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The Hardwood Floor Drying System in the Bay Area!

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

This image show a hardwood flooring drying system in process! Our Clean and Green Hardwood Floor Drying System works great! We are very successful on saving true hardwood floors!

What does the Hardwood Floor Drying System do?

Do you have true Hardwood Floors in your residential or commercial building? What happens when an unexpected water loss occurs and your beautiful hardwood floors gets soaked?  Well, the restoration industry has hardwood floor drying equipment technology that is specially designed to assist with drying and saving true hardwood flooring! 

The hardwood floor drying system is placed on top of the wet wood flooring to start the drying process.  The system includes the base unit, mats, tubing and connectors that are designed to focus on drying hardwood floors. 

Usually hardwood floors can be saved within 5-10 days of being wet when acted on right away. But don't wait to start the drying process on true hardwood flooring.  If you wait to long to start the drying process the wet wood materials can start to warp and buckle and possibly cause secondary damages!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for Drying and Saving your True Hardwood Floors! 

The Use of a Dehumidifier in the Bay Area!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

This Image shows multiple Dehumidifiers used on different mitigation projects. Our clean and green Dehumidifiers have been used on many mitigation projects that have had water or mold damages.

What is a Dehumidifier and what is it used for?

The Dehumidifier, also known as a Dehu for short, is mainly used on mitigation projects that pertain to water or mold damages in residential or commercial spaces.  

Many do not realize that there is a science to drying out buildings and homes affected by water losses and the Dehumidifier plays a huge role in that drying process by raising the temperature.  

The Dehumidifier has drying technology that helps control the humidity and stabilizes the environment which assists with evaporating the water in the air and from materials that are affected by the water.   The Dehu basically sucks up the wet air and spits out dry air which then eventually drys out the location. 

The Dehumidifier works best with Air Mover's and should be left running for 24 hr periods without interruption.  It's like boiling a pot of water, once turned off, you have to start all over again to get to that boiling point. 

For more information on Drying Equipment contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

The Air Movers Used in the Bay Area!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

This image shows multiple air movers in process. Placing our Clean and Green Air Movers on Mitigation Projects to get the project dried in a timely manner!

What are Air Movers and what are they used for?

An Air Mover is a piece of equipment that assists with the drying process on mitigation projects that usually pertains to water losses or even odor removal.  The Air Mover pushes the air around from one space to another space and works hand in hand with a Dehumidifier or an Odor Control Device.

Usually multiple Air Movers are placed at a time depending on how much area is affected.  While the Air Movers are pushing the air with moisture around the Dehumidifier uses it's technology to suck in and dry the airs moisture out.  

The Air Movers can be placed in different positions and directed at specific sections of the buildings structure.  Usually the Air Movers are pointed toward the affected wet sections of walls, ceilings or even the flooring to focus on drying points.  As the wet materials dry the Air Movers are removed!  

There are different types of Air Movers, but they all pretty much do the same work- Get the Project Dried!

For more information on Drying Equipment call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!   

The Hydroxyl Generator in the Bay Area!

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

This Photos shows multiple images of the Hydroxyl Generator in progress! This is our Extra Special piece of Green Equipment in our arsenal called the Hydroxyl Generator that eliminates and destroys odors in the air!

What is a Hydroxyl Generator?!?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno gets asked many times "what's that cool thing you set up"? Well, that's our extra special piece of green equipment called a Hydroxyl Generator!

The Hydroxyl Generator is used mainly for deodorization, but can also be used to decontaminate and purify the air with no added chemicals.  It provides the safest way to eliminate and destroy odors, fungal spores, bacteria and even germs in the air.

The Hydroxyl Generator emits UVA Rays through the Generator and eventually forms Hydroxyl Radicals that disperse through the equipment's fan to decompose organic and inorganic compounds in the air.  

Hydroxyl Generators are usually set up during fire mitigation projects to eliminate smoke and soot odors, but can also be placed during mold remediation projects or even badly contaminated water losses.

