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How Water Damage Became an Unexpected Consequence of a Video Game in San Francisco

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Became an Unexpected Consequence of a Video Game in San Francisco Someone forgot to turn off the water in sink. Looks like SERVPRO is needed!

SERVPRO Turns Around Water Damage in San Francisco Bathroom 

There are many types of preventative maintenance a homeowner in the Golden Gate City can do to avoid water damage. Also, things then occur that you cannot foresee happening in your home. 

Our local SERVPRO location answered a call from a San Francisco homeowner with water damage in an upstairs bathroom. His son had been filling a bathroom sink and then got distracted playing video games while more and more water overflowed first covering the vanity and then the floor. When water dripped from the ceiling in the living room below, the problem was apparent. 

When our technicians arrived, we immediately began extracting water from the floor with our portable pumps. Since water had dripped through to the room below, it was already apparent the floor joists received damage from the water as well. 

The seal on a portion of the tile in the bathroom floor loosened from prolonged exposure to the water, and we removed them so we could direct more air into the subfloor and floor joists to completely dry them. SERVPRO technicians drilled weep holes into the ceiling to allow for drainage and airflow.  

Once we prepared the room for drying, we set up air mover to dry the floor and pull moisture to the surface so it could be ported away from the area by our dehumidifiers. We used drying mats to direct air into the floor joists to ensure they were adequately dried to inhibit mold growth. 

After drying, we wiped down and disinfected all water loss areas. Our SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license, and along with giving the homeowner a list of the actions done on the property, we also gave him a list of the necessary repairs to bring the bathroom back to its preloss condition. This service makes the water loss cleanup seamless from start to finish and much more convenient for both the homeowner and adjuster. 

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 when you need cleanup or restoration to your home resulting from water damage, and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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Let Our Specialists Repair And Restore Your Flood Damaged San Francisco Home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Let Our Specialists Repair And Restore Your Flood Damaged San Francisco Home Our restoration professionals can take the right steps to restore your home to its normal condition.

How To Get Flood Damage Repair For Your San Francisco Home

Flooding is a problem that many homeowners deal with, and in areas close to oceans, high tides combined with strong storms often cause flood damage. When floodwaters enter your home, you need to stay safe by avoiding contact with the water, since it may contain hazardous microorganisms and insects.

You should also avoid using electrical or gas appliances that have been flooded. If your San Francisco home has flood damage, it is also essential to hire professionals who can handle the cleanup process. The remediation specialists at SERVPRO have years of experience and sophisticated equipment that can extract the water and dry your property to return it to its preloss condition quickly. We work on a 24-hour basis, and you can trust us to assist you any time you need us.

After water intrusion, the cleanup and drying process should begin quickly for the longer the water sits, the worse the destruction gets. Stagnant water and moisture create the ideal environment for mold growth. The repairs can be more expensive and difficult if you do not take action quickly. When we arrive at a water-damaged property, we inspect the affected areas, define the class and category of water damage, and outline the most appropriate means of restoring the home.

Our SERVPRO crew uses pumps and wet/dry vacuums to remove most of the water from a home to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Once we remove the standing water and vacuum the absorbent surfaces, we start the drying and dehumidification process. This step clears any remaining moisture after water extraction. It can take several days to dry saturated materials. We monitor the drying process using moisture sensors and moisture meters.

We also clean and use antimicrobial products to sanitize belongings like clothing and drapery to prevent mold and bacterial growth. Our technicians can also use air scrubbers to eliminate odors from your homes. The other step is the restoration process, which involves replacing damaged materials like insulation, carpeting, floors, drywall, or entire walls in serious cases.

If flood waters have pooled in your home, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos for help. You can reach us through our helpline at (650) 591-4137. Our restoration professionals can take the right steps to restore your home to its normal condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What are the Four Steps for Odor Control After a Fire in San Francisco?

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What are the Four Steps for Odor Control After a Fire in San Francisco? SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos can have your home smelling fresh after a fire.

Four Steps to Odor Control after Fire Damage in your San Francisco Home

A house fire can be a scary situation, but it is rare that they result in significant damages. In our experience, most fires are contained reasonably quickly to a single area of the home and only cause damage on a minor or medium scale. Malodor, on the other hand, is far more difficult to contain since the particles can be microscopic despite having a significant impact on your indoor air quality.

