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Clearing Wildfire Soot from the Exterior of Your Stockton Store

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in a parking lot. When a wildfire strikes our Stockton community, SERVPRO is be ready!

Stockton we know what it takes for your business after a fire damage.

When wood and other organic materials burn up in one of the wildfires that Stockton has seen over the years, many of the area businesses and homes can battle soot and residues. Even without being directly in the path of the blaze, soot and smoke particles can travel considerable distances and significantly mar surfaces that do not get cleaned with the proper products and techniques. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience in fire recovery, even addressing aesthetic concerns that come with wildfire emergencies.

The appearance of your business can affect how your customers feel about it, including not addressing fire damage to your Stockton craft shop as quickly as you should. Because most people run their AC units and air circulation appliances throughout the year in this part of California, floating carcinogens can get sucked into the intake on the outdoor AC unit and dispersed throughout the store. Not only does this mean that you need restoration for residues on the outside brick veneer and siding of the shop, but now content management and cleaning for areas around interior vents.

Interior cleaning changes based on the materials affected and if your wares have become damaged as well. With many base items for crafts throughout the store, such as unpainted or unadorned wood, frames, and crafting items like twine, rope, paints, jars, and other wares. Depending on the severity of soot residues on these surfaces and items, cleaning these objects can be possible depending on the type of material. We have many cleaning approaches and products, including foam cleaning and peroxide active cleaning that can dissolve the bulk of residues on spackle ceilings.

To many structures, the exterior of the building can take the hardest hit after a wildfire. We have abrasive cleaning techniques like media and soda blasting that is safe to use on numerous construction materials. Even with the vulnerabilities of aging mortar in old buildings throughout the downtown area, soda blasting can clear the surface of soot residues without harming the concrete preventing the need to repoint the mortar joints.

Cleaning up your building after the widespread damages of a wildfire can feel overwhelming, but our SERVPRO of Stockton team can help. We have experienced fire restoration professionals ready to respond 24/7 by calling (209) 477-3090.

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What’s Really Happening with Mold Damage Remediation in Stockton

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

mold damaged residential room Mold infestations can spread rather quickly.  Contact SERVPRO 24/7 365 days a year for remediation services.

Why SERVPRO Is an Excellent Choice for Mold Damage Remediation in Stockton

When mold growth enters the picture in your Stockton house, you might have no idea where to turn. The presence of mold in your dwelling can invoke fear of health complications and become embarrassing, especially if you attempt to manage it on your own yet fail in the effort. Mold smells unpleasant, and the staining it leaves on surfaces for all to see is a constant reminder that organisms are growing in the place you and your family call home. Our ability to remediate mold infestation following industry best practices is why we are highly rated by satisfied customers.

Change Your Mindset About Mold

One thing about mold damage Stockton residents need to grasp is that it is impossible to claim truthfully that the fungal organisms and their spores can ever be eliminated from your home. Mold spores are everywhere. Molds are critical to the environment; without the 100,000 plus species breaking down organic waste, we would be overwhelmed with debris. Molds inside attack organic building materials, however, one reason why we follow research-based methodologies to abate unwanted growth. Specific susceptible individuals react adversely to mold spores and residues, another reason why reliable mold remediation is the service we are proud to offer.

A Four-Step Process to Mold Management

When we assess and plan for mold remediation, we adhere to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol. The science behind the procedure is why SERVPRO follows the process. It has four primary steps:

Contain the Mold

Because mold spores and residues are light and able to drift on air currents, it is crucial to keep these particulates in a secure space while we work to remove the microbial infestation. We use 16-mil polyethylene sheeting to close off the mold-containing area, employing air scrubbing technology to ensure a tight seal.

Remove the Mold

Although we do use antimicrobials at other times in the process, it is essential to understand the mold organisms must be physically brushed or scraped off solid surfaces. The success of this approach is why SERVPRO chooses this direct method. If porous materials are affected, we have options like soda blasting that remove mold and chemically incapacitate its ability to grow even if bits remain deeply embedded.

Clean Up Residues

During the removal process, spores shed, and pieces of mold organisms fall. We are persistent in our efforts to vacuum and wet-wipe debris. Our use of HEPA-filtered vacuums and EPA-registered cleaners is why SERVPRO meets the mark in every remediation job.

