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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.”

Monte Sereno Residents can Support Local Artists from their Own Home.

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Cassette tapes Music lovers in Monte Sereno are in for a treat. Get your very own pop up concert when you support local artists.

Let Music Visit your Monte Sereno Home and Kick-off 2021 in Style

Artists, performers, and musicians surround Monte Sereno residents. There is no shortage of concerts or plays for us to choose from on any given weekend under normal circumstances. As we kick-off 2021 with hopes for a new normal, it may still be a few weeks before concert venues renew their offerings. However, the Opera San Jose is preparing for the 2021 season and offering its patrons a pop-up concert in their driveway or home.

  • Pop-up concerts are available to patrons making a donation of at least $1,000 in support of the Opera San Jose
  • Safety guidelines are followed by performers and attendees alike
  • The donation can be made easily through their online platform

SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno is also ready for a safe and wonderful 2021. Whenever fire restoration services are required, our staff is prepared to go to your home with all the necessary safety precautions. Our team strives to minimize the disruption to your daily life while cleaning any residual soot and smoke damage. Give us a call at (408) 600-2020 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

The Beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains is Part of Life in Los Gatos

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Los Gatos Welcomes you with its Natural Beauty and Access to Bay Area Attractions.

Some may be surprised to know that Los Gatos is considered one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Once you consider that it is in the San Francisco Bay Area near the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Jose, the distinction becomes clear. Its part in Silicon Valley and its technology firms make it relevant and crucial for Santa Clara County.

Among the most recognizable headquarters in Los Gatos, you will find Netflix, the popular content and film platform that gained increased popularity in 2020. Although the company has offices throughout the world, its headquarters employ those focusing on the data and analytics part of the business and product design. Other tech companies in Los Gatos include Infogain, Buongiorno, and Cryptic Studios. Once you include tech firms based in nearby San Jose, it is clear that Los Gatos is closely tied to the culture of Silicon Valley, its needs, and progress.

Los Gatos is Spanish for “the cats,” and the area’s name comes from La Rinconada de Los Gatos, but not because of house cats. Instead, it’s in recognition of the bobcats and cougars that inhabit the foothills in Los Gatos. It was founded in the mid-1850s following the creation of Forbes Mill by James Alexander Forbes. The mill's construction goes hand-in-hand with the California Gold Rush and the influx of people who traveled searching for riches. There were no flour mills in California, and Los Gatos Creek provided sufficient water power to make the production cost-effective. It is said to have kicked-off its operations in late 1855.

In 1887 Los Gatos was incorporated, and logging was one of the leading industries. Some years later, still in the early part of the 20th century, its agricultural offerings became emblematic of the town. Grapes, prunes, and apricots were grown in the area to the delight of its residents. Over time, it attracted a bohemian lifestyle, and important names made their life in Los Gatos, including Olivia de Havilland and John Steinbeck.

Milestones in the history of Los Gatos

  • The Railroad- Even though rail transportation from Los Gatos is not part of daily life today, it played a pivotal role in its history. In the early and mid-1900s, the rail station in Los Gatos was visited by travelers from Alameda to Santa Cruz on the South Pacific Coast Railroad. Similarly, commuter trains into nearby San Francisco were a way of life until the 1960s.
  • Oil- For about thirty years in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, Los Gatos witnessed growth in the Santa Cruz Mountains oil-drilling industry. Despite a thorough search for oil, it proved to be less than anticipated, and eventually, all efforts to kick-off commercial oil production were abandoned.
  • 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake- California is notorious for its earthquakes, particularly along the San Andreas Fault. The Loma Prieta Earthquake owes its name to the Loma Prieta Peak, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, not far from Los Gatos. Even though the area recovered quickly, it still affected many businesses and residents.
  • The Tech Industry- Like the rest of the region, the tech industry has become entrenched in the economy of the Bay Area, including Los Gatos. The growth of companies like Netflix has changed the employment landscape locally and the changes caused by tech companies in nearby cities.

Recreation in Los Gatos

The San Francisco Bay Area celebrates California’s beauty and majestic hikes, and outdoor activities are available to all residents, including those who live in Los Gatos. Whether you love to mountain bike, hike, cycle, or kayak, you are bound to find a place to enjoy your favorite activity virtually year-round. Los Gatos Creek and Vasona Lake County Park have several access points for people to hop onto a trail or wander to an outdoor concert or other activity.

