Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Recovery process after Water Damage Restoration Santa Rosa, California

Emergency response to water damage is just the beginning of a long restoration process.
Santa Rosa properties experience water damage over 50 times a month , this is the average combined water damage restoration calls.

Most people file insurance claims, some pay out of pocket and some do the water damage restoration work themselves.
The most important goal of restorative drying is to target the hiden moisture, trapped in walls and behind kitchen cabinets.
Removal of non-salvageable /damaged building materials.
Removal of laminate flooring,  baseboards,  wet carpet pad, wet drywall  and insulation material.
Water damage restoration equipment set up. Dehumidifiers remove moisture and humidity, pressurized air is easier to evaporate,  therefore drying occurs much faster.

Santa Rosa, California.

We work with property damage insurance companies in Santa Rosa.  Now for the last 12 years we have provided quality restoration to the entire Santa Rosa, California North Bay.
Our main focus is customer satisfaction and support!  One client at the time!
Our reputation in Santa Rosa is very important to us, we are customerservice oriented,  ensuring insurance water damage restoration claims are handled in a professional manner, following insurance water damage restoration standards and guidelines.
Dear Santa Rosa resident, you can count on us when disaster strikes!  We have 24/7 water damage restoration team that will get you back to normal as quick as possible!  We specialize in finding hidden moisture utilizing Thermal infrared cameras,  in the restoration industry,  especially when working with property insurance companies,  these moisture detection tools are critical and very beneficial,  helping find hidden moisture and preventing microbial growth  (mold).

Dryfast is licensed and insured General Contractors,  license #959870,
By choosing a legitimate water damage restoration company in Santa Rosa, California, you are supporting a local business,  that pays taxes, providing local employees ability to stay close to families and friends.

Thank you SantaRosa, California! God bless you all!

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Water damage at home, first thing you need to do.

Christmas time, the best time of the year, everyone is organizing, decorating and preparing holiday meals.

Expecting guests, but no one is expecting water damage to occur at their own home. 

Water damage in Santa Rosa, California can happen at any time,  we are usually very busy on the holidays since most companies are closed.
Dryfast Water Damage Restoration Company works on the holidays,  we have emergency crews that are ready to respond, 

Keep us in mind in case of emergency! 

24/7 Immediate assistance on all water damage related issues, Flood, rain, water damage from burst  pipes or underground water. 

Serving Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. 

Santa Rosa residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services when disaster strikes. 
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We are working closely with property managers and insurance agents,  ensuring quality of service.
Insurance claims are welcome, 
By checking your gutters and downspouts and drains,  you can minimize the chance of Water Damage Restoration, 

Happy Holidays to all of Santa Rosa,

Friday, December 18, 2015

El Niño is on its way San Francisco !

Hello again from Dryfast of San Francisco, the water damage restoration company that serves the entire city :)

Rain is up on us, and we have few professional water damage prevention tips for you, here we go:

1. Ensure that your gutters and drains are clean and draining fine!
2. Make sure all exterior cracks are sealed and painted!
3. And we all know that good roof is beter to have when rainfall comes to us.

That is all for today,  stay safe and dry during the rain,  you know we are here to help in case of emergency 24/7.

If you encounter water damage in San Francisco, contact us to help you, we document the entire process from start to finish,  being insurance approved vendor we understand the insurance claim process!
Dryfast responds to water damage emergencies caused by burst water supply lines, rain or sprinkler activations.

Reliable 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Company, Serving San Francisco since 2003.
Water damage restoration calls during the El Niño season are expected to be high number.
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Rain is up on us, Water Damage Prevention Tips Santa Rosa, California

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Hello Santa Rosa,  we have prepared 3 water damage prevention tips for you, these tips can help you stay dry , without dealing with water damage restoration companies!

1. Our firs and most important advice is to check all of your drains and gutters, making sure that they do operate properly and can handle the amount of water they are rated for.
2. Number two, check your exterior and windows for cracks that can cause water intrusion,  water damage can cause mold, you don't want to get mold.
3. And number three,  the roof!  We all know how important is the roof,  bad roof means negligence in most cases,  spending money on your roof can actually save you money. You will not get water damage!

Thank you Santa Rosa!  We have been helping Santa Rosa residents with water damage restoration since 2003!

Water Damage Restoration Company serving  Santa Rosa for over a decade!
We handle Insurance claims in Santa Rosa for all insurance companies following their standards and guidelines.

Dryfast is insurance approved company,  Serving all of Santa Rosa, California. 

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sewer and Drain back up prevention service

Dear San Francisco residents, today we will cover the topic Drain back ups, causing Water Damage in San Francisco, street/ ground floor.
Sewage back ups are the worst bacteria/ virus carrier, even Biohazard, causing the most significant damage to properties.

The main reason for sewage back up is not having backflow preventer valve!
The second factor causing toilet back ups is clogged, reduced flow sewer /drain pipes/ lines.

We can help, with our detailed property inspection we can point what needs to be done prior the rain  and prevent from getting flooded.

Dryfast provides the following Water Damage preventive services:
1. Backflow preventer valve installation.
2. Sewer and Drain Cleaning, clearing the lines. Snake and Hydro jetter.

Save time and money by calling in advance for preventive maintenance service,  Water Damage in San Francisco can be very costly,

We also handle Water Damage Restoration Insurance claims.

Please contact us with any questions you might have. 415-861-8003 .

Serving San Francisco since 2003.
If you or your relatives experiencing Water Damage in San Francisco,  call us the Water Damage Restoration Company that is licensed and insured,
California Contractors License # 959870.

San Francisco residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services when disaster strikes.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Employment opportunities

Dryfast Builders Group is currently hiring,  we have openings for the following positions :

1. Office assistant (1)position.
Previous experience is required,
Answering phone calls,  paperwork filing,  light accounting.

2. Construction workers (3) positions.
Previous experience is required,
All phases of construction and Remodeling.

These positions are for our San Carlos, CA  location. More information regarding the positions is available, Please send resume or call, 415-756-0233 Georgio.
Thank you .

