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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)

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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.

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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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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your San Fransisco Home

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our water cleanup technicians cut gypsum boards and remove them from a structure after water damage. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

What to Expect When Professionals Complete Water Cleanup in San Francisco

Rousseau houses in the Sunset area of San Francisco are a delight for the eyes, storybook European architecture with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Water damage can happen in any home regardless of its outer facade. If aging plumbing in your Bay Area house fails, sending vast quantities of water through several living levels, down stairs and walls, and into your tuck-under garage, you need a professional disaster company on your side.

When we arrive to manage the water cleanup in San Francisco, we have already made several crucial decisions to improve the outcome of your project. Our Production Manager sends a hand-picked team to your home, best suited to the damage likely after older pipes burst in a multilevel home. The team completes a swift but accurate assessment, developing the plan at your site personalized for your needs.

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained SERVPRO crew members get to work on the plan without delay. Our signature green vehicles stock all the water removal and structural drying equipment needed, so the process from task to task is exceptionally smooth.

To make water removal and drying efforts more effective, we might recommend a pack-out of household goods and personal possessions to our secure production facility. Concentrating on the wet structural components and fixtures is easier when furnishings and other items need not be moved from space to space as the project progresses. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) tracks pack-outs securely Technicians at our facility can clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize the items in our care, readying them for reinstallation at your cleaned, dried, and sanitized home.

Decision by intelligent decision, our on-site crew proceeds with water cleanup. We choose to pump for water more than two inches deep, then move on to high-efficiency truck-mounted wanded extractors to clear the remainder. Throughout the job, SERVPRO updates the original moisture data we gathered using sensitive meters on structural components and thermal imaging to locate large pockets of water migrating from the original site. Special techniques and equipment assist with wet hardwood and carpeting. Drying after water cleanup involves air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers positioned by our technicians for optimal effect.

Trust SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos to complete water cleanup in your home using industry best practices, care, and compassion. When a water disaster strikes call (650) 591-4137 for rapid water removal and through home drying.

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Water Damage to Your San Francisco Business? Call SERVPRO!

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

We have all the equipment necessary to tackle your commercial water damage.

On-call Restoration Technicians for Commercial Flood Damage in San Francisco 

A busy commercial center needs constant care and attention. Sometimes, unforeseen events from adverse weather conditions or internal plumbing problems can cause temporary closures. In these scenarios using a professional service with the workforce and resources to complete the task efficiently is essential. We operate a local restoration service for a wide variety of property damages, including flooding. 

Often commercial flood damage in San Francisco can occur out of hours. SERVPRO has local technicians on call should you run into an issue outside of regular nine to five opening business hours. Our customer service team is always available by phone and can arrange a service with you immediately upon notification of loss. 

One of the first duties to carry out on a flooded site is a safety check. You may need to bring in third-party contractors to repair appliances or structure after flooding, so establishing a safe zone for them to work in is of critical importance. SERVPRO restorers have experienced professionals that can restore power to your location, safely remove hazards or debris, and establish designated clean rooms on or off-site. 

Removing standing water and thoroughly drying the property is the next step. SERVPRO can mobilize heavy-duty water pumps that are well-suited to the removal of large quantities of water. We also use specialized extraction units that combine heating elements with vacuum power to remove water without causing unnecessary damage to floors, carpeting, or other structural components. 

Cleaning and drying your property may remove unpleasant odors. Usually, we find that odors dissipate naturally once a property is thoroughly dried. We can also bring in thermal fogging equipment to fumigate large rooms or warehouses if needed. These equipment vaporize chemical pairing agents that find and neutralize odor particles rather than merely masking them like a household air freshener. 

Ensure your business is given expert restoration attention after property damages, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

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

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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