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The Solution To All Your Water Damage Issues In Lincoln Village Is The Team At SERVPRO

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Solution To All Your Water Damage Issues In Lincoln Village Is The Team At SERVPRO SERVPRO of Stockton is the obvious choice when a water emergency needs cleanup.

Why SERVPRO Is The Answer For Water Cleanup In Lincoln Village

Water is essential to a comfortable life in Lincoln Village. As long as your home’s plumbing, appliances, and fixtures do their jobs, it is rare to find a need for water removal or intensive drying. When a pipe bursts, a hose disconnects, or a toilet overflows, suddenly an excess of water makes life difficult. Large quantities of uncontained water are best managed by professionals with the equipment and training to mitigate the damage caused.

Everyone performs minor water cleanup duties in Lincoln Village, sponging up a spill or closing an open window during a rainstorm. It can be hard to determine when a water mishap becomes a water emergency requiring expert assistance. Allowing water to collect can lead to secondary damage, which is why we offer water damage assessment.

When water soaks into structural components like drywall or hardwood floors they can swell and distort. Once these building materials warp or crumble its structural integrity can become an issue. Building materials holding excessive moisture for more than 24 to 48 hours expose the home to the risk of mold growth. These severe side effects of water damage make it clear why SERVPRO crews need to respond.

Water cleanup must be thorough and followed by a specific drying protocol. The IICRC develops international standards for water loss mitigation. Our technicians master the many aspects of water removal, including detecting moisture levels and searching for hidden pockets of water with infrared scanning devices. Applying these standards consistently delivers the best results, and that is why SERVPRO should be called during a water emergency.

Depending on the source of the water, contamination can be an issue. Clean or Category 1 water usually can be pumped or extracted for disposal in the municipal sanitary system. Category 2 and Category 3 water, also called Gray and Black water contains increasing amounts of contaminants and might need disposal as a hazardous waste. Sewer backups and overland flood have a high probability of animal or human waste and chemicals. Handling this water can expose individuals to toxins, clarifying why SERVPRO’s trained and properly protected and equipped technicians are best prepared to clean up contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Stockton is the obvious choice when a water emergency needs cleanup. Schedule an assessment by calling (209) 477-3090.

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SERVPRO Battles Storm Damage in Stockton Properties to Mitigate Losses

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Battles Storm Damage in Stockton Properties to Mitigate Losses SERVPRO of Stockton Handles Large Commercial to Small Residential Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Stockton Flood Damage and the Issues It Can Cause

Flood damage is one of the most devastating situations a homeowner can go through. Once inside, the flood water can penetrate carpet padding and reach areas of the home that weren't initially affected directly by the incoming water.

We work quickly to remove the water and dry your Stockton home so that you can avoid additional flood damage to possessions and building materials. Our powerful portable pumps and truck mounted vacuums can efficiently remove hundreds of gallons of water from your property in short order. During the drying process, we utilize high-powered air movers in tandem with our industrial-grade dehumidifiers which assists in preventing damage after the fact such as swelling and warping of walls, flooring, and furnishings while inhibiting mold growth.

After a flood inside your home, mold growth is a concern. Our SERVPRO technicians are AMRT (applied microbial remediation technicians) and can assess the potential for mold issues and stop them before they start. There are places you cannot such activity like inside the drywall of your home. We can apply antimicrobial and antibacterial treatments to inhibit mold growth. If mold remediation is needed, our technicians can apply the most effective means for removing mold and stop it from coming back.

During the drying process, your SERVPRO technicians will begin the cleaning and restoration process to both the structure and contents damaged by the flood water. We have several methods of cleaning and will both restore and deodorize your home and its contents by removing odors, not masking them. If the deodorization needs to be applied on a large scale, we have industrial-grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment to penetrate everywhere the water went to eradicate offensive odors.

