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In-Home Flooding Means Water Cleanup is Needed in Redwood City

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged home Water damage can come from a variety of sources. Whatever the scope, SERVPRO is ready and equipped to restore your home.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Remediation When a Water Intrusion Occurs in your Redwood City Home

Redwood City got its start as home to the Ohlone people, a Native American group from Northern California. It went on to become a port city, becoming the destination point of goods and lumber. Today, it is in Silicon Valley and is the headquarters for numerous global technology companies. Although home to technology, there are many historic landmarks and lots to see and do.

Famous Redwood City People

Redwood City is home to quite a few notable people in various areas of endeavors. There are politicians, sports figures, and entertainers. They include:

  • John Huntsman, Jr – politician & diplomat
  • Davante Adams – football player
  • Geoff Blum – baseball player & broadcaster
  • Jeff Clark – wave surfer
  • Lily Zhang – Olympic table tennis
  • Bela Lugosi – actor
  • Chelsi Smith – Miss USA & Miss Universe

Union Cemetery

This California Historical Landmark was started in 1859. It was San Mateo County’s first American burial ground. The cemetery closed in 1918, but the poor continued to be buried there. Visitors can see the graves of California volunteers who died during the Civil War, plus other historical plots. It is a beautiful area and well worth the visit.

Lathrop House

Built in 1863, the Lathrop-Connor Mansfield House is an eleven-room house. The home initially rested on the spot the Fox Theatre is on. Tall arches and gables adorn the building making it a lovely architectural work. The unique steamboat design is specific to the period. Today it is a museum and heritage center dedicated to preserving Redwood City history.

The Fox Theatre

Originally known as The New Sequoia Theater, it opened in 1929 and drew visitors to new motion pictures. It is a work of art with a Moorish design on the inside and a Gothic-style exterior. In one manner or another, it has been an ongoing venue for entertainment featuring entertainers such as Bill Cosby, BB King, and Melissa Etheridge.

Bair Island Ecological Reserve

Bair Island is made up of three islands, Inner, Outer, and Middle Island, which span over 3,000 acres, are part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Reserve is an ecological wetland and is home to many species, including the Salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail, and endangered species. Visitors can tour the wetlands and marsh area on guided trails.

Parks & Recreation

There are a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Redwood City. If you love wildflowers, Edgewood County Park is famous for them. There are over 25 city parks residents and visitors alike can take advantage of throughout the year. And if you are in our area on July 4th, you won’t want to miss one of the largest Independence Day parade events in the US.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup Service to Redwood City Residents

Whether you need basement flooding cleanup, sewage cleanup, or ceiling roof repairs from water damage SERVPRO has you covered. Fast mitigation is necessary to prevent secondary damage whenever there is a water intrusion. We provide:

  • Water extraction with various pumps
  • Drying with commercial air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Water damage remediation
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Flood restoration

If you need professional water cleanup, give SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos a call at (650) 591-4137.

Flood Damage from Storms in Foster City

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm clouds Flood damage? Call SERVPRO! We are always on call.

Containing contaminated materials after flood damage in Foster City

Flooding can cause catastrophic damage, carrying debris, chemicals, and biohazards damaging buildings and contents. These elements can be dangerous to human health. We take appropriate precautions to protect everyone, including employees and our teams.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup in Foster City using the appropriate PPE levels and containment necessary for the conditions present. We dispose of all debris and damaged contents. They are bagged and carefully removed from the site. We clean the remaining contents and structures, handling them carefully to avoid further exposure.

We utilize a variety of processes and equipment to protect everyone from further danger. For example:

  • Manage the flow of air from clean to contaminated areas
  • Our team utilize PPE
  • Your family or employees are asked to avoid the area
  • We protect uncontaminated areas

We employ various levels of containment depending on the situation:

  • Source containment – wrap in 6 mil plastic and remove
  • Local or mini containment – set up a mini enclosure wrapped in 6 mill plastic
  • Full-scale containment – work area is contained, or a separate decontamination area is maintained

Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos for flood damage services in Foster City and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (650) 591-4137.

Water Restoration for Local Companies in Redwood City

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to day water damaged wall SERVPRO has the right equipment to restore your water damaged home.

Why Does Water Restoration Take Longer for Some Materials in Redwood City?

