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What Carpet Cleaning Method is Best?

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning What Carpet Cleaning Method is Best? An example of steam cleaning.

Five Types of Carpet Cleaning…Which is Best? Ask SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos.

By Clayton A. Barry, Partner SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos

I’m a second-generation carpet cleaner. My father owned an area rug and wall-to-wall carpet cleaning company that was established in the early 1950’s. As a little boy I hung around my dad’s shop on Saturdays. When I got a bit older, I would go there after school to learn how to clean the fringes on Persian rugs. 

My family moved to San Mateo in 1968 and two years later we moved to Foster City. Since then, during my working lifetime I have seen the evolution of on-location carpet cleaning (and location water damage mitigation). 

I know there is confusion about which cleaning system is best, shampoo, steam or dry cleaning? I can help you understand the difference between the various carpet cleaning systems.

Today, there are actually five types of on-location carpet cleaning in use for wall-to-wall carpets. This article will not address area rug (Oriental rug) cleaning. Instead, I will discuss the different, “modern” cleaning methods for wall-to-wall carpet cleaning. This material will be presented in the chronological order in which the cleaning methods were introduced to the consumer: Shampoo, Hot Water Extraction, Dry Methods, Bonnet and Encapsulation.

Please understand that each of these methods of cleaning will do a reasonably good job as long as a trained professional properly performs the work. Where does this training come from?

In the United States, the carpet cleaning industry is primarily educated by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC. This leading institute has a governing board that is comprised of members from the carpet manufacturing industry, installation industry, cleaning chemical and cleaning equipment manufacturers, scientists and health professionals. Even government agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are represented. There are other trade associations such as the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) that also provide education for carpet cleaners. All of these associations have evolved along with the carpet industry. As the physical content of carpet fibers and carpet construction techniques have changed, the associated industries have modified their cleaning agents as well as equipment and products to stay current. Lets examine some of this history.

1930’s: In the very early days of wall-to-wall carpet installation, wool was the principle fiber used for the face yarn. Jute or hemp fibers were often used in the construction of carpet backings. In that era, carpet pads were usually made from horsehair (felt). Shampoo cleaning was the most appropriate method for cleaning those carpets. Shampoo cleaning did not have to use a lot of water. This was critical because a serious over wetting during cleaning often ruined those carpets by causing materials to shrink and dye colors to bleed. 

1950’s / 1960’s: After the Second World War, our population exploded.  The resulting housing construction boom called for more wall-to-wall carpets than ever. This demand outstripped wool production. Kodak, DuPont and Allied Fibers introduced synthetic (plastic) fibers along with new carpet backings that were virtually waterproof. The backing materials and underlayment (pads) evolved. By the end of the 1960’s, during the transition from natural to synthetic fibers, steam cleaning (today called hot water damage) became the preferred method. Carpets were being manufactured to withstand more moisture. Cleaning equipment manufacturers developed synchronized high-pressure water sprayers and powerful extraction vacuums to clean these manmade materials.  Finally “steam” carpet cleaners could use pressurized water to flush and rinse the dirt and cleaning agents away.

It was during the transition era of wool carpets to synthetics that the first “dry” systems of carpet cleaning were developed. A highly successful franchise was built upon the ingenious use of corncobs being ground into a spongy powder that was saturated with dry-cleaning solvents to be spread across carpet surfaces to absorb soils. The spongy bits of corncob fiber were brushed into the fibers to adsorb soils.  When the little bits of spongy corn cob dried they could be vacuumed away.  However, these and other dry methods didn’t make much of an impact on carpet cleaning until the 1970’s as you will discover next.

1970’s: Unfortunately, when water extraction cleaning is not performed properly, carpets can become or remain over-wetted. Synthetic fibers won’t shrink, but the adhesives that hold the carpet layers together can delaminate. Wet carpets can also cause water damage to furniture. Molds may develop and sour smelling air often permeates the indoor environment. These kinds of negative experiences happened when low priced, portable cleaning equipment became readily available to the public.  Unfortunately, the do-it-your-self crowd wetted and damaged a lot of carpeting. There was also a wave of “part time and weekend cleaning companies” without advanced training who gave a bad reputation to steam cleaning in general. This opened the door for a new batch of “dry” carpet cleaning companies. In fact, aggressive franchises advertised the advantages of “space age chemical technology” that could solve or prevent the over-wetting problems caused by “steam” cleaning. Dry cleaning methods used minimal moisture and they did an excellent job of surface cleaning. Carpets were dry and ready for use in just a couple of hours.