We are available for the removal of odor after fire damage in San Francisco and the local area. SERVPRO technicians are trained to conduct a series of necessary steps that effectively combat the most stubborn odors. Those steps are to remove, clean, recreate, or seal areas that are causing persistent problems. Each step represents an increasingly concentrated effort that is relative to the severity of smoke damages gauged during our initial inspection.

Before putting any deodorizers into use, SERVPRO technicians remove debris and any perceivable sources of odor. Focusing on removing the source of odor is essential to ensure the following steps are practical and odor-causing debris does not release more particles once deodorization is complete. Charred materials must be removed, sanded down or cleaned away by your technician before using any further deodorizing methods.

In a fire, materials that burn release chemicals in the form of smoke. Some of these chemicals, particularly those in grease or synthetic materials, create unpleasant odors. Since smoke migrates quickly, malodors deposit on surfaces throughout the home. SERVPRO use sanitizers and chemical cleaning agents to remove soiling from all areas of your home.

Once we are confident that sources of odor have been removed and surfaces thoroughly cleaned, we can begin the third stage, deodorizing. The most efficient method for deodorizing a property is to recreate the conditions in which the odor initially spread. In a fire, that means vaporizing solvents using thermal foggers that mimic the behavior of smoke damages; reaching the same areas, cavities, and surfaces as malodors. We can then seal the surfaces to prevent any further odors.

A tried and tested strategy can remove malodors from your property, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

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What Is The Best Way to Dry Water Damaged Carpets in San Francisco?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Is The Best Way to Dry Water Damaged Carpets in San Francisco? You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to dry your water damaged floors.

Call SERVPRO To Limit Water Damage To Your Carpets!

When water enters your home, carpet is usually the first thing affected and damaged. Unfortunately, it loses half of its strength when wet and permanent delamination may occur as a result. Carpet that undergoes large amounts of delimitation must be removed and discarded, which is why it is essential to contact professionals as soon as possible to prevent unfixable water damage.  

Dealing with carpet removal, inspection, and replacement can be a tedious process. That's why the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians at SERVPRO are available to assist in mitigating water damage to carpeted San Francisco homes. When we arrive at the scene, we can get to work clearing out excess water. Unless cleaned up, water can seep through vapor barriers, potentially ruining floors.

Once water is successfully pumped out, we remove the wet sections of carpet for drying. If you have lots of furniture, you may prefer the in-place drying of your carpets. While being slower and less efficient, in-place drying allows our techs to dry your home without rearranging your favorite furniture. However, many carpet water damage cases do not qualify for in-place drying.  

If we are forced to remove your carpeting, we inspect it for large amounts of delamination. We also inspect subflooring for water damage. To ensure that your floors do not collapse, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your subflooring. Additionally, this can help against mold growth.  

Fortunately, carpeting itself can be easy to dry as it quickly absorbs and releases moisture. With the proper equipment, our techs can remove, dry, and reattach your carpet, making your life easy.  

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is available 24/7 at (650) 591-4137. Don't hesitate to give us a call if your carpeting has been exposed to water because we can make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Call SERVPRO To Avoid Issues After Flood Damage In San Fransisco

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO To Avoid Issues After Flood Damage In San Fransisco This torn roof allowed a strong wind to dislodge a water supply line in the wall of this house and we had the equipment needed to restore the home.

Managing Secondary Problems Likely to Occur After Flood Damage in San Francisco

A flooding incident in your property can leave you grappling with enormous financial and sentimental losses as the water soaks into items or deposits soils in different sections of your property. Avoidable problems can also develop if there is a failure during the restoration processes. Hiring a professional flood damage restorer can help prevent undesired outcomes by following the right procedures.

Most incidents of flood damage in San Fransisco only harm the structure and contents. However, it can affect occupants who try to save items without observing safety procedures. Floods mostly involve black water especially if it is a case of rising waters. Such water contains chemicals and biohazard wastes such as raw sewage so it can transmit disease-causing microorganisms when people wade in without proper protective gear. Flooding also increases the risk of electrocution if there are downed power lines or the water level reaches electrical outlets in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of protective gear to avoid such risks. We have rubber boots that protect our crews from electrical shock and contact with harmful substances in the water. We also have full body suits, electrical testers, and other safety equipment.

Because floodwaters reach many concealed areas including subfloors, cabinets and wall cavities, there is a need to remove it properly. Leaving traces of water in such areas leads to many secondary problems including mold development and rotting or warping of wooden materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to prevent such problems. We use thermal cameras to check for wetness in concealed sections then make flood cuts or drill vent holes to remove water. We can also use specialized equipment such as the injecti-dry system and drying mats.

