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How Do Different Forms of Water Impact My Los Angeles Home?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Removes Excess Surface, Free, and Bound Water in Los Angeles

There is more than meets the eye with water removal in Los Angeles. When your hardwood floors sustain exposure to moisture, the water has the opportunity to seep into your flooring in multiple ways. As a homeowner, you can mop up the excess water, but professional technicians can detect the presence of additional moisture by using moisture meters and sensors.

Can I Just Remove the Surface Water?

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques to Remove All Excess Moisture
Water mitigation in your Los Angeles home is not as simple as just removing the surface water. If you remove only the surface water from your hardwood flooring, then you may face extensive long term damage such as warped floors or provide conditions conducive to mold growth.

What is Free Water?

    •    The moisture that is in the material through absorption.
    •    Evaporates as warm air crosses over the surface and pulls the free water out.
    •    Closer to the surface than bound water.

What is Bound Water?

    •    Moisture absorbed deep into the material.
    •    Chemically bonds with the wood.
    •    To remove bound water, it must break the chemical bond.
    •    Airflow across the surface does not remove the water; the material must be heated to break the bond, allowing evaporation.

When removing bound water from material, technicians use precautions as they carefully heat the wood. If the material overheats, it could cause permanent damage to your flooring. For example, floors could change shape and buckle. Technicians typically use a mat drying system to carefully heat the wood while simultaneously removing surface and free moisture.

For assistance after a leak, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Who Can I Call to Restore My Fire-Damaged Seal Beach Warehouse?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Burning sparks flying If you ever need assistance dealing with the aftereffects of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress.

In Seal Beach, SERVPRO is a Good Service to Call for Commercial Fire Damage Remediation

Industrial parks in the Seal Beach area are home to numerous warehouses that store products arriving at or shipping out from nearby ports. While these commercial structures and their valuable inventory are usually safe, there is always a chance that fires could one day destroy these vital business resources. This region’s long hot and dry periods only increase the risk that items stored in a cluttered warehouse could spontaneously ignite. The potential actions of careless employees and workers further increase this danger. They might spark a fire by doing something as simple as discarding a burning cigarette butt.

Why is SERVPRO One of the Better Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration Companies?

Recovering quickly from the effects of commercial fire damage in Seal Beach is essential to maintaining your business. The speed at which recovery occurs largely determines when your business can reopen and whether or not it can remain in operation and stay profitable. Considering this, it is paramount that companies seek assistance from services with the right training, experience, and equipment to effectively remediate their fire damage as soon as possible. In terms of training and experience, SERVPRO outperforms most others as a fire damage remediation firm. It has:

    •    Over twenty years of extensive industry experience
    •    Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approval
    •    A commercial large-loss disaster recovery team that has successfully handled such catastrophic events as the 2007 and 2017 California wildfires
    •    Technicians specifically certified in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning

Our experts, using their extensive training and experience, are able to do the job right the first time and can usually restore your commercial facilities faster than other services.

What Exactly is Our Company Skilled at Doing?

SERVPRO technicians are experts at handling most things related to fire damage and, therefore, can often save you time and money on remediation efforts. Some of the various tasks we have successfully completed include:

    •    Fire damage mitigations
    •    Thorough cleanings of ceilings, walls, floors, and other structural elements
    •    Attic cleanings during which insulation and rafters are remediated
    •    Removals of soot residues from HVAC systems
    •    Restorations of household fixtures, personal property, and specialty items
    •    Reconstructions of destroyed elements

Our workers, rather than simply replacing everything, know what can be saved and what is not cost-effective to attempt to restore. This usually enables them to efficiently perform all tasks and deliver the best, most cost-effective results.

What High-Tech Tools Does SERVPRO Employ to Complete Their Work?

Successfully restoring a fire-damaged commercial property takes the right equipment. Unfortunately, not all Seal Beach area cleaning and restoration companies possess the necessary gear for every job. This is yet another reason why we are often more able to remediate your impacted property than some other services. Some of the state-of-the-art tools our technicians have at their disposal are:

    •    High-velocity box fans that quickly remove airborne odors
    •    Air scrubbers to filter out smell-producing particles
    •    Ozone machines that use ozone gas to neutralize odors
    •    Vaportek systems to deodorize your business with aerosolized natural oils
    •    Cleaning systems that clean soot residues from your ventilation networks
    •    Thermal and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that eliminate smells in impacted parts of your commercial facility
    •    Injection devices that shoot deodorants into carpeting and upholstered furnishings

This useful equipment allows us to eliminate foul fire-related smells from nearly all kinds of structural elements and contents. The result is that, oftentimes, business properties we service are no longer burdened by odor-causing particles that are potentially harmful to their inventories, equipment, customers/clients, and employees.

