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Water Damage Restoration Services For Electronics Used to Operate Your Los Angeles Business

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services For Electronics Used to Operate Your Los Angeles Business Electronics and water are not a good mix. Should your office space suffer a water damage event, contact SERVPRO for a fast response.

Team SERVPRO Helps Your Business to Quickly Recover After Damage

As many of you already know, water and electronics just do not respond to one another well. Whether you have experienced this problem first-hand by spilling coffee onto a laptop or having desktops ruined by water intrusions at your Los Angeles office, we can all agree that water is not so good for electronics.

Explaining how commercial water damage in Los Angeles can affect the electronics provided to employees in your office is somewhat complicated. There are several different ways water can damage your electronic devices; some reactions are instant while others take much longer to take effect.

Direct contact with any water can short-circuit a variety of devices. Since water conducts electricity, water can create new pathways, causing electricity to flow where it does not belong, leading to damage to your device along the way. When this happens, regardless of your desired outcome, restoration is nearly impossible, as restoration services required to repair the device usually cost more than replacement.

While SERVPRO technicians can dry exterior cases of electronics and relocate them to a dryer environment to help with their recovery, we also partner with a company that can do specialized restoration work on all of your electronics. A full inspection can help prevent corrosion, and other damages from setting in that could drastically reduce the life of your devices. Any electronics caught in a water incident requires the attention of a trained restoration expert to recover correctly.

SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources 24-hours a day. Our entire team works hard to help you recover quickly, should a water incident occur on your property that affects the productivity of your employees. We use a variety of water extraction equipment, water detectors, and hygrometers to return water levels to normal on your property as quickly and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park works with fellow members of our local community to help keep businesses running, regardless of the size of the incident you currently face. Call for immediate help, today. (323) 255-1000

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Preventing Small Mold Damage In Los Angeles From Spreading Further

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Small Mold Damage In Los Angeles From Spreading Further One of the first tasks we undertake in most mold damage restorations in Los Angeles is to sanitize the area and kill off any living spores.

Preventing Mold Damage

While all mold damage in Los Angeles has the potential to cause permanent and costly damage to your home, larger and more mature colonies typically pose a far more significant threat than younger ones. Calling SERVPRO helps to ensure that a fledgling infestation never gets the chance to bloom into a much larger problem. We institute a rigorous set of treatments, machines, and safeguards to protect your mold from present and future mold growth.

Sanitization
One of the first tasks we undertake in most mold damage restorations in Los Angeles is to sanitize the area and kill off any living spores. We stock an extensive array of tools for this purpose that allows us to sanitize infestations large and small in short order. For more extensive patches of growth, we use ultraviolet light generators to fry the fungus off without the use of chemicals or other cost-intensive options. For smaller spot colonies where large UV arrays would be inefficient, we can use chemicals and other sanitization options in limited amounts.

Air Filtration
While sanitization prevents a colony from producing additional spores or spreading across a single surface, it can still grow around the home unless existing spores are filtered from the air. We use advanced air filtration technology to catch mold spores of all common sizes and species, simultaneously improving air quality within your house and eliminating any additional risk of mold spreading out.

Preventative Measures
We can also help you to implement some preventative measures around your home to ensure that no further damage occurs in the near future. We offer mold-resistant paints and finishes that can help to protect many materials from mold growth on their surfaces. Also, we repair and improve any lagging water lines and systems in your home to reduce excess moisture in the area and stop further mold colonies from appearing.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park provides expert care for local homes afflicted with mold damage. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

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Choosing The Right Restoration Company For Fire Damage In Los Angeles

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing The Right Restoration Company For Fire Damage In Los Angeles Our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists have the tools and the expertise to successfully assess all damage to the entire property.

