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SERVPRO Handles Your San Francisco Fire Damage From Cleanup to Complete Restoration

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech wiping soot from ceiling of fire damaged room One of our technicians is removing soot from the ceiling. We have specialized cleaners for soot and smoke removal.

Why Are Contents Piled in the Middle of the Floor After Fire Damage in San Francisco Homes? 

Fire damage is a type of loss that homeowners can plan what to do in case it happens. Still, the total prevention of fire is difficult due to the myriad of factors that can cause a home blaze ranging from electrical malfunctions, improper storage of items in a garage or arson.  

When homeowners see the fire damage in their San Francisco homes after a loss, one of the biggest questions they often have is how did their possessions wind up in a pile on the floor? 

Fire Loss Cleanup 

SERVPRO technicians encounter these piles frequently during cleanup and restoration. It happens as the firefighters use water to extinguish the fire. They pull the contents to the center of the room and wet them down. Each time more items get added, the piles receives another blast of water to ensure nothing reignites. The result is the same when the technicians arrive for cleanup, a collection of wet debris that needs removal and disposal as fast as possible to limit loss. At the same time, they remove charred building materials to open up the structure for drying, soot removal, and deodorization to ready the property for reconstruction.  

Documenting the Loss for Homeowners

As items get removed from the property, SERVPRO techs photograph and give a detailed description of the article, its condition, and reasons it did not have restoration potential. This report assists homeowners in filing their insurance loss claims and expediting reimbursement.  

Restoration and Reconstruction Services

It is an excellent idea to let the company that handles the restoration also handle the rebuilding. With their general contractor license #937457, once the fire loss cleanup efforts complete, the techs can go straight into the repairs necessary to restore the home to its pre-fire condition. 

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 serves the area in the cleanup and restoration of local properties from any size fire damage. Using their knowledge and equipment, the technicians make the loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Effective Cleaning Actions to Remove Fire Damage Residues in San Francisco

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets on fire SERVPRO's cleaning techniques will give you the very best results in bringing back your San Francisco home from fire damage.

The SERVPRO Method for Properly Cleaning Soot from your Fire Damaged San Francisco Home

When our crews analyze the residues left by a fire in your San Francisco house, we match our proprietary cleaning solutions to the characteristics of the soot evaluated and the surfaces upon which the coatings cling. One of the next steps then made is to choose among the most efficient cleaning actions for our technicians to employ while trying to break the tight bond between the soiling and the structural or contents’ surfaces.

A Quartet of Options

As they apply cleaning products to soot-encrusted surfaces, our technicians must take care not to worsen the damage or destroy an underlying surface because it is not durable enough to withstand the cleaner and the action. SERVPRO follows a protocol that emphasizes pretesting and continual adaptation to clean the residues away appropriately eventually. Four general cleaning actions comprise the repertoire of what our employees attempt:

  • Mechanical Action -- Examples include a pre-cleaning scrub or dusting to reduce loose debris before using agitation to dislodge adhered soot
  • Lubrication -- Using cleaners like detergents with wetting agents and surfactants to make surfaces or residues slippery to break their hold on each other, moving the soot into the cleaning suspension.
  • Chemical Action -- Some substances can change the characteristics of soiling at a molecular level, loosening bonds or altering their effect on a surface or material to remove staining. Oxidation is an example.
  • Suspension and Dispersion -- Finding a cleaning product that contains a substance that dissolves or emulsifies the soiling and then disperses it in the solution so it can be removed. 

The Science of Dissolving Soils

SERVPRO technicians learn and apply the principle that "like dissolves like" when matching products with the residues that need removal. Hydrophilic or water-based/loving soils easily dissolve in water. Lipophilic or oil-based/loving soils easily dissolve in oil. Oil-based soiling sometimes emulsifies or spreads evenly throughout water, often with the help of detergent molecules that have a tail that attaches to the oily soil and a head that attaches to water. 

Use of Solvents

Some protein and oil-based soot, such as the residue after a kitchen fire, requires the careful use of a solvent to dislodge. SERVPRO technicians handling solvents use personal protective equipment (PPE). We advise the evacuation of people and pets during solvent use and block the HVAC system, so the vapors do not spread throughout your home.

Finding the right combination of products and cleaning actions can be tricky after a fire deposits residue. Let the trained experts at SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos help by calling us at (650) 591-4137.

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The Key to Successful Flood Damage Remediation in San Francisco

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

hot water heater leaking Whether the flooding in your home is due to a storm or an appliance malfunction, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Anticipating Drying Issues within Flooded San Francisco Homes

Storm-related flooding in your San Francisco homes can be destructive to exposed construction materials and structural elements. Beyond the vulnerabilities created and areas in need of repairs, our SERVPRO team must anticipate drying issues with mechanical systems and utilities within the damaged structure. With numerous mechanisms and appliances within the house, our team must utilize the appropriate equipment to dry these areas in the most efficient manner possible.

