Recent Water Damage Posts

Toilet Supply Line Broken!

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet Supply Line Broken! Wet floor due to Toilet Supply Line Broken!

SERVPRO of Tracy received a call from the insurance adjuster that while homeowners were out during the day to work. Their toilet supply line had been broken and water was everywhere in their bedroom and went downstairs as well.

SERVPRO of Tracy is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Our professional technicians extracted the standing water from floors. The drying out of home continues with the use of smaller extraction units, both portable and easily maneuverable by hand. Then we bring in powerful air movers that increase the circulation rate of the air inside your home. for faster drying.

As you can see by looking at this picture we removed carpet and pads and moved furniture around.

The homeowner so pleased and thanked us for our service.

Remember if you do experience a water damage in your home or business SERVPRO of Tracy is one call away and we make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us at (209) 834-0200

Did you know about Lead Paint?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Tracy technician's would like to share inside of lead paint...

Lead paint as it pertains to old houses, have long been a lightening rod of controversy. Some people fear old homes of having lead paint and have difficulty buying them. 

Lead paint may not be the national health concern you've been told. For children and pregnant women, even the smallest amount of lead can be not good.  Recent EPA, CDC rules and regulations concerning lead paint are completely unwanted and accomplish nothing, but increased cost for homeowners.

If your home was built before 1978,  there is a good chance it has lead base paint. SERVPRO of Tracy is very careful to follow the complex array of rules laid out in the Era's renovation, repair and painting act or (RRP), that went into effect in April 2010. 

Be aware that a older home is more likely to have lead paint. 

Call us 209 834 0200

Found Black Mold in Your Shower?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Black Mold in Your Shower? If You See Any Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO of Tracy 209-834-0200...

SERVPRO of Tracy says when you’re taking a shower, the last thing you want to see is the detestable substance that you fear to be mold. Mold, which grows and thrives in damp or humid environments, is not uncommon in bathrooms. There are many different types of mold, but perhaps the most feared and dreaded variety is the infamous black mold.

But, is black mold really as alarming as it’s often depicted? And, either way, what should you do if you discover black mold in your shower?

  1. What is Black Mold?

Black mold, or “Stachybotrys chartarum”, is a variety of mold that is often dark green or black in color. It also releases mycotoxins. Many varieties of mold do, however, cause health effects.

Therefore, if you spot black mold or mold of any kind in your shower, it is important to eliminate it as soon as possible in order to limit its health effects to those living in your home. In order to keep those living in your home safe, don’t attempt to clean or remove the mold on your own, as handling mold is dangerous and requires specialized equipment. Instead, call SERVPRO of Tracy at 209-834-0200  immediately for our professional black mold removal and mold remediation services.

    2. Black Mold Infestation in Your Shower?

Where does black mold grow?

Just like other types of mold, black mold grows in areas with excessive moisture or humidity, making the shower a prime location. You can usually spot black mold in your shower by its black or dark green color and slimy texture.

At first sight, you may wonder if there is a treatment for black mold or anything that you can do to prevent the mold growth and its effects. However, it is best to leave the mold alone, as attempting to touch it in any way may facilitate the spread. Upon discovering mold growth that resembles black mold, give us a call.

    3. Preventing Black Mold

There are also several steps that you can take to prevent the growth of black mold in your shower. First, limit the amount of moisture and humidity in your shower by making sure that your bathroom is properly ventilated. This can be achieved by keeping a fan on or window open for the duration of your shower. You can also hinder the accumulation of moisture by drying damp areas or using a squeegee after taking a shower.

Lastly, should you discover any broken pipes or leaks in your bathroom or shower, be sure to have them fixed as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.

    4.  Call SERVPRO of Tracy Today for Professional Mold Remediation

Here at SERVPRO, we know from experience just how quickly a minor mold problem can turn into a dangerous mold infestation. That’s why we’re committed to arriving on the scene immediately, prepared to begin the mold remediation process. With our comprehensive training in water and mold remediation, as well as our advanced mold remediation equipment, we can take on any type of mold problem. 

By picking up the phone and calling SERVPRO of Tracy upon first notice of mold growth in your shower, you can protect your home from further mold damage. Check out other articles on our website, to learn more about the wide array of mold services that we offer. 

If You See Any Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO of Tracy 209-834-0200...  

Air Movers are an Asset to Drying

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Air Movers are an Asset to Drying This photo shows the different types of air movers used to dry water damaged by a leak in dishwasher

Air movers are an essential and necessary tool for drying structures of homes.  Air movers help move large amounts of air over surfaces to dry them. Air movers also help the dehumidifiers work to their optimum performance.

At SERVPRO of Tracy there are a number of different air movers that can be utilized depending on the size of the job: velo air movers, sahara air movers, ace air movers and vortex or axial air movers.

  1. Velo air movers are low-profile air movers that can be used to get to hard to reach areas and a great way to assist in the drying of wet carpeting. 
  2. Sahara air movers are great for drying carpets and directing air upwards to helping with drying ceilings. 
  3. One of the most common air movers that SERVPRO of Tracy uses is the Ace fan.  These air movers are great for directing large amounts of air either forward, upward, downward and use little power(lower amperage). 
  4. The last type of air mover that we use is the Vortex air mover or Axial air mover.  This air mover works great for crawlspace.  They are very effective at creating negative pressure and pushing humid air out of a space.

