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SERVPRO of San Mateo Commercial Water Damage Restoration

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water damage happens in an office building, store, or mall. So when a water emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call we provide emergency cleanup and restoration services.

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires its own situation, for example, commercial water damage will need to have more equipment and depending on the damage a bigger crew of highly trained technicians, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When dealing with water damage it is crucial to start the water damage restoration process to avoid any further damage to your business. SERVPRO of San Mateo provides emergency cleanup and Restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. When you call our team will ask several questions regarding the damage this is to help determine how to proceed with restoration services.

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)?
  • Is there standing water?

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

When dealing with the emergency response this step will be combined with step 3. For any type of damage, we will have our lead technician asses the damage to better determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration as well as to identify the type of water. 

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

During emergency services, we have a crew immediately head out to the property. In this process, if there is any standing water we will start to extract the water, baseboards will be removed and depending on the amount of water there is a possibility the carpets will have to be removed.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Once all the visible water has been removed we place equipment to make sure every part of the structure is completely dry. The amount of equipment placed very on the size of the damage, the type of equipment placed will either be air movers or dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Once the entire structure is completely dry we will vacuum any remaining dust using our HEPPA vacuums and making sure everything is sanitized completely to ensure the best care possible.

Insurance Claim Support

We work with all insurance companies and provide direct billing to your insurance agency. We provide real-time documentation to your carrier and use standardized pricing for an easier process. Whether you're a homeowner, business owner or manager, we can assist in dealing with your insurance company or work with you directly to get things back to normal.

SERVPRO of San Mateo Commercial Water & Mold Damage

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry and locally operated allows us to give you an immediate response, you can depend on SERVPRO of San Mateo to get the job done. 

When your business operations are interrupted by water damage or mold damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of San Mateo provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster.

Water Damage

Here at SERVPRO of San Mateo we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your San Mateo business back to pre-water damage condition. Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water.

When water damage occurs SERVPRO of San Mateo is aware of the stress it can cause. After you have contacted our offices, we understand you might want to know what you can do in the meantime or what are the next steps. The first thing we strongly recommend is making sure all the water is closed to prevent water from traveling any further.

Always remember your safety always comes first. If you are still moving around your business depending on the type of water damage you will need to be alert of slippery floors and weakening ceilings. When it comes to the electrical parts of the property it will depend on where exactly the water damage started if directly near lights, we urge you to leave them off.

Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (650) 931-6060

Mold Damage

SERVPRO of San Mateo is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your business appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

The intrusion of water into your business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water damages are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present an increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damage environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your San Mateo home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the trainingequipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (650) 931-6060
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (650) 931-6060

Fater to Any Size Disaster

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of San Mateo arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

SERVPRO of San Mateo provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of San Mateo. Our staff is highly trained with the power and knowledge to restore your business "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of San Mateo Commercial Water Damage

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Call Us Today – (650) 931-6060

Flooding and water commercial emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of San Mateo provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your San Mateo business back to pre-water damage condition "Like it never even happened." Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (650) 931-6060.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

When you are dealing with water damage or flooding, immediate action is crucial in order to prevent further damages to your home or business. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of San Mateo arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 650-931-6060

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 San Mateo

SERVPRO of San Mateo has been here helping the community of San Mateo and neighboring cities since 2016. We know and understand the stress that comes with a fire or water damage as well as the disruption it causes your life's and home. Dealing with water damage, fire damage or mold problems can be extremely overwhelming and confusing. That is why we work with you to make the process quick and smooth. Our main goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 

Insurance Claim Support

We work with all insurance companies and provide direct billing to your insurance agency. We provide real-time documentation to your carrier and use standardized pricing for an easier process. Whether you're a homeowner, business owner or manager, we can assist in dealing with your insurance company or work with you directly to get things back to normal.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (650) 931-6060  Tambien se habla espanol! 

SERVPRO of San Mateo Commercial Damage Restoration

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding, fire, board ups, and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Call Us 24/7 – (650) 931-6060

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO of San Mateo is a leader in the industry. SERVPRO of San Mateo provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays., SERVPRO of San Mateo responds quickly to your San Mateo business’s fire damage, water damage, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Water Remediation

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, SERVPRO of San Mateo we’ll be there fast with the help you need. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial in order to prevent further damages to your business. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the result of water damage. 

SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (650) 931-6060

Commercial Fire Remediation

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire damage and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today -(650) 931-6060

Commercial Mold Remediation

Besides causing a major business interruption, mold damage can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water damage intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold damage problem, call SERVPRO of San Mateo, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today –(650) 931-6060

The services we provide

Most people don't understand the work that's involved when dealing with commercial damage restoration; 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 MateoBurlingameHillsborough, and the surrounding areas.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO has over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, strategically positioned to be faster to any size disaster. If your San Mateo home or business is affected by water damage, we can provide an immediate emergency response that helps to prevent secondary damage and mold.

