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Is There a Way for Stockton Business Owners to Streamline Fire Damage Restoration?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

Texture of fire on a black background Call us at your convenience at (209) 477-3090 to schedule an ERP assessment, and around the clock when an emergency strikes.

Avoid the Stress and Disruption of Hiring Different Contractors to Manage the Many Phases of Fire Damage Restoration in Stockton Commercial Building-- SERVPRO Can Take on All Aspects from Assessment to Build Back

A fire on your commercial property is one of the most disruptive events that can happen at your Stockton business. Because most fire scenes also present significant issues with water incursion and damage from the efforts to quell the blaze, the circumstance can be quite complex. Knowing you can face an incredibly complicated scenario after an accident, negligence, natural disaster, or as a result of aging or poorly installed or aging utilities should give most business owners pause. Use this epiphany to do some planning rather than panicking if the worst does happen.

What Are Options for a Business to Prepare for Fire Damage?
A practical step to guard against substantial upheaval in your operations if you need fire damage restoration in Stockton is to consider developing an Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP). We send an experienced commercial disaster project manager to evaluate your physical space, equipment and operations, and your questions and concerns. Our goal is to create a concise yet complete digital file to guide our crews if a fire emergency occurs. The data in the file might include:

    •    An actual blueprint or at least a detailed sketch of your commercial layout -- plus pictures
    •    Marked locations of utility shut-offs
    •    Locations of any sprinkler system
    •    Descriptions of the supplies, documents, raw materials, inventory, and more found in various spaces
    •    Positioning of production and other equipment
    •    Staff locker rooms, restrooms, breakrooms, kitchens or food prep areas, and other spaces where water and fire damage might occur “off the production grid”
    •    Records of our conversations about priorities, previous fire issues, questions, and concerns

You have the opportunity to use our mobile app to include more details that could prove useful:

    •    Designating SERVPRO as your preferred restorations company
    •    Contact information for vendors and contractors that sold, installed, or designed equipment and systems
    •    Listing employees or other individuals who can take action on your behalf should you be out of town or unavailable during the crisis or restoration for another reason

How Does Hiring a Fire Damage Restoration Company that Also Has a General Contractor’s License Improve Outcomes?
Your SERVPRO has a general contractor’s license, which offers a comprehensive array of restoration preparation and completion services.

Hazard Assessment and Safety Controls
When we arrive at your commercial building, we can obtain real-time assistance during hazard assessments and during the implementation of controls that help mitigate further damage to structures while keeping both occupants and work crews safe:

    •    Evaluating structural damage from heat, flames, and firefighting water
    •    Collaborating to design and build supports and workarounds that enhance workspace safety
    •    Assisting to remove unrestorable materials while maintaining structural integrity
    •    Planning and implementing controlled demolition to release firefighting water and prepare spaces for further remediation and restoration work

Water Removal, Cleanup, and Deodorization
Once the structure is stabilized, the SERVPRO project manager begins assigning portions of the job to workers on site. Expect at least the following; some jobs might require more:

    •    Moving of furnishings, equipment, documents, and other contents to a safe, dry space either in another, unaffected area of your property or at the SERVPRO production facility for processing
    •    Water containment and removal, with disposal determined by local regulations concerning hazardous waste
    •    Applied structural drying
    •    Debris collection and removal, again following local rules for disposal
    •    Assessment of residues and surfaces involved to match proprietary cleaning products, tools, equipment, and methods to the specific types of soot and damaged/dirty materials
    •    Implementation of cleaning after the above matching procedure
    •    Disinfection of affected spaces using EPA-registered antimicrobials (especially important in wet areas)
    •    Deodorization assessment after debris removal and deep cleaning, followed by needed odor elimination techniques including the use of
    •    Ozone machines
    •    Hydroxyl generators
    •    Wet and thermal fogging technology

Repairs, Replacement, and Build Backs
The general contractor license SERVPRO holds permits, an integrated agenda of fire damage mitigation, remediation, restoration, and reconstruction phases. As we orchestrate this all under one management, we can work on phases of the overall project concurrently. Delays due to the unreasonable expectation that a second or third contractor can drop their other jobs and come to work at your commercial property are eliminated. Our management staff follows each project and is ready to schedule the next phase, steps, or tasks as anticipated.

Build a long-term and mutually advantageous partnership between your business and SERVPRO of Stockton for all your fire damage restoration and other disaster needs. Call us at your convenience at (209) 477-3090 to schedule an ERP assessment, and around the clock when an emergency strikes.

Why Is Moisture Testing an Important Part of Preventing Further Mold Damage?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

hand peeling wallpaper away from wall revealing mold on wall and back of wallpaper SERVPRO can detect hidden leaks which can lead to mold growth.

Stockton Homeowners Hoping Mold Damage Treatments Will Prevent Further Growth 

People living in Stockton know the importance of taking good care of their homes. Home upkeep makes for a better living environment, and it also boosts your house value if you decide to sell.  

Unfortunately, some home upkeep tasks seem never-ending, such as dealing with mold damage in Stockton homes. Anyone who tackles fungal growth in their home knows how easily it can grow back or appear in another part of the building.  

Why does mold come back so quickly? 

The mold you see consists of tiny tube-like cells called hyphae, which bond together to form a visible colony known as a mycelium. The mycelium releases new microscopic spores, which drift throughout your home on air currents or even carried on clothes, shoes, and pets. The spores can start a new colony anywhere that has: 

  • Moisture
  • Organic material for them to feed on
  • Darkness and the correct temperature 

What can I do to prevent new colonies from forming? 

The bad news is that you cannot wholly prevent new colonies from forming. Mold occurs in nature and can re-enter your home at any time.  

The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of fungal regrowth. One thing you can do is minimize moisture in the area – and SERVPRO can help you with that. 

How does moisture testing help?  

You cannot see always see moisture. You might notice a tell-tale sign such as water dripping from a leaky faucet or moisture stains on the wall. However, moisture can also gather behind baseboards, behind furniture, inside walls, or under carpets. 

Moisture testing reveals wet areas that are ripe for mold growth.  

How does SERVPRO test for moisture? 

We have several pieces of equipment to hand: 

  • Moisture sensors to test carpets, padding, and the floor underneath
  • Moisture meters to measure moisture levels in various materials
  • Thermo-hygrometers to measure air temperature and humidity levels
  • Thermal imaging cameras to capture infrared images inside building materials 

Once we have a clear idea of the moisture levels, we can devise a drying scheme to reduce them and make the area less inviting to mold spores

If you suspect mold damage in your house, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090.

Stockton How Soon Should I Call a Restoration Company after a Flood?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

interior flooded empty warehouse From Large Commercial Structures to Residential Homes in the Stockton area, Call SERVPRO for Floodwater Removal and Restoration

If your Home in Stockton Floods, You Should Call a Water Restoration Company Right Away

When homeowners think of flooding, they may imagine their Stockton homes carried away in a violent current and other houses and debris. Whereas such extreme circumstances do occur, more often than not, floodwaters enter your home in a less dramatic fashion. A broken window or a rise in water levels can invite polluted waters into your home, leaving behind microbes and undesirable residue. The only way to mitigate your loss is to call a professional team to restore your home.

In Stockton, you can delegate your flood damage restoration needs to our SERVPRO team. We serve homeowners in your area to return your life to normal as soon as possible. Safety is our primary concern, so we coordinate with local authorities as appropriate before entering your home. We also wear personal protective equipment and set up staging areas to prevent cross-contamination in your home. A 24/7 hotline call opens the door to our expertise and the best technology available in the industry.

What are the risks of floodwater in my home?

Most people think of floodwater in their homes in terms of a nuisance, but the dangers are grave. A significant volume of water can compromise your home's walls, and foundation and electrical hazards abound. Our SERVPRO crew relies on our Building and Reconstruction Services team (General Contractor License #: 937457) for advice on the integrity of your home, which helps keep everyone safe. Once we can enter your home, we concentrate on using clean water to begin the cleanup process and then extracting water, disinfecting and deodorizing your home. In the course of the process, you may see our team use items such as the following-

  • Truck-mounted pumps connected to local sewage lines
  • Dehumidifiers and air circulators for a speedier evaporation
  • Foggers to spray disinfecting solutions throughout your home

The restoration of your home after a flood is not simple. Place your trust in our team of SERVPRO of Stockton by calling us at (209) 477-3090 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Can I Repair Water Damage if it Has Been Getting Worse for a While?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Let us help you get your Stockton home back in shape after water damage.

SERVPRO Handles Water Damage Repair on All Levels – Let Us Repair and Restore Your Stockton Home.

Some water incidents may go unnoticed for a while, so you may not be able to address it until the damage has already taken hold. Should you suspect hidden water damage in your home, it is best to call professionals to find the source of the leak to get you a quick fix. If you have water damage that has been festering in your Stockton home for a while, the impact may be severe. The longer the moisture sits, the higher the chance of potentially dangerous mold growth. 

As a homeowner needing water damage repair in Stockton, you should know that SERVPRO is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. There are some unavoidable water loss situations, such as those that come from flooding or excessive rain during a storm. Some kinds of water damage could be avoided simply by performing regular checks, updating appliances that utilize water, and maintaining your plumbing. 

What Should I Do in the Event of a Sudden Water Emergency?

Until our Green Fleet arrives at your door, it is vital that you try to shut off the source's water supply. What this does is help keep water from flooding the impacted space. If you are unable to locate the exact point of entry for the water, you can look into shutting off water to your home.

Additional measures that you can take would include:

  • Opening windows to the affected area
  • Ventilating the space as much as possible to keep humidity levels low
  • If possible, seal off the incident zone from other spaces in your house – this can include shutting any doors and laying down a blanket or towel at the bottom of the doorway

How is the Damage Addressed?

Calling in the help of IICRC-certified technicians ensures that all water is promptly removed so that complete drying and dehumidification can begin. We work to restore rather than replace whenever possible, which will include any impacted structural materials and your belongings and furniture. We have water restoration technicians (WRT) that carefully assess each space, ensuring that no moisture is left unattended. If necessary, we perform what is known as controlled demolition so that areas are addressed and finished off to bring the space back to preloss condition. 

Controlled Demolition to the Rescue

Suffering water damage in your home that has been left to fester never means a total loss. SERVPRO of Stockton can handle the damage and work on rebuilding the impacted area. Under General Contractor License #937457, we have the qualifications and skills to ensure your home is left "Like it never even happened."

A sampling of the rebuilding services that we can cover includes:

  • Drywall removal and installation
  • Repair of hardwood, marble, tile, and linoleum flooring
  • HVAC services
  • Insulation removal and replacement
  • Painting
  • Carpet repair and installation, and more

What Drying Methods Does SERVPRO Use?

Depending on the type of water incident, you may have water that migrated under your baseboards or behind your walls. We use techniques for advanced structural drying (ASD) with each water restoration project. Our trucks are filled with a variety of tools and equipment that allow us to execute rapid drying to achieve our goals, including:

  • Industrial fans and centrifugal air movers
  • Drying mats for properly drying a variety of flooring materials
  • Moisture sensors, moisture detection tools, and thermal imaging cameras
  • Our Injectidry system, which allows us to handle moisture behind walls and in small spaces

Is it Possible to Avoid Water Emergencies in the Future?

There are several things that Stockton homeowners like yourself can do moving forward to help limit the potential for water incidents, such as:

  • Updating appliances like dishwashers or water heaters to avoid breakdown
  • Regular inspection and maintenance 
  • Being mindful and not leaving the water running for extended periods
  • Taking notice of a sudden rise in your water bills
  • Paying attention to lowered water pressure when taking showers or washing dishes
  • Investigating any discoloration on ceilings or walls, as well as unpleasant or musty odors

It is best to remember not to panic when you have a water emergency in your home. Be careful when moving near standing water in your home to avoid slip and fall or electrical hazards. Once you call SERVPRO, we will have a team at your property within hours to start the initial assessment. We work fast to limit the loss as well as inhibit mold growth to avoid potential health effects. Everything is wrapped up and thoroughly sanitized and cleaned so that you can enjoy your home once again.

Do you need help with water damage repair? Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090, and we have crews available for emergency water cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO Can Scope Your Diner and Remediate Smoke Damage in Most Cases.

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire" We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Scope Your Diner and Remediate Smoke Damage in Most Cases.

Who doesn’t love old fashion diner meals? Stockton residents sure do. From the Black Bear Diner to the Old Town Diner, you can find something to please every palate. But a kitchen fire can put everyone’s favorite restaurant out of business for an unknown period. 

 Can the Vinyl Covering on My Booths be Cleaned?

 A kitchen fire is always a risk in any eatery. Thankfully in commercial buildings, they are usually contained relatively quickly. But that doesn’t prevent smoke and soot from spreading throughout the restaurant. You have put a lot into maintaining the fun retro look of your diner, and you don’t want to give that up if you don’t have too. SERVPRO can provide fire damage services in Stockton that can leave your diner, “Like it never even happened.” In most cases, we can restore your retro booths. There are several components to these booths, including:

  •   Vinyl booth covering – Wet chemicals can be used to clean the booth seating area as vinyl resists water. Our technicians use a specialized chemical to clean this kind of surface. 
  •   Formica tabletops – Formica countertops and tabletops can be wiped off with dry cleaners and wet ones if the damage is severe enough. 
  •   Metal fixtures – wet cleaning is often recommended for metal.

Kitchen Fires are Unique

There are several types of smoke residue. When there is a kitchen fire, it usually involves food and grease, and the result is protein residue. This can be challenging to mitigate, but our technicians are trained to examine the smoke film to determine precisely what restoration steps are needed. The key is immediate fire damage mitigation. Your diner content such as your dishes, shelving, stove, and countertops get covered in soot fast. If left sit for very long, some discoloration can occur. 

If you need fire damage restoration for your business, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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My Plumbing Above The Ceiling In My Stockton Home Leaked – How Do I Know How Bad the Damage Is?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on flooring Working with plumbing between floor levels can be challenging.

SERVPRO Can Provide a Detailed Assessment of Water Damage Caused by Leaks in Your Stockton Home

The average Stockton residence loses approximately 14% of the water that comes into the home through leaks. It can add up to hundreds of dollars in water bills.  Leaks and drips can also cause hidden damage that can slowly destroy ceilings, walls, and structural components. Early mitigation is a must to prevent secondary damage from occurring.

The Plumbing is Between Floors – How is That Handled?

One of the first things our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians do on arrival is to conduct a scope of the situation. This inspection allows them to determine what has happened and what equipment and methods are necessary. When considering water restoration companies in Stockton, SERVPRO is an excellent choice when mitigating water damage.

Determining the Damage

Whenever you have plumbing between the ceiling and upper-level, water leaks can cause extensive damage. Our teams are fast to respond and provide emergency water mitigation to prevent further loss and protect non-affected areas. There are several components to the scope that can help determine the damage. This includes:
    •    Material Affected – We locate the affected material and test for moisture content with surface moisture sensors. Probing meters can determine the area of the leak. The smaller the area of water content, the less controlled demolition is needed to repair the problem.
    •    Water Migration - By examining the moisture content thoroughly, water migration is tracked. This tells us what structural components are involved, even if there is no immediate sign of water damage.
    •    Replacement Needed – The crew looks for irreparable damage. These are portions of the wall or ceiling that need replacing. Ceiling tiles are a good example. It’s typically more cost-effective to replace them.

Working with plumbing between floor levels can be challenging. SERVPRO techs have the advanced technology and experience to restore your home, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for one of the most professional water restoration companies around.

What Can I Expect from Professional Water Removal in My Stockton Retail Store?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a burst copper pipe Leaking water could cause slips and falls in your store and this could lead to more trouble for you and your store. Contact SERVPRO today.

Count on Clear Communication and Diligent Work from the Stockton SERVPRO Team When You Need Safe and Efficient Water Removal Services at Your Retail Establishment

Most everyone has experienced a minor water issue and come out the other side a little wetter but wiser. But when a supply pipe for an entire strip mall ruptures in the hallway outside of your Stockton shop, you have a severe water catastrophe on your hands. A few towels and some grunt work with a bucket and mop cannot make thousands of gallons of water disappear. You need help from a local company with scalable water removal resources.

Where Do I Even Start When My Whole Store Is Nearly Underwater?

Start by calling a reputable water removal service to facilitate water removal from your Stockton retail store. A water crisis of this severity needs professional inspection and intervention. The sooner you welcome trained and well-equipped technicians to your shop, the better for the most successful outcome. The quantity of water involved is considerable, and you need commercial-grade equipment along with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained operators. Building management or cleaning crews you regularly contract with will be overwhelmed with the damage and cannot help avert the severity of the potential long-term damage.

What Do Professionals Need to Inspect? The Water Is Everywhere And Obvious to Anyone--What Needs Assessment?

The first phase and following stages of a commercial water removal project are laid out for our IICRC-trained SERVPRO team as follows:

  • Provide for the health and safety of technicians and occupants
  • Document conditions and work procedures
  • Mitigation
  • Drying
  • Cleaning and repair

Ensuring the safety of property occupants and technicians is essential. The time we take to note the conditions and plan the project is time well spent. It holds you, your employees, and your customers safe and ensures we prepare for every contingency, removing water in all its forms wherever it migrates. Leaving any water behind exposes your store and its contents to progressive deterioration and the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth?

What Things Do Professionals Seek to Identify in a Safety Assessment?

Water, especially standing or moving water contained in your store’s space after a massive pipe rupture presents many dangers. Professionals are vigilant not only for the inconveniences and disruption water removal in your retail store can cause but also against risks that can injure individuals or are even deadly:

  • Water can cause slip, trip, and fall incidents
  • Water collected in confined spaces and hidden recesses must be removed, but the effort can be dangerous and precise planning can avert harm
  • Water increases the conductivity of electricity and can shock or even electrocute 
  • Water breaks down highly permeable materials, and that disintegration can expose biohazards such as asbestos and lead
  • Water, even if it starts as relatively clean, picks up and supports the multiplication of contaminants over time, including molds and pathogens
  • Water collects in building cavities, eventually causing a structural collapse that can cause injury and destroy contents

How Do Disaster Company Crews Control the Safety Issues Posed by Water Damage in a Commercial Space?

Our capacity to meet your retail water removal needs is scalable. As we work through the initial plan, adaptations make it move responsive to your situation. We use commercial grade water removal equipment, positioning submersible pumps at the onset. We have multiple truck-mounted extractors available, each able to lift and move 36,000 gallons of water a day. Removal also requires:

  • Scoping for trapped water with infrared imaging, moisture detectors, and moisture meters
  • Careful removal of the hidden fluids to avoid structural collapse and ensure no moisture remains, which can involve controlled demolition:
    • Holes drilled or cut in drywall or mortar joints (cinder block construction) to release fluids
    • Weep holes punched in bulging paint or wallpaper, or ceiling tiles before their removal 
    • Flood cuts made parallel to the floor and several inches above the waterline

Note: the above controlled demolition aids in effective drying as well

  • Containment of contaminated water and disposal as required by local laws
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Drying of excess moisture-containing spaces, including confined cavities, using scalable numbers of:
    • Air movers
    • Heaters
    • Dehumidifiers -- evaporative or desiccant types, or both

If the Water Removal Efforts Alters Structures, Who Can Repair the Damage?

Our construction division helps perform the controlled demolition appropriately. We also have all the skills and tools to build back damaged materials “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Stockton is ready to assist commercial customers with water removal needs fast after catastrophic events. Please call us at (209) 477-3090 to schedule a prompt assessment and plan to get your store back to business.

What Do I Do When the San Joaquin River Floods My Home?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood" Flooding quickly causes water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Call SERVPRO of Stockton For Fast and Effective Flood Damage Remediation! 

A severe storm passing through Stockton could cause significant issues for anyone who lives adjacent to the San Joaquin River. As rain falls into the river and overfills the basin, homes in the immediate area are liable to flood. Flooding can cause damage to your home, including water-based losses and mold damages. 

The best thing you can do for your Stockton home if it suffers flood damage is to immediately reach out for help. Getting help right away can mean the difference between a water cleanup, and a deeper remediation requiring days of drying time. Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicated to helping you when you need it. 

If the Area Around my Home is Experiencing Flooding, How Can You Help Me? 

Our SERVPRO techs are dedicated to arriving as quickly as possible. However, obstacles can slow us down or get in the way. Even so, our technicians can still come to your home as quickly as we can, and we can take certain measures to avoid obstacles, such as: 

  • Driving pre-packed vans, so we can go as soon as we get your call
  • Avoiding roads with heavy traffic and flooded roadways
  • Using GPS software to ensure we take the quickest and safest route to your home 

Flooding may slow us down, but we always commit to getting to your home as swiftly as possible during an emergency. 

What if a Significant Portion of the Lower Level of my Home is Flooded? 

Our SERVPRO technicians can handle water-losses large and small. If your home has a large volume of water inside, we can: 

  • Use truck-mounted extractors, to remove the floodwater as soon as possible and then drain it elsewhere
  • Use extractors to reduce moisture on fabric-based materials such as carpets, drapes, and furniture
  • Use portable submersible pumps to remove significant volumes of water from one area 

Our technicians are talented and have the foundations to approach any flood-scenario. When it comes to your home, we always strive to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened." 

If your home needs flood remediation, get help today! Call (209) 477-3090 to speak with SERVPRO of Stockton. No matter when you need our help, we're ready. 

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How Is Water Restoration of My Stockton Home Different from Water Mitigation or Water Remediation?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

A white room with water on the wood flooring. No matter how the water got in, SERVPRO can help you get it out. Call us today!

The Full-Spectrum of Services Offered by SERVPRO to Local Homeowners Starts at Assessment and Ends with Your Stockton Water Damage Restored “Like it never even happened.”

A water loss in your Stockton home disrupts everything. Floors are slick, walls sometimes ”sweat,” ceilings can bulge, and an unpleasant and worrisome smell takes hold over a day or two if a response is lacking. The cause can be a burst pipe, a malfunctioning appliance, a poorly caulked tub, or a neglected gutter and downspout system, among dozens of other catastrophes a home can endure. An immediate response is critical because water begins damaging structural components and contents within minutes to hours, and the harm is progressive and cumulative.

Are There Best Practices Standards for Water Restoration?

When your Stockton home needs water restoration, experts suggest hiring a firm certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC develops international standards for the mitigation, remediation, and restoration of a broad range of household disasters. Mitigation is defined as the halting of water damage. Remediation involves cleanup and attempts to bring structures and contents back to preloss condition. Restoration can include the build-back of severely damaged structures. Each of the underlying standards is based on research, proven by successful outcomes achieved by legions of trained and certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). Our crews are among the most highly qualified water damage restorers available.

What Difference Do Our Trained Technicians Make?

One of the most frustrating aspects of water damage is the difficulty of determining where all the moisture migrated. Because of our training and experience, we know that water often appears to disappear while it has crept through cracks and crevices, and wicked into highly permeable or porous materials. The SERVPRO team realizes that unless the water is traced and tracked, damage continues to accelerate, although perhaps unseen. Eventually, some or all of the following occur if we do not locate and remove the moisture:

  • Wood framing swells, distorts, and weakens as the structure breaks down.
  • Metal supports and fasteners tarnish and fail in their original purpose.
  • Insulation packs down and loses its ability to maintain consistency in temperature.
  • Hardwood and subfloors absorb water and warp -- cupping, crowning, and even buckling (coming loose).
  • Drywall crumbles and lath and plaster breaks down.
  • Mold spores in the atmosphere or on surfaces absorb water. They then use organic surfaces (wood, drywall) as a food source and incubator for multiplication as the organisms form destructive colonies.

How Do WRT-Certified Experts Find the Moisture?

The project manager first conducts a visual inspection, looking for evidence of water incursion that can be seen with the naked eye. Bulging ceilings or peeling paint on walls signal pooled-up water and potential safety hazards if the structures collapse. “Rolling” planks or strips of hardwood flooring indicate a wet subfloor, as do displaced ceramic or other tiles. Cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom might have doors that stick or shelves that pull away because of absorbed water and the subsequent swelling. We cannot rely solely on these signs, so we also employ tools to find and quantify the hidden and trapped water:

  • Moisture detectors  
  • Moisture meters 
  • Infrared imaging 

What Helps Release Hidden Water and Dry Out Wet Building Cavities?

If the water, standing or absorbed, is challenging to reach with conventional pumps and extractors, we consider controlled demolition techniques to access the fluids. Strategies include drilled holes, removal of beadboard and paneling, or flood cuts, where wall sections are sawed parallel to the floor several inches above the waterline. We suction liquid water with extractors, using wand extensions or hoses inserted into holes to reach into recesses. When we move on to the drying phase, we direct warm dry, pushing air into the cavities to enhance evaporation so that our dehumidifiers can capture the water vapor for disposal.    

Now That My House Has Holes and Missing Walls Do I need to Hire a General Contractor?

Our construction division can manage any repairs, replacements, and rebuilding needed to complete the restoration. Streamlining all aspects of a water restoration through one licensed and certified company saves time and expense and reduces stress for you, the homeowner.

Be confident when you engage SERVPRO of Stockton for your water restoration project. We have the capacity and capability to take on everything needed from assessment through rebuilding, ensuring your home is back to preloss condition. Contact us day or night at (209) 477-3090 and receive our professional wrap-around services.

How Long Will Flood Water Cleanup Disrupt My Stockton Household?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with washer and dryer Take precautions when facing flooding in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Mitigation Helps Restore Your Stockton Interior Faster Than DIY Methods Alone

Unpredictable weather, flash flooding, and high winds can be detrimental to your Stockton home. If you get left with floodwaters throughout one or more rooms of your home, you need to act fast to ensure secondary damage does not take hold. SERVPRO works quickly to lessen the devastation and cost, and help you return to your routine sooner. We are available 24 hours a day with crews on standby to get the prompt action that you deserve.

