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Exploring Belmont’s Culture

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of The Van's The Van's is one of Belmont's most iconic restaurants. We look forward to seeing its next chapter.

A New Chapter for One of Belmont’s Most Famous Buildings 

For over a century, one building in Belmont has stood out from the rest. The Van’s Restaurant on the Hill was, until earlier this year, a beloved local Italian restaurant known for its plentiful portions and excellent service. After almost fifty years of running the restaurant, owner Loring De Martini finally retired in the face of financial uncertainty due to COVID-19. 

The building housing this famous restaurant once had a far more impressive claim to fame: it was a centerpiece exhibition at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, held in 1915. Less than a decade after the great earthquake of 1906 that destroyed most of the Bay Area, this world’s fair demonstrated the area’s resilience and culture. One of the most noteworthy exhibitions was the Japanese Formosa Tea House. It made such an impression on Belmont native E.D. Swift that he decided to have the whole building brought down from San Francisco by barge. For a time, his daughters used it as a home, but it would soon be sold. After changing owners a few times, the building would eventually be purchased by De Martini, who opted to keep its old name while granting the place some fresh flair. 

Now, this century-old building with distinctive Japanese roofing and construction will enter a new phase, as condominiums to help house the town’s ever-growing population. Surprisingly, the building lacks historic designation, but De Martini makes sure that any future owner keeps its unique features intact. 

Public Art in Belmont Planned to Expand Over the Next Few Years 

Belmont has a long history with public art projects, dating back to its participation in the world’s fair while still being a fledgling community. Today, city leaders plan to keep that tradition alive with evolving plans for public art in parks, streets, and government buildings around the area. Here are just a few of the many focus areas that you can expect to see developing over the next decade, with projects starting to emerge in 2021. 

One of the most vital aspects of city planning involves wayfinding or the signs and structures that help people map their way around town. While these planning efforts can be as simple as street signs and speed limits, they also carry many artistic endeavors opportunities. Imagine benches on the side of the road that direct travelers to interesting landmarks or sculptures that signify what part of town in which you find yourself. These artistic emplacements can serve both a pretty and practical purpose, making them a high priority for taxpayer dollars.

Our public park system is the envy of other towns across America, and with expanded allocations for sculptures and other artistic endeavors, its uniqueness only stands to increase. Part of the funding for public art projects will involve contracting a landscape architect and environmental scientist dedicated to creating new, ecologically-friendly exhibits that provide an artistic experience without disrupting nature. The city government expects to have new installations finished in both Twin Pines Park and Water Dog Lake within the next five years. 

Some of the most important artistic developments happen not on a commissioned project but in the minds and hearts of unexpected individuals. Recognizing this, a portion of the public art master plan focuses on private installations of sculptures, murals, and architecture. Many future construction elements will be required to dedicate a part of their budgets to artistic features, with the hope of creating a more beautiful face for our community over time. The city hopes to have soon a set of dedicated guidelines and recommendations for individuals and development companies looking to add to the city’s culture in this way. 

Initially, most of these plans were expected to begin seeing results as early as this year, but the coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately caused many delays. However, with restrictions easing and business resuming, 2021 appears to be an excellent time for an artist in Belmont. 

The Science Behind One of the Most Advanced Mold Removal Companies in Belmont 

Without appropriate training and equipment, mold removal from a Belmont home can quickly turn into a disaster. Different species of mold spread across your home in different ways. Without understanding the science behind our detection technology, it may be challenging to assess the risk level in any given part of your house. So, read on to learn a bit about how SERVPRO identifies areas of mold growth and determines potential threats. 

One of the latest and most significant pieces of technology we use in our initial inspections has made the identification of fungi a breeze. Infrared imaging devices allow our inspectors to look through walls, floors, and ceilings to find water leaks and elevated moisture areas that can support patches of mold growth. Although we cannot identify an infestation by moisture levels alone, we can figure out where to direct our attention. 

