Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Mold in Your Home??

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on a ceiling, black Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage to Your San Leandro Home--Take a Look!! Call SERVPRO for an Inspection and Remediation

SERVPRO Performs Mold Inspections and Remediation for Residents of San Leandro. Contact Us at the First Signs.

What causes mold in property?

When water enters a property or soaks through materials in your San Leandro home, it provides ample moisture to support mold growth. When we work on water loss sites, our priority is to dry wet materials because of molds' risk. Once fungi begin to grow in a property, it can spread quickly through porous and semi-porous building materials. For some homeowners, mold may seem to spring up without warning. This growth is often explainable through poor insulation, the lack of a vapor barrier, slow leaks, or condensation issues in the property. SERVPRO technicians can often identify the cause of mold through visual inspection in the property.

What experts are there in mold remediation?

  • Qualified microbial remediation technicians
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals
  • Industrial hygienists

Is it necessary to use multiple experts during mold remediation?

The visual mold inspection of your San Leandro is enough to allow remediation to begin. In severe cases, where there is evidence of broken down organic matter or widespread colonies, an industrial hygienist may be present to help inform the adjuster and technicians; this move is generally for commercial and municipal structures. It is common for SERVPRO technicians to deal with mold remediation from start to finish. AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians with accreditation from the IICRC mean something. If we can get the moisture out quickly then move onto cleaning away existing mold, it can often be enough to return a home to its preloss condition. If mold represents an ongoing problem, it may be necessary to enlist an IAQ professional or Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP).

How do mold experts operate under insurance?

  • The adjuster that confirms any work to carry out
  • IEP or IAQ that informs the adjuster
  • Technicians that can demo materials, clean or dry the property

If mold appears in your property, you could minimize losses by getting a professional remediator to inspect. Contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480.

What Deodorization Tactic is Best After a Fire in Hayward Homes?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Woman holding her nose SERVPRO can help in many ways with controlling odors in your home after a fire. Call us today for assistance.

There are multiple odor removal approaches for smoke and burning smells after a structure fire. 



While there are undoubtedly dozens of potential hazards and problematic loss effects after a structure fire in Hayward homes, our SERVPRO of San Leandro professionals have the tools and technologies to overcome these needs. As a leading fire restoration company for the area, we understand how something as small as a persistent smoke odor can compromise your comfort in your home. We approach deodorization to eliminate or neutralize odor molecules present in the open environments of the house and trapped in porous materials and contents. 

When you experience fire damage in your Hayward home, most homeowners fixate on the immediate concerns first, such as debris removal and residues on the surfaces and contents throughout the structure. These challenges can be hazardous and marring to your home if not addressed immediately. Even structural repairs and build back comes before the deodorization process. Cleaning and demolition can agitate trapped odors, making it more absolute to wait and neutralize harsh scents in the property until the final stages of cleaning and restoration. Multiple tools can play a part in removing these noxious smoke and burning smells, including:

Are There Ways to Reduce Odor Concentrations Before Deodorizing?

Debris removal is one of the tactics that our professionals and contractors utilize during the pre-mitigation emergency services stage. Removing ash and debris from the floors, along with remnants of damaged wall systems and other construction materials, can reduce the concentrations of harsh odors and soot particles to make restoration more efficient. 

When is an Ozone Machine Beneficial for Post-Fire Restoration? 

Even with how incredibly productive ozone machines can be, they can also be damaging to living things, including occupants, pets, and plants. The use of ozone machines creates an unbalanced chemical compound that adheres to odor molecules and neutralizes them on contact. The process can be so destructive to humans, though, that even our restoration professionals must vacate the recovery effort to allow this process to occur on a timer. There are applications for this deodorization technique, as it is one of the staples for odor removal in our SERVPRO warehouse facility in our ozone chamber. This process works best when:

  • No occupants present 
  • There is time to recover property
  • There are harsh odors in open areas and trapped in walls/flooring
  • There are odor-damaged contents 

Do Hydroxyl Generators Help Remove Odors? 

There are several ways that hydroxyl generators are an excellent tool for fire restoration and recovery. Even without using this device for deodorization, it is a unique machine for air quality control. There are a few ways that this deodorization option can be an ideal choice in specific scenarios, and these include: 

  • HEPA Filtration – With an onboard filtration system, hydroxyl generators can pull contaminated and dirty air through the machine and trap particulates as small as 0.3 microns in the built-in HEPA filter. 
  • UV Cleaning – Using the same chemical process that UV rays from the sun use to clean the atmosphere, hydroxyl generators create a chemical reaction being water droplets in the damaged environment and a UV spectrum to clean the space where the device gets placed, including odor compounds. 
  • Safe for Occupants – One of the distinct advantages of using this device over other options is that these machines can run through additional cleaning and restoration processes conducted by our SERVPRO team working in the house. 

Is Thermal Fogging Best for Odor Removal? 

