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Your Friendly Neighbors

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

A back-draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

So, after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your friendly neighbors from SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister help you restore it. With our highly trained professional technicians and cutting-edge technology, along with our open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind. 

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call your friends at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister at?831-275-1901?Let us help! 

Storms and Floods

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Monterey County SERVPRO is ready! 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister 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 Monterey County, we can scale our resources to handle large storm or flooding disasters. 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 (831) 275-1901 

?Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Monterey County. 

Types of Smoke Damage

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, our team will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows our team to focus on saving your precious items. Your local SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. 

Commercial Restoration

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s primary goal is to get your business back to normal operations as soon as possible. 

When disaster strikes your business, the livelihood of your family and your employees depends upon getting your business back up and running as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister Commercial restoration services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide a fast response to damage caused by water, fire, mold and sewage backups. We have the experience and training to manage any size or scope of commercial loss. Our resources included equipment that is appropriate for large or small commercial properties. This equipment allows us to extract large amounts of water and dry large areas in a timely manner. 

We have experience working in all types of Commercial settings including: 

  • Restaurants and Bars 
  • Apartment Buildings 
  • Small Office Buildings 
  • Retail Stores 
  • Factories 
  • Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facilities 
  • Day Care Centers & Schools 
  • Hotels & Motels 
  • Schools 
  • Government Buildings 

We are Certified for Bio-Hazard/Trauma Scene Cleanup

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister we are always prepared and armed with the necessary certifications to get any water or fire damage cleaned up and restored. Our technicians are highly trained in many types of cleaning and restoration processes. At SERVPRO we are dedicated to doing the best and most quality job possible in order to ensure that all damages are fully taken care of. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister prides itself on its amazing team members. We are proudly certified by the following: 

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician 

ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program 

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician 

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician 

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation 

OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program 

IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification 

Our Franchise allows us to keep up to date with all the new and up and coming equipment in the restoration industry. The equipment that we use allows us provide the type of quality of work that is expected by the SERVPRO franchise. ?? 

Cleaning Smoke Damage after a Fire

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

As you can see in this picture the walls and ceilings of this home have been stained with smoke and soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot is not removed and all the surfaces treated. Many people do not realize that concrete is porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke. 

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from the fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke lingering in your home as a constant reminder of what happened. 

Know Who to Hire 

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification. 

If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you! 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister “Like it never even happened.” 

Contact us at 831-275-1901

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Mold in your Home

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

The adverse effects of mold-growth inside your home can be catastrophic and can cause health effects. It can cause debilitating problems to the value of a home and remediation can be costly. With that being said, it is no wonder that one of the most dreaded four-letter words you can utter in any home is mold. Detecting mold, however, is not as daunting as many may think. It can sometimes be as easy as looking at you’re A/C vents, smelling the air when you return from the grocery store, or even spotting discoloration underneath cabinets or on walls. 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in: water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, smoke clean up, disaster restoration, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister is always here to help.

Conditions for Mold

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people. 

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

Those conditions include: 

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins. 
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth. 
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply. 

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth. 

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools, and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. 

Contact us at 831-275-1901 

Mold Tips

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. 

What to Do: 

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 
  • Contact SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula for mold remediation services. 

What Not to Do: 

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold. 
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. 
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself. 
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. 

About Our Mold Remediation Services 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

Escape Plan

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. 

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used. 

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan. 

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. 

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime. 

Kitchen Water Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister has been getting rid of unwanted water in the Monterey and San Benito County for years.? We know, from personal experience, that a water damage can be scary & stressful.? We also know that you may want to clean up the water yourself, but then find that you start smelling odors mere days later.? There is a science behind drying and as an active IICRC firm, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help clean up your property before further damage occurs.? Floods are never expected and can happen day or night, so it is important to keep our number handy.? We recommend saving it into your phone, so when a pipe bursts or a washing machine suddenly malfunctions, you can quickly reach us.? 

831-275-1901 

Here to help whenever YOU need us! 

