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We Will Dry And Repair Your San Carlos Hotel Room Right Away

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO has state of the art drying equipment" Our SERVPRO professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your property after water damage strikes.

Broken Shower Head Can Damage San Carlos Hotel Rooms

Your hotel can see considerable traffic throughout the year on account of San Carlos being one of the premier tourist destinations in all of California. Maintaining the structure can be challenging when people are always present, and the turnover of rooms happens daily. Wear and tear on vital fixtures like faucets and showerheads can lead to eventual failures, which must get addressed quickly if you hope to keep the damage contained to a single room.

Your hotel was undoubtedly designed to shut off the water supply to each room with a panel box installed near the bathroom in case you combat water damage in your San Carlos hotel. The advantage here is stopping the flow of water to these broken fixtures to prevent further spraying and flooding of the bathroom area. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, you can reach our team 24/7 to have qualified water restoration technicians there to help quickly.

Water Damage Restoration

In the earliest stages of recovery, the priority is addressing the water damage pooled on the floors and what must be done to reduce the saturation and exposure of the vanity, drywall, trim, and other susceptible areas. In many cases, if approached quickly, controlled demolition and later reconstruction might not be necessary. The use of centrifugal air movers can direct dry airflow at specific damaged points of saturated surfaces to expedite evaporation and drying.

While you undoubtedly have a maintenance team capable of handling minor plumbing concerns, we are committed to making this restoration as seamless as possible. Our SERVPRO team has a full division of licensed (#937457) general contractors that can help to assess any other potential issues and replace the broken shower head and damaged fixtures.

We know that you make money off of the fast turnaround of each room in your hotel, and that is why we have the experienced team we do. Our professionals can work on drying and repairing your unit to make this water damage situation “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team a call today at (650) 591-4137.

What Crucial Things Should Redwood City Business Owners Note Before Attempting Mold Remediation

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Provides Information and Helps Perform Black Mold Damage Repairs

The presence of mold in Redwood City business premises, especially in the hospitality sector, presents many inconveniences. Apart from the physical deterioration of materials, which can ruin the ambiance of your establishment, there are other issues like poor indoor air quality or even shunning of your establishment by your regular customers.

On noticing signs of microbial growth, you may decide to pursue mold remediation restoring your Redwood City facility to its preloss state. The success of such an exercise or the time it takes to realize positive results depends on how well you understand the process. SERVPRO informs business operators of the best actions to take and also helps execute such processes fixing the problem, “Like it never even happened.”

Some Crucial Points to Note When Dealing With Black Mold Include:

  • Eliminating mold spores is impossible  
  • Mold is a sign of an underlying issue
  • Professional help is necessary if the mold affects more than 3 square foot

Knowing these things helps ensure that the remediation focuses on the right things, thus improving the outcome. For instance, finding out the underlying issue causing the proliferation of mold and fixing it ensures that other processes such as cleanup of mold colonies produce long-term results. The underlying problem is usually moisture-related.

Typical Moisture Issues can Stem From:

  • Hidden leaks
  • Condensation 
  • Unresolved water intrusion

SERVPRO can help whether you have a limited or widespread infestation. We inspect the property before attempting any repairs, thus establishing whether there are hidden colonies. That way, we can take advanced steps such as controlled demolition or blast cleaning where necessary.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos has significant experience delivering mold remediation to business owners. Call us at (650) 591-4137.

SERVPRO Makes Fire Damage in San Carlos Go Away

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Class of fire, extinguisher SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians are ready for any size fire damaged job. Call on our skilled teams when your home experiences a fire.

Mitigating Kitchen Fire Damage in San Carlos

From 2011 to 2015, an estimated 358,500 fires occurred in homes that caused over $6.7 billion in damages, according to NFPA data. Not only are San Carlos home structural fires costly, but they can have long-term effects on homes without professional mitigation, including the spread of odors and residues that can be unpleasant and difficult to remove with consumer-grade cleaners.

If you need fast, reliable fire damage removal in your San Carlos home, they can always count on the restoration technicians at SERVPRO to get the job done right. SERVPRO technicians use contemporary technologies and EPA-registered antimicrobials to ensure that your home gets the restoration it needs after a fire occurs. Whether contents or structures are affected, these professionals focus on preservation and restoration whenever it is safe and feasible to do so.

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher

When buying fire extinguishers for your home, it is essential to be aware that there are several different categories made to fight different kinds of fires. These include:

  • Type A, which is primarily for mundane fire situations involving materials like wood, paper, and cloth.
  • Type B, which is designed for extinguishing fires caused by combustible liquids like oil, grease, and gasoline.
  • Type C, which is made for handling electrical fires.
  • Type D, which can extinguish fires involving flammable metals, and is mainly for commercial applications.
  • Type K, which can handle vegetables and animal-based oils, as well as other fats, in cooking appliances. This variety is similar to Type B but is designed for commercial applications in areas like cafeterias and restaurant kitchens.