Air movers work great when paired with dehumidifiers.  The air mover can move the hot dry air over the wet surface you are trying to dry.  Without use of air movers being used throughout the  drying process it would delay our SERVPRO of Tracy crews who are drying the structure.

Water Damage from Storm and Flood...

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Tracy we seen it all..

Floods And Damage Across Several States..

Storms and heavy rain can cause heavy flooding in a short period of time. Certain parts of the country experienced heavy rain earlier this year. People experienced dangerous storm water and flood damage in 6 states in early March. The National Weather Service is warning that rivers will stay in flood stage for days. The flood waters forced evacuations and millions in damage.

After The Flooding

Flooding means that not only will a homeowner have to think about the current situation of being displaced from their home and losing some of their personal belongings, but the results after the water is gone. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Once the water has subsided the presence of dirt, grime, bacteria and mold will be present. The level of expensive damage depends on how long the standing water is left unattended. There is no telling when the water can be extracted from the towns let alone peoples houses.

After the water have subsided and before you immediately enter your home refer to this checklist.

1. Watch out for wild animals, poisonous snakes that may have entered the home, check thru the debris.

2. Watch out for plaster, loose ceiling structures and document everything for yourself and for insurance purposes.

3. Throw away any food, anything that may have come in contact with the flood waters, anything in the fridge.

4. Check electrical systems, gas leaks, sewage and water lines all for damage.

SERVPRO of Tracy specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Call SERVPRO of Tracy at 209-834-0200. Even if your flood damage is not as dramatic as what we saw in the south earlier this year, we'll be there to help.

Who is SERVPRO?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Who is SERVPRO? - Image of SERVPRO employees in front of green SERVPRO vehicle YES! We're open 24/7

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 53 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

You may be aware that your local SERVPRO of Tracy is a Franchise Professional is part of a  Franchise System that has been helping make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened," since 1967.

But did you know that our system has grown to include more than 1,700 franchises nationwide in United States and Canada? 

Your local SERVPRO of Tracy is a Franchise is just the tip of the bright green iceberg...

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on SERVPRO of Tracy Franchise Professionals to respond quickly.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Helpful Tips to Avoid Pipe Burst

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Helpful Tips to Avoid Pipe Breaks Call SERVPRO of Tracy for Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration at 209 834 0200.

SERVPRO of Tracy has some helpful hints to avoid pipe being burst/broken..

Pipe breaks are one of the most common water damages that we receive from December to March at SERVPRO of Tracy. When water freezes it expands. Therefore, if water freezes in a pipe, the pipe can expand enough to the point that it bursts. However, it’s not necessarily the frozen water that caused the direct burst.

It is the water pressure between the ice and the closed faucet. That pressure is enough to break a pipe and cause a  water damage in your home or office.

Helpful Prevention Tips:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes run through unheated or  uninsulated areas of your home and business.

  •  Keep your home at a temperature no lower   than 55°F (12°C).
  •  When going away, ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located. Use caulk or insulation to keep the heat in.
  • Insulate pipes in crawl spaces and the attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.

Call in a professional drying crew like SERVPRO of Tracy Team at 209-834-0200 if you have any questions or concerns..

'FALL' Maintenance Tips for Your Home...

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

We, SERVPRO of Tracy would like to give you some inside tips...So, Autumn is already here. Now is the perfect time to tidy up and prepare your home for the chilly months to come. It’s an ideal time to get work done before shorter days prevent you from taking proactive measures. On the list below, we have gathered information on what you can do to make sure your home is in great shape all season round this Autumn.

  1. Take care of your trees   

Make rounds throughout your front and backyard to make sure that your trees and bushes are in good condition and under control. Taking care to prune any precarious branches now will prevent any falling limbs once winter storms come along. Winter storms have been known to take down many tree limbs in the area, so it’s smart to tidy up before it becomes a headache later.

   2.   Rake your leaves

This tip seems intuitive, but many people love the look of fallen leaves on their yards. What they don’t realize is that leaves left throughout the season on your lawn, can prevent spring growth. Whether you use a leaf blower or a rake, just be sure to gather all leaves.

Pro-Tip: Be sure to wear gloves to make sure you don’t damage your hands.

   3.  Clean out your gutters

During the later part of Fall (like November) be sure to clear out your gutters and downspouts. The reason? Clogged gutters can cause water to pool, which can damage your roof or siding. By cleaning it out, you’re making sure that your outdoor drainage system is in peak condition before winter comes along.

   4.  Add Weatherstripping

Applied to the frames of any door or window, weatherstripping is an easy way to make sure your home is warm and your heating bills are cut. Also, consider adding a door sweeps to your doors leading to the outside (front, back, garage, etc) to make sure that a draft doesn’t follow you when you enter or exit.

   5.  Take down the window A/C units.

Summer is now behind us, so be sure to box away all of your air conditioning units. Can’t remove them? Then cover the entire exterior with an insulating wrap (Easily found at any hardware store) This will prevent cold air from coming into your home.