Choosing The Right Restoration Company

One of the most troubling things about a fire in your Los Angeles home is assessing the damage for yourself once it has gotten successfully extinguished. You look through the affected areas of your home and see the destruction, but might not understand how to begin with putting the pieces back together. Choosing restoration services to come and assist you in the cleanup efforts and restoring your home to preloss condition should be a consideration that you make, and there are several reasons for this.

Following fire damage to your Los Angeles home, you start to notice compromised areas that you just do not know how to overcome or repair on your own. Our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists have the tools and the expertise to successfully assess all damage to the entire property and work out a plan to restore it entirely. This process is one that might take some time but gets primarily created based on your priorities for what must get repaired right away for you to live in your home comfortably.

Our SERVPRO team works closely with your insurance claim specialists to keep you from incurring out of pocket expenses while your home gets restored. This direct communication helps you to worry less about the work that is getting done to your home and what it might cost you, and more about handling the stresses and trauma associated with a significant fire in your home and the toll it has taken on your family.

To successfully restore your home to preloss conditions our experienced SERVPRO staff utilize some state of the art tools and equipment. Dry and wet scrubbing equipment removes smoke and soot damage while simultaneously preventing this debris from circulating in the air with the use of attached HEPA filters. Ozone machines and foggers can eliminate the noxious odor that smoke damage leaves behind in the affected areas. Handheld steam cleaning tools can restore damaged furniture, drapes, and upholstery.

Our objective as your restoration company is offering you peace of mind in a trying time. Our experienced staff at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park are available whenever the need arises at (323) 255-1000.

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Water Removal Includes Reduction of Elevated Humidity That Can Damage Los Angeles Homes and Apartments

1/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Includes Reduction of Elevated Humidity That Can Damage Los Angeles Homes and Apartments A trained water damage remediation team can save your carpet if the pad is removed and carpet dried out quickly. Contact SERVPRO after damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Act Quickly to Restore Your Property After Water Damage

Los Angeles property can sustain different kinds of damage. Professional water restorers and mitigation experts help owners get their properties back to normal. Water can invade any property from the least expected sources. Too much rain, a broken valve in a water line, quakes, overflowing tubs, and water from the fire department can cause you problems with water inside your home.

If a property in Los Angeles needs water removal services, hiring a professional company can prevent continued and extensive problems. Every minute that water remains in your home, damage continues. Because evaporation begins as soon as water intrudes, no matter the source, SERVPRO does more than just remove the water you see. We also use equipment that collects the moisture that seeped into other areas of your home.

We must work quickly because as materials and belongings absorb water, they rapidly 

  • become stained from colors bleeding and transferring,
  • contaminated with microbes and pathogens,
  • swell, warp, and distort, and
  • begin to produce bad smells.

Our methods can help prevent these from happening in your home when we begin soon after the event initially took place. Pumps mounted on large trucks pull the standing water out of your home, but we also must continue the process with other equipment. Desiccant machines and air movers work together to rid your property of the extra humidity in the air, keeping further condensation to a minimum. As the interior dries, we also use air scrubbers to minimize the spreading of airborne pathogens.

We can save saturated walls at times, but most often we need to remove the lower section of a wall. When water comes from overhead, ceilings can trap it and hold it overhead. To counteract this, we drill small weep holes into overhead panels of drywall to permit any trapped water to drain into buckets underneath. So air can circulate above the ceiling, we place an air mover, so air forces its way into the space above the ceiling. To fully ensure dryness, we test with moisture meters before, during, and after the job. When readings confirm that we have eliminated all moisture, we do a final walk-through with the customer.

Hiring SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to perform the water removal work your home or apartment needs helps ensure that complete dryness once again protects your home and belongings from ongoing damage. Our number is local and is always answered to meet the needs of those in our community better. Call us 365 days a year at (323) 255-1000, so we can help protect your property.
 
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Removing Mold Damage In Echo Park

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Echo Park Mold damage in Echo Park is not possible unless spores come into contact with enough moisture to allow them to expand and become active.

Removing Mold

Almost every structure in Echo Park contains mold. It is almost as common as dust and just about as harmful when its spores are in their inert state.

