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3 Types of Damage To Expect From A Winter Storm

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Winter Snow Storm We’re equipped with the training and experience to handle whatever storm damage that nature may unexpectedly bring your way.

3 Types of Damage To Expect From A Winter Storm

When it comes to the snowy winter months, there is no doubt that storm damage repair services are in high demand. However, homeowners need to be aware of the damage a winter storm can cause. 

What Types Of Damage Can I Expect in the Way of Damage?

Roof Leaks

Snow and winter storms may have a broad range of effects on your home. For example, if you have ice dams on your roof, water may flow through and into your walls, causing structural damage to your property. Also, the roofs may collapse due to excessive accumulation on them.

So, the roof can be damaged by excessive temperatures and freezing water's impact. If there are any gaps, they may quickly turn into a much more significant issue. In many cases, the weight of snow might be too great for a roof to bear, causing it to collapse.

Frozen Pipes.

It's possible that your plumbing might freeze if the weather drops below freezing. If water freezes and stretches, it may cause frozen pipes to explode. As the pipe freezes, the burst will emit water at high pressure from where it occurred. However, it's considerably more dangerous inside the house because it may not be located easily. 

Fire

Winter storms aren't the only thing that may endanger people's lives; many more factors are at play. The winter months see the greatest energy usage overall since several home appliances, including heaters, are utilized often and for longer periods during this season. Leaving heat sources unattended increases the risk of fire in your house.

Are You Struggling To Recover From A Winter Storm? We've Got Your Back!

When you lose your assets and properties during a winter storm, we at SERVPRO of West Oakland  realize how tough it is for you to recover. Immediately contact us so that you may get back on your feet. We have years of experience in dealing with storm damage restoration. So, we can vouch for high-quality service. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300!

Tips for Preventing Fires in the House

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Large Home Fire Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal.

Tips for Preventing Fires in the House

When your home and personal things are damaged or destroyed in a house fire, the experience may be painful and stressful. However, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of an uncontrollable house fire by following the most common fire safety prevention tips daily.

INSPECT SMOKE DETECTORS MONTHLY

Homeowners should check their smoke detectors every month to ensure that their batteries are in good condition and operating correctly. On the other hand, if you don't check your smoke detectors for an extended time, you might end up with malfunctioning equipment that can't detect smoke or fire.

CHECK THE OUTLETS IN YOUR HOME.

It would help if you had a licensed electrician or home inspector examine all of the outlets in your house to look for any problems with the wires. If you are unsure where the problem with your home's wiring lies, an outlet fire may occur suddenly and without warning.

AFTER EACH USE, REMOVE ALL ELECTRONICS FROM THE SOCKET.

It's best not to overload a surge protector with too many devices, particularly those you don't use very often. When you're going for the day or on vacation, unplug any devices or kitchen appliances you aren't presently using.

WHEN IN THE KITCHEN, BE CAREFUL.

When using your stove, oven, or any other kitchen device, remember to always keep an eye on yourself. When baking or cooking, never leave your oven unattended. If an unplanned grease or oven fire occurs, have a small kitchen fire extinguisher on hand.

Are you searching for a fire damage restoration service near me in Oakland, CA? SERVPRO of West Oakland  is here to assist. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300 .

Causes Of Fire Damages.

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt down home Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up fire damage and remove the smell of smoke.

Causes Of Fire Damages.

Fire is the most destructive natural catastrophe. It may disrupt daily life and cost considerable cash, accompanied by several issues. When it comes to restoring your property, it is in your best interest to get started as soon as you possibly can. Not only will this help you save money, but it will also avoid more damage to your home.

Let's take a look at some of the most common sorts of harm that fire may inflict.

Burning

Burning will cause a lot of delamination, such as a charred stairway or a hole in your wall or ceiling, and prioritize these repairs.