   6.  Clean Your Dryer Vents

The lint that collects in your dryer is actually dangerous. Besides making your dryer less efficient, it can actually start a fire. With cool, dry weather comes an increase in static electricity. The result? That lint collecting in your dryer can catch on fire. Reduce the risk by hiring a SERVPRO of Tracy professional to clean out the vents for you...

   7.  Schedule a chimney and heating system check-up

Getting ready to turn up the heat? First, make sure that your chimney, furnace, and boiler are cleaned, maintained, and in working order. It’s a crucial safety measure that should not be taken lightly.

   8.  Deep clean your kitchen

With Thanksgiving around the bend, it’s a great time to give your kitchen a deep clean. This makes sure that your space is not only efficient, but looking good too! Some areas to look out for:

  • Clean the oven
  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wash out your garbage and recycling bins
  • Clean small appliances
  • Degrease and wipe down the range hood and filter.

     9.  Check Your Smoke Detector

The cooler months are when fires are most likely to occur, with heating systems and fireplaces being used. Take special care to test smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors. Also, make sure you have a current fire extinguisher (i.e. not expired!) Use precaution, by checking on these safety devices, you are proactively taking care of your entire home!

If there is ever IS a fire in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Tracy to take care of any damage. As always, we encourage our community to be safe and take all caution.

That’s our list! Fall is, arguably, the most beautiful season. Leaves falling, crisp air all around. In between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and drinking spiced lattes, make sure that you give your home some TLC. 

Let us know which of our Maintenance Tips you will try out first by tagging us on social media.

  • Call SERVPRO of Tracy. We are always here for your needs..
  • We can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 209-834-0200
  • Disasters don't take a day off and neither do we...

During Coronavirus Lockdown Mold can spread quickly in Unoccupied Buildings

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Why is it important to keep AC running while my building is vacant?....

Due to quarantine, many buildings are left empty and property managers may be tempted to wait until everything is back to business before switching the power back on. However, if the A/C unit is not circulating air throughout the office, restaurant, retail space, or apartment building, moisture can build up quickly and lead to the spread of unhealthy mold.

Keeping the air circulating is crucial, especially if the property is fully furnished. Fabric materials grow mold very easily due to the organic makeup of the fabric, making it a fantastic breeding ground for all types of mold. Mold can drastically spread in 48-72 hours.

By keeping your AC unit running, you will continue to control the climate in the building and help prevent moisture build-up on walls, ceilings, and furniture. 

If your property sits vacant for a while remember these helpful tips:

  • Keep the air circulating
  • Cover furniture
  • Check the property regularly   

If you find mold in your property:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tracy  for mold remediation services.

What NOT to do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb mold growth
  • Don’t blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Mold Remediation and

Restoration

  • Faster to ANY Size Disaster
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated

Call SERVPRO of Tracy today to get your building tested for mold at 209-834-0200

Toilet Overflow?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow or a backed-up toilet stinks. Harmful contaminants can pose serious health risks if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Tracy professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean these messes.

If you are unable to unclog your toilet on your own, if your flooded toilet has caused major water damage or if your toilet commonly overflows, it may be necessary to contact a sewage company that can help to fix the issue.

Additionally, it can be helpful to contact water damage restoration specialists like SERVPRO of Tracy if you suspect that major damage has occurred or if there has been standing water in your home for several days.

Call SERVPRO of Tracy Professionals on 209-834-0200 for your needs.

Natural Disaster Cleanup - The SERVPRO Tips..

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning up your home can be a big job, after a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster. Cleanup quickly within 24 to 48 hours if possible.

  • Opening doors windows and using fans will help to dry wet areas.
  • Take steps to protect yourself and loved ones during your cleanup and follow safety tips.
  • Storm cleanup is different from regular and even heavy duty cleaning.
  • There are health hazards and other issues that go beyond normal cleaning that requires specialty products, tools and wearing the right safety gear.
  • After a large storm and flooding belongings can be a total loss, after the storm has passed.
  • Assess the damage safely and wait until daylight and avoid danger especially if the power is out.
  • Be careful and know what steps to take, when a disaster strikes and call SERVPRO of Tracy for assistance .

Remember if you do experience a water damage in your home or business SERVPRO of Tracy is one call away and we make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

call us at (209) 836-0200

School Reopening ??

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Around the world school reopenings have not been without controversy, decisions impact 1.4 billion students.

School districts, with county offices of education and the state officials, are planning how to reopen schools in the fall to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.

Announcements for how to reopen are happening amid a White House push to get children back into classrooms.

California school superintendents are negotiating an obstacle course of regulations, parental angst and safety concerns as they make plans to do something never done before — reopen schools during a pandemic.

School officials are balancing ensuring the safety of students and teachers with the need to offer child care for parents who must work.

They are weighing sometimes conflicting guidance from the state, local health departments and education organizations, and trying to appease parents who have differing opinions about whether their children should wear masks or practice social distancing.....

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning of your school at SERVPRO of Tracy at 209-834-0200

Yes - We're Open 24/7

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tracy is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tracy has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect:

When you call us, we will ask questions regarding your your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring. This includes how many trained SERVPRO professionals we may need.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask questions:

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

SERVPRO of Tracy is here for you 24/7 all 365 days of the year. Call us today at 209-834-0200

SERVPRO of Tracy saves Water Damage Event

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Tracy, flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tracy provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

We promise to be faster to any kind of disaster!

