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Deodorizing After a Flood Damage: How is it Done?

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorizing After a Flood Damage: How is it Done? Fast Removal needed to Mitigate Odors and Other Damages caused by flooding.

A Hidden Adverse Effect from Flooding--Odors

Dealing with the aftermath of flood damage due to a storm can be an uphill battle for any homeowner. The flood water often seeps into the structural cavities and creates a damp atmosphere. Not only does this pose a threat to the structural integrity of your home, it usually causes an odor problem. If not appropriately deodorized, this foul smell can linger on in your Ortega home long after the flooding.
Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we use a multi-method approach to eliminate odors after a flood damage to your Ortega property. Our IICRC certified professionals use various modern equipment to eliminate odors due to flood damage in no time. Here are some of the deodorizing techniques used to ensure elimination of odors after a flood.
Direct spraying: As the name implies, a deodorant is sprayed directly on the affected area using a pump. The method is useful if the intensity of the smell is not very high and the affected area is small.

Wet fogging: This method utilizes Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers to dispense water or solvent-based deodorants. The ULV fogger generates minute particles of the chemicals that penetrate to the areas where the odor causing particles hide and change the composition of these substances.

Thermal fogging: The technique involves using heat to break up solvent-based deodorants into small particles that can reach the difficult to reach places. The deodorizing particles neutralize the odor-causing molecules right at the source. Although this method is most popular to deodorize after a smoke damage, it is sometimes used in case of flood damage as well.

Venting box fans: These are high-velocity axial fans that are used to ventilate and improve air circulation. These are used both before and after the deodorizing process. They can significantly shorten the time to deodorize and remove moisture at the same time.

Air Scrubbers: These devices are sophisticated air filters that use High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration technology. The air scrubbers can capture and eliminate odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 micrometers with an efficiency of 99.97%!

Getting rid of the stale, clammy odor can be a difficult thing to do after a flood damage. Professionals at SERVPRO can help you eliminate them in no time and get your home smelling like home again! "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Stockton today at (209) 477 3090 to talk to one of our flood damage restoration experts and discuss your deodorizing options after a flood damage. Remember, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO's Expertise Shows In Stockton Mold Damage Remediation

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO's Expertise Shows In Stockton Mold Damage Remediation Once the mold has been killed the remaining dead organic matter must be attended to immediately.

Mold Damage Remediation

Many sources, both on our website and elsewhere, advise the average homeowner to leave mold undisturbed and call for help from a professional, certified mold remediation company like SERVPRO. It is not difficult to understand why those untrained and uncertified to combat mold damage could potentially hurt themselves, spread the mold even farther, or cause damage to the structure. However, we have access to multiple specialized tools and techniques for cleaning up mold damage in Stockton and surrounding areas. Here are a few ways we bring high-tech mold removal and remediation options to the table.

UV Light Treatments
You may picture the mold damage remediation in your Stockton home as a process filled with scenes of intense scrubbing, heavy sanitization, and other manual cleaning methods. However, we also have access to some high-tech and hands-free mold remediation tools. Ultraviolet light generators create UV rays - the same type of light that causes sunburn - in a concentrated area over the mold growth. With these, we can sanitize an area with no scrubbing, no chemicals, and no risk to the structure. Since their implementation in SERVPRO franchises nationwide, these machines have proven to be some of our most effective in the average mold remediation job.

Advanced Scrubbing Solutions
Once the mold has been killed off and sanitized, its dead organic matter must be attended to immediately. We have industrial-grade cleaning tools and products to thoroughly and quickly eliminate any remaining traces of mold and remove it from your home. We also have unique appendages and devices for reaching tight and high places, ensuring a thorough job throughout the area.

Spore Removal Technology
Even after the mold has been visually removed from the building, airborne spores likely still populate the home's atmosphere, potentially causing health effects and increasing risk of successive mold colonies developing. We take these spores directly out of the air, purifying it and returning your home's atmosphere to a default state.

