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"Effective Ways to Control Mold at Home water damage, mold growth, mold prevention"

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

white walls of a home covered with black spots of mold, mold growth inside a home Mold damage in Saratoga, CA.

There are certain things every homeowner in Saratoga, CA, never wants to encounter in their house. Mold is certainly high on the list. This fungal growth can spread quickly and pose challenges to you and your family members. The presence of mold can make it impossible if you are trying to sell your home. It can also damage building materials and personal belongings in your home. It often shows up as a result of water damage. Fortunately, there are ways you can stop it from appearing and eliminate it.

How Mold Gets Into Your Home

Mold spores are microscopic and are present in the air outdoors. Mold growth occurs when there is moisture. The following factors cause it to spread:

  • The spores enter the home through openings and on people and pets who enter.
  • Mold grows in humid conditions.
  • Mold will spread if not identified and removed promptly.

Fix Leaky Pipes and Plumbing Issues
Sometimes, mold can grow without you even realizing it. Broken or leaky pipes can drip water onto floors and walls for days, weeks or even months before you detect any water damage. Inspecting the plumbing in your home regularly will help stop mold from appearing and spreading. If you see any leaks, fix them immediately.

Ventilate Your Home
Mold will thrive if your home has stagnant air. If your home is feeling humid, or if there are moist areas, make sure there is good airflow. Opening windows or checking for blocked air ducts can help.

Call Professionals for Help
When your best efforts of mold prevention are not successful and mold shows up, call a professional mold remediation company right away. The pros have the right tools and skills to effectively remove mold. The technicians can also put measures in place to stop it from reappearing.
Following these tips can help you keep mold out of your house. Whether you have water damage or other issues to encourage mold, take action now.

Technology Meets Biology in San Jose Mold Damage Remediation

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

a woman looking at her mold infested wall Team SERVPRO has tools to determine the extent of the mold infestation in your home. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO uses the most advanced equipment to combat mold growth in San Jose

Thanks to recent advances spurred by years of experience, our technology is better than ever to fight mold growth in your home. Modern tools and training turn SERVPRO technicians into mold-fighting superheroes.

Technology helps us to track, control, and eliminate mold damage in San Jose homes. SERVPRO technicians receive training in industry-leading technology that enables them to combat mold growth in ways that would have seemed impossible in years past. Our recent advances allow us to:

  • Track mold growth in your home through infrared imaging devices
  • Control the spread of mold by establishing decontamination rooms and negative pressure spaces
  • Eliminate fungi through specially-made cleaning agents and tools

Of course, none of these tools would be very effective without adequate training to use them. On both the local and national level, our crew members receive hands-on instruction with the latest and greatest technologies. This intense training regimen affords us a reputation for high quality and reliable service. We follow IICRC guidelines as AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians.

SERVPRO of Campbell is a leading local provider of mold damage remediation services in San Jose. Contact us at (408) 371-4001.

Why is Skilled Restoration Best for Fire and Smoke Cleanup?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke and soot from even small fires can travel throughout your home. SERVPRO is always available for the restoration process.

Rather than Leaving Lingering Reminders in Your San Jose Home, SERVPRO Handles Fire and Smoke Cleanup Thoroughly!

Navigating the following steps after a fire in your San Jose home can be challenging to process. SERVPRO makes it easier on residents by offering our services will skill and compassion. There is already plenty on your mind after such an event, so let us make it “Like it never even happened,” so that your home gets back to pre-fire condition.

Why call SERVPRO for fire and smoke cleanup in San Jose? We take care of restoration for you, but there are some simple steps you can do to make the process easier, including:

  • Prepare yourself for smoke and soot damage, which often impacts areas where the fire did not reach. There may also be damage unavoidably caused by first responders attending the blaze.
  • Wait for entry into your home. It is important for safety reasons that you do not enter until you get the green light.
  • Contact your home insurance agent to start the claim filing process. SERVPRO is also available to ensure all of the correct documentation is available to facilitate your claim.
  • Document any damages to ensure you remain organized and provide some insight on what needs replacement.
  • Enlist our help as soon as possible. Waiting too long after a fire causes corrosive smoke and soot residue to wreak havoc on various surfaces and materials.

