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Should Seal Beach Businesses Rely on Commercial Water Cleanup Companies?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multistory office building Don't go it alone! Call SERVPRO for your commercial water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Has Access to a Diverse Array of Water Damage Equipment for Seal Beach Business Properties

After a pipe break, toilet backup, or other water damage event in a Seal Beach commercial property, business owners should not rely on the regular maintenance staff for the cleanup. While the janitorial crew may do a fantastic job keeping the company clean and dust-free, water cleanup may be beyond their scope of abilities.

SERVPRO brings an array of equipment to ensure the best outcome possible for commercial water cleanup in Seal Beach business properties. Another consideration is how long the water had degraded before the mitigation began and if the water contains sewage or other harmful elements.

Some business owners try to save money by having their regular cleaning crew mop up the water, use wet-dry vacs to remove moisture, and set up fans to dry wet carpets and walls. However, this can be a huge error as water can migrate behind baseboards, wick into walls, and there may be areas that require controlled demo to halt any further damage from occurring. Wet-dry vacs cannot match the pulling power in the professional pumps and other equipment that SERVPRO has access to. The portable pumps are some of the most relied-upon water removal tools as they allow the techs to move quickly around the work-site.  

Industrial box fans only dry the surfaces, leaving moisture below. The high-velocity air movers the techs use to dry wet areas cause embedded water vapor to rise to the surface where dehumidification units capture it and port it offsite. Other types of drying equipment include:

  • InjectiDry system
  • Drying mats
  • Self-created tubing to force air onto a targeted area

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 supports local Seal Beach business owners with all types of commercial water cleanup services available 24/7.

What are Signs of Flood Damage to a Seal Beach Hardwood Floor?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood Hardwood boards tolerate limited exposure to water, but permanent damage occurs if the extraction of moisture and drying does not begin quickly.

SERVPRO Techs Have Specialized Equipment for Handling Flooring Damaged by Floodwater

Seal Beach property owners that know the early warning signs of water damage to hardwood flooring can stay ahead of the situation by bringing in a professional cleanup service. This can occur from heavy rains leaking through a roof or coming in around windows that need repair.

When floodwater enters a Seal Beach property, flood damage can result. Flooring can be the most affected, and the signs to look for include:

  • Discoloration and obvious water stains
  • Cupping or buckling of the boards
  • Raised nails in the boards due to warping from moisture

Hardwood flooring SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling flood damage to the flooring in Mt Airy properties. The techs look for visible signs of water migration and map out the worksite using their moisture detection equipment such as infrared cameras and probes. These two devices assist in confirming what the visual signs show the techs.

Among types of flooring, most homeowners consider the installation of hardwood flooring an investment in the look of their property. Solid hardwood boards can tolerate limited exposure to water, but permanent damage can occur if the extraction of moisture and drying process does not begin quickly.

A key element in the restoration of floorboards is knowledge of the proper moisture content. SERVPRO technicians learn during extensive training that the floorboards do not need to get taken down to zero percent moisture content. Once the water is removed, and the board is dried, the technicians typically look to achieve six to twelve percent moisture content. To force embedded moisture to rise, the technicians usually rely on specialized equipment such as drying mats.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 cleans up and restores Seal Beach properties with flood damage. The trained and certified technicians are available 24/7.

Why Hire a Professional Cypress Fire Restoration Company?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall and ceiling SERVPRO has a large selection of professional equipment and the experience to handle Cypress fire restoration of any size or type

SERVPRO has Trained and Certified Technicians to Handle All Phases of Cypress Fire Damage

It can be tempting to self-clean after fire damage occurs in a Cypress property, particularly if the fire and smoke residues are limited in scale. However, this decision can wind up costing more money in terms of secondary damages or the unintentional spread of soot to other home areas. 

