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Got Visible Signs of Mold Growth in the Bay Area!?!

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

This Home had small amounts of Visible Growth Present. But when Mold Remediation started an Extensive Amount of Mold was found in the Rooms Cavity.

When it comes to Mold what you Can See can be 10 Times Worse where you Can't See! 

If you can see visible Signs of Mold Growing there's a good chance that there is more Mold where you can not see.  Our Home Structures not only have Walls and Ceilings, but also have Cavities where Insulation is usually placed.  Mold Loves Dark, Damp and No Air Flow Places. Usually, Mold would first start in the Cavities and would slowly start to spread to the outer surfaces. When the Mold is Found it should be taken care of right away by a Professional! 

Control and Prevent Mold Growth by:

  • Monitoring Humidity Levels in the Home
  • Ventilating after the use of Showers, Laundry Dryers and the Cooking Areas
  • Fixing any Leaks from Pipelines, Supply Lines, Windows and Roofs
  • Properly Cleaning and Performing Professional Restoration Drying after any Water Damage

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for your Mold Concerns at 650-794-1000!

Attention Homeowners in the Bay Area, California!

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for your Fire or Water Damage Needs! We are here to Help!

With all the Fire Storms going on and the Winter Storms soon to be Approaching it is Highly Recommended to make sure your Homeowners Insurance Coverage is up to Date!

We hear many stories of Families and Friends loosing their Entire Homes and All their Belongings to the Current Fire Storms Happening in California.  It is truly devastating and sad to hear and see all that is going on.  It is Especially Sad to Us when hearing a Family Loosing Everything and to find out that their Homeowners Insurance Coverage has Lapsed and will not receive the help they would of had with that Insurance Coverage.  

Please make sure your Family and Friends are up to Date on their Homeowners Insurance.  This is very Important to have and that Coverage will defiantly help if you are ever affected by Any Fires or Water Damages.  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Cares for all the People and Communities out there! Stay Safe and Strong!

Renters Insurance is encouraged in the Bay Area!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Bay Area Residence had Personal Belongings affected by Fire, Soot and Water. As the First Responders the Cleaning was started right away!

Why should Tenants have a Renters Insurance Policy?

As a First Responder for Emergency Services in the Bay Area, we see first hand the effects that can be caused by Fire, Smoke and Water Damages.  Not only to the Property, but we see Personal Property and Valuable Assets that become Damaged, Broken, Sooty, Spoiled, Contaminated and even Crumbled.  

It can become very Expensive to come out of Pocket for the Cleaning, Repairing or Replacing of affected Personal Belongings.   Especially if a Renter has to be Displaced for a period of time due to the Property being Damaged and in need of Repair. 

Since most of the Bay Area are Renters it is Highly Recommended to have Renters Insurance!  It is Truly sad to say most Tenants do not have Renter's Insurance and are at a Loss. The Landlords or Homeowners Insurance Policy will not Cover the Tenants Personal Property or Displacement in the Event of Fire or Water Damage.  Having Renter's Insurance will ensure your Cleaning, Repairing, Replacement and Even Displacement Costs.

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you have Personal Belongings or Property Affected by Fire or Water at 650-794-1000.  We are your First Responders!

Cleaning can Prevent Mold in Homes!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Window Sill has Built up Dust and Condensation. Cleaning on a regular basis will prevent this kind of Build Up.

Did you know Cleaning Habits can Help Prevent Microbial Growth!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno receives many calls to Inspect Microbial Growth in Residential Homes and Businesses.  Usually the Visible Microbial Growth we see everyday are around Counter Tops, Sinks, Bathtubs, Shower Enclosures, Windows and even on the Window Blinds.  This usually happens because of Dust and Condensation Build Up. 

Many don't realize is Dust is made up of tiny particles that consist of plant pollen, earth, waste matter, hair, skin cells, food, mold spores and even bacteria.  The Dust can be carried in the Air and can Rest on the Ground or Surfaces.  When Condensation Builds Up the Dust becomes Moist which usually feeds and starts the spread of Microbial Growth.

It's best to perform Good Cleaning Habits on a regular basis.  Good Cleaning Habits are dusting, wiping, brushing, mopping, sweeping and vacuuming which will remove the Dust from the Surfaces.  Also, Airing Out the Home or Business by opening windows and doors on a regular basis will help prevent Condensation Build Up.  

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you need a Deep Cleaning at 650-794-1000.

A Storm without a Storm in the Peninsula!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Home in the Peninsula had Emergency Cleaning and Sanitizing Services performed to Raw Sewage in the Bathroom and Hallway.

Did a Storm Hit Up your Bathroom?

Yes, Accidents Happen!  It's Natural. It usually happens to the best of us!  Don't be afraid or embarrassed- Storms Happen! The only thing that matters is calling in for help when it's needed.  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno has Highly Trained Technicians that specialize in this type of Storm Clean Up!  We are your First Responders when it comes to Raw Sewage Clean Up and will take care of the mess for you.

We perform Deep Cleanings and have Special Equipment, Cleaning Products and Supplies.  We make sure the entire affected area is cleaned, sanitized and safe for you.    

Don't let this type of Storm interfere with your life. Contact us now at 650-794-1000!

Cleaning of Personal Belongings

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Metal Crest Heirloom was treated in our Ultra Sonic Machine and was cleaned and sanitized after Sewage Water Damage.

Can Sewage Damaged Personal Belongings be Cleaned?

Depending on the Type of Material of the Personal Belongings affected by Sewage Water can determine if it can be Salvaged or not.  When Cleaning Belongings affected by Sewage you want to make sure it can be completely cleaned and decontaminated. 

Usually any materials that are Porous cannot be Cleaned and Sanitized.  Some Porous Materials include Fabrics, Papers, Cardboard's and Untreated Woods.  The Porous Materials can soak in the Sewage Water and hold onto any Bacteria's that are found in the Sewage.   

Fortunately there are Non- Porous Materials that can be Treated, Cleaned and Sanitized when affected by Sewage Water.  Non- Porous Materials like Glass, Metals, Plastics and Varnished Woods can be decontaminated. 

