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Does Odor Restoration Include Automobiles?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fire damage can be quite overwhelming when it happens in your home. Call SERVPRO right away after an event.

SERVPRO Can Remove Many Forms of Smoke Damage from the Automobile of your Morgan Hill Home.

Your car may seem like the least of your worries after experiencing a property fire. However, automobiles can sustain significant damage from a property fire, whether because they are close to the source of fire or in an enclosed space like a garage affected by smoke. 

Our technicians are trained to carry out fire damage restoration in your Morgan Hill home and its property. Cars can be challenging to clean due to the large number of recesses where smoke can enter and become trapped. Door cavities, dashboards, and air conditioning systems are often at high risk of exposure following a property fire. While technical damage to the car must be repaired by a qualified professional, SERVPRO technicians can deodorize and clean light smoke or odor problems.

  • Technicians can remove non-salvageable components of the car and directly spray deodorant solvents beneath. 
  • Rubber materials in the car are protected with silicone gel before the operation of an activated oxygen unit in the vehicle.
  • Thermal fogging can also be an effective measure against odors in a car alongside ventilation. 
  • Hydroxyl generation is typically the safest way to exchange pungent compounds into inert, non-offensive products

Combat fire odors in all parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for fire damage restoration at (408) 500-0657.

Can Clean Water Make a Home Unsanitary?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We have the equipment and training to restore your home to pre-damage condition after water damage strikes.

Early Mitigation for Water Intrusion is Vital. SERVPRO Can Help Maintain a Sanitary Environment in your Gilroy Home.

If the water intrusion is not mitigated early, the intruding water can fester and become unsanitary regardless of the source. SERVPRO technicians aim to minimize this issue by using professional products to help slow or stop bacterias and other microbes in the home.

After extraction, products are used to aid water cleanup in your Gilroy home. These products are often applied to a specific area of the house with a particular outcome hoping to be achieved. Applying products effectively typically relies on using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), dilution, and dwell time.

  • Dwell time allows chemical products to interact with and eliminate potentially unsanitary particles or organisms in a home environment. 
  • Applying chemical products requires the use of chemical goggles, gloves, and, in some cases, respirators to ensure safety.
  • We use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered products in the home environment to ensure standards are met.

Even clean water can deteriorate without early intervention. Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for water cleanup at (408) 500-0657.

Why do Musty Odors Appear in Some Rooms and not Others?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If your home is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Musty Odors Can Be a Sign of Mold Growth. SERVPRO Has Expert Mold Remediators for Residents of Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill is an affluent suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exclusive population of 44,686 residents holds close ties with the silicon valley tech infrastructure and economy. Morgan Hill sits on the southern side of silicon valley and is very much a bedroom community for some of the world's biggest tech companies and employees. In Santa Clara County, the city was revealed to be in the top twenty most expensive housing markets in the United States by Business Insider in 2018. Part of the reason for the lucrative housing markets is restricted growth policies by the county legislature and its high-net-worth individuals.

Primarily a residential city and bedroom community, Morgan Hill is still a tourist attraction for those visiting San Francisco due to its Michelin Star dining, hospitality, and wineries. The Spanish first colonized the area during an expedition in 1772. Much of the land in Morgan Hill was redistributed following Mexico's independence from Spain. However, when Hiram Morgan Hill developed the land into a 200-acre ranch, it was not until the nineteenth century that the first urban communities began to spring up. Morgan Hill is an exquisite natural beauty area with sublime mountains, lakes, and hiking trails in the vicinity. The modern economy in the city is primarily luxury hospitality and technology companies, although winemaking and wine tourism remain strong contributors.

  • Prova, on Monterey Road, and Odeum, on Depot Street, are two of the city's Michelin starred fine dining restaurants. Enjoy a selection of the finest produce and wine California has to offer, cooked to perfection by Chefs that have trained under some of the world's culinary masters. 
  • California Passport Tours operates wine tasting sessions and visits to vineyards across Santa Clara Valley. Guests can customize their tours across wineries while staff are exceptionally well-versed in the winemaking process and promise to surprise even the most discerning groups with their selection of tastings.
  • Uvas Reservoir is a prime example of the region's stunning landscapes. The 626-acre state park features a man-made lake that sits at the bottom of sprawling Californian mountains. A smaller creek is ideal for family days out with the kids, while many hiking trails suit outdoor enthusiasts. 

