Join Other Residents of Los Alamitos And Enjoy Your Favorite Meal
This is just some of the equipment we have available for water emergencies. We are alway on call to restore any water damage your home incurs.
Judy's Kitchen Welcomes Everyone Visiting or Residing in Los Alamitos to Enjoy a Wide Range of Meals
Mingling with friends and family during this period of uncertainty is quite a challenge for everyone. However, We Care of Los Alamitos has organized a recurring event that meets all health department guidelines, including maintaining social distance. Held at Community Congregational Church 4111 Katella Avenue on 16th January 2021, the event is open to everyone residing in or visiting the city.
The event takes place every 3rd Saturday of every month, and begins at 11 AM and ends at 1 PM. Attendees can expect:
- Professionally prepared meals of all kinds
- Different types of drinks
- A great time with community members
All meals in the event are cooked from Judy's Kitchen with the skilled chefs who prepare the delicious meals from scratch. Do not be left out.
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress warmly welcomes you to Judy's Kitchen. If there is a water intrusion incident in your home, we can help. We are experienced in performing water remediation in affected Los Alamitos homes. Talk to us today at (562) 431-9400.
Get Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at the Cypress Farmer’s Market in Cypress
We look forward to seeing you at the Cypress Farmer’s Market.
Come Enjoy Shopping for all Kinds of Vegetables and Fruits in Cypress
Since the beginning of the year, the health department has laid strict measures, including limiting interactions and total lockdowns. These measures have made it impossible for most residents across the city to shop for fresh vegetables and fruits. However, you can shop for fresh groceries at Cypress Farmer’s Market on December 19th, 2020.
Held near the Katella Avenue corner and Lexington, the recurring event follows all the set guidelines to ensure attendees are safe. Stop by the Farmer’s Market and see what farmers and other vendors have to offer.
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress affectionately welcomes you to the Cypress Farmer’s Market. If you need fire restoration services for your Cypress home, contact our professional restoration team. We can get your property to its preloss condition. Talk to us today at (562) 431-9400.
Professional Water Damage Assistance to Affected Seal Beach Homes
Seal Beach has so much to offer. Don't let water damage spoil your fun, call SERVPRO!
SERVPRO Provides Seal Beach Property Owners with Professional Water Damage Restoration Services
Seal Beach, a coastal city in Orange County, California, is home to 24,168 people according to the 2010 census, up from 24,157 in the 2000 census.
From the mid-1860s, the eastern area of the current Old Town Beach was known as Anaheim Landing, which became a convenient port to ship wine and receive supplies to build homes. The local government had created a warehouse and wharf on a bay where the Anaheim Creek joined with the Pacific Ocean. Merchants and farmers established the Anaheim town and settled there. After a few years, Anaheim Landing had increased its shipping volume, and it got close to rivaling San Pedro. In 1875, the railroad arrived at Anaheim. It made it easier to ship products compared to hauling wagons over 12 miles to the Landing.
However, Anaheim's beaches and its landing surroundings had become popular by this time, and most people used it as a getaway from the hot summer days. According to Los Angeles newspapers, the area records an average permanent population of more than 400 during the summer and more on special days. The Landing also hosts several fishing boats throughout the year that fish in local fishing areas. The authorities registered the Anaheim Landing site as a California Historical Landmark.
The U.S Navy bought a massive chunk of land around Anaheim Landing during World War II in 1944. The Navy constructed a weapons station for unloading, storing, and loading ammunition on U.S Navy warships around San Diego and Long Beach. Since the area is closer to Northern California Concord Naval Weapons Station, it is the primary source of munitions for most U.S Pacific Fleet. After the arrival of the Navy, the population began to grow eventually.
Surfing in Seal Beach
Since 1913, Seal Beach has been the home of surfing. The town hosted the first mainland surfing competition in 1913, which at that time was a private annual Minnesota Picnic gathering. The popularity of surfing in the area took off when Blackie August, the legendary surfer, arrived after the war. He taught interested local kids how to surf. The legend's son Robert was among the surfers featured in "Endless Summer," the classic surf film. The first two national surfing championships went home with local legends Mike Haley and Jack Haley.