What is the Recovery Time Like After Flooding?

The great thing about calling in the help of skilled technicians for assistance with flood damage in Stockton is that you get fast response and efficient results. SERVPRO features a team of IICRC-certified technicians that have been through extensive training and uses all of the latest techniques to handle any size water loss event. Our crew chief comes out to your property in as little as a few hours or less after your call to begin the assessment and planning for fast cleanup and restoration.

Why is Flood Water Considered Dangerous?

Whenever you experience a storm that results in high levels of flooding in Stockton, the water that comes into your home may contain:

  •   Mud, silt, and other debris
  •   Chemicals or fuel
  •   Fecal matter and high levels of bacteria

Homeowners have the tough decision to make whether to attempt cleanup with DIY methods or calling in the help of expert technicians. However, DIY plans alone using consumer products and equipment take longer, and you run the risk of leaving moisture and potentially harmful contaminants behind. When SERVPRO is on the job, we come equipped to handle flooding situations with an extensive selection of tools, such as:

  •   Extraction Tools & Pumps
  •   Industrial-Strength Fans & Centrifugal Air Movers
  •   Professional-Grade Dehumidification Equipment
  •   EPA-Registered Disinfectants & Cleaning Agents

The higher the humidity within the loss zone and your interior, the longer the drying times will be. We use a specialized formula that allows us to monitor the relative humidity within your home, and we adjust all of our equipment accordingly. The temperature within the space impacts the ability to extract water from materials as well as the capacity of the air to hold moisture. Our skilled technicians understand all of the best practices for manipulating both humidity levels and temperatures to create an environment that allows us to achieve our drying goals.

For any water loss event, we pay close attention to the critical factors of drying:

  •   Humidity – we must lower the humidity ratio within your home to lower vapor pressure. This allows water to evaporate more rapidly as long as the air located above the saturated materials has lower pressure.
  •   Airflow – while the water is evaporating from various materials, the air in the boundary layer above it becomes saturated and cool. Targeted airflow disrupts this boundary layer to increase the evaporation rate with warmer, drier air.
  •   Temperature – it is vital to increase material temperatures. Doing so helps increase energy within the trapped water molecules, thus increasing evaporation rates.

Will Flood Mitigation Efforts Be Safe?

SERVPRO always works carefully to ensure a safe working environment for our technicians and anyone else in the home. We take the time to look for potential hazards in and around the affected area, such as:

  •   Slip and fall hazards due to standing water on floors or subflooring that has begun to deteriorate
  •   Electrical dangers and the potential for shock due to water intrusion 
  •   Hazards overhead, including saturated ceilings that could collapse
  •   Contamination within the floodwater itself
  •   Hazards due to inadequate lighting in the flood-loss zone
  •   Safety concerns for bystanders or occupants during the mitigation and restoration process

Why is Time an Issue with Flood Damage?

The longer that water intrusion is left to dwell within your living space, the higher the chance the microbial growth sets in. Microbes are present within all water damage situations and can grow at an exponential rate given the right environment. Clean water situations can turn into gray water situations within days. With a floodwater event that includes contaminated water, the need for immediate action becomes amplified. The potential health hazards from microbes come about when they enter the human body by way of:

  •   Breathing them into your lungs
  •   Ingesting them
  •   Absorption into the skin

The longer that the floodwater is left to fester, the more the health risks increase. Our crews work fast while wearing all of the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure our safety while ensuring that contaminants do not get tracked from one zone to the next.

When you call SERVPRO of Stockton to help with flood damage after a storm, you can trust that we get to work quickly and follow best practices to ensure quality results. To have a crew deployed to your property 24/7, call us at (209) 477-3090.

What Does Water Mitigation Look Like After My Showroom Experiences Damage in Stockton?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

store owner standing in a pool of water Don't think twice about who to call for the water damage in your Stockton business. SERVPRO is the company to keep you running.

SERVPRO Uses Restoration Industry Best Practices to Achieve Water Mitigation in Your Wet Stockton Business

You hear a lot of words and comments bandied about after your Stockton retail center experiences water loss due to a pipe break. Until you need water disaster help, there was little reason to consider what the many steps back to normal might entail from professional disaster recovery firms. At the onset of the overarching project, just after a safety assessment, efforts taken to mitigate the loss commence.

What Is Water Mitigation?

Mitigation of your Stockton water damage is a simple concept that can entail a lot of moving parts. To mitigate is to halt, so when we discuss mitigation options with you, we concentrate on strategies that stop the water damage from progressing further. In your showroom that might include some or all of the following:

  • Shutting off the main water line
  • Moving inventory to a dry space in your commercial building
  • Disconnecting equipment and raising it and hard to move inventory up on blocks
  • A full or partial pack-out of inventory and equipment

How Can SERVPRO Mitigate Damage that Cannot Be Packed or Moved?

The structure and many fixtures of your business are stuck in the middle of the water loss. Permitting the water to continue to soak into these materials promotes deterioration, the antithesis of mitigation. The answer is employing our cache of state of the art water mitigation equipment to prevent more water damage while the wet materials remain in place. Our technicians, tools, and powerful equipment remove the water and prevents spread through:

  • Erection of water baffles and barriers
  • Use of wanded extraction to limit soaking of wall to wall carpeting, followed by weighted extraction
  • Release of water from building cavities using planned cuts and holes
  • Pumping and extraction of standing water
  • Structural drying

Place your confidence in the people and equipment of SERVPRO of Stockton. Skilled mitigation followed by remediation and restoration of all types of commercial water damage is just a phone call away--(209) 477-3090.

What is the Safest Way to Repair my Home After a Storm?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Let us help you get your Stockton home back in order after a devastation.

SERVPRO is a Qualified Flood Damage Restorer for Storm and Water-related Property Losses.

Can storms lead to a full-building collapse?

It is rare to experience storms and floods that are powerful enough to cause property collapse here in Stockton. For a building to collapse, there needs to be significant structural harm to a property, which is unlikely to occur when winds remain below ninety miles per hour. However, a storm flood can shift ground at the foundation of your home or exert significant pressure onto the walls and ceilings. Without timely intervention, these factors can weaken a property to the point that it may collapse. Use SERVPRO to ensure your property recovers.

Where am I most likely to find property damage after a storm?

You may experience flood damage in the lower regions of your Stockton home. Flooding commonly occurs during storms due to groundwater swells, dam busts, or coastal overflow. Strong winds may also cause harm to your roofing structure by blowing off tiles or guttering. The final places you are likely to find damages are windows or doorways, which can break under the pressure of rushing water or high winds. SERVPRO restorers can mitigate these losses while you organize remodeling or re-installation of the core structure.

What should I do when water intrudes into my home?

- Keep out of contact with floodwaters which may have contamination

- Evacuate the property bringing with you only essential items

- Contact your insurer to inform them of your situation

- Bring in professional restorers to mitigate losses

How can I dry out a flooded property?

Removing excess water using water extractors or pumping equipment is the first step toward drying your property. Extractors can be up to 900 times more effective at drying a property than dehumidifiers. Once excess moisture is gone, you can begin to dry the structure. Crucial to drying is to provide ample airflow, temperature, and dehumidification

To manage property losses following a storm, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090.

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The Right Way to Handle Water Damage in Your Stockton Residence

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of man in water Handle your water damage properly and call SERVPRO today.

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.”

Professionals in Stockton Give Fire Prevention Tips

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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.

What Equipment Does Best Clean Up for Floodwater?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Calling SERVPRO for Flood Damage Ensures Your Stockton Home is Cleaned Quickly with Professional-Grade Equipment

Even if you try to be prepared for a flood, this is an emergency that leaves you stressed and confused. Knowing that you have a team of Stockton area professionals on your side to address your needs gives you peace of mind. Instead of trying to carry the burden of floodwater removal on your own, our trained technicians at SERVPRO come to the rescue with the latest technology and careful planning to execute the job. When all is complete, your interior ends up, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do You Begin the Loss Assessment?

We must have a total understanding of the flood damage in Stockton so that our crew can formulate a detailed plan for action. Our team works with you to determine the level of damage and conditions that may have been pre-existing. This thorough evaluation helps us streamline the cleanup and drying approach so that restoration efforts get focused on any contents or materials directly impacted by the water loss.

Why Call SERVPRO for Help?

We use tried-and-true methods for flood restoration. Everything we do to streamline recovery helps to save both time and money for our customers. Additionally, we work hard to reduce potential harm from microbial threats and the onset of mildew and mold. We also bring air movers, dehumidifiers, and other equipment to each water loss job to make everything go faster.

Is the Floodwater in My Home Dangerous?

Floodwaters bring a broad range of potential contaminants into your home that must be addressed with care and professional cleaning agents. Debris, silt, bacteria, and chemicals barely scratch the surface of what could be contained in the water flooding into your home. Our team works quickly to block off the flood loss to keep water from migrating as we begin the cleanup process.

• Powerful pump extractors mounted on our trucks allow us to pull up hundreds of gallons of water, including small debris.
• We treat the flood-loss zone using EPA-registered agents that lessen the potential of harmful contaminants spreading throughout the home.
• All of our crew wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for both our safety and to keep from tracking contamination from one room to the next as we work.

What are Air Movers and How Do They Work?

One of the most productive tools that we use for water loss projects is our air mover technology. These are high-velocity, centrifugal fans that optimize airflow, which then speeds up drying times in conjunction with our formula for appropriate humidity levels and temperatures in the loss zone.

Understanding Centrifugal Air Movers

Our inventory of equipment at SERVPRO includes hundreds of recovery tools, fans, and more. The centrifugal air movers produce concentrated air blasts that our team directs to specific points within the loss zone. Options include:

• Axial air movers: Great for use in open spaces, these air movers put out an immense amount of air. This helps to boost airflow throughout the impacted area while increasing evaporation. We often place these at exit points to help channel the moist air outside by way of negative airflow.
• Low-profile air movers: These low-profile models allow our crew to reach tight or challenging spaces that might be difficult to dry. We use these air movers for drying using carpet floating methods, and we also have several snout attachments that we can change out depending on the situation.

Can I Use My Dehumidifier?

We have industrial-strength desiccant dehumidifiers that we use in tandem with our fans and air movers to create the ultimate environment. Our unique formula for drying tells us how many fans and dehumidifiers to set up within the loss zone to amplify drying while also addressing the relative humidity levels.

What is a Controlled Demolition?

Materials impacted by harmful floodwaters must be removed and replaced to ensure safety and structural integrity. Drywall is porous, so our team uses flood cuts several inches above the waterline to remove all saturated materials. This also allows us to position our air movers to complete wall cavity drying, thus ensuring no hidden moisture gets left behind.

For cleaning up during the last phases of the project, our skilled technicians address residue and soil removal by wiping down all surfaces and cleaning any contents exposed to the standing water. We also remove and replace floodwater-saturated carpets and then deodorize your interior. Our Green Fleet carries a range of products and tools that facilitate easy cleanup and neutralization of foul odors, including ozone machines and thermal foggers.

Flood damage is no match for our trained team at SERVPRO of Stockton. To have a crew deployed to your location 24/7 for emergency assessment, call us at (209) 477-3090.

How Do I Protect My Merchandise After A Water Leak At My Stockton Vintage Consignment Shop?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

An old scale on a counter with old pots on a shelf. Don't let water distruct your treasures, let SERVPRO help.

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Merchandise to a Secure Offsite Storage Facility

A water leak can spell destruction for any business in Stockton. Not only do you have the unwanted expense of cleaning up the mess, but you may also face the loss of merchandise and not operating your business while you tend to the damage. The professionals at SERVPRO understand the importance of keeping your business running and are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Part of this is removing any affected merchandise to our offsite facility where technicians dry and clean your items before returning them to your store.

Why Does SERVPRO Take the Items Offsite?

Dealing with commercial water removal in Stockton means that your merchandise may be impacted. Luckily, your business sells vintage items that are not necessarily new with tags, so your things have a better chance of restoration over brand new items. Technicians can use specialized cleaning equipment and products to restore your items offsite. Having your valuable merchandise offsite also allows technicians to complete work on-site without worrying about further damage. 

While My Merchandise is Offsite, What Do Technicians Do Onsite?

  • They dry the interior of your business through the use of air movers and dehumidification equipment. 
  • They extract excess water with portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment.
  • They work with your landlord to repair any structural damage in the walls, ceiling, or flooring. 

If you are concerned about the security of your items, technicians keep items inventoried every step of the way from moving them out to moving them back in, ensuring their safe return. They also identify important rush items to get back to you as quickly as possible. Our goal is to restore your business to preloss condition as soon as possible. 

For assistance, contact SERVPRO of Stockton (General Contractor: 937457) at (209) 477-3090.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Stockton, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Stockton today at (209) 477-3090 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventative Cleaning for Essential Businesses that Remain Open in Stockton, California

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

technician mopping a hardsurfaced floor in a lobby SERVPRO works hard to clean and then apply disinfectants to your Stockton business

SERVPRO of Stockton Helps Fellow Essential Businesses

Even with the "stay at home" and business closure orders by California's governor, grocery stores and other essential businesses that are open in California, Stockton, and our vicinity. These locations need to step up their preventative cleaning measures in order to protect their employees and customers.

Consider having SERVPRO of Stockton perform periodic or scheduled cleaning.

We are able to offer Stockton stores with a deep cleaning and/or the application of disinfectants on high-touch surfaces and we are able to help establish and participate in scheduled preventative cleaning during certain times and on particular days that meet your specific requirements.  

Businesses that are closed or have restricted hours can take advantage of after-hours cleaning.

SERVPRO of Stockton is flexible in the timing of periodic deep cleaning and disinfecting applications. We can use your "down-time" to do advanced cleaning. We have powerful equipment and our team members follow guidelines from the CDC and EPA. While we perform this work at open establishments it is more convenient to do much of it while the business is closed.  

-    Experienced in environmental and biohazard cleanup
-    Trained and Certified in several specialty cleaning disciplines
-    Part of the Stockton Community since 1968

SERVPRO of Stockton can help stop the spread of pathogens with preventative cleaning at your business location. Oh, yes we do work residential work too. To discuss your needs, to answer your questions, to establish a defensive cleaning strategy, please call today,

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Whom do I Call After a Flash Flood Damages my Stockton Home?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Stockton Residents Should Call SERVPRO for Our Professional Advice Regarding Flood Damage

California cities experience natural events continuously. In between winds, fires, and floodings, property owners need to identify resources to help them cope in times of crisis. Relying on your efforts may be insufficient when protecting your home from future consequences, which is why a professional restoration service is your best option after disaster strikes.

In Stockton, homeowners with flood damage can call SERVPRO to alleviate the impact. Anyone who experiences floodwater in their home can attest to the severity of the issue. Microorganisms, debris, and biohazard materials can all make their way into your home. Professional assistance from a water remediation team is essential to mitigating your loss.

Do I need to disinfect my home after flash flooding?

Floodwaters are different from the water that leaks from a faucet. Typically, floodwaters have a high concentration of bacteria which can set up house in your home and multiply rapidly. Your water restoration process must include sanitizing and disinfection to avoid the proliferation of microorganisms. Our SERVPRO team incorporates those steps as they are essential to a successful job. When our crew arrives wearing its personal protective equipment, we assess the scope of the damage and outline each step to achieve restoration. Water extraction, drying, sanitizing, and disinfecting are building blocks in protecting your home.

Some disinfecting methods available to our SERVPRO crew may include the following-

  • Thermal foggers- this equipment lets us saturate your home with disinfectant and create a fog that penetrates hard to reach corners and personal belongings.
  • Ultra-low volume foggers- these foggers can be portable and disinfect the air in your home before falling onto your furniture and other surfaces. They can be quicker than other techniques.
  • Anti-bacterial solutions- we apply these solutions by following guidelines established by the EPA and recommended use by their manufacturers. Disinfecting solutions can be beneficial when treating surfaces directly.

SERVPRO of Stockton is at your service when your home needs it. Call us at (209) 477-3090 as soon as it is safe to reenter and let us use our knowledge and expertise for you. Our objective is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Why Is Immediate Professional Response to Water Damage in My Business Property Important?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Your Local SERVPRO Commits to Prompt and Professional Water Loss Restoration for Our Stockton Businesses

No matter how water invaded your commercial property in Stockton, you have a very tight timeframe within which to respond. Failure to do so exposes not only your building but also your business to the risk of permanent destruction. The harm to your physical property can be mitigated and remediated, perhaps at a more considerable expense, after a delay. An overarching concern is that your company and brand can disappear if the recovery time is prolonged or postponed regardless of the hard work and capital you invested in building your business.

What Are Examples of Secondary Damage When Restoration Is Absent or Slowed?

If Stockton businesses suffering commercial water damage wait to seek assistance after a water emergency, a wide range of complications can begin to take hold. Even in circumstances where the water entering the building from the event is clean and designated as  Category 1, the potential for contamination of the fluids is significant as the minutes, hours, and days pass. For example, if a supply line breaks and floods your warehouse with treated, potable water, within a short period, the dust, dirt, organisms, and contents now soaked or submerged mix in and leach into and begin to transform the fluids to Category 2 or 3. Secondary damage includes:

  • The disintegration of structural components such as drywall, ceiling tiles, laminate flooring
  • The weakening of supportive structural elements such as wood framing, struts, subfloors, metal fasteners, and more
  • Acceleration of mold and mildew growth and resultant erosion of organic surfaces the fungal infestations both live on and consume
  • The proliferation of other pathogens, particularly if the water fills trash or sharps containers in bathrooms, or if the flooding impairs the drainage of sewage or other waste

How Do You Select a Water Damage Restoration Firm that Can Handle a Significant Commercial Scenario?

SERVPRO stands out as a large water loss recovery industry leader in our region. Our managers and technicians responded when areas far from our community needed skilled and well-equipped crews because of storms and other natural disasters. We bring this ability to scale up our response to the vital and valued businesses in our neighborhoods, commerce centers, and industrial parks.

What Do You Look for in a Commercial Water Damage Restoration Company?

Is There a Dedicated Emergency Response Division?

A water emergency does not respect traditional business hours, bursting into a full-fledged catastrophe morning, noon, night, or the wee hours. Our team responds 24/7 and is well-qualified to commence emergency security and safety tasks and speedy water mitigation and remediation, rolling appropriate equipment off our fully-stocked service vehicles.

What Kind of Training Should I Expect the Workers to Have?

It is essential that the company you hire is licensed, insured, and certified to provide the water damage restoration services needed. Our employees complete rigorous coursework and follow up with periodic refreshers and advanced training from the

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standard’s development organization.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Local Company?

A crucial part of any viable business plan is developing mindful collaborative partnerships with stable restoration service providers in the same community. A proven track record and genuine understanding of the challenges businesses face in an area earns our team the confidence of the region’s business leaders. Unlike itinerant contractors who are here today and disappear tomorrow, SERVPRO has a long history and involvement with commercial endeavors in the northern San Joaquin Valley. We are ready to help with current water damage issues and pledge to be a resource in the future.

What Are the Advantages of the Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP)?

Work with our experienced project managers to develop an individualized Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) long before any water or other damage occurs. The ERP involves an in-depth assessment of the risks in your commercial building, resulting in a well-reasoned proactive protocol our crews follow if water damage strikes. We make recommendations that minimize exposure of your property to devastating damage when an emergency presents. You can use our mobile app to add details that help us understand your operations. You can designate our company as your chosen restoration firm, and appoint individuals to act on your behalf if you cannot be on-site when a crisis happens. 

Premier commercial water damage restoration is a priority of SERVPRO of Stockton. Our community does better when businesses operate robustly and recover from adversity quickly. Call (209) 477-3090 for a prompt assessment and design of a practical plan.

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Some Warning Signs of Stockton Water Damage Issues

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

woman holding bucket to catch water dripping from ceiling Don't let water damage affect your home. Contact team SERVPRO right away when facing such an emergency.

Water Removal and Water Extraction Services in Stockton

Most homeowners do not have a backup plan in case of an emergency. In case of a sump pump failure, broken pipe, or leaking faucet, what should you do? If you encounter a water emergency in Stockton, taking an immediate action to start the water extraction process is essential to mitigate damage.

SERVPRO has provided water removal services in Stockton and surrounding areas for many years. We provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week services, and we offer a fast response of 4 hours. We have the equipment and a trained team of technicians to remove the water, clean and dry your home. It only takes a few water inches to damage your home; the prompt services provided by SERVPRO can help you reduce the harmful water damage effects. Materials in your home can be damaged by the water that touches them or moisture in the air. Ergo, controlling temperature in your home, and using drying equipment can help in controlling humidity levels.

Initially, SERVPRO techs assess the damage and prepare a mitigation plan. Depending on the source of water, we start by removing the water and any debris in your living room, kitchen, etc. The next step entails removing your carpet flooring and other items damaged beyond repair. We embark on removing excess water from your drywall, floor, and walls. Our techs rely on moisture sensors and meters to detect moisture in carpets and padding. We also use thermo-hygrometers to measure relative humidity and temperature of air masses in your home. In case the specific humidity in your home does not match the acceptable indoor range, we can use dehumidifiers, among other devices, to remove excess moisture. Mopping up excess water and opening doors and windows is not the right approach. Instead, relying on a professional company that has a state of the art equipment to deal with such disasters is the best option.

Call SERVPRO of Stockton for water removal services at (209) 477 – 3090. We proudly serve Stockton, Lincoln Village, Ortega, and nearby areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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How Can I Get Water Removed After a Flood in Stockton?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room in a home Whether the flooding comes from an inside or outside source, team SERVPRO has you covered. Contact our certified technicians right away.

Call Your Local SERVPRO After Flood Damage in Your Stockton Home

Experiencing flood damage is a traumatic event, and effective water removal is a pivotal part of controlling and eliminating trauma. Having a plan is essential, and that plan must cover every aspect of water removal.

What Will the Water Removal Plan Initially Address?

o Establish a worksite

o Set up a staging area

o Initiate procedures to remove contaminated water

How Is Water Removed?

o Submersible pumps for standing water

o Extractors for flooring and carpets

o Vacuum hose for HVAC system if necessary

What Issues Are Addressed During Water Removal Planning?

SERVPRO professionals understand  the importance of being organized and establishing a plan for flood damage remediation in Stockton. The plan starts with setting up a safe staging area, followed by an explanation of the procedures to remove standing water that may be contaminated. Steps are also taken to make sure contaminants do not spread to other parts of the structure.

How is Water Removal Typically Accomplished?

Extraction and evaporation are the two major ways to remove water after flood damage. Standing water is normally removed using a submersible pump. Precautions are taken to protect foundations and walls if there is basement flooding, and conditions are carefully observed as the water is pumped out.

What About Water in the Carpets and Flooring?

SERVPRO professionals typically use truck-mounted or portable extractors to remove excess water from carpets and flooring. Carpet wands are an effective tool, and for hard surfaces a squeegee extractor may be used.

What Happens to the Water After Removal?

Water is always removed in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations, typically by disposing of it in the sanitary sewer system or at an appropriately licensed disposal facility. Disinfectant procedures are performed if necessary, and damaged materials are safely removed as well.

Rely on SERVPRO of Stockton to resolve flood damage problems and get the water out. Call us at (209) 477-3090 for an assessment.

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Some of the Biggest Problems When Remediating Fire Damage in Stockton

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Don't despair if your home is affected by fire damage. Contact team SERVPRO for a quick response and exceptional remediation services.

Your House's Wooden Structures Need Specific Cleaning Methods After Fire Damage in Stockton  

Depending on the location, different wooden components make up your Stockton house's structure. Some of these are in places where you can see them, while others make up the framework of your home, hidden from view by sheets of drywall. A house fire can produce so much smoke that it sends huge amounts of it outside, using any openings available. 

Removing soot is a vital part of restoring your home in Stockton when fire damage affects your property. Intense heat pushes smoke into enclosed spaces like wall and ceiling cavities. Once there, it clings to the wooden frame and the interiors of the wall itself. 

Depending on the intensity of damage to the exterior surface of the drywall, we might clean such areas up and repaint them, or replace them entirely, followed by new wallcoverings. Our building team, with General Contractor License # 937457, provides our customers with skilled removal and installation of drywall, as needed. On the framework, however, this unfinished wood can become saturated with soot. Unfinished wood absorbs the smallest particles and any volatile oils into the pores. Such oils come from synthetics, an can produce strong odors. 

To restore wooden frameworks affected like this, we use dry cleaning methods. Starting with a vacuum, we get as much of the soot removed from the unfinished wood. SERVPRO's restoration technicians wear respirator masks as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). After we finish with this, we seal the surfaces to prevent any future issues with the emanation of unwanted odors.

Furniture made from real wood also requires specific restoration methods, and these differ from those used on unfinished wood. Instead, we choose cleaning agents that protect the wood and its finish while simultaneously removing abrasive soot and smoke deposits. 

After using a dry sponge, handheld vacuum, or a brush to free wooden surfaces of the looser soot, we determine how heavily soiled the item is before choosing the next step. For lighter cleaning, a general cleaner suffices, with medium needing a bit more of a boost. Heavy soot deposits treated with creme paste respond well. After cleaning, we check for any newly visible fire damage and if anything needs refinishing. 

SERVPRO of Stockton helps restore homes in Ortega and Lincoln Village when fire damage leaves soot residues within the property. Call (209) 477-3090 and we can start making it “Like it never even happened.”

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Tackling Multiple Sources of Fire Damage Odor in your Stockton Home

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out of a window. Let SERVPRO be your outlet when it comes to your Stockton fire damage.

Fire damage to your Stockton home is very serious.

