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Monte Sereno Homes with Fire and Smoke Damage Call on SERVPRO

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom after fire The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO mitigates smoke damage in Monte Sereno homes quickly and efficiently

Every fire scene has safety hazards present. When SERVPRO provides fire restoration, we take safety concerns seriously. Our technicians address any safety issues immediately before beginning emergency services and clean up. Maintaining a safe job site is vital to everyone involved.

Safety First

When we begin fire and smoke cleanup in Monte Sereno, we discuss securing the site before we begin. A safety evaluation is the next step, and this can include:

  • Asking the homeowner of known safety hazards
  • Identifying safety risks
  • Define procedures to minimize risk
  • Communicate safety procedures to every at the job site
  • Use warning signs and barrier signs to identify dangerous areas

Organized Work Sites are Safe Sites

When the worksite is organized, the fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup are much easier. We set up work areas and staging spots for equipment and supplies. To ensure safety while working, we also:

  • Follow local and state regulations
  • Adhere to OSHA guidelines
  • Adhere to IICRC guidelines
  • Wear the proper PPE

For professional fire restoration, contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Remediation to Cinder Block in Los Gatos Homes

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement You can rely upon the professionals of SERVPRO completely during a flooding disaster cleanup.

Los Gatos residents can depend on SERVPRO for professional water removal services

When in-home flooding occurs, especially in the basement, cinder block and exterior walls can be impacted. One of the most significant factors in drying a block building or basement that has experienced basement flooding is the content of the open cells. Cinder blocks can hold a certain amount of moisture if they have equalized with the surrounding environment. Water damage repair is necessary at this point.

Water Clean Up for Cinder Blocks 

When your Los Gatos home suffers water damage, you need water damage remediation fast. When dealing with cinder block, one of the first things we check is to see if paint has been applied. Paint acts as a vapor barrier and can limit the amount of moisture absorbed. If necessary, we:

  • Drill holes near the bottom of the wall in a mortar joint to allow water to drain
  • Drill larger holes in the blocks to permit air circulation
  • Use non penetrating moisture meters to determine when drying is complete
  • Follow all state and local guidelines for working on structural elements

SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno has expert technicians that understand the drying techniques needed when dealing with unique situations such as wet cinder block. Contact us at (408) 600-2020 for water removal services.

When Fire Strikes - Fire Damage Restoration Services in Los Gatos

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Fires can happen without warning and you are going to need a company to come in and take care of the damage. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration to Los Gatos homes impacted by fire 

Los Gatos is a city in California that is home to many high-tech companies, one of the main ones being Netflix. The old blends with the new in many communities. There is plenty to see and do in Los Gato, with restaurants, parks, and local events taking place each week.

Los Gatos Library

You cannot go wrong spending the afternoon at the library. Adults and kids alike will find a fantastic selection of reading material at the Los Gatos Library. Right now, they are doing patio pickup of books but there is so much more to take advantage of:

  •   Nature stories read online
  •   Take-home kits that include puzzles, STEM, and other activities
  •   E-books available
  •   Suggested reading lists for all ages
  •   K-12 digital homework eResources

Visit them on Villa Avenue or go to their website for details. 

Head to Vasona Lake

Everyone should get outdoors whenever possible, and Vasona Park is an excellent way to do that. Vasona Lake County Park is 152 acres of beautiful landscapes and lots of things to see and do. This will be their 17th year of bringing folks free concerts in June and July. It is a nine-week joint event with South Bay and the Santa Clara County Parks and takes place each Saturday. Local artists perform a variety of genres, from big band to contemporary folk music. Food vendors are on-site; all you need to do is bring a blanket and a chair. Other activities in the park include:

  •   Boating
  •   Fishing
  •   Ball playing areas
  •   Picnic areas
  •   Youth Science Center
  •   Hiking
  •   Running

Los Gatos Café

This little café is only open until 3 PM, mainly for breakfast and lunch. It is highly rated and serves up so delicious, home-cooked food. One of their specialties is a souffle omelet, which is totally unique and scrumptious. They also have gluten-free options. You will find lots of unique menu choices such as:

  •   Crab & avocado omelets
  •   Massive cinnamon rolls
  •   Crab & shrimp benedict
  •   Steak fajita omelet
  •   Gorgonzola scramble

You have to bring cash or a check; they do not take credit cards. 

