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What is That Odor the Flood Left Behind in Seal Beach?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What is That Odor the Flood Left Behind in Seal Beach? Floods leave behind foul odors. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to remove the odors.

A Little Flood Damage, Big Odor in Seal Beach

The residents in this area of California experience the threat of flood damage from both heavy storms and river cresting from the San Gabriel River. There is not much a homeowner can do to stop floodwaters but acting quickly after a water loss event can make the difference in our ability to restore your home.

A homeowner contacted SERVPRO regarding flood damage in a Seal Beach home, but the problem was not water, it was an odor left over from flooding that occurred a short time before. Water had previously come into the kitchen area due during unusually heavy rains, and the homeowner had self-cleaned the water when it happened, but a foul odor had remained.

Looking around the kitchen, it appeared dry, but the drywall appeared to be slightly warped, which our technicians knew was a sign of probable ongoing secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians used moisture detection equipment to confirm what they thought was happening. When the water had entered the kitchen, moisture had wicked upwards into the drywall, and the area behind the walls was retaining moisture.

Technicians removed the baseboards and used an Injecti-Dry setup to force warm, dry air behind the wall cavity to dry it quickly while dehumidifiers dispelled the moisture. Once dry, the surfaces were wiped down with our professional-strength cleaners, and the odor in the room was diminished but not eliminated.

Masking or merely covering up odors is not enough. SERVPRO certifies technicians in the science of odor control, and we have many types of equipment for combating odors. We chose the hydroxyl generator for this site because of its effectiveness for capturing residual odors. This machine uses the same broad range of UV radiation as the sun and recombines odor molecules to neutralize them and deodorize indoor environments naturally.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate your water loss and restore your home to its preloss condition.

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When Water is an Uninvited Guest in Your Seal Beach Living Room

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water is an Uninvited Guest in Your Seal Beach Living Room Our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO Is Here When the Water Invites Itself Into Your Seal Beach Living Room

If the worst thing that happens in your life is living in Seal Beach, then you are in great shape. The weather is fantastic and having the calming effect of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep is a benefit only a few in the world have. However, it is this proximity to the ocean that poses a risk to all homeowners when rainfall causes a rise in water levels, flooding streets. When the area fills with water, your own home is affected, and you need the help of a professional team.  

When you need water removal services for your Seal Beach home call SERVPRO immediately. Our team is trained to handle emergencies of all sizes, even those affecting many homes. By reaching our 24/7 hotline, you access an experienced group of technicians who formally study industry best practices to restore your home to its original condition. Rather than attempting to salvage your home on your own and risk further damage, leave it to us.  

Addressing water damage involves resolving immediate needs and anticipating future complications. Case in point, our SERVPRO team works diligently to extract water from your home with our truck mounted pumps, or portable ones as soon as we arrive on property. Simultaneously, we are assessing and curtailing the risk of mold propagating throughout your house which is a common by-product of excessive moisture. Rest assured that we document all we do, which can help you substantiate any property insurance claim you file.  

Very often, homeowners who attempt to resolve the damage themselves fail to take into account local and environmental regulations regarding the proper disposal of materials contaminated by black waters. Generally speaking, we remove objects such as carpet and upholstered furniture since outside water brings unwanted bacteria and debris. Not knowing how to dispose of these items can pose an environmental and even financial liability, so it is best to leave it to our expert SERVPRO team.  

SERVPRO of SEAL Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress is available at (562) 431-9400 to help you when the outdoors finds its way into your living room. Give us a call and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Los Angeles

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Los Angeles Fires cause not only burn damage, but also smoke and soot damage. Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged home.

Even Small Fire Damage in Los Angeles Can Have Big Consequences Later

A small amount of kitchen fire damage in your Los Angeles home may not seem like a huge deal, but the consequences of even a minor incident can be far-reaching and long-lasting if you are not careful. Professional damage restoration services like SERVPRO exist to help people recover from fires without feeling their effects for years after the initial incident occurred. We scrub the area clean, implement permanent restorative measures to reverse any damages caused to your home and make sure to leave the area smelling clean and odorless when we leave.

Without professional damage restoration services, many cases of fire damage in Los Angeles are left to simmer and sometimes grow worse as time drags on. A fresh coat of paint may mask some of the damage, but odors can still seep through and remind anyone in the vicinity of the hastily covered-up damage. Worse, some types of fire residues may break down the chemicals in many brands of interior paint, leading to discoloration and an even bigger mess in time. SERVPRO technicians can still take care of the damages after these attempted fixes have taken place, but their work becomes much harder and more expensive with more time and neglect.

To compound problems, fire damage does not always stay within a single area. Smoke and ash can travel through the vents in your home to cause damage rooms away. Calling us quickly after a fire enables us to prevent many of these damages and avoid having to employ odor removal and damage restoration measures in every room of the house. Should damages reach this undesirable level, we can still keep costs to a minimum by employing only the treatments we need and directly cleaning out your HVAC system to stop any further spread of fire and smoke materials.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help with fire damage. Call us to help with fires large and small at (562) 431-9400.

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The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home Mold Spores Develop into Large Colonies in Cypress Homes, Call on SERVPRO for Professional Remediation

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

You might not be surprised to learn that your Cypress 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 Cypress 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.  
 
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.

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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.

Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures. Several challenges such as clogged HVAC systems, ruptured heaters, and broken plumbing lines arise from such situations. You have to be careful with electrical hazards which may develop in your Surfside home's attic spaces, therefore, turning of the circuits is necessary.

Our SERVPRO technicians can examine attic spaces during water damage in Surfside and determine the level of destruction. During the examination, we check if all sections of the roof are still intact, and whether repairing or replacing the damaged materials is the best option. In cases where the water is still running, we stop the flow.

While it is easy to access some attics, it is not always the case. If that happens, it may make it hard for our team to conduct the restoration. We can demolish any damaged sheetrock to get enough equipment into the area and create appropriate conditions for drying.

Insulations within the attic areas are prone to destruction after water intrusion. Sometimes we can dry and save wet fiberglass insulation, but when it is not restorable, we remove it and recommend a replacement. We have specialized insulation vacuums that help us to do the removal. Dust may result and spread to other areas within the building when demolishing the sheetrock and removing the insulation. Containment is necessary to avoid such contamination, and we achieve that by creating negative pressure.

Combating smells is also part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform, and it all starts by removing the odor's cause. In some cases, these smells come about when wet materials have not entirely dried, so drying is one of the approaches SERVPRO uses to address such instances. If the smells are coming from tiny cracks, we may perform deodorization by using thermal foggers that dispense the deodorant.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is an industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (562) 431-9400 when you face any disaster size and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Different Types of Smoke Residues that Can Ruin Your Surfside Restaurant After a Fire Protein residue leaves behind an amber or yellow stain and usually has a very strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Combat all Types of Smoke Residue

A fire breaking out in your restaurant can have a substantial economic impact on your business. Not only does the fire damage your restaurant, but you also stand to lose business during the restoration process.

The amount of time required to restore fire damaged your Surfside restaurant entirely depends on the type of smoke residue generated during the fire. While some type of the residue is relatively easy to clean, others might need more time. Here are the different types of smoke and soot residues that you can expect after a fire incidence to a restaurant.

Wet and Dry Smoke Residue

Any fire produces both wet and dry smoke residues in varying proportions. Oxygen-rich fast burning fires produce a dry residue whereas oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires tend to produce wet smoke. Natural materials such as wood produce a drier residue while synthetic material produces a wetter smoke residue.

As it turns out, cleaning dry residue is easier and quicker than cleaning wet residue. SERVPRO technicians can use less aggressive cleaning methods to get rid of the dry residues while harsher methods are needed for wet smoke residue.

Protein Residue 

Protein residue can make up a significant proportion of a fire in a restaurant. This type of residue, as the name suggests, is generated when protein is burnt in the fire such as poultry, meat or fish. It is usually amber or yellow and can stain surfaces quickly. Another big problem with this kind of residue is that it has an odor which is notoriously difficult to eliminate. If the fire at your restaurant involves such kind of smoke, it might take more time to restore. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of deodorizing methods to combat protein odors after fire damage.

Fuel Oil Soot

If your establishment is using fuel oil for heat, there is a high chance that there can be fuel oil soot from fire damage. The soot can often mix with the residual oil that has not burnt correctly and can form a thick and oily residue that is quite difficult to eliminate.

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

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Seal Beach

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Avoid Delays When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Seal Beach Renters expect their units to be dry and clean when making regular monthly payments. Should your complex have a water damage issue, contact SERVPRO.

