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What Few People Know About the Extent to Which a Seal Beach Fire can Affect Your Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Few People Know About the Extent to Which a Seal Beach Fire can Affect Your Home The damages after a fire can appear far worse than they really are. Contact SERVPRO right away to inspect and remediate.

How Fire Damages Disturb Your Seal Beach Residence

Among the most devastating of situations that your Seal Beach home can experience is a disaster when you are away. While the effects continue to worsen, you are unaware that a problem even exists. Often in cases like fires, first responders and firefighters become aware of a blaze long before the occupants of the house. Returning to the damages that a widespread fire can cause can seem impossible to overcome.

However, overcoming fire damages that occur in your Seal Beach home is what our technicians get trained to do. From the moment that we arrive at your house, we assess the full extent of the damage and develop a plan to treat each of the effects that we encounter. With our commitment to responding as quickly as possible, our SERVPRO emergency response team can ensure the damages to your home do not need to continue to worsen.

While you can speculate about the type of damage that fire in your home could do, it might be better to know about how penetrative and destructive a disaster like this is. From the initial combustion, wherever the fire originated, the flames spread out quickly over construction materials, fabrics, flooring, ceilings, insulation, and carpeting. These reactions cause smoke and soot, two of the effects that are often challenging for even highly trained SERVPRO professionals to overcome.

Beyond the structural damages that are clear to see, a homeowner also has to worry about the atmosphere in their residence once flames have gotten extinguished. Fires do not discern what they burn, and therefore, chemicals and toxins could be throughout the air in your house that could pose a hazard to those without the appropriate personal protective equipment.

There are many effects that you have to concern yourself with when you are attempting to recover from the damage fire can do to your house. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of experts has the equipment and the expertise to help you through every step of the restoration process. Give us a call when disaster strikes at (562) 431-9400.
 
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SERVPRO Is The Best Choice For Water Damage Restoration In Los Alamitos

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Is The Best Choice For Water Damage Restoration In Los Alamitos Water can damage your Los Alamitos structural and personal property.

Remediating The Effects Of Water Damage In Los Alamitos

The average rainfall does not concern Los Alamitos homeowners usually. The water that floods their homes more often comes from a split washing machine hose or a cracked pipe connection underneath a sink.

When that happens, water can damage Los Alamitos structural and personal property. SERVPRO restoration teams work to clean up, restore, or replace both types, returning homes to their original, pre-flooded condition.

They start by removing any water standing on floors or pooled in carpets. If the water is high enough, they use commercial grade pumps to remove it. In most homes, the water is perhaps just an inch or so above the surface, so extraction wands work effectively. Technicians can adjust the speed up to quickly draw water off kitchen linoleum to prevent waters and air bubbles from forming underneath.

They can also lower the speed to remove water from carpets without damaging the nape, pulling fibers out of the top layer. It also helps to prevent delamination if the water sat long enough to loosen the glue holding the top and bottom layers together.

As SERVPRO team members protect the floors, others begin work on the furniture. Once we enter the home, they raise any items sitting in the water on blocks in a dry part of the home. Now, one of our inspectors examines the wood to determine if the kitchen table can dry on its own, or if an easy chair needs assistance to prevent warping or cracking.

To speed up the drying process, technicians install a dehumidifier to draw water from the affected furniture which slowly removes water without causing further damage. If the items absorbed much water, team members might also use air movers to direct warm, dry air over the wood to carefully force out the moisture so the dehumidifiers can more quickly absorb it from the air.

Other team members use more air movers to remove water that may have seeped into the walls from the standing water. As the air movers start to work, technicians set up fans in windows and doorways to remove the damp, cool air inside from home. If the drywall panels absorbed too much water and have begun to crumble, they remove them for disposal.

At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, our goal is to stop water damage and then remediate the effects in each home. If you have a flooding problem in your residence, call us at (562) 431-9400 today to schedule a visit or inspection.

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Become Equipped for Possible Water Damage in Seal Beach With the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Become Equipped for Possible Water Damage in Seal Beach With the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Visitors to your hotel expect a clean, dry room. Contact SERVPRO to remediate your hotel should you be facing water damage.

Being Prepared for How Commercial Water Damage can Affect Your Seal Beach Hotel

Hotels in Seal Beach cater to thousands of patrons attending conferences, vacationing with family, and visiting friends. Special times in a person's life often involve a short guest stay in a hotel, and many newlyweds include the accommodations as a major part of how their honeymoon progressed.
 
