Burlingame Mold Cleanup
We have to determine how wet the materials are before beginning the cleanup/drying process.
One does not simply remove mold, as you can see in this mold cleanup from our San Mateo franchise. We go through extensive training, certifications, and procedures established by law to remove mold from your home or business. Doing a quick sweep or squirt of bleach doesn't help, and may make things worse.
Mold cleanup in Burlingame
Mold cleanup may seem like such a drag, especially in an area that already has so much moisture in the air. However, there are ways to keep away mold long term. This technique requires professionalism, commitment, and good building materials. To get started on the process, SERVPRO can help!
The services we provide
Most people don't understand the work that's involved when dealing with mold; they just don't want to deal with it. We completely understand! From containment to removal, to cleaning and demolition, we do it all. Our project managers are also incredibly knowledgeable and work throughout San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough and the surrounding areas.
San Mateo Flood Damage
We have been cautioning our technicians and project managers to approach job sites slowly, as well as prepared. Sometimes, there can be challenges such as heavy rain, wind, fallen trees, mudslides, or landslides. We take extra time to get to locations because of these potential issues.
Flood Damage in San Mateo and Burlingame
Due to the structure of San Mateo, there are potential areas that can be flooded. Some homes reside on hills, and the city has had many mold and water damage issues due to the humidity. We are prepared for anything, but safety of our technicians and the homeowners is our #1 concern. If we need to take extra time to complete work or get to the site, we exercise that caution.
Check out this storm damage in San Mateo from earlier this year.
San Mateo Fire Damage
Fire Damage San Mateo
Fire damage specialists Hillsborough, CA
Fire damage restoration specialists are few and far in between, especially in San Mateo county. Thankfully, SERVPRO of San Mateo is around and ready to go as soon as the fire is put out. Due to the recent weather changes, residents need to be on the lookout for lightning strikes and humidity. California is still suffering from a drought; dry grass and lightning don't mix! This story of fire damage in San Mateo demonstrates that electrical mishaps are another common cause. Anything is possible, and being able to depend on professionals at a moment's notice is key to getting your fire damaged home repaired properly. Mitigating fire damage Hillsborough is our job.
Why call SERVPRO of San Mateo?
We know every minute counts and can make a different on the final cost to put your home back together. That's why we have our 1-4-8 guarantees. This guarantee means within 1 hour of your phone call to our office, you will receive a call from us, your one stop Willits fire damage restoration expert. Within 4 hours of your phone call, we will be on site to start mitigation services. Within 8 hours of your phone call, we will provide you with a full scope of all the work that needs to be completed in order to get your home to pre loss condition. Fire damage Burlingame is something we can mitigate for you.
Don't wait to mitigate!
If you're concerned about insurance, let SERVPRO help. We have worked with the insurance company industry for over 40 years, and understand how insurance claims work. We understand coverage issues come up, and do our best to help you work with your insurance company and adjusters. Fire damage restoration San Mateo is our game.
Get Over Disaster Faster With A Business Recovery Plan
Prepare for Emergencies with A Recovery Plan
Emergency management officials often say that the best time to prepare for disaster is before any threat is on the horizon. Being proactive by creating and testing a disaster plan for your business allows you to have everything needed in place, increasing the odds that your company will survive the storm and be able to get back to business quickly after a catastrophe. There are several things you need to do when crafting a disaster recovery plan.
IDENTIFY THE RISKS
Some disasters are universal; for example, fire is always a threat. The risk of other disasters, like hurricanes or earthquakes, varies depending on your location. First, determine what types of disaster are most likely to impact your business. Then, identify how various disasters would affect your operations and plan accordingly. Emergency management agencies in your area are a good resource.
EVALUATE YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE
Review your insurance and make certain that you understand exactly what it covers. Does it provide sufficient compensation for physical losses? Will you be able to restore crucial materials and equipment? Is flood damage covered? What about business interruption?
