Recent Water Damage Posts

Professional Water Mitigation

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Why You Need Professional Water Mitigation 

The following are three  reasons to work with a professional for all your water damage and restoration services:

1. It is Cost-Effective

We at SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito will ensure that all the damages are addressed effectively and promptly, minimizing any extra cost to you.

2. You Will Receive A Timely Response

We understand the urgency of these situations and will do everything possible to mitigate the damages as quickly as possible.

3. We Have Professional Equipment and Expertise

Water must be removed as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage. We have the necessary equipment and workforce to handle even the most massive water removal jobs.

Call us at (415)479-2900

Water Damage Services

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water can be destructive. When it meets the drywall that makes up your interior walls and ceilings it can damage wallboard enough that it collapses and falls apart, which can cause huge homeowner headaches. Don’t panic though. You can repair walls and ceilings that have water damage as long as you call the right company to get the needed repairs done. 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is always ready to help.  Contact us at (415)479-2900

Do you Have Water Damage in your Property? Call Us

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito wants to remind you to stay alert during wet weather, getting water where it doesn't belong can lean to more problems then you think! Try keeping a eye on any full gutters or cracked windows, as they can lead to water damage on your property!

If you find water damage in your home or building give us a call and we will make your damages "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can handle any size damage and is open twenty-four hours a day, so whenever disaster strikes we can respond!

Have questions? Call us at 415-479-2900 

Flood Water Prevention

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Anywhere it rains heavy for long periods of time, levees break, drainage systems are clogged or old and where there are hurricanes and tropical storms, flooding can result. Floods can happen anywhere and to any property. There are preparations that can help minimize the potential flood damage and speed up the damage recovery after a flood.

The first thing that needs to be done is to get flood insurance. After that, there are other preparations and preventive actions that you can do to lessen the losses in the home. Creating a file (flood file) with information on all of your possessions will help you and the insurance company if there is any flood damage. The insurance company can process the claim faster and you can get on with the damage recovery process. This "flood file" should contain; a copy of the insurance policy with the companies phone number and any other important documents. It should also have a room by room inventory sheet of all your possessions. Photographs and video would also greatly help with the documentation. Make sure the "flood file" is kept in a secure waterproof container.

As with any prevention process there are preventive actions that can be done around the house to prepare your home for a potential flood. If you have a sump pump ensure it is in working condition. Clean leaves and debris from downspouts and gutters. Make sure (especially if you are in a high risk zone) that the washer and dryer, furnace and water heater are on cement blocks. They should be at least one foot above the elevated flood projection. Also, the electrical components need to be at least a foot above the elevated flood projection.

Developing a family emergency plan is also a great idea to help prepare for the possibility of a potential flood. Prepare a safety kit with drinking water, blankets, first aid kit, batteries, flashlight and a radio. Plan and practice your family flood evacuation routes and safe routes when on the road. Everyone in the home needs to know emergency phone numbers and have an out of state emergency family contact. If you have pets, they have to be considered too.

Educating yourself on flooding and flood risks will give you an idea of what kind of flood insurance you will need, the extent of flood preparations that need to be done to your home and a better understanding of flood areas. Flood maps of all areas are made to show the high risk, moderate-to-low risk and the undetermined risk flood areas. High risk flood areas are most likely to flood with the right conditions. All this information will help you prepare, plan and make informed decisions on flood damage prevention and safety.

The Dishwasher Flooded My Kitchen!

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Water Damage This leaking dishwasher in San Rafael caused extensive water damage to the floor of the kitchen and traveled to the dining room.

Protect Your San Rafael Home Against Dishwasher Water Damage

The dishwasher makes life much easier and allows you to spend more time doing things you enjoy, instead of painstakingly handwashing countless dishes. Although the dishwasher is one of the most efficient appliances in the kitchen, it can also be a primary source of significant water damage. Dishwashers face their fair share of usage and can cause water damage to cabinets, floors, and even walls. In addition, water stains on the floor around the unit and corroded or frayed water lines that become brittle can indicate a leak. Therefore, it is critical to address the problem as soon as possible.

Why Did My Dishwasher Flood?

