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DIY or Professionals? Why SERVPRO is Your Choice to Restore Flood Damage in Seal Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Seek Expert Help to Clean Up Your Flood Damaged Seal Beach Residence

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that flooding affects millions of properties across the United States because of increased rainfall that results in overflowing of rivers and streams. Seal Beach is susceptible to flooding because of rising sea levels. Each winter, a sand beam is constructed on the beach as a protection against big surf and high tides.

When floodwater finds its way into homes, it leads to both primary and secondary damage. If there is flood damage in your Seal Beach home, it is essential to contact experts from SERVPRO to clean up and dry the affected areas. We can handle category three contamination and adhere to EPA standards while cleaning and sanitizing your home.

Flood damage repair and restoration costs are the reason why many property owners do not contact professionals. They believe that they may save money if they restored the affected areas themselves. However, the truth is that hiring a restoration professional immediately after a flooding incident can significantly reduce your losses and costs. The sooner the water extraction, cleanup, and drying processes begin the less damage to which your property is prone.

Your health and that of your family is a priority. Floodwater may contain toxigenic, pathogenic, or other hazardous agents. It may carry organic matter, silt, heavy metals, pesticides, or regulated materials. Coming in contact with this water can put you and your family at risk. Without experience and suitable equipment, restoring the flood-damaged areas can be a nightmare. You can land yourself into more problems. Every porous surface in your house can become a breeding ground for pathogens.

Our team has the expertise and products required to disinfect your property to eliminate hazardous organisms. Some water damage restoration products we can use to control or slow down the growth of microbes include:

  • Sterilizers
  • Mildewstats and fungistats
  • Biocides
  • Sporicides

When applying the products, we use methods that allow physical contact of the solution with all contaminated surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO team can apply the products to walls, tackless strip, subfloor, and wall bottom plates. We allow adequate dwell time for the products to be effective. Our restoration professionals also have experience in handling insurance claims. We can help you in assessing and documenting your losses for a stress-free claims process.

When floodwaters enter your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We can handle the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Truth is You Are Not the Only Person Concerned About Fire Damage in Los Angeles

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Don’t let fire damage destroy your home. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

How Extension Cord Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home Can Be Mitigated

Every year, emergency rooms around the US can expect an average of 4,000 patients with injuries related to extension cord usage in their homes. A whopping 3,300 home fires per year are started by damaged, faulty, or misused extension cords. These items are such a regular part of everyday life that it can be easy to forget that there are risks involved in using them. However, without proper safety measures, homeowners are put at risk every year due to electrical fires.

If you have fire damage in your Los Angeles rental home from a damaged or faulty extension cord, there are services available to restore your home. SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your call to start the cleanup process. Electrical fires are one of the most common sources of fire-related damages to homes, and without professional mitigation, you may be exposed to unhealthy particles from soot. This team is dedicated to maximizing your safety while preserving your home after disasters occur.

Extension Cord Safety Tips

Here are several things to keep in mind for safe handling of extension cords in your home:

  • Inspect electrical cords before use and dispose of damaged or frayed cables. 
  • Keep in mind that extension cords are not a long-term solution for powering items. 
  • Make sure extension cords are away from high-traffic areas in the home like walkways. 
  • Always unplug and store electrical cords after use. 
  • Pull the plug instead of the cord when unplugging.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

SERVPRO can immediately get to work on cleaning your home. Once the source of the fire is removed, the goal is addressing melted rubber, soot, residues, and odors caused by the fire. Technicians can use EPA-registered cleaners to clean surface dirt on nearby items. Fire damage to carpeting, on the other hand, can be initially cleaned with vacuuming and other dry cleaning methods before applying wet cleaners. Dry cleaning sponges are also highly effective for removing surface residues.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is always available to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need swift emergency response to a disaster in your home, call (562) 431-9400 today.

