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Find Out Now, What Should You Do For Effective Flood Damage Remediation in Seal Beach

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded garage Regardless of how your garage got flooded, contacting SERVPRO is the best way to remedy the situation. Call us 24/7 for your emergency.

Mitigating Flood Damage in a Seal Beach Garage

Garage flooding, while it might not seem as disastrous at first glance as other types of floods, can leave your home vulnerable to many structural issues.  Because the garage often has much structure material openly available for saturation, there are plenty of opportunities for microbes and water damage to proliferate and affect the structural integrity of your home.

If the garage of your Seal Beach residence has endured flood damage and requires rapid mitigation, you can count on IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians to answer the call and restore your home to a preloss condition quickly.  This team works closely with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure a deep and thorough clean, as well as the removal of contaminated or unsalvageable items. The goal is to maximize safety while keeping the focus on restoration whenever it is safe and feasible to do so.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

Many home disasters require rapid response. Unfortunately, these incidents can occur any time of the day or night, much to the chagrin of many homeowners. This is why all individually owned and operated SERVPRO locations in the US and Canada—over 1700 franchise locations—are committed to providing their mitigation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is especially crucial for flood damage, which can cause a variety of other problems besides the immediate concerns brought in by water saturation. Microbes and contaminants can introduce even more risks.

How SERVPRO Mitigates Damage

SERVPRO technicians can immediately get to work on both evacuating items, as well as extracting water to prepare your garage for drying. In a flood situation, disinfection needs to be done after extraction but before drying to prevent the spread of microbes through the air, which can have health effects. Technicians take great care to preserve the health and safety of homeowners and ensure that their property is clean and safe once more after a flood. If you have suffered a power outage, SERVPRO can provide power sources necessary to fuel sump pumps and other equipment.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (562) 431-9400 for diaster cleanup any time of the day or night.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Seal Beach After A Flood

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Three of our green machines drying the flood damage in this property Our 24-hour emergency service technicians are ready to respond quickly to your call. We have the state of the art equipment to handle any size job.

Issues That Delay Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach 

When flooding affects your Seal Beach property, it is ideal to start restoration immediately the water within the neighborhood recedes. However, various factors can interfere with restoration plans. Help from a professional restoration team such as SERVPRO ensures any bottleneck is identified early enough.

Extensive Demolition

When a flood damage incident in Seal Beach involves many areas with porous materials, there is a need to remove such materials. A significant percentage of porous materials in homes are located in hidden areas necessitating extensive demolition. Our SERVPRO technicians establish the extent of water migration immediately after visiting the property for the initial inspection. Early problem identification helps us devise ways to complete the demolition conveniently. For example, by making flood cuts, we only remove wall materials in affected sections rather than tearing down entire walls.

The Need for Industrial Hygienist

Flood damage incidents can contaminate property with chemicals and biohazards, among other materials. In most cases, the contamination is minimal, and thorough cleaning helps restore sanitary conditions at the property. However, in some cases, there is a need for industrial hygienists to perform tests and make recommendations. As the restoration team waits for the hygienist, the restoration process might stall.

Special Materials

The presence of certain materials in the flooded property can delay the restoration process because they require exceptional evaluation to determine whether it is possible to save them. Such materials might include hardwood floors, cabinetry, or tiles, among others. Restoring the materials might also take time. For example, hardwood floors might require specialized drying processes such as using drying chambers to prevent cracking, buckling, or other physical changes. For tiled floors, our SERVPRO technicians use of drying mats to remove water that migrates beneath the surface, thus eliminating the need to demolish the floor.

Working with an experienced team can help clear many obstacles to restoring flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Insider Secrets of Seal Beach Fire Damage Remediation 

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

burned home interior Our certified technicians arrive on the scene with state of the art tools to remediate the fire damage scenario in your home.

Air Filtration Devices Used After Fires in Seal Beach Homes 

Fires are a damaging situation for many areas of your Seal Beach residence. Because of carcinogens, carbons, soot, and ash circulating in the air after a structure fire, filtration of the entire household is a venture that should get started as promptly as possible. With advanced tools and technologies for filtration and improving air quality, our SERVPRO professionals can gain control of a potentially hazardous situation. 

Choosing the right tool for the job is universal in recovering fire damage in Seal Beach residences. Cleaning soot, for instance, requires different approaches depending on the material affected. Carefully orchestrating the best strategy involves scoping the work to get performed and choosing the best tools among our inventory to complete these tasks. Air filtration can improve the breathability of the air within a fire-damaged structure, and we have multiple devices up to this task. 

Air Scrubbers 

Air scrubbers are among the most commonly used filtration tools in our inventory of equipment. Their specific job is exclusive to reduce contaminants and debris circulating in the air. With soot particles flowing in the air, having a filtration device that can remove these contaminants can reduce potential health hazards. 