PINPOINT CRITICAL BUSINESS FUNCTIONS
Certain business functions are absolute necessities. Who and what will you need in order to keep things functioning in the wake of a disaster? Work up a list of responsibilities and assign them to your employees so that everyone is prepared to respond effectively.
PLAN TO COMMUNICATE
Communications often break down in a crisis, so it is important that you have a plan in place. Draft a list of emergency contacts and store it in multiple locations. Know who will provide notifications and how they will do so.
BACK UP VITAL DATA
Make it standard procedure to back up all critical data regularly. Backups should be stored in an off-site location. Copies of insurance policies, legal papers and other important records should also be stowed safely.
PROTECT YOUR TECH
Prepare to protect your technology by developing a recovery plan for your information technology. Make certain that it includes a way to regain Internet access, resource requirements, data restoration plans, and procedures for the recovery of computers, wireless devices, networks, servers, apps and your data.
CREATE A RELOCATION STRATEGY
What happens if a disaster renders your location unusable? What arrangement would allow you to keep operating? Is telecommuting a possibility? Would you rent facilities or temporarily share space with other businesses?
IDENTIFY ESSENTIAL SUPPLIERS
What suppliers and other businesses are vital to your operations? Identify alternative vendors so that you will know where to turn if a regular one is unable to deliver due to an emergency. In addition, identify a restoration company that can help you get your company’s premises back to normal.
Every emergency is unique, and following the directives of the emergency management authorities in your area is essential for the safety of you and your employees. When it’s time to begin the recovery process, count on SERVPRO. With more than 16,500 franchises, we have the resources necessary to get the job done so that you can get back to business. We can respond quickly with highly trained restoration technicians who employ specialized techniques and equipment to restore your business or home back to pre-disaster condition.
Contact SERVPRO today to request our assistance or learn more about our disaster recovery options, storm damage cleanup and restoration services.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Flooding Leading to Water Damage
We use water every day. We play in it, bathe in it, drink it, and take it for granted as we use it for a million and one things. Water permeates our lives, but we rarely recognize just how powerful it can be. Frankly, most people do not give a single thought to its destructive capacity until the realities of water and flood damage make it impossible to ignore.
THE REALITIES OF WATER DAMAGE
Water can enter your commercial facility in a multitude of ways, and it does not take long for damage to occur. The presence of small amounts of water for even a short time in areas that are not intended to be wet can result in water stains, rot, warping and mold contamination. Sometimes that damage is readily apparent. In other cases, it is hidden away in areas that are difficult to see. Regardless of where the problem is, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your property. How should you tackle commercial water damage? With the likelihood of unseen damage and the ease with which mold contamination can spread, the best solution is generally to call in a professional restoration company.
SOURCES OF WATER DAMAGE
Whether it flows in through gaps in a commercial building’s envelope, escapes from internal plumbing or materializes out of thin air as condensation, water often finds its way into places it does not belong. Sometimes, a natural weather event is the culprit; a massive storm causes flooding, a wind event damages the building and lets the rain inside, or ice builds up and pushes melted snow under shingles and into the structure. It may seem counterintuitive, but fire is another source of water damage because water is intentionally introduced into the building to put out the flames. Plumbing issues like broken sprinklers, leaking pipes, hot water heater troubles and overflowing toilets are also common causes of water damage. Even high humidity can introduce enough moisture to cause problems.
SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE
The sight of water where it should not be is an obvious red flag. Other signs that suggest water damage include stains and discolorations on walls, floors or ceilings, surfaces that are buckling or warped, areas that are crumbling or rotten, and the pungent, musty odor of mold. Unfortunately, water damage can be difficult to detect because it often extends into unseen areas like inside walls and crawl spaces. Even if the primary flooding event occurs in an area that is readily accessible, water can seep into these hidden spaces, and if they are not properly addressed, you have an ideal recipe for water damage and nasty mold growth that can negatively impact the health of you, your employees and your customers.
