Enjoy Silicon Valley and Sun in Innovative San Jose
San Jose Enjoys Good Weather and Little Rain – but SERVPRO is Still on Hand When Water Damage Occurs
San Jose is a fascinating and vibrant place to live, work, and visit. It is a large, vibrant city of 1,021,795 people and is the largest city in northern California. San Jose is the political, business, and cultural capital of Silicon Valley with so much to see and do that you could live here for a decade and never get bored.
A History of Innovation
Silicon Valley originally got its name thanks to the number of companies in the area specializing in the manufacture of silicon-based integrated circuit chips and MOS transistors. The trade newspaper Electronic News coined the term in the 1970s, and it became popular in the 1980s when home computers became more common.
However, the history of innovation in San Jose and Silicon Valley stretches further back than most people realize:
- In 1899 the San Francisco lightship received the first-ever ship-to-shore wireless telegraph broadcast in North America.
- By 1933 technology firms were popping up all around the area to serve the US Navy.
- The area became popular with early Ham Radio enthusiasts, with up to 10% of nationwide Hams living in and around Silicon Valley.
Art and Culture for Everyone
With such an innovative history, it is no wonder that San Jose is home to several excellent museums, including:
- The Tech Interactive, a hands-on science museum for all the family. It features 132,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions, challenges, and experiments to bring out the Silicon Valley whizz in every adult and child. Be sure to check out their IMAX Dome screen, which is the largest in the west.
- The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Visitors will wonder at the exhibition here, which contains the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America. Even the building is educational, being modeled after the Temple of Amon at Karnak.
- The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation. Stop by Kelly Park in San Jose to take a look at the Corporation’s historic streetcars. You can even ride one for free.
- The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. This one is a must for culture vultures. You will find it in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the San Jose State campus. Explore Ira F. Brilliant’s unique collection of Beethoven memorabilia, including replica pianos, a lock of hair, and even his death mask.
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. San Jose is not only famous for Silicon Valley – but it also has an extensive textile history. The museum houses over 1200 textile samples, from contemporary modern weaves to historic quilts. It is a tiny gem but worth a visit.
In addition to the museums, San Jose has also plenty of public art sculptures, theaters, and performing arts initiatives to keep you entertained. The city houses its own opera, symphony, and ballet, to name just a few.
From Silicon to Green Spaces
With so much tech and art, it would be easy to overlook San Jose’s impressive green spaces – but it would also be a mistake. Whether you are in town for a weekend visit or a long-term resident, San Jose’s parks and gardens offer ample opportunity to recharge.
For a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle, try the Municipal Rose Garden. This tucked-away garden features hundreds of stunning roses, tall redwood trees, and an elegant fountain. The perfect place to spend an afternoon.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a tranquil oasis in the city that offers waterfalls, fountains, pools, and quaint bridges, complete with bonsai trees and colossal koi fish. Meanwhile, the Mexican Heritage Plaza has gorgeous gardens, meeting rooms, a theater, and outdoor art exhibitions to teach visitors more about Mexican heritage.
Finally, kids can burn off some energy at the Rotary Play Garden. This garden has play equipment for kids of all ages, and the surface is soft enough to lessen the risk of bumps and bruises. It is quirky and artistic – and free!
A Sunny Climate Did Not Prevent 2017 Flooding
Although San Jose enjoys long hot summers, that does not make it immune to flooding. In 2017, Silicon Valley faced its worst floods in many years. Sustained heavy rainfall raised water levels in the Anderson Reservoir in Santa Clara County, which then flooded Coyote Creek, a waterway running through the center of San Jose.
More than 14,000 residents had to evacuate due to the floods, while the lack of warning left many of them scrambling to fit valuables into their cars and make an escape.
Flooding from the creek is not the only way water damage can occur in homes. There is also the risk of water damage from:
- A burst pipe or malfunctioning downspout
- A leaking faucet or damaged bath or shower seal
- A broken fridge, freezer, washer, or dishwasher
SERVPRO is here to help all San Jose residents with water damage repair, no matter how big or small the disaster.
SERVPRO’s Process Provides Effective Water Damage Repair
As local experts in water damage repair, we understand that an effective process is everything.
Our process starts with a fast response – we aim to be on-site within four hours of first notice of loss. We carry out a full assessment on arrival, draw up a drying plan, and communicate to the homeowner before proceeding.
We extract as much water as possible from floors and carpets because the less moisture is present, the more effectively we can dry the home. Effective drying is a must because leftover damp provides a breeding ground for mold and increases the risk of ongoing water damage. Leftover wet also leaves home smelling unpleasant.
After extraction comes cleaning, disinfecting, and drying. We bring in air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to evaporate water and lower humidity levels. We monitor drying at every stage to ensure we get the desired result.
We end every cleanup assignment by walking the owner through their home and answering any questions, and we always deodorize the place before we leave to get rid of damp odors.
SERVPRO of Campbell is here to help any resident with water damage repair. We are always available – call us at (408) 371-4001.