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Ugly Mold Patches in Your San Francisco Home!! A Good Reason to Call SERVPRO

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Ugly Mold Patches in Your San Francisco Home!!  A Good Reason to Call SERVPRO SERVPRO Can Remove and Remediate Mold in San Francisco Properties

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technology to Handle Mold Damage in San Francisco

When you call SERVPRO to your home in San Francisco for a mold damage problem, we pledge to put our best equipment and personnel to use to reverse any damage that has already happened, prevent any more from happening, and safeguard the home and its occupants against any potential health effects that may come with an infestation. Along with our expertly-trained technicians, the core of our highly efficient restoration procedures is made up of our extensive array of advanced equipment and technology designed specifically to take care of fungal problems in the home. Calling us into the site guarantees the use of these devices and more, should the situation call for it.

Detection Tools
Our ability to detect hidden areas of mold damage in San Francisco homes has drastically improved in recent years thanks to advances in detection technology. Most recently, we have begun to stock and use infrared cameras to identify patches of growth behind walls and other surfaces that can completely prevent visual detection. We also use moisture detecting thermo-hygrometers to identify sources of moisture in the home and eliminate them to prevent any further spread of spores that can develop into new colonies.

Our top priority when dealing with any species of fungus is safety for anyone living in the household, and to this end, we employ industrial strength sanitizing tools to kill off any spores remaining in the home after we remove growth through traditional means. Our high-powered UV ray generators can wipe an entire area clean of dangerous microbes and spores quickly and without using any additional resources.

Complete Odor Removal
We at SERVPRO equip our crews with the strongest, most modern odor elimination tools on the market. By using chemical fogging devices, we can reach into even the most inaccessible parts of your home and neutralize odor molecules at the source. We also use some specially formulated products for this purpose. Once we are done, your home might smell newer and more fresh than the day you bought it.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos provides comprehensive and thorough mold remediation services for homes across the local community. Give us a call at (650) 591-4137.

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Flood damage specialists are ready to help

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood damage specialists are ready to help Be Prepared for Flooding Events in San Francisco--Contact SERVPRO to Reduce Water Damage and Disruptions

Flooding of Crawl Spaces and Structures Require Prompt Water Removal to Mitigate Damage

Any time a storm comes into town, high-speed winds and copious amounts of rain likely occur. When a storm hits your neighborhood, many different types of elements possibly harm your San Francisco residence. Rain sometimes creates flooding conditions, which often causes moisture to get inside your house. Other times, wind breaks windows and rain pours directly into your structure.

Unwanted moisture inside your home can cause many problems. It is sensible to seek out the help of SERVPRO's flood damage experts in San Francisco any time you notice water coming into your dwelling after a storm. It is possible that moisture ruins your contents and building materials. If high levels of humidity go unattended, then mold growth occurs and can flourish creating significant secondary storm damage.
One common place that water gets into during a storm or flood is the crawl space. When water builds up outside your home the first area that likely gets damaged is the crawl space under the building. Some crawl spaces are small and difficult to access. If water ever fills up your crawl space, our team at SERVPRO starts mitigating the problem by making sure there are no hazards in the area. Once the space is safe, we remove any standing water that is present. Often, this water is "black" contaminated muddy water. Pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, chemicals, and even animal carcasses can add to the filth and pathogenic organisms found in flood waters. Our technicians use submersible pumps to extract all of the water possible. 
Next our restoration crew figures out the best way to dry the crawl space and flooring materials. If it is possible, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the area. If there is not enough room to get equipment into the tight space, other measures get taken. Sometimes, part of the floor gets removed, so the area dries. Other times we run a warm air hose off of a dehumidifier into the crawl space. Conduits connected to large LGR dehumidifiers often do the trick of restoring normal RH levels after some days.
Any time a storm comes into town and harms your residence, it is best to consult industry professionals. To get your water damage problem mitigated as efficiently as possible call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 assistance.

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Board up Services

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Board up Services Board up is a basic and necessary service.

