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How Can I Quickly Remove Water Damage from My Los Angeles Hotel?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

A man and woman standing at a hotel desk. A water loss to your Los Angeles business can be rough, let SERVPRO assist your business.

When plumbing breaks occur within between the ceiling and floor of the above level, the result can be substantial water damage that must be addressed immediately. 

Plumbing tucked between the floor of an upper level and the ceiling of the main story in your Los Angeles hotel might be aesthetically pleasing, but can also lead to some widespread loss effects should a plumbing break occur. Addressing these concerns as quickly as possible can help both of the building's affected stories get better protected from the spreading damage. Our fast-responding SERVPRO technicians can help. 

Our professionals can work fast to begin water cleanup in Los Angeleshotels like yours, thanks to our experience with commercial losses to our extensive inventory of extractors, drying units, and cleaning products. As you might expect, little of the restoration can begin in your lobby or guest rooms until our professionals recognize what all materials have become affected by this plumbing breach and determine where this break in the utilities has occurred. 

How Bad is the Damage? 

Job scoping is a vital process for our responding SERVPRO technicians, as it showcases much of the current situation and details the necessary tools and personnel required to restore it. We have many sophisticated tools and technologies developed exclusively to help evaluate moisture damage and dampness pockets beyond the surface to reduce the need for unnecessary controlled demolition and later reconstruction. Some of the information that we can catalog from thorough job scoping include:

  • Water migration - An objective of thoroughly evaluating moisture content beyond the surface materials is to show where water migration occurs and what structural elements might have become impacted without yet showing signs of damage. 
  • Affected materials - Probing meters and surface moisture sensors can indicate where moisture exists and which materials are most impacted. Higher concentrations narrow the search field for the plumbing break, and it can show where controlled demolition might be necessary. 
  • Irreparable damage - An inspection of the area can identify sagging materials, bloating of ceiling tiles, and other clear indications of water damage. These materials must often get discarded and later replaced. 

Can Affected Materials Get Protected? 

Just because structural materials like the ceiling in your hotel lobby get damaged by the water does not mean that they are beyond restoration. It is always the priority of our responding technicians to restore before replacement when it is cost-effective and possible to do this. With that in mind, specific tools can help to manage these pressing loss concerns to prevent unnecessary controlled demolition and repairs. Some of these include:

  • Injecti-Dry System - A positive pressure system that used multiple small hoses to inject heated air into structural cavities like the ceiling system. Without excessive water, this Inject-Dry approach can significantly increase evaporative rates. 
  • Air Movers - Where portions of the ceiling area have become exposed, centrifugal air movers can get positioned on saturated materials to evaporate surface moisture and trapped water. 
  • Dehumidifiers - Evaporation can cause a rise in the humidity of the hotel, making desiccant and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers a valuable addition to the drying process.

What Can Effective Containment Do for Your Hotel? 

Physical barriers help to isolate areas in need of drying. With a wooden framework and poly sheeting, we can prevent the continued spread of loss effects, including migrating water, microbial concerns, and even residues that must get cleaned. Containment strategies are also vital for your business model during this time of restoration. Some of the ways that quickly establishing containment barriers in the hotel can help include:

  • Keep your doors open
  • Prevent traffic in the work area
  • Allow our technicians to work around the clock to solve the issue

What if Demolition is Necessary? 

We have an in-house team of qualified commercial contractors that can help with even substantial loss incidents. We can work quickly to establish the appropriate controlled demolition to limit discarded materials and make build back more efficient and cost-effective. From insulation vacuums to remove these wet materials to discarding sagging drywall on the ceiling, we can work to rebuild these areas "Like it never even happened."

When plumbing breaches occur between the floors of your hotel, many of your guests and communal areas can become affected. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park professionals can respond quickly to these emergencies with the tools and experience to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (213) 628-2000.

Is My Fire Los Angeles Damage Considered Major or Minor?

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen fire in a home Fire damage can seem quite overwhelming. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Understands Your Los Angeles Home is Important and Handles All Types of Damage by Fire

Any fire is devastating to the family involved, but some determinations classify the damage done to the structure. Different methods for cleaning and restoration depend upon how extensive the fire was in Los Angeles.

What are the three levels of fire damage?

If you need fire damage restoration in Los Angeles, SERVPRO's fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) provide emergency mitigation fast. The level of damage done dictates the type of cleaning and restoration that will be utilized in your home to leave it "Like it never even happened."