Next, we use a variety of different tools to assess the number of fungi in an area. The specific device we use may vary depending on the situation. For example, if we know that a particular type of mold is growing in one area of your house and suspect growth in another room, we may take a quick reading through the wall to determine fungal growth. We may need to take a more detailed reading using air scrubbers that collect spores and analyze them based on their species or genus in other circumstances. Thanks to these tools and many others, we stay two steps ahead of the problem and can help your home with as little time and money spent as possible. 

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is one of the most advanced mold removal companies in Belmont and surrounding areas. Call our 24/7 hotline at (650) 591-4137 for any home damages you encounter.

Join Other Residents of Redwood City, CA to Enjoy Swimming Performances

11/26/2020 (Permalink)

truck in front of property We hope you enjoy the High-Performance Swim Camp Series!

Redwood Residents and Tourists Can Enjoy the High-Performance Swim Camp Series

You do not have to wait until the Olympics season to enjoy high swimming performance with your friends and family. If you reside in Redwood City or its surroundings or visiting the city for several days, you can join other swimming enthusiasts at the High-Performance Swim Camp series. Held on Saturday, November 28th at the Bay Club Redwood Shores in the Bay Area, the event features:

    •    November Freestyle Swim Camp
    •    December Elite Mechanics Camp

This exclusive swim camp series is hosted by swim clinics managed by professionals who designed it for competitive swimmers of all capabilities and ages. The event runs for a whole month from November 28th at 10 am to December 28th at 4 pm. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the high-quality drills as well as stroke demonstrations from world champions and Olympians. Make sure you wear your mask for covid safety.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is welcoming you to the High-Performance Swim Camp Series. If there is fire damage in your business, we can help you to bring things back to normal within a short time. Talk to us today at (650) 591-4137. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Learn About Different Types of Food at the Flavors of Photography Event in San Francisco

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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San Francisco Residents and Visitors Can See the Various Sumptuous Foods They Can Enjoy

The flavors of photography event is an exhibit that is dedicated to showcasing the work of prominent food photographers in San Francisco. The event takes place on November 28, 2020, at 9.00 pm at Palette Gallery, 816 Folsom Street. All are welcome to showcase their indigenous food.

The event also allows people the opportunity to learn about the different types of food and cultures. It also allows people to market and sell their products. Hoteliers are allowed to set up stalls throughout the event and promote their businesses. With food at the beginning, the artists take the observers to the plate, the field, and other places they have imagined.

The images capture the individual perspective of the artist on how food and everything that goes with it is an essential aspect of the human experience. The event features the works of several artists, including:

    •    Ed Anderson
    •    Caren Alpert
    •    Soraya Matos
    •    Eric Wolfinger
    •    Sara Remington
    •    Soraya Matos

Missing the event will be denying oneself a chance of enjoying the diversity of life. Book a ticket and avail yourself for the event.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos welcomes you warmly to the flavors of photography event. We are proud to assist businesses that make such events possible. If your San Francisco restaurant requires commercial flood cleanup, we can help you. Call us any time at (650) 591-4137 for prompt restoration.

San Francisco Dwellers Can Get Water Cleanup Services from Reliable and Certified Professionals

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

San Francisco skyline Contact our crew of professionals if your property is damaged!

Dedicated SERVPRO Restorers Respond Fast to San Francisco Business Owners Commercial Water Cleanup Needs

San Francisco is the backbone of Northern California as far as culture, financial, and commercial activities are concerned. It is the 16th most populated city in the U.S.A and the fourth most populated city in California, with close to a million residents. According to the metropolitan statistical area data, San Francisco ranks 12th in the U.S and is the 4th largest by economic output. In 2018, the county-city had a GDP of $549 billion.