Mold damage in Echo Park is not possible unless spores come into contact with enough moisture to allow them to expand and become active. The spores then extend hyphae, which resemble root structures that seek out more moisture and a food source to increase the size of the mold colony. SERVPRO technicians are trained to trace the source of a mold growth and take steps to stop it and prevent more.

Most spores grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the range for nearly every home in Illinois, stopping mold by raising or lowering temperature is just not possible. Spores feed on common building material, so it also not possible to remove all drywall, ceiling tiles, wood trim, or insulation from the home. The best way to stop mold is to concentrate on removing the source of water which forces the spores back into an inert state.

SERVPRO inspectors use visual inspections and air content meters to find mold concentrations. The highest levels are usually the beginning point of the growth, which means the source of moisture is nearby as well. In most cases, the source is a minor leak from a pipe. We have also found pools of water under a pipe that was improperly insulated, and changes in the outside temperature resulted in condensation which dripped down from the attic into the home. We can usually dry up any standing water and fix the water source in a single morning or afternoon.

If the mold we find is on the surface, our restoration specialists clean and remove it using dry cloths and sponges. If the layer is fairly thick, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break it up and then wipe it off. For thicker amounts, we deploy commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. These filters are specially designed to capture and trap even a single spore, which by itself is too small to be seen unaided.

If the hyphae penetrated the surface of the building material to use a food source, the only option is to remove it. Drywall and other building materials are cheaper to replace than it is to attempt to clean them or cut out the affected sections.

If you suspect mold in your home, you need to have a professional service examine your home. For any questions about what SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can do for you and your home, call us today at (323) 255-1000. We are here to help.

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Why You Need to Be Ready for Water Damage to Your Echo Park Business

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why You Need to Be Ready for Water Damage to Your Echo Park Business It is important to keep commercial dishwashers and refrigerators in good working condition and clean them regularly to prevent water damage.

How to Best Prepare for a Water Damage Emergency

Water damage is something no business owner wants to face. However, it is far better to be prepared than to run the risk of being caught unprepared. Water from a leaking pipe, broken appliance, or even an ill-fitting door or broken gutter, has the potential to cause much damage. That is why SERVPRO recommends entrepreneurs in Echo Park prepare now and do not leave anything to chance.

We understand that Echo Park businesses want to avoid water damage if at all possible. After all, a leak can quickly lead to problems including waterlogged carpets or rugs, damaged soft furnishings, unusable electronics, or even mold in cases where the problem is not treated quickly enough. Thankfully there are many things you can do now to prepare.

Keep an eye on potential water sources. That means making sure all appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators are kept in good working order and cleaned regularly. Check hoses and pipes to be sure there are no leaks. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on windows, doors, gutters, and damp areas such as basements. If you spot a problem, call a professional and get it dealt with straight away.

Know what to do in the event of water damage. For example, restaurants might plan to move foodstuffs to a sister location. Libraries need an action plan for protecting as many books as possible. Salons might think about moving furniture out of harm’s way. It is also essential to decide whom to call should the need arise. We certainly recommend getting in touch with SERVPRO at the first sign of problems.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a helpful tool for any size business to use. Download our free app and use it to create an emergency profile for your organization, including lists of phone numbers, actions to take in an emergency, and more. Encourage all staff to become familiar with the plan, so they know what to do when disaster strikes.

For help with water damage remediation in Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for assistance.

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A Flood Damage Plan in Los Angeles

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Flood Damage Plan in Los Angeles Heavy rains can quickly bring large amounts of water into your home. Develop a pre-emptive ERP plan with SERVPRO to help remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Ready and Equipped to Remediate Your Home After Flooding

After years of drought, the Los Angeles area and the rest of the state experienced what meteorologists call “atmospheric rivers.” Over 30 of these Pacific-based storms occurred during the winter of 2016-2017. Many hundreds of miles wide and carrying as much water as the delta of the Mississippi River, these storms cause flash flooding. If you are in their path this year, we can help with the aftermath.
 