DEALING WITH WATER DAMAGE
If you suspect that you are dealing with commercial water damage, time is of the essence because any delay can result in damage that is more extensive. The premier water damage restoration company in the United States, SERVPRO can provide the assistance you need to get your commercial facility back in business quickly. When you call on us, our skilled technicians will:
• Conduct a detailed inspection of the property. This involves identifying the source of the water and getting it stopped, assessing the damage and noting any safety concerns, and moving furniture and other items to prevent stains and promote drying.
• Remove the water with vacuums and powerful pumps.
• Dry the space with professional-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. Tools like moisture meters and infrared cameras may be used to ensure hidden water is located and addressed.
• Clean and sanitize affected areas and items. Our water damage experts will use specialized cleaning techniques to restore any items that are salvageable and see to the proper disposal of materials that are beyond repair. They will also apply antimicrobial, antibacterial or disinfectant treatments as needed and deodorize the space to eliminate unpleasant odors.
• Restore your space to the condition it was in before the water damage occurred. This can involve installing new drywall, repairing or replacing flooring, and painting.
SERVPRO specializes in dealing with water damage and we are always close enough to answer your call. Offering 24/7 emergency services, we have the resources to respond quickly and the expertise to handle water damage events of all sizes effectively. To request our assistance or learn more about our commercial water damage services, call us today.
After the Disaster
Surviving a natural disaster that strikes your home or business is only the beginning; recovering from the event inevitably brings new challenges. While property owners carry insurance to protect their investments and facilitate a recovery, failure to understand the finer points of these policies can set the stage for frustration and hardship. What exactly is the role of insurance in disaster recovery? It is a surprisingly difficult question; the answer varies widely depending on numerous factors. These factors include the insurance policies in place, the type of disaster, the geography of the area and its history of disaster.
THE RISING COST OF DISASTER
Disasters are emotionally devastating, and they often pack a bruising financial punch as well. They are also on the rise. Tornadoes and thunderstorms were the costliest type of disaster, racking up insured losses of more than $25 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Insurance companies also paid out another $5.5 billion for insured losses caused by hurricanes. Other forms of disaster like floods, earthquakes, fires and landslides also contributed to the rising cost of disaster.
With both the number of disasters and their costs increasing, insurance companies are taking steps to ensure that they have the dollars needed to pay for insured losses by limiting the amount paid out for reconstruction, offering smaller reimbursements for common types of damage and requiring higher deductibles. Why do property owners accept these less generous policies? For many, the choice is driven by a desire or need for lower, more affordable insurance premiums.
THE FLOOD PROBLEM
While property owners should always be aware of what their insurance does and does not cover, there is one type of disaster that demands special attention: flooding. The most common form of disaster, floods can be triggered by hurricanes, storms, landslides, earthquakes and other catastrophes, and the damage they cause is typically not covered by standard homeowner insurance policies. Unfortunately, many property owners do not realize that fact until it is too late. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a third of U.S. heads of household mistakenly believe that flood damage is covered by a standard homeowner policy; it is a costly misunderstanding that can leave property owners without the financial means to recover after a disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that flood claims averaged over $2.9 billion a year. Unsurprisingly, residents living in high-risk areas made the majority of the claims; after all, statistics show that a home in these locations has a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year period. However, individuals living in other places can still suffer damages. One-fifth of flood claims are made by people living in lower-risk areas.
UNDERSTANDING FLOOD INSURANCE
A mere 20 percent of the homes in the United States that are at risk for flooding are covered by flood insurance. Why do so few people have coverage for flooding? Part of the problem is that most private insurers will not offer flood insurance because they simply cannot make the economics work thanks to a concept known as adverse selection. What is adverse selection? Simply put, it means that the people at greatest risk are most likely to buy insurance. Normally, insurers offer coverage to a large amount of customers, charging each a small fee. Not everyone will suffer damage, and the amount the insurers collect allows them to pay for the claims filed by those who do while still making a reasonable profit. However, in a perfect example of adverse selection, the people who tend to purchase flood insurance are also the ones who live near large bodies of water and have the greatest risk of suffering flood damage. Individuals who view flooding as unlikely are generally uninterested in buying flood insurance. As a result, the pool of people willing to pay for flood insurance is not large enough to generate sufficient funds to meet the demand created by people making flood claims.