For more Information on Sewage Water Damage contact us at 650-794-1000.  We are here to help!

Deep Cleaning to Restaurant on the Peninsula

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Restaurant on the Peninsula had Deep Cleaning and Sanitizing Services Performed after a Sewage Back Up from the Floor Drain.

Worried about the Health Inspectors Visiting your Restaurant?

Why wait for the Health Inspector to visit your Place of Business and give you a Failing Report with Violations that could have been prevented.  Keep your Place of Business Open with a Clean Bill of Health!  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Specializes in Cleaning and Sanitizing.  We are your Local Emergency Service Providers here to assist you in your time of need.  Whether it be from too much Cooking and Preparing of food in the Kitchen or a Sewage Over Flow from the Main Restaurants Bathroom we are a call away.

Have your Customers not only talk about how good your food is, but how clean your restaurant is too!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Now to Visit your Restaurant before the Inspector Does at 650-794-1000.

What Happens to Food After a Fire?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

This Food from the Bay Area has to be disposed. Food that is Opened and Exposed during a Fire is deemed non-salvageable and should be discarded.

Can Food be Saved After a Fire?

Many Customers ask if they can save and eat their food after a fire has happened in their home. Well, Unfortunately, we always recommend "NO", not to Eat or Save Food that has been involved or around a fire.   

Food can become contaminated and spoiled from the Fire's Excessive Heat and Soot becoming Air Borne with Gases and Particles spreading around the Home from the Fire.  The Food becomes non-salvageable and is recommended not to use, Especially any exposed and opened food products.   

When Food is determined to be discarded after a Fire it is best to keep an Inventory with Photos for documentation purposes.  

For More Information on Fire Mitigation Services Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Water Damage at Shopping Centers in the Bay Area!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

This Shopping Center had Water Damage occur After Hours. Our Technicians was able to Extract the Standing Water Right Away!

Shopping Centers have Water Damage Too!

Water Damage doesn't only happen in Our Houses, but happens in Shopping Centers too. Many people don't think or worry about Water Damage happening and shouldn't have too. Unless, of course it does happen. 

Unfortunately, Water Damage can and does happen to the best of all of us!  Especially during unexpected times; for example, a Customer can be Shopping in a Department Store and all of a sudden notice Water Gushing through the Walls. Or an Employee can unexpectedly have Water Drops Fall on them from the Ceiling of the Store. When this Happens it's best that the Managers of the Store are notified right away!  Delay in Water Damage Restoration Services will only cause more Damage to the Store and Business.  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno hopes when this Happens the Shopping Center wont leave their Customers or Regular Employees to worry about the Water Damage, but has a Plan of Action Set for Water Damage Emergencies.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000! We Provide Emergency Water Restoration Services!

Mold Happens in the Bay Area!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

This Home in the Bay Area had Secondary Damages Occur from not Properly Drying a Water Loss that happened in the Bathroom.

Mold Can Happen When the Professionals are not Called!

Did you suffer a Water Loss and not call in the Professionals to help?  Did you just Clean and Towel Dry the Surfaces after the Water Damage Loss? 

If so, you are at risk for Secondary Damages.  Secondary Damages can consist of Mold Growth and Wood Rot. When Customers try to take care of Water Losses themselves and are hesitate for calling in the Professionals, they are doing more Damage than Good.  It's great to Clean the Water away yourself, but best to have a Professional Inspect to make sure nothing is wet. 

The Benefit of having Professionals called in for Water Damage is knowing that Materials will Actually be Checked for any Moisture and will be Dried Properly if Required, so the Secondary Damages don't occur in your home.  No Water Loss is to Big or Small and knowing you can contact the Professionals for help and assistance will ensure your Homes Health in the long run.

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno are your Professionals to Call! Contact Us at 650-794-1000!

Crawl Space Sewage Clean-Up in the Bay Area!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

This Crawl Space had Raw Sewage caused by a Storm in the Bay Area. Our Technicians Cleaned and Sanitized Right Away!

Raw Sewage Damage in Crawl Space from a Storm!?!

Believe it or not, Storms can Cause Sewage Back Ups.  Sewage Water can get Backed-Up and Cause a lot of Damage due to Heavy Rainfalls and Clogged Drains.  When you suddenly notice a Foul Smelling Odor permeating through your Home or Business and Know its Sewage, but do not see any Discharge anywhere- Check your Crawl Space! You May be Surprised to find Raw Sewage. 

It is not a pretty sight and not everyone can endure it. But!  Luckily, we at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno have Great Technicians and Experience with Cleaning Raw Sewage, so you don't have to get dirty or put up with the smell any longer!  Our Technicians make sure the Cleaning and Sanitizing is done correctly and efficiently.  We have the Resources to Handle Raw Sewage!

If you think your Crawl Space has Raw Sewage and Don't want to Look- Call Us Now at 650-794-1000.  We are Ready!

Water Damage in Bay Area Condominiums

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

This Bay Area Condominium Unit and many more had Water Damage from another Unit that could not stop the Water for a long period of time.

Multiple Condominium Units Affected by Water Damage!

Have you ever been just sitting at home relaxing and all of a sudden have a rapid water stream coming in from under your front door?  Panicking, not knowing what to do and not knowing where all the Water is coming from and not having the right number to call for help; in the mean time, the Water just keeps Spreading Everywhere in your Unit.  

Well, Unfortunately, It happens more often than you think.  The main reason Multiple Units gets affected by a Ridiculous Amount of Water is Because some Homeowners and Tenants of the Condominiums do not know how and where to shut off the Waters Main Lines and are not Provided with Numbers to Call for Help with this type of Emergency.

It is very important to speak with your Home Owners Association to Receive Valuable Information that can Help Protect your Unit and Community from Excessive Water Damage. 

Water Damage Accidents do Happen, but the Extent of the Damage can be Prevented.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno has the Perfect Tool that can help your Condominium or Homeowners Association when Water Damage Happens.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 and Ask for Information on the ERP!

Removing Insulation After a Fire in the Bay Area

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

This Residential Home had Affected Insulation Removed after a Fire. The Soot and Smoke of the Fire Affected all the Insulation.

