Recent Posts

Blood Cleanup Services in Amador County and Surrounding Areas

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Blood Cleanup Services in Amador County and Surrounding Areas Normal cleaning chemicals are often ineffective, and while they may clean the surface, they do not serve as an anti-bacterial agent.

All biohazard cleanup requires special care but when you’re dealing with an accident, criminal act, or another mishap, it requires immediate professional attention.  Task training such as the use of chemical agents and clean-up equipment is simply not enough.

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora provides blood cleanup services in Ione, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, and surrounding areas. Our technicians are highly trained to restore your home or business to its original state.  They are also trained to perform their task as respectfully as possible and to preserve your privacy.

Although what you see on television can be entertaining, this is not a simple task of putting down a chalk outline and getting out a mop and bucket.  Blood and other bodily fluids require special cleaning agents and protocols.  Normal cleaning chemicals are often ineffective, and while they may clean the surface, they do not serve as an anti-bacterial agent. Most of them also leave behind a stain or ring on floors and walls after the chemical dries.

With the presence of blood in the equation, specialized disposal procedures are required.  There is the risk of Hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV and other infectious diseases that are not present in other biohazard spills. Federal and state laws determine the type of trash bags and clean-up materials we use. Blood-soaked cleaning cloths are not considered safe to clean and re-use, so pads and other cleaning materials are removed and incinerated just like hospital waste.

Regardless of what may have happened in your home or business, our team understands this is a sensitive issue. We do not ask for any details beyond what we need to accomplish the task; it is none of our business. It may seem cold and detached, but it also prevents our technicians from accidentally saying something inappropriate to the media, neighbors or anyone else.

An incident like this is possibly the worst thing that can happen in your home or business. Blood cleanup requires a professional service that not only has the proper training and tools, but the empathy as well to help you try to return your home or business to its original state. SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora is here to help you do just that. Call us at (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555 to begin.

Cleaning Mold Damage in Calaveras County

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold Damage in Calaveras County Got mold? Let us get it before it gets you!

After a disaster, the threat of mold can quickly become a reality. A major flood is not needed to start the threat, most mold spore and microbial growth begins with a relatively small amount of water and then spreads, sometimes going unnoticed for a long time.

Cleaning mold damage in Calaveras County is not a simple process. SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties has decades of experience with mold and the training to professionally complete the job and place you safely back into your house or apartment.

There is a mistaken belief that mold growing in your home means you keep a dirty house. This position is not true. Mold spores are in every home and begin to expand no matter which neighborhood you live in with only three factors 1) food source, 2) temperature, and 3) moisture.

Your Home Is the Grocery Store For Mold

Every home is a food source for mold. Mold grows exceptionally well on building materials such as drywall, insulation, paper, and wood such as framing.  If it is organic, mold feeds on it.

Is It Hot In Here or Is It Just Me?

Most homes keep an indoor temperature of around 74 to 78 degrees. Typically common molds grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. Other molds grow well at temperatures lower or hotter than that.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Mold spores need moisture to expand and begin developing. The more moisture, the quicker they grow.  Keeping the moisture level under an acceptable range is the best way to prevent further growth.  Since moisture is the easiest to manipulate than temperature and food source, this is where our trained technicians concentrate their efforts after a water damage.

Time is also critical in the development of mold.  Water does not need to be contaminated; microbes are present even in clean water pooling under a dripping faucet. After as little as 24 to 48 hours, mold can quickly grow under the right conditions.

Stopping mold growth is a major issue in protecting your home and property. SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora is ready to explain every action as we help you. If you have seen or otherwise believe you have a mold problem, call at (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555 today.

The Science of Drying a Water Damage Part I

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying a Water Damage Part I A moisture meter tool helps us evaluate the damage to your structure. It's one of the tools we use to determine "What is Wet?" and "How Wet Is It?"

When our team at SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora enters your home or business after a water loss, there are two important questions that need to be evaluated before the drying process can start.  1) What is wet? 2) How wet is it?

“What is wet?” seems like a basic question but often the answer to that can be complex.  Standing water that is visible is obvious but what about areas you cannot see?  Hidden areas where water can be trapped can be found underneath cabinets, flooring such as laminate, vinyl, tile, and hardwood, and inside wall cavities and crawlspaces.  Evaluating “What is wet? ” is one of the most important question needing to be answered.

Next up in our damage evaluation is the question “How wet is it?”  Water, if left to its own wiles, can cause major damage under cabinets or inside walls.  Wood can warp, wet sheetrock loses its strength, and insulation can absorb large amounts of water affecting its efficiency.  To properly evaluate “How wet is it?” we use specialized metering tools to measure moisture levels in areas that are out of sight.  We also employ thermal imaging technology that is capable of reading temperature variations within walls or ceilings or even in the foundation to answer this second critical question.

From Kirkwood to Ione in Amador County, Bear Valley to Valley Springs in Calaveras County, and Sonora proper, SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides emergency water damage disaster services.  These are some of the questions we know how to answer to get your home or business dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24/7 to help you in your time of need by calling (209) 223-4423 / (209) 536-6555.  Knowing how to properly evaluate water damages and answering these crucial questions lets us develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

The Science of Drying a Water Damage Part II

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying a Water Damage Part II A Hygrometer reads humidity levels providing important information when answering "Is It Drying?" and "Is It Dry?"

