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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services for Bay Area Homes & Businesses

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

wildfire damage Devastating Fire Damage from Firestorms in Californa

Last year was a major year of firestorms in many parts of California -- from Southern California to Northern California.

Damage caused by a fire is life-changing for home and business owners. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need caring fire restoration experts to guide you through this crisis, from beginning to end. The professional restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Palo Alto will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always handle your home or business with great care. We can recover many of your belongings that you may have thought lost forever. 

Home or business owners can be caught off guard with a sudden fire emergency. It’s important not to delay and discuss available coverage with your insurance company, in addition to taking the appropriate steps to limit the losses you might experience in case of an emergency situation. SERVPRO of Palo Alto will help you deal with your insurance company, and assist you with the paperwork involved in your claim, making the process as stress-free as possible.

At SERVPRO of Palo Alto, we have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire damage to help you through this tough time. We can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO uses the latest technology, including water extractors, moisture detectors, and air moving equipment to effectively dry areas affected by firefighting efforts.

Rely on SERVPRO of Palo Alto for fire damaging events to your property. We are available 24/7, including holidays. Call us at 650-800-3448 for fire restoration in the Bay Area today!

Appliances That Cause Water Damage | SERVPRO®? of Palo Alto

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

woman looking at appliance Appliances Can Cause Water Damage

When you think of water damage, you may first think of flooding caused by a natural disaster or other weather situation. But did you know that many cases of water damage are related to the appliances in our homes?

Appliances to Check for Leaks

Many of the appliances in our homes cycle through a good bit of water, making water damage a possibility. Here’s what to look at:

Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters can last for more than a decade and a half, but leaks can start much sooner than this. When parts break down over time, it can let water escape, which can lead to a serious issue over time.

Refrigerator
Most modern refrigerators contain ice dispensers or water filters that are connected to the house’s main water line. This introduces the potential for leaks. Refrigerators are also very infrequently moved, making it possible for leaks to linger for a long time before water damage is spotted.

Dishwasher
Dishwashers are another appliance that often sits back in a cubby without being moved. To compound matters, insurance policies may not cover damage from leaking dishwashers if they’re past a certain lifespan. This makes regularly checking your dishwasher for leaks even more important.

Washing Machine
It’s not the washing machine itself that could be the issue—the hoses used with the machine machine can deteriorate over time. You should inspect the hoses every 30 days and replace them every five years even if they have not caused any issues.

Air Conditioner
All air conditioning units create moisture as they run, and mechanisms within the AC unit typically drain that moisture away. Sometimes, however, these mechanisms can fail—leading to leaks that may not be discovered immediately depending on the location of your unit. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance checks to look for leaks and other damage, and also check the unit yourself periodically.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

Creating a Natural Disaster Action Plan for Your Business

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

emergency signs Prep for Commercial Disasters with SERVPRO of Palo Alto

When it comes to your business, disaster planning is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But as natural disasters become increasingly common, it is an important to-do for any small business owner.

Business owners need to plan ahead effectively in case of natural disasters—a process that includes evaluating insurance coverage, making an action plan for yourself and your employees and building a strategy for how your business will recover after the fact.

How to Prepare Ahead of Time

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Whether for business or personal needs, it’s always important to have a thorough understanding of what your insurance policies cover. In many cases, basic coverage will not pay for things such as flooding, so supplemental coverage options on the market may be needed. Evaluate your needs before an emergency occurs.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Every business needs to have a documented plan for how to react when an emergency occurs. This should include resources related to evacuation, as well as where local shelters and medical facilities are located. You will also need clear instructions on shutting down machinery and electronics on the way out the door.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Once you’ve created the plan outlined above, you need to share it with your employees. It’s important to practice how your team will react to various disaster situations. This will make employees feel much safer, and reduce your liability as a business owner as well.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
Because your livelihood—and that of your employees—is at stake, reopening quickly will be your priority after a disaster. Vetting and choosing a restoration company ahead of time will allow you to quickly reach out to the company after a disaster.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Maintaining and Protecting Your Business: SERVPRO of PALO ALTO can help!

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

business security camera SERVPRO of Palo Alto Helps Protect Your Business

Owning a business comes with many responsibilities. From dealing with state regulations to hiring the right people to do the job of maintaining correct bookkeeping, owning a business isn't for the faint of heart. It is important for business owners to maintain a safe and healthy environment for their personnel. Disasters are unpredictable, but there are ways to prepare and keep your commercial property safe.

Fire Alarms & Drills

Fires can spread very quickly in commercial buildings. It is critical to install fire alarms correctly and most importantly to test them regularly. When an alarm is set off, everyone in the building is aware of possible danger and that they must evacuate. As a business owner, you should ensure that your employees have an emergency plan of evacuation.

Alarm Systems & Security Cameras

One of the many services provided at SERVPRO of Palo Alto includes the restoration of vandalized property. It is important to protect your property while you are inside or away from the premises. Security system networks now offer a variety of surveillance equipment and technology to monitor the property in case of intruders and to alert authorities.

Appearance Counts

The appearance of your commercial property plays a significant role in a successful business. Any damage to the property should be properly taken care of right away. Leaving the issue unattended, may lead to greater damage and can impact you financially.