SERVPRO of Stockton is a locally-owned provider of expert home damage mitigation and restoration services. Give us a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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Assess with SERVPRO ERP to Prevent Water Damage to Lincoln Village Stores

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Assess with SERVPRO ERP to Prevent Water Damage to Lincoln Village Stores Being prepared for a possible emergency can give you an advantage over other businesses in the area should you face damage from any source.

Help Prevent Damage to Your Store or business with Our "ERP" Assessment App

Water leaks are bad news for all Lincoln Village store owners. An unexpected leak might damage your stock or furniture, which is costly to replace, and of course, you might have to shut up shop while you deal with the incident. A closed shop does not make a profit, so it is easy to see why it is better to avoid water damage if you can.

SERVPRO understands that our retail customers are eager to prevent commercial water damage in Lincoln Village if possible. That is why we designed Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, a free and easy to use app that helps business owners plan for disaster.

One essential component of the Emergency Ready Profile is a building assessment. We recommend using a tablet for your assessment for the best result. Treat the walk-through as seriously as you would treat any other business appointment – set aside a time for it and stick to that time.

SERVPRO provides all Emergency Ready Profile customers with a free field sheet to fill in as you walk around your store. Open the form on your tablet and fill it in as you move from place to place. There is space to enter details about your building, utility shut off points, any hazardous substances, emergency contact numbers and more.

The form also has sections for photographs of building access, elevators, stairwells and more. We suggest using a tablet to make it easy to take photographs as you go.

We also suggest taking this time to look for any potential leak risks in your building. For example, if there is damage to the roof, a dripping faucet, a leaking window frame, or an old appliance with a worn hose or pipe, take note of that. Call in a maintenance specialist as soon as you can – it is better to pay for repairs now than risk water damage.

In the event of water damage, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help. We pump water from your building and extract it from floors, carpets, and soft furnishings. We dry out your premises and even help with deodorization after cleanup is complete.

For help with water damage mitigation in Ortega, Stockton, Lincoln Village and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 today.

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Saving Your Home and Contents from Flood Damage in Ortega

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving Your Home and Contents from Flood Damage in Ortega SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians act quickly to restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

Allow SERVPRO to Quickly and Thoroughly Restore Your Home After Flood Damage

Flooding rarely happens in our area, but with changing weather patterns and other environmental changes, homes in Ortega may begin experiencing such problems. New construction in the area can change how water on the surface of the ground travels, also.

Homeowners in Ortega with flood damage often find that the water carries in unexpected debris such as garbage and plant matter. After pumping out the water, we remove these items and bag them for disposal. Sanitizing your home and cleaning it includes disposing of any food items that came into contact with water from the flood.

We clean all surfaces with an appropriate disinfectant. As for surfaces which absorb water, such as drywall and upholstered furniture, we gently dry these items and then clean them. After upholstery dries, brushing with a super-soft brush finishes the item so you can use it as you did before the flood event. We clean wood components of furniture pieces to prevent drying out of varnishes and spreading of general contamination.

Carpeting may, depending on the type, become so damaged that salvaging it becomes a futile task. We remove the carpeting inside flooded homes so the floors can become dry. New carpeting and padding must wait until the floors become completely dry again. Installing carpeting before attaining complete dryness can result in microbial growth, a continuation of bad odors, and an inability of the padding to adhere correctly. Padding, as a composite product, almost always fails and a replacement pad becomes necessary. We handle both carpet and pad during removal, meaning we can set up our drying machinery even sooner.

Your local SERVPRO professionals can quickly restore even the messiest flooding in your home. Fully trained with certifications from the IICRC, we know that an immediate response can help save many of your belongings, reduce the overall damage to your home, decrease the amount of work your home requires, and keep the costs involved reasonable.

SERVPRO of Stockton has your local restoration professionals, and we offer 24-hour services. You can call us at any time by dialing (209) 477-3090. We are ready whenever you need us.

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How Smoke Can Give SERVPRO Headaches In Stockton Fire Damage Cases

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Smoke Can Give SERVPRO Headaches In Stockton Fire Damage Cases Smoke is perhaps the most challenging aspect of a fire to clean up.

