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TO DO's In the event of an WATER EMERGENCY!

8/7/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage is the most common natural disaster in the United States, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It can cause property damage and loss of personal belongings, health concerns for those exposed to the water and mold growth, and even death.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been damaged by flooding or leaks, here’s what you need to know:

Do not use electrical appliances or electronics until they have been checked by a professional.

Call 911 if there are injuries or signs of illness such as dizziness, nausea or headaches.

Shut off all electricity at the main breaker before cleaning up any spills. If you cannot find the main breaker box right away, turn off power at every electrical outlet until you locate it.

Move furniture and other items that might be damaged by standing water into dry areas of your home or business as soon as possible. Do not use these items until they have been cleaned and dried thoroughly.

If you can not find the SOURCE of the leak be sure to call your local plumber immediately.  They should be able to detect and stop the source of the leak.

Finally, do NOT PANIC. These emergencies in the home are very common and can be mitigated very quickly.  You can count on a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to make it like it never even happened!

Get Professional Water Damage Repair in San Jose

5/29/2023 (Permalink)

water covering the tile floor of a kitchen Regardless of how the water entered your home, team SERVPRO is equipped to remove it. Contact our technicians to assess and start the remediation.

Water Damage Repair in San Jose by SERVPRO

San Jose is the third largest city in California, located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley. The city is known for iconic attractions, like Winchester Mystery House, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Tech Museum of Innovation. The city is also an education hub and home to education institutes like Santa Clara University and San Jose State University. 

Regarding water damage repair, San Jose residents trust SERVPRO for the expertise and experience their techs bring. Our IICRC-certified techs can handle any water damage incident in your home, whether due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or plumbing problems. 

Deodorizing During Water Damage Restoration 

While the most common reason for water damage in San Jose is plumbing issues, HVAC leaks, and appliance malfunctions, Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek experience flash floods. The city faced one of the worst flooding incidents in 2018, resulting in over 14,000 residents being evacuated from their homes. 

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo were one of the hardest-hit areas during the flooding, with water rising to five feet in some areas. The San Jose State University campus was also affected by the flooding, with water entering several buildings and causing damage to classrooms and offices.

SERVPRO techs are always prepared to help residents of this metropolis with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Our techs prepare meticulous mitigation plans to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Odor control is one of the biggest challenges during water damage repair. The odor can linger even after drying the property if not addressed promptly. 

SERVPRO techs use several types of equipment to deodorize your property during restoration. Some of the equipment we use include-

  • Air scrubbers
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators 
  • Ozone generators

Call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663 for round-the-clock help regarding water damage issues.

Setting Drying Goals for San Jose Water Damage

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO hat on a ladder in front of water damage equipment We have state-of-the-art equipment necessary to dry water damage in your San Jose home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO's Efficient Water Removal Mitigates Damage in San Jose

With more than a million residents in San Jose alone, water emergencies happen every day. We are a growing team of restoration professionals certified in water restoration and applied structural drying through the IICRC. We are equipped to help mitigate loss through direct action when disasters strike.

  •   Limiting the spread of water
  •   Eliminating surface water concerns
  •   Protecting wet contents
  •   Reducing structural damage

We understand that an urgent response to San Jose water damage can make a difference. Getting mitigation actions started rapidly can ensure that restoration takes less time and ultimately costs the customer less. We keep trailers and production vehicles stocked with extractors, drying equipment, and cleaning products to get mitigative actions started at the first notice of loss.

Thorough Water Damage Estimations

Before much of the restoration work can begin in the household, we must determine the scope of the recovery necessary. Our production manager can meet with the customer to decide on their specific priorities for cleanup and the pre-existing conditions and evaluate the state of contents and personal belongings. Early assessments can provide a detailed plan of restoration to come.

Water Removal Services

Extraction is the approach to resolve pooling on the house floors and reduce the saturation into semi-porous flooring like hardwoods or highly permeable installations like carpeting and padding. Water removal services incorporate several types of extraction units like:

  • Submersible Pumps – These machines are best for eliminating standing water damage more significant than a few inches in depth. Electrical and gas-powered units are available, each providing powerful discharging of standing water outside the property.
  • Wet Vacuums – If pumps are needed, wet vacuums will likely be. These manage smaller depths of water that are insufficient to maintain prime on submersible units. They are portable, making them ideal for multi-story structures common in the city.
  • Specialty Extractors – Units like weighted extractors force trapped moisture out of carpeted floors to prevent unnecessary tear-out.

Surface Drying Goals

Drying water damage involves an extensive assortment of tools and equipment. The process involves a carefully crafted temperature, airflow, and humidity balance to achieve optimal evaporation and moisture removal. Continually monitoring the progress of individual elements allows the team to change conditions like the frequency and placement of air movers to ensure continued high production.