Let us get to work on your fire and smoke cleanup! Call SERVPRO of Campbell when you need us at (408) 371-4001.

Avoid Headaches: Hire Mold Damage Professionals in San Jose

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on wood paneling Mold will spread within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for the mold remediation services needed for your home.

San Jose is one of the best cities to bike through.

In some parts of the country, traveling by bike can be a nightmare. With low street quality, harsh weather conditions, and minimal bicycle lane infrastructure, it can often be better for someone to walk than to bike around the neighborhood. San Jose stands out as one of the best large cities in the country for cyclists who take to the streets.

Today, San Jose boasts almost 400 miles of bike lanes and trails around the city. The first of these was built half a century ago, and the demand for bicycle infrastructure has only grown since then. City planners are well aware of this phenomenon, with bike racks installed at major public areas such as government buildings, parks, and even the airport. Even our city buses have bicycle racks on the front, allowing many residents to travel across town without owning a motorized vehicle.

The Better Bike Plan 2025 aims to improve things even further. The city plans to add even more bicycle infrastructure with an eventual goal of having 15% of total street travel be done by biking. Besides building new bike paths around town, existing routes will be upgraded and equipped with safeguards such as flood drainage installations. By 2025, most of these changes should be near completion, and our city may be the best in the country for bike travel.

San Jose went from a farm town to a sprawling city in a decade.

Our city is one of the largest in the country today, but not long ago, it was a minor urban hub on the road to San Francisco. The rapid expansion into the country's 10th largest city was thanks to a single controversial man who forever changed our local history.

A. P. "Dutch" Hamann was appointed as the city manager in 1950. Without delay, he immediately set to work in his attempt to create a bigger and better Los Angeles. By catering to the rapidly-expanding Californian industry sector and aggressively annexing land around the area, Hamann grew the city to hundreds of times its original size in less than two decades. At the time, San Jose was perhaps the single most modern skyline in the country, owing to how much of its development happened in such a short time.

Not everyone agreed to such rapid expansion. In 1969, voters indicated that they were opposed to continued growth, and Hamann stepped down. Yet, the actions he took were irreversible – the metropolis continued to grow into what we see today.

Trust the experts for San Jose mold damage.

One of the worst things you can do for your mold damage problem in San Jose is to hire an untrained company to mitigate the disaster. Mold remediation specialists like SERVPRO exist so that you can avoid expensive after-effects of mold infestation such as:

  • Persistent odors
  • Recurring infestations (often seasonal)
  • Patches of discoloration
  • Related water damages

Insurance companies prefer to hire us because we ensure that these and other damaging effects have minimal impact on your home. If you need help dealing with mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

San Jose is Dedicated to the Health of its Residents

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

a family riding their bikes on a trail SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing what the Guadalupe River Park's trails hold!

The Guadalupe River Park is a Free Way to Boost Your Health and Mood

Enjoying the vibrant scenery along the Guadalupe River Park’s trails can help enhance your overall health. Exercise is good for your circulation and fresh air benefits your pulmonary health. It does not matter if you ride a bicycle, run, jog, or walk, going at your own pace makes a difference.

While traversing the trails on the River Park, you can stop and rest at different seating areas dedicated to our Sister Cities. Constructed to reflect the style and feel of these other cities, these small places also give a sense of calm and peace. These refreshing spots include 

  • Okayama, Japan,
  • Tainan, Taiwan,
  • Dublin, Ireland, and
  • Pune, India.

There are also two cities in Mexico, Guadalajara and Vera Cruz, who share a seating area in the River Park.

Air quality’s importance to good health is why SERVPRO of Campbell uses fire restoration methods that make the air in a home’s interior safe to breathe again. Call (408) 371-4001, 24/7, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Enjoy A Drive-Through Christmas Event in San Jose

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

closeup of holiday lights; blurred for effect Join us at Christmas in the Park. Be sure and say hello if you see us there!

San Jose History Park Welcomes Visitors This Festive Season 

Christmas in the Park is a beloved San Jose tradition – and this year, and it is going ahead with a twist. You are invited to drive through the park and enjoy the wonderful things on display: 

  • Whimsical, festive decorations
  • Hundreds of decorated Christmas trees
  • The park’s collection of authentic and reproduction historic homes
  • Round off your visit with a Santa sighting! 