  1. Faulty Door Latch - Is there water gathering under the dishwasher door? Your problem is most likely due to a leak in the door itself. It's possible that your door latch is bent, loose, or not latching properly. If water still rushes out of the door after tightening the latch, it may be time to replace the gasket. This is a rubber seal on the door that keeps water from running out. Check your dishwasher for cracks or symptoms of potential damage frequently. Allow the pros to manage your situation if you are concerned about the worn-out gasket. 
  2. Broken or Loose Lines - Dishwasher hoses and connections may become loose after an extended length of time. It's crucial to understand that a dishwasher has two types of connections. One line supplies clean water and connects to the kitchen faucet, while the other drains dirty water. Therefore, inspecting it at least once every six months is necessary because it can become loose. 
  3. Leaky Dishwasher Tub - If your dishwasher has experienced a lot of us, a hole in the tub may have developed, causing a leak. In addition, detergents and minerals can corrode the bottom of the tub, allowing water to seep through and collect beneath the dishwasher. Some tubs may be repaired, but depending on how long you've had your dishwasher and the severity of the problem, you may need to replace it altogether.
  4. Incorrect Dishwashing Detergent - In a dishwasher, always use the correct type of dishwasher soap. You may get a lot of suds buildup using dish soap or laundry detergent, which will force soap and water out the door. Only use dishwasher detergent to avoid this problem. 
  5. Dishwasher Not Level - There's a good likelihood that water will pool underneath your dishwasher if it isn't level. All that extra pressure can eventually destroy the gasket, necessitating its replacement. A dishwasher that is uneven can cause substantial damage and warp your floors. 
  6. Overfilled Machine - It is possible that your unit is absorbing more water than it should and isn't draining correctly. Water will be forced out of your dishwasher and onto your floor because of this action. It's possible that the drain isn't functioning efficiently, and this is an excellent opportunity to check the owner's manual or the manufacturer's website, depending on the type of dishwasher.
  7. Drainage Issue - If the water doesn't drain properly during a dishwasher cycle, the water level may climb higher than anticipated. Check for a blockage in the filter at the bottom of the dishwashing tub that is blocking normal draining.

Prevent Water Damage from Your Dishwasher

Learn Everything There is to Know About Your Dishwasher

Each model is different, and it is critical to check over the manual once again because it will provide suggestions for the best usage. Knowing vital information can help you avoid problems that could lead to water damage. 

Make Sure Your Dishwasher Is up to Standard

Check your dishwasher regularly, just like the rest of your home's appliances, to ensure it's in good operating order. Begin with the rubber seals, then check for corrosion and unclog any nozzles that may be clogging up your dishwasher, causing flooding.

Only Use Parts Designed for Your Appliance

The hose and seals should be compatible with the kind of model of your dishwasher. Hoses and seals that aren't up to snuff can create a leak.

Make Monitoring Your Water Lines a Top Priority 

If you notice a problem with your water lines, call a professional right away. To avoid significant water damage to your property, this check should be completed every six months.

Only Run the Dishwasher When Someone is Present in Your Home

There is no warning sign when a dishwasher floods, and if you are not home when the appliance is turned on, and leaks, you may be in shock when you return home. Keeping the dishwasher running is the best way to detect a leak  before it causes too much damage when someone is at home. 

How to Repair Water Damaged Caused by Dishwasher

Make sure your dishwasher is turned off as soon as you notice it is leaking or has leaked. Using a towel or a mop, soak up any visible water on your floor. It may be necessary to remove the dishwasher from beneath the counter to drain any excess water. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can ensure that your floor is dry and free of moisture, contributing to mold growth. 

Need Help with Appliance Leaks and Water Damage in San Rafael? We Can Help! 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is your locally owned and operated water damage restoration company. With years of experience, our team has restored countless homes and businesses after appliance water damage. 

Call Us Today for Immediate Assistance - (415) 479-2900 

Be Wary of Water Damage in Your San Rafael Business

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

At any time, water damage can occur. Water overflow can result from a variety of sources, including plumbing leaks and malfunctioning or broken appliances, and it can be extremely damaging if not addressed quickly. Understand the warning signs and be aware of the common reasons for water damage and what you can do about them to prevent common dangers including mold growth, foundational concerns, and flooding caused by water damage. The following are some of the most typical causes of water damage that can occur in your commercial property:

  1. Damaged and Leaky Pipes

Water damage can be caused by pressure variations, freezing temperatures, and deteriorating water supply lines and sewer drains. Water stains, bulging walls, a musty odor, and cracked or missing tiles are all signs of water damage.

  1. Damaged Windows

Water damage can be caused by broken windowpanes and damaged or fractured seals around windows.

  1. Roof Leaks

Ceilings can be ruined by a leaking roof, which can also lead to mold and mildew growth. If exposed to water from a roof leak, attic wiring can become a fire hazard. A roof leak’s multidimensional nature makes immediate restoration and repair essential.

  1. Issues with the Foundation

Water damage to the foundation can also be caused by clogged gutters and insufficient drainage systems.

  1. Clogs in the Sewage System

Pungent odors, gurgling noises in sewer pipes, and overflowing toilets are all signs of a sewage obstruction. A sewage leak is extremely dangerous to your employees and customers health and requires prompt professional assistance.

  1. Sprinkler system leaks

Commercial fire sprinkler leaks are common and necessitate constant monitoring. Standing water, bulging and warped drywall, saturated carpeting, a musty odor, and visible mold are all signs of sprinkler leaks.

  1. Failures of the HVAC System

Water damage from an HVAC system might be caused by a clogged condensate drainpipe or a defective condensate pump.