Monday, August 31, 2015

Flood Damage Facts and Restoration in San Francisco

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For service call 415-861-8003.
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The amount, location, and timing of water reaching a drainage channel from natural precipitation and controlled or uncontrolled reservoir releases determines the flow at downstream locations. Some precipitation evaporates, some slowly percolates through soil, some may be temporarily sequestered as snow or ice, and some may produce rapid runoff from surfaces including rock, pavement, roofs, and saturated or frozen ground. The fraction of incident precipitation promptly reaching a drainage channel has been observed from nil for light rain on dry, level ground to as high as 170 percent for warm rain on accumulated snow.[9]
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Most precipitation records are based on a measured depth of water received within a fixed time interval. Frequency of a precipitation threshold of interest may be determined from the number of measurements exceeding that threshold value within the total time period for which observations are available. Individual data points are converted to intensity by dividing each measured depth by the period of time between observations. This intensity will be less than the actual peak intensity if theduration of the rainfall event was less than the fixed time interval for which measurements are reported. Convective precipitation events (thunderstorms) tend to produce shorter duration storm events than orographic precipitation. Duration, intensity, and frequency of rainfall events are important to flood prediction. Short duration precipitation is more significant to flooding within small drainage basins.[10]
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The most important upslope factor in determining flood magnitude is the land area of the watershed upstream of the area of interest. Rainfall intensity is the second most important factor for watersheds of less than approximately 30 square miles or 80 square kilometres. The main channel slope is the second most important factor for larger watersheds. Channel slope and rainfall intensity become the third most important factors for small and large watersheds, respectively.[11]
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Time of Concentration is the time required for runoff from the most distant point of the upstream drainage area to reach the point of the drainage channel controlling flooding of the area of interest. The time of concentration defines the critical duration of peak rainfall for the area of interest.[12] The critical duration of intense rainfall might be only a few minutes for roof and parking lot drainage structures, while cumulative rainfall over several days would be critical for river basins.
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Downslope factors

Water flowing downhill ultimately encounters downstream conditions slowing movement. The final limitation is often the ocean or a natural or artificial lake. Elevation changes such as tidal fluctuations are significant determinants of coastal and estuarine flooding. Less predictable events liketsunamis and storm surges may also cause elevation changes in large bodies of water. Elevation of flowing water is controlled by the geometry of the flow channel.[11] Flow channel restrictions like bridges and canyons tend to control water elevation above the restriction. The actual control point for any given reach of the drainage may change with changing water elevation, so a closer point may control for lower water levels until a more distant point controls at higher water levels.

Effective flood channel geometry may be changed by growth of vegetation, accumulation of ice or debris, or construction of bridges, buildings, or levees within the flood channel.

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Extreme flood events often result from coincidence such as unusually intense, warm rainfall melting heavy snow pack, producing channel obstructions from floating ice, and releasing small impoundments like beaverdams.[13] Coincident events may cause extensive flooding to be more frequent than anticipated from simplistic statistical prediction models considering only precipitation runoff flowing within unobstructed drainage channels.[14] Debris modification of channel geometry is common when heavy flows move uprooted woody vegetation and flood-damaged structures and vehicles, including boats and railwayequipment. Recent field measurements during the 2010–2011 Queensland floods showed that any criterion solely based upon the flow velocity, water depth or specific momentum cannot account for the hazards caused by velocity and water depth fluctuations.[7] These considerations ignore further the risks associated with large debris entrained by the flow motion.[8]
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Some researchers have mentioned the storage effect in urban areas with transportation corridors created by cut and fill. Culverted fills may be converted to impoundments if the culverts become blocked by debris, and flow may be diverted along streets. Several studies have looked into the flow patterns and redistribution in streets during storm events and the implication on flood modelling.[15]

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hurricanes, good thing they don't come around San Francisco

We should be very happy that Floods and Water Damage situations do not come around in San Francisco , California.
That are associated with Hurricanes.

Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles (257 kilometers) an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day. These same tropical storms are known as cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and as typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean.
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The Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season peaks from mid-August to late October and averages five to six hurricanes per year.
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Hurricanes begin as tropical disturbances in warm ocean waters with surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.5 degrees Celsius). These low pressure systems are fed by energy from the warm seas. If a storm achieves wind speeds of 38 miles (61 kilometers) an hour, it becomes known as a tropical depression. A tropical depression becomes a tropical storm, and is given a name, when its sustained wind speeds top 39 miles (63 kilometers) an hour. When a storm’s sustained wind speeds reach 74 miles (119 kilometers) an hour it becomes a hurricane and earns a category rating of 1 to 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Hurricanes are enormous heat engines that generate energy on a staggering scale. They draw heat from warm, moist ocean air and release it through condensation of water vapor in thunderstorms.

Hurricanes spin around a low-pressure center known as the “eye.” Sinking air makes this 20- to 30-mile-wide (32- to 48-kilometer-wide) area notoriously calm. But the eye is surrounded by a circular “eye wall” that hosts the storm’s strongest winds and rain.

These storms bring destruction ashore in many different ways. When a hurricane makes landfall it often produces a devastating storm surge that can reach 20 feet (6 meters) high and extend nearly 100 miles (161 kilometers). Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges.

A hurricane’s high winds are also destructive and may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by spawning floods and landslides, which may occur many miles inland.

The best defense against a hurricane is an accurate forecast that gives people time to get out of its way. The National Hurricane Center issues hurricane watches for storms that may endanger communities, and hurricane warnings for storms that will make landfall within 24 hours.

Source;  National Geographic,
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Flood Damage preparedness San Francisco

Here are some safety tips to prepare for rising water—and what to do once a flood has begun.
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Safety Tips

Before a Flood

Avoid building in a floodplain.Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home.Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.If a flood is likely in your area, listen to the radio or television for information.Know the difference between a flood watch and aflood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning meansflooding is occurring or will occur soon.
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When a Flood is Imminent

Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

During a Flood
In San Francisco, Bay Area.
Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

After a Flood
San Francisco, California
Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.Avoid moving water.Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
Serving San Francisco since 2001.
San Francisco residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services when disaster strikes.
Source: U.S. Federal Emergency Management 
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Restoration tips when you experience Water Damage at your San Francisco home.

Protecting your home from water damage in San Francisco, California
We provide immediate assistance 24 / 7,  in San Francisco we have Response time 30 to 40 minutes.

The first signs of water damage might seem trivial. But warnings like water stains on the ceilings or a leak under the kitchen sink can lead to real problems, like a weakened roof or rotten floorboards. A burst pipe can even damage your furniture and other personal possessions. Why take a chance? Learn where your home is most likely to suffer water damage, and what you can do to help prevent it.

Inside your home in San Francisco


Dishwasher – Periodically check for leaks under the sink where the hose connects to the water supply. Look around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as discolored, warped, or soft flooring materials, or water damage to nearby cabinets.Refrigerator – If your refrigerator has an icemaker, make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Also, a wet spot on the floor may be a sign of a crimped icemaker line about to burst.Sink – Replace deteriorated caulk around sinks, and check the pipes under the sink for leaks. A slow-draining pipe may indicate a partially blocked drain that needs cleaning.


Showers and bathtubs – Remove and replace deteriorated or cracked caulk and grout. Water can leak through these damaged sealants, causing stains or soft areas around nearby walls and floors.Sinks – Check under the sink for leaks from water supply lines or drainpipes.Toilets – Clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects such as hanging bowl deodorants. Also, some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to a leak.

Basement, Laundry or Utility room at your San Francisco property

Washing machine – Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around hose ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program. To help make sure the hose doesn’t kink, leave at least four inches (or 11 centimeters) between the water connection and the back of the washing machine.Water heater – Most water heaters last eight to 15 years. Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a leak. Water heaters should be installed on the lowest level of the home, next to a floor drain, or inside a drain pan piped to the floor drain.Sump pump – Battery-operated back-up sump pumps can help protect against power failure or failure of the primary pump. Test the sump pump before the start of each wet season. Sump pumps are not intended to last more than 10 years and must have some components replaced or serviced within those 10 years.

