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Morgan Hill Fire Damage Is More Manageable After Mitigation

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

When Morgan Hill Water Damage Requires Professional Help

5/20/2022 (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.

The First Steps After Morgan Hill Mold Damage Threats

5/20/2022 (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.

Enjoy Fire Damage Restoration Faster in Morgan Hill with Pros

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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24/7 Fire Damage Response in Morgan Hill with Restoration from SERVPRO

No two fire damage situations are alike; everything depends on what took place. SERVPRO knows that when assessing your Morgan Hill property for house fire cleanup, look at where the fire started; materials burned, accelerants, and other factors. We carefully inspect and assess to pick out the best equipment and processes to get the results you deserve. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – what this means is we arrive at your door within four hours of the initial contact you have with our customer care team. As a locally-owned and operated franchise, we strive to do quality work for all of our neighbors whenever a fire or another tragedy strikes.

For your fire damage restoration needs in Morgan Hill, some home areas may call for specialized, calculated solutions. Depending on all factors involved, our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) use proven methods and follow the basic principles of cleanup. As we go, we adapt to achieve the best results, which may include actions like:

  • Initial contact with our representative involves gathering details on your fire event so we can pack our Green Fleet with the right equipment and resources. 
  • After arrival, inspection and assessment of your property include looking at the charred materials, smoke damage, and soot so we can generate a plan of action.
  • Roof tarping and board-up help protect your interior from exposure to the elements so that proper cleanup and restoration can occur.
  • Water removal of standing water and drying helps eliminate everything left by first responders extinguishing the flames.
  • We use specialized equipment and techniques to address soot on surfaces like walls, ceilings, and woodwork.

What About Smoke Odors?

Our team includes Odor Control Technicians (OCT) that know how to evaluate smoke odors so that we can stop them in their tracks. We have EPA-registered cleaning agents, deodorizing pellets, thermal foggers, and other tools to help pull out and remove odorous particulates.

When you need help with fire damage restoration, we are here 24/7 at SERVPRO of Morgan Hill/Gilroy. Call us at (408) 500-0657!

Handling Flood Damage to Your Morgan Hill Home

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Storm Flood Damage Techniques in Morgan Hill Get Results Fast

It can be challenging to ensure your Morgan Hill home is fully protected during a storm. The good news is any homeowner can prepare in advance and know who to call should you have flooding and water damage to deal with. SERVPRO features professionals to handle water removal services, drying, and reconstruction to make it all "Like it never even happened." The goal with our crew is to restore versus replace so we can salvage as much of your building materials and contents as possible. This also helps in many instances to save you time and money on your project.

SERVPRO understands best practices for water damage cleanup and safe restoration when it comes to flood damage after Morgan Hill storms. We are here 24/7 with our disaster response team to:

  • Supply generators for power should electricity be off
  • Perform board up and tarping if you have a leaking roof from storms or other damage
  • Put containment measures in place to help stop water migration
  • Treat floodwater with antimicrobials to lessen potential hazards

What about building materials and contents that are too far gone?

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians will inspect all contents and materials impacted by floodwater. Any items deemed unsalvageable get logged and disposed of according to local guidelines. Anything we believe we can clean gets specialized treatment. Items like furnishings, décor, clothing, toys, etc., sometimes get packed up and moved to stage areas for cleaning or put into our warehouse for safe storage as restoration moves forward.

Let Us Assist with the Water Damage Insurance Claim!

Flooding in your home is traumatizing enough without worrying your insurance claim will encounter issues as it processes. We confirm all the paperwork is in order and all facets of your project get documented so that your homeowner's insurance claim goes as smoothly as possible.

Contact us at SERVPRO of Morgan Hill/Gilroy whenever you need flood damage assistance after a recent storm. You can call us at (408) 500-0657 or request help online.

Mold Damage Remediation in Morgan Hill Requires Professional Help

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Remediate the Mold Damage in Your Morgan Hill Home

Elevated moisture levels on any part of a building can cause mold growth. Mold can cause health effects to people living in the house. To avoid this, it is wise that you contact an emergency service provider as soon as you notice mold colonies in your home.

