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How Do I Remove Water from My Redwood Livingroom and Kitchen Floors?
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SERVPRO Restoration Specialists Remove Water from Your Redwood City Home
After a water leak in your Redwood City home, it is crucial to remove the excess standing water and moisture from the air right after you make sure you stop the leak at the source. If excess moisture is left unattended, severe secondary damage such as mold growth or damp sheetrock may occur.
What Types of Equipment Remove Water?
SERVPRO Technicians Use Appropriate Techniques with State-of-the-Art Equipment to Remove Water
Technicians use extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidifiers for water removal in your Redwood City home. It is not enough to simply remove water with a shop vac since moisture can impact the humidity levels in the air, potentially causing further damage to your home.
What Does a Portable Extractor Do?
- Used for removing water from all types of flooring and upholstery when needed.
- Sometimes worn as a backpack, sometimes used as a floor rover.
- Heated option to allow for more effective cleaning.
- Pressure control allows for control over the agitation used to clean the surface.
- Vacuum system to suck up excess water.
- Waste Tank of up to approximately 12 gallons in larger units to hold dirty water.
Our IICRC specialists use a variety of equipment that best suits your situation. They may use portable extraction equipment in conjunction with truck-mounted equipment if there are more than two inches of standing water. Portable extractors can easily reach into places that larger equipment misses. After technicians remove the water, they use dehumidifying equipment to pull moisture out of the air and air movers to then blow warm air over impacted surfaces.
If you experience a leak, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos 24/7 at (650) 591-4127. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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What is the Best Water Removal Process for San Francisco Bathrooms?
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Eliminating Bathroom Water Damage from a San Francisco Home
While bathrooms are generally one of the most well-prepared areas when it comes to handling large amounts of water, there is a myriad of ways that water damage can still occur. Loose seals on resin shower installations, saturated porous wall surfaces, plumbing concerns, and saturated flooring that soaks subflooring underneath can all quickly grow from being a nuisance needing repair to a costly issue in your home.
If your San Francisco property requires cleanup after bathroom water damage, SERVPRO technicians are a call away from providing emergency response services. SERVPRO's sophisticated moisture measurement tools, extraction and drying equipment, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and rebuilding services can give you more cleanup and restoration for less than you might get when using several different vendors for your needs. Your local SERVPRO is also a licensed general contracting service in case you need more expanded reconstruction for your home (license #937457).
Choosing Water-Resistant Bathroom Surfaces
- Single-sheet plastic and acrylic. These surfaces are both cost-effective and extremely common as a result. Both are very easy to install on your own. Acrylic is well-suited for tub surrounds.
- Laminate and paint.Laminate offers lots of leeway in terms of appearance and installation choices, as you can buy both tiles and single-sheet installations. If you plan to paint your bathroom, use oil-based waterproof coating paint.
- Tiles, constructed from a variety of materials, are the perfect blend of elegance and flexibility. Homeowners can even get pattern sheets to make installation even easier.
- Glass and stone.These natural materials make a bold statement in any bathroom, but can be more challenging to install. However, if you want to achieve a specific look, these materials can last a long time with the right care.
SERVPRO Dries Moisture Fast
When drying water-damaged bathroom walls, it is crucial to ensure that air movers and dehumidifiers are perfectly balanced to keep drying fast while eliminating the risk of secondary water damage. In more open bathroom layouts, technicians can erect 6mm polyethylene drying chambers to contain affected areas and accelerate drying.
SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos leaves your home and its contents looking, "Like it never even happened." When you need fast, reliable mitigation services, you can call (650) 591-4137.
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Water Removal San Francisco – Sewer Backup
We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate incident.
The Importance of Thorough Water Removal After a Sewer Back Up In Your San Francisco Property
Sewer backups occur for a variety of reasons. Everything from tree roots encroaching on sewer lines, old corroded pipes, or consumers flushing inappropriate materials down the toilet can cause the sewer line to be plugged. The result can be dirty raw sewage backing up into your bathroom, sinks, showers, and overflowing onto the floor.
