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How to Choose the Correct Water Extraction Equipment for Floodwater Removal in Stockton Homes

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Choose the Correct Water Extraction Equipment for Floodwater Removal in Stockton Homes SERVPRO of Stockton is available 24/7 and has the equipment on standby to dry your home.

Choosing the Right Extraction Tools for Stockton Homes 

You might not have the experience amid a crisis to determine the best piece of equipment to use and the ideal approach for extraction and drying your Stockton home. Flooding can spread quickly throughout your property, leaving homeowners with little time to decide their next course of action.  Preparing early for these potential scenarios can save you time, money, and stress. Adequate preparation for potential flooding begins with understanding the best tools for specific recovery steps like extraction. 

Flood water removal takes advanced equipment. Flood removal for your Stockton home might seem to be a simple approach, but there are many layers to this water removal that can become even more complicated without the right tools and know-how. Our SERVPRO professionals have a deep inventory of the industry’s top-tier equipment, technology, and products.  We offer our customers a thoroughly efficient and cost-effective approach with every flood recovery project we undertake. 

Ultimately, much like our SERVPRO team, there are several ideal pieces of equipment homeowners can use to begin removing standing water from their property: 

  • Wet/Dry Vac – This is a piece of equipment that many homeowners already own for their garage, shops, and other utility areas of their home. While these can be effective with concentrated areas of standing water, they require regular dumping of the collection tank.
  • Submersible Pump – Electric portable pumps can quickly remove volumes of standing water, and with enough lengths of hose attached, can discharge entirely outside the home or to the nearest drain in the house.
  • Gas-Powered, Engine-Driven Pumps – Much like the other options, these are available for sale at home improvement locations in the area and are ideal for high volume extractions – especially in areas where electricity has gotten temporarily disconnected. 

Always consider unintended consequences from DIY floodwater removal, which is usually Category 3 contaminated water. Why risk exposure to toxins, microorganisms, and hidden debris? Mold growth can often be a potential problem resulting in another round of cleanup. 

While you cannot fully predict when flooding scenarios can occur in your home, you can do whatever is necessary to prepare for these situations. Extraction and drying are vital components to recovering property, and our SERVPRO of Stockton team can help you, however, you need. Give us a call anytime to make flood loss events “Like it never even happened.” at (209) 477-3090. 

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Why Stockton Homeowners Need SERVPRO to Remediate Disaster Property Damage

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Stockton Homeowners Need SERVPRO to Remediate Disaster Property Damage Storms, fire, water, and mold. SERVPRO of Stockton is your natural disaster recovery team.

SERVPRO’s Fast Restoration Services for Stockton Homes 

We have sought out every single way to be a valuable asset to the Greater Stockton area, which goes far beyond our ability to handle disasters like fire, water, storm, and mold loss situations. This same mentality has helped us gain the prestige of becoming one of the Top 100 SERVPRO franchises in the country, and this has been an attractive quality to the top-tier restoration technician talent in the region to help continue to improve our reputation and regard in the communities we serve. 

Fire Damage

We live in an area prone to wildfires, and as such, we have had to focus the training of fire damage recovery in Stockton to smoke damage cleanup and removal as well. Smoke is one of the most detrimental effects, especially in a wildfire, and can substantially compromise the interior and exterior of properties that otherwise suffer no symptoms. We have sophisticated equipment that can address both residues and odors that smoke damage can cause to a house. 

We have a skilled content management team that can work quickly against the damage timetable when fires impact Stockton properties. Not only must our professionals earmark items that require relocation to our facility for focused attention and cleanup, but these same contents must also get labeled and cataloged meticulously to prevent any delay in returning them once the items have gotten cleaned, deodorized, and dried. We have specialized equipment for recovery in our facility like ultrasonic cleaning tanks that work to improve the look and function of soot-damaged possessions. 

With one of our owners being a Master Restorer through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), all of the work that happens through our SERVPRO team gets overseen by a competent and well-educated recovery professional. No matter when or how fire affects your Stockton home, our specialists can be there quickly to help. 

Storm Damage

Storms can cause such substantial damage to structures throughout Stockton with little warning. We have a 24-hour staffed emergency line to put our customers directly in contact with members of our SERVPRO team. This immediate contact reduces delay and gets our professionals mobilized more quickly to get out and help during damaging weather conditions common to our areas like flooding, mudslides, and even wildfires. 

