Recent Storm Damage Posts

After the Rainy Days, what could come next?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

mushroom mold SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno is ready to assist with your after-storm needs, so YOU DON’T have to deal with issues like severe mold.

We here at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno are very coherent of Mother Nature’s pattern when storms come and go in the Bay Area.  After a big storm, in as little as a day to a week, mold can start growing in places you least expect it.  Within this time period, we receive calls from hundreds of customers in need of remediation, many for mold.  It’s great that these customers are taking action to have preventative work performed on their home or commercial spaces.

If you have had water loss after a storm, in an attic, closet, crawlspace, or anywhere on your property, you should understand that mold has the potential to spore shortly after, and spread quickly.  Rainwater has a way to seep and sit in a structure in places least expected, by means of a damaged roof, pipe leak, crack of a wall, or deteriorated sill.  This can then breed the beginnings of mildew/mold on the exterior and/or interior of a building.  This is why it is crucial, once the loss has been identified, to have the source repaired, and begin remediation as soon as possible.  If not, you become susceptible to problems like the ones pictured to the right.  If there is a sighting of growth, the likelihood of mold behind the layers of flooring/ceiling/wall is very prevalent.  Take action now before it is too late!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for more information.  We will assist and lead you in the right direction!

Hurry before the Storms return!

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

storm waters SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can assist with water damage caused by blocked drains and the rain!

One of greatest attractions to the San Francisco Bay Area is our weather.  Especially in South San Francisco/San Bruno area, Mother Nature plays a great part in the beauty of our community.  Our late summers in the fall months often times dictate how much rain we’ll get during the fall and winter.  This year, Summer was cut short, with the first downpour in late October, flooding streets, homes, and other structures in our area.  Before the next storm arrives, practice prevention from water damage by checking all of these key areas of your property:

  • The Roof;
  • Light Wells; and
  • Gutters.

In addition, storm drains along the exterior of your structure need to be cleared of debris, leaves, branches and other materials that can block ways for water to escape.  Note that the best times to check these areas are the months right before expected rain arrives.!

Questions?  Call or text SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for your water damage remediation inquiries.

Where is that Water coming from?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

water from foundation Locate and Identify the Water Intrusion ASAP during a Storm.

When hard rainfall hits, make it a habit to check on spaces in your home or place of business that may have potential for water damage.  This recommended practice can undoubtedly save you time, money, and the headache of uncontrollable damages down the line.

Once discovered, Water Intrusion can enter through:

  • Roofs;
  • Cracks on the Exterior of your Building;
  • Window Sills; and
  • The Ground Level or Foundation.

After Discovery, it’s crucial to determine the Source, and repair it right away.  Waiting on this vital step causes severity in fixing it. Having the Source located, identified, and repaired promptly during the current storm will work in your favor that your Water Intrusion problem is no more.  

Call or Text SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you Recently had Water Damage at 650-794-1000.  We are the Professional Water Mitigation Specialists!

Did your Home or Business get affected by a Storm?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged floors Rain Storms, Supply Line Malfunctions, or Sewage Overflow, we are here to help!

If you are experiencing leakage and flooding due to Heavy Rain Falls, it’s strongly recommended that the Drying Process begin the soonest as possible, rather than later.  The delay can cause additional, harsher reparations, resulting in more costly upkeep.

With the recent storms that hit the Bay Area, it’s not too late to take action for the next big one that hits:

  • Clear out Storm Drainsof Debris Build Up;
  • Empty out Gutters of Leaves and Branches;
  • Pick up Sand Bags in case of unexpected flooding; and
  • Defer falling water away from any entryways of your building.

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City / San Bruno dedicates a great amount of our service to Cleaning and Drying of Water Damages.  Don't let another day pass from getting your Home or Place of Business back to normal!  We work to save you from worse damages, such as water back up or mold. 

Don’t wait any longer, Call or Text us before it’s too late - SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Your Local SERVPRO Staff of South San Francisco City / San Bruno Ready to Help!

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Team arriving SERVPRO of South San Francisco City / San Bruno provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration services.

When the onset of a storm occurs, it is urgent to take action immediately.  The time difference between the circumstance, and when a professional arrives onsite, can contribute greatly to an even more negative impact of damage.  Our highly trained staff are very capable of remediation clean up and restoration services.  Training includes beginner, continuing, and ongoing coursework, through our corporate training center, as well as Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

As a locally-owned family franchise, our commitment to community is one of our greatest values.  We aim to recruit and hire good people who share our values.  We enjoy helping others by providing superior customer service, to those finding themselves in unfortunate situations, such as storm emergencies, as well as fire or water losses.

As a part of a large National Company, we also have the support to service any size disaster, great or small, residential or commercial, before, during, and after the rains arrive.  We are always here to help.

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno operates 24 hours a day /7 days a week, working hard to get your home or business back “Like it never even happened.”  Call or text us today at 1-650-794-1000.

Storms in South San Francisco City / San Bruno

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Downpour Heavy Showers/Hail are on its way.

Rainy Season is coming!  Are you prepared?

Storms with heavy rains and winds are fast approaching, which means flooding could occur, any time, at any place.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno strongly recommends that you plan accordingly, before the big change in climate.  As business and/or homeowners, we can play a big role in keeping our community safe from potential disasters and events.