Dry Out the Area

Mold does not grow in the absence of moisture. Remediation fails if leaks continue or humidity remains high. Our dedication to eliminating moisture issues and the ability to address drying challenges is why SERVPRO is a full-service mold remediation company.

You need a company that ticks all the boxes when it comes to high-quality mold remediation services, why SERVPRO of Stockton fits the bill. Call us at (209) 477-3090 to set up a mold abatement evaluation.

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SERVPRO Suggests to Stockton DIY'ers To Don PPE Personal Protective Equipment for Storm Damage Cleanup

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Aerial view of downtown Stockton Plenty of Buildings in Stockton Are Rescued from Flood and Storm Damage--Thank You SERVPRO

Protect Yourself from Flood Damage when Restoring your Stockton Home

Floodwaters that enter your home carry with them many potential hazards. There is a high risk of water contamination that could bring in human pathogens, animal carcass, or raw sewage. There are also physical barriers as well as debris that could present a tripping hazard. However, the longer floodwaters are present in a home environment, the higher the likelihood of permanent damages. Fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and floorboards can all suffer from long-term exposure to moisture. Rising humidity levels can also contribute to condensation inside wall cavities or weakening of the overall structure.


If you plan to tackle flood damage in your Stockton home, it is essential to prepare. All SERVPRO professional restorers carry personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Failure to adhere to safety guidelines could result in personal harm or injury. If you do decide to enter a flooded property, you should wear chemical resistant gloves. Your hands can become contaminated with micro-organisms as well as absorb chemical substances. This can become a severe issue by spreading contaminants to the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Demolition may be a requirement in restoring your home. Removing porous drywall or fittings, as well as physical barriers to drying, are necessary. Since there may be sharp edges, splinters, or nails, heavy-duty gloves can protect you against injury from the removal of non-salvageable materials. You need to also protect your eyes and lungs from airborne dust releasing during demolition. Sewer gases can also be harmful to your health. Splash goggles or safety glasses and respirators should be worn at all times inside a flooded property.

Depending on the severity of structural damage in your home, you may also need a hard hat to protect yourself from falling debris, rubber boots, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to protect electric equipment. Self-restoring a property is no mean feat, and a minimum requirement is the correct PPE. SERVPRO is a locally operated company that can carry out the restoration of your property and provide the best chance of restoration to a preloss condition.

You can reach us anytime in an emergency for professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090.
 

We Are The Leader In Stockton Mold Restoration

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores all over the wall in a home Our techs provided a tear-out of the damaged drywall, lifted and inspected the carpet and baseboard for microbial growth in this home.

What Can Be Done About the Mold Odor in Stockton Homes? 

Health effects are the primary threat of mold growth and migration throughout your Stockton home, but it is not the only effect that our SERVPRO professionals must address when we arrive. Depending on the severity and time that colonization has been allowed to continue, your home could contend with widespread malodors along with the airborne contaminants. Addressing these conditions is also essential, as prolonged odor exposure for specific materials can become more and more costly to neutralize. 

That same odor that becomes a struggle to remove from specific materials and contents within your home can be the initial indicator for many about the mold damage in Stockton homes. It often lingers as a harsh, musty odor that can overpower areas. When you are smelling active colonization, there is also a strong likelihood that you are breathing in some of the volatile organic compounds, spores, and other potential contaminants thriving in the area as well. 

Malodors caused by mold damage rarely go away on their own, even with direct remediation efforts. That is why deodorization is a part of every remediation project that we undertake, ensuring that any lingering scents get addressed with our line of premier odor removal products and equipment. We have an extensive line of potent deodorizers to run in our thermal fogging machines, many of which can leave a pleasant citrus or cinnamon smell behind. 

Many of our remediation tactics can also reduce the strength and severity of lingering odors in the house. Our SERVPRO team utilizes practices like soda blasting, which can eliminate mold colonies without damaging the host material, but in doing so, also reduces a catalyst to the musty scent in the damaged area. In the worst cases, we can use our in-house licensed (#937457) contractors for controlled demolition approaches and repairs where necessary. 

Mold can be a disastrous presence in your home, and one that many property owners do not fully know how to handle. Let our experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians help. Give our SERVPRO of Stockton team a call today at (209) 477-3090.

