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

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What Causes Sea Levels to Rise?

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

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

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

Are You Prepared for Storms?

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

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

How Can I Protect My Home & Family?

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

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

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

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

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

How Can SERVPRO Help if My Home is Flooded?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

A home with standing water on the road. Let SERVPRO work with you and your flooded home. We can get your Los Angeles home back in no time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is considered a personal item?

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

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

What sort of approvals do I need to make?

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

  • Leaves
  • Pebbles
  • Twigs
  • Mud
  • Sand 

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

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

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

Can I give deadlines for the restoration?

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

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

I Have Flooding in My Cypress Home – How Can I Start the Cleanup?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side.

The Best First Step is Calling SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration Services at Your Cypress Home

Whenever you have flood loss in Cypress, it is best to act fast so you can limit the damage. Due to the nature of floodwater, calling in the help of trained technicians is the right way to go. We want you to rest assured that we can deploy a crew as soon as possible when you call SERVPRO for your flood restoration needs.

Will I Be Covered for My Flood Emergency?

Whether or not you are covered for flood damage in Cypress depends on your homeowner’s insurance coverage. Once you call our team for mitigation, a crew arrives to assess the damage and puts a plan of action in place for cleanup. We carefully log all of the work done and all damages so that you have the information you need for your insurance claim.

Can I Reduce Damages?

Letting our trained technicians handle the cleanup is one of the best ways to ensure secondary damage is limited or non-existent. We work to ensure that water migration halts to help save other areas of your home beyond the water loss zone. When handling any floodwater project, we always:

    •    Mark off the loss zone so that moisture and water droplets from potentially contaminated floodwater do not move into multiple areas of the home.
    •    Extract all standing water with powerful pumps, truck-mounted extractors, and other various equipment.
    •    Remove all saturated materials to be replaced with brand new materials.
    •    Wear protective gear, including shoe coverings, so that soiling is not tracked into other rooms.
    •    Use professional moisture detection equipment to ensure your interior is completely dry.
    •    Clean, sanitize, and deodorize your home using EPA-registered cleaning agents.

Flood damage does not have to become stressful when you have SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress on your side. Call (562) 431-9400, and we send out a team as soon as possible.

What is More Important in a Seal Beach Flooded Property, Your Possessions, or Your Structure?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded modern white kitchen with a circular orange lifebuoy Whether flooding came from an outside or an inside source, the result is quite similar. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

When Floodwaters Enter Your Home, it is a Race Against Time to Secure Both Property and Possessions. SERVPRO Can Provide Experience and Expertise to Recover Losses Fast. 

What constitutes an emergency mitigation procedure?

A property with large quantities of floodwater is a ticking timebomb. Water migrates quickly in Seal Beach, causing degradation contents as well as the integrity of the structure. Our team of SERVPRO technicians reacts fast to emergency water loss scenarios using the latest technology to mitigate permanent harm. In the first instance, our technicians can perform crucial emergency mitigation on your property to help limit the damaging effects of water exposure.

Emergency services for properties with flood damage in Seal Beach constitute securing the structure and removing excess standing water. By performing several mitigation tasks in a short period, we can be confident of protecting your property from immediate harm. Drying the property can take several days or weeks. However, ensuring that the situation does not deteriorate is our priority. 

How does SERVPRO conduct emergency mitigation procedures?

  • Securing the property to prevent unlawful entry using emergency board-ups
  • Extraction of standing water to below two inches
  • Tarping to seal open areas that could imbibe further rain or floodwaters
  • Scoping the property to test structural integrity and neutralize potential hazards
  • Measuring the extent of harm using meters, sensors and thermal imaging cameras
  • Creating an itinerary of contents as well as structure

How do flood waters affect the structure of my property?

Large bodies of water exert robust and downward pressure on the structure of your home. Most properties are not designed to withstand the persistent pressure of standing water, which can damage jointing at the base of walls as well as waterlogging ceilings and floors. Properties with wooden frames or floorboards can experience swelling, cupping, and buckling after persistent exposure to moisture. 

What are the signs that the structure of my home is affected?

  • Pulling apart of the baseboard or at the corners of where walls meet floors and ceilings
  • Noticeable cupping of floorboards
  • Air bubbles in laminate flooring or pdf board
  • Peeling of paintwork and dipping effect in the ceiling
  • Dripping from ceilings or upper walls

Our technicians pump water out of the property in Seal Beach quickly using electric submersible pumps to reduce the immediate impact of standing water on a property. Using dehumidification equipment or temperature, we can lower the moisture content of wooden materials. This process can be very effective at securing structural contents and lowering the effect cupping or warping has on the property. 