Reducing Humidity Concerns

Moisture content in the environment can slow the drying process. If the air saturation becomes high enough, the drying could stall entirely. We implement several strategies, mostly with powerful dehumidification units, to help humidity below the desired saturation threshold. Processes that help include:

  • Condensation – Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers pull moist air across cold coils in the machine, causing condensation that can be collected and removed.
  • Absorption – Blowers force moist air through a desiccant dehumidifier and a wheel lined with airways and silica gel inside absorbs the moisture and exhausts dry air. 
  • Ventilation – Proper ventilation can also help remove and regulate moisture content by venting damp air outside.

Returning Contents After Restoration

Protecting the contents of your home is a vital element of mitigation, but the same care and consideration must go into returning these items where they belong in the house. We do a final inspection of each room's contents for damage before moving them back to their original positions based on our photographic record and customer input.

San Jose water damage happens every day, so our SERVPRO of NE San Jose team must stay prepared for emergency service calls to help. Our talented roster keeps the Green Fleet of vehicles and equipment ready to mobilize 24/7. Call us when disasters strike at (408) 834-7663.

Common Extraction Types for Alum Rock Water Mitigation

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

broke dishwasher Water mitigation services by SERVPRO are top-notch. Call now for the help your home needs.

Water Mitigation Relies on Effective Extraction

There is a finite window for restoration and recovery for area homes when disasters like burst pipes, broken appliances, or substantial spills occur. However your home is impacted by water damage, we have effective mitigation solutions to help.

Deep Extraction Solutions

Water mitigation in Alum Rock homes always begins with the needed efforts to remove standing water concerns. With several inches or even feet of pooling in the property, we must start extraction as soon as possible. We have many powerful products in our stock, including trash pumps and submersibles, to rapidly remove this pressing threat to the house. However, submersibles and other pumps will not fully remove the surface water concerns.

Shallow Standing Water Removal

Once the majority of the surface water has been removed with the heavier extraction units in our inventory, we can provide a more controlled removal of the remaining puddling with mobile wet vacuums and specialized attachments. Wet vacuums are among the most versatile water recovery tools available. They can work in confined spaces, all flooring types, and even help with trapped standing water in structural cavities.

Trapped Moisture Removal

One of the final objectives of water removal services is to address moisture trapped in the building materials and contents of the affected space. Carpeting, for example, can rapidly absorb water and become fully saturated. Surface water removal does not address trapped moisture, so it must fall to additional extraction devices and approaches like:

Removing water is one of the critical elements of successful water mitigation services. We understand the urgency of returning your home to normal operating conditions as soon as possible and can perform several mitigative emergency services to help. Give our SERVPRO of NE San Jose rapid response team a call when disasters strike at (408) 834-7663.

Frequent Water Damage Repairs for San Jose Homes

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

a pipe under a sink that is leaking water into a bucket Plumbing failures can happen very quickly due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact SERVPRO to tackle the emergency and repair the damage in your home.

Early Scoping Shows Water Damage Repair Needs

Our professionals must work fast when water damage events occur to identify the type of threat that has resulted and the impact on structural elements. Job scoping inspections collect data about structural integrity and determine the needed mitigative strategies like repairs and demolition.

Controlled Demolition

Water damage repairs for San Jose homes typically begin with clearing bulk materials and damaged structural elements. This early action removes elements that could allow moisture to continue migrating or secondary impacts like mold development. Demolition also provides access to damaged plumbing and wall cavities when needed.

Replacing Damaged Plumbing

Plumbing is often the trigger of water damage incidents, making its repair one of the priorities of responding professionals. It is vital to restore the water service to the house and repressurize these lines so we can access the damaged points of the system via wall assemblies and replace compromised portions. Problems often exist with:

  • Degrading copper tubing
  • Failing pipe fittings
  • Damaged fixtures

Reinstalling Floors

Water pools along the floors when damage events occur. Even with the prompt water removal services from our SERVPRO IICRC-certified team, the state of the flooring must be evaluated. Carpeting and wood plank flooring are sensitive to absorption and saturation damage, which can change their composition and appearance enough to require replacement.

Mold Damage Repairs

It is not uncommon for mold damage to result after prolonged water exposures. Mold can compromise structural elements differently, eroding the integrity of these materials as they become a food source for the growing and spreading colony. Demolition and material replacement is often necessary when infestations root deeply enough.

Water damage repairs are not always necessary after disasters, but our SERVPRO of San Jose team is ready to help quickly when structural compromise results. We have a fast response for both mitigation and the repairs necessary to restore comfortable living conditions for a house. Give us a call today at (408) 834-7663.

