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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 Livermore 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 (925) 341-9040.

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 Livermore 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 (925) 341-9040!

How Water Damage Restoration Companies Can Help You

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

flooded home Any amount of unwanted water in a home is a disaster!

How Water Damage Restoration Companies Can Help You

Once water damage is in your home, it's important for you to obtain SERVPRO services. Restoration services are multi-faceted, they involve both cleaning excess water from your home and repairing regions of the house that have been subjected to substantive water damage. As water damage specialists know, it is important to start the cleanup and repair process right after the flood or fire to ensure that mold and mildew do not begin to accumulate on the property. Learn more about the helpful services that water damage restoration companies can offer by reading the following short reference guide: 

Water Damage Restoration Companies Remediate Your Property Quickly
One of the benefits that result from employing SERVPRO is that they complete the cleanup and repair processes quickly. Additionally, water damage restoration companies employ several staff members who can work with expedience and excellence. This group effort ensures that they can tackle a variety of problems that have resulted from the accumulation of water damage in your home. The result is the rapid restoration of your home, a reality that can significantly reduce the onset of secondary water damage.

Water Damage Restoration Companies Limit Mold and Mildew 
Another great service provided by restoration companies is the prevention of mold and mildew growth in your private living space. SERVPRO specialists accomplish this objective by removing excess water quickly. If mold has already started to grow in your home, the restoration specialists can eliminate it through the use of cleaners and industrial-grade disinfectants. These cleaners will not put you and your family at risk. However, it is necessary to note that the presence of mold in your home can cause health effects. For this reason, it's important to let a team of trained professionals handle your water damage issues rather than attempting to solve the problem on your own. In recognizing that water damage restoration companies can restore your home to its original condition, it's important to know that you can ask your insurance agent to give you a referral to the right company.

Let's Get Started Now 
Homes that have been subjected to water damage are in need of high quality remediation services. Once you start looking for a professional water damage company to assist you in restoring your home, you should look no further than SERVPRO. Our company is committed to consistently offering cutting edge, expedient remediation services that get your home back in great condition with lightning speed. For water damage restoration services that work, contact SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 today and let's get started.

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 Livermore 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 Livermore 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 Livermore at (925) 341-9040 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 Livermore, 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 Livermore (925) 341-9040

SERVPRO Training House

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Training Facility SERVPRO Headquarters has a fire cleanup training building.

SERVPRO Training House

SERVPRO Industries, Inc., one of America's largest franchise systems provides training for 1,700 independently owned and operated franchise locations.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos owners learned how to perform fire cleanup at the SERVPRO training house at corporate headquarters.

The two story home is "smoked up" with a variety of different types of smoke. (There are at least four basic types of smoke and each is cleaned with slightly different cleaning agents.) Certain materials when ignited produced different gases and soot. Each major type of soot presents cleaning challenges.

Participants in the training classes perform hands on cleaning. They use the techniques and cleaning agents innovated by SERVPRO. This assures better results when a SERVPRO franchises and their technicians respond to a local and "real" fire.

Contact SERVPRO of Livermore at  (925) 341-9040.

Winter Weather Tips

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Baby in the snow Keeping you home safe and warm from winter weather is important.

Winter Weather Tips

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first really cold night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation. How were you supposed to know that?

Many homeowners don’t realize they’re making critical missteps that can cost a ton when winter sets in. Here are seven wintertime mistakes homeowners often make (and what they could cost you!):

  1. Not Buying a $2 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet

What It’ll Cost You: Up to $15,000 and a whole lot of grief

It’s amazing what a little frozen water can do damage-wise. An inch of water in your basement can cost up to $15,000 to pump out and dry out. And, yet, it’s so easy to prevent, especially with outdoor faucets, which are the most susceptible to freezing temps.

The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. They’re really cheap (some are under $2; the more expensive ones are still less than $10). “Get these now! “When the weatherman says we’ve got cold coming, they’ll sell out in minutes.”

While you’re at it, make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated, too, or you’ll face the same pricey problem.

Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops. It’s cheap, too, just like the faucet cover (only $1 for six feet of polyethylene insulation). And it’s an easy DIY project, as long as you can reach the pipes.

  1. Instagramming Your Icicles Instead of Preventing Them

What It’ll Cost You: $500 — if you’re lucky; a lot more if you’re not

Those icicles make your mountain homes look so picturesque, you just gotta take a few pics. But you better make them quick. Those icicles can literally be a dam problem. (Yes, dam — not the curse word that sounds the same. )

Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters. That’s really bad news because these icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs.

Depending on where you live, expect to pay at least $500 for each ice dam to be steamed off. Leave the ice and you risk long-term damage, which could ultimately cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your roof, depending on what type of shingles you have and the size of the damaged area.

How to prevent them? Insulation. “Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic.

And “you need to have at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic, no matter where you live. If you live in a colder climate, you’ll need more.

If you don’t have the cash to insulate, heated gutter cables, which run between $50 and $150 each, can be a less expensive alternative when temporarily affixed to areas prone to ice damming.

  1. Going Lazy on Your Gutters

What It’ll Cost You: You really don’t want to be in a position to find out

It can be so tempting to skip gutter cleanups as winter nears. It seems like as soon as you clear your gutters, they clog right back up again. So what’s the point?

Well, if it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And a water-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix.

A contractor can plug foundation cracks for $1,500 to $3,000, says David Verbofsky, director of training for exterior home products manufacturer Ply Gem. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back (gulp) $30,000 or more.

Suddenly, cleaning your gutters a few times each fall doesn’t seem so bad. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.

  1. Giving Cold Air a Chance to Sneak In

What It’ll Cost You: Nights where you never feel warm, despite sky-high heating bills

“If it were possible to take every crack on the outside of a typical home and drag them together, you’d have the equivalent of a three-by-three window open all the time,” says Lipford. Yikes.

Yet cracks can be easily and inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. Not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around:

Window sills


Fireplace or dryer vents

Anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside

  1. Not Getting Personal with Your Thermostat

What It’ll Cost You: Money you could spend on something else besides heating

We all know we should, but we seem to have some mental block when it comes to programming our thermostats to align with our schedules. It’s not that hard, and sometimes all it takes is buying a new one that suits you. (Like maybe a Wi-Fi one that’ll give you a little money-saving thrill each time you swipe your app.)

“From a cost-savings perspective, a programmable thermostat is a great investment, as much as 10% off your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Skipping Furnace Tune-Ups

What It’ll Cost You: A furnace that’ll die years before it should — and higher energy bills.

Forget to service your furnace and you could easily cut five years off the life of your system, five years is a full third of the typical unit’s life span. New units can cost around $4,000 installed, making the $125 annual maintenance charge a no-brainer.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can shave up to 15% off your energy bill. We suggest at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home.

  1. Foregoing a Fireplace Inspection

What It’ll Cost You: Possibly your life — and your home

A cozy fire is great, but if you don’t maintain your chimney, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention the risk to you and your family.

Schedule your maintenance appointment as early as you can.If you wait until the busy season, you’ll have a hard time getting them out there, you’ll pay more, and you’ll get a lower quality job.

Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for storm damage at (925) 341-9040.

What happens when fire damages contents?

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Files damaged from fire damage Contents, even important documents are often damaged during a property disaster.

Fires in homes and offices may completely destroy some structural materials and personal items (contents) too.  Depending upon the insurance coverage purchased, policies will customarily pay to rebuild or replace structural materials, including personal contents that are destroyed. Insurance jargon refers to these astotal lossor non-salvageable items. Adjusters request that restoration companies make an honest evaluation of what can be cleaned or repaired and what cannot be salvaged. If there is uncertainty, they direct the restoration provider to make a test by attempting to salvage. If the results are not satisfactory we are to stop cleaning. SERVPRO will provide an inventory of items that are deemed to be total loss/non-salvageable. The “total loss” inventory is usually supported by photographic evidence and job notes/reports. Sometimes, the adjuster or property manager/agent may want to personally inspect damaged items. It is the adjuster who makes the final determination concerning the total loss items based upon the terms of the insurance policy. Final cost settlement (reimbursement) is between the policyholder and the insurance company (not us).

Please Note: the term is “total loss” is not total lost. At all times, non-salvageable items are in a chain of custody. They are not lost. In fact items are disposed of only after we receive an “Authorization to Dispose” form from you (the policyholder) or at times your adjuster who has gained your approval.

If your property suffers a damage, we are here to help. If you need content cleaning or advice, please call us at: SERVPRO of Livermore (925) 341-9040.

Facility Engineers... consider using an emergency pre-work authorization agreement.

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO proactive disaster recovery plan We offer a special emergency ready plan that includes a pre-work agreement.

SERVPRO of Livermore has developed a simple pre-work authorization agreement we call,Green Response for our commercial clients.It is a proactive disaster recovery plan provided by SERVPRO of Livermore.It allows us to work with you in pre-planning for the complex challenges that often arise during a major catastrophe such as fire, extreme flooding, earthquake, etc. Your participation in this plan will empower us to mobilize and direct a coordinated team of restoration specialists who will work on your behalf to make it…better than before.

Green Response clients sign an agreement that pre-authorizes our company to provide prompt emergency services. In this agreement the labor and materials pricing schedule and payment terms are determined in advance to prevent misunderstandings, and to expedite services.

OurEmergency Response Managerwill tour your facility to work with you in developing a specific and comprehensive restoration/mitigation plan for your location.

Once a preparedness plan has been determined, our team will conduct a meeting at your facility to establish a working relationship, to address your concerns and demonstrate how we may best satisfy your needs. There is no charge for this service. Your investment will be a few hours… time well spent for peace of mind to protect your facility.

Call SERVPRO of Livermore (925) 341-9040 for additional details.

Free and Lunch and Learn Programs

6/4/2022 (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 Livermore ’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 Livermore 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 Livermore it 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 (925) 341-9040.