Disgusting smells and filth

Smoke and soot damage may permeate a room for days or weeks, and many surfaces become permanently stained. Smoke can discolor the walls and carpets of your home. Even in regions not directly damaged by the fire, it may leave a trail of ash, ash residue, and soot everywhere. So, getting rid of it will be a top priority for any fire damage repair company that comes into your house or place of business.

Water Damage

Damage from both fire and water is quite common. This is because fire damage may create a broken pipe or tank, allowing water to flood over your building, or fire damage can produce holes in your property, which can lead to leaks during poor weather. In addition, firefighters will use water to put out the fire, resulting in water damage to your property.

Hiring a team of restoration experts is the most effective action after fire damage. They know how to remove smoke and soot from your possessions and fix structural damage and restore your home to its pre-incident state. Trust SERVPRO of West Oakland  to handle all fire damage effectively. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300.

How To Detect Mold Issues

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Build Up on Ceiling When mold starts to invade your home, dealing with mold removal quickly and safely should be a priority.

How To Detect Mold Issues

Mold thrives in moist, dark, and nutrient-rich environments. They may enter your house by any of your vents, doors, HVAC ducts, or windows. Molds may develop and spread in as little as 48 hours, which is much worse. Molds aren't simply dangerous to your house and possessions; they may also put your health at risk. But how can homeowners detect molds?

Musty Smell

In particular, if the musty odor originates from your HVAC system, this can signify the presence of mold. Mold thrives in moist and humid conditions, making your HVAC system an ideal breeding ground for spores.

Presence of colored blotches on Ceilings or walls.

There is a greater likelihood that water will drop from a roof hole or a fracture in your wall. Mold might begin forming on the leak or rupture if it isn't addressed. So this can lead to gray, white, or black blotches on ceilings or walls.

There are visible mold spores.

The most evident indicators of mold development can be seen with the naked eye, such as mold spores in your house's humid regions. Molds may be challenging to get rid of, even with soap and a sponge, since molds are such tenacious creatures.

Cold or flu symptoms 

Mold may cause allergies and other respiratory issues such as persistent cold or flu. So, if you have these symptoms, watch out for mold presence.

If your home or business in Oakland, CA has been flooded, you should immediately contact a water damage restoration company. SERVPRO of West Oakland Water damage restoration company has the expertise to deal with floods and water damage quickly, reducing mold development and its consequences. Call us at (510) 599-9300.

Emergency Storm Restoration: 3 Things To Do.

7/16/2022 (Permalink)

storm We’re equipped with the training and experience to handle whatever storm damage that nature may unexpectedly bring your way.

Emergency Storm Restoration: 3 Things To Do. 

Storm damage is a problem that affects people throughout the globe daily. As a result, whether you've ever experienced a hurricane or will in the future, you must have a recovery strategy in place. Here are three things to do if you've been affected by storm damage

Know The Extent Of The Damage.

Taking a few measures before you begin the restoration procedure is vital, so you don't waste time and money. So, having a qualified restoration specialist evaluate the problem may help you choose the best line of action. Also, make sure you document the damage as soon as possible to show your insurer what occurred.

Get In Touch With Your Insurance Company.

You should contact your insurance carrier once you get a damage assessment to file a claim. When describing the weather-related damage to your house or company, you should be as specific as possible. Your insurance company should tell you what to do next and put you in contact with a few emergency restoration providers.

Collaborate With A Restoration Team Expert.

It's critical to conduct your homework before picking a restoration service. No one who intends to cut shortcuts or ignore the minor details should be working on your house or company. So, look out for a professional storm restoration service near you.

Your Trusted Storm Restoration Company.

If you've suffered storm damage, SERVPRO of West Oakland is here to help you figure out what to do next. In the event of a storm damage assessment, contact us at (510) 599-9300 and begin the process of rebuilding your home.

Actions to Take in the Event of Fire Damage

7/16/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage.

