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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Los Gatos

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Los Gatos Flooding can happen very quickly and affect many rooms in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation options.

Sooner or Later Los Gatos Residents Must Gear Up for Flood Damage

Changing weather patterns in Los Gatos and elsewhere make one thing certain -- a homeowner can never be sure when to expect flood waters. Taking the time to evaluate your storage decisions and the vulnerabilities of your electronics, utilities, and other systems is a wise idea in any season, but in anticipation of a flooding scenario is crucial. Rely on the training and expertise we hold to help you make sensible and practical decisions to avoid significant damage during flooding.

Flood damage in Los Gatos is an event with which no homeowner can prepare adequately. There are, however, many proactive tasks that can help a property withstand flooding more productively. You need a professional evaluation of any effects on your home if flood waters do intrude but can rest more assured that your valuable and treasured possessions fare better if you anticipate what might happen.

Flooding can occur inside your home due to appliance malfunction or plumbing fails. Take stock of the condition of pipes, hoses, and connections, including the sewer line, and arrange for repairs and replacements if necessary. Consider installing a sump pump to evacuate water quickly and reliably from lower levels if overland flooding or a backup occurs. Even if these measures handle the majority of any flood water remember moisture can remain in porous building materials or hidden recesses. SERVPRO crews use moisture meters and thermal scanners to locate residual water. We also set drying goals and deploy the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to achieve those marks.

Clear debris from gutters and downspouts, making sure those configurations are appropriately installed and repaired if needed. Reconsider storing articles in the lower levels of your home, taking the opportunity to move items to areas in your home unlikely to suffer from the effects of flood waters. Although SERVPRO does have methods to dry and preserve wet papers, critical documents should find a home in a safe deposit box, and other items that tax your ability to store can be transferred to an offsite storage locker.

Review the specifications of appliances and systems installed in your potential flood area. Discuss ways to protect this essential equipment with the vendors who sold them to you, previous owners, or the builders of your home. Elevating washers, dryers, water heaters, and other machinery can save them from permanent damage if you endure a flood.

SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno pledges to be there to help members of our communities if flooding is an issue. Contact us for an assessment and plan of action at (408) 600-2020.
 
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San Jose Weathers Another Storm-Induced Setback by Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage San Jose Weathers Another Storm-Induced Setback by Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup SERVPRO Saves Storm and Flood Damaged Homes in San Jose

Can Unexpected Flood Damage Affect San Jose Again?

Residents remember the fear and damage of the Coyote Creek flooding in San Jose within the last couple of years. The chances are good that our community may suffer a similar disaster, or that individuals might find their homes swimming in water because of interior plumbing or appliance fails. No matter how your home becomes a flood target, we have the technicians and equipment to return your dwelling to preloss condition.

San Jose flood damage demands the professionalism and resources of our team of IICRC-trained technicians and experienced project managers. Flood damage can be severe, but when well-prepared crew uses research-based strategies and innovative equipment and products the outcome of remediation can be successful. Our focus is always to restore rather than demolish and rebuild, the goal making if “Like it never even happened.”

One thing to avoid when dealing with flood damage is a wait-and-see attitude. The SERVPRO team has the best results when homeowners invite us to assess the situation, devise a plan, and move toward implementation within hours of the crisis. The longer water remains undisturbed in various spaces of your home, the more likely that building materials disintegrate, mold growth threatens, and odors proliferate.

Flood waters from weather systems or overflowing waterways pose significant contamination issues. Fast action is necessary to contain and remove this type of moisture as it exposes the inhabitants of your home to the risk of pathogens. When SERVPRO removes the water with our commercial pumps and extractors, we might need to contain and dispose of it following local hazardous water disposal rules.

Even relatively clean water that fills you home after a water heater rupture or supply line leak can transform to gray or black water within a day or two. The debris loosened by the water, spores always on surfaces or airborne, and the passage of time encourages microbial growth. SERVPRO recommends standing water removal as soon as possible, supported by the pumps and extractors we carry on every service vehicle.

After the flood waters exit the scene, SERVPRO crews work on structural drying and sanitization to return your premises to preloss condition. We use EPA registered antimicrobials, and the skills learned in IICRC courses to achieve these goals, measuring the moisture content of structure during drying and repositioning air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to create the most efficient balance, so excess water in all its forms is collected and discarded.

SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno is ready to assist if floods damage your home. Call our office at (408) 600-2020 to set up an assessment without delay.

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What Few People Know About How Floodwaters in Cambrian Park Affect the Structure of Your Home

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Few People Know About How Floodwaters in Cambrian Park Affect the Structure of Your Home Regardless of the source of the flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO to remove the water and remediate any remaining damage.

The Dangers of Floodwaters in Your Cambrian Park Home

While the primary effects of disasters affecting your Cambrian Park home might seem substantial enough, these are rarely the only things that a homeowner has to worry about when working towards recovery of the damage. As our technicians have seen through flooding situations that have affected the area, floodwaters often pose risks stretching well beyond the high volume of water inside your residence.

Flood damages to your Cambrian Park home are often difficult to determine at first. While the primary effect is evident, there are secondary effects and impacts to the structural integrity of your home and its contents that have yet to get accurately assessed. Once our SERVPRO team arrives, we can get to work on the extraction of the pooled water through truck-mounted pumps that pull water from the affected areas fast. Once the bulk of the excess water has gotten removed, our technicians can assess the full scope of the damage to your home.

While the water effects prove the most problematic, requiring many pieces of equipment to reach wall cavities and inaccessible areas to ensure moisture levels return to acceptable parameters, drying is only part of the remaining problem to face. Floodwaters often carry debris, dirt, and mud into your home along with the rushing water, soiling surfaces, flooring, and carpets. Our SERVPRO technicians have deep cleaning equipment to help overcome these effects and clean up the mess that the flood has left behind.

Structural concerns also get assessed once the drying process is underway. While our focus is preservation over demolition, overly saturated walls weaken quickly. Even with the advanced equipment at our disposal, reconstruction is often part of the flood recovery process for many homes.

As much as you might want to overcome the effects of a flood in your home immediately, restoration is an involved process that requires precision and expertise. Our SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno rapid response team can help to mitigate your loss in these situations and work efficiently to ensure that restoration does not take a second longer than necessary. Give our team a call anytime that you need us at (408) 600-2020.

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When Storms of Floods hit Los Gatos / Monte Sereno is ready!

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Photo Caption: Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Los Gatos / Monte Sereno.

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SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Los Gatos / Monte Sereno, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (408)600-2020!