What Are the Main Objectives of Water Damage Mitigation for Livermore Homes?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Here To Help SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of water damage. We are here to help.

Our SERVPRO team has clear water restoration goals for Livermore structures after a disaster.

Because water damage incidents are so threatening and destructive, our SERVPRO team is ready to mobilize at all hours of the day to help. We have qualified water restorers to get mitigation started when you need it most.

Water Removal and Extraction Services 

One of the initial steps necessary for water damage mitigation in Livermore homes is removing any standing water. Extraction is often one of the first emergency services, and the tools for this process vary depending on the impacted materials. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  • Squeegee wands
  • Light wands
  • Wet vacuums
  • Submersible pumps

Protecting What Matters Most 

The contents of your home will also be heavily threatened by migrating moisture, making it critical to have a team of qualified and experienced professionals that can relocate these items out of harm's way. We also have on-site cleaning and restoration options to provide a better look and feel. 

Overcoming Structural Concerns 

One of the hardest situations to overcome after water damage is this moisture and migrating water's impact on the structure itself. Exposed flooring, wall systems, and ceiling materials can all be destroyed by persistent water damages, which ultimately lead to controlled demolition and build back if this point gets reached. We have a general contractor license to help with these needed build-back services.

While the causes and the overall impact of water damage can vary from one home to the next, the objectives of mitigation and restoration rarely change. As leading water restoration professionals in the area, our SERVPRO of Livermore team provides effective emergency services to mitigate loss and make the repair more efficient. Call us today at (925) 341-9040.

Containing and Cleaning Surface Mold Threats in Livermore Offices

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mold picture Commercial mold damage remediation is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use the latest technology and equipment.

Our remediation professionals can help Livermore structures overcome mold damage quickly. 

Mold is a considerable threat to a business, both in terms of the structural damage possible and the impact on production. Our SERVPRO remediators can work quickly to mitigate loss through relocating contents, isolating the work area, and promptly removing active colonies when possible.

Mold Inspections Completed by Experienced Professionals

Competent professionals on our team complete mold cleanup in Livermore businesses and the initial mold inspections necessary to determine the extent of the damage. We carefully consider the impact of active microbial colonies on contents and structural elements throughout the building.

Effective Containment to Isolate Work Areas 

Containment is one of the critical processes to successful remediation. Installing plastic sheeting over structural openings and against returns or vents for the HVAC system prevents the migration of active mold spores to new areas of the structure. With work areas isolated, we can better regulate the drying and airflow necessary to remediate quickly.

Mold Removal Techniques to Help Your Business 

Remediation and mold removal can be challenging when surface mold threats impact multiple materials and areas of the property. We carefully consider the hosting material and the ideal approach to removing microbial colonies as rapidly as possible. Surface treatments like antimicrobial and sporicidal products can help, but more aggressive techniques can also be necessary, such as:

  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Sponge pressure cleaning
  • Dry ice pellet blasting
  • Sanding

When mold is discovered in office buildings and commercial properties, it becomes a threat for both the staff and any customers in the building. These situations must be handled quickly and deliberately, making this a process ideal for the trained remediation professionals of our SERVPRO of Livermore team. We are ready 24/7 to help at (925) 341-9040.

How Urgent is Restoring Storm Damage to Livermore Homes?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage home Flood and storm damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We are here 24/7 365 days a year at a moment's notice.

Our fast response helps damaged Livermore properties through storm disasters. 

Storms can affect homes and businesses in multiple ways, and our professionals are ready to handle these conditions when disasters strike. We have skilled technicians trained in numerous niches of the restoration industry to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Structural Assessment and Damage Inspections

Before our professionals can manage storm damage and Livermore homes and businesses, a job scoping must occur to determine the extent of the current damage and the best approach to mitigate loss. Our production manager and crew chief can both be qualified to walk through the property with a customer to determine the priorities of restoration to come.

Flood Removal in Attics and Crawlspaces 

It is imperative to begin water removal services as soon as possible to manage any standing water concerns that could exist after flooding. Confined spaces can be a challenge for flood restoration. Removing standing water from attics and crawlspaces requires special extraction equipment in our inventory, such as:

Needed Damage Repairs Completed by Our SERVPRO Team 

One of the advantages of choosing our professionals over their companies in the area is our general contractor license. This permits us to conduct multiple build-back services that coincide with storm damage restoration in the house. We have capable professionals to handle whatever your property needs, from roof repair to replacing siding or windows.

There is no denying that getting storm damage resolved as soon as possible is vital for affected properties. In an area of the country susceptible to many threatening conditions, from severe weather to wildfires, we have a team of storm damage professionals ready to mobilize quickly when disaster strikes. You can count on our SERVPRO of Livermore team to help. Call us today at (925) 341-9040.

Where Can Homeowners Get Quick Water Removal in Livermore?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

"Here to help" SERVPRO is here to help with water damage of any level. Our technicians know all the steps to take to bring back your belongings after water strikes.

SERVPRO is the Right Firm to Call When in Need of Water Removal in Livermore

If your home has sustained water damage, eliminating the standing water quickly is essential. Standing water can begin seeping into the construction of your home and make it more difficult to dry thoroughly. If left sitting for a long time, it can quickly turn into black water, containing various hazardous pathogens. SERVPRO offers a rapid response with industry-leading technology to start the cleaning process right away. 

Our technicians are highly skilled and experienced in water removal in Livermore, and we treat every situation individually. This ensures the most efficient process for all individual clients. We examine a property to determine how wet it is. This assessment helps us determine what destroyed material needs removal because of structural integrity issues, contamination, or unsalvageable content. SERVPRO aims to dry materials such as wood, drywall, padding, carpeting, upholstery, furniture, and insulation, among others, as long as they are not contaminated or structurally compromised based on industry standards. 

Once we extract water using advanced equipment, we remove all ruined materials. We dispose of them safely, in an environmentally friendly way. We apply psychometric science, a proven process useful in managing temperature and dehumidification to quicken drying and help ensure the best outcome. Our SERVPRO crew can save almost everything, including wood, drywall, and carpets, among others: Some of the advanced restoration equipment we use include:

  • High-capacity air movers, which create a vortex to expedite the drying process.
  • Low-grain dehumidifier to draw in wet, cool air and blow out warm, dry air.
  • Thermal imaging cameras for inspecting and monitoring moisture in materials.

We can use the appropriate extraction tools if your carpet has sustained water damage because aggressive extraction can cause carpeting to delaminate. Generally, carpets are fifty percent weaker when wet. A heavy device helps squeeze out water from the carpeting. SERVPRO usually uses wands to extract water from glue down carpeting. Heavier devices can help you squeeze out water from carpets with a thick pad. 

Dealing with water damage can be stressful for homeowners. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Livermore can assist you. Call us today at (925) 341-9040. 

Why Can Homeowners Get Fire and Smoke Cleanup Services in Livermore?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO is a Premier Provider of Fire and Smoke Cleanup Services in Livermore

The sight of your home having smoke damage is unwelcome. However, once the fire-fighters extinguish the fire, the road to recovery is long and should be started immediately. You may think that the destruction to your home is limited to the damage which is visually confirmed. At SERVPRO, we know that this is not true. Smoke, water from firefighting efforts, and the residual odor can affect contents, surrounding areas, and ventilation systems, which need to be treated properly so that they can leave your property. 

We offer fire and smoke cleanup services in Livermore the same way as though it occurred to our homes. After the fire and smoke damage, a building, walls, woodwork, flooring, and carpeting often require thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO team pretests the damaged areas to determine the extent of the destruction. We then use different cleaning products and specific equipment to protect different kinds of surfaces found in your home. Depending on how much soot is available, we can minimize the expense by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on certain surfaces. This can help you avoid the cost of refinishing and repainting. During our initial inspection, our restorers can do the following:

  • Inspect all areas of your home for smoke or soot damage.
  • Use a combination of materials and sponges to test contents and surfaces for destruction.
  • Offer a free estimate for cleaning and repair.
  • Answer different questions that pertain to your loss.

SERVPRO cleans the smoke, soot, and odor using different methods that take place at different stages of the cleanup project. We use a combination of air cleaning devices, cleaning agents, and deodorizers. Using chemical sponges is essential in this phase. They collect particles and soot when it contacts them. Chemical sponges also prevent streaking on surfaces and walls. Our SERVPRO restorers usually clean walls and ceilings with a dry chemical sponge and then with a degreaser and deodorizing agent. This way, we ensure that ceilings and walls are clean and that residual odor is eliminated. 

Fire and smoke damage requires effective cleaning techniques. When in need of fire and smoke cleanup in Livermore, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 for fast restoration. 

Reasons to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Removal and Repair in Livermore

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

"Got Mold? Call SERVPRO" SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Mold Removal and Repair Services in Livermore

Mold can grow on trim, drywall, or unfinished wood surfaces, particularly if the area is more than ten square feet. Even though you might feel comfortable treating mold on your own, it is better to work with a certified mold removal firm such as SERVPRO. We can provide the mold remediation services required to restore your home. When combined with temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees and organic food surfaces, Humidity or liquid water creates the optimal conditions for mold infestation. Absorbent materials like carpet and ceiling tiles might need to be disposed of if they get moldy. 

Mold can fill in or grow on the empty crevices or spaces of porous materials. Thus, the mold can be daunting to remove. We have the right equipment for performing mold removal and repair services in Livermore. Generally, SERVPRO’s mold removal process entails:

  • Eliminating mold-infested and water-damaged materials.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting carpet, walls, and personal items.
  • Removing studs and drywall if mold damage is extensive.
  • Vacuuming with HEPA filtration. 

Before removing the mold, we perform initial tests and evaluations. We can remove mold safely and thoroughly. We can remove the mold-damaged materials physically. Our SERVPRO team can vacuum mold spores using a HEPA fitted vacuum and damp-wipe soiled surfaces using detergents. Correcting the moisture problem is also essential. This involves stopping the source of moisture that initially contributed to the mold. We can also use sealers with antimicrobial agents to kill the mold. 