Water Damage Restoration and Mitigation for Alum Rock Residents

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

stacked fans in warehouse Air movers facilitate water damage restoration in Alum Rock properties. SERVPRO has a large inventory in our warehouse

Water Damage Restoration in Alum Rock – Call SERVPRO

Leaks from plumbing, roofs, or broken windows usually occur at the worst possible times at homes in Alum Rock. You are at work, or your spouse is out with the kids taking them to their organized activities, and no one is at home to notice that the hose connecting the faucet to the washing machine has sprung a leak. Water is everywhere and leaking into other rooms or the basement.

SERVPRO teams are available 24/7 and can be on-site in less than four hours to help with water damage restoration for Alum Rock residents. If possible, shut the water off either at the connecting faucet or the main water supply to the house. Call our company to request help and then mop up as much water as you can until we arrive. Any water you can remove will help decrease the amount of secondary damage caused by the water.

We use a variety of devices to remove standing water and moisture, including:

  • Weighted vacuums on carpets
  • Truck-mounted and portable water extractors
  • Small vacuum wands to reach into crevices and difficult to reach locations
  • Air movers to help absorb moisture and
  • Dehumidifiers reduce the humidity in the air and dry your home.

Every situation is different, and we apply the correct equipment to fit every situation. We aim to remove water and moisture before secondary damage occurs. Many porous materials absorb moisture easily, causing them to discolor, swell and lose structural integrity. If we can prevent absorption, secondary damage can be significantly reduced.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO immediately for help. Our team can also assist with any restoration services that may be needed after a water-related event.

Call SERVPRO of NE San Jose and nearby areas for water removal and restoration assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 834-7663

Can Water Mitigation in San Jose Prevent Mold – Call SERVPRO

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

hand peeling back wallpaper to reveal mold Unchecked water damage can lead to mold growth. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your home.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation and Restoration Services in San Jose

Many customers wonder why water mitigation in San Diego is so significant. With a dry climate, water and moisture evaporate quickly, causing minor damage to the structure and contents in many situations. However, slow leaks, condensation around AC units, and dark and warm areas may not dry as quickly, leading to mold infestations and structural damage.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services, inspections, and water clean-up to residents of San Jose. While true, small amounts of water will dry relatively quickly in our environment, prolonged leaks and standing water can cause structure and contents to degrade, and mold colonies form in 24 to 48 hours. Homeowners can call SERVPRO to discuss their situation and assess if water removal is needed.

Fast water removal from surfaces, inside walls and cupboards, and flooring materials that readily absorb moisture can prevent permeant damage. Pressed wood or particleboard and drywall easily absorb moisture, begin swelling, and quickly lose structural integrity. Even carpets can delaminate, leaving ripples in the carpet which cannot be removed. These items need replacing once water damage happens.

SERVPRO focuses on removing water and moisture and eliminating the water source to mitigate the damage. Our fast response to your call on a 24/7 basis will ensure that any damage caused by water leaks is kept to a minimum.

Our SERVPRO franchise considers water damage restoration one of the most essential services offered to our customers. Our services include:

  • Water cleanup
  • Water damage remediation and mitigation
  • Water damage repairs.

Call SERVPRO of NE San Jose in San Jose and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 834-7663.

What Types of Water Damage Repair Can SERVPRO Handle in San Jose Properties?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

baseboards that have been warped from water damage Water damage remediation may require that wet drywall be cut out and replaced. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for effective services.

SERVPRO Techs Can Perform Water Cleanup as Needed 24/7 in San Jose Homes

While every water cleanup job in San Jose residential properties is unique, there are often many of the same types of problems. SERVPRO technicians are experts in handling all phases of a restoration service.

SERVPRO techs commonly handle water damage repair in San Jose homes as part of the overall service. Once the extraction and drying have been completed, numerous actions often need to occur, such as sanitizing and then the reconstruction and minor repairs as needed. Common areas of restoration are: 

  • Walls
  • Floors 
  • Home contents

Restoration Services on Walls and Ceilings

After water damage cleanup, this area of the home may need new drywall installed. The technicians can put up the new walls and ceilings, including insulation. Afterward, the homeowner can continue to work with SERVPRO and get their walls painted in the color palette of their choice.

Flooring Post-Water Cleanup

While ceramic tile with grout seals intact tends to have one of the better outcomes after water exposure, glue-down tiles almost always delaminate and loosen after extended exposure to moisture. Hardwood floorboards can have different results as many factors affect how well the extraction and drying go. The most important being how quickly the restoration service began.  The technicians have the equipment to dry the boards in place, saving the homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible. If needed, the techs can arrange for an industry pro to sand and refinish the boards if warping has occurred.

Washable Home Contents

When textiles and clothing receive the effects of water damage of any type, they can get cleaned for reuse in many cases. SERVPRO has access to the Esporta Professional Washing System, and this powerful piece of equipment can clean and sanitize washable items in a single cycle. 

SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663 serves the local San Jose community for any size and type of property restoration, including water damage repair.

Don’t Wait Too Long to Call San Jose Technicians to Your Property for Water Cleanup

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from a pipe under a sink Excess water can damage both the contents and the structure of your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for water cleanup after an event.

SERVPRO Works on Water Cleanup Projects to Limit Loss with Rapid Extraction and Drying in San Jose

Regardless of how water spilled or entered your San Jose property, you must act quickly to remove it so that you can limit the chance that secondary damage sets in. SERVPRO understands that the time following a water-related incident is critical to the outcome of the restoration. Water mitigation is what stops damage in its tracks, so DIY is rarely a smart move. The best way to thwart material degradation, the onset of potentially harmful mildew and mold, or structural integrity loss is by contacting the water restoration technicians (WRT) at SERVPRO!

One of the great things about our locally-owned and operated franchise is that we offer rapid water cleanup in San Jose. Whether you are experiencing burst pipes or another clean water event, or having category three water coming into your home, we have the right tools and methods for the job.

Our Green Fleet of vehicles and IICRC-certified technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for:

  • Water removal services – Our team tackles standing water removal using extractors, pumps, and all of the associated attachments.
  • Drying and moisture reduction – We can restore relative humidity (RH) throughout your interior with the strategic placement of dehumidifiers and industrial fans. 
  • Mold prevention – Whenever a water emergency happens, the potential for mold growth is there. We use moisture detection protocols and detailed cleaning to keep your household safe 
  • Sanitizing/odor control – Musty, foul odors are synonymous with water-related events. We carry EPA-registered antimicrobials and use various odor control techniques to eliminate all traces of the event that took place.

Do you need rapid water cleanup to get your property back to normal? Take action and ensure quality results by calling SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

Does the Source Affect the Water Restoration Process for San Jose Homes?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Under sink drainpipe leaking It doesn’t take long for water leaks to enter unwanted areas of your home. SERVPRO is equipped with various equipment to handle all water loss events.

SERVPRO Identifies Water Sources Based on Volume and Condition of the Water

Once water enters unwanted areas of your home, it can pool on surfaces or soak into materials. After water spills, restorative processes such as extraction and drying are the only solution. However, the restoration processes necessary for San Jose properties vary depending on many factors.

Sometimes the source is the primary determinant of the water restoration process in San Jose properties since it determines the outcome. A source can overwhelm property with a significant volume of water within a short while. In other cases, the source can release minor amounts of water that remain hidden over extended periods. A team like SERVPRO that handles water intrusion cases regularly anticipates wide-ranging problems, including material deterioration, microbial issues, and odor associated with different sources.

Common Sources of Water Entering Many Homes Include:

  • Broken water pipes
  • Structural failures
  • Defective appliances

Water from broken pipes is usually clean, so it does not soil the affected materials or contents. 

However, a burst pipe can release vast amounts of water within a short period. A typical house can release around 160 gallons of water in an hour. Restoration in such cases requires enough extraction and drying equipment. Since our SERVPRO teams are equipped with various powerful pumps, including submersible and truck-mounted ones, it is easier to handle such situations.

Water released by a faulty appliance such as a dishwasher may not be that significant. However, it is likely to contain dissolved materials such as food remnants or even detergents. Exposure to such water can leave materials soiled or smelly. Restoration in such a case takes thorough cleaning before drying. Our SERVPRO teams use different chemical agents, including specially formulated ones, to clean the affected areas.

SERVPRO of NE San Jose readily adapts water restoration to address any damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (408) 834-7663.

Water Seeping in a San Jose Home Threatens Furniture and Fixtures

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

floodwater on floor You can rely upon the professionals of SERVPRO completely for fast and effective water cleanup.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation, and let its Expert Team Restore your San Jose Home.

A simple burst pipe in a bathroom can cause water damage to your San Jose home well beyond what you would expect. If water seeps through structural elements or sits for a long time, chances are you need professional water removal services, especially if the culprit involves sewage cleanup. Minimize your loss by calling a certified water cleanup crew to handle the issue.

In San Jose, water damage mitigation services are readily available as soon as you call our SERVPRO team. Trained and certified by experts in the water damage restoration field, our staff mobilizes with state-of-the-art equipment to fit the needs of water events of all sizes. Whether you need help with basement flooding cleanup or the aftermath of ceiling leaks, we have options when developing a targeted plan for your water damage remediation needs.