Fast Water Removal in Your Seal Beach Rental Units

While running apartment and condo complexes in Seal Beach can be a rewarding and lucrative experience, it does not come without its fair share of potential threats and pitfalls as well. When water loss incidents occur in even a single unit, many of the neighboring properties can become affected as well. The wise solution, in this case, is to reach out to effective mitigators like our IICRC-certified professionals.

You cannot expect to prevent water loss incidents or other threats that require effective water removal and mitigation for your Seal Beach rental properties entirely, but with the right response from trained professionals, these situations do not have to be as costly or damaging. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience honing efficient mitigation tactics to save our customers money and to prevent unnecessary loss in emergencies. These solutions can work to limit the spread of water loss incidents and to repair the damage to affected areas and the source of the water damage.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your rental complex, we have to determine the spread and scope of the damage. Some units require extraction equipment while others only need efficient drying, both of which our team can start quickly. As a large loss recovery provider, we have a vast inventory of air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and mold remediation equipment to contain damage where it gets found.

As complex as water loss incidents can become in an apartment building, our SERVPRO professionals have efficient approaches to help dry out effects quickly. While some reconstruction and renovation are often required after a widespread incident like this, our fast mitigation tactics can limit the need for tear out and replacement.

With everything from pack-outs to extraction and drying, you can count on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to make water loss incidents in your apartment or condo complex “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach SERVPRO Franchise professionals are ready to restore your home.

Professional Help - Preparing for Flood Damage in Seal Beach

Life in Greater Los Angeles can be fascinating. This vibrant region is continuously on the go, and its diversity is virtually unparalleled. However, its sheer allure can be a challenge when a natural disaster strikes. When there is flooding affecting a whole area such as Seal Beach, homeowners are pressed to find help in restoring their homes to their original condition. In a fast-paced environment, rapid response is key to the safety of your family.  

When your home in Seal Beach faces flood damage, our SERVPRO team is at the ready. Our operation runs 24 hours a day seven days a week precisely because emergencies can strike at any time. Time is of the essence in curtailing the extent of your loss, and we act accordingly. As we strive to save the structure and contents of your home, our Green Fleet is equipped to mobilize as soon as we receive your call.  

Our formal training allows us to assess the gravity of the situation as soon as we arrive at your home. SERVPRO technicians also have the benefit of an extensive network of experienced professionals that help ensure the safety of your home and where to focus our immediate efforts. As is natural, we begin by focusing on extracting water from your home and disposing of it appropriately. Specific regulations guide wastewater removal, and our IICRC-certified technicians know what to do.  

Flood waters also compromise the integrity of carpets and other porous materials in your home. The bacteria carried in the water can be harmful, so those materials are also removed and disposed of according to industry best practices. Our SERVPRO team knows precisely what needs to go and how to remove it from the premises. Rather than wasting time on investigating proper disposal, you can call upon our staff to make it happen.  

Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress if you are vulnerable to flood damage. Our expert team can quickly act to mitigate the loss in time and money resulting from the flood. Just reach out to (562) 431-9400, and we will leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Expert Technicians Are The Best At Handling Fire Damage Restoration In Walnut Park

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Expert Technicians Are The Best At Handling Fire Damage Restoration In Walnut Park Our team can handle any job big or small, day or nigh. We arrive 24/7 to help you rest easy after a fire. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

I Cleaned Up the Fire Damage, Why Does My Walnut Park Home Smell So Bad?

According to statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, a whopping 50% of residential building fires happened due to cooking mishaps. The kitchen is one of the most common areas affected by fire damage. Often the fires seem small in scale, and perhaps only minor visible damage was done, but unless the affected area is cleaned correctly, odor-causing smoke particles and residues can linger and give off a foul odor.

When SERVPRO addresses the after-effects of a fire in a Walnut Park home, often the homeowner has already attempted to clean up the mess. Our technicians clean the area with our special formulated cleaners and use both wet and dry sponges depending on the type of residue to ensure surfaces are thoroughly deodorized. Lingering odors can often be traced to porous items such as upholstered furniture, window treatments and carpeting can be a source of the odor.

Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have many resources to choose from, and they will use digital detectors to determine the type of deodorization needed based on air quality readings of the detectable smoke particles.

A very effective method SERVPRO technicians use is the ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger. This machine sends a fine mist of water or solvent-based chemicals into the air in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The chemicals get broken down much like smoke particles and penetrate porous materials just as the smoke did, overtaking and eliminating foul odors. We often use fans during this process to keep the deodorant particles suspended in air longer. In some cases, multiple techniques are needed to eradicate the odors.

You do not have to keep smelling the reminder of fire damage in your Walnut Park home. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400, and our expert technicians can be on-site quickly to eliminate the odor and address any other issues that remain from the fire to make it "Like it never even happened."








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Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold SERVPRO Contains Mold Spores during Remediation to Huntington Park Homes

Remediating Hidden Mold Damage May Save the Rest of Your Huntington Park Property from Infestation

There are many areas inside houses in that no one ever sees. These places include the dead spaces of walls and ceilings, behind cabinets and built-in bookcases, and crawl spaces, including underneath porches.
 
When these places in a Huntington Park home harbor microorganisms, mold damage can cause problems for the homeowner. SERVPRO's technicians are always ready with the latest in equipment and techniques to remediate the damage already present and reduce the possibility of future problems. Microorganisms proliferate wherever they grow and spread quickly to other areas if left alone.
 
The reason for such rapid growth rests with the presence of available moisture. Where a leak, drip, or another source of lost water exists, the microbes already present quickly take advantage of their new resource. Mold and mildew find it very difficult to grow in dry environments, so our specialists work with you to get your home completely dry again, throughout the entire structure. While you might never visit your home's crawlspaces, its condition can affect the rest of your home.
 
After we contain the area with plastic sheeting and air scrubbers, we can begin the remediation process. Containing the region is crucial to keeping microbe and their spores from traveling to other places in your home. When mold detects a disturbance nearby, it reacts by sending out thousands of spores. We need to keep these from spreading to other areas of your home. Not only can they start new colonies in the future in different locations, but they can also cause health effects.
 
We use soda or ice blasting techniques for small spaces or large areas. Instead of sand, which can later retain moisture and work against us, we use either dry ice pellets (which sublimate into the air as they reach room temperature and convert into gaseous carbon dioxide) or baking soda, which is very easy to clean up with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. These gently abrade the wood down to mold-free layers while still leaving the structures intact.
 
Once we finish the cleanup of abraded materials that fell to the floor, we spray an anti-fungal liquid onto the surfaces. This seals the surfaces and combined with your house's dry state, helps keep microbes from coming back.
 
When your home smells musty, it could be mold damage that is causing the odor. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation that fits your home's needs. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered year-round to serve the families in Walnut Park and Surfside.

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Why Routine Water Heater Maintenance is Important to Prevent Water Damage in Your Huntington Park Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Routine Water Heater Maintenance is Important to Prevent Water Damage in Your Huntington Park Home SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 to handle your water damage issues.

Water Damage Cleanup for Your Huntington Park Home

Your water heater is a valuable piece of equipment in your Huntington Park home. It provides hot water for bathrooms and your kitchen for a variety of uses. However, routine water heater maintenance prevents possible issues. Otherwise, they can leak, rust, and cause a great deal of damage to your home. Many people think flooding is the primary method of loss that a broken water heater can cause, and there are additional problems which can also cost you lots of money in repairs and even affect the health of you and your family.  

Even a slow leak can cause a good deal of water damage to your Huntington Park home while raising your utility bill from the wasted water. If your home has been the victim of such an incident, you want to have professionals help you clean it up and repair the damage. At SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, we have expert training and plenty of experience in handling water damage emergencies just like this.  

Whether your water heater has caused a flood in your home or has caused other water damage, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals inspect the damage upon arriving at your home, so we know the best way to proceed. If there is standing  water, we extract that first with a pump, and then we can dry your property back out using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. We want to finish this process as efficiently and quickly as we can so we can avoid mold growth.  

If your water heater has flooded your home, it is usually created by the unit bursting and spilling vast amounts of water onto the floor. The water can seep into cracks in your baseboard, seep into floorboards, and get under carpets and more. Water that gets under flooring can warp the wood and create much damage which requires replacing the affected wood.  

Water which flows behind walls can warp the support system and wooden studs, which means it needs replacing. It can also damage vulnerable drywall and other items. Water released from a poorly maintained water heater makes the moisture content of the air to rise, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold grows at a tremendous rate and can cause health effects.  

SERVPRO of Seal Beach/Los Alamitos/Cypress knows that when your home in Walnut Park, Compton, or Surfside has a water damage emergency, it is essential not to waste time. Give us a call at (562) 431-9400 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can help you clean it up and get your home back to the way it was before the water invaded.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Seal Beach Reviewed: What Can One Learn From Other's Mistakes

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Seal Beach Reviewed: What Can One Learn From Other's Mistakes Recover your business after a pipe break with Team SERVPRO. Our trained professionals will remove the water and remediate any damage.