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tracy  arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Whatever the damage may be, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (209) 834-0200.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual, whatever your needs are.  We are a family owned business and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 

We, at SERVPRO of Tracy, look forward to helping you in your time of need.

At SERVPRO of Tracy...

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Tracy we know it's never a good time for it to be raining inside a building or a home.  A very in-depth work plan are developed quickly to get the water out and dry the interior. Industrial water extractors, desiccant humidifier, plenty of staff, and SERVPRO know how to get the job done correctly. Working around the clock, our technicians and the crew work to get your home or business ready in minimum time as possible.

Since 2006, SERVPRO of Tracy has been helping people of Tracy, Manteca, Lathrop, Mountain House, Ripon, French Camp and surrounding areas. More than several hundreds of satisfied and repeated customers have called upon us to restore their properties.

When flooding or any kinds of water damage hits our local area, SERVPRO of Tracy is ready to respond to calls for help. If your home has been or is about to be damaged by a flood, storm or any kinds of water damage call us at 209-834-0200 so that we can respond as fast as possible.

What is an Air Mover?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

  1. Air Movers are used for maximizing air flow and accelerating evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying. The number of air movers necessary depend upon the number of wet surfaces, the amount of water present and the ability for air to reach each wet material wall cavities behind cabinets under contents. Air movers are for indoor use only.
  2. Once the class of water loss is defined; the amount of air movement necessary is estimated.
  3. In class 1 water loss one air mover is needed for every 150-300 sq ft.(14- 28 sq.m.) In class 2 or 3 water loss one air mover is needed for every (10- 16 sq ft) 4-6 sq. m is needed.
  4. Regardless of any class an air mover is needed for every affected area, including every offset, closet, bay windows and rooms.

Call SERVPRO of Tracy if you have any questions on 209-834-0200

Dishwasher Leak

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Leak Dishwasher Leaked in Kitchen

While this homeowners were out of town, their next door neighbor notified to the homeowner, water coming out from their front door and from garage. 

SERVPRO of Tracy were being called after hours to clean up and dry out. Team Randy worked overnight to extract water to minimise further damages caused by the dishwasher.

Homeowners were very pleased to see the process of water damage dry out. Homeowner was very pleased to see the state of art equipment being placed in their house. Customer was very pleased to get all the information provided by our trained technicians, how to proceed and protect their property for further damages caused by water damage.

SERVPRO of Tracy team worked during the weekends  to finish the dry out process. We also communicated with their insurance company to provide all the required information.

Warehouse Flooded

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Almost two inches of water on floor and under the pallets in warehouse Accidential damage to fire sprinklers release thousands of gallons of water in this warehouse.

When water invades a Tracy Warehouse, not only are other commercial enterprises affected, but also employees who work there.

Quick action from an experienced restoration company, SERVPRO of Tracy reverses the effects of water damage, often while allowing business as usual to continue.

The break of a major supply pipe in our Tracy area warehouse presents a severe water damage problem. Thousands of items at risk of ruining and much inconvenient for all employees.

Commercial operations that shut down for even a few days because of a water disaster often never reopen; statistics indicate half close their doors forever. The destructive power of water meets its match when our teams SERVPRO of Tracy, water damage restoration specialist stand with you.

Our trained technicians extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lowered the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifier pull in the moist humid air and than discharge dry, warm air so, the place can dry within few days.

The owner and manager of this warehouse was very happy and relieved with our services.

While you're on Vacation.....

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Coming Home to this??..

It's summertime and many families are going out on road trips and other family vacations. One of the worst feelings is having an amazing vacation only to return to your home to find that a major disaster occurred while you were away. It is one thing for a pipe to burst or a water leak to occur when you are home, and quite another for the water leak to be left unattended for an extended amount of time. 

We, at SERVPRO of Tracy are here to help. We offer 24/7/365 Emergency Service to customers in our area. No matter how big or small the damage, we can help clean it up "Like it never even happened."

Call us today and we will be happy to get you started on the road to recovery.

Call 209-834-0200

Call Mold Experts at SERVPRO of Tracy

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call Mold Experts at SERVPRO of Tracy Team Give us a call today at 209-834-0200

Here at SERVPRO of Tracy, we are certified in any water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, and many more things that you don’t think you would ever need.

Well, when it comes to mold remediation you need to be an expert. We know that you cannot play around and that you must take all the steps to make sure that not only is the mold removed from the site but that it is also not going to come back. You must get the moisture away from the building and remove any clothing, furniture or anything that is tarnished by the mold.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (209) 834-0200

How to Perform a Water Heater Flush

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

We, SERVPRO of Tracy has Tips for you..

Consistent water heater maintenance can keep the appliance in great condition for many years. Take a look at the simple steps involved in performing a heater flush.

  • Gather Supplies

There aren't many tools required for a water heater flush.

  • Garden hose
  • Screwdriver or pliers
  • Work gloves for safety from hot water and appliance parts
  • Designated drainage spot

Once you have everything in place, it's time to get started. 

