Recent Water Damage Posts

Top Causes of Water Damage

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

And What to do About Them

Water damage is the second-most often filed claim among home and business owners in America — and it can also be one of the most damaging incidents. That's largely because water damage itself doesn't just have the potential to ruin building materials and personal goods, thereby requiring extensive rebuilding to affected areas, but if impacted areas aren't restored correctly and to industry standards, subsequent mold growth can wreak further havoc on a property. 

The good news is that it's estimated that the majority of water damage incidents can be prevented, and at SERVPRO of San Mateo, in addition to being there to bring the damaged property back to preloss condition, we're all about empowering home and business owners with the information to prevent such disasters. On this note, we've broken down the top causes of water damage and what you can do to help prevent them.

Top Causes of Water Damage

  • Plumbing issues: Plumbing issues are among the leading causes of water damage in homes and businesses. The bad news is that such issues are often difficult to detect, as much of a home or facility's plumbing is located inside of wall cavities and only noticeable when the issue has escalated to a point of seriousness. Other plumbing issues are easier to detect, like leaking faucets or leaks underneath a sink. What's more is that any type of plumbing leak doesn't just have the potential to lead to water damage, but also to increase your water bill. The best way to prevent water damage from plumbing issues is to take note of any common signs. Look for water stains on ceilings, sagging drywall or mold spots. Periodically check under sinks for any signs of water. If the signs are there, take the necessary measures to resolve them before the situation becomes too dire.
  • Busted pipes: We tend not to experience too many freezing temperatures in California's Bay Area, but every now and then a cold spell can sneak upon us. When it does, the chances of freezing pipes becomes much greater. What's more is that if frozen pipes aren't resolved, they can expand and break, flooding home or business with water. Frozen pipes are fairly easy to prevent in cold temperatures. You can purchase insulating sleeves, drip water from faucets or move portable heaters into areas of concern to prevent freezing.
  • Natural disasters: Water damage from natural disasters is much more difficult to prevent, as Mother Nature can't easily be predicted and flash flooding from heavy rainfall isn't easy to manage. There are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of water intrusion during heavy rainfall. One, make sure your home is graded away from the foundation. You can also make sure that your gutters are clean, so water can drain properly, and that doors and windows are properly sealed. Like we said, no matter how much you prepare for inclement weather, however, water may still find its way into your basement, crawl space or lower level of your home. If it does, SERVPRO of San Mateo is there to help. 
  • Equipment failure: The final leading cause of water damage that we'll cover here is an equipment malfunction. Some of the leading malfunctions that lead to water damage include a faulty washing machine hose or a failing hot water tank. The best way to prevent these issues from happening is to make maintenance of such appliances as a part of your annual checklist. Washing machine hoses tend to loosen after about a decade of use, and hot water tanks tend to rust out at the bottom over time if sediment isn't routinely flushed. Just pay a bit more attention to these appliances to prevent issues with them.

No matter how much effort you put into preventing home water damage, know that it still may occur — from one source or the other. And when it does occur, SERVPRO of San Mateo is there ready to respond and take the necessary steps to restore your home to preloss condition. We follow all industry standards on water damage jobs, and we'll also take the necessary steps to resolve the underlying issue. Contact SERVPRO of San Mateo—trusted restorers in California's Bay Area—for more information today.

SERVPRO of San Mateo can help with water damage

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

My Home Has Experienced Water Damage, What Now?

You come home to realize that a faucet was left on and overflowed all over your kitchen or bathroom. Or a pipe busted inside of a wall cavity, causing water to soak through multiple floors. Or a heavy storm came through the California Bay Area and flooded out the lowest level of your home. 

These are all home nightmare scenarios involving water damage, and chances are it's going to happen to you at some time in your life. It's estimated that up to 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage event each day. It's also estimated that 98 percent of all basements will experience some sort of water damage in their lifetime. Now that doesn't mean that people shouldn't go about living their lives or finishing their basements, but noting all of this, it does reinforce the importance of knowing what to do when your property becomes water damaged. And while SERVPRO of San Mateo can certainly help restore your home to preloss condition, there are other various steps you should take along the way before we arrive on the scene to mitigate further damage and danger. Here's a closer look:

My Home Has Been Water Damaged, What Do I Do?