The benefit of using a Hydroxyl Generator is it's ability to run while the space is occupied.  Yes! Completely safe to run while the space is occupied with people, pets and plants and while the equipment is on and in progress eliminating odors, spores and bacteria in the air.  

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

Why Use an Air Scrubber in the Bay Area?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

A photo showing multiple green air scrubbers at different projects SERVPRO of South San Francisco uses our Green Air Scrubbers on different types of projects depending on the circumstances of the loss.

What's an Air Scrubber?!?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno uses Air Scrubbers on many projects in the Bay Area.  Air Scrubbers are designed for the Restoration Industry and assists on many different types of projects.

The Air Scrubber is a portable filtration unit that removes particles, gases, chemicals, odors and even contaminates from the air.  The air is drawn in from the environment and passes through a series of filters to remove the particulates from the air and than clean air is returned back to the environment. 

Air Scrubbers are most commonly used during water, fire, mold and demolition projects to control the air quality.  The Air Scrubbers can capture airborne particles and removes hazardous particles from the air.  They are also used to absorb a wide range of odors and gases.  They even trap mold spores, dust and soot particulates. 

The Air Scrubbers can also be used to create controlled negative air pressure in contained areas.  

In the restoration industry Air Scrubbers are considered special equipment and should be used accordingly! 

For More Information on Why Air Scrubbers? give us a call at 650-794-1000 and we would be happy to assist you!

Placing a Containment in the Bay Area!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows the different Containment's built with Plastic and Tension Poles around openings and stairwells. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno creates many different types of Containment's for Fire, Water and Mold Losses.

What's the point of a Containment?

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno gets asked many times why placing a Containment is important and if it's really necessary.  Well the answer is Yes! Containment's are very important and can play a huge role in Fire, Water and Mold Damage Restoration Losses.  

A Containment is placed to control the environment, minimize the work space and/or to keep something that can potentially be harmful under control and to avoid cross contamination.  In most cases Containment's are placed to block the affected areas from the unaffected areas which stops the spread of any further contamination. 

Containment's are placed by using thick plastic sheeting with the assistance of tension/support poles or wooden frames and strong tape. The Containment's are usually placed around doors, openings, stairwells or even to divide rooms.

It is recommended that no one enters through the Containment's once set up and in place!

For more Information on Containment's or Concerns with Fire, Water and Mold Losses give us a call at 650-794-1000! 

Emergency Board Up Services in the Bay Area!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Photos of Emergency Board-Ups on Different Structures This Photo shows Emergency Boards- Ups on different Structures. The Board-Ups provide Security until replacements can be installed.

A Temporary Fix for Home or Place of Businesses Security!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno offers Emergency Board-Up Services During Regular Business Hours and After Business Hours!

If you had a Fire, Break-In or have been Vandalized we can help secure your Home or Place of Business!  All we need is the information and location! 

Let us know if your Doors, Windows, Garage or Exterior of Building is Damaged. If you know the Dimensions that's even better!

Emergency Board-Ups are a Temporary Fix until the actual replacement can be installed.  Emergency Boards-Ups keeps the honest man honest!

Give SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno a call at 650-794-1000 for immediate assistance or for any questions!

Saving your True Hardwood Floors from Water Damage in the Bay Area!

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Showing the Hardwood Floor Drying System in progress Showing our Hardwood Floor Drying System in action! The special drying equipment was placed right away to save these Hardwood Floors in the Bay Area!

Choose SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno to save your true hardwood floors!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno has special and professional drying equipment.  Our Hardwood Floor Drying Systems can save your hardwood flooring caused by water damage.  One of the main keys is to start the drying process quickly to avoid secondary damages. 

Drying Hardwood Floors can take roughly 5-10 days to completely dry and save.  We have successfully saved and dried many hardwood floors with our special hardwood floor drying equipment.

It's always best to attempt to dry and save true hardwood floors.  Not only are saving your homes wood floors, but your actually saving the environment or in other words another tree!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for more information or to schedule an appointment at 650-794-1000