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What to Consider When Choosing a Full Service Fire Damage Restoration Company in Oakland

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Consider When Choosing a Full Service Fire Damage Restoration Company in Oakland Fires are devastating. SERVPRO of San Leandro is always on call to handle your fire damage restoration needs.

Full-Service Fire Damage Restoration For Oakland Residents

Scoping fire damage on your Oakland area property takes a few tools and supplies. We supply each certified estimator with a kit that helps provide damage estimates during your homes initial inspection. This kit, helps test fire and smoke residues on your home’s structure and contents, to determine whether restoration through cleaning remains possible.

The last thing any fire damage restoration company in Oakland should do is to charge customers to clean contents that ultimately require replacement. Remember, cleaning household contents after a fire costs far less than resurfacing, reupholstering, refinishing, repainting, or replacing them. An estimator can help provide you with accurate, professional recommendations that help you make informed, quality decisions about your home restoration.

If you agree to allow SERVPRO to handle the fire restoration in your home, we work with your insurance adjuster to stay within your policy limits and keep you informed throughout the process. We can provide you with quality cleaning and restoration services that help limit any losses you might experience. If you have concerns about specific areas of your home or want special attention given to family heirlooms, make sure to let your on-site restoration supervisor know.

SERVPRO technicians handle a variety of specialty fire restoration services that focus on electronics, art, collectibles, books, and other personal belongings. Even if we do not offer these services directly, we have a relationship with a sub-contractor who does. We schedule and manage any sub-contractors used to provide services, repairs, or replacements during your restoration. Full-service solutions you can count on while you direct your attention to keeping your family safe.

SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated restoration company, often run by certified professionals with years of restoration experience. We provide fast emergency response, 24/7, and train 365-days a year to ensure you receive the results you deserve. You want access to someone who can help protect your investment, and we enjoy helping members of our local community avoid tragic situations.

SERVPRO of San Leandro provides quality fire damage solutions to customers throughout Hayward, Alameda, and Danville. Call today to gain access to cleaning and restoration services from a company you can trust to deliver quality results. (510) 352-2480.

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Is Your Washing Machine 'Hosing' Your Oakland Home With Water Damage?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Your Washing Machine 'Hosing' Your Oakland Home With Water Damage? Did you know that washing machines cause a lot of water damage? Inspect your hoses often.

Get Timely Water Damage Cleanup for Your Oakland Home After a Washing Machine Leak

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) ranks washing machines as the costliest causes of water damage in homes. Apart from structural damage, mold infestation is a frequent secondary repercussion of the washing machine leaks. Mold usually grows in wet buildings within 24 to 48 hours.  

Mold growth may not be visible immediately since it can occur beneath carpeting or deep within other flooring materials. When there’s water damage in your Oakland home, you can count on SERVPRO to help you with the cleanup efforts. We perform water damage remediation promptly to remove water from all affected substances, locate potential problem areas, and remove the mold before it develops into a more severe problem.  

Water can also ruin moisture sensitive furnishings, books, and documents almost immediately. Structures like drywall, carpets, and subfloors can also get ruined because of prolonged exposure to excess water or moisture. Water damage can also cause health concerns in your home. If clean water is not removed and dried correctly, it can turn into gray and then black water. The longer water or moisture remains in a home, the more serious the damage becomes, leading to expensive repairs.  

During the water cleanup process, our SERVPRO crews move items that could suffer secondary damage from the affected area. We then use wet/dry vacuums or portable pumps to remove as much standing water as possible. For hard surfaces, we can use a squeegee attachment. Thorough extraction reduces drying time and limits the chance of furniture stains and rust on carpets. If there are stains on your carpet, we can remove them more effectively when the carpet is still wet.  

When extracting water from carpets, our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) also look out for pre-existing destruction. If we find damage, we can notify your insurance adjuster. If the adjuster approves the removal of the carpet, we can do so. To dry the affected rooms, we can set up air movers around their perimeter at 45-degree angles, pointing towards the walls. We can also place dehumidifiers in the rooms to eliminate moisture from the air.  

