should outline how your business will respond in the event of a flood. Having a document like this in place means your employees will never be left frightened and unsure of what to do, should a flood occur.

Why does my business need one?

SERVPRO believes all businesses need a solid flood damage plan in place. Here’s how a written plan can help your business in an emergency:

  • It gives your employees an easy reference and ensures they know exactly what to do, who to call, and which actions to take.
  • Should you have prior warning of a flood, your plan equips your team with all the information they need to act quickly.
  • If a flood happens without warning, your plan makes it easier for you and your employees to act quickly.
  • Fast action means quicker clean up and less damage to your commercial property.
  • A written plan means any of your employees can access the information and act upon it, even if managers are not on the premises.

What should my flood damage plan contain?

If you want your flood damage plan to be beneficial, you must ensure it contains all the information your employees need to handle a flood. SERVPRO recommends that at the very least you include:

  • A list of vital contact telephone numbers. This list should include insurance services, building services, staff contacts, suppliers, and of course, SERVPRO.
  • A list of staff evacuation and assembly points.
  • Locations of service shut-off points and critical equipment.
  • A checklist of procedures for staff to follow in the event of a flood.
  • A full explanation of your business’ flood prevention and response plan.
  • Your strategy for minimizing business disruption and recovering from the flood as quickly as possible.

Who decides on the flood damage plan?

SERVPRO suggests putting together a committee to draw up your flood plan. At the very least, you will want to include the CEO and perhaps other members of your management team. A representative from human resources will be useful, and any staff members who know health and safety procedures will also be invaluable.

Your flood damage plan can make a big difference when it comes to flood recovery and protecting your staff and equipment. SERVPRO recommends setting aside time for all committee members to meet and draw up the plan and revise it until everyone is happy with it.

Once the plan is complete, be sure to distribute it to all staff members and encourage them to read and familiarize themselves with it.

How often should I review my commercial flood damage plan?

It’s a good idea to review your plan annually to ensure all the information is up to date and correct. Once the policy has been reviewed, distribute the new version to all staff members and ask them to read the latest version.

What should I do if there is a flood?

Even the best flood damage plan cannot prevent a flood. In the event of flood damage, you should call SERVPRO as quickly as you can. We train our technicians to assess the situation and handle it as soon as possible to minimize your business damage.

As soon as we arrive on the scene, we will begin assessing the situation and drawing up an effective plan of action to get your business back up and running as soon as possible. We equip our technicians with a range of powerful extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. We can use these to evacuate water from your property and dry out the structure and carpets.

Every business needs a flood damage plan, but when you need practical assistance, get in touch with SERVPRO. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so whenever you need our services, we are there.

If you’re concerned about commercial flood damage, give SERVPRO of Campbell a call today on (408) 371-4001.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Your San Jose Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

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

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water puddle under door "We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster."

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

SERVPRO of Campbell  (408)371-4001 Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

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

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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.