For any cleaning and emergency restorations in your home, business or commercial property, SERVPRO of Palo Alto will be there to get the job done. Call us at 650-800-3448 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Top 5 Fire Prevention Tips for the Bay Area

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Contact SERVPRO for Information about Creating Your ERP

Having an emergency response plan (ERP) in case of a fire is important in order to protect your residence or business in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, and Redwood City. The first 48 hours after a fire can make a difference in determining whether to restore, rather than to replace your property and personal processions. SERVPRO of Palo Alto believes in educating our customers on the importance of fire prevention with the top five tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

  • Do not leave your cooking unattended, especially when frying, grilling, or broiling food. The stove should be turn off if you must leave, even for a short period of time
  • Portable heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Inspect electrical cord and replace any that are cracked, damage or broken.
  • Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn.
  • Have an escape plan.

At SERVPRO of Palo Alto, we believe in the importance of being prepared, which is why we provide our customers with an Emergency Ready Profile. Our SERVPRO professionals can assist you in developing an ERP plan which contains crucial information needed in the event of an emergency occurring.

Call SERVPRO of Palo Alto for more information on fire prevention and for any fire restoration needs at 650-800-3448 today!

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Palo Alto

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in a boardroom Commercial Water Damage in Palo Alto

Complexity of Commercial Water Damage

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response from a reliable water restoration company. These water damage events are oftentimes more complex than residential ones, which is why you need experts trained in commercial water loss to quickly and effectively deal with the damage.

Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Palo Alto works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Palo Alto professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need

About SERVPRO of Palo Alto

SERVPRO of Palo Alto specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after water damage, fire damage, and smoke & soot damage. 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 and advanced equipment to restore your property. SERVPRO of Palo Alto serves the following Bay Area locations: Palo Alto, Atherton, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Stanford.

If you have experienced a water damage on your property, call us now at 650-800-3448!

Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services for Bay Area Homes & Businesses

12/14/2019 (Permalink)

Palo Alto sign SERVPRO of Palo Alto restores fire damage in Bay Area cities like Palo Alto

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for home and business owners in the Bay Area, particularly in Palo Alto, Stanford, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need caring experts to guide you through this crisis, from beginning to end. Our damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Palo Alto will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always handle your home and belongings with great care. We can recover many of your belongings that you may have thought lost forever. 

Home or business owners can be caught off guard by a sudden fire emergency. It’s important not to delay and discuss available coverage with your insurance company, in addition to taking the appropriate steps to limit the losses you might experience in case of an emergency situation. SERVPRO of Palo Alto will help you deal with your insurance company, and assist you with the paperwork involved in your claim, making the process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

At SERVPRO of Palo Alto, we have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire damage to help you through this tough time. We can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition, so you can enjoy your home again. SERVPRO uses the latest damage restoration technology, including water extractors, moisture detectors, and air moving equipment to effectively dry areas affected by firefighting efforts.

Rely on SERVPRO of Palo Alto for fire damaging events to your property. We are available 24/7, including holidays. Call us at 650-800-3448 today!

Fire Damage to Your Bay Area Commercial Property? Call SERVPRO of Palo Alto!

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage to business Let SERVPRO of Palo Alto help you after a fire at your business

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

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

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

To increase the chances of having your business restored successfully, trust SERVPRO of Palo Alto to cleanup and restore your commercial property. Our SERVPRO of Palo Alto professionals, have the resources to help you take control of your business again. We provide fire restoration & smoke restoration (remediating smoke damage or soot damage). Have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage to your business? Call us today at 650-800-3448.

SERVPRO of Palo Alto Customer Testimonial

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

technicians working on water damage Expert Technicians Take Care of Water Damage

No one wants to need our damage restoration services. If we are helping you, it means you have had a smoke damage or water damage from things like a candle or a toilet overflow. But, SERVPRO® of Palo Alto is here to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

A recent customer had this to say, “Through the whole process SERVPRO® of Palo Alto has been outstanding. Very helpful, one of the greatest teams to work with.” We know that you hope never to need our services, but we hope that we can make the process of water restoration, fire restoration, smoke and soot restoration, or mold mitigation as painless and as easy for you as possible.

Water damage is never fun, but SERVPRO® of Palo Alto is here to assist you 24/7, 365, so call us at 650-800-3448.

Common Causes of Water Damage

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

home with water damage SERVPRO of Palo Alto Can Help With Water Damage

Water damage can occur when excess water begins to pool in areas where it shouldn’t. There are many different factors that can contribute to excess water that can cause water damage. When you are aware of what may cause water damage, you can take precautionary measures to help ensure you take the proper precautions against a leak or flood. Plus, you'll also be able to spot a problem as soon as it becomes apparent and minimize the chance of any additional damage. The more quickly you notice the problem, the less work a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Palo Alto will have to do to restore your home or business.

Causes of water damage include:

  • Bursting or leaking pipes
  • Issues with the plumbing system
  • Buildup in areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements
  • Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances
  • HVACs (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units) issues
  • Natural disasters and other weather-related water problems

If you have a water damage event at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Palo Alto at (650) 800-3448 today!