The history of San Francisco
The city of San Francisco was founded on 29 June 1776. This was when Spanish colonists established Mission San Francisco de Asis and Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate. In 1849, the California Gold Rush attracted rapid growth in San Francisco, making it the largest city on the West Coast. Between 1870 and 1900, San Francisco's status peaked as the largest city on the West Coast. This was after 25 percent of California's population settled in the city.

In 1906, an earthquake and fire destroyed around three-quarters of San Francisco. However, the residents quickly rebuilt the city and hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition almost a decade later.

During the Second World War, the city became the principal port of departure for servicemen who shipped out to the Pacific Theater. In 1945, San Francisco became the birthplace of the United Nations. After World War II, several factors led to cementing San Francisco as the center of liberal activism in the country. Factors such as:

    •    The confluence of bringing home servicemen
    •    Liberalizing attitudes
    •    Significant immigration
    •    The rise of the "hippie" counterculture

Popular Tourist destinations in San Francisco
Many tourists visit San Francisco every year, and the city is known for its cool summers, steep rolling hills, the eclectic mix of architecture and fog. The frequent portrayal of the city in popular music and film has helped attract millions of tourists worldwide. The city witnessed the fifth-highest number of tourists in the country in 2016. About 25 million foreign tourists arrived in the city during that year. The city accumulated $9,96 billion from tourism alone.

San Francisco hosts popular landmarks such as:

Fisherman's Wharf
It is the home of Pier 39 and a sea lion colony. The colony of sea lions began residing next to the pier 39 way before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. They lie on wooden docks that anglers used to dock their ships.

The area hosts a wide range of seafood restaurants, including the most popular floating Forbes Island restaurant that serves fresh seafood. The area also hosts several San Francisco events like the Fourth of July fireworks display.

The Golden Gate Bridge
This popular tourist attraction is a 1-mile wide suspension bridge that connects the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The structure links the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. It is the most recognized symbol of the city and California across the world. The American Society of Civil Engineers declared the structure designed by engineer Joseph Strauss as one of the Wonders of the Modern world. Tourists can bike ride, walk, or driver across the bridge to photograph or admire stunning views.

Former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
Found on Alcatraz Island, the maximum-security federal prison was built between 1910 and 1912 as a military prison for United States Army. The three-story cell house is believed to be America's strongest prison that is escape-proof. This is due to the cold water surrounding the island, the strong currents of San Francisco Bay, and the prison’s high-security measures.

The city is home to the largest Chinese enclave out of Asia, located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. The Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest in North America. Since the establishment of the Chinatown in 1848, it has been influential and highly important in the culture and history of Chinese immigrants in North America. The residents of Chinatown continue to maintain their culture.

When it comes to food, Chinatown restaurants in San Francisco have a wide range of ethnic foods. People consider the city as the origin of Americanized Chinese cuisines like Chop Suey, Cantonese dishes, and Chicken drummettes. Chinatown is rich with more than enough to meet the needs of both foreign and local tourists.

San Francisco’s financial sector
The town is the headquarters of five banking institutions and companies such as:

    •    Reddit
    •    Gap Inc
    •    Levi Strauss and Co
    •    Pacific gas and electric company
    •    Wikimedia Foundation and Craigslist

The institutions play a significant role in pushing the economic status of San Francisco. Commercial buildings are vulnerable to water damage resulting from a wide range of issues, including HVAC problems. HVAC condensate water can harm your commercial building. To prevent further damage, you need to hire reliable restorers.

How do SERVPRO restorers conduct commercial water cleanup in San Francisco?
Commercial water cleanup is a complicated task that is best handled by experienced professionals. At SERVPRO, we have a highly trained and experienced team of technicians who can perform commercial water cleanup in your San Francisco business. We can use hi-tech equipment and advanced products to restore your property to its original state.

    •    We are accredited and insured professionals.
    •    We respond fast to our customer's emergency.

Our response team is always prepared, including on weekends, middle of the night, and holidays.

SERVPRO technicians also work closely with our customers and insurance adjusters. We update the customer about every step we take. Our friendly yet professional technicians can also help you collect the necessary data required by your insurance company to file your claim.