For home use, there are also multi-purpose extinguishers that encompass the traits of Types A, B, and C. Most homeowners should look for an extinguisher that weighs between two and ten pounds.

How SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage 

Kitchen fires can leave copious amounts of damage to appliances that can eventually corrode metals and plastics. It is crucial to examine and thoroughly clean electronics near where the fire occurred. All-purpose antimicrobials and glass cleaners can be used to take care of light damages. Yellowing on appliances is reduced by using a wood creme paste.

For polished finishes, chrome, and aluminum exteriors, alkaline cleaners designed for substantial damage are implemented with care to preserve the sheen and quality of your kitchen appliances. Electronics in need of restoration can be sent to an authorized electronics service technician after a thorough cleaning.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is always ready to leave disaster-affected homes looking, "Like it never even happened." Whether you need cleanup late at night, on weekends, or during holidays, you can call (650) 591-4137.

Redwood City Flooded Homes Need the TLC of SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damages

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo/ Lightning storm When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Issues You May Deal With After Flood Damage in Your Redwood City Home

Flooding can happen following a hurricane, a tornado, or a flash flood, and even a well-prepared Redwood City homeowner can be caught up in flood damage. Having flood water in your home can be dangerous and inconvenient.

In the aftermath of flooding in your Redwood City residence, you need to handle several issues. It is beneficial to hire a certified company to help you manage the destruction. SERVPRO can help you deal with issues such as:

Storm Damaged Floors

During groundwater intrusion, mud and debris can cover wood flooring. Our staff can dry your floors by using pumps or wet/dry vacuums to remove the water and using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry them. Shovels and squeegees may be the first tools used to clear away the murky deposits. If the flood damage is severe, we can tear out the non-salvageable boards and dry the underpinnings or concrete pad.

Ruined Appliances

Electric appliances that get submerged in water can stop functioning. We can assess your electronic equipment to determine the severity of the damage. If they can be salvaged, we can wipe water and debris from their surfaces and contact an electronics restorer to repair them.

Adverse Effects of Flood Damage 

Regrettably, flood damage can impact your home negatively. Floodwater carries debris and silt of every kind. It can contain chemical contaminants and disease-causing organisms. If your carpeting and other porous material are contaminated, we recommend replacing them. Restoring porous materials like drywall and soft materials like carpets after Black Water absorption is not a wise decision. Though we strive to restore and not replace flood-damaged materials, safety comes first.


Mold grows in moist areas, and a flooded house is perfect for mold to breed. Mold can lurk under wooden floors, on the ceilings, or walls. Mold spreads fast, and it needs a trained eye and advanced tools to locate hidden mold in your home. Our team can identify the areas where mold is present and physically remove contaminated porous materials. We can also dry the affected surfaces thoroughly. Our team can also use quaternary compounds and chlorine bleach solutions to inhibit mold.

Foul odors

Foul odors are linked with flood damage because of the dirty water and possible mold infestation, which leaves a stench. Your upholstered furniture and draperies can have unpleasant smells. Our SERVPRO team can remove the foul odors using thermal fogging equipment and air scrubbers to leave your indoor air fresher and healthier.

After experiencing flood damage in Redwood City, San Carlos, Foster City, or Belmont, you need fast, professional help. SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos can help you remove the water and clean up your home. Call us at (650) 591-4137 for efficient restoration.

Are Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Safe for Consumption After Fire Damage Restoration in San Carlos?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire SERVPRO can help you with every step following a fire incident in your San Carlos home. Call us for help right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Help Fire Victims Sort Out What Foods to Keep During San Carlos Fire Damage Restoration

Homeowners have dozens of decisions to make after professional fire damage restoration in San Carlos. One category might take you by surprise -- what chilled and frozen foods can you keep without risking the health and well-being of yourself and your family?

Why Would Food Secured in a Freezer or Refrigerator Pose a Hazard?

SERVPRO weighs many considerations before declaring an opinion  on food safety during fire damage mitigation and remediation in San Carlos. Heat, smoke, and soot are possible contaminants, as are the chemicals or water used for firefighting. Two significant concerns present:

  • Did the appliance lose power or warm from the water or the heat of the blaze during the fire, causing a temperature increase that could make foods dangerous to eat? 
  • Did toxic residues from the fire's combustion penetrate inside the freezer or refrigerator, possibly tainting foods and beverages?

Are There Guidelines SERVPRO Follows for Chilled and Frozen Food Safety During Fire Mitigation or Remediation?

