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Our Technicians Are The Best To Handle Your Los Angeles Flood Damage Restoration

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Two of our drying equipment machines drying this home after a flood We have extensive experience in water damage restoration and the equipment to handle any size job. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Our Professionals Have The Proper Techniques In Los Angeles After A Flood

Waking up to find that your dishwasher leaked all over the kitchen floor is not the best way to begin any morning. After you sop up as much excess water as possible with old towels and rags, it is time to survey the water damage. Hopefully, the tile floors are well-sealed and bonded, creating an effective vapor barrier so that the water was unable to seep underneath the kitchen flooring. However, the spillage may have reached the baseboards and the lower-level kitchen cabinets.

Dealing with water damage in your Los Angeles kitchen requires professional assistance. Since baseboards and cabinets are a hygroscopic material that soaks in more water than tile, it is necessary to draw some of the moisture out of the wood to prevent mold growth and other secondary damage such as warping of the wood. Moisture can also impact the relative humidity in the room, which may lead to water vapors getting into electronics, appliances, and textiles, causing further damage.

SERVPRO technicians determine the moisture levels in wall cavities using a moisture meter. The meter has Teflon-coated, penetrating probes that the technicians use to read the wettest area of the Sheetrock. When the wettest area of the wall void dries after water damage, the rest of the area is also dry. The moisture meter reads in percentages for wood surfaces such as cabinets and baseboards. For precision, our technicians take readings around the home, in dry areas, so we have a baseline for comparison.

In addition to the use of a moisture meter, thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity in the room to determine the specific humidity. The relative humidity needs to be lowered to dry the structure and all the contents. SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to pull water vapor from the air, and simultaneously employ air movers to direct airflow directly into wall cavities to replace moist air with dry air.

After technicians stabilize the relative humidity in the room and dry the wall cavities, our team of contractors (license numbers: General: 999460 and CSLB: 999460) determines a restoration plan for the kitchen. In some cases, the baseboards may be replaced, although restoration is our goal. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for assistance. We are available 24/7.

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Professional Tips for Commercial Mold Remediation in Los Angeles

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing behind wallpaper What's hiding in your hotel? Don't let mold become the cause of a bad review. Call SERVPRO to remediate the issue today!

How to Remediate Commercial Mold Damage in Your Los Angeles Hotel

Most travelers peruse popular hotel reviews and booking websites before they make their lodging reservations. Unfortunately, if your Los Angeles hotel has hundreds of positive reviews and a few negative ones, the potential guests can concentrate on the few poor testimonials. Your hotel may get negative reviews on account of visible signs of mold or smelly rooms.

Commercial mold damage in your Los Angeles hotel is a serious issue that you must deal with to avoid complaints or even claims from guests. Mold can put the well-being of staff and guests at risk because it causes health effects. To handle mold problems, you can take the following steps:

  • Have a competent industrial hygienist complete a mold test to determine the affected areas and the toxicity level of the mold.
  • Do not touch the mold without appropriate safety equipment. Besides, do not disturb the mold because this could cause mold spores to spread to other areas of your hotel.
  • When you receive the test results, call a professional mold remediation firm such as SERVPRO to remove the mold safely and completely.

Once you contact us, our team can conduct a moisture and mold assessment quickly and efficiently. We can provide you with expert recommendations for a complete restoration, eliminate all surface and airborne mold, and put several measures in place to prevent further recurrence of the problem.

Our restorers, trained in specialized mold detection methods, know where molds can hide. Molds can grow in locations where moisture, the right temperature, and a food source are present. They thrive in moist environments created by slow leaks, floods, broken pipes, or high humidity. Molds feed on organic materials in a building like drywall, wood, natural fibers, and insulation. In hotel rooms, molds can grow in the following locations:

  • Inside gypsum wall cavities in the ensuite
  • Plasterboards
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wallpaper
  • Mattresses
  • Tiles Grout

Our SERVPRO crew has mold remediation strained and detailed instruction in the right procedure for handling mold claims. After identifying the affected surfaces, we can use several containment procedures to prevent the mold from spreading into uncontaminated areas, protect the occupants and staff at your hotel from being exposed to contaminants and manage airflow from clean to contaminated areas.