Since water may still come through an overflowing drain or cracks in the foundation walls, make sure items stored in the basement are kept off the floor. Furniture should be on casters or shims and arranged away from floor drains.
Stopping leaks at the source

Check for hidden leaks. First, turn off faucets and all water-using appliances, and don’t flush toilets for one hour. Then, record the water meter reading. If the flow indicator (triangular or diamond-shaped rotating button) is spinning or the meter reading has changed while no water is being used, a leaking pipe may exist.Make sure everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Check it frequently for problems, and shut off the water if you will be away from your home for several days or longer.Outside Your Home

Roof leaks in San Francisco are very common, especially when comes to old Victorian style homes.

Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs, and other litter to allow for proper drainage.Make sure air can flow freely through all soffit and roof vents. This will reduce the buildup of heat and moisture and help extend the life of the roof.Consult a professional on using a preservative or cleaner (depending on the type of roof you have) to help limit the weathering effects of moisture and retard growth of molds and mosses.Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof or providing excessive shade.Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof, and around the flashing at chimneys, vents, and other junctions.Check your attic around flues, plumbing vents, and chimneys for roof leaks, especially if you’ve noticed water stains on the ceiling.

From the gutters to the ground

Clean debris from your gutters and downspouts, and inspect them regularly. Think about installing gutter shields if your gutters frequently fill with debris.Place splash blocks at the end of downspouts to carry water away from the foundation, or add an extra length of downspout if necessary.Every spring, have the air conditioning (A/C) system serviced by a qualified contractor. Make sure their service includes inspecting and cleaning the A/C condensation pan drain line. Change the air filters on a regular basis.Before winter starts, disconnect garden hoses from all spigots and turn off each spigot’s water supply.Replace any damaged caulk around windows or doors.Repaint wood siding as needed.Fill in any low spots next to the house to help water drain away from the foundation.Hardware that can help

Even after taking the preventions we’ve discussed here, check frequently around the house for signs of leaks. It’s important to find them before they cause serious damage. Of course, it’s impossible to keep watch for signs of trouble 24 hours a day. Fortunately there are water leak detection systems that can help.

Water alarms are now available in San Francisco

These systems are usually battery-operated, stand-alone units. The moisture sensor on the device will sound an alarm when it senses moisture.Water alarms are inexpensive and easy to install. They can be placed on the floor or mounted on a wall. They should be located in high-risk areas such as under sinks and near appliances and equipment that use water.This device can help only if someone is inside the home, hears the alarm, and takes action.

Individual appliance systems

These systems are installed on a specific appliance and will automatically shut off the water supply in case of a leak.Depending on the type of device, you may be able to install this system without any special tools. However, in some cases, a qualified plumber may be needed.

Whole-house systems

These systems feature a shut-off valve that is installed on the main water supply pipe. When a leak is detected, the system will automatically shut off the entire water supply.If you travel often, this type of system could help you rest assured while you are away from home.Whole-house systems typically take between four and six hours to install and a qualified plumber is normally required. For a product list, visit®..Put a stop to the drip, drop

Be sure to consider the basic steps outlined here, and file this sheet away for future reference. Just by keeping an eye out for problems, you could save your possessions from damage, spare yourself costly repairs, and even keep your insurance premiums low.

For more information on how to prevent water damage and improve home safety, please contact your State Farm® agent.

The information was obtained from various sources. We believe it to be reliable and accurate, however, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information contained herein. We do not endorse, recommend, or guaranty any products. The information provided is not intended to replace any manuals or other instructions provided by the manufacturer. Further, State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of information contained herein. The information contained herein does not affect any policy contract. We assume no liability in connection with either the information contained in this material or the loss control suggestions made. Moreover, we caution that not every acceptable loss control procedure is contained in this material. When appropriate, you should consult a licensed qualified professional to perform various loss control measures.
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Water Damage Restoration Guidelines, Santa Rosa, California

What is water damage restoration?

Important information regarding leaks and Water Damage Restoration and Repair in Santa Rosa, California
Serving all of Santa Rosa,  small damages, insurance claims,  no problem we handle all aspects of floods and Water damage.

Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. While there are currently no government regulations in the United States dictating procedures, two large certifying bodies, the IICRC and the RIA, do recommend standards of care. Most companies use the IICRC procedural standard, which is the S500. It is based on reliable restoration principles, research and practical experience with extensive consultation and information gathered from numerous sources. These include the scientific community, the international, national and regional trade associations serving the disaster restoration industry, chemical formulators and equipment manufacturers, cleaning and restoration schools, restoration service companies, the insurance industry, allied trades persons and others with specialized experience. The S500 water damage guide is subject to further revision as developments occur in technology, testing and processing procedures.

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The IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not attempt to teach comprehensive water damage restoration procedures, rather it provides the foundation and basic principles of proper restoration practices. Prior to specifying the job scope and procedures, the S500 must be reviewed. This is important so that the individual circumstances of each restoration job is taken into account. Users of the S500 must be in pace with technology and follow all rules and regulations of a country whether it may be federal, state, provincial or local law. Federal, State and local laws might also determine who can do the water damage restoration assessment and who can authorise remediation procedures. In British Columbia (Canada) the Insurance Council of British Columbia has determined that an Insurance Adjuster working for an Insurer (to mitigate a loss or potential loss) can authorise restoration efforts on private property even though it may not be a covered peril; but, the Adjuster is not accountable for the outcome of any restoration effort, even if the Insured party was, or could be, knowingly placed in harms way. Each case of a water damage may be unique and common sense may require deviation from the S500.

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The procedures to be followed and the precaution to be observed when performing water damage or sewage damage restoration of homes, buildings and other structures, and their contents describes specific guidelines or steps.

Loss Assessment and Evaluation

A professional water damage restoration service will document the materials which were affected by the water damage and refer to industry standard pricing guides such as The Blue Book in order to determine the proper value of the residence's materials lost and their service.
Water damage services include the inspection of the affected area(s) with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage, and possible extent of area affected. Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence in order to dry the structure, sanitize any affected or cross contaminated areas, and deodorize all affected areas and materials. After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including, but not limited to, air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the residence. After a period of two to three days are the labor is completed, a reevaluation of the residence is taken to monitor the drying process, and any equipment not further needed is removed as to keep the charges under control.

Categorization of Water in Water damage
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Water , under the IICRC's S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, has been broken off into three categories. These categories are based upon the level of contamination present, or presumed present, in the source water.

Category 1 is water from a clean or sanitary source. Previously known as clear water, this descriptor has since been removed to reduce confusion. These can include water from broken clean water supply lines; clean water from toilet tank or bowl; faucets; and bottled water. Although the source may be from a clean source, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants.

