Fire Smoke

Smoke and Soot Removal: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Smoke and soot not only serve as reminders of the fire until they’re removed, but they continue to damage structural elements and everything inside. You may be tempted to try to clean the fire aftermath yourself, but there’s more to smoke and soot removal than going in with rags and a bucket and mop.

Hoarding Cleaning in Foster City, CA

How to clean a hoarder’s house

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Dealing with hoarding disorder is difficult on so many levels. Managing the individual can be emotionally draining, especially if they don’t agree that there’s a problem. Knowing where to start cleaning in a home that’s packed with clutter is overwhelming. These steps will help you take control of the situation, sort through items in a hoarder’s home, and clean and sanitize it so it’s safe to live in again.

mold remediation

Mold in Rental House: What to Do

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Laws offer some level of protection when it comes to mold growth within rental units. State laws vary and change over time. Usually, in all 50 states, state law outlines that landlords are responsible for the cost of mold remediation if the mold growth occurs due to a fault of the landlord, such as failing to repair a leaky roof or fix a broken water pipe that caused mold growth.

Happy Thanksgiving from ServiceMaster Restore!

Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Tips

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Follow these safety tips to make sure your Thanksgiving holiday is both merry and safe: * Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top to keep an eye on the food. * Keep all wrappers, dish towels and other flammable materials away from stoves and ovens. * Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. As an alternative, baking soda can …

Wildfire threatens a house

Wildfire Forest Fire Smoke Odor in Your Home – How to Remove

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Smoke from a wildfire can spread for miles and it contains ash particles and soot that can be damaging to your property and dangerous for your health. If you live close to the wildfires in California, it is very important to be aware of the potentially dangerous levels of smoke and what you can do to protect your home from the odor.  The following tips will help you protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke, and remove residual smoke odors from your home.

What To Do After A House Fire

What To Do After A House Fire

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Everyone knows what to do in case of a fire – get out and call 911. Not everyone knows what to do after the fire is out. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts for getting through the aftermath of a fire.

Wildfire

Wildfire Safety Tips to Keep Your Home Protected

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Wildfires in California are a yearly occurrence and they typically start out as forest fires away from populated areas caused by lightning, sparks from rock falls, or spontaneous combustion.  The size and intensity of wildfires is determined by the cause and other conditions such as dryness and combustible debris and this season the wildfires have been raging.  All over California, …