So your home has been water damaged? Here's a look at what you can do to make sure that the restoration process goes smoother:

  • Stop the source of water: If applicable to your situation, the first thing you'll want to do stop the flow of water. In the event of a busted pipe, your best bet is to shut off the water coming into the home. In other situations, you may be able to shut off the water to faucets, toilets or washing machines. Eliminating the source will help contain the water so it is unable to spread further throughout your home. However, if your home has been flooded by rainfall, you won't be able to stop the flow of water until the weather passes.
  • Turn off the power: If you're able to safely access your home's electrical box, shut off the power to the home. This will likely prevent the water from causing damage to your home's electrical wiring. 
  • Gather any valuables: Though any porous building materials damaged by water will need to be removed and replaced, many of your home's contents can be restored. Contents restoration has come a long way, and the likes of textiles, electronics, books, pictures, and other collectibles can now be adequately restored to preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of San Mateo today for more information on contents restoration. 
  • Assess the damage and call in the professionals: Finally, after the scene has been contained, you'll want to call in your Bay Area restoration professionals, SERVPRO of San Mateo.

As a full-service restoration firm, we pride ourselves on fast response times so that we can get to work restoring your property to preloss condition quicker. When we arrive on-site, we'll assess your property and come up with a plan to restore it so that you can get your home — and your life — back. We'll start by pumping out any standing water and then removing and discarding damaged unsalvageable building materials. We'll also pack out any contents that need to be restored. As professional restorers, we follow all IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards, including the S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration. We'll set up air movers and dehumidifiers to help materials dry, and we'll take the proper steps to ensure that mold growth does not occur as a result of any water. Finally, we'll also be sure to get to the root of the problem that caused the water damage in the first place, so that you can rest assured that you won't have to experience this inconvenience again.

At SERVPRO of San Mateo, we're experts when it comes to professional water damage restoration, and you can rest assured that we'll do it right so that you can get your home back. For more information on what to do in the event of a water damage situation, contact SERVPRO of San Mateo today-Call Us 24/7 – (650) 931-6060 .

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo is available for water damage emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. When you are dealing with water damages, a professional can best assess the extent of water damage in your property. Immediate action is crucial in order to prevent any further damages to your home or business.

Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the result of water damage. That's why SERVPRO of San Mateo is faster to any size disaster to restore your property "Like it never even happened."  

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (650) 931-6060

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of 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 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." 

Fast 24-Hour Service

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.

We specialize in water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold damage, mildew damage, storm damage, cleanups, and commercial services.

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

San Mateo 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in San Mateo and neighboring areas.

SERVPRO of San Mateo is available 24-hours a day 7 days a week—including all holidays for any water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is extremely crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. SERVPRO of San Mateo uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. Here at SERVPRO of San Mateo we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your San Mateo home or business back to pre-water damage condition "Like it never even happened."

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (650) 931-6060

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused and stressed. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of San Mateo has specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO office representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • 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)?
  • Has the water been turned off?
  • What year your home or building was built?
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)

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.

About SERVPRO of San Mateo

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

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Certifications


AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
IICRC Certified Firm
RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Awards


Northern California Firestorm

SERVPRO of San Mateo 24-Hour Emergency Water Services

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial in order to prevent further damages to your home or business. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the result of water damage. That's why SERVPRO of San Mateo is faster to any size disaster to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today at 650-931-6060

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. 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

Our Water damage Services

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our highly trained and experienced water damage cleanup team and water damage restoration experts arrive at your San Mateo home or office with a bag of tricks designed to fit the bill and cover every need. Truthfully, very little of what we use will fit in a bag, but our stable of equipment, if you prefer, includes hygrometers, infrared camera, moisture detectors, and more. Then, we use submersible pumps, commercial air movers, and other equipment to remove the water and reduce the humidity so your home or office can be normal again.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Mateo is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Mateo community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Your Local San Mateo Water Damage Experts

You’ll be surprised how many items like furniture, carpets, and drapes we can save, so you won’t have to replace them after all. But if replacement is necessary, we can handle the work and the arrangements for you.