Accidents and natural disasters are unpredictable, but should always be anticipated. This is especially important for business owners to realize, as they potentially face substantial long-term financial losses and could ultimately lose their business as a result of being unprepared for such catastrophes. In order to prepare for natural disasters and accidents, business operators should learn about and practice fire safety. They should always remain mindful of unsafe practices, establish procedures promoting fire safety, and set up their properties so that their facilities are less prone to catching fire. Moreover, owners of businesses should properly train their employees so that they know and can follow safe practices.

With all that said, however, there are no certainties when it comes to avoiding unpredictable catastrophes. As a business owner, you can take all the suggested precautionary measures and still suffer fire damage. There are simply some unfortunate situations that are unavoidable.  In these less common cases, rest assured in knowing that there are services that can help you quickly recover.

If you ever need assistance dealing with the aftereffects of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Can My Hair Appliances Cause a Fire in Los Angeles?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

hair straightener and hair dryer on a bathroom sink counter Take precautions to turn hair appliances off when not in use. Should your home suffer from a fire, contact team SERVPRO.

Your Hair Dryer and Flat Iron Could Cause a Fire in Your Los Angeles Home

Appliances often have a tag reminding us to unplug them when not in use. The reason for this warning is that a fire in your Los Angeles home could quickly start if one of your hair appliances malfunctions. Regardless of the flames' size, it is best to hire a professional crew to assess the damage and identify the next steps.

Los Angeles residents in need of fire restoration services can call SERVPRO for help. Our team is available around the clock to respond to your emergency and advise you on promptly restoring your home. Identifying the source of the fire and following the path of the smoke helps us take restoration action, including your HVAC system and any structural elements such as walls and columns.

How do I get rid of the smell left behind by the fire?

Fires tend to leave soot and ash behind, but the smell of smoke is often the most bothersome. Homeowners typically try to tackle the smell themselves, releasing aroma and air fresheners available in grocery and home improvement stores. However, our SERVPRO team has more options available to us to eradicate the smell. Among the equipment, we might use at your home are the following:

  • Ozone generators to neutralize the smell of smoke. Their use requires all humans and animals to vacate the home.
  • Air scrubbers whose active ingredients attract smell molecules to a filter and eliminate them.
  • Injections to insert deodorant into your carpets and disseminate a pleasant smell.

No two situations are the same, and our SERVPRO team is ready to customize its services to your needs. As a homeowner, you only need to rely on our expertise and let us apply best practices to your home. Like you, we want to minimize the fire in your daily life.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress is your best resource when an emergency happens. Call us at (562) 431-9400 and let us leave your home smelling, "Like it never even happened."

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I Have Flooding in My Cypress Home – How Can I Start the Cleanup?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side.

The Best First Step is Calling SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration Services at Your Cypress Home

Whenever you have flood loss in Cypress, it is best to act fast so you can limit the damage. Due to the nature of floodwater, calling in the help of trained technicians is the right way to go. We want you to rest assured that we can deploy a crew as soon as possible when you call SERVPRO for your flood restoration needs.

Will I Be Covered for My Flood Emergency?

Whether or not you are covered for flood damage in Cypress depends on your homeowner’s insurance coverage. Once you call our team for mitigation, a crew arrives to assess the damage and puts a plan of action in place for cleanup. We carefully log all of the work done and all damages so that you have the information you need for your insurance claim.

Can I Reduce Damages?