When dealing with the after-effects of a fire situation in your home, you are also dealing with odor. Odor particles are invisible to the naked eye but can be released when materials combust. Usually, synthetic materials such as fabric coverings, plastics, or varnishes can produce the worst odors after exposure to the direct flames or heat of a fire. These particles are volatile and can often travel a long distance away from the source of damage. Equally, charring of materials or soot residues can continue to release odor particles into the surrounding room for many days, or weeks, after a fire. 

One of the most effective methods of odor control in homes with fire damage here in Stockton is first to remove any soot or soiling. Tackling odor early on in the process using air-fresheners or other household chemicals may be ineffective since odor-causing soot deposits continue to release odor particles. While odor does disperse eventually, the natural time frame for the odor to disappear from a room can be too long for most homeowners. SERVPRO uses experienced odor control technicians (OCT) during fire restoration to ensure the odor is brought under control as quickly as possible. 

Removing odor-causing materials from home as well as from air in the home is essential. SERVPRO technicians are capable of removing joints, cabinet doors, shelving, or other fixtures that may sustain heavy soot or soiling. Often, these materials are possible to refinish using sanding equipment or through solvent cleaning methods. Air filtration devices can be set up in the indoor environment to filter odor particles out of the surrounding atmosphere. These devices can also be useful in removing microscopic soot particles in the air. 

Cleaning and air-scrubbing can both be effective methods of odor removal for your home. However, sometimes persistent odors can be challenging to track and remove altogether. To combat hidden odors, SERVPRO uses low volume misting equipment. Misting equipment is a gentler form of fogging that vaporizes non-harmful water-based solvents and releases them into the home in the form of mist. Using vapor is useful to reach small crevices such as light fittings, electrical sockets, or gaps between woodwork. Using a venting box fan, we can perform air-exchange to ensure that large amounts of solvents do not reside in the home after service. 

Combatting odor problems is a multi-faceted, complex task. Contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for comprehensive odor removal.

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Mitigating Mold Damage In Stockton

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Once mold takes root in your property, it can keep recurring.

SERVPRO Considers Long-term Results When Mitigating Mold Damage in Affected Stockton Homes

We know how much of a nuisance mold development in your Stockton property can be because apart from posing some health risks, such growth is also an eyesore. You might be tempted to strip away every item or material covered in the dark mold spots, but such drastic action might not fix the issue – apart from being costly.

Involving a professional in the restoration of mold damage in your Stockton property ensures that every step necessary to remove and prevent mold growth from recurring is taken. When our SERVPRO team visits your home, we check all areas at risk of mold development rather than concentrating only on the affected areas. The main driving force behind such infestations is the presence of moisture. We use various equipment, including moisture meters, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal cameras, to check for moisture levels in materials, the air, and wetness in concealed areas. Such checks help establish if other areas are at risk of sprouting mold.

Following proper procedures helps ensure efficient removal of all traces of mold colonies. Our IICRC certified AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, understands various traits of fungus and therefore takes appropriate action. For example, we expect to find loose debris and dust containing spores, which readily spread when disturbed. Steps such as vacuuming areas before starting other cleaning procedures help remove loose debris. We also establish engineering controls such as sealing off doorways and other openings with 6-mil plastic sheets.

Our SERVPRO team cleans different surfaces vigorously to remove mold colonies. Procedures such as wire brushing help clean areas with massive deposits. We usually combine the physical aspect of cleaning with chemical actions such as the use of disinfectants to destroy the microbes through physical contact and antimicrobial agents, which inhibit growth. We also have Sporicides that control fungal and bacterial spores. If the growth affects porous materials, we remove the affected materials entirely to guarantee the removal of all traces of mold.

Once mold takes root in your property, it can keep recurring. Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 to help take proper control procedures.

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Call Our Crew If Your Stockton Home Is Damaged By A Fire

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Takes Care of Your Loved Ones After A Fire In Stockton

Imagine getting a call from your aging parents, letting you know that there is a fire in their home. In the best-case scenario, it was a small one originated by an electric malfunction or even an open flame left unattended.  At worse, your parents need to move from their home until the authorities verify its safety.  Regardless of the severity of the situation, the flames leave enough fire and smoke damage behind to warrant a professional group of people to provide services and advice regarding the restoration process.  Whether you live close to your parents or not, you need to have a reputable team to lead the efforts.

When you live in Stockton and fire, and smoke damage suddenly falls on your lap, SERVPRO is here to help.  We understand that emergencies can happen around the clock, so we, too, are available 24/7 to respond to your call.  Whether your family needs shelter or the fire was subdued quickly, you can still benefit from our expert team and its assessment of the damage.  Once we arrive at your home, we develop a detailed action plan to bring your home back to normal as soon as possible.  Just trust our certified technicians to apply their expert knowledge for your benefit.

A fire even does not necessarily mean that all is lost.  In the restoration process, our SERVPRO crew looks at each item and makes an informed decision of what we can salvage and what we need to discard.  Generally, any porous items such as upholstery and some carpets and rugs need to exit the home altogether because of the fire, the ensuing extinguishing agents, and the smell left behind by the smoke. However, we can restore many items industry-grade cleaning agents, but this also requires a careful study of the nature of each item so that the cleaning solution does not cause more damage in the cleanup process. When you trust the restoration process to our team, you tap into our intimate knowledge of each cleaning solution and its optimal use.

SERVPRO of Stockton exists to provide peace of mind to our clients.  Our expert staff prepares in the classroom and on the field to handle emergencies like yours and to give sound advice when restoring your home after a fire, regardless of its size.  Contact our crew at (209) 477-3090 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast In Stockton After A Water Loss

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage spots covering the carpet in this home We have the water damage experience and equipment needed to restore your carpet to pre-damage condition. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO Helps with Hidden Leak Water Removal from Stockton Homes 

In many cases, when a water spill occurs, it is easy to address it by stopping the source and extracting the water pooling on the floor or other surfaces. However, some water loss incidents can be challenging if the leaking water is contained out of sight. We offer professional water removal that can help when you have hidden leaks.

Signs of a Hidden Water Leak

In many cases, water removal procedures from Stockton homes start too late if a hidden leak is the cause of the problem. However, it is possible to avoid such outcomes by checking for early signs of hidden leaks and seeking assistance from a professional. Some of the early signs include:

  • Unexplainably high water bills
  • Wall and floor damage
  • High humidity levels
  • Bad odor from mold or rotting materials

Non-Invasive Water Leak Confirmation

Resolving hidden leaks requires demolition to open up enclosed spaces such as walls, cabinets, or even floors. Since the location of the leak is not known beforehand, it is not a good idea to start such demolition randomly or by relying on guesswork. Our SERVPRO technicians use non-invasive methods to locate the problem areas first. We have thermal cameras, which utilize temperature differences to identify wet areas. Therefore, we can identify the leak source and the area where the water collects without doing any demolition. We also have other equipment, including borescopes that help with the inspection.

Removal and Restoration

After identifying the problem area, there is a need to fix the leak, remove any standing water damage and dry materials. Our SERVPRO technicians perform controlled demolition steps to remove drywall, insulation, and other materials. We also inspect the plumbing lines to establish the extent of the problem. We fix minor issues, but major problems such as replacement of pipes require a professional plumber. Once the source issue is addressed, we replace unsalvageable materials, cleanup, and perform other restoration steps necessary after the damage, making it, "Like it never even happened."

A hidden leak can cause unending problems. Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 to help. We are available 24/7.

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SERVPRO Cleans and Dries Water Damaged Carpeting in Stockton Homes

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Two girls laying on carpet. Fireplace in background You want your carpets to be clean enough for your family to enjoy. SERVPRO can clean your water damaged carpets and restore them to ‘family friendly’

Water Damage Stockton – and Carpet Cleaning

Water leaks overflows from sinks, malfunctioning dishwashers, or laundry machines can occur almost anytime. Often water spreads to adjacent rooms where there is either wall to wall carpeting or throw rugs that can be damaged by the water. Depending on the carpet type, age, condition, or colors, cleaning the carpet may require unique processes while removing the water and moisture.

SERVPRO has been providing water damage cleanup services in the Stockton area for over ten years. We are in the top 100 of our franchises US-wide. In addition to holding AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician, and CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician, we also hold Californian HAZMAT licenses for biohazard and ultrasonic cleaning equipment.

Drying Carpets after a Water Leak

Carpets that have become soaked with water after a water leak must be dried to avoid issues later with mold or damage to the underlying floor. Throw carpets, for example, can damage hardwood floors if the carpet is not removed and dried. Colors may leach onto the floor or objects sitting on these carpets. SERVPRO can assess the carpet condition and make suggestions regarding the best approach to deal with the situation.

For example, the level of soiling, is the carpet stain-resistant, type of pile, type of fiber, and the overall condition of the carpet is considered before we proceed. We do not use rotary machines on Berber carpets, preferring hot water extraction, multiple vacuum passes, and air movers to dry the carpet. Heavily soiled carpets may require additional treatments depending on the type of soiling.

Older carpets damaged by water may delaminate. The backing separates from the carpet fibers. These carpets may also be torn or coming apart at a seam. All these issues are discussed with the customer before we begin removing water and moisture after a water leak. Our goal is to provide the best service possible and return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

We also hold Contractor Licenses: General: 937457.

Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Ortega, Lincoln Village, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Uses Science to Dry Commercial Retail Stores in Stockton

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of Stockton Police Station Even the Stockton Police Know Who to Call for a Water Loss Cleanup--SERVPRO

Commercial Water Removal In Stockton Can Require Advanced Equipment Calculations

If a pipe breaks inside your furniture store in Stockton, the results could prove to be quite catastrophic. Once items inside your retail store get wet, commercial water removal must be conducted promptly so that secondary problems like elevated humidity levels or mold growth do not occur. When attempting to remove moisture from your wet building materials and contents, a professional company such as SERVPRO can set up industrially advanced drying equipment.

Commercial water removal In Stockton usually requires extracting the H2O while it is still liquid and then the setup of equipment to conduct applied structural drying or ASD. During ASD procedures, a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the affected rooms of your furniture store. The air movers are placed so that they hit wet walls at a 45-degree angle and create counterclockwise air circulation. The dehumidifiers then remove moisture from the air and dispense it in liquid form while providing warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers. This warmer air is now circulating, further increasing the rate of evaporation to lower the overall drying time.

While all this setting up of drying equipment is ongoing, team members can also relocate furniture displays in the line of fire, so to speak. Our business is to keep you in business.

However, when setting up drying equipment, our SERVPRO technicians take calculations to make sure that they are using enough air movers and dehumidifiers. This is the science of Psychrometry. The ratio between the two pieces of equipment also matters. If there are not enough air movers, then the process can not take place as fast as it could because there is not enough air circulation. If there are not enough dehumidifiers, then humidity levels can rise too high and slow down the drying process as well as potentially cause secondary damage.

To figure out how many air movers to place, our SERVPRO crew starts by placing one in each of the affected rooms of your furniture store. Then, an air mover gets added for every 50-70 affected square feet of the wet floor in a room. We can also add an air mover for every 100-150 square feet of affected wet ceiling and wall areas above 2 feet, and for each wall inset and offset greater than 18 inches.

To calculate how many dehumidifiers we need, we take into consideration the nature of the environment and the capacity of the dehumidifiers. If there are a large number of porous items in your furniture store, then more dehumidification may be required. Dehumidifiers are classified by how much cubic feet of air they can condition per minute. Secondly, dehumidifiers are measured by the number of pints of liquid H2O removed in 24 hours under standard test conditions.

If you ever suffer major damage after a pipe break in your furniture store or other workplace, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24/7.

Thank You Stockton Firefighters

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

The city of Stockton celebrates the brave men and women past and present who have served as fire fighters, with an impressive bronze statue.  It clearly shows that firefighters are heroes.

The men and women of SERVPRO of Stockton are also proud to be able to serve city of Stockton residents by proving the cleanup services in the aftermath of a fire.  We always marvel at the quality of work that was performed by our city's fire department. Their speedy response to a fire, (large or small) minimizes the amount of damage. In many cases they are able to save the structure, thus reducing the damage to mostly smoke and soot contamination. 

The SERVPRO cleaning specialist can take it from there. We have the experience, equipment and cleaning products to prepare the structure (home or office) for restoration (re-construction as necessary).

The combined efforts of the Stockton Fire Department and the cleanup team at SERVPRO help families or businesses return to their daily routines quickly.

So, the next time you see the impressive statues on our waterfront, take a moment to think about the brave men and women of the Stockton Fire Department who work hard to protect our safety and save our lives. We think about them each time we arrive at a fire damaged structure to perform our cleanup services.

SERVPRO of Stockton provides emergency services to restore all kinds of property damage including: water, mold and bio-hazard cleanup. If you ever have need of our services please contact us at 209-477-3090

Fast Food Resturant Fire

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

It’s not just the flames… it’s the smoke, the fumes and the soot that cause damage and injury when a building catches fire.

An automobile was stopped at a drive-through window at a national burger restaurant in Hayward California. The engine compartment of the car burst into flames. The driver was able to get out without injury. The drive-through window clerk escaped too. The fire totaled the auto and burnt a huge hole in the building’s roof. However, the most damage was caused by the smoke and soot that billowed into the kitchen and spread throughout the dining room. Once again, nobody was hurt. That’s good news. Everyone got out in quick order and the fire department arrived promptly to extinguish the flames.

The restaurant is literally about one mile from our SERVPRO cleaning facility in the Bay Area. We were invited to provide cleanup services. We had a crew there with two hours to present a cleanup scope. The next day we were providing soot and debris cleanup to get the place ready for reconstruction…. SERVPRO of San Leandro to the rescue. (our sister company in the San Francisco Bay Area.)

After the reconstruction was completed we returned to provide post-construction cleanup and prepare the place for it’s reopening. By the way, they specialize in flame-broiled burgers. How ironic.

By the way, SERVPRO of Stockton is experienced in restaurant fire cleanup too.

An Oakdale Fire

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

Wind Blown Fire Ignites Downtown Stockton Residences

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Stockton and Fire Safety

It takes professionals to cleanup a fire.

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

How Fire Damage Companies Can Restore Your Home

While dealing with fire damage in the Miracle Mile or any where in Stockton can be challenging, attaining professional assistance with the cleanup can help you make the restoration process simple and efficient. Once your house has been affected by a fire, you can call the professionals from SERVPRO and have them complete a plethora of remediation services on your behalf. There are several restoration processes that a fire damage company can complete. Some of which include removing and preventing mildew and mold, remedying the smoke damage, and handling the time-intensive tasks you may find it difficult to complete. Learn more about how to make the restoration process as smooth and seamless as possible by reviewing the following information:

What You Should Do Before Hiring A Restoration Company
It is important for you to contact your insurance company and local disaster relief organization prior to hiring a restoration company. The disaster relief service organization will be able to assist you with immediate needs such as temporary housing, clothing, and food. Your insurance agent will determine whether you will grant permission to start the cleanup process.

What Do Fire Damage Restoration Companies Do?
There are several tasks that a fire damage restoration company will complete to help remediate your home. Two of them include:

1. Smoke Removal
As many restoration specialists know, the smell of smoke in a home following a fire is one of the most aggravating realities for the homeowner to grapple with. As such, fire damage cleanup companies are trained to eliminate these unpleasant odors thoroughly. This process helps the homeowner salvage personal items that are of monetary or sentimental value. Restoration specialists will use an ozone machine to remove odors. The machine is run through the residential property for a few days. Although you could complete this process yourself, ozone is toxic, and the equipment can be costly. For this reason, leaving the odor removal process to professionals is prudent.

2. Mold And Mildew Prevention
In addition to ridding your home of pesky odors, professional cleaning companies prevent mold and mildew. This process is important because mold and mildew can compromise your health and adversely impact the structural integrity of your property. To avoid a mold infestation, fire damage specialists will remove all moisture from your home and the air. The remediation specialists will use several methods to complete the process, including the use of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home out.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, it's important that you attain professional remediation services. These services can help remove health risks and restore your living space to its aesthetically appealing, functional condition. To achieve excellent, expedient remediation services, trust the professionals of SERVPRO. We've worked with hundreds of people and are passionate about ensuring that your home becomes your haven again. Call us today so we can schedule your consultation and provide you with a detailed estimate!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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 respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Stockton community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities throughout Stockton.

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (209) 477-3090

More than One Way to Cleanup City Hall...

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

During the last several years, SERVPRO of Stockton has been called upon twice to provide water cleanup and drying services for Stockton's classic city hall building. Who's say's you can't cleanup city hall?

Seriously, working for the City of Stockton is an honor. We appreciate the fact that our City reaches out to local companies that are based in Stockton. We also understand the responsibility of quickly drying documents and returning office rooms to working condition. 

There is also a responsibility to maintain confidentiality and protect privacy 

In addition to working at city hall, SERVPRO of Stockton has performed water damage restoration cleanup and drying for the Stockton Police Department Dispatch Center, and HVAC cleaning for eight fire stations across the city.

Water Fountain Overflow Damages Shopping Center In Stockton

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

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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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.


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.

Fast Water Cleanup Can Save Your Lincoln Village Home

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on the walls and baseboard trim in basement from water leaking Within 48 hours, mold can establish and begin growing.

Water Cleanup Lincoln Village – Don't Delay, Avoid Mold Growth

When you notice a musty smell, it is probably too late. The growth of mold has already started. As long as damp or wet conditions remain, the mold is going to get worse. If you have a leak from a broken pipe, a leaky window, or even an overflowing sink, act quickly to reduce the opportunity for mold to establish a colony.

SERVPRO has seen many delayed water cleanup situations in Lincoln Village and surrounding areas. The owner had what was deemed to be a small water leak, wiped up the excess water and did not give it another thought. The owners did not realize that the moisture had spread to the walls and the floor underneath. Conditions were perfect for mold to grow. Moist, dark and warm.

Without proper drying, it was not long before mold spores had settled in and began spreading. Within 48 hours, mold can establish and begin growing.

Can You Eliminate Mold
Unfortunately, there is mold everywhere. Mold spores are wafting in the air around us. As soon as mold spores find a dark, moist, warm location the spores can multiply. SERVPRO can investigate your water leak, clean up the excess water, and dry the structure as well as the walls and flooring. Maintaining a humidity level at 45% or lower can usually limit mold growth. By acting quickly, removing water and drying the affected area, the cost to restore your home or office can be much less.

Removing Existing Mold
Difficult situations may require the removal of carpets, flooring, walls, and even structural elements. They are damaged due to long term exposure to damp conditions. SERVPRO can provide advice regarding the removal and restoration of these areas.

We protect other areas of the building by using negative pressure techniques. All materials are removed and disposed of before final drying and reconstruction. We are licensed to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild.

Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of Ortega and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Deal With Storm Damage in Your Lincoln Village Residence Through Prompt Restoration

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Large tree laying on a home. SERVPRO knows what to do when it comes to your Lincoln Village Storm damage.

Storm damage in your Lincoln Village home is no joke, we will help you.

Storms bring about the worst weather conditions, including strong winds, torrential downpour, and the sounds and sights of thunder and lightning. Strong winds can bring items like branches and debris crashing into your home, which can lead to structural damage like busted doors, broken windows, and cracked walls. Rainwater can also enter your living spaces, causing indoor flooding.

Once the storm is over, your home can be soggy and damaged, and your possessions could be heavily drenched. You, therefore, need to deal with the flood damage in your Lincoln Village residence to make it inhabitable again. Prompt restoration can prevent the long term effects of flooding, such as:

Mold growth -

Mold spores can grow into colonies quickly after they are exposed to water. They can grow in damp materials after 24 to 48 hours. Mold can cause health issues to the occupants of a home and a strong, musty scent.

Fungal decay in timber -

Wood is prone to attacks from fungi. Ventilation and drying to wooden structures helps prevent fungi outbreaks.

Damp staining -

Floodwater may transport minerals in solution while moving through a building. The minerals can then get deposited on the floor and wall finishes, remaining there after the water evaporates.

To restore your home after a flooding incident, you need the right equipment, protective gear, and know the appropriate way to clean up, dry and sanitize the property. Therefore, it is advisable to entrust the restoration work to SERVPRO franchise professionals. Once we arrive at your home, we can inspect the destruction we are dealing with and provide you with an estimate. After that, we can proceed with the restoration process.

We remove scattered debris immediately to make it easier to assess and work on your home further. If there is standing water in your home, we can drain it out using portable or truck-mounted pumps. At times, our technicians use disinfectants like phenols, quaternaries, alcohols, formaldehydes, and chlorines to sanitize contaminated water before pumping it out.

We are cautious when pumping out high levels of water from crawl spaces and basements because the highly saturated soil adjacent to walls and foundations could collapse as a result of hydrostatic pressure. We dispose of the extracted water in a sanitary sewer system or at appropriately licensed disposal facilities.

Our SERVPRO technicians also dry a home effectively using air movers and dehumidifiers. After the restoration process, we perform a final inspection to ensure that you are happy with the result. Through the final inspection, we can know if we have missed anything important and confirm that your property is safe and secure. At your request, a third party such as an indoor environmental professional (IEP) may also come in and test the indoor environment to ensure that your home is safe for occupancy.

When you need flood damage restoration services in Ortega, Lincoln Village, and neighboring areas, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 for help. We have the expertise to make the damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Prevent Further Fire Damage From Striking Your Stockton Home With SERVPRO 

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt kitchen table and chairs. With fruit bowl in middle. If a fire occurs in your Stockton home call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Reducing Smoke Odors in Your Stockton Home

There are many instances in which the smell after a fire is much worse than the other effects in a Stockton home. With a fast response from first responders or fire suppression efforts by the homeowner, small blazes can get contained to a single room in many cases. What does not get contained, however, is the spread of the smoke and charring odors that accompany the disaster. Addressing these smoke odors can prove challenging without the right products and machines, and our SERVPRO professionals have a deep inventory of deodorization tools to help.

Fire damage in Stockton homes is something that many property owners have left to the expertise and the experience of professional restorers. Even with secondary effects like the smell of smoke, we have advanced techniques that can address these concerns right away. The faster that we can reduce or eliminate lingering odors in your property, the fewer materials get affected by the spread of these effects. 

One of the standard tools used in the battle against lingering smoke odor is the thermal fogger. Because high heat scenarios can lead to a higher porosity in exposed materials, odor molecules can penetrate materials and contents more easily during a fire. Once the fire gets extinguished, and the materials begin to cool back down, these pores shrink and trap the odors inside. Thermal fogging produces that same expansion effect with heat and pressure, exposing these same materials and contents to a concentrated blast of our neutralizing compound.

Because of its dense chemical fog emission, this approach can penetrate soft materials like upholstery, clothing, and carpeting as well as addressing open areas. These units cannot address as broad of an area as some of the other deodorization and air purification equipment that our SERVPRO team uses, however, so we carefully choose the ideal times and places to use the thermal fogging units. For larger open areas, it is often more efficient to use ozone machines or hydroxyl generators with a broader range.

Deodorization is one of the most substantial challenges that our SERVPRO of Stockton faces after any fire loss incident. Even with smaller emergencies that can get contained to a specific area of your house, odor removal is a common staple to making fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” You can count on our team to help however you need by calling (209) 477-3090.

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Let the Specialists Handle Fire Damage Remediation For Your Stockton Business

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can occur quickly and get out of control. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO to get a handle on your Stockton business.

Commercial Fire Damage Specialists In Stockton Talk About Basic Cleaning Principles

Kitchen blazes are one of the most common types of insurance claims in the Stockton area. This means that it is possible that someday your bakery could suffer from commercial fire damage. Once an inferno starts, it can cause a variety of different problems. The heat and flames can torch your building materials and contents, and the smoke coming from the burnt materials can create other issues.

Our SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs know that a significant portion of projects involves the cleaning of soot residues and other soils created by smoke. During any commercial fire damage situation in Stockton, we can use many different tools and techniques to remove soot from the surfaces of your building materials, contents, and structural components. Cleaning items coated in soot residue is much more cost-effective than having to replace the item. 

When removing soot residues and soils, our SERVPRO FSTs utilize several industrial cleaning principles. The first step is to locate all of the smoke residues by carefully inspecting the affected area. We then identify the different types of residues found in your house. We then figure out the type of surfaces that got affected. The methods we use to clean items in your building will vary depending on the types of surfaces and soot residues present.

Once we know what methods will work best, we capture and remove the residues. The soils created by the smoke bond to the surfaces they contact. We use dry and wet cleaning processes to release and carry residue particles away from the affected surfaces. We then dispose of the debris and the cleaning waste.

When cleaning, there are a few fundamental elements that must be involved. First off, the temperature of the surface plays a major role in how easy something can be cleaned. Heat can increase the speed of chemical reactions in most cleaning products.

For most soils to get released, some form of agitation must occur. Our FSTs use towels, brushes, or air and water pressure to help dislodge residues. Soils also get released by chemical reactions taking place. Cleaning detergents chemically react with the soil molecules to make them less adhesive.

If you ever have a fire start inside your bakery in Ortega or Lincoln Village, call SERVPRO of  Stockton at (209) 477-3090 because we can arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.


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

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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The Best Way to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Stockton Home

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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If Your Stockton Dishwasher Leaks, Contact Our Crew For Help!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the time, day, or the place, we're ready to help.

Call For Local Stockton Water Damage Remediation Services When Your Dishwasher Leaks

Leaking appliances can be aggravating as it is, but it is a whole other story when they cause water damage in your home. A broken water supply line can interrupt your daily routine of washing a load of dishes and then going to work. Finding water spilling out onto your hardwood floors can be concerning, but as long as you can reach out for help promptly, the damage does not have to be permanent.