Hydroxyl Generators 

These machines are dual-purpose units that can remove circulating contaminants, debris, ash, and soot, as well as begin the daunting task of odor removal. With onboard HEPA filtration, air can get made cleaner as it passes through the system. The use of UV spectrums to clean the environment also neutralizes present odors as well. 

The effectiveness of any air filtration device hinges on the filter installed in the unit. HEPA filtration is the most thorough of all the options for our equipment, as this can remove 99.97 percent of particles/contaminants that are as small as 0.3 microns. This filter is especially effective against volatile organic compounds that can become a threat after fire extinguishment. 

Cleaning the environment is often an emergency service that our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team must perform to begin other mitigation tactics safely. No matter how we can help after a fire, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (562) 431-9400. 

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Removing Trapped Water in Ceiling Cavities of Los Angeles Homes

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A crack in a ceiling with water dripping through the crack. Los Angeles water can travel anywhere in your home. Let SERVPRO help you through.

SERVPRO knows what your Los Angeles home will need after your water damage.

You might not notice the intricacies of your plumbing system until water loss incidents occur in your Los Angeles residence. With much of this pipe contained between floors of your home, a leak could inevitably lead to a need for water removal in ceiling cavities. When approached early enough, our full-service professionals can dry moisture from this space and remove the compromised ceiling tile and other construction materials as well. 

As challenging as structural cavity drying can be, water removal in Los Angeles homes always involves a combination of our premier equipment and techniques. Ceiling cavities can show their damage when water begins to pass through this space and leak onto the floor and walls of the level beneath this area. Our professionals understand how crucial effective cleaning and recovery can be in these circumstances, so we have a division of general contractors that can help with drywall removal and other temporary construction solutions. 

Removal of ceiling tile is a common starting point to locate both the leak that needs repairing in the plumbing system and other damaged materials within this cavity. Most of these cavities have insulation and other materials that can absorb water and become a hefty threat in this space. Over encumbered insulation can become too heavy for the ceiling structural elements to hold back, leading to collapses. 

Removing water from these areas starts with allowing the cavity to drain out. Extraction approaches are less effective here, though there are potential applications for wet vacuuming depending on the circumstances. Our SERVPRO team can remove saturated insulation to help expedite this draining process and prepare the area for more direct drying efforts with air movers, dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. 

While the ceiling space is a favored position for your plumbing pipes, it can lead to challenging water loss scenarios. You can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team to help however you need. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (562) 431-9400.

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Give Our Professionals A Call 24/7 In Los Angeles After A Fire

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A washer and dryer covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our technicians are IICRC certified and highly trained and have the advanced equipment to restore your home to pre-damage conditions.

Factors that Can Hinder Post-Fire Cleaning in Los Angeles Homes

Cleaning up after a fire is one of the most significant obstacles that professional restorers face when recovering Los Angeles homes. As challenging as contaminants and even structural damages can become, the need for residue removal and debris removal present immediate risks and hazards for those exposed. Failure to address the cleaning needed in a fire-damaged home quickly can amplify effects like smoke odors, soot concentrations, and surface marring.

Debris removal and cleaning of fire damage in Los Angeles homes can be efficient and productive for our restorers when conditions are ideal. Several factors can affect the ability to clean specific materials and contents, or that might hinder the work of our SERVPRO technicians in the property altogether. A burning building can produce several complicated obstacles for our cleaning team to overcome once it gets extinguished.

  • Type of Surface – the material involved in the combustion and its related reactions affects how complicated it later is to clean. Non-porous materials and paints are easier to surface clean than how deeply affected porous materials like drywall and wood become.
  • Age of the Property/Materials – Our SERVPRO professionals have seen how challenging cleaning can become with older materials such as carpeting, wallboard, or fabrics. The older the surface, the more difficult it usually is to clean.
  • Type of Smoke Produced – Wet and dry smoke incidents both create unique challenges for fire restorers. Wet smoke occurs when fire damage smolders and move slowly throughout a property at a lower heat. These conditions produce thick residues on surfaces. Dry smoke comes from hotter fires, which can be more damaging to structural elements and spread farther but produce an easier residue for our technicians to clean.

All of these factors play a role in the difficulty our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team has with cleaning up your property after a fire. With how quickly conditions can worsen after extinguishment, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (562) 431-9400. We have the skills, cutting-edge equipment, and powerful cleaning products to make losses “Like it never even happened.”

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How Water Damages Masonry in Seal Beach Homes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from roof pooling on stone floor. Garbage can catching some water Did you know that water damages stone, brick, and concrete? SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to restore your masonry.