Steps to Prevent a Commercial Water Damage Disaster

Taking the necessary measures to prevent water damage can save businesses from costly repairs and business interruption in the future.

  1. Schedule facilities inspections on a regular basis.
  2. Make a proactive, preventative maintenance investment.
  3. Establish a reliable flood warning system and a flood-response plan.
  4. Purchase enough property damage insurance, including flood insurance, before a disaster or emergency strikes.

Anyone experiencing or suspecting water damage can contact SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito, for an evaluation of the damage. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration of water damage. Our staff has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle all restoration and cleaning needs and provides 24-hour emergency service.

In Your Novato Home, Leave the Water Cleanup to the Professionals

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup in Novato The flooded garage was caused by a malfunctioned sprinkler.

Never Hesitate When Your Novato Home Suffers Water Damage

Recently, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito performed an emergency job in the city of Novato located within Marin County for a house built in 1990. The Novato Fire Department alerted us that a sprinkler system was triggered, affecting three stories and rooms of the customer's home. One of the most important fire prevention systems in a structure is an automatic fire sprinkler, but it has the potential to create a water disaster event. 

Locating the Source of Water Loss

Due to the size of the loss, Project Managers were dispatched to the site as soon as possible because it was prioritized as an emergency. Our techs used their moisture detection equipment and found that the water had run down to the first floor, impacting drywall, vinyl floor cabinets in the kitchen, and tile and drywall in the entry and foyer. The sprinkler located in the master closet on the third floor was the source of the water loss. The house was full of contents, including important personal belongings which were soaked through.

Drying the Property

Our technicians arrived on site and immediately performed content manipulation, water extraction, and set dehumidifiers in four rooms to perform emergency services. Most of the contents that were found damaged by the water loss were in the homes garage and family room. Immediate water extraction was necessary because it can remove much of the water from your home. The dehumidification equipment captures moisture and ports it away, which brings down the air moisture rapidly. The water extraction process helped reduce the drying time and helped to prevent mold and secondary damage. We carefully monitored the progress using moisture meters to ensure that the rooms and the materials returned to acceptable drying goals. We then packed up contents in an organized, efficient move-out to protect the customers belongings from further damage. After inspecting the carpet and pad to determine if we should remove them to protect the subfloor, we decided that it required removal.

Minor Repairs Needed

Minor repairs, such as drywall replacement and carpet installation, were completed. Removing the affected drywall as necessary to restore their home to its pre-water damage and condition. All vinyl and particle boards underneath were removed in the kitchen, and air mover equipment was placed accordingly. In the master closet, the drywall and ceiling were removed, and on the third floor, all baseboards were removed. The restoration was the final step in ensuring the property recovered from the significant water damage loss.

Final Touches

The drying was finished, and we packed and moved out all our equipment from the job. We brought the remaining contents for the garage and family room back to our warehouse, where they are kept safe and organized. We thoroughly completed the job and gained another happy SERVPRO customer.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is ready for everything. We are here to  help 24/7, 265 days a year. Our certified technicians can turn back the clock on water damage and make it "Like it never even happened." When you call SERVPRO for help, we always prioritize getting to your home when you need us there.

What Not To Do When You Have Water Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes when we have a water damage situation going we want to do something in order to minimize losses. Check our other posts for more information on how to prevent and act fast. We also know it's very important to know what not to do and that's why we are bringing you this list:

  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove standing water.
  • Do not leave furniture directly on wet carpeting.
  • Do not begin to repair or repaint any damage surfaces until they are completely
    dry.
  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.

We also want to remind you that we are here to help. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is here to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (415)479-2900

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we know  how to make water damage "Like it never even happened."  When disaster strikes unexpectedly  our SERVPRO professionals are able to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle black and gray water extraction and restoration at your residential or commercial property.

 
Give us a call anytime! at (415)479-2900 We are here 24/7 for any loss you may have.  Remember at SERVPRO we are always #‎HeretoHelp

Maintain and Understand your Indoor Plumbing Systems

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

These are some tips to prevent water damage.  If you need assistance with water damage please call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito at (415)479-2900

The Water You Don't See

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor damaged Water damage caused the hardwood floor to buckle.

The water you don't see can originate from many sources including foundation leaks, burst pipes, leaky roof or poor drainage around the home.  When you suspect that you might have a water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.  But if you're already experiencing water damage, SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito Franchise Professionals are here to help!  Our technicians are highly trained and can safely clean, disinfect, deodorize and restore your home.  A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions, especially when the water you don't see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot and other unseen damage.

If you have any water damages to your property give SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at 415-479-2900

What not to do when you have water damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage Never use a household vacuum to remove standing water

Sometimes when we have a water damage situation going we want to do something in order to minimize losses. Check our other posts for more information on how to prevent and act fast. We also know it's very important to know what not to do and that's why we are bringing you this list:

  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove standing water.
  • Do not leave furniture directly on wet carpeting.
  • Do not begin to repair or repaint any damage surfaces until they are completely
    dry.
  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.