Dealing with flood damage and seeing your home filled with water is an overwhelming situation for any homeowner, let the experts help you. Call SERVPRO of Stockton (209) 477-3090 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in the cleaning and restoration of your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Can Kitchen Appliances Cause Water Damage in Stockton?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Can Kitchen Appliances Cause Water Damage in Stockton? Inspect your kitchen appliances regularly for signs of leaks.

Prevent Water Damage in Your Stockton Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of your Stockton home. It is the multi-purpose of room of your residence, and the utility of it goes far beyond cleaning and cooking. It can be easy to keep it dry and free of leaks because we spend so much time there. Someone is bound to notice something that is out of the ordinary. However, there are still plenty of unexpected and hidden things which need checking regularly.  

If you notice water damage in your Stockton home, such as under your sink, you need to let our staff at SERVPRO know right away so we can help you fix the issue and dry your kitchen out. The quicker the problem is taken care of, the more damage you avoid. We can also check for mold damage since all it needs is a moist, dark area to grow and as little as 24 to 48 hours.  

To prevent such a thing, keep an eye out for any deteriorated or missing caulk around your sink. If there are issues, take off the old caulk, clean the area, then re-seal it with fresh silicone. Otherwise, you risk the chance of water leaking under the sink’s lip, which can potentially damage your cabinet and counter, or more. If this happens, make sure to ask our SERVPRO technicians for help. Drying the cabinet out as quickly as possible to prevent more damage is essential. With our industrial fans and dehumidifiers, we can have this done for you in no time.  

Regularly checking the valves and supply lines to the pullout spray hose and the faucet is essential as well. Cracks, blisters, wear or bubbling, are an indication you should replace the hose. Getting a braided stainless-steel flex line gives you more stability in the future.  

A water dispenser/ice maker in your fridge is convenient, but it does increase the risk of water damage in your kitchen. When a supply line fails, it can dump much water into your kitchen. Check the lines regularly for any signs of wear or damage, and replace any damaged ones with the stainless-steel type.  

Another area where supply lines need to be checked on is your dishwasher. Plus, check the door and the deal to ensure it is latching correctly and that water is not escaping. Make sure you someone is home each time you use the dishwasher as well, in case a problem does arise you can stop it before it gets any worse.  

Making a habit of checking appliances in your kitchen in your home in Ortega, Lincoln Village, or Stockton is good to prevent water disaster, but SERVPRO of Stockton is always standing by to help if you need us. Just give us a call anytime at (209) 477-3090, and we can have the issue cleaned up quickly.

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Our Water Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Damaged Stockton Business

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Water Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Damaged Stockton Business SERVPRO of Stockton takes the time to ensure that your business is thoroughly dry before we say the job is done.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup For Your Stockton Business

Leaks in your Stockton cosmetology shop are not only a nuisance but can be costly as well. Whether you find a puddle during a regular inspection or you get an unpleasant surprise when you reach under a sink, it is something that needs to be handled right away. Leaks in your pipes usually start at the joints, and although you can buy over the counter products for a temporary fix, you need a professional company for permanent plumbing repair.

A professional restoration company should handle commercial water damage restoration in Stockton. At SERVPRO, we have the professional training and tools needed to clean up the water and dry your business back out. The sooner we can get to your business the better, so do not hesitate to give our experts a call as soon as you find the leak.

Drying your building fast is essential. Four factors which affect the time that is needed for dying include how much water we need to evaporate, temperatures, humidity, and air movement.

SERVPRO staff understand that when rooms are heated to between 70- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit drying occurs quickly because air which is hot can hold additional moisture. Our technicians can use portable heaters if no heat is available. The ideal range is between 70 and 80 degrees. Anything over this on the first days of drying can result in too much moisture being trapped in the air, creating secondary damage.

The more water we can extract or pump out of your structure the less we have to remove with dehumidifiers. Gas takes longer to remove than liquids, and removal of standing water is much more effective than dehumidification. We use a submersible pump if there are two or more inches of standing water.