It is never a wise idea to leave the water damage to sit in your Stockton kitchen after you have found it. The hardwood floors in your kitchen can absorb the water and then begin to bubble, swell, curve, and crack. Similarly, the toe kicks that connect the cabinets to the floor are liable to draw water up into the wood and then cause similar damage. The best way for you to combat the water damage in your kitchen before it can develop further problems, such as microbial growth, is for you to get professional help as soon as possible.

Here at SERVPRO, we operate by the words We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our goal is always to reach your home as quickly as we can following your call for help. Furthermore, our technicians are IICRC-certified and always arrive at your residence equipped with advanced technology, which has been designed to combat whatever damages lie inside.

When we arrive, our technicians can launch right into cleaning up the water spill. SERVPRO can use devices such as extractors or wet/dry vacuums to clean up any stagnant water. Once the standing water has been taken care of, we can begin a drying process that has been specifically designed with the shape of your kitchen, and your hardwood floors, in mind.

SERVPRO can use flood drying mats to draw the moisture directly out of your hardwood flooring. Additionally, we can pair these mats with desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans. With this setup, moisture can be drawn out of your belongings, and dry air can be introduced to the area.

If an appliance leak leaves your home in critical need of assistance, never wait to get it. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Stockton by calling the number (209) 477-3090. No matter the time, day, or the place, we're ready to help.

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We Understand That Prompt Water Removal In Stockton Is Crucial

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

A water leak soaked this corner of a room and damaged the drywall. Our technicians restored the home with their equipment, expertise and experience.

Water Damage Technicians From Stockton Describe How Moisture Effects Furniture

A plumbing failure is one of the most common types of disasters that take place in Stockton residences. Any time a crack develops inside a water pipe, there is a chance that it can cause water damage to occur inside your home. Even small cracks can cause hundreds of gallons of water to pour into your dwelling and soak into many of your building materials and contents. Once items inside your home get saturated, it is a wise idea to call in a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

As soon as we arrive at your residence, we begin inspecting your house to figure out what materials got affected by moisture and how wet they are. During any water damage project in Stockton, our SERVPRO technicians know that removing moisture from your home promptly is vital. If items inside a building stay wet for a long time, objects inside rooms away from the source can get affected. Many times your building materials and contents can be saved by extraction and drying procedures. In more severe situations, saturated and ruined contents must get removed and counted as a loss.

Excessive moisture caused by water damage can create problems with many items inside your home including your furniture. When upholstered furniture such as couches or recliners gets wet, there are several things that could happen that ruin the structural integrity of the object. Since the frames of couches and recliners are usually made of wood, they can get damaged when the wood gets wet.

The wooden frames on couches are susceptible to swelling and cracking if they get wet enough. When frames swell, joints can come apart and become weak. Glues that hold the frame together can also lose their strength, ruining the structural integrity of the couch.

Some fabrics that are dry clean only can develop water spots if it comes into contact with moisture. If the couch has a cover on it, color bleeding can occur and damage the furniture's fabric. If you ever suffer from a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24 hours a day.

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Sick and Tired of Dealing With Water Damage in Stockton By Yourself? Read This

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

When a bathtub leak occurs, you need more than just plumbing help. Contact SERVPRO for effective water damage remediation services.

Bathtub Leak Creates Damage to Your Home in Stockton

If you have ever sat in your downstairs living room and looked up to find a water spot on your ceiling, you know it can fill you with dread. The notion that the water damage is coming from the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom has you doing math in your head of just how expensive and cumbersome this repair can be. The most important thing to remember is that the longer you wait, the worse the problem will be so, reaching out to a professional team is the first step towards restoring your home.

When there is water damage to your Stockton home, SERVPRO is here to help. Aside from the plumbing repairs, you also need to review how far the water has seeped into the structure of your home. As we coordinate with your selected contractors, we inspect your home for hidden water deposits resulting from the leak and quickly extract any standing water that poses a threat to your health.

Mold is often a by-product of water leaks left unattended. Bacteria and microorganisms thrive particularly well in humid areas, which is why controlling moisture levels is critical. Our SERVPRO team uses advanced moisture sensors to determine just how far the excess humidity has gone, probing even under carpets and under flooring materials. Once we review the results, we can take action to dry each surface of your home and restore its natural balance.

As an extra precaution, our SERVPRO crew may choose to use air scrubbers to help us clean the air by removing unwanted smell particles and bacteria in your home. Our goal is to treat the existing damage and anticipate future complications that may arise. As our IICRC-certified crew reviews your property, we assess all threats and act upon them.

Even small water leaks need to be taken seriously, and SERVPRO of Stockton can help you handle the issue with care. You can reach us at (209) 477-3090 at any time, and our 24/7 team will spring into action to help. Together, we will leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From a Stockton Retail Store

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be disastrous for businesses. SERVPRO has the equipment to get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Equipment for Commercial Water Damage in a Stockton Retail Store

Water damage can halt business in a retail store. A simple plumbing leak over a single night can completely disrupt your business and the longer the moisture remains secondary damages such as mold, wet drywall and other issues that may go undetected until it is too late. The key is fast action to clean and dry the shop.  

SERVPRO is sensitive to the fact that commercial water damage in a Stockton retail store needs to be handled quickly and with as little downtime for the business as possible. Our emergency services are available when you need us, not just during regular business hours.  

Our technicians work quickly to remove water and then set up industrial air movers, dehumidifiers and if need, heaters to promptly remove moisture and dry the structure and affected contents. When possible, we dry objects in place, often raised on blocks. When that is not possible, with the owner's permission, we pack and move items to another location for restoration. We communicate with both you and your carrier with each phase of restoration, so everyone is on the same page for how the restoration efforts are progressing at every point.  

Mold is a big concern after a water cleanup. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and know the signs of existing mold as well as the conditions needed for mold colonies to set up home and how to avoid that scenario. After drying, moisture probes are used to verify the structure is dry both at the surface and behind drywall and under flooring. Hand cleaning surfaces with antibacterial and antifungal solutions limit the potential for mold growth.  

SERVPRO of Stockton has 24-hour emergency services available when you call (209) 477-3090. We are sensitive to the fact you need commercial water damage handled quickly with as little downtime for your business as possible. No matter the amount of water, we have the equipment and expertise to handle it.

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Stockton Fire Mishap? SERVPRO Can Make It Right!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, House Fire in Stockton, "Like it never even happened."

Do Not Let a Small Fire to Your Home in Stockton Upset Your Life

Seeing flames damaging your home can be disheartening and connecting the many steps to achieve full restoration can be completely overwhelming. The feeling of loss occurs regardless of the size of the fire affecting your home, but professional teams are here to help you overcome the challenge and restore your life back to normal as soon as possible. Fire damage can disrupt your household, but with prompt action, you can mitigate its effect and prevent it from completely taking over your life.
If there is fire damage to your home in Stockton, reach out to SERVPRO as quick as possible to start the remediation process. Our IICRC certified technicians are ready 24/7 to arrive at your home, assess the damage and take action. We always strive to save as much of the structure and contents of your home, which we achieve by methodically extracting water from where it accumulated as the fire was extinguished as well as removing smoke and soot residue from affected surfaces. As soon as we arrive, we can isolate salvageable content by moving them to areas of your home unaffected by the fire.
Aside from the obvious concern over leaving every surface clean and disinfected, our SERVPRO team uses advanced tools to monitor the air quality of your home. Our inspections allow us to take action against the widespread airborne particulates and in achieving the removal of odorous by-products of the fire. When we evaluate the environment of your home, we are careful to address each need with a tailored solution, as a one-size-fits-all approach is not efficient enough. To this end, we use different techniques such as air scrubbers, ozone generators, and charcoal activated filters to improve air quality and eliminate offending smells. Deodorizers also help us complement our efforts and return your home to its natural balance.
Even small fires can wreak havoc on your life and SERVPRO of Stockton is here to help. Reach out to us at (209) 477-3090 and allow us to leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Leaking Windows Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Stockton Property

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

If your book store ever suffers from a leaking window during a storm, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24 hours a day.

Commercial Flood Removal Technicians In Stockton Talk About Problems With Leaking Windows

When the rain comes down hard in Stockton, it is possible that moisture will find its way into your book store's building. If water makes its way into your store, then it is wise to call in a professional commercial flood removal company such as SERVPRO. Excessive moisture inside any building can elevate the relative humidity and cause your products and building materials to get wet. We know that saving the books inside your store is essential to reducing the overall cost of the project. We always conduct commercial flood removal in a way that makes it as cheap as possible for your business and your insurance company.

One way moisture can get inside your book store after a rainstorm is through the windows. If a window breaks during the storm, then commercial flood removal in your Stockton book store will need to be completed. If the rain is excessive, then it is possible that your window seals will leak. If moisture gets in from the window, then it will be forced down your walls and onto the floor by gravity. When this happens your contents, and building materials can get wet from the window down.

Once our SERVPRO technicians extract as much water as possible, we start the structural drying process. To dry out a structure as quickly as possible we set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. If several of your books got wet, we could set up extra dehumidifiers to keep the water vapor in the air from ruining your store's products.

In more severe cases when a large number of your books receive damage, we can dry out the items individually. One process we can use for delicate items like books include lyophilization or freeze drying. When we freeze dry items, water gets removed after it is frozen and placed under a vacuum. This allows the frozen H2O to change directly from solid form to a vapor without ever passing through a liquid phase.

If your book store ever suffers from a leaking window during a storm, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24 hours a day.

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What Everyone Ought To Know About Fire Damage in Stockton

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Damage after a fire includes many things such as water, soot and debris. Contact our IICRC certified team to remediate your home after a fire in any

Fire Damage to Your Stockton Bathroom can Happen When Electrical Circuits Get Overloaded

Because of the risk of electrical shock, most homes in Stockton now have GFCI outlets in both the bathroom and the kitchen. Many people feel it is safe to use several different electrical gadgets at a time. A cell phone for music, a hair dryer, and curling or straightening irons are among the many things found plugged into a socket in the typical bathroom.

When the bathroom appliances in your home overload, fire damage and electrical shock in Stockton are prevented by the tripping of the outlet's switch. Overheating of devices can also cause small fires. Irons are one way this happens, but cords that have weakened areas due to twisting or age can also burn countertops. Towels and clothing nearby can catch on fire and cause considerable damage.

The soot produced by fires that burn synthetics like plastics has a very greasy feeling, heavy and dense. This soot makes a serious mess when someone tries to clean it up without the right cleaning equipment. SERVPRO technicians can have everything looking “Like it never even happened” quickly because we have specialized tools and in-house cleaning compounds that strip soot away from surfaces with minimal spreading.

If your vanity has a Formica countertop, we can often restore this rather effortlessly. Sanding the burned area down to undamaged layers allows us to fill the depression in with a standard epoxy that dries without shrinkage. This can mean the difference between needing a new vanity and keeping the current one, a much less expensive option.

Removing soot from walls after a fire, as well as the ceiling can reveal if new paint should come next. If so, we apply a primer and then a paint in your choice. We mix in an antimicrobial agent that does not change the color to help prevent microbial infestations like mold and mildew.

Fire damaged homes often experience these problems after a fire because of the water used to extinguish the flames. We know that helping you prevent any additional damage through small measures like this go a long way toward saving you money, time, and inconvenience.

When GFCI is not enough to prevent a fire in your bathroom, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090, to get fire damage mitigation started. Our IICRC-certified specialists can help get things back to normal.

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SERVPRO Franchise Professionals Use High Tech Equipment to Extract Water in Stockton

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment to quickly remove water from your flooded home.

The Extraction Equipment We Use in Flooded Stockton Homes

When it comes to natural disasters, Stockton residents are all too familiar with the often wide array of threats they can face throughout the year. Among the top concerns on this list is the threat of flooding, as these emergencies can happen with little warning and affect many properties simultaneously throughout the region. While many people know they can depend on us for our fast response times, you might want to know the work we get started once we arrive.

With flood damage, your Stockton home gets faced with a strict timeline to address its condition before things continually get worse. Within a day, drywall and other porous materials like it can become too saturated to support themselves, and they can pose risks to those assessing damage in the property. One of the initial steps that must get taken by our SERVPRO Franchise professionals is thorough extraction.

Our professionals that arrive at your flood-damaged address have many tools and advanced equipment designed to help extract water from your property fast in an emergency. In our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles that arrive with our highly-trained technicians, we have a truck-mounted pump that can quickly remove excess water pooling in regions of your house.

The team also has an array of handheld machines and tools that can work to extract floodwater from the property as well. Portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands provide a more direct removal service and can access tighter spaces that could prove challenging for the large extraction equipment to reach and effect. Once extraction has taken place, we can get to work on assessing the full scope of the damage and removing exposed materials to get down to the studs and framework of your home.

Flooding is more of a common problem for area residents than you might believe. Our SERVPRO of Stockton water restoration specialists are available 24/7 with the industry-leading equipment and expertise to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (209) 477-3090.

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

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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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Another SERVPRO of Stockton Holiday Food Bank Drive

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Sponsors Stockton Area Food Bank and Toy Drives Every Year

San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank Drive

We are proud to sponsor multiple food and toy drives each year to contribute to the betterment of our neighbors in the Stockton area.

This Photo depicts our Office Manager Tammy standing by Alberto our SMR Sales & Marketing Rep. In the foreground is Lisa our Business Development Rep, and we are all smiling because of the opportunity to provide donated food to those in need. The Laguna Park Apartments in Stockton was kind enough to offer their venue for this worthy event. The smiling faces of the kids by our Big Green Box tells the story better than we can. Please contact us at (209) 477-3090, and we can pick up your donation and place them with the boxes and cans of food here.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Storm Water Damage in Your Stockton Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Stormwater `creates a lot of damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your home.

How to Handle Storm Damage in Stockton Properly

Even with predicting storms, it is not easy to avoid the damaged they cause to Stockton homes. Usually, the only solution is to prepare for the cleanup and restoration necessary after the incident. Working with an IICRC certified restoration company helps because they utilize the best techniques and equipment to restore your property.  

In cases of storm damage in Stockton, being quick to start the restoration process is essential. The longer the initial damage caused by the storm remains unaddressed, the more secondary damage happens. Our SERVPRO technicians help in this case by boarding up the property or placing roof tarps in case it was blown off, or holes punched through by falling tree branches. Doing this ensures that weather elements such as rain do not cause additional damages. This step is significant considering insurance companies require homeowners to prevent secondary damage to their property.  

Away from structural damage, storms dump water filled with contaminants into the affected property. Common contaminants include silt, sewage, chemicals, and oil fuel among others. The level of contaminants depends on what is in the surrounding areas or where the water originates. Our SERVPRO crews help clean up these wastes left by the storm in your property “Like it never even happened.” We can pressure wash affected areas to remove soiling and debris from non-porous surfaces like wood and concrete and in the case of silt, we have shovels. The goal in our cleaning efforts is to attain sanitary levels.  

One of the long-term effects of storm damage is moisture problems. Our SERVPRO team can help you dry your structure to normal levels. ASD, Applied Structural Drying certification means our crew utilizes the most effective techniques when drying the structure. Depending on the situation, we can use an open or closed drying system. The former involves opening up windows and other access points, then using air movers to drive moisture-filled air from the structure. In a closed system, we create an exclusion zone using plastic sheets then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove excess moisture.  

The damage left by a storm can leave you disheartened. Working with a professional restorer like SERVPRO of Stockton can help. You can reach us at (209) 477-3090 any day. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Hole in Your Stockton Roof!! Call SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damage from Storm Water

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Unwelcome Trees in Your Stockton Property Roof? SERVPRO Responds Swiftly After a Storm

Flood Damage Problems in Stockton from Storm Damaged Roofs

When a storm comes into the Stockton area, damage to your roof is relatively common. Once a hole in your roof gets large enough, extensive flood damage can result. During a rainstorm, many elements such as wind or even hail can arise that can ruin your roof shingles. Wind can blow rocks or other objects into your home and create holes in your roof or exterior walls that rainwater can enter. Once water starts entering the interior of your home, flood damage can occur from the top of your house to the bottom.

As soon as moisture enters your home from the outside, multiple issues can quickly arise. The best thing to do is to immediately call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to mitigate the flood damage inside your Stockton home. Water coming from the outside is considered black water and may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. Rainwater can also bring in microbes from the outside increasing the chance of microbial growth, no one wants molds growing in their attics.
In many cases, the first place that retains moisture after your roof leaks, is your attic. Elevated moisture levels inside your attic can ruin building materials if the area does not get dried out promptly. If the insulation inside the attic gets wet, the moisture can decrease the R-value of the material. Some types of insulation can get dry when wet, whereas other kinds must be removed.
After removing wet insulation, our SERVPRO team can then dry out the wet ceiling materials and roof trusses. To do this we often create a containment chamber to better control the environment in the affected area and to prevent harmful particles from entering the rest of the house. We then set up heated air movers to create a circular air movement inside the area. In addition to the air movers, we also set up dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air. Once building materials are dry, we treat the attic with anti-microbial chemicals and sometimes spray the trusses with a specialized sealant paint to inhibit fungal growth.

If you ever have a problem inside your attic after a storm, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 seven days a week.

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Could You be Making a Mistake Where Humidity and Mold in Your Lincoln Village Home are Concerned?

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly when you least expect it. Stay vigilant and contact team SERVPRO should you see mold in your home.

Leaky Pipes Not Necessary for a Residence to Sustain Mold Damage in Lincoln Village

Many residences today have built-in features to cut down on wasted energy. Several homes in Lincoln Village often have air-tight seals that prevent the loss of climate-controlled air in the exterior from escaping to the outside, and vice-versa. These homes can succumb to other situations because of their construction.
The regular activities that residents engage in during the typical day can lead to mold damage in Lincoln Village. Microbes can start affecting the home's interior as soon as water vapor levels rise. Activities that produce water vapor in large quantities include showering, cooking, and even breathing.
Typically, these activities cause no severe effects but when inside a tightly constructed home, the water vapor remains inside. Even though microbes cannot enter as easily in this type of home as they can in another one, they still exist on clothing worn outside, shoes, food, and other objects carried inside.
SERVPRO remediates mold damage wherever we locate its presence. We look for it with our moisture detectors, as mold and mildew become more active in such locations. Once found, we go to work getting it out of your house.
The remediation process can require the cutting apart and removal of damaged materials. We always try to minimize this to keep costs low and also to keep the project from taking any longer than it absolutely must. Our goal is to work as rapidly as we can while still finding all of the damaged areas and getting them fully remediated.
Professional cleaning of personal belongings and other household contents needing attention due to mold damage is another service we provide at SERVPRO. If space permits, we can do this on-site. If we need more space than your home allows for the set-up of our equipment, we can box these items up and do the work at our secure location. We always treat your possession with the care they deserve, as well as give you a detailed inventory of each box. We continually update these lists as we perform the cleaning and restoration work, so you never have to guess about a specific item's location.
To prevent mold damage in the future, we recommend a heavy duty but low-maintenance dehumidifier for your home. Preventing the moisture and condensation accumulating again can keep explosive growth under control. Call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 to find out how we can help you keep your home in pristine condition.
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Cleaning Secondary Damage to Your Stockton Home After a Fire Requires Professional Remediation

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remove the soot and smoke damage from a fire and water damage from extinguishing the fire..

Secondary Effects of a Fire in Your Stockton Home

Some disasters leave their mark on your Stockton home that takes an extended period to recover from and move forward. Natural disasters are often situations like this, affecting many houses throughout the area at once and requiring the expertise of trained professionals to remedy. Another situation that requires this same level of experience and specialized equipment is recovering from a fire in your house.

Regardless of how this situation could have originated in your Stockton home, restoring the fire damages is never as straightforward as you might believe. For example, the primary effects that you experience such as the loss of contents in your home and the structural concerns present once the fire gets extinguished are only the beginning to the effects that restorers have to overcome to return your house to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals have the training and techniques to overcome all of these effects that threaten your home, but it could benefit you to understand the widespread nature of fire damages.

One of the first things that you have to contend with once a fire gets extinguished within your home is the means by which it got extinguished. A secondary effect that many people do not typically bring to mind when restoring the damage of a fire is the amount of water used from nearby hydrants or pump trucks to extinguish the flames. This pooling water inside of your home can itself weaken the structure, or even lead to worsening conditions such as mold growth.

Smoke damage is another effect that is often deemed to be secondary. Some time after the fire has gotten extinguished and any potential hazards assessed, smoke damage remains as often little more than a persistent harsh odor that spreads throughout the affected areas and the contents within them. Deodorization techniques such as thermal fogging can remove this, but it is often one of the final steps in our restoration process.

While contending with fire by itself can prove problematic for a homeowner, trying to sort out the steps to recover from the damage can seem impossible. Our SERVPRO of Stockton restoration technicians have the expertise and the equipment to bring your home back to its original condition quickly. Give us a call whenever disasters strike at (209) 477-3090.

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Ultimate Solution to Saving Your Stockton Furniture After Commercial Water Damage

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

When the workplace, various tools and associated projects suffer from water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation and to clean your production area.

How to Save Furniture When Restoring Commercial Water Damage in Stockton

A flooded Stockton workplace presents various challenges. In a bid to extract the water and get back to business, it is possible to overlook some aspects. Unfortunately, such aspects might end up inflating restoration costs. Poorly handled restoration leads to loss of salvageable furniture, and since most of these items are expensive to replace, you end up with an inflated budget that could have been avoided. Our professional restoration services can help you save more of these affected items.
In the restoration of commercial water damage in Stockton, having to deal with different types of furniture presents various challenges. For instance, apart from dirt and rusting, no other water damage is likely to occur on metallic items. However, other damages can occur when moving the items from the affected areas. If a massive filing cabinet drops during such movement, its drawers might jam thus interfering with future operability. Our SERVPRO team can handle any necessary movements safely because we have sufficient workforce and experience.
The damage in wooden items is usually severe unlike in other materials. If left to absorb a lot of water, the wood can develop a wide range of problems. If rot develops, it compromises the structural integrity of the item. Mold might also develop on the item. Finally, any dirt in the water accumulates on the surfaces of the items. For proper restoration, our SERVPRO technicians first spray water from a powerful hose to remove dirt. We also use professional cleaning solutions to deal with traces of white mildew.
Proper drying is critical otherwise, restoration efforts might not bear fruit. If wooden items are put out in the sun to dry, it is likely to cause warping or cracking. Our SERVPRO technicians dry your furniture items indoors and use air movers to speed up drying. In case there are no dry areas within your property where items can be dried, we can move out the items to an offsite facility for proper drying.
For better salvaging of affected furniture items, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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California Dreamin' or Nightmare? Flooding in Stockton Means a Call to SERVPRO

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

California Dreamin'--NO Flooding in Stockton

Making Safety a Priority during Situations Involving Flood Damage Exist in Stockton

Our state holds so many various and drastic changes within its borders and Stockton residents need to prepare for the possibility of any of the disasters that might happen. Crises can happen without warning, and many can create severe property damage as well as risky conditions that can cause injury or loss of life.
SERVPRO technicians live in the same communities our customers do, including Stockton, so we understand how disasters like flood damage can create a multitude of unpleasant life-changing problems. Mudslides may also occur in areas where wildfires have stripped the landscape of trees and vegetation. We can undo the damage and make it plausible for your family to return home. We work as quickly and as steadily as possible to make this happen as soon as possible for you.
Flood damage can cause structural damage that can make your home to twist. If your front door is suddenly out of square and does not close, there is a structural problem. These slight movements might not seem like much because your home remains in the same place, but glass windows can break and shatter under the slightest tension. Flooding brings in filthy water that hides these shards and other dangers from view. We wear personal protective equipment to protect us from cuts and punctures from glass and other sharp objects.
Our cleanup crews use submersible pumps to remove the water left behind and then switch to hand-held extraction units to remove water retained in smaller areas. Once we get this excess removed,  and it can take days, we can concentrate on getting the carpet out so we can dry the flooring underneath. Removing materials left soggy by dirty, contaminated water means we can dry less. It also means we have less to clean and sanitize, making our work progress even faster.
Because flooding can happen at any time, we enthusiastically encourage area residents to prepare for flood damage and other disasters during National Preparedness Month. During such incidents, having enough food and clean water for your family in the event you become trapped in your home becomes a crucial step in protecting your loved ones. The Red Cross can help you learn how to prepare in other ways that can make life more comfortable for youngsters who may not understand the disruption flooding can place on communities.
SERVPRO of Stockton wants to ensure all our residents live in clean, sturdy homes, and mitigating flood damage can make your home temporarily unfit to house your family. Call us at (209) 477-3090, so we can help make everything normal again for you.

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How to Address Mold Damage Concerns as a Resident of Stockton

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home does not need to be a reason to panic. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand BOTH How Mold Proliferates and How to Stop the Spread

The mold damage problem cannot develop within your property when conducive conditions for its growth do not exist. If you notice a musty smell in your building, then there are chances of an existing mold growth condition. We can check for visible mold in high moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, and basements. We understand that it can appear in many colors, as well as look sticky, slimy or fuzzy. If there is a dampness problem in your Stockton home, make use it is addressed as soon as possible.
Controlling the moisture problem is vital when addressing mold damage incidents in Stockton. For instance, if the source of moisture is a broken pipe, our SERVPRO technicians quickly correct the problem. At this point, we are ready to dry the wet items to prevent the spread and occurrence of mold. We only dry items that do not have any visible mold growth since some of the drying techniques can pressurize surfaces and enhance the spread of mold particles to clean areas.
Our SERVPRO technicians always avoid using air movers and other equipment that creates airflow when dealing with visible mold. In such situations, we prevent dispersing mold particles by introducing more controlled conditions. For instance, the introduction of negative pressure prevents the dispersion of the spores. Where possible, we do not employ cleaning techniques that require the use of water-based solutions. Also, we avoid the use of power washing when cleaning vulnerable items such as sheetrock and wallboard since they may get wet.
During mold removal, both dead and live mold spores can settle on exposed surfaces, and there is a need to remove them and minimize the chance of dispersal. Our SERVPRO technicians perform HEPA vacuuming to address such concerns. We also place mold contaminated items in doubled 6mm trash bags ready for disposal.
SERVPRO of Stockton is a reliable service provider that offers mold, storm, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (209) 477-3090 when you need your home or commercial property to be restored the right way.
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How Storm Damage Leads to Water Incidents in Your Lincoln Village Residence

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

A tree that falls on your home during a storm can bring in both water and other outside elements. Contact SERVPRO for remediation options.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Quick Response to Your Water Damage Emergency

Storms can pass through the Lincoln Village area with minimal warning. Given the right conditions, severe systems can adversely affect the exterior of your home which can lead to some acute damages that require the experience and equipment of professional restoration outfits.