Our SERVPRO technicians ensure that the area we are cleaning is well-ventilated and the moldy objects we are removing from the area are sealed to prevent mold spores from going airborne. After removing the mold, we perform clearance tests and inspections to ensure that mold is restored to a safe level. 

When in need of mold removal services, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040. We can make the mold damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Who Can I Call for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Livermore?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in water You need experts to assist with water damage on your commercial business property. Call SERVPRO immediately following a water incident.

SERVPRO Can Help Your Business With Commercial Water Clean Up

Since most offices don't have people working in them through the night, during your business' off-hours are when disasters can occur. Since the building is unoccupied overnight, if something happens during that time and nobody notices it, the problem could get much worse by the time you go to your office in the morning. For example, if you have a sewer or toilet backup after hours, then the water has all night long to flow into your office.

Whenever we conduct commercial water cleanup and restoration in Livermore, we devise our methods based on whether the water source is clean or not. If the source is a backed-up sewer line or overflowed toilet, then the water is considered "black" because it is most likely contaminated. When dealing with black water, we start the process by sealing the infected areas and setting up a plastic containment chamber. Then, we hook up an air scrubber to create negative air pressure and clean the air within the contained area. 

Once we secure the structure and contain the contaminated area, we can then start conducting the following procedures to return your office to its preloss state:

  • Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup
  • Emergency Services for Water Damages
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Water Damage Repairs
  • Water Clean Up 
  • Sewage Cleanup

If you go into your business' office in the morning and notice that your sewer has backed up, we can help make your building safe if you call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

Who Is Available in Livermore to Provide Emergency Services for Water Damage?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Provide Flood Restoration Services in Livermore

When the rain starts to pour down hard in California, it is possible that flooding conditions can exist. And, especially if you live at the bottom of a hill, water can flow towards your house. One common place where water can get into your structure is through your garage. Since lower garage door seals wear over time, they are common places for moisture to enter your house. 

Whenever we handle flood removal in Livermore, we start inspecting where the water went beginning from the source. If the source is from your garage doors, then we can use moisture meters to figure out if the water also went to other rooms in your home. Once we can figure out how far the water traveled, we can then develop a plan to remove the moisture.

Any time moisture enter your structure after a storm, it is wise to get help from a restoration company like SERVPRO because we can provide the following:

  • Emergency Services for Water Damage
  • Water Clean Up
  • Fix a Leaking Roof from a Storm
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Flood Restoration

If the water only got into your garage, we can remove it using either a submersible pump or a heavy-duty extractor, depending on how deep the standing water got. We can then remove all items from your garage and discard any porous materials that came into contact with the potentially contaminated water. To dry out your concrete, we can set up a desiccant dehumidifier

If you ever notice moisture in your garage after your neighborhood floods, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

Who Can Livermore Residents Call for Help with Fire Damaged Homes?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Assist With House Fire Clean Up in Livermore

When a fire breaks out inside your house, the flames can quickly engulf things near it until it gets put out. However, the heat and smoke coming from the fire can also damage your building materials and contents that were far away from the fire's source. Smoke can travel throughout your structure and turn into soot residues when it contacts cooler surfaces.

During fire damage restoration in Livermore, cleaning soot residues can become a major portion of the work. Since different types of soot residues adhere to the various surfaces in your house, we often must utilize a combination of cleaning methods. For example, if contents like your wooden furniture get affected by soot, we use special procedures to clean them.

For light residues, we can clean your wooden furniture with dry cleaning methods such as using a feather duster, a dry cleaning sponge, or a vacuum with a dusting tool attached. We can use a wall and surface cleaner or wood oil soap when dealing with moderate residues. If the residues are heavy, we can use a wood creme paste to semi-refinish the surface. 

Along with cleaning your building materials and contents after a fire, our SERVPRO technicians can also provide the following services:

  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Repair Fire Damaged Homes
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Fire Restoration

If you notice that items like your wooden furniture got coated in soot residues or otherwise damaged after a house fire, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

What Happens to the Contents of a Livermore Home After a Fire?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fireman in kitchen fire Smoke and fire damage is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for all the fire restoration services needed for your home.

SERVPRO Provides Fire and Smoke Damage Services in Livermore That Provides Content Restoration if at All Possible

Each year fire departments respond to over 350,00 house fires. The damage done runs into the billions. SERVPRO’s goal is to decrease your financial output by using restoration techniques instead of replacing them.

Can the Content Get Cleaned On-Site?

Fire and smoke damage in Livermore can be devastating to a home. Homeowners are often overwhelmed as to where to start. SERVPRO can relieve much of that stress with content management. How severe the fire determines the type of cleaning that happens, but if we can do it on-site, we will. Benefits of doing it this way include:

  • No content moving fee
  • No storage fees
  • No added delays in cleaning

Count on SERVPRO to Do the Job Right

Content management is a vital component of the restoration of your residence. It is not just “items” we are dealing with but memories, treasures, and what you need every day. Our IICRC technicians understand how important things in your home are important to you. Whenever possible, we provide on-site restoration.  If your content cannot get safely cleaned on the premises, we provide move-out services for cleaning.

SERVPRO of Livermore provides fire damage restoration for fire damaged homes. Our house fire cleanup can give you back your home. Contact us at (925) 341-9040 for more information.

Can Drapes with Water Damaged Be Saved in Livermore Homes?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Utilizes Various Techniques to Restore Drapes as Part of Water Cleanup in Livermore

If you experience a water intrusion that damages your drapes, we can help. SERVPRO not only restores your building but the content too.

What Type of Drapes Can Be Restored?

Cleaning the content is part of our water cleanup services in Livermore. When it comes to drapery, we do a thorough inspection to ascertain what type of fabric and the condition. Different cleaning methods are required for different fabrics. Things to consider include:

  • If the drapes are old and fragile, cleaning may harm them
  • Curtains that are two years or less usually clean well
  • Moisture and sunlight can cause damage over time

Restoring Drapery – What to Expect

Our goal is always to restore items to their former state. Once we have inspected the curtains and done pre-tests, we then decide on the appropriate cleaning method. Steps we take can include dry brushing and vacuuming. We then use a machine dry cleaning or hot water extraction method. This typically gets done while the drapes are hanging. The hot water extraction method gets used if the fabric is wet.

Contact SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 if you need to schedule us for water cleanup services. We provide water damage remediation, flood restoration, and ceiling repairs from water damages. We can clean and restore your curtains and linens when in-home flooding takes place.

Preventing Mold in Livermore Restaurants

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Precautionary Measures to Prevent the Need for Mold Remediation in Livermore is Recommended

Cleanliness is crucial to any business, but especially in the restaurant business. Mold is always a concern, as it can grow anywhere there is moisture. A mold infestation can shut your eatery down fast.

Preventing Mold from Happening

Mold spores are everywhere. They are microscopic and unavoidable. The spores are not a problem unless they come in contact with moisture. Then you require mold remediation in Livermore as the spores rapidly develop into colonies. The content of your restaurant, and the building, are at risk of being damaged. There are precautionary steps you can take to stop mold growth:

  • Regularly check for water intrusions. 
  • Ensure routing cleaning takes place.
  • Do not let trash pile up.
  • Constantly watch for mold growth.
  • Monitor humidity levels.
  • Keep the kitchen dry and clean.

Professional Mold Removal

If mold does develop, the best course of action is professional mold removal services. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can diagnose the problem and implement a solid course of action. This can include:

  • Antimicrobial and antifungal applications
  • Sanding
  • Controlled demolition
  • Soda blasting or dry ice blasting
  • Surface cleaning

Restaurant fixtures such as tables, booths, and glass items can typically be restored. Carpeting, linens, and other porous materials may need replacing. SERVPRO of Livermore provides black mold damage repairs, restroom mold removal, and much more. Contact us at (925) 341-9040.

How Can SERVPRO Provide Efficient Water Restoration in Aging Livermore Homes?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Our experienced SERVPRO teams have the skill and state of the art equipment to restore your Livermore home after water strikes.

The Building’s Envelope can Directly Impact the Efficiency of Water Restoration in Livermore Properties.

The construction of your home can play a role in how easily it can be dried and restored. We can determine these conditions during our water damage inspection when our team arrives.

How Can the Building Envelope Change? 

Many variants can influence the building envelope and the subsequent pace and cost of water damage restoration for Livermore homes. For example, homes built before the 1990s had less of a focus on energy efficiency and reducing air penetration, so sealing up all possible openings was not vital. Envelopes fall into three possible categories:

  • Tight – Drying is barely impacted by outdoor conditions.
  • Moderate – Outdoor conditions somewhat influence drying.
  • Loose – Drying is heavily affected by outdoor conditions.

How Do Different Conditions Impact Water Restoration?

Depending on the condition of the house and its respective envelope, the necessary recovery efforts and practices are going to change as well. Openings and vulnerabilities for the house mean that the interior environment can be directly and heavily impacted by exterior conditions in certain situations. Psychometry and drying sciences our SERVPRO team studies show a correlation between moisture migration and the need for humid or warm spaces to seek a balance with nearby dry or cool areas.

Call SERVPRO of Livermore today at (925) 341-9040 for efficient water restoration solutions.

What Are the Advantages of Prompt Fire Debris Removal in Livermore Homes?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

"Faster to any size disaster" For 24/7 assistance from our trained emergency response team, contact SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

Emergency Services Focus on Providing the Most Efficient Fire Restoration Process for Livermore Properties. 