SERVPRO provides water removal services in San Francisco and surrounding areas. Residents of homes may uncover the mess only after noticing a foul smell or walking into a bathroom or laundry room to find sewage all over the floor. We can help clean and disinfect the area following industry guidelines for sewage contamination.
Removing Infectious Waste
When a toilet overflows or water bubbles up in the shower from a clogged sewer line, there is a possibility of infectious waste material in the liquid. The water may contain cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, and a variety of other infectious diseases, which can be very harmful to you and your family. There may also be blood-borne pathogens in the water, which can also be detrimental to everyone.
SERVPRO urges clients to avoid exposing themselves to this contamination unless the suitable protective gear is available. Our crew chief can assess the situation and deploy cleanup technicians with the appropriate protective gear, such as full-body suits, gloves, goggles or face masks, and, if necessary, respirators.
Disposal of the contaminated liquids and removal of contaminated materials must also follow industry guidelines. We clean all materials using EPA registered disinfectant chemicals on all exposed surfaces and contents. We disinfect contents and store these items in a clean staging area until the affected rooms are ready to be used once again.
SERVPRO is a licensed General Contractor - License:937457 and can help with all of the repair and construction work in your home. We can save our clients time to repair their building as well as the total cost.
Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Redwood City, Foster City, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Is Your San Francisco Washing Machine Spinning Water Damage?
Appliances are one of the leading causes of water damage inside homes. Inspect your washing machine hoses often.
Water Damage San Francisco – Eliminating Moisture
Eliminating moisture after a water damage event is essential to avoid ongoing structural issues and potential mold conditions. Attempting to remove moisture from difficult to reach areas of your home, drying wet carpets and behind walls, yourself, risks ongoing air quality issues for homeowners.
Delayed Action Can Cause More Damage
A homeowner called SERVPRO about water damage in their San Francisco home. He explained that a water leak occurred over a week ago and he mopped up all the water and dried all of the hard surfaces as best he could. With the air conditioning on, the humidity in the home decreased to acceptable levels. However, there seemed to be an ongoing odor coming from the area of the laundry room where the leak occurred.
The homeowner had further discussed with a team leader who specializes in water damage mitigation and mold infestations. The water leak had been extensive, and it was highly probable that the walls and flooring contain high levels of moisture, which can lead to the growth of mold. Long term moisture conditions can also compromise the structure of the floor and the walls in the area.
Initial Plan Discussed with Client
SERVPRO indicated that their technicians would need to take atmospheric readings in the home to confirm humidity levels. We would also remove the washing machine and dryer. Moisture readings are taken to determine the exact location of the moisture. The technicians may also need to remove sections of the walls or drill holes in the floor to properly dry the spaces containing liquid or areas of high humidity.
It is essential to remove all sources of moisture to reduce ongoing odor problems and potential long term damage to the floors and walls. We complete the repair and restoration of the walls and floors would also once the humidity levels returned to acceptable norms. All water leaks should be acted on immediately and thoroughly to avoid odor and structural issues in the home.
Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 for 24/7 serve. We serve Redwood City, Inner Mission, Foster City, 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
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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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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your San Fransisco Home
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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How Water Damage Became an Unexpected Consequence of a Video Game in San Francisco
Someone forgot to turn off the water in sink. Looks like SERVPRO is needed!
SERVPRO Turns Around Water Damage in San Francisco Bathroom
There are many types of preventative maintenance a homeowner in the Golden Gate City can do to avoid water damage. Also, things then occur that you cannot foresee happening in your home.
Our local SERVPRO location answered a call from a San Francisco homeowner with water damage in an upstairs bathroom. His son had been filling a bathroom sink and then got distracted playing video games while more and more water overflowed first covering the vanity and then the floor. When water dripped from the ceiling in the living room below, the problem was apparent.
When our technicians arrived, we immediately began extracting water from the floor with our portable pumps. Since water had dripped through to the room below, it was already apparent the floor joists received damage from the water as well.
