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Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Can Be Restored By Our Experts

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why SERVPRO Offers a Fast Response to Flood Damage in Los Angeles

Flooding is a relatively common natural disaster, and it ruins homes in various ways. After flood damage, you may have to replace furnishings, drywall, and carpets, among other items. When your home is flooded, stay away from your home until government officials say that it is safe to return.

When it's safe to return to your flood damaged Los Angeles home, take cash and emergency supplies with you. You should also contact your insurer and a flood restoration company such as SERVPRO to assist you with restoring your home. Floodwater can affect the structures and contents of your home in the following ways:

Drywall and wallboard – These materials are porous and become fragile in a flood. They can remain contaminated even after the drying process ends.

Laminated wood and particle board – They can separate and weaken after becoming damp.

Floor coverings – You have to discard carpets after a flood because it is difficult to clean and dry them adequately.

Appliances – They can become shorted out during flooding and may leak harmful gases into the air. Hire a professional to inspect them before use.

Solid wood – Furniture and other wooden items can crack and warp following a flood. However, we can save them by drying them out completely.

We can clean up your home quickly after a flood to prevent secondary destruction and costly repairs. Our technicians can remove all mud, dirt, and floodwater that could be in your property. We have tools that make flood cleanup easier, such as power washers and wet/dry vacuums.

Our SERVPRO crew can also dry the affected areas thoroughly using industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. We can also use thermo-hygrometers to measure the temperature and relative humidity of the air in your home. We compare readings for air in the affected areas, unaffected areas, outside the house, and the air coming out of the HVAC system. Our technicians also take readings of the air that is being processed through the dehumidifiers and extracted into the affected areas to ensure that dehumidifiers are drying the home effectively.

If you need expert help with flood damage cleanup, call the team at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for prompt restoration. Our helpline is (562) 431-9400. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Los Angeles Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Restoration Services

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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The Importance of Mold Remediation For Your Cypress Home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Develop into Large Colonies in Cypress Homes, Call on SERVPRO for Professional Remediation

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

You might not be surprised to learn that your Cypress home is almost constantly at risk of mold and fungal growth. Spores of mold exist in the air you breathe, and these microscopic invaders are merely waiting for conditions to exist that allow them to thrive and grow. While this might not initially seem like that significant of a threat, the more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more linked it becomes to health effects that could impact your family.  
 
Finding a way to combat this mold damage in your Cypress residence is nothing that you should tackle on your own. From the need for personal protective equipment to the general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods, mold remediation specialists are the best bet for conquering the present threat to your household. This process not only rids your home of its current growing mold colonies but also helps to find the source of the moisture that allowed the spores to thrive in the first place and correct this issue.  
 
From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, we begin immediately sectioning off the affected areas where mold grows and working to prevent the spread of these spores to new areas of your home. This procedure typically gets achieved with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  
 
Locating the source of the moisture in the area is a critical component of mold remediation for your home. By repairing these vulnerable areas, dehumidification is successful, and the conditions are no longer met to allow more mold spores to activate and grow in your home. There may be situations where the source cannot be determined by our SERVPRO technicians or is not simple to repair; dehumidification can be the process to prevent moisture through this area of your home.  
 
Mold remediation does not have to be an overwhelming or complicated experience. When you trust the specialists at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remediate the damage, you can take a firm step towards reclaiming your home. Give us a call today at (562) 431-9400.

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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Surfside Residents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Putting your home back together after a water damage experience requires the use of specialized equipment and procedures.

Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Protein residue leaves behind an amber or yellow stain and usually has a very strong odor that is difficult to get rid of.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Combat all Types of Smoke Residue

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

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

Wet and Dry Smoke Residue

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

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

Protein Residue 

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

Fuel Oil Soot

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

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

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

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

A home fire is devastating trust our certified professionals to come to your aid and restore your home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seal Beach Water Loss!! Yikes!! Call SERVPRO

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

The torrential rain from these clouds can cause flooding.

Slow Severe Storms Allow Natural Flooding in Seal Beach Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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