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Our Qualified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Oakland Home After A Flood

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Qualified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Oakland Home After A Flood We can save your belongings from further damage after a flood in your home. Call our experts 24/7 so we can get started on restoring your home.

Emergency Assistance Removing Black Water after Flood Damage in Oakland

A flood is an unfortunate event that can cause property damages and the necessity to call in emergency services. Often these events are the result of heavy rainfall causing road overflow which can migrate into your property. You need a rapid response unit to help assess the potential harm large quantities of water can do to both your property and your possessions. We operate an emergency line 24 hours a day and use local technicians to reduce call-out times.

The scope and breadth of flood damage in Oakland properties depend primarily on the type of water that enters the home. Flash flooding can happen in an instant, and the water which enters your property has traveled a long distance. During this journey, that water can pick up raw sewage, animal carcasses, herbicides, pesticides, and other potentially harmful pathogens. We call water like this Black Water and, if you suspect this type of flooding, you should avoid all contact with it until a professional arrives.

SERVPRO has qualified technicians who can deal with potential BioHazard substances and dispose of them properly according to guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency. By using a local service like ours, you can rely on technicians who are well-versed in local laws as well.

Our priority on arrival is to remove any furnishings or possessions that are in the affected flood damage area. We can do this either by moving them to a designated clean zone on-site or performing a pack out service. Pack-out services involve creating an inventory of all your possessions and sending them to an external facility where they can be cleaned using ultrasonic or mechanical cleaning methods.

SERVPRO work to a restore over replace mentality. For your possessions, we can use advanced equipment to restore them to their preloss condition. In the case of Black Water damage, we must demolish affected areas of drywall, remove and dispose of carpets and subfloor mats as well as assess damages behind wall cavities. The harmful pathogens present mean failure to do so could pose a real risk to your safety.

Getting your home back to preloss conditions is our forte, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480.

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Why Professional Remediation is Necessary for Your Oakland Fire Damaged Home

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Professional Remediation is Necessary for Your Oakland Fire Damaged Home Call SERVPRO Franchise professionals to restore your fire damaged home.

Dealing with Less Obvious Aspects of Fire Damage in Oakland

Most of the damages left by flames, smoke or heat from a fire are evident, so it is easy to focus on them. Partially or fully burnt items and scorched or blackened surfaces, receive the most attention. However, other issues like invisible residues or residues deposited on frail materials can cause problems later. Our professional restoration services cover all aspects of the job including the less obvious ones.  

Instances of invisible residues from fire damage in Oakland are frequent when the blaze involves protein residues. These residues are not only pungent, but they also require rigorous cleaning to eliminate. Ordinarily, protein residues are yellow or amber, but they can also be virtually invisible especially when deposited far from the original fire point. Because our SERVPRO technicians work as a team, we have a sufficient workforce to clean all surfaces in the house rigorously, eliminating the unseen residues.  

Some of the residues produced in a fire are airborne either as part of smoke or separately through air currents. On most surfaces, it is easy to wipe off these residues. However, on porous surfaces like upholstery, fabric, concrete, marble, or brick, the residues penetrate below the surface and can remain if the cleaning applied is not vigorous enough. Since some of these materials are fragile to withstand agitation or direct application of solvents, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use absorbent powders. The powder penetrates the surface and absorbs the soils. We then vacuum the area to remove the combined mixture of soils and the powder.  

Most upholstery items in the areas affected by the fire require restorative cleaning to get rid of smells and any traces of residues. However, the process is not simple, especially when doing it by hand. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on Upholstery Cleaning Machines, which can apply solvents for dry cleaning or water-based solutions for wet cleaning providing a perfect solution for any upholstery. The machines also offer better agitation than cleaning by hand.  

For thorough restoration of fire damage in Hayward, Alameda and San Leandro areas, call SERVPRO of San Leandro to help. You can reach us at (510) 352-2480 any time.

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Have You Experienced Water Damage in Your San Leandro Home?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Have You Experienced Water Damage in Your San Leandro Home? SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to restore your water damaged home.

Fast Water Removal Always Necessary in San Leandro 

Accidents and malfunctions in plumbing or appliances are the most common causes of water damage in San Leandro, which means a water crisis can strike inside your home at any time, without any connection to external forces such as severe weather or other natural or human-made disasters. Regardless of the source of the water damaging your home, our team of licensed and certified water mitigation technicians is ready to take action immediately. 

Water removal is the first task we undertake in your San Leandro home after a pipe breaks or the dishwasher overflows. Focusing on ridding the property of visible standing water is just part of the job. Our IICRC-trained employees also use sensitive moisture metering equipment and thermal scanners to detect hidden caches of water collected in cavities in the building structure. 