Tips on how to Prepare for Winds and Downpour

  • Remove Dead Trees
  • Prune Damaged Branches
  • Tidy your Streets and Sidewalks of Waste and Clutter
  • Keep Storm Drains and Gutters Clear of Dead Leaves and Garbage
  • Position down your Fences
  • Check your Roof for Loose Tiles, Shingles and Debris
  • Secure your Waste Containers (Garbage/Recycling/Compost) and Any Outside/Patio Furniture 
  • Be ready with Sand Bags

Protect your Property, and our Community from Wind and Heavy Downpour Damages.  Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000.  We are here to help!

Visible Mold Growth after the Rainy Days!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows different mold growing on ceilings and top of walls after the rain SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno assists our customers and their concerns when it comes to mold and what steps to take for remediation!

The weather in San Mateo County and San Francisco County are usually consistent with warm sunny days and some winds.  We usually don't see strong storms hit the Bay Area.  However, when it does rain, it pours!  The rain can last a few days to a couple of weeks at a time and of course since our weather is odd its mixed off and on with sunny days and rainy days!

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno noticed a trend after a couple of weeks to months with no rain.  We start to receive calls with mold growth found visible on ceilings and at the top of the walls.  Usually our customers have no idea how mold could have grown or became visible in odd sections of the home or businesses and are unaware that the mold was possibly caused by the previous rains.

The rain water can find it's way into the structure by possible roof damage/ leaks or even through the smallest cracks or deteriorated window seals on the exterior of the house or building.  The rain water will keep coming in as long as it rains and the source of intrusion is not fixed and corrected.

If you see visible mold growth happening after it rains on the ceilings or top of walls or even around windows than there is a possibility rain water is getting in!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 for more information and we will assist and lead you in the right direction!   

Before the rain comes!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows a couple of clogged drains with build up of water SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can assist with water damage caused by blocked drains and the rain!

Usually the San Mateo County and the San Francisco County areas are sunny, windy and/or foggy. Our dry months are in May, June, July, August and September.  A lot of rain usually comes in January, February and December.  The weather in the Bay Area is pretty consistent! However, we do get a lot of rain when it starts.  And with rain water there can also be water damage!

There are some ways to prevent the unexpected water damage that comes from rainfall.  Just by checking all your drains you can prevent water damage!

Some drains can be found on your roof, light wells and gutters.  There are also storm drains at the exterior of the houses and businesses.  Just by making sure theses drains are clear of debris, leaves, branches and even papers can definitely prevent water build up and damage. The best time to check and clean out the drains is during the dry months or right before the rain starts!

If you have experienced water damage caused by a drain from the rain make sure to clear the drain and call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Standing Water in a Crawl Space!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows standing water in a crawl space SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno performs water extraction, cleaning, sanitizing and drying to crawl spaces!

Do you notice an odor or a musty smell permeating through your home, but can't find any causes or damages inside the home? Was there a big rain fall that passed by recently?  You may have standing water in your crawl space!

Water can get into the crawl space many ways.  Usually by a broken pipe lines from under the kitchen or bathroom areas; however, water can also get in crawl spaces from rain and flooding outside! 

Sometimes we don't realize when we change the outside landscape in the front or back yards that water can then be accidentally deferred into the crawl space.  Not knowing there's standing water for a long period of time can then produce an odor or a musty smell and other damages.

During the rainy days it's best to check your crawl space to make sure no water is building up!

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000 if you discover standing water in your crawl space or for more information!

San Bruno, CA Trained Staff is Here to Help!

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows a Profuction Technician assisting a customer in a kitchen SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration services in San Mateo County!

When disaster strikes it is imperative that you act quickly. A delay of just a few hours can severely affect your home or business negatively. That is why SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno operates 24/7 days a week to get your property back to “Like it never even happened.”

We place our staff in the highest regard. Our team is highly skilled 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 value or community and cherish being a locally-owned and operated business. Our Mission is to recruit and employ quality individuals within our community, who enjoy helping others and delivering quality customer services that pertains to our industry. 

Being a part of a National Franchise gives us the ability handle any size disaster. Our Franchises are prepared to mobilize in order to help get your community back to normalcy when a storm hits.

Big or small, “We are always here to help.”

Call us today at 1-650-794-1000

Call the Professionals for Water Damages caused by Storms!

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

The longer you wait to start the Drying Process the longer it will take to get your Home or Business Back Together!

Did your Home or Business get affected by a Storm?

Don't wait to call in the Professionals if you had Water Damage caused by Heavy Rain Falls or Flooding.  The longer you wait to start the Drying Process the more severe damages can start and the more expensive it can get. 

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno, we specialize in the Cleaning and Drying to all Water Damages.  Don't wait to get your Home or Business back to normal.  Don't wait for the Water Damage to turn to Mold Damage! 

Whether your Water Damage is caused by Storms, Supply Line Failures or Sewage Over Flows Call the Professionals Right away!  We receive many calls weeks after the Source of Water Intrusion and by then its to late! 

Don't wait any longer!  Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Find the Water Intrusion Right Away!

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Find and Fix the Source of Water Intrusion right away to prevent further Water Damages! Don't wait till it's to late!

Find the Water Intrusion Right Away during a Storm!

When a Storm Hits and you notice Water coming into your Home or Business during the rain find where and how the Water is getting in right away.

Don't wait to stop the Water Intrusion Once found.  Whether the Water is entering through your roof, cracks on the exterior, windows or even from the ground it is best to get the Source found and fixed right away to prevent further damages.  Having the Source Found and Fixed during the current Rain Fall will ensure you have successfully stopped the Source of Water Intrusion Completely.  

Waiting to have the Source fixed can cause serious damages to your Home or Business, especially when dealing with Water.

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you Recently had Water Damage at 650-794-1000.  We are the Professional Water Mitigation Specialists!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 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.