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Need a Unique Way to Connect with Family, Friends, or Coworkers in San Jose?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO San Jose Van Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO will restore storm damage on your property "Like it never even happened".

Schedule a San Jose Scavenger Hunt Adventure for a Fun Day Outside Learning About the City -- Your Smartphone Is Your Guide

Everyone is looking for innovative ideas to get outside and interact with others safely and responsibly in San Jose. Try a virtual San Jose Scavenger Hunt Adventure. You are in charge of the timing, but let the algorithms of the San Jose-specific app lead you and your group to both little known spots of interest and “must see” landmarks. Compete or collaborate -- make it all about you and your group.

  • Perfect for families 
  • Affordable price -- beginning at $20.52, adjusted by group size
  • Learn, laugh, and love sharing the excitement 

Sign up on Viator -- 

  • Search for San Jose Scavenger Hunt Adventure 2021
  • Ongoing availability 
  • Spots open on and after January 25, 2021 in San Jose

Just like you never know what to  expect on a scavenger hunt, flood water mitigation can be a puzzle you need professionals to solve. Call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663 for assessment and a proven plan.

Looking for a Way to Give Back to the San Jose Community?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew Our SERVPRO team is ready at a moments notice. Call us right away following a fire in your home.

Partner with Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen to Serve Your San Jose Neighbors a Hearty and Nutritious Meal During January 2021 

Nothing brings a smile more quickly than being part of a solution. San Jose residents, both adults, and children, experience food insecurity.  Help them find a welcoming ambiance and delicious food at Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen.

  • Volunteer Expectations?
  • Prep the food
  • Serve our guests
  • Assist with clean up



  • Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen Volunteer hours are:
    • 2:30 to 4:30 pm
    • Monday through Friday only
    • Dates are available after January 18, 2021.
  • Volunteer age restriction is ten years and older -- make it a family event!

Check for complete details on Eventbrite San Jose

  • Search for Meal-Serving Volunteer Opportunity @ Goodwill Site 
  • Select a date to volunteer.

Much like you want to stop a child or family from going hungry through your volunteer work, the fire mitigation team from SERVPRO of NE San Jose aims to halt the harm of a household blaze. Call (408) 834-7663 to see how we can help in your time of need.

Travel to the City Center from Alum Rock for a Delicious and Festive Brunch on January 17, 2020

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Enjoy a nice brunch while SERVPRO takes care of your fire repair needs.

Grab a Seating at San Pedro Square Market Sunday Mimosa Brunch to Set the Tone for the Rest of Your Alum Rock Weekend

Enjoy an elegant and mouth-watering brunch once a month at a lovely downtown San Jose venue, just minutes from Alum Rock. Choose from among luscious entrees and delightful patisserie. Accompanied by coffee, tea, or soda, it’s hard to ask for more. But do not skimp on the bottomless mimosas!

  • Next Available Date: January 17, 2021

Seatings 10:00am, 11:30am or 1:00pm

  • Location: Three Sisters

170 West Saint John Street

San Jose, CA 95110

  • Reserve your seating through Eventbrite

Relieve your stress by engaging SERVPRO of NE San Jose for fire restoration services. Although it is not precisely as relaxing as a luxurious mimosa brunch, feel the weight of worry lift from your shoulders when we answer your call to (408) 834-7663 and pledge that help is on the way.

What Makes One Water Restoration Company Stand Out Among the Many Offering Services in San Jose?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

San Jose If your property requires any level of water removal or restoration, you need experienced technicians. Call SERVPRO.

Emphasis on Employing Evolving Research-Based Strategies Underlies the Confidence San Jose Residents When Choosing SERVPRO Over Other San Jose Water Restoration Companies

Would it amaze you to know that long before computing and tech companies became paramount in San Jose and Silicon Valley, many other lifestyles and industries reigned supreme? A little thought makes that reality obvious, as modern electronics and software are clearly a late 20th-century development. Like many other places in the country, our city and region have worn different hats and personas over the years. Check out the following interesting facts about San Jose, and appreciate the strengths, skills, and flexibility of those who preceded current residents. It is no wonder that San Jose prides itself on openness to endless innovation.