Once the extent and location of the extractable water are mapped out by SERVPRO, we use pumps and wanded water extractors to remove it. If water migrated into recesses, we use a range of strategies to release it for collection and disposal. Options include flood cuts that remove a portion of a wall near the floor or holds drilled above a baseboard or in joints in masonry. The goal is to gain access to the water for extraction and then permit adequate structural drying. 

The speed with which we respond is crucial to halt the progressive harm water does, especially to porous building materials such as drywall, flooring, and ceiling tiles, and to prevent secondary damage such as mold growth. Professional water removal crews from SERVPRO can begin pumping and extracting water immediately after an assessment by our crew lead. Our service vehicles contain the equipment needed for both water removal and drying, preventing any delays in getting the project underway. 

Water removal is not complete until moisture moves from saturated structural components and fixtures into airborne vapor we capture and discard. SERVPRO crews determine drying goals based on the moisture measurement made earlier. We set up a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of wet materials.   

SERVPRO of San Leandro works on all phases of water removal and structural drying until moisture levels are normal within the affected areas of your home. Call us at (510) 352-2480 to set up an assessment. Our line answers 24/7 every day of the year. 

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San Leandro Post House Fire Odor Removal--The Answer is SERVPRO

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Leandro Post House Fire Odor Removal--The Answer is SERVPRO Smoke and Soot San Leandro Ductwork Needs Professional Cleaning and Odor Removal--SERVPRO Can Help

Restoring Smoke-Damaged HVAC Systems in San Leandro Homes

When fires occur in your San Leandro home, smoke and soot can travel far beyond the combustion site to affect many areas and structural elements of the property. One method of travel for these particulates is the HVAC system, which is often on and operating when fires begin and during most of the extinguishing process. With this influx of air intake and ventilation, smoke particles can find their way throughout the property, although a large portion of these particles does not make it farther than the ducts.

As damaging as soot and smoke residue can be for your San Leandro home, another potential problem with widespread smoke damage and an affected HVAC system is the need for fire odor removal. Wet smoke can often spread a noxious odor throughout the entire house, and a damaged HVAC system could continually house this wet smoke residue to keep the foul scent present in connected rooms throughout the early stages of restoration.

Our SERVPRO professionals work to eliminate the harsh and abrasive effects of smoke damage to your home, and this can include an accurate inspection and assessment of the air ducts and HVAC system. While other mitigation work often occurs before effects like lingering odors get addressed, these air ducts might require cleaning to remove the odor permanently from the property. Indoor air quality IAQ is of paramount concern to enjoy a clean and healthy home environment. The team arrives with the tools and advanced equipment to perform this inspection and begin a thorough cleaning of this duct network.

Hard bristled, drill-powered brushes can help to loosen matted debris, dust, smoke particulates, dander, and other threats and contaminants from the sheet metal. Once these collections have broken free, we can seal over vents with our high-powered vacuums to effectively remove loosened debris and sediment. To entirely deodorize the home, we implement our thermal fogger machines which can break apart odor molecules and neutralize them on contact both in open areas of your home and throughout this air circulation system. We can also place deodorizing gels and pellets to provide a pleasant aroma.

While fire damage can present many effects to overcome in your home, a lingering foul odor can make a recovery from the disaster difficult. Let our experienced SERVPRO of San Leandro professionals help you to recover your home entirely after a house fire. Give us a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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San Leandro Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Methods for Salvaging Smoke & Fire Damaged Contents

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Leandro Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Methods for Salvaging Smoke & Fire Damaged Contents SERVPRO 's Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Keeps Your San Leandro Home from Going Up in Smoke

The Right Skills and Tools Help with Faster Restoration of Fire Damage in San Leandro

Fire incidents can cause varying degrees of damage depending on the intensity of the blaze and the materials burned. Damage can be from the flames or the heat scorching materials, as well as deposits of soot and other smoke residues. Fire incidents also involve some degree of water damage since it is the most commonly used medium for extinguishing blazes. Involving a professional FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician ensures the use of the right tools and skills, which can lead to a better outcome and faster turnaround.
 
It is vital to separate items affected by fire damage in San Leandro varies in different parts of the structure and contents. Separating the items also helps improve the chances of saving more. For severe blazes, our SERVPRO technicians separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. We prepared the unsalvageable ones for disposal and set the others aside for cleaning. Since items categorized as questionable may require additional cleaning and inspection efforts, we might transport them offsite for cleaning.
 
Restorative cleaning helps save more items thus reducing the cost involved unlike replacing damaged materials. Cleaning is possible if flames only char the surfaces slightly or in case of smoke residue damage. Different cleaning actions like agitation with brushes and cleaning with detergents can help restore the surfaces to preloss state. Our SERVPRO crew also uses specialized cleaning techniques such as soda blasting which removed embedded carbonized debris from surfaces such as wood. Since it utilizes sodium bicarbonate, it also acts as a deodorizer. For contents and possessions like dishes, vases, glassware, toys, and such we can emerse them into an ultrasonic bath at our facility for a gentle cleaning and rinsing.
 
