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You Need the Pros to Deal with Mold Damage in Seal Beach

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier sitting in front of a containment barrier for mold damage Count on the technicians at SERVPRO to assist with any mold damage in your Seal Beach home.

How SERVPRO Technicians Ensure Safety While Cleaning Mold Damage in Seal Beach Homes?

Mold damage in your Seal Beach home can affect you in various ways. An unaddressed mold situation can quickly get out of hand and might even cause structural damage to your property. Also, safety should be paramount while dealing with it.    

Professionals like SERVPRO have the training and experience to safely handle mold damage in your Seal Beach home. One of the prime objectives during the remediation process is to prevent the release of spores, fragments, and dust from surfaces into the indoor air. It is crucial to control air movement from a contaminated area to unaffected areas of the building as it can carry airborne spores and spread the contamination. 

Establishing Containment During Mold Remediation

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the first line of defense should be engineering controls to ensure safety while dealing with mold. Some of the engineering controls that can enhance the safety of the operation include-

  • Erecting isolation barriers
  • Creating pressure differentials
  • Suppressing dust formation and aerosolization
  • HEPA vacuuming and filtration

In most situations of fungal damage, SERVPRO technicians build a structural enclosure to separate the microbe-affected area from the unaffected area in your Seal Beach home. SERVPRO technicians use PVC pipes, wood framing, or spring-loaded expansion poles to build an enclosure covered with 6-mil polyethylene sheeting. These structural supports are not always necessary if the technicians can securely attach the isolation barrier to walls and ceilings. SERVPRO always uses fire-retardant polyethylene material with a flame spread rating of 25 or less to minimize fire hazards. 

The restoration industry often refers to isolation barriers as 'critical barriers.' They may be used to isolate portions of buildings, mechanical systems like HVACs, and other openings in the structure. 

Using Airflow to Maximize Safety and Efficiency of Restoration 

Controlling the airflow between the microbe-contaminated and uncontaminated portions of the structure is crucial for the safety and efficacy of the remediation process. SERVPRO technicians use Air Filtration Devices (AFDs) to achieve this goal. 

When technicians use AFDs to create negative pressure within the affected area, they are called Negative Air Machines (NAMs). A series of filters in the AFDs can filter the air removing airborne spores and particles of mold from the air. 

For instance, the primary and secondary filters in AFDs prevent the overloading of the primary HEPA filter, which can remove 99.97% particles greater than 0.3 microns. 

Apart from the HEPA vacuum systems, SERVPRO technicians also use standard wet-dry or canister vacuum systems during the restoration process. However, they are used only in specific circumstances, including:

  • Vacuuming outdoors that too with appropriate precautions for preventing worker, occupant, or public exposure
  • Used in high-volume laminar-airflow cleaning chambers 
  • When the exhaust from the vacuum system is vented outside the building 
  • In situations where the aerosolized particles they exhaust don't create exposure issues, or the particles can be adequately contained with engineering controls 

SERVPRO takes a lot of effort to ensure that mold remediation is safe and efficient. Our goal is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

If you suspect that you might have contamination issues in your home, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400; our trained technicians are always ready to answer any questions you might have.

Water Damage Repair in Seal Beach Properties Needs Professionals

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Technician holding a moisture meter on a water damaged wall When your home in Seal Beach suffers water damage, call SERVPRO's experts for swift action.

How SERVPRO Technicians Speed Up Drying After Water Damage to Seal Beach Properties?

Water damage to your Seal Beach property, whether due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or plumbing issues, can have disastrous consequences if not addressed promptly. The longer the water penetrates various surfaces, the more extensive damage it can cause.   

Hence, the primary objective of SERVPRO technicians during the restoration of water damage to your Seal Beach properties is to dry the structure as quickly as possible. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians use various strategies to create conditions that favor rapid evaporation. The goal of these strategies is to-.

  • Remove the excess moisture from the air
  • Increase the airflow across the wet surface
  • Increase the temperature of the drying air

Combining these three factors shift the natural equilibrium in favor of the drying process.  

