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When Water is an Uninvited Guest in Your Seal Beach Living Room

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water is an Uninvited Guest in Your Seal Beach Living Room Our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO Is Here When the Water Invites Itself Into Your Seal Beach Living Room

If the worst thing that happens in your life is living in Seal Beach, then you are in great shape. The weather is fantastic and having the calming effect of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep is a benefit only a few in the world have. However, it is this proximity to the ocean that poses a risk to all homeowners when rainfall causes a rise in water levels, flooding streets. When the area fills with water, your own home is affected, and you need the help of a professional team.  

When you need water removal services for your Seal Beach home call SERVPRO immediately. Our team is trained to handle emergencies of all sizes, even those affecting many homes. By reaching our 24/7 hotline, you access an experienced group of technicians who formally study industry best practices to restore your home to its original condition. Rather than attempting to salvage your home on your own and risk further damage, leave it to us.  

Addressing water damage involves resolving immediate needs and anticipating future complications. Case in point, our SERVPRO team works diligently to extract water from your home with our truck mounted pumps, or portable ones as soon as we arrive on property. Simultaneously, we are assessing and curtailing the risk of mold propagating throughout your house which is a common by-product of excessive moisture. Rest assured that we document all we do, which can help you substantiate any property insurance claim you file.  

Very often, homeowners who attempt to resolve the damage themselves fail to take into account local and environmental regulations regarding the proper disposal of materials contaminated by black waters. Generally speaking, we remove objects such as carpet and upholstered furniture since outside water brings unwanted bacteria and debris. Not knowing how to dispose of these items can pose an environmental and even financial liability, so it is best to leave it to our expert SERVPRO team.  

SERVPRO of SEAL Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is available at (562) 431-9400 to help you when the outdoors finds its way into your living room. Give us a call and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Los Angeles

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Los Angeles Fires cause not only burn damage, but also smoke and soot damage. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

Even Small Fire Damage in Los Angeles Can Have Big Consequences Later

A small amount of kitchen fire damage in your Los Angeles home may not seem like a huge deal, but the consequences of even a minor incident can be far-reaching and long-lasting if you are not careful. Professional damage restoration services like SERVPRO exist to help people recover from fires without feeling their effects for years after the initial incident occurred. We scrub the area clean, implement permanent restorative measures to reverse any damages caused to your home and make sure to leave the area smelling clean and odorless when we leave.

Without professional damage restoration services, many cases of fire damage in Los Angeles are left to simmer and sometimes grow worse as time drags on. A fresh coat of paint may mask some of the damage, but odors can still seep through and remind anyone in the vicinity of the hastily covered-up damage. Worse, some types of fire residues may break down the chemicals in many brands of interior paint, leading to discoloration and an even bigger mess in time. SERVPRO technicians can still take care of the damages after these attempted fixes have taken place, but their work becomes much harder and more expensive with more time and neglect.

To compound problems, fire damage does not always stay within a single area. Smoke and ash can travel through the vents in your home to cause damage rooms away. Calling us quickly after a fire enables us to prevent many of these damages and avoid having to employ odor removal and damage restoration measures in every room of the house. Should damages reach this undesirable level, we can still keep costs to a minimum by employing only the treatments we need and directly cleaning out your HVAC system to stop any further spread of fire and smoke materials.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help with fire damage. Call us to help with fires large and small at (562) 431-9400.

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The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home Mold Spores Develop into Large Colonies in Cypress Homes, Call on SERVPRO for Professional Remediation

Need Help Removing Moisture and Mold from Your Property? Call SERVPRO

You might not be surprised to learn that your Cypress home is almost constantly at risk of mold and fungal growth. Spores of mold exist in the air you breathe, and these microscopic invaders are merely waiting for conditions to exist that allow them to thrive and grow. While this might not initially seem like that significant of a threat, the more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more linked it becomes to health effects that could impact your family.  
Finding a way to combat this mold damage in your Cypress residence is nothing that you should tackle on your own. From the need for personal protective equipment to the general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods, mold remediation specialists are the best bet for conquering the present threat to your household. This process not only rids your home of its current growing mold colonies but also helps to find the source of the moisture that allowed the spores to thrive in the first place and correct this issue.  
From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, we begin immediately sectioning off the affected areas where mold grows and working to prevent the spread of these spores to new areas of your home. This procedure typically gets achieved with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  
Locating the source of the moisture in the area is a critical component of mold remediation for your home. By repairing these vulnerable areas, dehumidification is successful, and the conditions are no longer met to allow more mold spores to activate and grow in your home. There may be situations where the source cannot be determined by our SERVPRO technicians or is not simple to repair; dehumidification can be the process to prevent moisture through this area of your home.  
Mold remediation does not have to be an overwhelming or complicated experience. When you trust the specialists at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remediate the damage, you can take a firm step towards reclaiming your home. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.

Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures. Several challenges such as clogged HVAC systems, ruptured heaters, and broken plumbing lines arise from such situations. You have to be careful with electrical hazards which may develop in your Surfside home's attic spaces, therefore, turning of the circuits is necessary.

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine attic spaces during water damage in Surfside and determine the level of destruction. During the examination, we check if all sections of the roof are still intact, and whether repairing or replacing the damaged materials is the best option. In cases where the water is still running, we stop the flow.

While it is easy to access some attics, it is not always the case. If that happens, it may make it hard for our team to conduct the restoration. We can demolish any damaged sheetrock to get enough equipment into the area and create appropriate conditions for drying.

Insulations within the attic areas are prone to destruction after water intrusion. Sometimes we can dry and save wet fiberglass insulation, but when it is not restorable, we remove it and recommend a replacement. We have specialized insulation vacuums that help us to do the removal. Dust may result and spread to other areas within the building when demolishing the sheetrock and removing the insulation. Containment is necessary to avoid such contamination, and we achieve that by creating negative pressure.

Combating smells is also part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform, and it all starts by removing the odor's cause. In some cases, these smells come about when wet materials have not entirely dried, so drying is one of the approaches SERVPRO uses to address such instances. If the smells are coming from tiny cracks, we may perform deodorization by using thermal foggers that dispense the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (562) 431-9400 when you face any disaster size and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire Protein residue leaves behind an amber or yellow stain and usually has a very strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Combat all Types of Smoke Residue

A fire breaking out in your restaurant can have a substantial economic impact on your business. Not only does the fire damage your restaurant, but you also stand to lose business during the restoration process.

The amount of time required to restore fire damaged your Surfside restaurant entirely depends on the type of smoke residue generated during the fire. While some type of the residue is relatively easy to clean, others might need more time. Here are the different types of smoke and soot residues that you can expect after a fire incidence to a restaurant.

Wet and Dry Smoke Residue

Any fire produces both wet and dry smoke residues in varying proportions. Oxygen-rich fast burning fires produce a dry residue whereas oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires tend to produce wet smoke. Natural materials such as wood produce a drier residue while synthetic material produces a wetter smoke residue.

As it turns out, cleaning dry residue is easier and quicker than cleaning wet residue. SERVPRO technicians can use less aggressive cleaning methods to get rid of the dry residues while harsher methods are needed for wet smoke residue.

Protein Residue 

Protein residue can make up a significant proportion of a fire in a restaurant. This type of residue, as the name suggests, is generated when protein is burnt in the fire such as poultry, meat or fish. It is usually amber or yellow and can stain surfaces quickly. Another big problem with this kind of residue is that it has an odor which is notoriously difficult to eliminate. If the fire at your restaurant involves such kind of smoke, it might take more time to restore. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of deodorizing methods to combat protein odors after fire damage.

Fuel Oil Soot

If your establishment is using fuel oil for heat, there is a high chance that there can be fuel oil soot from fire damage. The soot can often mix with the residual oil that has not burnt correctly and can form a thick and oily residue that is quite difficult to eliminate.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 today to schedule an appointment.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Seal Beach

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Avoid Delays When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Seal Beach Renters expect their units to be dry and clean when making regular monthly payments. Should your complex have a water damage issue, contact SERVPRO.

Fast Water Removal in Your Seal Beach Rental Units

While running apartment and condo complexes in Seal Beach can be a rewarding and lucrative experience, it does not come without its fair share of potential threats and pitfalls as well. When water loss incidents occur in even a single unit, many of the neighboring properties can become affected as well. The wise solution, in this case, is to reach out to effective mitigators like our IICRC-certified professionals.

