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When Morgan Hill Water Damage Requires Professional Help

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mitigates and Restores Water Damage

The community is larger than the 45,000 residents, as Morgan Hill is directly connected to Silicon Valley and has been the birthplace of many tech startups. Facilities and offices and the thousands of residences throughout the city must be reached quickly after water disasters. Water and moisture threats spread fast in a household or structure and can result from several types of disasters like:

  • Plumbing damage
  • Leaks
  • Appliance issues
  • Flooding
  • Accidents

Our professionals urgently respond to Morgan Hill water damage. A single loss event could be devastating and expensive with many luxury homes and sprawling commercial properties within the municipal limits. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet is ready to move at the first notice of loss, stocked with air movers, dehumidifiers, extraction tools, and other drying equipment.

The Timeline to Restore a Home

The water restoration process consists of hundreds of drying decisions and fast actions taken in the earliest stages. Because permanent damage can result from exposures over 24 to 48 hours, our SERVPRO team must choose the most efficient strategies to manage threatening scenarios and mitigate loss. Mitigation happens through several emergency services:

  • Water Removal – Rapid extraction techniques to remove standing water from surfaces and trapped in structural cavities.
  • Controlled Demolition – Contractors remove compromised structures and discard damaged and sagging materials.
  • Content Relocation – A process of removing at-risk personal belongings and contents to a safer house location.
  • Plumbing Repairs – Restoring water service is a needed action and a priority, but repairs also prevent continued damage to the structure.

The Importance of Air Movers

Between axial and centrifugal units, air movers play a substantial role in evaporating trapped moisture in building materials and moist conditions after water damage. These machines are often placed with a heavy frequency, linking them together in a process known as daisy-chaining to conserve available outlets on portable power sources. The more effective air movers are, the more connected services like dehumidification are needed to regulate growing moisture content.

Regulating Moisture Content

While wet surfaces and building materials can be challenging, our professionals must also contend with saturated environments. We carefully monitor the relative humidity percentage and humidity ratios of the impacted rooms to adequately place dehumidification equipment like desiccants and low-grain refrigerant models throughout the structure to help.

Water Damage Repairs

Not only must our professionals work fast to provide the needed restoration and recovery for properties contending with water damage, but there are often repairs and reconstruction needs of the property as well. Considering that many of the ruinous situations homes face result from broken plumbing or damaged fixtures, our general contractor license ensures that the right experienced team members are present for all needed build-back services.

Preventing Mold Damage

Persistent moisture can be a condition that ultimately facilitates mold growth and microbial damage. We must consider this possibility as a certainty with exposed surfaces to keep emergencies from becoming a more costly and involved restoration and remediation need. Not only does this mean applying antimicrobial inhibitors on surfaces exposed and at the greatest risk, but it also means verifying the progress and success of drying processes with equipment like:

  • Thermal imagery
  • Moisture sensors
  • Probing moisture detectors
  • Hygrometers

Considering the destructive capacities of Morgan Hill water damage events, professionals must respond fast to prevent irreparable harm. We are leading WRT-Certified technicians for mitigation and restoration after emergencies. Give our SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy team a call as soon as possible at (408) 500-0657.

Morgan Hill Fire Damage Is More Manageable After Mitigation

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

shocked man covered in soot holding a wire and making a call If you are shocked to find your home has fire damage, call SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Focuses on Fast Fire Damage Recovery

Because there are so many commercial properties and offices joining the thousands of homes in the community, the response of trained professionals to post-fire recovery should be immediate. Each property is uniquely affected by internal structure fires. Our placement in the valley also makes us a target for potential wildfire damage at times, which is an added condition that our SERVPRO team is prepared to face with restoration.

What Are the Emergency Services We Provide?

Emergency services are the initial line of defense with Morgan Hill fire damage disasters. We prioritize the needed efforts to protect property and its contents from destruction, and this is possible with early and deliberate action by our trained professionals. FSRT-Certified technicians accredited by the IICRC are available 24/7 for a swift arrival window to get early efforts started to restore fire losses, including:

  • Controlled Demolition – Demolition is one of the processes that help to identify structural compromise rapidly and what must be done to get the house to a stable foundation for build-back services.
  • Content Relocation – The contents of your home can be overwhelmed by fire and smoke damage, making it a vital process to grab all loose items and move them to a safer area of the house.
  • Water Removal – Extinguishment typically introduces a high volume of water to a residence or business, and so our early efforts can focus on needed extraction and material drying.
  • Debris Removal – Soot, ash, smoke solids, and charred remnants of building materials can rest on the residence's flooring, and shoveling and discarding this buildup can be beneficial to later soot cleanup and deodorization.
  • Air Filtration – Aerosolized solids and carcinogenic particles create a volatile and hazardous environment. We can regulate some of these airborne threats using air scrubbers with HEPA filters and hydroxyl machines.