Removing Excess Moisture from the Air

SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air in your water-damaged Seal Beach home, which results in a reduction of humidity ratio. As the dehumidifiers remove water vapor from the air, the rate of evaporation increases as more moisture can now leave the wet material and enter the air. The SERVPRO technicians ensure that the amount of moisture removed by dehumidification equals or exceeds the moisture added by the evaporation process. The technicians strategically place the dehumidifiers throughout the wet structure so that the conditions always favor drying.  

SERVPRO technicians use different types of heavy-duty dehumidifying systems, including:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: Perhaps the most common type of dehumidifiers used in the restoration industry, they work similarly to a refrigerator. A refrigerant is circulated through coils in the equipment, which cools them down. When moist air passes over them, the water vapor condenses and is collected in collection tanks. The equipment works best within the temperature range of 700-900F.
  • Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers: Although they work similar to refrigerant dehumidifiers, they can dry space to a lower humidity ratio. An LGR manages this by re-cooling the air before moving across evaporator coils. 
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers: These pieces of equipment use chemicals called desiccants to absorb moisture from the air. Desiccants can reduce the humidity ratio much lower than equipment based on refrigerants.   

Increasing Airflow Across Wet Surface

SERVPRO technicians use air-moving equipment to blow dehumidified air across the wet surfaces. As the moisture evaporates from the surfaces, the layer of air closer to the surface becomes saturated with water vapor, slowing down the evaporation. 

Air movers can replace this stagnant layer of air with drier and warmer air from the dehumidifiers and increase the drying rate. 

SERVPRO technicians use two types of air movers during water damage restoration projects:

  • Axial air movers: These pieces of equipment can generate low-pressure, high-volume airflow. They are ideal if a large area needs to be dried.
  • Centrifugal air movers: These produce a high velocity, low-volume airflow. Centrifugal air movers are ideal for targeting smaller areas and are great for 'floating' carpets due to their high-velocity airflow. 

Increasing the Temperature of Drying Air

SERVPRO technicians use portable heaters and indirect-fired furnaces to increase the drying air temperature. As the temperature of the air increases, so does its moisture-holding capacity. 

Combining these three techniques allows SERVPRO technicians to restore your water-damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Professionals are Quick to Repair Fire Damage in Seal Beach Homes

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room covered in soot and debris SERVPRO has a large selection of professional equipment and the experience to handle Seal Beach fire restoration of any size or type.

What Makes SERVPRO Efficient in Fire Damage Cleanup of Seal Beach Properties?

Fire damage restoration of your Seal Beach property is a complex process with many moving parts that requires a team of skilled and knowledgeable professionals. SERVPRO technicians excel at job site management, making them quick and efficient in handling any size disaster. 

SERVPRO technicians acknowledge that every fire damage incident in Seal Beach presents unique challenges. Rather than having a 'one-size-fits-all' approach, we focus on developing custom strategies that would be most applicable in a given situation. A lot of time and resources go into the planning phase of the restoration process to ensure the best possible outcome. Managing the contents of a fire damaged home can be challenging and how they are handled has a significant impact on the project's overall success.  

Setting Up and Managing the Work Area After Fire Damage

Once SERVPRO’s fire restoration crew arrives at your Seal Beach property, the first challenge is to determine the room or area from where the restoration should begin. While SERVPRO technicians try to clean contents onsite as much as possible, it is necessary for some situations to pack-out salvageable contents off-site for restorative cleaning. 

The setup crew conducts the following activities to set up and manage the work area: 

  • Manipulate the content and remove the debris to ensure a clean workspace
  • Identify and sort salvageable and non-salvageable items
  • Set up a packing/inventory station for boxing up salvageable items
  • Sort the salvageable items based on the cleaning method to be used
  • Tag and inventory 

Once the technicians prepare the work area, the next steps in the restoration process can begin. 

Controlled Demolition and Cleaning Ceilings and Walls

Most fire and smoke restoration processes require some level of demolition. In some cases, demolition might be very light, like removing a piece of drywall or trim. However, removing all finished surfaces (drywall, floors, and cabinets) might be necessary if the damage is extensive. 

