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How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home Looks Like the Flooding in this Seal Beach Home Needs Some Water Extraction Help from SERVPRO

Fast Cleanup and Water Removal Can Alleviate the Pain of Flooding

While you might not always think of the possibility of flooding in your Seal Beach residence, it happens more often than people care to think. With the ever-present threat of natural disasters that every homeowner in the area always has on their minds, it is difficult to prepare your home for everything that it might face in the years to come. As troubling as it might seem, one bad storm could bring a natural disaster into your home to wreak havoc.
 
Flooding (in the traditional sense) might be relatively rare throughout the area, but there are always exceptions to this rule. Severe weather moving in from the Pacific Ocean can test the limitations of the exterior of your Seal Beach home, and cause flood damages if your roof or building materials fail you. Apart from keeping dying trees and their limbs away from your home, you cannot account for the damage a severe storm can do before you see it for yourself.
 
When a roof or siding on your home gets compromised by high winds or torrential downpours, you have exposure to these elements to get inside your home and start to pool and collect. Depending on where the damage outside has occurred, the respective water inside could be in several different places. Our SERVPRO professionals stand ready to live up to our promise of
We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can call us whenever these emergency situations occur.
 
Our primary concern when dealing with heavy rainfall pouring into your home from these vulnerable points is to seal these avenues off. This process involves tarping over or boarding up exposed areas to prevent the damage from getting worse and allowing the restoration process to begin. For more robust exterior protection, an independent company can be called in for the work.  Extraction is the heart of the SERVPRO flood damage restoration plan, as pooling water can dramatically impact the structural integrity of your home or create compounding damage like mold growth.
 
Getting to the problem quickly can help you to contend with fewer damages overall from the flooding. While this occurrence might be traumatic at the time, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team to help you clean up the mess and get things back to the way they should be. Call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions Always check with professionals to make sure it is safe to go back into your home after a house fire.

Learn About The Health Effects Fire Damage in Surfside Can Cause


Staying safe in the aftermath of fire damage in Surfside should be one of your top concerns, as even small fires can sometimes create hazardous conditions for the unprepared. While SERVPRO technicians have the safety tools and training to avoid harm from a fire, you should be wary of some of the veiled threats in your home. In particular, face masks are essential to keep your lungs and throat clear of harmful particles and substances, as they can help to filter out many dangerous contaminants. Otherwise, these airborne substances could cause adverse health effects now or down the road.

Smoke and Ash

Smoke and ash can persist for long after the Surfside fire damage has run its course. These substances can have a varied and inconsistent makeup, but always hold the risk of causing serious health effects for both those affected by a respiratory condition and individuals who are otherwise in good health. SERVPRO uses thorough cleaning procedures and industrial fogging treatments to eliminate smoke particles from the area, but these materials can still cause harm before our work is complete.

Toxic Fumes

Some fires may burn through materials or chemicals that create toxic fumes and gases after being set alight. While these gases may escape through doors and windows in your home, some may also be trapped inside the home, presenting a serious risk to anyone passing through. Many of these chemicals cannot be stopped with a simple face mask, so you should always be wary of unusual smells and sensations after a fire.

Sawdust, Asbestos, and Other Particles

A fire can alter a home in unpredictable ways, sometimes allowing building materials to become airborne and find their way into your respiratory system. Sawdust, glass, and other fragmented building materials can be a common risk, but some older homes may even contain asbestos, an even more dangerous concern. We check and filter the air thoroughly to eliminate any of these threats, even microscopic ones.

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SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is ready to respond to your call for help while keeping things safe and simple for your family. Call us 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

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The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home Mold Spores Develop into Large Colonies in Cypress Homes, Call on SERVPRO for Professional Remediation

Need Help Removing Moisture and Mold from Your Property? Call SERVPRO

You might not be surprised to learn that your Cypress home is almost constantly at risk of mold and fungal growth. Spores of mold exist in the air you breathe, and these microscopic invaders are merely waiting for conditions to exist that allow them to thrive and grow. While this might not initially seem like that significant of a threat, the more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more linked it becomes to health effects that could impact your family.  
 
Finding a way to combat this mold damage in your Cypress residence is nothing that you should tackle on your own. From the need for personal protective equipment to the general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods, mold remediation specialists are the best bet for conquering the present threat to your household. This process not only rids your home of its current growing mold colonies but also helps to find the source of the moisture that allowed the spores to thrive in the first place and correct this issue.  
 
