Take a Free Holiday Tour Around the Seal Beach Area
We hope to see you at the Holiday Lights Tour!
Holiday Lights Tour Assembles in Seal Beach on December 17th
The holidays are almost upon us, so it is time to start planning seasonal activities. With a plethora of options in the Seal Beach area, this can be a daunting task. However, the Lorico Legacy Group, a local real estate agency, offers one of the most popular activities during December. This year, the firm is hosting its fourth annual Holiday Lights Tour. In order to avoid disappointment, please remember the following details about this festive outing:
• Event meetup starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 17th in the Glory Days Seal Beach Parking Lot, located at 620 Pacific Coast Highway
• Since there is limited seating, RSVP by December 4th
• Photos with Santa, as well as cookies and hot chocolate, can be had starting at 6:30PM
• Tour starts at 7:00 PM sharp, returns at 7:45 PM, and showcases the decorative lighting of the nearby seaside communities
Seasonal displays invigorate everyone with the holiday spirit, but your neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress encourage you to remain mindful of fire hazards. If your business is ever impacted by fire and its related odors, call us at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.
Learn How to Transition Home-based Workers into Cypress Area Office Environments
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom
Attend the Cypress Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom
The recent Covid-19 crisis has disrupted work environments in Cypress. Starting several months ago, as a result of state guidelines, local businesses instructed their employees to work remotely from home. At that time, these measures were necessary to protect everyone from potential infection. Now that the crisis appears to be ending, many companies want to know how they can safely and legally return their employees to the workplace. In order to help provide this information, the Cypress Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Networking Breakfast. The event’s guest speaker, Human Resources expert, Chuck Landon, is knowledgeable in all the necessary transition procedures. Important things to remember about this Networking Breakfast are:
• It takes place on December 8th between 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM PST
• Registration for the event ends at 10:00 PM PST on December 7th
• The session can be accessed through the Zoom link sent following registration
• Admission is free
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, a local water damage restoration service, understands the difficulties caused by Covid-19. We also have the training and tools to complete whatever remediation work you may need to have done. So, if you ever need our help, call (562) 431-9400.
Seal Beach is Beginning to Feel the Effects of Climate Change
Call our crew when your property is damaged by a storm
In Recent Years, Seal Beach Has Increasingly Suffered Flooding Events
The coastal community of Seal Beach, like many of Orange County’s other seaside areas, offers residents comfortable suburban living with easy access to numerous beautiful beaches. This luxury, however, does not come without its risks. In Seal Beach, these risks tend to involve flash floods and are seemingly becoming greater as the years go by. Notable inundations happened in January of 2017 and 2019, but flooding generally occurs every year during storm season. There are several potential causes of these often sudden deluges, which include:
• The heavy rains that fall during the area’s rainy season between October and May
• Storm surges resulting from strong coastal weather patterns
• “King tides” that are produced several times a year when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in such a way that their gravitational pull on the oceans is substantially increased
• Tsunamis generated by land and sea-based earthquakes and their shockwaves
• Overwhelmed local pump stations and stormwater drainage networks
• Rising sea levels and intensified storms related to climate change
One or more of these issues usually contribute to our community’s annual stormwater problems.
How Climate Change May Impact the Future Seal Beach
In July of 2019, the City of Seal Beach presented their climate change impact findings to local residents during a community workshop. These findings were based on the city’s extensive “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment,” which attempted to project how much the sea level might rise over the next eighty years, what the impacts of the sea level rise might be, and how these could be prevented or mitigated. Ultimately, the assessment found that:
• The sea level would likely rise between a half-foot and a foot by 2050
• This rise would probably increase to between 1.3 and 3.2 feet by 2100
• The likely projected sea-level rise (SLR) was unlikely to cause much damage by 2050 but could substantially harm the area by 2100, especially during 100-year storm conditions
• By 2100, the projected SLR would likely impact about 800 properties during non-storm conditions and nearly 1,450 during 100-year storm scenarios
• In about eighty years, SLR had a good chance of causing around $122 million in structural damage during normal, calm weather, while 100-year storm conditions nearly doubled this figure to about $241 million
• By 2100, there was a good possibility that around 18.8 acres of shoreline would be lost to erosion, costing the city about $1 million in revenue per year
Although the city presented inflated figures during its workshop presentation, the assessment its presentation was based on fostered some important and troubling realizations about the seaside community’s future.
What Can Be Done to Mitigate the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Seal Beach?