SERVPRO assures you of a swift and effective job getting your house to its former glory. We have well-trained technicians armed with advanced equipment to perform mold remediation in your Morgan Hill residence. Our remediation process depends on the state of your building and the degree of the infestation but follows the general process outlined below:

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Containment
  • Air filtration
  • Removal of infested materials
  • Content cleaning

Inspection and assessment

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO technicians can inspect your building to determine the level of damage. This helps us to develop the process to follow in restoring your house.


To avoid the spread of mold spores to the unaffected parts of the building, our team can install plastic sheeting to act as the containment barrier and establish negative air pressure. To avoid contaminating the duct system, we can seal the HVAC vents.

Air filtration

To get rid of mold spores that get airborne during the remediation process, our SERVPRO team can use HEPA Air Filtration Devices. These specialized vacuum cleaners can trap and filter larger amounts of small particles from surfaces and keep them contained for later disposal. This helps to prevent further mold growth and contamination of unaffected areas.

Removal of infested materials

We can clean up all the visible mold colonies and remove the affected contents and parts of the building. We can repair and restore salvageable contents and dispose of those damaged beyond repair.

Content cleaning

Our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial-grade cleaners to clean off all mold from affected materials and then apply antimicrobials and sanitizers to kill any surviving mold spores.

SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy can remediate the mold damage in your home to make it seem “Like it never even happened.” Contact us for help at (408) 500-0657.

Tips for Commercial Fire Restoration in Your Gilroy Strip Mall

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Dedicated to Performing Commercial Fire Repair in Gilroy

Strip malls are attractive to consumers because the businesses in them are close to each other. This is also a danger when one of the enterprises catches fire because it can easily spread to other businesses.

A structural fire in a strip mall can devastate several enterprises simultaneously and spell millions of dollars of damages for the owner. SERVPRO is well equipped to perform commercial fire restoration in Gilroy in as short a time as possible. Our process is as outlined below:

  • Inspection and estimation
  • Boarding-up and roof-tarping
  • Water extraction
  • Removal of smoke, soot, and deodorization
  • Restoring fire-damaged structures and contents

Inspection and estimation

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team can conduct a full inspection of the units in the strip mall to determine the steps to take during the restoration process. We can then conduct a detailed assessment and estimate the total restoration cost.

Boarding-up and roof-tarping

If we discover that parts of the walls have been burned off, we can board them up. If the roof is damaged, we can use roof tarps to protect the building from extreme weather conditions.

Water extraction and drying

Fire damage is often accompanied by water damage because the fire might trigger the fire suppression system causing water penetration into the property. SERVPRO can use truck-mounted pumps to get the water out and then use axial air movers to blow in dry air to dry the building.

Removal of Smoke, Soot, and Deodorization

Strip malls have shared ventilation systems that might carry smoke and toxic fumes all over the complex.Our SERVPRO crew can clean all the surfaces that smoke and soot have affected and then use pressure sprayers to apply water-based thermal fog deodorizers to remove the smoky smell left behind.

Restoring fire-damaged structures and contents

Our technicians can repair structures and contents that were salvaged from the fire. We can also repair damaged structures like walls and, where necessary, rebuild areas that were damaged beyond repair.

SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy is well-equipped to handle commercial fire damage. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (408) 500-0657.

How to Restore Your Morgan Hill House After Storm Flood Damage

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Morgan Hill Residence

To all homeowners, flood damage is a source of stress and loss of property. If left to stand, the floodwater can damage other areas, compromising your property's structural integrity and aesthetic appeal.

SERVPRO performs storm flood damage repair in Morgan Hill homes. Our goal is to restore homes as soon as possible to minimize the inconvenience. Our restoration process runs as outlined in the steps below:

  • Assessment and inspection
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitization
  • Full restoration

Assessment and Inspection

Our SERVPRO team can inspect your building to determine its safety and then performs a detailed assessment to determine the level of damage that the building has sustained.

Water extraction

We can use electric submersible pumps to remove the water standing on the floor of your home to curtail further damage. These pumps eradicate the suction lift limitations and offer quiet, continuous operation. They have various capacities. Small portable pumps can move from 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour through a ¾" to 4" hose.

