Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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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 

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  • 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.

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.

Who Can Handle All Aspects of Flood Restoration in San Jose?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

man ripping up a flood damaged carpet Dealing with flood damage can cause a lot of stress. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services in your home.

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Flood Restoration from Water Extraction to Sanitizing your Home

Homes in San Jose are susceptible to flood waters by the sheer power of water entering a house when copious rains allow a branch to fall on your roof or break a window. The event doesn’t have to be dramatic for it to damage your home and leave you in need of a professional team to look at all its consequences.Instead of guessing how far the water is seeping into your home, let an expert team use advanced technology to determine the damage.

Flood damage in a San Jose home is where our SERVPRO team performs at its best. Not only do we train with industry experts, but we also have the right equipment to address your home’s needs. Restoration after flood water enters your home goes beyond water extraction and includes disinfecting affected areas to prevent bacteria's growth, such as mold. When you call our 24/7 line, you can rely on our expertise to be thorough in returning the home to pre-flood conditions.

Is water extraction enough to protect a home after a flood?

Water extraction and humidity control are essential to the restoration process, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. As our SERVPRO team sets up equipment, including pumps of various strengths, we also look to where water damage could be hiding. Your home’s attic, for example, is of great concern. 

When water seeps through the roof, it can wet the attic and any insulation inside it. In most cases, we remove the insulation and coordinate for it to be replenished to eliminate any conditions suitable to bacteria's growth. Other services we may coordinate include:

  • Drywall removal and replacement
  • Packing and move-out of items to be cleaned in a remote location
  • Document and electronics drying
  • Carpet removal and replacement

SERVPRO of NE San Jose is your all-encompassing resource when disaster strikes. When you call our team at (408) 834-7663, you access expertise and a proven track record all put to work to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Prevent Flooding from Damaging My Home’s Foundation?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

downspout to drainage system SERVPRO says to channel stormwater away from your San Jose home to help prevent flooding problems

Some Tips from SERVPRO to Prevent and Mitigate Storm Damage to Your San Jose Residence

While San Jose residents are careful to prepare for a disaster, they may be surprised at the costs incurred by property and structural losses. Just one inch of floodwater can cause as much as $20,000 in damages, which can entail significant losses that are beyond the scope of consumer-grade products to safely clean, repair, replace, and restore.

SERVPRO technicians are prepared to provide flood damage mitigation for San Jose homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited crew closely follows restoration industry best practices with the help of EPA-registered, OSHA-approved sanitation solutions designed to remove microbial growth and bacteria.

Protecting Your Foundation

  • Before flooding occurs, consider the grading of your property. Make sure the surrounding land slopes away from the home to prevent water accumulation.
  • Measures such as French drains and rain gardens with native, highly absorbent plants can lessen the impact of a flood.
  • Make sure your downspouts discharge water at least five to seven feet away from your home.
  • Check the foundation periodically for signs of cracks, damage, or chalky efflorescence that can indicate prior exposure to moisture.
  • Leave some clearance between plants and other items near your home. Keeping water-exposed foliage and belongings too close to your structure can trap unwanted moisture and create water damage over time.

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Floodwater Quickly

SERVPRO’s flooding extraction tools and techniques focus first on removing solids before eliminating any remaining standing water. Submersible, gas-powered sump pumps, as well as portable and truck-mounted extraction units, are vital to this end. Sanitation is also a key component before drying since flooding often brings in sewage, pests, and chemical runoff that can affect the safety of a structure.

SERVPRO of San Jose provides the community with mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (408) 834-7663 to get started.

Are you Prepared for a power outage?

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Ready KIt

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a winter storm http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather When winter weather strikes the Winston Salem area knowing what to do until SERVPRO of NE San Jose arrives will make a difference.  Call us directly at 408-834-7663