SERVPRO technicians have a large selection of professional equipment and the experience to handle Cypress fire restoration of any size or type. One of the smartest things a property owner can do is hand off the job to a professional company because:

  • SERVPRO can work one on one with an insurance carrier to ensure no actions taken are done out of the scope of coverage
  • The use of professional equipment makes a difference in the outcome, such as using dry cleaning sponges to lift away dry smoke damage as opposed to rags and household cleaning products
  • Limits exposure to potential health hazards from airborne soot or structural dangers

The reason contents in the home have a covering of soot is because items such as upholstery, textiles, plastic, and wood do not burn cleanly. Because soot can irritate and contain toxic materials, SERVPRO technicians wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to limit their contact during the cleanup process.

When a homeowner sees a table that has been a part of their home for years covered in soot, they may be thinking about where to get a replacement. SERVPRO technicians can inspect the piece, determine if it has damage from water or heat, and determine the restoration potential. The technicians have access to wood-specific formulas that can clean wood grain without causing damage to the surface.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (714) 236-9599 brings certified technicians with compassion, professionalism, and years of expertise in fire restoration to every Cypress job.

A Faulty Water Heater Has Caused Water Damage in My Cypress Property. How Can I Restore the Ruined Areas?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fleet gearing up for a job. SERVPRO certified water damage restoration technicians are second to none. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

Seek Professional Help from SERVPRO to Ensure Effective Water Damage Cleanup in Your Cypress Property

Seeping water in your property can cause significant damage to drywall, floors, and valued items. As certified restoration experts in Cypress, we use high-tech equipment and products to restore affected homes. We also apply systematic approved practices that we developed within the years we have been in business.

What does water damage cleanup entail?

Our water damage cleanup services include cleaning the mess caused by the faulty water heater and restoring the affected areas to their preloss state. You can trust us to perform water damage cleanup in your Cypress residence. SERVPRO experts use advanced equipment to speed up the drying process. If the emergency response is delayed, we can clean, dry, and treat the affected area to eliminate disease-causing fungi, bacteria, and viruses to protect the residents of the property. Our technicians can also remove persisting odors in the property, including in the confined areas.

Can water damage lead to mold growth?

Water intrusion incidents are the leading cause of mold infestation. Mold needs water to grow. Removing the water and moisture is an excellent way to prevent mold infestation. Mold develops when there is:

  •   Moisture
  •   Warm temperatures
  •   A food source like carpet, drywall, and organic dust

SERVPRO can help you with water damage cleanup and mold removal services.

How do you clean mold in a specific area?

When we get to your property, we begin by inspecting the area thoroughly. If we determine mold growth in a specific area, we can construct containment. We can build a small enclosure by wrapping 6-mil polyethylene around a frame of PVC pipe. The enclosure is enough for one restorer to remove contaminated materials and clean the area. We can use Microban, which is a quaternary compound, to disinfect the affected area. The product acts against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.

How do you dry the contained area?

The contained area is only safe after it is dried effectively. We can use devices that create conditions that dehumidify the area and filter the air. These devices may include an air mover, negative air scrubber, and a desiccant dehumidifier that uses chemicals called desiccants to absorb moisture. Once we remove mold, it is necessary to clean the air to eliminate airborne mold spores. An air scrubber enables us to remove mold spores and other pollutants that could be still in the air.

Even an insignificant amount of water can cause damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for prompt water damage cleanup services.

Can My Home in Seal Beach Be Restored After Fire Damage?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home Smoke residue from fire damage is a job for SERVPRO. Our fire damage restoration techs have the training and experience in all phases needed.

For Professional, Thorough Restoration of your Seal Beach Home, Call SERVPRO. What Is The Biggest Threat To My Home?

Physical fire damage to Seal Beach homes is often limited. SERVPRO technicians understand that the smoke residues if left on surfaces too long, can pit, stain, and cause other damage, which can be more expensive than what the heat and flames did.

Where Do Technicians Begin?

They start with two basic principles to thoroughly clean fire damaged property in Seal Beach and restore it for the best possible result.

Find and identify the type of residues: One of our estimators determines the extent of the damage, the type of residues (dry and powdery versus wet and sticky, for example), and the surfaces where they adhere. This first principle allows the estimator to determine what cleaners and tools are needed to complete the task of restoring the home. 

Capture and remove residues: It is necessary to suspend or capture residues before removing them. Capturing them using air or fluids allows our technicians to quickly suspend them for safe removal off surfaces without causing further damage to any personal or structural property. 