Who Are the Muwekma Ohlone People?

Before Spanish contact, the land now known as San Jose was the hunting, fishing, and living space for the indigenous peoples known as the Muwekma Ohlone. Also called the Tamyen people, these groups were a hunter-gatherer society. The language these individuals spoke is also called Tamyen, or sometimes Tamien or Santa Clara Costanoan. San Jose's Coyote Creek was the location of sewerage villages of indigenous people who spoke these languages. After the arrival of Spanish colonizers in 1769, many changes occurred:

  • Missions built along the coast had the goal of Christianizing the Ohlone.
  • The number of indigenous people rapidly dropped to about 10 percent of their pre-contact numbers.
  • Many say the Ohlone became a "hidden" minority, indistinguishable from the Latino community to non-Hispanic settlers moving in during the 1800s.
  • An agrarian society supplanted the hunter-gatherer life, with many Ohlone toiling in the fields described in the next section.
  • Isabel Meadows, the last fluent speaker of Rumsien, an Ohlone language, died in 1939.

What Industry Thrived After Colonization for More than 150 Years in San Jose?

The Spanish colony of Nueva California, afterward known as Alt California, had a consuming need for agricultural products. El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe produced the food required. Enticed by a $10 monthly stipend, settlers also received farm animals, implements, and seeds, and grew the colony's food. Later, the San Jose area produced food for military installations in San Francisco and Monterey. Canning and drying proliferated after 1871, resulting in a boom of 10 canneries and 13 dried-fruit packing facilities into the 1920s and 1930s. A dozen fresh fruit and vegetable businesses also shipped produce immediately out of the fields. Del Monte's "Fruit Cocktail," debuting in 1938, was developed originally by Herbert Gray of San Jose's Barron-Gray Packing Company. Fruits and vegetables grown in quantity in San Jose included:

  • Plums (especially dried as prunes)
  • Grapes (raisins)
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli 

What Type of Mining Was Prominent in the San Jose Area?

The Ohlone knew of cinnabar's presence, a mercury-bearing rock in deposits about 12 miles south of modern San Jose. When the Spanish recognized the ore as a mercury or "quicksilver" source, mining began in earnest in the mid-1840s at New Almaden Mine. Preceding the Gold Rush by just a few years, mercury mining was essential as the element can extract gold from ore. Mining at New Almaden produced $70,000,000 worth of mercury, more than any California gold stake. Cornish, Mexican, and Chinese mining families were instrumental in the success of the mines. The discovery of the cyanide gold extraction process in 1887 contributed to the eventual bankruptcy and closing of the mercury mines by 1912.

What Other Roles Did San Jose Serve in the 1800s?

San Jose was California's first major urban area. During the Gold Rush years, San Jose was a supply staging area and produced the critical mercury for gold extraction. The city also stood as the state capital from 1849 to 1852. After California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850, San Jose was the site of the initial and second sessions of the California Legislature in 1850 and 1851.

What Drives San Jose Today?

Naming itself the Capital of Silicon Valley as part of a 1988 publicity campaign, San Jose continues to look forward to further innovations. Now the headquarters of a proliferation of thousands of tech companies, the city is the third most populous in California after Los Angeles and San Diego. Companies that call San Jose home include among many others:

  • IBM
  • eBay
  • Cisco Systems
  • Adobe Systems.

Why Should You Choose an Innovative San Jose Water Restoration Company?

Just like any other San Jose industry, water restoration companies can leverage innovations to improve outcomes. We are diligent in obtaining the most up-to-date training and certification for our workforce. Our investment in evolving and enhancing water damage mitigation, remediation, restoration, and drying equipment supports our well-prepared managers and technicians. Advances in technologies and the methodologies available to water restoration professionals hasten the process and encourage success.

What Is SERVPRO's Water Restoration Standard Training for Extraction, Cleaning, and Drying Specialists?