While there might not always be a way to prevent storm damages or even the water damage in Lincoln Village they might ultimately lead to in your residence, having a plan in place for how to restore these effects is an excellent place to start. There are a wide array of damages that a storm can do to your home all by itself, but when you take into account the ability to knock down trees and utility line support poles, the threat to your home from powerful winds and torrential rainfall increases exponentially.

One of the first things that you should consider about the potential water damage that could affect your home in the wake of a storm is the penetration of water through your damaged roof. High winds, hail and torrential rainfall can cause a destructive force to the roofing materials used in the construction of your home. If at any point these materials weaken or break away, you have a point of access for runoff water and direct rainfall to seep inside. Our SERVPRO technicians can help to board off or seal over these damaged areas to begin drying and cleanup work right away.

Another something to consider is the effects caused by something falling into your home like the aforementioned tree or utility pole. The heavier weight can cut through thin materials like plywood and allow for water to enter your home unabated. In an emergency like this, it is always good to know that SERVPRO can arrive quickly to help mitigate the loss in this situation before it gets out of control.

From the drying of the water damage to the intricate dehumidification process in insulated areas like the attic or wall cavities, professional restoration like our SERVPRO of Stockton team can help you every step of the way. If you have water damage to contend with, do not hesitate to call us 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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What Mold Damage Does To Your Stockton Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Overcoming mold damage in your Stockton home might be as easy as reaching out to the experienced team at SERVPRO.

What Mold Damage Does To Your Home

Among the leading distressing incidents and disasters that can befall your Stockton residence, many homeowners would have to agree that fungal/microbial growth is sitting near the top of this list. Part of the problem with this discovery is the general lack of information about how it occurred and what can get done to prevent it from happening again once the current situation gets resolved.

Overcoming mold damage in your Stockton home might be as easy as reaching out to the experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians we employ at SERVPRO, but that does not help you to understand why it is crucial for you to do so. Many homeowners might get misled to believe that mold growth in their home is a common occurrence that does not require immediate attention, or worse yet, that the problem goes away on its own.

One of the primary things that you need to understand about mold growth in your home is that the problem does not go away on its own. Colonies can spread very quickly, and the more moisture present in the environment, the more widespread this problem becomes. That is what makes an immediate response so critical for your home, as it does not take long for the colony to get out of control.

Mold growth in your residence affects your house and its occupants directly. As the colony spreads and penetrates more deeply into the materials it seats on, it erodes and degrades this material to an unsalvageable point. The colony itself can cause health effects for the occupants of the house, and this occurrence gets amplified for those already combating respiratory concerns. These unfortunate effects from this presence in your house should be enough to encourage you to correct the problem right away with the assistance of our experienced SERVPRO technicians.

Finding mold growing in your house can be alarming enough, but reaching out to our professional restorers is your best option. Our SERVPRO of Stockton remediation technicians is available 24/7 by calling (209) 477-3090.

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Protecting Your Stockton Church With Professional Water Removal Services

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water can destroy your property within minutes.

Professional Water Removal Services

Many Stockton churches are modernizing their approach to reach the community. This new take on services employs a lot of digital elements and electrical connections to use all of the audio and video hardware necessary for the displays and sound. Emergencies occurring within this sanctuary area can immediately threaten not only structural elements and contents of the room, but prove costly in the form of irreparable damage to this electrical hardware.

Water removal needs in your Stockton church can prove the most disastrous to this equipment. From the moment that moisture and pooling water gets introduced into the equation, electrical components and connections can malfunction and short out, leading to costly repairs and replacements. The best solution is working to get the damage to your church restored as expediently as possible through the rapid response of our SERVPRO professionals.

Our team can appreciate the importance of limiting the overall damage that you might experience from a water loss incident and can work quickly to help isolate the areas that have gotten affected and reduce the possibility of this same damage spreading farther through the building. Apart from protecting this investment you have made in the electrical network throughout your sanctuary, it is last important to preserve the contents and structural elements of the room as well.

Carpeting is a good example of this material that can often get restored, cleaned, and dried if our SERVPRO professionals are made aware of the situation quickly enough. The same can be said for upholstery and fabrics used in modern and even traditional pews. The faster professional restoration technicians can get to work on the problem, the less cost and time spent in the restoration that typically occurs.

There are people who depend on the church, but as a representative for its well-being and care, you are making a choice to protect it and restore it appropriately. You can always count on the rapid response and experience of our SERVPRO of Stockton restoration technicians. Give our team at SERVPRO a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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Common Issues With Flooding In Your Stockton Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

With so many mounting issues that come with flooding damages, professional restoration is your best hope.

Common Issues With Flooding

Creeks, streams, and rivers around the Stockton area are especially susceptible to substantial rainfall. Combatting the effects of flooding in your home is not something that any homeowner is prepared to face, but something that many have to at one time or another. There are many considerations when it comes to flooding that urges the homeowner to choose professional restoration in light of doing the work themselves.

The more that you can understand about flood damages in your Stockton residence, the better prepared you are for facing them. Many times, the damage is too serious to restore or clean up on your own, and the solution to this issue is to leave it in the hands of trusted professionals like our SERVPRO team.

One of the most obvious effects of flooding in your residence is the high volume of water. Within a short period, this presence can overly saturate construction materials and cause irreparable damage to the contents of your home in these affected areas. Mitigation of this damage is critical, and this process is most successful when homeowners waste no time in calling our SERVPRO technicians to get to work on stopping the damage from getting worse.

Another lesser considered aspect of creeks and streams rising is contaminants getting into your home from the runoff. Often many substances are haphazardly dumped into these bodies of water, diluding down to acceptable levels once it merges with a larger body. In your home, however, there could be foreign substances or even chemicals in the water affecting your house.

Mud and debris are also struggles that those facing flood damages have to contend with as well. Even in removing a significant amount of the water, dirt and mud cake to surfaces and saturate through carpeting. This inevitability requires specialized cleaning efforts beyond conventional extraction and drying for the water removal alone.

With so many mounting issues that come with flooding damages, professional restoration is the best hope for efficient removal of the water and quality cleaning efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Stockton technicians a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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Faulty Electrical Outlets Cause Many Instances of Fire Damage in Ortega

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

The Green Fleet from SERVPRO Follows After the Red Fire Trucks in Ortega--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Fire & Smoke Restoration by SERVPRO Is the Best Option

Old electrical wiring and loose outlets in an Ortega residence can cause people to get shocked when using appliances. These problems can also cause fires to occur in homes that would otherwise remain unharmed.
If your Ortega home contains such problems with wiring and other electrical components, fire damage can become a reality for your family. The professional and highly trained technicians at SERVPRO can help restore your home after such an incident. We partner with different professionals, including certified and licensed electricians who can ensure that your home's wiring is safe again before we finish our restoration work. This means one step in the process coincides with our restoration work so your family can come back home even faster if leaving for a time was necessary.
When an electrical fire happens, many other parts of your home may suffer power losses, as well. Because of this, many families decide to relocate until the completion of their house's restoration temporarily. We know this time can seem longer than what it takes, so we work steadily to get everything finished as fast as possible.
In addition to removing charred wall materials and other furnishings inside your home, we also perform water and moisture extraction. Odors come from both stagnant water left in materials, any microbes that reactivate in the moisture, and the smoke that invaded every nook and cranny inside your house during the fire. We understand the science behind these situations and how to resolve them effectively. We know you want to make sure these problems cannot come back and bother your family in some other manner.
To track down moisture, SERVPRO technicians use both infrared detection units that locate these areas based on the changes in temperature that the presence of moisture can cause, and other devices that measure the moisture in the air. Water can easily enter both porous materials, including concrete and brick, and the air, hiding in plain sight. We mitigate these issues and make your home dry again. We have a large inventory of dehumidification equipment.
Odors from smoke may require thermal fogging. Our techniques can make your home smell "Like it never even happened," without any traces of smokiness to affect your meals or other things you enjoy at home. Ozone machines and hydroxyl generators can also be used for specific odor neutralizing efforts.
SERVPRO of Stockton can be contacted by calling (209) 477-3090 at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. We are always here to help those in our community by mitigating fire damage before it can become an ongoing series of problems.

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Wet Basement In Your Stockton Home Can Allow For Mold Damage

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in your Stockton home is something that every homeowner should seek to remedy as quickly as possible.

Mold Damage

Mold in your Stockton home is something that every homeowner should seek to remedy as quickly as possible. With more understanding of the hazards of mold exposure, more potential health effects get attributed to it. That is why services like professional mold remediation exist, to help homeowners remove this presence from their house and help to restore the damage it has caused.

A common location for you to find this mold damage in your Stockton residence is in the basement, though any area offering moisture and warmth could be susceptible. Often, homeowners cannot see the colony at all, but rather know it exists because of the strong, musty odor that emits from thriving fungal growth.

When our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists arrive at your house, one of our first concerns is locating the source of the moisture. Dampness and moisture are requirements for mold growth, so this effect came from a source. In basements, degrading blockwork in the foundation can allow for a persistent humid and moisture-ridden environment. By locating this source, we can work to prevent recurrences in the immediate future.

Once the mold colony has gotten removed from the material, it seated on, and our SERVPRO professionals can get to work on drying the area thoroughly and deodorizing. Drying starves out the mold spores in the air and prevents them from seating, so this is a critical step in our remediation efforts.

Deodorization is also an essential step to take, but this is often one of the final tasks of our remediation technicians. Using thermal foggers, our team can emit a dense fog that breaks apart harsh odor molecules and entirely neutralizes them on contact. This procedure is safe to perform on furniture, fabrics, carpeting and more.

Mold is a serious discovery for any homeowner and a situation that you should work to address as promptly as possible. You can trust our SERVPRO of Stockton remediation technicians to rapidly respond and get to work quickly on removing the colony growing in your house. Give SERVPRO a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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The Work Of Project Managers And Estimators On Lincoln Village Fire Damage Projects

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

A fire might vary in size and severity, but it always comes with lasting damages that are almost impossible to remedy on your own.

Fire Damage Projects

While we often commend fire departments for their diligence and steadfast nature in the face of often extreme conditions, you also panic at the thought of their sirens headed towards your Lincoln Village house. A fire might vary in size and severity, but it always comes with lasting damages that are almost impossible to remedy on your own. Fortunately, there is professional restoration assistance that is just a phone call away.

Once the fire department has successfully extinguished the flames, you get your first look at the house. This initial inspection can often feel a little overwhelming, as your senses work to make sense of how this scene can ever get restored again. Fire damage to your Lincoln Village residence require experience and expertise to overcome, and you need to act quickly to prevent these existing damages from getting any worse.

Our SERVPRO team initially sends a project manager and estimator to your house to begin two separate processes. The first is to walk with you through the house, describing the nature of damages that your home faces and what our professionals can do to restore these issues. Secondly, our estimator works to provide a real-time diagnosis of the overall damage, determining both the cost of restoring what can get restored and keeping a record of items and materials unsalvageably damaged by the flames.

Once the insurance adjuster gets satisfied with the estimate we provide, the claim can get successfully filed, and work can begin to restore your home. Our SERVPRO team begins with the most immediate threats to your property, such as lingering water damage from the extinguishment before taking on other primary effects from the recent fire.

There are few circumstances more nerve-wracking to a homeowner than a fire breaking out. Even on a smaller scale, the damage can quickly spread, and it takes a while to restore all of these individual concerns. Fortunately, you can breathe a little easier when you leave the work in the hands of our dedicated and certified SERVPRO of Stockton fire restoration specialists. We can respond quickly and get to work right away on bringing your home back to the way it used to be. Give SERVPRO a call 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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Loosened Tub Seals Can Lead to Water Damage in Your Stockton Home

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Stockton Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Removes Water and Moisture from Bathrooms Professionally

Daily showers taken by your family in your Stockton residence splashes water up against the sides of the shower stall. While this generally is an expected part of showering and taking baths, water that makes its way behind the tub seal often gets trapped there and eventually travels downward into the area behind the tub.
Problems in your Stockton residence with water damage in the bathroom often come from such water. Drains that leak on their exterior surfaces, between the pipe and the bottom of the tub, can also cause similar problems. When your tub stall's walls have a tiled design, a loss of grout or caulking can also permit water to leak between the tub and the wall.
Although this water might seem unimportant, it can quickly make problems for your home after it gets trapped. Unable to go anywhere else, or to evaporate at a very slow rate, it can rot your walls and the floor underneath the tub. If you notice a weakened floor in your bathroom, imagine the amount of weight a full tub forces on the much weaker floor beneath it, especially when someone takes a bath.
SERVPRO's professionals do more than solely getting the excess water and any damaged materials out when water damage affects a home. We also make sure that we stop any more water from entering where it should not by making small but crucial repairs when possible. Often, we find that this only requires a tightening up of connectors or a new application of plumber's tape. For structural or systemic problems, a general contractor should be called in for the repairs. For more substantial repairs involving broken pipes or drains, we rely on trustworthy and licensed partners to assist our customers with streamlined water damage mitigation. If you call us as soon as you notice a problem, more extensive restorative work may be eliminated.
We bag up and remove any damaged materials in the area. Leaving the area clean helps restoration work begin immediately after. However, we also need to ensure that the area is no longer damp. Moisture left behind can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew once the tub surround goes back to its original location. When we encounter secondary water damage such as microbial infestations, which does happen often, SERVPRO technicians can also perform the remediation that makes things right again, entirely “Like it never even happened.” Our qualified techs can apply an antimicrobial agent to inhibit fungal growth.
SERVPRO of Stockton can help get your house back into its preloss condition again. Contact us at (209) 477-3090 to reach our emergency services number, any hour of any day.

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The Right Restoration Team For Fire Damages To Your Lincoln Village Residence

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Stockton is ready to roll to your fire damage home.

Count on the professionals at SERVPRO for fire damage to your home

As much damage as a fire can potentially do to your Lincoln Village home; you would expect that cleaning up the mess is both complicated and elaborate. Often, homeowners struggle with choosing a restoration team, especially if their insurance company does not recommend one. With the importance of bringing your home back to the way it used to be, choosing the right team can help you to achieve this outcome more efficiently.

While many insurance companies already look to our experienced and professional SERVPRO team to address all manner of disasters that could affect your home, you might not always have the luxury of having this choice made for you. If you are facing fire damages to your Lincoln Village residence, you can count on our professionals to help you to bring your house back to its original condition quickly and correctly.

From the time that our experienced technicians arrive at your home, we get to work quickly on noticing the full scope of the damage and what is necessary to bring it back to its former glory. This assessment both aids in choosing the right personnel for the job, as well as determining equipment necessary to complete it.

With fire damages, soot and smoke are often two of the most significant contributors to keeping you from living comfortably in your house. Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals get trained to handle any of the effects of a fire and have the equipment to overcome these damaging symptoms. For soot damage, the effects can often get dealt with by using specialized vacuums or dry/wet sponges.

Smoke damage often lingers in your home in the form of a noxious odor, but sometimes as persistent debris in the air as well. To combat the scent, a thermal fogger gets used to break apart harsh odor molecules while air scrubbers with filters can trap debris and other contaminants from the air in the affected areas.

While fire damages can appear overwhelming, the right team of professionals can make all the difference. You can count on our SERVPRO of Stockton restoration specialists to make quick work of the damage your house faces. Give us a call anytime you require assistance at (209) 477-3090.

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Lunch N' Learn

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Clayton conducting session.

SERVPRO of Stockton held a Lunch N Learn at Eddie's Pizza at the Marina Plaza. 

Owner and Partner Clayton Barry conducted the session. He covered varies topics regarding restoration and remediation concerns. Key topics in which were covered in Clayton's powerpoint were: Mold, Water Damage, Restoration Equipment, and the how and what's.

The attendees consisted of Property Managers in Stockton, CA.

SERVPRO provided education booklets and folders with helpful information. The information covered may questions and concerns about varies topics. They also provided references and guides to 3rd parties in which can be of use in case of a loss occurred.

All you can eat buffet of pizza, salad, and refillable drinks for everyone! 

& you can never forget dessert! Cupcakes provided by Lisa who is Stockton's Business Developer. 

If you are ever looking to see what exactly what we have to offer here at SERVPRO of Stockton, do not hesitate to give us a call at (209) 477-3090.

Why SERVPRO Requests Move-Outs for Mold Damage in Stockton

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO to remove any mold damage you find in your home.

Mold Remediation by the professional at SERVPRO may require move-out

One of the most challenging aspects of mold damage for many Stockton homeowners is often the prospect of a move-out. While we try to accommodate you as best we can, SERVPRO technicians and inspectors may sometimes mandate and assist with a temporary relocation of any residents to a hotel or second home. Safety is our primary concern when making this decision, but other considerations also factor into any recommendations we may offer on the matter. Read on for more information on why we might request a move-out while taking care of the mold.

Safety Concerns
The most crucial factor in our decision to recommend a move-out for mold damage in Stockton is always safety. Many types of mold can cause health effects throughout the home, and more massive infestations can cause far more severe problems than smaller colonies. If our technicians would not enter the area without safety gear on, they do not expect you to, either. Most circumstances necessitating a temporary move-out require us to use full-body protective suits and other airtight safety equipment while we work in the home. A temporary relocation helps to ensure the health and safety of everyone inside until our tests show both surfaces and the air to be free of contaminants and biohazards.

Our Work Environment
The rest of our decision-making factors usually center around how our technicians can do their jobs with minimal interference. If the infestation has spread around the home and we expect to corner off most of the livable areas, a move-out may be necessary out of accessibility concerns even if there are no safety concerns. However, we take every step we can to keep you in your home if possible, including limiting our work to a section or set of rooms if possible. Only rarely does SERVPRO recommend a move-out without safety codes requiring it.

SERVPRO of Stockton provides mold damage remediation and restoration services for even the most severe problems in local homes. Call us at (209) 477-3090 to find out how we can help.

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Restoration & Insurance

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

How Much Does Mitigation and Restoration Cost? This is a good question. When a disaster strikes a property, people deserve to know what the repairs will cost. At first glance, mitigation and restoration work seems expensive. That is because the labor costs and equipment charges have to support “the cost of doing business” for services that are not readily seen or understood. For example, restorative drying equipment has to be delivered and picked up at each job site. Administrative work is also required to gather job-photographs, measurements, floor-plan sketches and job diaries. These administrative tasks are required to document the work progress and the costs for you, for your insurance company, or a property management agent.  

For the most part, mitigation and restoration costs are determined by using a national third party costing program that features a regional rate sheet. Some of the charges are hourly rates, others are based on the square foot or lineal-foot measurements, and some fees are based upon daily equipment charges.

Most restoration contractors, many general contractors and the majority of insurance companies agree to use these established labor and line item costs. In other words, most reputable companies in the property damage recovery industry charge similar prices.

How Much Will Your Mitigation Work Cost?

Your insurance policy is a legal contract between you and your insurance company. (SERVPRO does not make interpretations concerning your policy or coverage.) Your Insurance Agent can help you understand your policy.

The purpose of insurance is to return your structure and your contents to the condition they were in “one-second before” the damage occurred. Insurance does not pay for mental stress or inconvenience. Some policies may pay for additional living expense if the damage is so severe you need to be relocated. Your insurance company will issue a claim number to identify your loss. All contractors and vendors will need to reference your claim number when they submit invoices (sometimes referred to as estimates). An Insurance Adjuster will also be assigned to your claim. 

Adjusters require information from the restoration company. That is another reason why insurance companies pay us to make a site visit, provide an estimate and a "scope" of services. Adjusters are certified representatives of the insurance company. They also make sure you're properly taken care of per the terms of the coverage you purchased according to the details in your printed policy. They also review and oversee the restoration project to its satisfactory conclusion. This is to assure that the insurance company is not taken advantage of by you (the policyholder) or by the service provider who is working on the claim.

Before the work is underway most restoration companies will discuss a "ballpark cost" including an opinion as to how long the project should take. Before the job is completed "hard numbers" will be presented. At SERVPRO of Stockton, we follow national price guidelines approved by the major insurance companies. Our costs are fair and they are regionally competitive.  Our job is to work on your behalf, to your satisfaction. Our pledge is to fulfill our famous slogan, "Like it never even happened."

Results of Extreme Water Damage

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The severity of a water-damaged location is classified by the source of the water and also by the materials that are affected. Another factor is the size/amount of what was affected. When the source of wetness is clean water, the damage is often less severe than when flooding that is caused by a sewage spill or a groundwater flow. When ceilings and upper walls are wet, it’s far more serious than when only a portion of flooring is wet. Don’t worry, there are times proven methods and scientific formulas to properly mitigate and restore each classification and category of water damage. (Mitigation means to stop and contain the damage, and restore means to rebuild or bring back to prior condition.)

What happens when the damage is really intense, will you need to move out? That is a common question. When facility’s systems such as plumbing, heating, and lighting are compromised, moving out during restoration is often the practical solution. When unsafe and unhealthy conditions are present, occupants should vacate. If habitation seriously impedes the cleanup and restoration efforts (especial when young children or seniors are present, it makes sense to move out. Any time the appropriate situation requires move-out we will respectfully notify your insurance adjuster or your property manager as needed. However, the final decision about moving out will be made between you and your insurance adjuster or property manager/landlord. When a disaster strikes, it is a stressful experience. No one enjoys having their home or workplace damaged or their daily life and routines interrupted. It is normal to feel a sense of helplessness. Interacting with an insurance company and having contractors in and out of your home is not familiar territory. From the start to the completion of a restoration project questions arise. SERVPRO of Stockton will be pleased to provide answers and information. We are here to serve the residents and business professionals of Stockton.

Content Specialists

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There are situations when our Stockton area customers' homes or commercial properties require professional "pack-out" of contents and furniture. This is often done to facilitate drying and cleaning or repair (reconstruction) services to the structure. To make the job site available and to protect your contents.

When the situation demands, our friendly and skilled technicians are well trained and equipped to provide the very best in careful packing and pack-out services.   

The first step is to inspect the furniture and contents to record their condition, determine if the furnishings and contents require being cleaned and treated, restored or perhaps simply stored off-site.

When contents are not damaged and only need to be stored off-site, they will be wrapped with a protective layer of bubble wrap; padded packing blankets and a final layer of plastic that is secured in place with cellophane tape. Fragile stickers and identification labels are placed on each item. A detailed inventory record sheet is made, often including photographs.

Items that need to be cleaned will receive a degree of protective wrapping so they can be taken to our shop for further work.

Once the furniture is made ready for transport, it is carefully taken out of the building to one of our box trucks for delivery to our secure and climate controlled cleaning and storage facility on Stagecoach Road here in Stockton.

SERVPRO has been serving the city of Stockton since 1967. While our professionals are well known for water and fire cleanup of damaged structures, we bring have skills in working with personal belongings and contents and furniture. 

It might be an antique piece of furniture, a valuable oil painting, family heirloom, or a cozy lounge chair from the TV room... it's all important to you, and at SERVPRO of Stockton, that makes it important to us. 

First-Time Concerns

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During a dire life-threatening crisis, it’s preposterous to consider shopping for comparative ambulance quotes. Wisely, city and country agencies regulate ambulance companies to prevent the unscrupulous and opportunistic behavior. When we need a first responder to provide life-saving remedies we make the emergency call fully assured that help is on the way to mitigate and stabilize the situation.

At SERVPRO of Stockton, we are an experienced property damage mitigation and restoration service provider for commercial and income properties. Similar to a medical emergency the response time for property disaster emergencies is also critical. Without prompt mitigation, things usually go from bad to worse. Repair costs increase the longer you wait. Rapid response to property disasters can also keep affected businesses operating and commercial and residential tenants in place. Even if companies and residents are temporarily displaced, prompt mitigation will help them return more quickly.

Yet, some property and facility managers remain hampered by a requirement to collect comparative bids. For example, at our company our telephone receptionists regularly receive calls from onsite property managers who say, “I’ve got standing water on the first floor of my building can you give us a quote?” Our customer service representatives often hear the following comment, “We have to get at least three quotes before we can use an emergency restoration vendor.”

 We understand a client’s responsibility to protect private resources, or public monies by hiring a qualified and approved company that will provide excellent services at a fair price. That’s why we make the following suggestion… 

Please understand that there are two distinct phases of work involved in most property damage cleanup projects. Unfortunately, these two phases are often seen as just one point of service. Admittedly the property disaster recovery industry has not done the best job in describing mitigation and restoration, or how this information can be used to your benefit.

Mitigate: To cause or to become less harsh, to make less severe or painful

Restoration: Bringing back to original position or condition.

Mitigation is the work performed by the first responders who provide critical service to contain the damage to the property. Water mitigation responders extract standing water, move contents to non-affected areas, begin to dry and clean the indoor environment to prevent the moisture from spreading and causing further (secondary) damage.

Using our ambulance analogy, the medical first responders may take the patient to the hospital for further treatments such as surgery and recovery. Similarly, water damage mitigation responders may hand the project over to the restoration team who will bring the property back to its original pre loss condition.