Category 2 is water with some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Previously known as grey water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; dishwasher overflow. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into category 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants.
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Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary, and could cause severe illnes or death if ingested. Previousy known as black water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 3 water include, but are not limited to, sewage; flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Principles in DryingStructural and Contents Consideration

When working within a residence, it is often the case that those whom are performing the water damage restoration must work with and around the contents of the home. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, electronics, books, and any other materials that may have been affected by the water damage. The moving around of the said contents is often referred to "contents manipulation." Water damage restoration firms often bill contents manipulation on a per hour basis.

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Contents may also require treatment due to the affects of water damage. This may include, but is not limited to, sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storing of said contents. Other contents may simply be unsalvageable or the cost of having it salvaged would exceed its current value. In these cases, the contents would be discarded.


It is important to be proactive in the monitoring process. Many questions have to be asked and answered: Is the drying equipment set up properly? Is the personnel qualified to relocated equipment and conduct new techniques? Are the machines in good working order and are they maintained properly? Check the work of professionals it is important and dont assume their interests are yours.
After professional water damage equipment is left for two to three days after the labor was completed, firms will return to the residence to monitor the temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls, contents, or other affected materials. Should one area be dry and another affected area still wet, the firm will relocate or remove equipment as they see fit.

Final Inspection and Completion

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Once the temperature, humidity, and moisture content is deemed acceptable and safe according to industry standards, the water damage restoration equipment would be removed and the water damage restoration process would be complete.

Some homeowners, property managers, building maintenance operators use their own personnel to perform water damage restoration to save on the growing costs, it is prescribed to hire a professional water damage restoration company to perform these services since there are defining criteria's and methods to be used for assessing water damage and establishing restoration procedures. Because of the unique circumstances of every water damage restoration project, it is impractical to issue blanket rules intended to a situation. In extenuating circumstance, deviation from portions of the S500 may be appropriate. In performing a job, carelessness is never acceptable and common sense should always prevail.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Water Damage Restoration Company San Francisco, What to do when you have Water damage situation.

 Water Damage Restoration Company San Francisco

Water-borne risks 
Flood waters and water damage from this emergency will pose special problems for the thousands of people with existing lung disease and may increase the likelihood of the development of lung disease. Water damage from rains associated with a hurricane can pose risks to the public well outside of the floodwater area.

Standing water remaining from any flood is a breeding ground for microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses, and mold can become airborne and be inhaled, putting people at risk for lung disease. With the reports of sewage and toxins in the water, the floodwaters here will likely exacerbate the growth of microorganisms.  Even when the flooding is due to a fairly clean source, such as rain water, the growth of these microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.The greatest health risk for the general public in this emergency may come from water-borne microorganisms and toxins.  However, even after the water recedes, the contaminants, bacteria, viruses and mold left behind pose a risk to those with preexisting lung disease.  Exposure to these microorganisms and toxins may increase the risk of developing lung disease. In addition, the time spent in large group housing may increase the risk of spread of infectious diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. Damp buildings and furnishings promote the growth of microorganisms, dust mites, cockroaches and mold, which can aggravate asthma and allergies and may cause the development of asthma, wheeze, cough and hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible persons.After this emergency, contaminants and microorganisms may be inhaled during clean up efforts, which also add to lung disease complications. Clean up efforts will need to protect the workers and occupants from exposure to airborne particles and gases.The physical stress of dealing with the flood may also put a strain on people who are already ill or the elderly, providing an opportunity for respiratory infections and other sicknesses to arise. Much of the damaged materials and furnishings in homes and buildings will have to be discarded because of the spread of contaminated water. Simply drying out the water will not remove the contaminants or the microorganisms.After the flood or water damage, cleaning up is imperative. Materials which can be cleaned must be cleaned thoroughly. Materials which cannot be cleaned or are damaged beyond use must be discarded. Excess moisture indoors poses an indoor air quality concern for the following reasons: Areas with this high level humidity and moist materials provide an ideal environment for the growth of microorganisms, which could result in continued or additional health hazards such as allergic reactions.Coming into contact with air or water that contains these microorganisms can make a person sick.Long-term high levels of humidity can foster growth of dust mites, which can cause asthma and trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.Although the clean up process can take a long time, it is necessary to protect health.  These are tasks that must be done:Stop the water intrusions first.Identify and protect vulnerable populations, which include children, the elderly and anyone with chronic diseases or a suppressed immune system.Identify the extent of the contamination. Be sure to trace the pathways of the water to find where damage has spread.Plan and carry out the clean up.  The clean up plan should include these steps:Contain the damaged materials and furnishings and protect workers and occupants from exposure to them.Clean and dry out materials that can be completely dried.Remove damaged materials that cannot be completely dried, including any materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried in 24 to 48 hours.Evaluate whether the space has been successfully cleaned.Repair and reconstruct the spaces to prevent or limit the possibility of recurrence.There are no accepted standards for airborne biological contaminants, including mold.  There are no accepted standards for interpreting sampling of the air to determine extent of a problem or clean up. Air cleaning devices can help remove some indoor air pollution, but won’t solve the problems alone.  Cleaning up the water, the contaminants, and the damaged furnishings and material are essential steps and nothing can substitute for them.  Avoid using air cleaning devices that emit ozone. Ozone has not been found to clean indoor air, including mold problems. Ozone can harm lung health, especially for children, the elderly, and people with asthma and chronic lung diseases.For more help on cleaning up after a flood or water damage, contact the American Lung Association Help Line at 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Source: Institute of Medicine.  Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, 2004. U.S. EPA. Fact Sheet Flood Cleanup-Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems. October 2003

Emergency power risks
Without electricity, people may turn to portable gasoline- or diesel-powered generators, gas stoves, charcoal stoves, grills, portable camping stoves and other devices to cook indoors.  Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Exposure to carbon monoxide reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen and can lead to death.

Do not use ovens and gas ranges to heat your home.Do not burn charcoal or propane inside a home, cabin, recreational vehicle or camper.Do not operate gasoline-powered or diesel-powered engines indoors.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why Dryfast? When comes to choosing Water Damage Restoration Company San Francisco.

Water Damage Restoration Company San Francisco.  Call 24 hours!  415-861-8003.

If you are looking for a professional Water Damage Restoration Company in San Francisco we can help!  Our approximately 5000 days of experience and more than 40000 days of combined experience we believe we can be a good fit for your project.

We specialize in Water Damage,  we do not just do it between other tasks,  this is our prime service!

We dry wet structures,  we locate trapped moisture, we decide what is salvageable and what is not.

Our extended hands on  Water Damage experience here in San Francisco gives us a better understanding of what steps are needed to dry any building on time, reducing or eliminating downtime and business interruption.

We understand San Francisco's residents,  we speak their language of living in a fast paced environment, we collaborate.