RH or relative humidity is how the amount of moisture the air currently contains at a given temperature. The ratio of water vapor which is present in the air, or the RH, compared to the highest amount of water vapor the air can hold at a given temperature. We use dehumidifiers to lower Relative humidity, as it is the most effective method. The moisture that is evaporated is removed from the air by the dehumidifiers.

Also, important to drying is movement of air. The air in a room that is water-damaged is usually humid and damp, slowing down evaporation. By blowing the damp air out and bringing in dry, warm air, the drying process is sped up. We are careful to properly positioning the air movers to help, and monitor the machines daily and move them accordingly to ensure the fastest drying times.

SERVPRO of Stockton takes the time to ensure that your business in Stockton, Lincoln Village, or Ortega is thoroughly dry before we say the job is done. Reach out to us any time you have a water damage emergency by dialing (209) 477-3090.

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Is Mold Creeping in the Crawl Space of Your Stockton Home?

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Creeping in the Crawl Space of Your Stockton Home? Is mold creeping in the crawlspace of your Stockton home?

Widespread Mold in Stockton Homes Requires Professional Remediation

One of the most troublesome disasters that affect a high volume of Stockton homes throughout the year is not fire and storm damages as much as might think. Developing conditions like mold growth can spread quickly throughout the property and adversely affect your property and its occupants that become exposed to an active colony. The trouble with mold growth in homes is that these colonies often form where the owner does not go, and so it goes unnoticed and unreported until the spread of these colonies forces their way into the living areas of the home.

For areas like a crawl space, it is not an uncommon occurrence for mold damage in your Stockton home to spread beneath the first floor. With moisture present through precipitation, springs, and other occurrences, remedying its effect on the underside of your home can help to limit the spread of an active mold colony into the main floors of the property. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to assess the materials that are at risk and determine if our mold removal techniques can be as effective as just removing the damaged elements entirely and reinstalling them.

Crawlspace encapsulation is a solution that can help many homeowners find a permanent fix to prevent mold growth from spreading up through the flooring and walls and into the living spaces. This process coats all of the exposed material and flooring with thick plastic after they get coated with a high-strength antimicrobial solution to prevent growth on these organic materials like framing wood and floor supports.

Additionally, our SERVPRO team could install diversion equipment like sump pumps to drain water away from the affected area to prevent pooling. These solutions help to preserve a dry environment that reduces the possibility of mold and microbial growth.

Crawlspace mold can prove hazardous to the structural elements of your house and the occupants inside of it. Give our SERVPRO of Stockton professionals a call if you suspect mold growth or have encountered this emergency in your home. You can reach us 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage Hurdles in Your Stockton Home

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage Hurdles in Your Stockton Home When your dishwasher fails and dumps soapy water on your flooring, call SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation services.

Being Informed Helps in Tackling Cases of Water Damage in Stockton

When there is a water spill, many challenges arise because water affects a wide range of materials commonly found in Stockton homes. Most of the immediate damages depend on the source while the long-term ones depend on the exposure period. If the spill is caused by a faulty appliance such as a dishwasher, the detergent and food remains can soil or even stain fabrics and upholstery items nearby. A burst plumbing line might not introduce any contaminants to the affected areas, but it can dump considerable volumes of water within a short time, soaking many items. We offer professional restoration services that can help you deal with the incident “Like it never even happened.”
 
Various materials react differently to water exposure so your remedial efforts after water damage in Stockton should factor in the type of materials in the affected areas. The most likely problem to occur is microbial growth, and this can affect any organic material, whether it is fabric, a solid like wood, or composite materials. Our SERVPRO technicians deal with this by limiting the exposure period for these materials. We can extract the water pooling around these materials or move the items to dry areas.
 
Water causes different kinds of damages on carpets. The most common one is delaminating in which the primary and secondary backing separate. Another common problem is bubbling which mostly affects glue-down carpets, while the pad easily breaks apart when wet. Stains are also common and can form from resins on furniture stands and non-colorfast fabrics such as draperies that rest on soaked carpets. Our SERVPRO technicians tackle these problems in different ways. When we find stains, we usually remove them while the carpet is still wet because it is easier.
 