Our technicians can begin by conducting thorough water removal using portable extractors. You don't have to shut down your business for small water leaks. With our wide range of advanced equipment and innovative techniques, we can restore the affected area without causing any destruction to your business.

However, during sanitizing and deodorization, we use advanced products that may affect your business for a few hours. The products consist of chemicals that may irritate those without protective gear. Since we are available 24 hours a day, we can conduct processes that involve such products when you close the business for the day.

If there is water damage in your office building, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos immediately. We can make the destruction seem, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (650) 591-4137.

After a Business Had a Small Fire, But Still Smells Like Smoke - What Can Be Done?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Features Proven Fire Damage Restoration Techniques to Address Smoke Odors That Linger Inside San Francisco Businesses.

Once your business has a fire, the chances are good that you will have some odorous smoke particles that can hang around even after cleanup is finished. Even the smallest structure fire can lead to extensive damage, but you also need assistance if you notice foul smoke odors remain. SERVPRO features highly-trained fire restoration technicians who can restore your San Francisco business to eliminate the fire incident traces. 

How Does Fire and Odor Cleanup Work?

Whenever SERVPRO gets called for fire damage restoration in San Francisco, we pay close attention to several factors. For example, the cause of the fire and type of materials burned will play a role in the kind of smoke and soot left behind. Should you have stubborn residue or hidden particles that migrated throughout your HVAC system, everything must get meticulously cleaned to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Once you call us for restoration services, we take care of the following:

  • Removal of all debris and odor-causing elements, such as charred building materials, furnishings, etc.
  • Carefully clean all surfaces coated with odor-causing particulates. Every area of your business gets inspected to determine where the odors may have traveled.
  • We can also recreate the conditions that brought about odor penetration by way of thermal fogging technology. 
  • If necessary, our skilled technicians can also seal any surfaces that suffered exposure to malodors. This includes sealing the inside of your ducts or painting walls.

When there are charred studs in any of your commercial space walls, we can use steel scrub brushes, dry ice blasting, or soda blasting to remove the charring. Once complete, we can then finish off the studs with a seal coat to inhibit smoke odors from lingering.

For help with fire damage restoration and ridding your commercial space of foul odors, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is here to help. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (650) 591-4137.

Can SERVPRO Clean My Office Venetian Blinds During Fire Restoration?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

open venetian blinds When fire damages your office, nothing is spared from smoke and soot. SERVPRO knows how to clean and restore your office.

San Francisco Entrepreneurs Are Looking for Thorough Fire Restoration

San Francisco business owners know that when their business is not open, it is not earning money. However, they will still have overheads, such as staff wages, rent, and insurance to pay. That is why, in the event of a disaster, it is vital to open again as soon as possible.

Entrepreneurs in San Francisco need fire restoration services upon which they can rely. That is why SERVPRO should be your first call – we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Which office furnishings can be affected by fire?

Soot is a grimy, sticky substance that, unfortunately, bonds with many kinds of material. Soot damages all types of office furnishings, including:

  • Desks and chairs
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Cushions, wall hangings, and throws
  • Drapes and blinds, including Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are a favored choice of window covering in offices as they fit most sizes of windows. But what happens when fire damages the blinds?

How does SERVPRO clean Venetian blinds?

Two main cleaning methods are suitable for Venetian blinds.

The first is immersion cleaning. We mix Ultra Content Cleaner with hot water and immerse damaged items in it, using a sponge to dislodge soils, which is particularly useful for small patches of soot.

However, if the blinds require full immersion, ultrasonic cleaning is an excellent choice. The steps are:

  • Decide on the correct water temperature, cleaning solution, and frequency of bubbles
  • Place the blinds in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution
  • Switch the machine on – the device creates millions of bubbles that implode and create microscopic jet streams that agitate and remove soils

What about the rest of the office?