Why Remove Insulation After a Fire?

Unfortunately, when a fire strikes it not only burns and destroys its encircling environment, but also spreads and affects other surrounding areas with its soot and smoke.

When the Fires Soot and Smoke penetrates through the Walls that Fires Odor will permeate through the Structures Cavities.  Causing the Smoke Odors to retain in the Insulation that may possibly be within the Structures Cavities.  

Smoke Odor can be covered up; however, depending on the environments temperature the Smoke Odor can possibly come back after a period of time due to Smoke Affected Insulation. Smoke Odor is Invisible and the Insulation Fibers will hold onto that Smoke Odor.  It is recommended that after a Fire the Affected Insulation be removed and replaced during the Fire Restoration Process.  

For More Information on Fire Restoration contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Should the Professionals be Called for Water Damage in the Bay Area

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

This Bay Area Residence had Water Damage that was not Professionally Dried the 1st Time. Secondary Damages was found during the 2nd Water Damage.

Do I Really Need to Call in the Professionals after Water Damage?

It is Highly Recommended that you call in a Professional Water Restoration Company after a Water Damage Loss.  The Water Damage may not seem very severe to you, but that is what is only visible to you on the Surfaces! 

Depending on the Size of the Water Loss when you Try to Dry yourself you may be causing more Damage than you think.  Wiping Away and Towel Drying Surfaces Only clears the Water that is Visible.  There may be More Water Trapped in Materials that require more Drying.  Leaving the Affected Materials Wet will cause Secondary Damages.

Professional Water Restoration Companies have special Tools and Equipment used specifically for Water Damage.  Tools that can detect Moisture in Materials and Equipment that can Dry Affected Materials.  Having Professionals called to Perform Services will make sure your Water Damage is Dried Completely and Correctly. 

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for your Water Damage at 650-794-1000.  We are the Professionals here to Help!

Removing Drywall during Water Restoration in the SF Peninsula

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

This Residence on the SF Peninsula had Wet Insulation. The Drywall and Insulation had to be Removed in order to Dry the Water Damage Correctly.

Why does Drywall need to be Removed and Not Dried during Water Restoration?

In Most Cases, Drywall can be Dried within Three to Five Days when Drying Equipment is Placed by a Professional Restoration Company.  However, in some Cases the Drywall will require Removal due to certain circumstances during Water Damage.  

If Drywall is Affected by Dirty Water that carries Contaminates- The Drywall will have to be Removed and Replaced.

If Drywall has Wet Insulation in the Wall Cavities- The Drywall and Insulation will have to be Removed and Replaced.  

If Drywall has Double Layers- The Drywall's Layers will have to be Removed and Replaced.

If Drywall was not Professionally Dried and Secondary Damages Occured- The Drywall will have to be Removed and Replaced. 

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno's #1 Goal is to Save and Dry as Much as Possible.  However, depending on the circumstances, there will be times when more Invasive Drying Techniques are Required.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for more Water Damage Information at 650-794-1000!

Fire Damage Board-Up in the Bay Area!

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Residential Home in the Bay Area had a Fire Loss. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provided the Board-Up to the Property.

Boarding-Up your Property after a Fire!

When a Fire Occurs to your Property the Windows and Doors can be Damaged leaving your Property Exposed and Vulnerable.  It is Very Important to Secure your Property to prevent Theft and Secondary Damages.  

It is Very Important to Complete the Board-Up Right Away.  Do not wait to have this Completed. Depending on the Circumstances of the Fire you may not be able to Stay at the Property and your Valuables will be left with no Protection. 

Boarding- Up Damaged Window and Door Openings will keep your Property Secure and Harder to Gain Entry from unwanted guests. Also, Keeping in mind Cleaning away any Fire Debris left in front of your Property will help assist in keeping the Attention Away from your Property.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno right away at 650-794-1000! We are your 24/7 Emergency Service Provider! 

Fire Damage Clean Up in the Bay Area!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

This Residential Property in South San Francisco Required Fire Damage Clean Up to the Garage. The Fire Department Piled Up the Contents and Debris.

What is Fire Damage Clean Up?

Did you recently have a Fire Loss to your Property?  Is there Soot and Debris all over the Place?  And you don't know where to Start to get the Property back together and cleaned up?  

Well Calling SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can Help!  

Fire Damage Clean Up consists of Cleaning All the Soot and Debris from the Entire Properties Structure.  That is Cleaning everything from Floors to Ceilings, to every Window and Door within the Structure. Also, Cleaning all the Contents within the Structure, from Couches to Appliances.  There are many different Techniques used when performing the Clean Up, so calling in the Professionals is important.  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Specialize in Cleaning Properties that have been affected by Fire, Soot and Smoke.  From sorting through Debris, Deodorizing and Cleaning Walls and Contents. We take the appropriate steps necessary to get the Cleaning done correctly and efficiently. 

Call Us Now at 650-794-1000 for more Information on Fire Damage Clean Up!

Sewage Extraction and Clean Up

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Extraction and Sanitizing was performed in the Sump Pump Pit. Raw Sewage was cleaned out and the Pit was Disinfected.

Commercial Sewage Extraction!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno offers Emergency Sewage Extraction and Sanitation to Commercial and Residential Properties.  If your Property or Place of Business  has an unexpected Toilet Over Flow, Sump Pump Failure, Sewer System or Septic Tank Back Up with Raw Sewage Call Us Now!

To Prevent further Spread and Contamination avoid all contact with the Raw Sewage or Waste Water.  Open any nearby Windows to air the Building out. 

Sewage Extraction and Clean Up requires the Handling of Infectious Waste.  Do not wait to have the Raw Sewage Cleaned and Sanitized.  Raw Sewage is a Health Hazard and can cause serious Disease.  

When you call us we provide Decontamination, Water Extraction, Pressure Washing, Cleaning and Disinfecting.  We have Special Equipment and the right Protection.  We aim at protecting your health by providing a safe, disinfected and clean environment.  

