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Consider Professional Preventative Cleaning for Your San Leandro Home or Business

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Your Local SERVPRO of San Leandro-equipped to help 

Experts tell the public that preventative cleaning of high-touch surfaces and critical areas is an effective preventative measure. They stress the cleaning of doorknobs, countertops, and more. You may need to ask, are these DIY techniques performed correctly? SERVPRO of San Leandro has expertly trained personnel who work in the field of environmental cleanup daily. In challenging circumstances, we completed a large SARS remediation job in the East Bay and other significant disinfection projects in San Leandro. Here is an overview of what our crews can accomplish:

  • We provide heavy-duty, commercial-grade equipment designed to provide thorough coverage: ULV and thermal foggers, electric misters, wet foggers, etc.
  • We have access to strong, EPA registered list N cleaning and disinfecting products
  • Highly trained technicians certified in microbial remediation
  • IICRC certification, OSHA, IOT certifications, and others
  • Technicians who understand OSHA and HAZWOPER protocols about working safely and protecting their health and the health of others

We also have extensive EXPERIENCE in:

  • Anti-microbial mold cleaning 
  • Sewage contamination cleanup 
  • Crime scene and unattended death cleanup
  • Flexible Hours for open or closed businesses

We offer the human power to complete jobs of any size successfully. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro is ready, 24/7, to help you step up your game, at your home or business. We can help fight this virus. Call us at (510) 352-2480. Se Habla Espanol.

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

How Soon Should Fire Restoration Start on My Home?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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With Our Central Location, Our SERVPRO Team Can Reach San Leandro Area Homes Fast in An Emergency. 

Because of how destructive fires can be even after they get extinguished, it is vital to secure professional restoration as soon as possible. Our professionals have multiple strategies to reach your damaged San Leandro home quickly after a loss like this, and this fast response can make a difference in the contents and structural areas that can get restored.

With our central location to those in the city and its surrounding areas, there are no delays in addressing fire damage in San Leandro homes and apartments. From the emergency services and fire debris removal to the various stages of mitigation and reconstruction, we have a team of qualified professionals to help make fire losses “Like it never even happened.”

What Are the First Steps After a Fire Loss? 

Knowing what to do after a fire takes place is not always clear. While the emergency aspects of extinguishment can begin immediately, there are many different avenues that you can take to secure a damage claim from your insurance provider or to have the house professionally restored by qualified technicians like ours. Here are some of the things you should prioritize after a loss:

  • Contacting Professional Restoration

One of the first steps that you can take is to reach out to our professionals to get personnel mobilizing to help. With our prompt response 24/7, we can arrive and begin the assessment and estimation that your insurance provider requires to approve damage claims.

  • Contacting Your Insurance Provider

Informing your insurance company about a disaster as it happens can help them to begin working towards helping you and your property in every way that they can. As a preferred vendor with local insurance outfits, our SERVPRO team can help to meet their demands and expectations for your home beginning as soon as we arrive.

  • Keeping Your Family Safe

One of the most effective ways for you to help in the restoration process is to ensure that you and your family are safe. We can recover and repair many areas of your home, but only after the all-clear from first responders and firefighters.

How Fast Can Professionals Arrive After I Call? 

Saying that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is one thing, but showing it is another. We strive to provide the most efficient response during a disaster so that your home and its contents can be better protected from spreading fire and loss effects. In many situations, our SERVPRO team can arrive within hours of your first notice of loss (FNOL) with the equipment and skilled personnel to make a difference. We can ensure a faster response to your damaged home because we have:

  • Stocked READY Trailers
  • 24/7 Staffed Emergency Lines
  • Skilled Roster of Restoration Specialists

These three areas can help to decrease the time between our team getting notified of a disaster and rolling out to help. Our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have dozens of tools and products that can help in several ways to manage destructive lingering loss effects like soot, smoke, and odors.

What Mitigation Tasks Should Happen Right After a Fire? 

Because we can reach your property quickly after a loss incident, we can often begin several of the mitigation steps vital to protecting your home and its contents right away. While there are multiple approaches to restore and repair your fire-damaged home, specific mitigation tasks can be the most effective when applied as soon as possible. These include:

  • Controlled Demolition 

Removing damaged portions of structural materials like drywall and flooring can make the restoration area safer for technicians and reduce areas where odors and soot particles might be more concentrated.

  • Debris Removal 

By shoveling up debris, ash, and remnants of burned contents and materials, our professionals can better prepare your home for vacuuming and wipe cleaning necessary.

  • Content Management

This part of the restoration process involves protecting your possessions and belongings. In many cases, on-site relocation and cleaning can be all that is necessary. With soot and odor damages, however, pack-out to our nearby warehouse for concentrated cleaning might be the only suitable solution.

Is Restoration Fast? 

While we strive to provide an efficient and cost-effective series of restoration tasks when we first arrive, the final time that recovery takes varies from one residence to the next. Fast restoration solutions depend on the severity of fire loss effects throughout the house and all of the necessary steps in returning the house to its original condition.

Fires can be a traumatic situation for homes and businesses in the area, but our SERVPRO of San Leandro team can help. With experienced professionals and cutting-edge equipment, we can gain control of a fire loss emergency in your house. Give us a call today at (510) 352-2480.

There is Water in My San Leandro Retail Store, Who Do I Turn to for Help?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Contact a Company that Performs Commercial Water Removal in San Leandro

Water loss in a retail store can happen because of several reasons, such as overflowing sinks, burst pipes, and a leaking roof. Your retail store can suffer immediate losses in terms of destruction to electronic equipment, merchandise, and fixtures. The water can also seep up walls into insulation and other structural materials.

How Can I Prevent Further Losses?

Water damage can cause you to incur longer-term losses such as lost business because of the time your store remains shut for cleanup and restoration. To prevent additional losses, you need to start the process of commercial water removal in your San Leandro retail store as soon as possible. At SERVPRO, we understand business operations, and we have served different commercial clients for many years. We know our way around retail stores and other business premises. Some benefits of working with us include:

  •     Round the clock availability.
  •     Courteous and helpful water damage restoration technicians (WRTs).
  •     Advanced water removal equipment to handle water extraction projects of any size.
  •     Complete water removal and drying services.
  •     Thorough cleaning and decontamination using EPA-approved products.
  •     Working with your insurance company.

How Do You Conduct the Water Removal Process?

Our technicians conduct an assessment to know which steps to take to remove the water and dry a property quickly. During the process, our technicians do the following:

  •     Look out for safety hazards like falling stock, uneven flooring, and ruined electrical wiring.
  •     Determine what caused the water loss and take steps to prevent further leaking. 
  •     Determine the most appropriate and effective strategy for cleaning up your property. 

After a water loss incident in a retail store, it is imperative to clean it up properly, so it does not turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and other harmful microorganisms. Our SERVPRO team can extract the water efficiently using electric submersible pumps, which offer continuous and quiet operation. 

We can also inventory the salvageable items, equipment, and fixtures and move them to our facilities for proper drying and restoration. Our team can also get rid of debris and unsalvageable items, including furnishings and structural items.

We can then place structural drying equipment like air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers throughout your store to dry the affected areas thoroughly. Air movers expedite the drying of surfaces like flooring and enhance air circulation of the whole indoor space. Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals called desiccants, which absorb moisture from the air dehumidifiers process readily. 

When a water loss problem occurs in your retail store, you can trust SERVPRO of San Leandro to remove the water and dry the business premises. Contact us any time at (510) 352-2480.

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Remediation in San Leandro

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Solving a Water Damage Problem in San Leandro

If you’ve got water damage in your home, one of the trickiest parts of solving the problem is finding a company that has the right equipment to do the job.

For those who have water damage in San Leandro, CA, SERVPRO has the specialized tools to handle any issues

To give you an idea of how the equipment is used in the problem-solving process, here’s a quick rundown on some of the equipment SERVPRO uses and the role it plays in the problem-solving process.

Dehumidification Equipment

SERVPRO uses industrial-grade dehumidifiers, and they play a vital role in preventing mold and bacteria. In addition to performing the functions of a normal dehumidifier, they help remove deeply-embedded moisture from all hard surfaces, including wooden flooring and wall frames. This can be critical in preventing the swelling and warping of floors, and these dehumidifiers can also remove water from basements, garages, crawlspaces, etc.

High-Speed Air Movers

One of the most important steps in solving a water damage problem is getting rid of as much water as possible in the first 24-48 hours, and specialized air movers play a vital role in doing this. They create airflow throughout every room where the problem exists, pushing a high-pressure stream of air across walls and floors, carpets, furniture and pads. They incorporate high-speed motors that are specifically designed to accelerate the evaporation of moisture throughout the house.

Moisture Monitors

These monitors measure the moisture level in both the home and the environment as a whole, and in specific materials such as flooring, drywall, etc. These monitors also help evaluate the specific moisture level of furniture, carpets, pads, etc., and they are pivotal in measuring the progress of the work. This helps SERVPRO professionals develop a quick understanding of the scope of the problem so they can outline the process for you.  

So if you’re looking for a company with the right equipment for the job, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 to get fast, reliable service and solutions.

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When Is Cleanup Necessary after Water Leaks in My Property?

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Your Local SERVPRO Can Help Establish when Water Cleanup in Your Oakland home is Needed.

The primary response to a water spill in an Oakland home is the extraction of any standing water followed by drying any wet areas if the incident affects porous or semi-porous materials. However, many situations also require cleanup steps as part of the restoration process. Such cleanup can help remove soils introduced by the spilled water if it is a greywater loss, or deal with soils already present, in case the incident involves clean water.

Are there other less distinct issues that might necessitate cleanup?

Sometimes, the decision of whether to perform water removal from your Oakland home might be harder to make since there are no physical soils visible in the loss area. A few examples of situations that may necessitate cleaning when there is no visible soiling include:

  • When bad odor starts to develop
  • When you notice running dyes in fabrics
  • When you notice new spots or stains on carpets
  • When you suspect microbial development

Is there a preferred schedule for cleaning a water-damaged property?

Each case of water damage unfolds differently, so the steps you have to take may not follow a strict schedule. For example, when a pipe leaks in the ceiling or other elevated area, the water spilled drips on contents before pooling on the floors if it does at all. The priority in such a case is saving the contents through steps such as covering them with plastic sheets or moving them to other areas of the property before beginning the cleaning.

Away from the source, the time elapsed since the leak, and its discovery can influence the actions taken. Some water damage situations involve slow water release, as when kinks in copper or plastic pipes lead to pinhole leaks around sinks. It might take weeks or months to notice this type if a water loss, thus creating an opportunity for mold and other microbes to develop.  For such cases, cleanup to remove the moldy residues is a priority.

Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate each case to establish the best process to follow when cleaning up, thus restoring your property to the preloss state.

What cleaning steps does SERVPRO usually apply?

The steps necessary to complete cleanup after water damage in your Oakland property depends on the problems that must be addressed. Common problems that influence the steps we take include:

  • Presence of fresh stains
  • Deterioration of building materials and contents
  • Odor development
  • Existence and nature of visible soils

Wet-vacuuming or using other techniques helps remove any pools of water from your property, thus revealing other issues such as stains, which require immediate action. Removing stains from carpets or upholstery is already set, and we address them in the best way available. For temporary soilings such as those left by resin or rust from furniture legs, shortly after the water spill, we can tackle them through scrubbing the area with soft-bristled brushes and flushing with water.  If the stains show signs of setting, we use spotting products to help break down the soils forming the stains before rinsing the area. We can also use specialized spot removal equipment.

Water intrusion can break down some materials such as drywall and insulation, especially when a significant volume is involved. Removing such materials is an essential part of the cleanup since they are unsalvageable. Removing the materials might also help in accessing water trapped in wall cavities or other hidden areas. Our technicians bring various tools to help cut and remove the deteriorated materials, creating room for standard cleanup procedures. This process our SERVPRO technicians refer to as “flood cuts.”

Odors mostly occur when microbial development or other forms of deterioration start. Applying antimicrobial agents to cleaned surfaces helps delay or stop microbial growth, preventing the development of odors. Of course, there is a need to dry all the affected areas after completing the cleaning process to preempt future microbial development.

Do professional restorers like SERVPRO help quicken the cleanup process?

The process of cleaning up and restoring a home after water damage can take longer if the response is not structured. A professional restoration team consists of highly trained water restoration technicians, which ensures proper planning of the different steps necessary for the restoration. Having several team members also allows for different tasks to be tackled simultaneously. Other factors that help quicken the process include:

  • Use of high-efficiency water extractors
  • Use of automated cleaning equipment such as rotating brushes
  • Use of professional cleaning products that help breakdown soils faster

Cleaning up property helps address many issues for restoration to preloss conditions. SERVPRO of San Leandro can help establish what steps are necessary and help you complete them in time. Call us any time at (510) 352-2480. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Talks Fire Damage Restoration in Oakland

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Oakland Can Include Wet and Dry-Cleaning Methods

If an inferno ever ignites inside your home in Oakland, the problems created can be more than just dealing with the items that got burnt. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO knows that after an inferno ignites, a large portion of the fire damage caused can be the result of soils and soot residues left behind by the smoke generated during the blaze. Soot can coat several of your contents and building materials.

When deciding how to clean soot residues after you suffer from fire damage in Oakland, our SERVPRO technicians figure out if the negatively affected surfaces are porous or non-porous. Porous surfaces can retain moisture, which can create more issues if the water causes the soot to soak more in-depth into the materials. Therefore, we clean surfaces made from materials like drywall or fabric using dry techniques such as sponge cleaning. Our technicians' clean non-porous surfaces like glossy painted drywall or hardwood floors using water-based detergents.

When cleaning non-porous surfaces, our SERVPRO crew has a variety of options. Wet cleaning can be accomplished by using foam, abrasive, or spray and wipe cleaning methods.

Spray and Wipe

This method allows the restorer to control the amount of chemical being applied by putting on affected surfaces as a mist. Once we spray your soot-coated surfaces, we then wiper them with a clean towel to remove the soils from your affected items.

Foam Cleaning

These types of products use the foam of the chemical to clean. Foam cleaning works well when cleaning upholstery because the substances do not soak into the material. We can apply foam detergents to surfaces using a brush.

Abrasive Cleaning

Abrasive methods involve using agitation to remove soot from your affected building materials or contents. One type of abrasive cleaning is when a chemical contains particles like sand that create an agitation process. Another method is using a rough application tool such as steel wool to apply the detergent to the affected surfaces.

Soot residues coating the surfaces of your possessions and structural components can be challenging to remove. Therefore, if a fire ever devastates your home, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Cleanup Procedures In Oakland Often Include Extracting Carpet And Pad

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained and Certified to Handle Your Oakland Homes Water Cleanup

The average apartment building in Oakland has a large number of water pipes running both fresh H2O and waste in and out of it. Out of all of the items in your apartment complex that use a plumbing system, it is likely that one day a pipe or appliance it runs to will malfunction and force you to conduct water cleanup in areas of your unit near the initial source.

Since liquid H2O can follow gravity and flow throughout your building, it is wise to have a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO conduct water cleanup in your Oakland apartment as soon as possible. The first step we take is to shut off the plumbing that runs to your dwelling so that it stops pouring into your structure. Next, we can conduct extraction procedures to remove all of the moisture we can while it is still a liquid.

When dealing with wet carpets or pads inside your residence, our SERVPRO technicians start by using a moisture sensor to determine how far the moisture went. The moisture sensor is a metal rod with a handle that gives an indication when they sense moisture inside your carpet and pad. We start the inspection by testing the carpets closest to the source and then working our way out.

After we figure out which portions of your carpeting got wet, our SERVPRO team then pulls a corner of your flooring so we can check for delamination. When carpets get saturated, the paper backing on it can get separated from the fibers or delaminate. If the delamination is severe and the pads look visibly damaged, then they could have to be removed and replaced. However, if the delamination is only minor, then we can often save them by extracting and drying them out.

Even if the carpet and pad are getting removed, we always extract them first to make the disposal process easier. We start by attaching a carpet wand to one of our extractors using the smallest hose possible. We run the wand across the entire affected area right away to keep the water from flowing to previously unaffected areas. Next, we figure out the best extraction tool to use based on the thickness of your carpets.

If you ever suffer from a severe or minor water leak inside your apartment complex, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 any day of the week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage In Oakland

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoring Flood Damaged Homes In Oakland

It takes only an inch, or even less, of water to cause extensive flood damage in Oakland homes. When left unprotected and untreated, items such as floorboards and most furniture quickly become damaged, often to the point where replacement soon becomes a cheaper option than restoration.

When searching for a flood damage solution in Oakland, homeowners turn to SERVPRO. Our response teams move quickly into every home, duplex, and condo to remove standing water and draw out any other moisture that puts property and the structure at risk. Each member is trained on the latest restoration devices, such as water pumps, extractors, and dehumidifiers.

Each task starts with water removal. In most cases, there is standing water, which may look like a small amount but spread out over a two-bedroom home, can mean hundreds of gallons soaking into everything it touches. For smaller rooms, our technicians use small pumps similar to a water-vac, but far more powerful and adjustable to avoid damaging floors and furniture. For rooms with more square footage, they have the option of using larger pumps to include truck-mounted devices that can run off their own generator to quickly clear even mini-mansions.

After removing all visible sources of flooding, SERVPRO team members move on to items that already absorbed water or have water underneath them. For wood floors, that means using a water extractor to draw water from between floorboards and then from out of the sub-floor using a hose after carefully removing a floorboard that is normally under a sofa or bookcase.

To draw out water from furniture, technicians place items on pallets or blocks to increase airflow and position a commercial-grade dehumidifier nearby to carefully extract the excess moisture without damaging the surface. Our devices work far more efficiently than what a homeowner can buy in a big-box store, removing over 20 gallons from nearby furniture. Each one also draws water from floorboards without warping or splintering them.

At SERVPRO of San Leandro, we also proudly serve the residents of Mulford Gardens and many other surrounding areas. For more details on what our team of restoration experts can do for your home, call us today at (510) 352-2480. We are here for you.

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Restoring Your Oakland Home After A Flood

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoring an Oakland Home After Flood Damage

California homeowners may be surprised to know that every state in the US is vulnerable to flooding--even the more arid ones. Changes in sea level, as well as weather patterns, are enough to create sudden floods that cause damage to homes and infrastructure in one fell swoop. Homeowners with flood coverage may be relieved to have it, but without professional cleanup, the water damage can make their structures host to mold, microbes, and further issues.

If your Oakland residence needs rapid flood damage cleanup, SERVPRO technicians are ready to restore your home to a preloss condition. These professionals receive the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to maintain high standards in addressing fire, water, and mold damage as well as restoration of structures. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster so that cleanup complies with your policy as well as local regulations.

Completing a Proof of Loss for Your Flood Claim
Your insurance adjuster can assist you in the process of completing this portion of your claim. Make sure your proof of loss complies with the needs of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy and file promptly--within 60 days of the flood--to make sure you get compensated in a timely fashion.

SERVPRO technicians can also assist with this process by taking photos of the damage, taking inventory of possessions, and coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster during the cleanup process. If you have crucial documents that are damaged by flooding, SERVPRO can create electronic copies of the papers so that you always have access to them.

SERVPRO Restores Home Fast
A successful cleanup begins with thorough monitoring of the situation. That is why SERVPRO technicians use a variety of moisture measurement technologies to evaluate the extent of damage before extracting moisture, disinfecting surfaces, and drying your home. Throughout the drying process, professionals can use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters to determine the progress made by the cleanup process. Infrared imaging allows technicians to see behind structures to determine if subfloors, studs, or fiberglass insulation require further drying.

Every surface in your home has an ideal humidity level to maintain its integrity, from hardwood flooring to drywall to your furniture. SERVPRO strives to ensure that items that can be safely restored are handled with the utmost care, and possessions that require replacement are not removed without documentation and the informed consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters. If your disaster requires general contracting services for restoration, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle this type of work (#937457).

SERVPRO of San Leandro provides a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If disaster strikes in your home, you can call (510) 352-2480.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Oakland Home After A Water Damage Disaster

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying the carpet in this property We have state of the art equipment like this air mover to restore your home after a water loss. We are available 24/7, so call us right away.

Measuring Hidden Water Damage in Your Oakland Home

After a water spill anywhere in your home, there is often a hefty amount of cleanup before your life can resume its regular routine. A bathroom may have a leaky pipe with clean water that seeps onto the tile floor, and into the wooden baseboards or even out into your hardwood flooring. After sopping up the mess with old towels and mopping up the excess you may find moisture lurking in unexpected places.

If you are dealing with water damage in your Oakland home, it is crucial to understand moisture levels and where excess water may be hiding. SERVPRO water restoration technicians use moisture meters to check the actual moisture content within materials to determine the best approach to dry them. During the entire drying process, moisture meters test the progress of the drying to restore the impacted items to their original moisture levels. 

Technicians may use an infrared camera to locate hidden moisture by detecting differences in temperature. However, the infrared camera does not provide leveled readings of exactly how much moisture is within the material. The meters calibrate for specific materials. If it calibrates for drywall, when it reads the moisture content in wood materials, it is incorrect. 

Some meters may adjust to suit the type of material. The average meter has a wood scale that goes from 5% to 30% of moisture. Moisture meters typically do not read a percentage for non-wood materials but have a relative scale that ranges from 0 to 100 or 0 to 1,000 depending on the meter. This scale serves when you measure drying progress. Wood readings are done in percentages while non-wood materials use points. 

When SERVPRO technicians take moisture readings, they measure non-impacted materials in the home as a control to determine a drying goal. The same technician also takes the readings to narrow the margin of error, making sure to read it the same way each time. 

Appropriate readings help technicians understand the best way to extract water damage and position air movers and dehumidifiers. In addition to measuring materials, technicians use thermo-hygrometers to determine relative humidity within a room. 

If you suspect hidden moisture remaining after a water mishap, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro (General Contractor License: 937457) at (510) 352-2480 for assistance.



Protecting your Business with Commercial Fire Damage Restorers here in Oakland

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO fire damage" SERVPRO teams are ready at any time to help you with fire damage. Call us at (510) 352-2480.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Your Business, Done by Professionals Who Care

Commercial Fire Damage Oakland

A workshop or studio can become severely damaged by a sudden fire. Often, commercial fires that occur can take longer to control than those found in residential buildings. As a business owner, you may have valuable materials or stock inside the building when a fire breaks out, which may still be salvageable. However, bringing in specialist remodelers, repairers, or general constructors may take several days, particularly in larger structures. In the meantime, you need to ensure that your business is safe, secure, and that loss mitigation is already underway. 

Businesses can benefit from our emergency commercial fire damage service here in Oakland. There are several vital services SERVPRO can perform in the immediate aftermath of a fire that could help to save your business from unnecessary expenses. Our restorers work between first responders and contractors to create a safe, workable job-site for repair while also mitigating further fire losses. You can speak to a crew chief throughout the restoration to inform us of any potential valuables or outcomes you need. 

Our first duty onsite is to inspect the building. Inspections can involve a pre-testing procedure to assess the extent of damage in your commercial building accurately. We may also earmark specific areas for mitigation or restoration. However, our first concern is the security of your business, and our team can perform emergency board-ups of broken windows, doors, or ceilings to prevent unlawful entry and theft overnight. 

If you do need to bring in third-party contractors or repair specialists, our team of technicians can establish an emergency power supply as well as lighting to assist them. By deodorizing the affected area, we can create a safe workspace for third-party contractors as well as carrying out critical cleaning tasks. These tasks may include pre-cleaning carpets as well as drying the property to protect you against secondary damages. 

Restoring your business may take time and third-party assistance. Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 to help manage your commercial restoration.

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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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. 

WHY SERVPRO? 

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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We Are The Leader In Water Removal Services In Oakland

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

A team member inventorying a customer's contents after water damage Sometimes the restoration process requires removing personal property from the premises. Our team can provide these services right away,

Water Removal in Oakland Properties Cannot Occur Without This

When any type of water damage happens in a property, whether it is from a leaking pipe, damaged roof or toilet overflow, all of these situations result in the need for the fast extraction of water.

In Oakland homes, water removal needs come in many forms. The key to limiting loss is how quickly the cleanup begins and whether or not the extraction used professional-grade equipment.

Why SERVPRO?

Each location has a diverse array of equipment for water removal. Avoiding costly secondary issues such as mold or weakening of building materials makes complete water extraction necessary. For example, they have specialized weighted attachments for pushing water out of carpeting to assist in the restoration and save the property owner the cost of replacement.

Specific Equipment for Drying

After the water removal phase of cleanup, drying the property begins. When necessary, the removal of damaged sheetrock or flooring occurs to allow for greater airflow during drying. The technicians use a diverse selection of drying attachments for unique drying situations such as forcing air within a wall cavity or into floor joists using drying mats or an Injecti-Dry setup.

