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Can a Tankless Water Heater Limit the Potential for Water Damage?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

A man ripping wood flooring up. A hot water heater issue in your home can become a bigger issue than most realize. Let SERVPRO help you through.

SERVPRO techs know plumbing issues can arise with any device and have the skills and equipment to get the water out of your Seal Beach home

The average service life of a hot water heater in a Seal Beach home is around eight to twelve years on average. If the tank fails, it can dump a sudden thirty plus gallons of water in your home. Once free of the tank, the water spreads and migrates down and seeps under floors, affecting floor joists and can penetrate under the foundation in some cases. Tankless water heaters have some definite perks such as:   

  • They do not require a tank to hold the hot water for use 
  • Minimal potential for a catastrophic water damage event  
  • No waiting for the water to heat up; it arrives hot
  • Uses 30% to 50% less energy for hot water since no tank needed 

What is the Best Way to Get Rapid Water Removal?

After a large scale damage event in your Seal Beach home requires water removal, the best action a homeowner can take is to bring in outside help. SERVPRO techs have multiple types of equipment to get the water out of your home quickly. A mere inch of water can do numerous types of damage to your home in a short period, including:  

  • Destruction to carpet and tile flooring 
  • Water may cause the carpet to shrink, deteriorate, or dyes to bleed  
  • The subfloor may warp due to seepage and require replacement  
  • Sheetrock may buckle or fall apart after wicking water 

Commonly Seen Cleanup Needs for a Home 

When SERVPRO techs work on a home post-water tank failure, there is often a lot of water to extract. Fifty gallons of water does not look like so much when it is sitting compressed in the tank. It can seem overwhelming about where to start the cleanup. Some actions homeowners can take before the arrival of the crew is to remove items off the wet floor such as magazines in baskets, decorative pillows, and porous items that can absorb water or have the potential to bleed inks or dyes onto carpet or laminate flooring. 

The flooring of all types takes a beating after a water spill of this size in a home. SERVPRO techs have comprehensive training in handling damage from water for all kinds of flooring, and they know after inspection if your floor covering has restoration potential or not. 

Laminate flooring, particularly on floating floors, fares poorly when exposed to copious amounts of water. This is due to the composition of most of the floorboards, having a melanin and fiberboard core. Once it has excessive exposure to moisture, the fiberboard swells and causes deterioration for the board. Usually, this type of flooring needs removal and replacement after a massive water damage issue. 

Ceramic and laminate (resilient) tile usually have two very different outcomes. While ceramic tile has one of the best potentials for a full restoration, if the grout line seal remains intact, laminate tile may float up and off when the adhesive loses its grip. 

Since a water tank cleanup has a rating as a clean water restoration job, as long as the cleanup starts within 24 hours, the water poses no hazards, and on a case by case basis, the techs can extract the water from the carpet and dry it in place. This is usually welcome news to homeowners who have an investment in their wall-to-wall carpeting. 

Wood floorboards react differently to water as even sealed boards still naturally absorb some water resulting in bowing or crowning. Until the boards get dried, there is no way to gauge the true restoration potential. Often with the use of drying mats, the boards return to their original shape, although in some cases, they may need refinishing. 

Once the property dries, the techs use their equipment to ensure that there are no areas of moisture that got missed. They look for:   

  • Cold areas indicating moisture behind walls as seen through the use of infrared cameras  
  • The use of penetrating probes to determine if any water remains within the subfloor  
  • Interior humidity readings to ensure drying goals got attained

After the water gets extracted and the work-site dried, SERVPRO techs work on manual cleaning and prepping the area for any needed repairs. The Crew Chief walks the homeowner through the actions taken and goes over any controlled demolition that needed to occur for drying. Homeowners get encouraged to ask any questions, so everyone is on the same page when the restoration services get completed. 

