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It' s a Team Effort

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency property damage happens. When it does, prompt response can save you time and money. The faster a professionamitigation expert can be on scene to mitigate the disaster the better… the scale of damage is reduced and the inconvenience to the occupants can be minimized. People may be able to stay in their residences and business tenants ay be able to continue operating when a skilled response team is in charge. That’s why we provide 24/7 emergency response services for: fire and smoke, water damage, sewerage backups, window and door board-ups and crime scene cleanup.

Not everything is an emergency: Property owners, property managers and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restorations issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why our local SERVPRO franchise performs non-emergency, specialty cleaning and restoration services such as: Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, power washing, Asbestos removal and reconstruction services. - You don’t have to have an immediate emergency to use our services.

SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for its expertise in serving insurance companies. SERVPRO is proud to be an important part of that team. We also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

Are you SERVPRO Ready?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

When property disaster occurs at a business location, the operation of the business is often interrupted. Any interference in business operation can negatively impact the business and profitability of a company.

It is imperative that the damage to a commercial establishment be contained and repaired quickly so the impact of business is minimized.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is an experienced specialist in restoring commercial properties. We have worked at many restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing plants and retail establishments in Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood Shores.

When a property disaster happens many things can go wrong and quickly. Let’s use a burst pipe flooding as our example. While each building and business will face its own specific situations, these following items are fairly common problems:

1 - Portions of the structure will get wet and may need to be removed and replaced. 2 - Water service may be interrupted. 3- Electric service may also be compromised. 4 - Office equipment and manufacturing equipment could be ruined or in need of repair. 5 - Production and assembly processes may be compromised. 6 - Employee safety is in jeopardy (Slip hazard / risk of electrocution) 6 - Alarms, telephones, computers may not function reliably. 7- Elevators don’t work. 8 - HVAC systems compromised

An experienced commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions to business interruption. That’s why SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos provides restoration management services beyond just the initial emergency response of water extraction and structural drying, such as:

Water extraction, humidity control, document drying, emergency power, emergency lighting, security services, electronics cleaning and repair, HVAC system cleaning and service, elevator repair, communications systems restoration, structural repair, plumbing repair, temporary office modules, temporary fencing and toilets, OSHA safety inspection services, Industrial Hygienist services, consultation and more.  

 Being a great commercial mitigation and restoration company, is much more than simply drying a building. It is helping a company get back into operation as quickly as possible. 50% of companies fail within one year of having a disaster. It’s not because they don’t have insurance or resources. It’s because too much time goes by allowing clients to go to competitors.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos provides a free Emergency Ready Plan that can help any business be ready for a disaster. Preparedness reduces the down time and that improves the chances for a company to return to profitability after suffering a disaster.

Water Damage works like a Snake

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

During periods of heavy rain in Belmont the ground water was replenished, causing underground streams and springs to flow again. (Many underground water sources dried up during the recent draught.)

One particular client of ours owns and manages a commercial property in which a small channel of water flows through their crawlspace. Engineers determined that the flow of moisture does not pose a treat to the foundation of the structure. Our company was hired to install a moisture barrier in the crawlspace. A plastic barrier was installed above the ground surface, which prevents humidity and odor from the ground water in the damp soil from affecting the crawlspace.

During heavy rains the water flows through the crawlspace at an increased rate, but the plastic barrier keeps the moisture contained. No bad odors or excess moisture affects the building above the plastic.

SERVPRO of Belmont /San Carlos provides moisture barrier installation to protect residential, commercial and industrial properties. We also perform HVAC cleaning and other environmental specialty services to protect your indoor air quality.

SERVPRO 's Special Weapon

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Belmont San Carlos, we have both cold “coil dehumidifiers” and “desiccant dehumidifiers.” Having one or more desiccants are the benchmark of a professional mitigation company.

Desiccant-Based Dehumidification is an interesting topic. Most people are aware of “cold-coil” dehumidification, which removes moisture from the air by condensing the moisture onto a cold surface. Desiccant dehumidification relies on adsorption or absorption power of desiccants, which are substances that attract water-vapor molecules from the air. They rely on adsorptive or absorptive process. Adsorption refers to a desiccant that does not change phase as it collects airborne moisture. Most adsorbents are solids; familiar examples include activated alumina, silica gel, and zeolites (molecular sieves). We see these packed in electronics cartons.