No other Water Damage Restoration Company here in San Francisco is prepared better than Dryfast.
We have minivans, cargo vans, pick up trucks, box trucks and bobtails and  trailers.
As well as about 20 000 square feet of facility,  full of Water damage restoration equipment,  Dehumidifiers,  air movers,  injecti dry systems, sump pumps, air scrubbers and many more,

By choosing Dryfast you are choosing a professional Water Damage Restoration Company that understand insurance process,  a fast growing organization that helps those in need.
Not limited to Government or Union projects we comply with all,

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Everything for Water Damage Restoration San Francisco

You can easily handle any water damage problems at your property in San Francisco with a quick phone call. With the help of our full-service water damage restoration in San Francisco your home or office will soon be back to normal. Talk to our helpful customer care staff as soon as possible and explain what's the situation as it will only get worse if you don't take immediate action.

Our Service Comes With Many Advantages,

Pick a day and time that suit you best for a visit by a water damage restoration expert. Once on site he will assess the situation, then provide you with a comprehensive report that includes repair costs. Keep in mind this visit is absolutely FREE. Also, in case you have insurance against water damage, you can use our quote to claim it. We can even contact your insurance provider and handle this matter for you. With San Francisco Water Damage you get:

Customer care service available 24/7;A range of flexible booking options;Free water damage assessment and repair costs report; A team of experienced technicians; Modern water damage repair methods; Keep Calm, We Can Fix It! – Here's What We Offer You

Note that no repair procedures can take place until the affected areas are 100% free of moisture. In case your property is still humid, then we can supply you with high-performance sets of Dehumidifiers and Air-movers. This way we will get rid of the moisture much faster. After a certain period of time one of our technicians will come back to examine your property again. In case the moisture is gone, then we can begin the actual restoration work.

For easy reference, we can provide you with the following repair procedures in San Francisco :

1. Supply and install professional sets of Dehumidifiers and Air-movers

5. Bathroom renovation.                                                                
Floor replacement :Replace/repair sub-floors, Replace carpets, Replace vinyl flooring, Replace wooden flooring, Replace tiled, marble floorings. Electrical works Checking, Inspection, Certification Minor repair works Complete rewiring . Wall repair: repair affected plaster or drywall Re-plaster Re-paint Apply wallpapering. Plumbing works, Minor repair works, New plumbing system, New heating system, Gas related plumbing works. Ceiling replacement or repair after water damage ,old lath and plaster ceiling to new plasterboard ceiling Replace entirely/patch up plasterboard ceiling, affected plaster refinishing, Re-plaster Re-paint Apply wallpapering. Kitchen Remodeling after water damage.
WE COVER all of San Francisco.

and the Bay area  of San Francisco.


Recommend to the policyholder on what they can do to help reduce spreading water damage:

Water damages requires immediate attention to minimize further losses. In case a water damage occurs in your house or property try to locate the problem before the arrival of water damage specialists; Remove as much water as possible by mopping the area or using a wet vacuum; Remove any artwork and paintings from the walls if affected by the flood; Place plastic or aluminium foil under any furniture legs that are not plastic to prevent discolouration or bleeding of you carpet or wooden floor affect from the water damage;Windows to be opened if the weather is dry;


San Francisco water damage restoration company.
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Damage Restoration Company, Santa Rosa, California

Taking immediate action and call today, we are insurance approved in Santa Rosa, California. 

Unfortunately there is almost nothing consumers can do themselves to fix the problem whenever there is a water loss such as a flooded basement or leaking roof. Only water damage restoration companies have the proper equipment, knowledge and experience to properly mitigate, restore and clean areas effected by water.

Locate and if possible fix or stop the water at the source in Santa Rosa, California 

It may have been a busted pipe, broken window, leaking faucet or and over flowed toilet that flooded your basement. As you can see water can come from many sources. Try and find the water source. This may require a plumber, or a roofer. We are plumbers that are on call 24/7 that can come fix a busted pipe. Most restoration companies do not do this type of service. But, with The A Team we are able to take care of everything. As The A Team we will be able to fix the source of the problem, handle water extraction, plus take care of the build back of your home.

Santa Rosa, California 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Emergency Response Company, Water Damage San Francisco

Water Damage Restoration San Francisco,  We take care of the difficult water  damage by restoring your property to its original condition, no job is too big or small, Serving San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. 

We are Water Damage Restoration Company, based in San Francisco, Approved & Recommended by Major Insurance Companies, Loss Adjusters, Management Companies, and city officials. We are licensed and insured  License # 959870.  We are Experienced General Contractors specialised in Water and Mold Damage Restoration and Repair. Our trained and qualified trade professionals provide professional water  damage restoration service in San Francisco, California.

Services covered by our emergency Water Damage Restoration Team in San Francisco:

Moisture monitoring and damage assessment, Clearance testing and certification, Structural Damage Repair, Building Repair after Mold and Water Damage. Structural drying and Humidity control, Flood Damage, Waterproofing  repair strategies, Water Damage prevention, 24/7 Free Water Damage inspection and assessment, Water Damage Mitigation, Water  damage restoration Mold Remediation, Flood restoration and Toilet back up.

We have a dedicated team of Water Damage Estimators who are qualified in providing comprehensive and accurate estimates for Water Damage Mitigation and repair cost.

Our field professionals will inspect the property utilizing thermal cameras and moisture meters, Water Damage Claims are handled  by using Xactimate Water Damaged estimating software that provides accurate detailed Specifications and Estimates. We attach photographs of the property and damaged area to the insurance water damage estimate.

Our Water Damage System in San Francisco.

No downtime during the Water Damage project!

Call Dryfast Water Damage and Property Repair at 415-861-8003 Our dedicated Office personnel will answer the phone 24/7. We will schedule a water damage inspecrion, Our Water Damage Estimator will inspect your property free of charge, Prepare effective scope of work  & submit this direct to your insurance company  Property Repair Claims Manager will meet with a loss adjuster, explain the process and agree on the work, When paperwork is signed,  Dryfast Water Damage  Repair will complete the project to your complete satisfaction. Dryfast of San Francisco is a proud member of IICRC,  and we are EPA Certified.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Water Damage Company San Francisco

If you are looking for a Water Damage Company in San Francisco, you should check the following :

1. License!  If the Water Damage Restoration Company is Licensed!  Check with the contractor's license board,
Make sure the name of the Water Damage Restoration Company matches the License number Name!.

2. General Liability insurance.
It should carry Pollution Liability coverage in order the company to be able to perform Water Damage Restoration work.
Just think if anything goes wrong or Mold starts to Grow,  that is the only policy that will cover the damage.

3. Check references,  and reputation status. Years in business.

San Francisco residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services when in need.  We also work with insurance companies on daily basis.
We understand insurance criteria and process.
We offer the following Water Damage Restoration Services :

1. Water Extraction.
2. Water Pumping .
3. Water Damage Inspection and Report.
4. Water Damage Repair.
Serving San Francisco since 2001.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

El Niño hitting the Pacific, San Francisco

The strongest El Niño on record may be brewing in the Pacific

Sea surface temperature anomalies showing the telltale sign of an El Nino in the tropical Pacific.



El Niño conditions are intensifying in the tropical Pacific Ocean, potentially leading to a record event that would help control rainfall in East Africa and possibly bring desperately needed drought relief to California, while temporarily cutting off rainfall to parts of the Indonesian rainforest.