Sometimes it is possible to cause secondary damage when trying to fix a water spill. This outcome mostly happens in the drying stage when the evaporation rate exceeds the speed of dehumidification which leads to transfer of moisture to unaffected areas. By creating a balanced drying system, our SERVPRO technicians avoid such problems.
 
Managing water spills requires a combination of different skills. Calling SERVPRO of Stockton ensures that you benefit not just from the skills our technicians have, but their experience too. Call us at (209) 477-3090 any time.
 
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Some Ways to Avoid Commercial Flood Damage Complications in Stockton

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Ways to Avoid Commercial Flood Damage Complications in Stockton Flooding in your warehouse can wreak havoc on the items stored or manufactured there. Contact SERVPRO when flood damage affects your business.

Remediating Commercial Flood Damage in Stockton Businesses

Now that we finally have the rain needed all summer, many Stockton business owners have to deal with the flooding it brings with it. The right restoration service can keep the property, and inventory loss to a minimum, and owners can reopen their doors to customers as quickly as possible.
 
Commercial flood damage to a Stockton business can be particularly expensive when there is a large amount of equipment used on a daily basis. SERVPRO technicians understand that with a light industry facility like a bakery, there is little damage to the structure, but the equipment cannot be used until it is completely dry and inspected for cleanliness.
 
When the floodwater first comes rushing in, it splashes everywhere. Since this is outside water, it contains soil and other contaminants. When there is any possibility that floodwater got into an oven or another piece of equipment, our technicians start by spraying every surface with an anti-bacterial agent to eliminate the risk of contamination. Next, they thoroughly clean the inside and then allow the interior to air dry. If the equipment is needed immediately, they use an air mover to force warm, dry air inside and speed up the process.
 
As SERVPRO technicians dry the interior, others examine the undersides. While the visible exteriors and cooking surfaces are stainless steel, the bottoms are often made from cheaper metals. In addition to spraying them with the same anti-bacterial cleaner, our technicians also examine the surfaces for any sign of rust. If they find any, they use a wire brush to scrape everything clean.
 
In a warehouse operation, there is little damage to the building, but the standing water still has to be removed quickly to reduce the threat of mold growth. Since the water usually drains quickly, crew members push out the remaining amounts with long-handled squeegees and push-brooms. Next, they spray the entire floor with an anti-bacterial cleaner and then wash the floor clean. To speed up drying, they use a combination of exhaust fans to draw out the damp, interior air, and air movers to force warm air across the floor.
 
At SERVPRO of Stockton, our goal is to help businesses reopen as quickly as possible. If you are dealing with the results of the current rainstorms, call us today at (209) 477-3090 to schedule an appointment.

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Stockton Homeowners Love SERVPRO Water Loss Services for Many Reasons

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Stockton Homeowners Love SERVPRO Water Loss Services for Many Reasons Stockton Property Owners Breathe a Sigh of Relief When SERVPRO Arrives for a Water Loss Service

Why SERVPRO uses IICRC Certified Technicians for Water Damage in Stockton Homes

The impact of water spills can only be measured several months after the initial damage has been cleared. One of the reasons homes are so vulnerable to water is that moisture can remain undetected for several months in crawlspaces, attics or between floorboards. These moisture pockets not only weaken structures but can become hotbeds for secondary damages such as mold growth. Ensuring a positive, professional and comprehensive cleanup is not always easy for a homeowner.

The problem with water damage in Stockton properties is that the longer it is left, the more damage it causes. SERVPRO is one of few providers to guarantee a 24-hour emergency call line for homeowners who notice water damage and can organize a service in as little as four hours of notification of loss. We can make this promise because we use local technicians who live and work here every day.