We also want to remind you that we are here to help. SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito is here to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (415)479-2900

When Water Damage Strikes

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito, we specialize in water damage restoration. If you have recently experienced a water damage loss due to a recent storm or flood, we can help. We understand the stress that comes when your home or business has been affected by a flood or storm.

Here are some top reasons why you should choose SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito to restore your property when tragedies strike your home or business.

Prevent further structural damage or mold

  • We have a 24-hour emergency service that allows us to respond to your needs immediately.
  • Immediate action can prevent mold

We have the right tools

  • Specialize equipment to get the job done
  • Experience technicians

Fixing water damages yourself can be dangerous and time consuming

  • Please remember that water damages should be left to professionals. Without the proper tools and expertise, you can hurt yourself or someone else.
  • We can have our professional water damage experts to clean and restore you home, so you can rest at ease.
  • Our crews can have the job done quickly.

Prevent water damages to your home and belonging

  • Avoid permanent damage by contacting us right away
  • Procrastination can cost you a lot of money

Get rid of bad odors

  • Our reliable team of experts can eliminate the bad odors from your property
  • We can deodorize your home to ensure it smells clean and fresh

Call Today -SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito at 415-479-2900

Do's and Don'ts When Water Strikes Your Home

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

An office building damaged by water. With ceiling pieces on the right and a wet notebook on the left. Water damage at an office.

Here are a few tips you should do and not do in the event that water strikes your home.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

When you want a superb water removal service. Trust the trained technicians here at SERVPRO® of South San Rafael/Sausalito. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

 Call 24/7: (415) 479-2900

Clean your Gutters to Prevent Leaks

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaks are the worst. This rainy season, prepare yourself by cleaning out the gunk in your gutters. Here at SERVPRO® of South San Rafael/Sausalito, we are in the business of prevention and mitigation. Therefore, here are some steps you can take to DIY gutter cleaning. 

What you'll need:

  • Ladder
  • Buckets or a tarp
  • Trowel or gutter scoop
  • Garden hose
  • Spray nozzle
  • Wire hooks
  • Work gloves or latex gloves
  • Gutter hardware

First thing you’d want to do is place the ladder squarely and safely on the floor. Then place a tarp or buckets underneath for collecting debris. Put on your latex gloves and then your work gloves to keep your hands dry. Afterwards, grab the debris you can clogging the gutters and throw them to the tarp below or place them in a bucket. The next step would be to use the garden hose with the spray nozzle attached to flush any remaining debris in the gutters. If you don’t see the same amount of water is releasing from the drain, it might mean that you have a clog. In this case you’d want to place the hose at full power from the bottom of your gutter to shoot water in the opposite direction.  The last thing would be to check the gutter and see if it is sloped correctly to remove the possibility of standing water.  

Taking these steps will assure that you have a nice clean flow of water when the rain falls.

If you need restoration services from a leader in the industry with nationwide support. Then call us at (415) 479-2900. Call us anytime!

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to Prevent Water Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is coming. And with it, the rainy season begins. Therefore, it is crucial to take preventative measures to avoid any water damage done to your home. Even in California your pipes can freeze which doesn’t only prevent hot water or any water, but also leaves your pipes vulnerable for rupture which means more damage done to your entire house. How is this prevented?

Check your pipes and keep them insulated by either surrounding them with either foam or any other insulator material. Use electrical tape to wrap the insulator around your pipe. For pipes that are hard to reach, use hot water to run through the pipes which assist in warming up the pipes.

Another preventative measure you can take is by caulking and sealing your windows in your home.

Inspect your home and count the windows that need to be caulked. Having a caulking gun that you can buy at your local hardware store is needed. However, determining what type of caulk you use will determine on your specific home needs. I would recommend asking a professional. Things to consider as well, your timing of the project and the weather conditions. Caulk may take 24 hours to dry and a rainstorm could ruin your progress. Then make sure you clean and remove any old caulk before applying the new caulk. Smooth it out with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon. Then wait for 24 hours and your home becomes better insulated.

Consider how long it has been when someone has inspected your roof.

This is very important and dangerous if not handled carefully. I would advise hiring a professional to inspect and make any necessary changes to keep water from leaking through your roof. Also note the condition your gutter is in. Remove any clutter to allow the proper drainage of water.

There are many more preventative measures but taking these steps will secure your home a little more than just riding the season out.

For any professional restoration services, contact us here at (415) 479-2900.

SERVPRO® of South San Rafael/Sausalito

5 Steps to Water Damage Prevention

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the toughest problems anyone can face. No matter what the quantity of water it can cause major damage to your home, your wallet and even your health. Water is one of the most powerful elements in nature and its effects can be felt long after the water is removed. It also can encourage mold growth in carpets, baseboard and even walls which can put your family's health in danger. The following five tips can help save your family and your home from this serious problem.