Containment Strategies

One of the critical stages of fire damage recovery and cleanup is applying and installing containment barriers. Constructing temporary walls with wood and plastic sheeting can prevent the movement of smoke particles and other contaminants after a fire. Containment zones also allow an easier regulation of water damage. 

Soot and Smoke Damage Removal

A considerable obstacle in nearly all fire recovery jobs is the removal of soot and smoke residues. Though wet cleaning thick deposits can be an effective strategy, there are multiple approaches. The process involves using solvents or detergents to emulsify or dissolve the soils. Mechanical action is used in agitating the chemical on the surface to improve the penetration. Abrasive cleaning can include:

  • Steel wool
  • Soft brushes
  • Dusters
  • Hard-bristled brushes
  • Dry vacuums

Deodorization After Fire Damage

Harsh odors are a typical byproduct of combustion, and in some situations, this result could be overwhelming and offensive to the senses. Depending on the material that burns, there could be powerful, intense scents. The effective strategies for resolving these issues include counteracting the smells with chemical agents and cleaning, then letting one of our efficient deodorization tools finish the job.

Are Fire Damage Repairs Needed?

After nearly all structure fires, some degree of replacement and reconstruction is necessary. SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy and our general contractor license can complete various repairs and reconstruction needs. We have capable professionals to address reconstruction needs for even larger commercial properties, manufacturing facilities, and office buildings typical to the San Francisco Bay area.

Morgan Hill fire damage incidents can rapidly overwhelm a building, which continues even after extinguishment. Our SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy team is quick to respond with mitigative and restorative strategies to protect what matters most. Give us a call today at (408) 500-0657.

The First Steps After Morgan Hill Mold Damage Threats

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Remediators Help with Fast Mold Damage Recovery

Mold growth can be jarring and confusing, as many homeowners or property managers might not know how to proceed. With the destructive capacities of active colonization on hosting materials and contents throughout your residence, it is essential to have the right remediation approaches beginning as soon as possible. To know if mold is a threat to your home, you can look at a few specific signals of active colonization:

  • Spotting – Spotting is when the organism seated into building materials begins to show on the surface. This is often seen as several irregular dots and spots across drywall and other porous materials.
  • Harsh Odors – Malodors can also indicate damage to your property. Volatile organic compounds created by active colonies become strong, musty smells overwhelming the space around mold organisms.
  • Structural Damage – Because mold uses hosting materials as a food source, you can look for the deterioration of surface elements to indicate when a deeper investigation into a mold presence might be needed.
  • Persistent Moisture – Dampness in your home can ultimately lead to mold development, so if an area of your house stays consistently wet or moist, there is a good probability that mold could exist nearby.

Our professionals need to reach Morgan Hill mold damage quickly, as this could destroy hosting elements in the luxury homes of the community. We stay ready to help with these emergencies by growing our roster of AMRT-Certified professionals and keeping our Green Fleet prepared to mobilize at any hour of the day.

Is Mold Likely to Happen?

Our San Francisco Bay area has witnessed a fair share of damaging weather events and can battle humid conditions at times of the year. Mold, however, is most likely a threat to homes and businesses throughout the area when moisture and water damage go unresolved or poorly managed. Leaks over a great length of time or drying that does not remove all of the moisture trapped in damaged materials can leave a window of opportunity for mold damage.

What Do Remediators Do First?

It is necessary to know what to expect from remediators when they first arrive to address mold damage in your home. We seek to provide knowledgeable professionals for these actions, allowing us to address your concerns and questions as you have them. We work fast when mold gets discovered because of how rapidly microbes and spores can spread in damp environments. The mitigative steps before mold removal include:

  • ContainmentThis process sees our SERVPRO team erecting physical barriers to prevent the movement and migration of mold spores to the HVAC system and other house areas.
  • Moisture Management – Our team must remove and resolve moisture concerns in the area, or mold will continue to be a recurring threat.
  • Mold Prevention – Preventing mold on unaffected surfaces is another early decision for our professionals. We have inhibiting products in our inventory that can make surfaces uninhabitable to spreading mold.