There are so many ways that a structure can be damaged and could require emergency board up services of windows and doors, or large gaps in walls... Wind damage, falling trees and falling tree limbs, vehicles crashing into buildings are common causes. Vandalism and robbery accounts for many window board up jobs too.

The heat from fires can blow out window glass, and in some situations, fire fighters may intentionally break out specific windows to pump water into a structure to extinguish the fire.

At SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos, we have performed emergency board up services for each of the potential sources discussed. Our trained and experienced technicians stand ready, with an inventory of board-up supplies to respond when and where we are needed. This is just another way we help our community.

Always Ready to Roll

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Always Ready to Roll 53 Foot "Kentucky style" Trailer, ready to roll.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is a SERVPRO certified STORM TEAM company. Our technicians have traveled to various locations that have experienced storm events around California and the United States.  

We are also experienced in large loss mitigation projects.

You can imagine that it often requires a great deal of restorative drying equipment to accomplish this work.

Our company owns and operates a fleet of cargo vans, pickup trucks, box trucks , a 24 foot trailer and we have use of a large, 53 foot "Kentucky style" trailer.

The 53 foot trailer is packed with hundreds of pieces of drying equipment, and supplies including cleaning materials. It becomes a staging point, sort of a warehouse on wheels, from which our technicians are able to work. You can count on SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos to be there and ready to help when you need us.

Do You Have a Plan for Cleaning Up Water Damage in Your San Francisco Supermarket?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do You Have a Plan for Cleaning Up Water Damage in Your San Francisco Supermarket? SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to quickly get your business up and running after water damage.

Plan For Water Cleanup In Your Neighborhood San Francisco Supermarket

Big, corporate groceries vie with smaller neighborhood stores in most San Francisco areas. Regardless of who owns the food store, a water emergency on the premises needs fast and professional attention. Competition is fierce, and your store needs to recover quickly from the water loss to prevent both property damage and a significant business downturn. Prepare for a water disaster with our help to limit your store’s downtime. 

A professional evaluation of your water cleanup preparedness in San Francisco  can limit the loss your company suffers when water invades and get your operations back up and running quickly. We set up an appointment to have one of our experienced water loss managers take a walk-through your business. The purpose of the inspection is multifaceted. We want to fully understand how your business works, where you store inventory, documents, and other crucial items, and the location of water mains, plumbing configurations, and exterior gutters and drains, among other pieces of information. 

You have a chance to personalize the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) we build together. Using our mobile app as a guide, you walk through multiple aspects of your business operations to increase our knowledge to be able to respond better and more effectively. Choose trusted employees or family members to stand in for you when a crisis happens. Nominating them as your agents allows us to promptly respond even if you are not available. 

The ERP makes it clear that SERVPRO is your chosen restoration company. We can react to an emergency immediately, confident that we know your concerns and priorities. Take the time to list for us the names and contact information for vendors or contractors who installed the equipment or systems upon which you rely on delivering excellent service to your customers. Commercial water cleanup is streamlined when we have comprehensive information about your building’s layout and vulnerabilities. 

SERVPRO makes suggestions before any water disaster so you can adapt your operations to limit possible water damage. Improving storage options, identifying the most likely ways water enters, and inspecting and repairing plumbing, coolers, freezers, roofs, and many other water damage risks help keep your grocery store meeting the needs of your customers. 

Give SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos a call at (650) 591-4137 to create a personalized ERP for your Bay Area business. Preparedness is the key to a long-lived and profitable business. 

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Do You Struggle with Finding the Source of the Musty Smell of Mold in Your San Francisco Home?

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Struggle with Finding the Source of the Musty Smell of Mold in Your San Francisco Home? Mold can lurk in many areas of your home before it becomes visible to the naked eye. Call SERVPRO to investigate.

The Oddest Places You Will Find Mold in Your San Francisco Home

Mold growth is prominent in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. It grows in the rooms above because of the presence of moisture and food supply. What San Francisco homeowners do not know is that if there is the t possibility of dampness and darkness anywhere, mold can grow. To protect your family and get rid of mold, here are 5 oddest places where mold can grow.