In California alone, billions in damages occur every year on account of storms, and Stockton maintains a fair share of this statistic. When minutes count, you need a team of professionals that know how to handle flooding and other detrimental circumstances within your house, while they can simultaneously install temporary construction solutions to prevent the situation from getting worse. Our professionals can do just that for the entire state of California and have even been sought out in national disasters occurring in Kentucky, Colorado, and New York. 

Even more than recovering your property and your belongings during a disaster, we know that storm damage recovery in Stockton is equally about helping our customers through the trying and traumatic experience. We arrive with portable power solutions for homes that have lost electricity. We have also helped families find their footing after a storm by getting temporary housing while restoration work gets underway, and more. 

Water Damage

We are committed to helping all of the residents and business owners in Stockton save money and time when they need restoration work after a water loss incident. We are so committed to helping that we host “Lunch n’ Learn” events which occur both at Eddie’s Pizza in Stockton and our cleaning facility. These quick courses offer fast and practical tips which stress the importance of preventative measures and damage control in a crisis. 

Our SERVPRO team originally got built on the back of a successful water damage restoration company servicing the Stockton area and founded by one of our co-owners, Roy Drake. This experience in the industry helped our crew to grow and excel in recovery and restoration efforts. We appreciate every available tool, device, and product that makes extraction and drying efforts occur most efficiently. 

We do not measure a job based on its size, as we have the resources and the roster to handle water damage in Stockton properties regardless of their severity. We have helped to overcome damage to substantial commercial structures like the Stockton Unified School District but also been equally instrumental in helping homes battling water loss as well. 

Mold Remediation

Mold can be a dangerous situation that many Stockton homes and businesses, unfortunately, must contend with over the years. Fluctuations in the relative humidity levels, and to the length of time it takes to mitigate and dry water damage and flood loss scenarios successfully, allow mold spores to seat and thrive into host materials within an affected area. Many property owners suspect its presence by a musty odor or discolored materials in damp areas. Our SERVPRO professionals can then test the environment and confirm the concentration of mold when lab analysis returns. 

Mold remediation is a multi-faceted restoration service that our technicians provide Stockton properties, which often begins with containment. Confining the spores prevents them from accessing new areas of the house while our professionals are getting to work on cleaning contaminated structures. This containment involves both the use of physical plastic sheeting and zipper lock chambers in conjunction with the use of air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators. 

We offer a full-service reconstruction for mold damage in Stockton homes and businesses as well when remediation efforts demand the removal of overly compromised structural elements and construction materials. We have experienced professionals that can utilize controlled demolition to ensure that installation goes smoothly and more efficiently to save you time and money. 

We know how valuable a fast and confident response is to any emergency that threatens your home or business in our area. As a top-tier franchise, we have technicians available 24/7 to help – se habla español. No matter what disasters come to your doorstep, our SERVPRO of Stockton team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (209) 477-3090.

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How to Serve Coffee and Not Water Damage in Your Stockton Coffee Shop

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Serve Coffee and Not Water Damage in Your Stockton Coffee Shop Your customers rely on you for their morning cup of joe. Keep your doors open by calling SERVPRO when you experience water damage.

How Flooding Can Damage Your Stockton Coffee Shop

For as common as flooding might be in Stockton in recent years, it can still catch many businesses in the area by surprise. Even with the drive for your coffee shop to stay open amid this disaster, it comes down to the effective response and sophisticated approaches of professional restorers who can work around the positioning of the damaged areas to allow you to continue serving brews to your patrons. Being a place that serves food and beverages, you have a strict set of guidelines and rules regarding safe practices for your establishment, which can encourage you, even more, to seek out the expertise of trained professionals like our team. 

Knowing how flood damage affects Stockton coffee shops can help you to understand how important it is for you to secure the right professional technicians immediately when the flooding begins. Our SERVPRO professionals have a central location in the area, working to be available for every loss incident in a matter of hours so that no customer ever waits longer than necessary for effective mitigation, restoration, and cleanup. 

That same fast response that our SERVPRO team provides is critical in establishing containment barriers to allow your facility to run at a limited capacity potentially. It is also vital in starting drying efforts that can protect wooden tables and chairs spread throughout the main floor of the café. Between areas of carpeting and faux hardwood, different drying practices are necessary to prevent tear out and reinstallation of these materials whenever possible. 

Our technicians can appreciate a need to get the moisture out of the air as well because dampness and excessive relative humidity can wreak havoc on sophisticated machinery your baristas use to complete orders. If it is challenging or impossible to remove these devices to protect them from moisture and water damage, it puts a set timeline on getting the humidity levels back below an established baseline. 