Types of Water Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

In the restoration industry the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (or IICRC) is the organization which sets the restoration industries standards and practices. It is the IICRC’s standards that we follow to ensure every water mitigation and remediation job we tackle is done correctly. When it comes to the sanitary level of water there are three levels:? 

  • Category 1:?Clean and Sanitary. Typically comes from a sanitary source such as faucet, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, or water heaters. 
  • Category 2:?Grey Water which can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Typical sources are dish washers, washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, or toilet overflows with urine (no feces) 
  • Category 3:?Black Water is grossly unsanitary which could cause severe illness or death if ingested. This includes sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid which has supported microbial growth. 

These categories are also time dependent so a flood caused by a drinking fountain (Category 1 clean water) will become contaminated category 2 water after 48 hours. Another 24 hours after that it becomes a category 3 loss. This change in category means a tremendous difference in the scope of work, cost of remediation, and time of job. 

Document Restoration

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Businesses have tons of important documents and vital records that they store on-site. When water or fire damage occurs, you can depend on SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister to help restore those important documents.? It is?key to bring in professionals as soon as possible to begin the document restoration.? We restore building plans, historical documents, tax records, photographs etc.? In commercial businesses?there are many revolving things that can cause water damage to documents.? Documents that are years old but important and need to be maintained are often kept in the basement of a facility.? These areas are subject to water?infiltration, sump pump failures, sewer backups, mechanical room or line failures.? 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister offers many services to our customers other than the typical Fire & Water Restoration. 

If you would like to be proactive and get an emergency plan in place for your business before?a disaster strikes call us at 831-275-1901. 

Water Damage at Your Office

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Imagine you had a great weekend. You & your family went on a quick getaway trip. Monday morning you walk into the office, and squish squish is what you hear under your feet. Oh no….. there is water EVERYWHERE! It appears a pipe busted, & by the amount of water, it didn’t just happen. No fear SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister to the rescue. Our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister has the expertise that is needed to restore small, midsize, and large commercial size buildings to their pre-flood waters condition. The training that our team receives, and the equipment that we use can get these jobs done effectively and efficiently so that there will be no unnecessary delays. Call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister at 831-275-1901. 

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges 

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister training and certifications. 

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist 
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician 
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician 
  • Odor Control Technician 
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Storm Damage Mitigation

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

While most business and homeowners know the destructive effects that flood damage causes, not everyone knows the right steps to take to mitigate the associated damage. These are incidents which need immediate professional intervention to learn what is restorable and what to replace. That is why it is vital for?Monterey County?residents to know how to act when faced with such incidents.? 

Remember water carries along all sorts of debris, oils, and mud into a premise. When contaminated water comes into contact with metallic surfaces, oxidation occurs, and they start to rust. To prevent such eventualities, extracting the water and cleaning?is necessary. Our SERVPRO team can in some cases use wet-vacuuming to remove the debris and water. Truck-mounted pumps and portable generators for a power source are readily available from our stocked Green Fleet. 
 
We may recommend a replacement if we notice that the water contaminated your porous materials. Where necessary, our team uses detergents and water to clean hard surfaces such as wood furnishings, desks, and metal cabinets before we dry them.? 
 
To dry your property, we set up air movers and leave them in position until we achieve the desired evaporation. Since evaporation moves moisture into the air, we position dehumidifiers to lower the humidity. Dependent on the situation at hand, we may decide to use desiccant, low grain or refrigerant dehumidifiers. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

What to Expect

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister works around the clock to restore the affected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. We know that commercial water damage can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity. It is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process.? 

What to Expect 

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.? 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:? 

  • Your name and contact information 
  • Your insurance information (if applicable) 
  • The street address of the water-damaged business 
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur? 
  • What caused the water damage (if known)? 
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

Call SERVPRO Of Watsonville/Hollister 

831-275-1901 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Storm Damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A storm sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean can bring a storm with intense wind and rain that can cause water damage to your home. You may think nothing much of a storm staring when you are on your way to work, but if you have left your basement window ajar, it can be a problem for your home. By the time you get home, your downstairs entertainment room has been flooded, and your furniture has been soaking up water for hours. The situation can seem like a disaster at first glance, but there is help close by that can lend a hand.? 
 
