Water Damage from Condensation on AC Vents

How to Respond to Water Damage from Condensation on AC Vents

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, water damage restoration

Homeownership, while a privilege, comes with its own set of hurdles. Water damage from the AC vents is one of them. While the AC stands between the homeowner and the intense summer heat, it can at times malfunction. Here’s how to respond when water damage occurs from the condensation. Why does the AC cause water leaks from the ceiling? All …

Burn Marks on Laminate Countertops

How to Fix Severe Burn Marks on Laminate Countertops

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

Upon cooking up a feast, pots and pans fresh from the oven may be accidentally placed on the laminate countertop. Unsightly burn marks will be the inevitable result. Surface burns can be easily fixed, but deeper ones require extra physical effort. Here’s how to fix burn marks on laminate countertops. Setting a scorching pan on a laminate countertop will burn …

restaurant's kitchen

Tips for Restaurants to Remove Frying Oil Smoke and Odors

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

A thriving restaurant busy preparing sumptuous dishes throughout the day will undoubtedly be overcome by offensive odors. Frying oil smoke, burned meat, and raw seafood are just a few contributors to smelly restaurants. Here are tips to remove unpleasant odors. Not all restaurants have the luxury of opening up their windows year-round. Old Man Winter can force restaurants to keep …

Mold from Windowsills

How to Remove Green Mold from Window Sill

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, mold removal

Windowsills covered in splotches of green mold should be dealt with swiftly. Green mold, and mold in general, is hazardous to health as well as damage to building structures. Here’s how a homeowner can approach the DIY task of removing small growths of pesky green mold from windowsills. What is green mold? Green mold is any species of mold that …

How to Clean the Cooktop of Kitchen Stoves

How to Clean the Cooktop of Kitchen Stoves

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

Spills and splatters are likely to occur on the cooktop of a kitchen stove—even when a homeowner only cooks occasionally. Liquids can harden on a heated stove and make it tougher to clean. Here’s how to clean the cooktop of a kitchen stove, whether it’s gas, electric, or glass. Even simple meals, from pasta to soup, create a mess on …

How to Clean Out a Home When a Loved One Passes Estate Cleaning Steps

How to Clean Out a Home When a Loved One Passes: Estate Cleaning Steps

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, Hoarding Cleaning

Losing a loved one is difficult and traumatic. Cleaning up the estate causes many to relive that pain later on, as old memories and favorite articles are sorted. While there is little that can ease that pain, there are steps to help keep the cleaning process as straightforward as possible. Having said this, estate cleaning can also be a time …

How to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

How to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

Wildfires are a growing threat, especially as climate change wreaks more and more havoc on the planet. A home is one of the most important pieces of property in which an individual can invest, so it is critical to take the following steps to protect it from wildfires. Unanticipated events can trigger wildfires. Lightning strikes, unauthorized fires caused by humans, …

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.

Estate cleaning by ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration and Recovery

Why Estate Cleaning Should Be Left to the Professionals

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Estate cleaning happens most often after the loss of a loved one. If you are the next of kin to them and/or are listed in their will, cleaning their property will most likely become your responsibility. Whether it’s been empty briefly or for a long time, having it cleaned out sooner rather than later is highly recommended, especially when trying …