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in a Variety Shop in Seal Beach

Months after a water line break happened upstairs, noticeable signs begin appearing down below in your shop in Seal Beach. The ceiling might start to look darker, spotty in places, while the upper portion of walls look like the paint is starting peel.
 
SERVPRO can restore your variety shop from these visible signs of commercial water damage in Seal Beach and prevent other types of damage from developing. We use the latest in technology to give us an accurate picture of what is going on in your shop. With infrared imaging technology, we can see where moisture exists. Our moisture meters show how much moisture a specific material contains. With these, we can mitigate the damage and concentrate on areas most at risk, saving you money and time.
 
Stocking your store with the different items that your customers know you for takes time, and replacing the inventory with the same merchandise can become an impossible task. Saving as much as possible, if any is in danger of loss, becomes one of our foremost goals in retail settings. Therefore, when needed, we pack up your inventory and ensure that we place it in a safe location while we work. A designated area in your shop might suffice, or you might prefer we transport it to our secure facility until our mitigation work finishes, and you are ready to restock your store.
 
When water damages ceilings and upper areas of walls, water has no problem trickling downward and affecting anything below. Because of this, we also check above the ceiling, in the upper level's flooring, to ensure moisture from the initial event has not caused damage there that needs mitigation to prevent additional, future damage after we finish working.
 
When one-time events cause water damage, and lost water is not an ongoing occurrence, we can often verify that materials are now within normal moisture content limits. If they are, our employees can then apply primer and a new coat of fresh paint. When moisture remains present, or water damage is more destructive, we take additional measures.
 
Removing the moisture is relatively simple with desiccant machines and our air movers. These run while we remove water-damaged materials, as do an air scrubber or two. Once these sections of ceiling and drywall no longer mar your shop's interior, we can bring in new materials and get things “Like it never even happened.”
 
Keeping your store open for business in Compton, Los Angeles, of Walnut Park is essential to you and the local community. SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help you do this. Call us when water damage makes things seem dirty or unclean. Our 24-hour number is (562) 431-9400

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Let Our Experts Put Your Worries To Rest After A Seal Beach Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Let Our Experts Put Your Worries To Rest After A Seal Beach Fire A home fire is devastating trust our certified professionals to come to your aid and restore your home.

SERVPRO Uses Three Treatments To Restore Your Seal Beach Home After Fire Damage

Restoring your fire damaged home in Seal Beach back to the way it was before the disaster can be a daunting task, but SERVPRO is here to help. Through decades of helping homeowners with fire damage ranging from the minor to the severe, we have developed multiple industry-leading treatment techniques to help your home recover from even the most devastating of fires within weeks. With our help, not even the smallest trace of smoke and fire residues should be left behind after we employ these treatments on your home.

Repainting and Refinishing
Most cases of fire damage in Seal Beach are stopped before significant structural damage can happen to the home, but not before a relatively large surface area comes into contact with open flames. Returning materials to their original appearance is not an easy task, as we often have to scrub the area with specialized cleaning agents before applying the paint or finish on the same way it was initially applied to your home. SERVPRO technicians are experts at identifying different materials in the average home and tailoring their methods as needed for the situation, with a wide range of IICRC certifications that allow them a flexible skill set to handle any problems that might come their way.

Odor Removal
Even small fires tend to leave behind lots of highly noticeable smoke odors throughout the home. We use a combination of thermal fogging technology and specially made odor-eliminating chemical agents to leave your home with a completely neutral smell free of any signs of a past fire.

Water and Other Damages
Damage from sprinklers, hoses, and other fire-stopping fixtures can pose their own challenges to clean up. SERVPRO uses an adaptive approach to every situation so that we can identify and take care of these issues whenever necessary and without any further headaches.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can help you to recover quickly from the effects of even the most devastating fires. Call us at any time at (562) 431-9400.

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When Storms Bring Water Inside Your Cypress Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms Bring Water Inside Your Cypress Home Water damage is one of the most common insurance claims. SERVPRO can restore your home to its preloss condition.

Flood Removal Technicians In Cypress Talk About Extraction Methods

Whenever a violent storm makes its way through Cypress, your property is at risk for damage. Every year, flood removal is a significant portion of all insurance claims. Severe thunderstorms and other extreme weather can cause problems with your home in several ways. When rain pours down the ground outside can get saturated causing the groundwater underneath your home to make its way into your dwelling. Water can also build up outdoors and find its way into your house through your lower door seals, forcing you to call in a professional flood removal company such as SERVPRO to remove moisture from your contents and building materials.

Rainwater can also enter your house if excessive winds blow objects into your walls or windows. Any time moisture gets into the inside of your dwelling it is wise to call in SERVPRO to conduct flood removal in Cypress. We know that removing water when it is in its liquid form is much easier than pulling it out of your building materials and contents or out of the air. To accomplish this, we utilize heavy-duty extraction equipment to vacuum up moisture. If there is any standing water we remove that first and if it is more than two inches deep we use a submersible pump that puts the water into a sewage drain.  

Once all of the standing water inside your house gets removed, we begin vacuuming moisture out of your carpet and upholstered furniture. To do this, we usually use our powerful truck-mounted extractors. We hook up the vacuum motor to different types of extraction tools depending on what materials with which we are working.  Sometimes we use small handheld units that work well for removing moisture from chairs and couches.  Other scenarios require more advanced equipment is.  

When carpets get saturated, we use tools like Water Claws that use the weight of the operator to compress materials to pull out as much moisture as possible. If you ever get water entering your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 immediately after the storm hits.

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When A Fire Damages Your Seal Beach Property Our Experts Are Here To Help!

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When A Fire Damages Your Seal Beach Property Our Experts Are Here To Help! If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Fire Cleanup Experts In Seal Beach Discuss Problems With Heat And Moisture

When a fire burns inside a structure, it often gets extinguished using water by either you or the fire department. After a burn takes place, it is likely that you will need a fire cleanup conducted by a professional company like SERVPRO. When heat and moisture damage items, the combination of the two create different scenarios. Moisture can cause soot residues to bleed deeper into materials making them more difficult to remove. If fire cleanup does not get completed quickly, there is a chance that the excessive moisture can cause mold to develop on organic substances, creating another issue.

Moisture added to burn damage can make the problems with your contents and building materials worse. For example, if burnt wooden items get saturated, they might have to be replaced instead of being cleaned and refinished as a part of your fire cleanup project in Seal Beach. In some cases, if items do not get charred deeper than a quarter inch, then our SERVPRO technicians can sand down and refinish the materials. However, when moisture gets added to these situations, the burnt material can soak deep into an object and make refinishing impossible. A major part of any restoration project is to figure out what we can fix with cleaning and restoring, and which items we must remove and replace.

As soon as our professionals arrive at your property, our SERVPRO estimators begin testing your contents and building materials with their test kits. These kits contain a variety of cleaning chemicals for various scenarios. We test-clean the different surfaces in your home to figure out what will work and what will not. Once we figure out what we can mitigate with refinishing and soot removal, we compile an initial estimate for you and your insurance company.

Once the initial estimate gets completed, we devise a plan to restore anything inside your home that got damaged. If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24 hours a day.

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Save Money And Call The Experts When You Discover Mold In Your Seal Beach Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Save Money And Call The Experts When You Discover Mold In Your Seal Beach Home Don't try to repair more damage yourself, call the experts.

The Cost of Mold Remediation for Your Seal Beach Property

One of the greatest concerns for Seal Beach homeowners contending with fungal growth in their home is the expected cost to remediate and restore the damage the organism has caused. While you cannot get a direct monetary value through even a phone call to our professionals, you can get an idea through reading ahead about the factors that contribute to how this estimated cost gets determined. Mold growth can vary significantly from one property to the next, but many of the focal points for estimating the cost of remediation and restoration remain the same. 

While you might not consider mold damage in your Seal Beach property, to be a serious situation there are concerns that every homeowner should know. The first of these is the effect that spreading colonization can have on the structural integrity of the affected materials like drywall. Since the organism feeds on the organic material of surfaces like this, over even a brief period these materials can degrade and become damaged to the point of requiring replacement to return your home to its original condition fully. 

Another factor is the equipment that needs to get used and brought in to restore your property. Our SERVPRO team seeks to provide the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for our customers, but this also means using the equipment designed to do the job thoroughly and quickly. Transportation costs for our larger equipment like desiccant dehumidifiers become a part of the estimated cost to remediate mold from the property. 