No two water damage services are the same. Small details like whether the affected area is carpeted or bare floorboards can make a crucial difference. SERVPRO has technicians that hold IICRC certificates in applied structural drying (ASD) as well as carpet maintenance. These are the small differences that make us the restoration agency of choice for homeowners suffering from property damages.

In any job where water is concerned the primary effort is to remove water as quickly as possible. However, we take care to ensure no further damage is caused during this process. Carpets, for example, become up to 50% weaker when saturated with water. Using portable extraction units, we take a measured approach to drying, often running over the affected area several times to ensure we do not damage your fittings.

Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied that all signs of moisture are removed, we can begin to take preventive measures to avoid further damage. Preventative measures could include using a moisture meter to detect saturation levels inside walls or beneath floorboards. It could also include removing carpets to ensure both sides are cleaned and applying anti-microbial treatments to prevent secondary damages.

For unrivaled training in assessment and remediation of property damages, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 to make the damage "like it never even happened.

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SERVPRO of Stockton Performs Certified Mold Testing

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes people see discolorations on walls and wonder if this is the “bad” mold. When it comes to mold people often think the worse. That’s why we say, “Mold can be an emotional subject.” Yes, mold can be an area of anxiety causing heightened concerns about the health and safety of the indoor environment and the people who live and work in that environment.

Don’t panic. There are professional and affordable inspection and testing procedures available to determine what’s going on. At SERVPRO of Stockton we’re pleased to share sensible information about the subject of mold in our thorough Mold Information Document. It describes a realistic overview about mold. It includes the inspection options and remediation treatments that are available.

A hardcopy/printed version of this document is also available by calling our office during regular business hours. Call 209-477-3090 to request your copy.

SERVPRO of Stockton also offers a free online MOLD SURVEY. After completing the survey/questionnaire you will even be provided with a ten-minute consultation by telephone (without cost or obligation). The link to this Free Mold Survey is featured in our mold information document.

As we said before, don’t panic. There is balanced information available to you and there are lasting solutions to any problem that might exist. We’re here to help.

Why it is Important to Establish Moisture Equilibrium in Your Stockton Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why it is Important to  Establish Moisture Equilibrium in Your Stockton Home SERVPRO uses several pieces of equipment to get the moisture content in your home 'just right.'

SERVPRO Uses Thermodynamics To Work When Drying Your Stockton Area Home

The second law of thermodynamics becomes a significant factor when removing water from your Stockton home. Thinking about this law gives us the understanding that wet goes to dry, hot goes to cold, and high pressure goes to low. When considering these actions regarding drying a building, the air itself holds less moisture than the wet materials or other contents found in your home.

When Stockton area water removal experts enter your property, we always think about this concept regarding thirst. It is our sole job to find ways of removing moisture naturally, and we use a variety of equipment to attain our goals. We realize that the drier the air is, the higher the rate at which a process known as evaporation can occur.

Hygrometers help SERVPRO technicians measure moisture content in various materials found throughout your home. Moisture content is the percentage of moisture found in materials as compared to the weight of a specific material when completely dry. In other words, a moisture rating on a hygrometer explains to the technician how much moisture exists. For example; if a piece of wood has a 10% moisture content reading, it means that 10 lbs of water are in 100 lbs of wood.

SERVPRO uses various moisture detectors and hygrometers to determine water content readings within various materials via a wood moisture equivalency scale. This scale gives us the ability to view a relative scale for measuring moisture found in non-wood materials. Since nature itself seeks equilibrium, stabilizing the relationship between relative humidity and temperature of the surrounding air helps move moisture from wet materials to dry air, effectively drying your home.

SERVPRO technicians help by resetting the equilibrium moisture content (EMC) of an affected area, returning materials to their natural state. With this knowledge, our technicians have a better chance of restoring the furniture, flooring, and other contents found in your home after an emergency water situation occurs.

Contact SERVPRO of Stockton for additional information or to schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. Our IICRC industry certified technicians are available 24/7, 365, to provide you with water removal and restoration services to make any incident, “Like it never even happened.” (209) 477-3090.

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