The municipality’s study considered various ways in which the coming crisis could be mitigated. Moreover, it facilitated the city’s development of a Local Coastal Plan to better manage coastal development and protect resources. The formal plan includes state Coastal Act requirements and prevents any new development without the city’s final approval. Some of the various ways Seal Beach hopes to reduce the potential future destruction caused by SLR are:
• Denying new developments in areas deemed to be at a moderate-to-high risk of SLR-related issues
• Taking structures severely troubled by SLR through eminent domain and demolishing them
• Erecting high seawalls to keep rising seawater from flowing into the town and inundating homes and businesses
• Constructing a series of sand berms to divert water away from essential or important areas
• Placing homes and commercial buildings on stilts to allow high waters to flow under them
• Building more pump stations and improving the community’s drainage network
Over the next eighty or so years, a combination of a few or all of these measures should greatly help our beautiful coastal city avoid the worst effects of SLR.
Seal Beach faces what many other oceanfront municipalities face. Every year, it is battered by strong storms, has periods of heavy rains, experiences drainage system failures, and suffers tidal effects related to celestial bodies and their gravitational pull. The community is also vulnerable to the insidious products of climate change, which can exacerbate the previously mentioned issues. On top of all this, it has to deal with the unique problems of the Pacific Rim region, namely earthquakes and tsunamis. With all this said, the city does have methods of ameliorating its situation. These include preventative planning, controlled development, and various engineering tasks to block or divert water away from vulnerable structures.
The technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress are masters at flooding cleanup. We have routinely and successfully dealt with flood cleanup in this area. Moreover, our skilled professionals are equipped with the right training and tools to get the job done right. So, if your home is ever flooded, call us at (562) 431-9400.
What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up Flooding?
SERVPRO experts waste no time when it comes to cleaning up your flooded home. Generally, within four hours of your initial call, we are at your residence and ready to get the job done. Using our wealth of knowledge in cleaning and remediation topics, as well as our cutting edge equipment, we work to resolve your flood-related issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. The measures our workers take include the following:
• Extracting large amounts of standing water with industrial-grade extractors and smaller pools of liquid with wet vacs
• Using air movers and various types of dehumidifiers to dry out your home’s interiors
• Drying out hidden, difficult-to-reach spaces beneath flooring and behind walls and ceilings with Injectidry systems
• Fogging impacted surfaces and contents with EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants
• Restoring flood-affected structural elements with various state-of-the-art tools
• Fully rebuilding destroyed areas of your residence
Whatever damage your home has suffered, our methods are usually able to successfully remediate it.
So, whenever your home is inundated in contaminated floodwaters, remember that expert assistance is available. If you ever need to have flooding cleanup work done, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.
If the Mold is Removed, will it Return to properties in Seal Beach?
Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for help with flood damage to your residential home.
Mold Removal in Seal Beach
When consumers find a mold infestation in Seal Beach, many ignore it or wash the surface they find it on with soap and water or vinegar. They are not too worried about the mold or the damage that it might cause to the structure or even their health.
SERVPRO has provided mold and water removal services to homes and companies in Seal Beach and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Our experience has been that where there is mold, there is usually a moisture problem. The combination of mold and water can, over time, destroy structures, drywall, and cupboards made from pressed wood, and yes, it will return as long as there is a source of moisture.
Mold is always present in the air outside as well as inside our homes and businesses. Maintaining a clean and dry space prevents mold from growing. Once you smell that stale, musty odor, there is a mold/moisture issue.
SERVPRO has found the proper way to manage a mold situation is:
• Remove the source of the moisture – small leaks or condensation are common
• Remove damaged materials and structures supporting mold colonies
• Apply anti-fungal and antimicrobial chemicals before restoring the area.
Can’t We Ignore the Mold?
Many clients do ignore small patches of mold or perhaps attempt to wash the affected surface. Unfortunately, as long as there is a moisture source, the mold will continue to remain and grow. Clients who ignore the situation may have to deal with the following:
• Mold can cause health effects.
• Ongoing moisture or water leaks can compromise the structural integrity of building structures
• There may be an unpleasant stale, musty odor
Our SERVPRO IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can help track the origin of moisture, supporting mold growth in your home or business. We provide mold remediation and restoration services to prevent the return of mold infestations.
Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for help with flood damage to your residential home.
Can a Tankless Water Heater Limit the Potential for Water Damage?
A hot water heater issue in your home can become a bigger issue than most realize. Let SERVPRO help you through.