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Our Experts Will Protect Your Stockton Property

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

water stains all over a carpet in this house When water damages your carpet, you need a team of professionals with the training and experience necessary and we are that team.

Preventing Water Damage after an Appliance Malfunction often Requires More than Drying Out a Property in Stockton

When SERVPRO receives a call from a homeowner in Stockton about a dishwasher that overflowed into the kitchen and left soapy water everywhere, we arrive as quickly as possible. We need to stop the flow of water and start mitigation work. Because we work in specialized teams, this process flows smoothly, making our work even more efficient.

Residents in Stockton might notice water damage in their homes and to their belongings becomes steadily worse over time. This damage happens because water seeps into everything, to one degree or another. The nature of water to seep deeper into porous materials ignores gravity. Water moves from saturated areas into dry sections, even if that water must migrate upward. 

It takes less than a day for drywall to begin swelling after a major leak. When we start mitigating the area involved, we can often save most, if not all, of the drywall sections in the area. Many times, pulling baseboards away lets us force air into wall cavities so drying can happen on both surfaces of the drywall. This air significantly hinders the spread of water damage and can often minimize the tear-out work required. When we can do less deconstruction work, the amount of reconstruction work decreases.

When if comes to flooring, we have slightly longer to mitigate before water damage becomes too extensive. Once a certain point passes, eliminating the current flooring from your kitchen becomes a necessity. Homeowners never need to locate a separate contractor, or wait for an available time because SERVPRO does everything from start to finish. Our building and reconstruction department (General Contractor License # 937457) helps with restoring flooring made of tile or linoleum. Water, especially warm water from an appliance that uses heat as part of its normal operations, rapidly disintegrates adhesives. 

Tile floors with older grout can end up with sections where tiles become loosened. Repairing these before chips or other breakage occurs can save you from the expense of replacing the entire floor later. Linoleum can work its way loose at seams, especially after hot water seeps underneath and dissolves the glue. In some situations, replacing the floor becomes more cost-effective. Our experts discuss all of the options with the homeowner. Our restoration experts begin working with us from the start to save this valuable component of your house. 

SERVPRO of Stockton restores homes “Like it never even happened” after incidents involving malfunctioning appliances, preventing water damage from escalating. Call us at (209) 477-3090 to protect your property.

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How to Succeed With Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Your Stockton Store

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

convenience store shelves stocked with items Be prepared and have SERVPRO on speed dial should your store suffer through a fire damage event. Call right after the fire fighters leave.

What to Do When Your Stockton Convenience Store Suffers Fire Damage

Suffering sudden fire damage is a nightmare for any business owner. Depending on the extent of the damage, you could find your Stockton convenience store closed for a few days or a few weeks. Losing foot traffic for a significant period is never what you want to face as a business owner, so fast reaction times matter when it comes to fire damage.

Imagine a scenario where something as unassuming as a coffee machine plugged into the wall suddenly goes up in flames and causes fire damage to your Stockton convenience store. What would you do? Thinking through scenarios like this, even if they never occur, is something essential to do.

Preparation is the best defense against any type of damage in your store, even if that damage never happens. Having fast reaction times and not hesitating to use a fire extinguisher can save precious moments of time. Furthermore, calling for professional remediation services directly after calling for the fire department is a wise decision, as it can ensure that the professionals can get to work as soon as possible and minimize damages.

If a fire emergency were to ever occur on your property, you should call SERVPRO for help. Our team specializes in commercial fire damages and understands how important it is for you to get your doors open again. Every day that you're closed, your clientele may choose a different convenience store, damaging your business in the short and long term.

Here at SERVPRO, we come to your location whenever you need us, day or night. Once we receive your call, we can quickly get a team together and swiftly travel to your location. Our technicians are expertly trained and certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC-certified.)

Once we arrive at your location, our technicians could get to work immediately and use a variety of advanced equipment to do the job. We could remove soot stains with house-made chemical cleaning solutions and tackle malodor with thermal foggers. Our ultimate goal is to remove all traces of the fire, so you can feel, "Like it never even happened."

If your property suddenly sustains fire damage, never wait to get help. Communicate with SERVPRO of Stockton by phoning (209) 477-3090. Whenever you need us, we're open to assist you.

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Stockton Big Water Spills Are Handled by SERVPRO

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Class Room education by SERVPRO, Projection screen and podium SERVPRO Provides Continuing Education Courses Pertaining to Water Loss in the Stockton Area for Local Agencies and Trade Entities

Having a Water Damage Emergency in Stockton?