  • Minor Fire Damage – Smoke residue is contained in smaller areas and leaves a light to a moderate residue. Walls and ceilings need repainting, but only minor items need replacing.
  • Medium Fire Damage – More extensive smoke damage through the house. The residue is worse. Items like furniture may need replacing. Wood surfaces require refinishing. Odors linger and are more potent.
  • Major Fire Damage- Damage is extensive, and interior walls, support beams, and ceilings need replacing. Smoke residue is widespread, and odors are overwhelming. The home is boarded up, and contents removed to our cleaning facilities. 

Giving You Back Your Home

With our extensive fire damage restoration methods, we return your home to you. FSRT teams apply the cleaning methods that will work best for your level of loss.

  • Wet & Dry Cleaning – all levels of fire damage and includes cleaning personal belongings, furniture, and structure. Dry cleaning gets used for porous, non-washable surfaces. It's the primary method for minor damage.
  • Airborne Scrubbers– used to remove air particulates.
  • Immersion Cleaning – cleans smoked damaged non-porous items 
  • Thermal Foggers – neutralizes odors and works on porous items
  • Specialty Restoration – includes documentation restoration, electronic repair, and other types of unique situations.
  • Water Extraction – water damage is a problem when there is a fire, so steps to remove are implemented.

Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for fire and smoke restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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I Need Help in Restoring My Los Angeles Office Building After a Fire. Who Do I Call?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire When your office building has fire damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to clean it up and restore it effectively.

Contact SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Your Los Angeles Office Building

Fires are as likely to happen in commercial buildings as in homes, and they can be devastating. An office building fire can be particularly dangerous because of the furniture like chairs and desks closely packed in working areas ad the many employees present. After a fire loss incident in your office building in Los Angeles, you can hire SERVPRO to restore the property so that normal business operations can resume.

What steps can you take to restore my property?

Our restoration experts are there to assist you to recover from the fire loss. To handle the commercial fire damage in your Los Angeles office building, we can take several steps based on the extent of the fire. Here are some steps we can take:

    •    Safety assessment – We can assess building safety by looking out for structural issues and other dangers like chemicals and asbestos that could harm individuals entering the building.
    •    Securing the building – A fire can leave some parts of your office building exposed and open. We can secure the property by boarding up the openings with exterior grade plywood, polythene sheeting, or roofing tarpaulins.
    •    Containment – If only a part of the office building is affected, we can seal off the affected area and request people in the building to reduce movement to those areas.

What does cleanup work involve?

Fire damage increases quickly with time, and that’s why we begin the clean-up process as soon as it is safe to do so. This process can start with removing debris from the premises. We can remove materials like charred carpets, furnishings and ceiling tiles, and dispose of them appropriately.

Addressing the chemical or water damage from firefighting efforts is also vital. We can use portable pumps to extract the water and then dry the building using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Another issue we deal with it smoke damage. Apart from walls and floors, smoke can ruin many items in your office building. Businesses usually contain electronics, décor, and furniture, among other items. Smoke damage can affect specific spaces that are seemingly enclosed, like closets and desk drawers. Our team can use structure cleaning solutions and cleaning agents to salvage furniture, flooring, office equipment, and other items.

What about the odor. Can you remove it?

Our SERVPRO team can take measures to eliminate the persistent smoke odors using deodorization products like water-based odor counteractants, sealers, and odor counteracting beads. Deodorization is an essential step in the fire recovery process since odors can have a negative impact on customers and people who work in the building.

When your office building has fire damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to clean it up and restore it effectively. Contact us today at (213) 628-2000.

What is the Best Way to Get Flood Water Out of My Los Angeles Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home We are available 24/7 for emergency service, and we send out a team in as little as four hours when you give us a call.

SERVPRO is Available in Los Angeles for Expert Flood Damage Restoration!

Flooding is rarely a situation that you can prepare for, especially when a storm comes in quickly and leaves your Los Angeles home with a copious amount of standing water. Any water loss situation brings a good deal of stress and chaos to your home, which is why contacting water restoration technicians (WRT) is usually the best option. SERVPRO can come to your home 24/7 to help ensure that your interior gets restored quickly to preloss condition, and you can get back to life as usual.

How Long Will Water Extraction Take?

When you call us for service, our team comes out to assess your flood damage in Los Angeles so that we can formulate an efficient plan for extraction and restoration. The length of time the project takes from start to finish depends significantly on the amount of water and the level of damage. We use IICRC-certified techniques that allow us to manage flood loss events of all types. Our crew chiefs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In many cases, we can have a team on-site and ready to start work in as little as four hours or less.