Can you rescue the contents of a property after flood damage?

The quickest way of securing your content is to remove them from the affected area. We can either set up a drying room onsite by placing large, polyurethane sheets into an unaffected room for the temporary storage of contents. Alternatively, for more substantial items, we can block furniture to place it out of reach of the standing water level. In some cases, a pack out of the procedure may be necessary to secure possessions effectively.

How can you protect my contents in a move-out?

We enlist the help of professional movers to transport contents from your property to a secure, climate-controlled storage warehouse. When moving contents from your property, our technicians can digitally record the condition, position, and cleaning requirements of each item. Doing so ensures that we remain accountable for your possessions during transit, storage, and return. Specialty dry-cleaning or immersion cleaning services can be organized during storage to ensure your items return in a preloss condition where possible. 

How long does it take to dry a property?

Drying times can vary depending on the type of building materials as well as the severity of the flooding situation. Generally, water can migrate from the initial source outward into the property where it can seep into cavities, waterlog the subfloor or degrade, causing a grey or blackwater emergency. Additionally, any residual moisture left behind can result in mold growth or other harmful microbial growth issues. 

Drying the property may take several weeks in severe cases. Our technicians may need to return to your home regularly to assess the effectiveness of the drying procedure. Using air-movement equipment or drilling holes into walls to dry cavities are essential aspects of the drying procedure. We may take a humidity test from an unaffected area of the home and use it to assess our drying process. 

While thoroughly drying the property may seem like a time-consuming process, it is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition. Damp spots in properties can become hotbeds for microbial activity, which can lead to further damage in your home, both materials, and cosmetics. Using a qualified drying technician gives your home the best chance of making a full recovery and returning to its preloss condition. 

Counter-attacking flooding requires a positive approach to using professional equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Revealed: Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Storm Damage Remediation Services in Seal Beach

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged flooring Whether it's heavy rains or an appliance failure, excess water and flooding can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Flood Damage Seal Beach – Heavy Rain Storms

Our climate in Southern California is usually dry and very comfortable. Occasionally heavy rainstorms blow into the area, causing flooding from overflowing streams as well as from streets and storm drains that cannot handle the large amount of runoff. Homes and businesses flood, causing damage to contents and structures in local homes.

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Seal Beach as well as surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours to meet our client's needs and reduce the amount of damage as much as possible. Contents and structural items that remain exposed to high moisture levels for extended periods may become damaged beyond our restoration parameters, and mold infestations can also occur. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to meet our fellow neighbor's needs.

Rain Storms and Flooding

Our roads and storm drains are designed to handle large amounts of runoff from storms; however, sometimes, the capacity is not sufficient, and homes are flooded. The water runoff not only brings lots of water into your home, but also contamination from many sources, and some are harmful to residents and their pets.

Before entering your home after a flood, always take precautions to protect yourself from electrocution if the power is still on and the contamination which may exist in the remaining water and debris. Our SERVPRO response team can quickly assess the situation and immediately begin mitigation activity to minimize the amount of long term damage.

SERVPRO technicians wearing appropriate protective gear, begin removing debris, mud, and water from your home. Hard surface items can be set aside for cleaning and decontamination. Porous contents may need to be removed from the home. We make flood cuts above the water line to access areas inside walls to remove water and moisture, avoiding mold contamination later on.

Once your home is decontaminated and dried, contractors can begin restoration and repair activities to return your home to its original condition. We have over 50 years of disaster recovery experience to bring to every disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Surfside and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Seal Beach After A Flood

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Three of our green machines drying the flood damage in this property Our 24-hour emergency service technicians are ready to respond quickly to your call. We have the state of the art equipment to handle any size job.

Issues That Delay Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach 

When flooding affects your Seal Beach property, it is ideal to start restoration immediately the water within the neighborhood recedes. However, various factors can interfere with restoration plans. Help from a professional restoration team such as SERVPRO ensures any bottleneck is identified early enough.

Extensive Demolition

When a flood damage incident in Seal Beach involves many areas with porous materials, there is a need to remove such materials. A significant percentage of porous materials in homes are located in hidden areas necessitating extensive demolition. Our SERVPRO technicians establish the extent of water migration immediately after visiting the property for the initial inspection. Early problem identification helps us devise ways to complete the demolition conveniently. For example, by making flood cuts, we only remove wall materials in affected sections rather than tearing down entire walls.