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Our Experts Discuss The Common Causes For Structural Blazes In Los Angeles

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

burned-out chair in a fire close-up on a black background Once we are done, your property will look “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Damage Restorers In Los Angeles Report The Common Causes For Structural Blazes

Many property owners and investors do not realize that commercial fire damage occurs a lot more often than most people think. Your business owner tenants renting your Los Angeles investment properties could suffer from an inferno igniting inside their unit. Once something burns inside one of your rental buildings, it is possible that the blaze can cause issues in other units throughout the structure. Once the fire gets extinguished, it is wise to call SERVPRO.

When mitigating commercial fire damage in your Los Angeles building, our SERVPRO crew uses different methods based on the source. When different materials get burned, various issues can develop. We can choose the best mitigation techniques by identifying the exact conditions of where and how the inferno burned.

The first step to the inspection process is to figure out the cause of the fire. Knowing the common causes of structural blazes can help you identify the source as well as prevent these issues from beginning in the first place. According to Unifour Fire & Safety, the number one cause of commercial fires is cooking equipment.

Any business that serves food has to have some type of cooking equipment. Kitchens contain flammable oils and greases and use appliances that cook at high temperatures which can increase the chances of something going wrong. Cooking equipment is responsible for 65% of blazes occurring in healthcare facilities as well as 61% of restaurant fires.

Another common cause of structural infernos is heating equipment. Most buildings utilize a heating system that helps keep indoor temperatures comfortable. Furnaces, radiators, and boilers can malfunction and overheat, which can lead to materials burning. Heating equipment is accountable for 14% of fires in industrial facilities and 11% of blazes in office buildings.

The next most common cause of something getting torched in a building is lighting and electrical equipment. All structures need electrical wires to power appliances and lights. Loose connections, faulty fuses, or overloaded circuits can cause shorts that can ignite flammable building materials. Lights and electrical devices account for 10% of fire claims in retail locations.

If your investment property in Huntington Park, Walnut Park, or Surfside ever sets ablaze, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. Once we are done, your property will look “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Can Be Restored By Our Experts

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Offers a Fast Response to Flood Damage in Los Angeles

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster, and it ruins homes in various ways. After flood damage, you may have to replace furnishings, drywall, and carpets, among other items. When your home is flooded, stay away from your home until government officials say that it is safe to return.

When it's safe to return to your flood damaged Los Angeles home, take cash and emergency supplies with you. You should also contact your insurer and a flood restoration company such as SERVPRO to assist you with restoring your home. Floodwater can affect the structures and contents of your home in the following ways:

Drywall and wallboard – These materials are porous and become fragile in a flood. They can remain contaminated even after the drying process ends.

Laminated wood and particle board – They can separate and weaken after becoming damp.

Floor coverings – You have to discard carpets after a flood because it is difficult to clean and dry them adequately.

Appliances – They can become shorted out during flooding and may leak harmful gases into the air. Hire a professional to inspect them before use.

Solid wood – Furniture and other wooden items can crack and warp following a flood. However, we can save them by drying them out completely.

We can clean up your home quickly after a flood to prevent secondary destruction and costly repairs. Our technicians can remove all mud, dirt, and floodwater that could be in your property. We have tools that make flood cleanup easier, such as power washers and wet/dry vacuums.

Our SERVPRO crew can also dry the affected areas thoroughly using industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. We can also use thermo-hygrometers to measure the temperature and relative humidity of the air in your home. We compare readings for air in the affected areas, unaffected areas, outside the house, and the air coming out of the HVAC system. Our technicians also take readings of the air that is being processed through the dehumidifiers and extracted into the affected areas to ensure that dehumidifiers are drying the home effectively.

If you need expert help with flood damage cleanup, call the team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for prompt restoration. Our helpline is (562) 431-9400. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have Advanced Water Extraction And Drying Equipment To Remove Water Damage In Los Angeles

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

three green fans sitting on concrete floor We are locally owned and operated, ready 24/7, and Faster to Any Size Disaster. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your home.