How Is Mold Damage Removed?

Removing mold is not universal, and with so many types of microbial threats and variables that could influence the spread of the colonies, every home often requires several remediation types to complete recovery. Surface mold can be removed with antimicrobial products, but more aggressive measures are often necessary to eliminate more deeply infested hosting materials.

After Morgan Hill mold damage, homes and businesses could be structurally compromised and damaged. Our SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy team is ready to help with effective remediation strategies and cleaning approaches so it is “Like it never even happened.” Call now at (408) 500-0657.

It is Possible to Limit Potential Flood Damage in Morgan Hill

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof It can flood in our area. Take precautions to protect your property and call SERVPRO for your storm damage restoration needs.

Mitigating Potential Flood Damage in Morgan Hill        

Contrary to what many might think, mitigating potential flood-related damage in Morgan Hill is sometimes possible.  Simply by taking a few actions before storms arrive, local residents can often limit the overall impact of floodwaters on their homes.  These measures predominantly work by helping to prevent stormwater from penetrating foundations/walls/roofs and affecting interiors.

As a highly skilled and experienced Morgan Hill flood damage restoration firm, SERVPRO knows some ways you might be able to reduce your losses during a flood event.  Over their years of providing emergency water damage services like waterborne biohazard remediation, basement flooding cleanup, and water damage repairs, our remediation professionals have discovered ways that you can protect your home.  Some of the preventative steps they suggest are:

  • Keeping gutters and drainage networks functional and clear of debris, having roofs periodically inspected and repaired as needed, and manicuring trees so that branches can’t damage structural elements and allow water to enter your home
  • Routinely checking your foundation for cracks and other issues, promptly repairing these problems, and sealing surfaces so that it is more difficult for floodwaters to enter
  • Properly maintaining windows and doors, ensuring that all seals are in good condition and that there are no cracks or other integrity undermining damage
  • Strategically placing sandbags around the perimeter of your property to impede the progress of approaching waters, thereby giving you more time to remove valuables and better secure your property, and potentially preventing your residence from flooding
  • Staying abreast of all the latest weather reports
  • Turning off all utilities and securing your property before evacuating

However, if flood damage is inescapable and you require assistance, your friends at SERVPRO of Morgan Hill/Gilroy are always here to help.  Call us at (408) 500-0657 whenever you’re in need.

Tackling Mold Damage in Morgan Hill Requires Professional Services

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage in corner of wall Our IICRC trained team can remediate your mold damage.

How SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in Morgan Hill 

Mold growth is dangerous in your house due to the potentially extensive structural damage. Please do not attempt to deal with the mold yourself since it is a delicate situation. The only way to prevent the damage from elevating is by contacting mold damage remediation professionals trained and qualified to handle the situation safely and efficiently. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that property owners contact a remediation service provider to handle mold if the affected area is more than 10 square feet. SERVPRO has a team of professional restorers who can help you remediate mold damage in your Morgan Hill home in the best way possible. When choosing the restorers to handle the mold infestation in your house, you should consider such factors as:

  • Their experience in mold remediation.
  • The equipment they use for the remediation process.
  • Their certification and warranty.
  • The reviews and references they have received.

At SERVPRO, setting up containment and ventilation is our most important step in the remediation process. We have air filtration devices like air scrubbers that help prevent the spread of mold spores to other areas after getting airborne due to disturbances in the remediation process. We can use thermal imagers to locate areas of high moisture content and concentration of mold. These are most likely the sources of the mold, which we fix before going on.

Our IICRC trained SERVPRO team can also use borescopes and inspection cameras to see damage in areas that are hard to reach without compromising the building’s structure. The cameras allow us to see under cabinets, behind closed walls, under stairwells, and in HVAC ductwork, among other areas. 

In our cleaning and disinfection process, SERVPRO remediates and disposes of the materials that have been affected. After this, we apply a biocide solution to exterminate any microbes that might have eluded the process.