How Exactly Do Technicians Capture And Remove Them?

SERVPRO technicians primarily use vacuuming and dissolving the residues to pull them off and out of everything from ceiling tiles to carpets.

  • Vacuuming – Since smoke residues contain particles of primarily carbon, many of the residues we remove are dry and powder. That means they merely rest on the surface or are only loosely attached at best, making them easily removed by a vacuum or even by wiping down surfaces like glass and metal with a cloth or dry sponge. 
  • Dissolving – Wet or sticky particles adhere far more tightly to surfaces and require water or a cleaning agent to remove them. Water and cleaners surround the residues in a suspension so that technicians can wipe them off with sponges, squeegees, or mops, depending on the type of surface. 

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

Why Hire SERVPRO in Seal Beach to Handle Flood Damage Cleanup and Repair?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing storm damaged drywall Storm and flood damage mitigation is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower and experience for every phase in storm damage restoration.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Skill to Ensure Your Seal Beach Property Is "Like it never even happened."

When you have any flood damage to your Seal Beach home, you may wonder whether or not you can handle the cleanup on your own. Rather than taking more time than necessary with DIY, which could lead to costly damage or mold growth, hiring skilled restoration professionals gets the job done faster. Why SERVPRO? Because our team knows that flooding is stressful and leads to challenges that everyday homeowners do not know how to address. We can get to work right away so that you have less worry and your home gets back to normal – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Rely on Our Skill and Experience for Handling Flood Damage in Seal Beach?

Emergency flood damage assistance for your Seal Beach home is flooded calls for a multi-step process that has to start right away for you to get the best results. Our crew knows how to:

  • Craft a workable process to help avoid secondary damage
  • Begin water removal services with powerful pumps and extraction tools
  • Treat surface areas for contamination
  • Work on the placement of industrial fans and air movers to facilitate drying and restore relative humidity (RH)
  • Address the potential for structural damage that may have developed during the flood
  • Perform flood cuts and other controlled demolition to repair and replace unsalvageable building materials. 

When dealing with flood damage and waiting for us to wrap up the flood restoration project, the last thing anyone wants is the additional headache of dealing with your insurance company. We take the time to handle all inventory, paperwork, and communication with your insurance provider to ensure everything goes smoothly with your claim from start to finish. 

If you want to know more about flood damage restoration or why you should work with our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress, give us a call at (562) 431-9400.

When A Malfunctioning Sprinkler Damages Your Seal Beach Office Documents

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler system When a water mishap strikes in your office, call SERVPRO for assistance right away. We are always here to help.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Documents in Your Business

When a sprinkler has malfunctioned in your office building in Seal Beach, it can leave behind quite a bit of wreckage. With all the computers, papers, and other electronics present, there is much cleaning up and restoring that has to be done so you can have your business up and running again.  

Commercial water damage in Seal Beach can halt your operations unexpectedly. Searching for a professional restoration service is the last thing that you want to do. Knowing ahead of time whom to call is essential. At SERVPRO, our professionally trained staff are standing by to help you any time you have a water emergency at your place of business. 

When it comes to saving wet and damaged documents and books, SERVPRO staff can stop further water damage. However, we cannot reverse the existing problems. Our focus in document and book drying is to halt additional damage and dry the items to the best condition possible. Five methods that we use include air-drying, dehumidification, freeze-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.  

Drying documents frequently relies on a process of sublimation or changing a solid directly into a vapor without going through a liquid state. We factor in many considerations when selecting the appropriate method for document drying, including the kind of water involved, the value of the documents, the length of time exposed to moisture, the extent of damage, and funds available for recovery. Document drying can be time-consuming, as well as expensive. 

Thorough Drying After Water Damages

SERVPRO technicians can store the wet documents and books in a freezer facility. Doing so stops damage from worsening and lets us determine what procedure for drying is going to work best. We also take a thorough inventory of documents that are removed from the business and ensure you are present when the inventory and pack-out phase begins so you can determine what is essential to dry. A log of all stored items is also kept so anything that needs to be retrieved can be easily found.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress understands that time is of the essence when it comes to waterlogged documents in your business in Cypress, Seal Beach, or Surfside. Contact us right away at (562) 431-9400 when your building has undergone a water damage emergency so we can aid you in getting back to work.