How to Handle Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

A water leak in your house can either be a minor inconvenience or a catastrophe you cannot handle alone. Regardless of the severity of the water loss, do not panic. Our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can help you deal with the loss. We can clean up your home quickly to prevent further problems like rot, mold growth, odor, and pests.

Whether the water damage in your Los Angeles home results from a leaking appliance, overflowing bathtub or a burst pipe that soaks your kitchen or causes water to pool in several rooms, we have advanced water extraction and drying equipment that can remove it. We can restore your home to its original condition. We are available 24/7 and can arrive at your property one hour after receiving your call. As you wait for our technicians, here are some things you can do to contain the water loss in your home.

Identify the source of the leak

Plenty of things could cause a leak. Identifying it and stopping it is the first step in containing water damage. If you cannot recognize it, shut off the primary water source. That should stop the leaking immediately and allow you to concentrate on drying your home.

Call your insurance company

Contact your home insurer to make a claim. Take photos or videos to document the damage for insurance claims purposes. By informing your insurance firm about the water damage immediately, it can compensate you quickly.

Remove the standing water

You can use a shop vac or a standard mop and bucket to remove standing water from your house.

Water can easily wreak havoc in your home even when you believe you have already handled the situation. It is, therefore, advisable to let professionals examine the damage. At SERVPRO, we use a wide range of equipment to extract water and dry a home professionally. We can use wet/dry vacuums to remove as much water as possible from the affected areas. Thorough water removal reduces drying times and limits the chance of furniture stains and rust occurring. If there are furniture stains, we can remove them when the carpet is still damp.

Our technicians also check for pre-existing damages like mold growth and delamination. If we find damage, we notify the insurance adjuster. If your carpet is ruined, we can remove it if the adjuster tells us to do so. Our WRTs also set up air movers around the perimeter of affected rooms at 45-degree angles pointing towards the walls. We also place dehumidifiers in the air to eliminate extra moisture from the air. Our team also uses moisture sensors and moisture meters to determine if surfaces and materials are dry.

When you need water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for help. We can deal with the damage to make it appear “Like it never even happened.” We serve several local communities, including Seal Beach, Huntington Park, and Walnut Park.

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Professionals Talk Flood Water Removal Safety in Seal Beach

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

man in front of SERVPRO van Mike and his team know how to safely remove flood water from your home. Call them today for your water loss restoration needs.

Maintaining Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach

It is unfortunate to be caught up in a flooding situation, primarily when it affects your home. Apart from the financial loss from destroyed items and the costs of restoration, the incident might also present safety issues during renovation or after finishing the job. Overcoming these challenges is as important as restoring your Seal Beach home to its preloss state.

Knowing the contents in floodwaters

When overflowing groundwater causes flood damage in your Seal Beach home, you should be cautious when handling the water. Such water flows over vast areas before reaching your home and might contain traces of infectious diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis, and tetanus, among others. If it contains traces of sewage, it might emit methane or other sewer gases. Use of protective gear can help shield you from contracting diseases or developing other health problems. Our SERVPRO technicians bring various types of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including rubber gloves and full-body suits as part of their work gear, allowing them to work safely.

Handling areas with hazardous materials

Cleaning to remove all soils from the affected property helps in restoring preloss conditions and preventing severe problems such as mold. However, some challenges might interfere with the cleaning. One challenge is cleaning areas with hazardous materials such as lead-based paint or ACM, Asbestos Containing Materials. Actions such as scrubbing, piercing, or sawing the elements can pose a severe risk. Our SERVPRO technicians receive training on how best to handle such risky materials.

Safety of the structure

The different circumstances prevalent during incidents that lead to flood damage create physical hazards for the occupants of the home or the people doing the restoration. Strong forces such as water currents, wind, or lighting can weaken sections of the structure, posing risks to those using it. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the entire loss site to establish a safe working environment immediately after arrival. We use circuit testers to ensure there is no risk of electrocution.  We also confirm that parts of the structure, such as stairs are stable enough to hold the weight of people and equipment.