The water from firefighting efforts can cause problems if left unaddressed. Once cleanup and debris removal steps are complete, it is necessary to dry off excess moisture. It is possible to dry the area by opening doors and windows, but the effectiveness of such action might not be sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians use a closed drying system, relying on air movers to evaporate moisture from materials and dehumidifiers to extract the moisture from the air. Using our ASD, Applied Structural Drying, skills it is easy to calculate the right combination of air movers and dehumidifiers for expedited drying.
 
For faster recovery after a fire incident, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Water Damages Your Oakland Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Water Damages Your Oakland Home No one wants unexpected water inside their homes. SERVPRO can remove the water and restore your home.

Water Removal Technicians In Oakland Talk About Mold Prevention Methods

Whenever water enters a structure located near Oakland, many adverse effects can occur. First, excessive moisture can make a mess that only a professional water removal company such as SERVPRO can clean up. Unwanted liquids can also soak into your contents and building materials causing them to lose their structural integrity. Wherever there are moisture and organic substances like paper or wood, mold growth can occur. However, if prompt water removal on your property takes place, then the chances of secondary damage like the existence of fungi become less likely to happen.  

Mold development is always a possibility any time you have a water leak into your home, which is why our SERVPRO team always provides fast, 24/7 service to help you with your water removal situation in Oakland. We are located nearby and have people answering our phones at all times of the day. As soon as we receive your emergency damage phone call, we immediately dispatch the best professionals for your specific situation. As soon as we arrive at your residence, we get work authorization from you the homeowner, and then we start to assess the severity and extent of your moisture-related problems.  

Once we determine what we are dealing with, we then make sure your house is safe for our workers and any other occupants including you and your family. We fix any hazards that could pose a threat to someone's safety. For example, we can mitigate slip and fall issues and check to see if any electrical shorts exist.  

Once the work area is deemed safe by our IICRC certified and highly trained team, we begin removing moisture from your building as quickly as we can so that fungi cannot form. To do this, we first vacuum up all of the water we can while it is in liquid form. Next, we use dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air and lower the indoor relative humidity percentage. If you ever need water removed from your structure, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 hours a day.

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Do You Know The Type of Advanced Equipment We Use For Mold Damaged Homes?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Do You Know The Type of Advanced Equipment We Use For Mold Damaged Homes? Our technicians are available 24/7/365 to respond to any mold damage emergency you may have!

Tools Used to Remove Mold Growth from Oakland Properties


When damage gets discovered in your Oakland property, you want to take the appropriate steps to restore it immediately to get things back to the way they should be. Unfortunately, with circumstances like mold growth in your home, without professional assistance and expertise, the homeowner does not remove the organism entirely, and it continues to adversely affect construction materials, contents, and the occupants of the house.

Understanding what you need to do when you find mold damage in your Oakland home does not have to be a challenge. With the right professional assistance, you can remove this damaging presence from your property and move forward with the right plan to avoid a recurrence. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians are highly trained to identify mold growth in your home and begin the necessary steps to remove the colonies.

Part of what makes our team so effective with removing mold growth from properties is our commitment to having industry-leading equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals get equipped with the advanced tools and machines that can help to remove moisture from the affected areas and to protect our team and others in the house through necessary actions like material removal or controlled demolition.

When it comes to removing the mold spreading throughout the property, our certified technicians use several different potential tactics. We can sand the affected materials like framing and studs, soda blast which can also provide deep penetration for porous materials, or simply remove the affected materials altogether to efficiently remove a deeply penetrating colony. Whichever approach gets taken by our remediation technicians, it gets calculated based on the most cost-effective and time-saving avenue to full restoration of the property.

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From air purification equipment like our hydroxyl generators to drying tools like our high-powered air movers, our SERVPRO of San Leandro rapid response team can make a positive difference in your mold-damaged home quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (510) 352-2480.

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Have You Discovered Mold In Your Oakland Home? Call SERVPRO Today!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Have You Discovered Mold In Your Oakland Home?  Call SERVPRO Today! When you spot mold in your home call SERVPRO immediately, they are the experts that care.

How to Find Mold Damage in Your Oakland Home

Many disasters that could affect your Oakland residence are easy to identify, and it is even simpler to see the effects that these disasters can leave behind. With conditions that develop over some time, homeowners might not understand how severe the situation is, and what they need to do to protect their property and those that live in it. An important skill set for any homeowner in the area is identifying mold growth on their property to get the appropriate professionals out to remove this colony as soon as you discover it. 