If you experience water damage in your home or business, the first thing you should do is to call SERVPRO of San Mateo. Our emergency response teams are ready 24/7 and able to respond at a moment’s notice.

Experienced, certified technicians will perform an assessment to determine what further actions must be taken to correct any water damage.  Once this step has been completed, they will evaluate if there are any safety hazards involved and all contents are safely secured before restoration begins.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. 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

Water Damage Services

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

This photo shows the amount of water that affected this home. Carpet needed to be removed in order to dry the home properly.

Water Damage, Flood Damage removal, cleaning and restoration;

Serving the City of San Mateo & Surrounding Areas, SERVPRO of San Mateo has over 51 years of water damage and removal experience for residential and commercial owners. We have helped customers mitigate water damage with our highly trained technicians and state of the art drying equipment. We carefully assess your water restoration needs and consult with you to advise you, our customers, of the damages both observable and unobservable, using our state of the art monitoring devices.

Water can find its way into your home or business from the roof, floors, walls, and baseboards. That is why we properly assess your property damage and share with you our plan of action so that you will know what is to be expected during the restoration process.

As soon as 24 to 48 hours, water that is not removed promptly can begin to develop MOLD and causing further damage to your property. Our trained professionals are prepared to extract the water and dry the affected areas as soon as possible. We also remove your furniture from the affected area to prevent your personal property from being damaged as well.

Our specialized experts will assess the damage and provide with you a drying plan that will meet your water damage needs. Once you and your insurance company approve the plan, SERVPRO of San Mateo will begin the work immediately to prevent further damage. Our technicians work hand in hand with you and your insurance agent or adjuster throughout the mitigation process. After your job is complete, our representative will conduct a walk through to make sure that the work is complete, and you are satisfied.

The drying process includes the installation of a containment wall to barricade the affected area to reduce damage to the unaffected areas. We use high suction water extraction equipment, high velocity air movers, and large capacity dehumidifiers to create a drying chamber to dry all floors and affected areas. Our technicians monitor temperature and humidity over the course of the drying process and make adjustments as needed.

SERVPRO of San Mateo is most efficient at saving wet carpet and walls if the drying process is started quickly and effectively. We use many types of water extraction equipment and procedures to remove as much water as possible from water-soaked carpets and pad. Our highly trained technicians know the best way to remove water and moisture to prevent further damage from damp carpet odor, mold, and mildew and secondary wall damage.

Removing water quickly from the soaked carpet and pad is most critical to expedite the drying process and avoid more significant wall damage. Using our advanced drying methods, Express Restoration can safely remove water and moisture to save carpet, pad, and wet walls, thus reducing overall repair and replacement costs.

Water Damage Process

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Our Water Damage & Water Extraction Process

Water is responsible for more interior property damage than any other substance. As such, it is critical to address water damage and its after effects right away. SERVPRO of San Mateo has the expert team to get your home or business back on its feet.

Upon receiving your call, we quickly dispatch a crew to assess the amount of water damage in the loss location and the number of rooms and/or floors that are affected. When we arrive, we review the scope of the restoration work with you in detail. There is a typical three-step process that involves:

  • Water extraction - First, we extract standing water from all floor coverings (carpet, wood flooring, tile, vinyl). Until water is removed, it can continue to damage the building’s structure and contents.  Our technician determines if the pad and floor coverings can be dried out in place or if they must be removed.
  • Detection - We use moisture detection tools to monitor water damage in materials including drywall/plaster, trim work, and cabinets. When we determine how saturated materials are, we either: dry them in place using specialized equipment, remove the materials, or employ a combination of both methods.
  • Drying - We determine the amount and type of drying equipment needed. Typically, we install a combination of drying fans, dehumidifiers, and negative air machines. We examine many factors (such as when the loss occurred, the magnitude of water damage, and size of the affected areas) to determine the best drying strategy to utilize as well as the quantity of equipment necessary.