  • Turn Off Power to the Heater

If you have an electric heater, shut off the electricity with the appropriate circuit breaker. If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas and watch for the pilot to extinguish. 

  • Connect the Hose

Attach the garden hose to the drain valve on the water heater. Place the other end of the hose at your drainage location. This should be a place that can handle large quantities of warm water and sediment from the tank. 

  • Open the Drain Valve

Let the water flow freely from the drain valve for several minutes and then turn on your kitchen hot water. After running the kitchen faucet for a couple of minutes, turn off the water supply valve (leaving the kitchen faucet running). When the water stops completely, turn the valve on again for a second flush and then close it again. 

  • Close Valves

With the water and sediment drained from the heater, you can close the water supply valves and turn the water back on. The open faucet in the kitchen provides a good indication of how the water is running. When the water runs consistently, the tank is full and ready to go. 

  • Turn On the Power

When the tank has filled completely, you can turn your electricity or gas back on. Turning on the power before the tank is full will damage the heating element. 

Take the right steps to prevent sediment build up and a lot of related damages.

Call SERVPRO of Tracy if you have any questions on 209-834-0200

Preventing Ice Maker Leaks in your Home

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO OF TRACY on 209-834-0200 for any kinds of water or fire needs at your business/home.

Inspect and Replace Defective Parts or Call SERVPRO of Tracy for Help

Ice makers are a great convenience item to have in your home. You do not ever have to worry about those annoying ice trays again, or someone not refilling them and you running out of ice. When you add this device in your home, you need to be aware of some things first.

  • The installer should use a small metal saddle, called an ice maker valve, that is attached to a cold-water pipe close to the refrigerator. The kits for ice-makers usually include a clear plastic water pipe fitted to the valve and the water inlet on the fridge. This flexible piece of plastic tubing is the biggest culprit for a leak and water damage.
  • Miniscule holes in the tubing are unnoticeable during installation in your kitchen, and stay unnoticed for years, hidden behind your refrigerator.
  • Over time, many gallons of water seeping out the tubing can cause serious structural water damage to the floors and walls around your refrigerator.

This water damage means you need professional help from SERVPRO of Tracy, a water damage remediation company. Our experienced technicians have the tools and the knowledge to fix any water damage these types of leaks can cause. 

About SERVPRO of Tracy

SERVPRO of Tracy specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of TRACY NOW ON (209) 834-0200

True Facts of Clogged Gutters

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage and More..

Here at SERVPRO of Tracy, fire and water damage calls are an everyday occurrence. Since we are offically in fall season and leaves are falling everywhere, even in our gutters. 

Here are Top 5 home problems that can be caused by clogged gutters:

  1. Roof Damage....
  2. Wood Fascia Damage. ...
  3. Damage to Walls, Windows, Doors and Patios. ...
  4. Damage to Foundations and Landscaping. ...
  5. Slip and Fall.

For example, clogged gutters can cause damages to your home. Which is a good reason why cleaning your gutters bi-annually could help prevent an uncomfortable situation for you and your family. A lack of maintenance can cause major problems for homeowners and can lead to costly repairs when left untreated.

A lot of times homeowners tend to over look the importance of gutter maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause home damages due to water causing cracks in the foundation overtime. Which then could lead to more severe problem like mold and or the collapse of the structure.

In most cases, when clogged gutters occur it can spill over the side and cause rot in the siding of the home. In colder climates, ice can form and cause a temporary block which most likely will cause an over flow.

SERVPRO of Tracy has the right equipment to check for moisture in your home, if this scenario applies to you. These are some recommendations from your trusted friends at SERVPRO of Tracy.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Water Damage in School..

10/13/2018 (Permalink)

This Elementary School had a water leak, result of a broken pipe. Notice the water damage caused wet carpet and surrounding area. 

The specialist at SERVPRO OF Tracy were called to the scene for emergency service. Our technicians extracted the standing water, followed up by moisture mapping and the drying process began.

It took us three days to dry the entire class room after the incident.

The principal was expecting a much longer process and she was thrilled with the results. All the young students were moved back to their original classrooms and everyone was happy. Next time if something like this happens again, Principle said we'll for sure call  SERVPRO OF Tracy.

Principal thanked SERVPRO of Tracy and said you made it "Like it never even happened." 

Water Damage?

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Have a Water Heater Leakage in garage? Call SERVPRO of Tracy - 209-834-0200

SERVPRO of Tracy is the leading restoration vendor for water damage, fire damage, mold damage, odor remediation, and bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup. We treat our customers right and they know that we have their best interests at heart.

SERVPRO of Tracy is equipped to handle any size flood or water damage that you may have in your home or business. We have a large storehouse of equipment and access to additional equipment, should it be needed. We have a fleet of vehicles that are stocked and ready to respond to your call for need at any time of day or night.

Not only does SERVPRO of Tracy have many contracts with national insurance companies such as State Farm, Nationwide, The Hartford, and more, we are also a preferred vendor for many insurance companies locally such as Mercury and Farmers. We know that this is a difficult process to navigate, so let us help you. We will respond to your emergency and let you know whether it would benefit you to file an insurance claim, or if our cost will even meet your deductible.