Thermal fogging devices are among the most versatile and widely used for post-fire odor removal for multiple reasons. With the lightweight units that are handheld, technicians can quickly move from one room to the next and cover a broader area in less time. By creating a mist and vapor with a deodorizing product, fine droplets and the gaseous composition can penetrate porous materials like drywall and carpeting to neutralize trapped odors in these structural elements. In addition to these beneficial aspects, thermal fogging is safe for technicians and even occupants of the house, allowing you to begin returning to your home more quickly after the fire restoration.

After a fire loss, one of the most substantial obstacles to making these disasters "Like it never even happened," is often lingering smoke and burning odors. Our SERVPRO of San Leandro team can help with multiple deodorization tools and technologies to overcome these fire loss effects and prevent costlier tear-out and reconstruction. Give our team a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

Who Can Help me Find Telltale Signs of Water Damage in my Oakland home?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

white pipe leaking water Leaking pipes can cause major water damage problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO for professional mitigation and remediation services.

Water Restoration Technicians Have the Knowledge and Equipment to Detect Water Damage in your Oakland Home

Water leaks in your Oakland home can be immediately evident following a burst pipe or a malfunctioning appliance. However, pipes can also leak slowly, taking a long time before the damage becomes apparent. Sometimes only a rise in your utility bill points to excessive water consumption or a slight warping of your floor. Discoloration in your paint or a faded spot in your ceiling can also be a telltale sign of water leaking in your home. 

If you suspect that water removal services in your Oakland home may be necessary, call a professional team such as SERVPRO. Rather than relying on your anecdotal observations, call a reputable company, and let us thoroughly inspect your home for any potential threats. Our use of state-of-the-art tools, such as infrared moisture meters, help us detect irregular levels of humidity, and act accordingly. Our team's expertise adds a layer of protection to your home and the health of your family.

What do I do if I suspect water damage, and why should I call a water restoration technician?

Restoring after water damage is more than painting over a ceiling stain once the leak is repaired. Our SERVPRO team can comb through your home using drying techniques and monitoring humidity until normal levels are restored. If necessary, we apply anti-microbial solutions to prevent the growth of bacteria naturally in high-moisture environments. If you wonder why you should call SERVPRO and not rely exclusively on resources available to the average homeowner, the answer is simple. We have the equipment and experience to match your needs. For example, you may see our team use any of the items below to extract water from your home-

  • Injectidry technology to push warm air within wall cavities
  • Dehumidifiers and air circulators to speed up the evaporation process
  • Wand extractors to remove water from hard-to-reach places in your home

Using the proper tool for a job is essential in it being a job well done. SERVPRO of San Leandro is your expert guide whenever you find water damage. Call us at (510) 352-2480 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Click here for more information about Oakland.

Is My Oakland Home Safe to Live in After a Mold Infestation?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a brown wall. Mold can take over your Oakland home quickly. Call SERVPRO we have you covered.

To Safely Return to Your Oakland Home After Any Disaster, Call SERVPRO

Why SERVPRO? Can’t I Spray Bleach to Kill Mold Too? 

Anyone can spray bleach, but eliminating mold damage in Oakland homes takes much more than that. All SERVPRO response teams deal with mold by following five principles: 

  • Provide for Health and Safety – Each task takes the health of everyone who enters the home into consideration. Every one of our actions serves to prevent mold from spreading throughout the home.
  • Document Conditions and Processes – Team leaders record every aspect of the mold infestation and actions taken to eliminate it. This ensures every possible option is taken to return each residence to a normal condition.
  • Control the Mold Contaminant at its Source – Technicians set up negative air machines to direct airflow out of the home so loose mold spores do not travel to other parts of the home.
  • Assembly temporary containment barriers using 6-mil thick polyethylene sheeting during remediation
  • Remove Contamination – Technicians use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters (air scrubbers) to capture mold spores for removal and disposal. To prevent future growth, they wipe down each surface with an antimicrobial cleaner.
  • Correct Moisture Levels – Mold cannot grow without water. Team members use sponges and cloths to soak up small pools and wipe the water off ceilings and walls. 
  • Ensure the water sources have been repaired.

Is That Everything?

Our final step is a walk-through with the homeowner. The team leader provides the work log and points out where actions were taken to restore his home. 

What About Mold That Infested the Clothing Stored in My Attic?

At our SERVPRO office, we have access to an advanced cleaning system (Esporta hydraulic washers) that clean and restore your clothing. The equipment can preserve almost all affected fabrics. 

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today if you see (or smell) any signs of mold in your home here or in Mulford Gardens. Our response teams are here to get you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. “Like it never even happened.”

To learn more about Oakland, click here

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in San Leandro, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro today at (510) 352-2480 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

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.

More about San Leandro.

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.

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.

Click here for more information about Oakland.

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."

To see more about Oakland, click here.

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.

For more about Hayward click here.

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."

See more about Oakland.

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.

Click here to learn more about Oakland. 

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.

For more about Oakland click here.

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.

Click here for information about Redwood Regional Park.

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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.

For more on Oakland, click here

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.

Here is your local city gov't

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.

San Leandro holds a cherry festival each June to celebrate the cherry harvest.  Click here for more information.

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.

Click here for more about Oakland.

Fine Art Repair

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

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.

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 

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.