The longer that your home sits with the water damage accumulating, the more of a problem it can become for you. Your hardwood floors can blister and swell from absorbing the water, your furniture can soak up the water and become the perfect place for mold growth, and your electronics can malfunction. The sooner that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur.? 
 
When we arrive, SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister can immediately focus on getting the excess water out of your home. We can use tools like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your property. After, we can use extractors to pull water from your furniture and curtains. Once the excess water has been removed from your home, SERVPRO can focus on any belongings that are in urgent need of remediation.? 
 
We can send your electronics to a repair facility to try and draw any water out of them. Any boxes that had valuables packed in them can be emptied, dried, and repacked in new boxes. Once we are finished, we can set up tools like ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the structure of your home.? 
 
If a storm hits your home and causes water damage, do not pause, and consider what you should do. Call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister 831-275-1901 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry. 

Commercial Fire Mitigation

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service? 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises nationwide 
  • Highly Trained Fire, Water, and Mold Damage Restoration Specialists 
  • 35 Years Local Experience in Water, Fire, Mold Remediation 
  • Serving Monterey and San Benito Counties 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Contents Restoration

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Contents Restoration 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning?- Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning. 
  • Wet Cleaning?- An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe?-Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning?- Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning?- Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning?- Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs 

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including: 

  • A quicker remodeling process 
  • Protecting items from potential damage 
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage 

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup 

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard.?Do not?attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including: 

  • Television sets 
  • DVD players 
  • Computers 
  • And more 

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. 

Document / Photograph Drying 

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.? 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents: 

  • Air Drying 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Freezer Drying 
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying 
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying 

Contents Claim Inventory Service 

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. 

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service: 

  • Preloss list and value of contents 
  • Detailed and accurate report 
  • Better information to settle claims quicker 
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims 

Peace of mind when you need it most! 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Do's and Don'ts after a Fire

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What To Do After A Fire 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. 
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil. 
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. 
  • Change HVAC filter. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What?NOT?To Do After A Fire 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us. 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service. 
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. 
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Mold - What is it?

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Understanding Mold 

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts: 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas. 
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Water Damage Timeline

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Water Damage Timeline 

Within Minutes 

  • 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. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Sewage Spills

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You can end up with serious health issues due to biohazards if Sewage clean-up is not conducted quickly and efficiently on your property after a spill. Sewage spills can occur from public sewer line failures, overfilled septic tanks, toilet blockages, water spills near Sewage lines, damage to sewer pipes and various other reasons. Sometimes you don’t see the spill but pick up that there is an issue due to bad smells coming from your toilets and drains, toilets overflowing, smelly water near Sewage lines, areas of water damage near your property foundations and slow drainage. When Sewage damage occurs, it is important to get professional help as soon as possible. The cause of the Sewage issue will need to be repaired or corrected as soon as possible and then the detritus removed. If left untreated, your family could be infected with serious diseases such as Hepatitis A, salmonella, round worm, tapeworm, HPV, Norwalk virus, roto-viruses, gastrointestinal diseases, infections by Giardia and Cryptosporidium and various other sicknesses. People that have a vulnerable immune are especially susceptible to these disease-causing germs, so it is best to get SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister to clean up the mess. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

What to do after a Flood

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What To Do After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer. 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. 
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place. 
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Flooding 

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods. 
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. 
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. 
  • Don't use television or other household appliances. 

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Storm Damage to Buildings

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Damage to Buildings and Foundations 

Despite the fact that tree roots grow very slowly, they exert tremendous amounts of pressure on whatever they are growing through or near. As they move through the ground in their eternal search for water and nutrients, they displace the soil around them. Clay soils compact more tightly, while loose, dry soil in arid climates shifts and becomes inefficient at supporting a structural load. While the roots themselves aren't capable of causing direct damage to buildings and foundations, increasingly greater soil displacement can compromise the integrity of the soil the building sits on as well as its supporting structure. If soil moves, whatever is sitting on it moves, too. Older building materials that have deteriorated over time can rise or settle as the soil displaced by extensive tree root systems moves, and the structures may develop cracks that smaller tree roots may be able to penetrate. When this issue occurs, it can pose a great danger but SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister is ready to answer the call and resolve the issue quickly and efficiently. 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Emergency Ready Program

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SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister 

11345 Commercial Parkway Castroville, CA 95012 

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!? Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. 