When a washing machine has caused water to pool in your home, call SERVPRO of San Leandro for cleanup services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can reach us at (510) 352-2480 anytime.

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Tired of Eating Fast Food after an Oakland Kitchen Fire? Call SERVPRO for Restoring and Rebuilding

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tired of Eating Fast Food after an Oakland Kitchen Fire? Call SERVPRO for Restoring and Rebuilding SERVPRO Training and Advanced Equipment Restore First, Repair Second Fire Damaged Properties in Oakland

Fire Damage Out of the Frying Pan into the Oakland Home

Cooking is the root cause of most fire damage to residential properties. Protein fires are also among the most pungent after the fact and often require multiple methods of odor-control applications.

SERVPRO worked on fire damage in an Oakland home where one evening a homeowner made dinner on the stove, and a pan of grease caught fire. Not knowing to starve the fire of oxygen by covering the pan with a lid, the homeowner moved the flaming pan to the kitchen sink and attempted to put it out with water. This mistake ignited a violent flash fire that caught the curtains over the kitchen sink on fire and quickly engulfed a section of the kitchen and spread smoke throughout the house.

In a case of significant grease fire damage, the best outcome for the kitchen is to get it ready for reconstruction. That means we need to remove all charred sheetrock and room elements too destroyed for restoration. Because soot particles exist that are smaller than the human eye can see they easily find their way into airtight jars resulting in the need for most consumable items to be discarded for health and safety reasons.

To avoid further contamination in other areas of the home, we packed out the contents of the house for sanitation and deodorization at our local facility. Our pack out procedures are organized and include an itemized list, photos, and location the item came from so it can be put back exactly as it was. We can utilize the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service that we offer and even scan tag items for cataloging.

We then deployed air scrubbers with HEPA filtration and hydroxyl generators throughout the house to thoroughly neutralize remaining smoke odors.  Our SERVPRO location holds a General Contractor License #937457, and we performed the reconstruction services on the kitchen to bring it back to preloss condition and get it ready for preparing meals again. Then we moved the restored home furnishings back into the home.

SERVPRO of San Leandro is part of the local community and stands ready to help property owners mitigate fire damage 24/7. Call us at (510) 352-2480 and our trained, and certified technicians can make the fire loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Our Response Teams Respond Immediately To Oakland Water Damage Emergencies

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Response Teams Respond Immediately To Oakland Water Damage Emergencies Rain water caused ground water flooding of a cafeteria tile floor. The picture shows the excess water being extracted by our team.

SERVPRO - Removing And Remediating Water Damage To Oakland Homes

Even with life on and near the coast, Oakland homes suffer more water intrusions and other damage from failed plumbing than the rain that comes rolling in off the Bay or the Strait. A split hose in a washing machine can cause thousands of dollars in damages, just like heavy rain that finds its way under the roof.

No matter the source, Oakland water damage needs to be addressed quickly and professionally. Standing water can soak into everything, so SERVPRO response teams take immediate action to reduce current, damaging effects and eliminate further problems.

Team members start with securing the residence. After a storm, that means boarding up doors and windows, but with a plumbing problem, that means stopping the water source. Once technicians turn off the water, efforts go immediately to removal.

For water about ankle deep and higher, they begin with a commercial pump to bring it down to just above the floors and carpets. At that level, technicians change to a smaller extraction wand which is an advanced version of the device available for rent at a retailer or big box store. The devices available to SERVPRO have adjustable vacuum speed and temperature, allowing team members to draw out water without damaging floorboards or carpet fibers.

After completing water damage removal, technicians lift the carpet to check for delimitation, or separation of the two layers of carpet. With the carpet raised, they also remove the pad and dry the floor using a combination of air movers to force warm air across the surface and exhaust fans to pull damp air away and force it out the nearest window or door. Once dry, technicians put down a new pad and stretch the carpet back in place.