Why SERVPRO Dries Out Concrete and Brick when Mitigating Water Damage in Seal Beach Houses 

After an incident involving water overflowing a tub or sink, a broken pipe, or a torn roof, water can end up in places throughout your Seal Beach residence. Water vapor's ability to move around in the air means cooler locations collect droplets of moisture. Brick, concrete, and stone fall into this category. These hard substances contain pores that tightly retain any absorbed water.  

These challenging materials are why SERVPRO makes sure these building materials become dry in our Seal Beach homes with water damage. Other materials dry comparatively quickly, often not requiring us to raise interior temperatures. Generating an airflow and running desiccant machines is often not sufficient to completely dry out denser materials. 

Before we begin, we check to see if any paint or other types of sealant cover these materials. Because these keep moisture from passing through effortlessly, we may need to drill tiny weep holes into the lowest portion of any walls made of brick. Such holes let any water out through the bottom, which is where we direct intense air currents. Moisture always travels to drier locations, so these air currents gradually pull the moisture down, and eventually out of, the wall. Our desiccant machine takes care of the rest. 

When unsealed walls made of brick, concrete, or mortared stone contain added moisture, we can dry these more directly. While they do take longer than other materials, we also monitor these specialty drying situations so our customers understand the issues involved. 

Another reason why SERVPRO technicians want to ensure complete dryness of such materials is to help prevent microbial growth in these areas. Although these materials contain much less, if any, cellulose, microbes can feed on any accumulated dust and other microscopic particles. As they live and grow on damp surfaces, many microbes cause deterioration to happen at an accelerated pace. Removing the water also prevents this problem, including any spreading that might have happened otherwise. 

One of our goals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is helping protect our customers' property from future problems with water damage. Call (562) 431-9400 to talk to us about specialists near your residence in Compton, Los Alamitos, or Surfside who can help get your home dry after a disaster involving water. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Seal Beach After A Flood

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment machines set out in this property working to restore it after a flood Our 24-hour emergency service allows our experts to respond right away to your flood damage emergency to prevent further damage.

How Emergency READY Profile Plans Help Seal Beach Warehouses

With the involvement that warehouse property owners have with the wares and goods of companies across the globe, flooding to Seal Beach facilities can be costly in many ways. Given that the port is an ideal receiving point for international shipments and even wares traveling along the coast, staying prepared for the damage that passing storms can do better protects your facility and your reputation. The creation of an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) with our SERVPRO project manager and administration can help you stay ready for what might be around the corner.

Coastal businesses can experience a wide range of damaging storm systems, especially along the southern California shore – making flood damage in a Seal Beach warehouse likelier than you might think. Our professionals offer a free system to assess your facility to help you pre-plan for disasters like flooding that can occur. The advantages of thinking ahead can ensure that the right information is accessible during an emergency.

Research has suggested that up to half of businesses close permanently after a disaster, and this indicates that a single incident can be so devastating and unexpected that there is no foreseeable method of recovering in a cost-efficient and timely manner. Because water losses like flooding can spread so quickly throughout your main warehouse floor, having profile documentation accessible to specific employees designates a chain of command to authorize work.

By establishing our SERVPRO team as a franchise professional to oversee the mitigation and the restoration that your facility needs after a flood loss, we can do more to protect the stored wares of your facility and get your doors back open for new shipments continually arriving. This mobile application can get prepared with minimal effort under the supervision and direction of our staff, and it can be the difference between being among the half of businesses that recover from loss and the half that does not.  

Flood damage can be a costly disaster, especially with the monetary value of exposed wares and inventory in your building. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call before disasters strike to develop an efficient strategy to keep you going after a flood. You can reach us 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

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DIY or Professionals? Why SERVPRO is Your Choice to Restore Flood Damage in Seal Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked in front of SERVPRO truck Our Green Fleet is ready to tackle any flood damage restoration that your home needs!

Seek Expert Help to Clean Up Your Flood Damaged Seal Beach Residence

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that flooding affects millions of properties across the United States because of increased rainfall that results in overflowing of rivers and streams. Seal Beach is susceptible to flooding because of rising sea levels. Each winter, a sand beam is constructed on the beach as a protection against big surf and high tides.

When floodwater finds its way into homes, it leads to both primary and secondary damage. If there is flood damage in your Seal Beach home, it is essential to contact experts from SERVPRO to clean up and dry the affected areas. We can handle category three contamination and adhere to EPA standards while cleaning and sanitizing your home.

Flood damage repair and restoration costs are the reason why many property owners do not contact professionals. They believe that they may save money if they restored the affected areas themselves. However, the truth is that hiring a restoration professional immediately after a flooding incident can significantly reduce your losses and costs. The sooner the water extraction, cleanup, and drying processes begin the less damage to which your property is prone.

