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Why You Should Let Experts Handle Flood Damage in Your Oakland Property

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee pointing a moisture meter at the ceiling of a home. Flood damage in your home can be devastating, let us help you Oakland!

Flood damage is nothing to play with especially in your Oakland home.

High tide flooding poses a big problem for coastal cities. Some issues include beach erosion, closed roadways, and overwhelmed drinking water and sewer systems. The problem that many people worry about most is flood damage to their homes.

If your Oakland home has flood damage, it is vital to begin the cleanup and repair process as soon as possible to prevent additional destruction. Remember that the damage may be more severe than it appears. SERVPRO franchise professionals can work fast to restore your property to the condition it was in before the flooding incident.

We know that the first 24 hours after a flooding incident are vital in shaping how a home recovers. Our crew can guide you throughout the restoration process. Our training allows us to deliver the highest possible standards in each job consistently.

Floodwater usually has microorganisms, dirt, and debris. We have appropriate water extraction tools such as self-priming trash pumps, which are suitable for removing water that contains solids from a home. Our crew also sets up industrial air movers and dehumidifiers in a home to dry it thoroughly. We monitor the drying process carefully using moisture detection tools like moisture sensors and moisture meters to determine if affected materials are making progress towards the predetermined drying goals.

In many cases, it is possible to save some items with the right restoration approach and quick action. For instance, we clean and sanitize hard, non-porous surfaces. Generally, it is not possible to clean affected porous materials. Our team can remove porous materials like ceiling tiles, drywall, particleboard, insulation, and paneling, among others, during the flood remediation process and dispose of them properly.

We provide a complete end to end service. This means that we can assist you in mitigating the flood damage, restoring your contents, and reinstating your home entirely. Our SERVPRO team can rebuild the affected areas. We can also support you throughout the reconstruction project, including help you make the right decisions when it comes to replacing ruined finishes and fittings.

Our technicians also know what insurance firms need to determine damage value and coverage after a customer files a claim. We can document the damage, offer detailed repair estimates, and work with your insurance company and adjuster to speed up the claims process. We can keep you and your insurance company fully updated on the progress of the job.

You need help to deal with flooding in your home in Mulford Gardens and nearby areas. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for prompt restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Technicians Have The Proper Cleaning Supplies To Handle Your Oakland Fire Damage

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Two containers of our cleaning solutions sitting on the counter We use specific treatments made for cleaning fire and smoke damaged structures and affected contents. Call our experts 24/7, we respond right away.

Deodorizing Fire Damage Odors in Loft Spaces of Oakland Residents

Fire Damage Oakland

Fires in the upper levels of your home can occur as a result of candles, cigarettes, or other naked flames. These situations can escalate when flames latch onto to dry fabrics or natural materials like paper. While often low pressure, these fires can produce significant amounts of smoke, which rise upwards into empty air pockets. On reaching the loft, a fire can start to cause severe damage as it ignites materials like cellulose insulation.

You may find significant smoke residues and soots in your loft, becoming an odor issue that spreads the scent of fire damage throughout your Oakland home. These are challenging to remove because there is naturally restrictive access in your loft space, which rules out equipment SERVPRO would traditionally use. Any possessions in your attic may suffer contamination from falling soots, and ventilation systems may also suffer.

Loft inspection is a standard part of fire damage restoration. SERVPRO technicians can enter through the hatch and perform pre-testing on the various materials inside. Depending on the size of your loft space, we may be able to set-up air-scrubbers or other filtration devices to remove malodors entirely from the area. However, providing these devices with sufficient power and room to work may be difficult.

When there are access limitations, SERVPRO technicians can utilize specialist devices. In an odorous loft space, water-based ultra-low volume misters may be a solution. Misters differ from fogging equipment because they release vapor at a slower, more maneuverable rate. They can disperse either deodorant solutions or sealants, which can be particularly useful in small spaces, structural components, ventilation ducts, and crawlspaces.