This Christmas tradition is a perfect opportunity to explore the charm of San Jose’s past while also getting into the holiday spirit. You can also choose to sponsor a less fortunate family’s visit if you would like to.  

Christmas in the Park runs from November 27 to January 3. Tickets are $20 between the hours of 5 PM and 10 PM; or opt for a twilight ticket for $10, between 4 PM and 5 PM. 

Mold spores can quickly travel indoors on your shoes and boots after you go outside. Fast action is the key to stopping the fungus from spreading. If you need mold inspection, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001.

How Can Homeowners Salvage Wet Carpet After a Faucet Overflow?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home SERVPRO of Campbell is prepared to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.”

IICRC-Certified Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO Perform Water Cleanup in San Jose That Restores Carpeting

No matter how careful San Jose residents are with their fixtures, accidents happen. A bathtub overflow can quickly saturate flooring and drywall in your bathroom, as well as hallway carpet. Without fast action, this moisture can delaminate bathroom flooring, damage your drywall, and create unpleasant odors from mold that can be costly to remediate.

SERVPRO is prepared to provide water cleanup for San Jose residents that restores their property and contents to a preloss condition. This team’s cleanup services also include structural restoration for components like carpet, drywall, and subfloors that have been compromised by water damage and microbial growth.
What Prepares SERVPRO Techs to Render Cleanup Services?

Certification and training. SERVPRO staff, franchise owners, and technicians alike undergo extensive, hands-on training, as well as self-paced online learning modules to further hone cleanup and restoration knowledge.

Restoration industry accreditation. Your local SERVPRO and the professionals therein are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified, meaning that they can consistently meet the standards put forth for the restoration industry at large.

Additional credit and non-credit courses. These courses are targeted at SERVPRO staff as well as real estate and insurance professionals who wish to expand their knowledge regarding disaster cleanup and restoration. Available classes include:
    •    Water Damage Restoration
    •    Fire Damage Restoration
    •    Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    •    Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    •    A non-credit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

How Does SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Carpet?
SERVPRO technicians focus on careful extraction for carpeting to prevent it from separating from the pad when possible. Extraction can be performed with wands, wet/dry vacuums, and heavy-duty rover vacuums. Techs can tent carpet and erect polyethylene drying chambers to ensure that it is thoroughly dried before reinstallation.

SERVPRO of Campbell is prepared to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (408) 371-4001 for rapid-response emergency mitigation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Guidelines Are There for Mold Remediation?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling and wall. Mold is very serious, we know what you need. Let SERVPRO help you San Jose.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Follow Nationally-recognized Practice Guidelines When Performing Mold Remediation in your San Jose Home.

Is an environmental professional needed for mold recovery?

It is not unusual for an indoor environmental professional (IEP) to instruct our technicians to remediate your San Jose home. However, an IEP s is not always used during mold remediation. In the absence of an IEP, trained SERVPRO technicians can rely on remediation guidelines from the environmental protection agency (EPA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC). These form a basis from which qualified mold remediators can conduct safe and effective mold remediation. By following these guidelines, our technicians can often return residential properties to a preloss condition. 

What are the critical parts of mold remediation?

- Drying and chemically cleaning materials with microbial growth

- Demo non-salvageable items and dispose of them safely

- Perform drying of wet items within 48 hours (to prevent further mold growth)

Is mold likely to spread through a property?

Microbes can spread through porous materials. When we perform mold remediation in your San Jose home, it is essential to set up containment areas to prevent spreading. Containment areas can control the infestation at its source. Since microscopic organisms like spores can travel on clothes or airways, our technicians often use negative air-pressure or HEPA-fitted vacuums. Once a crew chief establishes containment, we can begin the process of removing contamination. Any non-salvageable materials are double bagged and transported from the property. Cleanable fabrics or non-porous materials can be treated with biocides or other anti-microbial chemicals to good effect. 

What does the IICRC recommend for mold remediation?

- Establish safe working conditions

- Record the extent of damage

- Contain mold at the source

- Get rid of contamination

- Dry the property and control humidity

If you suspect mold growth at your property. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 for expert remediators.