NUMU – New Museum Los Gatos

Local artists and an abundance of exhibits are what you will find here. During the current restrictions, you can schedule a tour. You can enjoy a virtual tour of what the museum has to offer. Current and upcoming exhibits include Art in the Time of Corona, In The Artist’s Studio, ArtNow 2021. 

This is a sampling of all the things you can enjoy in Los Gatos. No matter what you enjoy, concerts, sports, or nature, there is a way to do it in the city.

House Fire Clean Up

SERVPRO returns homes to preloss condition whenever possible.

If your residence has been damaged by fire, SERVPRO has professional technicians with the experience needed to mitigate the situation. We offer:

  •   Smoke Damage Clean Up for Los Gatos
  •   Fire Restoration 
  •   Smoke Remediation 
  •   Odor Removal 
  •   Water Damage Remediation

We apply the basic principles of cleaning to any fire damage situation, big or small. We proceed to:

  • Trace the spread of the smoke in your home
  • Determine the actions needed
  • Begin cleanup and restoration

We leave your home, “Like it never even happened,” whenever possible.  For more information on how we can help contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020. 

Why Is Mold Remediation Needed for Monte Sereno Homes?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on window inside edge Count on SERVPRO for Great Mold Remediation in Your Monte Sereno Home--including Windows

Mold Can Ruin the Appearance and Structural Integrity of Area Residences

In many homes, mold starts as a small stain under a sink. Homeowners wipe it off with bleach, but that does not stop the source of the mold, embedded hyphae, or prevent more mold spores from growing and spreading.

Stopping the spread of mold damage in Monte Sereno may require a mold inspection followed by a plan to eliminate the active mold. While mold may cause health effects in some people, the threat is primarily to the home itself.

What Actions Does SERVPRO Take to Eliminate the Cross-Contamination of Mold?

Technicians establish containment to stop the mold from spreading to other parts of the home following IICRC guidelines:

  • We block airflow to eliminate air duct contamination during remediation
  • Physical containment includes sealing off contaminated rooms with plastic sheeting
  • Establish “clean rooms” to store equipment, suits, and materials needed to remove mold

After establishing containment, technicians then wipe down all surfaces with antifungal cleaners to neutralize the mold. We usually set up an air scrubbers to capture any airborne particles. Other mold remediation techs find and dry the source of water to halt any further growth.

Call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020 for a professional mold inspection.

Can Fire Odors Be Eliminated from a Commercial Facility?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from a brick building Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup of Debris and Smoke Odors in a Los Gatos Facility Means a Call to SERVPRO

Thorough Cleaning of a Los Gatos Business Needs SERVPRO

Smells left after a fire are malodors and can range from irritating to pungent. Eliminating them requires specialized training and equipment.

Commercial fire restoration in Los Gatos means eliminating the malodor particles left by the fire. Returning the workplace or shop to preloss condition is done with minimal disruptions. SERVPRO technicians can also neutralize them by using counter-agents to mask the malodors. Our technicians use masking during the cleanup and restoration to make the working environment a bit more comfortable by improving the IAQ indoor air quality.

What Steps Are Used to Restore a Business?

  • First, technicians remove the source of the malodors. They quickly gather the fire-damaged debris and dispose of it outside the home.
  • Second, they clean undamaged surfaces of all soot Technicians use sponges and cloths to remove most particles and use cleaners depending on how thick and sticky the layers are after the fire cools. Typically, vacuuming is the initial step in cleaning.
  • Third, technicians recreate the odor-causing conditions. They use specialized equipment to apply counter-agents to bind with the bad odors which neutralizes or changes the particles, eliminating them, improving air quality.
  • Finally, they seal surfaces that cannot be cleaned, or have been cleaned. Technicians use chemical sealants or special primer paints to trap malodors and block their release into the air.

Contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020 for professional fire restoration to your facility.

When is Cleanup Needed in Los Gatos?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

dehus drying carpet second floor SERVPRO has advanced equipment manned by skilled technicians to restore Los Gatos area water-damaged homes

Choose SERVPRO for All Types of Water Damage to Your Los Gatos Home

Los Gatos is a beautiful community tucked away in Santa Clara County. An integral part of Silicon Valley, today’s forward-thinking residents reflect the diversity of its founding and early history.