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?” 

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.? The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

The?SERVPRO®?Emergency?READY?Profile?serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.? Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.? 

By working with?SERVPRO®?of Watsonville/Hollister to develop your personalized?Emergency?READY?Profile?your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.? SERVPRO®?is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister Today for a No Cost Assessment? 
of Your Facility! (831) 275-1901 

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,”? 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

Water Removal

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SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister has been getting rid of unwanted water in the Monterey and San Benito County for years.  We know, from personal experience, that a water damage can be scary & stressful.  We also know that you may want to clean up the water yourself, but then find that you start smelling odors mere days later.  There is a science behind drying and as an active IICRC firm, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help clean up your property before further damage occurs.  Floods are never expected and can happen day or night, so it is important to keep our number handy.  We recommend saving it into your phone, so when a pipe bursts or a washing machine suddenly malfunctions, you can quickly reach us. 

831-275-1901

Here to help whenever YOU need us!

We have Certified Technicians

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister we are always prepared and armed with the necessary certifications to get any water or fire damage cleaned up and restored. Our technicians are highly trained in many types of cleaning and restoration processes. At SERVPRO we are dedicated to doing the best and most quality job possible in order to ensure that all damages are fully taken care of. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister prides itself on its amazing team members. We are proudly certified by the following:

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Our Franchise allows us to keep up to date with all the new and up and coming equipment in the restoration industry. The equipment that we use allows us provide the type of quality of work that is expected by the SERVPRO franchise.   

Commercial Business Restoration

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SERVPRO’s primary goal is to get your business back to normal operations as soon as possible.

When disaster strikes your business, the livelihood of your family and your employees depends upon getting your business back up and running as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister Commercial restoration services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide a fast response to damage caused by water, fire, mold and sewage backups. We have the experience and training to manage any size or scope of commercial loss. Our resources included equipment that is appropriate for large or small commercial properties. This equipment allows us to extract large amounts of water and dry large areas in a timely manner.

We have experience working in all types of Commercial settings including:

  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Retail Stores
  • Factories
  • Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facilities
  • Day Care Centers & Schools
  • Hotels & Motels
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings

Various Types of Smoke Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke--wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO Of Watsonville/Hollister professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, our team will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows our team to focus on saving your precious items. Your local SERVPRO Of Watsonville/Hollister professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.

Duct Cleaning

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

We all know the California heat is on its way, which means it’s time to start up those air conditioners. Make sure the air circulating through your family home, or business is clean and safe to breath. After the warm winter, and long spring months it might be time to clean out that air duct. Here at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister we would love to be the company that can ensure you that your family or employees are breathing healthy and quality circulating air.

Call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister at: (831) 275-1901.

Here are five simple ways that you can check to see if your air duct is dirty-

  1. Open any one of your vent covers located around your house and look inside to see if there is any dirt, debris, animal or pet hair, or matted dust.
  2. Open up one of your air return registers (They look like a bigger vent and are usually screwed into the side of a wall or ceiling.) check to see if there is any dust build up.
  3. Take the air filter out and check if it is clogged with dust, if it is then the air flow is being blocked which causes more dust and debris to build up into the return ductwork. 
  4. If you smell a rotting or putrid type of smell and can’t seem to find a source, many times after long months of not using your HVAC system small animals can find their way into the air duct and die inside. The other common issues are animals nesting and birthing babies inside causing for feces and urine to build up along with an animal infestation. 
  5. An unexplained, random, or unexpected allergy experienced by one or more people inside the home or business could also be caused by a dirty air duct.

If you fear that your air duct is causing your family, business, or yourself any sort of issues please contact us at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula.

Phone- (831) 275-1901

Websitehttp://www.SERVPROmontereypeninsula.com/

EmailOffice@SERVPROmp.com

Kitchen Water Damage

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Every minute counts when you're faced with a flood or water leak in the kitchen, so having a plan is critical.