Advertising savvy dry carpet cleaners made a strong argument. However, as time went by, the public became aware that dry cleaning systems left a great deal of chemical residue in the carpets. The public noticed that high levels of cleaning chemical residue caused fibers to rapidly re-soil. Concerns arose over indoor air quality. During the next three decades steam and dry cleaners battled each other for public acceptance.

1990’s: Bonnet cleaning became a meaningful “comprise” method of cleaning. Let me explain what I mean by “compromise”. Shampoo carpet cleaners always reasoned that their system gently scrubbed and agitated the fibers. Scrubbing action is a good cleaning feature. Steam (hot water extraction) advocates spoke about the benefits of heat and the rinsing action that their water based system provides. Heat has proven to activate cleaning agents. Rinsing removes residues. Dry cleaners promoted the benefits of advanced chemistry… low moisture and rapid drying. Each system of carpet cleaning offers distinct advantages. However, bonnet style carpet cleaners believe their system combines the best parts of the other cleaning systems. Let me explain.

Bonnet cleaning utilizes thick, cotton pads that are dampened with water combined with various cleaning agents. These pads are fitted onto shampoo cleaning machines. The prepared pad is methodically worked across the surface of the carpet to gently agitate the fibers and to loosen the soil. With skillful operation, bonnet cleaning will provide more than just surface action. It can provide a deep cleaning. As soon as an area of carpet has been treated, the cleaning pad is removed and replaced with a clean, dry cotton pad, which is spun over the surface of the damp carpet to adsorb the moisture (and soils) from the fibers. The carpet is left fairly dry and ready for use within thirty minutes to a couple of hours. 

By the way, dry bonnet pads can be utilized in another way.  A dry bonnet pad can be spun over the surface of damp carpeting that has just been wet cleaned by, either, shampoo or hot-water extraction methods to provide an additional measure of extraction. Doing so will accelerate overall drying. While bonnet cleaning seems to be a versatile, effective, popular carpet cleaning system, cleaning technology is constantly evolving and changing.

2000’s: Recently, the IICRC has endorsed the encapsulation method. Today, many of the leading manufacturers are promoting “encapsulation” as the latest advancement. Some encapsulation systems use a new design of rotary brush to apply the cleaning agent and agitate the fibers. However, the more dramatic advancements are in the area of chemistry. Revolutionary polymer encapsulation cleaning agents blended together are able to target different soils in one application, capture these soils and, then, dry (cure) them into tiny crystals to be vacuumed away.

The science of encapsulation has become so popular among carpet cleaners that some of the chemical manufacturers are now making their liquid cleaners for use with bonnet machines and even for use with hot water extraction equipment. There are still old timers who are performing shampoo carpet cleaning… and some of the “encapsulation chemical companies” are making encapsulating shampoo just for them.

Let’s distill all this information down to practical application. What is the best carpet cleaning system for someone who owns or manages investment property? My best advice is to focus on finding the right company. My criteria for the right company would be:
1.    Choose someone who is certified with the IICRC, 
2.    Someone who uses more than one cleaning technique, especially a combination of hot-water extraction and the latest bonnet-encapsulation.

There will be circumstances that demand both disciplines. For a greasy spill, hot-water combined with powerful vacuum extraction may be the most effective and inexpensive way to remove the majority of the source material. Then, if required, a bonnet method can also be used to provide further “extraction” drying. There will be other situations in which quick turnaround of rental property is required, a bonnet encapsulation method is a great answer. 