It is not uncommon for our customers to think of water extraction as synonymous with water restoration, but a thorough job is much more involved. Case in point, deodorization is a pivotal part of our process, which we perform diligently by following a rigorous approach, including the following-

  • Treating carpeting with EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting solutions, as well as fogging it as needed.
  • Addressing walls and ceilings with sprayers and ultra-low volume foggers.
  • Using odor counteractant pellets to challenge the offending smell as water extraction occurs.

SERVPRO of NE San Jose is your one-stop resource when water damage remediation services are in order. As you consider water damage repairs and cleanup, let our experts become your allies in protecting your home. Call us at (408) 834-7663, and let us bring the best in water cleanup and restoration into your home.

SERVPRO Helps with Water Remediation After a Water Leak in San Jose Homes

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold colony SERVPRO has trained IICRC certified technicians for every kind of disaster. Our team of experts is ready for the water damage restoration challenge.

SERVPRO Provides Water Remediation and Restoration in San Jose Homes

Water pipes can begin leaking at some of the most inopportune times in San Jose. Whether it is just before you head off to work or in the middle of the night, there will never a good time for water to be leaking all over the floors, damaging carpets, hardwood flooring, and cupboards.

That’s why SERVPRO responds 24/7 within four hours of your call for water remediation help in San Jose. Our team of IICRC technicians will always be available to provide emergency services for water damage remediation. Once we assess the situation and turn off the water supply, we begin extracting all water from your flooring materials and any cavities that the water may have entered.

We know it is imperative to remove all of the moisture to avoid any opportunities for mold colonies to become established. Mold will begin growing as fast as in 24 hours and will continue growing. Hardwood floors can swell, porous materials like drywall can soak up moisture, sometimes causing permeant damage if the water is not removed immediately. We deploy air movers and dehumidifiers to remove all remaining moisture and return your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damage
  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO of NE San Jose for water remediation in San Jose and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 834-7663.

Can San Jose Water Damage Repair Help Your Heirloom Quilt?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technician We have state of the art equipment necessary to dry the water damage in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO Helps Save San Jose Valuables During Water Damage Repair

One of the worst aspects of San Jose water damage is seeing bad things happen to family heirlooms or irreplaceable favorite items.

SERVPRO understands that water damage repair in San Jose is about much more than water extraction and drying your home. You are concerned about your favorite items and hoping they are salvageable. Quilts are beautiful textile creations that are often passed down from generation to generation.

Sometimes we cannot save a quilt, for example, if sewage has contaminated it. However, in many cases, we can help. Some potential fixes include:

  • Specialist dry cleaning or our hydraulic ESPORTA washers.
  • Spot cleaning if the damage is confined to a small space.
  • Gentle ULV fogging to get rid of lingering odors.

No matter which method we choose, our techs understand the importance of thorough drying. We can lay out your quilt and use air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Proper drying helps eliminate damp odors and reduce the risk of mold.

If you need water damage repair for your textiles, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

Water Cleanup Services in San Jose

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo You can rely upon the professionals of SERVPRO completely for fast and effective water cleanup.

Effectiveness of Using the AC vs. Open Windows for San Jose Water Cleanup?

San Jose is the largest city in Northern California by area as well as population. It is also the political, financial, and cultural center of Silicon Valley. Over one million people live in the city, while the metropolitan area contains over two million people. Technology developments in Silicon Valley have made this city one of the country's wealthiest, with a greater number of billionaires and millionaires than any other city in the United States on a per capita basis.

The city was founded in 1777 and became part of Mexico in 1821. It was not until the Mexican-American War that San Jose and California became part of the United States in 1848. San Jose has over 60 miles of walkable recreation and active transportation trails in the city used for recreation and commuting to work.

There are numerous activities to consider while visiting or living in the San Jose area. We have listed a few and provide additional detail about several of them in no particular order.

  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
  • Santana Row
  • Winchester Mystery House
  • Happy Hollow Park Zoo
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail
  • Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
  • San Pedro Square Market
  • Ball Stadiums, Parks, and Vineyards

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is popular with all ages. The museum offers online virtual tours, educational programs for students and teachers, lesson plans, and worksheets. The museum's tools provide an exciting and informative approach to learning about ancient Egyptian culture. Choose from:

  • Interactive maps
  • Exploration by period
  • Learn about the deities worshipped in ancient Egypt
  • Videos describing language and customs
  • Videos of favorite artifacts and their historical importance
  • Search capabilities by period, type, or Egyptian cultural life

The museum urges groups to make appointments for their visits. There are also classroom curricula suggestions for before and after visits to the museum. Check availability before you go and plan your visit.

Santana Row

Santana Row is an exclusive shopping and dining area located in the west end district intersected by Westfield Valley Fair and Stevens Creek Blvd. There are over 70 shops, nine spas, and 20 restaurants to enjoy. The village within the city covers 42 acres providing a mix of luxury shopping and residential living. There is also a theater and a hotel. A great place to shop, dine, and people watch.