Name Changes in the Early Days

The area was part of the original, 1839, Alta California land grant named La Rinconada de Los Gatos or “Cat’s Corner”. When the community was founded in the 1850s, however, it was named Forbes Mill, after the flour mill James Forbes built along Los Gatos Creek. The name was changed to Los Gatos or “The Cats” a few years later to reflect its Spanish origin, but the stone storage annex of the mill was preserved and now resides in a museum located a bit off Main Street. The town’s name refers to the bobcats and cougars native to the surrounding foothills.

Local Industrial History

Los Gatos was incorporated in 1887 when logging was the major industry in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains and remained an important town for the business until it slowly came to an end at the turn of the century. The town and surrounding area soon became a thriving part of local agriculture, with prunes, grapes, and apricots making up a huge part of the local economy. This continues through today.

An Art Colony and Eventual Suburbs

In the 1920s, Los Gatos was attracting a wide variety of artists, including actors, musicians, painters, and writers. John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath here and the community nurtured sister actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine and renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin called Los Gatos home when he was a boy. Neal Cassidy, a leader in the Beat Movement, lived here in the 1950s.

It was in the 1950s that San Jose began to grow significantly and many workers commuted there from Los Gatos. Housing expanded significantly and the town grew out to its current boundaries before the end of the 1980s.

Old and New Standing Side-by-Side

Today, high-tech companies have their headquarters next to the Victorian-era commercial buildings and homes that the city council and residents have carefully preserved. Other buildings preserved include:

  • The original Los Gatos High School attended by de Havilland and Fontaine
  • The Old Town Shopping Center
  • Dozens of downtown, brick commercial buildings built over the last century that was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 and are now fully restored

Water Damage and Cleanup in Today’s Los Gatos

While Los Gatos Creek can occasionally rise over its banks and flood the town causing water damage, most water intrusions are the result of failed dishwashers or a water heater cut-off valve that no longer functions. When that happens, SERVPRO specialists take these steps to quickly remove water and mitigate the effects.

  • Protect the Contents
  • Extract Excess Water
  • Extract Carpets, Pads, and Hardwood Flooring using advanced equipment
  • Extract Sub-Flooring, perhaps with drying mats
  • Provide Humidity Control, monitor dehumidifiers during work

Why SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno for water clean-up in your home? One call to (408) 600-2020 gets a rapid, professional response to any situation.

How Long Does it Take for Burnt Odors to Leave a Home?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Specialists Can Fumigate and Restore Home's in Monte Sereno

Fire odors are volatile particles that can embed into surfaces, making them tough to remove. The volatile nature of these particles means that odors eventually dissipate. However, during a house fire, high pressure may cause odors to become trapped or make a property unlivable for a period. 

Removing the odor is an essential part of fire damage restoration for Monte Sereno homeowners. These unpleasant smells rarely have a single source, which means odor control is most effective using a multi-tiered approach. SERVPRO technicians employ a variety of techniques, methods, and equipment to combat odors. The first step is to remove any odor-causing materials and to clean soot or smoke from surfaces. If the smell persists, we can use a combination of masking agents, pairing agents, and filtration devices to tackle the problem. 

  • Air filtration devices can remove fire odors from a property by passing indoor air through a range of filters. 
  • SERVPRO uses high-efficiency particulate air filters to remove particles as small as 0.3 microns. 
  • Restoring indoor air quality can also prevent inhalation or ingestion of microscopic soot and dust particles created by a fire. 

A house fire can severely impact the indoor air quality in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno for fire damage restoration at (408) 600-2020.

Are Flood Waters Dangerous?

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO van parked in the street Call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno right away at (408) 600-2020 if you need help with flood damage restoration.

Flood Damage Often Brings Contamination into your Home. SERVPRO Provides Licensed Restoration for Los Gatos Residents

Floodwaters typically contact soils, chemicals, and pathogens before reaching your home. These contaminants can be hazardous. Our roster of licensed technicians can restore your home to a safe, sanitary condition.

Cross-contamination is a common byproduct of Flood Damage for Los Gatos residents that requires professional assessment and cleaning. Typical contaminants may include human pathogens, viruses, bacteria, herbicides, or pesticides. These contaminants must be removed from the property to ensure it remains inhabitable. Specific regulations and laws govern contaminated items or wastewater. SERVPRO is a licensed flood restoration service that can expertly assess and restore your home after a flood. We have experience working in severe storms and flood recovery operations and working under hygienists and indoor environmental specialists' guidance. Together, we can return your home to a pre-accident condition.