Our technicians can use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eliminate mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming. We can also remove contaminated porous materials if necessary. Our team can also clean and sanitize restorable items that mold has affected. If there is a moldy scent, we can use fogging equipment to remove it. After completing the mold remediation process, your hotel and its contents can return to their preloss condition so you can continue enjoying high occupancy rates and five-star reviews on hotel booking sites.

Hotels are supposed to maintain high standards of safety and hygiene to remain in business. If mold is present in your hotel, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park for thorough mold remediation. You can reach us at (213) 628-2000.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss If DIY Recovery Is Dangerous In Los Angeles

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Is DIY Fire Recovery Dangerous for Los Angeles Properties?

Once a fire has occurred in a Los Angeles home, it can feel like a substantial amount of effort is necessary to make the property feel like home again. As challenging as this process might appear, many property owners still seek to do much of the work themselves despite a lack of training or understanding of all of the needs of a house after these disasters. While some have succeeded in restorations of smaller fire losses, more have noticed too late that the situation was direr than they realized.

One of the hazards of DIY recovery of fire damage in Los Angeles residences begins with an inadequate assessment of the damage and underselling of the present threats circulating in the structure. Homeowners often cannot determine underlying concerns they cannot immediately see, so the repairs and restoration following a fire loss incident often are exclusively superficial. Structural concerns, embedded odors, and even air quality concerns go unaddressed and presumed to go away on their own in time.

There are inherent risks with choosing to restore fire losses on your own without the appropriate training and education that our SERVPRO team has. Because safety is such a vital element to the work that we do, our team members arrive with the right personal protective equipment, including respirators, disposable coveralls, and more. These tools help us to navigate profoundly hazardous circumstances that could exist in the most concentrated areas of fire loss in your home.

Soot can be one of the most hazardous presences in your house following a loss incident, and our SERVPRO professionals address these concerns carefully as well. From HEPA-filtering air scrubbers to trap soot particles circulating in the environment to carefully cleaning surfaces to prevent these same particles from aerosolizing, inadequate addressing of this threat can be a costly mistake for the contents and occupants of your house.

DIY fire loss recovery is not impossible. However, it does come with challenges when property owners do not have the education and available equipment that our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team does. Give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

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Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation is Necessary in Los Angeles

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage debris outside home Fires are devastating for everyone involved. Let SERVPRO’S professionally trained team restore your home.

Remove Fire Damage In Your Los Angeles Home Using A Full-Service Cleaning Solution 

There are two reasons why restoration experts in Los Angeles separate structure from contents after a fire. First, your insurance policy typically distinguishes between the two, asking for detailed information about services rendered on a per-item basis. Second, it helps us provide better results, on both your structure and any contents, when we can move contents to a clean, controlled area. 

A fire damage restorer, working in your Los Angeles area home, is much like a carpet cleaner, janitor, cleaner, handy-man, laborer, and often, contractor. As you can see, a restorer’s task is slightly more involved than any of these individual trades. We face unique situations, using various methods to return your home to the way it was before, “Like it never even happened.” 

At SERVPRO, cleaning to a preloss condition means removing any fire damage left behind by a fire. Our technicians can remove smoke residues from any interior and exterior surfaces of your building. These residues give off smoke odors, as the restorer, it is our job to address these malodors. 

The fire also likely damaged other parts of your structure, leaving them beyond restoration. We remove and dispose of these blistered, charred, structural materials according to local, state, and federal guidelines, as provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use a unique form of cleaning, intending to return items to a quality preloss condition. We estimate the odds of restoring items that may have questionable results and identify those that may have had damage before the fire occurred. Your restoration technicians cannot repair pre-existing damage or conditions. 

Before cleaning the structure of your home, SERVPRO technicians determine the appropriate cleaning method for each surface. Here, appropriate means, using a method that effectively removes residues from the surface or material, without damaging the surface or material. Technicians often categorize materials as either washable or non-washable, as a starting point. 