SERVPRO of Tracy is your water restoration contractor. We are here to help. If you notice a musty smell, have standing water, sewage backup, toilet overflow, mold growth, or warped flooring and you suspect you have water damage, please call us at 209-834-0200

Facts about Water Damage

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common forms of damage to your property.

Whether it's from a busted water pipe, sewage backup or flooding, water damage can wreak havoc on your property if not addressed immediately. While you likely already know the importance of proper water mitigation following a water loss, there's still a lot that may surprise you about water damage situations.

Here are some essentials you should know about water damage restoration:

The more polluted the water, the worse your situation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three categories in its S500 Standard:

  • Category 1: Generally sanitary water
  • Category 2: Significantly contaminated water
  • Category 3: Grossly contaminated water

The category of water on any loss will dictate how it's restored and how much can be salvaged.

Mold can be debilitating to your home's structure and to your health. And, it doesn't take long to begin to grow. Mold needs only five perfect conditions to grow in 48-72 hours:

  • Moisture
  • Food source
  • Prime temperature
  • No/minimal air movement
  • No/minimal light

Fast action is crucial. In order to begin processing an insurance claim, your agent needs to know about a water damage situation immediately, what happened, how it happened, the source of the water, etc. The longer you wait, the worse the situation gets - not to mention, your chances of having a "sudden damage" claim approved begin to dwindle.

Call SERVPRO of Tracy NOW on (209) 834-0200

Kitchen Sink Leaking?

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking kitchen sink is not only annoying but can be potentially be dangerous especially when waking up to water on the floor, first thing in the morning. Flooding due to a leak can quickly become a serious safety hazard, so immediate action must be taken. Before you begin to think about kitchen repair, there are several steps you should take to mitigate damage and ensure your safety and that of your household

  • Shut Off Your Water

If it is safe for you to stay in your house, the first thing you need to do is shut off your water to prevent further flooding. When determining whether it is safe to do so, check to make sure that there are no cords or wires in the water and that you can safely navigate the area without risk of slipping and falling Once you are absolutely sure it is safe, locate the two stop valves under the sink. These can usually be found at the back of the cabinet. Next, turn each of the small valves under them clockwise.

  • Call Your Insurance Company


Now that the leak has been stopped, you will want to call your insurance company to find out what steps you should take to make a water damage claim. Insurance policies vary, so the quickest and most efficient way to figure out what you need can be to read your policy and call your insurance agent. Coverage will also depend on the extent of the damage. Kitchen leaks will often damage walls, floors and cabinetry. 

.Call a Local Restoration Company

Once you’ve made a claim against your insurance, you should then get in touch with a restoration company SERVPRO of TRACY to make the necessary repairs. We have the skilled technicians and equipment to restore your kitchen as quickly as possible. Services often include water removal, drying and dehumidification, and cleaning.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when your kitchen is flooding, but following these steps can allow you to mitigate as much of the damage as possible and get your kitchen back to its pre-flood condition. 

It is time to contact SERVPRO of Tracy on 209-834-0200 for any kinds of water damage restoration.

Water Removal and Your Carpets After Washing Machine Leakage

1/14/2018 (Permalink)

Washing Machine and dryer in laundry room Regardless of whether the washer and dryer are upstairs or on the main level of the house, contacting SERVPRO after a leak gets you the best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow the Water's Path in Order to Thoroughly Remediate the True Extent of the Damage

In a lot of the more modern homes in Manteca, you find laundry rooms on upper levels of the homes. Although it might be more convenient to do your laundry, it can cause problems to the rest of the home if the washing machine ever leaks. You can suddenly wind up with a big flood of water which can also leak downstairs into other rooms, causing all kinds of damage to your home.
 
If this has happened to you, the amount of water put out by your washing machine in your home is likely a lot. You need professionals to help you with water removal and cleaning up any damage that has occurred in Manteca. SERVPRO is always standing by and has the tools and training to help you prevent any further damage to your home.
 
Our primary goal when restoring water damage is to preserve and protect your home and its contents. One of our first concerns is carpet and padding that is water-saturated. The construction of carpets poses two fundamental problems – separation of backing or delamination, and latex deterioration.
 
SERVPRO staff know that carpeting has a primary and secondary backing. Latex holds the carpet fibers into the primary backing and also holds the secondary and primary backings together. Latex begins breaking down as soon as the carpet is installed.
 
Delamination usually appears in the form of bubbles. High traffic areas are more likely to delaminate; it is a pre-existing condition we look out for. It can be caused by improper installation of the pad or carpet, excessive folding, and overly aggressive extraction. Delamination cannot be fixed.
 
Water damage to carpeting which is glued down can cause bubbling, which happens from the loss of adhesive and is not a result of cleaning or extraction. If just a small section is bubbled, we might be able to fix the issue. Otherwise, the carpet might have to be replaced.
 
Many situations also require the padding to be replaced. It can break apart when its wet, but most padding is inexpensive. The cost of removing, replacing, and reinstalling new padding is many times less than the added costs of drying it in place.
 
SERVPRO of Tracy takes the time to salvage anything in your home that is possible during the water removal and cleanup process. Just give us a call at (209) 834-0200 whenever your home in Banta, Ripon, Holt or surrounding areas has a water damage emergency.