In a worst-case scenario, homeowners will need to shut off the main water supply line to the home before addressing the broken appliance or busted pipe directly. 

There are two types of valves: the main valve, which stops water flow to the entire home; and supply valves that connect to specific appliances. Look for the main water valve and turn it off clockwise to stop the flow. (Note: if the valve is a lever, turn the handle perpendicular to the water line.)

Some homes have a supply valve located near the water line of the appliance. If this is easier to get to at first, turn it off; however, the main line should still be turned off.

Once the water valve has been shut off, call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister. We are faster to any disaster. Our highly trained technicians will arrive onsite and make it look "Like it never even happened." 

Do you have a fire extinguisher?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have enough fire extinguishers?

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 
 
You may think that fire damage like this would put them out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them.
 
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors. 
 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean. 
 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean. 
 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly. 
 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored. 
 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean. 
 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices. 
 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast-moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains. 
 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister 831-275-1901

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

We all know the California heat is on its way, which means it’s time to start up those air conditioners. Make sure the air circulating through your family home, or business is clean and safe to breath. After the warm winter, and long spring months it might be time to clean out that air duct. Here at SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas we would love to be the company that can ensure you that your family or employees are breathing healthy and quality circulating air.

Call SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas at: (831) 275-1901.

Here are five simple ways that you can check to see if your air duct is dirty-

  1. Open any one of your vent covers located around your house and look inside to see if there is any dirt, debris, animal or pet hair, or matted dust.
  2. Open up one of your air return registers (they look like a bigger vent and are usually screwed into the side of a wall or ceiling) and check to see if there is any dust build up.
  3. Take the air filter out and check if it is clogged with dust, if it is then the air flow is being blocked which causes more dust and debris to build up into the return ductwork. 
  4. If you smell a rotting or putrid type of smell and can’t seem to find a source, many times after long months of not using your HVAC system small animals can find their way into the air duct and die inside. The other common issues are animals nesting and birthing babies inside causing for feces and urine to build up along with an animal infestation. 
  5. An unexplained, random, or unexpected allergy experienced by one or more people inside the home or business could also be caused by a dirty air duct.

If you fear that your air duct is causing your family, business, or yourself any sort of issues please contact us at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister

Phone- (831) 275-1901

Websitehttps://www.SERVPROwatsonvillehollister.com/

EmailOffice@SERVPROmp.com

Strong Gust bring down trees in the Peninsula

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Early February brought some extreme conditions through the Monterey County. Big strong winds had uprooted local trees and caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Powerlines were taken down, cars, campers, and rooftops were also victims to the force of the winds. Here at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister we want you to always be prepared for any of the local extreme weather conditions that come through our area. Fallen trees or flying objects at the mercy of high powered, winds can cause major leaks or damages to your roof that lead to water or mold damage. If your home experienced roof damage and you are afraid of present or possible chances of water or mold damage call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister at (831) 275-1901

Here are some future steps that you can take to make sure your home is as safe from high powered winds as possible.

  • Have a building professionally inspect and install specially designed metal connectors that are appropriate for your roof type.
  • Roof- Make sure the roof sheathing is properly installed. From the attic check to make sure the nails penetrate the rafters or trusses
  • Windows and Doors- In the event of an emergency, permanent storm shutters can be quickly and easily closed to protect the windows.
  • Yard- Trim the trees around your house that could pose a threat by falling or hitting your home. Put away any yard furniture, barbecue grills, tools, toys, and anything else that could become a flying missile.
  • Garage Door- There are fitted bracing kits available to provide additional support.
  • Weather Stripping- Remove and replace all weather strips underneath all windows or doors that appear to be old, cracking, or worn out.
  • Cover Vents- Cover all the vents that are within the home, such as heating and cooling vents.
  • Replace Siding- All the siding outside the home that seems to be worn should also be replaced
  • Insulation- If it is an old home the insulation could be old and less productive than it used to be, replacing the insulation in your home can help in the event of a storm. 

Monterey County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (831) 275-1901

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