You cannot expect to prevent water loss incidents or other threats that require effective water removal and mitigation for your Seal Beach rental properties entirely, but with the right response from trained professionals, these situations do not have to be as costly or damaging. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience honing efficient mitigation tactics to save our customers money and to prevent unnecessary loss in emergencies. These solutions can work to limit the spread of water loss incidents and to repair the damage to affected areas and the source of the water damage.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your rental complex, we have to determine the spread and scope of the damage. Some units require extraction equipment while others only need efficient drying, both of which our team can start quickly. As a large loss recovery provider, we have a vast inventory of air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and mold remediation equipment to contain damage where it gets found.

As complex as water loss incidents can become in an apartment building, our SERVPRO professionals have efficient approaches to help dry out effects quickly. While some reconstruction and renovation are often required after a widespread incident like this, our fast mitigation tactics can limit the need for tear out and replacement.

With everything from pack-outs to extraction and drying, you can count on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to make water loss incidents in your apartment or condo complex “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach SERVPRO Franchise professionals are ready to restore your home.

Professional Help - Preparing for Flood Damage in Seal Beach

Life in Greater Los Angeles can be fascinating. This vibrant region is continuously on the go, and its diversity is virtually unparalleled. However, its sheer allure can be a challenge when a natural disaster strikes. When there is flooding affecting a whole area such as Seal Beach, homeowners are pressed to find help in restoring their homes to their original condition. In a fast-paced environment, rapid response is key to the safety of your family.  

When your home in Seal Beach faces flood damage, our SERVPRO team is at the ready. Our operation runs 24 hours a day seven days a week precisely because emergencies can strike at any time. Time is of the essence in curtailing the extent of your loss, and we act accordingly. As we strive to save the structure and contents of your home, our Green Fleet is equipped to mobilize as soon as we receive your call.  

Our formal training allows us to assess the gravity of the situation as soon as we arrive at your home. SERVPRO technicians also have the benefit of an extensive network of experienced professionals that help ensure the safety of your home and where to focus our immediate efforts. As is natural, we begin by focusing on extracting water from your home and disposing of it appropriately. Specific regulations guide wastewater removal, and our IICRC-certified technicians know what to do.  

Flood waters also compromise the integrity of carpets and other porous materials in your home. The bacteria carried in the water can be harmful, so those materials are also removed and disposed of according to industry best practices. Our SERVPRO team knows precisely what needs to go and how to remove it from the premises. Rather than wasting time on investigating proper disposal, you can call upon our staff to make it happen.  

Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress if you are vulnerable to flood damage. Our expert team can quickly act to mitigate the loss in time and money resulting from the flood. Just reach out to (562) 431-9400, and we will leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Expert Technicians Are The Best At Handling Fire Damage Restoration In Walnut Park

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Expert Technicians Are The Best At Handling Fire Damage Restoration In Walnut Park Our team can handle any job big or small, day or nigh. We arrive 24/7 to help you rest easy after a fire. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

I Cleaned Up the Fire Damage, Why Does My Walnut Park Home Smell So Bad?

According to statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, a whopping 50% of residential building fires happened due to cooking mishaps. The kitchen is one of the most common areas affected by fire damage. Often the fires seem small in scale, and perhaps only minor visible damage was done, but unless the affected area is cleaned correctly, odor-causing smoke particles and residues can linger and give off a foul odor.

When SERVPRO addresses the after-effects of a fire in a Walnut Park home, often the homeowner has already attempted to clean up the mess. Our technicians clean the area with our special formulated cleaners and use both wet and dry sponges depending on the type of residue to ensure surfaces are thoroughly deodorized. Lingering odors can often be traced to porous items such as upholstered furniture, window treatments and carpeting can be a source of the odor.

Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have many resources to choose from, and they will use digital detectors to determine the type of deodorization needed based on air quality readings of the detectable smoke particles.

A very effective method SERVPRO technicians use is the ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger. This machine sends a fine mist of water or solvent-based chemicals into the air in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The chemicals get broken down much like smoke particles and penetrate porous materials just as the smoke did, overtaking and eliminating foul odors. We often use fans during this process to keep the deodorant particles suspended in air longer. In some cases, multiple techniques are needed to eradicate the odors.

