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Water Damage Repair in Seal Beach Properties Needs Professionals

5/11/2022 (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

5/11/2022 (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.   

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

5/11/2022 (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. Furthermore, as mold can cause health effects, 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.

Using Solvents for Commercial Fire Restoration in Seal Beach

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

several matches ignited Don't let smoke and soot damage close your business. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Can Help Your Business

Businesses can fall victim to property damages in the same way as residential homeowners. A fire outbreak can cause problems at your workplace that include but are not limited to malodors, smoke residues, and physical charring. Most premises managers resort to professional restoration services to help their business return to normal in these situations.

Our commercial fire restoration services in Seal Beach have experience helping local businesses overcome property damages. We operate a fast call-out policy that is guaranteed to arrive in as little as four hours. We are also well-versed in dealing with various commercial insurance adjusters and can help you with your claim. Our number one goal at SERVPRO is to use our equipment and resources to help return your business premises to their preloss condition. We achieve this through meticulous inspection, cleaning, and, if necessary, restoration of the structure and contents at your premises. In commercial projects, we usually employ a larger workforce to aid with:

One problem facing businesses after a property fire is wet smoke. Wet smoke can be challenging to remove from walls and has an oily, odorous texture. This type of smoke is oil-based and does not respond to water-based cleaning agents. Applying a standard detergent to wet smoke residues can further spread the damages than clear them away. To combat a greasy or oily residue, it is necessary to apply an oil-based solvent. Our technicians frequently use these solvents applied directly to the wall surface and allowed to dwell for the recommended time. The cleaning product actively dissolves soot particles during dwell time and suspends them in the solvent. Our technicians can then wash away both the solvent and the suspended soot using a rinsing agent.

  • Solvents have unique dwell times, which require the careful following of instructions to administer.
  • Some materials such as metal can have an adverse reaction to solvents and require traditional abrasive cleaning products to avoid corrosion.
  • Rinsed solvents cannot be disposed of in conventional sewer networks and must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

If your business suffers from wet smoke residues, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for fire restoration at (562) 431-9400.

Tree Maintenance Can Prevent Flooding In Your Cypress Home

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged tree, fallen on house Storm damage happens quickly. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop to restore your home.

SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Removal After Storm-Damaging Events 

Trees add a certain look and feel to your Cypress property, but they can threaten your home if they do not get well maintained throughout their lifespan. While often a tree only requires simple pruning or occasional limb removals, understanding what you should look for to encourage this maintenance can save you significant damage to your home. 

A single limb falling from a full-grown tree has enough pressure and weight to collapse a roof or even tear a hole in the side of your home. During the storm that likely caused the tree damages, the unabated runoff or torrential rains flow into your Cypress home and allow for flooding damages to occur. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to help you temporarily seal off the damaged area and mitigate your damages by extracting the present water.

You can take precautions to reduce this unnecessary risk of flood damages our SERVPRO technicians must restore, namely, to keep an eye on the trees that stand a chance of falling into or affecting your home in some way. In these regular inspections, you want to look for visible damage to limbs or the tree's trunk. This occurrence could be natural damage or caused by something environmental like animals and insects.

 You should take a moment to inspect the limbs and the tree trunk for discolorations. Often a dying or dead tree looks much paler than the trees of the same type. It is unlikely that multiple trees die out at once, so you can use them comparatively to see which ones require attention. 

Trees are often a welcome addition to the yard and property you maintain but can cause a serious problem if they are not well kept. If you have already experienced storm damage to your home, resulting in flooding, give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of technicians a call at (714) 236-9599.

A Fast Water Removal Service in Seal Beach

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equpment being used in water damaged hallway No two water damaged events are the same. But SERVPRO is trained to handle them all.

Water Damage in Seal Beach, Call SERVPRO: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

It could be caused by your upstairs neighbor, an aging pipe system, or something as simple as rainfall. Potential water emergencies are hard to spot and even harder to stop. Using a localized emergency service with a 24-hour call line could be the difference between saving your possessions and throwing them out. 

