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Seal Beach Storms Often Bring Substantial Flood Damage

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood flooring; flooring being removed Sometimes, we need to remove water damaged materials in your home that cannot be savaged. SERVPRO knows how to dry and restore your home.

Don’t let Your Seal Beach Home Succumb to Costly DIY Mistakes – Call SERVPRO to Handle Flood Damage!

Located in Orange County, California, Seal Beach is nestled between San Pedro Bay and Long Beach. The city was initially known as Anaheim Landing due to the local boat landing named after nearby Anaheim. Today, Anaheim Landing is now fully registered as a historical landmark of California.

During the beginning of the 20th century, Seal Beach was known as Bay City, although there was another location by that name in Northern California. When the town became incorporated in 1915, it officially took on the name of Seal Beach. Due to the beautiful surroundings and proximity to the water, Seal Beach quickly became a popular recreation spot and tourist destination.

Experiencing the Flavors and Food Finds Around the Seal Beach Area

Not only is Seal Beach a lovely waterfront area, but you also have plenty of incredible restaurants, small eateries, and watering holes to explore. Whether you are looking for a day out with friends or a quiet place to enjoy a snack and local scenery, there is something for everyone. Some top options to check out when in Seal Beach, CA, include:

  • The Crema Café –When you need a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch location, this eatery on Main Street fits the bill. Local favorites on the menu include Strawberry Nutella Crepes, Breakfast Burritos, and Chilaquiles. There is also an outdoor seating area where patrons are free to bring their leashed dogs. 
  • Spaghettini Italian Grill and Lounge –Located on Old Ranch Parkway, this restaurant is known for an extensive wine selection and impeccable service. Top menu offerings include Caramelized Scottish Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Braised Prime Short Ribs, and Valrhona Chocolate Cake.
  • O’Malley’s On Main –Located on Main Street, this Irish pub and bar is well-known for its lively atmosphere and a fun food selection. Some favorites on the menu include Sausage Rolls, gourmet burgers, Whiskey Chicken Boxty, and Bangers and Mash.
  • The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar –Whether you want a quick burger for lunch or late-night eats, this hangout on Ocean Avenue is an excellent choice. People rave about dishes like Country Fried Chicken, BBQ ribs, and the best Bloody Mary in town!

When You Have Flood Damage, You Need Experts at Cleanup – Call SERVPRO to Your Seal Beach Property!

Flood restoration also calls for prompt remediation to lessen damage to your Seal Beach property. SERVPRO can halt water flow to allow efficient water removal services to address any standing water already inside.

Some of the steps we take for water removal and flood damage in Seal Beach include setting up plastic sheeting to create barriers or a temporary seal. We can also provide board-up and tarping services if you have a leaking roof from storms. Other steps we take to handle water clean up after flooding include:

  • Use powerful extractors to remove standing water, including attachments for carpeting and furniture
  • Use wet/dry vacuums
  • Use moisture meters, moisture sensors, and infrared camera technology to find any hidden pockets of moisture

Skilled water damage restoration technicians best handle flood damage. Call us at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress when you have concerns after a recent storm – (562) 431-9400.

Are Mold Issues in a Home Permanent?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working to fix mold issues Mold damage presents in many colors and grows very fast. Call SERVPRO at the first sight. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Can Dramatically Reduce Mold Issues in your Seal Beach Home through Expert Remediation

Coastal properties are more likely to be exposed to moist air and heavy rainfall. These factors can lead to mold growth in your home, which starts as microscopic spores and grows into larger colonies. Molds colonies can cause odor problems and use enzymes to break down organic compounds like sheetrock. 

The purpose of mold remediation in your Seal Beach home is to reduce spores' growth rate and remove infested materials. It is impossible to remove mold spores from the house altogether as these are a natural part of an indoor environment. The key is to reduce the growth rate of spores, which is most achievable by correcting your home's moisture problem. 