Shoveling and vacuuming out fire debris is a critical mitigation process for fire damaged homes to expedite fire restoration and recovery. The house can be overwhelmed by these solids and soils after combustion, which can include:

  • Charred materials
  • Ash
  • Burned contents
  • Debris and bulk materials

Advantages of Fire Debris Removal 

Fire and smoke mitigation for Livermore properties rely on several actions. When fire debris removal is one, this is an effort that can benefit the property immensely in the earliest fire restoration stages. Debris removal can show where structural damage exists and where surface cleaning is necessary. This process also helps to reduce harsh odors and circulating soot particles after extinguishment.

Additional Emergency Services our SERVPRO Team Conducts

While debris removal can be one of the critical emergency services our SERVPRO team provides, it is not the only mitigation action that can help fire damaged homes. Smoke damage removal through HEPA air filtration can be instrumental in improving indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns such as circulating particles, contaminants, ash, and other solids.

Removing fire debris and other emergency services can help quicken the restoration process and reach the point where our SERVPRO of Livermore team is putting the final touches on the property. We are ready to help however you need when you call (925) 341-9040.

Why Should SERVPRO Conduct Flood Water Removal for Your Livermore Home?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over flood water When flooding damages your home, SERVPRO will be there. We will restore your home to its original condition.

With our Advanced Extractors and Water Removal Tools, we can Overcome Flood Damage in Livermore Homes fast. 

One of the most direct ways that flooding can impact and damage your home is through the intruding water. Rapidly spreading surface water concerns present unique obstacles from one property to the next, requiring powerful extraction devices and instruments of our SERVPRO recovery inventory. Before this process can be successful, some preliminary steps must occur.

Content Relocation and Bulk Material Removal 

Migrating moisture can be threatening, making content removal and demolition necessary ahead of flood water removal in Livermore homes. Initially, these efforts relocate any items or personal belongings in the path or directly impacted by intrusive water scenarios. Exposure to building materials like drywall can also leave bulk materials and debris to clean before water removal can complete for the property.

Powerful Extraction Equipment for Flooded Livermore Properties 

Choosing the right tool for the job is not universal, as flooding can impact homes in several ways. Some Livermore properties contend with flooded crawl spaces under the main floor of the house, while attics can also be a flooding origin point under the right conditions. Standing water might need wet vacuums and truck-mount extractors, but trapped moisture can be removed with:

  • Carpet wands
  • Light wands
  • Weighted extractors
  • Drying mats

Flooding can be a difficult situation for your home. Our SERVPRO of Livermore team is ready to help at (925) 341-9040.

What Makes Livermore Mold Remediation Companies Like SERVPRO Better?

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

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It Is The Highly Specialized Mold Remediation Training of SERVPRO Technicians. 

When your home experiences a mold infestation, you need the help of trained professionals skilled at eliminating these harmful microorganisms.  Luckily, local companies like SERVPRO have just the right training and expertise to handle these troublesome microbes successfully.      

Unlike other area providers, each SERVPRO technician in Livermore undergoes rigorous mold remediation training and is awarded certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in a wide array of related topics, including:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Applied structural drying
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery and fabric cleaning
  • Leather cleaning
  • Odor control

So, no matter what mold remediation services your home requires, we can often effectively provide it.  In fact, our mold specialists have skillfully performed mold inspections and done everything from attic mold removal to black mold damage repairs.  This is what makes SERVPRO a favorite one-stop neighborhood mold damage cleanup and restoration company.

Therefore, when your home suffers the troublesome effects of mold, remember that there is quality mold remediation help available nearby.  Call SERVPRO of Livermore’s exceedingly skilled experts anytime at (925) 341-9040 for assistance.

What Kinds of Flood Removal Equipment Does SERVPRO Have in Livermore?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Company Technicians in Livermore Use All the Latest Flood Removal Gear. 

Flooding becomes a real concern for Livermore’s residents during the area’s annual rainy season, which lasts roughly from early November through April. Fortunately, local biohazard remediation and flood restoration companies like SERVPRO have all the tools necessary to solve your flood-related problems.

Once on-site, SERVPRO’s well-equipped technicians are ready to return your residence to its pre-flood condition quickly. As one of the top water clean up and disinfecting companies in Livermore, our flood removal services are often swifter and more effective than those of our competitors. This capability partly results from our professionals utilizing the most advanced gear in the cleaning and restoration industry, like:

  • Portable and truck-mounted extractors
  • Powerful air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Innovative Injectidry systems
  • State-of-the-art foggers
  • A vast array of EPA-approved disinfectants and deodorizers

So, regardless of your particular flooding situation, rest assured that your neighborhood SERVPRO is likely your best option for fast, reliable, quality remediation work.

With all this in mind, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 whenever you need flood removal service.

What Causes Fire Odors in a Livermore Home?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a home. Fire odor can be hard to deal with in all aspects, call SERVPRO of Livermore.

SERVPRO of Livermore Incorporate Odor Control into House Fire Cleanup

Fire odors are generally caused by the release of toxins or chemicals into an indoor space. Sometimes these odors can be localized to a specific area, such as when walls or ceilings are heavily coated in smoke residues. However, in some situations, especially relating to synthetic odors, they can be harder to find. We can help with odor and:

  • Smoke damage 
  • Fire restoration
  • House fire cleanup

Odor control in the house fire cleanup of your Livermore is a vital part of the service. Since odor sources are sometimes tough to locate, using a multi-pronged approach is often the most efficient. We use a range of odor control equipment to tackle smoke odors left behind from a house fire.

  • Fumigation of the property using water or oil-based thermal fogging equipment can catch hard-to-find odors. 
  • Odor counteractant beads or pellets are often useful for placing inside air vents, crawlspaces, and wall cavities.
  • We monitor the property daily until unpleasant odors have been neutralized or are no longer apparent.

To control fire odors, contact SERVPRO of Livermore quoting house fire clean up at (925) 341-9040.

How Does Water Intrusion Make a Home in Livermore Unclean?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Livermore Provides Expert Water Cleanup to Local Residents

A water intrusion event can stagnate in a matter of hours, leading to an unsanitary home environment. The impact of water stagnation can lead to unpleasant odors and the growth of bacterias. SERVPRO technicians are experts at identifying the different categories of water contamination, including from:

  • Burst pipes
  • Cleaning up after sewer backup
  • Water damage remediation

The contamination level of a water cleanup job in your Livermore home is a crucial indicator of what materials need replacing and which can be restored. The fluid nature of water contamination means that clean waters can deteriorate and enter grey or black water contamination categories. 

  • Diagnosing the category of water damage quickly can help to speed up the restoration process overall. 
  • Mitigation of water contamination could include humidity control or fast extraction from home. 
  • We are qualified at cleaning and disposing of biohazardous substances such as raw sewage, herbicide, pesticide, or animal carcasses.

Protect your home from unsanitary water. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for water cleanup at (925) 341-9040.

What Often Prompts the Need for Commercial Water Extraction Services in Livermore?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a building hallway. When water strikes your business call SERVPRO of Livermore right away.

Livermore Businesses Tend to Require Water Extractions for Similar Reasons. 

Local business owners face the daily threat of a catastrophic water-related issue. Often, these problems arise from a handful of common situations that could potentially affect any business structure at any time. 

SERVPRO technicians have successfully performed water extraction services for Livermore restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and other area businesses. Through their years of hands-on experience, our skilled professionals have found that most commercial water removal services are required because of:

  • Leaky or burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Malfunctioning appliances like industrial-grade washing machines or dishwashers
  • Corroded or otherwise compromised water storage containers
  • Accidentally activated fire extinguishing systems

These water clean up problems often strike with little warning when you least expect them. Also, busy business owners tend to overlook potential maintenance issues that could cause such water-related problems until it is too late. 

With all that said, it is essential that area business owners remain vigilant against potential water leaks, keep up with maintenance requirements, and call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 whenever they need a water extraction.

Can Mold Be a Threat with Water Damage in a Livermore Home?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Companies Can Help Mitigate Secondary Symptoms of Water Intrusion. SERVPRO of Livermore Is Local and Readily Available

A water intrusion event can cause liquid and vapor damage to your home. However, one of the more long-lasting effects of water intrusion is microbial growth. Microbial growth is frequently the result of incomplete drying after a water leak, pipe burst, or ceiling leak. We can address these issues as well as providing:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repairs
  • Water clean up

The role of water damage companies in Livermore is to mitigate all potential losses in your home. One of the sharpest ways to achieve mitigation is to dry your property thoroughly. Property drying uses advanced equipment that takes both liquid water and humidity or vapor issues. 

  • Carpet drying can sometimes be complete using a portable extractor with an adapted wand.
  • Air-movers can be fitted beneath a carpet to dry the underside and prevent delamination (known as floating carpets.)
  • Borescopes are useful for checking behind fittings, for example, in a kitchen or behind walls. 

Secondary damages can become expensive. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for water damage companies at (925) 341-9040.

Livermore Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Flood Water Extraction and Restoration

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Livermore Property Owners a Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Service

A leaking roof from storms or basement flooding, whatever the reason, water accumulation on your Livermore property is never a good sign. The time required for water damage remediation depends on how quickly and efficiently water removal services act. SERVPRO's team of water damage restoration (WRT) experts is quick to act and can help you minimize the damage after a flood or storm incidence.

After a flooding incident at your Livermore property, water damage restoration is not an easy task by any means. Water extraction is perhaps the most important step of the process. The flood restoration process can be quicker if the standing water is extracted as soon as possible. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art water extraction equipment to get this job done. The water cleanup process's efficiency depends on successfully removing as much water as possible from your Livermore property.

What equipment do SERVPRO techs use during the storm damage mitigation process? 

SERVPRO technicians use both pumps and water extraction units depending on the amount of water to be removed from your Livermore home. Some of the equipment we use including the following:

  • Water removal pumps- both portable and truck-mounted
  • Light Wands- especially for the removal of water from glue-down carpets
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Electric submersible pumps 

You can call SERVPRO of Livermore 24/7 at (925) 341-9040 for fast and efficient flood restoration.