Call Us Now if you need Emergency Sewage Extraction at 650-794-1000

Why do I need Water Restoration?

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

This is an example of Invasive Water Restoration. Engineered Wood Flooring, Drywall Ceiling and Walls was removed due to certain circumstances.

Why Water Restoration?

When your Property is affected by a Water Loss it is important to start the Restoration process right away to prevent further damage.  Restoration is the process of returning something, like your property, back to its normal condition.   

A Water Loss can happen at any time.  The Water can travel and spread everywhere through the paths of least resistance.  Porous Materials throughout the property will soak up the Water.  If this is not treated and dried properly more severe damages can occur.   

Water Restoration is very important and can be performed in many ways. There can be a lot of cleaning, invasive repairing and drying involved depending on the circumstances. The sooner you start the Water Restoration the easier it is to get Water Damaged Property back to normal.

It's best to contact a Restoration Company with Professional Technicians to restore your property back to normal conditions.  

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for Water Restoration at 650-794-1000.  

Drying Equipment during Water Restoration

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

The Drying equipment is in full effect at this location. Saving and Drying Hardwood Floors and Wood Framing.

The Importance of Drying Equipment!

During Water Restoration it is very Important to set up Drying Equipment right away.  Drying involves the Removal of Water.  The Drying Equipment Lowers the Humidity and Traps the Moisture in the Air.  Any standing water should be extracted prior to any Drying Equipment placement. 

In order to Dry certain materials you must prepare to remove moisture from the air.  Setting up a Drying Chamber around the affected Area will contain the moisture in the air.  Drying Equipment is placed within the Drying Chamber to Heat Up and Extract that moisture from the air and materials. All the Equipment work hand in hand together.

Drying Equipment is placed to Dry Carpets, Drywall, Wood and Framing.  Specialty Drying Equipment can also be placed to tackle unique drying challenges.  Especially when you are attempting to Dry certain materials like Hardwood Floors, Tile, Inside Walls or Under Cabinets.   

It is very Important to never turn off the Drying Equipment during the Drying Process.  If the Process is Stopped you will need to start the Process all over again.

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno to start your Water Restoration with Drying Equipment at 650-794-1000

Heavy Rain Can Cause Sewer Backups!

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

This Business had a Sewage Backup caused from a Storm. Our Technicians was able to get onsite to Properly Clean and Mitigate the Sewage Damages.

Did you know Heavy Rains can cause Sewer Backups in your Home or Business?

Storms bring Heavy Rains and Heavy Rains can bring Floods.  Floods are known for causing extensive Water Damage to Homes and Businesses.  Even if the Flooding Area is away from your Property it can possibly cause a Sewage Backup inside your Home or Place of Business.

When the Public Drain System becomes over burdened with water and exceeds it's boundaries the Combined Sewer System becomes Overwhelmed and starts to stop the flow of water which then causes Water and Sewage to Reverse it's Flow of Direction.  When this happens the Sewage and Water starts to Backup in Toilets, Sinks, Showers, Bathtubs and Floor Drains.  That Sewage and Water will spread beyond it's limits inside Homes and Businesses.

If this Happens to you during a Heavy Rain Storm it is best to call a Professional Water Restoration Company, because if not Cleaned and Mitigated Properly that Sewage Backup can create a Health Hazard in your Home or Place of Business.

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!  We are the Professionals!

San Mateo County Commercial Water Damages

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

This Hotel in South San Francisco had a Sprinkler Water Loss that affected Multiple Rooms and Levels. We were able to Extract the Water right away!

Don't Wait to Mitigate!

What do you do when your Place of Business or Commercial Property has an unexpected Water Loss?  Do you know who to call?

When your Place of Business or Commercial Property has a Water Loss it is best to start the Drying Process as soon as possible to avoid Secondary Damages.  The longer you wait to Mitigate the Water Loss the Damages becomes more severe and will interrupt your Business.  Is your Business Prepared? 

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno offers a special program that can help your Place of Business or Commercial Property be Prepared during a Water Loss or Emergency.  The No Cost "Emergency Ready Profile" provides Building Photos, Facility Details, Priority Area's and Priority Contact Information when you need it most.  Your Key Management Employees can retrieve Critical Information Right Away to begin Mitigation and Recovery Services.  

Avoid Delay and Start Today! Call 650-794-1000 and Mention Free "ERP"!

Storms in San Mateo County

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

This is a perfect example of what can happen after a Storm Hits in our Area. This Storm brought Heavy Winds and Rain with Fallen Trees and Debris.

Checking for Damages after a Storm

After a Storm hits our Community it is important to check for damages to your Residential or Commercial Property.  Storms bring Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, Debris, Fallen Trees and Branches.  Checking for any damages to your property is essential to keep any secondary damages from occurring.  

Where to Identify Any Damages

Roof Damage

  • Missing Shingles on Roof
  • Cracked or Broken Tiles, Slates or Concrete Shingles
  • Debris collected in Gutters or Down Spouts
  • Dents to Vents, Gutters or Flashings
  • Leaks in Roof or Ceilings

Exterior Damage

  • Cracks and Splitting to Siding or Stucco
  • Holes and Breaks to Siding or Stucco
  • Chipping or Discoloration to Paint
  • Vinyl or Metal Siding completely ripped off

Window Damage

  • Shattered Windows
  • Cracks or Holes
  • Broken Panes
  • Damaged Frames

The Exterior of our Homes or Business Sustains the Most Damage after a Storm Hits.  Inspecting your property is very important and can prevent Water from entering your Home or Business.  Maintain your Property and Prevent Severe Water Damage.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you suspect Water Damage after a Storm at 650-794-1000.  We are Ready to assist you!

Commercial Sewage Damage in San Bruno, CA

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

This Commercial Property had a Sewage Loss Occur Outside. Our Technicians took care of the Mess so the Business did not have too!

Sewage Damage in Your Place of Business or Commercial Building!

When your Commercial Property or Place of Business sustains a Sewage Loss Will You Clean it Up? Or make your Employees Clean it Up?  We hope not!