What Tools Do You Bring to the Job?

Our Green Fleet is loaded with advanced tools, equipment, and cleaning agents that allow us to expedite each flood loss project. Some of the tools that we use most in jobs include:

    •    Extraction Equipment: Submersible pumps are helpful when we need to remove water from targeted areas within your home. Truck-mounted water extraction tools are perfect when dealing with a situation that calls for hundreds of gallons of water to be removed.
    •    Air Moving Equipment: Air-moving technology like industrial-strength fans and air movers are critical on each water loss job. This equipment helps to ensure air flows over your furniture and flooring to speed up water evaporation. Our team repositions our air mover tools as needed throughout the project to ensure maximum efficiency.
    •    Dehumidification Equipment: A series of dehumidifiers of industrial-grade help to pull up excess moisture from the air in your home, which helps to lower humidity levels. The dehumidifiers work in unison with air movers and fans to keep secondary damage from happening to your floors, furniture, and walls.

What is a Controlled Demolition?

There are times with a flood damage project when controlled demolition is necessary. This process allows us to not only remove damaged building materials, but it also helps us to locate hidden pockets of pooled water or moisture. Water from a flood often becomes absorbed and encapsulated in woodwork, flooring, and walls. Instead of leaving it to chance and allowing it to dry over time, we have a range of strategies to get to the heart of the matter:

    •    Flood cuts can be made several inches over the waterline when you have saturated drywall
    •    Holes can be drilled in masonry mortar joints
    •    Baseboards can be removed, and holes may be drilled into the bottom of walls, which allows us to force air in for expedient drying
    •    Strips of hardwood floors or wood panels can be loosened to enhance drying

We Carefully Follow Water Migration

Something many homeowners are unaware of is that water often migrates into other areas than the flood loss zone. For us to execute a flawless project, our skilled technicians take the time to follow the path of potential water migration. This helps us to ensure that no further damage takes place with your building materials and that we inhibit dangerous mold and mildew growth.

    •    Water never remains static once it enters into your home
    •    Water begins seeping, percolating, and flowing throughout building materials and cavities

Why Can’t I Perform Flood Water Removal On My Own?

Whenever your Los Angeles home takes on floodwater, various elements like solid waste, mud, silt, and other debris is often present. Our trained water restoration technicians (WRT) have rakes and other hand tools that allow us to remove solids found in the water quickly. The powerful truck-mounted extractor tool is also helpful for removing water that is mixed with debris. Trash pumps can quickly pull out both water and solids rapidly, while submersible pumps help wrap up the rest of the water removal if the level is higher than two inches in depth.

To ensure safety, our skilled technicians always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while removing and cleaning up floodwater. Treatment of the water with a disinfectant prior to removal is also common practice to further increase protection from various biological agents.

Remember that flood damage does not have to be stressful, which is why it is best to contact our team at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park when you need help. We are available 24/7 for emergency service, and we send out a team in as little as four hours when you give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Chemicals for Water Damaged Houses in Los Angeles?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

biohazardous spraying man in tyvek suit SERVPRO Provides safe cleanup and disinfecting after flooding or other events in your Los Angeles property

Homes Needing Restoration Often Face Hazards at the Microscopic Level

When flooding happens, or a toilet or sink overflows, water carries contaminants into your home’s living area. Drying a home in Los Angeles with water damage is not enough in these situations. We also need to destroy as much of the microbial population as possible that is now existing in your residence. We often use spraying and fogging, as these methods ensure an even application, and the fine mist can penetrate tiny areas.

Which kind of spray might my home need?

SERVPRO’s water damage technicians (WRT) might use more than one type of chemical inside your Los Angeles home. Dirty water often contains contaminants that can cause health effects. Because of the more direct air currents, we might not need to spray an antifungal to prevent mold on your kitchen floor while we recommend the same treatment for the area below your home. Some of the sprays that we use include
•    EPA-registered disinfectant sprays (which kill pathogens on contact or shortly thereafter),
•    antifungal sprays (that shrink around microbes like mold and its spores, leaving them encapsulated),
•    cleaning agents that help loosen soil and debris, and
•    deodorizing agents (that combat odor by binding with odor-producing substances at the molecular level.)

Do I have options regarding the sprays used inside my house?