For train lovers, you may want to take an afternoon to visit The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and support its carousel and steam engine. As it takes you through Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks, you can experience what it was like more than 100 years ago, and the price of admission is dedicated to preserving the equipment. Seasonally, you may enjoy the Pumpkin Train or the Holiday Train, which brings added excitement to the field trip.

Most people may not realize that vineyards abound around Los Gatos and that you don’t need to drive to Napa for award-winning local wines. Among the most famous wineries, you’ll find Testarossa Winery & Tasting Room, the fourth oldest continuously operating winery in California. Testarossa wines have been recognized, and it is available for tours and tastings. 

Byington Vineyard & Winery and David Bruce Winery are also great options to explore the flavors of the area.

Home Water and Fire Restoration in Los Gatos

Time and time again, Mother Nature has proven to be a strong force threatening California households. Wind, fire, and storms can all cause grave damage to structures regardless of their age. To come back from the devastation, certified water and fire damage restoration companies are your best resource.

SERVPRO is ready to act as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline, and it is safe to enter your home. However, water cleanup for Los Gatos homeowners may come as the result of less dramatic events. If a bathroom leaks or an appliance breaks, you may need help controlling humidity levels and restoring structural elements. When leaks happen, SERVPRO applies the industry's best practices to extract water, disinfect, and sanitize your home. Our expert staff is trained to address each material's specific needs in your home – wood, laminate, carpet, and tile require differentiated cleaning methods, and we have access to all of them.

SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno is at your service to protect your home. Call us at (408) 600-2020 as soon as you detect the problem and let us do what we do best. When we leave your home, it will feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Los Gatos Residents – Don’t Miss the Two Mr. Ps End of Term Christmas Extravaganza Virtual Event

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

City of Los Gatos Logo Let SERVPRO worry about fire damage, so you can laugh your cares away at the End of Term Christmas Extravaganza.

The End of Term Christmas Extravaganza Live Episode is Available Online for Los Gatos, CA, Residents 

Staying home during social distancing does not mean that you have to miss out on significant events. You have the chance to join the Two Mr. Ps from the comfort of your Los Gatos home as they livestream a special Christmas podcast episode. This after-hours episode is not just for school staff and teachers, but for anyone who wants to experience giggles and entertainment. This episode is more than a regular podcast, and it is loaded with a broad range of yuletide festivities. Do not miss out on this one-of-a-kind online event. 

  • Date: Friday, December 18th, 2020
  • Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Location: Online via live stream 

Staying safe with social distancing is something we are passionate about at SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno. Why should you call in the help of skilled technicians after a fire in your home? We have all of the equipment, training, and methods necessary to make your fire damage cleanup smooth and as stress-free as possible. With one phone call to us at (408) 600-2020, we will send out a crew to get started as soon as first responders deem your home safe for entry.

Taking in the Sights with Los Gatos Carriage Rides 2020

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of Christmas lights; lights blurred Entrust your commercial water removal services to SERVPRO so that you can enjoy the everything Los Gatos has to offer.

Los Gatos Residents and Visitors Can Enjoy Carriage Rides Throughout the City 

A carriage ride is a unique experience, but it is even better when you have the beautiful backdrop that Los Gatos offers. Throughout December, on certain days, you have the opportunity to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage throughout the historic downtown area throughout the streets of Los Gatos, California. Take this opportunity to reserve a time for your carriage ride so that you can soak up all of the sounds, lights, and sights across this whimsical small town. All rides begin at the Town Plaza, and you can book your reservation through the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce website. 

  • Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 (and multiple days after that)
  • Time: 5 pm to 9 pm by reservation only
  • Cost: $110 for regular carriages, $130 for large carriages

Taking part in local events and memorable activities like historical carriage rides is something we fully support at SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno. Business owners in the area, if you require help with water removal at your commercial location, we are here to help! Once you call us at (408) 600-2020, we will dispatch our Green Fleet as soon as possible to start in with extraction and drying efforts.

Monte Sereno Residents Deserve Reliable Flood Damage Restoration from Skilled Professionals

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of SERVPRO building Our Green Fleet is ready to go to handle any flooding in Monte Sereno.