SERVPRO techs know plumbing issues can arise with any device and have the skills and equipment to get the water out of your Seal Beach home
The average service life of a hot water heater in a Seal Beach home is around eight to twelve years on average. If the tank fails, it can dump a sudden thirty plus gallons of water in your home. Once free of the tank, the water spreads and migrates down and seeps under floors, affecting floor joists and can penetrate under the foundation in some cases. Tankless water heaters have some definite perks such as:
- They do not require a tank to hold the hot water for use
- Minimal potential for a catastrophic water damage event
- No waiting for the water to heat up; it arrives hot
- Uses 30% to 50% less energy for hot water since no tank needed
What is the Best Way to Get Rapid Water Removal?
After a large scale damage event in your Seal Beach home requires water removal, the best action a homeowner can take is to bring in outside help. SERVPRO techs have multiple types of equipment to get the water out of your home quickly. A mere inch of water can do numerous types of damage to your home in a short period, including:
- Destruction to carpet and tile flooring
- Water may cause the carpet to shrink, deteriorate, or dyes to bleed
- The subfloor may warp due to seepage and require replacement
- Sheetrock may buckle or fall apart after wicking water
Commonly Seen Cleanup Needs for a Home
When SERVPRO techs work on a home post-water tank failure, there is often a lot of water to extract. Fifty gallons of water does not look like so much when it is sitting compressed in the tank. It can seem overwhelming about where to start the cleanup. Some actions homeowners can take before the arrival of the crew is to remove items off the wet floor such as magazines in baskets, decorative pillows, and porous items that can absorb water or have the potential to bleed inks or dyes onto carpet or laminate flooring.
The flooring of all types takes a beating after a water spill of this size in a home. SERVPRO techs have comprehensive training in handling damage from water for all kinds of flooring, and they know after inspection if your floor covering has restoration potential or not.
Laminate flooring, particularly on floating floors, fares poorly when exposed to copious amounts of water. This is due to the composition of most of the floorboards, having a melanin and fiberboard core. Once it has excessive exposure to moisture, the fiberboard swells and causes deterioration for the board. Usually, this type of flooring needs removal and replacement after a massive water damage issue.
Ceramic and laminate (resilient) tile usually have two very different outcomes. While ceramic tile has one of the best potentials for a full restoration, if the grout line seal remains intact, laminate tile may float up and off when the adhesive loses its grip.
Since a water tank cleanup has a rating as a clean water restoration job, as long as the cleanup starts within 24 hours, the water poses no hazards, and on a case by case basis, the techs can extract the water from the carpet and dry it in place. This is usually welcome news to homeowners who have an investment in their wall-to-wall carpeting.
Wood floorboards react differently to water as even sealed boards still naturally absorb some water resulting in bowing or crowning. Until the boards get dried, there is no way to gauge the true restoration potential. Often with the use of drying mats, the boards return to their original shape, although in some cases, they may need refinishing.
Once the property dries, the techs use their equipment to ensure that there are no areas of moisture that got missed. They look for:
- Cold areas indicating moisture behind walls as seen through the use of infrared cameras
- The use of penetrating probes to determine if any water remains within the subfloor
- Interior humidity readings to ensure drying goals got attained
After the water gets extracted and the work-site dried, SERVPRO techs work on manual cleaning and prepping the area for any needed repairs. The Crew Chief walks the homeowner through the actions taken and goes over any controlled demolition that needed to occur for drying. Homeowners get encouraged to ask any questions, so everyone is on the same page when the restoration services get completed.
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 when you need assistance with water removal in your home. The technicians have the training and equipment to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."
Is it Possible to Remain on Premises Following a Fire?
SERVPRO protects its technicians from biohazardous airborne smoke particles in Los Angeles area homes
SERVPRO Assesses Los Angeles Area Fire Damage for Safe Living Conditions
After enduring a fire in your Los Angeles home, you may not wish to leave, especially if you feel your property is vulnerable due to the extensive damage. However, it is vital to prioritize your safety, ensuring your home is safe before deciding to return permanently. Often, technicians use strong deodorizers and fogging techniques that require residents to vacate the property. They also may need to turn off your power for safety purposes. Our goal is to quickly and effectively restore your home to preloss conditions so that you may return.
Why are Slip and Falls a Hazard After a Fire?
Firefighters Often Use Water to Extinguish a Fire
Surprisingly, one of the major factors impeding fire restoration for your Los Angeles home is water usage during firefighting efforts. Excess moisture on top of fire damage makes the cleanup and restoration tasks even more challenging. Our trained SERVPRO technicians employ OSHA required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which shuts off power as a safety precaution if it senses too much electrical current in a wet environment.
What are Some of the Most Common Safety Hazards After A Fire?
- Electrical Hazards: If the electricity is still running, it is essential to inspect for damaged wiring. It may be necessary to terminate power from the fuse box to ensure safety.