Smoke Damage Challenges

Smoke is perhaps the most challenging aspect of a fire to clean up. Soot and ash can be washed away, burned materials can be restored and replaced, but the smoke of fire damage in Stockton homes typically requires very specialized equipment to eliminate.

It took us years to develop adequate technology and strategies to handle smoke damage, and to this day SERVPRO locations nationwide must stock special chemicals and machines to be ready for all types and quantities of smoke damage in a home. But why is smoke so tricky to remove?

It Gets Everywhere
Smoke is the only aspect of a damaging fire in Stockton that can travel across the home to areas never even touched by the flames. Sure, ash may scatter slightly around the home, but smoke can and may completely overpower a room located far away from any fire. This is because smoke particles are incredibly small, much smaller than a human hair or even the cells in your skin. Smoke particles can easily be picked up by minute air currents and carried around the home, eventually lodging in some surface or material.

It Does Not Come Out
Once the smoke has embedded itself somewhere, not much can work it out. Smoke particles tend to entrap themselves in a material, and cannot merely be scrubbed out or even masked by other odors. It's, for all intents and purposes, difficult to work these particles out of their positions. We can only neutralize their odor through chemical reactions with our fogging devices.

There Are Multiple Kinds Of Smoke
Wet smoke, dry smoke, oil-based smoke; these are all different types of smoke that may be separate from one another or intermixed in an unorganized pile. Different types of some require different treatments, making full removal of odors a lengthy and challenging process.

SERVPRO of Stockton is ready to help in the aftermath of a fire. If your home has taken damage from a blaze or any other disaster, give us a call at (209) 477-3090.

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Environmental Controls Explained

10/10/2017 (Permalink)


The EPA states, “Clean or dry wet spots within 48 hours.” Experts have learned that the key to mold control is moisture control.” Equipment and techniques have been developed to dry wet indoor environments in a healthy manner.   When our SERVPRO of Stockton mitigation experts arrive at a water-damaged location, we employ indoor environmental controls to achieve a safe indoor environment, particularly to achieve good air quality. The following types of equipment, engineering controls and treatments are employed to accomplish this:

HEPA air scrubbers remove 99.9% of fine particulates such as dust, pollen, dander, mold spore and others from the air. We are especially concerned about the potential for mold issues. Our goal is to make the air cleaner than it was before we arrived.

HEPA negative air machines also filter the air. The exhaust air from these machines is vented out of the work zone thus creating negative air pressure within a containment work zone (chamber). This minimizes the risk of the work zone contaminating adjacent areas.

Containment chambers are barriers constructed using plastic sheeting, zippered entries and other devices. These work chambers isolate the damage by preventing potential cross-contamination. Containment chambers also accelerate drying time, reduce noise pollution and promote safety by keeping people away from the work zone. Our goal is to always protect your health and safety.

Thermal fogging, Ozone treatment and other anti-microbial remedies: are judiciously applied to control odor, prevent bacteria and other microbial growth activity. Material Safety and Data Sheets are available upon request for these and all products used by our company.

SERVPRO of Stockton stands by, ready and able to help you with any water damage event. We are also trained, certified and highly experienced to provide remediation for any indoor environmental event that may have happened.

If you have a need or even a question, please give our local Stockton office a call at 209-477-3090.

Be Ready for Property Damage

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Ready for Property Damage Property damage can force a business to close.

When property disaster occurs at a company, the smooth operation of that business is often interrupted and can negatively impact the business and its profits.

It is important to contain and repair the damage so the business is able to return to full operation as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Stockton is a highly experienced specialist in restoring commercial properties. Our team has worked at many restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing plants and retail establishments throughout Stockton.