The Need for Industrial Hygienist

Flood damage incidents can contaminate property with chemicals and biohazards, among other materials. In most cases, the contamination is minimal, and thorough cleaning helps restore sanitary conditions at the property. However, in some cases, there is a need for industrial hygienists to perform tests and make recommendations. As the restoration team waits for the hygienist, the restoration process might stall.

Special Materials

The presence of certain materials in the flooded property can delay the restoration process because they require exceptional evaluation to determine whether it is possible to save them. Such materials might include hardwood floors, cabinetry, or tiles, among others. Restoring the materials might also take time. For example, hardwood floors might require specialized drying processes such as using drying chambers to prevent cracking, buckling, or other physical changes. For tiled floors, our SERVPRO technicians use of drying mats to remove water that migrates beneath the surface, thus eliminating the need to demolish the floor.

Working with an experienced team can help clear many obstacles to restoring flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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DIY or Professionals? Why SERVPRO is Your Choice to Restore Flood Damage in Seal Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked in front of SERVPRO truck Our Green Fleet is ready to tackle any flood damage restoration that your home needs!

Seek Expert Help to Clean Up Your Flood Damaged Seal Beach Residence

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster. A study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that flooding affects millions of properties across the United States because of increased rainfall that results in overflowing of rivers and streams. Seal Beach is susceptible to flooding because of rising sea levels. Each winter, a sand beam is constructed on the beach as a protection against big surf and high tides.

When floodwater finds its way into homes, it leads to both primary and secondary damage. If there is flood damage in your Seal Beach home, it is essential to contact experts from SERVPRO to clean up and dry the affected areas. We can handle category three contamination and adhere to EPA standards while cleaning and sanitizing your home.

Flood damage repair and restoration costs are the reason why many property owners do not contact professionals. They believe that they may save money if they restored the affected areas themselves. However, the truth is that hiring a restoration professional immediately after a flooding incident can significantly reduce your losses and costs. The sooner the water extraction, cleanup, and drying processes begin the less damage to which your property is prone.

Your health and that of your family is a priority. Floodwater may contain toxigenic, pathogenic, or other hazardous agents. It may carry organic matter, silt, heavy metals, pesticides, or regulated materials. Coming in contact with this water can put you and your family at risk. Without experience and suitable equipment, restoring the flood-damaged areas can be a nightmare. You can land yourself into more problems. Every porous surface in your house can become a breeding ground for pathogens.

Our team has the expertise and products required to disinfect your property to eliminate hazardous organisms. Some water damage restoration products we can use to control or slow down the growth of microbes include:

  • Sterilizers
  • Mildewstats and fungistats
  • Biocides
  • Sporicides

When applying the products, we use methods that allow physical contact of the solution with all contaminated surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO team can apply the products to walls, tackless strip, subfloor, and wall bottom plates. We allow adequate dwell time for the products to be effective. Our restoration professionals also have experience in handling insurance claims. We can help you in assessing and documenting your losses for a stress-free claims process.

When floodwaters enter your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400. We can handle the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Professionals Talk Flood Water Removal Safety in Seal Beach

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

man in front of SERVPRO van Mike and his team know how to safely remove flood water from your home. Call them today for your water loss restoration needs.

Maintaining Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Seal Beach

It is unfortunate to be caught up in a flooding situation, primarily when it affects your home. Apart from the financial loss from destroyed items and the costs of restoration, the incident might also present safety issues during renovation or after finishing the job. Overcoming these challenges is as important as restoring your Seal Beach home to its preloss state.

Knowing the contents in floodwaters

When overflowing groundwater causes flood damage in your Seal Beach home, you should be cautious when handling the water. Such water flows over vast areas before reaching your home and might contain traces of infectious diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis, and tetanus, among others. If it contains traces of sewage, it might emit methane or other sewer gases. Use of protective gear can help shield you from contracting diseases or developing other health problems. Our SERVPRO technicians bring various types of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including rubber gloves and full-body suits as part of their work gear, allowing them to work safely.

Handling areas with hazardous materials

Cleaning to remove all soils from the affected property helps in restoring preloss conditions and preventing severe problems such as mold. However, some challenges might interfere with the cleaning. One challenge is cleaning areas with hazardous materials such as lead-based paint or ACM, Asbestos Containing Materials. Actions such as scrubbing, piercing, or sawing the elements can pose a severe risk. Our SERVPRO technicians receive training on how best to handle such risky materials.