Actions to Take in the Event of Fire Damage

Fire damage can be a terrifying experience. However, after a moment of disbelief, homeowners often ask how they might begin the cleaning procedure. Thus, taking the required precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones is essential.

Ask First whether You're Allowed to Enter Your Property

Make sure that the Fire Marshall has given the go-ahead for you to enter the building. In that case, you should be aware of potential hazards in your house, such as hot spots and unstable beams. Waiting until it is safe to see whether your treasured possessions have been spared the fire's ravages is preferable to dealing with an injury that might prolong the process of clearing up the fire damage.

Take Pictures of the Fire Damage.

It's also a good idea to take photographs of the damage to show them to the insurance companies and other possible service providers while you're getting bids. Some damage may not be apparent, such as removing the smoky smell from clothing and furnishings.

Call a Fire Damage Restoration Company for Help

However, there are certain things that you can handle on your own, such as removing clothes and linens that may be laundered or brought to the dry cleaners. Items that have been severely damaged by fire, smoke, or water should not be handled. A restoration firm should be contacted immediately after a fire. These businesses are dedicated to restoring and repairing damaged property.

SERVPRO of West Oakland  is here to help if you require fire damage restoration services. There is no job too big or too little for us to handle. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300.

Why Hire SERVPRO Restoration Team For Storm Damage Restoration.

7/16/2022 (Permalink)

Rain Storm Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO is dedicated to responding to your emergency fast.

Why Hire SERVPRO Restoration Team For Storm Damage Restoration.

A storm has hit your location, and you can see its destruction on your property. Also, coping with storm damage may be a huge challenge. Do not worry! SERVPRO Restoration team is here to assist. But why hire us for a storm damage restoration?

Fastest and Most Efficient Restoration Companies

When you're amid a severe storm damage circumstance, call SERVPRO professionals to handle everything and have the restoration done as fast as possible. In a concise amount of time, we should be able to restore your house to its previous condition.

We Minimize Damage and Restoration Costs Throughout the Process

Our storm damage restoration services may lower your overall losses and the entire expense of cleaning and repair. When water is rapidly removed, the area will dry quicker. With this, the restoration will go more quickly and smoothly. Our prompt reaction may also achieve the capacity to salvage furniture and papers from damage.

We ensure the Well-Being of Relatives.

When storm damage is severe, microorganisms and contamination are inevitable. However, our storm damage repair services can avoid these germs and bacteria. Because the health of our customers is our priority, our storm damage restoration services will leave your house spotless and sanitized.

Are You Struggling To Recover From A Storm? We've Got Your Back! 

When you lose your assets and properties during a storm, we at SERVPRO of West Oakland  realize how tough it is for you to get back on your feet again.

Immediately contact us so that you may get back on your feet. We have years of experience in dealing with storm damage restoration. So, we can vouch for high-quality service. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300!

Are you SERVPRO Ready?

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

servpro workers SERVPRO® has the experience and training to handle all your restoration and remediation needs.

Are you SERVPRO Ready?

When property disaster occurs at a business location, the operation of the business is often interrupted. Any interference in business operation can negatively impact the business and profitability of a company. It is imperative that the damage to a commercial establishment be contained and repaired quickly so the impact of business is minimized. 