Can Water Restoration Companies Save You Money?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A green piggy bank on a table. Let SERVPRO help you save time and money when it comes to your San Jose home.

With efficient responses and cutting-edge technology, water restoration for San Jose homes is more advanced and cost-effective than ever before. 

Professional water recovery services for your San Jose home can initially feel like an unnecessary expense. However, the more you understand about these loss incidents and how our SERVPRO team resolves them, the more you can appreciate that professional restoration might be the ideal approach.In many ways, choosing our capable contractors can save you money. 

While you might only mentally compare the act of mopping and drying against the elaborate drying approaches of water restoration companies in your San Jose home, there is often more to the water removal process than meets the eye. 

Why Can’t I Resolve Water Losses Myself?

Water losses create situations like standing water that can not only migrate throughout your residence but penetrate exposed materials and contents through absorption. DIY cleaning and restoration only impact surface losses, meaning that much of the absorbed water and trapped moisture in structural cavities go unresolved. Within 48 hours, lingering moisture and saturated elements can show physical signs of damage, which ultimately require removal and replacement, and conditions could be ideal for the development of mold colonies. 

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice After a Disaster? 

Several restoration companies can all claim to be the best choice for you in a crisis, but we have built a strong reputation in the area based on our reliability and fast response. When you are choosing our team of professionals, you are choosing:

  • Experienced technicians
  • Industry-leading equipment
  • Trained and certified in water restoration and structural drying
  • Available 24/7

No matter how unthreatening water losses might initially appear, there is often more to the situation than you think. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Campbell team help you to fully restore your home after these losses. We are available 24/7 at (408) 371-4001.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in San Jose, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Campbell today at (408) 371-4001 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Information about Disinfection of San Jose Medical/Dental Clinics

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

male spraying a white desk and wiping with a yellow rag in an office Your regular cleaning staff works hard already. We are here if you need a little more help.

The Importance of Preventative cleaning for San Jose Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wood panel walls and floor heater Stop that mold from coming back to your San Jose home!! SERVPRO does great remediation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Room SERVPRO can restore your home to preloss condition. Call us any time, we are always available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Removing Water from Drywall in San Jose Homes

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hallway with baseboards removed and a SERVPRO fan on the floor The baseboard in this home needed to be removed to thoroughly dry the water damaged walls

SERVPRO can Help Remove Water Damage from Your Home

After a water loss incident, you need a team of professionals committed to providing your San Jose home efficient service that costs you as little as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the severity of water losses beginning as soon as our project manager and crew chief first arrive at the residence. Scoping the work to get done helps the crew chief to identify the best approaches to reduce restoration times, effectively remove water, and dry out the structure. 

After prolonged exposure to specific construction materials, water removal in San Jose homes becomes a substantial challenge. Drywall can be one of the most challenging materials to protect and preserve after a water loss incident. The determination must get made quickly if it is more cost-effective to attempt to dry out the wallboard or to remove the damaged portions and later replace them after mitigation has completed fully. 

If our SERVPRO team reaches the residence within hours of the water loss incident, it is not unrealistic to protect the house by drying all exposed materials. Drywall is a porous surface, and can quickly retain direct water exposure to allow free water inside the surface. Within a day, free moisture in the drywall can become molecularly bonded to the material, altering its composition and appearance. For drywall, this often appears as swelling and warping of the exposed areas. If this warping has begun, controlled demolition is the approach to take. We have a full division of licensed general contractors to complete this work should it be necessary. 

Reaching moist drywall before the material changes can provide a limited window to our technicians to dry the surface. Depending on where the water damage exists, we have multiple strategies for drying the damaged area, including the use of air movers, dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. 

Drywall is one of the most susceptible surfaces for degradation after water damage and an ideal location for the development of mold in moist conditions. Our SERVPRO of Campbell team has the tools and experience to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (408) 371-4001. 

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We Discuss The Fundamentals Of Fire Cleanup After A Wildfire In San Jose

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Fundamental Fire Cleaning After San Jose Wildfires

Cleaning up smoke residues, soot, and ash are conventional approaches necessary to San Jose homes and businesses that find themselves in the vicinity of a migrating wildfire. Because of the devastation that properties indirect paths with the disaster can experience, as well as effects possible for homes in the immediate areas, the incidents can often be a strain on resources and personnel for even experienced restoration groups like our SERVPRO team.