Heavy rains directly overhead and in the canyons surrounding Los Angeles spell flood damage for homeowners. It is difficult to do much to avoid the massive runoff other than being aware of its possibility and partnering with our highly qualified team of flood damage remediation experts. Consider working with us ahead of this season’s potential devastation to develop an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to minimize the effect of flooding on your home’s structure and contents.
 
An experienced SERVPRO crew member walks through your property looking for areas of your home and foundation that are likely to suffer the most flood damage if heavy rains revisit. The assessment aids you in making commonsense adaptations to ensure that you are as ready as possible for flooding. For example, items stored in areas of your home that are most vulnerable to damage from standing water should be relocated. Other suggestions such as clearing gutters and downspouts and making sure that the ground immediately around your foundation slopes away also help limit water incursion during rains and flooding.
 
You fill out an Emergency Ready Profile, so SERVPRO is familiar with your priorities if flooding occurs. Share information about utility shut-offs, the names of contractors familiar with your HVAC and other systems, and nominate trusted family members or friends to act on your behalf in the event you are out of town when a flooding event happens.
 
If your home experiences flood damage because of a future atmospheric river storm system, developing an ERP gives you a firm grasp of what to expect when SERVPRO arrives. Our crews pump out water, extract moisture from porous materials like carpeting, and then use air movers, heat, and powerful commercial-strength dehumidifiers to reduce ambient humidity and pull residual water out of flooring, wallboard, and other structures, fixtures, and decor in your home. Throughout the process, we measure and monitor moisture levels and search for pockets of hidden water with sophisticated technology. Our team members have professional training and experience second to none in the flood damage industry.
 
Reach out to SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile that helps us assist you with potential flooding and other issues. Our phones at (323) 255-1000 are answered day or night.

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Water Removal From Water Damaged Furniture In Los Angeles

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal From Water Damaged Furniture In Los Angeles In every home water damage situation, SERVPRO professionals begin by identifying the risk factors present in the water.

Water Damaged Furniture

Most homeowners in Los Angeles are usually careful about using coasters, but sometimes a glass or dish that is accidentally placed on a wooden table may collect water and create an unsightly stain. Removing this stain is challenging and can be disastrous if not done well. You may even have to dispose of the furniture altogether.

If your furniture has sustained any form of water damage, SERVPRO can help restore it to its original state. Our water damage restoration experts are available in Los Angeles 24/7, every day of the year. We follow IICRC guidelines in every project to ensure that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards. Our aim is to return all water-damaged items to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

In every home water damage situation, SERVPRO professionals begin by identifying the risk factors present in the water. This refers to the level of pathogens in the water as well as the risk level of contracting a disease from the water contamination. From this end, there are three main types of water damage: clean, gray, and black water damage (from least dangerous to most dangerous respectively).

Upholstered couches and chairs are particularly tricky to clean and dry. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians may have to use a pressure treatment to the pieces using extremely high-temperature water, subsequently killing any pathogens present. After eliminating the disease-causing agents, we proceed to dry the furniture properly. This involves placing them in a room that is fitted with a dehumidifier and air movers.

The air movers should be placed strategically to pass dry (hot) air over the furniture. This causes the moisture to dissipate into the air, where it is captured by the dehumidifier and released outside the house. Certain circumstances may require us to remove the upholstery entirely to ease the process of cleaning, treating and drying.

Wood furniture is similarly hard to clean. Often, the glue or bindings holding most wood furniture together succumb too easily to water damage. SERVPRO technicians can remove those pieces and then clean and dry them before putting them back together. This includes stripping, cleaning, and drying out the finish, and then reapplying it on the furniture. If the piece stays in the water for too long, it may sustain permanent water damage and force you to throw it out.