  • Finding the source of damp spots is essential to reducing mold growth. These can be insufficient insulation, structural exposure, or plumbing issues.
  • Correcting the moisture problem can involve controlling humidity using desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Removing and disposing of infested materials is vital to controlling an overall microbial growth issue.

Protect your home from mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation at (562) 431-9400.

What Type of Smoke is Common in Housefires?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged wall outlet Smoke and soot can settle on the walls of your home. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians to help remediate your home.

Smoke Has Varying Chemical Composition and Impact on your Cypress Home. SERVPRO Carefully Analyze Smokes to Find the Right Cleaning Solution.

The chemical composition of smoke can differ significantly in two different housefires. Materials that combust during a fire greatly influence the type of smoke deposits, while temperature and pressure can also play a significant role. 

When we assess fire damage in your Seal Beach home, we are looking to find the exact type of smoke. By identifying the kind of smoke, we can then select the most efficient and effective cleaning methods. Some smoke deposits may require light vacuuming, whereas others may require the introduction of solvents or alkaline-based cleaning products. 

  • Locating smoke residues is completed by tracing soiling from the source and working outward across the property. 
  • Identifying the smoke and the type of materials it is bonded to is vital to selecting the right cleaning products and methods.
  • Once a careful assessment is complete, technicians can use their analysis to capture and remove the smoke residues. 

Smoke deposits can spread around or cause odors in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for fire damage at (562) 431-9400.

Is it Possible to Prevent Damages from Long-term Water Exposure?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside of a building Commercial water damage problems can quickly thwart your business success. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services to help open the doors.

SERVPRO Has Expert Water Mitigation Teams to Help Recover your Seal Beach Business

Seal Beach is a city that lies close to Los Angeles's border but is incorporated within California's Orange County region. The relatively small population of Seal Beach is primarily associated with the nearby military base, the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Historically, this area was known as Anaheim landing and was a key trading outpost for imports and exports, most notably Californian wine. The pleasant climate in the region further grew the population of Anaheim Landing as holidaymakers from nearby Los Angeles would take regular vacations in the area. 

By the nineteen-forties, the region of Anaheim Landing was purchased by the United States military, who used its ideal geographical location to restock supplies on numerous Navy boats stationed across the Pacific. While military bases strongly influence Seal Beach in terms of its local economy, it still retains a strong, Californian surf culture and plays host to two annual cultural events. These events include the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and a Fish Fry. The current largest employer is the Boeing company that has offices in Seal Beach.

  • Seal Beach Pier is among the longest on the Pacific Coast. The pier has a long history as an amusement center and arcade, but today is a much quieter, peaceful pier with sights of natural wildlife and local surfers along the landing. The entranceway to the dock is at the end of Main Street.
  • National Wildlife Refuge on Seal Beach is a wetland preserve and conservation effort open to the public throughout the year. Many rare species of birds frequent this area of the bay alongside aquatic species. Tours of the refuge run on the last Sunday of every month.
  • On the borders of Long Beach and Seal Beach is M&M Surfing School. The center offers a safe, instructor-led introduction to the rich surfing scene at the heart of Seal Beach. A family-owned business, the surf school has been running successfully for nearly twenty years. 

SERVPRO Can Reduce Losses from Water Intrusion Using Advanced Mitigation Techniques

Slow leaks can cause buildups of moisture in the home, which over time degrade and cause water damage. Introducing water to a building assembly can cause materials to break-down, lose their structural integrity, or become hotbeds for microbial growth, including fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Often, the adverse effects of water intrusion can lead to costly repairs in the future. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate the potentially damaging consequences of water damage and exposure in the workplace. 

  • Assessing a building assembly is possible using non-invasive moisture sensors to detect potential water exposure.
  • Our team is capable of quickly removing and replacing affected drywall or insulation in the warehouse or other  areas of large or small commercial buildings.
  • We can often restore fabrics, flooring, or furnishing that may otherwise be expensive to replace.

Mitigating damage in your commercial property is crucial to preventing long-term expenses which can compound lost revenues. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for water mitigation at (562) 431-9400.