Do not worry – we are here to clean your business premises from top to bottom. Our teams have the equipment and skill to scrub soot residues from walls and ceilings, furniture, wood, metal, and even HVAC systems. We also carry out repairs to put your premises back the way it was and make sure it is safe to use once more.

For help with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137.

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Mold Development in a Repurposed Retail Space in Redwood City Needs SERVPRO for Remediation

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

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New Redwood City Spa Could Allow Mold Growth and Colonization

Renovating commercial space for new tenants is a common practice throughout Redwood City, and spas are more relevant and necessary now more than ever. Rushing to reach your opening is an ideal goal, allowing you to reach your fanbase as quickly as possible, but aspects of the renovation and reconstruction can get overlooked. Improper ventilation for areas of your spa can lead to favorable conditions for microbial threats.

Remodeling a commercial space to accommodate a new style of business does not always equal mold damage for Redwood City properties, but specific oversights can allow the conditions for this disaster. Because of steam and vapors common to specific areas and practices of modern spas, adequate ventilation is not a suggested installation, but a need that your new business has. Failure to install these fixtures can result in lingering moisture in susceptible areas of your space.

Even though your spa keeps traditional operating hours, failure to remove vapors and moisture from hallways and adjacent rooms can lead to the development of mold colonies, even with only part-time use. Spores exist naturally in nearly every environment, so these microorganisms survive in perpetual circulation until they encounter moist conditions around organic materials or contents. The drywall used to form the walls of your spa can often be an ideal launchpad for microbial colonization.

Remediation is a considerable first step to take, as our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can offer solutions that can remove colonies often without disturbing the host material. We can also work to clear out lingering moisture with the use of desiccant dehumidifiers and air movers.

With a team of licensed general contractors on our SERVPRO team, we also have the means of utilizing controlled demolition strategies were necessary to save you time and money. We can also install more sufficient ventilation fixtures to ensure the appropriate moisture removal after a long day of steam treatment and relaxation.

Commercial properties throughout the area come under new ownership all the time, leading to fast turnarounds to get new customers in the door as quickly as possible. If you have overlooked moisture removal fixtures and caused mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team to help. Give our experts a call today at (650) 591-4137.

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Air Quality

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

The EPA provides helpful information and informative material on a variety of indoor air quality topics for office and homes. A helpful booklet is: "An Office Building Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality."

The booklet provides valuable tips to protect health of office workers. Here is a list of helpful tips (and topics) contained in the publication. 

  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy
  • Do not block air vents or grilles.
  • 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 nonchemical 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).

The booklet it available free from the EPA website. SERVPRO is pleased to have shared this information with you. We can also help you keep commercial spaces clean and healthy with HVAC cleaning and other specialty services.

Free Learning Oppurtunities

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

This article is about, educational programs including Lunch & Learns for Belmont/San Carlos Insurance Agents, Property Managers & Building Engineer.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos offers approved Continuing Education (CE) classes about: Water Damage Mitigation, Fire Cleanup, Mold Education, Odor Control and even Ethics.

Our classes are from two to three hours in duration, and they include a free lunch.

As the title to this article indicates, there are also less formal educational programs that include Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics. Classes are scheduled to include a breakfast or lunch. Topics are designed specifically for insurance agents, realtors and building engineers. We have programs that are fifteen minutes in length and expanded versions that are thirty minutes long. Often, we customize presentations for an organization’s specific needs. These lively programs stimulate questions. You can expect to spend another ten to fifteen minutes as we provide answers and engage in dialogue. (These programs do not provide State approved educational credits. However, some companies are able to apply certain topics to their “safety training” programs.)

Information about the disasters and the many problems that can affect your properties and your clients is important. We are always happy to share information about the remedies and solutions that make it, as our slogan says… "Like it never even happened."

Should you have an interest in using our free education programs, please contact us at 650-591-4137. It would be a pleasure to work with you.