SERVPRO of West Oakland is an experienced specialist in restoring commercial properties. We have worked at many restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing plants and retail establishments in Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood Shores. When a property disaster happens many things can go wrong and quickly. Let’s use a burst pipe flooding as our example. While each building and business will face its own specific situations, these following items are fairly common problems:1 - Portions of the structure will get wet and may need to be removed and replaced. 2 - Water service may be interrupted. 3- Electric service may also be compromised. 4 - Office equipment and manufacturing equipment could be ruined or in need of repair. 5 - Production and assembly processes may be compromised. 6 - Employee safety is in jeopardy (Slip hazard / risk of electrocution) 6 - Alarms, telephones, computers may not function reliably. 7- Elevators don’t work. 8 - HVAC systems compromisedAn experienced commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions to business interruption. That’s why SERVPRO of West Oakland provides restoration management services beyond just the initial emergency response of water extraction and structural drying, such as:Water extraction, humidity control, document drying, emergency power, emergency lighting, security services, electronics cleaning and repair, HVAC system cleaning and service, elevator repair, communications systems restoration, structural repair, plumbing repair, temporary office modules, temporary fencing and toilets, OSHA safety inspection services, Industrial Hygienist services, consultation and more.   Being a great commercial mitigation and restoration company, is much more than simply drying a building. It is helping a company get back into operation as quickly as possible. 50% of companies fail within one year of having a disaster. It’s not because they don’t have insurance or resources. It’s because too much time goes by allowing clients to go to competitors.

Call SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300 for a  free Emergency Ready Plan that can help any business be ready for a disaster. Preparedness reduces the down time and that improves the chances for a company to return to profitability after suffering a disaster.

SERVPRO 's Special Weapon

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 's Special Weapon

At SERVPRO of West Oakland, we have both cold “coil dehumidifiers” and “desiccant dehumidifiers.” Having one or more desiccants are the benchmark of a professional mitigation company.

Desiccant-Based Dehumidification is an interesting topic. Most people are aware of “cold-coil” dehumidification, which removes moisture from the air by condensing the moisture onto a cold surface. Desiccant dehumidification relies on adsorption or absorption power of desiccants, which are substances that attract water-vapor molecules from the air. They rely on adsorptive or absorptive process. Adsorption refers to a desiccant that does not change phase as it collects airborne moisture. Most adsorbents are solids; familiar examples include activated alumina, silica gel, and zeolites (molecular sieves). We see these packed in electronics cartons.

In water damage drying application, desiccant machines are designed to collect moisture on a rotating wheel coated with solid desiccant material. As damp air passes through one section of the wheel the desiccant on that section adsorbs water vapor, making the air drier than when it entered. Wheel rotation then exposes the moisture-laden desiccant to a “regenerating” air stream that strips the captured moisture away from the desiccant (desorption). The wheel rotates to the damp air collection port and it is ready to absorb more moisture from incoming air.

At SERVPRO we have dozens of cold “coil dehumidifiers” and a couple of commercial “desiccant dehumidifiers.” That’s one more reason we are proud to be an experienced and professional mitigation company capable of helping commercial clients. SERVPRO of West Oakland (510) 599-9300

Free and Lunch and Learn Programs

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Owner Clayton Barry performing a training program. Owner Clayton Barry performing a training program.
 We offer educational programs to the community. For example, Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics are part of  SERVPRO of West Oakland  ’s commitment to consumer education. Classes are scheduled to include a breakfast or tasty lunch. Topics are always designed specifically for insurance agents, realtors and building engineers. We have programs that are fifteen minutes in length and expanded versions that are thirty minutes long. Programs can be customized for your organization to address information that is of special interest to you. These lively programs stimulate questions. You can expect to spend another ten to fifteen minutes providing answers. (These programs do not provide State approved educational credits. But, in some cases the presentations qualify as “safety training” meetings.)

SERVPRO of West Oakland  also provides Continuing Education (CE) classes about: water damage mitigation, Fire cleanup, Odor Control, Mold Education and even Ethics. These programs are approved by the California Department of Insurance and the Department of Real Estate. You can earn approved credits by attending these classes. There is no test, just a commitment on your part to attend the entire class. Most classes are two hours in duration. One class for realtors is three hours, as mandated by the State of California. Every class includes a complimentary lunch. We also perform live demonstrations of equipment and cleaning techniques whenever possible. Attendees love these demonstrations!

At SERVPRO of West Oakland its our pleasures to provide your organization with information about the disasters and problems that can affect your properties and clients, and the remedies to make it "Like it never even happened." If you have interest in educational programs please call us at (510) 599-9300.