Freezer seals are not reliably airtight, requiring an investigation of each fire scene individually. Expect SERVPRO to direct you to governmental agencies' advice regarding whether the food inside a cooling or freezing appliance remains protected adequately. Some recommendations include:

  • Keep appliance doors tightly shut, especially if cooling and freezing are interrupted.
  • Inspect for soot lines or a smoky odor when first opening the appliance. Discard food if present.
  • Monitor temperatures of the food -- toss unless food items have temps of 40 degrees or lower. 
  • Frozen items that thaw only to 40 degrees or colder can be cooked or refrozen.
  • Refreeze juices, dairy items, and baked goods as long as they maintained the 40 degree maximum.
  • Thawed vegetables can be refrozen only if ice crystals remain.

Work with SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos during and after fire damage restoration to keep your family safe. Call (650) 591-4137 for a consultation.

Mold Development in a Retail Space in Redwood City Needs SERVPRO for Remediation

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling Mold remediation by SERVPRO is second to none. We use the latest technology and equipment for every size of disaster.

New Redwood City Spa Could Allow Mold Growth and Colonization

Renovating commercial space for new tenants is a common practice throughout Redwood City, and spas are more relevant and necessary now more than ever. Rushing to reach your opening is an ideal goal, allowing you to reach your fanbase as quickly as possible, but aspects of the renovation and reconstruction can get overlooked. Improper ventilation for areas of your spa can lead to favorable conditions for microbial threats.

Remodeling a commercial space to accommodate a new style of business does not always equal mold damage for Redwood City properties, but specific oversights can allow the conditions for this disaster. Because of steam and vapors common to areas and practices of modern spas, adequate ventilation is not a suggested installation but a need for your new business. Failure to install these fixtures can result in lingering moisture in susceptible areas of your space.

Even though your spa keeps traditional operating hours, failure to remove vapors and moisture from hallways and adjacent rooms can lead to the development of mold colonies, even with only part-time use. Spores exist naturally in nearly every environment, so these microorganisms survive in perpetual circulation until they encounter moist conditions around organic materials or contents. The drywall used to form the walls of your spa can often be an ideal launchpad for microbial colonization.

Mold Removal

Mold Damage Remediation is a considerable first step to take, as our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can offer solutions that can remove colonies often without disturbing the host material. We can also work to clear out lingering moisture with the use of desiccant dehumidifiers and air movers.

With a team of licensed general contractors on our SERVPRO team, we also have the means of utilizing controlled demolition strategies were necessary to save you time and money. We can also install more sufficient ventilation fixtures to ensure the appropriate moisture removal after a long day of steam treatment and relaxation.

Commercial properties throughout the area come under new ownership all the time, leading to fast turnarounds to get new customers in the door as quickly as possible. If you have overlooked moisture removal fixtures and it caused mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team to help. Give our experts a call today at (650) 591-4137.

Discover Redwood City Water Removal Secrets

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

standing in a pool of water in home Storm and flood damage is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO and we will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Remediating Flood Damage in Redwood City Homes

Despite our reputation for fog, Redwood City residents enjoy over 250 sunny days every year. We only get around 24 inches of rain over 12 months, far below the national average of 39 inches per year. Flooding is not high on the list of concerns for most people. 

When flood damage happens in Redwood City, it usually happens quickly and is over just as fast. The effects, however, can last for days and weeks unless the homeowner brings in a professional agency immediately after the disaster. Our SERVPRO technicians can quickly remove water and reduce or eliminate the signs of damage in every home. 

Equipment for Water Damage Restoration

Our teams begin with pumps and extraction wands, depending on the level of water in the home. For levels ankle-high or higher, the pumps can draw out water from most homes in just a day or two. Once the water is only an inch or two, specialists switch to the extractors. 

These devices efficiently remove water off floors. The models we use have an adjustable heating element, so our personnel can begin drying wood floors to reduce the risk of the floorboards cracking or splitting from exposure to excess water. We dispose of soaked carpets since flood water from outside the home often contains soil, animal wastes, and other contaminants

Drying Water Damage

Next, SERVPRO restoration teams begin drying the personal and structural property in each home. For large items like sofas, team members remove them outside the home and place them on blocks to allow for draining water. Once in place, they set up fans to increase air circulation and speed up the drying process. Our teams can dry most property except for paper which begins to deteriorate quickly after exposure. 

Inside the home, technicians set up fans to increase circulation and install dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air. The lower humidity allows evaporation to occur faster in building materials like drywall and floor trim. That reduces the amount of material our teams have to remove and dispose of in each home. 

These first steps we take at SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos can reduce the labor and material costs of restoration. If you have a question about our methods or want to schedule a visit from one of our teams, call us today at (650) 591-4137. We are here for you. 