Having a pipe burst resulting in water damage is a fairly common occurrence. Often a pipe can burst in the bathroom or kitchen where your family frequently uses water. Many people do not realize that plumbing failures happen even when not living in a colder climate. Rust, hard water, and excess water pressure can all result in a mishap.

If you find your home with water damage in Stockton, the specialists at SERVPRO are ready to help you with everything you need to restore your home. If a pipe breaks in the bathroom or kitchen wall, it's not always as simple as cleaning up the area and replacing the drywall if necessary. There are several more steps to restoration to ensure there are no issues such as foul odors or mold infestations.

The SERVPRO team conducts a complete damage assessment, including using state of the art moisture detection devices to locate all areas of water migration within the residence. The initial scoping of the perceived water damaged area by a project manager or crew chief is an essential step in the mitigation and agreement to treat process. In cases where the water spill in the home comes from a toilet back up, the technicians may test the water to determine the nature of the contaminants. Black or gray water indicates a contaminant, while clear water does not. Spillage from a cracked or overflowing holding tank is typically clean water. Water from the bowl that is urine-filled, gray water. Any solid waste backup is always considered black water.

We remove the water from the damaged area using our industrial-grade extractors while preserving any nearby furniture and personal items. We use both truck-mounted and portable extractors to handle large-scale water loss situations. SERVPRO technicians do multiple passes to extract as much water as possible to lessen the drying time.

The technicians set up heavy duty dehumidifiers to pull away the moisture from surfaces resulting in progressively drier air circulated in the room.  Technicians set drying goals and monitor the progress to ensure indoor humidity levels are below 50%, so mold infestations are not an issue. After drying, they check the premises to ensure no residual moisture remains and move on to the final step.

We clean and deodorize any damaged items using our specialized cleaning solutions. In some cases, stubborn musty water odors require elimination using different applications such as thermal foggers or deodorizing beads. We also repair the damage by restoring the affected areas. Typically, we manage the complete restoration ourselves as evidenced by General Contractor License #: 937457.

SERVPRO of Stockton is here to assist you with your water damage clean-up. We are available to help you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us at (209) 477-3090.

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How SERVPRO Turns Around Commercial Flood Damage in Stockton Properties

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Large warehouse with lights and standing water. SERVPRO knows what flood damage can do to your Stockton business, let us get you on the right track.

Let us show you the way through your Stockton Commercial water damage.

According to a report issued by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), a full 25% of businesses affected by commercial flood damage never reopen for business. One of the key reasons given is the inability to perform needed cleanup or repairs. That is why it is crucial to outsource the task to a professional restoration services company.

When commercial flood damage hits a business property in Stockton, the structure must be water-free, odor-free, and disinfected to reopen for daily operations. There usually are repairs and rebuilding needed to replace flood-damaged building materials. All of this must occur quickly as the longer business remains closed results in a loss of revenue, that in some cases, is not unrecoverable for the company.

Removal of Important Items

SERVPRO technicians look for items that could possibly become damaged if they remain on-site during the water loss cleanup. In properties that have storage for stock, equipment, or essential documents, technicians arrange a fast pack out to preserve these items in a secure location. Paper and wood products degrade when exposed to excess moisture, and the surfaces are extra-inviting for mold growth. 

Controlled Demolition Hastens Reopening

It may not look like it, but cutting away ruined sheetrock, disposing of groundwater-soaked carpeting and removing delaminated tile speeds up the drying process, so the required repairs happen in a more expedited manner. 

Prepping for Reopening

No matter what type of business received flood loss, clean up of the debris, and water must occur, then SERVPRO technicians work on disinfecting the property. As a category three biohazard, when the groundwater saturates items such as upholstered office furnishings, carpeting, and most porous items-they require disposal. The technicians try to restore all the things they can through their cleaning methods, but some things have no restoration potential. When the disinfection efforts complete, the property is ready for rebuilding. 

Skip Looking for a Contractor

With a general contractor license #937457, SERVPRO can offer both cleanup and reconstruction services. This takes the stress out of finding, vetting, and sourcing a construction company to complete any needed repairs before reopening. 