Water Odor Elimination

The signature musty odor left behind by water is instantly recognizable and unpleasant. The technicians have different devices for the removal of foul odors. Often cleaning and disinfecting a property reduces odors, but there may be residual reminders of the water damage left. In that case, the technicians may choose to use a method such as a hydroxyl generator for the safe removal of airborne particles causing foul scents. Another commonly used application for odor control is thermal fogging, and it is particularly useful for eliminating odors in fabrics and carpeting that have been pretested to ensure colorfastness.

Prepping for Rebuilding

Needing repairs after water damage mitigation is not an uncommon occurrence. SERVPRO carries a general contractor license #937457 and can offer property owners the seamless service of any required reconstruction or repairs to restore the home to its pre-water damage condition.

When you need fast, efficient water removal contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480. Our technicians stand ready 24/7 to assist local property owners in the mitigation of water loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Oakland Home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

large trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifier Shown here is a large trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifier which forces hot, dry air into water damaged homes to aid in the drying of the property.

Flood Removal Oakland – Act Quickly to Reduce Long Term Damage

Flooding of your home is always stressful. Homeowners are worried about how to recover from so much damage. Especially if many personal items are damaged and covered in mud and contaminated material. Quick action can reduce the overall damage and ensure the recovery of many of these personal items.

SERVPRO has a great deal of experience dealing with flood removal in Oakland. We understand how important it is to be on-site assessing the situation as quickly as possible. We also know that by deploying our flood removal teams, we can save many the client's possessions.

Safety Comes First

Before anyone enters the area, ensure that there are no electrical hazards. Avoid areas that could be slippery. Falls can be quite severe if you are not careful. Wet items can be more than twice as heavy. Be careful to avoid strains and torn muscles if you are trying to move wet furniture on your own.

SERVPRO can assess the situation for you before you enter the flooded area. We complete this step before our people enter the area. We remove any flood debris from the area and sort personal items for recovery and restoral. Many homeowners assist in these situations to help identify those items that are precious to the client and high priority for cleaning and repair.

Staging and Removal

Once we remove personal items to a staging area, these items can be prioritized for cleaning, restoral, and drying. The staging area may be located in another location in the home that is dry and unaffected or to a remote location at a SERVPRO facility.

Depending on the extent of the flood damage, SERVPRO can recommend the steps needed to restore your home. These steps may include removal of flooring materials, baseboards, and drywall before drying and dehumidification. Once this stage is complete restoration can begin.

We are licensed (General Contractor License #: 937457) to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for 24/7 service. We serve the towns of Hayward, Alameda, Danville, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Specialists Discuss Tips For Handling Water Damage In Your Oakland Bank

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of bank After a water loss incident in a bank, you need prompt water removal services.

Tips For Handling Commercial Water Damage In An Oakland Bank

Banks and other financial institutions are vital facilities to the economy both at the local and national level. Any threat to their infrastructure can paralyze the areas they serve. If water damage occurs in a bank, it can create several risks to data processing and cash reserves. Water can cause loss of data and destruction to computer hardware and software which are essential to the availability of banking services.

In the event of commercial water damage in an Oakland bank, the facility manager or staff should do everything possible to recover fast and efficiently to meet the banking needs of the customers. The immediate repercussion of a water loss incident is the apparent destruction to the physical structure of the bank, including the floorings, walls, computers, office furniture, and other equipment.

After a water intrusion incident, a bank may not provide services like new account opening, loans, and deposits to customers. The customers would have to visit other branches for their banking needs. Affected on-site ATMs can be out of service, inconveniencing customers further. Customer valuables in the safety deposit boxes may also be at risk during a water damage emergency. Apart from the customers, even the employees of a bank could be inconvenienced.

Everyone expects banks to have sound and efficient action plans if a disaster occurs. After a water intrusion incident, the priority should be to assess the destruction. The financial institution should also inform its customers about the incident and where they can go for banking services. If the water has pooled in areas where members of staff work, it is vital to get to them to dry areas.

When dealing with water loss, one essential step to take is to turn off the main water and power supply lines. The manager and staff can also document the damage by capturing images of the scene, which can be helpful when filing a claim. Calling for help from SERVPRO is also crucial. We can assist you in addressing the damage by removing the water and moisture. The two main methods we use to remove water from a building are extraction and evaporation. Extraction is more effective in removing water quickly. We can remove the standing water using portable extractors, which provide a high amount of vacuum lift. Our experts can extract water from all types of flooring using wet vacuuming.

We also use advanced drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry commercial buildings to prevent secondary moisture problems like mold growth. We focus air movers on damp materials to ensure effective drying. Our SERVPRO crew also uses moisture detecting equipment like infrared cameras, moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras to confirm that the affected areas are dry.

After a water loss incident in a bank in Hayward, Alameda or San Leandro, you need prompt water removal services. SERVPRO of San Leandro is ready to assist you in handling the damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our emergency helpline is (510) 352-2480.

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Your Oakland Coffee Shop Can Be Restored After A Mold Infestation

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

major mold infestation growing on the wall SERVPRO of San Leandro is your business partner in keeping your coffee shop mold-free.

Serve Coffee, Not Mold In Your Oakland Coffee Shop

One of the highlights of doing business in Oakland is that the city offers the opportunity to showcase your creativity at your storefront. In such a diverse community, expressing the talents of your patrons by displaying their art in your coffee shop is excellent for your bottom line. Some of your customers come to see your new displays, and the artists themselves enjoy their cup of java while gauging the public reaction to their pieces. Your business plan is lucrative and fills a need in the community.

What may derail your success is finding mold damage in your Oakland coffee shop. It could take some time for you to identify the offending smell and unexplainable spots. Once you do, you must act swiftly. Mold has a way of spreading very quickly in your environment, putting your health and your business in jeopardy. Relying on a professional company like SERVPRO to help you remediate the situation is a wise choice.

At SERVPRO, we are available 24/7 to act with speed worthy of your mold issue. Our team is quick to assemble and apply its expertise to clean your environment while being mindful of any health regulations applicable to a restaurant. Rather than spending time investigating the latest techniques, you can reach out to us and let us use our industry-grade tools to mitigate your losses and keep your business going as usual.

As our technicians arrive, you may notice that they shut off your air conditioning or heater. This is done to prevent mold spores from traveling and circulating within your coffee shop. Our SERVPRO team can also be seen eliminating traces of mold by sanding your surfaces and using anti-microbial solutions designed to eliminate any mold growth.  Throughout this process, you must remember that mold needs to be eliminated by intervening; mold does not go away on its own. Regular household cleaners are also insufficient in tackling this problem.

SERVPRO of San Leandro is your business partner in keeping your coffee shop mold-free. Call us at (510) 352-2480 and let us be your ally in leaving your shop “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Do Oakland Homeowners Call SERVPRO After a Disaster Strikes Their Home? 

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage on the white wall. Don't let mold damage take over your whole home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Advanced Strategies for Mold Colony Removal in Oakland Homes

Mold colonization can be a dangerous and threatening situation for Oakland homes, especially when the situation goes unchecked and unresolved. While you might not necessarily believe that you need the services of professional mold remediation technicians like our SERVPRO team, there are many reasons that you might reconsider. The first of these is how quickly this situation can get out of control if allowed to grow and spread unabated. Without addressing the underlying cause of the colonies, they can continue to grow and thrive unchallenged.

Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced training and education in the remediation of mold damage for Oakland homes through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) This continual coursework ensures that we can provide our customers with technicians that have the confidence and expertise to address even widespread mold concerns immediately. Once we have arrived at your address, we can begin by assessing the full scope of the damage and working with our production management leadership to determine the best recovery solution for the property.

Our strategies for colony removal vary depending on the material hosting an organism and where the mold has gotten discovered within the property. How severe this colonization has become also plays a role in the best solution for removing it. Lighter presences, for example, can often get remedied by the application of our efficient antimicrobial spray. This product can kill off the spores spreading within the material, effectively starving out the entire hyphae and eliminating the organism. 

The remediation professionals of our SERVPRO team also have effective strategies for removing more deeply rooted organisms spreading throughout your property. Sandblasting, hand sanding, soda blasting, and media blasting are all sound strategies to eliminate growing mold colonies without overly compromising the substrate. Protecting installed construction materials is a focal point of our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, as we have a ‘restore before replace’ mentality. Even though we have a full-service contracting division (#937457) that can conquer any build back necessary for a mold-damaged property, we choose to protect original structural elements whenever possible.

No matter how widespread and detrimental mold growth can be in your home, you can always count on the experienced and educated remediation specialists of our SERVPRO of San Leandro team. We can make any mold colonization and subsequent damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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ReadingWriting, and Oakland Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO to get Your School Opened Quickly

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has 'been to school' to learn how to restore your educational facility quickly.

Risks of DIY Flood Recovery for Oakland School Buildings 

During the typical school year, custodial staff and the maintenance department combat countless scenarios that can damage the Oakland facilities they oversee. As much as these circumstances can threaten the schools, natural disasters can do even more widespread damage. Without the appropriate skills, equipment, and safety items, it is unwise to attempt to address flood effects on your own – regardless of your pressing timetable to get the doors back open to the school. 

With many of the harshest weather events taking place in rainier seasons encompassing much of the summer, flood damage in Oakland schools can often occur during this break. While this removes the immediate pressures of affecting hundreds of students and their families, it is vital to work right away still to resolve the present conditions. Standing water deteriorates construction materials and can damage linoleum, furniture, and even saturate the concrete floor beneath the surface flooring material. 

Even more alarming with flooding situations is how quickly areas like the library and computer labs can become substantially damaged. Even just elevated moisture levels in these rooms can damage their contents, and that is why our SERVPRO team inspects all affected areas quickly upon arrival to determine what items and possessions must get removed from their current location to protect them from flood effects. 

A risk of flood recovery performed without the guidance and experience of certified professionals is unknown dangers in the building resulting from structural deterioration or failures. Floors in certain areas can become too weakened to support your weight, or ceiling materials can get too saturated and heavy to stay installed above. We have a full team of licensed (General Contractor License #: 937457) contractors that can assess these risks and repair them once mitigation work completes 

Flooding is never a situation that should remain unchallenged for long. Standing water can be a hazard to the school and those exposed, and our SERVPRO of San Leandro team can help. Give us a call at (510) 352-2480 so we can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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SERVPRO Is the Answer to Oakland Commercial Property Fire Loss Cleanup and Build-Back

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

The Oakland Fire Department Puts Out the Fire--Then SERVPRO Gets the Business Restored and Re-Opened

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Oakland Businesses

Commercial fires have been in the Oakland news quite a bit in the last few years. The pictures and stories always center around property loss and how it affects local employment. Despite the sensational portrayal in these stories, most fires do not result in the total loss of the structure and restoration is nearly always an option.

Restoration of Oakland commercial fire damage requires accomplishing multiple tasks simultaneously to help the owner reopen to customers quickly. As an example of what SERVPRO provides, we’ll use fire in a furniture showroom with offices overhead.

In this situation, the fire began in the first floor breakroom after a toaster oven shorted out and caught fire. Fortunately, this was at the end of the day, so there were few people inside and quickly evacuated. Unfortunately, the fire quickly consumed the breakroom and spread smoke through most of the showroom. The smoke also traveled swiftly up the nearby stairwell and into most of the offices there. The physical destruction was limited to the breakroom.

In this instance, SERVPRO technicians spend their efforts on demolition and reconstruction of the breakroom and cleaning smoke residues from the rest of the facility and the property inside. Team members quickly tear out the affected walls, cabinets, and ceilings, dispose of it and the ruined appliances and furniture. Specialists clean the remaining structure, and then our builders (General Contractor License #: 937457) replace the wall framing, drywall, and ceiling panels. This all takes time, planning with the building owner and the insurance carrier.

Meanwhile, technicians start cleaning. They can remove most of the residues using sponges and a mild cleaning agent from surfaces and much of the furniture in the showroom and offices upstairs. For thicker residues closer to the fire, they may use brushes and stronger cleaners to break up the residue layers for easier removal.

For upholstered furniture, technicians use the same cleaners and more powerful agitation devices to break up the residues and either water or a cleaner to force them out of the item. For the lingering odors, team members can use a counteragent to neutralize them or an ozone generator to create a gas that breaks down the molecular structure completely.

For SERVPRO of San Leandro, the goal is always to help businesses here and in surrounding communities like Hayward, Alameda, and Danville get back on their feet as quickly as possible. If your business is dealing with fire damage, call us at (510) 352-2480 today to schedule a service call and start restoration procedures.

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Why Mitigation And Preventative Methods Are Crucial For Your Water Damaged Home In Oakland

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for professional assistance when water causes damage to your house.

Why SERVPRO Uses Both Mitigation And Preventative Methods To Protect Against Water Damage In Oakland

Because water has the capability to create significant damage to residential properties, it becomes crucial that SERVPRO performs both mitigation and prevention steps. These actions protect our Oakland customers' homes from the harm that arises from damp conditions, including high humidity.

Restoring homes in Oakland so water damage no longer poses a threat is why SERVPRO depends on both mitigation and prevention. Without both, our customers' properties might experience related problems later. Damage that develops later can include some of the same kinds that occur without professional restoration. Stains on surfaces, including upper walls and ceilings, warping that ruins wood, drywall, and other materials, and odors can all happen from the presence of even small amounts of excess moisture.

During mitigation, we remove the water from your home's structure, furnishings, and the air. We check all of these aspects so we can verify that nothing in your home contain excess moisture. The methods we use to prevent problems can include the following:

    •    Priming walls and ceilings before we repaint them in the homeowner's choice of colors keeps stains from bleeding through areas where we successfully dried out previously saturated drywall,
    •    Applying special protective oils to the wooden trim, furniture, and other objects in your home minimize the changes that swelling and shrinking can create,
    •    Spraying elements like concrete and stone with highly effective sealants that reduce the amount of moisture that can enter microscopic pores to minimize the possibility of microbial growth, and
    •    Using foggers and other methods to control the sources of odors before they start bothering your family.

SERVPRO's technicians use standard protocols established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to mitigate and restore floors, walls, and furnishings. Each of our employees fulfills at least one crucial role in restoring your property. Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) use specialized equipment and highly effective methods to mitigate damage to the interior of your home.

Our building services, under General Contractor License # 937457, play a substantial role in quickly restoring homes after disasters, including those involving water damage. The additional support of these experts reduces the amount of time your family faces the inconvenience that water damage can cause. Helping our customers reduce their expenses through the combination of our efforts is another way we serve our local communities.

Residents in Hayward, Alameda, and Danville can call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for professional assistance when water causes damage to your house. Prevention of such damage costs less, and the earlier we can start, the better the final outcome we can provide our customers.

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

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Flowing Water Ruining Your Oakland Home? Call SERVPRO

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? Because We Use Industry-Leading Pumps When Your Oakland Home Suffers a Water Loss

Why SERVPRO Should Be On Speed Dial For Water Damage In Oakland

Water is a devastating force that can affect your Oakland residence. Moisture quickly infiltrates and begins to disintegrate porous building materials including drywall, ceiling tiles, and some types of flooring. It can migrate from the original damaged space into other rooms, levels, and hidden cavities between walls, under floors, and above ceilings. In just 24 to 48 hours secondary damage such as mold growth begins. Homeowners need to reach out to professional restoration experts right away.

When an overflowing tub or sink becomes a waterfall, your Oakland home requires a comprehensive water damage recovery plan. Unfortunately, it is rarely enough to mop up the water you see as moisture is notorious for moving into any absorbent material or flowing into neighboring spaces. Intensive training in moisture metering and infrared scanning is useful to trace the path of water unmopped. The typical homeowner lacks that skill, which is why working with a trustworthy water restoration company is so important.

SERVPRO can arrive as soon as practicable after your call, ready to assess the extent of the damage and to devise a plan to remove the water and dry all affected spaces. Our service vehicles carry an equipment stock that anticipates a range of water removal and drying tasks. The submersible pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are set to manage the challenges, clearly supporting why SERVPRO delivers fast and effective services when water damages your home.

Our technicians cover a broad range of water damage scenarios during the time they spend on IICRC training. This background helps speed the process of restoration. Why SERVPRO is an industry leader is our expectation that every project we accept stands on its own. We carefully evaluate the specific circumstances of your water damage crisis so that we miss nothing, including unexpected seepage or harm to vulnerable building materials or contents others might not consider. When we respond our mission is to leave your property “Like it never even happened.” Working with you and your insurance company to achieve this end is always our goal.

Why SERVPRO of San Leandro should rank first in your search for reputable water damage restorers is clear -- we have the trained technicians and appropriate equipment to get the job done. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 when water flows outside of its lane for a fast and efficient response.

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Professionals Discuss the Steps Involved in Restoring Your Fire Damaged San Leandro Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke from this fire is traveling throughout this home causing belongings in rooms far away from the fire needing to be cleaned.

When fire damages property, restoration takes several steps including removal of soot and other residues from affected surfaces, elimination of aerosols from the air, and sometimes teardown and rebuilding of parts of the structure. Unlike a trained FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician, you might not know which steps are necessary which might lead to waste of time and money fixing nonexistent problems, or leaving some issues unaddressed leading to future problems.  

Because of our extensive experience restoring fire damage in San Leandro, we are well-versed with the steps necessary to get a positive outcome. In many cases, cleaning is enough to restore the property to its initial state. Cleaning is also cheaper so whenever possible, our SERVPRO technicians clean your property. To determine whether cleanup can be done effectively, we consider the age and type of surface, the amount of heat involved and the amount of moisture in the area. Older surfaces are harder to clean just like porous surfaces. More heat causes surfaces to expand increasing their porosity, while moisture sets residues, two factors that complicate cleaning.  

Smoke damage might create the impression that damage is severe that it is. Thorough inspection and separation of items help identify the actual level of damage. Since our SERVPRO technicians separate salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items, it is possible to tell the exact levels of damage. Sometimes we also move items away from the site for specialized cleaning.  

Deodorizing affected properties is necessary to get rid of pungent smells. Before doing the actual deodorization, removal of smoke remnants and other gaseous contaminants is necessary. Our SERVPRO team uses high-velocity exhaust fans to ventilate a building within a short time. Fogging also helps eliminate odor by chemically changing odor particles. The process involves passing a solvent based deodorant where vaporizes into microscopic particles which can reach all odor particles and pair with them.  

Professional help makes it easier to navigate the restoration process after a fire. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 to help. We are available 24/7.

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How SERVPRO Dries Out Your Water Damaged Oakland Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO had to remove belongings from this house for the restoration. SERVPRO cares for your belongings like they are their own.

The severe storm earlier today flooded many homes in the area and water is now flowing into your ranch style house. Our certified team can return your home to its pre-storm state when possible, so contact us right away. Responding fast can result in our techs saving your property from significant damage and may spare many of your belongings. We are storm damage specialists, which means you can rely on us to have the experience to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”  

When our SERVPRO flood damage team in Oakland arrives at your front door, you can expect them to be ready to get to work right away. First, they assess the damage, and if there are broken windows or doors or holes in the roof, the crew can use tarps or plastic sheeting to cover and seal those entry points. Also, the team stops the flow of water streaming into your home so they can begin the extraction phase. They may use pumps, truck-mounted or portable extractors and wands to remove moisture from the affected areas quickly. Extracting water fast can help reduce damages to your carpeting, flooring, and walls as well as to the structure of your home.  

If a move-out is necessary, our techs can organize and conduct a pack-out of your belongings and contents in the home. Doing this can help protect your items from further damage during the restoration period. When the job is complete, our crew can work with you to organize and coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The move-in services that we provide may depend on your insurance coverage.  

Our techs can also dry the structure by employing industrial air scrubbers that purify the atmosphere inside the home. Plus, air movers, heaters and axial fans can be put in place to help dry specific areas such as flooring, carpeting and from behind walls and floorboards. The team may also use dehumidifiers to push out moisture that can help speed up drying. `

If possible, our SERVPRO of San Leandro flood damage technicians can restore your home. Contact us 24/7 at (510) 352-2480. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and can get the job done to your satisfaction.

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Get Rid Of Mold In Your Oakland Home Once And For All

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

The primary thing that mold spores need to seat and thrive is a moist environment.

How Mold Growth Occurs In Your Oakland Home

While you work to keep your Oakland home maintained and handled threats that it might face on your own as best as you can, there are some circumstances where this could do more harm than good. With microbial and mold growth in your home, the problem can spread quickly until it is out of control. The only solution for facing this organism spreading through the materials of your house is to trust our certified applied microbial remediation technicians to remove it.

There is much to learn about mold damages and the effects it can have on your Oakland home, but the most troublesome factor is how little the average homeowner understands about how mold spores colonize. Understanding the conditions required for colonization and the damage that a spreading colony can do to your home can help you to appreciate the immediate need for mold remediation from our SERVPRO specialists.

Against common beliefs, mold does not take much to grow in your home. The primary thing that mold spores need to seat and thrive is a moist environment. When you consider areas like the crawlspace of your home or areas prone to dampness like kitchens and bathrooms, these conditions can get met without much effort.

Once mold spores seat into surfaces, they begin to expand and grow, consuming the organic building materials and contents of your home that they used to colonize. As the organism expands, these materials weaken and degrade to the point of structural failure. Our SERVPRO technicians work to preserve these materials when possible, choosing options like soda blasting and sanding to remove active colonies from construction materials affected by mold growth.

While you might not fully understand how mold can begin in your house, you should at least know how you can stop it from spreading and getting out of control throughout multiple areas of your residence. Trust in the rapid response of our emergency SERVPRO of San Leandro team. We can help you to isolate the colony and work to remove it quickly, limiting its spread throughout your home. Give our technicians a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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Cleaning for a Hoarder

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

An "typical" hoarder scene.

Hoarding is a mental illness that can become so severe that the person's health and life are in jeopardy.

Research concerning hoarders reports that the majority of hoarders are older, single women and a large percent of hoarders have alcohol or drug problems too. These statistics indicate that hoarders might be impaired and are prone to having accidents in their homes.

Piles of debris provide fuel for a fire, and nesting places for rodents and insects. The problem is especially bad when the hoarder lives in a multi-unit dwelling. The odor, bacteria, rodents and threat of fire often affects the neighboring units that are along side, above and below the offending unit. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro has a great deal of experience in removing the clutter and debris of hoarder scenes. We know how to sanitize and get the structure back to livable/rental or sales condition for relatives and landlords that inherit the mess.

Don't let the Bed Bug Bite

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Tiny in size... big appetite

Bed bugs have been biting mankind since the dawn of time. They are not just a pest for the poor. Upscale home and hotels can have just as many infestations as the less advantaged.

The state of California does not permit property damage restoration companies to kill insects, unless we have a special license. What we can do is clean up the mess after extermination has taken place. Our skilled technicians are trained to look for tell tale sign that some bedbugs may have survived the treatment. If all is clear, we can perform carpet and floor cleaning, HEPA vacuuming and dusting to remove the tiny bodies and other debris. 

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Cleaning the Hornet

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

The bow of the Hornet.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos and SERVPRO of Stockton to help prepare the USS Hornet Museum for the tourist season.

The SERVPRO crew participated in the Volunteer Cleaning Day at the USS Hornet Museum aircraft carrier located in Alameda, at the former  World War Two Navy base on the San Francisco Bay.  Our crew performed pressure washing and dusting services to help clean and restore this historical treasure. Several SERVPRO employees performed dusting and cleaning ij exhibit areas on board the historic ship, while other team members worked hard at removing years of contamination from the service of the hanger deck.  All in all it was a great day to be able to make this great ship and cleaner more enjoyable place for tourists an history buffs to explore.

Cleaning for the Coast Guard

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning onboard a USCG Cutter.

SERVPRO Services CG Cutter in Alameda for Cleaning and Mold Removal

Recently, SERVPRO of San Leandro cleaned carpets and removed mold in the officer's quarters on board a US Coast Guard cutter based at Coast Guard Island located in the Oakland Estuary of Alameda County. Today, this base is home to the USCG Pacific Area and serves as a facilities and logistics center. In past years it was a recruiting and training base. Today, a fleet of five-cutters like the one in the photo, sail in and out of Coast Guard Island, Alameda to protect mariners everywhere as they patrol our nation's west coast. 

It's nice to give back by providing expert environmental cleanup services that protected the health of the officers and crew.  
 
The nearby cities of Alameda, Oakland and Berkeley have an active maritime industry including protected harbors for motor yachts and sailing yachts and the busy Port of Oakland's container shipping facility. Providing specialty cleaning and restoration services for yachts and commercial ships is part of what we do. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro is available 24 hours a day to restore your San Leandro property or your boat. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial fire,water, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Call us for information and help. (510) 352-2480

Water Damage Preparation

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Fire Damage often includes water damage.

Dealing With Water Damage and Fire Damage in San Leandro

By Clayton A. Barry, partner of SERVPRO of San Leandro

These tips were prepared for Property Managers of apartment buildings and rental houses in the East Bay and were presented to an income property association based in Oakland at an annual meeting.  However many of the tips apply to individual homeowners.