If private insurers do not offer flood insurance, what can property owners concerned about flooding do? Policies are available that are backed by the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program. Here, participating communities agree to meet FEMA's guidelines for reducing flood risk. In return, they receive the promise of federal help if a flooding event occurs. Both property owners and renters who live in a participating area can buy flood insurance. Costs vary widely. The price tag for this type of policy is determined by the deductible selected, the amount of coverage purchased, the condition of the property and its location.
PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING
How would you recover if your home or business was damaged by flooding? Insuring your home or business is one of the best ways to protect your property and increase the chances that you will have the assets you need to recover from a disastrous flood. Be sure that you understand your policy, and do not wait until a storm is imminent to buy flood insurance. In most cases, there is a 30-day period between when the policy is purchased and when it goes into effect.
If flooding or some other type of disaster does damage your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO of San Mateo can help. We are capable of responding rapidly to catastrophes of all shapes and sizes. As trusted leaders in the restoration industry, we understand that delay can result in additional damage. That is why we are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Our highly skilled technicians are trained in water damage restoration and structural drying, and they have the professional equipment needed to get the job done properly. If you need assistance recovering from a disaster or would like to learn more about our services, contact SERVPRO of San Mateo today. 650-931-6060
Mold and Your Commercial Property's HVAC System
Mold Growth in HVAC System
While mold growth in a commercial facility can be the result of a variety of factors, its HVAC system is often the culprit. With their extensive assemblage of drain pans, ducts, piping, filters and heat exchangers, these systems can provide an ideal environment for mold growth if they are not properly maintained. They also offer a convenient pathway for mold spores that can allow them to spread throughout the facility. For effective mold prevention, detection and removal, it is vital that facility managers have a good understanding of mold and how it interacts with an HVAC system.
Mold is always present; it is considered a problem when growth is visible on interior surfaces, reaches excessive levels or features species different from those present in outside air. To flourish, mold requires an acceptable temperature, a food source and sufficient moisture. Unfortunately, the temperatures that people prefer to maintain indoors are conducive to mold growth. Food sources like wood, paper, cardboard, fabric, carpeting, furnishings and drywall are also readily available in most buildings. This means that controlling or eliminating moisture is the best strategy for preventing mold growth.
ASSESSING YOUR HVAC SYSTEM FOR MOLD
Issues with the design, installation or maintenance of its HVAC system can leave a commercial facility vulnerable to mold. When assessing the HVAC system for mold, there are several key components that should be inspected, including:
Drain pans and coils. Cooling cools pull humidity from the air. The resulting condensate water should drip into a drain pan and exit the system via a deep seal trap, but improper design or maintenance of the drain pain can result in standing water, an ideal microbial habitat. Proper sloping and regular cleaning of the drain pan allow it to function appropriately.
Dehumidification equipment. The wet surfaces found here can supply the moisture necessary for mold growth. Periodically treating them to prevent microbial growth is crucial, but care must be taken to avoid dampening duct linings.
Cooling towers. Water quality monitoring and periodic chemical treatment can help prevent microbial growth. If sediment accumulation is an issue, physical cleaning may also be required.
Outdoor air dampers. Debris on screens and grills can build up, blocking them and providing a harbor for mold growth. Regular cleaning can head off potential problems.
Ducts. While some dust is to be expected, areas that are subject to restricted airflow or moisture are susceptible to contamination. Spaces with duct lining can also be more vulnerable. To avert trouble, maintain filters, coils and drip pans, protect key system components from moisture accumulation, and repair any water damage promptly. It also helps to minimize the buildup of dust and debris by performing the appropriate housekeeping, especially during any renovation or construction.
