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Stockton Children, Rejoice!

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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The Children’s Museum of Stockton is Reopening its Doors 

Stockton families may be at a loss for activities with their younger members. Even though the summer invited outdoor activities and exploration, an indoor option may be in order as days get shorter and temperatures become cooler. After remaining closed for much of 2020, the Children’s Museum of Stockton will reopen on November 27th. With its focus on fun and education for children in our community, some new safety guidelines will be implemented. So, what can you do in preparation? 

  • Consult the Museum’s website for the most updated information and to make reservations
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the exhibits currently in place in the Museum’s space
  • Support the Children's Museum with a donation or by joining its Annual Holiday Tree Sale 

The Children’s Museum of Stockton took advantage of when its doors were closed to make some essential repairs. Homeowners can follow suit by making water damage repairs in their homes during this socially-distanced time. SERVPRO of Stockton can help you address your situation even if the water incident happened a while ago. Call us at (209) 477-3090 and let us work with you until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

What Can Job Scoping Tell About Required Water Mitigation Services?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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When your Stockton home falls victim to water disasters, it is essential to have competent professionals clean up the mess quickly.

When water damage incidents occur, many areas of your Stockton home can become threatened. From pipe bursts to degrading plumbing and appliances, thousands of residents have trusted in the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals to help. Because we have pre-stocked READY trailers and production vehicles, we can often field your initial notice of loss on our staffed emergency line and have technicians at your residence within hours.

Because there are no shortages in a choice of potential water remediation company for Stockton homes, you have to base your decision on aspects like a fast response and knowledgeable roster. With experienced technicians on our team, we can begin with emergency services as soon as we first arrive. These efforts prevent substantial losses for the house by employing several initial tactics. With an in-house General Contractor License #: 937457, as well as trained technicians, we can offer a wide range of emergency services, including:

  • Extraction
  • Debris Cleanup
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Repairs
  • Temporary Construction Solutions
  • Content Management and Inventory

What is Job Scoping? 

Before much of the mitigation begins on your water-damaged property, we must evaluate your home. This assessment determines the damages, the compromised areas of the house, and collects data for an efficient restoration plan. Some specific areas of evaluation include:

  • Extraction - Standing water is one of the worst conditions that our technicians have to address when we first reach the site. Job scoping can identify where this effort is necessary and what tool suits the situation best. 
  • Content Cleaning - Your personal belongings can be equally destroyed by water damages without our SERVPRO team's direct intervention. Scoping can showcase these conditions. We have on-site cleaning approaches as well as off-site strategies for more substantial damage. 
  • Damaged Structural ElementsIdentifying what materials have become overly compromised by water exposure can encourage a faster execution of controlled demolition to prevent greater structural losses. 
  • Pre-Existing Conditions - While looking for present damage is a focal point of job scoping, it is equally essential to determine pre-existing conditions. Focusing the work to get done on the specific harms of the water disaster saves time and money for the customer. 

How Hazardous is Standing Water?

Standing water is one of the chief concerns with considerable water damage incidents within a residence. The pooling of any kind leaves multiple surfaces and contents exposed. Depending on principles like porosity and the volume of water, saturation can begin nearly immediately. The sooner structural elements host moisture, the ability to successfully dry them becomes a more significant challenge for experienced restoration technicians.

  • Surface - Water sitting on the surface is the easiest to maintain when disasters occur. Before this pooling has the opportunity to get absorbed into the exposed materials nearby, our SERVPRO professionals can deploy extraction and water removal tools to limit saturation concerns. 
  • Free - Once the water has penetrated the finished surfaces of flooring materials or the paper backing of drywall, this moisture sits in the affected building component. Free water can get removed using advanced drying tools like drying mats or centrifugal air movers. 
  • Bound - In the final stage of absorption, trapped water chemically bonds with the molecules making up flooring or wall system materials. Once this occurs, there is no reversing the process. The only suitable solution at this point is the controlled demolition and replacement of these impacted materials. 

How Can The Insurance Company Stay Involved?

While there are situations where you might choose to absorb the costs of professional restoration rather than filing a damage claim with your insurance provider, we can help you to determine the best option. The more information that you have regarding the damages present and the layers of complexity in cleaning and drying the effects, the more you can determine whether your insurance company should get involved or not. If you file a claim, we can keep the adjuster assigned to your case informed through every phase to keep the project on the appropriate timeline and within budget caps.

A full damage assessment and evaluation of the property can provide the necessary information and data to form a restoration plan. Despite how widespread water damages can become, our SERVPRO of Stockton team can reduce overall losses with immediate mitigation steps. From extraction and potential controlled demolition to thorough drying, we can guide your property through nearly every phase of the restoration process. Give our professionals a call anytime at (209) 477-3090.

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

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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.”

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)

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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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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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Stockton Big Water Spills Are Handled by SERVPRO

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Results of Extreme Water Damage

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

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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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.