SERVPRO promotes the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for our managers and technicians. The IICRC is an international standards-setting and education organization promoting research-based interventions for the most efficacious results. Although new approaches offer better outcomes, the continuing focus is on restorative principles that limit disruption and save time and money. 

How Do Water Restoration Equipment Advances Enhance the Chance of SERVPRO Resolving a Water Loss?

Our promise to customers remains to make a disaster "Like it never even happened." Assisting us in this quest are improvements in water extraction, structural drying, and odor control, such as:

  • Truck-mounted and portable high-efficiency extractors
  • Adaptable negative and positive pressure systems such as Injectidry that permit moisture removal from layered materials and building cavities plus targeted drying technology
  • Evolution of different types of dehumidifiers and a knowledge base that suggests the appropriate equipment for varying conditions
  • Odor elimination technology that goes beyond masking to chemical changes in odor-bearing molecules
    • Ozone machines
    • Hydroxyl generators
    • Enzyme products and equipment for organic-based stain and smells



Seek water restoration companies that value and incorporate improving and evolving best practices like SERVPRO of NE San Jose. Call us at (408) 834-7663 to learn how we can earn your confidence.

Kids Can Get in The Festive Spirit at Kids Market Near San Jose

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members standing in front of SERVPRO truck We are available and ready to restore your fire damage so that you can focus on the holidays.

Teach Little Ones the Joy of Shopping for Gifts for Loved Ones

For many people, part of the joy of the festive season is giving gifts to loved ones. Now you can teach your kids about budgeting and shopping for presents in a fun, immersive market designed just for children.  

  • A 30 – 40 minute festive market experience – parents and guardians not allowed in!
  • Selection of kid and budget-friendly gifts for purchase.
  • Each purchase includes a gift bag.
  • Regular puppet shows to keep kids entertained.
  • Every child gets a clipboard, shopping list, and pencil. 

Kids Market is located at Westfield Valley Fair and runs from 17 – 24 December. Entry is $5, and slots must be booked in advance. You agree to your allotted budget with your little one before entering the market, and you will not be charged more than the agreed upon budget.  

When you store your festive gifts, please be wary of fire hazards and do not keep them near open flames or against heaters. If you need assistance with fire cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

Enjoy Opera in San Jose from Your Own Home

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Advertisement for Three Decembers We loom forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Join San Jose Opera for Their First Fully Staged Digital Production 

Opera lovers will be delighted with San Jose Opera’s latest show. World-renowned singer Susan Graham leads the company in a performance of Three Decembers that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Three Decembers is an emotional journey featuring: 

  • A story based on the unpublished work of Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.
  • A world-class ensemble cast.
  • An unforgettable score by Jake Heggie and a libretto by Gene Scheer.

Three Decembers is a poignant story about one family’s journey to understanding themselves and one another. This intimate chamber opera lasts for 90 minutes, and tickets are $40 per household. The performance is an on-demand streaming performance and is available until Sunday, January 10, 2021.  

SERVPRO understands that whether the performance is in-person or digital, theaters must still keep their properties free of mold. Wet weather and unused buildings contribute to the risk of fungal growth. For help with mold damage, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

Explore the Mysteries of San Jose

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of Winchester Mystery House It's no mystery! SERVPRO can handle all of your storm damage.

San Jose Is More Than Just Silicon Valley 

San Jose is well known as the heart of Silicon Valley and enjoys its association with the tech industry. With a population of 1,021,795, San Jose is the most populous city in the north of California and the state's third-biggest city overall. 

San Jose is one of the USA's wealthiest cities and has a reputation for luxury and fine living. With its warm climate, reputation for innovation, and more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the USA, it is no wonder San Jose is known for its high living standards. Multiple famous tech companies are headquartered here, including eBay, Samsung, Zoom, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, and PayPal. 

However, there is more to San Jose than microchips and computers. The area also enjoys plenty of weird and wonderful attractions that will appeal to everyone from history buffs to ghost hunters. 

