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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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Our Certified Professionals Are The Leader In Water Damage Restoration In San Fransisco

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

two of our drying equipment set up in a bedroom of house after the floors were hit with water damage When our customer came home to a large amount of water in her bedroom, she contacted us right away for water removal services.

Why SERVPRO Water Damage San Francisco

In San Francisco, water is everywhere. It helps define our city and most residents love it; until they wake up to a couple of inches in their home. Fortunately, when it comes to most water intrusions, it usually comes from treated sources like inlet pipes. That eliminates the need for cleaning in most cases so restoration agencies can quickly move on to restoration.

So why SERVPRO for water damage in your San Francisco home? Even an inch or two of water that rests on floors overnight can cause damage; only a professional can fully restore. That includes not just wood floors, but furniture as well. Our restoration crews train to handle these issues and more.

When the furniture is affected, crew members remove it from the flooded area and place it on blocks or pallets to drip and dry naturally, without accidentally staining floors or carpets. If it appears that the varnish or another stain may run or bubble before the item dries, they carefully place fans to increase air circulation and evaporation. If the varnish already bubbled and ran, they can make repairs to small areas or completely strip the old varnish and cover the item with a new coat is the damage is larger.

Wood flooring can absorb an incredible amount of water damage overnight and also allow it to seep into the sub-floor. SERVPRO crew members use moisture meters that measure the water content of the floorboards, and if it is high, they set up air movers that push warm, dry air over the affected parts of the floor. Crew members can adjust the temperature and speed of the airflow, allowing them to dry any floor without causing secondary damage like splitting or cracking the wood.

If our crews find water underneath the floor, they can remove it and dry the space using extraction wands and air movers. They drill or lift a floorboard from a spot usually under the furniture and quickly draw out the water. To remove the moisture and lower the humidity, crew members attach a hose to the air mover to direct air into the space and force out water trapped inside.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is to quickly provide a dry, safe home for every resident after a disaster. If this is what you want for your home, call us today at (650) 591-4137 to schedule a visit and begin the restoration process.

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Flood Damage San Francisco – Difficult to Clean Items

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Room with the flooring taped off, with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. Room also has furniture moved to one side of the home SERVPRO wants to be there for every part of your San Francisco flood damage, even the most difficult situations.

We handle it all when it comes to your San Francisco flood damage.

Flash floods can wreak havoc in minutes and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Whether it is from a broken water line or storms passing through, floods leave many homes and businesses with contaminated contents and damaged premises. Cleaning small intricate items and removing potentially contaminated material is efficient with our state-of-the-art ultrasonic cleaner.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage events in San Francisco as soon as a client calls for help. We begin an initial assessment over the phone to deploy the equipment and resources needed to meet the challenge. Once on-site, our crew chief can decide the specific steps required to return your home or business to its original condition.

Floods leave debris inside and outside the premises. We initially focus on removing the debris and then get to work, removing contents for cleaning or disposal as needed. We remove flooring, inspect walls, and inspect the structure before cleaning, dehumidification, and drying begins.

Cleaning Small Difficult to Clean Items

Many small intricate pieces are challenging to clean and until recently may have been disposed of or could not be properly cleaned. Our SERVPRO franchise owns an ultrasonic cleaning machine. These machines are used to clean mold and contamination from relatively small items with many hard to access crevices.

Ultrasonic machines create millions of microscopic bubbles in a cleaning solution using mechanical vibration. These bubbles remove any contamination that may be on the surface of an item. Also in crevices or from porous items. The machine can clean these items, “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration of your Home or Office

Our SERVPRO office has the equipment required to restore your home or office from flood damage. We are licensed (General Contractor License #: 937457) to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild, as well as providing restoration of small difficult to clean pieces. Whether it is jewelry, family heirlooms, or industrial parts, we can clean them all.

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 servesus. We serve the towns of Laconia, Belmont, Tilton, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Your San Francisco Washing Machine Spinning Water Damage?

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

clothes in washing machine during spin cycle Appliances are one of the leading causes of water damage inside homes. Inspect your washing machine hoses often.

Water Damage San Francisco – Eliminating Moisture

Eliminating moisture after a water damage event is essential to avoid ongoing structural issues and potential mold conditions. Attempting to remove moisture from difficult to reach areas of your home, drying wet carpets and behind walls, yourself, risks ongoing air quality issues for homeowners.