1. Protect your home. One of the most common causes of water damage is Mother Nature. Severe storms and high winds can compromise a home's structure and allow water to seep in. Check the outside of your home for places where water can get in. These areas include places such as the roof, gutters and foundation. Make it a point to regularly check all of these areas and address any cracks, warps or suspicious areas immediately.

2. Check your pipes. Another common source of water damage is the plumbing in and outside your home. Visually inspect taps, faucets, pipes and hoses for cracks, leaks and other problems. Don't forget to pay special attention to appliances that are plumbed into your water system such as dishwashers and refrigerators with ice makers. It only takes a few minutes to check these connections and those few minutes could save you a lot of time down the road.

3. Inspect your bathroom. Bathrooms are, by their very nature, a place where water needs to be checked. The grout, caulking and sealant around sinks and tubs can deteriorate over time. Replacing these sealants takes very little time and costs only a few dollars but this small chore can help you keep on top of any potential problems and allows you t nip them in the bud.

4. Ventilation is the key. Many homes are now fitted with ventilation fans in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom This helps keep steam, humidity and water in general from building up and causing a problem. If your home already has these fans, then don't forget to use them regularly. If not, many home improvement stores offer kits for installation and many even offer to have professionals come out to fit it for a reasonable price.

5. Keep an eye on tiles. Tiles floors and walls are coming throughout many homes. They can also provide a way for water to get in and trapped between the tile and the wall or floor those tiles are meant to protect. Inspect the tiles around dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, tubs and other appliances or fixtures where there is a lot of water. If you see any warping or discoloration, replace the tiles and check the floor or wall beneath them for damage.

By completing these routine inspections and tasks, you can help to prevent serious water damage inside your home.

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mitchell_Baines/1108290 

Fixing Flood Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are caused by heavy rains caused by strong storms and downpours. But flood damage left behind after the heavy downpour is great and very expensive to mitigate. At a moments notice, floods can cause extreme damage to buildings and objects. It is a terrifying disaster which results into loss of of lives and destruction of property amounting to millions. Fixing flood damage is problematic and expensive. Damages resulting from natural occurrences can be restored by an insurance company. Only if you have got special flood insurance coverage that is insured separately from a home owners insurance policy.

How do we fix flood damage? There are various methods and options that are helpful when executed correctly. Firstly, flood damage may lead to development of mold spores and mildew. These molds are dangerous and toxic to our respiratory system and it needs the services from a well regarded flood company. It is not advisable to deal with molds by yourself because of health risks they are attached with. Ensure that all wetted areas of your room are cleaned up to dryness. Disinfect all the affected areas to prevent the rapture of water and air borne diseases. This is because flood water contains pathogens and harmful disease causing bacteria.

Secondly, household items can be damaged completely by floods and it needs quick response in drying them up. The most affected parts are the kitchen items, bedding, crouches and the carpets among others. This should be left to the professionals since most of these wetted items are contaminated with pathogens and mud. Let the experts fix the damage by cleaning up the upholstery and removing mud off the households. All books and anything materialistic must be dried properly to avoid crumpling. In case of carpets, let the experts measure the level of damage and if it is critical then buying new one is the best resolution.

Thirdly, upholding the safety of your health above anything is essential. The essence of the flood experts is to offer the optimal solutions to problems caused by floods. Destruction of electrical appliances is another flood damage that should never be handled carelessly. Flood damage is diverse and vehicles are not left behind. Anything electrical should be left to the technicians for servicing so as to avoid electrocution. If you have special flood insurance coverage, then flood-damaged vehicles can be compensated. Never handle flood damaged electrical devices on your own.

Fourthly, flood damage leaves at least everything in your house wet and what results is the development of bacteria and other harmful viruses. Make sure that you have dried the items well including the floor. The floor should be thoroughly cleaned. For concrete floors, it is a good idea to scrub it with bleach before coating with an oil-based paint. The same applies to plywood floors where the paint is used to destroy all bacteria existence. In addition to this, you can crank up air conditioning with enough house ventilation. A dehumidifier is also helpful in cases of extremely humid air. All affected walls must be replaced to seal out the development of molds.

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Frank_A_Black/1039882 

We Specialize in Water Damage!

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito, we specialize in water damage restoration. If you have recently experienced a water damage loss due to a recent storm or flood, we can help. We understand the stress that comes when your home or business has been affected by a flood or storm.

Here is some top reason why you should choose SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito to restore your property when tragedies strike your home or business.

  • Prevent further structural damage or mold
  • We have the right tools
  • Fixing water damages yourself can be dangerous and exhausting
  • Prevent water damages to your home and belonging
  • We can get rid of bad odors
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Experience and certified technicians

A water damage can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito 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.