Los Gatos Creek Trail

The trail is popular with nature lovers, cyclists, hikers, and walkers and maintained by San Jose and several other jurisdictions. There are multiple access points – including East Main Street at College Avenue and Miles Ave. There are restrooms, playgrounds, trail access, and picnic areas at Oak Meadows park to enjoy.

Can Outside Air Be Used to Dry Interior Rooms Effectively?

Many clients are surprised to learn that sometimes it makes more sense to close all windows and turn the AC on to help remove moisture from homes in San Jose. SERVPRO considers the specific and relative humidity levels of the outside air compared to the air inside your home to decide the best approach for water cleanup and drying in San Jose. If the outside air holds more moisture than the air inside your home, opening the windows will bring additional moisture into your home. Dying will be delayed or not progress at all.

Factors to consider are:

  • Indoor and outdoor temperatures
  • Relative humidity levels
  • Specific humidity levels

Contact SERVPRO of NE San Jose for water cleanup services in San Jose and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (408) 834-7663.

Help is Here for Water Damage Restoration in San Jose

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration devices in a water damaged bathroom Facing water damage? SERVPRO is ready to help with restoration equipment and many experienced technicians. Call right away!

Even the most modern properties can suffer water damage

San Jose, population 1,021,795, is the most populous city in Northern California. This multicultural gem is well known for being a modern and affluent city that is a seat of technological innovation.

A wealthy place to live, work and visit

The dot com bubble of the 1990s led to increased jobs and business opportunities in Silicon Valley and a housing market boom. Although the dot com bubble is over, San Jose is still a center of innovation and a wealthy city. There are more millionaires and billionaires per capita than in any other part of the United States, and its GDP per capita is the third highest in the world. With expensive homes, all the amenities residents could wish for, and many world-famous employers, San Jose is a city that is looking to the future. Some of the companies headquartered here include Samsung, Acer, Zoom, eBay, and Adobe.

A vibrant arts and cultural center

San Jose is not just about the tech. The city also has a vibrant arts culture, and there is always something to see or do. The city has a public art ordinance, and as a result, many buildings in the downtown area make an effort to include art and design in their spaces.

San Jose is also home to a multitude of museums and historical sites. Some must-see museums and attractions include:

  • The Tech Interactive Science and Technology Center. This unusual orange and purple colored building houses many exhibits, including space for people to design and build their own robots or view plastinated human bodies. The museum also has its own IMAX theater that shows a mix of mainstream and educational movies and frequently partners with other organizations to run temporary exhibits and outdoor events, such as a Star Wars exhibit.
  • History Park lets visitors experience an early 1900s Californian town. Replica buildings on display include a blacksmith, post office, doctor's surgery, dentist's office, a working print shop, and a firehouse. Most facilities are free admission, and there are frequent events throughout the year. Many of the replicas are now home to galleries or individual interest societies.
  • The Portuguese Historical Museum honors the history of Portuguese people in the area. Exhibits take the visitor on a journey from the early European colonization of America to Portuguese settlements in the Santa Clara Valley.
  • The Japanese American Museum of San Jose focuses on Japanese American art, history, and culture, especially relating to Japanese American culture in the San Francisco Bay area.

SERVPRO helps dry San Jose homes after water damage

Water damage can happen all too quickly. Common causes of water damage include:

  • Broken pipes
  • Backed up toilets 
  • Overflowing sinks
  • Damaged or leaking appliances

After water damage, it is essential to dry your home as soon as possible. SERVPRO uses air movers to help with the drying process. First, we extract water using pumps and extraction tools. Then, we measure the moisture levels in carpets, walls and floors, the temperature, and the humidity. The readings help us create an optimal drying environment. Finally, we set up a range of axial and centrifugal air movers to encourage evaporation and speed up drying.

For help with water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

What Makes One Water Restoration Company Stand Out Among the Many Offering Services in San Jose?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

San Jose If your property requires any level of water removal or restoration, you need experienced technicians. Call SERVPRO.

Emphasis on Employing Evolving Research-Based Strategies Underlies the Confidence San Jose Residents When Choosing SERVPRO Over Other San Jose Water Restoration Companies

Would it amaze you to know that long before computing and tech companies became paramount in San Jose and Silicon Valley, many other lifestyles and industries reigned supreme? A little thought makes that reality obvious, as modern electronics and software are clearly a late 20th-century development. Like many other places in the country, our city and region have worn different hats and personas over the years. Check out the following interesting facts about San Jose, and appreciate the strengths, skills, and flexibility of those who preceded current residents. It is no wonder that San Jose prides itself on openness to endless innovation.

Who Are the Muwekma Ohlone People?