SERVPRO Looks After Wood Furniture during Water Damage Restoration

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home When water invades your Seal Beach home, you need the experts! Call SERVPRO at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Furniture in Seal Beach

One of the most frustrating parts of water damage is the cost of replacing ruined furniture. Thankfully, it is often possible to save furniture with a little help from professionals.

Our customers who need help with water damage restoration in Seal Beach often ask if it is possible to restore water-damaged furniture. They are also concerned about whether they should do anything while waiting for our team to arrive.

While you are waiting, if it is safe to do so, you can:

  • Remove all items from wooden tables, such as books or lamps.
  • Gently blot the water from the wooden furniture’s surface using mops or rags.
  • Place squares of aluminum foil, or wooden blocks if you have them, between furniture legs and the carpet.

The key to successfully drying wooden furniture is monitoring humidity and moisture levels to ensure we do not dry it too quickly or slowly. The pace of drying is essential if we want to avoid warping or cracking the furniture.

For a water damage restoration service that takes care of your furniture, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

When Should You Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with equipment SERVPRO has the tools and skill you need for your home after a flood incident. No matter how big or small the damages, call SERVPRO right away.

The Help you Need is on Hand in Seal Beach

Even if you are well prepared, you cannot always prevent a storm from causing flood damage to your home.

If your Seal Beach home suffers flood damage, of course, you want to clean it up as quickly as you can. There may be some situation where it is safe to do so – for example, if there is only a small puddle on the floor. However, you most certainly need to call in the professionals if:

Our teams come equipped with several kinds of monitoring equipment, along with pumps, wet vacs, spot cleaners, antimicrobial treatments, and deodorizing agents to deal with flood damage in your home.

We can also check for hidden damp patches and measure humidity levels to track down hidden potential problem areas.

If you notice flood damage in your home, it is better to call professionals. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Helping the Coastal Community of Seal Beach Deal with Mold

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for assistance today.

SERVPRO Keeps Fungus at Bay in this Charming Town

If you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway, look no further than Seal Beach. This tiny town of just 25,000 residents is situated close enough to bigger cities to give access to all the amenities, but far enough away that you will feel like you are on a seaside vacation.

Seal Beach dates back to the mid-nineteenth century when farmers and merchants from nearby Anaheim decided they wanted a port closer to where Anaheim Creek joins the Pacific Ocean. They built a landing, Anaheim Landing, that eventually grew up into a prosperous port town. The town was initially called Bay City, but after it fell on hard times, the mayor re-branded it as Seal Beach.

Even after the re-brand, the area had a somewhat checkered reputation. After the first World War, the town’s proximity to the sea and lack of strong police presence made it a favorite haunt of gamblers and rum smugglers.

These days, Seal Beach is a prosperous and popular town that combines old-world beachside charm with good eats, independent stores, a lively atmosphere, and a strong surfing culture. It is the ideal place to take a break away from it all.

There is Always Plenty to See and Do in Seal Beach

When you visit Seal Beach, you will not be short of things to enjoy. Why not start with:

  • The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, where you can enjoy more than 900 acres of unspoiled wild land, including wetland and salt marshland. You might spot osprey, stingrays, sea turtles, monarch butterflies, and even endangered species such as Belding’s Savannah Sparrow and the California Least Tern.
  • Seal Beach, where you can lounge on the sand and enjoy the sun or get active with windsurfing and diving. Amateurs and experienced surfers flock here, and if you need lessons, you will find M&M Surf School nearby.
  • Brita’s Old Town Gardens is a small garden center and nursery – and it is well worth a visit. The tiny gated location is brimming with old-fashioned charm, and it is worth visiting just to stroll around and see all the unusual plants they keep here. Of course, if you are looking to buy some plants, advice is close at hand.
  • Main Street, where you will find small boutiques, antique stores, and eclectic independent shops galore.

Do not forget to take a stroll down the Seal Beach Pier. It is free though you will need to bring coins if you want to use the periscopes. You can pass a peaceful hour here admiring the view and watching the fishermen at work.