Call us today 415-479-2900!

What not to do when you have water damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes when we have a water damage situation going we want to do something in order to minimize losses. Check our other posts for more information on how to prevent and act fast. We also know it's very important to know what not to do and that's why we are bringing you this list:

  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove standing water.
  • Do not leave furniture directly on wet carpeting.
  • Do not begin to repair or repaint any damage surfaces until they are completely
    dry.
  • Do not turn ceiling fans on when the ceiling is wet.

We also want to remind you that we are here to help. SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Spotting Water Damage

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Some times it's the water you don't see that causes most of the damage. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael / Sausalito knows it and because we care about you we brought information on how to see signs of water damage in your basement of foundation. Evidence of water damage isn’t always obvious and sometimes it’s not even visible so make sure you pay attention to these signs:

  • CHANGES IN COLOR/TEXTURE OF SURFACES -  Both walls and floors can show signs of water damage.
  • CRACKING – This will usually occur in the foundation and/or floor and can happen both inside and outside the home.
  • ODOR – While basements and crawl spaces usually have a certain smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a water problem. Pay attention to a strong damp, musty odor that doesn’t go away (even after a storm or wet weather). In most cases, it is mold or mildew that you smell, which means you’ve got moisture or water damage on your hands.
  • MOLD – If you can’t spot mold, you can sometimes smell it, so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to distinctive odors in the basement. Mold will appear on furniture, wood and other organic materials, walls and other surfaces either as dark green or black in color or sometimes a white powdery substance.

Content Source: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/flood/how-to-spot-water-damage-in-your-basement-or-foundation/115005754828

Preventing Water Damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael / Sausalito is always here to help with you have water damage in your home or business but we also  strongly believe in prevention. Water can damage important things and make you lose valued items we nobody wants that. that's why we are bringing you some tips to help you be safe from water damage:

  • Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

  • Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

  • Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.

Flooding and Water Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito we know a basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because 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 Scarsdale 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

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (415) 479-2900

If Water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito we are Flooding 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

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (415) 479-2900

Helpful tips to Prepare for a Water Damage

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  1. Know your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of a receipts or other documents for your valuable items. Store a copy of these records online or at another location.
  3. To limit the risk of water damage within your home check your pipes frequently and pay attention to any indicators of water damage, such as dripping sounds in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or significant change in your water bill.
  4. Inspect your roof and foundation often. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation or shingles missing. Check that the landscaping around your home is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5.  Water damage can be overwhelming. If a water damage should strike find an expert you can count on. SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito is Always Here to Help! –Call (415) 479-2900

Water Damage During the Rainy Season

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors or even flooding. Intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth if left unattended. The best way to control mold growth is to control the moisture. Getting rid of mold completely in a household environment is nearly impossible.

If you find yourself with a soggy or soaked carpet, give SERVPRO of South San Rafael / Sausalito a call!

We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any hour of the day just dial (415) 479-2900 and we will answer 24/7! We are here to make it Like it never even happened!

Water Damage From a Burst Pipe Should be Promptly Addressed

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A small undetected leak can lead to great water damage.

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, disruptive to your personal schedule, and result in unwanted insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine what is the best course of action. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured. A concerned homeowner should order a mold inspection after any plumbing problems to ensure that this issue does not expand into an expensive and potentially dangerous situation.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe.   SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

When your home has water damage, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  Call us so that we may help at (415) 479-2900.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Marin.

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito 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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 415-479-2900

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 South San Rafael/Sausalito 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 South San Rafael/Sausalito

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito 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.  SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 415-479-2900 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 415-479-2900

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 South San Rafael/Sausalito

SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito 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.  SERVPRO of South San Rafael/Sausalito has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 415-479-2900 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.

Flood Facts and Safety Tips

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Floods rank as one of the most common, costly, and deadly natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you live, flooding happens in many ways due to overflow of streams, rivers, lakes or oceans or as a result of excessive rain.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming tasks.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks or longer.

 Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000-square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods 
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

Understanding the common types of Floods

Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.

Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transport to surface water or the sewage system.

River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians has the expertise, resources and equipment to handle the job.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (707) 588-8226

Fast Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.

Water damage can originate by different sources such as floods, broken pipes, leaky faucet or toilet overflow.  If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold or other bacterial growth.  Water damage can be challenging depending on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage.  Whether it is from a clean or outside source, water can soak your carpet, padding, and surrounding walls and can cause costly damage that can be difficult to repair without complete replacement if not handled right away.   If you find yourself in a situation that involves standing water in your home, it is imperative that standing water is removed completely to help lessen the damage and/or limits a secondary damage.  Hiring a water restoration company like SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can make the cleanup process easier to handle.  Our technicians has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

Water damage can do so much harm in a short period of time.  Whether you have an inch, a foot of water or more, the quicker you respond to water damage, the less damage your property will endure.  SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can quickly respond to water damage emergencies.  Our technicians use powerful extraction pumps to remove the standing water.  We also use special moisture readers to detect moisture that has made its way behind walls and below flooring.  After we removed all the water, our technicians will use powerful fans and dehumidifier to dry out all affected areas.  