Livermore Businesses Need Quick and Efficient Water Clean up

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps Livermore Business Owners with Quick and Efficient Water Cleanup

Water on your Livermore property, whether due to bust pipes or ceiling leaks, must be addressed promptly to prevent long-term damage. If you are not quick to call in the experts, water damage restoration can take a lot of time and money. SERVPRO's water damage restoration (WRT) team can minimize the damage using their extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Livermore is here at your service 24/7.

SERVPRO technicians offer world-class water removal services in Livermore to eliminate the water from your property in the least possible time. We then remove the residual moisture to restore the moisture content to preloss condition and prevent any secondary damage during the water damage remediation process.

What Equipment is Used in Water Damage Repairs? 

The process of water damage restoration and remediation in your Livermore home involves the use of a variety of equipment. SERVPRO techs use extraction units and pump to remove the standing water from the property. We also use other equipment such as dehumidifiers, heating units, and air circulation units to eliminate the residual moisture. Some of the equipment that SERVPRO technicians use include the following:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Indirect Fired Furnaces
  • Portable Electric Heaters

SERVPRO of Livermore brings their years of experience and professional equipment to handle any size water damage. Call us at (925) 341-9040 for 24/7 help and assistance.

Whom Can Homeowners Trust to Perform Water Damage Remediation in Livermore?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

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They Can Trust SERVPRO to Handle the Water Damage in their Livermore homes Effectively.

A water leak from a faulty faucet or burst pipe can cause severe damage to your residence. Water travels fast and can seep into confined areas. Therefore, you should act fast by contacting a certified restorer like SERVPRO to help minimize damage and restore your home to its pre-water damage condition. 

Water can damage surfaces made of porous materials such as drywall and ceilings within a brief period. Drying such surfaces requires innovative technology and special skills to minimize the spread of water damage in your Livermore home. Our SERVPRO team has expertise in offering these services:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Water cleanup
  • Water removal

Several problems may occur when water seeps into various surfaces in the property and restoration is delayed. The evidence of some damages caused by water may appear after several weeks, including:

  • Corrosion on metallic surfaces
  • Warping and swelling of wood
  • Water spots on fabric

How does SERVPRO restore dry porous materials?

SERVPRO’s team of technicians has gone through thorough training in handling water intrusion incidents using groundbreaking equipment. Porous surfaces can hold water for an extended period, and mold growth may occur.

We can use indirect-fired furnaces, which use heat exchangers to raise the temperatures in the affected building. This speeds up the evaporation rate on cavities and porous surfaces, leading to effective drying within a brief period.

When water damage occurs in your Livermore property, contact SERVPRO of Livermore for fast restoration. Talk to us today at (925) 341-9040. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO for Fast Fire Damage Restoration in Livermore

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Livermore Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Efficient Fire Damage Restoration

Fire and smoke can wreak havoc on your Livermore property. The damage due to the fire and smoke residue's heat can be significant, and you should only trust professionals with house fire cleanup. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience and expertise in fire and smoke damage restoration. Our goal is to try and restore the material to preloss condition.

Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup at your Livermore home are complicated tasks that require the right strategy and proper equipment. SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle almost any situation of fire and smoke damage. Our technicians use some of the most sophisticated equipment to get the job done “Like it never even happened.” 

The Principles of Cleaning in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup Process

SERVPRO technicians apply the following cleaning principles for fire damage restoration and smoke remediation:

  • Locate any trace of the smoke residue by thoroughly inspecting your Livermore property
  • Identify different type of residue and prepare a plan for remediation
  • It is crucial to identify the various surfaces involved in the fire and smoke damage. The cleanup strategy for fire damaged homes in Livermore may vary significantly depending on the type of surface and extent of damage
  • Capturing and removing the residue is one of the most important tasks during house fire cleanup. SERVPRO restorers use both dry and wet cleaning processes depending on the type of residue involved.

Call SERVPRO of Livermore today at (925) 341-9040 for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup.

Which Restoration Firm Should Homeowners Seek Help from When Water Damage Occurs in Livermore?

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

A water faucet leaking water. Water damage is scary to deal with, call SERVPRO of Livermore we are here to help.

SERVPRO is one of the Leading Water Restoration Companies in Livermore and is Ready to Assist its Customers at Any Time

Water damage leaves property owners feeling helpless and devastated. Delaying water removal can lead to serious damages to various surfaces and house items. Such damages can be avoided by working with a reliable water restoration company like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO offers prompt water damage restoration

Acting swiftly is crucial in reducing the secondary effects of water damage in your residence. We are one of the most reliable and equipped water restoration companies in Livermore, and we can assure you of safety and effectiveness. We can handle damage caused by issues like:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Appliance malfunctions

We are licensed and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), highly trained and experienced, and available around the clock and respond within the shortest time. Water damage restoration involves extracting excess water, drying, and deodorizing the affected property. To restore the affected area effectively, we follow several steps, including:

  • Inspect the damage: Our restorers can use moisture sensors to check for moisture in porous surfaces like carpets and padding.
  • Extract excess water to minimize the drying period.
  • Clean and decontaminate the affected area. We can use antimicrobial agents to act against microorganisms.
  • Deodorization

Water damage requires fast and effective restoration to avoid irreversible damage. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 within the shortest period possible to get your property to its former glory, “Like it never even happened.”

Where Can Business Owners Get Help to Handle the Commercial Fire Damage in Livermore Properties?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

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They Can Reach Out to SERVPRO Restorers to Perform Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Formerly known as Livermores, the city of Livermore is in Alameda County, in the state of California, U.S. It has a population of 90,189 according to 2019 estimates. The city is the most populated area across Tri-Valley.

William Mendenhall platted and registered Livermore as a railroad town on November 4th, 1869. He named the city after his friend Robert Livermore who was a local rancher. 

The city is home to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This is the facility where scientists named the chemical element livermorium. That placed the city’s name on the periodic table. 

It is also home to Sandia National Laboratories, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city’s south side hosts local vineyards. 

Local authorities have restored the city’s downtown district making it part of the Tri-Valley area, which comprises of San Ramon, Amador, and Livermore valleys. 

The Economy of Livermore

The city is home to two DOE National Laboratories known worldwide. The facilities draw significant attention, not only for scientific research but also for developing the country’s nuclear arsenal. 

Stakeholders such as the University of Berkeley, UC Davis, and California as well as the two National Laboratories in the city, came together to come up with the Innovation of Green Advanced Transportation Excellence (i-GATE). The aim of this facility is to stimulate high-tech business development in a large-scale. The campus focuses on:

  • Biofuels
  • Fuel cells
  • Solar energy
  • LED lighting

Livermore is also the backbone of the wine industry in California. The city’s (AVA) Valley American Area contributed significantly to shaping the state’s wine industry.

Arts and Culture in Livermore

The city’s culture rotates around farming, ranching, and winegrowing. Since the time of Robert Livermore, residents have been practicing ranching traditions and hosting Livermore Rodeo well known as the World’s Fastest Rodeo each June.

Livermore also hosts several wine-tasting tours in different wineries across the region. The event occurs periodically throughout the summer in facilities such as Wente Vineyard.

Places to visit 

  1. Ravenswood Historic Site: The site is popular with residents of Livermore for celebrations such as weddings. The facility was the home of Sir Christopher Buckley. Orchards, sweeping lawns, vineyards, and gardens surround the historic site. 
  2. Del Valle Regional Park: Located 10 miles South of Livermore, it offers tourists year-round water sports, hiking, and a camping environment. It includes a five-mile lake where visitors can engage in activities like boating, sailing, swimming along the beaches, and windsurfing. 
  3. Sycamore Regional Park: The 840-acre recreational space is an excellent place where tourists and residents interact and enjoy various outdoor activities.

How long do SERVPRO restorers take to complete fire and smoke damage restoration in Livermore business?

When it comes to fire damage restoration, SERVPRO restorers act fast to minimize damage and get your property to its preloss state. Our team of restorers is equipped with the best tools and advanced equipment as well as products that help us handle commercial fire damage of any magnitude.

We have gone through thorough training in fire damage restoration and acquired decades of experience in the restoration industry. Immediately SERVPRO restorers get to your property, we inspect the property to identify the cause of the unfortunate event. We can use:

  • Dry cleaning sponge to test flat porous surfaces
  • Wet cleaning methods to test nonporous surfaces
  • Wood crème paste to test wood furniture covered with a heavy concentration of soot.

Once we get a clear picture of the severity of the damage, we begin our fire restoration immediately. We have enough workforce, effective equipment, and innovative skills to restore your property within a few days.

After a fire ruins your business premises, contact SERVPRO of Livermore for professional fire damage restoration to make it “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (925) 341-9040.

Can Storms Cause Flooding in a Home?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Livermore Residents Overcome Storm-related Flooding Incidents

When a flood strikes your home, it is essential to get a quick assessment of potential damages and, where possible, a verbal estimate. What follows is the official document--FNOL first notice of loss to your carrier. SERVPRO is a local restoration service that can correctly identify potential damages and efficiently mitigate them. One of the core pieces of equipment for quick identification of damages is a thermal imaging camera. 

Comprehensive flood water removal in your Livermore home often requires cavity inspections. Thermal imaging cameras, which use infrared sensors, help technicians evaluate the extent of a water intrusion event. This equipment can also help technicians understand how water moves through an indoor environment and where it is pooling. One of the advantages of using infrared imaging is not harmful or destructive to the property.

  • Thermal imaging allows technicians to accurately assess a building without demolition of interior walls or removing flooring.
  • We can use these cameras to inspect tough to reach areas like wall joints and exterior walls.
  • Traditional water measuring equipment can be time-consuming in comparison with the use of an infrared camera.

Get a rapid assessment of damages in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for flood water removal at (925) 341-9040.