When it comes to maintaining carpeting, it’s not just the overall cleaning method that has to be considered. Specialty spot cleaning and deodorization skills must be part of a professional carpet cleaner’s offering. When it comes to spots and spills, there is no one carpet cleaning method or “miracle cleaning agent” that does it all. Wine spills, candle wax drippings, blood, pet urine and chewing gum blobs happen, and their successful removal requires special treatments, advanced skills and experience.

Find a carpet cleaner you feel comfortable with, one who has experience, shows up on time, charges a reasonable price, and is able to enhance a carpet’s appearance. If he practices two systems of carpet cleaning, not just one system, that could be a real advantage.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos would be pleased to provide carpet cleaning for your residence or commercial facility.

Clayton Barry is a second-generation cleaning expert. He is a partner in one of the largest SERVPRO franchise operations in America, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos and licensed territory also includes Foster City and Redwood Shores.

MOLD is a Four Letter Word

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD is a Four Letter Word Microscopic Closeup of Mold

At SERVPRO of Belmont and San Carlos we have received late night calls about mold on our 24 hour emergency telephone line.

The phone line has been set up for calls about water and fire events that require immediate response. Mold is not an emergency. It takes weeks or months for mold to develop and it does not justify a late night call. However, we discuss subject to highlight how having mold in a home is an emotional experience for many persons.

Mold is also blamed for being the source of all sorts of illnesses, even things that are caused by bacteria and viruses. Yes there are many urban myths and unwarranted fears about mold. It is a modern day villain.

This doesn't mean you should ignore mold in your home or workplace. Mold in an indoor environment is always an unwanted guest. Call SERVPRO of Belmont San Carlos at 650-591-4137 for balanced advice and help concerning mold. 

Understanding Mold Remediation

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Remediation An example of serious mold growth.

The Mold Damage Process in San Carlos

In the San Carlos hills, mold is a common concern among local homeowners, and mold growth can quickly consume a region behind walls or in dark corners. Mold is often difficult to detect, and by the time it is obviously present, significant damage can already have resulted in the home. This article outlines how mold damage occurs, what can result from it, and what must be done to remove it. 

How Mold Damage Occurs
Mold damage most commonly results from a water leak or some other form of water damage. Even after the leak is fixed and the water appears dried, more can still be inside of wood or fabric, promoting mold growth. It should be noted that mold also typically requires an organic surface to grow on, such as wood or fabric. There is no way to stop mold from forming in these damp regions, at least initially. Mold patches form from airborne spores, of which you likely breathe in and encounter thousands of every day. If the conditions are right, one spore can eventually lead to exponential growth into a full colony. Thus, the only real way to prevent mold growth is to avoid water and moisture problems and fully dry out materials after any leaks have been fixed. 

What Mold Damage Does
Mold often forms into large patches, which can grow to sometimes be several feet or larger in diameter. Some types of mold may also emit a strong musty odor when in high enough quantities, allowing for easier detection. However, if you can smell mold in your home, this may be cause for significant alarm as some molds may cause adverse health effects, especially if they are in large enough colonies to emit odors. Mold can chew through organic materials such as wood, causing permanent structural damage to your home. Additionally, its potential ill health effects make mold a silent but highly dangerous force acting upon your home. If a mold colony gets enough out of hand, your home may be condemned for safety concerns. Thus, one should always work to stop mold as soon as possible. 

What is Done About Mold
Mold remediation typically involves a company like SERVPRO coming to your home to do full-time work. You may potentially need to live elsewhere during remediation. Technicians will first identify the source and spread of the mold, then begin a process of air filtration and drying to help stop further growth. Damaged materials are then removed from the home and replaced, and everything potentially exposed to the mold and its spores is given a thorough scrubbing. Depending on the damage, final repairs and restorations may be made to any damaged regions. 

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is a locally owned and operated business and has had experience with dozens of mold removal and remediation projects in the past. If you require professional services or assistance with residential mold growth, call us at (650) 591-4137.

Volunteering on the USS Hornet.

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Volunteering on the USS Hornet. SERVPRO at Cleanup Day at the USS Hornet.

When news went out of a request to help clean and restore the USS Hornet for a special occasion, the teams from SERVPRO of San Leandro, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos and SERVPRO of Stockton volunteered for this aircraft carrier sized task without hesitation.