No Visit to San Jose Is Complete Without A Stop At The Winchester Mystery House 

The Winchester Mystery House is unquestionable one of the oddest sites not just in San Jose but in all of California. It might even be one of the strangest visitor attractions in the whole country. 

The Winchester Mystery House must be seen to be believed. This enormous, rambling home spans an impressive 24,000 square feet. It cost a whopping $5 million to build between 1886 - 1922, making it worth around $71 million today. 

However, it is not the size or the price that draws visitors to the Winchester Mystery House, but its strange origin story. Its sole occupant (apart from the household staff) was Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heir to much of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune.  

Sarah designed the house and oversaw every aspect of its construction. Rumor has it that after W W Winchester died, a psychic told Sarah she must build a place to bring peace to the souls of those who were killed by Winchester rifles. No one is positive if this is true, but we do know one fascinating thing: Sarah employed architects to work on the house around the clock for almost 40 years.  

The house is filled with strange architecture (including doors that open to reveal brick walls and one that opens onto a sheer drop to the courtyard below) and beautiful Tiffany glass pieces. Visitors can: 

  • Explore a house with 10,000 windows, 2000 doors, 47 staircases, 13 bathrooms, and six kitchens.
  • Walk the rambling gardens filled with trees, statues, and over 10,000 box hedges.
  • See the history of Winchester goods in the Antique Goods Museum, which includes a wide range of Winchester products and marketing materials.
  • Visit the old stables and try their hand at ax throwing. 

The attention to detail in the Winchester Mystery House is staggering. Sarah designed and oversaw its building despite having no master plan nor any experience in building houses. Most of the house is of redwood construction, but because Mrs. Winchester did not like Redwood's look, her builders had to apply a fake grain and stain to each plank before adding it to the building! 

Weird and Wonderful Attractions Abound In San Jose 

The Winchester Mystery House is undeniable one of the best-known and unusual attractions in San Jose, but the area is not short of other out of the ordinary things to see and do: 

  • If you are feeling adventurous, walk or mountain bike to Drawbridge, San Jose's ghost town. The site was formerly known as Saline City and was built at the end of the 19th century. The town, although abandoned for over three decades, is gradually sinking into the marshland where it was founded. The last two miles are along train tracks on private property, so we recommend stopping nearby and admiring it from a respectful distance.
  • The mysterious Rosicrucian Order founded the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. It features the biggest exhibition of mummies and Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast. The museum has been around since 1928 and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Jose. The building is next door to the Rosicrucian headquarters and peace garden and features a planetarium and research library.
  • If you've ever fancied getting up close with a mammoth, come and visit Lupe The Mammoth. Lupe is a life-sized mammoth sculpture that commemorates an unusual discovery. In 2005 a dog walker by the Guadalupe River discovered the bones of a juvenile Columbian mammoth. The best way to reach Lupe is by walking or biking the trails beside the Guadalupe River.
  • If you've ever speculated what it would be like to live in a giant's world, come and visit Monopoly in the Park. This giant Monopoly board is situated in Discovery Meadow and covers 900 square feet. The board was first made in 1992 for the San Francisco Landscape and Design Show. You are free to walk around the vast granite squares any time, but you can also book the board for a real-life Monopoly game, complete with hats that resemble playing pieces. 

SERVPRO Does Not Let Flood Damage Stop The Fun In San Jose 

Although San Jose has a pleasant climate, it is not immune to storms and flooding.  

In 2017, San Jose suffered severe flooding, with officials concerned about the potential for damage around the Coyote Creek area. Thankfully no lives were lost, but the incident reminded San Jose residents that flooding could strike even here. 

Flood damage is very concerning for residents. Water has the potential to soak into carpets and drapes, baseboards, and even plaster and insulation. Once water saturates a material, there is a risk of mold damage, water damage, color bleeding on fabrics, and structural damage to the building. 