When your business has commercial flood damage, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090. The technicians are available 24/7, so they arrive quickly because, as locals, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Ready To Tackle Your Stockton Flood Damage 24/7

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

One of our box trucks outside a home for a pack out One of our SERVPRO box trucks parked and ready for our team to perform a content pack-out so this home can be effectively dried and return to normal.

How SERVPRO Technicians Turn Around Flood Damage in Stockton Homes

Northern California is known for its excellent year-round weather; however, flood damage happens most often when sudden, intense storms crop up in the area.

When a Stockton home receives flood damage, the technicians arrive quickly to begin water extraction and cleanup efforts. It is not uncommon for floodwater to bring in foul odors, debris, sludge and other factors compounding the cleanup.

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians have a diverse array of equipment to tackle any problem the flood damage in the home presents. Along with their knowledge for restoration methods from all types of water damage, the technicians are also well-versed in working safely and avoiding cross-contamination during flood loss mitigation.

Safety First

Since groundwater has a rating as a class three biohazard, SERVPRO technicians wear full protective gear and test the water to determine what is in it before the clean up, so they use the appropriate bactericide or antimicrobials. In cases where only a portion of the home has damage, containment to inhibit cross-contamination is a common practice.

Controlled Demolition Speeds Restoration Efforts

Groundwater, even in small amounts, is damaging. Sheetrock wicks it rapidly and begins to buckle or warp. This requires flood damage removal and technicians remove it cleanly by cutting several inches above the waterline. The result is a far larger opening that allows more significant amounts of airflow and dries the water loss areas. Delaminated tiles also require removal and receive an inspection for cleaning potential and reuse. It is dependent on the materials used in construction and types of sealants that lend to whether or not there are restoration possibilities.

Rebuilding and Repairs Does Not Have to Be a Hassle

SERVPRO technicians understand flood loss in a home is a highly stressful event, and seeing your home under controlled demolition conditions may look hopeless. To lessen anxiety for homeowners, SERVPRO can offer restoration, repairs, and reconstruction as a one-stop service under their general contractor licenses:#937457.

SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 is ready to handle flood damage in homes 24/7 from cleanup to rebuilding. The technicians are local and arrive quickly because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Stockton Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Rapid Moisture Removal Post Flooding

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles and Rows of AIr Movers Outside Yes, SERVPRO Has Air Movers--Plenty of Them to Dry Out Flood-Damaged Properties in Stockton

Four Types Of Air Movers Used During Flood Water Removal In Stockton

Whenever moisture makes its way into your Stockton dwelling, it is smart to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO because we can implement methods to remove moisture rapidly, before secondary damage occurs. Even during small flood water removal projects, the presence of moisture can ruin your building materials and contents as well as create prime conditions for mold to grow. Whenever anything inside your house gets wet, structural drying is vital.

When drying out your structure as a part of your Stockton flood water removal project, we change the environment in ways that speed up the natural evaporation and drying process. We alter the atmosphere inside your building by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers keep air circulating so that water can continue evaporating from wet materials. The dehumidifiers then lower the humidity levels in the affected area.

Creating air circulation in the affected region our SERVPRO crew is drying helps the wet air next to damp surfaces get pushed away so that evaporation does not slow down due to saturated air. Depending on the situation, we can use the following four different types of air movers when conducting rapid structural drying.

1. Centrifugal Air Movers
Centrifugal air movers consist of a moving part called an impeller that consists of a shaft with blades attached to it. The impeller rotates, and the blades pull air in from the side of the unit and then push it out the exhaust outlet. We can direct strategic air currents with these devices.

2. Axial Air Movers
Axial air movers can move larger volumes of air compared to centrifugal air movers. Axial units can cover larger areas because it pulls a larger volume of air at a lower pressure. These are industrial grade box fans.

3. Structural Cavity Drying Equipment
These injection dryers can be used to push air into wall cavities to dry out the studs and the back of the drywall material. The units consist of a motor that pumps air into a series of tubes that get stuck into holes drilled into the walls of the affected areas. The injectidry system is very effective.

4. Air Filtration Devices and Air Scrubbers
An air filtration device can move air and filter it at the same time. Multiple filters can be used in these machines, including high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that can trap harmful particles such as bacteria or mold spores.

Calling us to help you with your mitigation project can ensure that your house can be returned to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened." For immediate assistance, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24/7.