Delayed Action Can Cause More Damage

A homeowner called SERVPRO about water damage in their San Francisco home. He explained that a water leak occurred over a week ago and he mopped up all the water and dried all of the hard surfaces as best he could. With the air conditioning on, the humidity in the home decreased to acceptable levels. However, there seemed to be an ongoing odor coming from the area of the laundry room where the leak occurred.

The homeowner had further discussed with a team leader who specializes in water damage mitigation and mold infestations. The water leak had been extensive, and it was highly probable that the walls and flooring contain high levels of moisture, which can lead to the growth of mold. Long term moisture conditions can also compromise the structure of the floor and the walls in the area.

Initial Plan Discussed with Client

SERVPRO indicated that their technicians would need to take atmospheric readings in the home to confirm humidity levels. We would also remove the washing machine and dryer. Moisture readings are taken to determine the exact location of the moisture. The technicians may also need to remove sections of the walls or drill holes in the floor to properly dry the spaces containing liquid or areas of high humidity.

It is essential to remove all sources of moisture to reduce ongoing odor problems and potential long term damage to the floors and walls.  We complete the repair and restoration of the walls and floors would also once the humidity levels returned to acceptable norms. All water leaks should be acted on immediately and thoroughly to avoid odor and structural issues in the home.

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 serve. We serve Redwood City, Inner Mission, Foster City, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Do You Need Commercial Water Damage Restoration in San Francisco? SERVPRO Has The Experience You Need!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is prepared to handle your commercial water damage restoration needs and get your business back in business!

Why Commercial Flood Damage to San Francisco Businesses Should Have Professional Restoration Services 

For a business owner, one of the worst things that can happen is a weather event such as flood damage, that occurs after hours. Some things cannot wait until the next business day. Water damage is most definitely one of those things. Long-term exposure to excessive moisture compounds the damage to the property such as:

  • Buckled or warped sheetrock
  • The danger of slip and fall accidents
  • Germination of mold spores resulting in an infestation that could potentially close a business for remediation
  • Loss of stock to water damage 

SERVPRO knows that commercial flood damage in a San Francisco business requires immediate attention to limit the time for temporary closure and minimize the loss of revenue. Visible signs of water damage or musty odors have the potential to impact your business significantly, and our technicians have the training to ensure neither of those issues occurs. 

Our emergency response teams are on-site within an hour of the call, and we are available 24-hours, so this helps to lessen loss from prolonged exposure to water. Our trained and certified technicians have the equipment and experience to tackle water loss restoration needs.  These needs include safely mitigating category three biohazard water that may contain sewage, something that may be beyond the range of your usual janitorial team. 

The primary concern of our technicians during any commercial property restoration is the safety of property owners, employees, and customers. We have the equipment to effectively scope the property to ensure there are no issues with weakened building materials, electrical issues, or other hazards. Safety checks, both pre and post-restoration, are vital for ensuring the location is safe for operation. We test the water we clean up, and when raw sewage is detected, we set up physical barriers to contain the area while we remove and dispose of contaminated water within municipal regulations. 

Using our array of sanitizers and professional-grade cleaning agents, we can restore a commercial property to its preloss condition that is hygienic for both customers and staff. Before reopening, if any repairs or reconstruction are required, we can provide that service as we are licensed general contractors #937457. 

Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 when you have commercial flood damage. We are available 24/7 and arrive quickly to make your water loss "Like it never even happened." 

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We Will Save Your Flood Damaged Home In San Francisco

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 service.

Atmospheric River Floods Home In San Francisco

An atmospheric flood hit the area with widespread flooding to homes and streets. Our clients home basically had a river running through it at one point until the rains subsided. Atmospheric floods occur when warm water evaporates from the ocean and concentrates into narrow fast-moving air currents that dump heavy rains on inland areas. Storm drains cannot handle the volume and floods inundate streets and homes.

The client called SERVPRO about the flood damage in her San Francisco home as soon as she was able to gain access to her home. She was forced to wait until she could navigate flooded streets and traffic was allowed. The bottom floor of her home was severely damaged. Doors were forced open by the water, and many of her belongings washed away. Any remaining furniture was discarded due to the substantial damage.