When a property disaster happens many things can go wrong and quickly. Let’s use a burst pipe flooding as our example. While each building and business will face its own specific situations, these following items are fairly common problems:

1 - Portions of the structure will get wet and may need to be removed and replaced. 2 - Water service may be interrupted. 3- Electric service may also be compromised. 4 - Office equipment and manufacturing equipment could be ruined or in need of repair. 5 - Production and assembly processes may be compromised. 6 - Employee safety is in jeopardy (Slip hazard / risk of electrocution) 6 - Alarms, telephones, computers may not function reliably. 7- Elevators don’t work. 8 - HVAC systems compromised

An experienced commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions to address business interruption. That’s why SERVPRO of Stockton provides restoration management services beyond just the initial emergency response of water extraction and structural drying, services such as:

Water extraction, humidity control, document drying, emergency power, emergency lighting, security services, electronics cleaning and repair, HVAC system cleaning and service, elevator repair, communications systems restoration, structural repair, plumbing repair, temporary office modules, temporary fencing and toilets, OSHA safety inspection services, Industrial Hygienist services, consultation and more.  

Being a great commercial mitigation and restoration company, is much more than simply drying a building. It is helping a company get back into operation as quickly as possible. 50% of companies fail within one year of having a disaster. It’s not because they don’t have insurance or resources. It’s because too much time goes by allowing clients to go to competitors.

SERVPRO of Stockton provides a free Emergency Ready Plan that can help any business be ready for a disaster. Preparedness reduces the down time and that improves the chances for a company to return to profitability after suffering a disaster. Call us today about our free offer for an Emergency Ready Plan.

Professional Restoration can Undo Commercial Flood Damage to Your Ortega Party Goods Store

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Restoration can Undo Commercial Flood Damage to Your Ortega Party Goods Store Make sure that customers don't find a new place to get their supplies for the next party. Call SERVPRO after flooding at your store.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Floodwaters Quickly After a Situation at a Local Store

A festive atmosphere in a clean, dry environment helps put shoppers in the mood for increased 'what ifs?' and boosts their creativity when planning a party at their Ortega home. Even when browsing in the bargain bin or aisle, people skip the items covered in dust or sporting faded labels. Finding a good deal still does not include paying for something deemed 'below par.'

When the weather changes in the surrounding area, commercial flood damage  happens quickly. As water from the street slowly rises, covering your parking lot and then seeping under your door, flooding begins to damage everything that becomes wet. Any recent construction near your shop can worsen the effects as it can change the path of rainwater, creating a mini-flood that can cause significant damage.

Floodwater can also sweep oil and other vehicular fluids left behind by cars' and trucks' leaking motors into your store. This type of contamination can ruin carpets and severely damage other types of flooring. Our employees receive intensive training that prepares them for handling any degree and high complexity of flood damage. Without these skills and on-the-job experiences, restoring your business setting becomes next to impossible.

Flooding creates extensive and complex types of problems. Placing inventory higher than normal can protect it to a great extent from direct contact with the flood water. However, the greater humidity caused by standing water and its evaporation can later damage your more delicate stock. Because this takes very little time to happen, we need to begin our work as soon as possible.

Flooding creates the risks of contamination, as well as the damage. We remove the solid debris from silt and soil to refuse from the street, in addition to the water. After drying everything, we can then begin detailing and cleaning procedures. This cleaning includes sanitizing surfaces that patrons of your store and employees might come into contact with on a regular basis.

Saving the carpet is usually impossible because of the contamination involved, but sometimes the latest advances in technology allow for successful restoration. Carpeting can hold significant amounts of water and can significantly alter the indoor humidity, so knowing the future of the carpeting can help determine the best drying procedures. Open windows or heaters with dehumidifiers, large air blowers, and air scrubbers reduce the humidity back to normal levels.

Flooding can affect your store in negative ways for months to come, but a strong response to this kind of tragedy can help your business reopen and continue thriving. You can call (209) 477-3090 to reach the friendly professional restorers of SERVPRO of Stockton. We know your business is essential to our economic success, and we want to see you succeed.