Almost all materials absorb moisture to some degree. For example, carpets tend to absorb a great deal more water than hardwood floors or cement floors. Why do some walls absorb more than others?

SERVPRO completes an assessment of the materials and the absorption rates before beginning water restoration activities for Redwood City companies. An unpainted wall with drywall may need to be replaced, while one that is painted may not need replacement due to the difference in moisture absorption rates of painted surfaces. This process is called Permeance.

Examples of materials with low permeance absorption rates include:

  • Vapor barriers
  • Glass, enamel
  • Masonry brick
  • Vapor retarding paints such as high gloss or semi-gloss paints.

Materials with high Permeance include:

  • Fabrics, carpets
  • Unpainted drywall
  • Particleboard

Fabrics and carpeting can usually be dried, while drywall and particle board tend to swell as they absorb moisture. We replace these items with new materials.

Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos for water restoration services at companies in Redwood City and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (650) 591-4137.

Mold Removal in Redwood City

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

mold outbreak on wall Did you know that it only takes as little as 48 hours for mold to colonize and grow?

Why it's Important to Reduce Humidity Below 65% to Expedite Mold Removal in Redwood City?

Twenty-seven miles south of San Francisco, Redwood City boasts an approximate population of 85,000. The city was incorporated in 1867. Mexico granted land, which later became Redwood City, to the Arguello family in 1835. Redwood City was once nicknamed "The Chrysanthemums City." The city was proclaimed the chrysanthemum center of the world until 1941. After the internment of many people of Japanese origin in 1941, the industry went into decline. The city has over 24 parks for residents and visitors to enjoy.

There are many exciting attractions and fun things to do in Redwood City and the surrounding area. A few are provided in the following list:

  • Edgewood Park Natural Preserve
  • The Fox Theater
  • Pulgas Water Temple and Ridge Preserve
  • Gourmet Haus Staudt
  • San Mateo County History Museum
  • The Record Man
  • Redwood Morton Community Park
  • Bair Island
  • Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
  • A large variety of hiking trails, wineries, restaurants, and theaters

Edgewood Park Natural Preserve

With over 467 acres of grasslands and woodlands, the preserve is an excellent place for sightseeing and hiking. Dogs are not allowed in the park. There are picnic areas, restrooms, and an amphitheater near the main entrance. There are over 10 miles of trails suitable for hikers, joggers, and equestrian use. Cyclists are allowed on designated trails only.

The Fox Theater

Initially opened in 1929, this historic theater has gone through many transitions. The theater can accommodate 1100 people and 250 in banquet facilities. Once current health restrictions are lifted, attending an event at the Fox Theater can be interesting on many levels.

Gourmet Haus Staudt

The Haus Staudt is a rustic beer garden and shop offering products of German origin. There is a large selection of authentic German beers, German cuisine, and spices. They also provide authentic snacks and German dishes in an outdoor beer garden. The beer garden is a unique place to spend time while visiting downtown Redwood City.

San Mateo County History Museum

The museum is one of the cities top attractions. Visitors can view what life was like in the 1880s. There are a general store and a house, showing what life was like when it was part of Mexico. There is a massive collection of books and archived materials. The building is an impressive architectural structure inside and out.

The Record Man

Anyone interested in vinyl records should plan to visit the Record Man on El Camino Real in Redwood City. They have over one million vinyl records covering all genres, including classical, blues, hip hop, country, and more. They claim that if they do not have the vinyl record, then it probably does not exist.

Why Removing Moisture Expedites Mold Removal in Redwood City?

Whenever there is a water leak of any kind, even condensation around a window, mold spores can quickly settle and begin growing. Mold growth can appear in as little as 24 hours after a water leak.

One of our SERVPRO team's first steps after assessing the situation is to stop the water source to enable efficient mold removal in Redwood City homes. The next step is to remove excess water and begin dehumidifying the air.  

  • Turn on the AC if available
  • Deploy dehumidifiers and air movers
  • Lower the humidity below 60% to curtail mold growth
  • Remove or clean/disinfect areas contaminated with mold

Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos for mold removal services in Redwood City and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (650) 591-4137.

How Can My Foster City Home’s Fire Damage Be Remediated?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

smoke damaged wall and ceiling Do you know how to clean smoke and soot from your home? SERVPRO does!