You do not have to keep smelling the reminder of fire damage in your Walnut Park home. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400, and our expert technicians can be on-site quickly to eliminate the odor and address any other issues that remain from the fire to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold SERVPRO Contains Mold Spores during Remediation to Huntington Park Homes

Remediating Hidden Mold Damage May Save the Rest of Your Huntington Park Property from Infestation

There are many areas inside houses in that no one ever sees. These places include the dead spaces of walls and ceilings, behind cabinets and built-in bookcases, and crawl spaces, including underneath porches.
When these places in a Huntington Park home harbor microorganisms, mold damage can cause problems for the homeowner. SERVPRO's technicians are always ready with the latest in equipment and techniques to remediate the damage already present and reduce the possibility of future problems. Microorganisms proliferate wherever they grow and spread quickly to other areas if left alone.
The reason for such rapid growth rests with the presence of available moisture. Where a leak, drip, or another source of lost water exists, the microbes already present quickly take advantage of their new resource. Mold and mildew find it very difficult to grow in dry environments, so our specialists work with you to get your home completely dry again, throughout the entire structure. While you might never visit your home's crawlspaces, its condition can affect the rest of your home.
After we contain the area with plastic sheeting and air scrubbers, we can begin the remediation process. Containing the region is crucial to keeping microbe and their spores from traveling to other places in your home. When mold detects a disturbance nearby, it reacts by sending out thousands of spores. We need to keep these from spreading to other areas of your home. Not only can they start new colonies in the future in different locations, but they can also cause health effects.
We use soda or ice blasting techniques for small spaces or large areas. Instead of sand, which can later retain moisture and work against us, we use either dry ice pellets (which sublimate into the air as they reach room temperature and convert into gaseous carbon dioxide) or baking soda, which is very easy to clean up with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. These gently abrade the wood down to mold-free layers while still leaving the structures intact.
Once we finish the cleanup of abraded materials that fell to the floor, we spray an anti-fungal liquid onto the surfaces. This seals the surfaces and combined with your house's dry state, helps keep microbes from coming back.
When your home smells musty, it could be mold damage that is causing the odor. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation that fits your home's needs. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered year-round to serve the families in Walnut Park and Surfside.

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Why Routine Water Heater Maintenance is Important to Prevent Water Damage in Your Huntington Park Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Routine Water Heater Maintenance is Important to Prevent Water Damage in Your Huntington Park Home SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 to handle your water damage issues.

Water Damage Cleanup for Your Huntington Park Home

Your water heater is a valuable piece of equipment in your Huntington Park home. It provides hot water for bathrooms and your kitchen for a variety of uses. However, routine water heater maintenance prevents possible issues. Otherwise, they can leak, rust, and cause a great deal of damage to your home. Many people think flooding is the primary method of loss that a broken water heater can cause, and there are additional problems which can also cost you lots of money in repairs and even affect the health of you and your family.  

Even a slow leak can cause a good deal of water damage to your Huntington Park home while raising your utility bill from the wasted water. If your home has been the victim of such an incident, you want to have professionals help you clean it up and repair the damage. At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, we have expert training and plenty of experience in handling water damage emergencies just like this.  

Whether your water heater has caused a flood in your home or has caused other water damage, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals inspect the damage upon arriving at your home, so we know the best way to proceed. If there is standing  water, we extract that first with a pump, and then we can dry your property back out using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. We want to finish this process as efficiently and quickly as we can so we can avoid mold growth.  

If your water heater has flooded your home, it is usually created by the unit bursting and spilling vast amounts of water onto the floor. The water can seep into cracks in your baseboard, seep into floorboards, and get under carpets and more. Water that gets under flooring can warp the wood and create much damage which requires replacing the affected wood.  

Water which flows behind walls can warp the support system and wooden studs, which means it needs replacing. It can also damage vulnerable drywall and other items. Water released from a poorly maintained water heater makes the moisture content of the air to rise, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold grows at a tremendous rate and can cause health effects.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress knows that when your home in Walnut Park, Compton, or Surfside has a water damage emergency, it is essential not to waste time. Give us a call at (562) 431-9400 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can help you clean it up and get your home back to the way it was before the water invaded.

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