When serious problems occur (beyond routine maintenance issues), there are immediate remedies and safety actions that can be quickly implemented to contain the water damage reduce restoration costs and protect health. That’s why when you call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480 we do our best to contact you within 5 minutes and to be on location in one-hour or less. When you call us, be sure to provide your callback information in addition to the name, phone number(s) and address of your client/referral. Our on-duty technicians confirm every call and will keep you informed on the job status and important information. 

Our company provides emergency mitigation. We also offer many restoration repair services (such as controlled demolition, board-up, debris removal, expert wall and plaster repair, new floor and carpet installation, and reconstruction, etc.) We will work alongside your established vendors and contractors. This is not a problem for us.

When our emergency personnel and technicians are dispatched, we could use your help.  Please ask the residents to provide convenient parking and, for nighttime arrivals, please have the porch light and other outside lighting turned on. 

By the way, SERVPRO is an approved service vendor for several of the country’s largest insurance companies. Additionally, we have agreements in place with many others.  If your project becomes an insurance claim, we will prepare the “estimate” to comply with insurance industry guidelines to accelerate resolution of your claim.

Window & Door Breakage

Take action immediately to preserve security and human safety. Call our office ASAP so we can schedule proper board up and/or repair service, especially when the damage presents a threat to security or personal safety 24/7

?    If the breakage is the result of vandalism or burglary, notify the police
?    Tell your residents to be cautious of sharp objects……splintered wood and shards of glass
 
Fallen Tree/Limbs

The concerns with a fallen tree or branch are similar to the dangers associated with broken windows and doors. Residents need to be aware of sharp objects.  There may also be a risk of electrical or fire dangers caused by damage to wiring. These problems will be intensified if it is raining. 

?    Call our office immediately so we can schedule tree removal, tarps, board-up and/or repair services

Water damage / Water Intrusion

Rapid mitigation response reduces the extent of the damage and speeds up the overall repair time, saving you money. Implementing early drying procedures can prevent mold growth and secondary damage caused by humidity. Call our office as soon as possible so we can dispatch emergency cleanup help 24/7.

(Stop the Water Flow)

?    Have the water flow valve to the plumbing appliance that is leaking turned off.  If there is no shut-off valve or the shut-off valve does not operate properly, ask the resident to turn off the main water to the residence
?    Toilets, sinks, dishwashers, ice makers, and hot water heaters usually have dedicated water shut-offs
           
OF SPECIAL NOTE: If the hot water heater is leaking, it may be necessary to drain the hot water tank. Hot water heaters usually have a drain that is equipped to accept a standard garden hose.  It may also become necessary to turn off the electricity (or gas flow) to the hot water heater.

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS).

?    Wet floors are a slip hazard. People need to be cautious. Walk slowly.  Remember, walking from a damp carpet onto a hard floor surface is also a slip hazard

?    Electrical shock can occur in a water-damaged structure.  Be careful around electrical appliances and electrical extension cords. Do not run ceiling fans, electrical tools or other equipment (especially a vacuum cleaner) in a wet environment.


(Be Pro-active).

?    Water spreads by gravity and wicking action… check opposite walls and inside closets for dampness
?    Paper goods, boxes, etc.  NEED TO BE MOVED away from wet carpets, floors, and walls
?    Aluminum foil should be placed under furniture legs.  Remove wet Oriental rugs from the wet areas
?    Hang damp or wet furs and leather goods separately at room temperature

The pro-active actions listed above are the sort of service that our trained and certified water mitigation technicians perform. They also come equipped with advanced moisture detection equipment to track the extent of the wetness. Their service vehicles are stocked with an array of specialty drying tools to mitigate hardwood floors, cabinets, and wall cavities.  Specialty equipment, containment barriers, and indoor air quality equipment are available to our techs.

Our goal is to have wet structural material dry within three days or less and to minimize demolition. However, it must be understood that some substrates and building materials become ruined when they are wetted. Some building materials may require longer periods of drying.

An added benefit: Our job documentation, including photographs that are routinely included in our water damage restoration invoices, will more than satisfy the requirements of the typical buy/sell “disclosure” paperwork.

Sewage Backup

A toilet overflow, while nasty, is not a serious “sewage damage”. Toilet flush overflows require simple clean up procedures that include wearing rubber gloves. These matters do not generally require professional services.

A sewage backup is when the sewage discharge from one or more homes overflows into one house, often into a bathtub or shower and spilling over the toilet bowl. Backups may be twenty or more gallons of wastewater. 

Much of the information that applies to water damage within a home applies to a sewage discharge. There are also concerns regarding bacterial contamination. However, most bacteria within sewage (water) will remain within the water until it is disturbed by physical action (such as mopping, wiping) or by using fans and air-blowers.

A significant sewage overflow always requires professional assistance.  Call our office immediately so our trained and certified technicians can provide the appropriate type of cleanup.

(Be Pro-active)

?    If washing machines or dishwashers are operating during a sewage discharge, have them turned off

?    In an apartment complex or multi-unit building ask the neighbors to not operate their appliances and to not use their shower until the blockage has been cleared by a plumber/maintenance specialist

?    Insist that residents stay out of the mess so they do not spread the contamination into unaffected areas 
nor compromise their own health and safety

SERVPRO’s sewage clean up procedures feature the erection of containment barriers and the installation of HEPA air cleaning and filtration machines. All hard surfaces are sanitized. Porous materials may need to be removed as recommended by the US and California EPA standards. We do things the right way per each situation.

Trauma Scene / Hazmat

Our SERVPRO franchise is licensed by the State of California to perform trauma scene and HAZMAT cleanup (which also includes asbestos awareness and lead renovation). This specialty cleaning is performed to high standards. Recovered waste materials and contaminants are disposed of in compliance with regulations. The costs are commensurate with the complexity of the project.

            Blood and bodily fluids 
            Dead animal cleanup
            Chemical Spills
            Skunk odor removal
            Cooking odor removal
            Asbestos – with associate
            Lead

Be assured……..Upon job completion, the indoor environment we treat will be clean, safe and odor free.

Vandalism

When an empty house or building has been vandalized, the damage can be anything from a nasty cleanup job to major restoration repair. We’re here to help with an array of licensed services… one-stop shopping.

            Hazmat cleanup 
            Graffiti removal                        
            Structural damage
            Cosmetic repair
            Plaster
            Paint
            Carpet cleaning
            Structural repair
            Cabinet
            Carpet and flooring

Fire & Smoke

The first concern in a fire is to protect life. Residents need to get out of the building quickly. Heat accelerates rapidly and oxygen vanishes quickly. Even a small fire can become life-threatening in as little as four minutes.

When there is a Structure Fire, the first responders will usually be the fire department. Residents must follow their instructions. Often “fire-chasers” (repair and cleaning contractors) listen to fire and police radio/internet channels. These contractors may arrive at a fire scene offering their services. If you are a landlord or property manager, advise your tenants that they do not have authority, or permission to hire these services.  

In some localities, the Fire Department will dispatch a pre-approved contractor to provide emergency board-up services of the roof, windows, and doors. This can be verified by the senior firefighter on the scene. 

Less Severe Damage: In some situations, a small fire, or smoke and soot damage caused by cooking, a fireplace, or BBQ may pollute the indoor environment with soot and odor. Residents should not attempt to clean. Soot and odor damage requires professional products and techniques that are not readily available or known outside the restoration industry. Improper cleaning techniques will often “set” the soot or make it more difficult and more expensive to remove.  
    
(Report Damage)
 
?    Call our office as soon as possible so we can help with:
        Board-up 
        Debris removal 
        Emergency power
        Cleaning and drying of the structure
        Deodorizing of the structure
        Pack-out, cleaning, and storage of     personal contents
        Re-construction

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS)

?    A fire scene becomes a slip hazard when water has been used to extinguish the fire (especially when                        fire sprinklers have been discharged)
?    Broken glass, damaged wood and other objects may present a danger of sharp object injury

(Be Pro-active)

?    Soot becomes a permanent stain, resulting from improper cleaning methods 
?    Keep hands clean, do not touch items – body oil will increase soot damage
?    Do not open doors that were closed – it may spread soot contamination
?    Do not operate the furnace or HVAC system – it will spread soot
?    If power is off, remove contents from the refrigerator and freezer/prop doors open  

In review: This information was written by Clayton Barry for property managers in the East Bay. Hopefully, you agree this information provides good advice for anyone who has a structure that suffers water, fire, sewage or other damage. When you need help in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Hayward, Union City or San Leandro we are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480    

Copyright 2015 – Clayton A. Barry for SERVPRO of San Leandro

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of San Leandro is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water or fire emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the San Leandro community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

We are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480  

Big Commercial projects

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A SERVPRO team effort.
SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for our expertise in serving insurance companies. SERVPRO of San Leandro is proud to be an important part of this team. Locally, we also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

We are aware that not every property repair is an emergency: Building owners, property managers and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restoration issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why SERVPRO of San Leandro performs non-emergency specialty cleaning and restoration services. Services such as: Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, power washing, Asbestos removal and even reconstruction services. For local help with a large or small project contact us at 510-352-2480

Fine Art Repair

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Modern art piece being cleaned to remove soot.

By Clayton A. Barry

Fire in a home or office will cause plenty of damage. What happens when a fine piece of art such as an oil painting or delicate watercolor is contaminated with soot. Is it ruined? Can it be cleaned without causing further damage?

There are times when heat from a fire can cause severe damage to a piece of art, or water from firefighting hoses will inflict heavy damage to artwork and their frames. Sometimes the damage is beyond repair. Cleaning can be performed to stop the spread of damage, but the burns and stains now become the history of the art.

In other cases the art can be restored to as good as before. Fortunately, our company has the skills and resources to provide expert restoration of fine artwork. We have experts who work in-house who can provide cleaning for oil painting, ceramics, art-photos and some watercolors and prints. When we take on a project at our cleaning facility in Hayward, we work with local picture framers who can redo mats and frames if they need to be replaced

Th cleaning technique we often use cleaning to remove soot from oil paintings might surprise you. We use synthetic sponges, natural sponges, and even raw potatoes to clean the oil painted surfaces. Yes, potatoes.

What about the badly damaged pieces, and artwork of high value? We know our limits, that's why our company works with specialty artwork restorers including: The Conversation Center in Chicago. What an amazing place to visit and work with. I was able to tour their facilities to see restoration projects of works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and others.

If you have smoke or water damaged artwork, photographs, prints and sculpture SERVPRO of San Leandro would be pleased to help you. We have worked for homes with fine art collections in Atherton, Alameda, Hillsborough, Piedmont, San Francisco, Stockton, and many other locations in Northern California.

Our work includes cleaning posters, fine books and even comic book collections. If it’s precious to you and you want it restored, please give us a call. We care and we’re here to help.

(510) 352-2480

Water Damage Brew Rescue in San Leandro

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Don't let water damage shut down your brewery. Contact SERVPRO and our technicians will help to keep your business doors open

Our SERVPRO Technicians Handle Your Business Water Damage Quickly and Efficiently

Water can be very harmful to a commercial space, even when it is one of the most important ingredients used in the business’s final product. A business can be ruined if a water event causes a shutdown of even a few days. We work closely with our commercial customers to keep any closure short-lived and try to allow at least a portion of the retail space to remain open for business. 
 
Your craft brewing company is threatened with a bottling line halt when a supply line springs a significant leak it is to poised to close down production of your brand until it can be repaired and the area dried out. We have some ideas on how your business can continue in a limited way as we respond to and resolve the water crisis. 
 
The first job is to shut off the supply line and arrange for repair. Then our crew of highly trained SERVPRO technicians gets to work pumping and extracting the water from your bottling room. If you have found it necessary to shut down the power for safety’s sake, we are able to remove the water with our truck-mounted equipment, ensuring we lose no time as we complete this job. 
 
Next, we measure moisture levels and set up a configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your bottling area completely. While the drying team does its work, SERVPRO managers evaluate the operational safety of your equipment and work to have supporting contractors fix any damaged machines so you can get back in business once the drying is complete. 
 
Meanwhile, we encourage you and your staff to continue operations in your retail space or brew pub. You may not be able to add to your craft beer supply while we restore the damage, but if we erect barriers to hide the sight and noise of the drying process, you should be able to offer the public the finished product. SERVPRO does everything in our power to keep at least a portion of your company open during restoration for your morale and to avoid disappointing your customers, who may look elsewhere for refreshment if you close. 
 
SERVPRO of San Leandro is eager to craft creative responses to commercial water damage crises. Give our office a call at (510) 352-2480 to schedule a speedy inspection and start your rapid recovery. 

Fire Damage Clean Up

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After the fire is out, the cleanup begins.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro for Residential Fire Damage 

Fires can break out in your home for a number of reasons, including common causes such as a lightning strike, an electrical issue or a mishap with cigarettes. Some fires are extinguished quickly, creating only a small amount of Oakland fire damage for you to contend with. Other fires may rage for a longer period of time, and the result may be that an extensive portion of your property is damaged. Regardless of the size of the burned area, fire damage requires a fast, professional response from a remediation and repair company. 

The Damage from a Fire 
When you assess the damage from a fire n your home, you may be taken aback at the extent of damage from even a small fire. The charred area from the flames may be rather localized to a specific room or area of the home in many cases, and this is particularly true if the fire was extinguished quickly. However, the fire damage can extend far beyond the section that was burned. Consider, for example, that the smoke from fires may have filled several rooms or even the entire home. This smoke can cling to walls, carpeting, furniture and more, and it can also cause staining. In addition to the smoke and soot the water and flame-retardant material from the firefighters' efforts may be scattered throughout the area, creating an additional mess. 

The Steps for Fire Damage Restoration
With such a situation on your hands, you may be wondering how you can repair the damage that has affected your home. The Oakland fire damage repair process involves an initial assessment of the damage, and this ideally will be completed as soon as possible once the fire event has been completed. The water will need to be dried out of the home before the restoration process can begin. Once the restoration work begins, soot, smoke damage, and fire damage will be remedied with professional results. 

Why You Need a Professional Response.  Some homeowners may think about completing this process on their own, but it's best left to professionals. This is because some of the work, such as water remediation, should be completed as soon as possible and with thorough results to avoid mold damage. In addition, the restoration process for smoke damage can be more difficult than you may think, requiring cleaning throughout much of the home. SERVPRO of San Leandro is the trusted and dependable restoration company that many others have already used for their fire damage restoration services, and we're ready to help you. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire, flood or water emergency event. When a major or damaging event occurs in your Oakland or Alameda area home, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us at (510) 352-2480.

Get it fixed, before it gets costly

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Don't let this much damage happen, call SERVPRO as soon as you notice wetness.

Your Oakland Water Damaged Home Can Be Restored By SERVPRO

Water damage is a problem that most property owners would rather not have to face. After heavy rains or flooding, the risk of water damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars in damages. It can damage wood, furniture, electronics, household appliances, and your electrical and plumbing systems. Water intrusion poses risks to your health from exposure to mold, raw sewage, and bacteria. Hire water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO. They can make the water removal and clean up safer and faster.

Water damage comes From Many Sources
Water damage can be caused by dishwashers that leak, toilets that become clogged, appliances hoses that break, leaks from plumbing, or broken pipes. When too much water and an insufficient way to move or get rid of the it, more complicated problems can arise. For example, a small flood, over time can cause structural damage to your home. Water damage if untreated, can destroy homes or cause them to be uninhabitable until after restoration. You must start the water damage cleanup immediately. If you initiate the water damage restoration process quickly, you increase the chances of saving water damaged items and reduce the risk of unsalvageable items and structural failures.

Permanent Damage Caused By Water
Water will encourage the proliferation of mold growth. Mold growth can destroy woodwork, ceilings, drywall, and other trim. Further, it can damage furniture that sits and soaks in water for an extended period. Constant standing water will cause boards and planks in your home to become warped and weakened. Over time, this will lead to threatening the structural integrity of your home. Water can ruin your home. Waiting to remove water and block on-going damage saves you stress, time, money, and preserves more of your personal, irreplaceable possessions.

Our experts from SERVPRO also have the IICRC training to complement an extensive arsenal of industry grade pumping equipment, drying machines, cleaning products, and expertise to surmount all of your flooding situations. Some water damage may only require a minor cleanup process. However, some jobs may need a big renovation. We can cover the entire process from water removal to complete restoration and keep you well informed of the progress. Our goal is to mitigate the water damage, and get you back home "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of San Leandro has the equipment, experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We respond to your water damage in Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont quickly. Call us 24/7 at (510) 352-2480

Experienced Professionals for Complete Restoration

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The Process of Mold Damage Restoration in a Home or Business

Mold damage can be a major nuisance in any business or home set-up. It discolors drywall, leaves black spots on the siding, blackens shower grout lines and grows on damp wood on the property. The microscopic spores it releases are scientifically known to lead to property damage and also leave a smelly odor. The trick is to embrace mitigation and deodorization program for the mold in home and business setups before it becomes harmful.

Locate the Mold

Removing some of the mold one can see does not act as remediation process. Fungus, mildew, and mold in home must be removed completely to avert damage. Missing out on any bit during mold removal means what’s left will grow and spread, leading to home or commercial mold damage. It is advisable to employ the services of a mold removal company to ensure a thorough test and mitigation program are professionally applied to keep off mold damage for the longest time. The companies look for mold damage in all rooms, paying attention to areas with smelly odor and those that appear dump. Many property owners do not realize that commercial mold damage can also be found under floor coverings, in walls, air conditioning ducts, among other sensitive areas, and this will need deodorization after the mold removal process.

Assessment and Calculation of Mold Damage called a "SCOPE."

Mold remediation goes beyond locating the areas affected by commercial mold damage. Most people fail to understand that mildew, fungus, and mold can be invisible intruders, meaning that one must be inquisitive before applying the remediation process. Professionals know that mold is mostly caused by water and too much moisture. Experience allows them to locate the source of this moisture. What’s more, it may not grow in just one area, so a thorough investigation on the amount of contaminated space must be considered for thorough mitigation. Calculating the extent of mold in a home impacts the mold removal, cleanup and deodorization approach. The aim of commercial mold damage mitigation is to avoid exposing workers and the building occupants to harm. Professionals apply high levels of mold, mildew and fungus remediation based on the square footage of the damage. The EPA states that people should be concerned when more than ten square feet of structural surface is affected.

Preparation of the Damaged Area

Most companies use fungicide for deodorization and the cleanup of fungus, mildew, and mold. Sheets of heavy plastic are used, and tapes to seal the work area to ensure mold spores are not spread to other areas. Professionals carry all necessary mold alleviation tools for the operation. Also, to further prevent the spreading of mold spores, negative pressure is applied in areas of commercial mold damage. Mold removal companies use protective gear before undertaking remediation.

Cleanup and Removal of Moldy Materials

Materials such as carpeting and drywall are sprayed lightly with water to reduce the smelly odor and prevent mold spores from being spread. Using a vacuum with a filter keeps mold from being dispersed. The moldy materials are then sealed in trash bags before being disposed of. For non-porous materials that can be cleaned adequately such as bathtubs and tiles to remove mold, mildew, and fungus, fungicide is applied using a rag (towel). However it should be noted that much of the mold growing on tile in wet areas does not produce airborne spores.

Because powdery mold tends to disperse high amounts of mold spores only a professional should provide cleanup services such as sanding the wood and other surfaces for complete mold removal.




Moldy debris is HEPA vacuumed to avoid further spread of mold damage. Afterward, the HEPA vacuum should be thoroughly cleaned with fungicide and water. The solution is then allowed to penetrate the surfaces and dry. Also, the floor must be thoroughly cleaned with a chlorinated cleaner if the mold mitigation process is to be successful. Once the mold in home has been eliminated, the next step is to seal wood surfaces with an oil-based primer. After cleaning the wall surfaces, mold mitigation and deodorization teams repaint using latex paint that contains mildew-cide to ensure mold, mildew, and fungus will not resurface in the future, and the deodorization eliminates smelly odor. However, if moisture gets to the area, mold in home will also return. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480.

Fire Damage In San Leandro caused by Candlelight

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Fire Damage in San Leandro Has Met Its Match with SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration After Water and Fire & Smoke Damaging Events

Romantic and calming, turning the lights down and lighting a few candles is a technique many use to relax and let the stress of the day or the week go. If the candles not well-tended, however, relaxation can turn into panic as a guttering candle starts a house fire. After a fire, homeowners need an experienced restoration company to lead the way back to normal. 
 
The candles you lit for a quiet evening at home had a different agenda. After one set a tablecloth and napkins on fire, the night became quite a bit more frantic. Your dining room is awash in water from the firefighters’ hoses and soiled with smoke and soot. An acrid smell makes it clear fire damage is the problem at your home in San Leandro, and you doubt you have the skills to clean up and deodorize. Fortunately, when you call your insurance, they recommend you take no steps until you talk with us. 
 
Our SERVPRO offers round the clock response and a full-service menu of tasks our technicians hold certification in to ensure our work reflects the industry’s best practices. After a thorough assessment, our project manager determines and orders the work necessary to return your house to preloss condition. First, on the list is responding to the water damage caused by the fire fighting efforts. 
 
Although the actual fire damage is devastating, the water damage has a higher likelihood of causing permanent or secondary damage if not remediated first. Removing water and drying out the structure and belongings avoids the growth of mold and the deterioration water saturation can cause. Since our technicians are trained and are IICRC certified in a range of restoration techniques they can move to the cleanup and repair needed after the water is managed. 
 
The table linens may be burned beyond repair, but SERVPRO takes on the work required with a restoration focus. We use appropriate techniques to clear away soot from the walls, furnishings, and floors. Because the area was wet, spray and wipe methods work better than vacuuming and dry sponging. If a surface is charred, we clean it well and then determine whether an abrasive tool can remove the burnt material, revealing undamaged layers below. Speed is necessary because soot and smoke are acidic, and begin to etch and pit surfaces quickly. 
 
Deodorization is the final step, accomplished through the disposal of burned material and sealing of surfaces to prevent odors from escaping and becoming airborne. If a smell lingers, professional sprays or, in more persistent cases, thermal fogging is used to neutralize the particles floating and contributing to the odor. 
 
A call to (510) 352-2480 gets an experienced fire damage crew from SERVPRO of San Leandro to your home. Our staff schedules appointments within hours of the first contact, ensuring we provide needed services before additional damage occurs.

Fire Department Protection here.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage

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Repairs... the final step after a fire.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Repairs

If your home has recently been damaged by fire, you understandably are eager to get started improving the property so that life can resume as soon as possible. A fire may make certain areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired, or it may make the entire home unsafe to be in until the cleanup and repair work is completed. Regardless of how significant or minor the work is, you may want to know how long it will take. The timeline is dependent on not only, the restorative process, but also if any remodeling is included in the final product.

Getting the Repair Work Started
It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work for Alameda residents The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Perhaps, a kitchen fire left chemical residue for cleanup. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO with minimal time and effort. We arrive with our green vehicles stocked with equipment, and supplies to surmount any cleaning and restoration need. Then, you can begin the repair process and decide which items need to be replaced and which ones need to be repaired. We can suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem, and some items, such as carpeting, and the HVAC system may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from the home. 

Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete. Bu, SERVPRO of San Leandro can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified technicians have the skills and assets to do a full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated fire damage repair franchise that is ready to begin working for you. We can also help with mold, storm, or water damaging events to your property. Call us today for 24/7 emergency assistance at (510) 352-2480.

Where is Rain to go?

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This isn't Venice, Italy! When the Bay overflows, water floods the area.

Our SERVPRO Certified Technicians Act Quickly to Prevent Secondary Damages

When the San Francisco Bay's level rises, it can cause substantial problems for the residents of San Leandro. Flooding does not need to come from rainfall with nowhere to go but sideways – and the salty water from the Bay holds its own type of special hazards for homeowners. 

Residents who find themselves facing flood damage from overflows from the Bay often have to deal with the silt and sand when flooding abates, plus the multitude of microorganisms and the smell they create. While sea spray can give hair and clothing a fresh scent, it fails at this when a home is involved. Photos found on the internet can show you how badly flooding impacts homes and other buildings, but it is impossible to fully portray the indescribable odors left behind. 

Always ready for flooding and other disaster types, SERVPRO professionals can provide the complete restoration services needed to start the cleanup procedures and prepare your home for the return of your family. Flooding increases the risk of not only  water damagebut also the chance that a fire starts. Electrical circuits, wiring, fuse boxes, and all other components submerged during a flood must have an inspection by a licensed electrician to prevent fires from starting. 

After removing debris and standing water, we then begin drying out the home. As we work, we take care to discuss any modifications to walls and cabinets that often increase our machines' efficiency. Because flooding often renders a home's electrical framework unusable, we bring our own with us. Preparing the areas the electrician must access in advance can save time later, so we keep this in mind as we work in your home. After the electrical work is again functioning safely and correctly, we can continue restoring your home. 

Re-establishing the indoor environment helps protect your home from future damage, some of which can take months or longer to surface and become evident. Making your home beautiful while we protect it is one of our main goals at SERVPRO. When you, the homeowner, are satisfied with our work, then we know our job is complete.