A ULV Mister works by releasing deodorant or sealant particles. These particles are as small as 40 to 60 microns- about half the size of a human hair. Their small size means they can penetrate even the tightest of spaces to neutralize odors. By combining misters with air-movers, SERVPRO can increase the amount of time deodorant particles are suspended, thus making them more efficient and effective. By placing covering and mats, we can mitigate against potential water staining.

Removing stubborn odors in tight spaces is a challenge that does not disappear by itself. Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480.

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Water Damage In Your Oakland Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Carpet and Walls Need Restoration from Water Damage in Oakland Home

A small, slow leak can do significant water damage to sheetrock and flooring over time. Over time as it continues, the wet spots show up in the drywall, or the carpet feels damp, and it requires fast cleanup.

A leak made itself known in an Oakland property with a large amount of water on the carpet. It softened sheetrock that required removal as it had no restoration potential and to open up the wall cavity for plumbing repairs and thorough drying.

Water Extraction Before Drying
The techs scope the area and extract the water before moving on to the drying phase of restoration services. The more water removed lessens the amount of time needed to dry the property.

Drying the Carpet in Place
SERVPRO technicians often rely on a technique known as "floating the carpet." This method requires that the techs loosen one side of the carpet and position their air movers to blow into the opened space. This introduces warm, dry air to the padding, flooring, and even the wooden tack strips. Because some carpet fibers respond to saturation by shrinking, after drying, the techs can re-stretch the carpet if needed.

Wall cavities with elevated moisture require drying or mold, and foul odors can be an issue. The techs use air movers to direct the airflow directly into the wall space and deliver progressively drier air as the dehumidification equipment ports away the captured moisture.

Reconstruction Services
After water loss mitigation efforts complete, SERVPRO can offer homeowners their rebuilding services under their general contractor license #937457. This saves time as the techs already know what elements need repair, and this saves the homeowner from the hassle of finding a contractor to do any needed reconstruction on the home to bring it back to its pre-water-loss condition.

When water damage happens, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480. The certified technicians are available 24/7 and have the equipment and experience to make the water loss in your property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Fast Fire Damage Remediation Prevents Secondary Issues in Oakland

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged debris outside of burned building No matter the damage, SERVPRO is ready to tackle the fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Address Fire Damage Immediately in Your Oakland Home 

Once you have a fire in your home, you should never try performing a self-assessment to try and determine the cleanup necessary to get everything back to normal. Working with the professionals to address your fire restoration needs helps you to make sure that the restoration process runs as safely and efficiently as possible. You can count on our team of trained restoration professionals to come up with the best course of action for your post-fire cleanup. 

It is best to remember that the fire damage in Oakland that your home suffers may not be visible to the naked eye. A fire can leave behind potential risks or hazards to your health along with safety issues that the expertise that our team at SERVPRO possesses for restoration. We are happy to come out to your home and perform a full assessment to determine any hidden dangers and to put together a solid plan of action for cleanup and repair. 

After extinguishing the flames of a house fire, there is secondary damage that comes from water during the firefighting efforts. We can employ thermal imaging technology to find hidden moisture so that we catch mold and mildew before it has the chance to grow and fester. Our trained SERVPRO estimator helps to determine the full scope of the damage, take photographic evidence for your insurance provider, and work on estimating restoration costs – all while keeping safety in mind. 

Once extinguishing the fire, dry smoke can be easier to clean off because it does not stick to surfaces as wet smoke does. Wet smoke adheres to many surfaces and makes it difficult to clean with traditional methods. In cases where items are laden with wet smoke damage, we will make suggestions on what is salvageable and what needs disposing. 

For the walls in your home, they could look clean yet hold foul odors after a fire. Hot air expands during a fire, and it forces smoke residue into the paint. SERVPRO technicians can try to use solvent-based cleaning products to remove the residue. However, if these products do not work, we can then suggest a sealant to help restore the wall to smell and looking like new again. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro is here to help when you require fire restoration services. Give us a call at (510) 352-2480, and we can send out a team as soon as possible. 