Flood damage cleanup is made more complicated if there is sewage, chemicals, bacteria, or other dangerous materials in the water. That is why SERVPRO trains our technicians to assess each situation and take appropriate health and safety precautions. We provide our teams with safety equipment, including: 

  • Tyvek Suits
  • Breathing apparatus
  • Long gloves
  • Hard hats and boots 

We will advise you on which items we can save and which you should toss. We can also help with disinfection, antimicrobial treatments, and deodorization. 

For a safety-conscious flood damage cleanup service, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

Join Other Residents of San Jose for A Trade Show

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Vegetables piled up on a table in baskets. SERVPRO of NE San Jose loves fresh produce, and going out and supporting the locals.

San Jose Residents Can Get Deals on Fresh Farm Supplies at the Downtown Farmers Market

With the pandemic scare worldwide, it has been a challenge to get fresh veggies and fruits. Thankfully, the residents of San Jose and its surroundings now have an opportunity to grab fresh supplies from the Downtown Farmers Market. The trade show takes place on 20th of November from 10 AM to 11 AM for people with health issues and seniors. All other shoppers are welcome from 11 AM to 2 PM. The attendees can expect good deals on products such as:

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Pre-packaged foods
  • Hot food from different ethnic cultures

For the remaining season, the artisan vendors can continue to sell products at the market. Farmer's Markets are essential, especially during this COVID-19 period. San Jose Downtown Association encourages all in attendance to wear masks to help fight the pandemic.

SERVPRO of NE San Jose is welcoming you to the trade show at Downtown Farmers Market. If you need fire debris removal in your San Jose home after a fire, call our fire remediation experts at (408) 834-7663 for efficient restoration, “Like it never even happened.” 

Why is thorough Water Extraction Vital after a Leak or Flood?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

A group of SERVPRO workers standing in front of a truck. Our SERVPRO team is standing by waiting to help with your San Jose water damage.

San Jose Residents need Water Extraction from Knowledgeable Professionals

Many San Jose residents recall the terrible floods of 2017. Storms and burst dams and rivers can wreak havoc on your home. On a less dramatic scale, burst pipes, plumbing leaks, and malfunctioning appliances can all deposit water in your home and leave you with a mess to clean up.

The first step of cleaning up after a flood or leak in your San Jose home is water extraction. Extraction is a critical step that makes a massive difference to the outcome of remediation. That is why it is vital to work with a company like SERVPRO of NE San Jose that understands the importance of thorough extraction.

Why is water extraction so necessary?

The eventual aim of water damage remediation is to leave your home dry and clean “Like it never even happened.” We may need to carry out structural repairs and clean and disinfect water-damaged personal belongings along the way. We might even need to sub-contract plumbers, decorators, or electricians in more severe cases. But before we can think about drying, we need to carry out extraction, which means removing all standing water from the floor of your property. Extraction is vital because:

  • It makes the drying process quicker and easier
  • It helps prevent mold growth – mold loves moisture, so we must get rid of all water after a flood
  • If done quickly, it can prevent carpet delamination (this depends on the severity and the type of water)
  • Removing water quickly can protect wooden floors from permanent damage

What is the extraction process?

Extraction starts with using pumps and vacs to remove all standing water from your home’s floors. After removing standing water, we use a variety of extraction tools to press excess water from carpets.

How do we decide which pump to use?

We equip our technicians with a range of pumps. Electrical submersible pumps are the best all-around pump. They operate quietly and come in various sizes and power levels, from small portable units to large truck-mounted assemblies. However, if the conditions are not right for an electric submersible, we will use a high-pressure or self-priming trash pump instead. The right choice depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Whether the water also contains solid matter - if it does, we need a self-priming trash pump
  • How much water we need to remove and how fast – for this, we must consider the flow rate and time requirement of each pump
  • The hose length we will need to reach the water
  • The vertical distance water must go to reach the pump – if this is more than 25 feet, we need a high-pressure pump

Why does carpet extraction matter, and how do we do it?

Carpets can quickly become water-logged. Once a carpet is wet, there is a risk of delamination (separation of secondary and primary backing). There is also the potential for mold growth – mold can cause health effects, and it can ruin your carpet. Wet carpets also increase the overall moisture of the room, which makes drying slower.