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 when you need assistance with water removal in your home. The technicians have the training and equipment to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Remain on Premises Following a Fire?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Assesses Los Angeles Area Fire Damage for Safe Living Conditions

After enduring a fire in your Los Angeles home, you may not wish to leave, especially if you feel your property is vulnerable due to the extensive damage. However, it is vital to prioritize your safety, ensuring your home is safe before deciding to return permanently. Often, technicians use strong deodorizers and fogging techniques that require residents to vacate the property. They also may need to turn off your power for safety purposes. Our goal is to quickly and effectively restore your home to preloss conditions so that you may return.

Why are Slip and Falls a Hazard After a Fire?

Firefighters Often Use Water to Extinguish a Fire

Surprisingly, one of the major factors impeding fire restoration for your Los Angeles home is water usage during firefighting efforts. Excess moisture on top of fire damage makes the cleanup and restoration tasks even more challenging. Our trained SERVPRO technicians employ OSHA required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI), which shuts off power as a safety precaution if it senses too much electrical current in a wet environment.

What are Some of the Most Common Safety Hazards After A Fire?

  • Electrical Hazards: If the electricity is still running, it is essential to inspect for damaged wiring. It may be necessary to terminate power from the fuse box to ensure safety.
  • Structural Hazards: Fire can cause loose building materials and other debris to fall. Technicians wear hardhats as personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Slip, Trip, and Fall: Excess water may cause slipping, while debris, electrical cords, and poor visibility can cause a fall.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Control Water Damage in a Property?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

green dehu and containment barrier SERVPRO's Dehumidifiers and Skilled Technicians Can Cut, Contain, and Dry Water Damaged Los Angeles Properties, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Water Mitigation Techniques to Ensure your Los Angeles Home Suffers Minimal Permanent Damage.

How can I prevent water issues from spreading?

It can be easy to spread water issues around your Los Angeles home without realizing it. Not only does water naturally migrate, but it also contains microbes that can contaminate unaffected areas of the house. SERVPRO technicians work hard to establish engineering controls when using a property with water exposure. Engineering controls may include preventing the spread of contaminants on clothing by setting up decontamination rooms. But it also includes building containment to avoid microbes from spreading from space to space. Usually, we can set up an air filtration device to remove humid air from the building and exhaust it outside.

  • Why is humidity control important in water restoration?
  • Reduces the chance of water migration
  • Limits secondary damages typically associated with water
  • Prevents microbial amplification in the affected area

How is humidity control provided in water restoration?

Rising humidity levels are essential to bringing under control when performing water mitigation in your Los Angeles home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to take readings from the affected area, unaffected areas of the house, and outdoor humidity levels. By comparing the results, we can set a dry goal for the affected area then use dehumidification equipment to bring down the relative humidity to an average level. It may be necessary to take several readings within a property and apply negative air pressure to prevent humidity from spreading throughout the house.

What materials may need to be removed during water mitigation?

  • Flooring including carpets and pads
  • Trim like baseboards as well as door and window trim
  • Porous construction materials like drywall

Water mitigation is a challenging task that requires expert training and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

How Do I Control Mold on a Waterfront Business?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold is Common in Oceanside Businesses on Seal Beach. Contacting Commercial Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Can Return your Business to a Pre-loss Condition.

Why is the mold more prominent in waterfront businesses?

Mold is an organism that requires moisture to grow and reproduce. Like those found on Seal Beach's waterfront, humid climates can create ideal conditions for spontaneous mold growth. These organisms can be unsanitary and have health effects. For ensuring you maintain your staff's safety, it is essential to reach out to professional mold remediators. Mold remediators not only remove the current issue but can address the underlying cause of the problem. In short, using a professional service could save expenses in the longer term. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day for business clients.

What conditions does mold need to thrive?

  • Temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees
  • Moisture which can come from the humidity
  • A food supply which consists of organic matter frequently found in building materials

How can I restore indoor air-quality following mold growth?

