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We Have Storm Flooding and Our Sump Pump Failed in Oakland, Now What?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak SERVPRO of San Leandro has the resources and manpower to tackle any storm or disaster that leaves you with flood damage.

SERVPRO Can Handle Water Removal from Flood Damage to Your Oakland Home – Call to Have a Crew Deployed ASAP!

While having a sump pump in the crawlspace or basement of your Oakland home gives you added peace of mind during storm season, there can come a time when the system fails. Whether you had an appliance failure or an outage where your sump pump didn’t turn on, you may be in for some flooding and water damage. The good news is that the SERVPRO crew is available 24/7, and we are happy to come out to your home to take a look so that you can minimize the loss and restore your interior to the preloss condition.

Is There Anything I Can Do Until You Arrive?

Until SERVPRO’s Green Fleet arrives at your home to help with flood damage in Oakland, there are numerous measures that you can take to minimize property damage, including:

    •    If you can locate the source of the water coming in and stop it.
    •    Always avoid hazards, such as unsanitary water, slippery floors, electricity near the water loss zone, and unsafe structures.
    •    Put plastic underneath furniture legs or remove furniture to try and prevent rust or permanent staining.

A sump pump failure can happen for several reasons, such as:

    •    Power Failure – A power outage is the most common reason for a sump pump failure. Many homeowners like to have their sump pump connected to a back-up generator to be activated manually if the main power to the house is off.
    •    Wrong Size Sump Pump – If the wrong size pump gets installed on your property, you will likely run into issues. A smaller pump is just as capable as the larger sizes. However, a sump pump that is too big will work harder than it needs to, or a smaller sump pump installation might not be able to pull out enough water. Each instance can lead to a shorter lifespan.
    •    Installation Issues – The sump pump should always be installed according to specific manufacturer recommendations to avoid the potential for severe water damage. If you are not quite sure of the appropriate way to install one, it is better to call in the assistance of a trained technician.
    •    Switch Malfunction – A switch issue is a common problem with sump pumps, which can happen when it shifts position in the basin, and it leaves the float ineffective.
    •    Not Maintained – It is often recommended that a sump pump gets tested every few months. Yearly service is also best to ensure that your unit will work when it is needed most.
    •    Clogged Discharge Line – If the water is unable to exit the property through the discharge line, the sump pump is unable to work. This line must be free from rocks, dirt, and other debris at all times.
    •    Appliance Defect – While it might be rare, there is always the possibility that your sump pump is defective. It is best to check and test out the pump upon installation to ensure proper function.

Will My Insurance Cover this Sump Pump Failure?

The failure of a sump pump is usually not covered with a standard homeowner’s policy. In many cases, there will be an endorsement, or an add-on, that you can choose to help with a failed sump pump and back-up. It is always best to consult with your home insurance provider to determine what your coverage might be, if any.

What Can I Do to Avoid Water Damage in the Future?

While it is impossible to avoid a natural disaster, you can be proactive about protecting your property. SERVPRO has enough experience to tell our customers some of the things to do to prepare for the future:

    •    Know the flood risk for your area
    •    Put together a flood plan in advance
    •    Make sure that you always have an emergency kit readily available
    •    Have essential documents stored in a safe and dry place
    •    Always test out your sump pump and back-up generator periodically
    •    Choose a restoration team before the disaster even happens

When you have our number handy, you will have access to emergency flood damage services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We know that a significant storm and flooding event can be overwhelming and devastating. Whenever you have flooding in your home, simply give us a call. We will:

    •    Remove and dispose of any materials damaged beyond repair
    •    Dry out any contents or provide pack-out services for off-site cleaning
    •    Monitor the entire drying process, ensuring everything is dry in a timely manner

SERVPRO of San Leandro has the resources and manpower to tackle any storm or disaster that leaves you with flood damage. Call us at (510) 352-2480, and we can send out a team as soon as possible to get started on an assessment.

What Is The Quickest Way To Get Floodwater Out Of My Home?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flood water in livingroom Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Have SERVPRO Restore Your Oakland Home to A Clean, Dry State. 

Why Does Floodwater Look and Smell Worse Than Water from A Heating Tank?

Oakland flood damage is worse than an interior water intrusion since the water comes in due to a storm. That means it brings in small amounts of nearly everything it flows over, which means SERVPRO Water Restoration Teams also deal with the odors, stains, and other problems of soil, lawn fertilizers, trash from the street, and other debris. 

How Can You Stop the Damage in My Home?  

Our first step with any water is to remove all of the water from your Oakland home. The difference with floodwater is that our technicians pump it directly into the nearest sewer access point or a holding tank for disposal at a water treatment facility. 

Next, team members spray all exposed surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to eliminate possible health threats and to reduce the chance of mold expanding through your home. Technicians then use sponges and cloths to wipe down every item in your home, thoroughly drying them to prevent additional damage such as drywall staining and stopping the veneer and other finishes from forming bubbles due to absorbing too much water. 

What About Property Too Damaged for Restoration? 

Since we cannot guarantee the safety of any carpet that was underwater, we immediately remove them from your home after drawing out trapped water with extraction devices to make disposal easier. SERVPRO specialists next clean the floor underneath and dry it using fans and air movers to increase evaporation. Our team members can also perform many construction tasks needed to return your home to its original condition such as reframing and installing new drywall.

To begin restoring your home here or in Mulford Gardens, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today.

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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.

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.

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.