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Know How Mold Grows To Help Reduce Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Know How Mold Grows To Help Reduce Mold Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Mold is a type of fungus, and like most things that grow, it requires water and a food source to thrive.

Let SERVPRO Tackle The Mold Damage For You

Mold is one of those things you read about everywhere online. There are lots of scare stories about fungus and plenty of tips for how to deal with it. Mold looks unsightly, frequently smells musty and unpleasant, and has the potential to cause damage to your walls or furnishings and even cause health effects. It is easy to see why homeowners want that fungus gone and why they call on SERVPRO for help.

The unfortunate truth is that you cannot completely eradicate mold from your home because it is present in many environments and so even if you clean it thoroughly there is a good chance of it coming back. The good news, however, is that by understanding how mold grows, you can reduce the number of potential breeding grounds in your house and decrease the risk of mold damage in your Los Angeles home.

Mold is a type of fungus, and like most things that grow, it requires water and a food source to thrive. There are many potential food sources in your home – organic materials on the buffet include carpets, drywall, clothes, drapes, wood, and even the food in your kitchen.

It is not possible to remove all food sources from your home. However, it is possible to cut down on the other thing fungi needs for growth: Moisture. There are many sources of moisture in any home, including leaking faucets, condensation, leaky pipes, and poor ventilation. Cut down the moisture sources, and you give mold less chance to grow. It is important to get those leaks fixed, get rid of that condensation, and get better ventilation if possible. Consider investing in a dehumidifier to bring down the humidity of rooms, especially damp areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and even kitchens.

It is helpful to be aware that visible mold is not the end of the story. Damp patches on walls, or under or inside carpets are hidden places where fungus can grow. That is why we recommend you get in touch with SERVPRO. Our mold remediation experts have hi-tech testing equipment on hand to assess the moisture levels in your home and give you advice on what to do. We handle mold infestations on your behalf with careful cleaning and powerful antibacterial agents, and we reduce the humidity and dry out any wet areas or furnishings.


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For help with fungal growth in your house, give SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park a call at (323) 255-1000 today.

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Contact A Professional Restoration Company For Water Removal In Your Los Angeles Home

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contact A Professional Restoration Company For Water Removal In Your Los Angeles Home A flooded home here in California usually results from failing appliances or a damaged water line.

Water Removal

A flooded home here in California usually results from failing appliances or a damaged water line. Often, many people try to remove it with a Wet-Vac from their garage and then let everything dry by opening all the windows and putting wet furniture and other property outside in the sun. Doing this is never a good idea and leads to additional problems with water or even mold.

Water removal in Los Angeles can mean pumping out a flooded basement in a mini-mansion with ruptured plumbing or extracting water from the carpets in a duplex after the dishwasher failed to drain properly. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle these situations and hundreds more.

When there is standing water deeper than two inches, our technicians start with commercial grade pumps. In case the power is out, we maintain a set of generators and generator trucks to ensure continuous electrical support. Once the water is brought down, or if the amount is less than two inches, we bring in smaller, water extractors to draw out the water that is trapped between floor boards or in carpets and carpet pads.

Next, we use moisture meters to determine if water has penetrated the drywall or other structural property. If there is, we establish air movers to blow warm air across the surface to force out the moisture. To compliment the air movers, technicians also set up dehumidifiers in every room where the surrounding air has tested high as well. These devices draw moisture directly from the air at a rate of over 20 gallons per day depending on the humidity and size of the dehumidifier.

As the air is drying out, technicians examine the carpets and floors for remaining water. We remove the carpet pads and dispose of them, then use the water extraction wands to remove any remaining moisture underneath. Once completed, we set up more air movers to dry out the surface before laying down a new pad and stretching the carpet back in place.

One of the most important factors in removing water from your home is speed. At SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park, we maintain a 24-hour response team to make sure we arrive and begin working as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us today at (323) 255-1000 to begin.

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SERVPRO Of Silver Lake/Echo Park Is A Commercial Large Loss Response Franchise!

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let disaster keep you and your business from opening it's doors. The team at SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park understand your frustrations at this time and are here to provide you with solutions.

We offer a fully trained and knowledgeable staff, along with all of the necessary equipment to rectify the situation. Allow us to show you why we are one of the top recommended and trusted companies for water, fire and mold restoration.

Give us a call today at (323) 255-1000 and we will get you back open for business "Like it never even happened."

Four Steps To Take After A Burst Pipe Causes Flood Damage To Your Silver Lake Attic

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Four Steps To Take After A Burst Pipe Causes Flood Damage To Your Silver Lake Attic The frozen water puts pressure on the pipe and causes it to crack.