Whether you need emergency property damage mitigation or full restoration (build back) services, SERVPRO of Stockton will be there for you. You have our commitment that our fees are reasonable. We have a plan in place called Green Response. It is a pre-work authorization agreement that allows us to help you without having to sign last-minute paperwork or contracts when a disaster strikes. Our Green Response program is unique to SERVPRO of Stockton. It is a simple two-page document designed especially for professional property and facility managers.

Our customer service and commercial account representatives look forward to serving you. Please get in touch: 209-477-3090

Working as a T-E-A-M

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SERVPRO Disaster/Storm Team

Emergency property damage happens. When it does, a prompt response can save you time and money. The faster a professionalmitigation expert can be on scene to mitigate the disaster the better… the scale of damage is reduced and the inconvenience to the occupants can be minimized. People may be able to stay in their residences and business tenants may be able to continue operating when a skilled response team is in charge. That’s why we provide 24/7 emergency response services for fire and smoke, water damage, sewerage backups, window and door board-ups and crime scene cleanup.

Not everything is an emergency: Property owners, property managers, and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restorations issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why our local SERVPRO franchise performs non-emergency, specialty cleaning and restoration services such as Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, power washing, Asbestos removal and reconstruction services. - You don’t have to have an immediate emergency to use our services.

SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for its expertise in serving insurance companies. SERVPRO is proud to be an important part of that team. We also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

Children Left Unattended Can Cause Fires in Your Ortega Home

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Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Ortega Area

Protect Ortega Area Homes from Fire & Smoke Damage by Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Kids are inquisitive and like to play with anything that they can find, but this endearing trait quickly becomes worrisome when their curiosity causes fire damage in your home. Leaving for a few moments to do something in another room is enough time for them to touch something they should not. Whether matches, a lighter, a candle, the stove, or an electric outlet, children can unknowingly put themselves in danger because of their curious nature. A child playing with matches could light the drapes in your living room on fire. By the time you get to the small-scale blaze with an extinguisher, the curtains have been completely burnt up, and the fire is spreading to cause more damage.

Accidents happen, and it is fortunate that there is professional help close by to address the fire damage in your Ortega home when they do. Our technicians can rush to your home as soon as we get your call. It is imperative for you to call for professional help no matter the scale of the fire; even a small blaze can leave behind damage that only a professional has the proper tools to remediate. If an expert gets to the damage swiftly, they are more likely to be successful in their remediation, as smoke and soot do more damage over time. The acidic nature of these combusted by-products can do great harm to plastics, metals, and even etch and damage glass surfaces.
SERVPRO technicians come to your home with advanced industrial-grade technology. We strive to address all aspects of fire damage, including the sight and smell. We can use one of three methods to help remove the greasy soot from your walls: abrasive, lubricative or chemical cleaning. All of these methods attempt to detach the soot from the surface they are adhered to. While working on the soot stains, SERVPRO can use air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture the malodorous particles in the air and neutralize them.
Do not delay when something causes a fire in your home. Dial (209) 477-3090 to contact SERVPRO of Stockton. We strive to remediate your home as quickly as possible.

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SERVPRO is your Refrigerator Hero

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How to Eliminate Serious Refrigerator Odors

During daily use, refrigerators will often pick up bad odors from food. These odors are usually controlled by performing regular refrigerator cleaning using a mild detergent and by keeping an odor absorbent material inside the refrigerator. Baking soda or granulated charcoal is the most common deodorizer used for this purpose. However, in time these absorbents become “full.” They lose effectiveness after a few weeks to a couple of months. Change them before they wear out. This keeps a refrigerator smelling clean and fresh.

Landlords, Are You Ready for a Fire Emergency?

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Electrical fire damage, kitchen area affected.

If one of Your properties suffers a fire or serious water damage here’s what often happens: Your first awareness may be from the tenant, or perhaps a property manager.

(This is not necessarily a bad thing… but its unexpected bad news.) The early information about the event is usually not very accurate.

(There are many reasons for this.)

Several Fire Chasers may be on sight, and some will be pressuring your occupant for the Restoration Job. (It is always best if you select the right company to fix the damage.)

Here’s What Happens to You: It is perfectly normal to be worried, to imagine the worst. (It’s human nature because this is a shocking event.)

You will contact your insurance company.(They may not respond quickly. They may not provide all the information you need to move forward in a timely manner.)

You will have a whole bunch of choices to make. (Unless you have been through a fire or large water damage before, it’s confusing.) 

We Invite You to Be Prepared!

SERVPRO of Stockton provides free disaster preparedness advice for income property owners. We’re also approved vendors for many major insurance companies. We would be glad to visit with you at your office or property, or you’re welcome to visit us at our cleaning and restoration facility. At the very least let’s chat for a few minutes by phone.

Being prepared to deal with a water or fire occurrence before it happens provides you peace of mind. Knowing how to work with your insurance company is invaluable. Having an experienced and ethical emergency vendor in place takes the burden off your shoulders. There’s no charge for doing this, other than a few minutes of your time. For several of my customers, this has been time well spent.

 SERVPRO of Stockton, (209) 477-3090

Lunch N' Learn

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Lunch and Learn & Educational Programs for Stockton Insurance Agents, Property Managers & Building Engineers are provided by SERVPRO of Stockton. CE classes provide California State approved Continuing Education for industry credits. Out (CE) classes are about Water Damage Mitigation, Fire Cleanup, Mold, Odor Control and even Ethics. These classes are usually between two and three hours in length and include a lunch. There is no fee for our educational programs.

We also offer Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics. These classes always include a breakfast or lunch. We speak on a variety of topics designed specifically for insurance agents, realtors and building engineers. We have programs that are fifteen minutes in length and expanded versions that are thirty minutes long. Our team is pleased to customize a presentation for your company on topics that are of interest to you. Usually, participates will ask questions. You can expect your group to spend ten to fifteen minutes addressing these questions. While State certified credits are not available for the Lunch and Learn programs, our clients find them to be valuable and even apply certain topics to their safety training programs.

It would be our pleasure to provide your organization with information about the disasters and problems that can affect your properties and clients, and the remedies to make it… "Like it never even happened."

In Stockton, we have delivered CE classes for insurance agents, and Real Estate professional. We have designed and delivered customized presentations for the City of Stockton School Department, the local Red Cross and a number of private real estate and property management companies. If you have interest in our education programs, please contact us at 209-477-3090. Let’s see how we can help you.

A Riverside City Like Stockton Can Flood During a Storm and Cause Damage

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Contact SERVPRO if your home is facing a flooding situation. Our technicians arrive quickly to start drying out your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

When a city is founded beside a river, it provides an excellent source of running water, but the city also has the potential of sustaining flood damage during storms. The unique geographic position that some homes hold near the river means that they also run the risk of flooding during an unusually severe storm. Excessive rainwater, intense winds, and debris that are carried by the rushing water make this situation dangerous for the longevity of your home. Fortunately, once the storm settles, and the water returns to the river, professional help nearby is only a phone call away.
A wayward rock breaking a window is an easy way that water can rush into your living room and cause flood damage in Stockton. Your hardwood floors, expensive furniture, and electronics are all in danger from the moment the water touches them. Unfortunately, the longer the water sits without removal, the more damage it can cause to your precious belongings.
Wood can warp and blister when exposed to water while it absorbs it, and electronics can short out. Allowing this water to sit stagnant for even a couple of days runs the risk of letting microbial growth to occur. Mold growing in your home can cause further damages and thus eat more expenses to remediate. It is best to call for help as soon as you find flood water in your home.
Here at SERVPRO, we strive to get to your home as soon as we can after your call. Our IICRC-certified technicians can bring industrial quality trade technology to your home so they can extract the water as quickly as possible. Using tools like extractors, submersible pumps, and wet/dry vacuums allow SERVPRO to remove the water swiftly. Acting immediately is what lets us move onto drying out your home.
When the river in your city floods and causes damage to your home, do not pause. Phone SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090. Let us help you return your home to its pre-flood state.

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How Standing Water Removal in Stockton Can Get Complicated

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Looks Out for Many Possible Complications of Drying Out a Water Damaged Home

Standing water can be one of the most destructive forces possible to have in a home if it is not taken care of quickly. Without timely care and attention, standing water can create mold damage problems, destroy structural elements, and create persistent safety hazards in any affected areas. Standing water removal in Stockton must also be done quickly, lest the damage grow worse with time. SERVPRO can remove most standing water from your home in a matter of hours, but some variables can complicate matters for us.

Hard-to-Reach Places
While we do have the equipment required for standing water removal from Stockton homes' harder places to reach, the presence of water in these places can still make our work more challenging. In some cases, we may need to use portable water extractors when a vehicle-mounted pump would be desirable for the amount of water present. We take care not to cause additional damage to your home when finding solutions to water trapped in odd spots and carefully monitor the environment for additional problems (such as mold damage) that can result from a modified water extraction process.

Electrical Hazards
Some water disasters can create shock hazards as water overtakes power outlets, electronics, and common appliances in the area. SERVPRO technicians wear protective clothing to prevent most accidents from happening, but still, take care to exercise caution whenever these risks exist. We advise you to never enter an area with standing water to avoid risks of electrocution.

Structural Destabilization
In some situations, standing water may cause enough damage to the building to cause moderate or severe structural failures. Our inspectors are trained to look out for these indicators and advise both you and our technicians on risks present in the building. While we can still work in most areas with signs of structural damage, we must take extra safety precautions. Risks can multiply with time, so be sure to contact us early on to avoid as many issues as possible.
SERVPRO of Stockton is a locally-owned provider of water removal and restoration work with national resources, backing, and training. Call us at (209) 477-3090 for our help removing water from your home.

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Remain in Business While We Restore Water Damage to Your Stockton Commercial Building

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Contact SERVPRO now to prepare your company before water damage strikes to help minimize the damage and keep your doors open.

Prepare Your Business in Case of a Water Emergency with SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan and Profile

When a Stockton business faces the devastation caused by water incursion its owners and managers experience many concerns. Not only is there worry about the cost and effort to physically restore the property, but there is also anxiety about how customers and the public may react to the disaster. Fast and reliable restoration services are what you need, and what we offer.

Water damage to a Stockton business has the potential to close its doors permanently. An established customer base means little if you cannot meet their needs for a period of time. Our crews respond fast, and our management commits to working with you if at all possible to keep an ever-expanding section of your business open while restoration proceeds.

Consider approaching SERVPRO long before any disaster to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We extend this opportunity to you so we can best serve as your restoration contractor if disaster strikes. One of our experienced IICRC certified managers travels to your site and evaluates your layout and learns about your business. Recommendations to avoid permanent loss of critical documents, equipment, and inventory should your property suffer a water damage event minimizes your potential downtime in case the worst happens.

You take control of listing your priorities and designating key employees to act on your behalf when you use our mobile app to answer a series of questions designed to develop a concise water damage recovery plan. Identifying SERVPRO as your preferred restoration partner and listing vendors and contractors who sold or leased your business equipment streamlines the recovery process. Locations of utility shut-offs and a ranking of restoration priorities get our responders off to a running start.

Water damages quickly and progressively, and SERVPRO reacts fast and with a full complement of the equipment and products we know we need to address your water damage scenario on service vehicles driven directly to your business. Water extraction, moisture level measurement, and determination of drying goals proceed seamlessly. Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters positioned properly speed the restoration, and we endeavor to complete our water mitigation tasks while you reassure your clientele that you are still in business.

Take advantage of our on and off-site specialized drying resources during the crisis. Items you fear are destroyed often can be coaxed back to functional condition, saving you money and time as the water damage mitigation runs its course. Solutions like freeze-drying for documents, drying mats for floors, and the assurance that our team scans for and locates hidden pockets of moisture relieves your mind and rewards your hard preparation work with a thorough and speedy transformation “Like it never even happened.”

Reassure your customers that your water disaster leaves them unaffected when you partner with SERVPRO of Stockton. Call (209) 477-3090 now to develop a preparedness plan that keeps your business afloat while we remove the water.

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Fighting Mold after Water Damage in Stockton

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After water damage, it is likely to also have mold growth. SERVPRO is highly trained and experienced remediating mold damage.

Call SERVPRO after Water Damage to Help Prevent Mold Growth

Sometimes a slow leak occurs inside your Stockton townhome causing damage that goes unnoticed. Many times people do not know that water damage occurred until they notice a foul mildew smell or see the presence of black mold. Once mold exists, spores created by the fungus can travel to other rooms inside your townhouse.

The spores easily become air-bound and travel to other areas of your home, possibly creating an issue with fungi in other areas besides the source. SERVPRO's technicians know how to mitigate mold issues after water damage happens in Stockton. We always follow a strict set of procedures when mitigating fungal issues so that the fungus does not spread into other areas of the townhome complex.

Water damage scenarios create increased moisture that makes a good environment for mold development. Mold needs water, food and the ideal temperature to form and become a problem. Mold feeds off of any organic materials including paper and wood.

Various strains of mold grow in different temperatures. Some rare mold strains develop in extremely cold or hot temperatures. However, most types of fungi develop between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most types of fungus need incredibly high levels of moisture to survive. Although, some mold strains exist in rooms that have a relative humidity of 65%. When trying to prevent mold growth after a water damage situation, we attempt to drop the relative humidity below 65%.

The time it takes for mold to develop depends on the conditions. Some forms of fungus grow within twelve hours of a water damage problem taking place. Other molds grow into colonies but take between 24 and 48 hours to develop.

Most townhouses offer many food sources for a fungus. Outside dirt, drywall, carpet, and paper all offer mold growth opportunities if the moisture levels and the temperature inside are ideal. The more time that passes, the worse a mold problem can get.

If water sits inside your home for a long time, then it spreads to areas where microbes already exist and cause mold to develop. For help preventing fungus growth, call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 24/7.  

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Maintenance Checks on Water-Using Appliances Can Prevent Water Damage to Residences in Stockton

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage from a Faulty Appliance in Your Stockton Home? Contact SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Damages Caused by Unwanted Water Leaks

Outside sources such as overflowing creeks and rivers near Stockton might come to mind when people think of water damage. However, most homes that suffer from the effects of water do so because of malfunctioning appliances.
Stockton residents help protect their homes from water damage when they know their appliances' setup. Many require water and typically perform as we expect them to function. The amount of water that can invade your home after an appliance's hose slips loose or cracks open can number in the hundreds of gallons. When this happens, you need a professional company that can handle both the extraction of the standing water and the task of drying out your home. At SERVPRO, our employees are dedicated professionals that many earn certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and WST Water Damage Restoration, meaning they arrive at your home prepared and capable of performing the work necessary.
Our job is not only to remove the offensive water but also to restore your home's interior. We want to leave it just as you remember it, "Like it never even happened." Our Green Fleet includes trucks mounted with large and powerful pumps. These submersible units can quickly extract the water covering your floors. Rapid water extraction helps stop the water from spreading further and preventing additional absorption of moisture by the materials in your home.
Water seeps into anything porous almost immediately, requiring the use of heat, increased air currents, and machines to dehumidify your residence's interior environment. The air absorbs substantial amounts of water, which can then find its way to other areas of your home that otherwise would remain unaffected by the incident.
We work hard to get your floors dry again and prevent any undesired effects such as warping or cupping, which can become permanent requiring expensive replacement. Our SERVPRO techs can place special floor mats that not only increase the heat to the area, but they also extract the water within carpet layers or tongue and groove flooring joints to salvage these costly materials. While carpet restoration experts can rarely clean and restore carpeting adequately after it suffers through a flood from the outdoors, the chances significantly increase when water comes only from an internal source.
SERVPRO of Stockton restores homes in the areas around Ortega and Lincoln Village after events leading to water damage and other disasters. Call us at (209) 477-3090 for both large and small problems involving your home.

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Commercial Mold Damage In Stockton Sports And Recreation Venues

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Buildings in Stockton Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Cleanup

The SERVPRO Approach to Mold Remediation Follows Specific Protocols

Like any large metropolitan area, Stockton and the surrounding areas have many places where the public, students, and professional athletes gather to train, work out, play, and attend sporting and other events. The locker rooms, gyms, showers, training areas, restrooms, and a host of other spaces in a sports arena, health club, or gym can struggle with mold damage. We have the training and capacity to manage even extensive commercial mold remediation projects.
Mold needs one fuel to start its development from innocuous spore to active colony -- moisture. In Stockton’s sports and recreation venues, mold damage links to the many sources of water available. Because liquid moisture is a constant factor in these kinds of facilities, mold remediation must include strategies to reduce its presence. The steam rooms, showers, pools, saunas, and other areas also struggle with high humidity which can cause mold growth by itself when in excess of 60 percent. Our technicians train to meet or exceed industry standards in a comprehensive approach to mold remediation, including eliminating excess water and reducing ambient humidity levels.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols to follow when remediating mold in commercial buildings and schools. We follow these steps to the letter as we respond to mold damage in sport and rec settings. SERVPRO technicians use physical barriers and advanced equipment including negative pressure air scrubbers with high-efficiency filters to contain the mold-infested area. Clad in personal protective equipment, our employees remove active mold colonies, including porous materials infiltrated with mold, and use proven mold remediation products and HEPA filtered vacuums to physically rid areas of moldy debris.
We then work with the business to adapt environments and cleaning routines to ensure moisture and humidity are controlled to prevent future mold damage events. SERVPRO has the unique ability to view the problems without the investment an in-house cleaning department might have. Our training and experience help recreation and sports facilities reach a baseline of moisture management that inhibits ongoing problems with mold growth.
SERVPRO of Stockton has the technology and the technicians to turn a chronic commercial mold damage problem around. Call us at (209) 477-3090 to schedule an assessment.

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Water Removal And Dehumidification Under Floors In Your Stockton Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water or flood damage can compromise the structure and integrity of your home if the cleanup process is not handled by experts in restoration.

Water Removal And Dehumidification

Following flood damage in Stockton homes, the priority is to restore the affected property to its original condition as quickly as possible. Water or flood damage can compromise the structure and integrity of your home if the cleanup process is not handled by experts in restoration. The process should focus on minimizing secondary damage efficiently and effectively, as well as limiting disruption for the homeowner.

If your property is affected by a flood, either from a natural disaster or a plumbing problem, you can count on SERVPRO for emergency restoration services. We are available 24/7 to offer advice on cleaning up after a flood. Our staff and technicians use IICRC-certified methods to reverse water damage in the house and dry the structure in emergency situations.

It is important to contain the damage closing off the affected area as soon as possible. This is designed to prevent outside air and other elements that may add humidity to the space. It is equally important to eliminate the moisture as fast as possible. In most cases, this can be achieved by adding heat to the room.

SERVPRO water removal experts use a combination of various techniques to keep the water from penetrating deep into floors, walls, furniture and other parts of the building. In the event of underfloor water damage, it is usually necessary to replace the wet insulation under the flooring. This work is time-consuming and may keep the room virtually useless until the repair work completes.

However, in many instances, SERVPRO staff can use an advanced dehumidifier to boost heat to the process. This also helps to reduce the need for tearing up the flooring and saves a lot of money. The process involves feeding hot dry air underneath the floor using ducts from the dehumidifiers.

Water damage to your flooring can be costly and an inconvenience. If there is a flood in the house, SERVPRO of Stockton can provide quick and efficient water removal services. We are available 24/7, every day of the week. Call us anytime at (209) 477-3090.

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Removing Flood Damage in Ortega

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Floodwater is usually categorized as black water, being very contaminated and dangerous.

SERVPRO Categorizes Water in Your Home into Three Categories

Removing water from Ortega homes is, for the most part, a matter of time and having the right equipment at hand. If the water contains soil, sewage, or other debris, it is contaminated and can be both a greater expense and physical threat to the residents.

SERVPRO inspects and divides the water from Ortega flood damage into three types: Clean, Gray, and Black. Clean water is the simplest to remove, but the other two have specific requirements which may require specific precautions, tools, and protective gear.

Clean Water poses no real risk to personal health. Our response teams do not need any protective gear other than rubber boots to avoid getting their feet wet. To prevent mold or other contamination from forming in the water and turning it gray, we quickly remove it from each home.

Teams can do this by setting up pumps to drain the majority of the water and then switch to extraction wands to remove surface moisture and draw remaining water out of carpets and floorboards. Removing it quickly also lowers the risk of damage to drywall and other building materials. If the air is very humid, we can establish dehumidifiers to bring it down to normal levels.

Gray Water contains very low levels of contamination. Common sources are bathroom water, urine, and water from aquariums. These contaminants also cause bacteria to form and grow across the surface of the water quickly. Eventually, the bacteria grows large enough to become airborne and spread to uncontaminated areas of the home. Before starting any removal work, SERVPRO technicians spray the water and any nearby surfaces with an anti-fungal agent to kill any active mold spores.

Black Water is heavily contaminated. Much of the stormwater that gets inside a home contains a little bit of everything that it moved over before stopping. That means raw sewage and even animal carcasses depending on the severity of the flood. Water from a nearby hospital may also contain traces of medical waste.

To stop the threat of health effects, technicians put on protective gear to include masks and spray an anti-fungal agent over everything that they may touch. We pump the contaminated water into a tank truck for transportation to a water treatment plant for disposal.

Rain is in the near forecast, so if you are dealing with previous flood damage, now is the time to contact SERVPRO of Stockton. Call us at (209) 477-3090 today with any questions or to schedule a team visit.

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Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Stockton Residents

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

To learn more about the effects water damage has on your Stockton area home, contact a qualified restoration company for help.

Water Damage Restoration Services

New and existing homeowners in Stockton may not fully understand what water damage is or how they can help avoid these problems in their home. Being more informed about common causes of water damage and the results can help you deal with the problem more efficiently.

To learn more about the effects water damage has on your Stockton area home, contact a qualified restoration company for help. We can provide you with IICRC certified technicians 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, and help you on your road to recovery, faster.

Water damage can occur anywhere within the walls of your property; it can result from storms, floods, plumbing problems, appliance malfunctions, roof leaks, foundation cracks, poor drainage, overflows and more. It only takes small amounts of water to create damage to your home. Unfortunately, many of these situations can produce several inches of water in your home in less than a day.

Water intrusions can introduce your home to dangerous contaminants, which leads to the removal, replacement, cleaning, and disinfection of many materials, contents, and even structural components if given enough time. SERVPRO’s technicians can respond immediately to water problems in your home and take any necessary steps to prevent additional damages, mold growth, corrosion, or rot.

If this type of situation occurs in your home, get your family to safety and avoid reentering your home without professional help. Contact SERVPRO right away to avoid irredeemable damages, increased losses to wood framing, walls, carpeting, and alternative flooring options like hardwood floors.

Everything caught in the area affected by water damage can experience loss, this includes baseboards, insulation in your walls, furniture, unprotected wood, drywall, and any personal property. A SERVPRO technician can fully assess any damages that exist on your property and help you make the proper steps towards recovery, returning your home to a quality pre-water damage condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of Stockton offers professional water damage cleanup and restoration services throughout Ortega, Lincoln Village, and surrounding areas call today (209) 477-3090.

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Sump Pump Failure Can Result In Flood Damage To Your Stockton Home

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Sump Pumps Help Stockton Properties Mitigate Storm Damage--SERVPRO Tip

Stockton Structures Under Water from Storms--Call SERVPRO

Stockton has a rich history, but with this age comes the understanding that many homes have gotten constructed well before modern implements to divert water. While there is certain equipment that can get installed into your home to help contend with water that works its way in (sump pumps being a good example), these are not cure-alls to the problem that exists by any stretch of the imagination.  

Many people who have equipment like sump pumps installed in their homes understand that if this equipment were to fail one day, the result could be a significant water emergency. Without other means of water diversion like functioning French drains or adequately applied waterproofing to the exterior of your foundation, you can be dealing with flood damage to your Stockton home if equipment like your sump pump fails and severe weather strikes.  
The unfortunate truth about machinery and equipment like this is that it is not designed to work forever. In fact, even the best pumps are only rated to get used for a specific number of years before they require replacement. When they officially malfunction or quit altogether, the resulting water damage to your lower levels can become catastrophic. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly in an emergency situation like this and work to keep the damage from getting worse.  
With any flooding event to your home, regardless of the cause, our restoration process remains the same. We begin with extracting the present water from the affected area. With substantial volumes, a truck-mounted pump from our fleet often gets dispatched to the site. Once the standing water gets removed, drying efforts with air movers and dehumidification equipment can begin. Other crew members may simultaneously be relocating personal belongings and furnishings to dry regions of the home if there are any.
An overall assessment can get done by our SERVPRO restoration specialists to determine the cause of the flooding and offer solutions to prevent it from reoccurring. While the construction of your home decades ago might have left you without modern water diversion devices, there are still ways to seal up weakened areas to prevent unabated water penetration.  
When you encounter flood damage to your home, it is often something best left to professional restoration specialists like ours. We can ensure that all of the water gets successfully extracted so that there are no lingering effects for you or your family. You can reach our SERVPRO of Stockton emergency response team anytime at (209) 477-3090.

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What To Expect From Professional Mold Remediation In Stockton

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Buildup in Stockton Homes Can Lead to Mold Damage--Contact SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Growths in Stockton Properties and Explains How

Whether you discover obvious colonies of mold inside your Stockton home or are suspicious of a musty smell that does not go away, you need support from professional mold remediation experts. Mold outbreaks are a cause for concern but can be well-managed if trained and experienced technicians handle the abatement. Our IICRC trained employees have a solid mastery of the proper protocols for mitigating mold.