Why Professional Water Damage Restoration Makes Sense in Tracy

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Spills happen. When spills are too large for a homeowner to clean up successfully, it is time to contact SERVPRO for water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians Make Sure That Contaminated Water is Properly Removed From Your Home After a Water Damage Incident

Nearly every Tracy homeowner has entry-level experience with mopping up minor spills. After all, water is used daily for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and washing, just to name a few commonplace tasks. Some splashing and dribbling are inevitable and may not need professional intervention. More significant overflows or long-term leaks require the experience and expertise of a professional water restoration company.
 
Burst pipes and water heaters, toilet and sink overflows, clogged gutters, and incursions through roofs, foundations, and other water damage in Tracy responds best when trained and experienced technicians provide restoration services. Only IICRC certified technicians are equipped to determine the techniques, equipment, and products that safely recover the water damaged structure and contents of your home. Chances are good hiring a restoration company saves you both time and money over the long term as you may discard many items we could restore because the average homeowner lacks the skills and experience.
 
SERVPRO managers and work crews train extensively to deliver fast and reliable water damage recovery services. The characteristics of the water causing the damage need assessment as soon as possible. Clean water leaves most structural components and possessions wet but usually completely restorable through the use of professional drying equipment and strategies. Gray water contains some contaminants, including soaps, cleansers, food, dirt, and oils or grease. Overflows of appliances like dishwashers or laundry machines are examples of gray water. With proper training and experience, professional restorers can remove gray water and its debris from most items.
 
Black water is tainted with human and animal waste, corrosive or poisonous chemicals, or other substances hazardous to human health. Toilet backups and clogged sewage lines, as well as runoff from rains or flooding, may be contaminated with feces, bacteria, viruses, or bloodborne pathogens, and are considered black water. Porous articles saturated with black water may not be suitable restorative risks. SERVPRO crew members are certified to make hard decisions about which items and materials must be discarded and which can be sanitized after soaking in black water.
 
Once the type of water damage is determined, SERVPRO workers swing into action, removing and properly disposing of standing water and then setting drying goals for salvageable items. Speedy drying is crucial, particularly when contaminated water is involved. Microbial growth begins within 48 hours and is amplified if the water is full of organic materials that provide nourishment for mold spores. We use heavy-duty, high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move water vapor out of structure and contents quickly. Our professional reputation adds support to any claims you make to your insurance carrier, limiting your out of pocket costs when water damage strikes.
 
Hiring SERVPRO of Tracy for water damage remediation immediately increases your options and the odds of restoring much if not all of your home’s structure and contents. Call (209) 834-0200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for top-notch professional help.

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Common Laundry Mistakes That Can Cause Water Damage in Tracy Homes

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Over-filling the drum of your washing machine can cause damage to it and could result in flooding your floors.

Tips for Preventing Your Washing Machine to Malfunction and Cause Water Damage

Having a washer at home in Tracy is very convenient. A home washing machine means no trips to the laundromat, and that is good news for any busy person. However there is one downside to having a washing machine in your home – like any machine they can break down, and if they break down, there is a risk of leaks. Leaks in your home mean water damage, so naturally, you want to avoid leaks if possible. Here are some common laundry mistakes that harm your machine and increase the chance of a breakdown.

Metal items are a leading cause of washer breakdown – and that means more risk of water damage in your Tracy household. The three most common culprits are:

•Coins – always check the pockets of every item for coins before starting your washer.

•Zippers – you cannot remove zippers from your clothes, but you can zip them all the way up to the top, so they do not flap around as much.

•Brassieres – underwire and clasps on lingerie might cause damage. You can protect your washer by placing underthings in a mesh laundry bag.

Another thing that causes washer damage is over-filling the drum. It is tempting when you have much laundry to stuff as much in as you can. Unfortunately, putting too many clothes in the machine puts extra stress on the delicate workings. SERVPRO recommends checking out the manufacturer’s guidelines about weight.

Power surges present another potentially dangerous situation. A sudden spike of electricity can harm your washer, including melting its plastic components. Protect your machine by using a surge protector, and by unplugging when not in use.

Sometimes even being careful does not prevent leaks. In the event of water damage, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to extract water, dry out carpets, baseboards, and floors and restore your laundry room as soon as possible. We bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to speed the drying process when necessary.

For help with water damage in Mountain House, Banta, Holt, Ripon and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Tracy at (209) 834-0200 today.

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SERVPRO of Tracy Emergency Water Damage Service

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

 Water coming out from garage Water Damage from anywhere, call SERVPRO of Tracy on 209-834-0200

SERVPRO of Tracy is available 24 hours a day for any kinds of water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
209-834-0200

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tracy has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

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 home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Tracy

SERVPRO of Tracy specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Call today on 209-834-0200

Facing Water Damage Restoration In Your Tracy Area Home

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage from a Split Pipe Is Mitigated in Your Tracy Home with a Fast Call to SERVPRO

Trust the Swift and Comprehensive Water Removal and Cleanup Team from SERVPRO

Water damage affecting your home in Tracy can come from a variety of sources. However, whether you face a small leak or an entire flood, professional services provide you with the highest chance of recovering. Always keep in mind that the time involved in getting the help you need has a significant impact on the results you receive.  