Many patrons depend on your coffee shop every day for their morning commutes and their lunch breaks, so any time you spend with your doors closed is your business losing money. Our SERVPRO of Stockton team can help to work with you to keep the doors open through restoration, or to work around the clock to get them open again as promptly as possible. Give us a call at (209) 477-3090.

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Our Skilled Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your Stockton Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Skilled Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your Stockton Home If your home has been affected by floodwater, regardless of how much or how little, call us today to restore it to its pre-flood state.

Professional Flood Damage Control In The Stockton Area

With the San Joaquin River running through it, Stockton is a town used to floods and the damage they bring almost every year. Residents understand that mitigating and eliminating the effects of the floodwater once it starts to recede takes a restoration service with years of experience, and training on the newest restoration equipment available.

To handle Stockton flood damage properly, SERVPRO Cleanup & Restoration trains every team member as a certified Water Damage Restoration Technician or WRT before they go out on a service call. Then, they can perform every task needed to draw water out of the home.

Pumping out floodwater can take many labor hours. Each WRT has access to the newest commercial-grade pumps and extraction devices to ensure they accomplish the operation quickly, and without causing secondary damage to the floors or walls. For very large homes in deep water, WRTs use truck mounted devices to continuously remove water overnight or throughout a couple of days if needed.

If the floodwater has mostly receded or is limited to one area in the home, SERVPRO technicians also have access to extractors that look much like a standard water-vac but are more powerful and adjustable in terms of vacuum and a heating element that can also be engaged to begin the drying process simultaneously. In tight areas like closets, they use a device which is worn like a backpack and can draw out 5-12 gallons depending on the size of the waste tank.

Regardless of the amount extracted, all floodwater contains some level of dirt, animal waste, and other contaminants. WRTs pump or empty all floodwater directly into the nearest sewer access point. If one is not available, technicians direct it all into a tank truck for delivery to a wastewater treatment plant for filtering and recycling.

In addition to our city, SERVPRO of Stockton also services Lincoln Village, Ortega, and other surrounding communities along the San Joaquin River. If your home has been affected by floodwater, regardless of how much or how little, call us today at (209) 477-3090 to restore it to its pre-flood state. We are here for you.

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Drying after Water Removal is Crucial for Stockton Properties

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying after Water Removal is Crucial for Stockton Properties The SERVPRO Vehicle Means Flood Restoration for Stockton Home Owners

Manage Flood Damage in Your Stockton Home Through Applied Structural Drying

Heavy rain and storms are a leading cause of flooding, which causes headaches for property owners. Storms accompanied by strong winds can leave the inside of a home vulnerable to water damage if they cause building materials like shingles to blow off, crack or bend.

Some damage occurs within minutes after water enters a house while other types of destruction develop several days afterward. Flood damage in your Stockton home can get worse before the first 24 hours have passed. Water can cause warping or swelling of flooring, furniture, and drywall. Calling a professional water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO as soon as you can is critical.
 
Proper drying should take place before any restoration work begins. Otherwise, mold can continue to grow, making it necessary to replace new wall coverings or repaint walls. When your home has a bad case of water damage, you may think about demolishing the affected area. However, with today’s technology, demolition is the last resort. The first line of action is restoring property through applied structural drying (ASD).
 
Our priority is mitigating the extent of water damage by identifying damaged areas. Our ASD technicians also evaluate the gravity of the water damage and determine what cleanup methods and equipment to use. Based on this data, we work on the flood-damaged areas. We can use pumps to extract the water, air movers to increase evaporation and Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air. Our SERVPRO technicians also dry wood, metal and plastic furniture, dispose of unsalvageable items and deal with the other ruined materials.
 
We create a drying goal and monitor the drying process daily to see if the equipment is working as it should and if the areas are getting dry. Our drying goal includes moisture content readings from dry, unaffected structure and contents, readings in percentage for materials made of wood, and readings in points for nonwood materials. We use moisture meters to see if the drying goals are being reached. Once we achieve these aims, we consider the drying process to be complete.
 
If you have experienced flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for structural drying service and restoration services. Through our expertise and advanced equipment, whenever possible, we can make the flood damage look “Like it never even happened.”

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Eliminate Fire Damage From Your Stockton Property With SERVPRO’s Help

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Eliminate Fire Damage From Your Stockton Property With SERVPRO’s Help When your Stockton property sustains fire damage make sure you contact SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Stockton Includes Mitigating Aspects You Cannot See

The amount of soot covering every surface near where a fire happened might provide a hint of the odors your family might experience without proper and complete mitigation of all the changes that took place in your Stockton home. Heat changes things chemically, meaning not all of the changes show up to the naked eye.