Personnel and working hours are also going to be a factor. Our SERVPRO estimator that arrives initially can help to determine the expected time it should take to return the property to a pre-mold condition. This determination includes the personnel required and the expected time to reach set milestones in the recovery of the damaged property. 

Restoring and remediating the mold in your home might cost more than attempting to do it yourself, but our solution ensures that the job gets done correctly and removes the entirety of the mold that affects your house. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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When A Malfunctioning Sprinkler Hoses Your Seal Beach Office Documents

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When A Malfunctioning Sprinkler Hoses Your Seal Beach Office Documents Important information is stored on your documents. Call SERVPRO when water invades your office.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Documents in Your Seal Beach 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 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. 

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.

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Seal Beach Water Loss!! Yikes!! Call SERVPRO

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Seal Beach Water Loss!! Yikes!! Call SERVPRO SERVPRO Says Call Us After a Water Loss to Your Seal Beach Property- We Can Help

Why SERVPRO Helps your Insurance Claim after Water Damage in Seal Beach

As a homeowner, you probably feel secure knowing that your property insurance coverage can take care of most damages that might arise. Water damage falls among the category of issues Seal Beach property owners frequently claim from insurers. As an IICRC certified water restoration service, we help you take the right steps to avoid rejection of your claim. Though we are not, and do not claim to be, an insurance agent, we do work closely with many insurers to expedite the agreed upon services and quite often, accomplishing the tasks within the set budget.
 
Incidents of water damage in Seal Beach can happen in different ways including leakage from plumbing lines or overflows after taps are left running, among others. However, regarding insurance claims, what matters most is whether it is a case of sudden discharge or gradual water damage. Most home insurance policies only cover sudden or accidental discharge. Our SERVPRO crew works closely with your insurance adjuster establishing what aspects of the damage your condo, home or renter insurance covers. Just another reason to utilize our SERVPRO services.
 
Water spillage cases lead to instant as well as long-term damages. Some long-term issues might include mold, rot, corrosion, and deterioration of electrical wiring. Such long-term issues can arise because of delays in starting or completing the restoration process. For example, if the remedial actions such as water extraction take longer than 48 hours to start or complete, mold can develop. Our SERVPRO team relies on state-of-the-art equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors, high-speed air movers and industrial grade dehumidifiers to extract water and dry the property before additional problems develop. Fast action diminishes the chances of your claim being denied.
 
Moisture problems can keep affecting property long after addressing the initial spill, and since these fall under gradual damage, there is little chance of compensation. Such outcomes occur when there is a failure to establish the true extent of water migration during the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different detection devices like FLIR thermal cameras to identify moisture problems in concealed spaces. We also use thermo-hygrometers to compare readings from affected and unaffected areas as well as areas outside the structure ensuring that proper moisture control measures are taken. When we help you avoid the long-term problems, then you do not have to worry about denied claims. Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
Restoring water damage can be costly, so a denied claim can be devastating. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to assist. You can reach us at (562) 431-9400 any time.

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When Stormy Weather in Your Seal Beach Home Leaves You Singing the Blues

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Stormy Weather in Your Seal Beach Home Leaves You Singing the Blues The torrential rain from these clouds can cause flooding.

Slow Severe Storms Allow Natural Flooding in Seal Beach Homes

As someone who lives in the Seal Beach area, a homeowner here can retell many stories of devastating storm systems that brought all manners of damage to their property over the years. Even short passing storms can impact homes with high-powered winds and torrential rainfall, but the slower moving systems provide enough localized rainfall to overflow creeks, streams, rivers, and other water bodies to impact area homes and businesses.

Finding the right assistance for your flooded Seal Beach property in the middle of one of these devastating tropical storms or hurricanes might seem like a tall task, but our SERVPRO professionals are ready to serve our community through natural disasters 24/7. Having a team available for you in the face of an emergency is not all that our franchise provides, however.

Our team gets comprised of water restoration and mitigation specialists with extensive training to obtain their IICRC certifications in their respective niches. We encourage all of the employees within our franchise to broaden their knowledge of the restoration industry through advanced training opportunities provided to them through in-house coursework and e-learning possibilities.

Another thing that our SERVPRO franchise offers the customers that we serve in the wake of a flooding emergency is our industry-leading equipment. This equipment is updated and maintained regularly to offer an efficient approach to water extraction, drying, and preliminary mold remediation. Our gas-powered pumps can remove excess water from the affected areas fast, giving our technicians an opportunity to employ restorative practices to preserve your home in our initial visit after the damage has occurred.

Finding your footing after flooding has happened within your home can be a challenging thing to do. Once you get a look at the damage that your home has sustained, you might be unclear as to how it can ever look the same again. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team has the expertise and equipment to make short work of widespread damages. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (562) 431-9400.

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Water in Your Seal Beach Home? SERVPRO has the Know How to Restore Your Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water in Your Seal Beach Home?  SERVPRO has the Know How to Restore Your Home You live near the beach for this view of the shore. Don't give water the opportunity to damage your home.

Water Removal Advice, Guidance, and Expertise for our Seal Beach Community

The Californian coast is particularly at risk of flooding due to its proximity to the ocean. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, storms or high surf can all cause a headache to commercial property managers and private residents. Usually, getting rid of excess water goes beyond the reach of household cleaning products and in-house janitors. Using a professional service like ours can help to clean and dry your home while providing expert advice on how to avoid secondary problems.

Over the years, many residents have contacted us about water removal in Seal Beach. We always make the same promises: to organize a service within the first hour of your call and to arrive onsite within four hours of notification of loss. We can make that promise because SERVPRO technicians live and work in the local area making it possible to reduce call-out times significantly.

Damages caused by water can get worse the longer the water sits. The timeframe is especially pertinent with natural materials which can absorb water making it more difficult to dry and creating the perfect conditions for mold growth. We operate a 24-hour call line to make sure our community can always reach us because we recognize that these emergencies seldom happen at convenient times.

Once SERVPRO has arranged service, we can mobilize a wide range of equipment ranging from small portable units to powerful truck-mounted extractors. As a franchise, our company here in Seal Beach has access to national resources which means that we can be "faster to any size disaster."

On arrival, our priority is to thoroughly remove excess water using a combination of extractors and careful placement of rapid air-movers. We follow this procedure by deploying dehumidifiers that use desiccant chemicals to remove evaporated water from the affected area to control humidity levels. Water spills often leave behind unpleasant odors, and SERVPRO has odor control technicians who can remove or neutralize them.

For a thorough, professional and expert service call our 24-hour emergency line at (562) 431-9400 for SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress.

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How Our Restoration Process Will Help You Recover From Flood Damage In Your Los Alamitos Home

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Restoration Process Will Help You Recover From Flood Damage In Your Los Alamitos Home Our team at SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster.

Cleaning And Restoration Procedures To Fix Flood Damage Basement In Los Alamitos

The items in your basement are likely to deteriorate when your property experiences flood damage. Where possible, we can divert the water that is still running into the basement to a safe location. Before entering the area, we make sure power is switched off from the mains to avoid electrocution since water is a good conductor of electricity. We also advise Los Alamitos residents not to walk in standing water.

By using submersible pumps and other appropriate water extraction tools, our SERVPRO technicians can extract standing water from your Los Alamitos home. We understand that flood water carries along a lot of contaminants, which is why our SERVPRO technicians wear suitable personal protective equipment such as overalls, waterproof gloves, and boots. If we suspect mold in the basement, then we wear protective face masks to stay protected from the mold spores.

At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can take your items to a safe location and prepare the area for cleaning and restoration. We can also determine what is salvageable and what is not. If a carpet is in the area, we can pull it back and remove the underneath padding. Usually, we discard the carpet and padding after exposure to floodwater. It is essential to reduce the moisture in the basement by using fans and dehumidifiers. Opening the windows can also help in ventilating the site.

Now that the basement is empty, we remove all the paneling, sheetrock, and insulation that came into contact with the contaminated water. By shoveling, we can remove the mud and other debris from the room. We then choose appropriate cleaning agents to clean the site. Through deodorization, we can address the odor problem and introduce space heaters and use other suitable drying techniques to dry your property. It is necessary to disinfect the area to limit the chances of mold growth.

Our team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress has the skills and equipment to address the needs of your office or home after the disaster. In case you experience fire damage, water, mold, or storm damage, call us at (562) 431-9400 for a stress-free restoration process.

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Some Ways to Avoid Spreading a Mold Infestation Throughout Your Seal Beach Home

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Some Ways to Avoid Spreading a Mold Infestation Throughout Your Seal Beach Home When you find or even smell mold in your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO to seal off the area and mitigate the situation.