Water damage needs to be treated straight away. SERVPRO has a franchise nearby to provide emergency water removal to Seal Beach properties quickly and efficiently. Extraction, treatment, and cleanup of a property after water damage is a professional job that requires both expertise and equipment. 

In the first instance, we send a trained technician from SERVPRO to your property for a visual inspection. We are looking for the amount of water and possible contamination of that water. No two water damage cases are the same, so we can ensure the best course of action on a case-by-case basis by tailoring our approach. 

After the assessment, we can provide you with a quote and begin work upon securing an agreement in writing. The equipment we can use depends on the size and level of damage determined by the initial inspection. In many cases, looking beyond the affected areas and into wall spaces or sub-floors is part of the process.

Truck-mounted, submersible gas pumps are sometimes needed to rapidly remove large amounts of water. In other cases, industrial strength wet/ dry vacuums can offer a more precise approach. 

As part of the SERVPRO service, our team can remove any possessions from the affected area before work begins. As necessary, we can remove any moisture that could cause long-term mold or mildew damage with our dehumidification devices. During the water removal process, we may cordon off areas of your home for your safety and allow us to work as quickly as possible. We promise to put it back as we found it, "Like it never even happened." 

So if your property falls victim to water damage, SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress is here to help. Call us 24/7 at (714) 236-9599.

Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Smoke Detectors Help Mitigate Fire Damage to Ceilings and Homes--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Severe Fire

Some homes in Cypress contain sections with tiled ceilings. Many types of ceiling tiles help reduce noise inside the area and provide a low-maintenance but beautiful look to a home. The frames the tiles rest on generally come in two types of materials - lightweight aluminum or vinyl.

Fire damage in Cypress can come from the generated heat, which can melt or warp structures such as suspended ceiling frames in your home. SERVPRO can help restore your home in many ways, including structural aspects. We know that it is essential to your family that we work quickly but thoroughly as we make it "Like it never even happened" inside your home.

Along with the framework, the ceiling space often contains other components, many of which are vital to your home's comfort level. The ducts for your HVAC system often run through the ceiling. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FST) must clean these and the vents from smoke and soot deposits. Until then, smoke residue and soot can travel within your home and continue damaging your belongings.

Plumbing often runs through the area between one story and another. Some attics now hold the water heater to save space on lower floors. We can remove damaged sections in a partial demolition so the plumbing in your residence can be repaired by the proper contractor. Ceiling frames and tiles provide easier service access to these and other parts of your home than different ceiling types.

SERVPRO technicians also clean the contents of homes suffering from fire damage. We perform this at your home or our secure site. We can discuss the options with you so you fully understand the details of how we operate. Our purpose is to serve you, our customer, so that your family can more easily recover and move forward after tragic events such as a significant house fire.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can answer the questions you may have after a catastrophic event. Fire damage can seem impossible, but we can help you overcome all the obstacles facing your family. Call our local number for 24-hour service. We can be reached at (714) 236-9599, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Cypress Home

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Room If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long time of exposure, then more damage is likely to occur to your property.

How To Deal With Flood Damage

During a flood damage event, the exposure time, together with the permeance of materials, usually determines the extent of the damage which results. Permeance is the ability of a material to resist moisture penetration. If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long exposure time, then more damage is likely to occur to your Cypress property. If you act fast and get the water removed, there are high chances of having less damage and salvaging several items.

Let us start by looking at the effects of flood damage in Cypress, particularly on wood flooring, and the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians employ during the restoration process. Typically, wooden floors expand when they absorb moisture, and with time warping and buckling may take place at the point where the boards meet. The buckling rate is usually determined by the type of wood and the amount of moisture present.

Crowning and cupping also occur when the wood absorbs water. If the moisture permeates the wood from the lower sides, its edges are likely to rise, which is what we call cupping. Our SERVPRO technicians can sand out cupped areas where necessary. In cases where the top regions in the wood hold more water than its bottom and sides, the wood usually curves in what is known as crowning. When crowning occurs, sanding out sections is not an option.