The seal on a portion of the tile in the bathroom floor loosened from prolonged exposure to the water, and we removed them so we could direct more air into the subfloor and floor joists to completely dry them. SERVPRO technicians drilled weep holes into the ceiling to allow for drainage and airflow.
Once we prepared the room for drying, we set up air mover to dry the floor and pull moisture to the surface so it could be ported away from the area by our dehumidifiers. We used drying mats to direct air into the floor joists to ensure they were adequately dried to inhibit mold growth.
After drying, we wiped down and disinfected all water loss areas. Our SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license, and along with giving the homeowner a list of the actions done on the property, we also gave him a list of the necessary repairs to bring the bathroom back to its preloss condition. This service makes the water loss cleanup seamless from start to finish and much more convenient for both the homeowner and adjuster.
Call SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137 when you need cleanup or restoration to your home resulting from water damage, and we can make it "Like it never even happened."
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What Is The Best Way to Dry Water Damaged Carpets in San Francisco?
You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to dry your water damaged floors.
Call SERVPRO To Limit Water Damage To Your Carpets!
When water enters your home, carpet is usually the first thing affected and damaged. Unfortunately, it loses half of its strength when wet and permanent delamination may occur as a result. Carpet that undergoes large amounts of delimitation must be removed and discarded, which is why it is essential to contact professionals as soon as possible to prevent unfixable water damage.
Dealing with carpet removal, inspection, and replacement can be a tedious process. That's why the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians at SERVPRO are available to assist in mitigating water damage to carpeted San Francisco homes. When we arrive at the scene, we can get to work clearing out excess water. Unless cleaned up, water can seep through vapor barriers, potentially ruining floors.
Once water is successfully pumped out, we remove the wet sections of carpet for drying. If you have lots of furniture, you may prefer the in-place drying of your carpets. While being slower and less efficient, in-place drying allows our techs to dry your home without rearranging your favorite furniture. However, many carpet water damage cases do not qualify for in-place drying.
If we are forced to remove your carpeting, we inspect it for large amounts of delamination. We also inspect subflooring for water damage. To ensure that your floors do not collapse, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your subflooring. Additionally, this can help against mold growth.
Fortunately, carpeting itself can be easy to dry as it quickly absorbs and releases moisture. With the proper equipment, our techs can remove, dry, and reattach your carpet, making your life easy.
SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is available 24/7 at (650) 591-4137. Don't hesitate to give us a call if your carpeting has been exposed to water because we can make you feel "Like it never even happened."
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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Foster City Home We Are Here To Help
Effective mitigation of a water loss incident in your home begins with water removal services from competent professionals like ours.
Preventing A Spread Of Water Damage Through Your Foster City Home
Many things can cause water loss incidents to occur in your Foster City home from plumbing breaches to appliance malfunctions, but the damage caused is equally detrimental to your residence. It is critical to respond to these situations quickly by getting in touch with professional restoration technicians like ours with the tools and expertise to make a difference in your home to prevent other unaffected areas from becoming damaged as well.
There are many steps to contain a loss incident, but one of the first steps to restoring this hazardous situation is water removal in your Foster City home. Our SERVPRO professionals have many levels of extraction equipment and have extensive training in effective mitigation strategies that can help to reduce the spread of the water throughout your property.
With our team being available to work on your damaged home 24 hours a day, we can arrive to the situation with the ability to help contain the current damage and repair the source of the water damage to allow you to reopen the water supply valve to your property again. Our extraction equipment can help to clear out excess water present in exposed areas such as our gas-powered pumps and our weighted extractors that can help to pull saturation from carpeted areas of your house.
Rapid extraction work can allow our SERVPRO technicians to begin moisture removal and drying efforts which can contain the spread of the damage with the use of our efficient and effective drying machines like our high-velocity air movers, injectidry system, and LGR dehumidifiers. With the appropriate drops in moisture content, many exposed structural elements and materials can get restored without requiring replacement.