When your hotel fails to live up to its reputation for excellent accommodations because of commercial water damage in Seal Beach, a rapid response can bring your establishment back up to par. September is National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO can help you stay prepared for disasters that might cause you and your guests serious problems.
 
Water damage from a broken water line in your laundry facilities can cause problems as horrendous as those stemming from a snapped sprinkler line. Water from overhead or from an obscure area of your hotel can spread quickly, requiring a quick response from a water extraction team. SERVPRO is always Faster To Any Size Disaster, helping minimize the damages from the start.
 
Before such incidents take place, we recommend preparing for them. Our READY Plan Profile can help you protect your property by reducing the response time involved even more. This Profile is free to businesses of all sizes and types. Having one in place can provide valuable details. Creating one takes very little time and can significantly decrease the length of time a disaster's effects last.
 
We know your staff works together to meet the expectations of your guests. The technicians at SERVPRO also work as a team to create a more efficient workflow. Doing so also helps us detect areas where we need to concentrate more effort to maintain our effectiveness. When we mitigate a hotel that suffers from water damage, we know that our progress must remain rapid but thorough. We also understand that minimization of disturbances that might bother your patrons remains high on your list. We always welcome any concerns or questions you have about our work and suggestions on how we can better serve you.
 
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help your hotel survive through any amount of water damage. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered 365 days a year.

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Contaminated Water and Flood Damage in Seal Beach

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Contaminated Water and Flood Damage in Seal Beach Natural disasters can cause flooding in your home. Contact SERVPRO after such an event for water removal services.

SERVPRO Technicians Properly Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is about highlighting potential dangers to American citizens and reminding them to be vigilant against natural disaster. Storms are frequent in September and communities should begin preparing for potential floods, debris, and damage to limit their impact.

Guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are useful to residents suffering from flood damage in Seal Beach. Among the top priorities is to avoid direct contact with flood waters which can be contaminated by raw sewage or other toxic substances. Clearing contaminated flood water as quickly as possible is a health and safety priority for communities at risk.

Black Water, referred to as contaminated water by the EPA can carry raw sewage, pesticides, herbicides or other potentially harmful toxins in the home. Dealing with Black Water requires a different set of rules for most clean up jobs because regular methods and equipment are just not designed to deal with such widespread damage.

At SERVPRO, we have been helping communities that suffer from flooding and other natural disasters for decades. Our emergency call line is open 24 hours a day, and we have local technicians ready to be onsite within 4 hours of notification of loss. Once the presence of Black Water is confirmed, we can rapidly begin work to mitigate your loss.

The first priority when dealing with contaminated water is removal by using truck-mounted, fully submersible gas powered pumps to rapidly clear. When dealing with contaminated water, we have to remove everything that has come into contact with it. That means performing flood cuts to remove drywall and any moisture that resides within.

Unfortunately, a lot of your interior may have to be discarded. That includes carpets, carpet pads, and upholstery. Leaving toxins behind causes them to fester and can result in widespread damage or health and safety issues. Our first priority is to get your home clean. Our second is to dry it using air-movers and dehumidifiers to guard against secondary water damage or mold buildup.

Local services are vital in dealing with disasters because they can respond quicker. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help rescue your home, contact us at (562) 431-9400 now.
 
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Mold Damage Affects Various Materials In Cypress Homes In Different Ways

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Affects Various Materials In Cypress Homes In Different Ways When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials

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

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

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

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

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

Damp areas of your home, especially those in dark places with little airflow, can harbor mold colonies that continually spread spores to other areas of your property. Professional remediation of these and other contaminated areas by our qualified technicians protects your entire property. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400, so we can remediate mold damage before it can worsen.

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

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause Fire Damage Inside Of Your Seal Beach Home Faulty wiring inside of your walls, or within the plug of your slow cooker, can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home.

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause A Fire

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

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

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

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

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

If faulty equipment causes a fire inside of your house, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (562) 431-9400. No matter the time or day, we're available to take the damage away.

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A Fast Water Removal Service in Seal Beach

8/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Fast Water Removal Service in Seal Beach Water at the Seal Beach Pier? OK Un-Water in Your Seal Beach Home? Call SERVPRO

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 in the aftermath of 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 as well as possible contamination of that water. No two water damage cases are the same, so by tailoring our approach, we can ensure the best course of action on a case-by-case basis.

After the assessment, we can provide you with a quote and begin work upon securing an agreement in writing. The type of 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 remove large amounts of water rapidly. 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 to 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 (562) 431-9400.