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Remediation Success in Oakland

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

water damage under door in a home Water damage, regardless of the extent, can damage both the contents and the structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

Pack Out/Move Back for Water-Damaged Contents in Oakland Homes

As much as you value the personal belongings you have amassed in the time you have lived at your Oakland address, these are often left to get damaged by migrating water loss effects in an emergency. Real restoration work involves much more than returning a property to its preloss condition. With a focus on customer satisfaction, our SERVPRO team devotes time in restoration projects to the protection of personal belongings and contents through pack-out procedures.

Content management can reduce the harm to your possessions that can result from water damage in Oakland properties. The initial conditions of these affected items get cataloged in the inspection of the house and the scoping of the job that must get done. Through applications and software like DryBook, we can document the post-disaster conditions of the property, atmospheric and environmental conditions, and the direct damage to the contents of the residence.  

Our team arrives with packing supplies to safely transport items that require relocation to our nearby SERVPRO facility. Even without an additional need for drying or cleaning, we have a climate-controlled warehouse to store these belongings until water restoration completes in the residence. We are careful to document and even photograph the placement of the removed items before pack-out begins, as the return of these items is as important to our customers as protecting them.

Move backs get scheduled when restoration nears completion. We coordinate efforts with our customers to find an ideal time to arrive with the removed belongings from their property to return them to their original locations. Days before this transition, we stage all of the items by room to give a final inspection. Any items that require more cleaning or attention can get it before the scheduled return.

Content management is an essential step for our team to take to protect what matters most to our customers after a water loss incident. You can count on the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO of San Leandro to protect most of these possessions before irreparable damages occur. Give us a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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A Primer on Kitchen Fires in Oakland

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

fire in kitchen. large blaze Kitchen fires are frequent. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition.

The Facts About Kitchen Fire Damage in Oakland 

House fires can happen at any time. Still, according to the American Red Cross, statistics show they increase during the fall and winter months. That is because we are in the peak months of holiday celebrations. Whether small or large, a kitchen is where most house fires are likely to start because it is the one place where heat, electricity, water, grease, and people come together. 

What Causes Kitchen Fires?

The most common cause of fire damage in Oakland is grease. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with a spark from a frying pan overheating or when someone leaves a pot or pan unattended. Other causes of kitchen fires come from the oven and appliances. Research about home cooking fires from the National Fire Incident Reporting System indicates that grease fires, though, can cause severe injury and extensive property damage. Flames quickly get out of control and spread from the stove, oven, and even microwave to your kitchen decor, cabinets, floor, and walls. SERVPRO highly recommends keeping a small extinguisher handy, preferably one graded for Class A, B, and C fires, located under the kitchen sink to quickly stifle a grease fire. 

What are the After-Effects of a Fire?

The combined impact from a kitchen fire comes from intense heat, smoke residue, and moisture from firefighting efforts. Since damage is most severe near the source, emergency services may require tenting off rooms to mitigate the damaging fire effects from spreading, stabilizing electricity or gas, and removing debris. 

What Can Be Done?

Depending on the level of damage, contents may be cleaned onsite or packed and moved to a separate location for cleaning and storage. Charred finishes may require structural repairs, and painting is usually a must. Fine soot particles can cling to surfaces, and smoke can infiltrate everything. We use multiple methods of deodorization to remove unwanted scents. SERVPRO has an array of equipment designed to neutralize odors onsite. If needed, we transport contents to our external cleaning facility equipped with an ozone chamber, a drying chamber, and a large, ultrasonic, submersion cleaning tank. This device can safely remove residual caked soot, grease, and grime from knick-knacks to porcelain vases.

SERVPRO of San Leandro restores fire damage faster to your kitchen so you can get back to entertaining and celebrating. Have questions about kitchen damage from fire, smoke, or soot? Call us 24/7/365, including holidays, at (510) 352-2480. 