SERVPRO Can Use its Expertise to Reduce Mold Issues without Delay

Mold is a microorganism that thrives with the right amount of humidity, water, and organic matter. While mold can be beneficial, the antibiotic Penicillin is derived from certain mold species. It can also make a home environment unsanitary. SERVPRO can remove existing colonies and restore your indoor air quality using industrial air-filtration devices. By reducing moisture in the background, we can prevent mold from returning. 

  • Air Filtration Devices (AFD) can remove airborne contaminants from a home environment which is beneficial during the dismantling of mold colonies.
  • We can adapt AFDs to operate as air scrubbers, allowing technicians to direct air pressure or create negative air pressure in an enclosed space. 
  • AFDs use a primary filter, pleated filter, and HEPA filter to extract particles as small as 0.3 microns from an indoor environment. 

Get control of mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for mold removal at (408) 500-0657.

Water Restoration and Drying of Commercial Buildings in San Martin

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

suited man sitting on tube in flooded office Don't wait until a leak becomes a flood in your San Martin office--Call SERVPRO for water removal and drying

Why is water restoration so important in San Martin after a water leak?

For many San Martin building managers, a water leak is a significant nuisance. A pipe burst may temporarily shut down operations, curtailing sales and production of goods and services.

SERVPRO can provide water restoration to San Martin commercial properties while minimizing the impact on day-to-day operations. However, there can be long term impacts to a water leak, including:

  • Damage to structure and contents
  • Mold growth
  • Health impacts to employees and customers

Relationship of Water Damage and Mold

One of the most critical issues for commercial building managers is that we dry the contents and structure to avoid future mold problems. Our team:

  • Identifies the source of the water leak and moisture
  • Works closely with your building manager and tradespeople to repair the source
  • Removes water and dries the contents and structure
  • Returns humidity levels to normal
  • Cleans and sanitizes
  • Helps manage the restoration of damaged structural elements

We also can clean, dry, and restore upholstery and fabrics.

Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for water restoration services in San Martin and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 500-0657.

Emergency Flood Damage Service in Gilroy

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

sitting on roof of flooded house drawing Before you climb onto your Gilroy Home's roof, call SERVPRO for storm water removal and restoration--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why does flood damage in Gilroy require specialized procedures?

Storms in the Gilroy area can introduce contaminated water into homes and businesses. Contamination may come from fuel, oils, various chemicals, bio-hazards, and fecal matter carried by the floodwaters and deposited inside the structure.

SEERVPRO provides contaminated water and flood damage emergency services in Gilroy. We protect non-contaminated areas and use standard PPE as needed for each situation. Clients should remain distant from affected areas for their protection.

Every situation requires assessment and planning. Our SERVPRO team follows the following generalized procedures:

  • Spray EPA registered disinfectant on affected areas
  • Contain the damage
  • Remove debris, sand, silt and dispose of the material following hazardous waste guidelines
  • Remove excess water from flooring materials
  • Review which items can be decontaminated and restored
  • We dispose of Blackwater contaminated items
  • Pressure wash and disinfect structural areas
  • Clean and dry interior surfaces using air movers and dehumidifiers

We work with your insurance company adjuster to ensure that all work activities and decisions follow your insurance coverage requirements.

Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for water restoration services in San Martin and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 500-0657.

Fire Damage Restoration Service in Morgan Hill

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

glass of wine, fire burning hearth SERVPRO says enjoy your glass of wine and maintain your hearth to prevent fire damage to your Morgan Hill home

How to remove smoke residue from contents after fire damage in Morgan Hill?

A Spanish expedition camped in what is now Morgan Hill in 1772. Settlement began around 1845 with ranches started by the Murphy, Dunne, and Hill families. Hiram and Diana Morgan Hill inherited the land in 1884. They built a weekend estate, which later was named Morgan Hill.

Today the city of Morgan Hill is considered a bedroom community of Silicon Valley, with several high-tech companies headquartered in the area. The city has become a dining, recreational and entertainment destination. Luxury restaurants, wineries, events, and nature parks are among the attractions bringing visitors to the area. It is ranked in the top 20 most expensive places to live in the United States.

