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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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