We strive to maximize our efficiency in these situations, especially with the volume of properties needing wildfire cleanup in San Jose. The scoping of these emergencies is critical and happens before the full force of our team arrives to begin mitigation and recovery. During this process, our project management follows specific guidelines to catalog damaged elements to effectively complete smoke and soot cleanup promptly.

Careful Inspections
A thorough visual inspection is always a starting point for our SERVPRO team. After a wildfire, this assessment includes structural concerns existing outside of the house, inside of outdoor air conditioning appliances, and throughout the property where debris, soot, and odors could spread throughout the structure.

Not all of the residues and effects that a technician encounters during this inspection get removed and cleaned in the same way. Soot residues require chemical sponges and vacuuming, whereas other smoke residues require other potent cleaning products in our arsenal to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are also responsible for determining the affected surface beneath the residue and how dire it is to clean immediately – as some materials (wood, drywall) are more susceptible to fire loss than others (tile, porcelain).

Once skilled technicians like ours have determined the types of residues and effects present after a wildfire near your house, we must determine the ideal method for removing them from surfaces where they have bonded. To choose the best approach and product, our cleaning technicians must consider multiple factors, including the temperature, expected chemical action, and time.

Wildfires are a devastating and destructive force, but our SERVPRO of Campbell's team can help when you need it. Give our professionals a call today at (408) 371-4001.

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

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Establish a Relationship with Our Flood Recovery Experts

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

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

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

Practical Recommendations that Change the Result

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

Share Information that Helps Orient Our Team

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

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

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

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO to the Rescue in San Jose Cleanup and Restoration Services

How Professionals Make a Difference by Mitigating Water Damage in San Jose

Homeowners in San Jose, just like those across the rest of the country, spend much time cleaning up minor spills and overflows inside their houses. Water and the mess it can cause is such a constant in most people's lives. It can be hard to distinguish between situations where do-it-yourself cleanup is more than adequate, and where the exposure to permanent harm is not, and the experts should take over the tasks. Understanding the potential risks of inadequately resolved moderate to severe water losses can provide some clarity. By listing the many things, a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Campbell can do to help, completes the learning curve.

Why Water Damage Concerns: Little Leaks Can Spell Big Trouble

When small leaks and frequent spills near water sources such as faucets, sinks, showers, and tubs, they leave residual moisture on surfaces. Then the building materials nearby often absorb the excess water, including pulling it deeply into cracks and crevices. Over time the repeated water damage can cause deterioration of floors, cabinets, drywall, insulation, and many more fixtures and structural components. Even something as innocuous as a pet tipping over a water bowl repeatedly can cause the floor beneath the bowl to swell and eventually weaken and rot if the water soaks in day after day.

When the water in your San Jose home from a tiny crack in a pipe under a sink or in a wall continually drips, the materials surrounding the leak absorbs the water. Wallboard begins to crumble, and cabinets and flooring start to warp, buckle, or otherwise distort. Wood veneers pull away from their base plywood or particle board because of the water damage. If the leak is on a level over a living space, the ceiling below can show staining, bulging, and crumbling.

Persistent Dampness Invites Mold Growth - Water damage is not only directly destructive to building materials. When damp structures and contents are not entirely dried out, mold growth can take hold and spiral. This side effect of water damage is common when moisture lingers on a non-porous surface or absorbs into a porous material, remaining wet or damp for 24 to 48 hours or more. Mold spores are always present, waiting for the opportunity to absorb a bit of water and start multiplying into expanding mold colonies. Fungi damage organic matter, using it for a food source. This weakens many conventional building materials. Some susceptible individuals can suffer health effects when reacting to the mold spores and the toxins they create during growth. Generally, this secondary water damage can be averted if the water removal is swift and the mold growth never starts.

Water Damage Can Hide in Attics and Foundations in San Jose Properties

Unless converted into living spaces, homeowners might be utterly unaware of water incursions in the uppermost and lowest spaces inside their residences. If your roof has loose or cracked shingles or improperly fastened or missing flashings water works its way in with every passing rain. The growing moisture load can wick down into the main living spaces and cause structural components like rafters and even supporting walls to weaken.