One advantage of using mold removal companies in Seal Beach is access to professional equipment. Mold organisms can be as small as 1 micron, invisible to the naked eye, but can be ingested or inhaled. When entering a mold site, SERVPRO technicians use N95 respirators to protect themselves from airborne spores. Restoring indoor air-quality is usually undertaken once contamination is removed. We use air-scrubbing equipment fitted with filters that are capable of removing contaminants as small as 0.3 microns. It is advisable to use air filters rather than natural or fan ventilation to prevent spreading mold spores from room to room during restoration.

Who is involved in professional mold remediation?

  • Industrial hygienist or an indoor environmental specialist
  • An insurance adjuster to assess the claim and provide an estimate
  • Mold assessment and remediation technician with IICRC accreditation

Protect your ocean side business by using professional mold remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

What Is The Process For Water Removal In a Flooded Residence?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding in a Seal Beach Home Requires Emergency Water Mitigation and SERVPRO has the Professionals Who Can Do It

Catastrophes such as flooding turn your world upside down. Choosing the right water damage company in Seal Beach is vital.

What happens once I place an emergency service call?

No one wants to make an emergency service call to a water removal cleanup company in Seal Beach. But if flooding has occurred, you have no choice. You want a company that puts you at ease and brings you along every step of the way. SERVPRO does precisely that. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians always have several main goals when they arrive:

Working closely with the customer to ensure they understand the cleanup and restoration process.

  • Protecting the structure and contents from further damage.
  • Removing as much water as possible.
  • Getting the drying process started.
  • Avoiding as much disruption to the customer as possible.

Scoping Out the Area

The whole process starts with scoping. This can allow the technicians to ascertain what they are dealing with in regards to water damage. They will decide what type of water is involved – clean, gray, or black. The team will check for safety hazards so the work can begin safely. Then they move onto determining what is wet, where the water has migrated, and what materials need drying.

Restoring Your Home

Once the above occurs, the Green Team gets to work restoring your home, “Like it never even happened.” Wet vacs, powerful pumps, and other water extraction tools remove water. The drying process is followed by repair, restoration, or replacement of contents. 

There is no need to panic if you need water removal cleanup. Our professionals provide you with peace of mind knowing you are in good hands. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (582) 431 - 9400. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.



I Live In A Coastal Town – What Do I Need To Know About Being Prepared For Flooding?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Homes in flood waters Coastal flooding can cause a variety of water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Understanding the Risks Can Help You Better Prepare Your Seal Beach Home.



Over the past 90 years, Seal Beach has experienced approximately 3” of sea-level rise. The projection is an increase in that number over the next century, mainly due to climate change. This means coastal flooding can increase along with the severity of the storms. The local National Weather Service sets flood standards for the area. Since 1960 there have been 166 days where those levels were exceeded.

What Causes Sea Levels to Rise?

While factors can vary from location to location, certain elements impact rising sea levels in coastal towns. These include:

  •   Oceans Getting Warmer – Oceans have been warming for over a century satellite, and thermometer measurements show. Water expands as it warms. Since seas have nowhere to go when they expand, they go up and go out. 
  •   Ice Shrinking – Global glaciers and ice sheets in places like Greenland and Antarctica are slowly melting. Some are breaking off into the ocean as a result. This adds large amounts of land water and ice into the oceans, significantly impacting rising sea levels.
  • Land Sinking – Coastal land is sinking in many places. Often it is the result of nature and time, but industry-related pumping can have an impact as well.

When sea levels rise, the starting point for tides, waves, and storm surges rise as well, according to Riskfinder.org. This is why the storms could increase. This can lead to flood damage in Seal Beach.

Are You Prepared for Storms?

Storms can hit any city at any time and cause untold damage. If you live in a coastal town, the risk is more significant for rough weather and flooding. The lower your home is, the more of a chance there is of floodwaters intruding on your residence. Many factors can contribute to increased flooding, such as rainfall, topography, tidal and river flow data, and new construction. 