In water damage drying application, desiccant machines are designed to collect moisture on a rotating wheel coated with solid desiccant material. As damp air passes through one section of the wheel the desiccant on that section adsorbs water vapor, making the air drier than when it entered. Wheel rotation then exposes the moisture-laden desiccant to a “regenerating” air stream that strips the captured moisture away from the desiccant (desorption). The wheel rotates to the damp air collection port and it is ready to absorb more moisture from incoming air.

At SERVPRO we have dozens of cold “coil dehumidifiers” and a couple of commercial “desiccant dehumidifiers.” That’s one more reason we are proud to be an experienced and professional mitigation company capable of helping commercial clients. SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos 650-591-4137

More Storms Ahead, AGAIN?!

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Climate change is happening and is in full force. 2016 was an El Nino year. In Northern California we had increased rain that ended our five-year draught. In many ways we were lucky because, other than a few isolated locations, our region escaped the mega damage we might have experienced. (It was worrisome when we came close to a major dam failure that would have impacted hundreds of thousands of people.)

This year has all the indicators of being another El Nino year. It is also is shaping up to be a heavy hurricane season as well. Both events don’t usually happen in the same year. If we have hurricanes, the Eastern seaboard and Gulf on Mexico could be impacted. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (Category 1). The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 156 mph. It is possible that the west coast could be pounded by El Nino storms while the East and South are experiencing Hurricane damage.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is prepared to help any property owner who experiences storm damage here in Northern California, and we are ready to travel to other parts of the country to help with their local storm damage too. In the past we have performed Hurricane cleanup on the east coast and are prepared to do so again this year if need be. SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is an experienced property damage restoration provider.

Is Mold Really Our Enemy?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a four-letter word… the very mention of mold stirs negative feelings. Yet mold is a necessary part of life. Bread makers and people who make wine, beer and cheese also rely upon mold and yeasts, all part of the fungi kingdom. Molds are part of our ecosystem. Saying mold is bad is not a realistic statement. Tens of thousands of different molds have been identified and studied. Did you know that the commonly know pharmaceutical antibiotic Penicillin derives from the Penicillium Mold?

Only a few produce negative effects on people. Tell a baker, winemaker, brewer or cheese maker that molds and yeasts are bad and you will get a funny look.

There are molds that are able to produce tiny spores that become airborne and these spores can pass through our respiratory system and into the Alveoli sacks in our lungs and cause toxins to enter our bloodstream. Infants, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system are susceptible. These molds are called, “toxic black mold.”

Problem is, the majority of molds are black in color. Some are white, yellow and pink, but black is the most common color. People hear about “black toxic mold” and then equate the black mold that they see on a window frame as being this potentially harmful variety of “toxic mold”. There are contractors who make a living playing off of the public’s fear and lack of knowledge about mold. They charge big fees to remove mold of any variety, harmful or not.

For realistic information about mold, one of the best sources to learn about mold is to visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website using mold as a search phrase. You will get easy to understand information about mold, and even tips on how to remove it. Another thing to do is to give us a call. SERVPRO of Belmont San Carlos at 650-591-4137.

SERVPRO's Grade +A Services

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO's Grade +A Services SERVPRO is always ready to help NO matter the circumstances.

Belmont/San Carlos will host educational preparedness events for property owners and facilities managers.

And, our company will be there for our community to provide water and flood damage cleanup as we have done in the past. 

Our franchise is experienced in storm cleanup such as: mudslides, ground flooding, wildfires, earthquake damage and falling tree cleanup.

Our advertising slogan is: "Like it never even happened." We always do our best to deliver that quality of service. When you need solutions call: 650-591-4137.