Before Spanish contact, the land now known as San Jose was the hunting, fishing, and living space for the indigenous peoples known as the Muwekma Ohlone. Also called the Tamyen people, these groups were a hunter-gatherer society. The language these individuals spoke is also called Tamyen, or sometimes Tamien or Santa Clara Costanoan. San Jose's Coyote Creek was the location of sewerage villages of indigenous people who spoke these languages. After the arrival of Spanish colonizers in 1769, many changes occurred:

  • Missions built along the coast had the goal of Christianizing the Ohlone.
  • The number of indigenous people rapidly dropped to about 10 percent of their pre-contact numbers.
  • Many say the Ohlone became a "hidden" minority, indistinguishable from the Latino community to non-Hispanic settlers moving in during the 1800s.
  • An agrarian society supplanted the hunter-gatherer life, with many Ohlone toiling in the fields described in the next section.
  • Isabel Meadows, the last fluent speaker of Rumsien, an Ohlone language, died in 1939.

What Industry Thrived After Colonization for More than 150 Years in San Jose?

The Spanish colony of Nueva California, afterward known as Alt California, had a consuming need for agricultural products. El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe produced the food required. Enticed by a $10 monthly stipend, settlers also received farm animals, implements, and seeds, and grew the colony's food. Later, the San Jose area produced food for military installations in San Francisco and Monterey. Canning and drying proliferated after 1871, resulting in a boom of 10 canneries and 13 dried-fruit packing facilities into the 1920s and 1930s. A dozen fresh fruit and vegetable businesses also shipped produce immediately out of the fields. Del Monte's "Fruit Cocktail," debuting in 1938, was developed originally by Herbert Gray of San Jose's Barron-Gray Packing Company. Fruits and vegetables grown in quantity in San Jose included:

  • Plums (especially dried as prunes)
  • Grapes (raisins)
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli 

What Type of Mining Was Prominent in the San Jose Area?

The Ohlone knew of cinnabar's presence, a mercury-bearing rock in deposits about 12 miles south of modern San Jose. When the Spanish recognized the ore as a mercury or "quicksilver" source, mining began in earnest in the mid-1840s at New Almaden Mine. Preceding the Gold Rush by just a few years, mercury mining was essential as the element can extract gold from ore. Mining at New Almaden produced $70,000,000 worth of mercury, more than any California gold stake. Cornish, Mexican, and Chinese mining families were instrumental in the success of the mines. The discovery of the cyanide gold extraction process in 1887 contributed to the eventual bankruptcy and closing of the mercury mines by 1912.

What Other Roles Did San Jose Serve in the 1800s?

San Jose was California's first major urban area. During the Gold Rush years, San Jose was a supply staging area and produced the critical mercury for gold extraction. The city also stood as the state capital from 1849 to 1852. After California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850, San Jose was the site of the initial and second sessions of the California Legislature in 1850 and 1851.

What Drives San Jose Today?

Naming itself the Capital of Silicon Valley as part of a 1988 publicity campaign, San Jose continues to look forward to further innovations. Now the headquarters of a proliferation of thousands of tech companies, the city is the third most populous in California after Los Angeles and San Diego. Companies that call San Jose home include among many others:

  • IBM
  • eBay
  • Cisco Systems
  • Adobe Systems.

Why Should You Choose an Innovative San Jose Water Restoration Company?

Just like any other San Jose industry, water restoration companies can leverage innovations to improve outcomes. We are diligent in obtaining the most up-to-date training and certification for our workforce. Our investment in evolving and enhancing water damage mitigation, remediation, restoration, and drying equipment supports our well-prepared managers and technicians. Advances in technologies and the methodologies available to water restoration professionals hasten the process and encourage success.

What Is SERVPRO's Water Restoration Standard Training for Extraction, Cleaning, and Drying Specialists?

SERVPRO promotes the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for our managers and technicians. The IICRC is an international standards-setting and education organization promoting research-based interventions for the most efficacious results. Although new approaches offer better outcomes, the continuing focus is on restorative principles that limit disruption and save time and money. 

How Do Water Restoration Equipment Advances Enhance the Chance of SERVPRO Resolving a Water Loss?

Our promise to customers remains to make a disaster "Like it never even happened." Assisting us in this quest are improvements in water extraction, structural drying, and odor control, such as:

  • Truck-mounted and portable high-efficiency extractors
  • Adaptable negative and positive pressure systems such as Injectidry that permit moisture removal from layered materials and building cavities plus targeted drying technology
  • Evolution of different types of dehumidifiers and a knowledge base that suggests the appropriate equipment for varying conditions
  • Odor elimination technology that goes beyond masking to chemical changes in odor-bearing molecules
    • Ozone machines
    • Hydroxyl generators
    • Enzyme products and equipment for organic-based stain and smells

Seek water restoration companies that value and incorporate improving and evolving best practices like SERVPRO of NE San Jose. Call us at (408) 834-7663 to learn how we can earn your confidence.