Drying flood damage in San Francisco that has breached one of these systems begins with determining the extent and severity of these conditions. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are among the most commonly damaged appliances and circulation systems in the house. Determining the flow of air through these devices and areas can help to regulate the positioning of containment barriers and also assess the required drying approach to overcome potential obstacles to the HVAC system, fireplace, exhaust devices, or central vacuum systems.

Positive Pressure Systems 

These are appliances or mechanisms that push air. These units, like the HVAC system, force conditioned air from an origin point through the vents and registers of the house. Running these machines after flooding can circulate contaminants in the air, but also affect more areas with the higher humidity levels typical to these recovery zones.

Negative Pressure Systems 

Much like positive pressure systems force air onto a damaged space, the negative air options are vital to remove air from points in your home. Running exhaust fans in a flooded bathroom area could be a deterrent to drying, as it might remove drier air in place of moist air within the house. Our SERVPRO professionals can ensure airflow gets consistently monitored in the drying zones, and the appropriate tools and approaches counteract these obstacles for moisture removal.

Our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team has unique training and experience in thermodynamics and psychrometry. With the drying hurdles that can exist in homes and businesses, we have a full-service team of professionals that can help with controlled demolition, cleaning, and recovery to make losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (650) 591-4137.

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What is the Best Way to Clean Fire Damaged Possessions in San Francisco?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding smoke detector Not all is always lost after a fire. SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to clean and restore your fire damaged possessions.

San Francisco Fire Damage Contents Cleaning Overview 

Without a doubt, a San Francisco household fire brings your day to day life to a standstill. The residues left behind are unlike any conventional soiling. Quickly it becomes clear that you need professional help to respond to the crisis, but not only for the surfaces and fixtures that make up the structural components of your home. The same heat, flames, smoke, and soot that compromised your walls, floors, and ceilings also affected your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. 

Emphasis on Restoration 

When a blaze moves through the rooms of your home, everything is fair game as fodder for fire damage in San Francisco. Although the wet, sooty mess you view might seem destined for the landfill, it is much more cost-effective to restore contents as compared with discarding and replacing. The chances are good that your insurance company prefers exploring restoration options. As you consider what you fear lost, the possibility that we can return many prized possessions cleaned, dried, disinfected, and returned to function is an attractive outcome. 

Contents Cleaning Basics 

As SERVPRO evaluates the damage caused to contents by a home fire, we have six general cleaning options available to bring your items back to the preloss condition. 

Dry Cleaning 

Dry cleaning employs dry sponges, brushes, feather dusters, and cloths, which we use to remove loose, non-greasy light soiling like ash. Vacuuming is a dry cleaning method, as well. Dry cleaning can also be a pre-cleaning strategy to eliminate loose debris before deeper cleaning.  

Wet Cleaning 

Usually resulting in the items becoming completely saturated, wet cleaning uses water and selected cleaning products to loosen and rinse away soiling. Moderate to heavy residues are candidates for this method, and SERVPRO technicians might add agitation or an abrasive tool to dislodge tough soils. 

Spray and Wipe 

This option is a variant of wet cleaning, where we spray a cleaning solution on residues, followed by a wipe-down with a cloth. If an item cannot be soaked or saturated without damage, spray and wipe is a way to control the amount of fluid applied to protect the article while obtaining appropriate cleaning support.  

Foam Cleaning 

Used for upholstery or other materials that could bleed or shrink if immersed, the technique uses a brush or sponge to apply a foam that attracts the residues. As the foam lifts away, the debris comes along and can be discarded. 

Abrasive Cleaning 

Sometimes SERVPRO technicians recognize the need for an abrasive action to dislodge tightly adhered residues. We use cleaners with integral mild abrasives or apply cleaners with cloths, sponges, or brushes with abrasive properties, including steel wool or scrubbing pads. 

Immersion Cleaning 

Immersion cleaning is an option for articles that can withstand a cleaning product without ill effects. SERVPRO has portable tubs and basins for use on-site, and larger containers at our production facility. Ultrasonic cleaning is a type of immersion cleaning that uses sound waves to dislodge debris. 

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos has a broad range of options available for contents cleaning after a home fire. Set up an evaluation of your cleaning needs by calling (650) 591-4137. 

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

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Rows and rows of our equipment in our warehouse We have the restorative drying equipment waiting in our warehouse for any size job. Call us right away to prevent further damage we respond 24/7.

Broken Shower Head Can Damage San Francisco Hotel Rooms

Your hotel can see considerable traffic throughout the year on account of San Francisco 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 Francisco hotel. The advantages 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.

