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Got Mold? Leave It to the Experts

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus that grows in dark, damp corners and presents significant health effects to the surrounding environment. This is why a professional mold removal company is essential to remediate a mold situation. Mold growth can occur in any home, so it's critical to keep an eye out for conditions that might promote mold activity. Leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

Mold occurs naturally in both outdoor and indoor environments. Mold growth materializes where there is moisture. It can occur in ceilings, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpet, and more. Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature, with growth beginning in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture. Mold functions as a decomposer, consuming the dead materials on which it grows, and it can appear to be black, blue, or green. On the other hand, outside mold prefers shaded areas as ultraviolet sunlight deters the growth of mold.

A professional mold remediation service is the safe and most effective approach. The professionals from SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda understand industry protocols, and have the necessary equipment and training to do an effective job. Moisture meters, hydrometers, "air scrubbers," HEPA vacuums, and antifungal and antimicrobial products are utilized.

SERVPRO technicians know where to search for harmful, hidden molds and complete the mold remediation protocols. We also advise you how to best protect your home. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals who use equipment and techniques to quickly and safely remediate your mold problem. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (925) 299-1323

24/7 Commercial Property Restoration and Disaster Recovery

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda recognizes the importance of minimizing business interruption while safely restoring your property to it's original condition. There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. When it comes to preparing for a major disaster, you can't afford to waste your resources as time is of the essence when facing a potential fire, smoke, or water damage crisis. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. 

A commercial property catastrophe requires a professional response and disaster recovery expert. SERVPRO is an IICRC firm, and our team of certified staff has worked extensively with commercial facilities to clean and repair these properties quickly following an unexpected disaster. We are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property, allowing your business to return to normalcy, and rest assured that the damage is taken care of. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 - (925) 299-1323

Mitigate Storm Damage for Your Commercial Buildings

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Has a storm damaged your commercial property? Let SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda inspect your commercial storm damage loss with you. Storm damage can happen at a moment's notice, and the commercial restoration process is necessary when there's no time to wait. While unforeseen elements cause damage, it leads to more extensive repairs if that damage is not addressed, which is why a comprehensive plan is critically important. Protecting your commercial building from storm damage not only requires systems to withstand the elements, proper restoration and maintenance are also necessary to keep the facility in stable condition. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda understands that severe weather can happen without notice and cause water damage to your commercial property. As a trusted restoration company, we are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. We have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and prove validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. 

Have Questions? Call us 24/7 - (925) 299-1323

Fire Cleanup to a Commercial Building

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced fire damage like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (925)299-1323

Water Damage at your Commercial Building

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike at a commercial building at any time. Whether it's flooding, burst pipes or faucet leaks, water damage is one of the most common and destructive problems you can face in your business.  If not taken care of immediately, excess water in your business can promote electrical hazards, cause expensive damage to your business's structure and can even lead to the growth of hazardous mold.

If you are experiencing water damage emergency situation, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call.  Our experienced technicians are ready to restore your property to pre-water damage condition.   They can quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your property is dry.  

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

Call us (925)299-1323

Steps to Take When a Tree Falls on your Property

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Wind, rain, hail, snow, and other natural weather events can cause more damage to your home than you might realize. Any time a storm strikes, it’s worthwhile to check your home for any damage afterwards, particularly your roof. Roof damage, if left un-repaired, can evolve into greater problems with your home’s interior, from leaks and mold to weakened ceilings. Catching the damage and repairing it right away is your best bet for extending the life of your roof and avoiding a total overhaul.

A common occurrence during tropical storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are steps to take for emergency tree removal at your home or business.

    • Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
    • In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
    • Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
    • Call your insurance company and if you can, safely take pictures of the damages.
    • Contact your local mitigation and emergency storm cleanup provider in Rohnert Park.

If your property was damaged by a fallen tree, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can help restore your home or business in to pre-storm condition. 

We’re Here to Help! Call us today  (925) 299-1323.

Helping You Prepare for the Worst

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Most companies protect their personnel and computer data from an emergency, but what about getting the facility back in business? SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda provides a plan to get back to work when you're most prepared to plan... before the crisis occurs.

Should the unimaginable happen and a natural disaster strikes your business, it may be too late to effectively manage your recovery. SERVPRO of Napa County Professional can help you prepare an emergency response plan today.

We encourage our business customers to learn how to best protect their business for all types of emergency situations. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda at (925)299-1323 for free resources, including:

  • Disaster preparedness plan assistance
  • Family and business communication plans
  • Home and workplace emergency contact cards
  • Emergency supply checklists

With just a little bit of time and minimal effort, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can help prepare and protect your employees and customers should an emergency occur. Don’t wait until it is too late—prepare now for what you can’t prevent.

Got Storm Damage? We Can Help

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (925) 299-1323.  We are always Here to Help!

Safe Flood Clean up Tips

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

Commercial Water Restoration Services

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business. Unfortunately, disasters happen and even the most carefully operated and maintained building can experience a water damage event. Water damage tends to leave its mark on properties in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

To help your property stay at its best here are these potential causes of water damage:

    • Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators.
    • AC and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may growth from leakage.
    • Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity,  test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage.
    • Bursting or leaking pipes.

If you experience water damage in your commercial building and need a restoration company that you can trust, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is Here to Help restore your business back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (925)299-1323