- Structural Hazards: Fire can cause loose building materials and other debris to fall. Technicians wear hardhats as personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Slip, Trip, and Fall: Excess water may cause slipping, while debris, electrical cords, and poor visibility can cause a fall.
For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
Is it Possible to Control Water Damage in a Property?
SERVPRO's Dehumidifiers and Skilled Technicians Can Cut, Contain, and Dry Water Damaged Los Angeles Properties, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Uses Advanced Water Mitigation Techniques to Ensure your Los Angeles Home Suffers Minimal Permanent Damage.
How can I prevent water issues from spreading?
It can be easy to spread water issues around your Los Angeles home without realizing it. Not only does water naturally migrate, but it also contains microbes that can contaminate unaffected areas of the house. SERVPRO technicians work hard to establish engineering controls when using a property with water exposure. Engineering controls may include preventing the spread of contaminants on clothing by setting up decontamination rooms. But it also includes building containment to avoid microbes from spreading from space to space. Usually, we can set up an air filtration device to remove humid air from the building and exhaust it outside.
- Why is humidity control important in water restoration?
- Reduces the chance of water migration
- Limits secondary damages typically associated with water
- Prevents microbial amplification in the affected area
How is humidity control provided in water restoration?
Rising humidity levels are essential to bringing under control when performing water mitigation in your Los Angeles home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to take readings from the affected area, unaffected areas of the house, and outdoor humidity levels. By comparing the results, we can set a dry goal for the affected area then use dehumidification equipment to bring down the relative humidity to an average level. It may be necessary to take several readings within a property and apply negative air pressure to prevent humidity from spreading throughout the house.
What materials may need to be removed during water mitigation?
- Flooring including carpets and pads
- Trim like baseboards as well as door and window trim
- Porous construction materials like drywall
Water mitigation is a challenging task that requires expert training and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.
How Do I Control Mold on a Waterfront Business?
SERVPRO Offers Advanced Equipment Like this Air Scrubber to Improve IAQ Indoor Air Quality during Mold Remediation in Seal Beach Structures
Mold is Common in Oceanside Businesses on Seal Beach. Contacting Commercial Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Can Return your Business to a Pre-loss Condition.
Why is the mold more prominent in waterfront businesses?
Mold is an organism that requires moisture to grow and reproduce. Like those found on Seal Beach's waterfront, humid climates can create ideal conditions for spontaneous mold growth. These organisms can be unsanitary and have health effects. For ensuring you maintain your staff's safety, it is essential to reach out to professional mold remediators. Mold remediators not only remove the current issue but can address the underlying cause of the problem. In short, using a professional service could save expenses in the longer term. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day for business clients.
What conditions does mold need to thrive?
- Temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees
- Moisture which can come from the humidity
- A food supply which consists of organic matter frequently found in building materials
How can I restore indoor air-quality following mold growth?
One advantage of using mold removal companies in Seal Beach is access to professional equipment. Mold organisms can be as small as 1 micron, invisible to the naked eye, but can be ingested or inhaled. When entering a mold site, SERVPRO technicians use N95 respirators to protect themselves from airborne spores. Restoring indoor air-quality is usually undertaken once contamination is removed. We use air-scrubbing equipment fitted with filters that are capable of removing contaminants as small as 0.3 microns. It is advisable to use air filters rather than natural or fan ventilation to prevent spreading mold spores from room to room during restoration.
Who is involved in professional mold remediation?
- Industrial hygienist or an indoor environmental specialist
- An insurance adjuster to assess the claim and provide an estimate
- Mold assessment and remediation technician with IICRC accreditation
Protect your ocean side business by using professional mold remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.
What Is The Process For Water Removal In a Flooded Residence?
SERVPRO is Here to Help if your home needs water removal.
Flooding in a Seal Beach Home Requires Emergency Water Mitigation and SERVPRO has the Professionals Who Can Do It
Catastrophes such as flooding turn your world upside down. Choosing the right water damage company in Seal Beach is vital.
What happens once I place an emergency service call?
No one wants to make an emergency service call to a water removal cleanup company in Seal Beach. But if flooding has occurred, you have no choice. You want a company that puts you at ease and brings you along every step of the way. SERVPRO does precisely that. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians always have several main goals when they arrive:
Working closely with the customer to ensure they understand the cleanup and restoration process.
- Protecting the structure and contents from further damage.
- Removing as much water as possible.
- Getting the drying process started.
- Avoiding as much disruption to the customer as possible.