SERVPRO of San Mateo provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of San Mateo. Our staff is highly trained with the power and knowledge to restore your property "Like it never even happened." We are always ready to help the residents and businesses of our local or neighboring communities be prepared for any type of damage or clean up at any time!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (650) 931-6060

SERVPRO of San Mateo Property Damage Restoration

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo taking care of commercial fire and water damage in San Mateo, CA

When you choose SERVPRO of San Mateo for your San Mateo restoration project we can assure you the very best business experience and project management best practices. 

Our workflow is standardized with proprietary software that aligns technology with the actual work being performed. This results in open communication with our customers, our project managers and technicians leading to excellent service quality.

Our work begins with Phases and Steps which is a fluid organized structure of steps each requiring performance completion determined by the type and complexity of the project. Tasks and activities are highly refined actions within each step overseen by a trained SERVPRO supervisor.  As you can imagine residential and commercial restoration requires differing, unique and individualized tasks. 

We assign a designated project manager specifically for the commercial project who is the point of contact (POC) and a single source of decision making and project oversight who ensures that the agreed upon scope of work is achieved. The key to any project is effective and consistent communication. This benefit to you, our commercial customer is enormous! 

Commercial loss requires immediate service. Our customers are our priority and with an emergency action plan in place, SERVPRO can do what we do best – property damage restoration – to maintain safety, minimize property loss and restore business continuity. 

Perhaps the most important advice we can give to any commercial facility in our Northern California area is the necessity of contacting us for an Emergency Ready Profile(ERP).  Having an ERP on file with SERVPRO of San Mateo BEFORE a catastrophic commercial damage event occurs save your business operation countless time and expense because immediately actionable steps at your specific location have been identified and documented allowing our restoration experts to hit the ground running. 

Because our credibility, awareness and customer trust is already in place before SERVPRO of San Mateo technicians arrives on-site you can understand why SERVPRO of San Mateo is the best restoration vendor to choose.

Have Questions? Call Today – (650) 931-6060

Roof Leak at The Vine Yard

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Wall was removed 2' high to pull wet insulation, we dried the rest of the wall with our drying equipment.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Natural disasters can occur at any time. Storms don’t discriminate between young and old businesses. In fact, they are unpredictable forces that come accompanied by heavy wind, flood, mud, and water damage. Although, you can’t predict or control their level of intrusion to your property, you can count with SERVPRO of San Mateo services, experience, professionalism and empathy. As we understand your needs, we equipped our team of knowledge and experience, so we can provide you a service of quality that includes:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Storm and water damage Restoration Specialists

Is your business affected by storm, flood, mud, and water damage? SERVPRO of San Mateo can help you at (650) 931-6060.

Don’t let the stressful challenges of Commercial Restoration to overwhelm you.

     Your quick response to natural inclemencies is a fundamental key to prevent a greater lost. In addition, our team is highly trained and certified on handling large commercial storm and water damage emergencies from the beginning to the end.

Locally Owned Franchise    

   SERVPRO of San Mateo is a locally owned franchise, which counts with the support of Certified Project Managers, Highly Trained and Experienced Technicians as well as an extensive inventory of Restoration Equipment that fit all your project demands. Additionally, we are proud to be part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams.

Roof leak caused this business to have a water damage which impacted the wall of the building, exterior wall was cut 2' high to remove wet insulation and to clean standing water on metal framing. 

SERVPRO of San Mateo is always here to help! 

Commercial Water loss Restoration

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, delay in response time can cost thousands of dollars in loss of inventory, property and additional living expenses. Without quick and skilled restoration services, water damaged items become non-salvageable, costing you thousands of dollars in replacement costs. SERVPRO of San Mateo will accomplish your cost savings by using proper drying techniques that restore soaked structural materials to their original condition. We have years of experience dealing with water damage restoration and related repairs. SERVPRO of San Mateo also works to prevent future moisture problems and protect the unaffected areas from humidity damage. These techniques will save inventories such as: wall coverings, carpeting, furniture, documents, electronics, mold damage remediation, mildew, bacteria and other harmful pathogens.

Water Damage Clean Up Process:

  • Emergency Response – 24/7/365
  • Thorough inspection using state of the art moisture detection equipment
  • Contents protection and moving
  • Extraction/removal of water
  • Assess the flooring materials and determine best restoration method
  • Ventilate wall cavities to expedite the drying process
  • Removal of drywall (only when necessary)
  • Clean and sanitize affected area (depending on source of water)
  • Determine the most effective drying equipment to use
  • Set up drying equipment
  • Monitor drying equipment daily to quickly dry the space
  • Remove drying equipment after verifying that the affected areas have reached a normal moisture content

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of San Mateo can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

SERVPRO of San Mateo proudly serves San Mateo and surrounding areas.

Commercial Services

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and Water Damage Recovery

We offer comprehensive services designed to manage the entire loss process.

  • Initial emergency response
  • Equipment/machinery removal
  • Water extraction
  • Smoke residue clean-up
  • Removal/relocation of records
  • Restoration of contents and structures.

Mold Remediation

We follow local, state, federal, OSHA and EPA guidelines for mold remediation projects.