Safe restoration of a flood-damaged property to its preloss state is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help. You can reach us at (562) 431-9400 any time. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your Los Angles Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Drying Equipment Set Up On A Floor In A Home Drying The Floors Our crew is trained in water damage restoration, upholstery & fabric cleaning, applied structural drying, and odor control.

Tips for Performing Water Removal in Your Los Angeles Residence after an Appliance Leak 

Leaks from appliances are more than just annoying. The leaks can come from your dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine. Leaks can cause damage to the floors and the possessions that come into contact with the water. Water damage is classified according to its severity. When professionals come to your home to fix a leak from an appliance, they know that they can expect to find gray water.

If you experience water damage in your home, you need to act fast. Beginning the process of water removal in your Los Angeles residence can minimize further damage. When dealing with an appliance leak, there are some steps you need to take. It is vital to call a water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO immediately. However, before the professionals arrive, you can do the following things to salvage your possessions and avoid a big mess:

Shut off the main water supply to your house or the supply valve to the leaking appliance.
Disconnect the appliance from its source of power to prevent electrocution or fire hazards.
Remove water from the affected area using a shop-vac as soon as possible to prevent long-lasting damage.

There are varying stages of water damage depending on the level of contamination. They range from clean, to gray to black. Water from an appliance leak could be clean if it comes from the supply line to the dishwasher. However, if clean water remains standing in your home for lengthy periods, microbes like fungi and bacteria can grow in it. High humidity can result in higher concentrations of fungi and bacteria in the air. Microbial colonies expand because of warm temperatures.

Detergents, soap, grease, and food particles make water gray. Gray water is not as dangerous as black water, but extra care needs to be taken when removing it. If left to sit for too long, the gray water can damage your floors because of the chemicals found in the detergents. Gray water also becomes black water when it remains in a home for an extended period.

If the leak was significant and the water spread to different rooms of your house, you can trust SERVPRO franchise professionals to extract it effectively. We use powerful portable extractors to remove as much water as possible to expedite drying. Portable extractors enable us to access restricted areas. Our technicians also place air movers and dehumidifiers in a home to dry the affected areas to prevent mold growth. We also use advanced moisture detection devices such as infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. We know the importance of preventing further destruction to your expensive home and possessions and keeping your family safe.

Appliance leaks can happen at the least expected time. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is ready 24/7 to help you with your water loss emergency. Contact us at (562) 431-9400 for quick restoration services. We have the expertise to make your water loss incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Drip. Drip. Drip. Is There a Slow Leak Under Your Huntington Park Sink?

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Leaks under sinks can go undetected and cause and cause damage before being discovered. Inspect these areas often for signs of damage.

Water Damage Huntington Park – The Area Under the Sink Smells Bad

Water leaks under a kitchen sink or bathroom sink sometimes occur over weeks or even months. One day you notice there is a bad smell emanating from the area under the sink, and after investigation, you find that there is a slow leak which has soaked everything. The floor is wet, and the wood expanded as it absorbed the moisture. The water has also traveled along the inside of the wall. The water may have ruined the drywall and possibly the insulation on the outer walls. The first step, of course, is to repair the leak and stop the water, continuing to leak onto the floor. 

A SERVPRO technician can assess the amount of water damage in your Huntington Park home. The evaluation includes how much water has penetrated the floor, the underlying structure, along with moisture in the walls. Exterior walls are usually insulated, and the water may have damaged the insulation. We can use moisture meters to determine if there is moisture inside the walls behind your sink and cupboards. 

Depending on our findings, we may need to remove baseboards and drywall to remove wet insulation and examine just how much water damage there is. One approach is to drill holes in the drywall and use penetrating moisture probes to determine how much water has penetrated the wall. Not all water damage causes water to be present inside the walls. Before our technician’s drill holes in walls, we always discuss the possibility of water inside the walls and the necessity to check out these areas with the customer. 

