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

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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

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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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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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.

Cypress was once referred to as ‘Moo Valley.”  Read more here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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