Scoping Out the Area
The whole process starts with scoping. This can allow the technicians to ascertain what they are dealing with in regards to water damage. They will decide what type of water is involved – clean, gray, or black. The team will check for safety hazards so the work can begin safely. Then they move onto determining what is wet, where the water has migrated, and what materials need drying.
Restoring Your Home
Once the above occurs, the Green Team gets to work restoring your home, “Like it never even happened.” Wet vacs, powerful pumps, and other water extraction tools remove water. The drying process is followed by repair, restoration, or replacement of contents.
There is no need to panic if you need water removal cleanup. Our professionals provide you with peace of mind knowing you are in good hands. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (582) 431 - 9400. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
I Live In A Coastal Town – What Do I Need To Know About Being Prepared For Flooding?
Coastal flooding can cause a variety of water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.
Understanding the Risks Can Help You Better Prepare Your Seal Beach Home.
Over the past 90 years, Seal Beach has experienced approximately 3” of sea-level rise. The projection is an increase in that number over the next century, mainly due to climate change. This means coastal flooding can increase along with the severity of the storms. The local National Weather Service sets flood standards for the area. Since 1960 there have been 166 days where those levels were exceeded.
What Causes Sea Levels to Rise?
While factors can vary from location to location, certain elements impact rising sea levels in coastal towns. These include:
- Oceans Getting Warmer – Oceans have been warming for over a century satellite, and thermometer measurements show. Water expands as it warms. Since seas have nowhere to go when they expand, they go up and go out.
- Ice Shrinking – Global glaciers and ice sheets in places like Greenland and Antarctica are slowly melting. Some are breaking off into the ocean as a result. This adds large amounts of land water and ice into the oceans, significantly impacting rising sea levels.
- Land Sinking – Coastal land is sinking in many places. Often it is the result of nature and time, but industry-related pumping can have an impact as well.
When sea levels rise, the starting point for tides, waves, and storm surges rise as well, according to Riskfinder.org. This is why the storms could increase. This can lead to flood damage in Seal Beach.
Are You Prepared for Storms?
Storms can hit any city at any time and cause untold damage. If you live in a coastal town, the risk is more significant for rough weather and flooding. The lower your home is, the more of a chance there is of floodwaters intruding on your residence. Many factors can contribute to increased flooding, such as rainfall, topography, tidal and river flow data, and new construction.
You may never have experienced storm damage. But that does not mean you won't have a problem in the future. SERVPRO is here to help if you do.
How Can I Protect My Home & Family?
There are certain things that any family who lives in a coastal town should be doing. If you are unsure of the risk in your neighborhood, flood hazard maps can assist. This is important when it comes to homeowners insurance. Coverage can vary, and you want the flood insurance you need for your situation.
Spring and fall are often the time of year when hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical storms make themselves known. Having an emergency kit on hand is wise, especially during the stormy season. Consider putting together a backpack for each family in your home. It should contain things like:
- Change of clothes
- Bottled water
- Special toy (for kids)
At SERVPRO, we recommend having a family plan in place should you need to evacuate. This is a smart move, even in the case of fire. Once you have it set up, then practice, especially if you have little ones. Consider the following:
- What is the meeting place for everyone?
- Which person is responsible for what little one?
- What members are at school or work?
- Who is your out-of-town emergency contact?
- Where are the essential documents located?
How Can SERVPRO Help if My Home is Flooded?
SERVPRO can be on the scene within hours of an emergency flood damage call. Floodwater is considered Category III or blackwater. It is highly contaminated and not safe. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are ready to provide emergency mitigation such as roof tarping, safety assessment for entering, and dealing with electrical issues. The crew posts signs and wears the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Once everything is secured and it is safe to do so, our team provides the following flood damage controls:
- All affected areas are sprayed with an EPA registered disinfectant.
- Prevent the floodwater from spreading to unaffected areas with containment measures.
- Remove and dispose of standing silt and debris.
- Water extraction with powerful pumps, including trash pumps, truck-mounted, and portable pumps.
- Evaluate the structure and contents for decontamination or disposal.
- Discuss with the owner and insurance adjuster what stays and what goes.
- Antimicrobial and anti-fungal products get used throughout the process.
- Dry the home using air movers, industrial fans, and dehumidifiers.
- Clean and disinfect throughout the various stages as needed.
The restoration process then begins. This can include controlled demolition for walls and ceilings. Our goal is always restoring the content of the home when possible. Providing pack-out services for off-site cleaning of the contents often takes place as well.
Don’t let coastal flooding take you and your family by surprise. Be proactive! You cannot stop the waves from hurtling toward your home. But you can have a plan in place for when it happens, and SERVPRO is an integral part of that plan.
Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.