Steps To Take Following A Burst Pipe

Attic pipes are in an at-risk area. Attics are often colder than more lived-in areas of your home which puts pipes at more risk of freezing and bursting. A burst pipe happens when a pipe freezes. The frozen water puts pressure on the pipe and causes it to crack.

Swift action is necessary after a burst pipe causes flood damage in your Silver Lake attic. Acting quickly minimizes the possible damage and makes it easier to get your attic dried out. SERVPRO recommends taking the following four steps.

1. Shut Off The Water
Locate your water stopcock and switch it off. Shutting off the water is important as it stops more water entering the plumbing system, getting out through the broken pipe and making the flood much worse. Even if you do not know for sure if a pipe has burst, or where in your home the accident has happened, shut off the water straight away.

2. Move Important Items Out Of The Way 
Act quickly and remove important items from your flooded attic if it is safe to do so. However, do not touch or move any electrical items that might have been affected. Remove items, so they are not subject to further flood damage, which makes the drying process easier.

3. Call A Plumber
You need a professional plumber to assess damage to the broken pipe and the surrounding area. Contact a plumber as soon as you can so they can take a look at your attic and the pipe and get to work mending it straight away.

4. Call SERVPRO
Our IICRC-certified professionals are on hand to dry your attic as quickly as possible. Professional drying gives you a much faster and more even result than trying to dry the area yourself.

First, we extract water from the flooded area using free standing and truck mounted pumps as needed, along with extraction tools. Next, we assess the damage to your attic floor, walls, the room below, and the carpet if you have one on your attic floor. We direct air movers across the floor of your attic, and if necessary we position air movers to blow across the ceiling of the room beneath. In some cases, we need to drill holes in wall baseboards to better dry inside water damaged walls. Our fully trained technicians take great care when ventilating or removing baseboards, and we restore your attic when drying is complete.

Do not panic if a burst pipe floods your attic. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for help.

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The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Echo Park Home

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Echo Park Home Professional restoration technicians do much more than just dry out after damage. They follow the water path to make sure that mold is prevented.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess the Scene Before Beginning the Remediation Process

Sometimes, a sink can overflow. Usually, this happens from a clog in the drain, leaving the water nowhere else to go but over the lip of your sink. Even with the vent of the sink open, it might not be able to contain the water which is backing up.
 
An overflowing sink is one danger which can occur in your Echo Park home that probably does not concern you on a regular basis. It is a race to grab towels to soak up the water when the sink overflows, but there is additional water damage that is going on under the floor which towels cannot reach. You need a professional water damage restoration company in this case who can find the hidden damage and restore your home back to its proper condition. SERVPRO has the training and experience to help you.
 
Weakening Floor Joists
 
Water from an overflowing sink can weaken the integrity of floor joists. Once water gets under the floor covering, it sits on the joists and subfloor. It does not evaporate since there is nowhere for the vapor to go, so the wood continues to rot.
 
Mold and Mildew Growth
 
Perhaps the biggest danger of a sink overflow is mold and mildew growth. With the right environment, mold can grow quickly. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause adverse health effects. Once it starts to grow, mold can spread fast if not stopped.
 
Leaks in Rooms Below
 
Another danger is damage done to rooms underneath the overflow. If the problem starts in a second-floor bathroom and your kitchen is under it, the problem is doubled. You wind up with ceiling damage in your kitchen, plus various bacteria and germs have access to your kitchen.
 
Repairing the Hidden Dangers
 
Since there are so many possible dangers from an overflowing sink, it is important that you call SERVPRO right away. Our technicians have the tools to find hidden water and mold growth. We can also repair the damage, so your home is back to its previous condition.
 
SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is always ready to help you in an emergency such as a sink overflow. You can reach them easily at any time of day or night by calling (323) 255-1000.

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Fast Fire Damage Recovery For Music Venues in Silver Lake

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Fire Damage Recovery For Music Venues in Silver Lake Your patrons don't want to miss a show. Call SERVPRO to remediate your club after fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Create an Effective Plan to Remediate Your Commercial Fire Damage

Closing for even a handful of days devastates any business. Your audience has opportunities to move on to other clubs when you shutter the doors for the restoration of damage done after a fire. Work with SERVPRO during the recovery phases to minimize the downtime for your live music venue and keep your customers happy.
 
The tangle of wires on and behind the stage caused an electrical fire, damaging your Silver Lake indie performance destination. You need a swift response, and we deliver a team of commercial fire damage specialists well trained and rehearsed in all tasks necessary to return your dance club to the popular and lively neighborhood location you worked hard to create.
 
Our project manager arrives to inspect and design a plan that transforms your soot covered entertainment site back to preloss condition. SERVPRO has the capability to handle all aspects of the fire damage, from the removal of debris to deep cleaning to the replacement of charred structures to the elimination of smoky odors. The fire damage restoration blueprint crafted by our supervisory staff lists all tasks necessary in the order needed for appropriate completion. Technicians begin work immediately after a determination that it is safe to work within the burned structure.
 