Is Replacing Soot and Smoke Damaged Belongings Expensive?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Livermore Uses Cost-Efficient Restoration and Cleaning after a House Fire 

Fires release smoke which, in an enclosed environment, stain or soil your belongings. Restoring these contents through professional cleaning is a less expensive option than replacing them. Standard techniques may be wet cleaning for stubborn soot or dry cleaning for light dry soot. 

Performing fire and smoke cleanup successfully in Livermore relies on using the proper cleaning techniques and products. Hot smoke naturally seeks out and bonds with cool surfaces. This phenomenon means that you may find the interior of cabinets, draws, and wooden furniture most adversely affected by a fire. SERVPRO technicians can frequently restore hardwood furniture removing the need to source costly replacements.

  • Dry cleaning hardwood uses brushes, dusters, and vacuums to remove upper layers of soot from a cabinet or drawers but may struggle against oily or bonded soils.
  • Wet cleaning uses low alkali cleaning solutions to eliminate moderate soot without risking damage to the wood surfaces beneath.
  • When heavy smoke residues buildup, a semi-refinishing cleaner for hardwood furniture with wood creme paste can often restore the item to a preloss condition. 

Avoid expensive replacement with effective restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for fire and smoke cleanup at (925) 341-9040.

Why Call Someone for Skilled Mold Remediation?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall Mold issues? Call SERVPRO of Livermore today.

Livermore residents can trust SERVPRO for proven methods and meticulous mold remediation!

While mold is a naturally occurring part of the environment and ecosystem, this is never something you want festering in your Livermore home. When mold colonizes indoors, it can be extremely destructive to your contents and building materials. It is imperative for prompt remediation should you notice mold and mildew development. 

Tip: Unsure if what you see is mold? A telltale sign that mold is present will be a strong, musty odor.

Why is SERVPRO the best option when you require mold remediation in Livermore? Unfortunately, many homeowners may feel that DIY cleanup is good enough to address mold growth. However, improper handling could lead to the scattering of spores into unaffected areas of your home. There are many benefits from calling in the help of skilled remediation technicians, including:

  • We are thoroughly equipped to tackle any mold situation, big or small
  • Our crew ensures a thorough inspection gets performed to determine the scope of the infestation
  • Methods, equipment, and products get carefully selected to provide the best, safest results
  • We limit the spread of spores while addressing the cause – this helps to prevent further outbreaks in the future

Do you want your home to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned? We are available to perform detailed mold remediation so that you can rest assured your interior is safe for you and your family. Call SERVPRO of Livermore today at (925) 341-9040, and we will send out a team as soon as possible to get to work.

Is it Possible to Detect Water Migration in a Carpet?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has Advanced Detection Equipment to Assess your Water Cleanup Needs in Livermore

One of the core areas of concern after a leak, burst pipe, or broken appliance is the floor. In many residential properties, flooring is covered by fitted carpets which comprise both the carpet layer and a pad. Carpet pads are usually constructed from synthetic materials like Urethane and can break apart with exposure to moisture. 

To perform water cleanup in your Livermore home correctly it is essential to understand how far the water has migrated into the carpet and pad. SERVPRO uses moisture sensors to determine whether water is affecting the carpet, carpet pad, or subfloor. This equipment uses sharp probes to penetrate the upper and lower layers. Using moisture sensors, we can provide your home with the drying procedure it needs. 

  • Moisture sensors detect solely how far the water has migrated, not the volume of water.
  • We can replace wet carpet pads inexpensively without damaging the upper carpet.
  • Wetness on the subfloor often requires cavity drying to repair. 
  • Riding extractors and weighted extractor wands are advanced equipment we use

Reduce the costs of water intrusion on your flooring. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for water cleanup at (925) 341-9040.

Do You Need Restoration at Your Livermore Business?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a float floating in water above desks Call SERVPRO of Livermore if you have a water damage, we can help you get your business back up and running.

Trusted water companies like SERVPRO can take care of removal, drying, and restoration in Livermore!

No matter the industry you're in or the business you run, you know that any downtime can be harmful to your employees and your bottom line. When you have water damage, companies like SERVPRO provide the best removal and restoration methods to get you back on track. Regardless of the source of water damage, you need someone to arrive quickly at your Livermore commercial property to start the restoration process. 

Water companies in Livermore that handle restoration know more events can bring damage than storms and natural disasters. SERVPRO often gets calls from business owners for issues such as:

  • Clogged ACs or HVAC malfunctions
  • Leaking or burst pipes
  • Faulty appliances
  • Water spills or overflows
  • Sprinkler malfunctions/mis-triggers

Rather than you having to hire multiple contractors for each facet of the restoration process, SERVPRO lines up all of the work for you. This is stress-free, hassle-free restoration when you need it most. Our technicians received via the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). From water intrusion after a significant storm even to cleaning after an interior spill, we offer extraction, drying, and total repair and restoration using detailed controlled demolition. General Contractor License #: 937457

When you are looking for water companies to assist with water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Livermore can be there within hours of your call. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency service at (925) 341-9040.

Storms Often Bring Excessive Flood Damage

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Livermore residents get the results they need when calling SERVPRO for rapid flood damage restoration!

Formerly referred to as Nottingham, Livermore Ranch, or Livermores, the city of Livermore, California, is situated within Alameda County. As of 2014, there was an estimated population of 86,870. This region is conveniently located along the eastern portion of the famous San Francisco Bay Area.

Livermore, California – Beginnings, and History

In the 1840s, William Mendenhall founded Livermore and named it after Robert Livermore. This was a friend of his who was a local rancher. Prior to incorporation in 1796, Livermore was home to native people known as Costanoan, or Ohlone. Every mission in the area had at least two to three friars and a contingent number of up to five soldiers to keep order. 

Throughout the early 1800s, the area of Livermore-Amador Valley was mostly used for grazing Mission San Jose herds of horses, sheep, cattle. These were wild-growing herds without fences that got culled yearly to generate tallow and cowhides. The leftover animal parts were then left out in the wild to feed some of the grizzly bears that roamed the region.

Plenty of Activities for Nature-Lovers

If you love to get out and immerse yourself in natural surroundings, there is no shortage of areas to explore or activities to experience. Some of the top options in the area include:

  • Sycamore Grove National Park – Located on Wetmore Road, this natural destination offers hiking, biking, and horse trails. Parking is limited, but this is a top destination for those who want to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Los Vaqueros Reservoir – Located on N. Vasco Road, this reservoir and park features stunning landscaping, great water for fishing, and plenty of trails open for exploration. However, it is important to note that some trails are closed down during the Spring due to nesting eagles in the area.
  • Ohlone Wilderness Trail – Located on Del Valle Road within the Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, this is a breathtaking natural oasis filled with 29 miles of scenic hiking trails. Visitors state that this destination is undisturbed and a lot quieter than other local preserves.

Famous People from Livermore, California

Some notable names of people that come from Livermore that you may recognize include:

  • Jason Lyle Black, professional pianist
  • Bryan Shaw, professional baseball player
  • James DePaiva, television actor
  • Ryan Esling, TikTok star
  • Glen Plake, professional skier 
  • Tara Kemp, blues vocalist

SERVPRO offers full-service flood damage and pack-outs after Livermore storms roll through

It is natural to be stressed about the contents of your Livermore home when you begin to have flooding issues. Excess moisture can cause swelling, warping, rust, and rot on a variety of surfaces. SERVPRO moves quickly to help you protect your property and mitigate damage.

With flood damage in Livermore, pack-out services help to keep items safe from excessive damage or total ruin. Let our technicians help you by:

  • Providing containers for temporary storage
  • Partial pack-outs within your property
  • Total pack-outs to bring your items to our off-site location

Call (925) 341-9040 if you need help with flood damage, pack-outs, and drying. Our team at SERVPRO of Livermore can be there within hours of your call to get started!

Why Must Livermore Water Damage Repair Start Quickly?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Stocked SERVPRO vehicles and crews mitigate Livermore water woes

After a Livermore home crisis, the tendency is to wait a bit to appraise the damage's extent before seeking bids and sorting options. Unfortunately, water's instantaneous ability to destroy structural components and contents of a residence impels experts to agree homeowners need to find a reputable recovery company immediately. Not only does the direct water damage cause deterioration of building materials and household goods, but secondary issues such as mold growth can also arise within the first 24 to 48 hours after a water emergency.

What Response Can Owners of Water Damaged Homes Expect from SERVPRO?

When SERVPRO arrives to assess your Livermore water damage repair scenario, our crews rely on experience along with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-training and state-of-the-art equipment. Each signature green truck has specialized machines that make quick work of suctioning standing water and drying wet structural components and your possessions.  

  • We assess:
  1. Safety hazards
  2. Moisture migration to outline the damaged areas
  3. Moisture baseline levels in materials to inform drying goals
  • We plan for: 
  1. Rapid water removal with pumps and truck-mounted or portable extractors
  2. Possible controlled demolition to release water and open areas for drying
  3. Cleaning and disinfection
  4. Balanced structural drying using:
  • Air movers
  • Heaters 
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Repair and build back activities, streamlined as SERVPRO holds a general contractor's license.

The skilled team at SERVPRO of Livermore provides prompt water damage mitigation and remediation. We also can help with repairs and reconstruction, all lined up by calling (925) 341-9040.

Why Should Professionals Handle Livermore Fire and Smoke Cleanup?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out the window of a home Fire and smoke damage can be a headache to deal with, call SERVPRO of Livermore for assistance.

Toxic residues and corrosive processes require an expert touch

As fire blazes through a Livermore residence, it consumes building materials and contents as fuel. The items burned include paper, wood, rubber, plastics, food, and oils, among other things. Incompletely combusted structures and articles create smoke and soot, the residues of which coat every surface inside your home. These residues are highly acidic and contain a wide range of hazardous substances that can negatively impact your family’s health.

How Does SERVPRO Manage Dangerous and Corrosive Smoke and Soot?