From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, we begin immediately sectioning off the affected areas where mold grows and working to prevent the spread of these spores to new areas of your home. This procedure typically gets achieved with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  
 
Locating the source of the moisture in the area is a critical component of mold remediation for your home. By repairing these vulnerable areas, dehumidification is successful, and the conditions are no longer met to allow more mold spores to activate and grow in your home. There may be situations where the source cannot be determined by our SERVPRO technicians or is not simple to repair; dehumidification can be the process to prevent moisture through this area of your home.  
 
Mold remediation does not have to be an overwhelming or complicated experience. When you trust the specialists at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remediate the damage, you can take a firm step towards reclaiming your home. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.

Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures. Several challenges such as clogged HVAC systems, ruptured heaters, and broken plumbing lines arise from such situations. You have to be careful with electrical hazards which may develop in your Surfside home's attic spaces, therefore, turning of the circuits is necessary.

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine attic spaces during water damage in Surfside and determine the level of destruction. During the examination, we check if all sections of the roof are still intact, and whether repairing or replacing the damaged materials is the best option. In cases where the water is still running, we stop the flow.

While it is easy to access some attics, it is not always the case. If that happens, it may make it hard for our team to conduct the restoration. We can demolish any damaged sheetrock to get enough equipment into the area and create appropriate conditions for drying.

Insulations within the attic areas are prone to destruction after water intrusion. Sometimes we can dry and save wet fiberglass insulation, but when it is not restorable, we remove it and recommend a replacement. We have specialized insulation vacuums that help us to do the removal. Dust may result and spread to other areas within the building when demolishing the sheetrock and removing the insulation. Containment is necessary to avoid such contamination, and we achieve that by creating negative pressure.

Combating smells is also part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform, and it all starts by removing the odor's cause. In some cases, these smells come about when wet materials have not entirely dried, so drying is one of the approaches SERVPRO uses to address such instances. If the smells are coming from tiny cracks, we may perform deodorization by using thermal foggers that dispense the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (562) 431-9400 when you face any disaster size and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire Protein residue leaves behind an amber or yellow stain and usually has a very strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Combat all Types of Smoke Residue

A fire breaking out in your restaurant can have a substantial economic impact on your business. Not only does the fire damage your restaurant, but you also stand to lose business during the restoration process.

The amount of time required to restore fire damaged your Surfside restaurant entirely depends on the type of smoke residue generated during the fire. While some type of the residue is relatively easy to clean, others might need more time. Here are the different types of smoke and soot residues that you can expect after a fire incidence to a restaurant.

Wet and Dry Smoke Residue

Any fire produces both wet and dry smoke residues in varying proportions. Oxygen-rich fast burning fires produce a dry residue whereas oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires tend to produce wet smoke. Natural materials such as wood produce a drier residue while synthetic material produces a wetter smoke residue.

As it turns out, cleaning dry residue is easier and quicker than cleaning wet residue. SERVPRO technicians can use less aggressive cleaning methods to get rid of the dry residues while harsher methods are needed for wet smoke residue.

Protein Residue 

Protein residue can make up a significant proportion of a fire in a restaurant. This type of residue, as the name suggests, is generated when protein is burnt in the fire such as poultry, meat or fish. It is usually amber or yellow and can stain surfaces quickly. Another big problem with this kind of residue is that it has an odor which is notoriously difficult to eliminate. If the fire at your restaurant involves such kind of smoke, it might take more time to restore. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of deodorizing methods to combat protein odors after fire damage.

Fuel Oil Soot

If your establishment is using fuel oil for heat, there is a high chance that there can be fuel oil soot from fire damage. The soot can often mix with the residual oil that has not burnt correctly and can form a thick and oily residue that is quite difficult to eliminate.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 today to schedule an appointment.

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The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home Finding your home under a few inches or even feet of water can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO and our technicians will help you through this ordeal

SERVPRO's Thorough Investigation and Remediation Can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming

It is a typical misconception that flooding is only caused to Seal Beach homes from a handful of different things occurring. In fact, there are nearly infinite scenarios that your home could experience during torrential storms or severe weather events that could dramatically compromise its structural integrity and ability to keep the elements (like rainfall or floodwaters) outside where they belong. Regardless of how it happens, you need to know whom you can call to help you to fix the damages and restore your home to the way it was before the water was able to get in.
 