Cleaning activities are a critical part of a fire damage restoration process. SERVPRO technicians ensure that they occur top-down, starting with the ceilings, moving to the walls and onsite contents, and finally, the floors. 

Ceiling and wall surfaces are often covered with paint, textured plaster, acoustic tiles, or wood paneling. Hence the restorers need to use several cleaning methods to suit each surface type. SERVPRO technicians use three methods that address most ceilings and walls:

  • Cleaning using the dry sponge: If the soil is non-greasy and the coverage is light to medium, the restorers often use a dry sponge to remove the soot particles. Technicians also use steel wool pads for heavily soiled areas that offer more abrasive force. 
  • Wet cleaning with products: Painted, metal, or wood ceilings with light-to-heavy oil-based residues are cleaned by this method. SERVPRO technicians used various cleaning products made using an aqueous or non-aqueous base. 
  • Peroxide active cleaning: SERVPRO has developed a special process for acoustic ceiling tiles. Peroxide active cleaning preserves the sound-deadening qualities of the tiles while restoring their appearance. The solution that technicians use during this process is a stabilized hydrogen peroxide solution that can remove soot particles even from porous surfaces. 

Once the damaged ceiling and wall surfaces are cleaned, the crew can focus on deodorization. It is common for SERVPRO to use multiple deodorization techniques to ensure proper odor removal. We work hard to have your fire-damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

If you need help to deal with a fire incident in your residential or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Should Property Owners Hire Professionals to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Seal Beach Homes?

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with furniture floating and water covering the floors Regardless of how the excess water gained entry into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians right away for effective services.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Your Seal Beach Home is Efficient and Cost-Effective

When your property experiences flood damage, it is crucial to employ experienced restorers promptly. The flooding can cause structural damage and weaken the foundation of your property if ignored for a lengthy period. Attempting to rehabilitate the afflicted region without the necessary knowledge and tools can result in significant damage.

Storm flood damage in your Seal Beach home requires professional skills to avoid more damage in the long run. It is critical to enlist the help of certified experts to minimize damage and restore your property to its preloss state. SERVPRO specialists have access to the equipment and resources they need to repair a customer's property quickly and effectively.

Our restoration process includes:

  • Emergency flood water removal: Since speed is of the essence during restoration, our team of restorers uses advanced equipment. If the floodwater in your basement does not contain substances such as rocks and tree branches, our restorers can use an electric submersible pump. The equipment is fast and efficient in extracting excess water. 
  • Flood clean-up and waste removal using unique but approved products.
  • Drying process: Our SERVPRO restorers can use portable desiccant units that produce negative air pressure in the affected area.

Restoring a flood-damaged property only takes SERVPRO restorers a few days. A team of skilled professionals and state-of-the-art equipment helps us speed up the process and ensure your family is safe.

Performing storm flood damage restoration can help save as much property as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for professional restoration “Like it never even happened.”

Starting Water Restoration in Cypress Offices on Your Schedule

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

We Offer Quick Water Restoration for Your Business

Water damage incidents occur without warning and can rapidly overwhelm the rooms where they are. Your business needs to get restoration and mitigation started as soon as possible. 

Identifying the Source of the Damage

When starting water restoration in Cypress offices, SERVPRO professionals must first determine the source of the loss. A careful inspection of the property can show where the water comes from and help determine the ideal approach to clean up the damage. Some options include:

  • Broken fixtures
  • Leaking pipes
  • Damaged sprinkler system
  • Leaking HVAC
  • Flooding

How Can We Contain the Migration?

Migrating moisture is a substantial concern. As water can freely move through the property, it can damage more of your office and overwhelm new areas previously unaffected. Containment occurs in multiple ways, from starting services like extraction to creating physical barriers water has a difficult time passing.

Can the Business Continue to Operate?

Our responding SERVPRO team hopes that we can help your business to continue operation during restoration and recovery through containment and early cleaning actions. While you might not be at total capacity, limited production can keep the vital office services going. Still, the rest of the structure gets returned to pre-damaged condition.

What Services Cannot Wait?  