SERVPRO can develop the appropriate drying solution for the floors and walls to remove all of the moisture and control the damage. In some situations, with wet conditions observed the drywall and flooring might require removal before drying can begin. Blowing air through holes drilled between each stud can also remove moisture from the insulation. Our team understands the need to remove all moisture and prevent the growth of mold.  After removing all moisture is removed, we can focus on restoring your kitchen or bathroom to its original condition. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for 24/7 service. We serve Los Angeles, Walnut Park, and surrounding areas. We’re here to help and respond Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Seal Beach After A Fire Disaster

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The hood in this kitchen caused a fire from the buildup of grease in the filter. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Fire Debris Removal for Your Seal Beach Quick Service Restaurant

As part of a franchise restaurant chain, you must appeal to a much broader audience of those both living in and also visiting Seal Beach. Your goal is to provide a universally positive experience, much like these same customers could experience in any of the other restaurant locations across the country. That requires a fast response and the acquisition of qualified restoration personnel when disasters strike the building to ensure that you do not need to close your doors to hungry patrons. 

Fire damage in Seal Beach fast food restaurants presents a widespread and challenging obstacle to overcome, especially when the damage happens in higher trafficked regions of the eatery like the kitchen or dining areas. Even something as basic as fire debris removal, which is a base service offered by nearly every insurance provider, must get handled delicately to prevent worsening conditions and to prevent the spread of these effects further through the property. 

Understanding the severity of the situation is among the first steps that our SERVPRO team must take when we first arrive at the restaurant. This assessment can help to determine the best approach to restoration and helps our crew chiefs and project management to develop an effective recovery strategy. From emergency tarping and board up to full containment solutions to reduce the spread of harmful effects to areas where you have customers eating, we have the experience to help. 

Our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians and cleaning specialists work side by side to offer practical solutions, including controlled demolition, soot removal, and deodorization. With the fast response to these emergencies from competent professionals like ours, we can reduce the need for replacement materials and often restore and protect affected installed materials instead. 

If the doors of your fast food restaurant do have to close, our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can make sure that it does not stay that way for long. It is our business to get you back in business, and that starts with a committed 24/7 arrival time with the resources and equipment to make a difference. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Professional Hazard Assessment is Necessary After Flood Damage in Seal Beach

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign Flood damage also causes structural and electrical hazards. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate your damage.

Assessing Hazards and Restoring your Home Safely after Flood Damage in Seal Beach

A flooded property can be a harrowing experience for a homeowner. Although there is a temptation to remove as much of your furnishings, possessions, and valuables, flood water can pose severe health and safety risks. Your best bet is to reach out to a local restoration service that can scope the property for structural weaknesses, areas of specific concern, and predict potential outcomes.

We offer an emergency service for flood damage in Seal Beach. On arrival at your property, a SERVPRO technician can talk you through the process from start to finish and put your mind at ease about the work ahead. There are considerable dangers to consider when large quantities of standing water are present in a home environment. However, a professional restorer can guide you through the issues by performing a scoping task.

Scoping is essential to emergency flood damage restoration work. The process involves checking for potential hazards or structural weaknesses and deciding on the equipment required to get your home back to preloss conditions. We assess contamination levels in the water as well as potential electrical issues. Open sockets need to be fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to eliminate shock hazards. Ceilings and subfloors overloaded with water are prone to collapse and require inspection during the scoping procedure.

After establishing a safe environment your SERVPRO technician can begin a Psychrometric analysis of the affected area. Psychometrics is an assessment of the mixture of water, vapor, and air in your property. By taking careful measurement of the amount of water as well as using a thermal hygrometer to measure relative humidity, a restorer can understand what equipment is needed as well as a gameplan to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Property emergencies are debilitating experiences. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for compassionate restoration technicians that communicate with you every step of the way.  

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