With the varying degrees of storm damages that could potentially occur, flood damage to your Seal Beach home might not always occur in your basement or lowest level. Even though basement flooding can be traumatic enough as it is, when something like your attic gets flooded, the possibility of significant structural damage to the other floors of your home becomes a real threat that must get addressed as quickly as possible. That is where our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists comes in.
 
When you call our experienced and professional team of technicians, you can expect that we are going to respond quickly. We can appreciate the gravity of the situation and understand that as time passes, the threat of lingering or worsening structural damage is on the rise. With our tools and expertise, our team is uniquely able to overcome any obstacle and successfully restore your home back to preloss conditions.
 
With storm damage to any area of your home, sealing up these points of entry for floodwaters is critical to restoring the damage. That is the priority when we arrive at your home, preventing the problem from getting worse as our SERVPRO technicians begin extraction of the pooled water. Drying follows this process, giving our team the opportunity to extensively assess potential structural concerns and damage once the water and lingering moisture have gotten removed.
 
Flood damage is not something that looks the same from house to house, and so you want a restoration company that is going to treat your disaster quickly and thoroughly, regardless of the circumstances. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of qualified restoration specialists can help you to get your home back after a flood. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp Smoke Detectors Help Mitigate Fire Damage to Ceilings and Homes--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Severe Fire

Some homes in Cypress contain sections with tiled ceilings. Many types of ceiling tiles help reduce noise inside the area as well as provide a low-maintenance but beautiful look to a home. The frames the tiles rest on generally come in two types of materials - lightweight aluminum or vinyl.

Fire damage in Cypress can come about from the generated heat, which can melt or warp structures such as suspended ceiling frames in your home. SERVPRO can help restore your home in many ways, including such structural aspects. We know that it is important to your family that we work quickly but thoroughly as we make it "Like it never even happened" inside your home.

Along with the framework, the ceiling space often contains other components, many of which are vital to your home's comfort level. The ducts for your HVAC system often run through the ceiling. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FST) must clean these and the vents from smoke and soot deposits. Until then, smoke residue and soot can travel within your home and continue damaging your belongings.

Plumbing often runs through the area between one story and another, and some attics now hold the water heater to save space on lower floors. We can remove damaged sections in a partial demolition so the plumbing in your residence can be repaired by the proper contractor. Ceiling frames and tiles provide much easier service access to these and other parts of your home than other ceilings types allow.

SERVPRO technicians also clean the contents of homes suffering from fire damage. We perform this at your home or our secure site. We can discuss the options with you, so you fully understand the details of how we operate. Our goal is to serve you, our customer so that your family can more easily recover and move forward after tragic events such as a significant house fire.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can answer the questions you may have after a catastrophic event. Fire damage can seem insurmountable, but we can help you overcome all the obstacles facing your family. Call our local number for 24-hour service. We can be reached at (562) 431-9400, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations--Even at New Seal Beach Construction Sites

SERVPRO Provides First Rate Mold Remediation for All Types of Construction

Before being listed for sale, every newly constructed home must pass several inspections. Whenever microbial activity exceeds normal levels, regulations require the elimination of the problem. Wet conditions from rain, plumbing mishaps or accidents, or even vandalism can all cause problems from exposing your new home's building materials to water.

A professional company experienced in internationally accepted mold removal procedures in Seal Beach can help keep construction of your new home on schedule. Falling behind schedule can significantly increase building costs and impose unexpected hardships. We at SERVPRO are devoted to helping those in our community. One way we do this is always to restore the homes we work on to a safe condition. One of the ways we do this is by removing mold and other microbial problems found in homes, both established and those still under construction.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; we know that speed in both our arrival time and the rate we work saves our customers money and inconvenience. While mold removal entails different steps, we can usually concentrate on the wooden beams in homes still under construction, without the need to attend to any finished walls. However, if some do exist, we can easily handle those. Just as the mold is exceptionally persistent, we are unrelenting in achieving our goals of protecting your home.