Sitting around only gives the mold more time to ravage your house and its contents. To avert a disaster, contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at (408) 500-0657 for an efficient remediation process that saves you money. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Restoration in Your Gilroy Home Calls for Expertise

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking from pipe Did you experience a burst pipe? SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop for water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Perform Water Restoration in Gilroy Efficiently

As a homeowner, water damage is among the most challenging problems you can encounter, whether from the bursting of old plumbing pipes, broken appliances, or another similar mishap. Letting the water sit in your house for a long time can worsen the situation, which is why it is good to contact a reputable water restoration company as soon as possible.

SERVPRO is ready to perform water restoration in your Gilroy residence at any time of the day or week. We have well-trained and certified technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and deep knowledge and experience in the remediation of any issues concerning water intrusion. The situation of the affected house dictates the process we follow most of the time, but it follows the framework shown below:

Standing water is most likely to cause the growth and spread of mold, which is why at SERVPRO, we use our electric submersible pumps and wet-dry vacuums to extract the water to make the assessment easier. This gives us a clear picture, helping us decide what needs to be removed.

Many items and structures absorb water. Our SERVPRO technicians can use air movers to improve evaporation at the surface level and expedite drying. We can use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from the air after it has evaporated. Air movers and dehumidifiers must work together for a building to dry effectively.

To confirm that the moisture levels have returned to their levels under normal conditions, we can use non-penetrative moisture meters to determine the moisture levels of the internal environment and the affected materials. We proceed to the next step if our readings are favorable.

We cannot ensure your safety without properly sterilizing all the affected surfaces and items. Our SERVPRO team can use alcohol disinfectants and germicides that kill about 99% of all microorganisms left on the outer areas, making the house safe for you to inhabit.

Don’t let your house go to ruin after water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at (408) 500-0657 for efficient and cost-effective water restoration services. We seek to make water damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration in Morgan Hill Helps Prevent Severe Losses

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of fire hose expelling water Water damage often follows fire damage. Call SERVPRO for fast, effecient restoration.

Trust SERVPRO for Fire Recovery in Morgan Hill

Fire damage has several adverse effects on a residence; the most obvious is structural damage. Another danger of a fire is damage to water pipes. Heat can melt metal and plastic pipes or destroy the seals, creating leaks.

Leaks can damage your property if you do not detect them quickly. SERVPRO knows the dangers to look out for when performing fire damage restoration in Morgan Hill homes. We can inspect your home thoroughly and look out for the following issues:

  • Ash particles
  • Smoke damage
  • Structural problems
  • Water damage

Ash Particles

Ash is a solid substance that is physically visible following a fire. Ash particles do not spread all over a house because of their density. It is vital to avoid exposure to ash particles. Our team can clean up ash safely. 

Smoke Damage

Smoke residues can seep into walls and other parts of your home. They contain solid particles that mainly consist of carbon. Soot is light in mass and oily. Therefore, it can travel around a house relatively quickly. Our technicians know how to identify smoke residues and the right solutions for treating the issue. SERVPRO offers extensive smoke damage cleanup services using advanced industry equipment. We can use vacuum cleaners to remove dry particles loosely attached to surfaces. We usually vacuum dry smoke residues from affected surfaces before using wet cleaning products. 

Structural Problems

A fire can affect strong materials like concrete. One of the issues we look out for when it comes to structural damage is cracks that form on surfaces because of concrete enlarging from heat. 

Water Damage 

Fire hoses and sprinkler systems might cause excess water to pool in your home, leading to flooding, and repairing or replacing items after water damage is often necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the water using portal pumps and dry affected surfaces using air movers and dehumidifiers. 

If a fire has affected your house, SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy is ready to assist you in bringing things back to normal. Our teams have expertise in dealing with fire recovery tactics. Call us at (408) 500-0657.

Water Mitigation Gets Office Buildings in Morgan Hill Dry Fast

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew getting ready for the day. Commercial water damage restoration services in Morgan Hill needs the attention of SERVPRO. We are ready at a moment's notice.

Keep Office Staff Productive with Water Mitigation

People often leave indoor humidity to the HVAC system to keep it steady. However, a slow leak can remain undiscovered if the amount of water leaking from a fountain or other source evaporates at a rapid enough pace. SERVPRO’s water mitigation service includes detecting the cause of such issues and fixing the problem for our Morgan Hill customers.

Small, indoor leaks in your offices in Morgan Hill might need water mitigation. Even though they seem unimportant, the water’s cost adds up over time and can become significant. Not only that, but seepage can lead to dry rotting and other kinds of deterioration. One thing to remember is that water must go somewhere, even if it seemingly disappears.

