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Water Fountain Overflow Damages Shopping Center In Stockton

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Fountain Overflow Damages Shopping Center In Stockton Contact SERVPRO if your commercial property has experienced water damage.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Far-flung areas of larger shopping malls often contain plumbing fixtures. If malfunctions or even petty vandalism results in water damage, it can be some time before security staff appreciates the full extent of the problem. SERVPRO has the resources to respond to retail areas that are water damaged, and to investigate how the water invaded.

Maybe it was a fluke, or maybe a kids’ prank, but a water fountain down a service hallway above your shop ran all night. The drain plugged, and gallons dripped through the ceiling, causing water damage to your Stockton children’s shoe store. Our water removal and commercial drying team arrived up for the challenge.

The water left shelving, seating, carpeting, and the cashier station soaked, and display shoes ruined. SERVPRO has experience with this type of damage and our crew quickly get to work. Powerful water extractors pull moisture from the carpeting without stretching or tearing when done by a trained technician. The workers pull up an edge of the carpet and remove the padding, inexpensive to replace and difficult to dry. Air movers direct their flow over and under the carpeting, and dehumidifiers further dry the air.

Shelving wipes down without much permanent damage, although the drywall holding the brackets may need attention and selective replacement if there are areas where it crumbled under the strain of water soaked shoes. Although selling the shoes in the future as “new” is inadvisable, we use drying techniques to salvage as many of them as possible. They are matched with their mates from the unaffected back room and inventoried as we use desiccants and fans to dry them. We use extractors on the seating areas, disassembling them so the frames can be wiped down and padded areas dried along with the inventory.

The cash register needs assessment by an electronic specialist, which we arrange. Throughout the restoration process we are in touch with your insurer, the owner of the building, and their insurance carrier, as well. We discuss all decisions with you, including a speedy return to business as soon as the carpet is and seating can be rearranged. Businesses that close for any length of time during restoration risk a failure rate of up to 50 percent, and we do not want yours to be one of them.

If you need help drying out after a trickle turned into a torrent, SERVPRO of Stockton is awaiting your call at (209) 477-3090. Our highly qualified workers and cutting edge training and equipment has you back in business in no time.

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7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community United4safety2017 SERVPRO at a Public Safety Event.

SERVPRO of Stockton has a sister franchise in the San Francisco Bay Area, in San San Leandro. On Saturday, July 8, SERVPRO of Stockton participated in the fun and popular San Leandro community event put on by the San Leandro Police Department, United 4 Safety. This annual summer fair takes place outside and around the San Leandro Police Headquarters. On a beautiful Saturday morning and early afternoon, dozens of canopied booths were there to greet folks from all throughout the community, Parents, grandparents, children of all ages wound their way through the whole fair sampling the delicious food, visiting the tremendously cute shelter dogs waiting to be adopted, and of course, the SERVPRO table and tent! SERVPRO is part of the United 4 Safety fair every year and we’re part of the community, working closely with the local Police and Fire Departments to immediately step in and complete the cleanup and recovery process when a disaster happens. Whatever happens, SERVPRO is there! We are frequently out in the community participating in events like United 4 Safety, out talking with folks, supporting the local Police and Firefighters, letting everyone know we’re here to help and will step in quickly to get your life back to normal after a disaster. SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

Wind Blown Fire Ignites Downtown Stockton Residences

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wind Blown Fire Ignites Downtown Stockton Residences Stockton Home Fires with Smoke Damage Property and Endanger Lives, Call SERVPRO for Help

Trust the Experts from SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration and Mitigation

The location is sometimes the link between merely observing a catastrophic event nearby and suffering from fire damage yourself. Flames jump from building to building and residential areas are not safe from a fire burning in a business district. SERVPRO is there to restore your residence even when fire damage is widespread.