Sewage Damage is the most Dangerous form of Water Clean- Up.  The Contaminants and possibility of Blood - Borne Pathogens are Extremely High.  It is strongly encouraged that a Certified Restoration Company take Action and perform the necessary Sewage Clean- Up.

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno to Clean the Sewage Up and Perform Services!  We are the Professionals, with Experience, the Right Equipment, Cleaning Supplies and Personal Protection.  Let us do the Dirty Work, so your can keep your Business Moving!

Call Now if your Place of Business or Commercial Property Encountered a Sewage Loss at 650-794-1000.

WARNING! Mold Remediation in Progress!

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

This is one of our WARNING! DO NOT ENTER SIGNS for Mold Remediation. This Sign Stops the Possible Spread of Mold Contamination.

WARNING! DO NOT ENTER!

When there is a WARNING or SAFETY SIGN Posted it is very Important to follow the Instructions.

During Mold Remediation Services SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Posts WARNING! DO NOT ENTER SIGNS outside of our Containment's.  We place the Signs to Stop Anyone around from Entering and Stopping the Possible Spread of Mold Contamination to the Unaffected Areas.       

The Bottom Line is Warning and Safety Signs are a Type of Visual Communication Tools.  Each Work-site has a different type of Hazard.  Signs are posted for Workers and Anyone that may be in the Area to See.  Warning and Safety Signs are the First Line of Defense against Unsafe Conditions, Guidance and Information.

Please be sure to Acknowledge and Consider any Warning and Safety Sign you encounter for your Safety and Ultimate Protection.

San Mateo County Residents: Mold Issues

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

When you find Mold in your home it is best to Remediate it Properly. Contact the Professionals to take care of it for you! It's our Job!

Got Mold?  Know Who to Contact!

We at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno answer many calls regarding Mold Issues.  In our last Blogs about "Got Mold?" we explained the importance of Fixing and Stopping the Source of Water Intrusion and what Steps to think about when Planning the Mold Remediation Process.  But now what do you do?

Why know Who to Contact?

If you have Mold Damage and want to Properly Remediate the Damages then you need to know who to contact and when to contact them.  Knowing who to contact and when to contact them will definitely help with the whole process.  It will also avoid over lapping and double scheduling with different parties; unless it is necessary.

So Who do you Contact and When?

1. Contact your Insurance:

  • See if your Insurance will provide Coverage for your Mold Damage. 
  • If so, they may assist with the Financials and may have additional Contacts to help you through the process. 
  • If not, then you will have to come out of pocket for your Mold Remediation.

2. Contact an Industrial Hygienist:

  • An Industrial Hygienist will test the Locations Air Quality and determine the type of Mold Growing.
  • They will also provide a Written Protocol on how to properly Remediate the Mold Damage.  This Written Protocol should be followed by a Certified Mold Restoration Company to Properly Remediate the Mold.
  • Please Note: Depending on the Age of the Building a Lead and Asbestos Test may be required.  An Industrial Hygienist can provide this Testing.
  • The Testing and Written Protocol for Mold Remediation can take 3-5 Days to receive.
  • SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can provide three Industrial Hygienist Contacts if requested.

3. Contact a Certified Mold Restoration Company:

  • Once you have your Written Protocol from the Hygienist you can provide that report to the Certified Mold Restoration Company.  
  • Schedule an Inspection for the Mold Remediation.
  • Go over all the Details that will be required to perform the Mold Remediation Services from Starting to Finishing.
  • Schedule the Start of Mold Remediation.
  • The Inspection and Mold Remediation Process can take 5-12 Days depending on the Extent of Mold Damage
  • SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can provide a Free Inspection and provide a Free Verbal Estimate during Normal Business Hours once the Written Protocol is received. 

4. Contact the Same Industrial Hygienist:

  • Once the Mold Remediation is Considered Completed by the Certified Mold Restoration Company you will than Contact the Same Industrial Hygienist to perform a Clearance Test.    
  • This Clearance Test will make sure the Air Quality is Back to Acceptable Levels and that the Certified Mold Restoration Company has done their Job Correctly.
  • This Clearance Test will also provide a Certificate showing your Home has a Clean Bill of Health.  
  • The Clearance Testing can take 24-48 Hours

5. Contact a Contractor:

  • Once the Location passes the Clearance Test by the Industrial Hygienist you can now begin the Build Back Process. 
  • Contact your Contractor to start the process.
  • Please Note: Before selecting a Contractor it is best to find out their time frame to start the build back process before the Mold Remediation begins.  

Having a better understanding on Who to Call and When to Call just makes the Mold Remediation Process much Smoother and Less Complicated.  

Stay tuned for our next "Got Mold?" Blog!

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000.  We are here for you during your Mold Remediation!

The Spread of Flying Embers

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flying Burning Embers can travel away from the main fire point by wind. The Burning Embers can settle and ignite another spreading fire.

Prepare to Defend against Flying Embers

Flying Embers can spread through the wind up to 1 mile or so.  The Embers traveling further from the main fire point are not only Flying, but are burning as well and waiting to settle.  Once the Burning Embers find its resting point they can cause more fire to ignite.  Landing in an area that has plenty of fuel to feed and spread more fire to a flammable home.  To reduce the spread of flames to your home or property start to prepare and defend against the Flying Burning Embers.

Defend your Home from these Burning Embers and Prepare with these simple tips:

  • Clear all Combustible Debris and Hazards around your Home
  • Keep Lawn and Landscaping Watered on a regular basis
  • Cut your Grass or Lawn Regularly
  • Clear Dead Tree's, Branches, Pine Needles and Dead Leafs that accumulate in Foundations, Under Decks and next to your Home
  • Clear the Roof and Gutters of Dead Leaves and any Debris
  • Invest in Fire Resistant Roofing
  • Use Fire Resistant Plants, Rocks and Stone Landscaping next to Structures
  • Secure your Homes Eaves and Soffits with Solid Barriers
  • Have your Vents Screened with Ember Resistant Mesh/ Covers
  • Pile and Store Firewood away from your Home
  • Consider Non-Combustible Shutters
  • Up-Grade Windows
  • Consider Heat Resistant Drapes or Curtains
  • Look into having your Home or Property be Fire Resistant from the Ground Up

We at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno believe it is very important to protect your investment.  Count on us for assistance and call 650-794-1000.