Effective mitigation of a water loss incident in your home begins with water removal services from competent professionals like ours. With our fast response time and industry-leading equipment, you can be confident in choosing our SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos team whenever disaster strikes. Give our crew a call today at (650) 591-4137.
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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!
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
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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Is today the day for a disaster?
Flooding can close an office and bring business to a stop.
There is never a good time to experience a property disaster.
Providing emergency property damage services for commercial establishments is one of the main services we provide at SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos.
Water damage/flooding events are the most common disaster at offices and other commercial properties. Fire is second, followed by autos crashing into structures, falling trees, vandalism and others.
There are many restoration companies that are prepared to dry a wet building, only a few companies are equipped to help keep a company open or return them quickly to operation. It’s the business interruption solution services that can make the most difference to business survival. Insurance can pay to restore the business and in some cases even cover lost revenue. However, if a building remains closed so long that customers go elsewhere, then the “damage” is really more devastating than the structural repair.
SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos understands how to dry a wet structure. We can also help with electronics, office equipment, manufacturing equipment and the other parts of a business that might be impacted. Our team can set up electrical power generators and lighting. We will place storage pods and tents at a job site along with security so that temporary workstations can be set up.
If you experience a serious disaster at you office or facility call us at 650-591-4137.
Water Damage Service in Foster City
Image show "flood cuts" to a wall that got wet.
Foster City Water Damage Cleanup Is Urgent
Water damage can leave lasting results if not dealt with quickly. Water can be peaceful and pure. It is soothing and relaxing. Water is necessary for life. It gives life to plants and humans. However, water in the wrong places can be devastating, and if left untreated, becomes a significant problem.
Howerer, Water Damage Lowers Home Value.The resulting damage from water intrusion is unsightly and impossible to hide without professional restoration. This may mean drying and repainting surfaces or demolishing and replacing building materials such as drywall. A home inspector will see the damage that stems from your unrestored water damage issues. This can lower your property value.
Water Affects the Structure of Your Home because Wood is a sponge for water. Standing water on the floors in your home can wick into walls. The longer that water sits the more damage it will cause. It will warp and cup hardwood floors and lift the laminate from manufactured wood flooring. It doesn’t take long for wood to become vulnerable to mold. Mold can cover wooden or plasterboard walls and floors. A small amount of standing water, or hidden moisture, and warmer temperatures make the perfect recipe for mold to grow. Mold can cause health effects.
Water Damage Can Destroy Electrical and Plumbing Systems, Walls, and Ceilings
Water can damage electrical circuits and cause shorts, requiring an electrician to address these problems. A professional must inspect all of your wiring and your electrical panel. Water can cause drywall to swell or become brittle forcing discarding while also helping to prevent mold growth. It can corrode or rust pipes which lead to more leaks. Undiscovered or un-repaired water leaks can escalate into larger issues involving unnecessary water damage and expenses. That small drip that you are not dealing with right now could be a costly leak in 6 months. Undetected dripping water can lead to degradation of your concrete foundation. This could leave your home structurally unsafe. It can destroy metal structures, trusses, and even home insulation. Damage to insulation can lead to mold and cause energy bills to increase because the outside elements can more readily enter the structure.
Water Contaminates Your Home
Flood water is contaminated. It can be dangerous to your health. The EPA categorizes this type of water as "Black water ." Chemicals, fertilizers, organics, and fecal matter residuals can remain long after you have cleaned up the water; too hazardous for a Foster City homeowner to attempt this cleanup. SERVPRO of Belmont San Carlos experts can sanitize and deodorize the house. The best way to eliminate the danger is with professional help. Call us for your water damage restoration and we will return your property to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos is strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency in Foster City, San Carlos, and Redwood City. Call us for immediate 24/7 response. (650) 591-4137
There are many ways that a building can become damaged by water: Ground water flooding, rain storms, burst water delivery pipes, plumbing backups, failed/leaking water heaters, etc.
