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Common Things Oakland Homeowners See During Water Cleanup

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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


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

As Little Disruption as Possible

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

Drying Equipment Matters

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

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

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