Indoor Office Air

2/25/2020 (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.

We Will Dry And Repair Your San Fransisco Hotel Room Right Away

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Rows and rows of our equipment in our warehouse We have the restorative drying equipment waiting in our warehouse for any size job. Call us right away to prevent further damage we respond 24/7.

Broken Shower Head Can Damage San Francisco Hotel Rooms

Your hotel can see considerable traffic throughout the year on account of San Francisco being one of the premier tourist destinations in all of California. Maintaining the structure can be challenging when people are always present, and the turnover of rooms happens daily. Wear and tear on vital fixtures like faucets and showerheads can lead to eventual failures, which must get addressed quickly if you hope to keep the damage contained to a single room.

Your hotel was undoubtedly designed to shut off the water supply to each room with a panel box installed near the bathroom in case you combat water damage in your San Francisco hotel. The advantages here is stopping the flow of water to these broken fixtures to prevent further spraying and flooding of the bathroom area. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, you can reach our team 24/7 to have qualified water restoration technicians there to help quickly.

In the earliest stages of recovery, the priority is addressing the water damage pooled on the floors and what must be done to reduce the saturation and exposure of the vanity, drywall, trim, and other susceptible areas. In many cases, if approaches quickly, controlled demolition and later reconstruction might not be necessary. The use of centrifugal air movers can direct dry airflow at specific damaged points of saturated surfaces to expedite evaporation and drying.

While you undoubtedly have a maintenance team capable of handling minor plumbing concerns, we are committed to making this restoration as seamless as possible. Our SERVPRO team has a full division of licensed (#937457) general contractors that can help to assess any other potential issues and replace the broken shower head and damaged fixtures.

We know that you make money off of the fast turnaround of each room in your hotel, and that is why we have the experienced team we do. Our professionals can work on drying and repairing your unit to make this loss situation “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team a call today at (650) 591-4137.

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

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Shelves full of our equipment in our warehouse We have a large inventory of restorative drying equipment and it allows us to offer successful water damage restoration services for large disasters.

Commercial Water Removal in San Francisco That Saves Time & Money

In the United States alone, as many as 14,000 people a day experience emergencies related to water damage. The sources can be as small as a loose pipe joint and as large as flooding from a hurricane. Californians need to be particularly wary of water-related disasters from infrastructure and fixture failures in businesses. This proves especially true for grocery stores, which capitalize on their consistent availability and a massive selection of goods to prosper.

If your grocery store requires commercial water removal in San Francisco, SERVPRO technicians are ready to start restoring your facility within hours. There is significant pressure on businesses to mitigate disasters quickly for the benefit of customers and employees alike, and SERVPRO teams keep this in mind while following local, state, and federal guidelines. Technicians use eco-friendly, EPA-registered disinfectants, and other environmentally-friendly technologies to clean and restore disaster-affected areas.

When mitigating water damage for a business, minimizing unnecessary repair and replacement costs is paramount. Emphasis is placed on saving equipment and inventory. If necessary for cleanup, electronics and other machinery necessary for the day-to-day operations of your store can be moved for their protection in a pack out. Professionals also make sure to carefully evaluate flooring, subflooring, and electrical systems that handle daily tasks like cooling and freezing items for water damage.

After inspection, moving, and water damage removal of any unsalvageable items, SERVPRO technicians get right to work on measuring and extracting moisture with state-of-the-art technologies, including thermal imaging and non-penetrative moisture sensors. Commercial-grade wet/dry vacs can be used to eliminate moisture from flooring, while OSHA-approved cleaners are implemented to disinfect tables, chairs, and other fixtures that may have been affected by water. Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers are highly effective for meeting drying goals in tandem with centrifugal air movers. Because grocery stores are often such large, open spaces, polyethylene tents may be erected to contain moisture and dry it more quickly.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is determined to serve the community with disaster mitigation service that leaves businesses big and small, "Like it never even happened." If you need fast, reliable clean up from an experienced team, call (650) 591-4137 today.