  • We can cut out contaminated drywall from a flooded property and replace it with clean drywall and, where necessary, insulation. 
  • Our flood pumps can pass the solid waste to ensure that your property is drained quickly after a flood or storm event.
  • Using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, our technicians can restore your home to a sanitary state.

Water contamination can be harmful to your health. Call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno for flood damage repair at (408) 600-2020.

How Quickly Can Businesses Recover from Premises Damage?

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service for Los Gatos Businesses

Los Gatos is a Californian town in the San Francisco Bay Area. The township comprises 30,222 residents. The excellent climate has contributed to the area's history, which primarily existed as a mill town and agricultural farming center on the West Coast. The mid-nineteenth century township remained a farming community until the 1950s when urban redevelopment of the bay area saw an increase in the local population and transformed the town into a suburb and commuter belt for those working in San Francisco. Famous residents of the area include John Steinbeck, who wrote The Grapes of Wrath while staying in the area, and the celebrated beat-poet Neal Cassady. The modern township of Los Gatos is considered a part of Silicon Valley, America's thriving tech hub with numerous multi-million dollar tech giants setting up shop in Los Gatos. Among these is the global streaming platform Netflix which has its headquarters in downtown Los Gatos. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is mountainous with lots of outdoor areas for enthusiasts to explore. Chief among them is the Castle Rock State Park, which runs along the Santa Cruz mountains. The state park expanse covers a region of 5,242 acres and is famous for its unique rock formations and climbing opportunities. As of 2021, there are 32 miles of hiking trails, which vary from beginner to expert difficulty levels. Among the most traversed routes is the Skyline-to-the-Sea, which expands over 30 miles starting at the Saratoga Gap and finishing at the Waddell Beach. Along the stretch are two overnight camping areas for those hiking on the trails. Due to its mountainous geography, Los Gatos is a famous region for wine-making, with several wineries in the area producing globally distributed New World Wines. These vineyards are open to the public for tours and tasting sessions throughout the season. 

  • The Vasona Lake County Park offers seasonal light displays and a vast freshwater lake with fishing and an information center. 
  • Testarossa tasting rooms are a members-only club that hosts wine and cheese events. The local vineyards and on-site tasting rooms are perfect for experiencing New World Wines.
  • The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad runs through Oak Meadow parks and is suitable for families and young children. 

SERVPRO Can Help Los Gatos Businesses Overcome Water Intrusion at their Premises

A water intrusion event can occur at business premises and affect productivity levels or create an unsanitary work environment. Our commercial services are designed to find a prompt response to your business emergency using local, qualified technicians.

The key to mitigating losses with commercial water damage in Los Gatos is to dry the area quickly. SERVPRO technicians use psychrometric science to maximize drying efficiency. Using dehumidifiers, or DX generators for larger commercial spaces, we can control the indoor atmosphere. Creating a dry indoor atmosphere can speed up the evaporation process while technicians can return daily to monitor the progress or make adjustments to the system. 

  • Technicians carry appropriate licenses and legal documentation for commercial restoration.
  • Desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers help to speed up drying times.
  • Monitoring devices allow us to measure progress in real-time. 

If your business faces temporary closure as a result of water intrusion, call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno for expert commercial water damage restoration at (408) 600-2020.

Los Gatos Residents, Get a Jump-Start on your New Year’s Resolution

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

volunteers with trash bags Take some time to give back to the community by helping with clean up. Let's keep Hayward clean.

Not Far from Los Gatos, preserve our Environment by Joining a Clean-up Day.



Young and old in Los Gatos are invited to start 2021 with a fun cleanup activity hosted by the city of Hayward. On Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, grab a friend and join new friends in making a difference in the community. Consider the following as you schedule the time for this activity-

  • Bring gloves, masks, and other pertinent personal protection equipment.
  • This event is part of the ongoing Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force efforts.
  • Participants have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Buffalo Bills Hayward.
  • The meeting place is Mount Eden Park, and the event kicks off at 8:00 a.m.

Keeping the environment safe is essential to our SERVPRO team as well. Our expert crew helps homeowners by remediating mold damage and offering ancillary restoration services. If air quality is important to you, call our team and let us become an ally in your quest for a cleaner environment.

SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno is your partner in keeping our area beautiful and clean. Call us at (408) 600-2020 as soon as you suspect mold or deterioration, and let us jump into action. Only our professional knowledge and experience can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”