You may never have experienced storm damage. But that does not mean you won't have a problem in the future. SERVPRO is here to help if you do.

How Can I Protect My Home & Family?

There are certain things that any family who lives in a coastal town should be doing. If you are unsure of the risk in your neighborhood, flood hazard maps can assist. This is important when it comes to homeowners insurance. Coverage can vary, and you want the flood insurance you need for your situation.

Spring and fall are often the time of year when hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical storms make themselves known. Having an emergency kit on hand is wise, especially during the stormy season. Consider putting together a backpack for each family in your home. It should contain things like:

  • Change of clothes
  • Medication
  • Snacks 
  • Bottled water
  • Special toy (for kids)
  • Flashlight

At SERVPRO, we recommend having a family plan in place should you need to evacuate. This is a smart move, even in the case of fire. Once you have it set up, then practice, especially if you have little ones. Consider the following:

  • What is the meeting place for everyone?
  • Which person is responsible for what little one?
  • What members are at school or work?
  • Who is your out-of-town emergency contact?
  • Where are the essential documents located?

How Can SERVPRO Help if My Home is Flooded?

SERVPRO can be on the scene within hours of an emergency flood damage call. Floodwater is considered Category III or blackwater. It is highly contaminated and not safe. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are ready to provide emergency mitigation such as roof tarping, safety assessment for entering, and dealing with electrical issues. The crew posts signs and wears the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Once everything is secured and it is safe to do so, our team provides the following flood damage controls:

  • All affected areas are sprayed with an EPA registered disinfectant. 
  • Prevent the floodwater from spreading to unaffected areas with containment measures.
  • Remove and dispose of standing silt and debris.
  • Water extraction with powerful pumps, including trash pumps, truck-mounted, and portable pumps.
  • Evaluate the structure and contents for decontamination or disposal. 
  • Discuss with the owner and insurance adjuster what stays and what goes. 
  • Antimicrobial and anti-fungal products get used throughout the process.
  • Dry the home using air movers, industrial fans, and dehumidifiers.
  • Clean and disinfect throughout the various stages as needed.

The restoration process then begins. This can include controlled demolition for walls and ceilings. Our goal is always restoring the content of the home when possible. Providing pack-out services for off-site cleaning of the contents often takes place as well. 

Don’t let coastal flooding take you and your family by surprise. Be proactive! You cannot stop the waves from hurtling toward your home. But you can have a plan in place for when it happens, and SERVPRO is an integral part of that plan.

Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Protect My Merchandise After a Fire?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire line do not cross" SERVPRO is quick to get your fire damage under control. Call us for swift action recovering your business property after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean Both the Building and Its Contents.

A fire immediately evokes thoughts of lost merchandise, time away from your Seal Beach shop, and ultimately no incoming revenue for your business. When your livelihood is at stake, it is vital to take quick action to mitigate further long-lasting damage. A fire can be particularly devastating to an antique shop because of the unique nature of the merchandise. Classic wooden mirrors and frames, upholstered furniture, beautiful lampshades, and books are all susceptible to retaining smoke odor because of their age and porous surfaces. It is crucial to get these valuable items out of the smoke-ridden environment quickly and carefully as possible.

Should I Remove My Items While Technicians Clean?

SERVPRO Technicians Take Merchandise for Off Site Cleanup  

For effective cleaning, the Seal Beach SERVPRO fire damage restoration team often removes items for offsite storage and cleaning. By removing items, technicians can more effectively clean both the property and the merchandise. Delicate antiques each require precise cleaning methods. With your help, our team separates salvaged and unsalvageable items before inventorying and moving to a safe, offsite location. 

How Can I Be Sure My Merchandise is Safe?

  • Technicians inventory each item during each stage of the move out, using our detailed Contents Inventory Worksheets.
  • Technicians use safe lifting techniques to prevent injuries and to protect your merchandise.
  • SERVPRO pre-cleans items, removing smoke residue, to help protect them during transport.