Likewise, water can seep through cracks in a foundation, basement, or crawl space. The water damage can follow heavy rains or after a home sprinkler system oversaturated the soil surrounding your San Jose, CA home. Concrete and cinder blocks are vulnerable to erosion and degradation from the water flow. Water absorbed into these materials eventually can cause them to shift, break down, or fail in their load-bearing responsibilities.

Professional Water Remediation Offers Trained Technicians

At SERVPRO of Campbell, we invest in the highest quality training available for our technicians. Our crews pursue certification as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT), learning about the concepts involved in water damage, the effects unwanted water has on structural components, and techniques and strategies to dry out structures successfully.

We also support employees who continue their water damage remediation education by certifying as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD). This enhancement course offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) broadens the SERVPRO team’s knowledge and ensures more positive outcomes for our services.

Company Plus Individual Experience

SERVPRO of Campbell water damage team members share years of experience on the job with our less seasoned technicians, using the training they mastered in real-life settings. We are wise to the ways of water migration, unfazed when staining and dampness present far from the source of a leak. We never stop until we find the spill or leak and all the places the water wandered. Once we map out all affected areas, we use research-based techniques to remove the water and entirely dry out the structural components and cavities testing at higher than normal moisture levels.

High-Efficiency and Innovative Equipment

Because water damage restoration is a cornerstone of SERVPRO of Campbell’s business we invest in heavy duty, commercial grade equipment. Our familiarity with the steps needed to recover from a water loss helps us sort the innovative from the gimmicky when we consider upgrading to state of the art equipment. Having the proper tools for a task always increases the odds of a superior outcome. SERVPRO’s signature green service vehicles consistently stock all the equipment needed for a water damage job, including smaller but essential items like thermal scanners and sensitive moisture sensors and probes.

Pack-Out Service

When a water damage scenario occurs with severe consequences, SERVPRO offers a useful pack-out service option. Contents suffer harm from a water loss as well, and homeowners are often so overwhelmed that they discard items that could be restored by our expert technicians. SERVPRO of Campbell uses the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to document the items moved to our production facility during a water damage restoration project. We use digital photography, bar coding, and traditional lists to track the evaluation of the items and the cleaning, drying, and restoration process. We can store your belongs off your property until the restoration process has been completed.

Water damage remediation is a top priority for the professional team at SERVPRO of Campbell. Call us with questions and concerns about water losses at (408) 371-4001. Our evaluation leads to a workable plan that limits the long-term harm persistent water damage can do. SERVPRO of Campbell services the areas of Campbell and San Jose.

If Your San Jose Crawl Space Is Damaged By Water Call Our Experts For Help

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Get in contact with SERVPRO of Campbell by phoning the number (408) 371-4001.

A Leaking Water Heater Can Cause Water Damage In Your San Jose Crawl Space

Finding water damage inside your home can always complicate your life. However, if you manage to catch it swiftly, the problem is usually quite simple for a professional to address. When it sits for too long, the water damage can begin to become an even more significant problem for your home. Water can impair the structural integrity of your property by causing mold damage, which eats away at organic material. In just seventy-two hours after exposure to excess water, microbial growth can form.

Fortunately for you, the water damage inside of your San Jose crawl space was discovered very quickly, as it leaked underneath the shared wall between the crawls space and the laundry room. When you call a cleanup and remediation company as soon as possible, after finding the damage, it gives the technicians the best chance of remediating the damage smoothly.

Here at SERVPRO, we always work around your clock. If you find water damage in the middle of the night, our expertly trained and certified technicians are ready to get to your home as swiftly as we can. SERVPRO is open every day, and every night, to make sure that you can get the help you need when you need it.

After a brief investigation, our SERVPRO techs can get to work. The water damage impacted the shared wall between the two rooms, the tiled floor in the laundry room, the wooden support frames inside the crawlspace, and caused a chalky substance to form on the concrete floor inside.

SERVPRO can make flood cuts on the shared wall, to remove any damaged material, and then throw it away. From there, we can begin to set up a drying system made to draw water out of the tile floor and the wooden framing by using heaters, axial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers in conjunction. The residue on the concrete floor can be cleaned by applying a water-stain removing solution. Finally, air blasting tubes can be fed into the wall, to make sure any excess water is remediated, and drying mats can be applied to the tile flooring.