Morgan Hill has an approximate population of 50,000 people. Downtown Morgan Hill has over 30 restaurants, stores, boutiques, and historic buildings. Over 250,000 people visit the area every year, taking in the farmer’s market, the Mushroom Mardi Gras, Taste of Morgan Hill, and of course, the Fourth of July parade. There are organized walks for art, pub crawls, and wine tours throughout the year. A few of the exciting things to enjoy in the area include:

Wine Lovers Paradise

  • Anderson Lake Country Park
  • Santa Clara Wine Trail – a few of the many local wineries
  • Guglielmo Winery
  • Light Post Winery
  • Alara Cellars
  • Jason Stephens Winery
  • Morgan Hill Cellars
  • And more
  • Uvas Canyon County Park
  • Morgan Hill Museum
  • Gilroy Premium Outlets
  • Odeum Restaurant
  • Trail dust BBQ
  • Morgan Hill Farmer’s Market

Morgan Hill Museum

Learn about Morgan Hill history while visiting the 1911 Craftsman style home. There are many archives, collections, maps, photos, and memorabilia from the history of the area and Morgan Hill residents in earlier times. Visitors can visit the Morgan Hill House, the Morgan Hill Museum and walk along the Centennial History trail. The trail walks you through history dating from 4000 BC to the present day, including events ranchers settled the area.

Morgan Hill Farmer’s Market

The Morgan Hill Farmer’s market hosts over 35 vendors representing local businesses and farmers in the area. It runs Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at the Caltrain station on 3rd St and Depot St. Fresh fruit and vegetables recently harvested are offered at the market along with many other local products.

Dissolving and Removing Smoke Residues After a Fire

Fires in your home can cause a great deal of physical damage. However, they also leave smoke deposits in the house on the walls and contents in the area of the fire and adjacent rooms. Grease fires in kitchens often occur, producing an oily residue.

SERVPRO examines the type of smoke residue produced from fire as they assess the fire damage in Morgan Hill homes. We apply the appropriate cleaning methods and agents to remove smoke residues and odors from all of your contents and structures.

  • Soap works well to dissolve oily residues
  • We use solvents to remove non-water-based residues

Contact SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy for fire damage services in Morgan Hill and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 500-0657.

Restoring Gilroy Homes After a Disaster

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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For Residential Water Damage Restoration, Contact SERVPRO  

Water damage is a threat to any home. Major problems can start from a dishwasher that spills a full-cycle of water into a kitchen or a small leak under a bathroom sink that goes unnoticed for weeks or even months. 

Water damage restoration in Gilroy starts with quick water removal. Our specialists utilize extraction devices that pull water off concrete floors and draw it out of carpets and wood floors without damaging the surface. Next, other team members use moisture detectors to determine where water is trapped behind walls or worked its way beneath wood floors and linoleum. They use small extractors with extended hoses to draw it out for disposal.

To restore floors and walls, specialists place box fans at key points to remove damp air, which lets damp floors and wall panels release more water in the air through evaporation. To further increase this, they use air movers to generate a warm airflow that pushes moisture out of walls and flooring. 

For professional water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy today at (408) 500-0657.

Why is Mold a Threat to Gilroy Homeowners?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage home Mold can be very nasty./ SERVPRO has IICRC trained technicians for the job.

SERVPRO Mold Removal Preserves Homes and Property

While a mold infestation may have health effects for some people, the real threat is to the structural integrity and appearance. If unnoticed or untreated, colonies of mold spores burrow into wood, sheetrock, and other materials seeking food and moisture, costing thousands in repair.

Mold removal in Gilroy starts with our specialists searching for the extent of the mold colony and moisture sources that keep it active. Once determined, other team members dry or remove them with sponges or water extractors, depending on the amount present. Then, they remove as much mold from the affected surfaces as possible. Any remaining spores quickly return to an inert state without a source of water. 

If the mold penetrated below the surface of a piece of wall framing, specialists use powered sanders to remove several layers to get to the spores. If the colony grew over a much larger area like an attic, specialists use soda blasters to remove the mold without harming the support structure. Then we can apply an antimicrobial agent to the treatment areas.