Our SERVPRO team began by removing all of the mud and debris in the home, including furniture that remained. Tiled areas could be washed and dried. Hardwood floors were removed, including the subfloor due to the damage and high moisture levels. We removed the lower three feet of drywall for the same reason. Next came new doors and windows. Our team focused on drying the house and reducing the moisture levels with dehumidifiers.

Full reconstruction and restoration (in a General Contractor roll) of the home involved verifying all electrical circuits and laying new subfloor. Next, came new drywall and insulation, and of course, new hardwood floors. SERVPRO provided regular status updates on progress to the homeowner, which was passed along to their insurance company. The homeowner also had pictures of the original pre-flood condition of the home, which helped immensely with restoration and insurance claims.

The main focus was on the inside of the home. The owners wanted to move back into their home as soon as possible. Outside, landscapers were also making repairs. The team washed the outside walls, and the debris left by the flood was removed. Next, we restored the gardens and entertainment areas.

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 service. We serve Redwood City, Foster City, Inner Mission, Nob Hill, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Remediate Water Loss Incidents in San Francisco

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Professional Water Removal Service In San Francisco 

Despite having the Pacific for a Western border, most San Francisco residents know that the water which spills into their kitchens or through their living rooms comes from a faulty water heater or a corroded pipe connection under a bathroom sink. Quickly getting it out of their homes without causing damage requires a professional service. 

For SERVPRO, San Francisco water removal means finding the source of the leak, stopping it, and then using every piece of equipment in our inventory to draw it out of area homes before it can cause permanent damage. 

Our first technician in every home is a trained inspector. She identifies the source of the intrusion, turns off the water to the problem appliances or pipe and then brings in the rest of the work crew to start the removal process. If the issue is a minor one, a crew member can repair or replace a connection, section of pipe, or a split hose leading into a refrigerator or a washing machine. For significant problems, the inspector recommends bringing in a licensed plumber. 

With no more water coming in, SERVPRO technicians begin removing the standing water in the home. If the level is about ankle-high or more, they use one or more industrial-grade pumps to draw it out of the home quickly. For lower levels, crew members begin the process with small extractors. 

For small rooms and closets, they can use devices that can be worn like a backpack and can draw out five to ten gallons before needing to empty the attached tank. For larger rooms, technicians have access to extractors that can draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards and pump it outside the home into a tank or the nearest sewer access point. With each size extractor, technicians can adjust the vacuum rate to carefully draw out the water without separating the carpet layers or splintering the floorboards. 

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos proudly, and quickly, serves our community and local area when it comes to any disaster. If you have a water intrusion or other issue with your home here or in Redwood City, Foster City, and Inner Mission, call us at (650) 591-4137 today to get the restoration process started. We are here to return your home to its original, dry condition.

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How do San Francisco Homeowners Handle Property Damage? SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos to the Rescue!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is ready to meet property restoration needs in San Francisco. Our Green Fleet is on call 24/7.

Why Professional Restoration Services are Vital for Limiting Loss to San Francisco Homes

While DIY is never the recommended cleanup method for home disasters in the San Francisco from fire damage, water loss, flash floods and storms, earthquake or even mold, there are actions homeowners can take before help arrives. 

Water damage in a San Francisco home is one of the most common types of loss that occurs. Take a minute and think of your own home, imagine all the places a pipe could leak, water tank seal failure or an accident such as forgetting a bathtub faucet was on and the tub overflows, where would the water go in your home? Since water follows the path of least resistance and goes where gravity takes it, it would stream down into your flooring. In an upstairs bathroom, it results in water removal required for floor joists and ceiling in the floor below, compounding the problem. 

Before SERVPRO arrives to perform water extraction, there are things homeowners can do to limit loss, only if it is safe to do so, such as:

  • Mopping or blotting up excess water you can see from surfaces
  • Removing small items from the floor and tabletops to a dry area
  • If water damage is from a pipe break, turn off the water in the home
  • Put furnishings on wet carpeting up on blocks with foil, so the wood stain does not leech into the carpet or area rugs 

Our team members hold certifications as Water Restoration Technicians and have the training and knowledge to scope the residence with advanced moisture detection devices to determine where water migrated and decide on the best kind of specialized equipment to use dependent on the type of water loss in the home. After extraction, we dry the property followed by disinfection of all water-affected surfaces. 