Drying excess moisture from flood-damaged properties is part of the restoration process. The process mostly involves evaporation of the water that soaks into materials. Failure to manage the drying process can lead to other problems such as condensation or transfer of moisture to unaffected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians calculate the right combination of air movers and dehumidifiers for balanced drying.

To avoid recurring issues after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos to help restore your property to its preloss state. You can reach us at (650) 591-4137 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your San Francisco Clothing Boutique

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your San Francisco Clothing Boutique If your commercial facility needs expert disaster cleanup, give us a call today at (650) 591-4137, and we can send a team out to you within hours.

Cleaning Up Commercial Water Damage In A San Francisco Clothing Boutique

The unfortunate truth of commercial water damage is that it can often occur when you least expect it. Your stylish boutique's fitting room can be left with soggy walls from a leaky pipe that, if left unchecked, could become a breeding ground for mold and warped or crumbling drywall behind fixtures like full-length mirrors. To fully mitigate damage and ensure the safety or your customers and employees, it is prudent to hire a team of professionals to get the job done right.

If leaky pipes result in commercial water damage in your San Francisco boutique fitting room, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you. Our crew can restore your space to its pre-damage condition so you can get back to business as usual.

When our SERVPRO team comes to you, we use a variety of tools to measure moisture levels in your water-affected surfaces. Moisture sensors are an excellent preliminary measure, but tools such as thermal imaging and moisture meters are also used to get a more accurate read on and behind surfaces. If there is damage behind a mirror or other fixtures such as benches, we can move those and dry them to minimize or eliminate damage and stains.

For drying a soaked wall, small holes can be drilled to facilitate drying while centrifugal air movers can be placed at 45-degree angles to maximize drying. In many cases, air movers are positioned one per 150 square feet or 10 to 16 linear feet. Dehumidifiers take the moisture pulled out of surfaces by air movers, pass it over a material such as silica gel or refrigerated coils, and collect water to be drained while expelling warm, dry air. We can also use an EPA-registered antimicrobial to prevent bacterial growth on your surfaces.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos strives to leave your businesses pristine after disasters. “Like it never even happened.” If your commercial facility needs expert disaster cleanup, give us a call today at (650) 591-4137, and we can send a team out to you within hours.

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

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Your San Francisco Bathroom Experiences A Water Damage Disaster, Our Crew Is Here To Help! Water damage in San Francisco of any size needs to addressed quickly.

Water Damage From A Half Bath In San Francisco

A broken water supply line has the potential to dump a large amount of water quickly, and that is what happened in this half bath. A homeowner came home from work to find his downstairs bathroom had unleashed a mini-river. He turned off the water and pulled up as much water as he could. Then he contacted us to work on the remaining moisture left in the bathroom vanity cabinet and wall.

Water damage in San Francisco of any size needs to addressed quickly. On arrival, our technicians removed the soaked bathroom rugs to dry in another area and used portable pumps and squeegees to remove as much residual water as possible from the floor and cabinet interior. We determined the subflooring was not affected; however, the vanity was saturated. Weep holes were drilled to allow for both drainage and airflow behind the wall cavity.

Why SERVPRO? We are local, and our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to meet your needs for remediation with both 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 take the shape of the room into consideration and the particular angles necessary to best pull moisture to the surface so it can be captured and removed. SERVPRO technicians removed the wood baseboard under the vanity and used 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 was warped from exposure to too much moisture, we were able to replace it for the property owner as 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 loss to your property and contents.

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Winning Tactics for San Francisco Fire Damage Remediation

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winning Tactics for San Francisco Fire Damage Remediation Turn to SERVPRO when overloaded sockets cause fire damage in your home. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Get Prompt Fire Damage Restoration for Your San Francisco Residence

Home fires occur due to many reasons, one of them being overloaded sockets. If you plug many devices into an outlet using extension cords, too much power is drawn into the outlet’s apparatus, causing it to overheat, and possibly melt, ignite or malfunction. To deal with the aftermath of a fire, you need fire damage restoration services. Walls, ceiling, and carpets can absorb the smoke a fire leaves behind, and it can remain even after several months. You can avoid long term problems and high repair bills if you follow the right steps to get your property back to normal.

The most crucial step is contacting a fire restoration service like SERVPRO. Our technicians can assist you in restoring your San Francisco residence after fire damage. We have the technical expertise to assess your property and then plan and complete the restoration process. We respond to calls within an hour of receiving them and begin the cleanup process quickly since fire damage is corrosive.