Mold Remediation in Seal Beach Properties is Not as Expensive as You Think

We find that people assume the worst once they notice signs of mold in their home. However, mold spores are a natural part of the home environment and even have many beneficial properties like producing penicillin. It is only when mold spores come into contact with damp spots and begin to reproduce that mold becomes a problem.

We like to educate on mold damage in Seal Beach properties to ensure our customers feel comfortable about the process. The first thought for homeowners when seeing mold is the expense, but in most procedures, there is no need to conduct full-scale mold testing or structural removal.

SERVPRO has developed a technique that is kind to your possessions by working to a restore over replace remit. We achieve this by using IIRC trained mold technicians who are adept at finding the source of mold as well as removing it. Technicians are trained to understand how mold affects different surfaces so that they can tailor their approach to your interior.

During service, we use negative air pressure or physical barriers to prevent spores from spreading into unaffected areas of the home. Doing so allows us to agitate problem areas with chemical compounds and is wholly effective. We are also prepared to send items showing high levels of infection to a facility where they can be specially treated using Esporta washing machines.

The visible signs and smells of mold growth are enough to begin work on a mold restoration service. However, it need not be costly. At the end of service, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize your home using odor neutralizing particles. We are more than happy to help guide you through the critical preventative measures to keep it from coming back.

When there is a musty odor or visible signs of mold in and around the home, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert assessment and remediation.

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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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Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place.

Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place. Once something burns, the fire gets hotter and hotter causing it to spread throughout the structure. When the blaze grows, it can consume various things inside your home including structural components and your valued possessions. If a fire can get hot enough, it can gain the ability to burn any type of material even if it is fire resistant. Usually, organic materials burn first then the synthetic materials go up in flames next.

When things burn, parts of items fully combust while others do not. When mitigating fire damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians are tasked with determining which contents can be saved and which ones can be replaced. When items get severely burnt, they lose their structural integrity and must be replaced. Building materials such as drywall and wooden studs get removed and rebuilt if the charring is bad enough. The contents inside your house also get assessed for damage.

Any item that has been severely burnt or charred must be disposed of in sealed plastic bags, so that burnt dust does not get into the home's airflow. In some cases, wooden furniture can be saved by treating and refinishing. When assessing the damage with furniture the same rule applies as with wooden building materials. If the damage is more than a quarter inch deep into the surface of the item, then the piece of furniture may be ruined and get discarded. If the burnt material is less than a quarter inch deep on the object's surface than it is possible to save the item with some effort from our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration team.

In many situations, before we refinish an item, we move it out of the building into a clean and disinfected location. Moving the item allows our technicians to work on your contents separately from your building materials speeding up the entire process. Once the items are moved we sand down the furniture so that there is no more charring present. If the piece has a stained and glossy surface, then we refinish the item and attempt to restore it to pre-damage condition. If the wooden parts of the furniture are painted, then we paint with a specialized sealant before repainting the item.

Sanding and refinishing items can save time and money with the overall project. If you ever need professional help with fire problems, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7.

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Restoring the Effects of Water Damage in Los Alamitos

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring the Effects of Water Damage in Los Alamitos When a pipe in your home leaks or bursts, having SERVPRO on speed dial can prove to be extremely useful. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by, Ready to Help With the Remediation Process in Your Home

Summer is here, and Los Alamitos residents can stop worrying about the rains flooding the area for a few months. What we often forget is that most residential flooding is the result of broken pipes and failed appliances like dishwasher and water heaters.
 
Most Los Alamitos water damage of this kind is not too expensive when it comes to the home itself. The majority of the costs are made up of cleaning and restoring personal property like furniture and carpets. SERVPRO technicians take certain, immediate actions to reduce these costs and the time involved by elevating furniture on blocks or pallets, and tent cushions.
 
Elevating the furniture prevents water from breaking down the finish and swelling the wood. Keeping the finish intact and on the furniture prevents the water from transferring it onto and staining the carpets. The intact finish also helps protect the wood from swelling, which can crack or split it. To reduce the time to dry an item, our technicians use three machines: Air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans.
 
Team members set up air movers to gently blow warm, dry air over surfaces to force out moisture trapped just below the surface. As they work, other team members set up fans to pull the cooler, damp air out of the affected area and help increase air circulation. To augment both devices, more SERVPRO specialists set-up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the surrounding air, lowering the interior humidity.
 
Tenting the cushions means our technicians stand them on end and lean them one against the other after placing a sheet of waxed paper between them. This method allows water to drain out of them slowly and reduces the chance of color bleeding from the material onto other pieces or the carpet.
 
If there are zippers or metal buttons, those can rust quickly, so our technicians immediately dry them by hand. Then, they place a cloth around the buttons to prevent the transfer of moisture from the fabric and put sections of waxed paper between the zippers and the cushion inside for the same effort.
 
Preserving personal property after water intrusion requires a professional service with the right equipment. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 today. We are here for you.

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Overcoming Fire Damages To Your Seal Beach Restaurant

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Overcoming Fire Damages To Your Seal Beach Restaurant SERVPRO Mitigates Smoke & Fire Damage in Seal Beach Area Restaurants--Let's Keep the Doors Open and Eat

SERVPRO Works Hard to Mitigate Fire & Smoke Effects to Get Your Business Back in Business

When you are a business owner, your priority is providing the best experience for your customers. For example, when your Seal Beach restaurant falls victim to a fire, you want to get the problem remedied as efficiently as possible. The longer that your business suffers the lingering effects of this unfortunate circumstance, the longer your customers cannot appreciate the service that you provide.

When it comes to restoring the fire damages in your Seal Beach restaurant, you might have a pretty good idea of what you expect to occur. What you might not realize, however, is the far-reaching damage that lies out of sight that also must get contended with before the restoration is successful. Smoke and soot damage offer the most immediate threats to positive customer experience, and these are areas where our SERVPRO fire restoration specialists can utilize their training to restore your building as quickly as possible. Bad smells make for bad tasting food.

Soot damage can have much farther reaches than you might have initially believed. While the immediate layers in highly visible areas often are priorities for our restoration technicians, soot can also spread above ceilings, into textiles, dry goods, and even through the ductwork of your restaurant. For the most part, sponges and vacuums can remove the majority of this present soot.

Smoke damage typically presents itself as a lingering odor from the fire. This nuisance can make diners uncomfortable and prevent you from being able to run your restaurant as you might like. While this is one of the final steps of restoration, our SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal fogging equipment to neutralize harsh odor molecules and leave no scent behind. This process is effective for open spaces as well as fabrics, carpets, furniture, and more. But, this service is not applicable to all food servicing establishments.

Overcoming fire damages in your restaurant can feel overwhelming at first, but with the right professional assistance, you can reopen your doors quickly. You can count on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress fire restoration specialists to help you overcome any hurdle standing in the way of full restoration. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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The Discovery of Mold In Your Cypress Home

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Discovery of Mold In Your Cypress Home Count on the technicians at SERVPRO to assist with any mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO has the training and equipment to assist with mold damage in your home

One of the most unfortunate discoveries that a Cypress homeowner can make is finding mold growing in their house. Quickly you pour through the potential reasons that it may exist here, but ultimately, many homeowners are not as savvy to the causes of fungal and microbial growth as they likely should be. For spores to seat into colonies, the only essential conditions are moisture and warmth.

While the causes of moisture throughout areas of your home can occur from multiple sources, preventing these situations is critical to preventing mold growth. In fact, it takes a mere 72 hours from the exposure of spores to the moisture present in the now affected area of your home to colonize and thrive. Now, you have to contend with the mold damages to your Cypress home and seek the professional expertise of our SERVPRO remediation specialists.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your home, we get to work quickly on determining the full scope of the damage that your home faces, and what must occur to restore these damages and remove the colonies. The remediation process relies heavily on isolating the affected areas while removal is underway and drying out this region of your home to prevent recurrences.

Isolation of this area typically involves air scrubbers with HEPA filters to catch airborne microscopic mold spores from reaching new areas of your home. At this same time, our SERVPRO professionals work to identify the source of the moisture that allowed these spores to thrive. Repairing this source can prevent recurrences, though if the source is unable to get isolated to a specific place or occurrence, dehumidification efforts get recommended to continue indefinitely to remove moisture from the area immediately.

Preventing mold growth in your home is not always as simple as you might think it would be. Unless you check every area of your house regularly for moisture or musty scents, you might not recognize there is a problem until it is a widespread one. Trust our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remove the colonies and reclaim your house from this intruder.

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How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Surfside Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Surfside Home If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long time of exposure, then more damage is likely to occur to your property.

How To Deal With Flood Damage

During a flood damage event, the exposure time together with the permeance of materials usually determines the extent of the damage which results. Permeance is the ability of a material to resist moisture penetration. If moisture quickly passes through a surface and has a long time of exposure, then more damage is likely to occur to your Surfside property. If you act fast and get the water removed, there are high chances of having less damage and salvaging several items.