The plan includes designation of the proper types of cleaning approaches to differing types of fire damage. Ashes and friable soot sweeps or vacuums up well, safe methods particularly if our staff uses the HEPA-filtered equipment. Sticky, greasy coatings need solvents for removal, and our employees hold certifications in their professional use from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC). These international standards ensure efficient and safe methodologies govern our efforts and we require our employees to maintain current in best fire restoration practices.
 
The skill and experience of SERVPRO technicians support cleanup procedures that are swift and complete, preparing your business for reopening sooner than later. Walls, floors, tables, chairs, and the stage area quickly go from dirty to clean and ready for the show when our staff is on the job. If heat or residue damaged electronics, we work with other contractors and your insurance company to arrange for the replacement or repair the components of your sound systems.
 
The efforts of our fire damage experts extend to the issues of persistent odors post-fire. No music fans or artists want to experience the harsh, unpleasant smells of smoke, burned wiring, and other odors traceable to the fire. We use state of the art deodorization techniques matched to the way the odors were originally generated. We use a multi-step procedure to stop odors from emanating, counteracting odor vapors already in the air, and thermal fogging that permanently changes the chemical components of odors. Covering up the odors is an inadequate response. Professional odor defusing is a SERVPRO specialty.
 
Make sure the show goes on after fire damage by partnering with SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park. Call our dispatcher any time of the day or night at (323) 255-1000 to schedule a consultation.

Mold Damage In Echo Park

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Echo Park Mold growth is not as obvious as fire or water damage.

Professional Mold Remediation And Restoration

Mold growth is not as obvious as fire or water damage. Unless you smell that telltale ‘musty’ odor or see a line of black splotches in the bathroom or laundry room, you will not even know it is there until it has spread throughout your home.

Why does SERVPRO care so much about preventing and stopping mold damage in Echo Park? Three major reasons make getting into your home quickly so important. First, mold slows down restoration work. Second, it raises the cost to you and your insurance company. Finally, mold can have adverse health effects on you, your family, and our technicians.

If our inspectors find mold using an air content meter, see it, or smell it, everything else stops. Our technicians now check for the extent of the growth. Water restoration tasks, such as pumping out water from a living room or basement, now only happen to determine if there is mold behind a wall or underneath a carpet. Carpets, floors, walls and other property with mold require additional cleaning and perhaps even removal. Dry spores can be wiped off surfaces with a relatively small, increased amount of labor. If the mold is wet, a chemical cleaner must be used to ensure removing all of it. If it has grown into drywall, ceiling tiles, or other structural property, then the replacement costs can grow as well into a bill for an entire room instead of just the bottom rows that were absorbing standing water. If the mold growth went unnoticed for a long time, then the sheer amount of spores in the air requires our team to wear breathing gear and our inspector may determine it is unsafe for anyone to be in the structure.

The faster SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can get into your home and get to work, the sooner we can get you and your home back to normal. As a locally owned franchise, this is our community, and we take great pride as Californians to help our neighbors. If you need our help, or maybe just suspect mold from the previous flooding, call us today at (323) 255-1000.

The Purpose of Primers and Sealers after Fire Damage in Silver Lake Homes

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Purpose of Primers and Sealers after Fire Damage in Silver Lake Homes Every fire is different. So every fire damage restoration plan should be customized by the technicians to restore the damage that is left.

Fire Damage Restoration Needs to be Customized to the Kind of Damage in Your Home


In recent years, fire damage repair teams have started to use primers and sealers more frequently. They provide an effective form of ‘contamination isolation’ for stubborn stains and lingering odors. While they are not suitable for use in lieu of other, more powerful restoration techniques (like deodorization and surface cleaning), they can be very valuable when used in combination with a full repair program.

Primers and sealers repair fire damage in Silver Lake homes by trapping smoke residues and stains beneath an impervious coating. They are particularly useful for surfaces which are damaged far beyond routine cleaning. For instance, if left to burn long enough, house fires produce soot which blackens walls and ceilings. When these residues are too deeply embedded to remove with pressurized water, the only option is for SERVPRO is to seal them.

The Difference Between Primers and Sealers

While primers and sealers do a similar job, they are different. Paint primers are designed to stick to a substrate and provide a smooth surface for an overlying topcoat. Sealers, on the other hand, are used before the primer. In some cases, SERVPRO may apply them as a substitute for primers.

Sealers are an effective way to close off surface porosity and trap stains beneath an impenetrable finish so that they do not bleed through a new coating of paint. As soot has the potential to be a very oily, greasy substance, standard paint on its own is not sufficient.