The best way to deal with water-damaged furniture is contacting an experienced water damage restoration expert. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park has a wide range of experience in restoring different types of furniture, and we have the resources to return your piece to its original condition quickly and efficiently. Call us today at (323) 255-1000.

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What Can Hurt Me in a Fire Damaged Home in Los Angeles?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Can Hurt Me in a Fire Damaged Home in Los Angeles? The structural walls and framing of your home could be weakened by a house fire.

The Dangers of Fire Damage in Your Home

The inside of a burned building can be a very dangerous place after medium to large fires have swept through the area. Failing structures, exposed hazards, and dangerous substances are all common sights in recently fire damaged Los Angeles homes. Exercise extreme caution around a burned home site, and if emergency responders or SERVPRO technicians do not advise you to go in, try to avoid entering at all costs. Otherwise, these hazards could cause health effects.

Structural Collapse

One of the most disastrous effects of fire damage in Los Angeles homes is structural weakening and collapse. Fires can torch walls, floors, supports, and virtually anything else in an average American home, and more substantial fires may engulf the entire building in flames at once. Once the flames have died down, a considerable risk factor likely remains in the form of weakened structural components. Some key indicators such as bowed door frames or open holes may signal at weak points in the structure, but others may be completely invisible. Avoid entering heavily-burned areas without heavy precautionary measures.

Exposed Hazards

Fires may sometimes strip away materials covering up hazards around the home. Some examples of this effect include rubber melting off of electrical wires, wood panels burning away to expose sharp objects behind them, and metal warping into sharp and troublesome shapes.

Harmful Substances

Burn sites commonly carry multiple dangerous and harmful substances, ranging from simple air quality reducers such as dust and light smoke to carcinogenic compounds and chemicals. You should never be near the site of a fire without a protective filter or mask on. Also, you may also want to consider safety options such as safety goggles, gloves, long sleeves, hoods, and readily-available disinfectant to ensure that no harm befalls you in your home.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that brings high-quality solutions to homeowners in need. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.  

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Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage in Los Angeles SERVPRO technicians follow procedures to thoroughly remediate mold damage found in your home.

Four Steps of Mold Remediation

Every Los Angeles home has mold. Spores are in the air and on nearly every surface from attic crawlspaces to garage floors. Mold only becomes a growing problem when the right mixture of food, moisture, and temperature occurs.

When mold damage in a Los Angeles home goes undetected for an extended period, then it becomes a threat. To stop this threat and remove the effects, SERVPRO has developed some procedures over the last thirty years which return a family to its residence while keeping the cost as affordable as possible.

First, we contain it. The goal is to prevent mold spreading to areas of the home still mold-free. Technicians seal in the mold to the affected areas using plastic sheets across doors and windows. We also cover the HVAC vents to prevent mold from getting in or if mold is found in them, to prevent accidental transfer to a clean area of the home.

Next, we remove it. While we try to clean everything on site, some items are often heavily infested and require a larger area to clean them without spreading the mold or accidentally causing secondary damage to the home with our equipment. Depending on the weather, we might relocate the sofa or another large piece to the backyard for cleaning and restoration. If the weather is poor or the item needs a unique cleaning device, SERVPRO restoration specialists transport it to our offices.

Third, we clean it. Moving property around disturbs spores, so we wait until they have settled out of the air onto the now clean counters and other surfaces. Technicians wipe everything down and repeat the process until our air content meters show levels are back to normal.

Finally, we dry everything. To prevent mold returning, we measure the moisture content in the surrounding air. If it is too high, we use dehumidifiers to remove up to 25 gallons of water daily. For a damp property like kitchen or bathroom cabinets, we use air movers to blow warm, dry air carefully across surfaces without damaging them.

Returning a home to normal and removing mold means getting a professional. At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, we have been helping our Los Angeles neighbors get their homes and lives back in balance for over two decades. If you suspect a problem or have questions, call us at (323) 255-1000 today.

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