You love your home, located near the downtown waterfront. When a blaze starts during the evening hours in an unattended business it spreads, bringing fire damage to your dwelling in Stockton. Although by the end of the night many buildings burned if you engage us as your restoration specialists you receive a fast and professional resolution of the harm done your home.
Several blocks were affected by a fire that began in a dumpster behind a business. Authorities evacuated the area for safety. You and your family left your home with just the clothing on your backs. Upon returning your townhouse and realizing this is no ordinary cleaning job you call SERVPRO on the advice of your insurance company.
When many residents and businesses in the community need restoration help for a widespread massive disaster, we reach out to other franchises in our nationwide network to create a Disaster Recovery Team. This effort increases the capacity of our local SERVPRO to handle your fire damage problems quickly.
We must react fast to fire damage because the residue is acidic and etches and discolors metal, glass, wood, and plastic. The damage grows worse depending upon the time it is left unabated. The relentless deterioration makes it critical we get to work as soon as possible. If any windows or doors were broken during the firefighting or areas of your home were burned through you need us to secure your interior from the elements.
SERVPRO technicians train in a wide range of cleaning techniques to eliminate residue. The type of surface affected and the characteristics of the soot determine the approach. Dry ash and light soot respond well to dusting and vacuuming. Heavier and tacky soot needs a spray and wipe method, moving to abrasive solutions and cleaning tools if it is tenaciously stuck to objects. Non-porous, soft surfaces benefit from immersion or ultrasonic treatments, the latter performed only by certified technicians.
Areas inside and outside of your townhome that are too damaged may need a demolition and replacement, but our focus is on restoration as much as is possible. We coordinate all repairs and restoration efforts with your insurer throughout the process, limiting expensive surprises you need to pay out of pocket.
The confusion and fear you feel when evacuated because of fire in your home and neighborhood are replaced with confidence when SERVPRO of Stockton arrives to restore the damage. One call to (209) 477-3090 gets the process going.

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Commercial Mold Cleanup

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Cleanup Mold in a Petris dish

Commercial Building Mold Remediation

It is increasingly problematic when mold grows in buildings that are often crowded, such as businesses and schools, because it comes in contact with a large amount of people. Mold remediation becomes an essential process because mold affects the health of students teachers and the public.

Mold Growth
Mold can grow indoors just as easily as it does outdoors. Mold grows on any organic surface with the help of moisture and oxygen. This means that it can grow on insulation, paper products, wood, and carpet. Excessive moisture in a building can assist with the development of mold.

The problem will become worse if it is left untreated. The issue with some mold is that it can remain undetected. Mold spores spread from mold, and they cannot be entirely eradicated from any environment. However, mold growth can be contained using the proper treatment methods. 

Mold Treatment
One of the most effective ways to reduce mold development is to lessen the amount of moisture in a building. Excessive moisture in a building results from floods, uncontrolled humidity, structural damage, leaky roofs and inadequate ventilation. There are other causes of excessive moisture. Appliances may cause condensation. Modern construction can often create buildings that are airtight, which creates an environment with excessive moisture. It’s important to properly ventilate schools and businesses to avoid excessive moisture.

The most efficient way to combat mold is to seek out mold remediation services from SERVPRO of Stockton can properly handle surfaces that are contaminated with mold to avoid further contamination. Special tests are used to distinguish the types of mold present and how best to treat them. In addition, SERVPRO of Stockton can contain mold spores to prevent them from spreading. This prevents people from inhaling the mold spores and causing them to spread.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Stockton is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Stockton community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO franchises if we need additional resources or personnel in the local area. When your commercial property or home has mold damage from leaks or flooding, we have the experience and expertise to help.  Please, give us a call. (209) 477-3090

An Oakdale Fire

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Oakdale Fire Fire damaged structure in Oakdale.

Taking A Closer Look Of Fire Damage Jobs In Oakdale

Strategies and Systems For Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage in the town of Oakdale is a devastating experience that can leave the homeowner anxious and unhappy. However, attaining high quality, fast-acting fire damage restoration services can help get the property owner's living space back in great condition with lightning speed. Fire damage professionals who want to be able to accomplish this objective should know that there are numerous strategies and systems they can utilize to make it happen. Review the following outline for more information on how to expedite and optimize the remediation process:

Receiving the Property Owner's Call

The property owner's call is the contractor's first clue that something is amiss. During the call, the remediation expert should ask specific questions to determine the scope of the damages. Here are some of them:

 1. When did the fire take place?

2. What caused the fire?

3. Did the fire penetrate throughout the home?

4. Is there soot in the home?

5. Have you tried to clean up any of the damages?

 By asking these questions, contractors should be able to get a basic understanding of the nature and scope of the damages.

 Scoping the Job

 Before completing the restoration process, contractors need to scope the job. This process will involve using pre-printed standard forms to assess the remediation needs. The contractor should arrive with several copies on hand so the process can begin immediately and run smoothly. This scoping document will be the foundation upon which the estimate is created. After scoping the job, the contractor should explain what was found to the homeowner. Before starting the Oakdale restoration work, the customer must read and sign all documents. This is also the ideal time to determine whether the homeowner has insurance coverage. This determination can be made by contacting the adjuster.