When your Stockton property sustains fire damage, you need to consider the invisible changes. They can make your home uncomfortable and possibly cause occupants unwanted health effects. At SERVPRO, we understand the causes behind such risks, and the methods needed to rid your property of them, as well.

Electrical outlets in your home can sustain damage within the walls, even when no other damage to those walls seems apparent. This can happen not only because of the water used to put the fire out but also because of the heat. When smoke gets pushed around by the air currents, it also gets into the cavities within walls, under cabinets, and other dead spaces. Outlets that no longer work are only one aspect of fire damage.

When the hot smoke gets into the hollow spaces in your house, it does not leave. Instead, it settles on the sides and bottom of the area where it got trapped. Smoke contains not only gases from the things that burned but also solid particles. These make up the most of the soot you find, and it is also where the majority of the odors you smell in a home with fire damage.

We can discuss with you the best methods to get rid of the odors in your residence. While we use air scrubbers to clean the air while we work, we can strengthen the effect of this by fogging the home so the mist bonds with these hidden smoke particles. Once bonded, the number of particles that make their way back into the air drastically diminish because they no longer disintegrate into small enough pieces.

Our technicians hold certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our experience in eliminating the unseen problems of odor-causing soot from hidden spaces leaves our customers' homes not only looking “Like it never even happened,” but also smelling like a fire never occurred.

SERVPRO of Stockton wants to help residents recover faster from fire damage by mitigating the home. This includes odors that do not go away without direct mitigation of the problem. Call (209) 477-3090 to do more than mask the problem.

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Professionals in Stockton Give Fire Prevention Tips

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professionals in Stockton Give Fire Prevention Tips Candles are a frequent source of house fires and require supervision when burning.

Prevention is the First Step in Fire Damage Mitigation in Stockton

While professional damage mitigation companies like SERVPRO can help to reduce the costs associated with fire damage and control the effects of a home disaster, the most effective way to reduce the impact that fires can have on your home comes in the form of prevention. Preventing fires from starting (and getting out of control) requires a bit of diligence and care in your day-to-day life, but can be well worth the effort to avoid trouble in your household. Keep these tips in mind, and you could avoid some of the most common causes of house fires in America.

Turn Off Appliances

Heat-generating appliances such as stoves, ovens, and even toasters can cause severe fire damage to your home in Stockton if they are left turned on without supervision. Whether through malfunctions in the appliances themselves or the spontaneous ignition of anything placed on or inside of them, fires can start suddenly and unexpectedly whenever a source of heat remains in use. Taking care to turn off the oven or stove when it is not in use could save you an expensive repair and restoration bill later on.

Watch Over Candles

Candles can enhance the atmosphere of your home and imbue the air with pleasant aromas, but using them too much can sometimes lead to disaster. Even though contained within ceramic or glass holders, candles can cause large-scale house fires without much warning. Be careful around their flames, and never leave a candle burning unattended in your home.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Ready

If a fire starts somewhere in your home, being able to respond quickly with a fire extinguisher can stop a small incident from becoming a severe disaster. Keep a foam fire extinguisher in one or more accessible spots of your home to ensure that you can handle a small blaze without needing to call in the fire department.

SERVPRO of Stockton can help control costs and damages in your home after fire damages take place. If your home has been affected by a fire, call us 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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The Right Way to Handle Water Damage in Your Stockton Residence

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Right Way to Handle Water Damage in Your Stockton Residence Handle your water damage properly and call SERVPRO today.

Untouched water damage can cause havoc.

Many times, leaking pipes cause water damage in a home. If it goes unnoticed, a large volume of water can discharge over a short period, which can cause significant damage depending on the location of the leak. When you notice such an issue, turn off the water supply first.

It is also vital to locate and repair the leak and remove ruined items from the affected area. If the point of the leak that caused water damage in your Stockton residence is concealed, you can instruct a water damage restoration professional to use a thermal imaging camera to locate it. Your insurer may request you locate the point of the leak and provide the details in the documentation used to file a claim. Turning off the electricity to the affected areas is also vital for this can prevent electrocution hazards.

After you notice water pooling in your home, it is advisable to hire SERVPRO Franchise professionals to assist you in drying the affected areas. We have the right equipment for the job, such as wet/dry vacuum cleaners, pumps, air movers and dehumidifiers. We identify the extent of water loss and use structural drying techniques to dry the affected areas thoroughly. We determine what should be done, monitor and document the drying process with accurate measurements and recorded data.

