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Storm Damage Mitigation

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

While most business and homeowners know the destructive effects that flood damage causes, not everyone knows the right steps to take to mitigate the associated damage. These are incidents which need immediate professional intervention to learn what is restorable and what to replace. That is why it is vital for Monterey County residents to know how to act when faced with such incidents. 

Remember water carries along all sorts of debris, oils, and mud into a premise. When contaminated water comes into contact with metallic surfaces, oxidation occurs, and they start to rust. To prevent such eventualities, extracting the water and cleaning is necessary. Our SERVPRO team can in some cases use wet-vacuuming to remove the debris and water. Truck-mounted pumps and portable generators for a power source are readily available from our stocked Green Fleet.

We may recommend a replacement if we notice that the water contaminated your porous materials. Where necessary, our team uses detergents and water to clean hard surfaces such as wood furnishings, desks, and metal cabinets before we dry them. 

To dry your property, we set up air movers and leave them in position until we achieve the desired evaporation. Since evaporation moves moisture into the air, we position dehumidifiers to lower the humidity. Dependent on the situation at hand, we may decide to use desiccant, low grain or refrigerant dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula is a trusted service provider in the restoration industry. 

What to Expect

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula works around the clock to restore the effected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. We know that commercial water damage can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity. It is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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Storm Damage

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

A storm sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean can bring a storm with intense wind and rain that can cause water damage to your home. You may think nothing much of a storm staring when you are on your way to work, but if you have left your basement window ajar, it can be a problem for your home. By the time you get home, your downstairs entertainment room has been flooded, and your furniture has been soaking up water for hours. The situation can seem like a disaster at first glance, but there is help close by that can lend a hand. 
The longer that your home sits with the water damage accumulating, the more of a problem it can become for you. Your hardwood floors can blister and swell from absorbing the water, your furniture can soak up the water and become the perfect place for mold growth, and your electronics can malfunction. The sooner that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur. 
When we arrive, SERVPRO Of Monterey Peninsula can immediately focus on getting the excess water out of your home. We can use tools like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your property. After, we can use extractors to pull water from your furniture and curtains. Once the excess water has been removed from your home, SERVPRO can focus on any belongings that are in urgent need of remediation. 
We can send your electronics to a repair facility to try and draw any water out of them. Any boxes that had valuables packed in them can be emptied, dried, and repacked in new boxes. Once we are finished, we can set up tools like ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the structure of your home. 
If a storm hits your home and causes water damage, do not pause and consider what you should do. Call SERVPRO Of Monterey Peninsula 831-275-1901

Kitchen Water Damage

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Every minute counts when you're faced with a flood or water leak in the kitchen, so having a plan is critical.

In a worst-case scenario, homeowners will need to shut off the main water supply line to the home before addressing the broken appliance or busted pipe directly. 

There are two types of valves: the main valve, which stops water flow to the entire home; and supply valves that connect to specific appliances. Look for the main water valve and turn it off clockwise to stop the flow. (Note: if the valve is a lever, turn the handle perpendicular to the water line.)

Some homes have a supply valve located near the water line of the appliance. If this is easier to get to at first, turn it off; however, the main line should still be turned off.

Once the water valve has been shut off, call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula. We are faster to any disaster. Our highly trained technicians will arrive onsite and make it look "Like it never even happened." 

Water Removal

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula has been getting rid of unwanted water in the Monterey and San Benito County for years.  We know, from personal experience, that a water damage can be scary & stressful.  We also know that you may want to clean up the water yourself, but then find that you start smelling odors mere days later.  There is a science behind drying and as an active IICRC firm, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help clean up your property before further damage occurs.  Floods are never expected and can happen day or night, so it is important to keep our number handy.  We recommend saving it into your phone, so when a pipe bursts or a washing machine suddenly malfunctions, you can quickly reach us. 


Here to help whenever YOU need us!

Types of Water Damage

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

In the restoration industry the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (or IICRC) is the organization which sets the restoration industries standards and practices. It is the IICRC’s standards that we follow to ensure every water mitigation and remediation job we tackle is done correctly. When it comes to the sanitary level of water there are three levels: 

  • Category 1: Clean and Sanitary. Typically comes from a sanitary source such as faucet, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, or water heaters.
  • Category 2: Grey Water which can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Typical sources are dish washers, washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, or toilet overflows with urine (no feces)
  • Category 3: Black Water is grossly unsanitary which could cause severe illness or death if ingested. This includes sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid which has supported microbial growth.

These categories are also time dependent so a flood caused by a drinking fountain (Category 1 clean water) will become contaminated category 2 water after 48 hours. Another 24 hours after that it becomes a category 3 loss. This change in category means a tremendous difference in the scope of work, cost of remediation, and time of job

Document Restoration

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses have tons of important documents and vital records that they store on-site. When water or fire damage occurs you can depend on SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula to help restore those important documents.  It is key to bring in professionals as soon as possible to begin the document restoration.  We restore building plans, historical documents, tax records, photographs etc.  In commercial businesses there are  many revolving things that can cause water damage to documents.  Documents that are years old but important and need to be maintained are often kept in the basement of a facility.  These areas are subject to water infiltration, sump pump failures, sewer back ups, mechanical room or line failures. 

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula offers many services to our customers other than the typical Fire & Water Restoration.

If you would like to be proactive and get an emergency plan in place for your business before a disaster strikes call us at 831-275-1901.

Water Damage at Your Office

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine you had a great weekend. You & your family went on a quick getaway trip. Monday morning you walk into the office, and squish squish is what you hear under your feet. Oh no….. there is water EVERYWHERE! It appears a pipe busted, & by the amount of water, it didn’t just happen. No fear SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula to the rescue. Our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula has the expertise that is needed to restore small, midsize, and large commercial size buildings to their pre-flood waters condition. The training that our team receives, and the equipment that we use can get these jobs done effectively and efficiently so that there will be no unnecessary delays. Call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula at 831-275-1901

Cleaning Smoke Damage After a Fire

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

As you can see in this picture the walls and ceilings of this home have been stained with smoke and soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot is not removed and all the surfaces treated. Many people do not realize that concrete is porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke.

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from the fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke lingering in your home as a constant reminder of what happened.

Know Who to Hire

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.

If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you!

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula “Like it never even happened”

Contact us at 831-275-1901 

Mold in Your Home

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

The adverse effects of mold-growth inside your home can be catastrophic and can cause health effects.  It can cause debilitating problems to the value of a home and remediation can be costly. With that being said, it is no wonder that one of the most dreaded four letter words you can utter in any home is mold. Detecting mold, however, is not as daunting as many may think. It can sometimes be as easy as looking at you’re A/C vents, smelling the air when you return from the grocery store, or even spotting discoloration underneath cabinets or on walls.

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula specializes in: water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning,  mold removal, fire damage, smoke clean up, disaster restoration, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula is always here to help.