For wood floors, team members use a moisture meter to look for floorboards still soaked and water trapped underneath them. Technicians use the same air movers to gently send warm air across them without splitting or cracking them. For water underneath, they lift a floorboard usually covered by a piece of furniture, attach a hose to the air mover and send the warm air below to dry out the sub-floor space.

These are only the first steps SERVPRO of San Leandro takes to remediate the effects of water damage in each home. If you leak anywhere in your residence, call us at (510) 352-2480 now to begin the restoration process.

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Managing Commercial Water Damage in Your Oakland Medical Office After a Sprinkler System Leak

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Managing Commercial Water Damage in Your Oakland Medical Office After a Sprinkler System Leak Always make sure you check your sprinklers.

Sprinklers in your building may cause a mess.

Most modern commercial buildings have overhead sprinklers designed to spray large volumes of water if a fire occurs. Sprinklers can prevent the flames from growing, damaging the whole building, and hurting people who may be inside. Although overhead sprinklers have saved many businesses and lives, they can cause water damage.

Overhead sprinklers can malfunction or leak, and if this occurs after business hours, a large amount of water can pour into the building. Dealing with commercial water damage in an Oakland medical office is not that easy. It’s likely for the water to ruin the ceiling, walls, and floors since sprinklers can spray water out at the rate of about 25 gallons per minute. The water can also ruin costly medical equipment, devices, and medications.

To prevent further damage, shutting off the water should be the first step. It is also essential to contact the sprinkler system company and schedule an inspection immediately after a sprinkler failure to ensure the system’s operational integrity. When broken fire sprinkler heads discharge accidentally, they often release a spray of dirty water contaminated with sediment, rust, and oil. The mixture can stain surfaces and spread unpleasant odors throughout the building. Instead of trying to tackle the mess on your own, you can hire an experienced restoration company like SERVPRO to handle the cleanup, drying, and dehumidification process.

Our technicians can assess the damage and get the cleanup process started. We can use extraction equipment like shop vacs to remove any standing water. Structural items such as floors and walls may require cleaning. We use the right method to clean restorable items. We can also clean and deodorize the carpeted areas exposed to water. We choose the most suitable carpet cleaning method based on the soiling level. Our technicians also evaluate all the contents that have been exposed to water or high humidity for cleaning needs. SERVPRO franchise professionals also have the equipment required to dry a water-damaged commercial building effectively. We can set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas to eliminate the moisture.

When there’s water damage in your medical office, SERVPRO of San Leandro can help you remove it and dry the affected areas. Call us at (510) 352-2480 for fast cleanup and restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Do You Know How to Remediate House Fire Damage in Oakland?

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do You Know How to Remediate House Fire Damage in Oakland? Smoke and soot damage are hard to clean. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to restore your home.

Fire Damage in an Oakland Home Calls for Cleaning and Restoration Services

The National Fire Prevention Association states that fire departments in the U.S.A. respond to more than a thousand fires every day. A fire can start in your home unexpectedly and proliferate. It can cause structural damage in your home and leave residues like smoke, soot, and ash.  

If your Oakland home has fire damage, it’s advisable to turn to a fire restoration company for help. No matter how large or little the extent of the destruction is, a restoration company like SERVPRO is equipped to handle fire cleanup and ensure that your home is safe to live in again. Fire and the residues left behind after extinguishing it impact certain areas of a home differently. Therefore, each affected area may need a unique strategy for restoring, cleaning, or rebuilding.  

The extent of the fire damage may not be clear because it often occurs in areas that aren’t visible like the attic and behind walls, or may affect the plumbing or electrical systems. Fires can even ruin the surfaces or walls in different rooms from where they originated. Surfaces with soot and smoke damage require unique cleaning agents because typical household cleaning products may not be adequate or can cause extra damage. Our fire restoration professionals can address the damaged area and determine which contents and areas to restore and which ones to replace.  

Here at SERVPRO, we offer cleaning and restoration services that help minimize fire damage claims. Replacing items is expensive for insurance companies. Another expensive option is resurfacing. Our technicians can repaint structural surfaces, recover upholstered contents, and refinish wooden contents. We seek to restore smoke-damaged materials to their preloss condition.  