 Completing All Necessary Work

 Once the customer has signed off for all work, contractors can start the remediation process. There are a wide range of services that could be a part of the fire damage restoration process. Some of them include:

 • smoke removal

• odor removal

• air duct cleaning

• content restoration

• sanitation

• deodorization

• vent cleaning

If you find that your property is subjected to fire damage attaining restoration services from a qualified team of licensed professionals is important. The company to call for expedient, effective assistance is SERVPRO. Our industry experts use advanced methodologies and cutting edge equipment to restore your property quickly, and we offer 24/7 emergency services for your convenience.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Stockton is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Oakdale, Weston Ranch, or Brookside, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (209) 477-3090

Freezing Damage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Freezing Damage Ice storm damage.

Ice storms bring devastation to southern states that are not prepared for freezing weather. In many regions the urban areas  don't have snow or ice removal equipment to clear streets and bridges. The public is unfamiliar with the driving hazards poses by icy streets. Property damage from freezing can be extreme. Pipe insulation and the placement of pipes is not prepared to ward off deep freezing.

This photo shows the frozen water flow inside a garage. It became "a mini indoor skating rink."

Earlier this year, SERVPRO of Stockton's "storm team" traveled to ice storm events in Kentucky and Georgia. We have also handled freezing events closer to home in Napa and the Serra foothills. 

With climate change happening, we feel it is valuable for out crews to gain all sorts of experience in cleaning up weather related damage.

This HVAC System Spreads Mold

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation This HVAC System Spreads Mold Dirty ductwork vent spreads mold and bacteria.

HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems can move a high volume of air. When they do the air will carry pollens, dust, dander and mold spores into the system. There are filters in the HVAC systems, but unless they are changed frequently and HVAC system can become badly soiled. When these air handling systems pump moldy air into a damp indoor environment, a building can become "sick" bad moldy air may have an impact on the occupants health. Mold colonies can form near the vents and their spores will be spread around the home or office.

Professional HVAC cleaning as is performed by SERVPRO can dramatically help improve the indoor environment in a home or office. Call us for reasonably priced HVAC cleaning. SERVPRO of Stockton 209-477-3090

Preparing for a Storm

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Storm SERVPRO technician cleaning out a sump pump under an apartment building.

A property management client takes care of an apartment complex that has a building with a crawlspace that is subject to periodic flooding, especially when the ground water supply is charged from rains. 

One of our SERVPRO customer service representatives in Stockton suggested that the sump pump under this building be inspected. Debris was discovered in the sump pump well.  One of our technicians was dispatched to flush and vacuum the sump pump well and then test the pump for serviceability. He got it working.

SERVPRO offers not only tips about maintaining properties to prevent potential damage, we offer an Emergency Ready Plan to help companies prepare for and recover from disasters. If you are interested in tips, ideas and an Emergency Ready plan (free of charge) please contact us a t 209-477-3090. 

Cleaning a Hoarder's Kitchen

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleaning a Hoarder's Kitchen Hoarding can present a dangerous safety hazard.

Hoarding is a mental illness that can become so severe that the person's health and life are in jeopardy.

Piles of debris provides fuel for fire and homes for rodents and insects. The problem is especially bad when the hoarder lives in a multi-unit dwelling. The odor, bacteria, rodents and threat of fire, often affects neighboring units that are along side, above and below the offending unit.

Research concerning hoarders reports that the majority of hoarders are older, single women and a large percent of hoarders have alcohol or drug problems too. These statistics indicate that hoarders might be impaired and are prone to having accidents in their homes.

SERVPRO of Stockton has ample experience in cleaning up the clutter and debris of hoarder scenes for relatives and landlords that inherit the mess.

Mold is out there.

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is out there. Mold growing on the inside of an office wall.

There are few topics that are filled with as much misunderstanding than mold.

So many people are afraid of mold and blame mold for a long list of negative health issues. In reality mold is an important part of life and we can't live without mold. Most molds are not toxic. Howe er, some mold can cause health problems. When mold is found in the indoor environment we need to remove it and control it from reoccurring. That is done by control indoor humidity. 

Studies have revealed that for indoor mold to grow it requires a damp surface, or high indoor humidity. When indoor air is above 60% Relative Humidity for several days ( usually five days or more), mold spore may be able to colonize and grow. 

When mold grows inside a wall cavity, the mold may be able to produce gases that can escape from the wall cavity and put toxic spores into the indoor air. However, the mold that is visible on the outer surface of a wall presents the greater risk. That is why the EPA says, "If you see mold, remove it."

For help with mold concerns please call SERVPRO of Stockton at 209-477-3090