SERVPRO of San Leandro understands the role your home plays for you and your family, and we want to help you in the task of ensuring its integrity. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 to speak with our technicians about how we can help. 

For more information regarding San Leandro, call 510-325-3009

Oakland Homeowners Quake from Water Damage, Then They Call SERVPRO

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Oakland Properties Get Water Loss Help and Even Cupcakes from SERVPRO--We Are Here for You!

We Provide Reliable Water Damage Services in Oakland

When water flows into your kitchen from a broke dishwater hose, calling professionals may save your beautiful Oakland home from significant damages. There is standing water in your kitchen that should be dealt with as soon as possible. It is never a right decision to wait to call because excess moisture in the home can cause structural damage and mold growth, which can result in health effects. Our techs work fast and can restore your home when possible.

Our skilled SERVPRO water damage team In Oakland can be on-site within hours after you call us. Arriving quickly and working fast can prevent further damages to the property. Plus, quickly responding may protect contents inside the structure, which could result in lower restoration and insurance costs.
 
We can use a variety of extracting methods such as portable extractors, pumps, wands or vacuums to remove water quickly from the affected areas. After we get rid of the water, our crew can check for hidden moisture. They may employ probes and sensors to locate moisture beneath the floor tile or from behind the lower walls and baseboards. Standing water can also cause wood rot and can ruin sub-flooring, which is why it is relevant to call us to do the job.
 
Once, we remove the water from the area our crew can start the drying stage. Our SERVPRO techs may utilize industrial air movers, high-velocity axial fans and dehumidifiers to dry the structure. Air movers and fans help speed up drying by raising the level of evaporation and reducing the amount of moisture in the air. In some cases, our techs may use heaters to enhance drying. If odors are present, air scrubbers may also be put in place to push musty smells from the structure and to pull in cleaner air. Dehumidifiers may also be set in strategic areas to reduce moisture in the atmosphere and to expedite drying.
 
When possible, our SERVPRO of San Leandro water damage team can restore your kitchen back to its preloss condition. We are here to help and are only a phone call away. Contact us 24/7 at (510) 352-2480.

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FUNGUS

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

The fungus grows any time it has enough moisture and a food source, which is a real headache for homeowners who want to avoid mold damage.

Mold is a tenacious organism. The fungus grows any time it has enough moisture and a food source, which is a real headache for homeowners who want to avoid mold damage. There are many places within the home where spores can settle and grow whole new colonies, such as the basement or the bathroom. The fungus often appears on walls or ceilings, and one of its favorite meals in the house is drywall. SERVPRO understands that San Leandro homeowners are on the lookout for ways to reduce fungal growth in their homes, which is why some of our customers ask us about the use of mold resistant drywall or sheetrock.

Anyone looking to reduce mold damage in San Leandro is eager to take advantage of products that lessen fungal growth. Of course, we are not suggesting you remove your existing drywall and replace it with mold resistant drywall – that would be very costly! However, you might be wondering if mold resistant drywall is a sensible option in situations where drywall needs replacing.

How can sheetrock be made with less risk of mold growth? The answer is in the construction and the materials. Traditional plasterboard consists of a layer of gypsum, sandwiched between a facing and a backing sheet. The facing and backing are usually comprised of paper – and paper is a great example of an organic material that is food for mold.

Fungus resistant sheetrock is a nonorganic material that is less attractive to spores. How is it made to resist fungus? The answer is usually one of two things: By doing away with layers in favor of a homogeneous layer of gypsum, or by replacing the paper layers with an inorganic material such as fiberglass.

No manufacturer can guarantee their product is mold free, and fungus can still grow on walls made out of the new sort of sheetrock. Also, the newer type of plasterboard typically costs around 10% more than its counterparts. However, removing the paper layer does reduce the opportunities for mold growth, and as such, it is worth considering.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold cleanup. Our IICRC-certified teams create a sealed area for remediation and use tools techniques such as scrubbing and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible mold. For help with fungal remediation in San Leandro, Mulford Gardens and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for assistance today.

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Water Damaged Property

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Ever Experienced Water Damage to Your Property? That's a good question. Over the years SERVPRO of San Leandro has responded to many unusual sources of water damage including: Children watering indoor plants with a garden house; aquariums falling over during an earthquake; and carpenters driving nails through hidden pipes. There are many more common ways that a building can become damaged by water such as: Ground water flooding, rain storms, burst water delivery pipes, plumbing backups, failed/leaking water heaters, etc.

One of the strangest water damage situations that our company responded to was in a four story Victorian house in Oakland that had been converted to small apartments.

During a domestic argument, a wife slashed a waterbed that was in a bedroom on the top floor. The 100 gallons of water flowed down through the floor causing flooding to many rooms below. The water damage affected every resident in the house.

When our crew arrived, we were amazed to see the interior rooms with ceilings dripping as if it were raining indoors. Regardless of the source or the size of the flooding, SERVPRO of San Leandro can quickly mitigate (stop and contain) the damage and get the drying and recovery underway.

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Don't Make Your Entire Oakland School into a Science Experiment When Water Damage Strikes

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly lead to a mold infestation and prevent kids from going to school. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Water Damage Can Severely Affect Your Oakland School

Education is something that Oakland residents take seriously, and that is why when a disaster threatens one of the local schools, it is critical to get this situation resolved immediately. The less time that incidents take to get restored and cleaned up, the less time that students have to spend without a place to go and learn.

Water damage in your Oakland school is often among the situations that get overlooked by overseers as minuscule or non-threatening. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An inadequately or improperly cleaned and restored water damage incident can lead to many severe effects for the building and also those that use it.

Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help you through any emergency that one of the schools in the area districts faces. This commitment ensures that your institution is getting highly trained restoration specialists with industry-leading equipment to overcome any level of water damage incident that you face. However, how can water damage cause significant problems for the building?

One of the first concerns is the penetration into flooring and wall materials like drywall, wood, and linoleum. In just a brief period these materials can become oversaturated and deform, break loose and fail. This hazard can affect both faculty and students and persist gradually after the water had presumably gotten cleaned up with conventional approaches.

Another pressing concern for school officials should be persistent dampness and moisture. These conditions could lead to hazardous secondary effects like mold growth which could affect those occupying the building. Our SERVPRO team has moisture detection equipment we utilize to ensure that our efforts have successfully removed all of the water from the affected areas, not just the areas that can be readily seen.

When you are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of an entire school, there are often hundreds or even thousands of people to consider with every decision. Trust in the experience and rapid response of our SERVPRO of San Leandro water restoration team to help you through every step of restoring the building. Give us a call today at (510) 352-2480.

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Roof Damages Can Allow Flooding In Your Oakland Residence

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damages in your Oakland home can spread quickly to the point of being out of control.

Roof Damages Can Allow Flooding

Taking care of your Oakland home means taking the time and the effort to ensure that all of its components are working up to their expectations. Neglecting processes like roof inspections on an annual or semi-annual basis can leave you unaware when storms have caused substantial damages to the support system for your roof or individual shingles. One point of weakness can be all that is necessary to allow water to flow into your home from runoff or torrential rainfall.

Flood damages in your Oakland home can spread quickly to the point of being out of control. Especially when the flood waters enter through an area like the attic, they can widen out to affect multiple rooms simultaneously as gravity pulls the water towards the lower levels of your house. Combating these effects requires experienced technicians with specialized training in water restoration like you find with our SERVPRO team.

From the moment that our highly trained crew arrives at your house, we get to work quickly on assessing the point of entry for the damage your home has sustained. If the damage is not substantial in this area, we can board or tarp over this point of entry until the appropriate measures can get taken to reconstruct this damage to your roof.

The focus of our SERVPRO technicians following that step is to mitigate your loss by removing at-risk items as quickly as possible from all of the affected areas. This step is known as packing out, and it involves taking these items to a safe location for evaluation and focused restoration where required. Meanwhile, the restoration to your home has begun, and these removed items get returned following the successful restoration of the damage to your house.

As you can see, our professional restoration team goes to great lengths to navigate you through the often stressful experience of combating flood damages. If you have an emergency like this that you face in your home, you can always count on our SERVPRO of San Leandro water damage technicians to respond quickly and work efficiently to bring your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call 24/7 at (510) 352-2480.

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Taking Care of Water Damage in Your San Leandro Home Quickly

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Here Is Why to Call SERVPRO Promptly for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the San Leandro Area

SERVPRO Advises Property Owners Not To Delay in Requesting Water Removal Help

As a San Leandro homeowner, you have a lot on your plate regarding keeping your residence in top form. From the potential disasters that could show up with little warning to threaten the exterior structure of your home to issues that occur within the house, many of the effects could be outside of your abilities to restore or clean up on your own. In these cases, professional restoration can help you to bring your home back to the way that it should be as quickly as possible.

Professional restoration for water damages in your San Leandro home, for example, can help you to appreciate your need for efficient services better. Our SERVPRO team of professionals works to live up to our slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. The benefit to you is that our technicians can arrive quickly and offer the most efficient and practical approaches to restore the damage that your home has sustained.

This process begins with you, however. From the moment that the incident occurs, damages throughout the affected area occur almost immediately. The longer that the water is standing in one place or spreading throughout your home, the more surfaces and materials can be harmed. This reality should encourage you to act quickly to secure the rapid response of our SERVPRO professionals as soon as possible.

The more saturated and heavy that construction materials become throughout the affected areas of your home, the more unstable they are. Not only does this pose a significant risk to the occupants of the house as these materials weaken or become too heavy to support, but it also limits the ability of our experienced team to restore and salvage these materials.

To keep your house from getting too affected by water damages, you should count on the efficient and experienced SERVPRO of San Leandro restoration specialists. Our team can arrive quickly and help you to overcome any of these negative forces to bring your home back to the way it should be, "Like it never even happened." Our team is standing by 24/7 at (510) 352-2480.

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Understanding Effects of Flood Damage in Your Oakland Property Helps Improve Restoration

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the source of the flooding, outside storm or inside accident or pipe failure, contact SERVPRO to mitigate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Provides the Certified Technicians Who Have Studied and Witnessed How Different Materials React to Flooding

It is possible to save your waterlogged Oakland property if you take the right steps. The level of success also depends on how fast the restoration process starts, so you should start immediately if there is a chance. However, your efforts might focus on the wrong actions if you do not understand the effects floods have on various sections of your property. Knowing which areas can be problematic is essential even when you hire a professional to help with the restoration because it builds your confidence in the work they do.

During incidences of flood damage in Oakland, certain areas are likely to be more affected. The level of damage depends on the material used in the specific area and the general position of the area in relation to the movement of water. For example, the areas closer to the floor may end up submerged for extended periods, so the damage might be more extensive even if the water originates from the roof. Our SERVPRO technicians try to extract any standing water immediately so that the mitigation process starts reducing the period of exposure.

Materials like drywall weaken when exposed to water. Insulation too readily absorbs water if the fiber or foam used is absorbent. The situation is different for insulation made of closed-cell foam because it does not absorb water quickly. Before tearing down everything in the affected areas, our SERVPRO team inspects the entire property to establish salvageable materials. Retaining such materials can help reduce the costs of restoring your property.

You might be worried that the floodwaters would damage the wooden frame of the structure compromising its integrity. Luckily, the solid lumber used in the frames withstands flooding unless left sitting in the water for weeks. The wood might swell a bit after soaking up some water, but it eventually dries regaining its shape and structural integrity. Fast extraction of the water in the affected areas is essential to guarantee this and prevent problems like mold. Our SERVPRO team brings the necessary water extraction tools, air movers, and dehumidifiers to help dry any affected areas fast enough.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 if your property floods. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster offering advice and the necessary assistance to restore your property to its preloss state.

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Mold issue? Need Tips?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

It is worth noting that the best advice about mold is to prevent it from growing in the first place. Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible before mold has a chance to develop. Control indoor humidity by opening windows and operating fans after showering. Keep indoor humidity below 60%.


Many people believe that bleach is a cure all when it comes to mold cleanup. It’s not. When you see mold on a hard surface such as ceramic tile usedetergentand water and a scrub brush or sponge to remove it. Note: do not use bleach. When the cleanup is done, dry the area completely. Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold during the cleaning process. Wear rubber gloves and a disposable paper filter mask (available at hardware stores.) An N-95 rated mask is recommended because it filters out fine dust and mold spores.



Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It might not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored. This is especially true concerning soft goods. That’s why, absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Any traces of mold will grow again if moisture/humidity is present.



It is tempting to paint or caulk over top of moldy surfaces. Don’t! Always clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces will almost always peel.



Need more ideas about self-do it mold cleaning… the EPA website provides plenty of helpful advice concerning mold cleanup. The site also informs its’ readers that experts should be consulted when visible mold has affected 10 square feet or more of interior surface.



If you’re unsure about how to clean an item, or if the contaminated item is expensive or of sentimental value, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro. We are specialists in mold cleanup and we work with furniture repair, restoration, painting, art conservation experts. We also perform HVAC cleaning, carpet cleaning, and odor control and other specialty cleaning work. Should you need our services, or wish to talk about mold, call us today at510-352-2480... SERVPRO of San Leandro is at your service.

We Provide Experienced Mold Damage Remediation in Oakland

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Works Hard to Establish NO MOLD Zones in Oakland Area Residences

Oakland Area Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Safe and Successful Mold Cleanup

When extensive mold growth is present in your Oakland residence, it is time to call professionals with experience. Mold can cause health effects, which is why contacting us to handle mold damage removal is a wise choice. Our crew has access to industrial equipment and tools to properly and safely remove mold from the affected areas of your home.

Our SERVPRO mold damage team in Oakland is well trained and works quickly and efficiently to contain and remove mold. Plus, they take precautions to ensure they do not spread mold spores to any other areas inside the structure during the cleanup process. Containing the area also helps protect the homeowners if they remain in the house. Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians are IICRC-certified and can secure the doors and vents with plastic sheeting and tape. The crew may also set-up “clean rooms“ and decontamination areas to clean and sanitize items and equipment.
 
After the containment phase, the team may use air scrubbers to purify the air and to get rid of musty mold odors. Plus, these machines can remove airborne mold spores from the area while the crew is working. Our team can also utilize professional grade disinfectants to clean non-porous surfaces. Also, the crew may strategically place dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture from the structure. We also use antifungal sprays to help prevent mold from growing back.
 
Once the team removes mold from the structure, they begin to dry the structure as well as the contents in the area to prevent mold re-growth. Our technicians may set-up air movers to bring in warm, dry air and to flush out moisture. We can also use fans to force damp air out of the atmosphere and to expedite the drying process.
 
You can rely on SERVPRO of San Leandro to handle mold damage restoration in your home. We are highly regarded in the field of mold restoration and are here to help. Our skilled and trained team works fast to restore your home when possible. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 if you mold is present in your home.

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Unnatural Disasters Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Oakland Home

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Oakland Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO to Dry Out Your Home and Bicycle?

Oakland Properties Benefit from Fast Stormwater Removal from SERVPRO or Other Kinds of Flooding

Among the natural disasters that Oakland residents get accustomed to contend with, you can never discredit the possibility of substantial water damages. While often you think of these situations coming from torrential rainfall and runoff, equipment malfunctions and emergency situations could pose the same threat to your home and those around you.  
 
Flood damages might not seem as likely as other emergencies to your Oakland home, but they happen often enough that you should have a plan in place to face them. Everything from water main breaks to storage tank malfunctions, equipment failure can result in multiple houses experiencing this damage all at once. This possibility is what makes it important to have the right team of professionals secured to come to help you restore the damages and return your home to the way it was before the emergency, "Like it never even happened."
 
This process begins with finding the kind of professionals that can respond to your situation as promptly as possible. Mitigation plays such a significant role in flood restoration that you need technicians that know what to do and how to do it quickly to avoid catastrophic damages when possible. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We do not consider this to be a catchphrase, but an approach to the way we do business in the community.  
 
Extraction of the water in your home is only truly effective once the source of the damage has gotten repaired or shut down, but we can work to limit the spread and effect of this water. Water main breaks typically take several hours to repair ultimately, but the line can get shut off and stop feeding water in as little as thirty minutes. You should already have calls out to your insurance company and our SERVPRO professionals to secure restoration work begins as quickly as possible. Storm damage can back up the main drainage lines from your property, so be ready to make the call, fast.
 
While you might not consider flooding to be at the top of your list of concerns, you can never entirely count out the possibility either. No matter what level of damage you experience, you can trust our SERVPRO of San Leandro water damage restoration technicians to help you set things right again. Give us a call today at (510) 352-2480.

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Oakland’s Fire Damage Team Describes What Goes In An Estimator’s Testing Kit

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire burns, it can cause multiple types of damage to your Oakland home.

What Goes In An Estimator’s Testing Kit

When a fire burns, it can cause multiple types of damage to your Oakland home. The several types of materials inside your house burn differently under the various conditions that took place. Fires burn at a variety of temperatures until they get put out. The fuel burned and conditions such as heat and oxygen change the types of damage created as a result of the blaze. Some types of soot residues can be easily cleaned whereas others stick to items so bad that they need to be replaced.

The main goal of any restoration project is to return things to preloss conditions by replacing as little things as possible. During the initial scope of a fire damage project in Oakland, our SERVPRO estimators test different substances to determine whether they can be saved by cleaning or not. This step in the overall process is vital so that we do not say we can clean something we cannot or replace an object that could have been treated and saved.

Testing every affected material that exists in a building can be strenuous, and it requires special tools and chemicals. All of our estimators at SERVPRO carry a testing kit with them to every job. The testing kit contains all of the necessary items we need to accurately test the cleanability of smoke residues.

Every estimator test kit comes with personal protection equipment and a respirator for entering hazardous areas. They also are equipped with cleaning tools such as steel wool that can test the amount of agitation required on an item. Scrapers get used to test whether plastic melted onto appliances can be scraped off or not. Dry cleaning sponges are on hand to see how well porous surfaces can be dry cleaned.

The next array of equipment our SERVPRO crew possesses when completing the initial project scope is a variety of chemicals and detergents. Our estimator stocks a large number of products in his kit so that he can test the effectiveness of different chemicals on the various affected surfaces. To make sure all damage caused by fire gets found and dealt with contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480.

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Water Removal Rids Your Oakland Home of Damaging Water after Pipes Break

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Stains Indicate Large Problems for Property Owners in Oakland, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Large Volumes of Water Can Cause Significant Damage--Call SERVPRO Fast

Pipes inside your home can break at any time, day or night, and on average a ¾-inch pipe spews out about 1350 gallons per hour. While not much bigger, if your Oakland home has 1-inch pipes, the amount surges to almost double that amount and releases 2100 gallons per hour.

In Oakland, SERVPRO is always ready to perform water removal and extraction services to get your home dry again. We use submersible pumps that remove the water almost as quickly and prepare the area for our team to use smaller units. Responding Faster to Any Size Disaster, we know that every minute counts. Damaging effects of water begin almost immediately.
 
The longer the water remains, the worse and more extensive damage becomes, reaching into other areas of your home as water, moisture, and water vapor spread. Even the air can become saturated until we restore your home's interior back to its normal dry condition. Dehumidification is hugely crucial to ridding the interior of a home from excess moisture. Less water vapor means more rapid removal of the unwanted water.
 
SERVPRO technicians hold certifications from the IICRC and know how to use various techniques and methods to dry the different materials inside your home. We take readings of your walls, floors, and the air, as well, and then compare these readings to established moisture-content listings. Until the materials inside your home reach these same levels, we continue drying things out.
 
For problematic areas that retain water more strongly, we build simple drying chambers that allow us to concentrate efforts in specific areas while other areas in your residence continue drying at a different rate. Similar to this, we use heated floor mats that extract the moisture that evaporates out from under floorboards. Also, using flexible tubing permits us to air out the cavities and dead spaces in your house's architecture. We force warm, dry air into these spaces to reduce the wetness.
 
When you find your home flooded with water from a broken water line, call us, SERVPRO of San Leandro, at (510) 352-2480. We can try to make everything “Like it never even happened.” with fast and efficient water removal services.

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Fire Damage Experts In Oakland Describe Mitigating Structural Problems

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever burns somewhere on your property in Oakland, it can torch just about everything in its path.

Fire Damage Experts Describe Mitigating Structural Problems

If a fire ever burns somewhere on your property in Oakland, it can torch just about everything in its path. If a blaze gets hot enough, it can use just about anything as fuel. The longer a fire burns, the more of your building's structure and contents it can engulf. The hotter flames get, the more items they can consume in a smaller area. Homes are built with layers of materials, and it is possible that one or more of these structural layers get ruined.

In most cases, when building materials or your possessions get severely charred, they get removed and replaced. When mitigating fire damage in Oakland, removing burnt items is the first step in every restoration project. When most things inside a home burn, they get ruined and must be replaced before reconstruction and the final cleaning process take place. Heat can partially combust building materials and cause them to lose their structural integrity. In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can treat and refinish objects that get charred, reducing the overall cost of the job.

For example, if a fire burns inside your kitchen, several materials can receive different levels of damage. In places where the heat is the most extreme, flames can burn through the drywall and burn the wooden studs inside the wall cavity. If this scenario ever takes place, our SERVPRO restoration crew cuts the drywall and removes as far out to where it is no longer affected, and the charred wood studs get pulled from their positions. In other places of the kitchen, the drywall might just have to be sealed and repainted. Some parts of the studs might not have got badly charred and can be sanded down and treated instead of replaced.

If heat severely affected the kitchen cabinets, they too must get disposed of and reinstalled. If the charred region of the cabinets is not deep and large, then the cabinets can get sanded down and repainted or refinished. When working with most types of wooden materials, items can be saved if the charred region is less than a quarter inch deep. If you ever need help restoring severe burn damage at your place of residence, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 hours a day.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts Out Of Oakland Discuss Cost Saving Strategies

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Excessive moisture that exists inside a building for a long time can cause several different issues to arise.

Commercial Water Damage

If an incident happens to take place inside your Oakland grocery store overnight, it is possible that you will come into your business in the morning to excessive damage. Sometimes appliances can malfunction, or pipes can break when your company is closed, and nobody is inside the building. When this happens, it's likely that water flows into the structure all night long causing your products and building materials to get saturated.

Excessive moisture that exists inside a building for a long time can cause several different issues to arise. During any commercial water damage project in Oakland, reducing moisture levels quickly is vital in preventing secondary problems. When contents and structural components inside your store get wet, they can become ruined. If materials stay saturated for an extended period they may lose their structural integrity.

To prevent microbial growth, our SERVPRO technicians know that it is essential to bring moisture levels back to preloss conditions within 48 hours. We also know that when disasters take place at your place of business that reducing the cost is vital. Our IICRC certified team develops a plan for the project that interferes with your business' functions as little as possible.

In some severe cases, our SERVPRO technicians must remove several of your grocery store's products so that we can dry the contents and your building's structural materials. However, before we pack up several of your items and move them to another location, we see if there are places inside the building that we can temporarily store your products. In many cases, items can be placed in an unaffected area of your store. There may be a storage area that has room for your contents, or a mobile storage unit can be placed on your property.

We know that restoration work can be a process that causes your business a loss of revenue. Our experienced SERVPRO crew often changes the way they mitigate issues so that our work does not prevent your company from functioning as usual. In some situations, we accomplish this task by doing the required work a small section at a time so that your grocery store can stay open throughout the process. If you ever need help saving money when a disaster happens at your business, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 any day of the week.

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Choosing Professional Fire Restoration For Your Oakland Home

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Finding your home at the mercy of fire is nothing that any homeowner wants to experience.

Professional Fire Restoration For Your Home

As an Oakland homeowner, you come to appreciate all of the various disasters and natural events that could adversely affect your residence. While you work hard to prevent these things from having a dramatic toll on the structural integrity of your property or ruining your possessions, it is not effective for all of the potential threats that you face. Fire, for example, can spark up from any number of circumstances and within a short period, can cause untold damage to your home.

Finding your home at the mercy of fire is nothing that any homeowner wants to experience. With the wide array of fire damage that could result from the unfortunate circumstance, your Oakland home might seem unsalvageable once the blaze gets extinguished. Fortunately, these effects are not something that you have to face alone. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome this widespread damage and reclaim your home's original condition quickly.

When our team arrives at your house following the initial call, our estimator is one of the first to get a good look at the damage that you face. Their job here is to assess the full scope of the damage, what contents of your home require further concentrated cleaning and restoration, what services are necessary for restoration, the personnel required, and finally, what areas and items are unsalvageable.

Our SERVPRO professionals often have to overcome secondary damages before the restoration can officially begin. Instances like water damage left behind from the extinguishment provide a hurdle to get past before work can begin on the rest of the affected areas. Through soot/smoke cleaning, deodorization, material removal and more, our certified restoration technicians work systematically to deal with every lingering effect directly.