Letting our trained technicians handle the cleanup is one of the best ways to ensure secondary damage is limited or non-existent. We work to ensure that water migration halts to help save other areas of your home beyond the water loss zone. When handling any floodwater project, we always:

    •    Mark off the loss zone so that moisture and water droplets from potentially contaminated floodwater do not move into multiple areas of the home.
    •    Extract all standing water with powerful pumps, truck-mounted extractors, and other various equipment.
    •    Remove all saturated materials to be replaced with brand new materials.
    •    Wear protective gear, including shoe coverings, so that soiling is not tracked into other rooms.
    •    Use professional moisture detection equipment to ensure your interior is completely dry.
    •    Clean, sanitize, and deodorize your home using EPA-registered cleaning agents.

Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side. Call (562) 431-9400, and we send out a team as soon as possible.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Seal Beach, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress today at (562) 431-9400 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How do I Rid my Home of the Smell of Smoke after a Seal Beach Fire?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room; heavy smoke and soot damage on walls Fires of any size can leave smoke and soot damage throughout your home. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

SERVPRO Talks About Removing Housefire Odors in Seal Beach

Fires release stubborn malodors into Seal Beach homes in the form of smoke. These odor particles are invisible to the naked eye and tough to remove. SERVPRO operates with special odor control technicians to help homeowners overcome air-quality Issues after a fire.

Why are smoke odors hard to remove?

When materials in Seal Beach burn, they release gases into the surrounding environment. Odor particles are volatile molecules that can attach to the air. While smoke odors do disperse naturally into the air, they become unnoticeable in an enclosed environment, and they can linger for much longer. Microscopic particles can enter wood grains, surfaces without appropriate finish, fabrics, furniture, and carpets. Once bonded to material, they can continue to cause unpleasant odors into a home, which may persist after regular cleaning methods.

Is it safe to stay in my home after a recent fire?

Fires can release harmful emissions and noxious gases into the environment. These can be fatal from inhalation or ingestion. However, most harmful gasses like monoxide dissipate quickly, meaning that home is usually safe to return to a few hours after extinguishing the flames. You should wait to receive an all-clear from a fire marshall before re-entering the property and bring in professional restorers quickly who can inspect for further structural damage or other high-risk areas in the home. Most housefire restoration focuses on removing smoke, soot, and odors rather than structural problems, although a severe house fire may require remodeling or reconstruction.

What steps can I take to reduce further losses in a fire-damaged structure?

  • If the fire in Seal Beach is confined to a single area make efforts to contain that area from the rest of the home by closing doors or putting up old fabrics to block the movement of odor particles
  • Place old sheets or fabrics over surfaces and furniture. Covering surfaces can reduce further loss by stopping falling soots from bonding with surfaces below.
  • Opening windows and ventilating the space can encourage the dispersal of unpleasant odors.
  • Try to reduce foot traffic over the affected area. Soot spreads around the home on shoes or clothing.
  • Light vacuum walls, ceilings, surfaces, and floors to remove dry soot deposits from the surface.

What are dry soots, and how can I remove them from my property?

Natural materials like woods generally produce dry soots. Dry soots tend to be easier to remove from surfaces because they are less likely to bond with them. Wet cleaning methods can push dry soot deeper into a surface or spread them around. Avoid introducing moisture until a SERVPRO technician arrives. Instead, you can brush or vacuum surfaces with smoke damage to remove dry soots. Switch your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) off until a technician arrives. Dry soots can quickly enter venting ducts or supply-side ducts and spread through the home on air currents. HVAC systems can also spread odors to other rooms in the house. 

Can I remove wet or greasy soot deposits myself?

Wet smokes are odorous and are likely to bond with surfaces. Burning of synthetic materials like plastics create soot deposits. Finishes on appliances and wood finishes can release wet smoke into the home when they burn. Unlike dry soots, wet soots require expertise to remove efficiently. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) may need to use oil-based solvents to dissolve and eradicate wet smoke. We always pre-test surfaces to ascertain how well the surface responds to a cleaning method. Pre-testing can limit further damages.

What kind of items should I pre-test before performing fire restoration?

  • Soft furnishings can shrink, bleed, or suffer watermarks when applying cleaning solutions.
  • Sensitive materials like leathers, velvets or other fabrics
  • Ceiling and upper wall smoke deposits should be pre-tested to define whether smokes are wet or dry
  • Carpets can also lose color or fibers can become damaged when introducing cleaning agents without pre-testing
  • All smoke deposits should be tested for pH balance to ascertain whether to introduce alkaline or acidic cleaning products

How can I restore my indoor air quality after fire damage?