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 approaches 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 loss situation “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team a call today at (650) 591-4137.

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Proven Tips to Remediating Flood Damage in San Francisco

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

rendering of a flooded basement with broken pipe Flooding can happen quickly and leave you needing mitigating circumstances. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Get Fast Flood Damage Restoration Results In San Francisco

Storms can bring on significant water damage when you least expect it. Such damage can turn into a severe issue if you are unable to get to work as soon as possible. In the majority of cases, contacting the professionals to help you with flood damage restoration is the fastest way to get the results that you need. 

Even the smallest amount of water can result in serious repercussions, including the loss of structural integrity as well as potential mold growth that can get out of control. Whether you are facing flood damage in San Francisco in your home or business, calling a premier cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO ensures that you get the results you need quickly and efficiently. 

The Restoration and Mitigation Process

Our trained technicians at SERVPRO use proven methods for helping clients with flood damage restoration and mitigation. We often follow a five-step protocol to tackle the onset of water damage after a natural disaster so that we leave no stone unturned. If we can get in and get to work within the first four to five hours after damage occurs, there is a much higher property restoration success rate. Waiting longer than 24 hours increases the chances of permanent structural damage and the development of hazardous mold.

SERVPRO can come to your property to assess the water damage using advanced detection technology. We look to see where water and moisture may have seeped into hidden spaces and make sure that there are no active leaks. 

Next, we remove water using specialized vacuums and high-powered pumps. The drying process begins shortly after that using air movers and industrial dryers. We also have potent dehumidifiers that help to remove moisture from the atmosphere inside the building.

After the drying is complete, any items removed from the property are cleaned thoroughly using techniques similar to that of dry cleaning. SERVPRO technicians also use sanitization methods to rid your belongings of mold or mildew growth along with any lingering, unpleasant odors.

Call us right away at SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 so that we can deploy a team of trained technicians to your property!

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Call SERVPRO of San Francisco For Your Water Cleanup Needs!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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San Francisco, SERVPRO wants to be there for your water damage.

Many scenarios could leave your San Francisco home in critical need of professional water cleanup services. Something as small as a water supply line could cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Imagine a situation where the water supply line underneath the basin of your kitchen sink broke quite spontaneously. Gallons upon gallons of water would rush out onto your kitchen floor and beneath the toe-kicks of your cabinetry. 

The time that it takes for you to get to your water-shut off could be enough time to put your home in need of local San Francisco water cleanup services. When these kinds of scenarios do happen inside of your home, you must remain calm and reach out for help immediately. Quick and concise information can get a team of water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to your home even faster. 

Here at SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on our fast service times. No matter the time of your damage emergency, or the weekday, we're open and ready to help you. Our technicians are certified with the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC-certified). Furthermore, we have technicians with general contractor licenses, who can install drywall or lay down new floor tiles, if needed. At SERVPRO, we have your restoration needs covered. 

So, what would happen if the water supply lines under your sink broke and you phoned SERVPRO? Well, our technicians would rush to your home because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Once there, we could get to work straight away, removing the standing water from your kitchen with wet/dry vacuums. 

Furthermore, our techs could use infrared cameras to search for any hidden pockets of water that should be addressed, especially under your cabinetry. Once the standing water has been cleaned up, we can run some moisture level tests and spray an antimicrobial agent. Using the agent lessens the chance of mold growth significantly. Once we were to finish the job, we could then return your home to you.

If something breaks down on your property and causes water damage, always get help immediately. Communicate with SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos by calling (650) 591-4137. No matter what the time is, our technicians are ready to help. 

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We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster In San Fransisco

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Shelves of our equipment in our warehouse We have to be equipped and ready for any emergency. Call us right away we are available 24/7 to help you with your flood damage.

Essential Issues to Address When Dealing With Flood Damage Incidents in San Francisco

One of the reasons why flooding incidents in San Francisco are loathed is the kind of filth they leave in the affected property. Restoring such property to the preloss state requires effort and time, especially if one wants to save more items. Seeking professional help can ease the cleanup process by addressing several issues that crop up, including:

  • Contamination and microbial growth
  • Deterioration of materials
  • Soiling
  • Debris pile up

Different types of contaminants accumulate in the houses hit by flood damage incidents in San Francisco. Before the floodwater reaches the house, it collects chemicals and biological agents, among other contaminants, from the areas it flows over. Such contaminants end up in the materials the water intrudes. Exposure to water also creates perfect conditions for microbial growth. Restoring preloss conditions is only possible after cleaning all the contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians start by removing all porous materials left wet after the incident because they act as reservoirs for contaminants. We use detergents and other professional cleaning agents to remove all traces of contaminants from the rest of the building.