The mold removal methods we use depends on how deeply the mold's hyphae penetrate into the wood. For new infestations, brushing off may suffice. Deeper penetrations require blasting with dry ice pellets or manual removal with wire brushes. Treating the wood with an antimicrobial agent provides the framework of your home with long-lasting protection.

We always clean up afterward, so construction crews can get back to work immediately after we finish. We can provide your builder with before and after readings of microbial activity. We can also make some assessments on-site if you desire. Doing so can put your mind at ease as well as detect possible problems with mold or water damage.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to partner with all homeowners, both new and established, in our community. Together, we can ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come. Call us for our services, which are always available, at (562) 431-9400.

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How Professionals Combat Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Los Alamitos Property

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Professionals Combat Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Los Alamitos Property Make sure that your employees have a good smell to return to after water damage in your office. Contact SERVPRO for thorough remediation efforts.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Remediate ALL Aspects of Water Damage at Your Office or Other Type of Facility

A water damage incident on your commercial property, whether it is a warehouse, a building or an office can cause significant damage if not properly handled. One of the biggest problems in the aftermath of such damage is the problem of odor.

If your commercial Los Alamitos property has recently suffered from commercial water damage, chances are, it needs deodorization treatment. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods at a professional's disposal to tackle the problem of odor.

Injection methods
It is a method that works the best if lifting up the carpet from an office or a similar commercial enterprise is not possible. In this method, small amounts of deodorants are injected directly into the spots on carpet or upholstery with a needle and a syringe. SERVPRO professionals use some of the most potent odor masking deodorants while employing this method.

Direct spraying
As the name suggests, direct spraying involves spraying deodorant directly onto the affected area. This method is also often used to apply disinfectants after water damage as well.

Wet fogging
SERVPRO technicians use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to dispense tiny microscopic particles of a deodorant. These foggers can be used to dispense water-based as well as solvent-based deodorizing agents. As the particles dispensed by foggers are small, they can penetrate deeper into the pores of various surfaces and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Dry fogging (Thermal fogging)
Thermal fogging involves breaking down the deodorant into smaller particles using heat. Only solvent-based deodorants are used during the thermal fogging. As the deodorant particles are broken down by the application of heat, the dry fog can penetrate deeper than the wet fog.

Air scrubbers
Air scrubbers remove the airborne odor-causing particles and neutralize them. The device draws air in through a series of filters that filter off most odor-causing particles from the air. HEPA filters used in this equipment can eliminate 99.97% of odor-causing particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to talk to one of our experts and discuss your deodorization options after water damage to your commercial property.

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Seal Beach Campers and RVs with Water Damage Progressively Decay Without Proper Mitigation

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Seal Beach Campers and RVs with Water Damage Progressively Decay Without Proper Mitigation Let SERVPRO restore your camper or RV before your next family vacation.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Camper or RV for a Safe and Stress-Free Vacation

Another significant investment, many families around Seal Beach choose a camper or RV to help their family spend more quality time together while saving money over the years. However, during the months it remains unused, problems can go undetected. When water from rain or leaking pipes remains in contact with the materials inside your home away from home, damage can accrue at an alarming pace.

When water damages such structures, they quickly become unusable for trips out of Seal Beach. SERVPRO restores more than homes and businesses. We also can restore other structures “Like it never even happened.” When we perform restoration services of any kind, we reduce the aggravation and disappointment that our customers experience.

Without a solid, watertight roof on your vacation vehicle, rainy nights can end up as horrible experiences. Water that seeps behind walls can develop soft, mushy areas. The slightest pressure can permit holes to open up, exposing insulation and other substances that can cause health effects. Worrying about such possibilities can ruin your enjoyment on your vacation. Preparing now, long before vacation time arrives, by having our experts restore your RV or camper can keep water damage from increasing and spreading.

Drying everything out and replacing any saturated materials can make everything right again. Hydroxyl gas can quickly make things fresh-smelling again inside your camper. We know how water can affect carpeting, also, and if we begin restoration efforts soon enough, we can restore your carpet. We test the fibers and how much deterioration exists, and then go deeper, into the flooring underneath. Without being stable and intact, your floor can fail at any time.

From roof to the floor, SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can restore your camper or RV, so your family has reliable, safe shelter during your next vacation. No job is ever too large, nor too small for SERVPRO professionals. Call us at (562) 431-9400, so we can help ensure your next adventure goes smoothly and without any unexpected difficulties.

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