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Common Things Oakland Homeowners See During Water Cleanup

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van parked on the road in front of a home. You need to know let SERVPRO help you look out for the common water damage in your Oakland home.

SERVPRO knows exactly what to expect after your Oakland water damage, let us help. 

When water damage happens in a home, it is obvious that the water needs to get cleaned up as rapidly as possible. The problem is that water does not just stay in one spot on the floor. It runs under flooring, behind walls, and if the water loss happens on an upper level of the home, damage to ceilings and lower levels is a possibility. 

SERVPRO technicians have numerous types of equipment for water cleanup in Oakland homes. Some of the most common types of equipment they use are portable extractors. These easy-to-move pumps let the technicians move rapidly around the house. 


The technicians know that different types of surfaces need different types of extraction equipment for the best outcome, and they have extensive training as part of their certification to ascertain the best cleanup methods for different types of water loss situations. For example, weighted extractor heads are excellent for pushing water out of carpet and padding so the carpet can dry in-place. However, squeegees are much better on hardwood flooring or tile surfaces that require water removal. 

As Little Disruption as Possible

During water mitigation, SERVPRO technicians strive to disrupt the home as little as possible. When needed, they move items out of the water loss area but attempt to dry things in place whenever feasible. Placing large pieces of furniture on blocks or floating the carpet are just two methods used to dry contents in place. 

Drying Equipment Matters

A big mistake homeowners sometimes make, particularly with carpet, is attempting to dry it by blowing household fans on it. This action dries the tops of the fibers but does almost nothing for any moisture underneath. The air movers SERVPRO uses force moisture to rise where the dehumidification equipment ports it away. As the cycle continues, progressively warmer, drier air circulates, resulting in the complete drying of the water loss areas. 

When your home needs water cleanup of any size, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480. The trained, certified technicians have both the equipment and experience to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Your Hayward Home

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

caution tape in front of fire damaged home SERVPRO of San Leandro can provide you with quality cleaning and restoration services throughout Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville.

Why SERVPRO When Dealing With Fire Damage In Hayward

You have surely heard of the term "The right tools for the job." Without the right tools, addressing damage in your Hayward area home after a fire would be like using a paintbrush to scrub oil from your car's engine off of your driveway. Impossible, essentially, without the right tools, you just spread things around, causing additional problems.

What you need is access to fire damage technicians in Hayward, who are resolute in providing honest, expert solutions while having access to all of the equipment and resources necessary to get your restoration job done the right way, the first time. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round to provide you with quality solutions you can trust.

We use various products, services, and equipment to provide you with the results you deserve. It all starts with the resources and equipment at our disposal. SERVPRO's highly trained cleaning and restoration technicians use products that meet or exceed Green Seal and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental guidelines. All of the components of our Green Clean products are considered safe, non-toxic, phosphate-free, with zero VOC's and are rapidly bio-degradable.

• Window Green Clean (#249): An environmentally friendly alternative, formulated without solvents or ammonia, contains zero dyes or fragrances. A product designed to clean all glass services, leaving them shiny, clean, and streak-free.
• All Surface Green Clean (#250): Used to clean all traditional hard surfaces that can be wiped or mopped, formulated for safe use on walls, ceilings, countertops, and even floors.
• Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean (#251): Addresses carpet and upholstery damage safely. Often used as a spotting agent, pre-spray, in-tank emulsifier, and bonnet cleaner, containing an environmentally friendly polymer that resists re-soiling and acts as an acid dye blocker.

SERVPRO technicians have access to equipment that makes performing restoration services on your property more efficient than ever before. We use dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air after evaporation occurs — discharging warm, dry air into wet areas, acting like a sponge to absorb moisture from wet materials. Moisture sensors help our technicians detect moisture levels throughout your home while portable extractors help us reach restricted areas.

SERVPRO of San Leandro can provide you with quality cleaning and restoration services throughout Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville, call today (510) 352-2480.