A record strong event would also virtually guarantee that 2015 will beat 2014 as the warmest year this planet has seen since records began in the late 19th century.

In recent weeks, the water temperatures have grown warmer, propelled by a reversal of seasonal trade winds and the sloshing of mild ocean waters from west to east across the Pacific.

SEE ALSO: 2015 is likely to beat 2014 as the warmest year on record

The atmosphere has shown telltale signs of positive feedback that are reinforcing the El Niño, including the formation of several tropical cyclones spinning in the central and northwestern Pacific Basins.

Taking these observations into account, a new forecast released Thursday by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in Maryland calls for a strong El Niño event to occur between now and the coming northern hemisphere winter, which is when El Niño conditions tend to peak, as well as when they have their greatest influence on global weather patterns.

Sea surface temperature anomalies, showing the milder ocean waters near the equator with time.


According to a more detailed forecast from the CPC and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University, there is a 96% chance of continued El Niño conditions from September through November, with a 94% chance of such conditions lasting through January.

The CPC outlook can be viewed as conservative when it comes to the predicted intensity of the El Niño event, considering that many individual El Niño experts, armchair meteorologists on Twitter, and computer models are predicting a potentially record strong event, exceeding the previous record-holder of 1997-98. El Niño data extends back to 1870.

However, Michelle L'Heureux, a climate forecaster at CPC, told Mashable that the hype surrounding the potentially unprecedented intensity of the El Niño may be just that, hype.

"Even one or two westerly wind bursts does not necessarily always "make" an El Niño," she wrote in an email.

"Last year is a perfect example of that... a few westerly wind bursts in early 2014 and then they died out. It is the series of westerly wind bursts (or cumulative average over many months) that we forecasters pay attention to," she added.

In a blog post, L'Heureux wrote that focusing on weekly average sea surface temperatures can be distracting, and is largely meaningless. Right now, the weekly sea surface temperature departures from average are comparable to the record 1997-98 El Niño, she wrote.

"While a short-term (daily or weekly) number might be striking, it shouldn’t be used as an indicator of El Niño strength unless it is carefully placed into a larger context," she continued.

Conscious coupling between the air and ocean

In order for El Niño events to occur and strengthen, an intricate dance must take place between the ocean and atmosphere, and some aspects of these interactions are not well understood.

So far this spring and summer, however, the atmosphere has been reinforcing the ocean conditions, and vice versa, with a temporary reversal of the east-to-west trade winds observed near the equator, because of a phenomenon known as a westerly wind burst.

Such wind bursts are crucial to creating and reinforcing strong El Niño events, since they drive pulses of mild sea surface temperatures eastward toward South America, according torecent research.

The strength of an ongoing wind burst, may be a sign of a particularly strong event to come.

"Right now we slightly favor a strong El Niño because we are seeing more bursts and we are further along in the year," L'Heureux wrote in her blog post. "This causes us to be more confident in the staying power of this El Niño."

The bottom line: To get a significant El Niño event going (and keep it going), the atmosphere and ocean need to communicate like a healthy couple does — one in which one listens and responds to the other while bringing something new to the table.

There is a reason why meteorologists refer to the process of creating and maintaining an El Niño as reliant on "coupling" between the ocean and the atmosphere.

Why you need to pay attention to El Niño

There are two main reasons why El Niño is a big deal — including its intensity.

First and foremost, the climate cycle is the most consequential natural climate phenomenon on the time scale of individual seasons to a couple of years, since it has ripple effects in areas far removed from the tropical Pacific.

El Niño events typically occur once every three to seven years, and predicting them in advance can protect lives as well as save businesses and governments money.

Second, El Niño events usually boost global average surface temperatures, elevating the probability that a particular year will set a record for the warmest year. So far, 2015 has been running hotter than 2014 did, and last year was the warmest year recorded since reliable instrumental records began in the late 19th century.

An intense El Niño would virtually assure that 2015 will break last year's record, since it acts as an added factor on top of long-term, manmade global warming.

Typical El Nino winter weather pattern.


From Australia to California, El Niño brings alters weather extremes

Typically, El Niño events tend to shift rainfall away from northeastern Australia, with unusually dry conditions spreading south to encompass much of the Queensland coastline.

In the past, strong El Niño events, including one in 1982-83 and another in 1997-98, were accompanied by major droughts in parts of Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, although drought can also occur there in the absence of El Niño.

A major drought has been ongoing in Java, for example, even though conditions during the past year were only defined as resembling El Niño, without satisfying the formal scientific criteria.

Drier than average conditions are also likely to occur in Indonesia, according to IRI forecasts. Rainfall patterns that are crucial to agricultural production can also shift in eastern Africa as a result of El Niño and Indian Ocean temperatures.

In the U.S., El Niño usually exerts most of its influence during the fall and winter, with increased precipitation along the West Coast in particular. This would be good news for drought-plagued California and other Western states, but a wetter than average winter is far from certain at this point.

One likely connection to El Niño that is already manifesting itself is a below average Atlantic hurricane season, since El Niño events tend to increase upper level winds across the tropical North Atlantic, tearing nascent storms apart before they can intensify.

At the same time, El Niño conditions can favor more tropical cyclones in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. Currently, there are three tropical cyclones spinning their way toward China and Japan, one storm moving toward Hawaii, and two new storms predicted to develop in coming days off the west coast of Mexico.

L'Heureux says that El Niño alters the air circulation over the globe, and increases the likelihood of certain weather conditions. "This can be a huge advantage to those who want to hedge bets or plan for certain outcomes. The fact that our probabilities are [greater than] 90% means that folks can start making those bets and preparing for potential impacts."

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Open during the Holiday, Responding to Water, Fire and Plumbing emergencies 24 / 7

We answer the phone 24-hour 7 days a week.  Emergency right on the Holiday?  No problem,  Dryfast is ready to respond, assess the damage and take all action to get you back to normal.
Serving San Francisco, Bay Area- California and Las Vegas, Nevada

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flooded building in San Francisco
Today is very busy,  we have responded to 3 large water damage jobs, one is 3 story apartment building with 3 units water damaged.

We are still assessing the extent of
damage,  one was caused by Fire Damage , then the water due to the Firefighters efforts .
San Francisco is always busy and unpredictable. 

San Francisco residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services.  Always prompt and affordable,  we work with insurance companies closely,  direct insurance billing.

No job is to big or small for us, Serving San Francisco for over a decade.
Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation and estimate. We love San Francisco and we give our 100% to our customers.
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Another Water Damage Restoration project San Francisco.

Another busy day in San Francisco, Sunset district,
Dryfast responded to 3 story emergency water damage caused by burst water supply line in the bathroom on the 3rd floor.

Flooded brand new hardwood floor on all floors.
Water was running for approximately 24 hours.
House was under construction - major remodel,  just about the new homeowners to move in , and this unexpected water damage changed everything.  This water damage will delay the moving for another 2 months.
Water Damage San Francisco ,
we respond to water damage restoration calls 24/ 7, Serving all of San Francisco.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

24/7 emergency response to Water Damage calls

We are Dryfast, Leader in Water Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa, California.