The home of arts and culture
Among the most significant events in Seal Beach are the April Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and the Fish Fry event, which began in 1943. Since the 1960s, the Rough Water Swim event has been taking place the same weekend as the Fish Fry. Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors several occasions, including:
- Summer Concert series
- Classic Car show
- Christmas Parade
- Kite Festival
Since the year 2001, the Taste for Los AI, which takes place in October, has benefited activities at Los Alamitos High School. It is among the largest silent auction in the country, with over 100 tables.
Seal Beach is also home to the record label Mash Down Babylon Records, operated out of The Elizabethan garage. Matt Embree, a lead vocalist and a guitarist in RX Bandits rock/post-hardcore band, founded the label.
Other places to visit in Seal Beach
On Electric Avenue, where the former railroad used to run, is a Red Car Museum. Included is a rehabilitated Red Car from the Pacific Electric Railway. Back in the day, the Red Car trolley tracks passed through the town heading south to Newport Beach.
The town also hosts Bay Theatre, a popular place for revival screenings and independent film. However, the theater was shut down in 2012 and later purchased by Paul Dunlap in 2017.
Part of the U.S Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. The 911 acres refuge facility is home to three different endangered species, including:
- Belding's Savannah sparrow
- California least tern
- Ridgway's light-footed rail
The degradation and loss of the California coastal wetlands, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Newport Beach habitats are vital for migrating and wintering waterfowl, seabirds, and shorebirds. However, since it is part of the weapons station, visiting the area is limited to once every month.
Seal Beach hosts many tourist attraction sites, including the second-longest pier in California, used for sightseeing and fishing. The wooden pier has endured severe damage caused by storms, which lead to extensive construction. At the pier's entrance, there two plaques. One memorializes the Federal Emergency Administration of 1938 that rebuilt the dock after the 1935 storms. The other honors businesses and groups that helped rebuild the pier after the March 2, 1938 storm destroyed several sections.
The best and safe surfing locations in the town include the river "Stingray Bay" and Seal Beach pier. The Ray Bay is also a popular surfing spot at the San Gabriel River's mouth. Unfortunately, water intrusion incidents can ruin properties of any type in Seal Beach.
Why trust SERVPRO for your water damage restoration needs
Water damage from a slow leak or malfunctioning water heater can cause thousands of dollars' worth of property damage if not handled by restorers from reliable water damage restoration companies in Seal Beach. After the unfortunate incident happens, water begins to seep into various surfaces, and mold growth occurs within 24 hours. If ignored for an extended period, odors can linger in the property; corrosion takes place on appliances, and the home's structural stability may weaken.
Thankfully, when you contact a reputable water damage restoration company like SERVPRO on time, we can minimize the damage and restore your residence to its former glory. We have a team of skilled and certified restorers who use innovative techniques to mitigate the damage.
We also have the most up-to-date tools and equipment that help us speed up the restoration process. We can use structural cavity drying equipment to drive airflow into hard to reach areas such as wall cavities. The machine extracts moisture in confined spaces and replaces it with dry air.
We use approved products to clean, decontaminate, and deodorize your home during the restoration process. We have a large selection of products that also help us clean sensitive surfaces. Before calling the job 'done,' we always ensure that we have met or exceeded our customer's expectations.
Water damage can develop at any time of the day or night. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for prompt restoration. We are available around the clock. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Take a Free Holiday Tour Around the Seal Beach Area
We hope to see you at the Holiday Lights Tour!
Holiday Lights Tour Assembles in Seal Beach on December 17th
The holidays are almost upon us, so it is time to start planning seasonal activities. With a plethora of options in the Seal Beach area, this can be a daunting task. However, the Lorico Legacy Group, a local real estate agency, offers one of the most popular activities during December. This year, the firm is hosting its fourth annual Holiday Lights Tour. In order to avoid disappointment, please remember the following details about this festive outing:
• Event meetup starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 17th in the Glory Days Seal Beach Parking Lot, located at 620 Pacific Coast Highway
• Since there is limited seating, RSVP by December 4th
• Photos with Santa, as well as cookies and hot chocolate, can be had starting at 6:30PM
• Tour starts at 7:00 PM sharp, returns at 7:45 PM, and showcases the decorative lighting of the nearby seaside communities
Seasonal displays invigorate everyone with the holiday spirit, but your neighbors at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress encourage you to remain mindful of fire hazards. If your business is ever impacted by fire and its related odors, call us at (562) 431-9400 for assistance.