Redwood City Homes Require Water Cleanup Services After a Ceiling Leak

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. A leaking ceiling from water damage is no easy task. Call the professional team of SERVPRO for all the water mitigation services needed for your home.

SERVPRO Provides the Latest in Water Restoration for the Redwood City Community

A ceiling leak in a Redwood City home can be harmful beyond the esthetics of your home. The consequences of water damage can be long-lasting if restoration of normal humidity levels takes too long or does not happen. A professional outfit is your best option to monitor the progress of water damage restoration efforts and identify potential risks.

For water cleanup services in Redwood City, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO as soon as your emergency occurs. Whether you are looking at a ceiling leak from storms or the incident resulting from a burst pipe, our professional water restoration technicians are ready to help. Our certified team of experts arrives at your home prepared with industry-strength water extraction equipment, which might include the following-

  • Pumps- submersible, handheld, and truck-mounted pumps allow us to extract varying volumes of water whether it is standing in a basement or hidden behind cabinets and baseboards.
  • Air movers-essential to promoting the rapid evaporation of water, this equipment improves air circulation through the affected areas.
  • Injectri-dry technology- helpful in drying wall cavities and accessing hard-to-reach crevices where standing water accumulates.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is an invaluable resource when water cleanup services are in order. When you find yourself in need of a team of water restoration technicians who can help you with water damage repairs, sewage cleanup, and flood restoration, do not hesitate to call us at (650) 591-4137. We aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

We Get You Back To Business In Foster City After Flood Damage

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO's experts are available 24/7 to assist with water damages in your Foster City property. We will get you back to business as usual in no time.

Removing Malodors from Businesses with Flood Damage in Foster City

Places of work need to be safe for both employees and customers. Flooding, even with clean water, can significantly impact your commercial property's safety standards by bringing in microbial infestations like bacteria, fungi, or viruses. You must bring in professional restorers to thoroughly clean and disinfect your property after floodwaters have entered to maintain high sanitary standards. Often in commercial properties, damages can be more severe if they occur out of hours due to the harmful effects of prolonged exposure on contents or structure.

We operate a highly efficient, rapid response unit for businesses with flood damage in Foster City. Upon notification of damage, our customer service team can arrange for a team of trained restorers to assess, remediate, and restore the damages with a minimum loss of revenue. Each team is selected for its skill set and is headed by an experienced crew chief who can communicate with you from start to finish.

Many commercial businesses are customer-facing, making the odor problems common in flood damage properties a significant issue. SERVPRO has specialist Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can use several methods and techniques to bring that odor back under control, leaving a clean workspace.

Odor Removal for Flood Damage Properties

Malodors often dissipate once structure and contents are thoroughly dry; however, there are several deodorizing methods SERVPRO can use to eliminate odors. Carpeting, which absorbs odor particles, can be treated on both sides using an EPA-registered disinfectant. This method controls both odor and microbial growth. Walls, ceilings, and floors can be treated using a ULV fogger loaded with chemical pairing agents to neutralize odor completely. Any remaining areas with significant odors can be treated with concentrated deodorant pellets to mask odors until they dissipate naturally.

Keeping your commercial property sanitary involves both cleaning and odor control. Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 today.

When Your Redwood City Bathroom Experiences A Water Damage Disaster, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom flood illustration After a water mishap in your Redwood City bathroom, you will need help from the experts. Call our skilled water remediation technicians right away.

Water Damage From A Half Bath In Redwood City

A broken water supply line can dump a large amount of water quickly. If your half bathroom has unleashed a mini-river, turn off the water, and contact SERVPRO. We can work on the moisture left in the bathroom, vanity cabinet, and wall.

Water damage in Redwood City of any size needs to be addressed quickly. On arrival, our technicians can remove the soaked bathroom rugs to dry in another area and use portable pumps and squeegees to remove as much residual water as possible from the floor and cabinet interior. We determine if the subflooring was affected. Weep holes can be drilled to allow for both drainage and airflow behind the wall cavity.

Why SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration? 

We are local, and our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to meet your needs for remediation with compassion and professionalism. Each time we set up air movers and dehumidifiers, it is a specific configuration to the area in the property we are drying. We consider the shape of the room and the particular angles necessary to pull moisture to the surface best to be captured and removed. SERVPRO technicians can remove the wood baseboard under the vanity and use hoses to direct air both under and throughout the cabinet for thorough drying.

Once verified as dry through moisture readings, SERVPRO technicians leave the premises sanitary as they hand-clean surfaces with our antifungal and antibacterial cleaners. We offer building services, and the baseboard under the vanity can be warped from exposure to too much moisture. We are able to replace it for the property owner as a part of our restoration to make this mini-flood “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage cleanup needs to happen as soon as possible. That is why SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 is available 24/7 to come to your property and restore and repair water damage to your property and contents.