Emergency services cannot often wait for the complete restoration plan to be formed and approved. Particular pressing concerns present real-time issues for your business, so mitigative action is necessary. Among the chief focuses for restoration and recovery services is water removal. Extraction is vital to prevent excessive absorption and moisture migration in the structure.

You cannot wait for business-saving services in your office when water damage occurs. We understand the severity of water damage or flooding and how rapidly irreparable harm can occur. We prioritize whatever you need to get your doors back open. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call at (714) 236-9599. 

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause Fire Damage Inside Of Your Seal Beach Home

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Coming From An Outlet Faulty wiring inside of your walls, or within the plug of your slow cooker, can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home.

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause A Fire

Slow cookers are an attractive cooking option for people who work long hours and don't want to have to return home to cook a full supper, but the problem is that leaving them unattended could cause fire damage inside of your home. In many ways, these devices are advertised as something you can leave to cook your food for long hours while you are away. However, that doesn't necessarily make it safe to do so.

Faulty wiring inside of your walls or within the plug of your slow cooker can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home. Fortunately for your house, you used this device while staying home for the day, and you were able to extinguish the fire on your own. However, the device did manage to leave fire damage around the outlet it was plugged into and on your walls, countertop, and cupboards.

In situations like these, promptly getting a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, to your home can make the difference between successful remediation and a not-so-successful one. Soot adheres to various surfaces at extremely high temperatures and reacts with them differently. Depending on what it attaches itself to, it can cause discoloration. Should the issue not be addressed immediately, the discoloration can increasingly grow to be far worse over time. Plastics can be yellow, and glass can turn brown. To prevent discoloration, call for help swiftly.

SERVPRO can bring the necessary trade tools to deal with the fire damage inside your kitchen. To remove the soot from your cupboards and walls, SERVPRO can use lubricating cleaning methods to try and lift the soot away from the wood and drywall. On your countertops, glass, and plastics, we can try chemical cleaners to break down the soot and allow it to be wiped away.

As well as dealing with the soot, SERVPRO can clean up any burnt bits of plastics or kitchen utensils. We aim to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state. However, cleaning up the physical signs is not always enough, as fire often leaves an odor behind. We can use thermal foggers to combat the particles that cause the malodor in the first place and neutralize them, leaving your kitchen smelling "Like it never even happened."

If faulty equipment causes a fire inside of your house, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (714) 236-9599.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials In Cypress Homes In Different Ways

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in Corner When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials

Your home in Cypress contains many different materials. These might include standard drywall, a variety of flooring types, wooden trim, natural stone or brick, rough or smooth cement, and concrete blocks, among many others. Keeping them in good condition helps extend their lifespans and reduces the need for repairs.

When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage. While small rooms or an individual item can often come clean with a bit of elbow grease, more extensive areas or multiple items should receive professional remediation. SERVPRO’s technicians can provide the services necessary to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you. We not only remove damaged areas, but we also clean mold away from other surfaces before damage can begin.

On hard surfaces, mold feeds on dust and dirt that builds up over time. On porous items, the same also occurs, but the make-up of the item in question can also feed microbes. Such microbial activity leads to the destruction of such materials, albeit at a relatively slow but steady pace in most situations. Because soil, dirt, and cellulose alone cannot provide a suitable environment for mold damage to happen, we know that moisture also plays a vital role in its occurrence. Existing moisture can also increase the destruction of different materials inside your home.

Carpeting, wood floors, drywall, and paneling are only a few of the more common porous materials in your residence. Those with fibers might seem to experience dry rot and reveal an abundance of dust when disturbed. Other materials might experience the development of holes and stains. When we must replace materials, we remove only the damaged area, keeping costs as low as possible for our customers.

Clothing, stuffed toys, books, and furniture, in addition to many other contents found inside, can also become host to microbial infestation. Mold and mildew damage to these items can leave them unusable because of the tiny holes made by the infestation, as well as staining. Laundering these items can leave your washing machine contaminated.