Categories of Water Damage

Categorizing the level of contamination of the water in a damaged structure not only helps us perform a loss assessment, but it is also essential for establishing correct drying strategy and procedure. Water damage is divided into three general categories:

  1. Clean water that originated from a source that does not pose substantial harm to humans. Examples include: broken water supply lines, melting ice or snow, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives. Clean water may deteriorate with time as it dissolves or mixes with soils and other contaminants.
  2. Gray water contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. Gray water may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants (fungal, bacterial, viral, algae), or other contaminants. Examples include: discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls with some urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic pressure, broken aquariums, and punctured water beds. Gray water that remains untreated for longer than 48 hours may escalate to Category 3.
  3. Black water contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. Anyone with a compromised immune system, respiratory problems, or allergies, as well as young children and the elderly must remain off the job site until the building is judged safe for occupancy. Black water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as: toilet back flows, flooding from seawater, ground surface water, and rising river water. Category 3 water can contain contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic substances.

To further ensure a safe and effective environmental remediation, our crews are rigorously trained in mold removal procedures approved Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). In addition, all our superintendents, operations managers, project managers, project directors and regional managers hold Certified Mold Remediation (CMR) certifications.

How Water Damage turns into Mold Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

This Photo shows the mold that has been growing from water leakage.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s water damage, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold damage can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of San Mateo has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial in order to prevent  Mold damage from happening to your home or business. 

11 steps for mold remediation:

  1. Perform a thorough preliminary inspection using state of the art tools. i.e.: Thermo imaging cameras and moisture equipment to determine the precise scope of work. Don’t guess.
  2. Recommend hygienists that are trained in providing reliable protocols, if needed.
  3. Set up proper engineering controls:
    a) 6 ml airtight containments
    b) establish negative air inside containment to ensure no cross contamination happens.
  4. Use quality equipment (HEPA filter) that has been DOP tested to ensure they are working properly.
  5. Constantly cleanup work areas to avoid cross-contamination.
  6. Seal all debris in 6 ml bags to control the environment and avoid cross-contamination.
  7. Thorough cleaning of all surfaces by HEPA sanding then wet wipe followed by the second round of HEPA vacuuming.
  8. Do a thorough visual inspection to ensure work is ready for post-remediation testing.
  9. Allow proper air scrubbing time with HEPA filters prior to post testing as directed in protocols.
  10. Call for post-remediation testing and insist on testing inside and outside of containment to make sure all areas are cleared before containments are removed.
  11. Remove containments after clearances. Make sure all areas are clean, safe and ready for the next stage.

How SERVPRO of San Mateo can save you money:

It is important in today’s litigious environment to call a professional firm to handle water losses. Timing is critical to the drying of a structure to prevent the growth of destructive mold and mildew. However, in the unfortunate event of microbial growth SERVPRO of San Mateo understands the importance of Mold Remediation. Some species of mold and mildew can cause serious health complications. It is important to have a specialist perform proper removal of contaminated areas. SERVPRO of San Mateo has a staff of trained technicians using the latest technology in remediation to properly eliminate harmful microbiological contamination.

We are also proficient in recommending other companies where jobs fall outside of our zone of service.

  1.  We use designated trained employees.
  2. Our leads are certified and know what they are doing – no wasted time.
  3. We have state of the art equipment.
  4. We use dry ice blasting on larger projects to expedite the work.
  5. We use thermal imaging cameras to locate damage.
  6. We have completed thousands of mold projects, so we know how to be efficient.
  7. We have multiple crews so we can get to your jobs quickly to prevent downtime on jobs.
  8.  We work with multiple environmental consulting companies also known as hygienists so we can testing is done for asbestos and lead.
  9.  We have an excellent track record in passing jobs without additional cleanings needed.

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

The Distructive power of Water

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Destructive Power of Water

Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. Excess moisture or flooding can cause structures and personal property to rapidly deteriorate. The problem becomes more serious when the water is unsanitary or clean-up services are delayed.