As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding to any size disaster.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption in your life and restore your home to its pre-water damage state.  We make disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today - (415) 479-2900

Water Damage Restoration Process

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Suasalito for excellent, effective water removal services at (415) 479-2900.

Water damage can originate from many different sources of heavy storm, floods, broken pipes or leaky roof.  The damage to your building materials can range from mild to severe depending how long it has been exposed to wet condition.  Standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Mold can start to grow in as little in 24 hours and if left unattended, it can be harmful to people especially those with compromised immune system.   In an event of water damage, safety is always the primary concern on any water damage job.  If you try to do this on your own, you’ll end up spending countless hours trying to figure it all out and still not come close to solving the problem.  SERVPRO Franchise professionals are highly trained and equipped with knowledge to restore your property.  Below are some steps our technicians performs during a water damage restoration.

Identifying the Source and Water Type 

We will check for the source of moisture and check for contaminated water in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. There are different types of water, typically categorized as either Clean, Gray, or Black and each one with different safety and cleanup protocols. If necessary, our crew will work to stop the water flow as quickly as possible to avert further damage. 

Surveying Damage and Mold 
 
Once we have determined what type of damage we're dealing with, our technicians search the home visually and with moisture detection equipment to find out what objects have been affected, and what else needs to be done. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation. 
 
Furniture and Water Removal 
 
The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out water if necessary. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump. 
 
Drying and Odor Treatments 
 
At this point, we bring out more heavy machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area, to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs and any bad smells are removed. 
 
Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning 
 
In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so as not to incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is done, final cleanup and sanitization are done on walls and objects, then furniture is brought back into the home or rooms affected. 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Suasalito is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.  Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at (415) 479-2900.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage emergency at your home, SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito is Here to Help. We're just a phone call away (415) 479-2900.

Water damage is the most serious emergencies that can happen to your home.  Your primary focus should be safety first. Water damage can come from many different sources such as; roof leaks, broken pipes, leaky dishwashers, toilet backups, or flooding due to heavy rains.  No matter where the leaks or flooding originated from, it doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage.  Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, building components, electronics and personal items.  Not to mention, it can lead to possible mold growth if not addressed immediately.  Water damage can be a traumatic experience for homeowners. Being informed about the causes, consequences, and ways to handle water damage can help you overcome the problem more efficiently.  Here are some useful emergency water damage tips that will assist you in taking proper action in case of water damage to your home.

What to DO After Flooding

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Don't use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Water damageis best left to professional emergency restoration technicians. Hiring a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito can quickly extract the water and then dry your home using state-of-the-art equipment.  Our staff are 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.

Have a water damage emergency? Call us today at (415) 479-2900.  We are always Here to Help!

Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater is to ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained.

Water damage tends to leave its mark in the forms of wood rot, peeling paint,  wall stains, and mold growth. The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater and snow melt is to ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained. Follow these tips to avoid costly future repairs.

  • Repair doors & windows - check for old and worn out doors or windows to ensure that your caulking isn't cracked.
  • Gutters  - clean and inspect your gutters regularly to ensure they are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage.
  • Downspouts -  clean and check your downspouts at least twice a year.  If you live in a extremely rainy climate, you should check them more frequently.
  • Sump pump - check it at least once a year and make sure that it is working properly.
  • Plants & Trees - some plants and trees around your home can be a problem if not properly maintained.  Make sure to trim the extended roots to prevent blockages from your drainage system.
  • Use a drainage snake, not chemical - chemical can eat away at your pipes.  Try your luck using a drain snake to avoid potential damage to your pipes.

If you are experiencing water damage at your home and need a restoration specialist, give SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito a call at (415) 479-2900.  We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your home, "Like it never even happened!"

What to Do and Don't Do After a Water Damage

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito trained professionals can handle your water emergency quickly and effectively.  Here are some tips of what you can do and don' do after a water damage.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito for excellent, effective water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened!"

 Call us 24/7 at (415) 479-2900

The Water You Don't See

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito uses advanced equipment and techniques to extract water quickly and closely monitor and document the drying process.

The water you don't see can originate from many sources including foundation leaks, burst pipes, leaky roof or poor drainage around the home.  When you suspect that you might have a water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.  But if you're already experiencing water damage, SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito Franchise Professionals are here to help!  Our technicians are highly trained and can safely clean, disinfect, deodorize and restore your home.  A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions, especially when the water you don't see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot and other unseen damage.