The USS Hornet, World War II era US Naval Aircraft Carrier, is now a floating museum docked at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The ship is famous for being the recovering ship that picked of the astronauts and space capsule that traveled to the moon.

The work involved pressure washing a portion of the main deck in the hanger bay and dusting specific portions of the ship's quarters that are heavily travelled during the tourist season.

You may not have an aircraft carriers that needs cleaning... but we are here to help with smaller jobs too, were SERVPRO.

Fire on a Halfmoon Bay Fishing Boat

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire on a Halfmoon Bay Fishing Boat Gotta love the neighborhood...

SERVPRO of Belmont/ San Carlos Gets the Boat Ship-Shape

By Clayton A. Barry

One of the most interesting and unique cleaning jobs our company performed was aboard a commercial salmon fishing boat. Our technicians cleaned up the contamination of an oily soot fire that started in the engine room.

The fifty-one foot fishing trawler also had significant soot contamination throughout its galley, sleeping berths and wheelhouse.

The fire occurred while the boat was “on the hard” which means while it was on the ground in a boatyard. The “chandlery” (boat repair company) caused the damage while they were performing routine repairs and service. The chandlery was responsible for the costs of cleanup. Our SERVPRO of Belmont /San Carlos technicians washed the interior surfaces from stem to stern…. Sorry for the pun. Our textile service provider, FRSTeam helped with the clothing and bedding that was onboard. Together, we had the boat cleaned and odor free in three days. The original engine repairs and the additional fixes to mend the damage caused by fire were completed in a timely fashion by the boatyard.

The captain was able to take her out on the first day of salmon season. Whether it’s removing a severe odor problem or cleaning carpets and floors, you can rely on the team At SERVPRO to make your boat, home or business look its very best. Call us at 510-785-0497 and we’ll get you back on the water again.

Extensive Fire Damage

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extensive Fire Damage Fire can cause a danger zone.

How Fire Damage Restoration Companies Make Your Property Safe

House fires are one of the most stressful and frustrating experiences that a homeowner can endure. In addition to engendering substantive financial losses, house fires can pose several health and safety risks about which owners must be cautious. Because house fires can result in the loss of valuable property while also endangering the family's livelihood, it's no surprise that many homeowners experience profound emotional trauma during this time. To ensure that you can maintain your equilibrium and move forward, it's a good idea to obtain SERVPRO to help you. Learn more about how restoration companies can assist you by reading the short outline provided below:

Assessing Your Home’s Damage
In general, the first thing a professional restoration company will do when you call is to come to your property and complete an assessment. The assessment is designed to determine how much damage has been done to your home. During the assessment, SERVPRO specialists will inspect your entire home to decide what tools they'll need to clean and restore it effectively. The assessment will also help the specialists determine how long the restoration process will take and what the repair fees will be. Finally, the assessment will help the fire damage specialists determines whether the property is safe enough to start the cleanup and repair processes.

Cleaning, Repairing, and Restoring Your Home
Once the Fire Department specialists ensure that your home can be entered, they will start the cleanup process. Drying your home is at the top of the to-do list because it can help prevent the onset of mold and mildew accumulation. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments, so exacting the drying process as quickly as possible is quite important. In addition to reducing the risk of mold accumulation, the specialists will use specific tools to remove ash, soot, and standing water from the premises. They will also carefully inspect the structure of your home and make any repairs necessary to ensure that the foundation remains safe and stable. The length of time the cleanup and repair process will take is ultimately contingent upon the extent of damage done to your home.

Conclusion
If your home has been subjected to a fire you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at all of the work needed to restore your property. You don't have to worry. By contacting a team of professional fire damage specialists, you can get your property back in excellent condition. As a team of trained specialists who work with skill and speed to remediate your home, the SERVPRO crew is your first choice when you start searching for the ideal restoration services. Contact us now to obtain the professional, personalized services you need and deserve.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Belmont community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (650) 591-4137

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

For a Belmont Commercial Building Damaged By Fire, Call SERVPRO

Commercial fires can have devastating consequences for business owners in Belmont. However, there are numerous tips and tricks you can utilize to help diminish the odds of a commercial fire in your building. With the cooperation of your co-workers and employees effective adherence to safety rules helps in preventing a fire on your commercial property. Read the following quick reference guide to learn how you can realize this important objective.