The harmful effects of water are sharply reduced by prompt and effective intervention, especially within the first 24-48 hours. Even though the damage may look severe, cleanup and restoration can produce amazing results. From furniture to family heirlooms, office computers to production machinery, SERVPRO of San Mateo has successfully restored water-damaged structures and property Since 1967.

Water Damage Cleanup and Repair

The restoration process is very scientific. To determine if your property can be restored or must be replaced, we evaluate three criteria:

  • Amount of Property Damage
  • Degree of Contamination
  • Replacement Costs vs. Restoration Costs

If not promptly and properly dealt with, water damage can cause major business interruption, financial burdens and potential health risks.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. 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

Water damage restoration services from the experts at SERVPRO of San Mateo

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you have Water Damage, call SERVPRO of San Mateo at 650-931-6060 at any time

Water damage could be caused by storm rain water flooding and residual dampness from home or commercial building leaks and ground seepage. 

Our method of repairing and restoring damage caused by water goes several steps beyond simple “cleaning up”.  Water removal is just the first immediate step.  The end goal is to ensure that you home is dry and protected from future damage.

Water restoration services consist of the following procedures:

Water Removal: Removing and pumping out excess water begins the restoration process.

Deodorization:  Foul odors can be eliminated by applying techniques such as ozone treatment, crystals, dry fogging, and wet fogging. Because we are a San Mateo County and Bay Area professional water damage restoration provider and a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise we have access to and utilize state-of-the-art equipment and materials for all of our services to provide the highest quality results.

Mold and Mildew Removal: A new product available to disinfect mold outbreaks is called SERVPROXIDE™.  To achieve long-term results, this procedure must be performed by an expert restoration services provider.  Using scientific technology, technicians can kill and remove developing mold and mildew.

Drying and Dehumidifying: Extremely effective air moving and monitoring equipment is put in place to remove extremes. These processes are necessary to remove moisture in the air and on walls, floors etc.

Content Restoration: This procedure involves cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting clothing, draperies, furnishings, beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas etc. These items can be successfully restored, but prompt action must be taken because harmful microbes, mildew and mold grow very fast in a damp environment.

Decontamination: Water restoration services also decontaminate and clean any items that are able to be restored.

SERVPRO of San Mateo will respond quickly to your water damage emergency.  24/7

(650) 931-6060

San Mateo Water Damage

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

24-Hour Emergency Service

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Bay Area property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 650-931-6060

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Mateo is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Mateo community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We proudly serve San Mateo, CA, and surrounding areas.

Why Choose SERVPRO of San Mateo?

We’re 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.

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We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Using advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

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We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home more quickly and to minimize cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to cleaning and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.

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Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation is a little different, and 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

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding which Caused 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.

Contact Us for Flood Damage Restoration

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

An Owner's Guide to Water Damage

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo can remediate Water Damage in your home or business

We drink it. We play in it. We grumble over the necessity of dashing through it when it falls from the sky as rain, sleet or snow. Water is so common that it can be difficult to regard it as a threat, but water in the wrong place can do serious damage. Whether it is the result of flooding from a storm, a leaky window or a plumbing mishap, water can destroy property and create dangerous health hazards. Mitigating water damage properly is vital to maintaining the value of your commercial property.

The Physical Damage
How can water damage in San Mateo affect your commercial property? It can cause problems in many areas of the structure, including the:

Roof – Clogged gutters or debris on your roof can allow water to pool, leading to mildew and ruined shingles.

Foundation – Inadequately diverted water from around the foundation of your commercial property, it can wreak havoc by permeating the foundation and seeping into the basement, which could affect the building’s structural integrity.

Building materials – Too much moisture can set the stage for rot and deterioration in wood and other common building materials. It can also lead to corrosion of metals. If this destruction is allowed to progress unchecked, costly repairs can be necessary to restore your building

Personal property – Water does not mix with electronics, appliances, textiles or carpeting. If it invades your building’s interior, it can damage your personal property and items belonging to any tenants renting space.