Finding yourself staring at the effects of a recent fire in your home can leave you stressed and overwhelmed about what it takes to get your home back to preloss conditions. If you put your trust in our SERVPRO of San Leandro fire restoration technicians, this often massive project does not have to rest on your shoulders alone. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (510) 352-2480.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Oakland Talk About Content Drying

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Be a Dummy in Oakland, Call SERVPRO to Keep Your Retail Shop Open for Business After a Water Loss

SERVPRO Follows Best Practices for Water Removal and Minimal Disruptions to Your Retail Shop

If a pipe breaks inside the building that your Oakland clothing store is in, water can ruin many things that can cost your business considerable money. Excessive moisture can damage multiple items inside your store such as your building materials and products. Water can cause mildew-like odors to exist in porous materials leaving your store smelling unpleasant.
If moisture does not get removed within 48 hours, then it is possible that mold develops.

When mitigating commercial water damage in Oakland rapid structural drying occurs to reduce the chances of microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians set up air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the rate of natural evaporation.

During any restoration project that takes place in your business, we take special measures to reduce a loss of revenue. We know that your products are important and try to keep them from getting ruined. Moisture can cause problems with specialized cloth materials sometimes requiring our SERVPRO technicians to dry them separate from the structural materials.

In many cases, if contents that are fabricated of porous materials get wet, then it is difficult to dry everything in the same area in a short period. Often we move your clothing inventory into a separate unaffected room where we can control the environment. When drying out porous materials temperature and dehumidification are vital when attempting to drop moisture levels.

Dehumidifiers speed up evaporation by removing the water out of the air and dispensing it into a container in liquid form. As moisture naturally evaporates from the wet items, it fills the air with water vapor increasing the room's relative humidity. Dehumidifiers lower the humidity so that high levels do not slow down the natural evaporation rate, a process we often push to accelerate.

When drying structural contents, air movers get set up so that they blow air in a counterclockwise motion. The air coming from the moving system hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle pushing the wet air away from the surface so that moisture can keep evaporating off of the wet materials. Rapid drying also works best at higher temperatures sometimes our SERVPRO technicians add heat to the region being dried. Drying out your building materials and contents inside your shop can help keep certain items from getting removed and replaced.

If completed correctly, drying can help reduce the overall cost the damage causes your company. Whenever you need help mitigating problems at your clothing shop, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24/7.

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Removing Mold Damage From Oakland Commercial Property

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Oakland Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Employs Many Methods for Mold Remediation to Commercial Materials

Oakland is a vibrant, growing city with an incredible variety of neighborhoods and businesses. One thing that puts them all at risk for property damage and restoration costs, however, is mold growth.

Oakland commercial mold damage affects property and structures, especially structures that can be taken down and moved from one location to another. Party planners use everything from bouncy castles to tents, and other awnings in all types of weather. If they are not properly cleaned and dried, mold can quickly expand and grow into a large colony. SERVPRO technicians train to clean and restore all of these surfaces and items.

Although mold cannot penetrate the rubber and plastic of inflatable playground equipment, it can grow in the soil and other debris not cleaned off the surface. Washing it off with a hose normally does enough to control mold growth, but if the item remains in storage for an extended time, the owner can unroll the item weeks later to find mold on every surface and in each crevice.

To clean them, SERVPRO technicians stretch each one across the floor or over a rack. They spray it with an anti-fungal cleaning agent and use a scrubbing brush to clean out each seam and crease. Once finished, team members allow the item to dry. If needed, they use air movers to force warm, dry air over the surface to speed the process.

Depending on the material, mold can grow into a tent or portable awning. Canvas and other porous fabrics are more vulnerable than rubber and can even serve as a food source for the mold spores. The cleaning procedures are the same as for the inflatable equipment, but the fabrics also retain odors. To remove them, our technicians either add a deodorizing agent to the cleaner or apply it to the surfaces after cleaning.

If the mold odors remain after cleaning, our restoration specialists can use an ozone machine to generate particles that bind themselves to the odor-causing particles. The binding changes them, eliminating the odors.

Eliminating mold damage is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of San Leandro’s goal is to help every business reopen its doors to serve the people of Oakland. If you need us, call today at
(510) 352-2480.

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Free Educational Programs for the Community

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

This article is about, educational programs including Lunch & Learns for San Leandro Insurance Agents, Property Managers & Building Engineer.

SERVPRO of San Leandro offers approved Continuing Education (CE) classes about: Water Damage Mitigation, Fire Cleanup, Mold Education, Odor Control and even Ethics.

Our classes are from two to three hours in duration, and they include a free lunch.

As the title to this article indicates, there are also less formal educational programs that include Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics. Classes are scheduled to include a breakfast or lunch. Topics are designed specifically for insurance agents, realtors and building engineers. We have programs that are fifteen minutes in length and expanded versions that are thirty minutes long. Often, we customize presentations for an organization’s specific needs. These lively programs stimulate questions. You can expect to spend another ten to fifteen minutes as we provide answers and engage in dialogue. (These programs do not provide State approved educational credits. However, some companies are able to apply certain topics to their “safety training” programs.)

Information about the disasters and the many problems that can affect your properties and your clients is important. We are always happy to share information about the remedies and solutions that make it, as our slogan says… "Like it never even happened."

In the San Leandro community, we have provided a number of CE Classes and many Lunch and Learn programs. We have customized programs for The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, The Asian Business Alliance, The San Leandro School District and several real estate and property management companies.

Should you have interest in using our free education programs, please contact us at 510-352-2480. It would be a pleasure to work with you.

Mold Symptoms?!

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

When exposed to mold in either a residential or commercial building there are a few key symptoms to look out for.

The main signs and symptoms are the following:

a) Irritation - eyes, throat, nose

b) Congestion - nose, lungs

c) Asthma Attack(s)

d) Dry Skin

e) Sternutation aka Sneezing

If you feel or notice these symptoms please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of San Leandro.

(510) 352-2480

We will come in a jiff to remediate!

Restoration Companies Work for Who?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Who Does the Restoration Company Work For?

In California, you (the “insured”) have a right to hire a contractor of your choice. When you hire SERVPRO of San Leandro, our contract is between us. You are the customer. If we are an approved vendor for your insurance provider, you remain our customer. Please understand that our relationship with your insurance company simply means that we are aware of their protocols and preferred invoicing program. We understand the high level of service they expect of us. All of which is to your benefit. We comply with the daily reports, photo documentation and indoor environmental reports they require. This demonstrates that our work is being performed 

Content Manipulation

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Salvageable water damage contents by yours truly.

Unless you have experienced a serious water damage event at your office or home, you may not be aware that sometimes contents and furniture must be removed form a water damaged location.

Outstanding technicians like Jesse and Eugene work hard to remove furniture so it won't become ruined by the wet (humid) interior environment. Or, they may have to remove contents so they're not "in the way." It's a no-brainer to understand that drying or repairing an empty room is far easier and faster than working around a furnished space.  

At SERVPRO of San Leandro, we will use our experience to determine when a "pack-out" is the best option. When it's the right choice, we will let you know and we will even speak with your insurance adjuster or property manager. 

When we perform a packout, often on an emergency basis, we have a company motto, "SERVPRO of San Leandro.. the careful movers."  That phrase really means something because the faster we work at removing contents, the better chance we have of protecting and saving them. However, there's no point removing furniture only to damage it during the pack out. That's why we put extra "care" in the moving process. 

At SERVPRO of San Leandro we're well known for performing fire cleanup, water damage mitigation, mold remediation and specialized cleaning... we are also proud of the support service we provide such as pack-out and storage.

Should your office or home suffer any type of damage, we're here to make it... "like it never even happened."

At your service... SERVPRO of San Leandro 510-352-2480

Removing Smoke And Soot Damages From Your Oakland Home

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Often these symptoms from the recent small fire show up as soot and smoke damages, or a persistent smell that you cannot get rid of easily.

Removing Smoke And Soot Damage

While not all of the fires to affect Oakland homes are out of control and cause catastrophic damages, any incident (regardless of its severity) in your home can leave you unsure of how to remedy the mess left behind. Often these symptoms from the recent small fire show up as soot and smoke damages, or a persistent smell that you cannot get rid of easily.

While the fire damages to your Oakland home might be more or less widespread depending on your situation, restoring this damage can all get achieved by professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have unique training in fire damage restoration, including what to expect from certain types of fires and what modern practices are most effective for cleaning and restoring your home following its unfortunate blaze.

Overcoming soot damages to your home is a process that our fire restoration technicians get accustomed to contending with for many house fires that we get tasked with restoring. There are multiple approaches that we use to remove the soot present on surfaces, carpets, and contents of your home. Surfaces can usually get cleaned with sponges or vacuums. For carpets and contents, our move out process can give the contents of your home focused attention while simultaneously freeing up space for thorough carpet cleaning by our SERVPRO technicians.

Smoke damage often presents itself as a lingering odor that makes living in your home challenging for quite a while after a fire has gotten extinguished. While there are sometimes issues of debris and particles in the environment, these can get removed with the use of our air scrubbers. Thermal fogging can neutralize these noxious odor molecules on contact, and leave no scent behind.

Recovering from fire and its subsequent damages are nothing that any homeowner should have to contend with alone. You can trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of San Leandro fire restoration specialists to help you through every lingering effect of a recent fire in your home. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (510) 352-2480.

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What to Do About Bad Odors

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

An odor is comprised of tiny gas particles that are measured in microns. For comparison, the diameter of a human hair is measured at about 100 microns. Little odor particles (bubbles of gas) are about 4 microns in size. That is tiny and helps to explain how odor travels so easily through the air, and why certain odor particles that have settled on objects can be so invasive and difficult to remove.

Consumers have many deodorizing products to select from (too many). The majority of deodorizers are nothing more than masking agents (cover ups for unpleasant odors). Masking products can do a nice job of hiding unpleasant odors while these unpleasant smelling odors dissipate. Unfortunately, many odors linger and will outlast the masking agent. These “bad or strong” odors are usually from wet and oily sources such as: cooking oils, grease, urine, vomit, tobacco smoke, skunk spray, soot residues and others. Attempting to cover up these odors simply won’t produce lasting or satisfactory results. Success in eliminating strong odors requires thorough cleaning of the contaminated surfaces using special cleaning agents designed to tackle each specific source… the stink just won’t go away until the odor source is removed or neutralized. Some odors can last for years.

This is where the science of cleaning and deodorizing comes into play. Experts such as the technicians at SERVPRO of San Leandro understand the PH and chemical makeup of odor sources. They’re trained and even certified in correct odor removal procedures including how to apply effective professional cleaning agents that are not available to the consumer.

If your home, office or commercial facility has a difficult odor problem, we can help. Please call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480 to make it "Like it never even happened.” 

Three Basic Carpet Cleaning Methods...

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Leandro provides carpet cleaning services for residential and commercial clients. Both owners of the company have a long history of performing carpet cleaning. Both owners learned carpet cleaning from their fathers.

There are three primary carpet cleaning methods available to consumers on the Peninsula. 1 - Shampoo. 2 - Steam (Hot Water Extraction) 3 - Low Moisture Cleaning.

Which method is best? Service providers and consumers debate this issue. Let’s review the three methods of carpet cleaning to see if one is better than the other.

Shampoo method is the original carpet cleaning system. It employs an electric powered rotary brush to apply cleaning detergents with a brushing action. Shampooing does an excellent job of cleaning but leaves detergent residue on the carpet fibers. Shampoo cleaners say this residue and the suspended soil particles will turn into tiny crystals that can be vacuumed away.

Steam – Hot Water Extraction is designed to apply cleaning agents to attack soils and then the residues are flushed away using a hot water rinse that is removed with a “wet” vacuum machine (an extractor). This system will do an outstanding job of cleaning carpeting that is very soiled. However, it has the potential of leaving carpets damp.

Low Moisture Cleaning is a category that includes “dry cleaning”, “bonnet cleaning” and “encapsulation.” Basically all low moisture cleaning is based upon a delivery system in which the cleaning agents (and a minimal amount of water) are applied to the top surface of the carpeting using soft brushes, swirling cotton pads and the like. The cleaning agents (especially encapsulation) are designed to grab onto soils, dissolve them and turn the residue into crystal that can be vacuumed away. This may sound a lot like what happens with shampoo detergents, but the chemistry is far more advanced and works better.

SERVPRO of San Leandro can perform each type of cleaning. However, our preferred method is called “show case”. We use a shampoo machine to gently scrub the carpet and loosen deep down soils and then we use steam (hot water extraction) to flush everything away. Our certified technicians spend extra effort in the vacuuming phase to leave as little moisture as possible in the carpet. We believe this provides the best combination of cleaning systems.

Our customer service department would be pleased to talk with you about your carpet cleaning needs…. 510-352-2480.

Working Quickly to Restore Water Damage to Your Oakland Music Store

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Excessive moisture in your music store can damage the instruments you are trying to sell along with the structural elements of your business.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Business after Water Damage

Your Oakland music store offers a diverse collection of instruments and devices to musicians and artists all throughout the region to explore their musical craft. With the sensitive nature of many of these instruments, the last thing that your store needs is a water emergency in the building that not only threatens the stock that you have but the quality with which these instruments and tools sound and function.

Combatting water damage in your Oakland music store can be something that is well out of the depth of your abilities, even with your fervor to protect your investment and the quality of the supplies that you offer the community. Fortunately, SERVPRO is available to help you through any of the effects that could occur from a water emergency and works quickly to restore the damages to your building and keep your store from losing profits and customers with your doors closed for an extended period.

One of the most significant concerns that any business owner who showcases and sells guitars and other instruments is the harmful effect of excessive moisture on these instruments. These circumstances can warp the wood and modify the tailored sound of the instrument, lessening their value to professional or experienced musicians and compromising your ability to sell them at a price they would have been worth.

Another concern that any store owner might have when faced with water damages is the effect that this water might have on structural elements like flooring, the ceiling, and the walls. The faster that you can react to the problem in your store, the less likely that these conditions would become too severe for our SERVPRO technicians to restore without the need for reconstruction.

While you might not ever want to see your store threatened by something as potentially devastating as water damages, SERVPRO of San Leandro is always available to help. You can give us a call anytime that you need us. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (510) 352-2480.

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The Reality of Flood Damages To Your Oakland Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in the Oakland Bay Area? Call SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal

Rapid Water Extraction by SERVPRO Mitigates Losses to Your Property

While you might not always think of your Oakland home as being susceptible to flooding, this unfortunate occurrence happens more often than area residents might realize. Typically, this traumatic disaster occurs in conjunction with storm damage from the heavy systems that pass through the area and offer both torrential rains as well as powerful winds that can knock down weaker trees, their limbs, or remove siding and shingles from your roof.
 
Once your home has gotten damaged by a storm moving through the area, you now have a vulnerable point of access for the rainwater to create flood damages in you Oakland residence. While there might not be a way that you can entirely avoid this possibility, there are ways that you can help to prevent irreparable damages and your insurance claim to the lowest that it can be: call professional restoration services, like what our SERVPRO team provides, immediately.
 
Our goal is to respond to your disaster as quickly as possible, and giving us the opportunity to address your flood damages as they happen can help us to get the job done more quickly, and you to have less time to worry about the damages in your home. If the flooding is still occurring when our team arrives at your home, our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to seal up the vulnerable points to prevent further water damage so that the restoration process can get underway.
 
Extraction is always a critical component to restoring flood damages to your home, and depending on the severity of the present water, could require portable pumps and wet-vacs, or even a pump truck from our fleet. Once the water has gotten successfully pulled from the affected area, then drying efforts can begin. This may take days, depending on the depth of the water, temperature, humidity, and structural conditions of the house.

While there are many different ways that your home might find itself at the mercy of flood damages, you do not have to face these effects on your own. You can always count on the dependability and professionalism of SERVPRO of San Leandro. Our team can work quickly to prevent irreparable damage to your home and restore it back to the way it used. whenever possible. Give us a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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Why Mold Damage In Your Oakland Home Should Cause Some Concern

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Eliminating Excess Moisture is Key to Mold Remediation in Oakland Properties

SERVPRO Says Mold Remediation and Cleanup Makes Oakland Properties Safer

Many people grew up in homes (or at least experienced other places) where mold was growing. Typically this occurred in damp, dark basements where few people ever ventured. The problem was not one that the occupants of the house worried much about, mainly because people understood less about the potential health effects associated with mold exposure. These days, if you encounter mold in your Oakland home, it is something that should be a cause for some concern.
 
The reason that so many people are familiar with mold growth and its associated smells is the ease with which it grows in houses. In fact, all that spores need to seat and thrive are moisture, warmer temperatures, and some organic material for a food source. Oakland homeowners that encounter mold damage should proceed with caution and not attempt to remove these colonies on their own. This job is more suitable for the experienced IICRC certified mold remediation specialists we employ at SERVPRO.
 
Once the assessment of the full scope of the damage has gotten completed, our technicians have the scoping completed to select the proper equipment for the remediation. We work to isolate the affected areas using air scrubbers and negative air chambers. This process helps to prevent the spread of active mold spores to new areas while we work to remove the colonies and remediate the damages that have occurred.
 
While sanding and specific chemical solutions have proven useful for removing the entire hyphae from porous structural components like wood framing, this is not always a success. In situations where the damage is too severe, these structural elements or construction materials might require removal and replacement through controlled demolition efforts. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to prepare your home for this reconstruction by removing the severely damaged areas solely.
 
It might seem like all of this could be a little extreme for some mold growing in your house, but the more that gets understood about the health effects linked to exposure, the more that these efforts seem appropriate for keeping you and your family safe. Trust our remediation specialists at SERVPRO of San Leandro to help you restore the damage and get back to the way things ought to be. "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (510) 352-2480. 

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Fire Damage Restoration Projects in Oakland

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience fire damage in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for thorough restoration services.

SERVPRO Offers IICRC Certified Fire Damage Restoration Services

After a fire starts inside your Oakland home, mitigation requires quite a few steps. When things inside a home get burned there are many other problems the initial blaze likely cause. The flames and heat created by a fire ruin items and smoke spreads throughout the house leaving behind soot residues and pungent odors.

Various types of damage get caused when different kinds of materials get burned. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Oakland utilize different restoration methods when dealing with many kinds of fuels burned in the blaze. Every step of the process takes a combination of the many mitigation chemicals, techniques, and equipment.

The first step to any restoration project is to make sure the area is safe for workers and occupants. Fires often create unsafe areas when parts of the building's structure get burned. Any potential hazards immediately get repaired, or if the area is still not safe, then it gets blocked off, and warning signs get posted in the region.

Next, our SERVPRO emergency restoration team inspects your entire building to see exactly where damage occurred. After we find all of the areas in the house that got affected by the burn, we look and see how severe the damage is in each area. Based on the severity of the burn problems we decide to either remove, resurface, or clean the building materials and contents affected.

Removing and replacing items is the most expensive of the three processes and only gets used in cases of extreme damage. If the item appears to be burnt too badly to clean, then sometimes the materials get sanded down so that the charred part gets removed. We then coat the burned material with a specialized sealant paint to seal in any remaining foul odors.

In many cases, even sometimes if the soot residue is really thick, cleaning restores smoke damage issues. When cleaning walls and ceilings, we usually use different methods to ensure the job gets completed efficiently. When using dry sponges to clean off soot residues from surfaces, we start from the top and work down to prevent soils from dropping onto a clean area and creating secondary damage. When wet cleaning surfaces we do the opposite and work from the bottom up so that the chemicals do not create extra damage from streaking.

When completing any restoration project, we use a combination of the IICRC certified techniques and processes so that we complete the job as efficiently as possible. For professional help cleaning soils created by fire and smoke, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Flood Damage May Become A Regular Problem In Oakland

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Flooded Homes in Oakland Often Turn to SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Exceptional Service for Cleanup and Restoration After Flooding

When heavy rains cover the Bay Area with precipitation, streets, highways, and homes are all at risk of flooding. In the Oakland area basements, crawl spaces, and foundations can fill with water, a disaster that non-professionals cannot manage on their own. Our crews of IICRC trained technicians provide support for residents of our community struggling with flooding events. 

Forces of nature that cause Oakland flood damage cannot be resisted, but with a highly-qualified team of restoration experts, a home can be returned to preloss condition. Complications arise when areas of land near the bay show signs of sinking and ocean levels may be rising. Climate change and acreage formed of fill and debris have the potential to make flooding events even more common. Our skills and experience buoy up our efforts in these stressful situations. 
 
Fast response times are crucial when dealing with lower level flooding. Building materials can withstand standing water for a brief time, but every hour and day without relief increases the possibility that foundation walls and interior paneling, gypsum board, mechanical systems, stored items, and appliances become severely damaged. When our SERVPRO flood remediation team arrives, an interrelated and integrated process starts that results in complete water extraction and structural drying. 
 
Each of our service vehicles drives up with submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors on board. If power is cut to your flooded home, we work off generators on our trucks. This immediate response is vital to a successful outcome. The quality of the water -- clean, gray, or black -- is evaluated by SERVPRO trained and seasoned technicians. The earlier our intervention, the more likely that contamination is minimal. Hazardous items stored in the lower level like paints and chemicals, and any sewer backup, common with heavy rains, can taint the water swiftly. 
 
If the water is gray or black SERVPRO keeps current with local hazardous waste disposal rules, protecting our customers from misstepping and the public from dangerous substances. Once the water exits via our high-efficiency equipment we use proven disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth in the affected areas. Pumps and extractors make way for air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly heaters to create the optimum conditions for drying. Our crew determines a drying target based on moisture measurements and industry standards, and we persevere until it is achieved. 
 
Training and technology help SERVPRO of San Leandro stay ahead of the challenges of flooding events in the Bay Area. Call us at (510) 352-2480 to schedule an assessment of your flood damage scenario. 

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Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Oakland Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can present in plain sight or it can be hidden. So whether you see or smell the presence of mold in your home, it is time to call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Completes a Thorough Inspection Before Starting the Remediation Process


When you have some hidden moisture in your Oakland bathroom, you can also have some hidden mold growth. A dark, moist, environment is perfect for mold to begin growing. It does not take long to start, and it spreads quickly, so before you know it, you could have a significant mold problem in your home.
 
Finding mold and mold damage in your Oakland home can be overwhelming. However, it is important not to hesitate in getting the problem handled, so it does not continue to spread. Our technicians at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle mold and mildew and can do so without causing the growth to spread further.
 
We begin an inspection for mold as soon as possible after arriving at your home and gathering any necessary information from you. We want to know if you have had any mold damage in the past or any known leaks in your bathroom which could be causing the mold. We use infrared cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden moisture or mold. We look for particular signs that mold leaves behind and locate and spot the mold.
 
Mold remediation beings with SERVPRO techs building a containment barrier to separate the affected area from the clean areas of your home, so the growth does not spread. All our work is done within the containment, which is also put under negative air pressure to ensure the spores of mold are not released outside of the work area. Our negative air filtration units include two pre-filters and a HEPA filter. We can then begin removing the mold growth. If there is substantial damage to porous materials such as drywall, it may need to be removed and replaced.
 
Other surfaces can be cleaned by damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming. We clean in the direction of the negative air machines. After completing a round of cleaning, we allow time for mold spores and dust to settle before the next round of cleaning. The structure is then dried to stop any further mold growth. Dehumidifiers with a low air flow can be used during the containment and removal procedures.
 
SERVPRO of San Leandro ensures that we do a thorough inspection and cleaning of your home in Alameda, Hayward, or San Leandro when mold is present. Call us right away at (510) 352-2480 if you suspect you have a mold infestation.

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Flood Damage Specialists In Oakland Are Ready to Help

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Flooding Events in Oakland--Contact SERVPRO to Reduce Water Damage and DIsruptions

Flooding of Crawl Spaces and Structures Require Prompt Water Removal to Mitigate Damage

Any time a storm comes into town, high-speed winds and copious amounts of rain likely occur. When a storm hits your neighborhood, many different types of elements possibly harm your Oakland residence. Rain sometimes creates flooding conditions, which often causes moisture to get inside your house. Other times, wind breaks windows and rain pours directly into your structure.

Unwanted moisture inside your home can cause many problems. It is sensible to seek out the help of SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Oakland any time you notice water coming into your dwelling after a storm. It is possible that moisture ruins your contents and building materials. If high levels of humidity go unattended, then mold growth occurs and can flourish creating significant secondary storm damage.
 
One common place that water gets into during a storm or flood is the crawl space. When water builds up outside your home the first area that likely gets damaged is the crawl space under the building. Some crawl spaces are small and difficult to access. If water ever fills up your crawl space, our team at SERVPRO starts mitigating the problem by making sure there are no hazards in the area. Once the space is safe, we remove any standing water that is present. Often, this water is "black" contaminated muddy water. Pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, chemicals, and even animal carcasses can add to the filth and pathogenic organisms found in flood waters. Our technicians use submersible pumps to extract all of the water possible.
 
Next our restoration crew figures out the best way to dry the crawl space and flooring materials. If it is possible, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the area. If there is not enough room to get equipment into the tight space, other measures get taken. Sometimes, part of the floor gets removed, so the area dries. Other times we run a warm air hose off of a dehumidifier into the crawl space. Conduits connected to large LGR dehumidifiers often do the trick of restoring normal RH levels after some days.
 
