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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

A Severe Toilet Overflow Can Cause Problems for Oakland Homeowners

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

flooded bathroom/hallway For every level of water damage, SERVPRO's skilled experts are prepared to handle it day or night. Don't wait, give us a call.

Your SERVPRO Water Cleanup Experts Have the Answers for Flooded Bathrooms in Oakland

Like any water intrusion, immediate mitigation is the key to stopping damage. The cause of the in-home flooding determines the course of action our technicians employ. In the case of a toilet overflow, it may be water only or a combination of sewage and water.

Why is Quick Action Needed for a Simple Toilet Overflow?

Not only can a commode overflowing cause water damage, but if sewage is involved, it can be a biohazard. Issues that can occur with a bathroom flood requiring water cleanup in Oakland include:

  • Floor and subflooring can become water damaged
  • Contamination from a sewage spill
  • Ceiling staining and damage 
  • Foul odors from wet material or sewage
  • Moisture migrating under cabinets, bathtubs, or toilet bases
  • Mold growth

How Does SERVPRO Handle Bathroom Flooding?

The first thing they do is determine what type of water they are dealing with. If the problem happened because of a cracked toilet tank or ruptured water line, the water is clean, or Level I. If sewage is involved, it is Level III. The next main action is removing excess water to prevent further damage. Services we offer include:

  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water damage remediation
  • Dealing with burst pipes
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water removal services

If you need water cleanup in Oakland, give SERVPRO of West Oakland a call at (510) 599-9300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Sewage Cleanup in an Oakland Home is Easier with Professional Help

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water on a white tile floor. Let SERVPRO of West Oakland wrap our skills around your water damaged home.

SERVPRO supports Oakland Homes After Water Damage

Water leaks in an Oakland home can be unsettling, whether they come from burst pipes or ceiling leaks. Seeing your home underwater and your belongings rapidly deteriorating thanks to water exposure should be enough to catapult you into action. Emergency services for water-damaged homes are where SERVPRO certified technicians come into play and provide the latest in restoration and cleanup available to the industry.

In Oakland, our focus on water damage restoration has made a difference to all our clients. Situations involving basement flooding and cleaning up after a sewer backup become manageable once our SERVPRO team arrives with its expertise and equipment suitable for water damage restoration efforts. When microbes are present, as is expected in sewage situations, our team takes every precaution to protect your home and family from undesirable consequences. Some of the steps we take when performing water damage repairs include-

  • Use of personal protective equipment and establishing physical barriers throughout your home. 
  • Removal of damaged furniture and items beyond repair. Porous surfaces that have been in contact with blackwater need to be discarded to avoid continued bacteria growth. Our team handles the process in compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Application of antimicrobial solutions with equipment designed to reach all corners of your home.

At SERVPRO of West Oakland, we believe our work speaks for itself. Reach out by calling (510) 599-9300 and let us handle your water cleanup needs.

What Water Mitigation Steps Benefit Oakland Homes?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a living room with floating chairs Standing water in your home? SERVPRO of West Oakland is here for the water rescue.

Water removal services and cleaning can aid in restoring Oakland properties. 

With how many potential water damage causes exist, many homes and properties throughout the Greater Oakland area are susceptible to these emergencies. We are ready to respond to these threats 24/7 with efficient water mitigation services.

What Are the Most-Used Water Mitigation Tools? 

Water mitigation for Oakland homes and businesses is among the most critical action our SERVPRO team takes, and the process typically centers on efficient water removal services. As overwhelming as surface water concerns might appear, we have numerous tools and instruments to remove pooling on flooring. The most common of the extraction tools used for water mitigation include:

Our SERVPRO of West Oakland team's initial actions when reaching homes and businesses after ceiling leaks and burst pipes can be among the most critical. We can help lessen restoration needs and ultimate costs with fast action. Give us a call today at (510) 599-9300.

Handling Carpets during Water Damage Repair

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

A little boy laying on the carpet with a kitten. Water damage is no fun, let SERVPRO come handle the damage so you can get back to the fun.

For Convenient Restoration of Your Emeryville Home Call SERVPRO

When there is a water spill in a home, carpets and other floor treatments are heavily affected since water accumulates on the ground. Other activities such as people’s movement or furniture relocation add to the strain on such materials. 

Some of the steps taken during the water damage repair of Emeryville homes can damage carpets unnecessarily. After such physical damage, replacing the entire carpet or certain sections may be the only way to restore the house. Some of the typical problems that arise from poor handling of carpets include:

  • Stretching or tearing
  • Delaminating 
  • Mold development from moisture remnants

When SERVPRO repairs water-damaged houses, we take steps to ensure no unnecessary damages to carpets and other floor treatments.  For instance, where possible, we use specialized water extraction equipment such as ride-on rovers or water claws to avoid removing the carpet and reducing the chances of tearing it. We also use unique techniques such as floating, whereby we blow air underneath the carpet using air movers to ensure thorough and speedy drying thus, eliminating chances of mold development. 

SERVPRO of West Oakland utilizes various approaches during water damage repair to ensure no complications arise. Call (510) 599-9300 for tailored service.

Can Water Exposure Worsen Over Time?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

A aerial view of a city SERVPRO knows how important your property is. Call us today when it comes to damage.

SERVPRO in Oakland Can Mitigate Against Water Exposure and Lessen Exponential Damages in your Home.