The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Seal Beach Home

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold can happen out of sight Mold can be a serious issue in your home. Don't let mold take over. Call SERVPRO for help today.

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

You might not be surprised to learn that your Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach 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.  

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

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.

How Can SERVPRO Save Seal Beach Properties from Extensive Flood Damage?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water Seal Beach residents can depend on SERVPRO's experienced technicians to mitigate any level of flood damage.

Can Seal Beach Residents Rely on SERVPRO to Repair Flood Damage? 

Water damage due to floods can be costly to restore and repair. If left unmitigated, flood damage in your Seal Beach home can cause extensive structural damage as well. SERVPRO is committed to preventing this from happening by offering you fast and efficient service.  

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive experience in restoring flood damage to Seal Beach properties. The floodwater in and around your home impacts building materials' structural integrity, such as wood and concrete. Apart from that, floodwater can also deposit soil and other contaminated sediments on your property. Even if the water recedes, the building can remain waterlogged unless SERVPRO techs take immediate steps to dry the structure. The hydrostatic pressure created by the groundwater can push against foundation or basement walls, weakening them. Hence, you must wait for the SERVPRO professionals to arrive before taking any restorative steps. 

Why SERVPRO Techs Spend so Much Time and Energy on Controlling Humidity During Water Cleanup of Your Seal Beach Home? 

Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, is one of the most important factors determining the drying rate. SERVPRO techs try to create conditions such that the amount of water vapor in the air (or its humidity ratio) is always lower than that of the material. Technicians achieve this in two ways-

  • Actively removing the moisture from the air using dehumidifiers, and
  • By replacing the moisture-laden air near the surface of a drying material with warmer, drier air using air movers

It is equally important to use the right type of equipment and placement during this process. 

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to talk to industry experts regarding your restoration needs.  

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice In Seal Beach After Flood Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water in home SERVPRO knows how your flooring can be damaged from flooding. We come prepared with the equipment your home needs after a flood occurs.

Identifying Hazards After Flooding in Seal Beach Homes

Flooding can create hazards out of otherwise normal circumstances and utility services present in your Seal Beach home. Recognizing these threats as they develop can help to reduce the severity of these conditions and their direct effect on the occupants of the house. When flooding situations are bad enough, it is unlikely that families can remain in their homes until some level of restoration is completed, which can often help these individuals to avoid the physical harm of encountering damaging hazards after this disaster.  

Safety is a genuine concern of our SERVPRO team for both our technicians and our customers, as recovering flood damage in Seal Beach homes rarely comes without potential pitfalls and dangers. Recognizing these threats is part of our initial scoping process for the job, meaning that we can develop strategies to address these concerns directly through restoration and cleanup or to avoid them until the appropriate time where cleaning and recovering the area would be a safer venture.

Contaminants 

Contaminated water is always a potential threat to natural flood damage scenarios. Rising waters can bring in mud and sediment, but also bacteria, germs, and other substances and solids deemed bio-hazardous. Muck-out after extraction can help address the bulk of these concerns, but more intricate cleaning is necessary to remove the threat entirely.

Structural Failures

When our SERVPRO estimator and project manager walk through the property, it is critical to notate saturated ceiling materials, drywall, and wet flooring materials. All of these could indicate areas where structural components could fail under the weight of heavier elements or after deterioration and decomposition.

Electric Shock

Electricity is one of the services that many homes could not do without, but it can also be one of the most harmful threats to a flooded house. Our professionals often sever all power to the property until we can manage standing water and moisture concerns enough to restore the electrical services safely.

Bystander Threats

Other people pushing their way onto the work area, such as the residents of the property who have been temporarily displaced or even intrusive neighbors, can not only hinder the process but become safety concerns, as well. To prevent this, we can install temporary fencing around the job site until restoration and reconstruction efforts complete.

Flooding can come with multiple hazards for a residence, but our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team can work through these conditions safely to get you back to preloss conditions fast. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.