Indoor air quality can include odors or other gases that may remain in a property after a fire. Microscopic soots or dust can be harmful to ingest or inhale and should be removed entirely from your home to return it to its original state. Our technicians can deploy air filtration devices (AFD) to filter the air in your property. AFDs use layers of filters to pass indoor air and remove particles. A fan element pushes clean air back into the room. These can be useful tools at controlling and dealing with odor as well as microscopic soots.

When a fire strikes your property, it can be tough to return to its original condition without professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

How Can I Get My Business Quickly Reopened After A Fire?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy pad on a table Keep your business interruption insurance up-to-date in case of a fire damaging event to your Seal Beach Enterprise--Says SERVPRO

Bring in SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Teams

People are returning to the beaches. Every business along the shore is essential when it provides goods from ice to sunhats and everything else in between. Getting your doors reopened quickly after a fire is important to stay open permanently; especially now.

How are you going to do that without tearing up my business?

With sprinkler systems in even small gift shops, most commercial fire damage in Seal Beach businesses is from smoke and soot. In some cases, water used to stop the fire can result in more damage than from the heat and flames. Our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) train extensively on:

  • Removing smoke and soot particles
  • Odor elimination
  • Water removal
  • Furniture and fabric restoration

Once fully trained, FSRTs can restore most businesses without further damage.

Where do SERVPRO teams begin?

If there is any standing water, we first remove it. Doing this stops any on-going damage and reduces the chance of additional problems. It also makes the business safe to work in and for the owner and insurance, adjusters to enter for inspections. With careful use of pumps and extraction wands, FSRTs can clear small businesses in a few days.

After water removal, our technicians begin wiping down and cleaning every affected surface. If the fire burned quick and hot, most of the particles are dry and powdery and technicians can remove them with sponges, brushes, and a small amount of cleaning agent. For slower burning fires with lower heat, particles are stickier and harder to remove. Our personnel uses stronger cleaners with stiff brushes and vacuums to remove them.

What about my inventory?

SERVPRO technicians use the same cleaners and tools to restore t-shirts and other souvenirs. They also wipe down items like drink cans and bottles so they can be safely sold.

No matter how small your fire may have been, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for restoration. We are here for you.

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What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

water spraying at a man repairing sink faucet while woman watches When your home is facing plumbing failures, water damage can result. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Water Damage Experts In Los Angeles Describe Carpet Construction

If a plumbing failure ever occurs inside your Los Angeles apartment, the liquid will follow gravity and start to accumulate on your floors. Most water damage projects a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO deals with require restoring and cleaning flooring materials like your carpets. When attempting to save carpeting from being removed and replaced, it is important that the restorer knows how carpets get manufactured.

Our SERVPRO technicians study how carpets are made so that we can learn how to best restore them during your water damage mishap in Los Angeles. Knowing the basics of carpet construction allows us to come up with the best methods we can to extract and dry out wet carpets instead of removing and replacing them. How well a carpet holds up to problems depends on several factors, including the characteristics of the fiber, the type, and the quality of the carpet construction. How often a carpet gets vacuumed and cleaned can also play a major role in how well it can withstand moisture.

Most of the carpets that exist inside homes today are tufted, meaning that they are manufactured by tufting machines instead of being handwoven. Tufted carpet can be produced up to 20 times faster than woven flooring, which makes it much cheaper. This type of carpeting includes a face yarn layer, primary backing, latex adhesive, and a secondary backing.

The face yarn of carpets consists of natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. The face yarns then get tufted into the primary backing, which consists of a woven or spun-bonded construction made of jute or synthetic materials. The tufts get woven or needle-punched into the primary backing. The primary backing then gets treated with a latex adhesive coating to lock the yarns in place. 

The latex is an adhesive material commonly used to anchor the tufts into the primary backing and to hold both the primary and secondary backings together. Once your carpets get wet, the latex holding the carpet fibers to the backing deteriorates quickly. Once the carpet starts to remove from the backing, the process is called delamination, and the flooring may have to be removed and replaced.

If your carpets ever get wet after your apartment complex suffers from a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7,

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SERVPRO is Here to Help During this time of NEED!