When our team at SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora starts drying your home or business after a water loss, we have already answered two very important questions:  "What is Wet?" and "How Wet Is It?"  In a previous blog post, we touched on these points.  In answering those questions, we can start developing a plan of attack to begin the drying process.  Using this plan of attack tells us how much drying equipment needs to be placed in the affected areas.

Once we have drying equipment up and running in the affected areas thus stabilizing the loss, the next phase of drying can start.  Like in our initial evaluation, there are two more questions that need to be properly answered before our job is complete.  1) Is it drying?  2) Is it dry?

In an ideal situation, drying your home or business may take several days.  The variety of building materials found in your home or business all have unique drying characteristics.  Our specialized metering tools that tell us “What is wet?” also tell us how much these materials have dried.  Appropriate drying techniques include controlling the proper temperature and using mechanical air movement and dehumidification.  Temperature, or heat, brings moisture to the surface.  Air movement removes or evaporates moisture from the surface.  Dehumidification removes the evaporated moisture from the air while supplying a sufficient amount of dry heated air to keep the cycle going.  This continuing process lets us answer the question, "Is It Drying?"

The final question for our consideration “Is it dry?” is answered when moisture levels and other measurements are taken from the affected areas are compared and closely matched with readings taken from areas that remained dry.  During our initial damage evaluation and throughout the drying process, we take moisture measurements from an area within your home or business that was unaffected by the water damage and use those measurements as our "drying standard."  In the most basic of terms, when our wet-area measurements closely match the dry-area measurements, we can conclude your home or business is dry.

From Kirkwood to Ione in Amador County, Bear Valley to Valley Springs in Calaveras County, and Sonora proper, SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides emergency water damage disaster services.  These are some of the questions we know how to answer to get your home or business dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24/7 to help you in your time of need by calling (209) 223-4423 / (209) 536-6555.  Knowing how to properly evaluate water damages and answering these crucial questions lets us develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

A lot of insurance policies for homeowners cover water damage but who wants to go through the hassle?  Instead, use these 5 basic tips to prevent water and mold damage in the first place.

Pay close attention to your water bill!

Most water pipes are hidden behind the walls and floors in your home so you might not know there’s a problem until the damage is done.  It’s important to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill.  If you start seeing your bill creep up or get uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

Grease in your sink can cause a big stink!

NEVER put grease down your kitchen sink drain if possible.  Whether you flush it down with hot or cold water or detergent, it can still harden and cling to the plumbing causing some serious damage.  The best thing to do is to pour that grease into an empty container and let it sit out on the counter or in the refrigerator.  Once it firms up, you can just toss in the garbage and be done with it.

Don't throw a gutter ball when it comes to your roof gutters!

You might not think about it often but have you checked your roof gutters lately?  If you can safely do so, give it a good look before storm season arrives.  If they are clogged with debris from trees or maybe even birds, they might not be working the way they are intended to.  When the rain pours down a clogged gutter can send water where you don’t want it go; into your roof, foundation, or basement causing water and mold damage.  Make sure to keep them clean and if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Remember your school volcano project?  Let's not try that in the plumbing!

From your kitchen sink causing a stink to the rub-a-dub-dub there's a clog in the tub, drain backups are going to happen.  Chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again.  While they may work at getting that clog free, they are also caustic chemicals that eat away at your plumbing and are not good for your health too.  Overusing chemical drain cleaners can set yourself up for leaks down the road.  Instead, invest in a good drain snake at your local hardware store.  You can snake your way through most any clog without damaging your plumbing and your health.

Don't let the Rise of the (Washing) Machines ruin your week!

Most homeowners don't think about their washing machine hoses after they are first installed.  Unfortunately, these inconspicuous and inexpensive plumbing components flood a lot of houses.  Leave a 3 to 4-inch gap between the back of your washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection.  Regularly check the hoses for signs of cracks and if at all possible replace with steel braided or auto-shutoff hoses.  It's also a good practice to replace your washing machine hoses every 5 years.

Don't let water damage ruin your week.  Call the experts at SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counites & Sonora at (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555 for help.

Does Your Amador County Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Amador County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Amador County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Motherlode.

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 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 Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -
(209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

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 Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 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 Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora 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’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Click here to Meet Our Crew!

For Immediate Service in Calaveras County, Call SERVPRO

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

General  For Immediate Service in Calaveras County, Call SERVPRO Calaveras County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties and Sonora provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Calaveras County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (209) 223-4423 or (209) 536-6555

Residential Services

Whether your Calaveras County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Calaveras County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services by clicking here.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips Most of the time, the mold growth you see on drywall is much more extensive on the backside. Don't let it contaminate your home, call us today!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Amador / Calaveras Counties & Sonora specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (209) 223-4423 / (209) 536-6555

When Storms or Floods hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, SERVPRO is ready! Jackson Creek flooding in Jackson, CA.

SERVPRO of Amador/Calaveras Counties & Sonora 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.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Amador, Calaveras, & Tuolumne Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (209) 223-4423