Does Seaside Living Encourage Mold Growth?

No doubt living in a coastal community has many advantages, and the sea air and views are good for the soul. However, it is unfortunate that seaside living often means a more humid atmosphere, which can encourage fungal growth.

In order to grow, mold requires a food source, the correct temperatures, and light levels, oxygen, and moisture. Food sources include many household materials such as drywall, wood, carpets, and drapes.

When you call SERVPRO, we do not just look for visible signs of mold. We also:

  • Measure humidity levels in the air.
  • Look for damp patches on ceilings.
  • Use probes to measure moisture in walls or under wooden floors.

For thorough mold remediation that relies on proper measurement and data, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Enjoy International Cuisine In and Around Seal Beach.

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage to your property may become a hassle. SERVPROs team of professionals are trained for any size water damaged property.

Participate in Orange County’s Restaurant Week in the Seal Beach Area.

Seal Beach residents can come and enjoy food from around the world while supporting local restaurants at Orange County’s annual Restaurant Week.  This year, the tasty gastronomic event is being held from March 7th through the 13th.  Those taking part in Restaurant Week can enjoy, among other things, specially priced dine-in or takeout meals, family-friendly dining options, and unique event-specific cocktails.  The following are a few of the local restaurants taking part in this tasty tradition:

  • 320 Main Restaurant in Seal Beach
  • Amorelia Mexican Café in Costa Mesa
  • Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine
  • Brunos Italian Kitchen in Brea
  • Casablanca The Restaurant in Costa Mesa
  • Gyu-Kaku in Huntington Beach

So, this March, take a break from cooking and enjoy the diverse food offerings of Orange County’s best restaurants.

The helpful professionals at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress are pleased to announce this year’s signature Orange County restaurant event.  With that said, we would also like to remind you that we are always here to help local business owners with all of their water damage restoration needs.  Call us anytime at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

Seal Beach and Orange County’s Other Cities are Exciting Places for Active People.

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Their IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Throughout the Year, the Seal Beach Area Offers a Wide Variety of Fun Things to Do.

Residents and visitors of the Seal Beach area can enjoy the region’s fun events, festivals, and other activities. These offerings include everything from foot races to music concerts, art and food festivals, parades, and fireworks displays. In other words, throughout the year, Orange County offers entertaining things for just about everyone. There are seasonal events, activities for those seeking to challenge themselves physically, concerts for music lovers, festivals for art aficionados and gastronomes, and various activities appropriate for families with children. So, as you can see, there are many reasons to appreciate life in this part of Southern California.

Neat Seasonal Things to Do

Regardless of what time of the year it is, there are always festive seasonal activities for locals and tourists to experience. These help everyone get into the mood for different times of the year and present people with an opportunity to celebrate them. A few of the more notable seasonal things to do are:

The Cherry Blossom Festival - the free annual celebration of Japanese culture, during which attendees can enjoy Japanese music, dance, cultural performances, arts & crafts, and food, that usually takes place the second week of March in Huntington Beach
La Habra’s Spring Citrus Fair - free three-day fair generally held the first week of May that features a citrus market, bubble parade, thrill rides, kiddie rides, music from local bands, and delicious food
Fourth of July Fireworks Displays and Parades - occur throughout Orange County and are often free to the public
Trick or Treating on Main Street - Halloween activity during which Seal Beach’s Main Street merchants dress in costumes and greet local children
Seal Beach’s Holiday Parade - annual holiday parade during the first week of December that has creative floats, local dignitaries, and Santa

Athletic Competitions for Those Looking to Exert Themselves

If you are a fan of exercise that enjoys a good walk, foot race, or swim, Orange County has just what you need. Communities in the county, including Seal Beach, host various athletic events throughout the year. Some of these include the:

Surf City, USA Marathon & Half Marathon in Huntington Beach - Foot races along the Pacific Coast Highway, ranging from a one-mile run to a full marathon that takes place the first week of FebruaryMS Walk in Irvine - fundraising event held the first week of April (for multiple sclerosis research) that consists of entertainment, food, and a two-mile walk