Over the years SERVPRO of Belmont/ San Carlos has responded to many unusual sources of water damage including: Punctured water beds; children watering indoor plants with a garden house; aquariums falling over during an earthquake; carpenters driving nails through hidden pipes, and the list goes on.
Perhaps the strangest water damage events that we responded to was one that happened at a three-story condominium in San Mateo. Children were riding bicycles in a parking lot next to their swimming pool and one cyclist rode into a strip of landscaping. The front tire of the bike knocked the head off of an irrigation sprinkler. A jet of water shot into the sky, higher than the building rooftop, and then arched and descended into an open condo window on the third floor.
Residents and guests at the pool gathered around the sprinkler head in awe. Who knew there was that much water pressure in an irrigation system? In short order, a resident made an emergency phone call to the property management company and in turn our emergency response water mitigation company was summoned to the location.
When our crew arrived, we were amazed to see a stream of water in the air shooting into an open window…. the one and only open window on that side of the building. Someone asked if we were from the landscaping company who could turn off the irrigation system? “No, but we can certainly stop this problem,” said I as my partner found a steppingstone in the garden and placed it atop of the broken sprinkler pipe. Sure the water was splashing around the garden, but it was no longer shooting into the condo unit on the third floor. The spectators felt rather stupid. The water had been running for 45 minutes causing about 900 gallons of water to enter the building. Later, I learned that someone wanted to call the fire department so they could bring a ladder to close the window. Other residents had said no, the fire department would charge for the service call. People can make you scratch your head in disbelief.
A few minutes later, the landscaper arrived to turn off the water and replace the sprinkler head. A locksmith arrived too, so we could be let into the affected condo units. The water had also wetted a unit on the second and first floor directly below the third floor “source” unit. Much less damage would have occurred if the spectators had been more resourceful. Sometimes people become shocked or overwhelmed by the circumstances. That’s one reason we’re here when you need us. We’re SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos.
The first step to recovery.
When SERVPRO technicians arrive on site at a water flooded office or home the first task is to identify all of the affected areas. Then the crew begins to extract the standing water.
If the water is badly contaminated the carpets and flooring may need to be removed. Our team still has to extract the excess water to make the material removal easier.
When the water is classified as "clean" we are able to extract and then install drying equipment to save the flooring material.
There are several extraction methods available. The photo shows a carpet cleaning wand being used to vacuum water from a glue down carpet. (There is no carpet cushion under the carpet).
In other situations, especially when there is a carpet cushion our technicians would use a weighted extractor. This is a heavy extraction tool that the operator stands on to apply more pressure to squeeze as much water from the carpet and pad as possible.
We have learned that the more water that is removed from the material, the faster the carpet will dry after the fans and dehumidifiers are installed. Our goal is to have the area dry in three days.
Water Damage Heroes
Any amount of unwanted water in a home is a disaster!
How Water Damage Restoration Companies Can Help You
Once water damage is in your home, it's important for you to obtain SERVPRO services. Restoration services are multi-faceted, they involve both cleaning excess water from your home and repairing regions of the house that have been subjected to substantive water damage. As water damage specialists know, it is important to start the cleanup and repair process right after the flood or fire to ensure that mold and mildew do not begin to accumulate on the property. Learn more about the helpful services that water damage restoration companies can offer by reading the following short reference guide:
Water Damage Restoration Companies Remediate Your Property Quickly
One of the benefits that result from employing SERVPRO is that they complete the cleanup and repair processes quickly. Additionally, water damage restoration companies employ several staff members who can work with expedience and excellence. This group effort ensures that they can tackle a plethora of problems that have resulted from the accumulation of water damage in your home. The result is the rapid restoration of your home, a reality that can significantly reduce the onset of secondary water damage.
Water Damage Restoration Companies Limit Mold and Mildew Proliferation
Another great service provided by restoration companies is the prevention of mold and mildew growth in your private living space. SERVPRO specialists accomplish this objective by removing excess water quickly so that the fungi do not have an opportunity to form and proliferate. If mold has already started to grow in your home, the restoration specialists can eliminate it through the use of cleaners and industrial-grade disinfectants. These cleaners will not put you and your family at risk. However, it is necessary to note that the presence of mold in your home can engender a plethora of health risks. For this reason, it's important to let a team of trained professionals handle your water damage issues rather than attempting to solve the problem on your own. In recognizing that water damage restoration companies can restore your home to its original condition, it's important to know that you can ask your insurance agent to give you a referral to the right company.