When You Require Help with Flooding After a Storm, SERVPRO is There to Address the Damage to Your Monte Sereno, CA, Home 

If you search for serenity and picturesque views, you will find it in Monte Sereno, CA. This town is situated on the western side of Santa Clara County along the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains base. Just minutes from San Jose, this is a town brimming with semi-rural flair and excellent community involvement. Even though it is one of the smaller populations within the County, Monte Sereno has roughly 4,000 residents that live within the 1.6 square miles. 

While there are no businesses located within the town, the region blends to bring you plenty of things to see and do within a very short driving distance. The landscape is made up of green views along the coast as well as lovely rolling hills. One of the most intriguing places to explore is an open space preserve in El Sereno, which includes 7.4 miles of trails that meander over 1,415 acres. 

Due to the makeup of the town of Monte Sereno, they share various elements with Los Gatos – including the police department, library, schools, and parks. The Santa Clara Valley region was settled around the start of the 1770s by non-natives, with this town being part of an 1839 land grant given to gentlemen known as Hernandez and Peralta. These two men have been said to have founded Los Gatos. 

One of the most famous past residents known to Monte Sereno is John Steinbeck, the author of the world-famous book entitled Of Mice and Men. In the middle of the 1950s, the region began to encounter tremendous growth, which some say seemed too rapid. To halt the expansion, Monte Sereno became fully incorporated in 1957, so it did not get annexed to a large city or neighboring Los Gatos. 

Exploring All That Monte Sereno, CA, Has to Offer

Nothing lacks in terms of sights to see or experience while in the Monte Sereno area. Whether you are an avid nature buff or you like to sample fine food and drink, you will know that you can fill your days and nights with plenty of chances to make memories. 

When it comes to local sights and museums, some of the best stops to make while in the area include: 

  • Lexington Reservoir County Park –This park spans 950 acres and rests just minutes from the populated areas within Santa Clara County. Here, you will find a human-made reservoir that offers 338 acres for shoreline fishing, as well as plenty of stunning landscapes to view and wildlife for which to look out. Visitors will also find picnic tables, a boat launch, and portable restroom facilities.
  • Whitney Modern –When you want to take in some fine art, Whitney Modern is a premier gallery located within Silicon Valley. This space often houses a broad range of exhibitions and art consultations, tours, and staging services available for new and established collectors and the promotion of fine art.
  • The CATS –If you want a unique stop, don't miss out on The CATS, which is an old-school venue that features old-school décor and two stone cats that grace the front entrance. Many people stop here for the chance to snap a picture or two, but there are also BBQ meat offerings as well as many live bands and other entertainment to be had at any given time. 

Dining and Beverages 

  • Philz Coffee is located on Blossom Hill Road, and it is the ultimate place to go for coffee, specialty brew, or a cup of tea. Grab a bite to eat and drink and relax in this quaint coffee shop or order snacks to take with you on the road.
  • Plumed Horse can be found on Big Basin Way and a great stop when you want to sample an eclectic menu of delicious eats. There is also an extensive wine menu to choose from and hand-crafted chocolates, and other specialties in the world-famous, on-site chocolaterie.
  • Billy's Boston Chowder House proves that you can have the taste of New England while visiting the sunny West Coast. Situated on East Main Street, this chowder house boasts menu items like New England "chowda," hot buttered "lobsta" rolls, and crispy English fish n' chips. 

The Way That You Handle Flood Damage After a Storm Determines the Amount of Loss Your Monte Sereno Home encounters 

Storms often happen without warning, leaving immense devastation in their wake. Rather than trying to take the burden on yourself with DIY methods, you can look to our skilled crew at SERVPRO to restore your Monte Sereno property to preloss condition. Whenever you have flooding after a storm, we arrive fast to help with board-up services, water extraction, and controlled demolition to get the build-back process going. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, which gives you the peace of mind in knowing that you will be back to your routine as quickly as possible. 

Flood damage in Monte Sereno may come on after significant rainfall, including wind and debris issues. SERVPRO has the skills to tackle any flooding you are dealing with, including careful processes for handling water with potential contaminants such as: 

  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Microbial bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Chemicals
  • Silt and debris
  • Fecal matter
  • Vermin, and more 

We come in to perform an assessment that tells us the best way to proceed. Our crew handles each situation with detailed precision, making sure to wear all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep our team safe. Everything is cleaned and sanitized before we finish the project to ensure your family's safety and any pets living within the home. 