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Commercial Water Damage Experts in Seal Beach Talk About Humidity

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Experts in Seal Beach Talk About Humidity No Store Owner "Loves" Excess Moisture in Her Seal Beach Boutique--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

Water Recovery and Humidity Levels Understanding Is Essential to Reopening Water Damaged Retail Stores Quickly

Anytime a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions in your Seal Beach convenience store, water likely pours into the structure. Excessive moisture inside a building can cause various types of damage. Water itself can soak into porous materials and saturate them. When building materials get saturated, they often lose their structural integrity. The longer an item stays wet, the more likely it can get ruined and have to be replaced. When moisture exists inside a building, it evaporates into the air and turns into water vapor raising the humidity levels in your store. Water inside the air then can make other materials not near the source of the leak get damaged as well. Problems associated with items coming into direct contact with water suffer primary damage. Issues that have to do with water vapor are considered secondary problems.
 
Both types of problems can ruin the structural components and contents of your business. When mitigating commercial water damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to prevent secondary issues. Rapid structural drying helps reduce the extent of damage caused by moisture as well as lower the chances of secondary problems occurring.
 
When drying out a structure, our SERVPRO technicians utilize several techniques. Since things in nature always want to seek equilibrium, we use air movers to create an airflow inside the building. The air movers push wet air away from wet materials as it evaporates from them. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the air and lower the humidity.
 
The amount of moisture air can hold is linked with the temperature. Relative humidity (RH) is the amount of moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. RH is expressed as a percentage meaning that at 100% relative humidity the air is holding as much water as possible. However, if the temperature increases the amount of water air can hold goes up thus lowering the relative humidity. If condensation occurs within the airspace of a convenience store, much damage can ruin inventory and the business owner's profits.
 
When drying out a structure, we monitor relative humidity levels every day. Keeping the humidity as low as possible speeds up the drying process and helps prevent secondary damage at the same time. Water vapor can negatively affect products inside your convenience store if relative humidity levels are not watched closely. As soon as you notice excessive moisture inside your store, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 any hour of the day.

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Tree Maintenance Can Prevent Flooding In Your Cypress Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tree Maintenance Can Prevent Flooding In Your Cypress Home Storm-Related Water Damage Can Get Help from SERVPRO in Cypress

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 pose a threat to 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 to even tear a hole in the side of your home. What results during the storm that likely caused the tree damages, is the unabated runoff or torrential rains to 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.

There are precautions that you can take 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 trunk of the tree. This occurrence could be some natural damage or caused by something environmental like animals and insects.

You should take a moment to inspect limbs and the trunk of the tree for discolorations. Often a dying or dead tree looks much paler than the trees around it of the same type. It is unlikely that multiple trees together 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 for you if they are not well kept. If you have already experienced storm damages to your home which have resulted in flooding, give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of technicians a call right away at (562) 431-9400.

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Bathroom Mold in Your Cypress House

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathroom Mold in Your Cypress House Bathroom mold can happen fast and spreads quickly. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Understands How to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Home

You might be surprised to learn this, but not all of the mold that grows in Cypress homes is exclusively in the basement. While yes, many basements do struggle to keep from getting damp and allowing for the conditions to get met for mold and microbial growth, there are many other instances of fungal growth elsewhere in the house. This occurrence can often get attributed to poor ventilation in areas that produce steam, much like the bathroom.
 
Federal building codes consider construction to comply when they have a single ventilation box in the center of the ceiling pushing moist and hot air outside of the house. Surprisingly, contractors are also in compliance without ever installing ventilation at all, but only having a window that can get opened. The result is more moisture than most bathrooms can adequately handle, and the conditions get met for mold to begin growing. Soon, you are facing mold damages in Cypress throughout this high traffic area of your residence.
 
Fortunately, you are not alone when it comes to combatting this presence in your home. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have the unique training to give them pertinent information about all varieties of mold and the best approaches to remove active colonies of this type.
 
With mold growing in the bathroom of your house, this is a situation that you want to be sure to take care of as promptly as possible. Exposure to mold colonies has gotten directly linked with potential health effects. In such a heavily used area of your home like the shower and bathroom, there is a dire need to get this situation resolved as quickly as you can. That is where our SERVPRO team can help.
 
While you might become surprised to learn that mold is not exclusively growing in dark, damp basements throughout the area, it is something that you want to take care of immediately regardless of where it is found. You can always depend on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress mold remediation technicians to help you remove the colony and get your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.
 
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