We use our expertise to deal with fire and smoke destruction. Your carpets, floors, walls, and ceilings may need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO technicians use the appropriate cleaning products and equipment to clean and protect different surfaces. We can clean the soot on the walls in preparation for refinishing or painting.

We can also clean and deodorize the restorable contents like furniture, area rugs, upholstery and draperies in the affected areas. We also clean and deodorize possessions like bedding, clothing, art, and electronics to restore them to the preloss condition. Deodorization eliminates bad odors.

If the fire was massive, fire-fighters might have used a lot of water used to put it out. The water has to be cleaned up for it can ruin construction materials and contribute to mold growth. We can use dehumidifiers, water extraction units and blowers to quickly remove the water. We can also assist you in filling out the insurance forms required to claim damages linked to your fire accident.

After a fire, SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos can help you to restore your property. We have the expertise to make your home look like it never caught fire. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (650) 591-4137 for fire damage restoration services in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Foster City.

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Fire Damage in San Francisco? SERVPRO Has What it Takes to Restore Your Property

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in San Francisco?  SERVPRO Has What it Takes to Restore Your Property SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is always on call for your fire damage restoration needs.

Fire Repairs and Reconstruction of Your San Francisco Home

Structural damages are an everyday staple to widespread fire emergencies that affect San Francisco homes. While many homeowners want to address these concerns immediately, it is only part of the widespread effects that could impact your property during and after a fire has occurred. Addressing all of these effects as well as the structural concerns that exist requires comprehensive restoration services that provide a seamless transition between mitigation, restoration, and final restoration steps.

While many residential contractors can work to provide reconstruction after fire damages to your San Francisco home, it is more cost-effective and efficient for your time to trust in a team that can provide both effective restoration and quality reconstruction. Our SERVPRO team has years of experience servicing the area with a 24/7 response to emergencies to begin necessary mitigation work immediately. This rapid response can reduce the need for reconstruction and help to prepare your home for that step to follow immediately after mitigation efforts complete.

Through the fire debris removal process, our licensed contractors oversee these efforts to ensure that only the damaged portions of your property get removed. Not only does this mean fewer materials that must get reinstalled, but it also means less out-of-pocket expenses and wait time for you to get back into your restored home.

We work to provide a seamless transition between the recovery efforts of the mitigation phase into the needed restoration work to come. With licensed contractors with experience in all of the building trades pertinent to residential reconstruction, we can transition from the initial mitigation into reconstruction right away. While other outfits might have you seeking out your reputable contractor, our SERVPRO team has already started work on returning your property to its original condition.

It might seem overwhelming to contend with fire damage that leaves structural damage to your house, but our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos response team can help. With effective mitigation and experienced reconstruction, we can make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (650) 591-4137.

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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Foster City Home We Are Here To Help

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Foster City Home We Are Here To Help Effective mitigation of a water loss incident in your home begins with water removal services from competent professionals like ours.

Preventing A Spread Of Water Damage Through Your Foster City Home

Many things can cause water loss incidents to occur in your Foster City home from plumbing breaches to appliance malfunctions, but the damage caused is equally detrimental to your residence. It is critical to respond to these situations quickly by getting in touch with professional restoration technicians like ours with the tools and expertise to make a difference in your home to prevent other unaffected areas from becoming damaged as well.

There are many steps to contain a loss incident, but one of the first steps to restoring this hazardous situation is water removal in your Foster City home. Our SERVPRO professionals have many levels of extraction equipment and have extensive training in effective mitigation strategies that can help to reduce the spread of the water throughout your property.

With our team being available to work on your damaged home 24 hours a day, we can arrive to the situation with the ability to help contain the current damage and repair the source of the water damage to allow you to reopen the water supply valve to your property again. Our extraction equipment can help to clear out excess water present in exposed areas such as our gas-powered pumps and our weighted extractors that can help to pull saturation from carpeted areas of your house.

Rapid extraction work can allow our SERVPRO technicians to begin moisture removal and drying efforts which can contain the spread of the damage with the use of our efficient and effective drying machines like our high-velocity air movers, injectidry system, and LGR dehumidifiers. With the appropriate drops in moisture content, many exposed structural elements and materials can get restored without requiring replacement.

Effective mitigation of a water loss incident in your home begins with water removal services from competent professionals like ours. With our fast response time and industry-leading equipment, you can be confident in choosing our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team whenever disaster strikes. Give our crew a call today at (650) 591-4137.

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