What Is the Difference Between Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration?

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San Jose Remediation Companies Define Water Damage Mitigation as Actions Taken to Lessen the Severity of Water-Related Damage, Whereas Restoration Involves Repairing Things to Their Pre-Loss State.

Water leaks, whenever they occur, are unexpected nuisances for San Jose homeowners that vary greatly in severity.  Some result from catastrophic pipe or container ruptures, appliance malfunctions, or roof failures, while others, like slow pipe drips, are much more insidious and capable of quietly doing extensive damage over time.  The keys to protecting your home from these costly dangers are keeping your eyes open for the subtle signs of leaks, having your house periodically inspected for them, and having any found repaired as quickly as possible.  The goal of all these efforts is to mitigate, or limit, water damage and lessen your need for expensive restoration services.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Limit the Effects of a Water Event on My Property?

San Jose water damage mitigation service SERVPRO believes there are some things you can do to reduce the ultimate effects of a water-related event.  Considering this, we offer you the following simple suggestions for minimizing the overall impact of a leak on your home and its contents:

  • If possible, find the origin of the leak and stop it
  • Turn off circuit breakers that supply power to the parts of your home impacted by water
  • If the water event occurs during warmer months, turn on your home’s air conditioner to help dry out the interior of your house
  • Help prevent carpet staining by putting aluminum foil under the legs of wooden furniture
  • Remove valuable and moisture-sensitive objects from your home that are easily damaged or that could stain flooring
  • Safeguard curtains and other fabrics by raising them up off wet floors
  • Contact professional water damage remediators as soon as possible to your limit losses and make restoration efforts less necessary

If you take some of these measures, you are likelier to lower your service expenses, substantially decrease your losses, and reduce your recovery time.  However, with that said, there are no guarantees when it comes to water leaks and the trouble they cause.

What Do SERVPRO’s Water Damage Mitigation Efforts Involve?

When SERVPRO technicians work to lessen the impact of your water event, they take certain time-tested steps.  These measures, among other things, serve to limit the amount of moisture structural elements and household contents absorb, facilitate more rapid drying, slow microbial growth, and prevent water-related discoloration and staining.  Some of the mitigation actions we take to do all this include:

  • Rapidly removing any standing water with industrial-strength extractors and wet vacs, thereby minimizing the time surfaces and objects are in contact with water
  • Blocking furniture or moving it to our warehouse to safeguard it from suffering further water damage
  • Tenting couch cushions in a dry area to facilitate the drying process
  • Taping metallic zippers and buttons on wet upholstery to prevent rusting and fabric staining
  • Setting up air mover-dehumidifier-Injecti-dry system networks to dry out your home’s interiors, as well as hidden spaces behind structural elements
  • Disinfecting and deodorizing impacted materials with state-of-the-art foggers to prevent or hinder the growth of damaging microbes and neutralize their persistent unpleasant odors

In doing all of these things, SERVPRO is often able to prevent further structural injuries and content deterioration, as well as eliminate the sickening smells of water damage.

What Could Happen If Mitigation Work is Performed Ineffectively?

There are many reasons why it is crucial that you hire a good, reputable water damage mitigation service to work on your house.  These relate to protecting the overall structural integrity and livability of your home, avoiding total losses, securing valuable or irreplaceable possessions, and time and money savings.  A few of the specific reasons you certainly want to enlist the help of a high-quality service like SERVPRO to do your mitigation work are:

  • Highly trained and experienced remediation companies generally get your job done faster and complete it right the first time
  • The speed at which a service can perform its mitigation efforts largely determines how much can be saved and the ultimate cost of your water event
  • Lower quality services usually do not have all the equipment necessary to successfully complete your job; cutting edge equipment is often needed to locate and deal with water/moisture in hidden/difficult-to-access areas
  • If not effectively eradicated, microorganisms associated with water damage could discolor and stain surfaces, cause unbearably bad smells, and even cause wooden materials to disintegrate over time
  • Work performed poorly the first time, costs you additional time and money and reduces your odds of successful restorations

So, while higher quality services usually cost more, they are generally worth the extra expense in the long run. This is because skilled and experienced companies like SERVPRO pride themselves on their ability to exceed their customers’ expectations. 

With all that said, remember that if you ever need assistance dealing with a water leak or other water-related issue, your dedicated neighbors at SERVPRO of NE San Jose are here to help.  Call us anytime at (408) 834-7663.

Faster to your San Jose Water Damage

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Water Damage Commercial water loss caused by broken toilet supply line.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of NE San Jose provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of NE San Jose arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 408-834-7663

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.