Let's Get Started Now
Homes that have been subjected to water damage are in need of high quality remediation services. Once you start looking for a professional water damage company to assist you in restoring your home, you should look no further than SERVPRO. Our company is committed to consistently offering cutting edge, expedient remediation services that get your home back in great condition with lightning speed. For water damage restoration services that work, contact us today and let's get started.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special diaster recovery teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
- Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. We utilize IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (650) 591-4137
Belmont, CA - Water Damage Event
Water intrusion presents huge problem.
Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain can result in thousands of dollars of water damage to buildings and personal property quickly. Areas that are close to rivers, lakes, sewers or drain systems that are not equipped to handle large amounts of water can experience water damage to the structure of the businesses or personal property. Commercial water claims are the second most frequently filed losses for insurance in the United States.
Water Damage Caused by Gutters
Effective gutters should be cleaned and inspected several times a year. Since gutters are designed to collect the rain and runoff from a roof and carry it to the downspouts, if the gutter is clogged it cannot do its job. Overflowing gutters can cause damage to the roof or can spill over the edges causing commercial water damage to the structure of the building.
Maintaining Down Spouts
Along with the gutters, downspouts need to be properly maintained and cleaned. Since the downspouts are created to carry water away from the structure and foundation of the building, if they are not working properly will occur. The water needs to flow out into the yard or a drain field to keep it from seeping back into the home or building.
Using Sump Pumps
Basements that use sump pumps to remove excess water from around the building can help decrease the chances of rain water causing damage. Most sump pumps automatically begin pumping out water when it reaches a certain level. Making sure the sump pump is working correctly is essential. They should be inspected and routinely maintained so they can do the job when needed.
Rainwater problems can occur for a variety of reasons and can quickly cause damage to a building and contents. SERVPRO can come in and professionally clean up and dry out affected areas. Maintaining the roof, gutters, downspouts, and sump pumps can help ensure minimal water damage if there is a severe storm or drain systems overflow. If you ever need the skills of a water restoration company, SERVPRO can always help.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster cleanup teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our local communities.
When your commercial property or home has water damage from leaks or flooding, we have the experience and expertise to help. Give us a call. (650) 591-4137
SERVPRO 's Special Weapon
At SERVPRO of Belmont San Carlos, we have both cold “coil dehumidifiers” and “desiccant dehumidifiers.” Having one or more desiccants are the benchmark of a professional mitigation company.
Desiccant-Based Dehumidification is an interesting topic. Most people are aware of “cold-coil” dehumidification, which removes moisture from the air by condensing the moisture onto a cold surface. Desiccant dehumidification relies on adsorption or absorption power of desiccants, which are substances that attract water-vapor molecules from the air. They rely on adsorptive or absorptive process. Adsorption refers to a desiccant that does not change phase as it collects airborne moisture. Most adsorbents are solids; familiar examples include activated alumina, silica gel, and zeolites (molecular sieves). We see these packed in electronics cartons.
In water damage drying application, desiccant machines are designed to collect moisture on a rotating wheel coated with solid desiccant material. As damp air passes through one section of the wheel the desiccant on that section adsorbs water vapor, making the air drier than when it entered. Wheel rotation then exposes the moisture-laden desiccant to a “regenerating” air stream that strips the captured moisture away from the desiccant (desorption). The wheel rotates to the damp air collection port and it is ready to absorb more moisture from incoming air.
At SERVPRO we have dozens of cold “coil dehumidifiers” and a couple of commercial “desiccant dehumidifiers.” That’s one more reason we are proud to be an experienced and professional mitigation company capable of helping commercial clients. SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos 650-591-4137