We work with insurance companies closely to ensure proper water restoration and water damage repair.
Dryfast bills insurance companies directly so you the client does not have to pay anything upfront!
Serving Santa Rosa since 2001, no job is too big or small! 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mold and Health effects,

San Francisco Mold removal and Mold Inspection 415-861-8003

Understanding Exposure To Mold.
In understanding how exposure to mold might cause or contribute to illnesses it is useful to distinguish among the meanings of the words allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic effects that exposure to something might explain. Allergenic – causing allergic Reactions – rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, skin problems, otherPathogenic – Produces Infections, caused by pathogens such as bacteria or virusesMould Smell Illnesses – headaches, vomiting, nausea, blocked noses, and asthmatic [MVOC’s–DF]Toxic Illnesses – where mold is involved, may be produced by mycotoxins that are produced by some, not all, mold species.

Note that even for a “toxic” mold species; the actual level of toxicity can vary significantly depending on growing conditions such as the growth substrate (what the mold is feeding-on), humidity, moisture, and other factors.
Serving San Francisco since 2001

Respiratory Illnesses –Digestive Tract Illnesses – liver diseases: fibrosis and necrosis; vomiting, diarrhoea, intestinal bleeding Reproductive Illnesses – infertility, variations in reproductive and hormonal cycle Highly Serious Illnesses – Cancer, Tuberculosis, Lupus, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Chronic Fatigue Disorder (CFS), Fibromyalgi, Epstein-Barr, aspergillosisMicrobial Volatile Organic Compounds:MVOCs(Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds)MVOCs & Moldy OdorsMicrobial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) are gases produced by mold. The musty odor which you might smell from mold is caused by MVOCs. These odors are actually chemicals which are produced my moulds during some parts of the mold’s growth cycle.Laboratory experiments have identified over 200 compounds as MVOCs. They are commonly made up of strong chemicals such as aldehydes, benzenes, tulolenes and many more.When Does Mold Produce MVOCsSome molds produce different MVOCs depending on conditions such as how much moisture is available and what material the mold is growing on. However MVOCs are only produced at all when mold is actively growing (which depends on certain conditions such as humidity, temperature, air pressure and light.This is because MVOCs are the waste products created by mold as it grows.So if you can smell MVOCs from mold it is a sign that mold is actively growing in your home and that you should remediate the mould problem as soon as possible.More Mold Signs Removing MVOCsEven if you cannot see mold, the musty smell of MVOCs can alert you to the presence of mold growing somewhere in your home hidden from view. MVOCs can be doing damage to your health even if no mold growth is visible in your home.Where Mold Grows get a Mold Inspection for help with finding mold in your home.Once mold growth has been removed from a home some MVOCs may still be present as they can remain ingrained in permeable items such as clothes, carpets, upholstered furniture and curtains. These moldy odors can be hard to remove.Symptoms Caused by MVOCsMVOCs can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. MVOCs may also irritate the eyes and the mucus membranes of the nose and throat. However, because research on MVOCs is still at an early stage, not everything is yet known

about MVOCs and our reactions to them.

•Mycotoxins:Mycotoxins are toxins produced by some species of mold (myco means fungal). These mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances in existence.Mycotoxin TypesSome of the different types of mycotoxins are:•Aflatoxins (produced by Aspergillus) – includes Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2•Ochratoxin – includes Ochratoxin A, B, and C•Trichothecene (produced by Stachybotrys) – includes Satratoxin-H, Vomitoxin and T-2 mycotoxins•Fumonisins – includes Fumonisin B1 and B2•Zearalenone Killing MycotoxinsMycotoxins aren’t actually alive like mold spores. So when we talk about “killing mycotoxins” it really means breaking down mycotoxins and their toxicity so they are no longer dangerous to humans.It takes fire at 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius) for half an hour or fire at 900 degrees Fahrenheit (482 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes to destroy trichothecene mycotoxins.Ozone is supposed to kill most or all mycotoxins. However the level of ozone you need to kill mycotoxins is not safe for humans. So the use of an ozone generator there must be no one in the house..Mycotoxins do eventually break down and lose their toxicity after some time. Some types of mycotoxins can take several years though, for example trichothecene mycotoxins which are among the most resilient.How small are Mycotoxins?Like mold spores, mycotoxins are too small for us to see with the naked eye. Mycotoxins are as small as 0.1 microns. Mold spores are between 1 and 20 microns. Human hair, for comparison, is about 100 microns thick.How do Mycotoxins Enter the Human Body?When people are around toxic mould they are usually exposed to airborne mycotoxins by breathing them in. These mycotoxins end up in the lungs and cause breathing problems and other severe symptoms.

What are VOCs?

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals used to manufacture and maintain building materials, interior furnishing, cleaning products and personal care products. “Volatile” means that these chemicals evaporate or can easily get into the air at room temperature. “Organic” means these chemicals are carbon based. The term “chemical emissions” refers to VOCs as they evaporate into the air from products.

Studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) and other researchers have found that VOCs are common in indoor environments and that their levels may be two to a thousand times higher than outdoors. There may be anywhere from 50 to hundreds of individual VOCs in the indoor air at any one time. Some may produce objectionable odors at very low levels, but many have no noticeable smell. Many VOCs are irritants and can cause headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation and dizziness. Long-term exposure to certain VOCs may lead to chronic diseases or cancer. At high concentrations, some VOCs are toxic.

Where are VOCs Found?

The majority of VOCs found in the indoor environments and originate from building materials, indoor furnishings, cleaning supplies, consumer products and processes, such as printing, cooking, hobbies, cleaning, interior renovations and pesticide applications.

Results from studies conducted as part of the state of Washington’s East Campus Plus Program showed that 96 percent of the VOCs found in a large office building following construction resulted from the materials used to construct and furnish the building.

Volatile organic compounds are found in a number of products, including:

Furniture, Paint, Drywall, Bedding, Paint strippers, Adhesives/glues, Solvents, Upholstery and other textiles, Carpet, Cleaning products, Copy machine toners, Office supplies, Electronic equipment, Dry-cleaned clothing, Building materials

A few common VOCs in homes, offices and schools include:

Formaldehyde, Decane, Butoxyethanol, Isopentane, Limonene, Styrene, Xylenes, Perchloroethylene, Methylene, Chloride, Toluene, Vinyl chloride

Means of Chemical Exposure

There are three ways in which people are exposed to chemicals: ingestion, dermal absorption and inhalation. Ingestion occurs when materials that have chemical content are eaten or placed in the mouth.  Dermal absorption occurs when chemicals come into contact with the skin.  While these are both significant forms of chemical exposure, the majority of everyday chemical exposure occurs through the air we breathe in our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments. These airborne chemicals are commonly referred to as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).