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The Ultimate Guide to Storm Damage Remediation Success in Oakland

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

damaged roof shingles on home Storm damage can be seen both on your home’s roof or siding. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

Get Prompt Solutions for Storm Damage in Oakland

Storm season brings on excessive rain, which can lead to flooding and potential property damage. If you are faced with the fallout from a storm, it is a good idea to call the professionals in Oakland to provide prompt solutions.

When wind and rain cause storm damage in Oakland, property owners are often surprised, this is not the norm. Many homes are not equipped with the devices needed to battle challenging water intrusions and the ensuing structural and content damage. Under these circumstances, a quick call to SERVPRO can result in even quicker service and storm damage mitigation. Our project manager or crew leader can scope the damage to formulate a plan to minimize loss for you and your insurance adjuster.

What You Can Do

Until we arrive, you can position an empty trash can or bucked under a leak in the ceiling to help catch water and keep it from spreading throughout the home. Should you have water coming in from a window or sliding glass door, try sealing it off with duct tape and plastic or trash bags to keep water out. You can also protect the floor with plastic, trash bags, or towels to soak up water. Always be aware that safety comes first.

What We Can Do

Once you contact us at SERVPRO, we can deploy a team of technicians as soon as possible to begin the assessment and storm damage cleanup. If you have any standing water, we can extract it carefully to move onto the drying phase. All damp or wet areas must be adequately dried, so we can bring in air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters to start the process.

Thorough cleaning of your interior is essential to remove any potential contaminants. We use professional products to clean and disinfect to reduce the risk of bacteria or mold growth. Our staff has the expertise and training to make sure that your home gets back to the pre-storm condition in a timely fashion. Whenever possible, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of San Leandro is here to help whenever you experience the impact of storm damage. Give us a call for emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (510) 352-2480.

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Do You Have a Plan for Handling Storm Damage in Oakland?

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fallen tree branches damaging roof and window of house Did recent storms cause damage to your home? We offer emergency roof tarping and board up services to protect your house after a storm.

Preparing for Storm Damage in Oakland ahead of a Violent Weather Event

Violent storms and winds cause multi-million dollar damages across America every year. Rushing waters can burst through front doors, windows, and crawlspaces flooding the lower levels of your home. In areas that are frequent victims of these events, you must put together a plan of action during September and October. A plan of action could include putting together a storm preparedness kit of essential communication, medication, and documentation should you need to vacate the property in an emergency temporarily.

Once the storm has subsided, you should check your insurance plan for flood damage in Oakland and contact a restoration service to perform the necessary removal and repair work. SERVPRO operates with a significant loss recovery team that has extensive experience in dealing with extreme weather events. Our team has access to climate-controlled storage facilities should you need the contents of your home relocated while work is underway. We also offer on-call technicians throughout the night for emergency mitigation of loss after a storm.

We designate rapid response units as a go-between for first responders and general contractors. SERVPRO can enter the property to perform a scoping assessment in the immediate aftermath. Scoping is a necessary procedure that assesses the safety and security of your home. It is not uncommon for doors, windows, and roofing to sustain damages after a particularly violent storm. If left alone, these openings can allow rainwater and debris to enter the home, increasing the expense of your claim. There are also security issues to cover as, without adequate protection, your property can quickly be looted or burgled during the interim period between damage and restoration.

SERVPRO can put up emergency tarps over cavities in your roofing or structure to seal the home against the elements. We can also put in place emergency barriers to ensure the structure and contents remain secure. Both these tasks are essential to preventing further expenses while restoration procedure, which can take several weeks, is undertaken. A SERVPRO restorer may decide to perform mitigation tasks while onsite, including removing standing water, drying, decontaminating, and cleaning the property. These tasks reduce the risk of damages caused by prolonged exposure and create a safe workspace to allow general contractors to set about their work promptly.

Violent weather events require immediate action. Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for assistance.

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