Water intrusion affects many materials in the house in different ways. Some swell, change color, or lose normal structural form. It is possible to save some like solid wood through cleaning and moisture control. Our SERVPRO technicians can create drying chambers to help save hardwood floors. We also ventilate wall cavities to dry studs and frames. Other materials such as drywall and carpets are unsalvageable, so we remove them for disposal.

Soiling is typical in the aftermath of flood damage with silt and mud being the common soils left. Fabrics can also spill dyes due to water action leading to stains. Cleaning all affected areas and contents thoroughly is a vital part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches, including pressure washing, to remove stubborn soils.

The road to recovery after flooding incidents in San Francisco, Redwood City, or Foster City can be tough. Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back To Business In San Fransisco After A Flood Disaster

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Shelves full of our equipment in our warehouse We have a large inventory of restorative drying equipment and it allows us to offer successful water damage restoration services for large disasters.

Commercial Water Removal in San Francisco That Saves Time & Money

In the United States alone, as many as 14,000 people a day experience emergencies related to water damage. The sources can be as small as a loose pipe joint and as large as flooding from a hurricane. Californians need to be particularly wary of water-related disasters from infrastructure and fixture failures in businesses. This proves especially true for grocery stores, which capitalize on their consistent availability and a massive selection of goods to prosper.

If your grocery store requires commercial water removal in San Francisco, SERVPRO technicians are ready to start restoring your facility within hours. There is significant pressure on businesses to mitigate disasters quickly for the benefit of customers and employees alike, and SERVPRO teams keep this in mind while following local, state, and federal guidelines. Technicians use eco-friendly, EPA-registered disinfectants, and other environmentally-friendly technologies to clean and restore disaster-affected areas.

When mitigating water damage for a business, minimizing unnecessary repair and replacement costs is paramount. Emphasis is placed on saving equipment and inventory. If necessary for cleanup, electronics and other machinery necessary for the day-to-day operations of your store can be moved for their protection in a pack out. Professionals also make sure to carefully evaluate flooring, subflooring, and electrical systems that handle daily tasks like cooling and freezing items for water damage.

After inspection, moving, and water damage removal of any unsalvageable items, SERVPRO technicians get right to work on measuring and extracting moisture with state-of-the-art technologies, including thermal imaging and non-penetrative moisture sensors. Commercial-grade wet/dry vacs can be used to eliminate moisture from flooring, while OSHA-approved cleaners are implemented to disinfect tables, chairs, and other fixtures that may have been affected by water. Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers are highly effective for meeting drying goals in tandem with centrifugal air movers. Because grocery stores are often such large, open spaces, polyethylene tents may be erected to contain moisture and dry it more quickly.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is determined to serve the community with disaster mitigation service that leaves businesses big and small, "Like it never even happened." If you need fast, reliable clean up from an experienced team, call (650) 591-4137 today.

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SERVPRO Is Ready To Restore Your San Fransisco Home 24/7

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Inner wall cavity drying in a room of a home The inner wall drying system drys the walls from the inside and when it is done a simple plast is all that is needed.

Saving Non-Valuable Priceless Heirlooms from Water Damage in San Francisco

One thing about water damage restoration is every job site has different priorities, even though the same end result wanted is complete restoration. For example, in one water loss situation, one of the first things someone may wish to remove from their home is their photo albums with their children's photos and notes about early developmental accomplishments. Everyone has things in their residence that may not have a monetary value, but are priceless just the same.

When SERVPRO handles water damage for San Francisco residents, the technicians compassionately listen to clients, so they know the items of the most worth to the homeowners. A wedding album may only have a value in the dollar amount of the cost as far as the insurance company goes, but its contents are priceless to the couple who have all their photographic memories of their special day stored inside.


Along with restoration services for the structure and contents, technicians have access to the latest technological advancements in the industry along with their continued education in the restoration sciences to ensure the best outcome for every loss situation, including for contents that are uniquely priceless.

Numerous Cleaning Methods

There is more than one cleaning method. SERVPRO technicians carefully test items before cleaning to ensure colorfastness, resistance to shrinkage, staining, and spotting before choosing from their diverse array of cleaning solutions, including specialized mixtures such as foam and immersive cleaners. They also have access to equipment for drying books and papers, and in cases of specialty items, they coordinate with industry professionals to work with the items on a case-by-case basis.

Pack-Out as Needed

When the water damage area in the home is extensive, the ambient humidity levels rise and affect contents left in the vicinity with both the potential for damage from exposure to continual moisture as well as mold growth, particularly on books, papers, and photos. SERVPRO technicians perform organized pack-outs as needed to remove undamaged items to a safe, secure area until the completion of restoration services to the property.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 is available 24/7 to handle any water damage to local properties. Our certified, knowledgeable technicians arrive within an hour of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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