Flood damage is nothing that any homeowner should take lightly, which is where we come in at SERVPRO of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno. We have crews on standby to give you the confidence that skilled technicians will be available 24 hours to handle any emergency that you encounter. You can reach us by calling (408) 600-2020, and we will send out our Green Fleet to your property to begin the assessment.

Find Awe, Inspiration, and Expression in Los Gatos

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

art exhibit at museum Get "fired up" to visit the exhibits at the New Museum in Los Gatos--a friendly tip from SERVPRO

Residents of Los Gatos get into NUMU Free of Charge

NUMU, the nickname of the New Museum in Los Gatos, offers residents the mesmerizing opportunity to view local artists’ varied creations. While at NUMU, you are welcome to browse different exhibits. Other activities are also available to the public, many requiring only a small fee. You can call 408-354-2646 to find out more about NUMU’s upcoming events and exhibitions. Don't miss out on these very interesting creations.

In addition to browsing the galleries, NUMU invites patrons to take part in different activities.

  • Explorers’ Weekend, including private group sessions,
  • Merit badge activities for both Boy and Girl Scouts, and
  • MakerSpace workshops and classes.

SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno uses specialized methods to restore fire-damaged belongings, including fine art, ceramics, and other creative displays. Call (408) 600-2020 for professionals who care about making things “Like it never even happened,” for you.

Holiday Carriage Rides in Los Gatos

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

night view marquee with 'Los Gatos' in lights SERVPRO is looking forward to participating in local holiday celebrations.

Los Gatos Residences Enjoy a Romantic Way to Celebrate the Holidays 

The holidays are here, and even though activities are limited, some things still make the days special. An annual Los Gatos tradition is the Holiday Carriage Rides. It is a romantic event and like stepping back into time. An elegant horse-drawn carriage carries you through the town. Enjoy the sight of some of the most beautiful homes decorated for Christmas as you sit back and relax. 

Rides are available:

  • December 4 – 6, 2020 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • December 10 – 13 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • December 17 – 23 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM 

Your carriage ride starts in the Town Plaza. You can purchase your ride ahead of time and include hot chocolate and a cookie.  

Masks are required. The carriage holds up to six people from the same household and the cost is:

  • Adults (9 & up) - $30
  • Children (3-8) $10
  • Toddlers (2 & under) free 

SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno is proud to offer water damage restoration services. Contact us at (408) 600-2020 for more information. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Do Los Gatos Businesses Need to Do to Recover From Fire Damages?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property To recover your business quickly with a minimum loss of revenue after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Can Recover Losses in your Los Gatos Business. SERVPRO Can Send Professionally Trained and Certified Technicians to your Premises.

How are the damages in a fire loss site calculated?
As a premises manager of your Los Gatos business, you may be anxious to uncover the actual expense of a property fire. These losses can differ dramatically depending on the type of fire, the material inside the premises, and the length of time the building was burning. Smoke travels through a structure quickly, leaving behind unpleasant, and sometimes odorous, soot deposits. Extensive soot on walls, ceilings, surfaces, and inside desk drawers can lead to your business's temporary closure. SERVPRO offers a callout within four hours of your notification of loss to ensure restoration begins right away, and you can resume business with minimal interruption. A qualified commercial restoration service has both the experience and the resources to perform a thorough scoping of the property to calculate potential losses.

What is the scoping of a fire loss site?
A scoping procedure is the first step in commercial fire damage restoration of your Los Gatos business. This process helps us understand the extent of harm in the premises, how cleanable contents or structure is, and which materials must be discarded. Generally, we operate with at least a crew chief and a production technician to scope the property. In larger commercial properties, we may increase the workforce necessary to provide a time-efficient solution to your business interruption. Setting up a loss site for restoration and calculating the exact equipment, resources and time-frame are valuable for business owners who can then begin planning re-opening or inform staff of the issue. If you have any questions, our crew chiefs are more than happy to communicate with you throughout the restoration process.

What tasks are being carried out during the scoping procedure?
    •    Taking measurements of room sizes and areas of damage to enable correct calculation of equipment needs and resources.
    •    Testing surfaces for smoke residues can sometimes be tough to spot and measure the amount of smoke penetration.
    •    Using a dry cleaning sponge to pre-test surfaces for cleanability and assessing residues types- either dry or wet.