Air filters. To prevent contaminants from entering the system, filters should fit properly and match the expected airflows. They need to be changed regularly, and fans should be shut off during the process to avoid contamination.
Air intakes. Groupings of organic material in or near HVAC intakes should raise a red flag. Droppings from birds or bats and debris from areas near garbage cans, standing rain water, drainage ponds, vegetation or freshly disturbed earth can result in elevated levels of airborne fungal spores. Return-air plenum. The space above ceiling tiles is often employed as a return-air plenum, so it is important to follow the code that restricts material in the plenum to avoid contamination and ensure uninterrupted airflow.
DEALING WITH MOLD
The interior structures of commercial HVAC systems offer numerous reservoirs where moisture can linger, creating a perfect environment for mold, and remediation can be incredibly challenging. If mold cleanup is required, it is critical that it be completed by trained workers who have the right tools for the job because the proper use of isolation procedures, decontamination methods and personal protective equipment is crucial. If done incorrectly, attempts at mold removal can damage components of the HVAC system and may actually spread the mold spores to new areas. Many facility managers prefer to rely on professional mold remediation services.
SERVPRO’S PROFESSIONAL MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES
If you suspect that your HVAC system or any other part of your commercial property has been contaminated by mold, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO. Our experienced technicians are fully certified, so you can be confident that they have the knowledge and expertise needed to tackle even the toughest mold problems. When you contact us for mold remediation services, we will:
• Respond promptly. • Perform an expert assessment to pinpoint the locations of visible and hidden mold. • Use advanced containment methods to isolate areas with active fungal growth and prevent the spread of the mold. • Remove microscopic mold spores from the air with specialized filtration equipment. • Apply anti-fungal treatments to eliminate mold growth and properly dispose of any mold-infested materials that cannot be salvaged. • Employ a variety of techniques to clean and sanitize any affected items and deodorize the area. • Provide restoration services that return the area to its pre-loss condition.
At SERVPRO, we take pride in being your best resource for mold remediation. If water or fire has damaged your property, our commercial restoration services can get you back in business fast. With more than 40 years in the industry, an award-winning training program, a variety of specialized cleaning services, we are ready to tackle your most challenging jobs. Offering 24/7 emergency services, we are there whenever you need us, and you can always count on our professional team to leave your commercial property looking its best. Call us today to explore our full range of services or request our assistance.
Contact Us for Flood Damage Restoration
Flood Damage in San Mateo
The aftereffects of flood damage in San Mateo can be as costly and potentially deadly as the flood itself. If your home or business has been hit by a flash flood or has experienced burst water pipes or a sewage system backup, you know what an ugly, inconvenient mess it can be. If it's not addressed correctly and promptly, it can lead to your building being judged unsafe, and it could be condemned. To avoid the loss of property and the inconvenience this will cause, it's an excellent idea to contact a local cleanup and restoration service who can help you fix the situation.
We Can Address All Types of Flooding Damage
No matter what caused the flooding to your home or business, we are equipped to fix it. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians has been fully trained to identify and correct all known types of flooding damage. Our service team members have all of the necessary training and certifications to qualify them for the task of flood damage cleanup and restoration. Let us know the nature of the problem, and we will respond to your call immediately. We are available to help at anytime of the day or night.
Dealing with Flood Damage in San Mateo
Flood damage in San Mateo is no laughing matter. Your business is losing money each day that it isn't up and running. You may still be paying your employees for work they are unable to perform because they can't enter an unstable and potentially unsafe building. If the flood damage occurred to your home, you and your family are likewise experiencing the discomfort and expense of having to stay elsewhere. For these reasons, it's best to immediately call a local cleanup service that can restore your property back to its original condition.
What to Expect from an Initial Analysis of Flooding Damage
When you contact us regarding your flood damage emergency, we will respond to your call by performing a complete analysis of your property. We will go over every corner of the building to make sure that water is not pooling in nooks and crannies, leading to structural instability and mold growth. The most important part of any major cleanup and restoration project is to ensure that the potential for further damage down the line is completely avoided. To do this, we will give you a complete diagnosis of the damage, followed by an estimate of the cost involved to address it.