Health Problems Caused by Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Many factors determine if people get sick from exposure to indoor pollutants, including the type of pollutant, its concentration, the duration of exposure, the method of exposure (inhalation, ingestion or dermal absorption) and the individual sensitivities of those exposed. Building conditions, such as the amount of ventilation, age of the building, indoor temperature and humidity levels, can also have an impact.

Health Impacts

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

People spend the majority of their time indoors, where they face significant health risks due to repeated exposure to air pollutants in their homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments. Exposure to these pollutants can lead to numerous immediate and long-term health problems. Common pollutants include respirable particles, chemical emissions, mold spores, animal allergens, radon, combustion gases, smoke and pesticides.

Immediate or Acute Health Effects:           

Headaches •Eye, nose and throat irritation •Allergic skin reaction •Difficulty breathing •Nausea and/or vomitingConfusion •Loss of coordination •Dizziness •Fatigue •Nosebleeds

Health Problems Associated With Mold

Health problems caused by mold may be acute, which occur immediately, or within a few days of exposure. Health problems may also be chronic, which are long-term health effects that might not occur immediately.


Acute health problems associated with indoor mold exposure include:

Irritated eyes, nose and throat Headache Difficulty with concentrating or short-term memory

These symptoms together are often called sick building syndrome, but are more correctly referred to as building-related symptoms. Generally, acute symptoms resolve when the person is removed from exposure. However, mold exposure may also aggravate chronic conditions, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and  hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and may trigger asthma and allergy attacks.

Overview of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Air is 2 to 5 Times More Polluted Than Outdoor Air

Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in our homes, schools and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air.

People Spend 90% of Their Time Indoors

Indoor air quality is a significant concern, because when the hours spent sleeping, working in offices or at school are added up, people on average spend the vast majority of their time indoors where they are repeatedly exposed to indoor air pollutants. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home, which means the very places most people consider safest paradoxically exposes them to the greatest amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants.

What Contributes to Poor Indoor Air Quality?

The primary sources of indoor exposure to airborne chemicals are products used in interior environments, including furnishings, building materials and other household and office products, that can emit thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles into the air. Of all the culprits that can affect IAQ, chemical emissions are the most harmful as they can contribute to a wide range of health effects.

Mold in San Francisco

Moisture problems are another common source of indoor air pollution as they can lead to indoor mold growth. Mold can also emit VOCs and particulates, compromising indoor air quality and leading to negative health effects.  Since it is impossible to eliminate mold spores, the best way to reduce the impact of mold on indoor air quality is to prevent or promptly repair the moisture problems that enable mold growth.


The particles emitted from products such as furnishings, building materials and other household and office products are another source of indoor air pollution. Airborne particulates can also come from dirt and dust that is tracked in from outdoors. Particulates can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems in many people.  Installing walk-off mats at doorways and changing air filters regularly are both good strategies to limit these pollutants.

Poor Ventilation

Most of the buildings in which people spend the majority of their time are tightly sealed and insulated to keep out unconditioned outdoor air. Furthermore, most ventilation systems are designed to bring in very little outdoor air and instead recirculate the indoor air that has already been heated or cooled. While this strategy is effective for minimizing energy costs, it can have a negative impact on indoor air quality.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mold Cleaning Guide, Mold Remediation

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EPA Home Air Indoor Air Mold and Moisture.
A Brief Guide to Mold...Cleanup Guidelines.
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home Mold Cleanup Guidelines.

Table of Contents Mold Basics Mold Cleanup Mold Cleanup Guidelines What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips Hidden Mold.

Tips and techniques:

The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you clean up your mold problem.  Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered in this publication.  Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage.  It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored.

Mold growing on the underside of a plastic lawn chair in an area where rainwater drips through and deposits organic material. Click on the image for a larger version.

Mold growing on a piece of ceiling tile.Click on the image for a larger version.

Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible.  Dry all items completely.
 Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
 Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.  Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
 Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold (see discussions: What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas and Hidden Mold).
 Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.  Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting.  Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
 If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist.  Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are commonly listed in phone books.  Be sure to ask for and check references.  hire a licensed Contractor.


Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold.  If there's some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Water Damage Restoration Guide

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EPA presents strategies to respond to water damage within 24-48 hours. These guidelines are designed to help avoid the need for remediation of mold growth by taking quick action before growth starts. If mold growth is found on the materials listed in Table 1, refer to Table 2 for guidance on remediation. Depending on the size of the area involved and resources available, professional assistance may be needed to dry an area quickly and thoroughly.

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Water-Damaged Material †ActionsBooks and papersFor non-valuable items, discard books and papers.Photocopy valuable/important items, discard originals.Freeze (in frost-free freezer or meat locker) or freeze-dry.Carpet and backing - dry within 24-48 hours §Remove water with water extraction vacuum.Reduce ambient humidity levels with dehumidifier.Accelerate drying process with fans.Ceiling tilesDiscard and replace.Cellulose insulationDiscard and replace.Concrete or cinder block surfacesRemove water with water extraction vacuum.Accelerate drying process with dehumidifiers, fans, and/or heaters.Fiberglass insulationDiscard and replace.Hard surface, porous flooring §(Linoleum, ceramic tile, vinyl)Vacuum or damp wipe with water and mild detergent and allow to dry; scrub if necessary.Check to make sure underflooring is dry; dry underflooring if necessary.Non-porous, hard surfaces
(Plastics, metals)Vacuum or damp wipe with water and mild detergent and allow to dry; scrub if necessary.Upholstered furnitureRemove water with water extraction vacuum.Accelerate drying process with dehumidifiers, fans, and/or heaters.May be difficult to completely dry within 48 hours. If the piece is valuable, you may wish to consult a restoration/water damage professional who specializes in furniture.Wallboard
(Drywall and gypsum board)May be dried in place if there is no obvious swelling and the seams are intact. If not, remove, discard, and replace.Ventilate the wall cavity, if possible.Window drapesFollow laundering or cleaning instructions recommended by the manufacturer.Wood surfacesRemove moisture immediately and use dehumidifiers, gentle heat, and fans for drying. (Use caution when applying heat to hardwood floors.)Treated or finished wood surfaces may be cleaned with mild detergent and clean water and allowed to dry.Wet paneling should be pried away from wall for drying.
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* If mold growth has occurred or materials have been wet for more than 48 hours, consult Table 2 guidelines. Even if materials are dried within 48 hours, mold growth may have occurred. Items may be tested by professionals if there is doubt. Note that mold growth will not always occur after 48 hours; this is only a guideline.

These guidelines are for damage caused by clean water. If you know or suspect that the water source is contaminated with sewage, or chemical or biological pollutants, then Personal Protective Equipment and containment are required by OSHA. An experienced professional should be consulted if you and/or your remediators do not have expertise remediating in contaminated water situations. Do not use fans before determining that the water is clean or sanitary.

† If a particular item(s) has high monetary or sentimental value, you may wish to consult a restoration/water damage specialist.

§ The subfloor under the carpet or other flooring material must also be cleaned and dried. See the appropriate section of this table for recommended actions depending on the composition of the subfloor.
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