Preventing Electrical Fires

Not all fires can be prevented. However, there are numerous strategies you and your staff members can employ to reduce the likelihood of a fire disrupting your place of business. Electrical fires are one of the primary types of fire outbreaks, and these are one of the most costly types in terms of property damage. Nevertheless, commercial property owners will be happy to know that electrical fires are also amongst the most preventable kinds.

To get started with the electrical fire prevention process, remember never to overload a power strip or electrical outlet. Electric sockets can only handle a certain amount of electricity. Thus the more plugs placed in them, the greater the likelihood of a power overload. Large appliances like a breakroom refrigerators or photocopiers require a high load to function. These types of appliances should be distributed to draw electricity from different circuits within the system. 

Maintaining Order In The Business Setting

In addition to avoiding power overloads, it's important that you maintain order in the workplace setting. Fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO state that you can reduce the risk of fire by keeping chemicals and other flammable materials away from power strips, electrical outlets, and other areas of the property that experience high levels of heat and electrical arcing. Additionally, knowing that clutter is a huge fire hazard, store boxes containing documents in file cabinets and maintain neat storerooms.  

Fire Equipment Upkeep

As per the directives of the local fire marshal, check and maintain your fire suppressant equipment. The fire sprinkler system, smoke and fire alarms, and fire extinguishers should always have scheduled maintenance and testing.  Awareness and following safety procedures will help to keep your doors open for business in Belmont.

Contact SERVPRO Immediately!

Although learning about fire prevention tools and techniques is important and advantageous, you should keep in mind that your commercial property may still be subjected to damage. Loss of equipment, merchandise, records, and cash flow can be immediate effects of a commercial fire aftermath. If this happens, there's only one team of technicians to call for professional commercial fire retoration services: SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified staff possesses advanced knowledge and skills in a wide range of services, some of which include disaster recovery, commercial mold remediation, commercial fire damage restoration, and commercial water damage restoration. Faster to any size disaster.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Belmont and San Carlos regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters. Call us. (650) 591-4137

Mold in a Home in Half Moon Bay

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in a Home in Half Moon Bay Call SERVPRO if you have found mold like this in your home.

Mold Warning Signs: A Brief Overview

As many homeowners know, the presence of Half Moon bay mold in the home can cause health effects and can erode the surfaces on which it lives and compromise the structural integrity of your property. In many cases, homeowners are uncertain about how to detect the presence of mold. To learn more about mold warning signs, consider the short overview offered below:

Mold Warning Signs
There are numerous signs which can indicate that mold has begun to proliferate in your home. Some of the signs include:

A Strange Odor 
Strange odors are oftentimes a clear indication of the presence of mold.Half Moon Bay mold has a smell that is often categorized as "pungent." In many cases, homeowners will notice this pungent smell in a particular region of the home. This can be an indication that the mold is thriving in that area of your house. Also, note that mold can occasionally live behind wallpaper and within your walls. For this reason, you may not always be able to immediately detect the smell.

Taking Action 
If you think your home has been infested with mold, be sure to check the moist regions of your living space first. In the event that you do not find anything, it's a good idea to call SERVPRO. In the event that the Half Moon Bay mold is causing breathing problems for you or a loved one, it is prudent to arrange to live somewhere else until the problem has been resolved.


Conclusion
Although mold can be a problematic issue for homeowners to grapple with, several solutions exist. One of the best solutions is to hire a professional team of experts who can eradicate the unwanted fungus with proficiency and expedience. If you're looking for an excellent, ethical company to eliminate unwanted mold, call SERVPRO. Our technicians are passionate about restoring your living conditions to an optimal state, and we work with speed to make it happen. Call us today and let us whip your residential property into excellent shape immediately!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Belmont community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities. 