Sewage Happens

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage Spill Cleanup

Our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos expert technicians are certified and trained to follow USA-EPA, OSHA and IICRC guidelines and special “standards” regarding sewage spill cleanup. The EPA is concerned with public safety. OSHA is concerned about the health and safety of restoration workers and persons in proximity to cleanup worksites. The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is an international association considered to be the leader in training and education for the mitigation and restoration industry. The IICRC classifies sewage as: category 3 water, in their S500 Standards & Reference Manual. Please review our summary of this:

Sewage spills are called Category 3 water. They represent grossly unsanitary water that contains pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. It has the potential for causing major illness and infections in some persons. Its presence and lingering effects can cause the affected building’s environment to become unhealthy. Thus, highly porous and most semi-porous building materials should be removed and replaced. Sewage or unsanitary water entering a building from outdoors or from a toilet bowl overflow will be extracted and the carpet and pad will be removed and disposed if it were wetted. Cabinets and vanities will be carefully detached and removed while the surrounding wet walls and insulation will be cutout and disposed. The remaining building materials and framing will be cleaned, sanitized and dried before the damaged building is reconstructed.         

The drying process is performed with great care to prevent bacteria particles from becoming airborne. Our special air cleaning equipment is installed at each Category 3 work location to insure that health and safety requirements are met.                               

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos takes pride in performing mitigation and restoration projects, particularly restoring contaminated indoor environments by making them safe and like new again. Should you home or a commercial property suffer a sewage spill, please have the work performed by a skilled and certified company… we’re available! Call us at 650-591-4137.

Results from Fire Content Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fires in homes and offices may completely destroy some structural materials and personal items (contents) too.  Depending upon the insurance coverage purchased, policies will customarily pay to rebuild or replace structural materials, including personal contents that are destroyed. Insurance jargon refers to these astotal lossor non-salvageable items. Adjusters request that restoration companies make an honest evaluation of what can be cleaned or repaired and what cannot be salvaged. If there is uncertainty, they direct the restoration provider to make a test by attempting to salvage. If the results are not satisfactory we are to stop cleaning. SERVPRO will provide an inventory of items that are deemed to be total loss/non-salvageable. The “total loss” inventory is usually supported by photographic evidence and job notes/reports. Sometimes, the adjuster or property manager/agent may want to personally inspect damaged items. It is the adjuster who makes the final determination concerning the total loss items based upon the terms of the insurance policy. Final cost settlement (reimbursement) is between the policyholder and the insurance company (not us).

Please Note: the term is “total loss” is not total lost. At all times, non-salvageable items are in a chain of custody. They are not lost. In fact items are disposed of only after we receive an “Authorization to Dispose” form from you (the policyholder) or at times your adjuster who has gained your approval.

If your property suffers a damage, we are here to help. If you need content cleaning or advice, please call us at: SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos 650-591-4137.

SEWAGE CLEANUP, A NASTY JOB

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage Spill Cleanup

Our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos expert technicians are certified and trained to follow USA-EPA, OSHA and IICRC guidelines and special “standards” regarding sewage spill cleanup. The EPA is concerned with public safety. OSHA is concerned about the health and safety of restoration workers and persons in proximity to cleanup worksites. The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is an international association considered to be the leader in training and education for the mitigation and restoration industry. The IICRC classifies sewage as: category 3 water, in their S500 Standards & Reference Manual. Please review our summary of this:

Sewage spills are called Category 3 water. They represent grossly unsanitary water that contains pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. It has the potential for causing major illness and infections in some persons. Its presence and lingering effects can cause the affected building’s environment to become unhealthy. Thus, highly porous and most semi-porous building materials should be removed and replaced. Sewage or unsanitary water entering a building from outdoors or from a toilet bowl overflow will be extracted and the carpet and pad will be removed and disposed if it were wetted. Cabinets and vanities will be carefully detached and removed while the surrounding wet walls and insulation will be cutout and disposed. The remaining building materials and framing will be cleaned, sanitized and dried before the damaged building is reconstructed.         

The drying process is performed with great care to prevent bacteria particles from becoming airborne. Our special air cleaning equipment is installed at each Category 3 work location to insure that health and safety requirements are met.                               

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos takes pride in performing mitigation and restoration projects, particularly restoring contaminated indoor environments by making them safe and like new again. Should you home or a commercial property suffer a sewage spill, please have the work performed by a skilled and certified company… we’re available! Call us at 650-591-4137.