Yes! We use several different types of chemicals, including those for families with sensitive individuals or those who want a greener experience. Just ask about this, and we can provide you with technical information sheets on each (MSDS), as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each option you are interested in us using.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park wants to be your go-to restoration team, for water damage, as well as other disasters that happen unexpectedly. Call us at (213) 628-2000 for certified professionals who can make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Los Angeles, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park today at (213) 628-2000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Los Angeles Commercial Properties that Will be Reopening Must Earn Consumer Confidence

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

blue and red view of corona virus SERVPRO can Prepare your commercial site for reopening with advanced cleaning services that include disinfecant applications.

When the public returns to businesses and especially restaurants that have been closed, they will have concerns about the establishments’ cleanliness. Cleanliness is associated with good health, and soil and grime are related to poor health. A business that is reopening must look, smell, and be clean.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps Businesses Re-Earn the Los Angeles Public Trust

We have been in the cleaning and property damage restoration business for a long time. Our team of expert specialty cleaning technicians has worked on sewage spill remediation, mold and microbial removal, and biohazard crime & trauma scene cleaning. Having this experience makes our team more than qualified to perform virus cleanup. Because we offer core services such as carpet cleaning, HVAC cleaning, power-washing, and others, we are able to make a building sparkle. And, the sparkle is what will convey to consumers that you are concerned about protecting their health.

Currently, our cleaning teams are helping businesses and others with preventative cleaning measures. Once again, when the public sees professionals working at a location that is open, they have a better impression of that company.

Please contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake and Echo Park to discuss your current or future cleaning needs. We offer flexible hours of service with specific plans for different types of business and all for a reasonable cost.  We are also continuing to perform mold, fire, and water damage cleanup 24/7 for our clients that have those emergency needs. We are pleased to speak with you about ways we may be of assistance at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Can SERVPRO Tell Me Why Ceiling Water Stains in My Los Angeles Home Need Immediate Attention?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

A white ceiling with a light brown water stain. Stains on the ceiling can indicate water damage.

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Your Los Angeles Home.

If you believe you see signs of water damage to the ceiling of your Los Angeles home, the source of the water needs determining before restoration begins. A major mistake that people make is attempting to patch it themselves without solving the root of the problem first. A professional remediation company needs to be called in to check the situation out. 

As a property owner, it is essential that you can identify water damage in your Los Angeles home since signs can sometimes be neglected or unnoticed. Don't underestimate the water's ability to create significant damage to your structure. The SERVPRO Brand has the professionally trained staff and tools you need to fix an issue like this in your home, which is why SERVPRO Franchise professionals are the right choice to restore your home. 

One of the most visible signs of a ceiling which is water damaged are water stains. These usually look brownish or rusty in color and can suggest a previous or ongoing leak. It is always best, either way, it is always the best decision to have SERVPRO Franchise professionals look and help you find the source while repairing any damage. We have moisture meters which can find any hidden moisture that is creating the staining to resolve the issue, and the damage stopped. 

Another indication of a water damaged ceiling is bubbling or swelling. If your ceiling appears to be bulging out, it means there is an accumulation of moisture in the drywall and wood. It can at times be dangerous because as the water continues to collect, it can cause the ceiling to collapse. We can alleviate the situation before it becomes dangerous. 

Sometimes, a water damaged ceiling looks like it is sweating, with the discoloration looking a bit darker than the paint and showing up at the start of a water leak. The excess humidity or moisture creeps into walls and the ceiling and turns in bubbling or stains. It is a clear sign you need to act before the problem worsens immediately. 

Mold is another clear indicator there is water damage, and it needs to be handled right away since mold can cause health effects. Mold can start growing in as little as 48 hours and continually spreads until cleaning occurs. SERVPRO Franchise professionals are equipped to handle mold as well if it has begun to grow in your home due to a water leak. 

SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is trained and experienced to handle ceiling water damage in your home in Silver Lake, Chinatown, or Elysian Park. As soon as you realize there is an issue, reach out to us by dialing (213) 628-2000, so we can stop the leak and restore your home. 

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How Do I Deal with Unexpected Water Cleanup in My Los Angeles Hotel?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

A beautiful old Hotel with trees in front of it. Often historic buildings have aging plumbing systems. SERVPRO is ready to restore your hotel to its preloss condition.

Don't Let Water Damage Cause Your Los Angeles Hotel to Appear Inhospitable

Los Angeles is renowned for its thriving tourist economy. People flock from all over the world to visit Beverly Hills, Long Beach, and the iconic Hollywood Boulevard. As a hotel owner, you need to be ready to serve throughout the year and, like any hospitality business, temporary closure or poor reviews can be a disaster for your revenues. We offer the hospitality industry a prompt, professional and expert service when unexpected damages go beyond the remit of your housekeeping team. 