Your health and that of your family is a priority. Floodwater may contain toxigenic, pathogenic, or other hazardous agents. It may carry organic matter, silt, heavy metals, pesticides, or regulated materials. Coming in contact with this water can put you and your family at risk. Without experience and suitable equipment, restoring the flood-damaged areas can be a nightmare. You can land yourself into more problems. Every porous surface in your house can become a breeding ground for pathogens.

Our team has the expertise and products required to disinfect your property to eliminate hazardous organisms. Some water damage restoration products we can use to control or slow down the growth of microbes include:

  • Sterilizers
  • Mildewstats and fungistats
  • Biocides
  • Sporicides

When applying the products, we use methods that allow physical contact of the solution with all contaminated surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO team can apply the products to walls, tackless strip, subfloor, and wall bottom plates. We allow adequate dwell time for the products to be effective. Our restoration professionals also have experience in handling insurance claims. We can help you in assessing and documenting your losses for a stress-free claims process.

When floodwaters enter your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We can handle the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Truth is You Are Not the Only Person Concerned About Fire Damage in Los Angeles

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Don’t let fire damage destroy your home. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

How Extension Cord Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home Can Be Mitigated

Every year, emergency rooms around the US can expect an average of 4,000 patients with injuries related to extension cord usage in their homes. A whopping 3,300 home fires per year are started by damaged, faulty, or misused extension cords. These items are such a regular part of everyday life that it can be easy to forget that there are risks involved in using them. However, without proper safety measures, homeowners are put at risk every year due to electrical fires.

If you have fire damage in your Los Angeles rental home from a damaged or faulty extension cord, there are services available to restore your home. SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your call to start the cleanup process. Electrical fires are one of the most common sources of fire-related damages to homes, and without professional mitigation, you may be exposed to unhealthy particles from soot. This team is dedicated to maximizing your safety while preserving your home after disasters occur.

Extension Cord Safety Tips

Here are several things to keep in mind for safe handling of extension cords in your home:

  • Inspect electrical cords before use and dispose of damaged or frayed cables. 
  • Keep in mind that extension cords are not a long-term solution for powering items. 
  • Make sure extension cords are away from high-traffic areas in the home like walkways. 
  • Always unplug and store electrical cords after use. 
  • Pull the plug instead of the cord when unplugging.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

SERVPRO can immediately get to work on cleaning your home. Once the source of the fire is removed, the goal is addressing melted rubber, soot, residues, and odors caused by the fire. Technicians can use EPA-registered cleaners to clean surface dirt on nearby items. Fire damage to carpeting, on the other hand, can be initially cleaned with vacuuming and other dry cleaning methods before applying wet cleaners. Dry cleaning sponges are also highly effective for removing surface residues.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is always available to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need swift emergency response to a disaster in your home, call (562) 431-9400 today.

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Our Experts Discuss The Common Causes For Structural Blazes In Los Angeles

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

burned-out chair in a fire close-up on a black background Once we are done, your property will look “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Damage Restorers In Los Angeles Report The Common Causes For Structural Blazes

Many property owners and investors do not realize that commercial fire damage occurs a lot more often than most people think. Your business owner tenants renting your Los Angeles investment properties could suffer from an inferno igniting inside their unit. Once something burns inside one of your rental buildings, it is possible that the blaze can cause issues in other units throughout the structure. Once the fire gets extinguished, it is wise to call SERVPRO.

When mitigating commercial fire damage in your Los Angeles building, our SERVPRO crew uses different methods based on the source. When different materials get burned, various issues can develop. We can choose the best mitigation techniques by identifying the exact conditions of where and how the inferno burned.

The first step to the inspection process is to figure out the cause of the fire. Knowing the common causes of structural blazes can help you identify the source as well as prevent these issues from beginning in the first place. According to Unifour Fire & Safety, the number one cause of commercial fires is cooking equipment.

Any business that serves food has to have some type of cooking equipment. Kitchens contain flammable oils and greases and use appliances that cook at high temperatures which can increase the chances of something going wrong. Cooking equipment is responsible for 65% of blazes occurring in healthcare facilities as well as 61% of restaurant fires.

Another common cause of structural infernos is heating equipment. Most buildings utilize a heating system that helps keep indoor temperatures comfortable. Furnaces, radiators, and boilers can malfunction and overheat, which can lead to materials burning. Heating equipment is accountable for 14% of fires in industrial facilities and 11% of blazes in office buildings.

The next most common cause of something getting torched in a building is lighting and electrical equipment. All structures need electrical wires to power appliances and lights. Loose connections, faulty fuses, or overloaded circuits can cause shorts that can ignite flammable building materials. Lights and electrical devices account for 10% of fire claims in retail locations.

If your investment property in Huntington Park, Walnut Park, or Surfside ever sets ablaze, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. Once we are done, your property will look “Like it never even happened.”

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