After we dry the affected areas, we begin the restoration tasks required to return a property to its preloss condition. Restoration work may include cleaning, reinstalling or repairing floors and floor coverings like carpets, carpet pads, hardwood flooring, and resilient or non-resilient floors. We can also install tack strip, seam carpets, repair or replace subfloors and refinish structural materials like ceilings, walls, the plates behind baseboards, framing, insulation, and vapor barriers. Once we complete the repairs to the structure and contents, we perform final cleaning and inspections. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure that the work satisfies our customers by requesting them to sign a certificate of completion.

If water has damaged your home after a plumbing leak, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for remediation services. Our goal in every restoration job is to get a home back to normal as fast as possible. We have the expertise to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

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The Best Way to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Stockton Home

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Best Way to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Stockton Home Fire damage can start out small and turn into something much bigger. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

After an Incident with Fire Damage in Stockton, We Help Customers Reclaim Their Soot-Covered Heirloom Items 

Carefully handling your great-grandmother's delicate figurines that she handed down to you keeps them in the same condition. All of your efforts can become fruitless when a fire happens inside your Stockton residence. The heat can cause hairline fractures in antique pieces, and the soot now covering each one runs the risk of leaving permanent stains. SERVPRO technicians know how to help restore such items and many others.

When a home in Stockton sustains fire damage, our ability to restore the contents helps restore people's lives. We take soiled belongings to the SERVPRO facility after carefully inventorying each item and packing all of them into freshly opened boxes. Each inventory sheet follows the items through the process, from packing them up at your home to unpacking to when we unpack them once we return them to your house.

When hairline cracks appear, the tiny space that opens up can become saturated with soot, and most methods cannot clean this area. Instead of leaving any items with tell-tale lines that detract from the article, we have another option. Ultrasonic baths can remove soot and other substances from the surfaces, including grooves and tiny hairlines. Frilly, ruffled dresses on figurines of Victorian age women or older versions of cartoon characters can seem like new once we remove them from the ultrasonic bath.

Once dry, we start the deodorization process. We often use the same chamber that held them as they dried, as we prefer to subject them to as little handling as possible. To deodorize these items, we use either a hydroxyl generator or one that produces ozone. With dry inanimate objects, both of these are equally effective.

After we finish with the elimination of any remnant odors, we again use our inventory sheet and make a note of any defects on each item as we pack them back into new boxes. Many times, even the short time soot-covered things spend inside a new carton can leave it smelling like smoke and fire damage. To prevent those odors from affecting the work we just finished, we usually use completely new boxes to bring these same items back to you.

Although heirloom items do not receive daily use, having them restored and returned to you helps restore a link to your family's history, and by doing so, preserve it for your children, also. SERVPRO of Stockton wants to help make this happen for your family. Call us at (209) 477-3090, so we can discuss this and other ways we can help you recover from fire damage.

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Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Stockton Home

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Stockton Home The insulation in this home had to be dried, reinstalled along with new wall material after we sprayed an antimicrobial agent into the cavity.

A Leaky Window Causes Water Damage in a Stockton Home

Are the windows of your home getting older? Time and years of exposure to the elements are all it takes for a reliable window to lose its water- and airtight properties and become a potential host for mold, warped or rotting wood, and soggy drywall. If left unchecked, this can cause a plethora of problems in any home.

If a leaky window is bringing water damage into your Stockton living room, the pros at SERVPRO are ready to assist you. Our certified technicians are highly trained to address fire, water, mold, as well as cleaning carpets, drapery, and upholstery. As a result, our teams specialize not just in cleaning immediate damage, but also in preserving and restoring your possessions to their preloss condition.

When our team comes to you, we can begin by evaluating moisture levels both in and behind the drywall around your window. From there, we can move and clean any furniture and drapery that has been affected by water damage. To address the moisture buildup around your window, we can establish a polyethylene drying chamber to accelerate the process of water elimination. This chamber can be made smaller as the amount of surface that requires moisture removal shrinks. Our team may create small vent holes to facilitate airflow during drying.

An air mover can be positioned at a 45-degree angle to the surface to dry around your window. This setup allows for moist air to bounce off surfaces and away from the wall so that warm, dry air from an industrial-grade dehumidifier can replace it. This process is not unlike positioning a pool cue to bounce a ball off of the cushioned edge and into the pocket of your choosing.

SERVPRO of Stockton is Faster To Any Size Disaster because we know disasters do not occur only during regular business hours. We can come to you at all hours, including on holidays, to address damage in your home. Call us today at (209) 477-3090 for a swift, effective response to your disaster.

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