Learn How to Transition Home-based Workers into Cypress Area Office Environments
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom
Attend the Cypress Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast on Zoom
The recent Covid-19 crisis has disrupted work environments in Cypress. Starting several months ago, as a result of state guidelines, local businesses instructed their employees to work remotely from home. At that time, these measures were necessary to protect everyone from potential infection. Now that the crisis appears to be ending, many companies want to know how they can safely and legally return their employees to the workplace. In order to help provide this information, the Cypress Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Networking Breakfast. The event’s guest speaker, Human Resources expert, Chuck Landon, is knowledgeable in all the necessary transition procedures. Important things to remember about this Networking Breakfast are:
• It takes place on December 8th between 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM PST
• Registration for the event ends at 10:00 PM PST on December 7th
• The session can be accessed through the Zoom link sent following registration
• Admission is free
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, a local water damage restoration service, understands the difficulties caused by Covid-19. We also have the training and tools to complete whatever remediation work you may need to have done. So, if you ever need our help, call (562) 431-9400.
Seal Beach is Beginning to Feel the Effects of Climate Change
Call our crew when your property is damaged by a storm
In Recent Years, Seal Beach Has Increasingly Suffered Flooding Events
The coastal community of Seal Beach, like many of Orange County’s other seaside areas, offers residents comfortable suburban living with easy access to numerous beautiful beaches. This luxury, however, does not come without its risks. In Seal Beach, these risks tend to involve flash floods and are seemingly becoming greater as the years go by. Notable inundations happened in January of 2017 and 2019, but flooding generally occurs every year during storm season. There are several potential causes of these often sudden deluges, which include:
• The heavy rains that fall during the area’s rainy season between October and May
• Storm surges resulting from strong coastal weather patterns
• “King tides” that are produced several times a year when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in such a way that their gravitational pull on the oceans is substantially increased
• Tsunamis generated by land and sea-based earthquakes and their shockwaves
• Overwhelmed local pump stations and stormwater drainage networks
• Rising sea levels and intensified storms related to climate change
One or more of these issues usually contribute to our community’s annual stormwater problems.
How Climate Change May Impact the Future Seal Beach
In July of 2019, the City of Seal Beach presented their climate change impact findings to local residents during a community workshop. These findings were based on the city’s extensive “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment,” which attempted to project how much the sea level might rise over the next eighty years, what the impacts of the sea level rise might be, and how these could be prevented or mitigated. Ultimately, the assessment found that:
• The sea level would likely rise between a half-foot and a foot by 2050
• This rise would probably increase to between 1.3 and 3.2 feet by 2100
• The likely projected sea-level rise (SLR) was unlikely to cause much damage by 2050 but could substantially harm the area by 2100, especially during 100-year storm conditions
• By 2100, the projected SLR would likely impact about 800 properties during non-storm conditions and nearly 1,450 during 100-year storm scenarios
• In about eighty years, SLR had a good chance of causing around $122 million in structural damage during normal, calm weather, while 100-year storm conditions nearly doubled this figure to about $241 million
• By 2100, there was a good possibility that around 18.8 acres of shoreline would be lost to erosion, costing the city about $1 million in revenue per year
Although the city presented inflated figures during its workshop presentation, the assessment its presentation was based on fostered some important and troubling realizations about the seaside community’s future.
What Can Be Done to Mitigate the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Seal Beach?
