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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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SERVPRO Says Yes to Oakland Homeowners on Rescuing Hardwoods Post Flooding

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says Yes to Oakland Homeowners on Rescuing Hardwoods Post Flooding SERVPRO States that Drying Mats Can Save Hardwood Flooring in Oakland

Can Hardwood Flooring in Oakland Be Saved by Fast Flood Water Removal?

Flooding can be one of the most devastating types of water damage. When flood water enters your home, the moisture needs to be removed and dried as quickly as possible to lower the amount of damage done to the structure and contents.

When called for flood removal in Oakland, our emergency technicians respond quickly to your initial call. Our SERVPRO vehicle arrives equipped with the equipment to handle any size home disaster. The technicians work quickly on lowering moisture with powerful air movers and dehumidifiers and heaters if needed. When hardwood flooring has been soaked, it needs special attention.

Flooring can be a total loss if it has been saturated with water; this is especially true with laminated or engineered boards. If the remediation begins quickly enough, floorboards made with hardwood can often be saved. Techniques such as placing drying mats to concentrate the suctioning of hidden water, and  "tenting," which is cover larger floor areas with a plastic sheet to minimize the volume can be rigged by our SERVPRO crew.

In this process, SERVPRO technicians contain the wet floorboards with a plastic barrier in a tent-like configuration using a single piece of plastic. There is only one exit, and it channels moist air up and away from the flooring. Signs of hardwood floor damage include cupping buckling and warping. This appearance is due to the nature of wood to expand as it absorbs moisture. In some cases where the wood was dried quickly enough, the flooring can recover and may be sanded and refinished by the homeowner at a later date.

Mold is always a concern after a water loss situation. With the homeowner's permission, non-restorable furnishings and contents are removed from the home as they can harbor mold and foul odors and SERVPRO technicians concentrate on eliminating the conditions that can harbor mold colonies such as cutting away damaged drywall so wall cavities can thoroughly dry.

SERVPRO of San Leandro has emergency flood removal services available 24-hours a day. When you call (510) 352-2480, a certified technician dispatches a team with the tools and expertise to make your water damage situation a thing of the past.

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Some Strategies to Supercharge the Water Damage Remediation Process in Your Oakland Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Strategies to Supercharge the Water Damage Remediation Process in Your Oakland Home After appliance failure, your home can recover with SERVPRO’s help. Contact us today to assess the water damage.

After Appliances Fail, Successfully Protect Your Home with Expert Water Removal Services in Oakland

To fix an emergency that involves your Oakland home, you need a company that is Faster To Any Size Disaster and one with experienced specialists who know how to scale their equipment to your precise needs. Appliances that fail by overflowing can leave a lot less water on your floors than a slipped hose lets flow into your home, but both require your immediate attention.

SERVPRO technicians help residents by providing different restoration services including water removal methods in Oakland that rapidly get a house dry again. We use unique instruments that detect hidden water and pockets of moisture inside your home and tell us the percentage of moisture present. Using these tools, we develop a baseline that helps us complete your home's drying out before any necessary restoration.

Removing lost water from your visible living space is not enough, and our tools help us locate wherever the water invaded. Our equipment is instrumental in our work, making it exceptionally efficient. After pumping out the standing water that you might have waded through, we begin removing the water vapor that increases whenever excess water exists. This continues during our work, as any moisture present in your house continually evaporates.

We use water's trait of easily turning from a liquid to a gas to our advantage. Heat increases the rate that water dissipates into the air, and we know that water continually moves so it can reach equilibrium, which means everything becomes equally damp. Moisture moves from damper areas to drier places, forcing its way out of hidden pockets. Then, we can capture it with our desiccant machines and remove trapped water from your property.

Protecting your floors requires that you call as soon as possible to start the work required to remove the water and get your home dry again. Water does not remain still unless a container holds it in one place. The longer it takes to begin water removal services, the farther water can spread within the porous materials of your floor. We have IICRC-certified specialists who can help reduce or eliminate the damage experienced, helping make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Call us, SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480, 24/7, to eliminate lost water. Our water removal team is always ready to start the work needed and help you protect your Emeryville, Alameda, or Danville home from additional harm.

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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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