Any time a storm comes into town and harms your residence, it is best to consult industry professionals. To get your water damage problem mitigated as efficiently as possible call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for 24/7 assistance.

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Commercial Water Damage Affects the Whole San Leandro Community

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO understands the importance of keeping your doors open after a water disaster.

SERVPRO Responds and Works Quickly to Restore Your Commercial Space

When water damages any property in San Leandro at least some of our neighbors, acquaintances, or business partners experience direct harm. The water loss a business suffers can have broad ranging implications for many in our community. We pride ourselves on possessing the capacity to respond quickly and efficiently to commercial water damage issues, getting the affected company and those who rely upon it back in business.

A San Leandro business afflicted with water damage must respond fast, and find a partner willing to work with them to assess the problem and plan a path back to productivity. The owners of the company fear a financial burden as they manage the damage, but they also feel grave concern for their employees and clients or customers if the damage leads to even minimal downtime. As our highly qualified team of water damage technicians assisted by our state of the art equipment swiftly moves in to help, we focus on a speedy yet top-notch turnaround.

Our SERVPRO restoration professionals deliver proven water damage remediation services backed by decades of combined experience. Technicians on our work crews are trained thoroughly to meet and exceed the IICRC industry standards. After assessment of the scene and the specifics of your business’s water damage, our management devises a plan based on our familiarity of what works to transform a water loss circumstance back to a fully restored and supportive working environment. We listen to your desires and needs as we craft the framework of the restoration.

The SERVPRO work crews dispatched to your property waste no time as they identify the sources of water damage, arrange for repair or adjustment to halt the continued water incursion and begin the process of drying out, repairing, and restoring affected spaces. We are happy to work with other contractors and vendors in a collaborative effort to turn the destruction around.

The less time your employees are idle, the better for them and the community that relies on you for goods and services. Early in the process SERVPRO management consults with you and brainstorms ways to contain the damaged areas so you can continue commerce in unaffected places within your physical plant. Every moment a company stalls waiting for water damage recovery increase the risk of business failure no matter how proficient our restoration efforts prove to be.

Our community is an interrelated network of businesses, families, and individuals. SERVPRO of San Leandro pledges to be there for your company if water damage threatens your ability to deliver your products or services. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 immediately after suffering a water loss so we can get the restoration moving.

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Remediating Mold Damage In San Leandro

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home, almost as common as house dust and just as harmless. When they come in contact with enough moisture though, they quickly expand and begin to grow into a problem that costs homeowners millions of dollars each year.

To stop, clean, and remove San Leandro mold damage, SERVPRO restoration offices follow five principles laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Their S520 Standard and Reference Guide lays out the procedures needed to remediate and restore homes and commercial facilities both large and small.

One: Health and Safety Provisions
Mold can cause health problems in some people. We immediately take steps to protect residents and our technicians from loose spores in the air. We also take precautions to reduce the risk of further contamination from mold disturbed by remediation efforts and either carried into uncontaminated areas of the home or released into the air.

Two: Documentation of Conditions and Processes Used
SERVPRO specialists record the conditions of the home before we begin work, what we accomplish, and again upon completion. The numbers we record include the extent of the mold growth and other key facts like the level of moisture saturation. We do this to ensure the mold spore counts have returned to normal, safe levels.

Three: Contain the Threat at its Source
Every action we take is not just to clean and remove mold from each home, but also to prevent accidentally spreading it. As an example, we place negative air machines at points where we need to break up and remove drywall panels contaminated by mold. These devices reduce the amount of loose mold in the air, making removal both quicker and more efficient.

Four: Remove the Mold and Contaminated Property
To remove mold from surfaces, we use dry or damp cloths and sponges to wipe off mold from otherwise clean surfaces. For thicker layers, we use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters that capture even a single spore. In some cases, it is both easier and more cost-efficient to remove both the mold and the item it contaminated rather than attempt to clean them.

Five: Reduce Any Moisture Problem
Even after a thorough cleaning, more mold spores can enter a home. We dry any visible sources of water and reduce the moisture content of the air and surrounding property to prevent mold growth from reoccurring. If we do not, spores can expand and grow again in at little as 72 hours.

If you suspect or are dealing with a mold infestation in your home, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today. We are here to help you return to a clean, mold-free home.

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Have a Water Damage Event? Call the Experts in San Leandro

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Our technicians focus on stopping the leak first and then remediating the damage. When facing any type of water damage situtation, contact SERVPRO.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water is our life source as humans. However, water can sometimes hurt your San Leandro home. Moisture inside your dwelling is always a rough situation.
 
So, a pipe broke inside your house, what do you do? We recommend that you call SERVPRO's water damage professionals in San Leandro. Water spilling out from anywhere inside your house is something nobody ever wants.
 
Too much moisture inside your home possibly causes some issues. If furniture or contents inside your home get too wet, it is possible that damage occurs. Sometimes water saturates building materials such as carpet or drywall, and the materials must get removed.
 
Paper and wooden building materials are susceptible to mold growth. If too much water is in the air inside your home, the moisture sometimes causes damage to areas of your home other than the source. High moisture levels in the air makes it possible for mold to form in other areas of your home as well.
 
SERVPRO's experts have all of the necessary equipment and expertise to test the air and building materials within your home for moisture levels. If the water damage ruined the flooring or walls, then the damaged material gets taken out before drying can occur. Depending on the extent of damage sometimes nothing gets removed at all.
 
In many cases, our specialists remediate your water damage problem without removing anything. The team comes in and sets up a variety of drying equipment that is designed to dry out regions of your house before any fungi grow. We have different types of equipment to aid the drying process including air movers, injectidry systems, heaters, dehumidifiers, and drying mats. These different pieces of equipment are designed to create the right environment inside your home to dry out the wet areas as quick as possible.
 
Using the industry's best equipment many times our crew can dry out water damaged areas without having to remove anything from your home. If you have unwanted moisture inside your house due to a water leak, then call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Cleaning Up Water Damage In Your San Leandro Kitchen From A Leaking Dishwasher

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Time is of the essence with any water leak, including a leaking dishwasher.

Cleaning Up Water Damage

Time is of the essence with any water leak, including a leaking dishwasher. The faster you respond to take action to stop water from spilling onto your kitchen floor in San Leandro, the less damage that is done and this also means less costly repairs. Your dishwasher can fail for several reasons including it being installed unevenly, using the wrong dishwashing soap, a broken door, loose connections, and a worn gasket.

Whatever the reason your dishwasher has begun leaking water all over your kitchen floor, the issue needs to be handled fast. Water damage can quickly escalate in your San Leandro home, and professional help to clean it up is best. SERVPRO has the staff and tools to expertly clean up the mess and restore your home back to normal.

During the restoration of your home, we need to create a drying goal. We monitor the drying process daily to see whether this goal is being accomplished. A drying goal is a condition we want to bring to the affected area of your structure and how dry we want the environment to be when we are finished.

SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. We use specific humidity readings to ensure the humidity in the affected area is lowering. When dry, the specific humidity in this area should be the same or lower than the specific humidity of areas which were not affected.

We also need to establish a dry standard for the contents of your home. We do so by taking moisture content readings from materials that are dry in unaffected areas. These readings are part of our drying goal for the wet areas. A moisture meter is used to see if we are reaching our drying goals and to document how much moisture is in the material every time we monitor. We compare the readings to see if the item is drying, and once we reach the drying goal, the process is complete.

SERVPRO of San Leandro understands that once standing water is out of your home in San Leandro, Mulford Gardens, and the surrounding areas, it does not mean your home is thoroughly dry yet. We take steps to ensure your home is dried back to normal levels when you call us for help at (510) 352-2480.

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A Small Water Leak Can Cause Mold Damage to Your San Leandro Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Even a small leak can cause extensive damage to your home by providing moisture for mold to grow.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage and Prevents Future Damage

You might not even think about it, but a small leak that you leave unfixed in a water pipe of your San Leandro home can cause far more issues than a slightly elevated utility bill every month. Many homeowners have unfortunately discovered that the warmer temperatures mixing with the moisture created by the unrepaired leak have allowed for the creation of mold colonies in the area. With mold potentially causing health effects to both you and your family, this is a situation that needs to get resolved quickly.

Discovering mold damage in your San Leandro home might not seem all that dire, but it is something that could only get worse the longer that you allow it to exist. Furthermore, most methods that you might have for removing the fungus on your own are ultimately ineffective in eradicating the hyphae, which allows the problem to persist and worsen over time. It is vital that you call remediation specialists like ours at SERVPRO to remove these colonies and prevent the problem from getting worse, or persisting at all.

Our first step in the remediation process is to isolate the affected area. Your air circulation devices must be shut down for the duration of our work to accomplish this. SERVPRO does this to prevent the spread of spores to new areas of your home, and it also aids in containing the present spores to neutralize them using our filtration systems and negative air chambers.

Depending on the surface or material that requires cleaning and disinfection, various scrubbing tools fitted with HEPA filters get used. These tools sufficiently penetrate the surface to the farthest reaches of the deep-seated fungal organism to remove it entirely. A thorough inspection of the affected area and surrounding surfaces indicates whether further cleaning is necessary.

Dehumidification and repair of the leak that spurned this problem in the first place are both critical steps in completing remediation of mold damage in your home. The process prevents further moisture from getting into the air and reacting with mold spores to create new colonies.

If you have discovered mold growing in your home, our IICRC certified specialists at SERVPRO of San Leandro are only a phone call away. You can reach us 24/7 at (510) 352-2480.

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Understanding the Levels of Cleaning After Water Damage to Your San Leandro Property

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Using Industry Formulated Cleaning Products for Your San Leandro Home After Water Intrusion

SERVPRO Offers Water Removal and Clean Up for Properties As Needed

Getting your San Leandro property clean after a water damage incidence can be a tricky thing if you do not seek professional help. Things can get especially tricky if the flooding is due to a busted drain pipe or a sewer line.

SERVPRO technicians can get your San Leandro property clean of water damage after such an incidence in no time. We use state-of-the-art technology to remove water and get your home as dry as possible. However, it is essential to understand that there are various levels of cleaning. The level of cleanliness achieved during a routine cleanup may vary in many different situations and requirements.

SERVPRO technicians classify three levels of cleanliness: sterile, disinfected and sanitary. For an environment to be sterile, it needs to be a 100% contamination-free. This level of cleanliness is not achievable during routine cleaning. Eliminating 100% contamination is almost impossible after water damage incidence. Only hospital rooms require this level of cleanliness.

A disinfected level of cleaning is achieved if 99% of the soil and contaminants are removed. It is vital to achieving this level of cleaning in some cases such as sewer backup. This level of cleaning makes the premises suitable for humans to live after a substantial contamination during water damage. SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants to decontaminate the surfaces and render them safe for occupancy by the homeowners. Killing pathogens is a goal of this process.

A sanitary level of cleaning is achieved when soil and contaminants are removed to such an extent that there is no threat to the health of the occupants of the premises. Some soil and contamination can still exist after SERVPRO technicians achieve a sanitary level of cleaning.

A ‘clean' environment is one that has achieved a sanitary level of cleaning. SERVPRO technicians ensure that we attain a sanitary level of cleaning at a minimum after water damage. We make sure that we attain this level so that there is no health threat to the occupants of the premises.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today to talk to one of our experts to discuss your restoration needs.

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Signs That You Need Professional Mold Damage Experts to Check in on Your San Leandro Home

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

If you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO for remediation services right away. Waiting will let the mold proliferate quickly throughout your home.

Our Certified Technicians Remediate the Current Mold Infestation and Then Look for Ways to Prevent a Recurrence

Mold damage is any homeowner's worst nightmare. Mold can cause health effects as well. It is crucial to call in the experts to get rid of the mold as soon as you spot it in your home.

SERVPRO has a team of experts that can help you restore mold damage to your San Leandro home in no time. We can serve you the best if you call us in as soon as you see any signs of mold in your home. Not all mold is apparently visible. You need to inspect your home on a regular basis to spot any early signs of mold damage. Here are some of the things you should be asking yourself during your routine home inspections.

Do you smell a musty odor?
Even when the mold is not visible, a distinct musty odor is a strong indication of its presence. Places such as attics, basements, and crawlspaces are most vulnerable to develop such odors. Make sure that during your next home inspection, you look for any such smell.

Do you see moldy growth?
This one is a no-brainer. If you see any mold in your home, call in the experts here at SERVPRO immediately. Even if you feel that the colonies are small and you can remove them by yourself, don't. There is a good chance that while trying to clean the mold on your own, you can help it spread to uncontaminated areas in no time. Mold clean-up is a job for the professionals and unless you are one, do not even try removing it.

Is there any water damage in your home?
Water damage such as leaky or busted pipes creates a damp environment that is ideal for the mold to thrive. If you see any areas of your home that have excessive moisture, make sure to check for the signs of mold. Even if you do not see mold, call in the SERVPRO technicians to fix leaks and get the humidity under control.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today to schedule a free consultation. Our trained and highly skilled technicians can take care of your mold problem in no time.

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Team Communication Gets the Right Care for Water Damage in San Leandro Homes

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Leandro will clean and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Professional Can Restore Your San Leandro Home From Water Damage

Every water damage case is different, and every home we are called to has unique requirements and impediments that must be worked around. Sometimes, time is the most important consideration, and we have to move as quickly as possible to keep costs down and finish the job in a timely manner. In other cases, however, water damage to a San Leandro home can require delicate and careful work to restore, and may be at risk of worsening if we work too quickly. Our teams operate with trained cohesion and inter-dependability to maintain communication and ensure that proper treatment protocols are put in place for any situation.

Evaluation starts with our experienced inspectors, who are trained to evaluate water damage in your San Leandro home with very specific tools, measurements, and categorizations. These individuals determine how severe the damage is, how widespread it may be, and what treatments may be necessary. They also look for signs of additional damage and hidden problems such as mold and leaks around the home. Once they have formed their expert opinion on the situation, they hand off work to our restoration teams.

SERVPRO restoration technicians are the backbone of our mitigation and restoration services. They carry the tools and training necessary to reverse and repair any damage caused by a disaster and work their hardest to ensure that no sign of damage remains. If they need to work quickly, they have access to powerful industrial tools such as air movers and truck-mounted water extractors. Alternatively, if a situation requires more care and precision work, they can also work with smaller tools and specialized drying techniques to care for delicate materials and objects. We train and certify all SERVPRO technicians to accommodate and treat water damage to all conventional materials in a home.

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SERVPRO of San Leandro is ready 24/7 to respond to your call for help. If your home has been impacted by any form of water damage, call us at (510) 352-2480 for our services or advice.

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SERVPRO Cares For Carpets During Water Removal From Mulford Gardens Businesses

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Carpets to Keep Your Mulford Gardens' Office Suite Working

Shops and Offices Benefit from Rapid Water Extraction

It only takes a moment for water to damage a Mulford business. A broken pipe, leaking appliance, damaged roof or leaky window can all cause problems. Entrepreneurs in the local area know that cleanup often means closing doors until cleaning and drying are complete. SERVPRO understands that re-opening swiftly after a leak or flood is essential. That is why our water removal crews are on hand ready to arrive and being remediation quickly.

We also understand that a significant water removal concern for Mulford Gardens businesses is damage to the premises, including carpets, drapes, and furniture. Carpets are often costly to install, and also contribute significantly to the ambiance and professionalism of the business. We understand that you do not want to replace carpets unless it is vital. That is why we take extra care when it is time to dry water-logged carpets.
 
The main risk when drying carpets is delamination. Delamination occurs when the primary and secondary carpet backing become separated from one another. Signs of delamination include buckling, lumps, fraying or uneven spots.
 
SERVPRO helps guard against delamination by conducting initial extraction very carefully. We use a range of tools including extraction wands and make as many passes as necessary to remove as much water as possible. We know that removing as much water as we can before we begin drying reduces the risk of damage to the carpet.
 
After the initial extraction is complete, we use air movers and fans to encourage evaporation and dry both the surface and underneath of the carpet. We use a mix of different air mover types including centrifugal movers which blow air over the surface, downdraft units which draw warm air down and push it over the surface, and low profile which are smaller and therefore easy to guide into different positions.
 
We also use dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and encourage faster drying. Rest assured that our technicians do not consider the job done until your commercial carpet is dry once more. We use moisture meters and probes to assess moisture levels before finishing the work.
 
For help with water removal in San Leandro, Mulford Gardens, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today.

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Cleaning Fire Damage in San Leandro

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can be just as damaging as damage from the fire itself. Stay safe and when the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand Fires and the Residues that They Leave Behind in Order to Provide a More Effective Level of Cleaning

Even a small fire in a San Leandro home can cause a remarkable amount of damage. If it burns slowly at a cooler temperature, there may even be more damage than one that burned fast and hot.
 
Knowing what burned and how fast helps SERVPRO determine the equipment and methods we need to deal with fire damage in a San Leandro home. The process of burning material is called combustion, and it has three requirements: Heat, oxygen, and fuel.
 
When these requirements burn in the perfect mix, the fire is hot, bright, and leaves little ash or another residue. When the mix is poor, the amount of residue increases accordingly. A poor mix means that either the heat or oxygen are too low to burn cleanly. This poor mix is the source of smoke and soot residues. The lower the heat or oxygen means more smoke is generated and travels farther through the home.
 
As smoke cools; the residue particles which did not burn in the poor mix fall out of the air and onto the surfaces below. These residue particles are solid bits of carbon and small amounts of liquids called aerosols. They are what makes smoke visible when trapped in the gases generated by the burned organic material.
 
Understanding this is what helps SERVPRO technicians can determine which cleaners and methods to use in a home. The farther away it is from the fire origin means that the smoke is lighter and contains fewer particles. The farthest point usually contains fewer aerosols, so we start at that point using dry cleaning methods.
 
Dry cleaning simply means that we wipe down surfaces with a dry cloth or sponge. In a large room, we may use a vacuum cleaner to remove the bulk of it before using a cloth or sponge to remove residue particles from in corners or other spots difficult to reach with the vacuum.
 
Closer to the fire, we use wet cleaning methods. In this situation, we try to use only water first to break up the thicker residues and then wipe them off surfaces with a cloth or sponge. If the residue is on a surface for an extended amount of time, then we use a cleaning agent to break it up for easier removal. If neither method is effective, then we remove the item for additional cleaning either on-site or at our facility.
 
Remediating the effects of fire damage requires not just equipment, chemicals, and personnel. The task also needs the knowledge to understand what and how to clean. SERVPRO of San Leandro has built up that knowledge over two decades helping our neighbors and community. If you need our services, call us today at (510) 352-2480.

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Moldy Baseboards

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growing on baseboard.

The photo depicts how mold will grow on a baseboard when there is high indoor humidity, or a moisture leak into a room from a wall (or both conditions.)

This mold was found in a closet. The baseboard was damp from rainwater that penetrated a crack in a stucco wall. The air inside the closet was still and the closet was dark when the door was closed. Food source for mold (wood); constant dampness, darkness and still air are the perfect breeding ground for mold colonies.

The baseboard was on an outside facing wall which was not only damp, the wall was cooler than the other walls and that too was favorable for mold amplification (growth). Cooler surfaces are more readily able to condense water from the air than warm surfaces.

If you are inspecting a property for potential mold, always look in a closet.

Flood Damage Remediation And Checking For Hazards In Your Home

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

Just one inch of rainwater can cause thousands of dollars of damage to an average sized home.

Checking For Hazards After A Flood

If heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flash floods are frequent in Mulford Gardens, it is essential that you know steps to take to protect your home and family from flood damage. Just one inch of floodwater can cause thousands of dollars of damage to an average sized home. Regular maintenance is the best way to protect your home, such as keeping your gutters clean and checking storm drains for debris.

Flood damage to your Mulford Gardens home can be devastating, and the longer the water sits in your home, the worse the damage is. You need the professional help of our staff at SERVPRO to dry your home out as fast as possible. We do not hesitate to get to your home after you reach out to us to so remediation can be started right away.

Structures which are storm-damaged could pose hazards and floods can create significant damage to a building. Long-term exposure to water can weaken things such as drywall and flooring, creating hazards for everyone. We check for structural problems before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration.

Other steps we take for safety include checking for gas. If gas is present, we contact the local gas company or fire department right away. If water has entered from above, we look for trapped water in ceiling cavities. Drywall softens when wet, and ceilings could fall on you or our staff. We drill holes to free any trapped water in the ceiling and are careful not to punch them in a row and perforate the ceiling.

Particleboard floors which have been exposed to water might not support the weight of machines or people. SERVPRO workers examine the subfloor to figure out the kind and how stable it is. Exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, and other sharp objects could be present as well. The staff is careful to watch where we step and what we pick up.

Once hazards are located and taken care of, our team can begin the removal of the floodwaters and dry your home. SERVPRO works quickly but efficiently to ensure that your home does not suffer additional damages.

You can be sure SERVPRO of San Leandro takes the safety of everyone involved in every case of flood damage remediation. If you live in Mulford Gardens, San Leandro or the surrounding areas and have suffered from floodwaters, call us immediately at (510) 352-2480.

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Clean Air in Commercial Buildings

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Having good indoor air quality is important.

What You Can Do to Improve the Indoor Air in Your Office:

  • Do not block air vents or grilles.

  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.

  • Water and maintain office plants properly.

  • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.

  • Store food properly.

  • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.

  • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

    If You Manage an Office:

  • Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.

  • Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind.

  • Coordinate with building management in instances when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.

  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.

  • Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions.

  • Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest

    control practices, and non-chemical methods where possible.

  • Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupant exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted.

  • Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).                  

    These tips came from an EPA booklet available free from the EPA website. It is titled,"An office Occupant's guide to Indoor Air Quality." 

    At SERVPRO, we're pleased to share this information with you.

Six Classifications of Fire Damage

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

This fire was Class 5... what does that mean?

Alameda Fire Damage Classifications 

The Six Classes of Fire Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide

Although no one wants to experience a fire in their office or home, you never know when this unwanted disaster could transpire. Whether the disaster transpires because of a brush fire or bad electrical wiring, your property could suffer a wide range of adverse, inconveniencing outcomes. There are six classes of fire damage that your property can be subjected to. Learn more about these classes by reviewing the quick reference guide that appears below:

 Six Classes of Fire Damage

1. Class A

This type of fire damage results from combustible items in your household such as rubber, plastics, paper, and wood.

 2. Class B

Class B damages pertain to damage that results from liquids. It can also include solid items that became liquefied. Examples include paints, waxes, petrol, and gasoline. This class of fire damage does not include deterioration resulting from cooking liquids such as corn oil.

3. Class C

This type of fire damage results from flammable gasses. Some flammable gasses include hydrogen, methane, acetylene, and propane.

4. Class D

This kind of fire damage results from combustible metals. Some of them include magnesium, potassium, and titanium. This class is not common given that metals typically direct heat away from the fire.

5. Class E

Class E is a fire damage category that includes electrical equipment while also incorporating the materials from categories A and B. In addition to generating distinct types of damage, this class of fire damage makes it much more challenging to fight the fire.

6. Class F

Class F fire damage results from unsaturated cooking materials such as fats and oils.

Finding The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

Irrespective of the category of fire damage that surfaces on your property, it is important for you to attain high-quality restoration services as soon as possible. To ensure that you attain the cutting edge, customized fire damage restoration services that you need and deserve, make sure the company you select possesses all of the following attributes:

• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating

• IICRC-certified technicians

• Excellent customer service

• Good online reviews

When you find that your company has been impacted by fire, don't wait. Instead, accelerate and optimize the recovery process by attaining the best restoration services on the block. As a company with more than 60 years of industry experience and 1,650 franchises, the professionals of SERVPRO have built a strong reputation for consistently offering clients the excellent, expedient fire damage restoration services they deserve.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Alameda, San Lorenzo, or Union City, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (510) 352-2480

House Fire Cleanup

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

What happens in the aftermath of a house fire?

How To Handle The Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Process 

Once fire damage has hit your home, it's important to know which course of action to take so your property can be restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. To ensure that the restoration process is as smooth and seamless as possible, consider implementing the helpful strategies found below:

Hire A Smoke Damage Restoration Company
When a fire wreaks havoc on your property, it's prudent to contact SERVPRO. These individuals possess the experience and knowledge necessary to expedite and optimize the fire restoration process. Additionally, professionals possess the specialized equipment required to restore your home to its original condition. There are several tasks that remediation specialists will handle for you. Some of them include removing the smell of smoke, cleaning up soot, and rebuilding areas that have been affected by fire damage

Although you may be inclined to put off calling a fire damage company to handle other matters, this is not the thing to do. In fact, it's imperative that you contact the contractors immediately. Soot is quite damaging to glass, countertops, metal, and furniture. The longer it remains on your furniture and valuables, the harder it will be to remove. Additionally, fire can generate odors that permeate the entire home and penetrate your valuables. These are just two of many reasons that you should contact SERVPRO as soon as you can. Also be sure that you contact your insurance company. In some cases, they may recommend a contractor.