How do commercial restoration services reduce fire losses?
The value of hiring commercial restoration technicians for your business lies in the ability to mitigate secondary losses after a fire. Sometimes soot deposits may be highly acidic. Without timely intervention, these deposits can corrode the surfaces of non-porous materials like metals. These can be particularly expensive to replace and could include complex appliances, tools, or frameworks. Our technicians actively guard against corrosive smoke residues during the scoping of your business property by applying lubricants or wet cleaning detergents directly onto the material. Stainless steel cleaner can be a useful cleaning agent for controlling losses that affect appliances, ductwork, or framing in your business. These cleaning agents can also be used on faucets or trim work on the premises to protect them from secondary damages.

How are different smoke types assessed with a dry cleaning sponge?
    •    Light grey and black soils or residues could indicate dry smoke that can be vacuumed from the surface or removed using the dry cleaning sponge.
    •    Smoke residues that smear when wiping should be treated with caution as these indicate wet smokes that spread around with dry cleaning methods.
    •    Heavy oils or grease can often be detected by a dry-cleaning sponge and show where technicians need to apply oil-based solvents.

Do restoration services include content restoration?
SERVPRO technicians endeavor to restore both the structure and contents of your business. Similar to structural cleaning, contents technicians are looking for contrasts between affected and unaffected contents on your premises. These could include cosmetic issues to appliances, surfaces, cabinets, and desktops. Pre-testing can be valuable to the efficiency of restoration by allowing technicians to determine cleanable and non-cleanable items. Wiping away contrasts or outlines indicates that these items are restorable. When the object does not respond to pre-test cleaning, we may need to dispose of it and fit a replacement. The cost of replacement far exceeds the price of restoration. We operate with a restore over replace mentality to get your business back “Like it never even happened.”

What methods of contents restoration are useful for businesses?
    •    Semi-refinishing is a practical method of restoring hardwood surfaces or appliances but can be a time-consuming process.
    •    Polishing using furniture polish or creme can help with any wooden contents in your business. A compound cleaner can be useful for metals.
    •    Wet cleaning is an aggressive form of restoration that uses hot water combined with a detergent or cleaning agent to remove soils and grime.

To recover your business quickly with a minimum loss of revenue after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020.

Does Mold Destroy Floors and Carpets?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy carpet If your home is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO is a Los Gatos Mold Remediation Company that Can Rescue your Home from Microbial Infestation. 

Why does mold appear on carpets?

A moldy carpet or musty aroma in rooms of your Los Gatos home are indicators of microbial infestation. These tiny organisms can crop up from time to time in your home or during specific periods of the year. When microbial growth gets out of control, and you notice persistent odors or soiling, it may be necessary to bring in professional remediation. Moldy carpets can occur due to a moisture problem in the property, delamination of the carpet backing, a damp carpet pad,  an insulation issue, or a mold infestation in your building's assembly. SERVPRO technicians can deconstruct parts of your floor to assess and remediate potential mold growth issues.

What are the causes of concern with mold growth?

Mold can breakdown organic matter, which could lead to the deterioration of carpets or other materials in the home.

Microbial organisms reproduce and can spread from one area to another leading to a significant issue over time. 

Molds produce unpleasant soiling and noticeable odors that can affect your home's indoor air quality or condition.

Are moldy carpets repairable?

A mold remediation team can rescue your Los Gatos home and contents from further damage. Our first objective is to detach the carpet to inspect the floor assembly below and find the microbial growth issue's root cause. Floors typically contain a carpet, carpet pad, and a subfloor. The microbial growth issue could be coming from any one of these areas. Whether carpets are repairable depends on the length of exposure and the material of the carpet. Long-term exposure typically requires replacement of the pad and carpet. The primary method of preventing further cost is by correcting the home's moisture problem, which could be through drying or installing a vapor barrier in the subfloor. 

Does mold washout?

Early signs of mold can sometimes be removed from fabric using anti-microbial chemicals alongside a rotary machine to withdraw from the carpet.

Mechanical suspension washing afforded by Esporta washing machines can address light mold contamination.

Vinegar can be an effective deterrent against mold growth that helps to break down microbial stages of growth.

If you spot microbial growth in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600 2020.