South San Francisco Commercial Properties

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

This Business had an After Hours Sewage Loss. Our Technicians arrived Onsite and performed the necessary Emergency Mitigation Services.

We are ready when you need us most!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is ready to assist your Business or Commercial Property with Restoration Services.  Don't wait to get your Business Back Up and Running.  

We are here to help with your Commercial Property no matter the Size of Job or Time!  Contact us if your are Experiencing:

Water Damage

  • Sewage Main Break
  • Sprinkler System Failure
  • Toilet Over Flow
  • Supply Line Breaks

Fire Damage

  • Laundry Fire
  • Grease Fire
  • Electrical Fire
  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Wild Fire

Mold Damage

  • Visible Mold
  • Pre-Existing Mold
  • Water Damaged Mold

Odor Control

  • Smoke Odor
  • Sewage Odor
  • Musty Odors

We will perform all necessary Services to get the Job done Correctly and Completed in a Timely Manner.   Contact us now at 650-794-1000!

Storms in South San Francisco City

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

The Heavy Rain is on its way. Flooding can occur at any time and any place.

The Wet Storms will soon be approaching

Storms with heavy rains and winds will soon start again.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno encourages you to prepare before the weather turns.  Every residence and business has a role to play with keeping the community safe.  

Preparing for Heavy Rain and Strong Winds

  • Trim Dead or Damaged Tree Branches
  • Have Dead Trees Removed
  • Clear Debris from Sidewalks and Drains
  • Help keep Storm Drains on your Street Clear of Clutter and Garbage
  • Clear your Gutters of Dead Leaves
  • Do not put Dead Leaves or Debris on Sidewalks or Streets
  • Secure your Fences
  • Check your Roof for Loose Tiles or Shingles
  • Secure your Garbage's and Outside Furniture 
  • Have Sand Bags Ready

Protect your Property and Community from Flooding and Wind Damages.  Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000.  We are Prepared to Help during Storms!

San Mateo County Residents: Mold Issues

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can happen anywhere and spread if left untreated. Contact a trusted Mold Remediation Service Provider to properly Remediate Mold Damages.

Got Mold?  Begin planning the next steps!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno receive many calls about Mold Issues.  In our last blog about "Got Mold?" we discussed finding the source of water intrusion that is causing that mold to grow.  Once that source of water intrusion is fixed and stopped you can than begin planning the next steps to handle the mold.

Why is Planning Important?

It is very important to plan the next steps of action when working to remediate mold; especially if you want it done correctly.  Having a plan of action will help make the process much easier for you and other parties involved.  Knowing what steps you're planning on taking and what to expect to properly remediate the mold will help save time and money.  

What to Plan for?

  • Reaching your Goal to Remediating the Mold Damages Correctly
  • Who to Contact and When to Contact
  • What Resources/ Financials will be required
  • Knowing the Extent of Mold Damages
  • Will you have to Temporarily Relocate
  • Your Timeline: Start to Finish
  • The Changes that will occur during the Remediation Process
  • Expecting Delay with unwanted circumstances that can arise
  • Knowing your involvement and decisions are very important
  • Will your personal belongings need to be moved or cleaned
  • Know it can become overwhelming during the Mold Remediation Process
  • How do you know if the Mold Remediation was done correctly
  • Will you need to Re-build

When you have planned for the expected and know what direction you want to take you will be on the right path to correctly remediating mold at your residence or business.

Stay tuned for our next "Got Mold?" Blog!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno with any questions about your Mold Damage at 650-794-1000.  We are here for you!

San Mateo County Flood Tips

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

In this Photo South San Francisco had an unexpected Flood. Flooding can happen anywhere at anytime.

What to do in case of Flooding!

It is very important to know what to do in case a flood strikes in your neighborhood.  Especially if the local news is providing early warning signs of possible flash flooding in your area.  Being better prepared for floods can save your life and property.

Know the Difference between "Flood Watch" and "Flood Warnings".  "Flood Watch" means it is possible Flooding can or will occur. "Flood Warning" means the Flooding is Happening and Starting to Occur.

Basic Flash Flooding Tips while Driving or Walking:

  • Listen to your local News or Radio Stations
  • Avoid Driving or Walking through Flood Water
  • Moving Flood Water can knock you down or sweep your vehicle away
  • Do not go near downed power lines
  • Try and move to higher grounds when flooding occurs
  • If your'e in your Vehicle and Flood Water is not moving abandon your Vehicle
  • If your'e in your Vehicle and the Flood Water is moving stay in your Vehicle until safe
  • Avoid parking around streams, creeks and rivers during heavy rainfall

Basic Flash Flooding Tips for your Home: 

  • Listen to your Local News or Radio Station
  • Bring Outdoor Furniture inside
  • Set up Sand Bags in Front of Entrances
  • Move important Indoor Belongings off the Ground or to the Upper Level of Home
  • Disconnect Electrical Appliances.  Be Careful you can get electrocuted if wet
  • Turn off Gas and Electricity at the Main Switch or Valve if Instructed

If Flooding occurs in your neighborhood and your home is affected; contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 and we would be more than happy to assist you.

San Mateo County Residents: Mold Issues

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Finding and Fixing the Source of the Water Intrusion will stop the Mold from Growing in your Residential or Commercial Property.

Got Mold? Find the Source!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno receive many calls regarding Mold in Residential and Commercial Properties. Some calls are more severe than others, but typically all Mold Situations have the same outcome.  It is very important to Find and Stop the Source!

What is the Source?

The Source is the Moisture that is feeding that Mold in your home or business.  Mold Grows off moisture and finding where you are having that moisture problem will assist with stopping that Mold from growing and spreading.