Let us start by looking at the effects of flood damage in Surfside, particularly on wood flooring, and the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians employ during the restoration process. Typically, wooden floors expand when they absorb moisture and with time warping and buckling may take place at the point where the boards meet. The rate of buckling usually is determined by the type of wood and the amount of moisture present.

Crowning and cupping also occur when the wood absorbs water. If the moisture permeated the wood from the lower sides, then its edges are likely to rise, and this is what we call cupping. Our SERVPRO technicians can sand out cupped areas where necessary. In cases where the top areas of the wood hold more water than its bottom and sides, the wood usually curves in what is known as crowning. When crowning occurs, sanding out sections is not an option.

Wooden floors usually have several infiltration points through coating breaks, between seams, under baseboards, among others which may not be necessarily on their top layer. If the water seeps in and combines with dirt, it can lead to the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to identify any hidden moisture. Also, to enhance the drying process, we might remove the laminated floor since they may act as moisture barriers.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is a trusted industry leader in water, mold, fire, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (562) 431-9400 and receive trusted services from our highly trained restoration team.

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Why Cleaning Structural Components After Water Damage in Los Alamitos Is Key

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Cleaning Structural Components After Water Damage in Los Alamitos Is Key Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7/365 to take care of your water damage emergency needs.

Let SERVPRO Tackle Water Damage in Your Los Alamitos Home

There is a need for remediation services after experiencing water damage. The primary goal is to choose appropriate procedures to allow the materials to dry and if there is any form of contamination, there is a need to deodorize and perform other remedial processes to put the situation under control. In this article, we're are going to bring to your attention some of the procedures we perform to remediate your Los Alamitos home.

When our SERVPRO technicians are working to address water damage in Los Alamitos, we access hidden areas like crawl spaces, ceiling, and wall cavities, to find out the degree of the destruction. We dispose ceiling tiles within 24 -48 hours from the time the water intrusion took place. We only retain them if the source of moisture is clean and it just got into contact with a small steam or water leak.

Our SERVPRO technicians also remove insulation and drywall within 24 hours. To investigate the extent of the damage, we use a moisture meter. In most cases, mineral wool, cellulose and wet fiberglass loss part of their insulation capabilities and appear to compress. Where necessary, we can decontaminate foam insulation through cleaning and drying and after that we apply a bleach detergent.

We also dry lathe and plaster before minerals, which are typically present in the wall leaches and forms some white patch. If it was a black or gray water source, we evaluate the degree of contamination and physical damage, in cases of penetration, removal is necessary. Otherwise, we use a biocide or a disinfectant to clean the area. The same applies when we are dealing with concrete floors and wall paneling.

There is the need to remove debris and excess water from the structure, and to do this we perform wet vacuuming. If we need to clean and dry content, using a HEPA-filtered vacuum is an option. The good thing about this process is that there are no chances of fungal spores getting dispersed during collection since the filtration system is so efficient. We then put the particles in sealable plastic bags and dispose of them.

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Restoring Water Damage Following A Fire In Your Seal Beach Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Water Damage Following A Fire In Your Seal Beach Home SERVPRO Can Remove Water and Fire Damage from Your Seal Beach Home

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Both Fire and Water Damage

Fires to your Seal Beach residence might be hard for you to stomach when you first start to witness the devastation and destruction that this occurrence can cause. However, with the right professional help, you can overcome nearly any scenario and restore the damage back to how your home used to look.

While the fire damages to your Seal Beach home might be widespread and affect a variety of your senses, our experienced professionals can work to address each of these concerns based on their severity. With more massive fires to structures, high volumes of water often get used to quell the flames. While extinguishment is vital to the process, it can often leave behind considerable water damage that must get restored before work can even start on the present fire effects.

While much of this damage turns up in the initial inspection of the property by our SERVPRO professionals to assess the full scope of the fire damages, water damage in this environment poses a considerable threat to the structural integrity of your home, amongst other potential risks from allowing it to persist. If the water pooled in areas of your home, extraction begins the water damage restoration plan.

This extraction might utilize a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet if the volume is severe enough. Otherwise, portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands get used to pulling up the water. Drying follows suit after the extraction, and this is one of the most critical parts of restoring water damage. Air movers and dehumidifiers are at the heart of the job, but specialized equipment like drying mats or the injectidry system can focus drying attention underneath flooring or in wall cavities.

While you might not think about water damages in regards to a recent fire in your home, this situation requires immediate attention. Failure to completely dry the area can result in undesirable effects, such as mold growth. Trust in the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress technicians to help you set things right. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Commercial Water Removal Services Can Help Prevent Closure Of Surfside Salons And Spas

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services Can Help Prevent Closure Of Surfside Salons And Spas For salons and spas wanting to stay in business, water removal services can help whenever a water line leaks or a sprinkler problem happens.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Pampering your clientele during their visit keeps your Surfside business productive. Even if they rarely venture out to the beach, wanting a healthy glow can keep many returning for additional appointments. Running a salon requires water in many of the treatments provided, though, and one small leak can cause huge problems. Even though you might not serve food to the public, health regulations still exist, and water in the wrong place can cause trouble for you.

For salons and spas in Surfside wanting to stay in business, commercial water removal services can help whenever a water line leaks or a sprinkler problem happens. Allowing the water to dry out naturally, over time, can cause problems with mold and mildew, the formation of musty smells, water stains, and destruction of materials inside your building. Clients do not appreciate bringing their freshly washed clothing to change into after their session, only to find their items smell 'off' or worse.

Our technicians receive specialized training to work in areas that might have customers or clients, meaning your salon can remain open while we work. However, the noise generated might become too bothersome for smaller establishments. We can discuss how this might affect your clients if you desire. We can often resolve water-related problems in a concise time in the case of smaller businesses, as well, meaning a short closure for maintenance purposes could suffice in your situation. We always work to find the best answer for our customers, including small businesses. We look at you as a vital and crucial part of our community.

When leaks form in water lines, we can help you by preventing the problem from continuing. Replacing water lines with new materials helps prevent new problems while protecting new materials from becoming damaged from any humidity while we work.

Our equipment can rapidly extract the moisture from the air and make things adequately dry again. This prevents microbial growth, keeps water stains on walls and other surfaces, and keeps odors from starting. We want your business to look clean, bright, and professional. Helping you maintain this look helps keep you in business.

Call us, SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress, at (562) 431-9400 to get started as soon as your salon suffers a leak or other watery disaster. We are always available, 24/7, to better serve those in the Cypress and Los Alamitos areas with professional water removal services and the latest in extraction equipment.

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How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home Looks Like the Flooding in this Seal Beach Home Needs Some Water Extraction Help from SERVPRO

Fast Cleanup and Water Removal Can Alleviate the Pain of Flooding

While you might not always think of the possibility of flooding in your Seal Beach residence, it happens more often than people care to think. With the ever-present threat of natural disasters that every homeowner in the area always has on their minds, it is difficult to prepare your home for everything that it might face in the years to come. As troubling as it might seem, one bad storm could bring a natural disaster into your home to wreak havoc.
 
Flooding (in the traditional sense) might be relatively rare throughout the area, but there are always exceptions to this rule. Severe weather moving in from the Pacific Ocean can test the limitations of the exterior of your Seal Beach home, and cause flood damages if your roof or building materials fail you. Apart from keeping dying trees and their limbs away from your home, you cannot account for the damage a severe storm can do before you see it for yourself.
 
When a roof or siding on your home gets compromised by high winds or torrential downpours, you have exposure to these elements to get inside your home and start to pool and collect. Depending on where the damage outside has occurred, the respective water inside could be in several different places. Our SERVPRO professionals stand ready to live up to our promise of
We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can call us whenever these emergency situations occur.
 
Our primary concern when dealing with heavy rainfall pouring into your home from these vulnerable points is to seal these avenues off. This process involves tarping over or boarding up exposed areas to prevent the damage from getting worse and allowing the restoration process to begin. For more robust exterior protection, an independent company can be called in for the work.  Extraction is the heart of the SERVPRO flood damage restoration plan, as pooling water can dramatically impact the structural integrity of your home or create compounding damage like mold growth.
 
Getting to the problem quickly can help you to contend with fewer damages overall from the flooding. While this occurrence might be traumatic at the time, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team to help you clean up the mess and get things back to the way they should be. Call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions Always check with professionals to make sure it is safe to go back into your home after a house fire.