Stay Safe and Be Prepared: A Checklist for Severe Storms in Foster City

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stay Safe and Be Prepared: A Checklist for Severe Storms in Foster City Storms are Coming. Be Safe and Prepared.

Stay Safe and Be Prepared: A Checklist for Severe Storms

Thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail and ice storms all have the potential for destructive force that can destroy portions of the electric grid for days or even weeks. SERVPRO always launches a quick and complete response to any Foster City storm damage. Our goal is to get our customers secure and comfortable again as soon as possible. There are things you can do to minimize the discomfort and danger of living without power in the case of any extensive Foster City storm damage.


Be Prepared: Checklist for a Severe Storm Forecast
1. Charge your cell phone, check backup power and program SERVPRO’s customer service number for quick dial. (650) 591-4137

2. Report power outages

3. Keep up-to-date with our repair process in your area for an estimate of when power will come back on.

4. If someone requires life-support, sign up for our Life Support Equipment Program (LSE) before any Foster City storm damage jeopardizes their health. It gives access to a 24-hour help hotline.

5. Familiarize yourself with how to operate manually all gates, security access points, and garage doors.


When dangerous storms are forecast in the near future, prepare ahead of time:
1. Keep up-to-date with the changing forecasts, so you know when watches and warnings are given.

2. Charge your cell phone or any other mobile devices completely. Tablets and laptops can also help you keep in contact and track storm progression.

3. Switch your fridge to the coldest temperature and set water bottles to freeze. If the power outage lasts for a considerable time, these can help keep your food fresh.

4. Have a full tank of gas on all vehicles. This is especially important in snowy or icy weather when you may get stuck on the road or for evacuations.

5. Take cash out of the ATM. If the power is out in stores, they will not be able to take credit and debit cards.

6. Come up with a food plan for your family. Have plenty of non-perishables around and enough fuel for the grill.

7. Save excess water in case the supply is tainted or if your well pump stops. Fill up gallon jugs or old juice bottles with tap water and even fill the bathtub as well.

8. If severe storms happen, evacuations may be mandatory. Come up with a plan for lodging your family and pets somewhere else.


Include these in an emergency kit:
• Flashlights with extra batteries
• Hand-crank powered radio with weather band
• Extra charged cell phone batteries
• Containers of potable water
• Non-perishable food and snacks
• A can opener and small tools
• Disposable plates, utensils, and cups

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. 

We are here in Foster City and are ready to help you. Just call us. (650) 591-4137

The Benefits of SERVPRO Water Mitigation in Redwood Shores

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Benefits of SERVPRO Water Mitigation in Redwood Shores A SERVPRO water mitigation Technician operating a Water Extracting "Rover".

Mitigate: To cause or to become less harsh, to make less severe or painful

By Clayton A. Barry

Prompt response to a disaster by qualified technicians will contain the size and expense of water damage by providing focused emergency mitigation. Insurance industry statistics confirm that repair costs are minimized when professional mitigation companies act as the first responders. The photograph depicts an experienced water damage restoration technician standing on a weighted extractor called a “Rover.” A weighted extractor is used to pull the most possible moisture from carpets. The vacuum is so powerful that it can even pull water from the carpet padding! This kind of mitigation action speeds up the overall drying process.In addition to reducing the extent of structural damage, various mitigation specialty services also serve to protect the health and safety of the occupants by installing preventative measures to eliminate: electrocution, slip hazards, cuts and abrasions and potential exposure to hazardous or toxic materials. Mitigation providers can reduce the overall duration of water-damage events. They can often get a building dry in three days. At a fire and soot cleanup project the amount of work is reduced when the location is promptly mitigated and made ready for final cleaning or for structural repairs (restoration). Why is this “speed” so important? Today, there is elevated concern about microbial contamination such as mold growth caused by water damage events. Once again, prompt and proper mitigation that includes environmental controls, especially to reduce indoor humidity will lessen the chance of mold and bacteria growth. Don’t procrastinate… mitigate. You will reduce overall restoration costs! SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos territory includes, Foster City, Redwood City and San Mateo. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any size disaster.  Call 650-591-4137 for more information