Thankfully SERVPRO technicians know how to extract water from the carpet. If extraction is too rough, it can cause further damage, which is why we train our technicians in the best extraction techniques. Extraction equipment includes:

  • Self-propelled extraction tools which use a small motor to run them over the surface of the carpet – they are designed to be “ridden” by technicians to provide extra weight
  • Stationary tools are available in a range of sizes – they rely on the weight of the remediation technician to press out water
  • Carpet wands for vacuuming water from glue-down carpets – we can also use these to remove surface water after using larger extraction tools

Extraction tools are attached to a pump, so the water gets pumped away as the device presses it from the carpet and pad.

What is hidden water and why does it matter?

Water can soak under carpets to the floor beneath or into building elements such as baseboards, plaster, drywall, and insulation. Hidden moisture can cause structural defects and provide a breeding ground for mold. It is essential to work with a water remediation company that understands the dangers of hidden water and monitors the area to find it. Our technicians use moisture probes and meters, thermal imaging, and thermo-hygrometers to monitor moisture and humidity and seek out hidden water.

How do you know SERVPRO is the best choice for extraction?

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, so you can rest assured that they know the best extraction techniques. We are committed to swift action, so there is less risk of mold growth and structural damage. Plus, you can rely on our team to dry your home after extraction and deodorize it, so it is fresh.

For water extraction that works, call SERVPRO of NE San Jose at (408) 834-7663.

What Can Business Owners Expect From Mold Remediation?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in petri dish You can rely on SERVPRO's experienced technicians to take care of your mold damage.

No Hype -- SERVPRO Offers a Solid Plan to Businesses Needing Mold Remediation in San Jose.

Mold damage in commercial property spaces can make San Jose specialty food grocery owners nervous and embarrassed. Relax a bit by knowing that mold growth hotspots do not mean your cleaning crew is not doing its job. Mold damage also rarely links to carelessness in stock rotation or other inventory decisions. Problematic mold growth results from one thing -- excessive moisture. We can help find, mitigate, and remediate the water damage. We are also mold remediation experts, able to halt the current mold proliferation and inhibit future growth. 

Can Remediators Promise to Remove Mold Entirely?

We are precise in our services' characterization, offering mold remediation for San Jose commercial spaces, not mold elimination. Elimination of all active mold growth and spores is not attainable without crushing and ongoing expense. Molds are everywhere in both the outdoor and indoor environments. Most of the time, mold spores cause little concern because they remain dry. Water is essential for mold growth, so if we can help you manage the moisture, the mold problem slows and stops. 

How Do Mold Remediators Reach Their Goals?

SERVPRO mold remediation technicians follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol for schools and commercial buildings. 

  • Locate the Mold

We rely on business owners to direct us to the visible outbreak or the characteristic musty smell of multiplying mold. Testing is available, but often unnecessary and expensive. 

  • Contain the Mold

Our technicians wrap the affected area in 1.6 mil polyethylene, using plastic conduit to build partitions if needed. SERVPRO negative pressure air scrubbers join the configuration in many cases, sealing off the enclosure and clearing the air of airborne mold residues by forcing air through HEPA filters.

  • Remove the Mold

Scraping and brushing mechanically remove the bulk of the mold off non-porous surfaces. Soda or dry ice blasting can remove surface mold and incapacitate the hyphae inside porous materials, avoiding the disruption of removing the building materials.

  • Clean Up and Appropriate Disposal 

The mold organisms, any porous materials we cannot save, and residues from floors and surfaces are double bagged and disposed of according to local hazardous waste rules.  

  • Disinfect and Seal Affected Surfaces

EPA-registered antimicrobials inhibit the rebound of mold growth. Proprietary antimicrobial coating can halt further mold development and prepare surfaces for repainting.

The SERVPRO of NE San Jose mold remediation crew is ready to remove the current infestation and help business owners avoid future infection. Call us at (408) 834-7663 for an honest evaluation of your business's circumstances.