Our highly-qualified managers and technicians rely on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training arranged to ensure our crews can efficiently complete fire and smoke cleanup in Livermore. To protect our customers and crews, we mandate personal protective equipment (PPE) and containment of the affected spaces. We handle the cleaning by:

  • Assessing the types of soot deposited, which can vary throughout the fire-damaged areas
  • Matching the soots found with cleaning products, tools, and methods that dissolve, emulsify, or suspend the residues for removal
  • Augmenting cleaning attempts with 
  1. Detergents
  2. Abrasive tools or additives
  3. Agitation
  4. Temperature moderation
  5. Increased dwell time
  6. Specialized equipment like ultrasonic or immersion tubs to loosen soils 

SERVPRO of Livermore uses a broad array of strategies to remove the toxic and acidic smoke and soot residues  from your home. Contact us at (925) 341-9040 to schedule an evaluation.

Does Mold Remediation Require Demolition of My Livermore Home?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Regaining comfortable function: why SERVPRO provides mold removal

When fungal growth in your Livermore residence is prolific, you despair about available options. If investigation of building cavities reveals additional mold, tearing out significant portions of structural components might appear to be the only possibility to rid your home of the mold. 

Why SERVPRO? Mold Remediation Partnered with Repair and Rebuilding Expertise

Understanding why SERVPRO conducts mold remediation in Livermore using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols clarifies this approach's benefits. Drift of moldy particles is significantly limited, and our business's general contracting license is reliable support to our efforts. Expect the following steps and results:

  • SERVPRO's use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid tracking mold into living areas.
  • Location of mold colonies that then defines the work area. 

Note: controlled demolition might be necessary to find hidden growth in cavities.

  • Containment of work areas, including constructing temporary structures upon which 1.6 polyethylene, sides and top, prevent spread.
  • Employment of negative air pressure air scrubbers to force the workspace atmosphere through HEPA filters and vent outdoors.
  • Removal of mold colonies by:
  • Brushing and scraping on non-porous surfaces.
  • "Gentle" blasting of porous materials with substances like soda and dry ice to remove mold infiltrates and incapacitate embedded hyphae (root-like structures of mold) 
  • Cleanup of treated spaces through:
  • Wipe-downs with EPA-registered cleaners.
  • Vacuuming with HEPA-filtered machinery.
  • Double-bagging and lawful disposal mold materials as hazardous waste.
  • Disinfection of space and surfaces using:
  • Broadcast spraying or other application of EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit rebound.
  • Elimination of leaks or other moisture sources fueling the mold outbreaks.
  • Rebuilding areas where controlled demolition occurred.

One call to SERVPRO of Livermore lines up mold remediation, as well as expert, controlled demolition and rebuilding assistance. Contact us at (925) 341-9040 to learn about effective strategies.

What to Do Following a Plumbing Malfunction at the Workplace

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

A burst water pipe with a red wall Having a plumbing issue with your commercial Livermore property can be extensive, call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO of Livermore Has Specialist Commercial Water Restoration Technicians for Businesses in Urgent Need

A split or burst pipe can spew thousands of water into the premises within a few hours. In some businesses, a sewer backup may make parts of the business unusable and force a minor closure.

Consider SERVPRO for a Fast Restoration Service--Keeping Your Business in Business

Relying on a commercial water removal service in Livermore can help your business to recover quickly. SERVPRO is a local provider that specializes in business premises. We can neutralize the source of a plumbing malfunction before rapidly moving on to tackle standing water and sewer backup. Deployment of water extractors and electric submersible pumps can help to provide a speedy recovery for local businesses.

  • A full-range of cleaning products allows us to return your business to a sanitary state.
  • Water extraction equipment can remove up to 100 gallons per usage.
  • We have experience working with commercial insurance adjusters. 

Reduce business interruption from plumbing malfunctions. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for commercial water removal at (925) 341-9040.

Getting Rid of Contaminated Flood Water from a Livermore Home

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Wet flooring and wet drywalling When your home is contaminated from stormwater, call SERVPRO of Livermore. We are here and ready to assist you.

SERVPRO of Livermore Can Help Disinfect, Sanitize and Remove Floodwaters from your Property

Floodwaters are frequently considered black water, or category three, emergencies. This categorization is due to contact between floodwaters and contaminants found in the ground, sewer system, or home. A category three contamination level includes human pathogens and could be harmful. Our team can quickly decontaminate your home and extract water safely.

Using a flood water removal service in Livermore can mitigate losses. Our team can deploy submersible electric pumps using either mains electricity or portable generators in a power outage. By moving water out of the property quickly, we can significantly reduce losses and the expense of your claim. 

  • Self-priming trash pumps can shift water containing solid waste up to 3".
  • Portable generators can be deployed in case of a power outage.
  • Emergency lighting in the property can assist technicians and subcontractors during restoration.

Protect your home and family from water contamination. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for flood water removal at (925) 341-9040.

How Do Professional Restoration Services Remove Fire Odors?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Livermore Has Highly Trained Odor Control Technicians to Help Reduce and Remove Odors

In the Tri-valley region of Alameda County is Livermore. The large city has a population of 90,189 residents who live on the San Francisco Bay Area's borders. Like most Californian cities, the first settlers to the region were Spanish Catholics. During the 19th century, Mission San Jose's region became a popular stopover point for prospectors seeking a fortune during the Gold Rush. One of the areas most famous stopover was a ranch owned by Robert Livermore. Livermore's death saw the establishment of a township around the farm, which later grew into the city of Livermore.  The modern-day downtown was at one point a part of the ranch that provided its name. Despite significant passing trade, the early part of the nineteenth century was reasonably quiet for Livermore. It was from the mid-century and the construction of major pacific railroads that the population began to explode.

Twenty-first century Livermore has a mixed economy that encompasses both scientific and agricultural sectors. The Livermore Valley is one of the oldest wine-making regions in the United States, which produces, distributes, and exports American Viticultural Area (AVA) wines worldwide. The semi-arid, Mediterranean climate combined with coastal breezes produces excellent grapes that have earned a global reputation. Livermore is also a renowned center for scientific excellence with two Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Crucial scientific advancements in nuclear energy and the discovery of several super-heavy elements result from Livermore's scientific laboratories and research centers. Livermore's culture primarily reflects these two economies with annual festivals, such as the Livermore Rodeo, paying tribute to its agricultural and ranch traditions. The development of a suburban community has given rise to several contemporary arts and theater venues in the historic downtown. 

The Livermore Valley is one of the leading producers of AVA wines in the United States. Just east of San Francisco, the region offers over 40 wineries for visitors to sample and tour.

The Bankhead Theater on First Street is at the heart of Livermore's downtown district and is ideally located alongside numerous restaurants and nightlife gems.

The San Francisco Premium Outlets center on Livermore Outlets Drive offers a range of coveted brands at discounted prices. The area has 130 stores with high fashion outlets like Armani, Burberry, and Prada.

Livermore Residents Can Use SERVPRO for local Fire Restoration Services.

A property fire can cause extensive odor problems. Odor particles are microscopic and can penetrate materials, textiles, and cavities in your home with high pressure and temperature. Often, a comprehensive cleaning and deodorization strategy is the only way to control and reduce these odors. 

Our fire damage restoration services in Livermore can help to reduce the impact of burnt odors. Using nationally accredited cleaning agents and industrial fumigation equipment, we can rid the home of unpleasant smells. Odor Control Technicians (OCT) are licensed and certified to carry out deodorization safely and securely. 

  • Using pH relevant cleaning agents, we can dissolve and remove odor-causing residues from surfaces in the home. 
  • Our Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers can fumigate quickly and efficiently.
  • Technicians perform air exchanges up to sixty times to ensure your air quality is safe after fumigation.

Get rid of burnt odors from your home. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for fire damage restoration at (925) 341-9040.

Does Water Cleanup Involve Action Steps To Help Prevent Further Water Spills?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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When SERVPRO Handles Water Cleanup at Your Livermore Property, We Inform You of Simple Ways that Might Help Prevent Such Incidents

When there is a water spill at your Livermore property, you are likely to start cleanup immediately while wondering whether there is anything you could have done to prevent the adverse outcome. Most people may tell you that what is done is done. However, since such incidents might happen in the future, it wouldn't hurt to know how to counter them.

Which steps can you take to prevent water spills?

When performing the water cleanup exercise at your Livermore home, our SERVPRO technicians identify possible problem areas and make suggestions that might help prevent future incidents. Some of the helpful things you can do include:

  • Preventing leaks
  • Simplifying cleaning of drain pipes
  • Maintaining the right pipe pressure
  • Identifying leaks in time

Some actions may seem random or even unrelated to clean up. However, when you consider the percentage of leaks caused by clogged drains, high pressure in supply pipes, and general deterioration, the steps are relevant.

How does SERVPRO help implement the solutions?

Before embarking on the main cleanup steps, such as water extraction and removal of wet materials, our technicians evaluate the property thoroughly. We check for various issues that determine the necessary cleanup actions, including the extent of moisture migration and the percentage of porous and non-porous materials affected.

During the inspection, we also find out whether you have:

  • Drain cleanouts
  • Properly sloped drain pipes
  • Wall access panels
  • Correct transition fittings

Depending on what we find out, we can make suggestions on what to change. For instance, your drain pipes should slope at least 1/4 inch per running foot. Having cleanouts in various sections simplifies the process of unclogging pipes. With access panels on your walls, it is easier to check for leaks without tearing down sections of your building.

Professional water cleanup takes care of more than just soiling and moisture removal. Call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Have The Advanced Drying Technique Necessary In Livermore

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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How Efficient Water Cleanup in Your Livermore Residence Can Save Hardwood Flooring

Water damage can take different forms. An unanticipated emergency like a burst pipe can soak your hardwood floor. To prevent extensive damage to your wood floor, you need to start the cleanup process quickly. More damage often occurs when homeowners do not notice a water loss on time or take too long to begin cleanup efforts.