Moisture and Mold
As many property owners have discovered to their sorrow, water damage and mold go hand in hand. A moisture-loving microscopic fungus, mold latches onto damp organic material and spreads rapidly. In addition to the physical damage it causes, mold also creates health hazards. It can irritate the skin of anyone who comes in contact with it, make people who ingest it sick and trigger respiratory problems by lowering the indoor air quality. Because amateur attempts to clean mold up can actually spread it, it is crucial that property managers get professional assistance with mold remediation.

Preventing Water Damage
Regular inspections and routine maintenance offer your best chance of preventing water damage. The signs of water intrusion are sometimes subtle, so tenants might not notice them. Even if they do, they might not think to inform you promptly. Completing inspections and keeping up with routine maintenance chores allows you to spot potential problems quickly and take steps to correct them before they explode into major issues. When inspecting your commercial property for water damage, be sure to examine the:

Roof for signs of damage, puddles or shingle issues.

Gutters and downspouts for damage or clogs that might prevent proper function.

Attic, basement and crawlspaces for leaks or condensation.

Windows, window frames and doorways for condensation or evidence of water intrusion.

Walls and ceilings for water stains.

Ductwork, expansion joints, sealants and flashing for signs of damage.

HVAC drain lines and drip trays for leaks or overflows.

Floors and walls around appliances that use water like water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, freezers and HVAC units for evidence of leaks.

Bathroom and kitchen sink cabinets for signs of plumbing issues.

Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens for proper function.

When it comes to preventing water damage, your tenants can be excellent allies. Keep them informed about scheduled inspections and maintenance. Educate them by providing tips for avoiding water damage, information on what they should do if water damage occurs, and specifics about how property management can help them deal with an incident.


Recovering From Water Damage

Ideally, your efforts to recover from should begin well before any destruction happens. Developing a continuity plan that outlines what steps you would take to recover after a water damage incident can give you a head start if you ever find yourself forced to deal with this situation. The plan should include:

Commercial insurance coverage that includes the likely types of water damage.

Plans for how you operate while your property undergoes the necessary restoration.

Procedures for assisting your tenants.

Information on how to document the damage.

Information regarding how to contact a trusted restoration professional like SERVPRO of San Mateo.

Why Smart Property Managers/Owners Seek Professional Assistance With Water Damage
The full extent of water damage in  can be difficult to determine, so when confronted with it, smart property managers/owners seek professional assistance from a restoration expert. At SERVPRO of San Mateo, we have the experience, training, and equipment to provide the services you need. We can perform a thorough inspection, use special drying techniques to rescue your structure and property, provide any needed mold remediation, and clean, sanitize and deodorize the location. We use our expertise to deliver long-term solutions for your commercial property.

A leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of San Mateo is proud to offer a broad range of commercial restoration services. To learn more, call us today at 650-931-6060.

Flooded Crawl Space and Basement Cleanup

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding? 

Call Today - (650) 931-6060

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

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

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (650) 931-6060

After a Disaster

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

The Damages in this Garage was caused by a Main Water pipe line on the main street. The pressure of the bursting pipe caused mud to affect the garage

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 SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

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

San Mateo 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

This basement flood was caused by a water heater flood. SERVPRO of San Mateo immediately responded to this emergency water loss.

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

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. 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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today at 650-931-6060

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of San Mateo

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

24 Hour Emergancy Service

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Mateo is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Large or small loss, whenever you are dealing with water damage immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today at 650-931-6060

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

What to Expect:

We will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us better assist you and determine what equipment and resources to take with us. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask:

  1. Your name and contact info
  2. your insurance information (if applicable)
  3. The street address of the damage home or business
  4. When did it occur?
  5. What caused the damage?
  6. Is there electricity available?

SERVPRO of San Mateo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water, fire or smoke damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 

San Mateo Flood Damage

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

After the Disaster

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Interior Flooding

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

Precautions Can Be Taken to Prevent Flood Damage

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

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.