Mold damage in Stockton does not need to create panic in your household. Understanding what services a reliable mold remediation company delivers is essential to a homeowner trying to be responsible and proactive when faced with active mold growth. A reputable remediator never promises to make a dwelling mold-free or guarantees that the services and treatments provided prevent mold from recurring for a specified period. We instead offer a proven process that deals with a current infestation efficiently and lays out a practical approach that when followed minimizes the risk of future mold growth.
SERVPRO employs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to remediate mold colonies. Our employees can locate and contain the areas where the mold grows. Containing is a precise concept that has at its heart the prevention of permitting moldy material from migrating throughout the living spaces during remediation. We accomplish this by using physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting and by taking advantage of our technologically advanced equipment like air scrubbers. These cutting-edge machines use negative air pressure to confine most mold particles within the working area, filtering the air exhausted to the outdoors.
SERVPRO employees wear personal protective gear while working in the containment spaces. We evaluate whether the mold lives on a non-porous surface that can be scrubbed clean and disinfected, or if the mycelium invades the interior of the object affected. If the fungi are found beneath the surface, the contaminated materials must be removed and bagged with the mold before proper disposal per local hazardous waste rules. After removing the moldy materials, we use vacuums with HEPA filters to eliminate every particle of mold in the containment area and apply professional-grade antimicrobials to inhibit future growth.
After the containment area returns to its former use, SERVPRO concentrates on the only truly effective strategy to help prevent mold from returning. We seek and find the source of moisture that activated the mold spores always in your home. Then we work closely with you to eliminate the water from intruding again. It might be a plumbing job, a regrading of the ground around your home, unclogging gutters, or recalibrating AC or dehumidifiers, among many other possibilities, which stems the flow or condensation of moisture. Control the moisture, and you gain control over the mold.
Mold remediation is a process that begins and ends with minimizing moisture. SERVPRO of Stockton has decades of experience in managing mold behind its current practices. Call (209) 477-3090 to schedule an appointment to get you some answers to your mold questions.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Ortega

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Accidents happen, and many people find themselves in a situation where a minor fire starts in their home.

Fire Damage Specialists

Nobody ever expects horrible things to happen inside their beautiful Ortega home. House fires are something that most people do not think will ever happen to them. However, mishaps do take place, and one day it is possible that you have a fire inside your home.

Accidents happen, and many people find themselves in a situation where a minor fire starts in their home. If this ever happens to you, it's a good idea to call SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Ortega. Some people have small fires start inside their home, and they can put it out quickly.

However, even though you may not see an excessive amount of burn damage where the fire started it is still wise to call in SERVPRO to inspect the damage. Many times a fire causes damage that is not in the exact area of the source of the blaze. When a fire burns, it creates an excessive amount of smoke that spreads to all areas of your home.

The smoke a fire puts out can cause a surprising amount of damage. It can cause soot residue to build up on surfaces not close to where the fire started. A fire started in one room possibly creates odors that are present in other sectors of the home. A fire sometimes embeds an unpleasant burn smell into contents inside your home.

Any of these issues, if not treated correctly, might result in permanent damage to your house. When you call in the professionals, it is now up to them to figure out every area fire or smoke damage may exist. We are skilled at diagnosing every unique situation. Our experienced team knows how to find things that get ruined in the most unexpected places. Our team also knows the best procedures and practices we can use to mitigate the problem.

We are IICRC certified and skilled in all areas of fire damage restoration. Our experts know how to use the best equipment available in the industry to remove damage caused by the smoke. We can remove soot from surfaces such as walls and the ceiling with sponges and industry-specific chemicals. If needed we have equipment that will use ozone technology to get rid of odors.

It is always a devastating experience when a fire starts inside your home. Let our team take some stress out of the situation for you and call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090, for help 24/7.

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When Your Lincoln Valley Pet Business Needs Water Removal Services

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water from Flooded Boarding Services in Stockton--We Love Animals

SERVPRO Loves Animals and Helps to Secure Water Damaged Boarding Locations

Animal shelters and boarding locations for pets provide a much-needed service to the Lincoln Village area. When natural disasters like flooding strike these kinds of establishments though, it is critical to get the issues resolved quickly so that the animals in the building do not have to get relocated to a new facility. While it could be tempting to try and resolve the issues with the limited staff you have, these situations should get left to professional restoration companies.

Shelters and boarding for pets both require the need to be open and available whenever people might need them, and a crisis like a significant water emergency could jeopardize that. If you find your Lincoln Valley business in need of water removal services, it is best to call as soon as you can. By calling quickly, our professional SERVPRO technicians can work to ensure that the animals you have in your care are not threatened by the present high volume of water and do not need to be relocated to another place while the restoration occurs.
All in all, our SERVPRO team works to mitigate any losses that might result from incidents like this by acting decisively and quickly to resolve the water emergency. Our professional staff assess the damages to the facility and ensure that the point of water penetration has been sealed off to prevent further pooling and that the restoration efforts are successful.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, we have several tools that can get used to extract the water from the affected area. Most commonly in flooding situations, our team uses pump trucks from our fleet to efficiently pull the water from the floors and prepare the area for drying and potential repairs that could be necessary. Our technicians work alongside your staff to ensure that our restoration efforts do not affect the flow of your business as much as possible, which can prevent profit loss from the incident while we clean up the mess. This can also add to the safety and well-being of both employees and guest animals.
We cannot help you to fix a mess that we did not know existed. If you are dealing with any manner of a water emergency, you can always call SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090.

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Flood Damages from Trees Too Close to Ortega Homes

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO suggests keeping an eye on trees near your home for broken branches or dead limbs and take care of them before they damage your home.

SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration Services for Any Size Disaster

While you often think of trees as permanent fixtures in your property’s landscape, their presence can also be an impending threat to your home if they die or become damaged during a storm. Subsequent hard storms could cause the tree to lose its limbs, or fall over entirely into your home. Ortega homes are at risk for those not paying close attention to damaged trees within striking distance of their residences.

This reality, of course, does not imply that you can prevent possible flood damage to your Ortega home by removing all of the trees on your property, but it does warrant pause for inspection given what could happen when a tree decides to fall apart. If you have ever attempted to pick up a full branch of a tree on your own, you immediately remember the excessive weight and size. Now imagine the damage that a falling branch like this could do to the siding or roof of your home if it were to fall off unexpectedly.

Our SERVPRO team has seen significant storm damages which have taken down both branches and trees alike. The resulting damage is often gaping holes through the siding and walls of your home, broken windows, or holes in your roof. Any one of these conditions could allow high volumes of torrential rainfall into your house, which is often far too complicated to stop on your own.

Damage assessment is one of the preliminary steps that our SERVPRO professionals take. This assessment allows our team to map out entire restoration plans based on not only preparing your home for possible reconstruction efforts but also to get any water-damaged areas of your house restored promptly. This process is often done in conjunction with your insurance company to hasten the restoration process and keep your out-of-pocket expenses in the process to a minimum.

Tree damage is often a significant culprit to water and flood damages to homes throughout Ortega. Inspect the trees and be on the lookout for dead limbs to remove them before they remove themselves at a costly expense to your home. For help cleaning up the mess quickly and efficiently, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Stockton a call. We can be reached 24/7 at (209) 477-3090.

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Restoring Fire Damage To Your Stockton Property

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Candles in Your Stockton Home Can Cause Fires and Hide Odors--Call SERVPRO for Solutions

Odor Control Is Critical for Restoration After Smoke & Fire Damage

Fires are a devastating force, and they are rarely able to be prevented entirely. The destruction they can leave in their wake might not always be the kind that forces you to relocate while serious reconstruction efforts are underway, but they almost always require professional services to restore the damages and mitigate your overall loss from the incident. After a fire to your Stockton home, what should you do next?
The first thing that you are going to want to do is assess the fire damage to your Stockton residence and see the total affected area. While this might be an overwhelming task, this is instrumental when you call our SERVPRO team of specialists to have them begin formulating a restoration plan. Pre-inspection on your part ensures that the priorities you determine for more comfortable living in the house happen first.
Depending on the size of the blaze, extinguishing efforts can leave water damage to put on top of the evident soot damages lingering foul odors. Fortunately, we at SERVPRO consider all of these central focal areas to be steps in the total restoration of fire damaged homes. We have the tools and equipment to clean your walls, floors, and contents of your home back to a preloss condition.
We have deodorizing foggers that can affect the odor molecules left lingering in the air and neutralize them completely. Deodorization happens through the introduction of a dense fog. While this fog itself is odorless, the molecules it contains pairs with the free-floating smoke molecules that are left behind and leave no scent remaining at all. The process does not mask an old smell with a new one, but instead wholly neutralizing the charring and smoke smell at a molecular level.
Water restoration efforts are another part of the SERVPRO approach if firefighting efforts have caused problems for your house as well. These issues could be pooled water in specific affected areas or a lingering dampness. Drying and removing the water is an essential part of restoring your home back to preloss conditions, as well as preventing the possibility of mold growth from lasting moisture.
While a fire in your home can be devastating, take some of the overwhelming cleanup jobs and put them into trusted hands like our SERVPRO professional technicians. You can reach us at SERVPRO of Stockton anytime at (209) 477-3090.

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Mold Damage Ortega Calls for Inspection and Remediation

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Ortega? Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Issues in Your Ortega Property

We do not usually associate mold with California. The sunny weather makes people think it cannot happen in a city like Ortega, but the truth is very different. As long as mold spores have a source of food and moisture, it can expand and grow in any home.

With those two factors in place and a temperature between 68 and 86 degrees, mold damage in Ortega homes can happen year-round. The food source is the building material itself; i.e., drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, and even the wood in wall framing. The moisture source can be a tiny pool of water from a leaking roof or a loose intake hose on a dishwasher. SERVPRO has over three decades of experience in finding the origin of mold and eliminating both it and the sources that feed it.
We trace mold to its origin point using visual inspections, air content meters, and the nose of course. Many fungi give off that tell-tale musty odor which is how many people first suspect a problem. Unfortunately, it does not provide a location past which end of the house it might be.
Our best tool for finding the mold is an air content meter. With it, technicians measure various points in the home until we find the highest content and then follow it back to the highest number we can measure. Once we have that, the visual inspection begins. At times, a mold stain is visible on a wall or object, and we can start from that point with the inspection.
SERVPRO looks above ceilings and removes and checks behind floor and wall trim. If we do not see mold, then we have to look at the walls and under carpets. Once a technician finds it, he follows the growth back to the point of origin, marking locations where there is a source of water and where the mold has grown into building material, feeding on it.
When we have the point of origin, we can exterminate the mold. Technicians remove the water or moisture and if possible, repair the source of the leak. We then spray the affected surfaces with an anti-fungal agent and then remove the material that has mold growing into it.
Stopping and removing mold is not a simple task, but we can accomplish it safely and quickly. If you have or merely suspect a mold problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090 today. We are here to help.

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Deodorizing After a Flood Damage: How is it Done?

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fast Removal needed to Mitigate Odors and Other Damages caused by flooding.

A Hidden Adverse Effect from Flooding--Odors

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

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

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

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

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

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

How SERVPRO's Expertise Shows In Stockton Mold Damage Remediation

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Once the mold has been killed the remaining dead organic matter must be attended to immediately.

Mold Damage Remediation

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Being prepared for a possible emergency can give you an advantage over other businesses in the area should you face damage from any source.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saving Your Home and Contents from Flood Damage in Ortega

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians act quickly to restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Smoke Can Give SERVPRO Headaches In Stockton Fire Damage Cases

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke is perhaps the most challenging aspect of a fire to clean up.

Smoke Damage Challenges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Environmental Controls Explained

10/10/2017 (Permalink)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Ready for Property Damage

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Property damage can force a business to close.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure that customers don't find a new place to get their supplies for the next party. Call SERVPRO after flooding at your store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information regarding Ortega, call 510-325-3009.

Does Ortega Mold Damage Actually Hurt My Home?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Ortega Is Accomplished by SERVPRO

Mold Remediation Is Always a Wise Choice for Ortega Properties

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

More information about this area here.

Move Beyond Fire Damage In Ortega

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Map of this area here.

Flooding requires professional help.

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding requires a quick reponse

Why You Should Hire A Professional Water Damage Restoration Company

Once your home has water damage, restoring the property to its original condition as quickly as possible is important. If you don't take this crucial step, the result can be the accumulation of secondary water damage. To prevent this from happening, it is a good idea to hire a professional water damage restoration company. To gain a comprehensive understanding of how these companies can help get your living space back in excellent condition, consider the following information:

Water Damage Professionals Work In Groups
Water damage restoration companies employ numerous contractors who are always able to start the remediation process immediately. By working in groups, water damage professionals can tackle various water damage related problems simultaneously, thereby expediting the remediation process. Additionally, the fact that the contractors are always available is important because secondary water damage in the form of spores, mildew, mold and other fungi can surface within 24-48 hours. Remediation specialists have several ways of addressing the issue, including: replacing irreparable objects, removing pooling water from the premises, and drying out the region thoroughly.

Water Damage Specialists Use Special Equipment
In addition to working in groups, water damage specialists utilize special equipment to get your home back in good condition. The equipment used by professionals can optimize and expedite numerous facets of the mitigation and remediation process. For example, air-moving machines can move 100 cubic feet of air each minute. This movement can stabilize the level of humidity in your private living space while also encouraging evaporation. Another piece of equipment water damage specialists may use the industrial-strength dehumidifier. The dehumidifier is capable of removing over 50 gallons of water every day. Finally, restoration specialists can make use of shop-vacs and wet-dry vacuums to get rid of excess water.

Water Damage Specialists Can Use Chemical Cleansers
If your home develops spores or mold, chemical cleansers may become necessary. It's important that you allow a professional to make use of these chemicals because they tend to be quite potent and sometimes caustic. Professionals possess the level of expertise and experience necessary to effectively destroy spores and fungi without endangering themselves, you, or your property.

Flooding and water damage can become a substantive problem if it is not addressed immediately and efficiently. However, hiring a professional water damage restoration company can help ensure that you restore your residential property and preclude it from becoming a health risk or hassle to you and your loved ones. When you're ready to hire a team of water damage specialists, consider the professionals of SERVPRO. The company's experts have extensive experience in the remediation sector, and they will work with excellence and expediency to get the job done. Call us now and let us help you make your house a home again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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 respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Stockton community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (209) 477-3090

Fire in Stockton

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage here in Stockton.

Many Fire Damage Repair Services Provided by SERVPRO

Fire can be one of the most devastating forces to affect your home, and if you have experienced fire damage, you may wonder what it will take to restore your property to its former condition. Even a moderate or small fire can result in significant damage to a building, including charred areas, smoke damage and even water damage from firefighters who vanquished the flames. While fire damage can be considerable, overcoming the loss may be easier to do than you might think. 

The Initial Steps
The initial steps in the restoration process after suffering from fire includes surveying the destruction and beginning the cleanup process. You can take a closer look at the different types of damage in the home, such as smoke and water damage, to determine the extent of the destruction and create a repair plan. Sound advice is to call in SERVPRO for this assessment. Cleanup is generally a second step to take, and this may include smoke damage removal as well as water extraction to get rid of water used by the firefighters.

Repairing the Property 
After the cleanup and smoke removal process has been completed, the next step is to rebuild the areas that have been damaged by the intense heat of the flames. This may include drywall, carpeting, the structural frame of the house and the roof. In some cases, new construction may be required, and in other cases, the work may only need touch-ups.

If you require help with fire damage in your home, you can easily get the support that you need by calling SERVPRO of Stockton. We are locally owned, and this means that we have a full team nearby to respond to your request for assistance and begin the repair process as soon as possible. Reach out to our team today at (209) 477-3090.

The Basic of Mold Cleanup

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Example of mold on damp walls and baseboard.

Mold Restoration Basics

After a flood or fire has wreaked havoc on an individual's residential property, one of the primary concerns should be mitigation / restoration. Unfortunately, mold can start to grow within your private living space just 24 hours following a natural disaster. The mold will then reproduce by releasing their spores out and into the air. These spores will then settle on any given surface and proliferate when conditions are humid and damp. When the spores start settling on water-damaged or organic surfaces, they can begin to germinate and eventually create mold colonies. Even the surfaces where mold removal has transpired can become areas where the fungi start to regrow. Additionally, the presence of mold in one's home can give cause health effects. Since this is the case, attaining high quality restoration services is a must. Learn more about the importance of attaining mold restoration services by reviewing the information outlined below:

Getting Professional Help
When your residential property is subjected to the presence of unwanted microbial growth it is imperative that you leave the restoration process to professionals. If you attempt to complete a do-it-yourself project, you could aggravate the issue. Additionally, homes that have undergone substantive water damage tend to have weakened structures. As a result, entering the house can be very dangerous for an individual who does not have knowledge and experience in the water damage restoration sector. Remember that timeliness is important when it comes to contacting and hiring a professional water restoration company. This is the case because mold can start to grow and proliferate just 24 hours after the flood or fire. When the restoration experts arrive, they will utilize special tools to remove excess water from your property so that mold cannot grow.

One of the most challenging events for a homeowner to deal with is a flood or fire. In addition to causing substantive water damage, these natural disasters can precipitate mold growth. Despite this challenge, you can get your home in safe, sanitary condition by calling a team of trained professionals to complete the restoration process. If you want the best team on the block, the company to call is SERVPRO. We work with unprecedented determination and diligence to restore your residential property to its pristine, perfect condition. Call us now and let us start the restoration process on your behalf!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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 flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special disaster recovery teams if we need additional resources or personnel. 

We are here in Weston Ranch and are ready to help you. Just call us. (209) 477-3090

Professionally Restore Fire Damage In Your Stockton Area Home

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage in Stockton? Simple, Just Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation of  Your Fire & Smoke Problem

Having a great day starts with getting a handle on emergency situations that might occur at your Stockton property. With the proper help, you can avoid most hazards and even prevent any losses you might experience.

A restoration company with fully-trained professionals in the field can restore fire damage in your Stockton home quickly and efficiently. Letting you have more of an opportunity to concentrate on keeping those you love comfortable until the situation gets taken care of properly.

You might think that you can save some money by doing a lot of the work yourself. However, in many cases homeowners who decide to try repairs in their home end up doing more damage, leading to additional downtime and costs. If you want the highest quality results possible, contact a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO.

These companies have access to all of the equipment, personnel, and resources necessary to return your home to a quality condition. Many of them, including SERVPRO, often have fully-licensed contractors as well as fully certified IICRC technicians available to handle anything that might happen on your property. Meaning that they can clean and deodorize everything, remove damaged materials and dispose of them correctly, along with having the ability to perform any necessary repairs.

Insurance companies like working with companies like us because we give owners a one-stop solution to emergency situations. Finding ways to give the customer what they deserve while staying within a budget that your insurance agent can get approved. It makes quite a difference having a trained professional on your side. We have equipment for every occasion available, as well as resources to call for additional help if needed to get the job done right.

With 24-hour emergency services, true professionals, perform restoration services in a reasonable amount of time, limiting interruptions to your daily routine, and working hard to save many of the contents you might consider a total loss.

Contact SERVPRO of Stockton to begin your home’s restoration, today. We can help you get things under control again whether, in Stockton, Lincoln Village or Ortega worry less, call us. (209) 477-3090

Fire protection and first responder info click here.

Flood Restoration, an Overview

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Floods do happen on the Delta.

Flood Restoration Services: A Brief Overview

Flooding can result in extensive water damage, it is one of the most debilitating disasters that can transpire in your home. Although water is deemed one of our primary needs, it can also function as a destructive force that presents serious threats to your property and life. Water damage can take on many forms, and you will always need a professional to determine accurately the extent of the water damage to your property. For this reason, it is important and advantageous for homeowners affected by flooding to obtain professional flood restoration services. To learn more about flood services and how restoration specialists can assist you, refer to the following guide:

Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth
As SERVPRO experts know, one of the most profound problems that can result from flood damage is the growth and proliferation of mold. Mold thrives in humid, damp conditions, and this is why homes that have been subjected to flooding can quickly become a breeding ground for the fungus. Flood restoration specialists are effective in eradicating mold issues by offering detail-oriented, results-centered cleanup services.

Preventing Damage to Electrical Systems
In addition to preventing mold growth, flood restoration specialists can help preclude extensive damage to your home's electrical systems. Unfortunately, electrical systems exposed to water can begin to malfunction. The malfunctions can lead to fire or electrocution. Additionally, electrical systems that have been subjected to flood damage can generate house fires. Professional flood restoration specialists utilize advanced remediation skills to prevent these destructive cycles from gaining traction.

Contact SERVPRO Today
When a flood has damaged your residential property, attaining professional flood restoration services is a must. When you begin searching for the ideal company to assist you, be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO. Our company utilizes contemporary methodologies and cutting edge equipment to get your home back in absolutely amazing shape. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you restore your home! 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Stockton is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities in and around Stockton.

  • Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. (209) 477-3090

Water Damage Overview

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

An overview of water damage.

Why You Should Hire A Professional Water Damage Restoration Company

Once your home has been devastated by water, restoring the property to its original condition as quickly as possible is important. If you don't take this crucial step, the result can be the accumulation of secondary water damage. To prevent this from happening, it is a good idea to hire a professional water damage restoration company. To gain a comprehensive understanding of how these companies can help get your living space back in excellent condition, consider the following information:

Water Damage Professionals Work In Groups
SERVPRO of Stockton restoration company employ numerous contractors who are always able to start the remediation process immediately. By working in groups, water damage professionals can tackle various water damage related problems simultaneously, thereby expediting the remediation process. Additionally, the fact that the contractors are always available is important because secondary water damage in the form of spores, mildew, mold and other fungi can surface within 24-48 hours. Remediation specialists have several ways of addressing the issue, including: replacing irreparable objects, removing pooling water from the premises, and drying out the region thoroughly.

Water Damage Specialists Use Special Equipment
In addition to working in groups, water damage specialists utilize special equipment to get your home back in good condition. The equipment used by professionals can optimize and expedite numerous facets of the water damage remediation process. For example, air-moving machines can move 100 cubic feet of air each minute. This movement can stabilize the level of humidity in your private living space while also encouraging evaporation. Another piece of equipment water damage specialists may use the industrial-strength dehumidifier. The dehumidifier is capable of removing over 50 gallons of water every day. Finally, restoration specialists can make use of shop-vacs and wet-dry vacuums to get rid of excess water.

Water Damage Specialists Can Use Chemical Cleansers
If your home develops spores or mold, chemical cleansers may become necessary. It's important that you allow a professional to make use of these chemicals because they tend to be quite potent and sometimes caustic. Professionals possess the level of expertise and experience necessary to effectively destroy spores and fungi without endangering themselves, you, or your property.

Water damage can become a substantive problem if it is not addressed immediately and efficiently. However, hiring a professional water damage restoration company can help ensure that you restore your residential property and preclude it from becoming a health risk or hassle to you and your loved ones. When you're ready to hire a team of water damage specialists, consider the professionals of SERVPRO. The company's experts have extensive experience in the remediation sector, and they will work with excellence and expediency to get the job done. Call us now and let us help you make your house a home again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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 respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Stockton community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (209) 477-3090

Stockton Church Fully Restored After Fire

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration. "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage to a Stockton church can be devastating and can leave the parish members anxious and unhappy. However, attaining high quality, fast-acting fire damage restoration services from the Professionals at SERVPRO can help get the congregation back in great condition with lightning speed. The Fire Damage Team who wants to accomplish this objective employs numerous strategies and systems that make certain the restoration is efficient, fast, and pays attention to detail.

Before completing the restoration process, SERVPRO Professionals scope the job. This confirms that all plans, details, and damage restoration is in direct line with what will make the entire congregation happy and feeling comfortable with their church. When the project is complete, no evidence of a fire will be there.  For help with a fire or any other property emergency please call SERVPRO of Stockton at 209-477-3090

BBQ Event at the Stockton Food Bank

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

We feel a sense of satisfaction for helping with food drives.

It was a lovely day for SERVPRO at the Stockton Emergency Food Bank Donor Appreciation BBQ

We toured their facilities, which is quite organized and very impressive. The tour consisted of showing us how they store the food both perishable and non-perishable. Volunteers run the food distribution line which is so massive.

I invited Debbie Stewart from Eagle Construction to attend the event with me as they were one of many wonderful local companies who volunteered to help out SERVPRO of Stockton in our Annual Show the Love Food Drive, which is held in February each year. The attendees of the Donor Day included different organizations from Doctors to PG&E. It was a nice turnout, and I was able to talk to many of the attendees who have such great hearts.

Did you know you can call 2-1-1 for Emergency Assistance for emergency food service? I did not know this and was happy to hear this. Also, anyone can receive assistance at the Center, all you need to do is provide proof of residency, AMAZING!
Stockton Food Bank  also provided us with a Monthly Food Drive List:
January - Pasta
February - Dried Beans and Rice
March - Tuna
April - Canned veggies
May - Canned Beans
June - Peanut Butter
July - Boxed Cereal
August - Instant Mashed Potatoes 
September - Boxed Stiffing Mix
October - Turkey
November - Ham
December - Soup

SERVPRO of Stockton looks forward to our Annual Food Show the Love Food Drive in February. For the last two years that I have organized it, we have been able to contribute more and more each year. Many thanks to those who help us make it a successful food drive. If you would like to participate next year, please contact me, Lisa Fowler at (209) 477-3090. SERVPRO of Stockton is here to help our Community....   and of course to provide hugs.

Yacht Cleaning on the Delta

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Boat cleaning including mold removal.

Stockton Yacht Cleaning

SERVPRO of Stockton by Clayton A. Barry

Over the years, I have personally performed specialty cleaning of yacht interiors. Sailing and motor yachts are usually appointed with fine carpets and furnishings that are covered in top-grade leather or synthetic textiles. Just like the floors and furniture in our homes, yacht interiors get soiled and often require professional cleaning. Today, the three SERVPRO Franchises I’m associated with, continue to do this work. Thus, we have cleaned numerous yachts that are docked in Alameda, Berkeley, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Point Richmond, San Leandro and on the Delta.