Where to find the Source:

  • Water Leaks from Supply Lines
  • Water Leaks from Pipelines (Interior and Exterior)
  • Water Leaks from Faucets
  • Water Leaks from Toilets
  • Water Leaks from Dishwashers
  • Water Leaks from Refrigerators
  • Water Leaks from Washing Machines
  • Standing Water in Crawl Spaces
  • Cracks or Holes on Exterior of Structure
  • Window Sills (that water can get into)
  • Not airing out structure (after cooking or showers)
  • Roof Leaks
  • Water Loss in Neighboring Home or Unit
  • Flash Floods Occurring
  • Previous Water Loss not Properly Mitigated

When you find the Source of Water Intrusion you can than stop feeding the Mold and start removing it!

If you like this information- stay tuned for our next "Got Mold?" Blog!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for more information on Mold Damage Remediation.  We are here to help!

When a Fire Starts in your Residential Home

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Fire and Water Damage Restoration.

What do you do when a fire starts?

It can get pretty nerve racking when a fire starts, especially if you do not know what to do.  You can start to panic and waste precious time that is crucial during a fire.  It is extremely important to remember simple steps to ensure your safety along with your families and others during the start of a fire.

When a fire starts be prepared with these tips:

  • Know how to use/operate a Fire Extinguisher
  • Pan Fires- Place the Pan Lid over the small fire
  • Oven/ Microwave Fire- Turn Off and Close Door for small fires
  • Grease Fire-Apply Baking Soda or Salt- Do Not Add Water or Flour to the small fire!
  • Use a Water Hose or Buckets/Pots Full of Water to Extinguish a small/medium fire
  • Call 9-1-1 right away
  • Yell "Fire" and get out right away if fire is uncontrollable
  • Leave your things and Save Yourself, Family and Others
  • Use Stairs not Elevators
  • Exit through Doors, Windows or Fire Escapes right away
  • Never open doors that are Warm or Hot to the Touch
  • Stay Low if moving through Heavy Smoke and Close the Doors behind you
  • If Trapped Stay in the Room with the Door Closed and place a Wet Towel under the Door
  • Use a Wet Towel to help breath in Heavy Smoke
  • Call 9-1-1 Right Away

It is very important to understand and know when you are not able to control a fire.  Whether the fire is small or large know your capabilities and make wise decisions when trying to determine if you can put out a fire without the help of the Fire Department.  Time is of the essence when a fire strikes and safety is always a priority.

Contact  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno with questions on Fire Losses and Fire Damage Restoration at 650-794-1000. We are here for you.

Did you have a Fire Loss in South San Francisco?

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Residential and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in the San Mateo County.

What to expect after a Fire


Experiencing a fire loss can be emotionally draining and stressful.  It may get difficult to stay focused and make the right decisions and you can become easily frustrated.  It is extremely important to be there for your loved ones and each other during their time of need, especially when experiencing this traumatic event.   It is very important to try and stay positive and know sometimes recovery can take some time, but will eventually get better. 


Steps to immediately recover after a fire:



  • Have all injuries treated by a medical professional

  • Stay calm and pace yourself

  • Let your family and friends know your safe

  • Speak with the Fire Department to know your home is safe to enter

  • Check your home and take many photos of every room

  • Contact your Insurance Company (if applicable)

  • Determine if your home is still livable

  • Come up with a cleaning plan for your home, contents and textiles

  • Start the Restoration Process

  • Begin building back your home 


When the immediate emergency is over and when you are ready the Healing Process can begin and all the pieces can be put back together again.   Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for more information on Fire Losses and the Fire Restoration Process at 650-794-1000.  We are always here to help.

Simple Fire Safety Tips for your Family

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services in the San Mateo County.

Prepare your family in the event of a home fire


It is extremely important to prepare your family from an unexpected fire in your home.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno wants to implement important fire safety tips, so you and your family will be better prepared in case an emergency fire situation occurs.  



  1. Install smoke alarms to the right number of rooms in your home

  2. Teach your family and children what smoke alarms do and how they sound

  3. Ensure your family knows how to escape from every room in the event of a fire

  4. Have a family meeting spot outside the home in case of an emergency

  5. Come up with a communication plan in the event you cannot find each other

  6. Test the smoke alarms and practice escaping every year

  7. Make sure your family and children know how to call 9-1-1

  8. Teach your family and children how to Stop, Drop and Roll


Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno with any questions regarding Fire Losses and Fire Damage Restoration Services at 650-794-1000.   We are always here to help!

San Mateo County Residents: 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24 hour emergency fire and water damage restoration services in the San Mateo County.

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is available 24 hours a day for emergency water damage services.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  A delay in dealing with the water damage can greatly impact the severity of the water damage.

 

We answer the phone 24 hours a day ready to help!

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, upset and vulnerable.  You will need an expert to guide you through this crisis.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.

 

What to Expect

When you call us we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency.  These questions will help us determine the scope of the damage, the type and quantity of equipment and resources that may be required, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals will be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask:

  • Your Name and Contact Information
  • The Address of the Water Damage
  • When did the Water Damage Occur
  • What caused the Water Damage
  • How many Rooms are affected
  • The Flooring Type of the affected Rooms
  • Is there Electricity Available
  • Your Insurance Information (if applicable)

Call us now at 650-794-1000 and we will be glad to assist you anytime!

We are here to help 24/7!

San Mateo County Residents: We Specialize in Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Smoke and Soot Damage cleanup and remove Pervasive Odor in your San Mateo County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


Smoke and soot facts:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke


There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 650-794-1000

San Mateo County Residences: We are Faster to any Size Disaster!

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides Emergency Fire and Water Damage Services 24 hours a day in the San Mateo County.

Flooding and Water Emergencies don't wait for regular business hours to occur and neither do we.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24 hour emergency cleaning and restoration services to residential and commercial properties.   

We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and Water Damage is very invasive.  Water can quickly spreads throughout your home or business at any time.  The Water will affect everything in its path, including the walls, floors, ceilings, contents and more.   Immediate action helps to minimize the damages.  Acting fast can save a lot of time and money.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is ready to assist you in your time of need.

Need Emergency Services? Call us 24/7 at 650-794-1000.  We are Faster to any Size Disaster!

Demolition and Removal in Residential and Commercial Properties

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of a Clean Water Loss. The entire Ceiling was affected by water. Demolition was required since there was Wet Insulation present.

