Recent Cleaning Posts

Ozone and Deodorization

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of San Mateo is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from several sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO of San Mateo relies on several different deodorization methods depending on the odor, the severity of the odor and the source of the odor.

Thermal fogging is a common method of deodorization used to dissolve the odor-producing impurities deposited by smoke and other odor-producing elements. It is an excellent deodorization method for minor odors such as light smoke or a light pet odor.

Thermal foggers rely on a deodorizing chemical that is vaporized in the fogger then blown into the room permeating all the contents and structural elements. The vaporized chemical will pair with the odor molecules to absorb them and rid the premise of the smell. This process is quite effective when combined with necessary cleaning.

Ozone deodorization is extremely effective for more serious odor. This is the primary method for clothing, upholstered items, papers, books or any other porous material affected with an odor. Ozone is produced by a machine into an airtight chamber where all items needing deodorization have been placed. The machine takes oxygen out of the air, charges it electrically and turns it into Ozone. Ozone is highly reactive and combines with malodor molecules to chemically alter their structure and rid property of odor.

Because ozone can penetrate fabrics and surfaces to the same extent that the malodor did, it is the most effective means of long-range deodorization and it is permanent. There is no residual odor from the process itself and no damage to the property. Ozone also kills bacteria and fungi and works as a sanitizing agent. It is a permanent method - once an item is deodorized, the odor cannot and will not return.

Another method of deodorization involves utilizing an Air Filtration Device (AFD). This machine relies on three filters to purify and deodorize the air. With the AFD and the filters it will remove 99.9% of odor causing molecules. The first filter removes large particles up to 10 microns and larger. The second filter removes particles up to 1 micron and larger and the third or HEPA filter removes the smaller size fibers from the air. All processed air is vented to an outside source and the air in a building is "scrubbed" clean. This machine is also commonly known as an air scrubber and can be used as a negative air machine.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us SERVPRO of San Mateo.

Air Duct Cleaning

12/7/2018 (Permalink)


When you think about the air that comes through your ducts and the warmth and comfort it brings in winter and summer, you want your family and workers to breathe the healthiest air into their lungs, promoting better health and heightened wellbeing. You want to help prevent illness, allergies, asthma in your children, unpleasant odors and promote optimal conditions for health. This will help cut down on time lost from school or work, and help your family and co-workers be more productive in life.

Cleaning your air ducts relieves allergy suffering by removing dust, pollen, animal dander and other allergens from your duct system.

– Fungus
– Bacteria
– Small dust particles
– Construction debris
– Insect parts (dust mites, roaches etc.)
– Viruses
– Mold
– Smoke

Air duct cleaning performed by a professional air duct cleaning company helps control inside air pollution for your family and workplace and give them the best quality air possible through the heating and air system. This system can be the major cause of your indoor air quality problems. Although these problems can be difficult to deal with and complex in nature, a professional air duct cleaning company, such as SERVPRO of San Mateo, has the knowledge and training needed to remediate the issues and give our customers clean air flowing out of their air duct system.

Not only is cleaning your air ducts important but keeping up with all maintenance is too, having your air conditioning serviced regular will help keep the cost of repairs at a minimum.