Excess humidity can cause problems for people working in your offices:

  • Longer times to cool off after entering the building,
  • The air conditioning system must work much harder, 
  • Faster wearing out of electronics, and
  • An uncomfortable damp or clammy feel to certain objects.

Water mitigation can resolve these problems and keep workspaces easier to keep clean. In addition to repairing the place that has been letting water enter where it should not, SERVPRO also helps businesses with cleaning, repairing, or reconstructing damaged areas. We can perform electrical work and plumbing, also. We scale our activities to the job’s specifications.

Correcting the high humidity requires more than fixing the source. We also need to strip the air of the excess moisture and give your office a new, fresh start. Desiccant machines can do this much more efficiently than your cooling system. You do not need to be concerned about the noise level, as we can work during off-hours just as easily as during your busier times.

Give us a call if your office building seems overly humid. We can use our high-tech infrared cameras to locate the cause and fix the situation with water mitigation techniques. Call us, SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy, at (408) 500-0657.

Fire Restoration in Morgan Hill Clears the Air and Gets it Clean

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO soot removal sign Morgan Hill fire damage restoration services are no DIY project. Call now for fast and immediate service.

Rebuilding by SERVPRO is Part of Fire Restoration

An inspection of your residence in Morgan Hill after a fire can reveal various problems that need resolution before it becomes livable again. Our fire restoration services aim to eliminate these deficits with detailed and highly focused methods and techniques.

As we do the work required of our expert technicians in fire restoration in your Morgan Hill property, you can easily see the changes. Soot remains suspended in the air for a very long time after a fire. The particles in soot can create a slight haze, and, as it settles onto things, it makes things feel different. The soot may change the item from clean-feeling to oily or dusty, depending on the type of soot. It also produces a bad odor.

We remove soot and its odors, while our fire restoration services include:

  • Tear-outs of charred stairs, window and door frames, and roofing materials,
  • Rebuilding of those areas, including the electrical wiring and any plumbing, and
  • Repainting areas that need extra care.

These areas seem to burn more deeply during a fire. Structural components that sustain damage get torn out and thrown away in a dumpster. Shingles contain nails, and many shingles themselves have sharp edges and corners.

Stairs, built of wood and covered in carpeting on a steadily rising plane, feed the fire easily. The only route from one level in your home to another, stairways hold a crucial role in any home. We get these rebuilt as soon as possible. Windows and doorways help keep your home secure, necessitating prompt attention. Your roof might suffer damage from the fire and the rescue efforts by the fire department. We repair both of these and anything else to make your house home again.

Our services cover everything necessary to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

For a restoration service you can rely on, call SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at (408) 500-0657.

Flood Damage from a Toppled Tree that Ripped Your Roof in Gilroy

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Man in yellow boots standing in flood Flood damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. We are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Flood Damage Often Follows Stormy, Windy Weather

Tall trees can increase property values but, at the same time, increase the likelihood that such landscaping can turn detrimental. If only one tree lands on your roof, this can lead to localized flood damage to your Gilroy home. High winds from storms and earthquakes can knock over dead trees, especially those with loosened roots. Living trees can also get pushed over when faced with too much force, especially if they are extremely tall or top-heavy.

Whenever flood damage happens in Gilroy, it does not matter if your neighbors’ properties remain dry or flood. You must act fast to protect and preserve your family home. We want to assure you that no job is ever too large or complicated for SERVPRO and our specialized teams are on standby to help with each detail.

Trees that fall over during a storm or other natural event can also bring down power lines. As soon as the electrical company gives us the go-ahead, we can get the problem tree removed. We temporarily close any openings with a tarp to keep additional rain from getting inside your home.

 As soon as possible, we will continue restoring your home to keep any flood damage to a minimum. This work might include:

  • Extraction units to suction out the water and desiccant machinery to dry out the air,
  • Cleaning of any carpeting or rugs in the area that became flooded with clean rainwater, 
  • Repairs of electrical wiring, including outlet and switch boxes, and
  • Rebuilding the damaged area of the roof.

Some of the walls in your dwelling might have become soaked from invasive rainfall, but correctly placed air movers can solve this problem quickly. Even more damage might exist if your family was away from home when this event happened.

However dire the situation seems, SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy is ready to take your call regarding flood damage, answer questions, and make everything “Like it never even happened.” (408) 500-0657.