Oakland is a port city on the West Coast of the USA and a thriving part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The storied history of the area owes much to the mid-nineteenth century gold rush. Prospectors arriving in California could use Oakland, and its busy port, to export raw materials worldwide. The growing population was supplemented in part by Chinese immigration, which has flourished in Chinatown neighborhoods. The region experienced a second boom in population during the early twentieth century with constructing a general motors factory in 1916. During the second world war, Oakland was a core part of military manufacturing leading to further population growth and ethnic diversity. 

Modern-day Oakland is a typical metropolitan region with several huge skyscrapers and over fifty individual neighborhoods. The thriving Central Business District is supplemented by one of the world's leading universities in Berkeley. The city is currently ranked in the top ten places to live in the United States and among the top twenty for economic opportunity. The cultural diversity alongside gentrification during the twenty-first century has seen Oakland develop into a tourist hotspot. Over 2.5 million people visit Oakland each year, while the city has more artists per capita than anywhere else in the United States.

  • The Oakland Athletics is a major league baseball team that plays at the Ring Central Coliseum on Oakland's outskirts. The stadium, located on Coliseum way, has a capacity of 63,132 and full corporate facilities. The construction of a new stadium is well underway, with a grand opening expected in 2023.
  • Boat tours covering the San Francisco Bay area with knowledgeable guides and group bookings frequently depart from Oakland Port. Trips typically include passing under the Golden Gate Bridge and intimate knowledge of the local history during the gold rush and the twentieth century. 
  • The Oracle Arena is a 19,600 strong seated basketball arena and live entertainment venue. Oracle was home to the Golden State Warriors, who played in the NBA here for Oakland until 2019. The stadium has hosted NBA finals consecutively for the past five years and is situated in Coliseum way.

SERVPRO Can Prevent the Damaging, Long-term Effects of Water Damage in your Home. 

Water exposure worsens over-time. The total impact of a water intrusion event depends on the types of material in the home and the length of time those materials are exposed to water. SERVPRO technicians can identify potential damage-causing issues quickly and put in place solid, mitigative controls to avoid permanent damage. 

  • Our technicians receive specific training relating to the treatment of organic materials and fabrics. We can help to reduce or negate the effects of water exposure on expensive furniture, upholstery, or textiles. 
  • Hardwood floors can absorb excess water and become warped. Using dehumidification equipment, our team can reduce the moisture content level before sanding out any existing damages.
  • We store a range of advanced equipment for restoring materials at a property. These include ultrasonic immersion cleaners and mechanical washing machines. 

Reducing damage from water exposure is an expert job. Contact SERVPRO of West Oakland for water damage mitigation at (510) 599-9300.

Water Damage Restoration In Emeryville Can Involve Various Carpet Cleaning Methods

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

A woman plunging a sink A plumbing failure can get out of hand quickly, call SERVPRO for assistance today.

SERVPRO Team’s Know Which Methods Will Work Best For Your Carpeting

If you ever suffer from any type of plumbing failure, it is possible that many of the contents and building materials inside your home will get wet. Moisture can then follow gravity and build up on your floors, which can force you to have to conduct extensive water damage restoration. Once your carpet gets wet after a pipe or an appliance in your house leaks, the moisture can become a magnet for dirt and soils.

Before they get dry, wet carpets can attract dust and dirt and cause your carpets to stain. One major step our SERVPRO technicians always take during water damage restoration in Emeryville is to clean your affected carpets after they have been dried out and extracted. When cleaning carpets and other upholstery, we can choose one or a combination of the following four different methods.

  1. Bonnet Cleaning

This method is the least aggressive cleaning method and can only be used to thinner carpets that have light soiling. During bonnet cleaning, our SERVPRO team sprays your affected carpets with Bonnet Brite, and then we use a roto with an absorbent bonnet pad to create agitation and then absorb the excess detergents.

  1. Hot Water Extraction

This method is the second to least aggressive and can work well when cleaning all types of carpets with light to moderate soiling. Hot water extraction occurs using a heavy-duty extractor with a wand that sprays the water-based detergent on the carpets as the extractor vacuums up the solution.

  1. Deluxe Pre-Condition And Rinse

This method is effective when attempting to clean carpets that contain moderate to heavy soiling. The deluxe pre-condition and rinse method also uses a portable or truck-mounted extractor, but the difference is that high traffic and heavily soiled sections of the carpet get sprayed with a pre-spray cleaner, and the chemical gets time to soak in before the cleaning 

gets conducted.

  1. Rotary Jet Extraction

Rotary jet extraction is pretty much the same as the deluxe and pre-rinse method, but an RX-20 rotary tool is used instead of a carpet wand.

If you ever notice soiling or stained carpets after they get wet due to a water leak, call SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Is Professional Water Cleanup Wise for Oakland Homes?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

drying mats on hardwood floor Oakland structures benefit from SERVPRO's advanced equipment for drying after a water damaging event

Even with DIY restoration, there are still reasons to seek professional help with water disasters.

Because water disasters are such a common call out for our SERVPRO team, we stay prepared for these emergencies 24/7 in Oakland. Water continually moves and migrates throughout a property when it can, allowing an isolated incident to become a widespread concern for area residences. Despite the capabilities of DIY enthusiasts, there are advantages to choosing professional mitigation and restoration.

Choosing Thorough Drying for Your Oakland Home

When you need water cleanup for your Oakland home, we want to ensure that the problem gets resolved entirely. Our technicians use moisture monitoring equipment to track the progress of drying in a house to ensure that the placement of air movers and dehumidifiers is appropriate. Providing the most efficient drying and recovery solutions can save customers money by:

  • Completing drying and restoration efficiently
  • Preventing moisture concerns
  • Repairing plumbing and structural damage

No matter how small a water disaster might seem, our SERVPRO of West Oakland team can help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (510) 599-9300.