Why do you need Demolition during Mitigation?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specialize in Residential and Commercial Restoration for Fire, Water and Mold Losses.  We take pride in our work and provide quality service.  During Mitigation we want to save as much as possible and restore materials back to normal.  But unfortunately, at times, that Mitigation requires Demolition because some Materials just can’t be saved and salvaged. 

Examples of Materials that would require Demolition and the Reason:

Drywall: would require Removal because Wet Insulation is present, affected by water for a long period of time or Category of Water, Visible “Mold” Growth Present, Fire Damaged and Burnt.

Insulation: would require Removal because it is non-salvageable when affected by Any Type of Water, Mold or Fire Loss.

Tile: would require Removal because it acts as a vapor barrier covering wood sub-floors, Drywall and Framing.  Tile would have to be removed in order to clean and Dry the Wood Sub- floor or Framing when affected by Water, Mold or Fire; depending on circumstances and Category of Loss. 

Vinyl: No matter what type of sub-floor the Vinyl would have to be removed.  Vinyl acts like a vapor barrier and delaminates when affected by any type of water.  Vinyl would have to be removed in order to clean and Dry the Wood Sub- floor when affected by Water, Mold or Fire; depending on circumstances and Category of Loss. 

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno when you need to make a decision on demolition during a Fire, Mold of Water Loss at 1-650-794-1000.  We are always here to help!

Saving Hardwood Floors from Water Damage in your Residential Home

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence when looking to Save your Hardwood Floors from Water Damage. Act Fast and contact your Professionals to start a Drying Plan.

Can my Hardwood Floors be saved from Water Damage?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is asked multiple times if Hardwood Floors can be saved from Water Damage.  Well, for the quick answer, yes! True Hardwood Floors can be saved, but time is of the essence and depending on the circumstances; if any discoloration, delaminating or buckling has already occurred, then the Hardwood Floors may need to be removed and it is important when making decisions about saving, removing or replacing Hardwood Floors, considering the Category of Water and the time of exposure.

What kind of Wood Floors do you have in your Residential Home?

Knowing the kind of Wood Floors that came in contact with the water will help determine if the Wood Floors can possibly be saved or not.   Here are some examples of the Wood Floors in Residential Homes and the possible outcome if affected by water:

Solid True Hardwood Floors: can be successfully saved or salvaged when treated in a timely manner; depending on circumstances.  

Engineered Wood Flooring: can possibly be saved or salvaged if treated in a timely manner; depending on circumstances.  But in most cases this Wood Flooring can be considered non- salvageable and may need to be removed when affected by water.

Laminate Flooring: can be mistaken as wood and is unfortunately considered non- salvageable and cannot be saved; regardless the circumstances and should be removed when affected by water.

When Wood Floors gets saturated by water the moisture travels through that material, the water is absorb by the wood and will keep spreading.  Acting fast to remove excess water and starting a drying plan will stop the spread of moisture; this will help keeping damage to a minimum and can potentially save your Wood Floors. 

Contact your professionals at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno by calling 650-794-1000 for assistance with your Wood Floors.  We will be happy to help you in your time of need!

 

What Type of Water Loss do you have?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Find out where your Water Loss Originated and Properly Mitigate Damages Fast in your Residential or Commercial Property.

The Different Categories of Water Losses for Residential and Commercial Properties

Here at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno we want you to know the different Types of Water Losses that can occur.  Knowing the Category of the Water Loss can better Prepare You for the Services that may be required to properly mitigate the Water Damage.   Acting Fast to Properly Mitigate the Water Damage in your Residential or Commercial Property can save a lot of time and money.

Category 1- Clean Water

Category 1 Water originates from Sanitary Water Sources. Clean Water Sources can include: Broken Water Supply Lines, Tub or Sink Over Flows (with no contaminates), Appliance Malfunctions involving water Supply Lines, Falling Rainwater, Broken Toilet Tanks and Broken Hot Water Heater Tanks.   Generally Clean Water Losses can be dried in a reasonable time with no complications, however there’s always that chance that it can get a little more invasive depending on the Materials that are affected.   

Category 2- Grey Water

Category 2 Water can originate from Category 1 Water due to length of time.  Grey Water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or other organic or inorganic matter.  Some Examples of Grey Water include: Discharge from Dishwashers or Washing Machines, Over Flows from Washing Machines, Over Flows from the Toilet Bowl (with Urine Only), Broken Aquariums and Punctured Water Beds.  In some cases Grey Water can be Cleaned and Dried, but since Grey Water contains some sort of contamination it may require more attention in an invasive way. 

Category 3- Black Water

Category 3 Water can originate from Category 1 and 2 Water due to length of time.  Black Water is Grossly Contaminated and can contain pathogenic and other harmful agents. Some Examples of Category 3 Water Sources include: Sewage, Toilet Back-flows, and all forms of flooding from Seawater, Ground Surface Water and Rising Water from Rivers or Streams, Any Water Sources that are contaminated with Pesticides, Organic Matter and Toxic Organic Substances.  Unfortunately, Any Porous Materials that come in contact with Black Water Should be removed from the Location.   All Black Water Losses are beyond the Drying Point and require invasive mitigation and decontamination.  Once the Residence or Commercial Property is Cleaned and Decontaminated the Structure can be Dried Properly.

If you are experiencing a Residential or Commercial Water Loss Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Now at 1-650-794-1000

Rescuing Your San Mateo County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to Commercial Water Damage Events in the San Mateo County.

Flooding and water damage events in San Mateo County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 650-794-1000

Faster to your Water Disaster in San Mateo County

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in San Mateo County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 650-794-1000

About SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your San Mateo County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at San Mateo County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

San Mateo County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

This San Mateo County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your San Mateo County Home's basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 650-794-1000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 650-794-1000

South San Francisco City/ San Bruno 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in San Mateo County and San Francisco County

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 650-794-1000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to your South San Francisco Water Damage Event

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in South San Francisco

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

South San Francisco Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your South San Francisco Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today 1-650-794-1000

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