Fire Damage Restoration Generally Involves Various Methods

When your home burns, its air, structural elements, and contents are all impacted, therefore, various techniques are necessary to restore your residence to its pre-fire condition.

Foster City fire damage restoration services routinely deal with diverse kinds of issues caused by fires. The fire and smoke produced by the combustion process consume materials in your house, fill its interior air with harmful particles, and deposit acidic soot residues on its surfaces. Some of the most often affected things in your residence are: 

  • Ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Insulation and attic rafters
  • Furnishings and other household contents
  • HVAC systems

When remediating such damage, professional services employ some of the following innovative techniques:

  • Cleaning and deodorizing with air movers, scrubbers, ozone machines, Vaportek systems, foggers, and injection device.
  • Removing residues on surfaces with dry cleaning sponges, wire brushes, abrasive blasting, the peroxide active cleaning method, or tri-sodium phosphate.
  • Sanitizing HVAC ducts with specialized equipment.

Whenever you need fire damage restoration services, remember that SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is always here to help. Call us anytime at (650) 591-4137.

How Do Professional Services in Redwood City Clean Up Water?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from drain under sink Did you know it only takes a little water to cause a lot of damage? SERVPRO's water cleanup services can quickly remove the water and dry your home.

Local Services Follow a Time-Tested Water Cleanup Procedure.

Whenever a water-related issue impacts your home, it is crucial to handle it quickly and effectively. Otherwise, it could do lasting damage to your residence.

Whatever their cause, water leaks have the potential of doing expensive, lasting damage to your home. Quality Redwood City water cleanup services like SERVPRO have developed an efficient procedure for swiftly dealing with these destructive problems. This procedure is as follows:

  • Locating water leak sources with moisture sensors and infrared cameras.
  • Employing powerful wet vacs and extractors to remove standing water.
  • Drying difficult-to-access areas behind structural elements with Injectidry systems.
  • Determining a drying goal and calculating the appropriate air mover-to-dehumidifier ratio for the most efficient drying.
  • Using cutting edge desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry interiors.
  • Treating impacted air, structural elements, and household contents with foggers that dispense EPA-approved disinfectants, fungicides, and deodorants.

With all that said, whenever you need water cleanup services, call your neighborhood SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

It is Important to Remain Mindful of Wildfire Risks in Redwood City

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire in distance; firefighters seen in foregroud Wildfires can cause a lot of destruction. SERVPRO can be at your hoe quickly for fast remediation.

Wildfire Preparedness Aids Fire Damage Restoration Efforts in Redwood City

As with any city, Redwood City has its positive and negative aspects. This popular bayside suburb of San Francisco is most notably a haven for professionals seeking to escape colder climates and the hustle and bustle of other nearby communities. However, these benefits come at the cost of a greater potential for wildfires. These increased risks are due to the city’s natural surroundings and the area’s unique weather patterns. Unlike San Francisco, Redwood City is bordered to the southwest by large wilderness preserves filled with fire fuel. In the spring and summer months, when the weather is hot and dry and winds are strong, forest fires are often sparked in these forested zones and spread quickly into our nearby community.

How to Prepare for Potential Forest Fires

If you properly prepare for wildfires in advance, you can often save yourself time and money on remediation efforts after they pass through. In some of the following ways, you can attempt to avoid suffering the worst fire-related damage:

  • Know the area around your home well so that you can determine the likely direction of approaching wildfires and can better plan for them.
  • Properly maintain your yard by routinely removing yard debris, limiting tree height, and keeping trees well-trimmed, preventing vegetation from growing too close to your home, and adequately watering your lawn.
  • Always watch out for forest fire warnings/evacuation orders and, if possible, subscribe to phone/text message alerts from local authorities
  • On days of increased fire risk, when permitted by law, use a garden hose to spray water around your house and yard to reduce the likelihood of them catching fire.
  • Prior to evacuating your home, remember to turn off electric and gas utilities to prevent potential electrical fires and gas explosions.
  • Make and keep a list of your most valuable possessions to facilitate their removal when you evacuate.