A significant part of the fire cleanup process concentrates on neutralizing smoke odors and purifying contaminated air. Our technicians use various types of equipment to clean and sanitize the air, making it safe to breathe in again. We can use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum to remove small particles like soot from surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. We also use air scrubbers to eliminate odors and clean the air.  

If there is fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for restoration services. You can benefit from our compassionate approach to customer service and industry experience.

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Your Oakland Kitchen Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage After A Water Incident

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Oakland Kitchen Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage After A Water Incident If you need our services when disaster strikes in your home, give us a call today at (510) 352-2480.

Professional Water Cleanup In Your Oakland Kitchen

Life happens. While waiting on a washing machine repair, you can pull out your old electric washer and spinner from your college days and use that for small laundry loads in the meantime. However, after you hook it up to your kitchen faucet and start filling it up, it can be easy to forget about it while playing with your kids or taking the dogs out. When you come back inside to find your kitchen counters, cabinets, and ceramic tile floor covered in water, it can be overwhelming to consider the amount of water cleanup that has to take place to prevent mold from increasing.

When you need professional water cleanup in your Oakland home, the certified technicians at SERVPRO are Faster to Any Size Disaster, with access to industrial-grade equipment and extensive disaster mitigation training, so you can rest assured that our professionals have the tools and knowledge to restore your kitchen.

After your call, our team of SERVPRO professionals can get right to work extracting any remaining loose water, if any, with tools like wet/dry vacs and evaluating moisture of surfaces in your kitchen. Ceramic tile is semi-porous but highly resilient when it comes to water, so during drying, you can count on your tile being intact without moisture affecting the subflooring.

When drying surfaces, two pieces of industrial-grade equipment are used: air movers and dehumidifiers. When positioning air movers for cabinet doors and other vertical surfaces, they can generally be positioned at 45-degree angles every 10 to 16 linear feet to address moisture. If no water has penetrated the subflooring, air movers can be placed across the floor for dehumidifiers to absorb. During drying, our team continually monitors moisture levels with a variety of devices to ensure that humidity reaches safe levels. After drying, we can clean surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial solution as an extra buffer to mold and bacteria growth.

SERVPRO of San Leandro stands ready to mitigate any disaster that may come your way. If you need our services when disaster strikes in your home, give us a call today at (510) 352-2480.

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Water Heater Cause Water Damage? Call The Pros at SERVPRO

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Heater Cause Water Damage? Call The Pros at SERVPRO When water heaters cause water damage, our SERVPRO team will be there to help.

Get Water Cleanup Services for Your Oakland Home After a Water Heater Leak

A leaking water heater can cause significant damage, especially if you didn’t detect the leak for several days. If the appliance is on an upper floor, the water could damage the walls and flooring as it flows downward. Fixing the leak and cleaning up the water is vital.

Assessing the affected areas for damage and performing the necessary repairs is also essential. Before you repair the damaged areas, you should hire professionals who can assist you to perform water cleanup in your Oakland home. You can contact the water damage remediation professionals at SERVPRO to assist you with the cleanup and drying process. We respond Faster to Any Size Disaster and have the training and equipment to handle your cleaning and restoration needs.

Our SERVPRO technicians can use tools like wet/dry vacuums to remove standing water from the affected areas. We check the floors and walls below the affected area and crawl spaces for standing water and extract it. We then assess the destruction and remove the materials, which cannot be restored like drywall, carpeting, carpet padding, and personal items.

When drying a structure, we create a drying goal, which is the condition we want to bring about in the affected areas. We consider how dry the area should be when we are done. This goal includes moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents and structures, readings in percentage for wood materials and readings in points for non-wood materials. We use industrial grade dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out the area and materials that can be restored. To dry a structure, it is necessary to eliminate moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air to ensure that the area is thoroughly dry. Our SERVPRO technicians monitor the drying equipment to ensure fast drying time.