If a device malfunction causes water damage inside of your residence, never delay getting assistance. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Campbell by phoning the number (408) 371-4001. 24/7, our technicians are available to help you.

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Why You Need To Act Fast When You Discover Water Damage In Monte Sereno

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and experience to handle any water damage in your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Why SERVPRO is Your Top Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Your Monte Sereno Home

Preventing water damage in your Monte Sereno home is critical to preserving the strength and integrity of your structure. Usually, some simple checks and steps plus some preventative measure can avoid any water catastrophes. The bathroom is likely the area which is most prone to damage from water. Each time you use the bathtub for a shower or a soak, you use several gallons of water. If you regularly check around the area to rule out any moisture accumulation, you can stop disasters before they happen.

When you do find water damage in your Monte Sereno bathroom, you need to act fast to correct the issue before additional damage is done. That is why SERVPRO is the right choice to turn to for help. Our staff understands the need for speed but are also trained to handle the job thoroughly and efficiently. With the tools and experience you would expect from professionals, we can restore your home, so it is like nothing ever happened.

Your first precaution should be to make sure that you and the rest of your family are not overfilling the tub during a bath, and not splashing water outside of the tub. That is why children should be supervised, besides ensuring their safety. When showering, make sure that the door or shower curtain is securely closed so that all the water remains inside the tub.

SERVPRO techs use various tools to help us find the moisture problem and to dry everything back out. In a bathroom situation where the tub has leaked, we can use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to detect how much moisture is in building materials and to monitor them as we are drying everything out. Air movers and dehumidifiers help us to dry the affected materials out and get the moisture content in the air in your bathroom back to a safe amount.

Other things to look out for include any staining on the walls around your shower or tub or any mold growth. These are both sure signs you could have an issue that is out of sight. Also, make sure to replace any loose or missing tiles in your shower or bathtub wall right away. Ensure there is no missing grout between the tiles as well and reapply grout as you need. Check the caulking between tiles as well and repair as needed.

SERVPRO of Campbell is always standing by to help you with any water damage emergency in your home in Los Gatos, Fremont, or Newark. You can call us at (408) 371-4001 anytime you need, so please do not hesitate to reach out as soon as you see an issue.

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

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cambell has the equipment to quickly dry your home.

Advanced Equipment for Efficient Restoration in San Jose Homes

Whenever disaster strikes your San Jose home in the form of a water loss incident, you need assurances that the right professionals can arrive promptly to begin drying up the damage before it gets out of control. Whether you have required the services of professionals like ours in the past before or not, it is no secret that we work to have the industry-leading equipment to get the job done quickly and correctly. It is our priority to offer fast and effective service to our customers, regardless of the time that they need it.

Much of the success that our team has had with recovering water damage to San Jose homes can get accredited to the focus that we have on accruing the best available equipment for the jobs that we do. Our SERVPRO team has many tools and machines ideal for extraction, drying, and cleanup. When we become aware of an emergency affecting your property, we can respond fast to ensure that these tools stocked on our production truck rolling out to the scene is all that we would need.

When our team arrives at your home, we begin with a thorough assessment of the damage and determine what actions must get taken to restore the water damage completely. This process also includes determining the source of the damage and ensuring that this area gets repaired to prevent further exposure and damage in the immediate future. Leak detection equipment, moisture detection equipment, and thermal imagery all play a vital role in this initial phase.

To dry out the damage to your property, we have many tools that can do this effectively. Often our SERVPRO professionals rely on high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers for residential water damage recoveries. We can also use tools like our injecti-dry system to help impact inaccessible areas like wall cavities, ceiling cavities, and beneath flooring material.

While many steps make up water restoration for your home, our SERVPRO of Campbell response team arrives with the tools to get the job done fast. You can reach our experienced professionals 24/7 by calling (408) 371-4001.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Needed for Your San Jose Property

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Remediates Mold in San Jose

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Mold Remediation for Your Home in San Jose

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

How to Deal with Mold Damage in San Jose Effectively

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

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

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

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

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

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