What Additional Measures Do Technicians Take with Inventorying My Items?

  • DPI (Digital Photo Inventory): Pictures can show serial numbers, the make of an item, and the item's condition.
  • DVI (Digital Video Inventory): Videos give an overview of the move out to document which items leave your store.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Can My Home in Los Angeles Be Restored After a Fire?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

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What Is The Biggest Threat To My Home?

Physical fire damage to Los Angeles 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 property 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 a service call, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress today at (562) 431-9400.  

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Do I Need To Do Anything After Hiring Professional Restorers To Handle A Flooding Incident In My Los Angeles Home?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Closely with You to Find the Best Solutions for Flood Damage at Your Los Angeles Home

The level of damage caused by flooding after a storm is usually extensive, necessitating assistance from a team of professional restorers to help save your home. Although a professional crew lifts the burden of handling the different renovation tasks necessary to restore your Los Angeles home to its preloss state, your input might still be necessary for some stages of the restoration to guarantee a positive outcome.

What contributions can I make while a professional crew restores flood damage at my Los Angeles home?

  • Taking protective steps while awaiting the crew
  • Identification of personal items
  • Giving approvals for various renovation tasks

Professional flood damage restorers are highly skilled from the training they receive regularly. However, there are inevitable gaps that might require your input to ensure a better outcome. For instance, during the lead-time between notifying the restorer and the time restoration crews reach your property, there are actions that you can take that might help limit the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians usually arrive within 4 hours after the initial notification. 

Our customer service representatives help you identify protective steps that you can take as you wait for the restoration crew to ensure we do not miss opportunities that lead to a positive outcome. Some of the actions you can take during this window might include:

  • Turning off power at the mains 
  • Moving vulnerable items from exposed areas  
  • Notifying your insurer of the loss

Such steps may seem trivial, but they have a significant impact on the running of the renovation process.

What is considered a personal item?

The term personal items can sound confusing, considering you own all the items in your house. However, by considering the monetary or sentimental value of the items, a clear distinction emerges. Items that have a sentimental value to you or high monetary value fall under the personal category since it might be hard to replace in case of damage or loss. Therefore, the restoration crews must consider your opinion before deciding to throw away or use specific restoration procedures to fix such items.

Even simple input, such as pointing out to the crews where you have stored highly valued items, is crucial, especially when the house is heavily flooded, making it risky for you to wade in and retrieve your items. Our technicians collect all the items then confirm from you that everything is accounted for before moving them for storage away from the site. 

What sort of approvals do I need to make?

One unique advantage of hiring restoration crews is the use of advanced skills and state of the art equipment, which improve the speed of performing restoration tasks or the outcome of such processes. For instance, self-priming trash pumps automate and thus speed up the removal of water with debris such as 

  • Leaves
  • Pebbles
  • Twigs
  • Mud
  • Sand 

Despite the superior resources, they might not deliver the exact results you expect due to several reasons. Sometimes there might be pre-existing conditions in the areas that they have to renovate, or the incident might cause irreversible damage.  Some examples of these issues include:

  • Presence of asbestos-containing materials
  • Deep contamination of materials
  • Undiscovered mold

Such issues interfere with the restoration in different ways. In some cases, crews working at your loss site may require you to make some approvals before they pursue specific actions to restore your property. The presence of ACM, asbestos-containing materials, may lead to delays in the restoration process since disturbing such materials can pose health risks. When porous materials are affected by contaminated floodwaters, cleaning is not a viable solution to remove all traces of the contaminants. Informing you about these problems so that you can evaluate the restoration decisions we make helps ensure that you are comfortable with the outcome. In the case of ACM, you need to decide which materials we should use as replacements once we remove the hazardous ones. 

Can I give deadlines for the restoration?