Most water damage also necessitates odor removal for wet materials have a distinct odor. Our technicians can deodorize the floors, walls, ceilings and other structures to eliminate odors. We can also restore the area to its original condition by refinishing hardwood flooring, laying new carpeting and hanging new drywall.

When in need of water cleanup services, SERVPRO of San Leandro is ready to assist you. We offer 24-hour emergency services. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 and let our restoration experts give you peace of mind.

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By the Book: How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Publications in Oakland

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial By the Book:  How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Publications in Oakland Water and books don't mix. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro to mitigate the water damage.

Saving a Bookstore from Commercial Water Damage in Oakland

Running a small local bookstore is often satisfying work that benefits the community greatly. Not only do you get familiar with locals, but you get to connect and communicate with tourists and other travelers who love to read. However, when water damage from a leaky pipe affects both your walls and your inventory, action needs to be taken quickly to prevent mold growth and restore your goods. 

If commercial water damage in your Oakland small business is affecting your inventory and storage space, certified SERVPRO technicians are here to help. Our goal is to mitigate damage and restore your space with efficient, effective tools so you can get back to business as usual.

After you call one of our representatives, we can send a team out to assess your inventory space and detect moisture for precise and thorough cleanup. After moving and securing your inventory, our dream can focus on drying your walls with industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. Manual cleaning with an EPA-registered antimicrobial solution can also be used to mitigate mold development.

Water-damaged items must be addressed with care before mold, warping, or other damage can develop. If inventory at your bookstore has been affected by water damage, our team at SERVPRO can use lyophilization tools to restore it without affecting the quality of your goods. 

Lyophilization, also known as freeze-drying, can be vital to preserving and restoring water-damaged inventory, even rare or antique books. The process involves freezing inventory to prevent mold growth and additional moisture accumulation. From there, with the assistance of a man-made vacuum, moisture can be drawn out of materials while frozen and leave them completely dry and in good condition to sell. 

When a disaster of any size affects your business, it is crucial to preserve your assets. SERVPRO of San Leandro is here to help. If you need our emergency cleanup services, give our team a call at (510) 352-2480 today.

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One Surprisingly Effective Way to Succeed With Oakland Storm Damage Remediation

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage One Surprisingly Effective Way to Succeed With Oakland Storm Damage Remediation As you inspect your flood damaged home, make a plan to contact the IICRC certified and experienced team at SERVPRO for water removal services.

Drawing Moisture from Hard Flooring and Fabrics after Flood Damage in Oakland

Removing water from a property quickly can significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damages. However, in a flood situation, this is not always possible. You may need to evacuate the property or have returned from a weekend away to find your home ankle deep in water. Porous materials, like those that make up your sofa, armchairs or other soft furnishings as well as wood, can imbibe water over time making damages harder to remediate.

Our team is made up of highly trained individuals who can help you with flood damage in Oakland. Typically, the longer water is allowed to stand the more harm it causes and we can quickly mobilize equipment like gas-powered pumps or truck-mounted water extractors to remove it. Where there is prolonged exposure we may need to use a different technique.

Dehumidifiers are commonly used in a home environment, particularly in humid periods of the year. They work by drawing moisture from the air and replacing it with dry air. Since water naturally migrates from wet to dry, dehumidifiers can also be used to draw moisture out of porous surfaces by drying the surrounding air to 40 GPP- grains of moisture per pound- or below.

SERVPRO can deploy two types of dehumidifier depending on the scale and breadth of the task at hand. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are the more common of the two. We use them in 80% of the services we complete. They are particularly useful in drawing moisture from fabrics like carpets as well as drywall. The other type of dehumidifier is desiccant which use chemicals to dry below 40 GPP. These can be effective for denser materials, like hardwood or concrete floors, that have suffered prolonged exposure to moisture.

Removing the majority of standing water from a flooded property is a straightforward task. However, tackling that remaining percentage requires expertise and the right dehumidification equipment. SERVPRO is capable of assessing and applying advanced dehumidifiers to help restore your home to its preloss condition and preventing secondary damages after flooding.

Give your home the best chance of getting back to preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today.

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