Many of this city's hotels were built in the 20th century and can house aging plumbing infrastructure. If a pipe splits or bursts getting emergency water removal in Los Angeles is a necessity to get back to business as soon as possible. SERVPRO offers our hospitality community a 24 hour emergency call-line and an immediate call out on notification of loss. We do this because we recognize how vital availability and efficiency are to your business. 

We are ready to dispatch a team of highly trained technicians led by an experienced project manager. We walk you through the service every step of the way and can act on your behalf when dealing with your insurance adjuster. Our company has experience dealing with commercial insurance providers and can act in your best interest. Keeping you in the loop is as essential to us as it is to you, especially when dealing with an older building which may have unique architecture and infrastructure. 

Standing water is a health and safety issue, but it can also cause permanent damage to your subfloor. SERVPRO has IICRC certificate holders in applied structural drying and carpet cleaning. We use submersible gas-powered pumps to remove water quickly before going in with water extractors to remove any residual moisture. In larger spaces, we can deploy rapid air movers alongside dehumidifiers to control humidity levels and prevent mold growth. 

When your business needs professional assistance to get back to its best, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

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Can SERVPRO Help Us Prepare Our Los Angeles Warehouse for a Flood?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

An underground parking garage with standing water. Call SERVPRO to assess your company's flood risk or to remediate flood damage.

Helpful Steps to Take to Minimize Damage From a Storm

Your warehouse and your stock are very valuable, so every effort needs to be made to protect it against all kinds of threats and hazards, including water damage from flooding. You can learn how to best protect your business from being put out of commission from such an event, but not everything can be avoided at all times, and you will want a professional company such as SERVPRO to come help you out in the event of such an emergency.

In the meantime, it is essential to take steps for protection against commercial water damage from flooding in your Los Angeles warehouse. Flood protection is not a legal requirement. However, many times floods come with a weather warning so you should have time to prepare.

Areas Which are at Risk

If your business operates in an area which is known to be at risk of flooding, there are steps you should take to limit water damage from the flood waters.

You should first sign up to get any flood warnings using the National Weather Service. You can also raise sockets, electrical installations, wiring and fuse boxes from ground level to help prevent water from getting into your electrical systems. Investing in guards which can be fitted to outside doors and covers which can be fitted to ventilation bricks can help stop water from seeping through.

You can also install non-return valves to drainage pipes to prevent water from backing up into your premises. Raising damp-proof courses and sealing floors can also help prevent water damage. Heavy duty high-rise racking can be installed, too, so the heavy stock can even be stored at a higher height when a flood threatens your business. Paper records should also be stored on upper levels or in filing cabinets which are sealed.

Flood Plan

You will want to draw up a flood plan as well and put it up where all employees can see it. This should include an evacuation route, plus contact information for a remediation company such as SERVPRO to help you after the flood to clean up the water damage as soon as possible. Make sure to call our professionals as soon as possible after the damage occurs to prevent further damages and reduce any health risks from things such as mold.

When Your Building Suffers Water Damage

Your municipal building in Los Angeles is one of the staples of the community, and therefore, it cannot afford to have to get shut down for any length of time due to unexpected incidents. The community that you serve expects your branch or division to adhere to your operating hours, regardless of unexpected water emergencies that could have occurred inside.

When you are a representative of the city or even of the state of California, running this business of sorts requires a lot of moving parts and each staff member doing their job. When your plumbing breaks free, or sprinkler systems degrade and malfunction, your Los Angeles facility can find itself combatting a modest amount of water damage.

Our SERVPRO team can appreciate the time-sensitive situation when you contend with water damage in your building. Not only could this pose a hazard to the high traffic of those coming into the facility, but it also poses a persistent threat to your staff and the structural strength of the material as well.

Many times smaller-scale incidents only require some concentrated mopping and light extraction followed by drying efforts, this is also something that your maintenance department might not have the resources to accomplish promptly. Ultimately, choosing SERVPRO professional restoration services can help you to get the job done efficiently and correctly.

Quality of the work is another thing that you and those responsible for maintenance of the building should consider when a water incident occurs. Failure to adequately clean and dry the mess can lead to compounding damages like mold and mildew growth, which potentially pose health hazards to those exposed to it.

There is nothing that can prepare you or your staff for even a smaller-scale water incident in your building. With the high demand of your municipal structure for the community and area you serve, you need to act quickly to keep things running smoothly and prevent your doors getting closed unnecessarily. Choose our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park restoration specialists for our fast response times and high caliber execution. Give us a call today at (213) 628-2000.

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