Learning to spot mold damage in your Oakland home comes with the understanding of how these colonies begin and spread throughout the property. While many residents might attribute mold growth to uncleanliness or some contaminant, the truth is that mold spores occur naturally in almost every environment that we encounter. When presented with an area of your home that has become affected by moisture and dampness, this persistent problem can allow mold spores the conditions they require to seat and thrive into colonies. 

Our SERVPRO mold remediation technicians have the training and experience to diagnose mold growth in your home and help you to remove this threat. Before we know about the problem in your house, you have to know about that problem. Identifying mold growth is not as troublesome as you might think, and it only involves being more diligent with surveying areas of your property and recognizing changes in the conditions of these areas. 

Often when our SERVPRO team gets dispatched to area properties for mold growth concerns, the situation has already gotten out of control. Homeowners can be mindful of damp or moist areas of their property that could present the appropriate conditions to allow mold spores to seat on organic materials throughout this affected area. Also, you can look at drywall and other surfaces for a condition known as spotting, where spots of mold can get seen on a surface, which indicates early stages of colonization. 

Mold growth is nothing you should contend with on your own. Give our SERVPRO of San Leandro applied microbial remediation technicians a call today at (510) 352-2480. 

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Hayward Property Owners Make the Call to SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Water Removal

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hayward Property Owners Make the Call to SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Water Removal This Is Why Hayward Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction and Recovery

Flood Recovery and Cleanup in Your Hayward Home

Most Hayward homeowners would like to get a flood and its effects on their property as far behind them as quickly as possible. The unfortunate aspect of this is that there is often much work to get done after a flood in a home, and without trained and certified help, many homeowners would do an inadequate cleanup and drying job for their property. Lingering moisture and contaminants can lead to biohazards and widespread mold growth scenarios for your house, both of which can cause health effects for those living there.

Ultimately one of the first actions that Hayward residents have to contend with is the flood water removal from the property. Removing water is an area where our SERVPRO Green Fleet equipment can shine, as we have truck-mounted pumps designed to remove water from properties at 300psi quickly. This fast extraction process can get our technicians in to assess the full scope of the damage quickly and help to save you money by letting our Contents Department remove at-risk and salvageable items and belongings from the property for focused attention at our nearby facility if this service is needed.

Depending on the path flood waters took to reach your property, contaminants from sewer systems, chemicals, oils, and other substances could remain saturated into surfaces and structural elements of your home. That is why in many of these cases, removal of the affected materials is the best solution, and then through reconstruction of the area, you can get your property to the way it used to be, "Like it never even happened." Framing, beams, and flooring support often get kept in place by our SERVPRO team, however. These elements get highly disinfected, cleaned, dried, and thoroughly assessed before reconstruction begins.

Removing flood water from your damaged home is only the first step in the often-involved process of recovering a residence after a disaster. Our SERVPRO of San Leandro restoration specialistsare available 24/7 to help you through a flooding emergency and begin mitigation and restoration of your home quickly. Give us a call anytime you need us at (510) 352-2480.

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SERVPRO Offers Practical Solutions to Oakland Homes Affected by Flooding

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Offers Practical Solutions to Oakland Homes Affected by Flooding SERVPRO Says Call Us for Contaminated Water Cleanup After a Flood in the Oakland Area

Controlling Long-term Effects of Flood Damage in Oakland

Flooding incidents can cause long-term problems if you fail to take proper remedial steps. Issues like microbes, contaminants, and structural deterioration can continue affecting the building long after it is dried. You might need to take several steps to eliminate these problems. We offer IICRC certified restoration services that can help you deal with the issues effectively.

Although the most noticeable effects of flood damage in Oakland happen fast, the ones with long-term implications might remain hidden for long. For example, floodwaters dump different types of contaminants into the affected areas including disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. A bacterium is about 1 micron in size which is indeed small because something like human hair is 75 microns in size. They thrive in organic matter and therefore remain in porous materials even after removing the floodwaters. Our SERVPRO team sprays an EPA-registered disinfectant immediately after arriving at flooded properties to reduce the number of these disease-causing microorganisms.

Mold colonies also pose the risk of long-term problems to the affected structure. Mold causes a wide range of problems including musty smell, and structural degradation of the wet area because it converts any surrounding organic materials to a source of food. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that mold growth is simply a moisture problem so eliminating all existing moisture and checking possible sources stops further mold growth. We also clean existing mold debris by HEPA vacuuming loose fragments and damp wiping other residues. Then an antimicrobial application exterminates dormant mold spores.

If parts of the property remain submerged for long, or if some moisture is not detected and dried, it can lead to rotting in wooden parts of the structure. Our SERVPRO team uses different types of water extractors to remove all standing water from the structure. In case we suspect water presence in hidden areas, we can use FLIR thermal cameras to find these areas without tearing everything down.

Flooding is temporary, so you should not let it cause long-term problems. Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro to help you. You can reach us at (510) 352-2480 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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