If you have any water damages to your property give SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process. We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at 415-479-2900

The Effects of Water Damage

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

If the laminate floor has been flooded in your home, give SERVPRO of Petaluma / Rohnert Park a call. We are ready to restore damage to your property.

Water damage can come from natural disasters, plumbing failure, and a range of other sources.  Floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in basements.  When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases.  Standing water presents a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and even black mold.  If left untreated, your wet floor can severely hinder your indoor air quality and spread a variety of different contaminants.  Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately.  Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

If you experience a water damage and looking for a trusted restoration company,  SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito is Here to Help restore your home back to pre-water damage condition.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.  

Call us anytime at 415-479-2900

Commercial water damages

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we know how to handle any and all water damages that you may encounter, but we want to give you a few pointers to help you prevent water damages from happening at your business. Unfortunately, disasters happen and even the most carefully operated and maintained building can experience a water damage event. Water damage tends to leave its mark on properties in the forms of rotting, warping, staining, and mold growth.

To help your property stay at its best here are these potential causes of water damage:

·         Malfunctioning appliances – washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators,

·         AC and heating units leading to corrosion of HVAC systems and mold may growth from leakage

·         Windows - Inspect windows from the inside for glass and air seal integrity,  test all locks, cranks, and interior walls around windows for water damage

·         Leaking pipes

Call and ask your local SERVPRO representative to help prepare your Emergency Readiness Plan today! Remember a great way to prevent damage from getting worse is to have all staff be well-practiced and ready to handle an emergency, most importantlyhave a response plan ready!

Call 34/7/365! 

415-479-2900

Spring Showers

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

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Spring calls for rain and storms, and for many people that can lead to wet floors. If you find yourself with a soggy carpet, give SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito a call!

We know how to handle your small water damages as well as your large water damages. If you have any questions or need assistance at any hour of the day just dial 415-479-2900 and we will answer 24/7!

Unexpected water damages

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

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If you have the unfortunate experience of having water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito with any questions or concerns! We are available 24hours a day and can have a team of technicians out to your property in no time!

Having a wet winter means water getting into unexpected places. Make sure you are taking preventative measure in your home or business!

If you have any water damages to your property give SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito a call and we can answer any questions you have, schedule an inspection of the property and begin the remediation process.

We are specialists on Fire, Water, Smoke, and Mold damages, you can rely on us to help restore your property.

Call us anytime at 415-479-2900

Found water damage on your property? Call us!

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of S. San Rafael/Sausalito 415-479-2900

SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito wants to remind you to stay alert during wet weather, getting water where it doesnt beloing can lean to more problems then you think! Try keeping a eye on any full gutters or cracked windows, as they can lead to water damage on your property!

If you find water damage in your home or building give us a call and we will make your damages "Like it Never Even Happened". 

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito can handle any size damage and is open twenty-four hours a day, so whenever disaster strikes we can respond!

Have questions? Call us at 415-479-2900 

What to do with Water damage?

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened"

Call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we are faster to any size disaster, your water damage or flooding is no problem for us to handle!

Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms. Moisture is the driving force allowing for growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. SERVPRO utilizes a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. We will assist to "restore before replace" to control costs and expedite to completion the entire service. 

Call SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito for excellent, effective, water removal services. Trust the trained technicians of SERVPRO. We work to get your home looking "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help Santa Rosa and surrounding communities with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies. 

 Call 24/7 at (415) 479-2900.

We can handle your water damage!

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

For your water cleanup and restoration

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we know disaster strikes unexpectedly, but our SERVPRO professionals are prepared and ready to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle black water and gray water restoration. 

We are available 24/7 for any loss you may have! Just give us a call so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at 415-479-2900

SERVPRO services include Restoration and Cleaning for:

·         fire, smoke, and soot

·         water removal and dehumidification

·         mold mitigation and remediation

·         catastrophic storm response

·         move outs and contents restoration

·         electronic and equipment

·         documentation drying

·         contents claim inventory service

·         clean air ducts and HVAC

·         biohazard, crime scene and vandalism

·         carpet, walls and hard floors

·         deodorization

 Remember at SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we are always Here to Help!

Flooding and Water Damage

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage? Call Servpro, we can help!

At SERVPRO of S.San Rafael/Sausalito we are water damage specialists, and we know 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 Scarsdale 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 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (415) 479-2900 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we are Flooding 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

Experiencing Flooding? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - (415) 479-2900

Rain water damage or a broken pipe, call SERVPRO!

11/3/2015 (Permalink)

Servpro, because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

At SERVPRO of S. San Rafael/Sausalito we know water how to make water damage "Like it never even happened." Disaster strikes unexpectedly but our SERVPRO professionals are able to handle your water emergency quickly and effectively. We handle black and gray water extraction and restoration at your residential or commercial property. 
Give us a call anytime! We are here 24/7 for any loss you may have.Remember at SERVPRO we are Always #‎HeretoHelp