If you need mold removal in your home, call SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at (408) 500-0657 today.

Dealing with Commercial Fire Damage to Morgan Hill Businesses

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged business Fire damage may cause severe issues. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed.

For professional commercial fire damage repair, call SERVPRO.

Appreciation of Morgan Hill's beauty goes back for more than a century before even having its name. A Spanish expedition, led by Father Juan Crespi and Pedro Fages, camped in the area near Llagas Creek in 1772. Impressed by the natural beauty, the site became a popular stop for Spanish soldiers a few years later, traveling from New Spain to Alta California. 

Independence and Shaping the Future

After Mexico won its independence from Spain, much of California was allotted for private ownership to its citizens. In 1835, a large section of what is today’s Morgan Hill was granted to Juan Maria Hernandez. Ten years later, a naturalized Mexican citizen, Martin Murphy, Sr., purchased the area and gave it the name Rancho Ojo del Agua de la Coche or “Pig’s Spring Ranch.” 

Celebrating Life, Mourning Death, and Joining Estates

In 1850, Daniel Murphy (youngest son of Martin Sr.) married Maria Fisher, who had inherited the Rancho Laguna Seca or “Dry Lake Ranch.” This added 19,000 acres to the family’s land wealth. Three years later, Martin Sr.’s father, Bernard Murphy, died, much of his holdings to Martin, but with a significant bequeathal to Catherine, Martin’s mother. Through her subsequent marriage to James Dunne and other events, the Murphy family came to own about 70,000 acres by 1870. 

Twelve years later, Daniel and Maria’s daughter met and married Hiram Morgan Hill, bringing into the family the name that means so much to residents today. Over the next four years (1882-1886), the couple updated buildings on their holdings and built an entirely new weekend residence, Villa Mira Monte, or Mountain View Estate. Unfortunately, a family scandal made them pariahs to the high society of the time. Soon after Villa Mira Monte was completed, they began dividing their time almost exclusively between San Francisco and Washington D.C. 

Reducing Holdings and Cementing a Legacy.

By 1892, the family decided it was time to liquidate property that they had rarely visited. Shortly thereafter, their holdings were reduced to Villa Mira Monte and a surrounding area of 200 acres. The area was known by then as “Morgan Hill’s Ranch,” and the name stuck, despite the Southern Pacific’s attempt to name the local station and area, Huntingdon. In 1906, on November 10th, it became official when the planned community was incorporated as the Town of Morgan Hill. 

The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906

Fortunately, the San Francisco earthquake earlier that year did not damage Morgan Hill businesses or homes. When fires happen today, businesses rarely suffer a total loss. Damage is often limited to the following:

  • Smoke Residues
  • Odor-Causing Particles

To eliminate or reduce the damaging effects, SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents not available to the general public. They can remove residues on everything from the breakroom, marble counters to more delicate surfaces like hanging pictures and art, paint, and drywall without further damaging them. Many of these products also contain an odor-eliminating chemical that breaks down odor-causing particles, eliminating them. 

If commercial fire damage has closed your business, call SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at (408) 500-0657 to reopen quickly and safely. We are here for you. 

Morgan Hill Kiwanis Meets Weekly on Tuesdays

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Clock tower in Silicon Valley Connect with other members in the community at The Kiwanis Club of Morgan Hill.

Service Clubs in Morgan Hill Support the Community

Morgan Hill, California, lies at the southern tip of Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. Thanks to city planning and the many service clubs in the area, the city offers a rich environment for dining, recreation, and entertainment. Visitors can take advantage of fine dining experiences and luxurious locations, wineries, and nature parks.

The Kiwanis Club of Morgan Hill is one of the service clubs providing service to the community. The Kiwanis hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021, beginning at 7:00 pm at Mama Mia’s in the back room. Newcomers and visitors are welcome to attend. At each meeting, guest speakers join us to share information about a variety of topics, including local happenings, as well as interesting topics.

The Kiwanis Club hosts many events during the year. For example, popular events include:

Annual senior breakfast

Annual PA Walsh food drive

Concessions at Friday Night Music series

And many more

SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy provides flood damage services to Morgan Hill residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (408) 500-0657. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage needs.