Knowing how long the restoration of your property is likely to take after a storm floods, it is essential. However, you cannot impose random timelines or rely on information from other restoration projects to issue deadlines to the restoration team. However, you can ask for an estimate of how long the restoration is likely to take. Our SERVPRO technicians perform a walkthrough with you at the loss site then we do a preliminary scope from the information we collect during the walkthrough. After that, we can give you an approximate timeline.

Restoring property to its preloss state after a flooding incident requires several steps. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to help manage an incident at your property, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Find a Water Restoration Services Company?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Stands Ready to Assist You With Any Size Water Damage in Your Seal Beach Property 

The need for a company to clean up and restore your property and contents can arrive in many forms. Good ways to find a local company is to ask friends, coworkers, or your insurance agent for a recommendation. While busted pipes and toilet backups may spring to mind, leaks can also form from an upstairs shower pan coming through a ceiling, leaking roof, or a utility closet from a boiler on a furnace or a hot water tank. All of these can cause issues from loss of building materials to creating an ideal environment for a mold infestation to take hold. SERVPRO techs have the advanced equipment to turn the damage around and return the home to how it was before the water incident happened. The key to reducing the number of items that require disposal is to begin the water cleanup in Seal Beach as rapidly as possible.  

Can Water Restoration Companies Handle Water Removal and Mold Remediation?  

When you choose among water restoration companies for handling water cleanup in your Seal Beach home, there are many considerations to help you narrow down to the best choice. Ask questions such as:    

  • Does the company work with your insurance carrier?  
  • Is there any report that shows the actions taken within the property and items removed as too damaged for repair or restoration?
  • Are the employees trained and certified? 

What Are Some Early Warning Signs of Water Damage?  

Many water problems in a home begin as small issues, like a slow leak from a pipe or appliance. Then as time goes by without any repairs happening, the problem continues to grow. There are many ways your home will tell you that there is a problem, including: 

  • Water stains on walls or ceilings
  • Blisters or bubbles in the paint from collected water
  • Signs of mold 
  • Buckling or deterioration of building materials 

What Does "Out of Scope" Mean During Water Damage Cleanup? 

Your homeowner's insurance policy spells out very explicitly what types of issues it covers. SERVPRO has communication with property owners and insurance agents to ensure that every aspect of the water mitigation in Seal Beach within the home falls under a covered action. 

we do not complete work without the permission of the homeowner or adjuster; this attention to detail keeps situations such as unexpected billing for out of pocket expenses not covered by the policy from happening.  

One of the biggest justifications to outsource your home's cleanup is the equipment that SERVPRO has access to use. The extraction equipment has attachments for all types of surfaces, from concrete floors to the deepest pile carpet. The powerful suction pulls up even embedded moisture and lessens the time needed for drying, which helps keep mold from being part of the problem. The drying equipment gets deployed in tandem with industrial dehumidification devices, and this setup works to lower the air moisture levels rapidly.   

Mold Remediation is sometimes part of the cleanup process after water damage gets identified and mitigated. The handling of a mold problem in a home typically is a multi-layered process. SERVPRO technicians scope the property to identify all areas with colony growth and then set up containment and air scrubbers to reduce the spread of airborne spores. The techs very carefully dry existing colonies and use abatement techniques from manual removal methods to soda and ice blasting depending on the surfaces the dry matter is on. After handling the mold remediation, the techs go over the reason for the favorable environment for the infestation with the homeowner and suggest the changes or repairs that need to happen to ensure there is no return of the issue. Frequently seen issues besides slow leaks include poor ventilation and inadequate water cleanup from a previous water event. 

Post mitigation actions may include odor control to get rid of musty odors or the removal of water stains on the carpet through methods such as rewetting or using steam cleaning to lift away the discoloration. In cases where mold remediation occurred, the techs inspect and clean the ductwork in the home to assure that there are no more issues. The technicians may also rely on proactive mold preventatives such as antimicrobial sealants over areas where colonies lived previously. 

Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 when you need help from one of the top-rated water restoration enterprises in the local area. The certified, experienced technicians arrive quickly and make the water damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."