 Huntington Beach Pier Swim - competitive half-mile swim around Huntington Beach Pier during the second week of June that costs $25 to enter and gives awards to the top three finishers of each division
Summer of Mud Run - 5K run through muddy, wet trails and obstacles that take place in Silverado in June
Fit Expo - diverse series of fitness competitions, including those in martial arts, bodybuilding, weight lifting, and arm wrestling that is held in Anaheim in August

Concerts and Festivals for Music Lovers

Concert enthusiasts can rejoice in knowing that the Seal Beach area hosts several live music events every year. These cover a wide array of musical genres and are readily accessible to the public. A brief listing of these is:

Seal Beach’s Free Concerts by the Pier - Concerts occurring every Wednesday evening, June through August
Huntington Beach’s Like Totally Music Festival - held in May and features the music of famous 1980’s bands
Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival - a May festival filled with live blues music
Corona’s Baroque Music Festival - takes place the last week of June and presents live Baroque Era style music with and without vocal accompaniment

Art & Food Festivals

Those residents and visitors looking for artistic stimulation or gastronomic experiences should check out some of the many art and food festivals hosted by local communities. The most popular of these are:

Irvine’s Family Music & Arts Festival - fun, kid-focused event lasting through the first week of April
Yorba Linda’s Celebration of the Arts - a free, family-friendly event that happens the first week of June and features, among other things, paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, and wood carvings
The Taste of Huntington Beach - occurs the last week of April and gives those in attendance a chance to taste local restaurant offerings
A Taste of Greece - takes place in Irvine and showcases Greek food, drink, and dance

It is always good to know what your entertainment options are. More importantly, though, you should be aware of what flood damage cleanup and restoration services are available if you ever suffer a flooding event. With this in mind, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress want you to know that we are always here to help. Call us at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help You Recover from Flood Damage?

The skilled professionals at SERVPRO have all the necessary advanced industry training and state-of-the-art tools to effectively mitigate, clean up, and restore most flood damage. Also, as a result of our expertise and equipment, we are often able to return your home to its pre-flood condition faster than other companies. Some of the particular methods and tools that make this possible are:

Using wet vacs and powerful extractors to swiftly remove standing floodwaters from your home
Employing EPA-approved methods to professionally remove hazardous, flood-related wastes
Thoroughly drying out your home’s interior with air movers, Injectidry systems, and dehumidifiers
Treating flood-affected surfaces with foggers that disperse industrial-grade antimicrobials around your residence
Tackling strong flood-related smells with powerful deodorizers.
In each of these innovative ways, our technicians work toward resolving the various problems arising from flooding events. Most times, these efforts save you time, money, and future headaches.

With all that said, it certainly pays to do your research and select the best flood damage remediation service for your particular needs. So, if flooding ever impacts your home, remember to select a quality remediator like SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress. Call us at (562) 431-9400 for help.

Listen to the Music of Internationally Renowned Artists Near Seal Beach.

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When a fire strikes a home SERVPRO should be the team to call upon. Their IICRC certified and trained techs are experienced with fire damage.

Seal Beach Residents Can Attend the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival.

Presented by the Philharmonic Society and Laguna Beach Live!, the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival is being held this year from March 24th to the 28th and is readily accessible to Seal Beach residents. This exciting musical event features the talents of the following internationally acclaimed artists:

  • Pianist and composer Conrad Tao
  • The JACK Quartet
  • The Westerlies Quartet
  • Violinist Stefan Jackiw
  • Dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher

Visit the Philharmonic Society website or call (949) 553-2422 for additional information or purchase tickets. If the concert cannot be held in-person, it may be held virtually.

Regardless of whether you are a fine music lover or not, the potential for a residential fire is an ever-present concern. This is especially true in our region, which is particularly prone to wildfires. So, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress want you to know that we are always here to help. Whenever you need fire damage restoration services, call us at (562) 431-9400.