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Does Ortega Mold Damage Actually Hurt My Home?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Ortega Mold Damage Actually Hurt My Home? Mold Remediation in Ortega Is Accomplished by SERVPRO

Mold Remediation Is Always a Wise Choice for Ortega Properties

Some homeowners question how mold can cause so much damage to their home. Sure, the fungus is troublesome, but is it worth expensive restoration fees just to stamp out some mold? The fact is that mold damage to Ortega homes can cause expensive, visible, and long-lasting damage to your home, even leading to serious structural damage in some cases. Taking care of mold in a timely fashion is equally important, as growth tends to follow an exponential curve and significantly worsen with time. So, what, specifically, can mold do to a home?
To start, our experiences with mold damage in Ortega have almost always involved some amount of deodorization. Many varieties of mold create strong, musty, and foul odors, requiring intense deodorization treatments to nullify. If left untreated, these odors can embed themselves in the home and persist for years after the mold itself has been wiped out.
Secondly, mold does not just appear on your walls and furniture for no reason. When mold begins to grow on your property, it has found not only space but also a source of food. Mold feeds off of your furniture and home, digesting organic material and eating away at whatever surface it has infested. Wood, fabric, drywall, wallpaper, tile grout, and carpeting are all materials SERVPRO commonly must replace due to excessive corrosion from mold damage.
Finally, visible mold damage may be a small precursor to a big problem. If mold has started to grow in an unusual place (away from faucets, taps, and bathrooms), this may be an indicator of a leak or break in your pipes or walls. SERVPRO inspectors equip special moisture-detecting devices to find sources of moisture and eliminate them before more serious damage can occur.
No matter how bad the mold gets, SERVPRO of Stockton is ready to help whenever you need us. Give us a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090 for our services or advice on home damages.

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Move Beyond Fire Damage In Ortega

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Move Beyond Fire Damage In Ortega Smoke & Odor Elimination Are Core SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services for Your Ortega Property

Understanding the Intricacies of Smoke and Odor Elimination Are Key to Complete Restorations Post Fires

Coping with the many stresses and decisions associated with the damage fire does is not an easy task. Residents of the Ortega neighborhood seek reliable and experienced help when their homes suffer from the charring, soot, and odor caused by a household fire. Restoration of fire damage is part of our core services, and we are eager to assist when fire afflicts our community.
A tangle of electrical wires sparks and smolders in the corner your family room. Your older wiring is overwhelmed, and the fire damage resulting is now a challenge to overcome in your Ortega house. Although the fire never got a chance to spread, the thick smoke and harsh smells moved throughout your home quickly. Cleaning up the sooty residue and eliminating the odor is a job we do well and much more efficiently than any do-it-yourself effort you might try to make.
Smoke and soot are tough cleanup problems and require a certain set of procedures to be taken in a precise order to be effective. SERVPRO technicians have advanced training in fire restoration and have education in the assessment of the damage site which then informs them on the tools and products that are most appropriate to return structures, fixtures, and belongings to the condition they were in before the fire.
If soot is light, a dry sponge and HEPA vacuum are the best choices for cleanup. Because this fire smoldered, the smoke and soot are thicker and more sticky. Spraying with cleaner and wiping may work, but it is likely a solvent, and an abrasive pad is needed. Caution and skill are keys when using a more aggressive cleaning technique, making the training SERVPRO provides our crews essential. This training leads to speedy and fruitful fire damage restoration. Our mission is restoration rather than tear outs and replacements, an approach which is less costly and disruptive to the day to day activities of our clients.
An electrical fire leaves a tenacious odor, and SERVPRO deodorization experts have strategies to eliminate it. Recreating the conditions that produced the odor with a thermal fogging unit often works, creating deodorization particles through combustion that seek out the molecules containing the smell and neutralizing them. We also have good results with hydroxyl generators, and train our workers to operate them properly. Expect us to use any or all of the techniques we know to eradicate the stench until you are satisfied it is no longer a problem.
Cleanup and deodorization after an electrical fire are tasks SERVPRO of Stockton technicians handle like professionals. Call (209) 477-3090 for a fired damage repair consultation as soon as possible after the flames are gone.

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