Wooden floors usually have several infiltration points through coating breaks, between seams, and under baseboards, which may not necessarily be on their top layer. If the water seeps in and combines with dirt, it can lead to mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to identify any hidden moisture. Also, to enhance the drying process, we might remove the laminated floor since they may act as moisture barriers.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is a trusted industry leader in water, mold, fire, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (714) 236-9599 and receive trusted services from our highly trained restoration team.

Restoring the Effects of Water Damage in Los Alamitos

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor; planks removed SERVPRO knows how to restore water damaged wood. Call us today!

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by, Ready to Help With the Remediation Process in Your Home

Summer is here, and Los Alamitos residents can stop worrying about the rains flooding the area for a few months. We often forget that most residential flooding is the result of broken pipes and failed appliances like dishwashers and water heaters. 

Most Los Alamitos water damage of this kind is not too expensive when it comes to the home itself. The majority of the costs are cleaning and restoring personal property like furniture and carpets. SERVPRO technicians take immediate actions to reduce these costs and the time involved by elevating furniture on blocks or pallets and tent cushions. 

Elevating the furniture prevents water from breaking down the finish and swelling the wood. Keeping the finish intact and on the item prevents the water from transferring it onto and staining the carpets. The intact finish also helps protect the wood from swelling, which can crack or split it. Our technicians use three machines to reduce the time to dry an item: air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans. 

Team members set up air movers to gently blow warm, dry air over surfaces to force out moisture trapped just below the surface. As they work, other team members set up fans to pull the cooler, damp air out of the affected area and help increase air circulation. More SERVPRO specialists set up dehumidifiers to augment both devices to draw moisture from the surrounding air, lowering the interior humidity

Tenting the cushions means our technicians stand them on end and lean them one against the other after placing a sheet of waxed paper between them. This method allows water to drain out of them slowly and reduces the chance of color bleeding from the material onto other pieces or the carpet. 

If there are zippers or metal buttons, those can rust quickly, so our technicians immediately dry them by hand. Then, they place a cloth around the buttons to prevent the transfer of moisture from the fabric and put sections of waxed paper between the zippers and the cushion inside for the same effort. 

Preserving personal property after water intrusion requires a professional service with the right equipment. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 today. We are here for you. 

Experts Provide Fire Restoration Services in Seal Beach

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Grease fires are particularly hard to clean. Don't DIY. Call SERVPRO!

Seal Beach SERVPRO Is Always a Phone Call Away for Fire Damage Restoration

When a fire breaks out at your house, you need to work with someone who cares about you and your home. Effective remediation services are not just about using advanced technology and getting the job done. You deserve people who care about you, your family, and your happiness during your time of need. 

Fortunately, here at SERVPRO, our fire restoration experts in Seal Beach care about giving you the best service we practically can. Our goal is always to feel like a neighbor you can rely on. When it comes to us, you can expect: 

  • Compassionate services, understanding of your unique situation. 
  • Industry-grade equipment and highly trained technicians.
  • Our help no matter what time you need it: 3 PM or 3 AM

For example, your kitchen had a small stove fire while cooking supper. A grease fire began, and like many people are told to, you tried to put it out using water. However, grease fires become worse with water involved. The fire burned for several more minutes before you used an extinguisher, and damages were left behind. At SERVPRO, our technicians can use advanced technology to: 

  • Remove caked-on soot from your stove, countertops, cupboards, and exhaust range.
  • Use thermal foggers and carbon-filtered air scrubbers to remove scent-causing particles from the air. 
  • Clean up the remnants of the fire extinguishment. 
  • Use priming paints to lock odors and seal them away.

Our SERVPRO team wants to make sure that you don't have to think about the fire that happened in your home again. "Like it never even happened."

If you need fire restoration help, call us now! Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (562) 431-9400. We're ready to help you