These formulations are used increasingly for the purposes of odor control after a fire. Once applied to a damaged surface, they isolate, and bond settled combustion particles, stop smoky odors from emanating, and conceal discoloration. Sometimes, sealers contain a white pigment which helps to amplify its stain-concealing properties.

The Limitations of Primers and Sealers

SERVPRO often turns to primers and sealers in situations where full removal of the stains, odors, and residues is not possible. They do have limitations, however, so we try a range of restoration techniques before deciding to seal areas of fire damage. As the dimensional stability of materials like wood changes over time, reapplication may be necessary.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is always ready to assist homeowners with professional, dependable fire damage repairs. We have the expertise you need to rid your property of stains, residues, odors, and damaged materials. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000.

Flood Damage Situations in Los Angeles

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Situations in Los Angeles Los Angeles Flooding Calls on SERVPRO for Restoration

From Water Extraction to Full Restoration, SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Flooding

This year has been a bad one already for flooding in Southern California. While the end of the drought is welcomed by everyone, the amount of rainfall has not only caused problems by itself but has overwhelmed the drainage system in many parts of our city. Fortunately, it looks like we have dry weather ahead for the next week.

Removing the standing water alone is not enough to prevent further problems. To restore the effects of flood damage to your Los Angeles home, it needs to be properly dried as well. SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of equipment designed to do just that and a trained, 24-hour response team to make sure the job is done properly.

One of the key items we use is an air mover. These are not fans, but machines that push a concentrated mass of air across the wet surface of a wall, ceiling, or carpet. The concentrated air forces moisture out of the structural property. To maximize the effect in drywall or other wall paneling, technicians place air movers at a 45-degree angle to the surface. This positioning removes the most moisture possible, replacing it with drier air.

Drying out walls is further complicated by the presence of baseboards. Since the moisture trapped in them is typically wicked up from the floor, baseboards seal off the very part that needs drying the most. Our technicians carefully remove baseboards using a claw hammer or small crowbar and a small piece of paneling or plywood. This technique ensures we cause as little damage as possible to the affected area. If necessary, they also drill holes in the wall to increase air flow and accelerate drying. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians can also rig shrouds, tubes to channel directional air movement and dehumidifier actions, to further dry out wetted cavities faster.

To dry out ceilings, we place air movers against the wall with the vent pointed up. Besides its directed air, the air mover also circulates the warm air next to the ceiling to further speed up the drying process. If it has removable panels or tiles, several are removed at key points to dry out the surrounding air above it as well.

Carpets quickly begin to degrade in a day or two if not properly dried. Technicians measure the size of the carpet to determine where to place the air mover(s) vent underneath it and where to carefully pull up a section of the carpet to ensure airflow properly without stretching or tearing it. The industry term is "floating" the carpet. There are instances where the soaked carpeting is contaminated and must be discarded.

Drying out your home and restoring it from the other effects of flooding is not a simple process. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park is here to help you through every step and place you back into your home as quickly as we can. Call us today at (323) 255-1000 to get started.

Commercial Water Damage in Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles Affects Profits in Diverse Ways

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles Affects Profits in Diverse Ways You can make sure that your guests never have to leave the casino when water damage occurs by calling SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO's Speedy Response May Mean that Your Hotel Does NOT Have to Fully Close During Remediation

Los Angeles is known for its beautiful resorts, and keeping tourists from all over the world is not an easy task. Hotels and casinos employ thousands of people to keep operations running smoothly. Water damage in any commercial setting can throw everything off balance, but in a hotel or casino setting, a less-than-happy clientele can create a profit loss that continues for months.
 
The fun might happen in Los Angeles, but when commercial water damage is the root of tourists' negative reviews on social media, it can take months of positive feedback to undo the damage. It is better to avoid negative reviews in the first place. SERVPRO can help quickly restore areas of a hotel that have been damaged by water. Bookings can be switched to fill other areas of your hotel that are undamaged while we work, and the affected area cordoned off. We know how to work around our customers' clients so that they only have a positive experience while visiting your hotel or casino.
 
Other ways by which water damage can affect profits are through the rusting of machinery in games. When these fail to function properly, authorities can not only pull them from the floor, but they can also confiscate these expensive pieces of equipment. Regular maintenance might not be sufficient to completely restore all of your equipment to the standards imposed by regulations. We can remove any rust that is creating a problem, and smooth out any warped wooden areas.
 
People from all over the world come to you for a quality vacation or spectacular celebration of a life event. SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can assist you in creating the memories your guests desire by removing water damaged areas of your hotel and restoring affected machinery to working condition again. Give us a call at (323) 255-1000 when you need us, and we can begin working within the hour.