  • Initial inspection
  • Develop scope of work
  • Area containment
  • Remediation and removal of contaminated building materials
  • Detailed cleaning and decontamination of structures and contents
  • HVAC cleaning and decontamination
  • Moisture control

Have Questions? Call Today – (650) 931-6060

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of San Mateo responds quickly to your San Mateo business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services::

Vandalism Cleaning

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

We understand it can be a traumatic event when your business is vandalized. We all want our business to look its best. When your business has been vandalized, we aim to restore it back to normal as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians have experience in cleaning up vandalism and graffiti removal.

At SERVPRO of San Mateo, we understand that each vandalism situation is different. That is why we customize each job to your building’s needs.

When dealing with vandalism cleanup, we understand that safety is most important. We will assess the entire situation through a comprehensive check of the entire facility to ensure that no damage areas have been missed. Our experienced technicians can remove dangerous materials such as broken glass, or any Biohazardous waste. We check each window and door to make sure that all areas are secure. Our cleanup approach ensures that your facility is secure from the start of our work.

Our expert team will work with you to make sure that all the material specifications and details are carefully followed to restore your business back to its pre-damaged condition. We will review, recommend, and get your approval before applying cleaning chemicals.

Here are a few of the types of buildings we’ve removed vandalism from over the years:

  • Event facilities
  • Medical facilities and hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Retail locations
  • Office buildings
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • High rise apartments and condos

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (650) 931-6060

Commercial Water Damage Boxing Gym

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

This Water Damage was caused by the Commercial business in the upstairs Damaging the Commercial business in the downstairs

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. 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.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (650) 931-6060

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of San Mateo can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

SERVPRO of San Mateo proudly serves San Mateo and surrounding areas.

Commercial Mold in San Mateo California

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Growth in San Mateo California

Commercial Mold Remediation

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of San Mateo, who will respond quickly and works fast to manage the situation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (650)931-6060

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of San Mateo can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to pre- loss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of San Mateo training and certifications.

Fire Damage Commercial Property

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage on your commercial property can be emotionally and financially devastating.  At SERVPRO of San Mateo, we understand that every hour spent in the cleanup and fire restoration process of your business means lost revenue and productivity. This is why SERVPRO of San Mateo is a trusted emergency restoration company that will walk you through the entire process by dealing with your insurance company as well as your preferences for your business restoration.

After a fire occurs, make sure to notify your insurance agent so you can begin itemizing your losses. You want to be sure to understand your options and go over your policy carefully in order to make the right decisions. We will help you through your insurance paperwork and manage your property’s fire restoration process from start to finish. Our goal at SERVPRO of San Mateo is to have your business restored quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of San Mateo gives you access to IICRC-industry certified technicians.  Our highly trained staff have several years of experience assisting business owners just like you with excellent service. Regardless of how the fire began, or what materials exist in the affected area, you want to have the right company for the job. Restoring your property after a fire damage, can be a lengthy and confusing process. For these events, you will need professionals that are on your side to walk you through the necessary steps to restore your property. We will treat your property as if it were ours, with respect and care.

To increase the chances of having your business restored successfully, trust SERVPRO of San Mateo to cleanup and restore your commercial property. Our SERVPRO of San Mateo professionals, have the resources to help you take control of your business again. We provide fire restoration & smoke restoration (remediating smoke damage or soot damage). Have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage? Call us today at 650-931-6060.

Mold and Your Commercial Property's HVAC System

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

This is an example of what can happen when the proper drying processes is not performed.

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 ex changers, 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.


UNDERSTANDING MOLD

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 preloss 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.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

A water heater was the cause for this Basement to Flood.

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.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

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.

When Your Commercial Property Suffers Water Damage, SERVPRO Will Be There

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

When Your Commercial Property Suffers Flood Damage, SERVPRO Will Be There To Help

Flooding can affect even those businesses that sell products that are dependent on water to ensure many products are viable.  

In the Bay Area, floods can happen from external sources, requiring that floodwater residue be removed and sanitation ensue after, or clean water can also be the source of water woes.

When SERVPRO technicians mitigate flooding disasters, we make sure that the moisture level is reduced and that sanitary conditions are also restored. To complete this, we remove standing water and work toward smaller levels of moisture-elimination as quickly as possible. 

We would like to start at the humidity level, but this is impossible because moisture travels from wet areas to dry areas. Because equilibrium can never be achieved when there is a source of moisture, we must eliminate from largest to smallest – from standing water to puddles, then on to wet areas, and eventually from dampness to higher humidity. 

Sanitizing everything includes cleaning every contaminated surface and also the air. The air must be cleaned, so that not only is breathing pleasant but also safe. Contaminants produce appalling odors for a reason - they are not safe to breathe in, especially on a regular or continuous basis. This is true for shops even when the water that created the disaster is from a pipe or other heavy water leak. 

We may have IICRC certifications in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), but we are also experienced in the disasters that can affect any business, and we can help you solve the problems that come with these disasters.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When your commercial property has experienced flooding that threatens to wash your business away, call us, SERVPRO of San Mateo, at (650) 931-6060. Emergencies and disasters have no off-hours, so we never close, making us always available, even on holidays