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Restoring the Effects of Water Damage in Los Alamitos

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

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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