Learn About The Health Effects Fire Damage in Surfside Can Cause


Staying safe in the aftermath of fire damage in Surfside should be one of your top concerns, as even small fires can sometimes create hazardous conditions for the unprepared. While SERVPRO technicians have the safety tools and training to avoid harm from a fire, you should be wary of some of the veiled threats in your home. In particular, face masks are essential to keep your lungs and throat clear of harmful particles and substances, as they can help to filter out many dangerous contaminants. Otherwise, these airborne substances could cause adverse health effects now or down the road.

Smoke and Ash

Smoke and ash can persist for long after the Surfside fire damage has run its course. These substances can have a varied and inconsistent makeup, but always hold the risk of causing serious health effects for both those affected by a respiratory condition and individuals who are otherwise in good health. SERVPRO uses thorough cleaning procedures and industrial fogging treatments to eliminate smoke particles from the area, but these materials can still cause harm before our work is complete.

Toxic Fumes

Some fires may burn through materials or chemicals that create toxic fumes and gases after being set alight. While these gases may escape through doors and windows in your home, some may also be trapped inside the home, presenting a serious risk to anyone passing through. Many of these chemicals cannot be stopped with a simple face mask, so you should always be wary of unusual smells and sensations after a fire.

Sawdust, Asbestos, and Other Particles

A fire can alter a home in unpredictable ways, sometimes allowing building materials to become airborne and find their way into your respiratory system. Sawdust, glass, and other fragmented building materials can be a common risk, but some older homes may even contain asbestos, an even more dangerous concern. We check and filter the air thoroughly to eliminate any of these threats, even microscopic ones.

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SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is ready to respond to your call for help while keeping things safe and simple for your family. Call us 24/7 at (562) 431-9400.

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The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home Finding your home under a few inches or even feet of water can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO and our technicians will help you through this ordeal

SERVPRO's Thorough Investigation and Remediation Can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming

It is a typical misconception that flooding is only caused to Seal Beach homes from a handful of different things occurring. In fact, there are nearly infinite scenarios that your home could experience during torrential storms or severe weather events that could dramatically compromise its structural integrity and ability to keep the elements (like rainfall or floodwaters) outside where they belong. Regardless of how it happens, you need to know whom you can call to help you to fix the damages and restore your home to the way it was before the water was able to get in.
 
With the varying degrees of storm damages that could potentially occur, flood damage to your Seal Beach home might not always occur in your basement or lowest level. Even though basement flooding can be traumatic enough as it is, when something like your attic gets flooded, the possibility of significant structural damage to the other floors of your home becomes a real threat that must get addressed as quickly as possible. That is where our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists comes in.
 
When you call our experienced and professional team of technicians, you can expect that we are going to respond quickly. We can appreciate the gravity of the situation and understand that as time passes, the threat of lingering or worsening structural damage is on the rise. With our tools and expertise, our team is uniquely able to overcome any obstacle and successfully restore your home back to preloss conditions.
 
With storm damage to any area of your home, sealing up these points of entry for floodwaters is critical to restoring the damage. That is the priority when we arrive at your home, preventing the problem from getting worse as our SERVPRO technicians begin extraction of the pooled water. Drying follows this process, giving our team the opportunity to extensively assess potential structural concerns and damage once the water and lingering moisture have gotten removed.
 
Flood damage is not something that looks the same from house to house, and so you want a restoration company that is going to treat your disaster quickly and thoroughly, regardless of the circumstances. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of qualified restoration specialists can help you to get your home back after a flood. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp Smoke Detectors Help Mitigate Fire Damage to Ceilings and Homes--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Severe Fire

Some homes in Cypress contain sections with tiled ceilings. Many types of ceiling tiles help reduce noise inside the area as well as provide a low-maintenance but beautiful look to a home. The frames the tiles rest on generally come in two types of materials - lightweight aluminum or vinyl.

Fire damage in Cypress can come about from the generated heat, which can melt or warp structures such as suspended ceiling frames in your home. SERVPRO can help restore your home in many ways, including such structural aspects. We know that it is important to your family that we work quickly but thoroughly as we make it "Like it never even happened" inside your home.

Along with the framework, the ceiling space often contains other components, many of which are vital to your home's comfort level. The ducts for your HVAC system often run through the ceiling. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FST) must clean these and the vents from smoke and soot deposits. Until then, smoke residue and soot can travel within your home and continue damaging your belongings.

Plumbing often runs through the area between one story and another, and some attics now hold the water heater to save space on lower floors. We can remove damaged sections in a partial demolition so the plumbing in your residence can be repaired by the proper contractor. Ceiling frames and tiles provide much easier service access to these and other parts of your home than other ceilings types allow.

SERVPRO technicians also clean the contents of homes suffering from fire damage. We perform this at your home or our secure site. We can discuss the options with you, so you fully understand the details of how we operate. Our goal is to serve you, our customer so that your family can more easily recover and move forward after tragic events such as a significant house fire.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can answer the questions you may have after a catastrophic event. Fire damage can seem insurmountable, but we can help you overcome all the obstacles facing your family. Call our local number for 24-hour service. We can be reached at (562) 431-9400, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations--Even at New Seal Beach Construction Sites

SERVPRO Provides First Rate Mold Remediation for All Types of Construction

Before being listed for sale, every newly constructed home must pass several inspections. Whenever microbial activity exceeds normal levels, regulations require the elimination of the problem. Wet conditions from rain, plumbing mishaps or accidents, or even vandalism can all cause problems from exposing your new home's building materials to water.

A professional company experienced in internationally accepted mold removal procedures in Seal Beach can help keep construction of your new home on schedule. Falling behind schedule can significantly increase building costs and impose unexpected hardships. We at SERVPRO are devoted to helping those in our community. One way we do this is always to restore the homes we work on to a safe condition. One of the ways we do this is by removing mold and other microbial problems found in homes, both established and those still under construction.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; we know that speed in both our arrival time and the rate we work saves our customers money and inconvenience. While mold removal entails different steps, we can usually concentrate on the wooden beams in homes still under construction, without the need to attend to any finished walls. However, if some do exist, we can easily handle those. Just as the mold is exceptionally persistent, we are unrelenting in achieving our goals of protecting your home.

The mold removal methods we use depends on how deeply the mold's hyphae penetrate into the wood. For new infestations, brushing off may suffice. Deeper penetrations require blasting with dry ice pellets or manual removal with wire brushes. Treating the wood with an antimicrobial agent provides the framework of your home with long-lasting protection.

We always clean up afterward, so construction crews can get back to work immediately after we finish. We can provide your builder with before and after readings of microbial activity. We can also make some assessments on-site if you desire. Doing so can put your mind at ease as well as detect possible problems with mold or water damage.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to partner with all homeowners, both new and established, in our community. Together, we can ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come. Call us for our services, which are always available, at (562) 431-9400.

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How Professionals Combat Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Los Alamitos Property

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Professionals Combat Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Los Alamitos Property Make sure that your employees have a good smell to return to after water damage in your office. Contact SERVPRO for thorough remediation efforts.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Remediate ALL Aspects of Water Damage at Your Office or Other Type of Facility

A water damage incident on your commercial property, whether it is a warehouse, a building or an office can cause significant damage if not properly handled. One of the biggest problems in the aftermath of such damage is the problem of odor.

If your commercial Los Alamitos property has recently suffered from commercial water damage, chances are, it needs deodorization treatment. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods at a professional's disposal to tackle the problem of odor.

Injection methods
It is a method that works the best if lifting up the carpet from an office or a similar commercial enterprise is not possible. In this method, small amounts of deodorants are injected directly into the spots on carpet or upholstery with a needle and a syringe. SERVPRO professionals use some of the most potent odor masking deodorants while employing this method.

Direct spraying
As the name suggests, direct spraying involves spraying deodorant directly onto the affected area. This method is also often used to apply disinfectants after water damage as well.

Wet fogging
SERVPRO technicians use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to dispense tiny microscopic particles of a deodorant. These foggers can be used to dispense water-based as well as solvent-based deodorizing agents. As the particles dispensed by foggers are small, they can penetrate deeper into the pores of various surfaces and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Dry fogging (Thermal fogging)
Thermal fogging involves breaking down the deodorant into smaller particles using heat. Only solvent-based deodorants are used during the thermal fogging. As the deodorant particles are broken down by the application of heat, the dry fog can penetrate deeper than the wet fog.

Air scrubbers
Air scrubbers remove the airborne odor-causing particles and neutralize them. The device draws air in through a series of filters that filter off most odor-causing particles from the air. HEPA filters used in this equipment can eliminate 99.97% of odor-causing particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to talk to one of our experts and discuss your deodorization options after water damage to your commercial property.