Safety of the structure

The different circumstances prevalent during incidents that lead to flood damage create physical hazards for the occupants of the home or the people doing the restoration. Strong forces such as water currents, wind, or lighting can weaken sections of the structure, posing risks to those using it. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the entire loss site to establish a safe working environment immediately after arrival. We use circuit testers to ensure there is no risk of electrocution.  We also confirm that parts of the structure, such as stairs are stable enough to hold the weight of people and equipment.

Safe restoration of a flood-damaged property to its preloss state is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help. You can reach us at (562) 431-9400 any time. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Professional Hazard Assessment is Necessary After Flood Damage in Seal Beach

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign Flood damage also causes structural and electrical hazards. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate your damage.

Assessing Hazards and Restoring your Home Safely after Flood Damage in Seal Beach

A flooded property can be a harrowing experience for a homeowner. Although there is a temptation to remove as much of your furnishings, possessions, and valuables, flood water can pose severe health and safety risks. Your best bet is to reach out to a local restoration service that can scope the property for structural weaknesses, areas of specific concern, and predict potential outcomes.

We offer an emergency service for flood damage in Seal Beach. On arrival at your property, a SERVPRO technician can talk you through the process from start to finish and put your mind at ease about the work ahead. There are considerable dangers to consider when large quantities of standing water are present in a home environment. However, a professional restorer can guide you through the issues by performing a scoping task.

Scoping is essential to emergency flood damage restoration work. The process involves checking for potential hazards or structural weaknesses and deciding on the equipment required to get your home back to preloss conditions. We assess contamination levels in the water as well as potential electrical issues. Open sockets need to be fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to eliminate shock hazards. Ceilings and subfloors overloaded with water are prone to collapse and require inspection during the scoping procedure.

After establishing a safe environment your SERVPRO technician can begin a Psychrometric analysis of the affected area. Psychometrics is an assessment of the mixture of water, vapor, and air in your property. By taking careful measurement of the amount of water as well as using a thermal hygrometer to measure relative humidity, a restorer can understand what equipment is needed as well as a gameplan to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Property emergencies are debilitating experiences. Contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress (562) 431-9400 for compassionate restoration technicians that communicate with you every step of the way.  

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If Your Home In Seal Beach Suffers Flood Damage From Storm Surge You Need To Call SERVPRO

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 if storm-related flood damage is a challenge.

Storm Surge-Related Seal Beach Flood Damage Requires Professional Assistance

When storms brew offshore from Seal Beach an added concern for homeowners dealing with the aftermath is storm surge. The salt or brackish water that floods into area homes during severe weather is exceptionally damaging to residences and their contents. Special procedures must occur to remediate the effects of saltwater flooding. Our team has the training and the expertise to see you through this crisis.

Flood damage in Seal Beach can be a complicated fix if the waters of the Pacific Ocean mix with heavy rainfall and harm the exterior and interior of your home. Saltwater increases the risk of electrical shock during remediation, accelerates mold growth, and corrodes all types of building and foundations materials -- wood, metal, concrete, and soil. Fast action is crucial with any flood damage, but storm surge involvement heightens the concern.

Saltwater needs flushing with fresh water before removal and structural drying. If high salt content water infiltrated the wood framing of your home delignification can occur, a process where the salt damages the wood at a cellular level, extracting portions of the cell wall, the lignin, leading to deterioration and the deposit of a fuzzy coating on the surface of the wood. SERVPRO employees have the training to identify saltwater damage and plan for the added steps needed to make sea surge flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

When a home suffers flood damage, it is vital to contain and remove the water as it is by definition, contaminated. In addition to the severe adverse effects seen with salt water, flood waters also commonly contain chemicals, dead animals, decaying organic material, and sewage. The risks to the health of your family and friends if these potential sources of pathogens are ignored or ineffectively managed can be troublesome. SERVPRO managers and employees are familiar with local regulations and industry best practices when containing and disposing of highly contaminated Category 3 or Black Water. We also use EPA-registered antimicrobials as a treatment on affected surfaces to eliminate any residual pathogens.

Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 if storm-related flood damage is a challenge. We can help with the complexities resulting from contaminants, including saltwater storm surge.

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

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

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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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Necessary in Seal Beach

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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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When Storms Bring Water Inside Your Cypress Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

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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Contaminated Water and Flood Damage in Seal Beach

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

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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Tree Maintenance Can Prevent Flooding In Your Cypress Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

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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How To Deal With Flood Damage Effects On Your Surfside Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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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How Severe Storms Can Cause Flooding In Your Seal Beach Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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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The Many Faces of Flood Damage at Your Seal Beach Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

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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What to Do After Flood Damage to Your Seal Beach Property

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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