Things You Can Do To Facilitate Restoration
Although a professional restoration company will handle the majority of the cleanup, there are several cleanup tasks you can complete to facilitate the remediation process. Here are some tips and tricks to help complete the cleanup: 

• Limit movement through your home to prevent soot particles from spreading.
• Be sure that your hands are clean at all times. 
• Cover regions of the house where you sit and walk with old towels or linens. 
• Change the filters of your air conditioning and heating systems.
• Trap residual soot by covering your air vents with two layers of cheesecloth.
• Use petroleum jelly or oil to cover Chrome.

What Will The Professionals Do?
When the restoration company arrives to assist you, there are several things that they will do. Generally, they will begin with testing that helps determine what type of smoke residue is in your home. They will then use advanced tools and techniques to remove the soot. In addition to removing soot, the contractors will use special equipment to eradicate unpleasant odors from your living space. They will also remove any excess water that may be lingering in your home. This step is important because it prevents the growth of mold.

Conclusion 
Although dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your home can be challenging, there are several strategies you can implement to simplify the process. In addition to handling some of the cleanup yourself, you can expedite the restoration process by hiring a team of trained professionals. If you're searching for the best that the remediation industry has to offer, the search stops with SERVPRO. Our team of restoration specialists work with unprecedented determination to renew your home so that you can resume living a peaceful, stress-free life. Contact us today to obtain a consultation and estimate!

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Leandro community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

Our expertise in fire damage restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (510) 352-2480

Restoring Fire Damage in Your San Leandro Home Returns Life to Normal

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to eliminate fire damage and restore your home before reentering after a fire.

Returning your home back to normal after fire damage

Life goes on, no matter what kind of tragedies happen, and your responsibilities remain. While these can become harder to fulfill, SERVPRO understands the needs of our customers during the phases of regaining normal routines and patterns after a catastrophe. Fire can happen when a home is occupied by sleeping residents, during an extended vacation, or even when you are engaged in activities around the house.

Fire department regulations typically forbid San Leandro residents from occupying a home until all fire damage is eliminated and the house has been restored to livable conditions. In addition to providing safety and security, the family home is also a focal point of normal routines for a family. Without it, families face additional and unexpected challenges that easily make life miserable and extremely stressful.

Our technicians have excellent skills in understanding the complexities involved in the restoration of homes and businesses. Cleaning and repairing surfaces to reclaim them from soot deposits, removing charred and burned materials so replacements can be brought in and installed, and eliminating all the other evidence of a fire. Restoration of your home to a condition your family can safely live in can happen quickly when our experts do the work.

The renewal of the structural integrity of support systems from your foundation up, the repairing of your roofing system, and everything in between that your home needs can seem troubling and complicated, but SERVPRO has the experience required in such situations. Our team members have certificates from the IICRC in many areas of restorative work, including Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT).

To complete any home restoration work, our certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) make sure that the customer is satisfied with odor control and elimination. We want to restore your home so that it not only looks great again but so that it also smells “Like it never even happened.” Having any lingering odors can remind families of the tragedy, and interfere with their ability to concentrate on the future. We do not want fire damage to hinder your family. We have families and know that nothing compares with the importance of keeping them safe and comfortable in a healthy environment.

We at SERVPRO of San Leandro are your neighbors and want to ensure the stability of our neighborhoods by restoring homes made unlivable by fire damage or other types of catastrophe. You can contact us at any hour of any day of the year, including holidays and weekends, by calling (510) 352-2480.

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Effectively Treating Flood Damage In Your San Leandro Area Home

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Storm Induced Flooding in San Leandro--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

Storm Damage to San Leandro Properties Can Often Present Hazardous Conditions

Floods cause major damage throughout your home, making it necessary to secure professional help to recover. Entering your home after a flood can be emotional, it is best for you to leave your family safe and secure in temporary housing while letting trained personnel evaluate your situation.

When you experience flood damage in your San Leandro area home, the first thing you should do is get your family to safety. After that, contact your insurance agent and any family members to let them know you are okay. Once secure, communicate with the professionals necessary to get you the help you need.

It is important to understand that your home can contain contaminated mud and debris. By contacting a company like SERVPRO, you get the help you need to remove this debris, while also cleaning and disinfecting various surfaces found in your home. You must secure any furniture, and other household items before recovery can begin.

SERVPRO technicians make quick work of removing saturated, unrestorable materials from your home. All wallboard, plaster, or paneling up to 2-feet above any flood level requires removal before an efficient drying procedure begins. The structural materials, exposed wiring, and plumbing require special handling. Saturated insulation needs replacing, along with carpeting and pads in most situations.

SERVPRO technicians understand how to avoid hazards that often accompany floods, turning off electrical systems, checking appliances and your HVAC system as a part of our initial inspection. Vinyl and tile flooring may require removal to allow proper drying of the subfloor while wood floors can dry gradually over time.

There may be roof damage from defective flashing, clogged downspouts or eaves, cracks, and deterioration caused by missing shingles. A full inspection reveals problems like this and provides you with the recommendations required to save your home. We can help you avoid future damage by installing additional draining, backflow valves, or sump pumps.  

Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro for access to IICRC certified technicians 24-7. Leave your troubles to us, remain safe, and sound. (510) 352-2480

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Ready to Roll

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

53 Foot "Kentucky style" Trailer, ready to roll.

SERVPRO of San Leandro is a SERVPRO certified STORM TEAM company. Our technicians have traveled to various locations that have experienced storm events around California and the United States.  

We are also experienced in large loss mitigation projects.

You can imagine that it often requires a great deal of restorative drying equipment to accomplish this work.

Our company owns and operates a fleet of cargo vans, pickup trucks, box trucks , a 24 foot trailer and we have use of a large, 53 foot "Kentucky style" trailer.

The 53 foot trailer is packed with hundreds of pieces of drying equipment, and supplies including cleaning materials. It becomes a staging point, sort of a warehouse on wheels, from which our technicians are able to work. You can count on SERVPRO of San Leandro to be there and ready to help when you need us.

Monsoon Storms in Arizona

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

A gentle cloud burst rain shower.

Summertime is when it usually rains in Arizona. In the greater Phoenix area, the annual rainfall is less than 17 inches, but it comes in bunches. The rainy time of year is referred to as the Monsoon Season.

The sun can be shinning and the temperatures can be 110 F and then, clouds form overhead, or strong winds bring clouds from elsewhere. In an instant rain falls. Sometimes the rain doesn't reach the ground. It evaporates as it falls. This is called a Virga. Other times the rain is a fine mist like the rain in the photo that is "backlighted from the sun." But, then, it can be a downpour that often cause flash floods to the point where people are swept away and property damage. SERVPRO of San Leandro has travel to Arizona to assist in property damage recovery caused by the Monsoon rains. 

Mold has become a nasty word.

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

A closeup look at a mold colony.

At SERVPRO of San Leandro we have received late night calls about mold on our 24 hour emergency telephone line.

The phone line has been set up for calls about water and fire events that require immediate response. Mold is not an emergency. It takes weeks or months for mold to develop and it does not justify a late night call. However, we discuss subject to highlight how having mold in a home is an emotional experience for many persons.

Mold is also blamed for being the source of all sorts of illnesses, even things that are caused by bacteria and viruses. Yes there are many urban myths and unwarranted fears about mold. It is a modern day villain.

This doesn't mean you should ignore mold in your home or workplace. Mold in an indoor environment is always an unwanted guest. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480 for balanced advice and help concerning mold. 

Don't Ignore Mold

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Have Mold? Have it treated.

SERVPRO Inspects and Remedies Oakland Mold Infestations

There are companies that can remedymold damage in your East Bay home if and when you get infested. Molds are part of nature and exist in home environments. Mold spores can circulate through your HVAC duct work, enter your home on your clothes or the fur of your dog. 

Mold, when it is present impacts people is various ways, especially allergic individuals to allergens, pollens and the mycotoxins which are produced by mold colonies. Others only feel uncomfortable and tired a good portion of the time. Mold proliferation can occur if the initial problem isn't tackled quickly. 

The difficulty of most people is that they cannot see where these fungi are growing. You can sense it by the smell under many conditions. It has an earthy, musty smell and occasionally people only think it is a wet smell. That is part of the problem as a water leak is often the source of moisture that allows for mold growth. Water can come in through the basement or crawlspace walls or from a leaking pipe just about anywhere in the home. 

These fungi can become attached to any surface, often behind walls, above ceilings and within subfloors. They can become entangled in the pile of your carpet and in any room such as the kitchen and bathroom where moisture is present. Health effects can result from the infiltration of mold and mold spores as they travel from one room to another in the air conditioner or heating system. If you smell this odor, the best thing to do is to call a mold remediation firm like SERVPRO, to inspect for mold infestations, and if found, to recommend professional mold remediation. Mold, as any legitimate company will verify, cannot be totally removed and killed from your Alameda property. Returning your interior to acceptable levels for health and safety, while cleaning and restoring any damaged items or building materials, are the goals. Of course, the sources of moisture must be discovered and fixed to reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence. 

SERVPRO has the specialized equipment that can locate where mold is colonizing. The trained, insured technicians from SERVPRO have the experience to know where to look and how to remediate the mold growths. The process for cleaning this mold consists of containment barriers (an example is poly sheeting) and negative pressure systems that keep the contaminated areas separated from unaffected areas of the house until the cleaning and sanitizing is complete. The cleaning is conducted by following the standards set forth by the IICRC. SERVPRO has specially developed cleaning agents for restoring mold damaged items from staining and advanced growth. 

While this cleaning is going on, dehumidifiers are set up to help remove excess moisture (target RH in the house is 45%)  that, if the levels are left too high, can continue to allow this mold growth. Air scrubbers are employed to purge the air of most mold spores and foggers help to sanitize and deodorize the affected areas. 

When you have that sense that an earthy, musty odor is coming from the basement, the attic or even from inside of the wall, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 to get us on the job to remedy mold damage to your East Bay home or property.

Being prepared for water damage.

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage often includes water damage.

Dealing With Water Damage and Fire Damage in San Leandro

By Clayton A. Barry, partner of SERVPRO of San Leandro

These tips were prepared for Property Managers of apartment buildings and rental houses in the East Bay and were presented to an income property association based in Oakland at an annual meeting.  However many of the tips apply to individual homeowners.

When serious problems occur (beyond routine maintenance issues), there are immediate remedies and safety actions that can be quickly implemented to contain the water damage reduce restoration costs and protect health. That’s why when you call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480 we do our best to contact you within 5 minutes and to be on location in one-hour or less. When you call us, be sure to provide your callback information in addition to the name, phone number(s) and address of your client/referral. Our on-duty technicians confirm every call and will keep you informed on the job status and important information. 

Our company provides emergency mitigation. We also offer many restoration repair services (such as controlled demolition, board-up, debris removal, expert wall and plaster repair, new floor and carpet installation, and reconstruction, etc.) We will work alongside your established vendors and contractors. This is not a problem for us.

When our emergency personnel and technicians are dispatched, we could use your help.  Please ask the residents to provide convenient parking and, for nighttime arrivals, please have the porch light and other outside lighting turned on. 

By the way, SERVPRO is an approved service vendor for several of the country’s largest insurance companies. Additionally, we have agreements in place with many others.  If your project becomes an insurance claim, we will prepare the “estimate” to comply with insurance industry guidelines to accelerate resolution of your claim.

Window & Door Breakage

Take action immediately to preserve security and human safety. Call our office ASAP so we can schedule proper board up and/or repair service, especially when the damage presents a threat to security or personal safety 24/7

?    If the breakage is the result of vandalism or burglary, notify the police
?    Tell your residents to be cautious of sharp objects……splintered wood and shards of glass
 
Fallen Tree/Limbs

The concerns with a fallen tree or branch are similar to the dangers associated with broken windows and doors. Residents need to be aware of sharp objects.  There may also be a risk of electrical or fire dangers caused by damage to wiring. These problems will be intensified if it is raining. 

?    Call our office immediately so we can schedule tree removal, tarps, board-up and/or repair services

Water damage / Water Intrusion

Rapid mitigation response reduces the extent of the damage and speeds up the overall repair time, saving you money. Implementing early drying procedures can prevent mold growth and secondary damage caused by humidity. Call our office as soon as possible so we can dispatch emergency cleanup help 24/7.

(Stop the Water Flow)

?    Have the water flow valve to the plumbing appliance that is leaking turned off.  If there is no shut-off valve or the shut-off valve does not operate properly, ask the resident to turn off the main water to the residence
?    Toilets, sinks, dishwashers, ice makers, and hot water heaters usually have dedicated water shut-offs
           
OF SPECIAL NOTE: If the hot water heater is leaking, it may be necessary to drain the hot water tank. Hot water heaters usually have a drain that is equipped to accept a standard garden hose.  It may also        become necessary to turn off the electricity (or gas flow) to the hot water heater.

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS).

?    Wet floors are a slip hazard. People need to be cautious. Walk slowly.  Remember, walking from a damp carpet onto a hard floor surface is also a slip hazard

?    Electrical shock can occur in a water-damaged structure.  Be careful around electrical appliances and                      electrical extension cords. Do not run ceiling fans, electrical tools or other equipment (especially a vacuum cleaner) in a wet environment.


(Be Pro-active).

?    Water spreads by gravity and wicking action… check opposite walls and inside closets for dampness
?    Paper goods, boxes, etc.  NEED TO BE MOVED away from wet carpets, floors and walls
?    Aluminum foil should be placed under furniture legs.  Remove wet Oriental rugs from the wet areas
?    Hang damp or wet furs and leather goods separately at room temperature

The pro-active actions listed above are the sort of service that our trained and certified water mitigation technicians perform. They also come equipped with advanced moisture detection equipment to track the extent of the wetness. Their service vehicles are stocked with an array of specialty drying tools to mitigate hardwood floors, cabinets and wall cavities.  Specialty equipment, containment barriers and indoor air quality equipment are available to our techs.

Our goal is to have wet structural material dry within three days or less and to minimize demolition. However, it must be understood that some substrates and building materials become ruined when they are wetted. Some building materials may require longer periods of drying.

An added benefit: Our job documentation, including photographs that are routinely included in our water damage restoration invoices, will more than satisfy the requirements of the typical buy/sell “disclosure” paperwork.

Sewage Backup

A toilet overflow, while nasty, is not a serious “sewage damage”. Toilet flush overflows require simple cleanup procedures that include wearing rubber gloves. These matters do not generally require professional services.

A sewage backup is when the sewage discharge from one or more homes overflows into one house, often into a bathtub or shower and spilling over the toilet bowl. Backups may be twenty or more gallons of waste water. 

Much of the information that applies to water damage within a home applies to a sewage discharge. There are also concerns regarding bacterial contamination. However, most bacteria within sewage (water) will remain within the water until it is disturbed by physical action (such as mopping, wiping) or by using fans and air-blowers.

A significant sewage overflow always requires professional assistance.  Call our office immediately so our trained and certified technicians can provide the appropriate type of cleanup.

(Be Pro-active)

?    If washing machines or dishwashers are operating during a sewage discharge, have them turned off

?    In an apartment complex or multi-unit building ask the neighbors to not operate their appliances and to not use their shower until the blockage has been cleared by a plumber/maintenance specialist

?    Insist that residents stay out of the mess so they do not spread the contamination into unaffected areas 
nor compromise their own health and safety

SERVPRO’s sewage cleanup procedures feature the erection of containment barriers and the installation of HEPA air cleaning and filtration machines. All hard surfaces are sanitized. Porous materials may need to be removed as recommended by the US and California EPA standards. We do things the right way per each situation.

Trauma Scene / Hazmat

Our SERVPRO franchise is licensed by the State of California to perform trauma scene and HAZMAT cleanup (which also includes asbestos awareness and lead renovation). This specialty cleaning is performed to high standards. Recovered waste materials and contaminates are disposed of in compliance with regulations. The costs are commensurate with the complexity of the project.

            Blood and bodily fluids 
            Dead animal cleanup
            Chemical spills
            Skunk odor removal
            Cooking odor removal
            Asbestos – with associate
            Lead

Be assured……..Upon job completion, the indoor environment we treat will be clean, safe and odor free.

Vandalism

When an empty house or building has been vandalized, the damage can be anything from a nasty cleanup job to major restoration repair. We’re here to help with an array of licensed services… one stop shopping.

            Hazmat cleanup 
            Graffiti removal                        
            Structural damage
            Cosmetic repair
            Plaster
            Paint
            Carpet cleaning
            Structural repair
            Cabinet
            Carpet and flooring

Fire & Smoke

The first concern in a fire is to protect life. Residents need to get out of the building quickly. Heat accelerates rapidly and oxygen vanishes quickly. Even a small fire can become life threatening in as little as four minutes.

When there is a Structure Fire, the first responders will usually be the fire department. Residents must follow their instructions. Often “fire-chasers” (repair and cleaning contractors) listen to fire and police radio/internet channels. These contractors may arrive at a fire scene offering their services. If you are a landlord or property manager, advise your tenants that they do not have authority, or permission to hire these services.  

In some localities the Fire Department will dispatch a pre-approved contractor to provide emergency board-up services of the roof, windows and doors. This can be verified by the senior firefighter on the scene. 

Less Severe Damage: In some situations a small fire, or smoke and soot damage caused by cooking, a fireplace, or BBQ may pollute the indoor environment with soot and odor. Residents should not attempt to clean. Soot and odor damage requires professional products and techniques that are not readily available or known outside the restoration industry. Improper cleaning techniques will often “set” the soot or make it more difficult and more expensive to remove.  
    
(Report Damage)
 
?    Call our office as soon as possible so we can help with:
        Board-up 
        Debris removal 
        Emergency power
        Cleaning and drying of the structure
        Deodorizing of the structure
        Pack-out, cleaning and storage of     personal contents
        Re-construction

(Warn Residents, SAFETY CONCERNS)

?    A fire scene becomes a slip hazard when water has been used to extinguish the fire (especially when                        fire sprinklers have been discharged)
?    Broken glass, damaged wood and other objects may present a danger of sharp object injury

(Be Pro-active)

?    Soot becomes a permanent stain, resulting from improper cleaning methods 
?    Keep hands clean, do not touch items – body oil will increase soot damage
?    Do not open doors that were closed – it may spread soot contamination
?    Do not operate the furnace or HVAC system – it will spread soot
?    If power is off, remove contents from the refrigerator and freezer / prop doors open  

In review: This information was written by Clayton Barry for property managers in the East Bay. Hopefully you agree this information provides good advice for anyone who has a structure that suffers water, fire, sewage or other damage. When you need help in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Hayward, Union City or San Leandro we are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480    

Copyright 2015 – Clayton A. Barry for SERVPRO of San Leandro

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of San Leandro is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water or fire emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the San Leandro community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

We are as close as the phone: 510-352-2480    

Why You Should Hire Water Damage Specialists

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Be ready for water damage...

Natural disasters such as floods and fires can wreak havoc on your residential property. As a result, homeowners need to have a strategic plan in place to ensure that their assets is restored to its original condition and poses no health risks to occupants. While there are numerous things that you should do to put this important process in motion, hiring a team of trained San Lorenzo warwe damage specialists is particularly important. SERVPRO professionals have the experience, expertise, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your home following a natural disaster. Their efforts ensure that your home is ready for safe reentry following repairs. Learn more about howwater damage specialists can assist you by reviewing the following data:


Assessing Your Home
The first thing remediation specialists will do to get your home in shape is an assessment. The assessment helps the experts determine the extent ofSan Lorenzo damage on your residential property. Once this assessment is made, the specialists will be able to determine what equipment to bring to expedite and optimize the cleanup and restoration processes. It will also help them determine how many trained professionals will need to be on site and working in order to complete the restoration process in a timely fashion.


Cleaning Your Home
Once the assessment is complete, water damage specialists will move forward by cleaning your home. The cleaning process is necessary because it prevents secondary San Lorezo water damage that results from the growth of mold and mildew. The cleanup process also ensures that you will be able to reenter your home safely. water damage specialists use several specific pieces of equipment to ensure that the cleaning process is optimized.


Conclusion 
Once your home has been subjected to a natural disaster, it is imperative that you begin the cleanup and restoration processes immediately. If you do not, you run the risk of exposing your property to mold and mildew growth. Because time is critically important when it comes to the home remediation process, it is always advantageous to allow a team of professionals to handle the restoration project for you. As you begin searching for the ideal remediation company, consider the professionals of SERVPRO. Our company's team of technicians possesses extensive experience in the dynamic remediation sector. As a result, we are effective in providing detail-oriented, knowledge-based remediation services that work. Contact one of our amicable representatives today to schedule your consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Leandro community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (510) 352-2480

Mold Job in Hayward

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will clean up and eradicate that mold!

Mold Damage: A Brief Overview 

As many water damage specialists know, Hayward mold damage can go unnoticed for quite some time. This makes the presence of mold on your property a serious issue. Mold can be black or green and fuzzy. While it can be found in natural environments, mold can also proliferate indoors. This is especially the case if the homeowner's environment is moist and warm. Mold spores are toxic and cause damage to whatever surface or object they grow on. Specifically, the mold decomposes the carpeting, walls, or furniture that it grows on. As they breed and spread, the mold spores will break down the surfaces on which they live. This creates unstable, unsafe surfaces. Learn more about mold damage by reviewing the following outline:

How Mold Damage Happens
Hayward mold damage can manifest for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are preventable while others are not. One cause of mold damage is a burst or leaky pipe under your floorboards or behind your walls. Additionally, a leaky roof can cause mold development in your walls, ceiling, or attic. A fire in your office or home can also cause mold spores to accumulate and spread.

Mold And Your Health 
Because mold spores are often airborne, they can float from one region of your property to another. This enables them to create new colonies. Once this happens, the amount of damage they cause to your property can increase exponentially. And unfortunately, mold spores can be inhaled by your coworkers, family, friends, and pets. When Hayward mold damage is not eradicated immediately, it can have a negative impact on everyone's health. Specifically, the mold spores can give rise to intestinal, respiratory, and neurological damage.

How Mold Decomposes Your Property 
Once mold begins to decompose your residential or commercial property, it can start staining your possessions. Like all other organisms, mold excretes waste. These excretions result in stains, and some of the stains cannot be removed. Innumerable family heirlooms and antiques are lost due to mold infestations that were not cleaned in a timely fashion.

Conclusion 
When you clean your office or home following a fire, simply removing soot and smoke from the floors and furniture is not enough. To clean your property thoroughly and prevent the proliferation of mold damage, you need a team of professionals working on your behalf. Once you start looking for a team of remediation experts, consider SERVPRO. Our company's technicians possess extensive experience in the remediation industry, and we work with impeccable precision and determination to restore your commercial or residential property to its original condition. Contact us today and let's schedule your initial consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of San Leandro is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the San Leandro community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

 We are here in Hayward and are ready to help you. Just call us. (510) 352-2480

Why Fire Damage Keeps Your Family Out In San Leandro

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire causes many different problems in a home, including areas that never saw any actual fire or flames.

Fire Damage

House fires have many different causes, and one of these causes includes children sneaking off to play with matches or lighters out of curiosity.

Children playing with fire-causing materials in San Leandro are not the only source of fire damage of course. However, keeping lighters, matches, and other items in safe locations is one way to prevent some fires. Children who visit your home can be a source of these items, so keeping an eye on children playing with your own son or daughter can also decrease any risk. After a fire starts in a home, the cause is often determined by the fire department simply as a matter of their standard operations.

Once a house fire has been put out, SERVPRO can begin the restoration work needed to get the displaced family back home and able to renew their regular routines. Without this work, families are often not allowed to live in the home, and even obtaining basic items from the house can be cautioned against attempting. Structural damage, air quality, and other possible risks can pose ongoing hazards to those who are inside.

Fire causes many different problems in a home, including areas that never saw any actual fire or flames.
- Smoke travels steadily but quickly, and can completely fill a house entirely, leaving behind ashes, soot, and odors everywhere. Stirring up these remnants of the fire can aggravate breathing problems in some individuals, inducing asthma attacks.
- Charring and partial burning can leave structures looking as if there was little damage to them when the opposite is true, leaving them ready to topple over or crash down with only a little bit of additional weight.
- Electrical power is often disconnected to a home, and with boarded-up windows, even daytime ventures inside can be dark and hazardous.
- Water is to be expected after a fire has been extinguished, but it is often present in the form of higher humidity and moisture-laden materials and possessions. This can add to any structural damage of floors already sustained.

SERVPRO technicians make assessments of the entire home based on their IICRC training and extensive experience. These evaluations give them the information to not only protect themselves from existing hazards but also help determine the quickest way to restore your home to livable standards again.

SERVPRO of San Leandro can restore your home from all of these problems that come with fire damage. We are local and can be reached at (510) 352-2480 at any hour, day or night, every day of the year.

United4safety2017

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO booth at Public Safety Event.