Storm damage in San Francisco residences has many of the same concerns as other types of water damage, with a difference. There are two main types of water that enter the home-flash flood, which is groundwater and rainwater from events such as a damaged roof or broken window. While rain entering an attic poses no real threat from potential contamination, groundwater brings everything it has come into contact with into the property. 

Due to the danger of slip and fall accidents, we do not advise residents to do any activity that brings them into contact with flood-damaged areas of the home unless it is safe to do so. The first concern of SERVPRO is for the safety of the residents. If there is a danger of electrical shock, we suggest not remaining on-site. We have the equipment to test the water to determine the level of toxins or contaminants. If the water is more than two inches deep, we have submersible pumps, so there are zero delays in water removal from the home. If any part of the structure has damage beyond the possibility of restoration, we are licensed general contractors #937457 for the State of California and not only perform restoration services but also reconstruction as approved and needed. 

Drying and disinfection occur during floodwater mitigation, much like other water damage scenarios. However, after flood damage in a home, there are often odors left behind. Thorough drying and cleaning often reduce the residual scents, but more robust applications are sometimes required, such as ultra-low volume fogging which delivers an odor-neutralizing fog to eradicate musty odors. 

Fire damage in San Francisco homes brings different challenges to our certified Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians. One of the most helpful things residents can do before our technicians arrive is to turn off their HVAC and stay out of fire-damaged areas. These actions assist in reducing the potential for the spread of soot in other areas of the house. 

Containment is vital during fire cleanup and restoration. The two most common methods SERVPRO technicians use are negative air chambers or simple containment using heavy plastic over doorways and vents. We then do any necessary fire debris removal and determine the restorability potential of smoke-damaged items. 

Smoke odors can be particularly stubborn to remove because when the air becomes hot, it expands. This expansion causes odor-causing soot particles to embed into porous objects. Our certified Odor Control Technicians have different types of equipment to handle any level of smoke odors. While time-release gel pellets or hand-cleaning with our professional-grade formulas assist with removing light odors, machines such as a hydroxyl generator use UV rays to capture airborne odor-causing soot particles and neutralize them. 

Once SERVPRO technicians complete fire and smoke damage mitigation of the property, we provide the homeowner and adjuster with our unique Contents Claim Inventory Service that is a detailed report that catalogs every step of the restoration services including before and after photographs to assist in expediting insurance claims. 

One of the most common DIY treatments SERVPRO technicians see in San Francisco homes with mold damage is the application of bleach or vinegar to kill visible colonies. In some cases, this action kills the visible colonies, but unless the circumstances halt that are encouraging spore germination and growth, the infestation is likely to return. 

Our technicians scope the area to determine areas of excess moisture, which can lead to additional mold colonies that are not visible such as within wall cavities. Our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians ascertain the reasons for the favorable conditions in the home supporting mold growth and the repairs necessary to end the infestation. 

Much like fire damage mitigation, during mold remediation, containment is an essential part of the cleanup. This action inhibits airborne spores from spreading. After drying, we remove any visible traces of colonies and treat the areas with antimicrobial cleaners and sealers when needed to impede the return of mold. 

Why SERVPRO? We know residents in San Francisco have choices for restoration services. Our technicians go through extensive training as taught through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to learn the best practices for any home loss. 

The SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos emergency response team is ready to assist homeowners with any type or scale event that requires restoration services. Contact us 24/7 at (650) 591-4137, and we arrive soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.


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

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO storm team is ready for action for flooding disaster cleanup.

Removing Malodors from Businesses with Commercial Flood Damage in San Francisco

Places of work need to be safe for both employees and customers. Flooding, even with clean water, can have a significant on the safety standards of your commercial property by bringing in microbial infestations like bacteria, fungi, or viruses. To maintain high sanitary standards, you must bring in professional restorers to thoroughly clean and disinfect your property after flood waters have entered. 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 commercial flood damage in San Francisco. Upon notification of loss, 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 their skillset 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 that are common in flood damage properties a significant issue. SERVPRO has specialist Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can use several different methods and techniques to bring that odor back under control, leaving a clean workspace.

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 that have 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.

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