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Seal Beach Campers and RVs with Water Damage Progressively Decay Without Proper Mitigation

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Seal Beach Campers and RVs with Water Damage Progressively Decay Without Proper Mitigation Let SERVPRO restore your camper or RV before your next family vacation.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Camper or RV for a Safe and Stress-Free Vacation

Another significant investment, many families around Seal Beach choose a camper or RV to help their family spend more quality time together while saving money over the years. However, during the months it remains unused, problems can go undetected. When water from rain or leaking pipes remains in contact with the materials inside your home away from home, damage can accrue at an alarming pace.

When water damages such structures, they quickly become unusable for trips out of Seal Beach. SERVPRO restores more than homes and businesses. We also can restore other structures “Like it never even happened.” When we perform restoration services of any kind, we reduce the aggravation and disappointment that our customers experience.

Without a solid, watertight roof on your vacation vehicle, rainy nights can end up as horrible experiences. Water that seeps behind walls can develop soft, mushy areas. The slightest pressure can permit holes to open up, exposing insulation and other substances that can cause health effects. Worrying about such possibilities can ruin your enjoyment on your vacation. Preparing now, long before vacation time arrives, by having our experts restore your RV or camper can keep water damage from increasing and spreading.

Drying everything out and replacing any saturated materials can make everything right again. Hydroxyl gas can quickly make things fresh-smelling again inside your camper. We know how water can affect carpeting, also, and if we begin restoration efforts soon enough, we can restore your carpet. We test the fibers and how much deterioration exists, and then go deeper, into the flooring underneath. Without being stable and intact, your floor can fail at any time.

From roof to the floor, SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can restore your camper or RV, so your family has reliable, safe shelter during your next vacation. No job is ever too large, nor too small for SERVPRO professionals. Call us at (562) 431-9400, so we can help ensure your next adventure goes smoothly and without any unexpected difficulties.

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What to Do After Flood Damage to Your Seal Beach Property

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do After Flood Damage to Your Seal Beach Property Filing an insurance claim can be difficult, SERVPRO is here to help guide you through this step of flood damage restoration as well.

How SERVPRO Can Help You After a Flood Damage Incident

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after flood damage has wreaked havoc at your Seal Beach property. The first thing to do is seek professional help. The sooner professionals can start the restoration, the better.

It is equally important to acquaint yourself with some of the things that are going to happen after a flood damage incidence to your Seal Beach property. Here are a few things that can help you prepare better to handle the situation when it comes.

Is the water clean or dirty? 

One of the most important things to note is whether the floodwater is clean or dirty. If the water is clean, it might take less time for the professionals here at SERVPRO to get your home back in pre-disaster condition. However, if the water is dirty or contaminated, the restoration might take longer as additional disinfection steps might be involved.

What do professional restoration services do?

As soon as you call in the experienced IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals, they assess the situation and develop a plan. Once the plan is finalized, they get to work and depending on the amount of water and the quality of water (clean, dirty or contaminated), they start its removal. Apart from the floodwater removal, our professionals also remove any flood sludge and silt. Once the water has been removed, we clean the belongings and take care of the residual moisture as well. We make sure that even the last traces of residual moisture are removed from your property to prevent secondary damage.

Who covers the cost? 

Flood damage restoration can be expensive. Filing an insurance claim is not always easy. If you need help, SERVPRO professionals can guide you in filing your insurance claim as well. Our technicians have years of experience in dealing with insurance companies, and they can help you through the process.

Being prepared is one of the essential things in flood damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress  at (562) 431-9400 today to discuss your options.

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Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence Fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave so that we can quickly remediate and prep for restoration.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Damage After a Fire Incident in Your Home

After a house fire in Los Alamitos, some homeowners decide that restoring their home to the same floor plan does not suit the needs of their families. What may have worked out wonderfully at purchasing time can become much smaller for a growing family. Empty-nesters might find that their homes now offer too much living space and desire to change it so it can serve other purposes.

After fire damage affects their Los Alamitos home, residents have different options regarding restoration. If a home sustains enough damage that gutting the interior walls and other structures took place, a new floor plan is an option. Some homeowners choose this option to not only make their home suit their current needs better, but to also save on rebuilding costs.
 
The professionals at SERVPRO are here to serve our customers' needs after a disaster, including going the extra mile in preparing fire damaged homes for such extensive restoration work. Ensuring that a clean slate, free of all debris and non-essential or burned structures no longer can impede rebuilding efforts, we help make sure that rebuilding efforts can proceed on schedule. Part of proceeding along this journey includes insurance agents and gaining their approval. As a neutral third party, we often help homeowners by providing written assessments of the damage.
 
When a home's floor plan remains mostly unfazed by a fire, significantly changing it should come only after careful consideration of the factors involved. Costs can rise significantly in such cases, and homeowners should factor in possible complications involving electrical wiring, plumbing, and other issues. Removing a wall may seem simple enough to carry out until builders determine that the wall in question provided structural support to the second level of the house.
 
Other damages, such as those to personal belongings, furniture, household furnishings such as carpets, draperies, blinds, and big-ticket items, are listed on our inventory sheets. We place each one in the appropriate category as salvageable, destroyed, or uncertain, helping you complete claims involving replacement costs.
 
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress strives to help the people in our area continue their lives after disastrous events. Locally owned and operated, we want to help families affected by fire damage return home. We are always ready to help you, regardless of the hour, 365 days a year. Our services are available 24 hours a day by calling us at (562) 431-9400.

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Identifying Mold Damage in Your Cypress Home

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying Mold Damage in Your Cypress Home Mold spreads rapidly once it finds food. Should you see or smell mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the situation and remediate.

Our Trained Technicians Determine the Root Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many people have been universally led to believe that mold inside of your Cypress house is a common thing to see. While you are likely to encounter several instances of growing mold throughout your life, this is not something that you want to take too lightly when it comes to your own home. As common knowledge that mold can cause health effects, it stands to reason that leaving it around you could make you susceptible to them as well.
 
Worse still, some people have no idea how to identify mold damage to their Cypress houses. While there are going to be circumstances in which the presence of colonies is easy to see with the naked eye, this is not always the case. In fact, colonies can grow quite large without drawing any attention whatsoever, because the entirety of the organism (or hyphae) is still rooted deeply in the organic material or surface that the mold spore initially seated inside.
 
A good indication of the presence of mold, whether you can physically see it or not, is the smell. There is an unmistakable musty odor that comes along with the presence of a mold colony. The scent only gets more formidable and robust the more massive the colonies grow and the farther they spread. If you have smelled this somewhere inside of your house, the colony has already started to grow outside of what you can see.
 
Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are IICRC Certified and know all about the removal of mold colonies and how to prevent the spread of spores which can allow the problem to continue in new areas. With the use of negative air chambers, our technicians can neutralize individual spores and prevent them from reaching new colony sites.
 
To prevent the smell lingering in the area, our SERVPRO professionals utilize a deodorizing fogger to break down the foul odor molecules and leave no scent behind after the chemical reaction.
 
While there are many ways that you can identify the presence of mold in your house, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you get it under control. You can call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Service to Deal with Water Damage in Your Seal Beach Property

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Service to Deal with Water Damage in Your Seal Beach Property Water can seep in from anywhere and damage your home. If you see damage starting on your property, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Our Certified Technicians Make Remediation of Your Water Damaged Property a Top Priority

Water damage is a home maintenance disaster that catches most of the homeowners off guard. If you are not prepared for it, the situation can quickly get out of hand and cause irreparable damage to your property. However, if you act fast and seek professional help, the damage can be minimized.

When it comes to handling water damage to your Seal Beach property, one of the first things to do is to hire a professional water damage restoration service. Unfortunately, many homeowners find it difficult to pick the right water damage restoration company after a water damage event. Here are a few things to look for when picking a water damage restoration service.

Availability
Round-the-clock emergency services are one of the most important things to look for in a water damage restoration company. Thankfully, SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service, and we are here to help whenever you need us.

Certifications
Look for a company that has certified technicians working for them. Water damage restoration is a job that requires skill, technical know-how, and experience. SERVPRO has a team of IICRC certified technicians trained to handle any size disaster with ease. Our technicians know how to handle water damage restoration to minimize the damage and get your home back to pre-damage conditions in no time.

Superior drying services
Water removal is just the first step toward water damage restoration. Removing the residual moisture and drying your home is equally important if not more. Look for a company that understands how to remove the residual moisture and gets your home dried as fast as possible. SERVPRO technicians utilize state-of-the-art technology to minimize secondary damage after a flooding event. We use high-efficiency pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to get your property dry in no time.

Reviews
Use online reviews to learn more about the experience of others with the restoration company you are picking. Read what others are saying about the company and what they like and do not like and make an informed choice.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach/ Los Alamitos/ Cypress at (562) 431-9400 today to talk to one of our water damage restoration experts.

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