Prompt water cleanup in your Livermore residence can save your hardwood floor. If water sits on the wood floor from an extended period, it can penetrate the boards, causing them to warp and swell. This can be more pronounced on the bottom edges of the boards because a sealant does not protect them. When this takes place, the resulting effect is called cupping, which appears like the edges of the affected boards have swelled over the sides of other boards. Failing to stop cupping on time can cause the boards to separate from their fasteners, and the only way to solve this problem is to replace the flooring.

Some homeowners respond to cupping by sanding the hardwood floor, which is not a lasting solution. Sanding before removing the water and moisture may lead to the crowning of your hardwood floor. Crowning may also cause the boards to detach from their fasteners. The best solution is to remove the water from the floor and dry it efficiently.

Since wood is susceptible to mold infestation, it is essential to ensure that both the floor and subfloor are dry. SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can help you dry your hardwood flooring in place. Drying your hardwood floor requires concentrated effort, and to correctly save it, we can do the following:

  • Inspect the damage to determine the appropriate course of action.
  • Remove the standing water and soaked materials like furniture and rugs immediately.
  • Clean the surface a few times using a cleaner that does not produce suds since, oil, dirt and other residues can hold moisture inside the wood, preventing it from escaping.
  • Place a low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier at the center of the floor allow it to run for 24 hours or longer for particularly adverse conditions. LGR dehumidifiers can minimize moisture to beyond 55 grains per pound and can even achieve conditions of 40 grains per pound or lower.
  • Use air movers to support the dehumidifier. Air movers speed up the drying process.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also use drying equipment that forces air flow beneath the surface of the flooring, so that moisture is released. We can also use drying mats along with high-pressure blowers to eliminate moisture from your floor.

When you need water cleanup services, SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040. We can save your hardwood floor by using advanced drying techniques. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Long Can It Take Our Livermore Business To Resume Operations After Water Damage?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Assess the Damage and Devise Ways to Manage Water Removal Efficiently from Properties

Significant water spills are likely to force a closure of indoor areas such as offices, break rooms and facilities at your business. Although it is rarely easy to achieve, speedy removal of the water is essential for resumption of normalcy so that employees can regain access to the affected areas. SERVPRO has qualified technicians available 24 hours a day to help Livermore businesses prepare and perform water removal, fast.

What sort of preparation is necessary before starting water removal In Livermore?

Although a water spill, especially from the clean water supply lines, may seem like a straightforward problem to resolve, many challenges can arise if you start the process without making any preparations. Some simple steps that reveal invaluable information include:

  • Identifying the cause of the spill
  • Estimating the amount of water involved
  • Assessing the types of materials in the affected areas

After identifying the source of the water spill, it is also essential to know what caused it before starting the removal processes. Pipes can burst due to movements, if they are not secured appropriately, high pressures exceeding the standard 30-50 psi, low temperatures leading to freezing, and corrosion. The different causes may necessitate other procedures such as demolition of the materials around the pipes. For instance, the replacement of all corroded pipes within the property is necessary to guarantee a lasting outcome. Such replacements require widespread demolition, which can interfere with some removal processes. In case the pipes burst because of freezing, there is a need to melt the ice to increase the flow of water within the pipes.

Knowing the problem helps ensure that the necessary resources are available at the loss site. For instance, when our SERVPRO technicians realize we have to demolish some walls or floor spaces, we arrange to have the right resources, including materials such as plastic sheets, for creating containments. Frozen pipes require heating to melt the ice, and in some cases, an external heat source might be necessary. Our crews assess the situation and find the right heating equipment for that purpose, including:

  • Portable electric heaters
  • Indirect fire furnaces
  • Direct expansion units

How can we estimate how much water we need to remove?

Knowing the amount of water that requires removal helps improve planning and can influence the outcome positively since water removal is more than a convenience exercise.  At businesses, you might have hardwood floors or carpeted areas, and delaying the removal process can lead to permanent damages. 

To estimate the amount of water for removal, our technicians consider the total square feet covered and the depth of standing water to get the approximate volume of water involved. Since extraction devices have a gallon per minute rating, our SERVPRO technicians can convert the estimated volume of spilled water to a timeline of how long the extraction process might take. 

After extracting standing water, drying excess moisture from wet materials and lowering humidity is necessary. Wet materials continue to deteriorate, so you might end up with significant losses if drying is not handled appropriately. High humidity levels in the air are also undesirable because they can cause discomfort, among other problems. 

How can we dry moisture efficiently after water spills?

The drying process is more complicated than water extraction since several factors can delay the outcome. Our technicians focus on:

  • The percentage of wet materials
  • Relative humidity levels
  • Temperature levels  

Water penetrates porous and semi-porous materials such as fabrics and wood, which act as a reservoir, slowing down the drying process. Apart from checking for the presence of such materials at the site, we also check their level of wetness using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters, thus determining the drying effort needed. For the semi-porous wooden floors, we utilize specialized drying techniques such as setting up drying chambers, which help improve the drying process. 

For the rest of the areas, setting up air movers and dehumidifiers is sufficient for complete drying. However, there is a need to even out the number of air movers and dehumidifiers for balanced drying because using too many air movers can evaporate too much moisture leading to secondary damages. 

Apart from setting up drying equipment, our crews take other steps, including moving contents from wet areas and removing carpets for drying outside the affected structures to expedite the process.

SERVPRO of Livermore can help manage water damage at your business, eliminating uncertainties and improving the results. You can reach us at (925) 341-9040. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Efficient Water Damage Restoration for Livermore Homes and Its Unique History

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

vineyards and houses in Livermore Enjoy your glass of wine as SERVPRO mitigates the water damage in your Livermore home

Protecting the heritage of the Bay Area keeps SERVPRO ready to mobilize 24/7.

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of Livermore and all of the greater Bay Area. As one of the largest communities in the Tri-Valley region, it is no great surprise that art and culture preservation is the municipality's key focus. The town's history dates back to the late 1800s when the property was platted, and the area was designated as a railroad stop. Since this time, the population has grown immensely, from roughly 850 residents at the town's inception to more than 90,000 today.

Vineyards and Wine-Tasting Tours

Much like the area in the 1870s when the town began to populate, vineyards and wine production have been staples of the Bay Area. Today, we can continue to preserve this heritage of the Tri-Valley region through multiple wine tasting tours and events showcasing many of the local vineyards and merchants. Even with ranches and vineyards existing in Livermore's outer lying areas, the city itself has taken on a specific suburban feel that has welcomed thousands to live within the city limits and bring a variety of business and commercial opportunities with them.

The Longest-Lasting Light Bulb

One of the things that makes Livermore famous to the rest of the world is a four-watt light bulb installed at the local fire department's central station. The bulb itself is more than 110 years old and holds a record as the world's longest-lasting bulb. Apart from power failures or the three times management disconnected the bulb to move the station to a new location, the bulb still functions as it should. This feat of technology was made possible by multiple generations caring for the bulb and keeping it safe. 

Entertainment Venues for Anyone

If you appreciate the nightlife and other live entertainment, the downtown areas and our central district are attractive areas. Here, you can find two movie theaters, a theater for live stage productions, and outdoor concert venues to support live music in multiple seasons of the year. When combined with a thriving nightlife of clubs, the nights can get as hot as fires that our SERVPRO team helps restore.

When Water Damage Restoration is Needed in Livermore

Our professionals offer a fast and knowledgeable response to water disasters impacting your home. When water damage restoration for Livermore homes is necessary, property owners can rely on our mitigators and restorers' experience and leading equipment.

Extraction plays a significant role in managing water damage situations, helping our SERVPRO team better overcome potential harm your property could experience. Often, there are multiple water removal tools used before drying can begin. With surface water addressed, we can implement various drying strategies simultaneously, including tools such as:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Positive pressure systems

If you need professional water restoration for your home, let our SERVPRO of Livermore team help by calling (925) 341-9040.

How Do Harsh Smoke Odors Get Removed from Livermore Homes?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing under door, light from fire Need help with fire damage restoration and smoky odor control in your Livermore home? Call SERVPRO!

There are many deodorization practices for area residences after a fire.

One of the most challenging lingering effects in Livermore homes is the smell of combustion and smoke after a fire. Because deodorization is one of the final stages of restoration for your fire-damaged property, several other initial actions can have an impact on the overall severity of this condition. Fire debris removal and controlled demolition can both impact the concentration of smoke odors through specific areas of your house.

What Equipment Gets Used for Odor Removal?

Choosing the right approach for odor neutralization means picking the devices and products that best suit the situation to mitigate fire damage in Livermore residences. There are multiple machines capable of deodorization, including:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA filtration equipment

Fire losses do not get restored and cleaned up overnight, but our SERVPRO of Livermore team can help make the process as efficient as possible. You can reach us 24/7 to help at (925) 341-9040.

Crawlspace Water Extraction After Flooding in Livermore

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

CRAWLSPACE, BEAM OF LIGHT SHINING IN When flooding affects the crawlspace of your Livermore house, call SERVPRO ASAP for cleanup and restoration

Evacuating water from beneath your home can protect the property from severe damage. 

Many homes in Livermore feature a crawlspace beneath the main floor of the house. While this area serves as an access point for utilities and protects the property from potential flooding, any standing water in this area could become a problematic situation. Water removal must begin as soon as our SERVPRO team arrives. 

What Water Removal Solutions Exist for Livermore Homes?

Flood damage in Livermore properties might not seem like a pressing concern when held to the crawlspace. Removal of this pooling water can often fall to multiple extraction units. Accessibility issues can promote the use of high-pressure pumps when debris and solids are not present. When these threats exist, other water removal tools might be required, such as:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck Extractors

Because flooding situations can escalate and spread quickly through your home, our SERVPRO of Livermore team can help with fast and efficient extraction and cleanup. We have leading equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (925) 341-9040.


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