The municipality’s study considered various ways in which the coming crisis could be mitigated. Moreover, it facilitated the city’s development of a Local Coastal Plan to better manage coastal development and protect resources. The formal plan includes state Coastal Act requirements and prevents any new development without the city’s final approval. Some of the various ways Seal Beach hopes to reduce the potential future destruction caused by SLR are:
• Denying new developments in areas deemed to be at a moderate-to-high risk of SLR-related issues
• Taking structures severely troubled by SLR through eminent domain and demolishing them
• Erecting high seawalls to keep rising seawater from flowing into the town and inundating homes and businesses
• Constructing a series of sand berms to divert water away from essential or important areas
• Placing homes and commercial buildings on stilts to allow high waters to flow under them
• Building more pump stations and improving the community’s drainage network
Over the next eighty or so years, a combination of a few or all of these measures should greatly help our beautiful coastal city avoid the worst effects of SLR.
Seal Beach faces what many other oceanfront municipalities face. Every year, it is battered by strong storms, has periods of heavy rains, experiences drainage system failures, and suffers tidal effects related to celestial bodies and their gravitational pull. The community is also vulnerable to the insidious products of climate change, which can exacerbate the previously mentioned issues. On top of all this, it has to deal with the unique problems of the Pacific Rim region, namely earthquakes and tsunamis. With all this said, the city does have methods of ameliorating its situation. These include preventative planning, controlled development, and various engineering tasks to block or divert water away from vulnerable structures.
The technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress are masters at flooding cleanup. We have routinely and successfully dealt with flood cleanup in this area. Moreover, our skilled professionals are equipped with the right training and tools to get the job done right. So, if your home is ever flooded, call us at (562) 431-9400.
What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up Flooding?
SERVPRO experts waste no time when it comes to cleaning up your flooded home. Generally, within four hours of your initial call, we are at your residence and ready to get the job done. Using our wealth of knowledge in cleaning and remediation topics, as well as our cutting edge equipment, we work to resolve your flood-related issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. The measures our workers take include the following:
• Extracting large amounts of standing water with industrial-grade extractors and smaller pools of liquid with wet vacs
• Using air movers and various types of dehumidifiers to dry out your home’s interiors
• Drying out hidden, difficult-to-reach spaces beneath flooring and behind walls and ceilings with Injectidry systems
• Fogging impacted surfaces and contents with EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants
• Restoring flood-affected structural elements with various state-of-the-art tools
• Fully rebuilding destroyed areas of your residence
Whatever damage your home has suffered, our methods are usually able to successfully remediate it.
So, whenever your home is inundated in contaminated floodwaters, remember that expert assistance is available. If you ever need to have flooding cleanup work done, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.
If the Mold is Removed, will it Return to properties in Seal Beach?
Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for help with flood damage to your residential home.
Mold Removal in Seal Beach
When consumers find a mold infestation in Seal Beach, many ignore it or wash the surface they find it on with soap and water or vinegar. They are not too worried about the mold or the damage that it might cause to the structure or even their health.
SERVPRO has provided mold and water removal services to homes and companies in Seal Beach and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Our experience has been that where there is mold, there is usually a moisture problem. The combination of mold and water can, over time, destroy structures, drywall, and cupboards made from pressed wood, and yes, it will return as long as there is a source of moisture.
Mold is always present in the air outside as well as inside our homes and businesses. Maintaining a clean and dry space prevents mold from growing. Once you smell that stale, musty odor, there is a mold/moisture issue.
SERVPRO has found the proper way to manage a mold situation is:
• Remove the source of the moisture – small leaks or condensation are common
• Remove damaged materials and structures supporting mold colonies
• Apply anti-fungal and antimicrobial chemicals before restoring the area.
Can’t We Ignore the Mold?
Many clients do ignore small patches of mold or perhaps attempt to wash the affected surface. Unfortunately, as long as there is a moisture source, the mold will continue to remain and grow. Clients who ignore the situation may have to deal with the following:
• Mold can cause health effects.
• Ongoing moisture or water leaks can compromise the structural integrity of building structures
• There may be an unpleasant stale, musty odor
Our SERVPRO IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can help track the origin of moisture, supporting mold growth in your home or business. We provide mold remediation and restoration services to prevent the return of mold infestations.
Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for help with flood damage to your residential home.
Can a Tankless Water Heater Limit the Potential for Water Damage?
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?
SERVPRO protects its technicians from biohazardous airborne smoke particles in Los Angeles area homes
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?
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.