Of all the jobs we performed, one was especially rewarding. A few years ago we dried and cleaned a sailing yacht interior that was badly wetted during the return leg of the Trans-Pacific Honolulu Race. A forward hatch was not securely closed when the racing yacht was hit by a rough wave about four-days out from the Golden Gate. The boat was never in peril of sinking. However, the interior was sloppy wet for the remainder of the cruise. By the time the yacht made its way to it’s’ slip in the marina, it was beginning to smell ripe. We installed a dehumidifier and performed mold cleanup. Since fiberglass yachts are “tightly” constructed, it was relatively easy to dry.

What made this job so satisfying was this yacht took first place in the race and I was invited to the victory party. The owner told me, “You made my boat look and smell as good as when it was new.” That was a good thing because the winning yacht is on tour during the victory party.

Whether it’s cleaning carpets and floors or eliminating severe odors in your boat, you can rely on SERVPRO of Stockton to make your boat, business or home look as good as new. Call us at 209-477-3090 and we’ll get you sailing again. 

SERVPRO Cleans the USS Hornet

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Pressure washing a deck on the USS Hornet.

SERVPRO of Stockton Volunteer crews arrive on the deck of the USS Hornet Naval Museum.

The ship is permanently docked at Alameda's decommissioned Naval Air Station.  It was in need of pressure washing and dusting to prepare for the tourist season.  

Our sister franchises in San Leandro and San Carlos took on this big job and they called on SERVPRO of Stockton for assistance. We were up to the task. No job is too large or too small for the professionals at SERVPRO of Stockton.

After the work was completed our SERVPRO volunteers were given a private tour of this historic ship. If you haven't taken a public tour of the USS Hornet.. check it out, it's a super family day. They also hold special events to celebrate dates in American history. 

Tips to Save Water Damaged Photos

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Salvaging damaged photos.

Oakdale Water Damaged Photographs May Be Preserved By SERVPRO

When an flooding strikes and homes are forced to submit to the destructive power of Mother Nature, it is rarely material possessions that people fear losing the most. Instead, they worry about the water danage done to sentimental items, particularly family mementos and photographs.

While it is not always plausible to save water damaged photos, scrapbooks, albums, and other personal records, in many cases, steps can be taken to restore them partially, if not fully. If your possessions have been damaged by flooding, follow this step by step process to try and revive treasured memories.

Step One: The first step is to remove the photographs from standing water as carefully as possible and place them up high. If they are held in albums, they need to be separated and laid out somewhere dry. Take care when handling the shiny surface of the photo, as too much pressure can rub away the emulsion.

Step Two: Take a sturdy container filled with cold, clean water and quickly dip each photograph. Replenish the water if it gets dirty or murky.

Step Three: Now, lay each photo out flat again on a dry surface. It can be beneficial to set an absorbent material beneath them (like paper towels) too. These towels will soak up the surface water. However, do not use printed paper towels or newspaper, because the ink can end up transferring into the pictures.

Step Four: For those are still dealing with a chaotic situation and cannot find a safe place to dry the photos, the best thing to do is seal them in a plastic sandwich bag and put them in a freezer. This will ensure that they do not suffer further damage before you have a chance to dry them in a controlled manner. Use this as a last resort. Consider allowing SERVPRO to remove your photos and personal memorabilia to our facilities where we have state of the art equipment.

Extra Hints and Tips: If possible, retrieve photos exposed to water damage as quickly as you can (ideally, within two days--but within hours will improve the chance of success ). After this point, they will begin to develop mold and will be much harder to save.

To give yourself as much chance of saving prized mementos as possible, rescue photographs that do not have negatives first. You want to be focusing on the most ‘at risk’ items and objects. Do remember that photographs in frames need to be removed for saving while still wet. If you allow them to start drying, the photo will stick to the frame and be impossible to preserve. To separate a wet photo from its frame, rinse both with clean, cold water until the picture surface starts to become unstuck.

Hopefully, you have digitized your photos and video clips. Regardless, hard copies are treasures to be saved whenever possible. SERVPRO suggests that for photographs and important documents you secure our services to transport them back to our headquarters from your Oakdale water damaged home. There we have many options to optimize the success rate of restoring, or, at least, preserving them, as best as is possible.

    Air Drying
    Vacuum Freeze Drying
    Vacuum Thermal Drying
     Freezer Drying
Urgent response to drying will help save these mementos. Don't wait. As we restore a water damaged home, we can also be working on the photos.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Using specialized equipment and products, our technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. We will respond promptly to any call from Oakdale and Stockton. (209) 477-3090

What is the IICRC?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

IICRC-Certified Water Damage Restoration Companies in Stockton: A Brief Overview 

When Stockton water damage impacts your residential property, you must take action immediately. As many homeowners and business leaders know, contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline: 

What Is The IICRC?
As many Stockton water damage restoration experts know, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries. 

How Do Companies Obtain Certification? To obtain IICRC certification in water mitigation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

1. Provide consumers with accurate data
2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
5. Maintain policies for written complaints
6. Hold liability insurance

Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company? here is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause, however, the end result is substantive damage. In fact, standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals. 

The process of selecting the right Stockton Water Damage restoration company can be challenging. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want. 

When you begin your selection for an IICRC-certified company, be sure to consider SERVPRO of Stockton because we offer all of our customers 24/7 emergency services and we employ a team of trained professionals with extensive industry experience. In fact, our technicians possess advanced skills in monitoring and documenting drying processes. Because of our commitment to working with extraordinary competence and speed, we have become industry leaders with more than 1,650 franchises. We're ready to offer you the exceptionally efficient services you need and deserve, so contact us immediately at (209) 477-3090.  

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Stockton is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event. When water damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (209) 477-3090

El Nino

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

In 1997 an El Nino year was declared and the rain and windstorms were record setting. 2015 and part of 2016 have been named El Nino years. Will Northern California be rainy? How will things be in Stockton?

With weather we never really know. Looking over the past 15 El Nino events going back to 1949 only three have had heavy rain. El Nino is a warming of the South Pacific sea currents. These currents travel up the western coasts of South and North America all the way to Alaska. The fact that there is an El Nino doesn’t mean that we will have rain. However, there are other specific indicators that warn that this could be a heavy rain year.

1n 1997 there was a large beaching of crabs and other small sea creatures on the shorelines of Southern California. That heavy rain year also produce a large Algae bloom in the North Pacific. While there is always a summertime Algae bloom it was heavier than usual in 1997. This year it is even larger than in the past! Arizona monsoon rains were epic in 1997. This Monsoon season, it began raining in Arizona in August and has continued so far to September. The pattern seems to be repeating. The indicators are this may be a potentially heavy El Nino rain year.

Stockton experienced significant rain and flood damage in 1997 and could be in for the same this year. SERVPRO of Stockton is conducting anEl Nino Preparation Workshopin October. The date and time will be introduced soon.

You can count on SERVPRO of Stockton to serve Stockton and Central Valley with water damage restoration 24/7 in the event of El Nino rains in conjunction with our other flood cleanup duties.

This blog was written by Clayton Barry. If you have any questions, contact SERVPRO of Stockton at 209-477-3090.

Tornado Near Stockton?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado touches down in Denair.

SERVPRO of Stockton: At The Ready for Storm Damage and Tornadoes in Denair

Waterspouts are spotted every once-in-a-while along California’s beaches, but tornadoes are rare anywhere.  SERVPRO of Stockton Sales and Customer Service Representative, Jackie Irrgang, took the photo of the little shed that survived a twister that happened in 2015. The damaged structure was in the town of Denair.

On the very same morning that Jackie snapped her picture of the Denair tornado damage I was on my way to an appointment at the Port of Stockton. The sky grew unusually dark similar to an eclipse.  The atmosphere seemed dense, ominous.

I often travel with my 35MM digital camera and photo gear. I pulled to the side of the road to document the unusual weather conditions around the Port of Stockton industrial area. The photograph of the water tank was taken with a slow shutter speed and the color filter on. For those who are not photo-geeks, the available sunlight was diminished causing the image to look like a black and white photograph. It was as if a special effects artist had created a scene for a horror film. Photo copyright – Clayton A. Barry

I didn’t see a twister while I was standing at the side of the road with my camera and tripod. However, I left the car running, the door open and the radio on. I heard radio news alerts about Central Valley residents sighting funnel clouds. Then the reports stated, “It touched down in at least two places, damaging a barn in Denair and wooden fencings elsewhere.”

People in the American South and Midwest may giggle about this tiny tornado event. I understand. My point in mentioning it is to make a comment on the unpredictable power and scope of nature. With our present expanded understating and observations of climate change and weather restoration business owners need to step out of their comfort zones. Today ice storms, hail, wind damage, draught, and flooding can occur in all the usual places and all the unusual places. Who would think that large metropolitan cities in the Southern U.S. could be immobilized by ice and snow? Who would expect large-scale flooding because snow packs in nearby mountains melt suddenly, weeks ahead of the usual melting pattern?

I remember the earthquake of 1989 in Northern California. What I remember too was that an earthquake rattled Manhattan just a couple of weeks later and how surprised the New Yorkers were. They didn’t think it could happen there.

Owners of disaster restoration companies such as SERVPRO of Stockton need to be aware that unexpected events may happen in our own community. It’s always the right time to be prepared to respond to the “regular” disasters that occur in our locale, we should also be prepared to respond to the unusual?  We are!

The days are gone when anyone can say, “Oh, that doesn’t happen here.” When you are dealing with a tornado, water, flood or storm damage in Denair, Stockton, Oakdale, or other local communities, a quick response to minimize the damage is very important. SERVPRO of Stockton can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Call us 24/7 at 209-477-3090

Why Choose SERVPRO of Stockton?

Because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm or tornado hits your Denair home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. (209) 477-3090

Flooding Events in and Near Stockton

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding in Stockton.

Handling Flood Damage in Garden Acres

Floods are likely to happen in any area including Garden Acres. There are plenty of incidents to watch for. Flood damage is of particular importance to address sooner than later since flooding comes from outside and the water that floods in, often is mixed with some dirt and other elements that could create more damage to the property if not taken care of right away. There is often no warning that occurs before any water damage. However, flood damage in the Stockton area is also something that is hard to avoid, no matter how much warning of a severe storm one gets before hand. 

Flood damage is often the result of a major storm. With the storm-induced floods, there is a greater vulnerability to mildew. For this reason, it is important to hire a professional water damage repair and restoration company to make sure that every trace of water damage is taken care of, and every source of water is found. Depending on the nature of the storm that results in flooding, there could be new leaks in the home. There could also be new areas that allow water onto the property. Fortunately, restoration companies have the tools that are required to locate all of the vulnerable areas in the home. 

Among the tools that companies use are moisture detector, hygrometers, and infrared cameras. This is because it can be hard to find without the utilization of these tools. These devices locate all of the hidden moisture and the sources of moisture so that the property can be better cleaned. In some cases, depending on the amount of damage that is done, it might be necessary to replace any materials in the house in the event of significant damage or quick removal of standing water

One company that is worth hiring for a full property repair service is SERVPRO of Stockton. We specialize in cleaning up water damage and other forms of damage that are caused by floods, storms, and even fire. They also take the time to replace and restore any part of the property that has sustained substantial damage so that any future problems could be avoided.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Have Storm or Flood Damage in Stockton and local communities such as, Oakdale, or other areas? Call SERVPRO of Stockton Today (209) 477-3090

Serving the School District

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Clayton Barry at the Stockton Unified School District Event.

SERVPRO of Stockton is pleased to participate in semi-annual custodian and maintenance department workshops held by the Stockton Unified School District - SUSD.

This year, Clayton Barry from SERVPRO of Stockton spoke about the health benefits that are derived by keeping schools clean. His speech quoted an article by the Huffington Post about the physical and mental health benefits provided by cleaning in general. He also told a story from his childhood about intentionally scattering trash on the school grounds to keep the janitor busy so he wouldn't lose his job.  He told about his punishment which was to work with the janitor after school for a week. The audience was amused. 

In the balance of the presentation, Clayton highlighted his message that all of us who engage in cleaning should take pride and satisfaction in our work because it makes a positive difference in people's lives when they are able to attend a tidy, clean and healthy school facility.

SERVPRO is on the vendor list to provide disatster recovery services for the SUSD and enjoys supporting the hard working employees of the district.

We are proud to serve our local business communities:

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (209) 477-3090

Tackling Water Damage Restoration in Lincoln Village

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Ceiling from a Plumbing Leak in Lincoln Village Needs Cleanup and Restoration--Contact SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO Services for Removal of Water from Your Home

Tackling water damage requires prompt and immediate action. When faced with an emergency situation, our company prides itself on immediate response, and we use the latest equipment and techniques to address the issues head-on. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC technicians pride themselves on being Faster To Any Size Disaster.
When water damage affects your Lincoln Village home, you can count on us for prompt and courteous service. Our highly trained staff can ensure that your property is treated with care and the clean-up and restoration process is expertly handled and documented. We are trained for the task and ready to respond promptly to emergencies around the clock. Faster response times usually are a key factor in limiting the amount of damage to the property. The less damage incurred, the lower the cost involved in clean-up and restoration efforts.
SERVPRO utilizes advanced restoration and cleaning equipment to make sure the job is done right. Our green vehicles contain industry leading equipment. Take a peek inside, and you may find truck-mounted pumps, portable wet-vacs, sump pumps, and many other devices for the initial water removal. The drying process then continues by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air and affected surroundings. Then, the restoration process ensures that your water damaged belongings and property are brought back to their preloss condition via infrared cameras and measuring with moisture meters. Our job is not finished until we spray an antimicrobial agent and then a fogging deodorizer for significant water damaged structures.
Thanks to our convenient location and 24-hour emergency response service, you can rely on SERVPRO of Stockton to arrive promptly to address your water emergency issues. Our staff is also able to help you manage the insurance paperwork for a stress-free claims process. Call us anytime at (209) 477-3090 for more information and reliable service.

Find more about Lincoln Village here.


7/10/2017 (Permalink)

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."

Commercial Mold Cleanup

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

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

Freezing Damage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 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

Food Collection Truck

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Our "Toy" Food Collection Truck

SERVPRO of Stockton created miniature wooden replicas of our box trucks for the purpose of collecting food contributions for the Greater Stockton Food Bank.

Several times each year we place these trucks (we have  fleet of eight) in our real estate, insurance agencies and other offices for the employees to make food contributions.

It's common to collect food during the Holidays for community service agencies. In working with the Stockton Food Bank we have learned that summer is a time of need for food contributions.

We also have become aware that there is always a shortage of box foods (can foods are the more common gifts.)

Be on the lookout for a food truck in your office. Or give us a call if you want to park one in your office for a few days.

Climate Change in Full Force.

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm team scoping a job.

Climate change is without a question in full force. 2016 was an El Nino year. Northern California saw increased rain that ended our five-year draught. However, other than a few isolated locations, our region escaped the mega damage we could have experienced. (We did come close to a major dam failure that would have impacted hundreds of thousands of people.)

2017 has all the indicators of being another El Nino year and it is also is shaping up to be a heavy hurricane season as well. The Eastern seaboard and Gulf on Mexico could be impacted. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (Category 1). The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 156 mph.

SERVPRO of Stockton is prepared to help any property owner who experiences storm damage here in Northern California, and we are ready to travel to other parts of the country to help with their local storm damage. In the past we have performed Hurricane cleanup on the east coast and are prepared to do so again this year if need be.

Mold... Who Can You Trust?

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Serious mold remediation that also feature bacterial contamination at a senior facility.

The services of mold remediation range from a simple wipe-down of slime mold on a few bathroom tiles, to full-blown containment and demolition of badly infested and damaged structural materials.

The level of service (some self do it) to requiring professional assistance is determined by certain standards, some set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other recommendations are suggested by Industrial Hygienists and even mold contractors.

This is where it gets tricky. Some mold remediation contractors can take advantage of persons who are not familiar with mold to convince them that a whole lot of services are needed. Not all of these services are required. The EPA can provide the best information about mold. Search “EPA mold” and a wealth of information will show up from their official website. This way, the consumer can sift through the mountain of “information” and get down to the basics. The EPA removes the fear and confusion over this topic. For example, the EPA says that the consumer should be able to clean away several square feet of mold without having to hire a professional. Of course they suggest safe practices and present thoughtful ideas about this suggestion. The EPA also makes it clear when professional help is required. If you have a mold problem that requires professional help, please consider SERVPRO of Stockton at 209-477-3090.

Moisture Barrier Protection

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Installing a plastic moisture barrier.

During periods of heavy rain, ground water is replenished, causing underground streams and springs to flow again. (Many underground water sources dried up during the recent draught.)

One particular client owns and manages a commercial property in which a small channel of water flows through the crawlspace. Engineers determined that the flow of moisture does not pose a treat to the foundation or structure. Our company was hired to install a moisture barrier in the crawlspace. A plastic barrier was installed above the ground surface, which prevents humidity and odor from the ground water in the damp soil from affecting the crawlspace.

During heavy rains the water flows through the crawlspace at an increased rate, but the plastic barrier keeps the moisture contained.

SERVPRO of Stockton provides moisture barrier installation to protect residential, commercial and industrial properties. We also perform HVAC cleaning and other environmental cleaning to protect indoor air quality.


What is a desiccant dehumidifier?

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

Desiccant setup.

Desiccant-Based Dehumidification is an interesting topic. Most people are aware of “cold-coil” dehumidification, which removes moisture from the air by condensing the moisture on a cold surface.

Desiccant dehumidification relies on adsorption or absorption power of desiccants which are substances that attract water-vapor molecules from the air. They rely on adsorptive or absorptive process.

Adsorption refers to a desiccant that does not change phase as it collects airborne moisture. Most adsorbents are solids; familiar examples include activated alumina, silica gel, and zeolites (molecular sieves). In water damage drying application, desiccant machines are made to collecting moisture on a rotating wheel coated with solid desiccant material. As damp air passes through one section of the wheel the desiccant on that section adsorbs water vapor, making the air drier than when it entered. Wheel rotation then exposes the moisture-laden desiccant to a “regenerating” air stream that strips the captured moisture away from the desiccant (desorption). The wheel rotates to the damp air collection port and it is ready to adsorb more moisture.

At SERVPRO we have both cold “coil dehumidifiers” and “desiccant dehumidifiers”. Having one or more desiccants are the benchmark of a professional mitigation company.

We have what it takes to get a commercial property back up and running.

Bed bugs, tiny in size... big appetite.

5/20/2017 (Permalink)

People can't usually detect bed bug bites as they happen.

Bed bugs have a bad reputation... they're small but can bite their host five to ten times. Each time taking a small amount of blood and then a few days later the affected area itches like crazy.

Restoration companies like SERVPRO are not allowed to kill bed bugs or others pests in the state of California. However, we can certainly come in following treatment and cleanup the mess.

We provide follow up services for a number of property management and ownership companies. We also service county housing departments.

If your property suffers from bed bugs, hire a professional pest management company to solve the problem, and then call in SERVPRO of Stockton to do a final inspection and cleanup. We are here to help: 209-477-3090

Mold is a Four-letter Word

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Closeup of mold, note the tiny black spores.

Mold is a four-letter word… the very mention of mold stirs negative feelings. Yet mold is a necessary part of life. Bread makers, and people who make wine, beer and cheese also rely of mold and yeasts, all part of the fungi kingdom. Molds are part of our eco system. Saying mold is bad is not a realistic statement. Tens of thousands of different molds have been identified and studied. Only a few produce negative affects on people. Tell a baker, wine maker, brewer or cheese maker that molds and yeasts are bad and your will get a funny look.

What gives mold a bad reputation?

There are molds that are able to produce tiny spores that become airborne and these spores can pass through our respiratory system and into the Alveoli sacks in our lungs and cause toxins to enter our blood stream. Infants, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system are susceptible. These molds are called, “toxic black mold.”

Problem is, the majority of molds are black in color. Some are white, yellow and pink, but black is the most common color. People hear about “black toxic mold” and then equate the black mold that they see on a window frame as being this potentially harmful variety of “toxic mold”. The there are contractors who make a living playing off of the public’s fear and lack of knowledge about mold. They charge big fees to remove mold of any variety, harmful or not.

For realistic information about mold, one of the best sources to learn about mold is to visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website using mold as a search phrase. You will get easy to understand information about mold, and even tips on how to remove it. Another thing to do is to give us a call. SERVPRO of Stockton at 209-477-3090.

Hot Water Extraction

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Note the change in the carpet.

Cleaning carpets is hard work, but it is satisfying. Seeing instant improvement in carpet appearance is gratifying. The photo shows an IICRC trained technician performing hot water extraction (steam) carpet cleaning.

There are several ways to cleaning carpeting including shampoo, dry systems and hot water extraction. Each system can do a nice job in maintaining a carpet. Studies show how clean carpets will last longer than soiled carpets. that's because solid residue, especially sands and grit will wear and grind away carpet fibers.

SERVPRO of Stockton performs all three major methods of carpet cleaning. The photo shows our own office being cleaning. We have a pathway through the office into our warehouse. The pathway can get dirty from oily soiling. We use hot water extraction because detergents can be applied to the oily area of the carpet to attack the soiling, then hot water is used to flush the detergent and soil away. Less residue that way, and the fibers stay clean longer. Note the color difference between the cleaned and dirty portion of carpet.


Has Your Property Experienced Water Damage?

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Got Water Damage?


There are many ways that a building can become damaged by water: Ground water flooding, rain storms, burst water delivery pipes, plumbing backups, failed/leaking water heaters, etc.


Over the years SERVPRO of Stockton has responded to many unusual sources of water damage including: Punctured water beds; children watering indoor plants with a garden house; aquariums falling over during an earthquake; carpenters driving nails through hidden pipes, and the list goes on.


Perhaps the strangest water damage events that we responded to was one that happened at a three-story condominium building. Children were riding bicycles in a parking lot next to their swimming pool and one cyclist rode into a strip of landscaping. The front tire of the bike knocked the head off of an irrigation sprinkler. A jet of water shot into the sky, higher than the building rooftop, and then arched and descended into an open condo window on the third floor.


Residents and guests at the pool gathered around the sprinkler head in awe. Who knew there was that much water pressure in an irrigation system? In short order, a resident made an emergency phone call to the property management company and in turn our emergency response water mitigation company was summoned to the location.


When our crew arrived, we were amazed to see a stream of water in the air shooting into an open window…. the one and only open window on that side of the building. Someone asked if we were from the landscaping company who could turn off the irrigation system? “No, but we can certainly stop this problem,” said I as my partner found a steppingstone in the garden and placed it atop of the broken sprinkler pipe. Sure the water was splashing around the garden, but it was no longer shooting into the condo unit on the third floor. The spectators felt rather stupid. The water had been running for 45 minutes causing about 900 gallons of water to enter the building. Later, I learned that someone wanted to call the fire department so they could bring a ladder to close the window. Other residents had said no, the fire department would charge for the service call. People can make you scratch your head in disbelief.


A few minutes later, the landscaper arrived to turn off the water and replace the sprinkler head. A locksmith arrived too, so we could be let into the affected condo units. The water had also wetted a unit on the second and first floor directly below the third floor “source” unit. Much less damage would have occurred if the spectators had been more resourceful. Sometimes people become shocked or overwhelmed by the circumstances. That’s one reason we’re here when you need us. We’re SERVPRO of Stockton 209-477-3090.

Stockton, "birthplace" of SERVPRO.

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Clayton (left) and Roy (Center with Ted Isaacson, founder of SERVPRO Industries.

The idea of starting SERVPRO came to Ted and Doris Isaacson in 1966 while they owned and operated a Stockton cleaning franchise that was part of different franchise system. Ted and Doris and their three children, Sue, Randall and Richard lived in Stockton. The idea gave way to action.

In 1967 Ted and Doris founded SERVPRO Industries in the Sacramento area, so they would not be in violation of the no-compete clause with the former franchisor. Two years later, in 1969 Ted sold his first franchise. By the year 2,000 the SERVPRO family of independently owned and operated franchises reached 1,000 locations. In 2017 the number of operators in the United States and Canada reached 1,700. SERVPRO continues to grow and earn high rankings and positive reviews within the franchise community to this day.

In 2010 Clayton Barry and Roy Drake purchased an operating license to become SERVPRO of Stockton. Ted Isaacson met with Clayton and Roy to help pave the way for this business opportunity. 

Ted told great stories about his family and their time in Stockton. Today, his children, Sue, Randy and Rick Isaacson are the chief executives of SERVPRO Industries located in Galatin, Tennessee. 

Sadly, Ted Isaacson passed away January 20, 2017 at age 84. Clayton and Roy are pleased to have gotten to know him. They are proud to do their part to carry out his legacy, here in the City of Stockton.


Facilities Managers Pre-Work Agreement

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Building Engineers have an important role in protecting properties.

Facilities managers have a huge resposibility to be prepared in case a property diasaster happens at a facility under their control. Having key emergency service vendors in place and ready to go is the best recipe for success.

What happens when a fire happens at a facility at 3:00 AM in the morning? Having a potential vendor arrive in a timely manner is not the issue. Getting the "authorization paperwork" signed to initiate the cleanup is often the issue.

SERVPRO of Stockton has solved this problem with our "pre-work authorization" agreement. The agreement is customized to your specific requirements. It provides the information you need to pre-qualify an emergency mitigation service vendor. Our agreement also allows you to pre-approve the list of services and the actual pricing. The pre-work authoriztion document provides us with a guarantee for payments of the services we provide on your behalf for 24 to 72 hours (your choice).  

SERVPRO of Stockton calls this agreement Green Response. Our customer.  


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