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Los Angeles Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Restoration Services

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Advanced Equipment Handles All Restoration Services in the Los Angeles Area

How Professional Restoration Services Reduce Loss from Water, Fire or Mold Damage in Los Angeles Properties

The Los Angeles area is famous for its great weather. However, just like anywhere else across the United States, its residents deal with damage to their home from storms, earthquakes, fire and water damage which can result in the formation of mold and other issues if not properly cleaned. That is why outsourcing the task to a professional restoration services company makes sense.

Los Angeles residences get water damage in many forms ranging from supply line breaks to appliance failures to simple forgetfulness. The key to avoiding as much loss as possible is a two-fold process for limiting prolonged exposure to excessive moisture and getting water extraction performed quickly. When SERVPRO technicians handle water removal in a property, we bring specialized equipment on-site in our fully stocked green service vans. Commonly used are:
?    Portable pumps
?    Weighted extractor wands for pushing out water from the carpet
?    Rover stand-on units which use the weight of the technicians to remove water

All of these tools pull up water quickly and allow technicians to remove it from hard-to-reach places. Technicians track the migration of water using various types of moisture detection equipment and spend extra time on the water removal step to lessen drying time.

For example, carpet saturated by a broken water line is not automatically a loss if it is a clean or gray water spill. If we cannot extract the moisture and dry it in the home, we can dry and sanitize the carpet in-plant for re-installation afterward.

During a water cleanup, we try to disrupt the home as little as possible, and dry furnishings in place when we can do so without causing additional issues such as stain from wood furniture bleeding onto wet carpeting. We use methods such as raising furniture up on blocks and covering the legs to allow for complete drying without packing out the home. In cases where pack out is necessary, a detailed list is taken down to the placement of items so, on move-in, our technicians return everything to its proper spot.

Fire damage runs the gamut from a little smoke damage that requires action from our certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) or a house gutted by a blaze that requires fire debris removal and controlled demolition efforts to get the property ready for reconstruction.

When SERVPRO technicians address fire damage cleanup in Los Angeles properties, we work with both the homeowner and adjuster to ensure every step of the restoration is approved. We also assist homeowners with expediting insurance claims with our Content Claim Inventory System (CCIS) that catalogs and documents the restoration service, including before and after photographs of the structure and contents.

Kitchen fires are by far one of the most common, and while protein-based blazes often have little in the way of visible smoke residue when extinguished quickly, the pungent odor requires odor control application and usually more than one method. We have different types of treatments such as thermal fogging, time-release gel pellets, or equipment such as air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to capture airborne particles or hydroxyl generators that utilize the power of UV rays to neutralize soot particles at the molecular level. Depending on the level of scent, our technicians use a multi-layered approach when necessary.

Finding out your Los Angeles home needs mold remediation is never a good thing to hear. The term "mold removal" gets tossed around but it is basically impossible since mold spores exist at all times both inside and outside your property. The key to avoiding the growth of mold colonies is to keep an eye out for leaks and poor ventilation especially of exhaust fans in bathrooms and areas of the home you do not go into often such as the attic.

SERVPRO team members are certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). We use the same procedures as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform mold cleanup safely using techniques that include containment, drying, and lowering of humidity.

This is so we can use methods such as soda blasting for the lightly abrasive removal of dried mold colonies from the home structure. Upon the completion of remediation efforts, we also inspect the property to determine the cause of the mold and assist the homeowner in taking steps to eliminate the reason so it will not be an issue in the future.

After a prolonged period of drought, the ground is hard and does not absorb rainwater readily, leaving Los Angeles homes susceptible to flood damage.  Groundwater carries a rating as a category three biohazard sometimes referred to as "black water" and should be professionally mitigated for health and safety reasons.

When SERVPRO technicians perform storm damage cleanup, we take steps to prevent additional damages from occurring such as tarping over a damaged roof or sealing a window broken by tree limbs or high winds to prevent rainwater from entering an area in a home. In cases where a property requires large scale flood water removal, we have truck mounted pumps that can remove thousands of gallons of water quickly.  

Why SERVPRO? In the restoration services industry, it is vital to keep up with the latest developments and technology, so property owners experience less loss when home disasters occur. Our technicians go through intense training in the restoration sciences as taught through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) which includes continuing education as advancements continue in this industry.

We know dealing with a home disaster of any kind, filing an insurance claim, and submitting proof of damages can feel overwhelming. When we perform restoration services on residential or commercial properties, we communicate with both the property owner and adjuster every step of the way and do not engage in any task that is not approved. Once our mitigation is complete, we give both the homeowner and adjust a comprehensive list of our completed remediation efforts as well as the necessary repairs or reconstruction required to return the property to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress is available 24/7 at (562) 431-9400 to assist property owners with restoration services needed after damage from water, fire, storm or mold. Using our extensive training and equipment, we can turn around loss and make it "Like it never even happened."'


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