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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 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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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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Our Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your San Francisco Clothing Boutique

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

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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Fast Action Is Required When Water Causes Significant Damage To A Historical San Francisco Property

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos rapid response team is available 24/7!

Protecting Flooring In Historical San Francisco Properties

San Francisco has a rich and illustrious history and remains committed to preserving some of these historic buildings and properties through intricate renovations and refurbishments to protect their beauty and function. Water loss incidents can adversely affect any property, but it can prove devastating to older construction. Our professionals can respond quickly in the event of a water loss emergency to provide effective mitigation tactics designed to reduce the spread of water and protect the property.

Hardwood flooring and intricate moldings are often hit the hardest by water damage in your San Francisco historical property. Touring individuals or even office spaces that have been tucked into the property now become affected by the need for immediate servicing by trained professionals able to remove water quickly while focusing specifically on preserving original materials. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment that can do this with the right response from the owner about the incident.

Hardwood flooring, as an example, requires fast attention from trained personnel. Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to set up air movers and dehumidifiers to begin removing moisture from this saturated material. The longer this dampness and moisture remain in the wood, the more likely it becomes that the material bloats and distorts. Once this swelling has occurred, there is no choice but to remove these materials and replace it with new construction.

Large drying mats play a significant role in drying out flooring materials in a water-damaged historical building because they can penetrate beyond the surface to the subflooring without pulling the moisture out too rapidly. A steady draw of the moisture until the area gets thoroughly dried prevents warping and protects the integrity of the material itself.

While you might guide tours through harrowed halls of former celebrities or musicians, or oversee the grounds of refurbished office space in a historical property, water damage can be devastating without a fast response from trained professionals. Our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos rapid response team is available 24/7 at (650) 591-4137.

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Avoid Failing to Disclose Important Details When Your San Francisco Bistro Faces Water Damage

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water can quickly damage and possibly close your restaurant if left unmitigated. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services.

Things to Tell SERVPRO When Calling Us for Water Removal from a Restaurant in San Francisco

Water removal from restaurants in San Francisco may be complicated by any number of factors, ranging from the placement of the building to its internal layout to where the water initially came from. Otherwise small differences between buildings on the same street can sometimes lead to drastically different water removal projects. SERVPRO technicians are experts at adapting to the situation and providing high-quality care no matter the challenges they face, but we could still face forced delays that may not be apparent from the initial call. Letting us know of any of these factors beforehand can help our initial mitigation response be more well-suited to your needs.

Size of the Building
Not only does the size of the floor space requiring water removal in a San Francisco restaurant matter, but so does the size of the building overall. Larger buildings are often constructed of different materials and have different regulations and building codes compared to smaller ones, so having prior knowledge of these conditions can alert us to potential dangers. If we ask about the size of the impacted area on the phone, be sure to mention a quick summary of the size and shape of the building, too.

High or Low Relative Elevation
If your restaurant sits at a lower elevation than one or more sides of the surrounding area, it may be especially prone to flooding and difficulty of water removal. Please make sure to let SERVPRO know if your establishment sits at the bottom or on the side of a hill.

Delicate Materials
Many restaurants in the area prize their decor and furnishings highly, but in a water damage incident, these objects can be easily damaged without appropriate countermeasures. We recommend immediately separating all cushions from furniture and removing rugs from carpeting and other flooring materials vulnerable to staining. Of course, you should take care not to put your safety at risk by doing this, and instead wait for SERVPRO to arrive with specially-made protective equipment if there is any question of safety. If this ends up happening, please let our technicians know of any particularly valuable objects in the area so that we can prioritize their removal.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos provides expert water removal and damage restoration services for homes and businesses across the community. Call our local office 24/7 at (650) 591-4137.
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Do You Have a Plan for Cleaning Up Water Damage in Your San Francisco Supermarket?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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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Use Tips Provided by SERVPRO to Prevent Water Damage at Your San Francisco Care Facility

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Having a constant washing machine leak at your facility can lead to water damage over time. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Appliances Using Water can Cause Commercial Water Damage in Care Facilities in San Francisco

Providing care to residents in a care facility in San Francisco requires you to address all areas of daily life – meals, clothing, bedding, medicines, personal hygiene, and several others. Ensuring that your facility's employees meet all of the residents' daily needs requires the constant use of appliances.