With a qualified professional on your side, dealing with water damage in your Tracy area home is easier than you might think. You gain access to professionals who understand that water can migrate, filling cracks and crevices in tight places including your attic, basement, and other hard to reach areas that have the potential to cause severe problems over time.

At SERVPRO we offer highly trained, fully certified technicians with years of experience dealing with water issues for homeowners just like you. Using a variety of water extractors, drying equipment, and cleaning methods, we make your home safe and healthy for your entire family. We have access to infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, air movers, HEPA filtered vacuums and dehumidifiers that help us provide you with a quick, efficient drying process.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-industry certified, offering a stress-free restoration process. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, anytime, day or night. You can count on us to be there when you need us, providing you with services you can trust to recover after disaster strikes, or you need a mop and bucket clean up. Our team manages the entire service, providing updates and answering any questions you might have throughout your restoration process.  

We believe in safety above everything else, using a variety of personal safety equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, boots, and breathing apparatus as necessary. SERVPRO technicians are proud to provide you with full-service solutions to a variety of emergency situations that might occur on your property and show it in our performance on every job. You never have to contact or schedule additional companies to get the job done right. We are committed to restoring your water damaged home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO of Tracy for access to qualified professionals, dedicated to providing exceptional services that help protect your property, today. (209) 834-0200

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Water Damage to Any Shape or Size

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Equipment with Box Truck to Cleanup and dry out a facility with a large loss

We responded to a water damage for a local food processing plant. Their first question on the telephone was "Can SERVPRO OF TRACY handle this?" We explained to them no job is too big or too small for SERVPRO OF TRACY.

After our trucks, vans, and professional team members  pulled up to the job site after business hours, the management was relieved! This relief of stress is what SERVPRO of TRACY is known for. We worked over night to clean and extract the water. Emergency services can be a great help in times of trouble. 

We placed various equipment including but not limited to dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and air movers to dry and remidiate the problem. 

We also cleaned and dried under the soaked pallets and left the facility immacuately clean and dry, its the SERVPRO Of TRACY way.

The customer was thrilled to see that the job was done overnight. The next day the clients business was operating as usual, hence, our SERVPRO motto "Like it never even happened."

How To Handle Water Damage

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO OF TRACY on 209-834-0200 for your any kind of water or fire needs at business or at home.

SERVPRO OF TRACY understands the stress when you have an unexpected water damage in your home or business. That's why we are available 24/7. Even on Christmas Day or on New Year's Day. We are always open for you 24/7 to help.

Our certified technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. Technicians will mitigate the damage to prevent mold, mildew or bacteria. Using EPA disinfectants, we will make your home or business safe to re-enter and occupy. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO OF TRACY has been trusted by local business's and insurance companies to assist with their water damage projects.

If you have an emergency water damage, water heater or fire damage needs, please call us now anytime on

209-834-0200

SERVPRO OF TRACY to Rescue !!

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF TRACY will be there to make it "Like it never even happened." Call now (209) 834-0200

  • While homeowners were out of town, their toilet supply line broke. Next morning when their son woke up, he noticed water on the floor and he panicked and called his parents. Homeowners called SERVPRO OF TRACY right away.
  • Randy and his highly trained technicians showed up early in the morning, which was a Father's Day.
  • More than 2 inches of water we extracted on a 3,000 square feet home, which was dried within 4 days.
  • "We are so thankful that Randy and his professional technicians showed up at our difficult time. While we were out of town and not even at home.
  • Thank you very much SERVPRO OF TRACY for doing a great job even on a Father's Day.You deserve 10 out of 10."
  • The after picture shows "Like it never even happened."

What Do You Do with Unexpected Flood?

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Damage To Your Property

Where you are, what you do, and where your buildings sits on your property has a lot to do with whether you receive significent damage during a flood. With the proper attention, you can increase the chances of your home's survival during even the worst possible situation.

By using a qualified flood damage restoration company, SERVPRO OF TRACY to inspect your Tracy and surrounding area home gives you access to a professional with a keen eye, someone that has the experience to point out problems often overlooked by everyone else.

Flood can happen anywhere, anytime, which makes it necessary to receive help before disaster strikes.

Having a relationship with your local SERVPRO OF TRACY provides you with expertly trained technicians, industrial-grade equipment, and the proper certifications to handle any damage to your property. If you leave things to chance, secondary problems develop that lead to additional damage down the line. You may face situations that involves a slowly rising flood or something that gets entirely out of control within seconds. Any situation that involves water intrusion on your property must be dealt with swiftly to ensure that your cintents and the structure of your home remains intact.

SERVPRO OF TRACY's drying technicians use a variety of moisture detection, removal, drying and dehumidifying equipment to return moisture levels to normal. Without these devices, you are simply guessing, causing any building materials found on your property to wrap, bend, crack or swell, leading to signifiant problems that require professionally trained experts to correct.

Calling SERVPRO OF TRACY helps you receive quality assistance when you need it, something you can rely on during emergency situations that occur on your property. Take the time to learn more about what we can do for you. Call today 209-834-0200.