On Saturday, July 8, SERVPRO participated in the fun and popular San Leandro community event put on by the San Leandro Police Department, United 4 Safety. This annual summer fair takes place outside and around the San Leandro Police Headquarters. On a beautiful Saturday morning and early afternoon, dozens of canopied booths were there to greet folks from all throughout the community, Parents, grandparents, children of all ages wound their way through the whole fair sampling the delicious food, visiting the tremendously cute shelter dogs waiting to be adopted, and of course, the SERVPRO table and tent! SERVPRO is part of the United 4 Safety fair every year and we’re part of the community, working closely with the local Police and Fire Departments to immediately step in and complete the cleanup and recovery process when a disaster happens. Whatever happens, SERVPRO is there! We are frequently out in the community participating in events like United 4 Safety, out talking with folks, supporting the local Police and Firefighters, letting everyone know we’re here to help and will step in quickly to get your life back to normal after a disaster. SERVPRO.

Like it never even happened.

Crawl Space Restoration After Water Damage in San Leandro

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

San Leandro Well Constructed Basement Can Limit Moisture and Water Damage

Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Your Home

Homes with walk-out features often have a crawl space rather than a full basement. If water encroaches into the crawl space, a homeowner must react or risk structural damage to the foundation and an increased threat of mold growth. Your local SERVPRO work team has the experience, training, and skills to restore water damage underneath your house.
 
A washing machine malfunction sent gallons of water flowing over your utility room floor. The moisture drained through, causing water damage within the crawl space of your San Leandro home. You do not inhabit this area directly, but remediating the water damage is crucial to the integrity of your dwelling. We are veterans of many crawl space restorations and have unique strategies for working successfully in these often difficult to access areas.
 
SERVPRO technicians remove water caught in the crawl space with submersible pumps, collecting the water for appropriate disposal per local regulations. Because of the dirt floor of most crawl spaces, trapped water within it qualifies as contaminated, gray or black depending on other materials and substances mixed in. The contaminated water must go as it is responsible for potential microbial growth to the undercarriage of your home, hazardous to the structure’s strength and stability. We check any insulation under the home. Fiberglass is recoverable through appropriate drying, but other types risk mold grow and need replacement.
 
We always try to measure and monitor moisture levels. A dirt floor is very unstable and may reintroduce moisture from groundwater or runoff. If there is no moisture barrier over the dirt installing plastic sheeting to balance the moisture exchange is recommended in SERVPRO training. This is one leg of an encapsulation approach to preventing future water damaging events.
 
It is fortunate when the crawl space is roomy enough to position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels. When the area is too cramped, we work with your insurer and you to troubleshoot the process. Removing a part of the flooring above the space gives access to the area, permitting air movers and dehumidifiers to do their jobs. If that is impractical, a venting system rigged with flexible hose and sheet metal to force dehumidified air into the crawl space to reduce moisture. We follow the concept of simple is better and provide the services needed to remedy the current problem.
 
SERVPRO of San Leandro helps you understand the need for water damage abatement under your home and offers the services necessary to accomplish it. A call to (510) 352-2480 starts the process, sending a highly-qualified crew to evaluate and begin working on the harm in your crawl space.

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Fire at a Commercial Property

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire can destroy a building and a business.

How to Deal with Fire Damage at Your Commercial Property 

A recent fire at a San Lorenzo commercial fire and smoke damage caused damage to the warehoues structure and part of the office building. A loss like this can be overwhelming, it can also be mentally traumatic to employees. It prompted us to share information with other locl business owners:

The American Red Cross provides grief service to help victims  (including employees) cope with the mental after effects caused by fire damage.

Restoring your property to its previous condition may seem like an impossible feat to tackle as you look at the disaster. However, with a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro helping you, our knowledge and experience can help get your building looking its best and back into operational condition... "Like it Never Even Happened."

Fire and smoke damage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most prominent causes of fire begins with faulty electrical wiring. Since people can forget to turn off an electric appliance, or create sparks when using electrical powered tools, human error is also high on the list as a common factor in fires. The damage caused by smoke and soot can lead to significant loss (sometimes greater damage than was caused by the fire flames). That’s why it’s critical to find a trusted restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro. From immediately after the fire through the recovery process, you’ll feel comforted knowing that they’ll work diligently to clean and restore your property to its pre-fire state.

Your One-Stop Shop for Smoke and Fire Restoration
We recognize the physical and emotional stress that comes with commercial fire restoration. Our team of experts empathizes with the property owners, company owners and employees who are in the midst of a crisis, and we will guide you every step of the way. From structural repairs and content restoration to soot cleaning and odor control, you can count on our services. We are a licensed contractor with a host of licensed sub-contractors who help us solve fire damage problems.

One of our sub-contractor specialists can help repair and restoration office equipment and even heavy manufacturing equipment.

We are one of the leading fire restoration cleaning facilities in this area. We have a large in-house smoke cleaning and de-ordorizing facility based in Hayward. We take pride in our work. We serve San Leandro, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Hayward, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.

We're SERVPRO of San Leandro and are ready to help you where ever you need us. Just call: (510) 352-2480

Another El Nino Storm Year?

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

We could be in for a second year of El Nino Rain

Will El Nino Cause Water Damage in San Leandro?

NOAA the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Association has declared this year 2015 and spring of 2016 as an El Nino event. Will it be a heavy El Nino season year in the San Leandro area ... like 1997

El Nino is Southern Pacific Ocean warming and it does not have to be a wet year. In fact, only three of the 15 major El Nino events since 1949 had heavy rains events associated with the ocean warming.  Some rain storm even happened in drought years. 

However, scientists talk about similarities with this year and 1997. The similarities indicate we could see heavy rains in the East Bay and elsewhere in Northern California.

In 1997 large numbers of small sea creatures washed up on the beaches in Mexico and Southern California. The annual ocean Algae bloom was larger than usual during the 1997 El Nino season.  This year, the Algae bloom is even bigger.

Another similarity was the fact that Monsoon rain season in the American Southwest, particularly in Arizona. It was pronounced in 1997 and is shaping up to be this year too. As I drive through San Leandro, Hayward and Castro Valley I see how many trees are struggling. I see lawn being allowed to turn brown and die. There is no question we need rain.  Interestingly, the 1997 rains came after a period of drought. So did the other heavy El Nino rain events dated back to 1949. Let’s hope this present drought cycle is ended this year by this El Nino.

There is an old adage that says to be careful what you wish for. Heavy rain with wind can topple trees. It can cause street flooding and sewer systems to back up.  Here in the East Bay we can also experience mudslides.

While we can’t stop all of this type of water damage we can prepare well and minimize its effects. We need to inspect our roofs, clean gutters and drains, trim trees and make sure creeks and drainage areas are not blocked and cluttered with debris.

Back in 1997 my company responded to several jobs in Castro Valley and in the Oakland Hills after trees fell onto homes. I also worked in a basement of an Oakland high rise when a sump pump failed. To solve the problem we had to use a pump truck, as a result of water damage to extract water from an elevator shaft so repair technicians could fix the sump. there re many ways water can affect a structure.

The Furry of Fire

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire is a powerful force.

How to Deal with Fire Damage at Your Commercial Property 

A recent fire caused damage to a warehouse structure and part of the office building in San Lorenzo. A loss like this can be overwhelming, it can also be mentally traumatic to employees. It prompted us to share information with other local business owners:

The American Red Cross provides grief service to help victims (including employees) cope with the mental after effects caused by fire damage.

Restoring your property to its previous condition may seem like an impossible feat to tackle as you look at the disaster. However, with a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro helping you, our knowledge and experience can help get your building looking its best and back into operational condition... "Like it Never Even Happened."

Fire and smoke damage can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most prominent smoke and fire source begins with faulty electrical wiring. Since people can forget to turn off an electric appliance, or create sparks when using electrical powered tools, human error is also high on the list as a common factor in fires. The damage caused by smoke and soot can lead to significant loss (sometimes greater damage than was caused by the fire flames). That’s why it’s critical to find a trusted restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Leandro. From immediately after the fire through the recovery process, you’ll feel comforted knowing that they’ll work diligently to clean and restore your property to its pre-fire state.

Your One-Stop Shop for Smoke and Fire Restoration
We recognize the physical and emotional stress that comes with commercial fire damage.  Our team of experts empathizes with the property owners, company owners and employees who are in the midst of a crisis, and we will guide you every step of the way. From structural repairs and content restoration to soot cleaning and odor control, you can count on our services. We are a licensed contractor with a host of licensed sub-contractors who help us solve fire damage problems.

One of our sub-contractor specialists can help repair and restoration office equipment and even heavy manufacturing equipment.

We are one of the leading fire damage restoration cleaning facilities in this area. We have a large in-house smoke cleaning and deodorizing facility based in Hayward. We take pride in our work. 

We SERVPRO of San Leandro and are ready to help you where ever you need us. Just call: (510) 352-2480

Flooded Office

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can close an office and bring business to a stop.

There is never a good time to experience a property disaster.

Providing emergency property damage services for commercial establishments is one of the main services we provide at SERVPRO of San Leandro.

Water damage/flooding events are the most common disaster at offices and other commercial properties. Fire is second, followed by autos crashing into structures, falling trees, vandalism and others.

There are many restoration companies that are prepared to dry a wet building, only a few companies are equipped to help keep a company open or return them quickly to operation. It’s the business interruption solution services that can make the most difference to business survival. Insurance can pay to restore the business and in some cases even cover lost revenue. However, if a building remains closed so long that customers go elsewhere, then the “damage” is really more devastating than the structural repair.

SERVPRO of San Leandro understands how to dry a wet structure. We can also help with electronics, office equipment, manufacturing equipment and the other parts of a business that might be impacted. Our team can set up electrical power generators and lighting. We will place storage pods and tents at a job site along with security so that temporary workstations can be set up.

If you experience a serious disaster at you office or facility call us at 510-352-2480.

Using "smoke" to fight smoke odor?

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Thermal fogging can kill smoke odor.

Thermal fogging is a method of applying deodorants that can be especially effective in treating strong odors caused by fire in a structure. As items are heated or burn, they may give off odors. Think about frying chicken or making French fries. The air is filled with cooking odors. Now, think about the smell of wood smoke at a campfire.

Campfire smoke can be very strong as the fire burns. After fire is out, the leftover ashes will have a lingering odor. However, the ashes usually won’t smell as bad as the larger leftover charred chunks of wood. That’s because the source wasn’t completely consumed and tiny odor particles are continuing to gas off.

When SERVPRO of San Leandro cleans a structure following a fire we have to remove the ashes and the sections of charred wood. That is a given. Our next concern in restoring a fire-damaged property is in addressing the smoke/soot contamination and the odor problem it creates. Soot with tiny odor particles can go everywhere. Because the hire of the fire is able to make the grains in wood and other surfaces such as paint to expand, the tiny odor particles can get trapped into the surface of these materials as they cool and shrink to normal size. This is where thermal fogging technology is useful.

A thermal fogging machine heats “oil that has been treated with odor counteractant ingredients.” The odor counteractant is transformed into a smoke that is laden with tiny odor killing particles. Because it’s “smoke” it will go into all of the same cracks and crevices the smoke from the fire went.  

An important principle of odor cleanup is to match the sources of the odor. For example if the odor-causing source was wet, then a wet cleaning agent should be applied. When the odor-causing source was smoke, then a “smoke” treatment with matching additives can be applied. Allow us to explain. Smoke from a fire may contain specific additives. For example, it may be a grease fire, or a plastic fire. Whatever burned will have an effect on the lingering odor. There are specific cleaning treatments to match the fire source. There are special additives to attack each type of smoke that can be used in the canister of the thermal fogger.

Fire restoration work is technical, it’s complex and at SERVPRO of San Leandro we believe we are good at it… 510-352-2480.

What business is most prone to fires?

6/4/2017 (Permalink)

Restaurants are the mostly likely industry to experience a fire. Once, log ago the motion picture theaters were the mot likely businesses to have fire. When safety film was invented and safer projectors were manufactured, theaters  had less fires. Today with video projection fires are ere more rare.

Restaurants have taken over because they use open flame for cooking and some use table candles for mood lighting. Fires happen during operating hours while kitchen staff are working and after hours when cleaning crews are working. Dirt grease traps can become raging fires. Gas lines can leak and pilot lights can cause explosions. While most commercial kitchens are equipped with extinguisher systems, even a short lived fire can cause a great deal of of damage. SERVPRO has plenty of experience working in restaurant fire cleanup.

"Black Toxic Mold" ?

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Most mold is black in coloration, some black mold may be toxic.

This photo is an example of a serious mold infestation. The warm humid conditions near the hot water heater made for the perfect growing conditions for mold. A pin-hole leak in a copper water supply pipe provided just enough water to keep the gypsum board wall panels wet and allow the black mold to grow.

By the way, black is the most common color of mold. But, not all mold id black and not all black is toxic. However, in this case, testing confirmed that this was an example of Stachybotrys the well known "toxic" mold. Stachy as it is called in the mold remediation business can be harmful to humans because it produces very small spores that are able to get past the filtration abilities of the average person's respiratory system. 

Our certified mold technicians were able to place the water heater room under negative air containment  (to not spread the mold) while they removed the damaged wallboard and removed the microbial contamination, fixed the plumbing leak and prepared the room for new wall coverings. If you have a property with mold problems please talk to us. We're here to help with sensible solutions.

Board up service

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Board up is a basic and necessary service.

There are so many ways that a structure can be damaged and could require emergency board up services of windows and doors, or large gaps in walls... Wind damage, falling trees and falling tree limbs, vehicles crashing into buildings are common causes. Vandalism and robbery accounts for many window board up jobs too.

The heat from fires can blow out window glass, and in some situations, fire fighters may intentionally break out specific windows to pump water into a structure to extinguish the fire.

At SERVPRO of San Leandro, we have performed emergency board up services for each of the potential sources discussed. Our trained and experienced technicians stand ready, with an inventory of board-up supplies to respond when and where we are needed. This is just another way we help our community.

Two Weather Storm Patterns Merging?

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing a cleanup plan.

2016 was an El Nino year. In Northern California we had increased rain that ended our five-year draught. In many ways we were lucky because, other than a few isolated locations, our region escaped the mega damage we might have experienced. (It was worrisome when we came close to a major dam failure that would have impacted hundreds of thousands of people.)

This year has all the indicators of being another El Nino year. It is also is shaping up to be a heavy hurricane season as well. Both events don’t usually happen in the same year. If North America has hurricanes, the Eastern seaboard and Gulf on Mexico could be impacted. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (Category 1). The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 156 mph. It is possible that the West Coast could be pounded by El Nino storms while the East and South are experiencing Hurricane damage. That is a rare occurrence, but with the dramatic changes we have seen in weather patterns in the last several years, would not be surprising.

No question, climate change is happening and is in full force. SERVPRO of San Leandro is prepared to help any property owner who experiences storm damage here in Northern California, and we are ready to travel to other parts of the country to help with their local storm damage too. In the past we have performed Hurricane cleanup on the east coast and are prepared to do so again this year if need be. SERVPRO of San Leandro is an experienced property damage restoration provider.

Mold... don't be scammed.

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

This mold project included bacterial contamination and Asbestos removal.

The services of mold remediation range from a simple wipe-down of slime mold on a few bathroom tiles, to full-blown containment and demolition of badly infested and damaged structural materials. Don't let scam artists fool you.

The level of service range from self do it, to requiring professional assistance, and that is determined by certain standards, some set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other protocol and recommendations are suggested by licensed Industrial Hygienists and even by mold contractors.

This is where it gets tricky. Some mold remediation contractors can take advantage of persons who are not familiar with mold to convince them that a whole lot of services are needed. Not all of these services are required. The EPA can provide the best information about mold.

Search “EPA mold” and a wealth of information will show up from their official website. This way, the consumer can sift through the mountain of “information” and get down to the basics. The EPA removes the fear and confusion over this topic. For example, the EPA says that the consumer should be able to clean away several square feet of mold without having to hire a professional. Of course they suggest safe practices and present thoughtful ideas about this suggestion.

The EPA also makes it perfectly clear when professional help is really required. If you have a mold problem that requires professional help, please consider SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480.

Inner wall cavity drying

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

An example of an inner wall drying system

There are inner wall cavity drying systems available that allow mitigation companies to dry an inner wall cavity without removing large portions of gypsum board. 

It is less expense to make several small plaster repairs and do paint touch up that removing the wallboard, applying new texture and paint.

The air that is pumped into the wall cavities is usually HEPA filtered and may be treated with chemical agents to prevent mold growth. This technique of drying is called "ASD-applied structural drying." Inner wall drying systems is one aspect of ASD. Other equipment and techniques that are used to minimize structure material drying are "rescue mats", heaters and special dehumidifiers. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro will always look for the best and most cost effective way to dry a wet structure.

The POWER of DESICCANT DRYING

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

A large desiccant at work drying a warehouse.

 At SERVPRO of San Leandro we have both cold “coil dehumidifiers” and “desiccant dehumidifiers.” Having one or more desiccants are the benchmark of a professional mitigation company.

 

Desiccant-Based Dehumidification is an interesting topic. Most people are aware of “cold-coil” dehumidification, which removes moisture from the air by condensing the moisture onto a cold surface. Desiccant dehumidification relies on adsorption or absorption power of desiccants, which are substances that attract

water-vapor molecules from the air. They rely on adsorptive or absorptive process. Adsorption refers to a desiccant that does not change phase as it collects airborne moisture. Most adsorbents are solids; familiar examples include activated alumina, silica gel, and zeolites (molecular sieves). We see these packed in electronics cartons.

 

In water damage drying application, desiccant machines are designed to collect moisture on a rotating wheel coated with solid desiccant material. As damp air passes through one section of the wheel the desiccant on that section adsorbs water vapor, making the air drier than when it entered. Wheel rotation then exposes the moisture-laden desiccant to a “regenerating” air stream that strips the captured moisture away from the desiccant (desorption). The wheel rotates to the damp air collection port and it is ready to adsorb more moisture from in coming air.

 

At SERVPRO we have dozens of cold “coil dehumidifiers” and a couple of commercial “desiccant dehumidifiers.” That’s one more reason we are proud to be an experienced and professional mitigation company capable of helping commercial clients. SERVPRO of San Leandro 510-352-2480

Burger Restaurant Fire

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire can be deadly. Fire can cause a great deal of structural damage. It’s not just the flames… it’s the smoke, the fumes and the soot that are of concern.

An automobile was stopped at a drive through window at a national burger restaurant in Hayward California. The engine compartment of the car burst into flames. The driver got out without injury, the drive through window clerk got safely out of the way. The fire totaled the auto and burnt a huge hole in the building’s roof. The most damage was caused by the smoke and soot that billowed into the kitchen and spread into the dinning room. Once again, no body was hurt. That’s the good news. Everyone got out in quick order and the fire department arrived promptly to extinguish the fire.

 

The restaurant is literally about one mile from our SERVPRO cleaning facility. We were invited to provide cleanup services. We had a crew there with two hours to present a cleanup scope. The next day we were providing soot and debris cleanup to get the place ready for reconstruction….SERVPRO of San Leandro to the rescue.

After the reconstruction was completed we returned to provide post construction cleanup and prepare the place for it’s reopening. By the way, they specialize in flame-broiled burgers. How ironic.

Mold... a four letter word!

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Microbial can be pretty, but they can be a nucience too.

 

Mold is a four-letter word… most people have a negative feeling as soon as they hear the word. Ironically mold is an important part of life. It is part of the fungi kingdom and it interacts with plants and the eco system in valuable ways. Scientists inform us that life, as we know it, would not be possible without mold. Bakers and brewers and cheese makers rely on mold and yeasts to make their products. There are hundreds of thousands of molds and only a few of them create negative affects on humans.

Why does mold have a bad reputation?

The answer is because there are molds that are able to produce tiny spores that become airborne and these spores can pass through our respiratory system and into the Alveoli sacks in our lungs and cause toxins to enter our blood stream. Infants, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system are susceptible. These mold are called, “toxic black mold.”

 

Here is the problem…most molds are black in color, some are white, yellow and pink, but black is the most common color. People hear about “black toxic mold” and then equate the black mold on their wall as being this potentially harmful variety. To add to the problem, some contractors take advantage of persons who may not be fully informed and charge outrageous fees to cleanup any mold, harmful or not.

One of the best sources to learn about mold is to visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website using mold as a search phrase. You will get easy to understand information about mold, and even tips on how to remove it. Another thing to do is to give us a call, SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480.

Property Damage Happens

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage is always a risk.

 


Property disaster at a business location often interrupts the operation of the business. Disaster compounds the problems for the company, its’ employees and their clients.


Repair work should be completed as quickly as possible to reduce the potential negative impact on revenue.  


SERVPRO of San Leandro is an experienced specialist in restoring commercial properties. We have worked at many restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing plants and retail establishments in San Leandro and surrounding areas.


When a property disaster happens many things can go wrong and quickly. Let’s use a burst pipe flooding as our example. While each building and business will face its own specific situations, these following items are fairly common problems:


1 - Portions of the structure will get wet and may need to be removed and replaced. 2 - Water service may be interrupted. 3- Electric service may also be compromised. 4 - Office equipment and manufacturing equipment could be ruined or in need of repair. 5 - Production and assembly processes may be compromised. 6 - Employee safety is in jeopardy (Slip hazard / risk of electrocution) 6 - Alarms, telephones, computers may not function reliably. 7- Elevators don’t work. 8 - HVAC systems compromised.


 


An established commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions for business interruption. That’s why SERVPRO of San Leandro provides restoration management services beyond just the initial emergency response of water extraction and structural drying, such as:


An experienced commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions for:


Water extraction, humidity control, document drying, emergency power, emergency lighting, security services, electronics cleaning and repair, HVAC system cleaning and service, elevator repair, communications systems restoration, structural repair, plumbing repair, temporary office modules, temporary fencing and toilets, OSHA safety inspection services, Industrial Hygienist services, consultation and more.  


Being a great commercial mitigation and restoration company, is much more than simply drying a building. It is helping a company get back into operation as quickly as possible. 80% of companies fail within one year of having a disaster. It’s not because they don’t have insurance or resources. It’s because too much time goes by allowing clients to go to competitors.


SERVPRO of San Leandro provides a free Emergency Ready Plan that can help any business be ready for a disaster. Preparedness reduces the down time and that improves the chances for a company to return to profitability after suffering a disaster.

Office Content Pack-out

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Vaults containing office contents outside our storage center..

When an office for a large medical facility was damaged by sewage, SERVPRO of San Leandro responded. We extracted the sewage and removed contaminated building materials such as carpeting and portions of sheetrock. 

The furniture in the office, such as desks and chairs were made of metal. We were able to clean and sanitize theses items.

To facilitate the final cleaning of the structure, including performing reconstruction, the furniture had to be removed.  

SERVPRO of San Leandro technicians carefully cleaned the furniture at the location and carefully packed it into storage vaults for transport to our storage facility in Hayward California. We can be reached at 510-352-2480.

As soon as the office structure was ready for occupancy the furniture and office equipment was returned and set up. 

2017 EL Nino & Strong Hurricanes?

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Hail Storms in Texas are setting all time damage records.

According to many weather forecasting agencies and scientists 2017 is shaping up to be a potential strong El Nino year that could contribute to a longer and stronger Atlantic Hurricane season too.


2016 El Nino in Northern California brought heavy rains and a deep snow pack to the Sierra Mountains. Last year's El Nino rains ended California's four year drought.


Pacific waters near the equator continue to warm which builds the El Nino effect.  Weather indicators in the tropics are alerting meteorologists about a potential record setting hurricane season. 


The science of weather continues to develop, there's still a touch of "crystal ball" in weather prediction, but we all need to be prepared. 


At SERVPRO, we respond to damaging weather events. We know that lightning strikes, rain and hail storms, and wind damage can occur at almost any time.  We are ready.

Facilities Managers, check out our Pre-work Authorization

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Pre-work Authorization form.

When a property disaster event strikes, it's often in the middle of the night or during the weekend.

Getting an emergency restortion company on the spot is not difficult. Having the paperwork and an agreement signed and in place before work starts is the hard part.

 

That's why we developed what we call Green Response. It is a proactive disaster recovery plan provided by Cleanair Image dba SERVPRO of San Leandro  It allows us to work with you in pre-planning for the complex challenges that often arise during a major catastrophe such as fire, extreme flooding, earthquake, etc. Your participation in this plan will empower us to mobilize and direct a coordinated team of restoration specialists who will work on your behalf to make it… better than before.

Green Response clients sign an agreement that pre-authorizes our company to provide prompt emergency services. In this agreement the labor and materials pricing schedule and payment terms are determined in advance to prevent misunderstandings, and to expedite services.

Our Emergency Response Manager will tour your facility to work with you in developing a specific and comprehensive restoration/mitigation plan for your location.

Once a preparedness plan has been determined, our team will conduct a meeting at your facility to establish a working relationship, to address your concerns and demonstrate how we may best satisfy your needs. There is no charge for this service. Your investment will be a few hours… time well spent for peace of mind. For details please call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480.

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