If one of the machines sustains a leak in a feed or drain line in your facility, your building can suffer commercial water damage in San Francisco. With rotating shifts, important details about malfunctioning appliances can get lost, letting leaks grow in size. SERVPRO technicians are always ready to respond to such situations and get things back under control.

Although major leaks require a call to a certified plumber, we can repair minor ones. Cleaning up the area of water from floors happens quickly, and then we begin measuring the water vapor in the air and how much moisture entered absorbent materials. Often, we find secondary water damage during these inspections, and we hold IICRC-certifications in these areas, also.

Working in a residential setting mitigating water damage can create noise that disturbs some individuals. We want to assure you that we understand this and can work with you to minimize this as much as possible. We adjust our work to match your needs, especially when residents' rooms and the affected area are close to each other.

Some of our activities produce odors, such as fresh paint or cleaning chemicals. If these odors might impact a resident, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. We want to provide mitigation services in a manner while refraining from causing any discomfort but we need your input on this if it is a possibility.

Either of these might require moving residents to other areas, but we leave this decision to you and your staff. Our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened.” and in the shortest amount of time possible. To help prevent similar incidents in the future, we can check if any other appliances give off readings of elevated moisture. Some leaks are located internally instead of along a hose where you can easily view it.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos wants to help you provide the highest level of care to your residents, and mitigation of water damage gets your facility back to a healthy, safe condition. Call us at (650) 591-4137, and we can explain how we can help you achieve this.

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It' s a Team Effort

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency property damage happens. When it does, prompt response can save you time and money. The faster a professionamitigation expert can be on scene to mitigate the disaster the better… the scale of damage is reduced and the inconvenience to the occupants can be minimized. People may be able to stay in their residences and business tenants ay be able to continue operating when a skilled response team is in charge. That’s why we provide 24/7 emergency response services for: fire and smoke, water damage, sewerage backups, window and door board-ups and crime scene cleanup.

Not everything is an emergency: Property owners, property managers and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restorations issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why our local SERVPRO franchise performs non-emergency, specialty cleaning and restoration services such as: Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, power washing, Asbestos removal and reconstruction services. - You don’t have to have an immediate emergency to use our services.

SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for its expertise in serving insurance companies. SERVPRO is proud to be an important part of that team. We also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

Facility Engineers... conside using an emergency pre-work authization agreement.

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

We offer a special emergency ready plan that includes a pre-work agreement.

SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos has developed a simple pre-work auhorization agreement we call, Green Response for our commercial clients. It is a proactive disaster recovery plan provided by SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos. It allows us to work with you in pre-planning for the complex challenges that often arise during a major catastrophe such as fire, extreme flooding, earthquake, etc. Your participation in this plan will empower us to mobilize and direct a coordinated team of restoration specialists who will work on your behalf to make it… better than before.

Green Response clients sign an agreement that pre-authorizes our company to provide prompt emergency services. In this agreement the labor and materials pricing schedule and payment terms are determined in advance to prevent misunderstandings, and to expedite services.

Our Emergency Response Manager will tour your facility to work with you in developing a specific and comprehensive restoration/mitigation plan for your location.

Once a preparedness plan has been determined, our team will conduct a meeting at your facility to establish a working relationship, to address your concerns and demonstrate how we may best satisfy your needs. There is no charge for this service. Your investment will be a few hours… time well spent for peace of mind to protect your facility.

Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at 650-591-4137 for additional details.