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today - SERVPRO of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos/Cypress (562) 431-9400 or (818) 943-0287

What is More Important in a Seal Beach Flooded Property, Your Possessions, or Your Structure?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded modern white kitchen with a circular orange lifebuoy Whether flooding came from an outside or an inside source, the result is quite similar. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

When Floodwaters Enter Your Home, it is a Race Against Time to Secure Both Property and Possessions. SERVPRO Can Provide Experience and Expertise to Recover Losses Fast. 

What constitutes an emergency mitigation procedure?

A property with large quantities of floodwater is a ticking timebomb. Water migrates quickly in Seal Beach, causing degradation contents as well as the integrity of the structure. Our team of SERVPRO technicians reacts fast to emergency water loss scenarios using the latest technology to mitigate permanent harm. In the first instance, our technicians can perform crucial emergency mitigation on your property to help limit the damaging effects of water exposure.

Emergency services for properties with flood damage in Seal Beach constitute securing the structure and removing excess standing water. By performing several mitigation tasks in a short period, we can be confident of protecting your property from immediate harm. Drying the property can take several days or weeks. However, ensuring that the situation does not deteriorate is our priority. 

How does SERVPRO conduct emergency mitigation procedures?

  • Securing the property to prevent unlawful entry using emergency board-ups
  • Extraction of standing water to below two inches
  • Tarping to seal open areas that could imbibe further rain or floodwaters
  • Scoping the property to test structural integrity and neutralize potential hazards
  • Measuring the extent of harm using meters, sensors and thermal imaging cameras
  • Creating an itinerary of contents as well as structure

How do flood waters affect the structure of my property?

Large bodies of water exert robust and downward pressure on the structure of your home. Most properties are not designed to withstand the persistent pressure of standing water, which can damage jointing at the base of walls as well as waterlogging ceilings and floors. Properties with wooden frames or floorboards can experience swelling, cupping, and buckling after persistent exposure to moisture. 

What are the signs that the structure of my home is affected?

  • Pulling apart of the baseboard or at the corners of where walls meet floors and ceilings
  • Noticeable cupping of floorboards
  • Air bubbles in laminate flooring or pdf board
  • Peeling of paintwork and dipping effect in the ceiling
  • Dripping from ceilings or upper walls

Our technicians pump water out of the property in Seal Beach quickly using electric submersible pumps to reduce the immediate impact of standing water on a property. Using dehumidification equipment or temperature, we can lower the moisture content of wooden materials. This process can be very effective at securing structural contents and lowering the effect cupping or warping has on the property. 

Can you rescue the contents of a property after flood damage?

The quickest way of securing your content is to remove them from the affected area. We can either set up a drying room onsite by placing large, polyurethane sheets into an unaffected room for the temporary storage of contents. Alternatively, for more substantial items, we can block furniture to place it out of reach of the standing water level. In some cases, a pack out of the procedure may be necessary to secure possessions effectively.

How can you protect my contents in a move-out?

We enlist the help of professional movers to transport contents from your property to a secure, climate-controlled storage warehouse. When moving contents from your property, our technicians can digitally record the condition, position, and cleaning requirements of each item. Doing so ensures that we remain accountable for your possessions during transit, storage, and return. Specialty dry-cleaning or immersion cleaning services can be organized during storage to ensure your items return in a preloss condition where possible. 

How long does it take to dry a property?

Drying times can vary depending on the type of building materials as well as the severity of the flooding situation. Generally, water can migrate from the initial source outward into the property where it can seep into cavities, waterlog the subfloor or degrade, causing a grey or blackwater emergency. Additionally, any residual moisture left behind can result in mold growth or other harmful microbial growth issues. 

Drying the property may take several weeks in severe cases. Our technicians may need to return to your home regularly to assess the effectiveness of the drying procedure. Using air-movement equipment or drilling holes into walls to dry cavities are essential aspects of the drying procedure. We may take a humidity test from an unaffected area of the home and use it to assess our drying process. 

While thoroughly drying the property may seem like a time-consuming process, it is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition. Damp spots in properties can become hotbeds for microbial activity, which can lead to further damage in your home, both materials, and cosmetics. Using a qualified drying technician gives your home the best chance of making a full recovery and returning to its preloss condition. 

Counter-attacking flooding requires a positive approach to using professional equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.