As you can see, there are various things you can do before and during a fire event to mitigate or eliminate potential losses. Therefore, it is essential that you, as a homeowner, remain forever mindful of local fire risks, know what preventative measures are possible, and never hesitate to take appropriate action to safeguard your family, home, and possessions.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Restore Fire-Related Damage in Redwood City?

When SERVPRO professionals in Redwood City remediate fire-related damage, they work to address the resulting air quality issues, soot residue deposits, and associated odors. In performing their services, our skilled technicians:

  • Employ cutting edge air movers to circulate fouled air out of your home and filter remaining air with scrubbers.
  • Use specialized HVAC cleaning systems to remove smoke particles from your ductwork and prevent them from further spreading around your house.
  • Clean up soot residues with dry sponges, abrasive methods, and more gentle peroxide active cleaning methods.
  • Neutralize unpleasant smells with Vaportek systems, ozone machines, and deodorizing foggers.

So, if a fire ever ravages your residence, call the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for help.

Foster City Residents Can Enjoy & Relax in the Great Outdoors

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside fire station. No matter the size of damage from a fire. SERVPROs technicians are IICRC certified for the job. And will have your home "Like it never even happened."

The Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is A Great Place for Foster City Folk to Spend the Day

The Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is home to a variety of plants and animals. It is a vast preserve, covering over 3,000 acres of open meadows and dense forest. The park is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a popular place to get away from it all and spend the day enjoying nature. You can walk, hike, or bike. There are trails for horseback riding. You won’t want to miss visiting the top of Borel Hill. The spot offers a magnificent view of San Francisco.

While enjoying the park, be on the lookout for:

  • Coyote
  • Northern harrier
  • Bobcat
  • Kestrel
  • A variety of beautiful birds

For more information on what the preserve has to offer, you can call (650) 691-1200. The preserve is located in nearby Redwood City.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration in Foster City

A home can be impacted by a fire at any time. Even small fires can do serious damage. For professional fire damage restoration services in Foster City, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

Redwood City’s Children’s Winter Book Club

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Some after effects of storms are flooding issues. If this occurs to your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services.

Kids Can Enjoy Great Books & Fun Activities via Redwood City Public Libraries

If your children like to read, or you want to foster good reading skills, the Redwood City Public Library has some fantastic children’s book clubs. Right now, the meetings are virtual, but the fun continues. The library provides the books, and you pick them up once you are registered. Several book clubs are available, but the library asks that participants only choose one because of high demand. You can choose from the following clubs:

•    Awesome Readers – Grades 2 – 3. Group 1 - Tuesday 4 – 5 PM. Group 2- Tuesday 5 – 6 PM.

•    Page Turners – Grades 4 -5. Group 1 – Monday 4 -5 PM. Group 2 – 5 – 6 PM.

•    Club de Lectura – Grades 3 -5 (Spanish) – Tues 5:15 – 6:15 PM

Join in the weekly chat and book discussion. There will be fun activities kids can do at home as well. Contact the library at for more information.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Services in Redwood City

If you experience flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos at (650) 591-4137. We can clean, repair, and restore your home. Our professional technicians can mitigate floodwater damage safely and efficiently. 

Foster City Residents Count on SERVPRO for Water Mitigation

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician getting equipment out of the service vehicle. Secondary water damage is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the knowledge, experience and latest technology for your home needs.

 When Water Overflows in Foster City Homes Our Technicians Know Just What to Do

A mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful countryside, and low crime rates make Foster City a great place to call home. Approximately 33,000 people live, work, and play in this quaint town. Considered one of the safest cities in the United States, it is often considered part of Silicon Valley.

Founded in 1960

Foster City does not trace its roots back to the days of Native Americans like many places in California. It is a relatively new city. T. Jack Foster owned a good portion of the land that is now Foster City. He was a real estate magnate and saw the potential in converting an engineered landfill into something with a future. The town is located near the San Francisco Bay marshes. The city is named after Foster and in 2009 was on Forbes’ America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well list. It came in at #10. 