Damp areas of your home, especially in dark places with little airflow, can harbor mold colonies that continually spread spores to other areas of your property. Professional remediation of these and other contaminated areas by our qualified technicians protects your entire property. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599, so we can remediate mold damage before it can worsen.

Hire SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Your Seal Beach Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of matches burning House fires mean smoke and soot residues. SERVPRO is your fire damage restoration one-stop-shop.

Fire Damage Restoration in Seal Beach Entails Skill

It is an emotionally wrenching experience to see your home burn. Despite the trauma, you must act fast after extinguishing the fire to prevent further damage like rainwater getting into your house and mold growth. 

SERVPRO is ready to assist you with all aspects of fire damage restoration in your Seal Beach residence. We can restore your home safely and effectively. Save money, time, and the headache of attempting to navigate through the fire repair process alone. We offer various services, including:

  • Securing the property
  • Assessing the damage
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Cleaning 
  • Reconstruction

Securing the Property

To prevent weather damage and vandalism, or SERVPRO crew can board up your home using plywood and install roof tarps. 

Assessing the Damage 

Our technicians can inspect all the rooms to assess the fire, water, ash, and smoke damage

Water extraction and drying

It is critical to dry your home quickly to prevent additional damage like mold growth and deterioration of porous materials. We can use extraction equipment to remove the water. Our SERVPRO crew can dry affected surfaces using air movers and dehumidifiers. The air that flows from air movers reflects off surfaces and walls, circulating air and enhancing evaporation. As moisture evaporates from the home into the air, dehumidifiers eliminate it from the air. 

Cleaning 

Performing cleaning and repair means eliminating smoke residues and smoke odors. Smoke residues can cause the discoloration of walls and appliances, among other surfaces. Continued permanent damage might also occur because of the acidic residues a fire leaves behind. Our SERVPRO team can use air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Fluids and air carry suspended particles within them upon contact. Our team can use dissolving and vacuuming to contact soils and carry them off for disposal. We can use thermal foggers to neutralize smells. 

Reconstruction

We can take steps to repair or replace damaged structures. For instance, we can replace damaged wallboard and carpeting. 

When you need fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 for help. We can make the fire damage seem “Like it never even happened.” 

How Our Restoration Process Will Help You Recover from Flood Damage in Your Los Alamitos Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of water Our team at SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster.

Cleaning And Restoration Procedures to Fix Flood Damage Basement in Los Alamitos

The items in your basement are likely to deteriorate when your property experiences flood damage. We can divert the water from the basement to a safe location where possible. Before entering the area, we ensure power is switched off from the mains to avoid electrocution since water is a good conductor of electricity. We also advise Los Alamitos residents not to walk in standing water.

Our SERVPRO technicians can extract standing water from your Los Alamitos home using submersible pumps and other appropriate water extraction tools. We understand that flooding carries many contaminants, so our SERVPRO technicians wear suitable personal protective equipment such as overalls, waterproof gloves, and boots. If we suspect mold in the basement, we wear protective face masks to stay protected from the mold spores.

At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can take your items to a safe location and prepare the area for cleaning and restoration. We can also determine what is salvageable and what is not. If a carpet is in the area, we can pull it back and remove the underneath padding. Usually, we discard the carpet and padding after exposure to floodwater. It is essential to reduce the moisture in the basement by using fans and dehumidifiers. Opening the windows can also help in ventilating the site.

Now that the basement is empty, we remove all the paneling, sheetrock, and insulation that came into contact with the contaminated water. By shoveling, we can remove the mud and other debris from the room. We then choose appropriate cleaning agents to clean the site. Through deodorization, we can address the odor problem, introduce space heaters, and use other suitable drying techniques to dry your property. It is necessary to disinfect the area to limit the chances of mold growth.

Our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster. If you experience fire, water, mold, or storm damage, call us at (714) 236-9599 for a stress-free restoration process.

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

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

studs of home being built SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations--Even at New Seal Beach Construction Sites

SERVPRO Provides First Rate Mold Remediation for All Types of Construction

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to partner with all new and established homeowners in our community. Together, we can ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come. Call us for our services, which are always available, at (714) 236-9599.