Inside your child’s toys
Have you ever taken the time to inspect your child’s toys for mold? Well, mold removal technicians in San Francisco recommend that you do so today. As your child plays with his or her toys, moisture can find its way via an opening. Since it is the norm to store toys away in a box after playtime, this provides the perfect environment for mold to grow. To protect your child, keep a close eye on your child’s toys.

If your chimney is not well capped off, snow, rain, leaves, and other organic materials can find their way in. Since the chimney is dark, cool and damp, mold can grow. At SERVPRO, we recommend that you cover the top. Afterward, call a chimney cleaner to get rid of all organic material.

If you have never taken the time to inspect the inside of your coffee maker, then do so. Mold could be lurking inside. To avoid consuming contaminated coffee, clean and dry your coffee maker every day.

Refrigerator drip pan
The drip pan collects condensation. Apart from moisture, food particles also collect inside. This provides a breeding ground for mold. To prevent mold growth, clean the drip pan after every 3 or 6 months. Use vinegar, warm water, and soap. After cleaning, allow the drip pan to dry completely.

Your makeup also provides the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. If you detect a musty smell originating from your makeup, throw them out.

At SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos, we are specialists in mold removal. If you suspect your home has a mold infestation, do not attempt to remove it. Call our 24/7 emergency line at (650) 591-4137 and let us protect you, your family and your home.

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Half Moon Bay Customer Service

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Half Moon Bay Customer Service William Wheeler, customer service driven.

Water Damage in Half Moon Bay & SERVPRO Customer Care

Andy and Gail in Half Moon Bay, regarding: William Wheeler and our SERVPRO team in Halfmoon Bay.

To whom it may concern,

Our Home after a hot water line in an upstairs bathroom… left hot water flowing throughout the house for 72+ hours… We were out of town and not due back in town for two additional days. Luckily our daughter and son-in-law stopped by. We have been told our house was close to a 90% loss. Our home was soaked with hot water and steam. It is an unimaginable disaster…

We would like to express our sincere THANKS for a job well done. by your employee William Wheeler… As we see it, Will is one of your greatest representative and a true asset to SERVPRO. He was professional at every turn and represented your company with great integrity. His hard work, incredible patience, concern, and ability to work well with your employees and us… were most impressive. In our mind, it went from, “Oh My God”, to ”It’s Going to Be Alright.”

His willingness to interact at each and every turn of this water damage disastor, along with the other representatives from both SERVPRO and FRSTeam, gave us a sense of calm and belief we could put it back together. We cannot be more impressed… and extend a Thank You to each and every one of them. We are months away from returning to our water damaged home. But the road ahead was made smoother by the concern and most professional handling by William Wheeler and his team. Thank You!

Most Sincerely,

Andy and Gail
Half Moon Bay

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is a leader in the water damage industry. We have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition. We provide documentation of the drying process to validate your property is dry. Call us for 24/7 service. (650) 591-4137

When there is flood damage, Who will you call?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When there is flood damage, Who will you call? Flood damage can happen in Foster City.

SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Properties in Foster City

In Foster City flood damage needs to be taken care of immediately. Ignoring flood damage should not occur. For one thing, water is a double edged sword. On one hand, it could clean and purify. However, water in the wrong places could cause damage and contamination. For one thing, it does bring down the value of the property. It will get to the point where water damage will always be visible unless you can get a professional company like SERVPRO to do the water extraction, drying, cleaning, and restoration work necessary to bring the property value back up. Among the sections of the home that are usually vulnerable to water damage are drywall and other building materials. 
For a house of frame construction, water is easily absorbed. Wood is like a sponge for water. It could not only get into the timber, but it could make its way to the walls. Once in the walls, it could bring water damage to other areas of the property. Another thing that water could do to the wood is cause warping as well as cupping in wood flooring. The water can also lift the laminate of manufactured wood. Wood will also become moldy. This will result in mold covering the floors as well as walls. Particularly in the case of warmer temperatures with hidden moisture or standing water. 