Restoring the Effects of Flood Damage in San Mateo
When it comes to addressing the harmful effects of flood damage in Foster City, it will require the urgent attention of a properly qualified and experienced cleanup and restoration team. SERVPRO of San Mateo is a locally owned and operated service that can do the job for you promptly and won't break your budget. We can also serve citizens in nearby areas including but not limited to Hillsborough, Half Moon Bay, Foster City, Pacifica, and Burlingame. Call us at (650) 931-6060.
Advice to Prevent Mold Infestation
Advice to Prevent Mold Infestation
Mold damage, unlike water and fire damage, can often be prevented in a home if the proper precautions are taken. Although a few things in your home such as temperature and humidity can't be efficiently controlled so that mold will be discouraged to grow and you won't be uncomfortable, the most important factor in mold growth - water - can be monitored. Additionally, other methods such as improving ventilation and airflow are entirely possible for the average homeowner, and preventing future mold growth might be easier than you think.
Seal Out Water
Controlling the flow of water into your home is essential in keeping out mold damage in San Mateo. Sealing cracks, making sure windows close correctly and re-tiling roofs once they begin to outlive their average lifespan are all important factors in keeping your home's interior dry and mold out of your hair. These aren't typically expensive renovations, requiring sealant and mold-retardant paint, and you can always hire SERVPRO technicians to ensure that the materials are applied correctly. It's a small price to pay to ensure that mold stays out of your home.
Try and Improve Airflow
If possible, make efforts to improve airflow in your home. Stuffy, stagnant rooms are suitable for mold growth, so opening windows and allowing airflow will always help to protect against mold. Be mindful, however, that you don't leave windows open permanently. If rainwater comes in through those openings, it can cause mold damage and a heap of other problems for you as well. A SERVPRO San Mateo representative may be able to meet with you to help to discuss ways to improve airflow and ventilation in your home, safely.
Whether you prefer to clean yourself or hire a service, ensuring that the whole of your home is regularly and thoroughly cleaned is a critical step in ferreting out mold early on and preventing it from finding a suitable surface. Regular cleaning deprives mold of a food source, helps to wipe away moisture, and most importantly gets someone looking at dark corners.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
If mold does end up getting into your home, SERVPRO of San Mateo is trained and equipped to help deal with it with as little time and money spent as possible. Call us 24/7 at (650) 931-6060 for our services or a quote.
Precautions Can Be Taken to Prevent Flood Damage
Flood Damage inside Property
Flood damage, regardless of the source, is often preventable if the right safeguards are taken. Inspection of private and commercial property is the key to keeping homes and businesses dry and secure despite what failed plumbing or mother nature can throw at us.
At SERVPRO, we try to make flood damage in San Mateo as rare an occurrence as possible.
Our inspectors are some of the most trained in the restoration business when it comes to keeping your structures water-free. A scheduled inspection to analyze your property before damage has occurred is free. We will identify probable sources of water such as unprotected pipes that could burst or rain gutters that are damaged and need replacing. Once finished, we will provide a list of recommendations and a complete price list of everything that our inspectors suggest.
When the worst does happen, though, we're ready for it. We maintain a 24 hour, emergency response and removal team available weekends and holidays. Our professional crews are ready to begin removing water within minutes after arriving at your property and determining both the fastest and least damaging option.
Once the water has been eliminated, our crews will begin the drying and dehumidification process. We maintain a series of high-speed fans that increases airflow over carpets and furniture to prevent water damage by increasing evaporation. Our commercial grade dehumidifiers draw the moisture from floors and walls to prevent warping of floorboards and rot of drywall.
SERVPRO of San Mateo is locally owned and operated. Your homes and businesses aren't just a job, they are part of our neighborhood and community. Call us today at 650-931-6060 to schedule a clean-up or for a free inspection.