Drying and dehumidification

To dry the building, our SERVPRO team can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace moist, cool air with dry, warmer air. This lowers the vapor pressure and increases the temperature of the surfaces, increasing the evaporation rate. We can also use refrigerant dehumidifiers to extract the excess water vapor from the air.

Cleaning and sanitization

To prevent mold growth and the multiplication of microorganisms that the floodwater might have brought in, our team can use its set of industrial cleaners and disinfectants to clean all the affected structures and contents. We can then apply antimicrobial agents to kill all microorganisms.

Full Restoration

SERVPRO is competent in providing full restoration services by replacing or repairing ruined building materials. We can also help you repaint and reconstruct parts of the building that were taken down.

SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy is well equipped to help property owners to counter storm flood damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (408) 500-0657.

Specialty Water Damage Restoration Isn’t for All in Morgan Hill

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

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In-Place Carpet Drying Is Only Appropriate in Morgan Hill for Certain Situations

In recent years, many advancements have been made in Morgan Hill’s water damage remediation industry. One of these improvements has been the development of in-place carpet drying techniques. However, while these new methods are quite innovative and effective, they are not appropriate for all drying situations and environments.

The Morgan Hill water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO understand that in-place carpet drying is only beneficial if home interior conditions are right. Otherwise, they know that these remediation techniques could potentially slow drying or even cause additional damage over the long term. The specific scenarios during which in-place carpet drying should not be attempted are when:

  • Carpet has been in contact with water for more than three full days, or signs of contaminants like mold are present
  • Impacted rooms are filled with expensive or sensitive items like electronics, high-end artwork, valuable books, or irreplaceable paperwork
  • The carpet padding is composed of plant/animal fibers or has a water-trapping, non-porous layer
  • Subflooring consists of a vapor barrier, hardwood or laminated floors, or has multiple layers
  • Subfloors appear to have suffered structural damage

In addition to SERVPRO’s extensive carpet restoration expertise, we are also experienced in performing a wide range of emergency water damage services like complete water clean-up jobs, basement flooding remediation, and water damage repairs.

So, regardless of the type or severity of your home’s water damage restoration needs, rest assured that quality help is available nearby. Your friendly neighbors at SERVPRO of Morgan Hill/Gilroy are always here and ready to assist you whenever you need us. Contact our highly-skilled technicians anytime at (408) 500-0657 for fast and effective assistance.

Fire Damage Remediation in Morgan Hill Takes Professional Effort

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Morgan Hill Professionals Skilled in Fire Damage Restoration Know What to Do

One of the biggest remediation issues in fire-damaged Morgan Hill homes is cleaning fire and smoke-related residues. These residues are left behind by blazes and carried by smoke to different parts of your residence. In order to effectively remove them, it is best to enlist the aid of professionals who know the right measures to take.

SERVPRO’s Morgan Hill fire damage restoration technicians, equipped with all the latest tools of the trade, routinely square away and repair local fire-related problems. Through our years of performing house fire clean-up work, smoke remediation, and fire restoration on fire-damaged homes, we have learned the best methods of resolving such issues. When completing our residue removal service, SERVPRO technicians:

  • First attempt to locate where these fire and smoke remnants have been deposited, beginning their inspection at the origin of the fire and spreading out to its furthest extent
  • Then, identify what types of residues are present in the house and select the cleaning methods/agents best suited for removing them
  • Next, classify the impacted surfaces and ensure that they can withstand the selected cleaning measures
  • Afterward, dry, wet, abrasive, or innovative methods are used to remove located residues effectively
  • Finally, expertly dispose of any residues, and other wastes lifted off of surfaces

Through all of these efforts, we remain mindful of and harness the four key factors governing fire remnant cleaning, namely temperature, agitation methods, chemical action necessary, and time, to facilitate rapid fire damage cleanup.

With all that said, your neighborhood SERVPRO of Morgan Hill/Gilroy is the go-to place for all of your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. So, whenever a fire damages your residence, don’t hesitate to call us at (408) 500-0657 for assistance.