Home to Many Businesses

There are quite a few well-known businesses that have their headquarters in Foster City. Visa Inc. moved their headquarters there and, at one point, was the biggest employer in the area. Today the top 10 employers are:

  • Gilead Sciences
  • Visa
  • Inovant LLC
  • Guideware Software, Inc.
  • Zoox
  • CyberSource
  • Illumina Inc
  • IBM
  • CSG Consultants
  • BrightEdge

Recreational Activities Abound

Those who live in Foster City, work there, or come for a visit enjoy a variety of top-notch recreational venues. The city has more than 24 beautiful parks. Public soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, and basketball courts abound. There are excellent rollerblading and biking trails that run alongside the San Francisco Bay. Needless to say, the view is stunning. 

Mariners Point

If you love golfing or want to learn the game, Mariners Point is the place to go. They feature a 9-hole golf course and a driving range. They are well-known for their comprehensive teaching. The Mariners Point Golf Center is on public land and invites everyone from beginners to pros to stop by and enjoy a round of golf. They have 64 practice stalls that allow you to tighten up your game. Visitors can enjoy:

  • Well-tended natural grass practice tees
  • Driving range with easy-to-read yardage markers
  • Clearly defined target greens
  • Short game facility open seven days a week
  • Bunkers to practice pitching, sand shots, and chipping
  • Challenging 9-hole, par-three golf course

Windsurfing & Kite-Surfing Along the Bay

Adjacent to Mariners Point is a world-class kitesurfing and windsurfing spot. Baywinds Park is known for being one of the places serious kiteboarders head to for some kitesurfing. The winds in this area are steady and consistent, building throughout the day and peaking towards evening. Unloading your windsurfing gear is easy, as the park is right along the bayfront. There are also:

  • Concession stands
  • Kiteboarding rentals
  • Kiteboarding lessons
  • A synthetic turf area
  • New restrooms and rinse areas

Dragon Boating

If you have wondered what dragon boating is all about, now is your chance to check it out. Dragon boating has its origins in the Pearl River Delta region in China. Traditionally made of teak, the boat is entirely man-powered. Dragon boat racing is an exciting event. There are two clubs operating in the Lagoon in Foster City. One is the Bay Area Dragons, and which is a dragon boat racing club. The Lagoon is a man-made enclosed system that covers 218 acres. 

Outrigger Canoeing 

The Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club (HPOCC) is the other club in the Lagoon. Their goal is to share their love of outrigger canoeing and other Pacific Island and Hawaiian paddling sports. They are a non-profit group with crews that train and compete. The Lagoon is dedicated to preserving Foster City’s waterways. To keep noise levels low, only wind, electric, or man-powered boats and watercraft are allowed in the Lagoon.

The Vibe

Keeping the city’s teens busy and active is a goal of the community. The Vibe is a newly constructed center for older kids that includes:

  • TV’s
  • Video games
  • Artrooms
  • Computers
  • A kitchen
  • Outdoor basketball courts
  • Homework rooms
  • Concrete skatepark

Theatre & The Arts

Leo J. Tyan Memorial Park is home to Foster City’s public amphitheater. During the summer, folks can enjoy several City Summer concerts. Right next to the park, there is a boat tie-up facility and a boardwalk to stroll along. Other theater attractions take place at the Hillbarn Theatre. This historic theatre began in 1941 and is host to traditional plays, trivia nights, and theatre classes. 

Werder Pier

Werder Pier was once part of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge expanse. It is one of the oldest and longest piers in California but sadly is no longer in operation due to needed repairs. Other interesting items of interest related to Foster City include:

  • Kevin Mitchell and Jeff Kent, former San Francisco Giants, call Foster City home.
  • Paypal founder Peter Theil was raised here.
  • Over the Edge is a movie based on 1973 Foster City events.
  • Herb Perez is a 1992 Olympic gold medalist and has served in various government positions in Foster City, including being mayor.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services to Foster City 

Burst pipes, dishwasher overflows, and similar situations can happen to anyone. When they do happen, you need fast water mitigation. Water seeps under floorboards and into places you cannot see rapidly. Even if you can get up most of the water, hidden moisture can be a problem. SERVPRO has experienced technicians that can:

  • Seek out hidden moisture with specialty equipment
  • Extract water using the right pump for the incident
  • Dry your home with industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Repair and restore damaged elements
  • Leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

If not attended to, water can cause secondary problems such as mold, damaged structural elements, and permanently ruined flooring. If you have experienced a water intrusion, do not risk damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos for professional water mitigation services. Give us a call at (650) 591-4137.