Foster City flooding could cause damages to the plumbing and electrical systems. Even the ceiling can be vulnerable to damages caused by water. For homes that have faced the effects of flooding, it is important to call a professional from SERVPRO to come by and inspect every piece of the home including the plumbing and the electrical systems. If there is any issue caused by water, and there always is after groundwater intrudes on your property, then he has to remove the unsalvageable materials and possessions of the home. Contaminated Black Water from this type of flooding must quickly be extracted from the home and after drying out, sanitized and deodorized. Also, it is important to make sure that every leak is found and repaired if pipes ruptured due to the storm flooding. SERVPRO has the trained, certified IICRC technicians to tackle all flood problems and restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."  They are very experienced and willing to provide 24/7 services to your home. To get an appointment, give them a call at (650) 591-4137.

WOW!! Swift Water Removal in San Francisco from Trained SERVPRO Technicians

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage WOW!! Swift Water Removal in San Francisco from Trained SERVPRO Technicians SERVPRO Says Call Our Trained Team for Water Damage Restoration in San Francisco

San Francisco Home "Rescued" from Water Damage by SERVPRO

Many homes in Northern California suffer from water damage caused by plumbing failures, appliance leaks, and not just from storm damage. Who to call? Here is a reason to call SERVPRO for a seamless water damage restoration.

Our local SERVPRO franchise takes pride in providing our customers who experience water damage in the San Francisco area, superior service, and for a reason. Our great success as a water damage cleanup and restoration company meant we needed more technicians to ensure a swift, efficient service for our customers. One of our Production Managers, Jose Medrano, deserves special kudos for training four new production technicians in the expert techniques we employ to mitigate water loss. He conducted on-going training sessions at our shop, utilizing the SERVPRO training manual, demonstrations of our warehoused industry-leading equipment, and our specially formulated cleaning and disinfecting products.

Now, take a look at the Photo to your right. This top-notch setup was constructed by Jose and his new and enthusiastic technicians only a week after training started. Clean water had leaked from an adjacent bathroom fixture and covered the tiled flooring and the baseboards. Since We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, our crew arrived within the hour to remove the pooling water and attempt to negate any potential water damage. After vacuuming out the visible water, the challenge of total moisture removal was next. The water had wicked into the trim wood, the wall sole-plates that anchor the wall studs, and the grout lines of the tiles. Here is where our expertise and pride in workmanship shine.

The perfection of this setup can be appreciated by those who work in the water restoration services. We are often copied but never duplicated. The plastic sheeting, secured with blue painter's tape, isolated the treatment surface from unaffected areas. The large LGR low grain dehumidifier is working in concert with the yellow-hosed vacuum to draw moisture from the hard floor surface and the trim. The LGR is rigged with lay flat clear ducting to increase the evaporation rate and then condense the water vapor inside the holding pan. This assembled "rescue mat," was created by our new technicians. The low-profile heated air movers (three) directed a dry circulation of air at the baseboards and sole-plates to enhance the drying rate of the moisture components.

Mission accomplished. Training matters, and our rookies, under excellent guidance and coaching from Jose, knocked it out of the park. Why call another company when you can receive fast service and salvage your home and possessions, "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos for 24/7 emergency service. (650) 591-4137

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Indoor Office Air

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

What You Can Do to Improve the Indoor Air in Your Office:

  • Do not block air vents or grilles.
  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.
  • Water and maintain office plants properly.
  • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.
  • Store food properly.
  • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.
  • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

If You Manage an Office:

  • Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.
  • Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind.
  • Coordinate with building management in instances when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.
  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.
  • Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions.
  • Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest

control practices, and non-chemical methods where possible.

  • Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupant exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted.
  • Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).                  

These tips came from an EPA booklet available free from the EPA website. It is titled,"An office Occupant's guide to Indoor Air Quality." 

At SERVPRO, we're pleased to share this information with you.