  • Washable – These materials are those that can be wet-cleaned using a water-based cleaning product without taking damage.
  • Non-washable – These materials are those that require the use of a dry-cleaning method to help protect the surface from further damage. 

Those of us at SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park stand ready to assist the moment we receive your call. Get 24/7 emergency services for all of your cleanup and restoration needs. (213) 628-2000 

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Keeping Your Los Angeles Building Secure During Commercial Wildfire Damage Cleanup

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage to a room with high beams. SERVPRO will make sure your Los Angeles building is safe from fire.

Let us help you get your Los Angeles Building Secure after a fire.

Wildfires are an unfortunate event that happens across California, causing property owners billions in claimed damages. It is tough to turn around the loss, but with professional help, you can get the best possible outcome in this type of adverse situation.

In Los Angeles, commercial wildfire damage requires fast action. With the recent El Sereno fires, residents got a slight reprieve in that the winds did not pick up, and the fire did not spread as fast as many wildfires have in the past. However, evacuations happened, and that leaves properties unattended. 

Security Fences

As soon as it is safe to do so, SERVPRO technicians put up protective barriers around the property to halt unauthorized persons from entering the premises. It is a sad fact that there are individuals who risk their own safety to take advantage of unoccupied structures during fire evacuations, and a secured perimeter is an excellent first line of defense.

Cleanup is the First Step

Wildfire is a high heat blaze and moves slowly, leaving destruction in its wake. SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect both the structure and contents to determine if their equipment and cleaning methods can return the fire-loss items to their preloss condition. Technicians utilize containment on-site to limit cross-contamination and remove valuable and restorable items to a secure location for storage and cleaning in some cases. 

Odor Control Applications

Before any reconstruction occurs, the property must be odor-free. This may involve actions such as using sealants on salvageable walls to stop pungent odors from embedded soot or the use of equipment such as air scrubbers or hydroxyl generators to capture and neutralize airborne particulates. If the ductwork remained intact, it may require cleaning before reuse.

Quick Rebuilding is Crucial

The building must be safe to reopen for business. Repairs and reconstructions are a standard part of fire loss cleanup. Charred and smoke damaged building materials require removal. SERVPRO has a general contractor license #999460 and handles not only the cleanup and restoration, but any needed rebuilding necessary for the organization to resume business as usual. 

Commercial wildfire damage can shut your business down. Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for fire loss cleanup and restoration. The certified technicians work hard to return your property to its pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."

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We Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Los Angeles Eatery

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Table Setting with Fork and Knife A local restaurant or cafe can easily fall victim to a kitchen fire.

Los Angeles Eateries get back to Business Faster with Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

A local restaurant or cafe can easily fall victim to a kitchen fire. The root causes of these property emergencies can come from several different areas. Chimneys, as well as other kitchen ventilation, can become built up with grease or animal fats. These buildups of grease and grime can quickly ignite when subjected to the high temperatures of a busy service. The temporary closure is usually a must until the toxins present in fire disperse.

What is left behind is any combination appliance, ventilation, structural and content fire damage in your Los Angeles eatery. SERVPRO is a local company equipped to deal with unforeseen emergencies that occur in commercial properties. A team of understanding fire restoration technicians can be with you shortly after receiving a notification of loss. They bring with them fully-stocked restoration trucks with a range of deodorizers, chemical cleaning agents, and machinery to help you get back to business as usual.

If a fire marshall has cleared your property for safe entry, you can begin the process of fire restoration while SERVPRO is on the route. Use table clothes or other large pieces of material to cover furnishings, appliances, and remove hanging art to an unaffected area or cover. When smoke residues cool, they tend to drop from ceilings or walls unto furnishings below. By covering your furnishings quickly, you can reduce the expense of your claim. If you remain on-site, opening windows and doors to allow airflow, as well as light vacuuming, can be beneficial in removing surface soots.

On arrival, a pro-active team of SERVPRO fire restoration technicians can begin pre-testing fabrics, furnishings, appliances, and structure. By pre-testing these specific areas, we can gain a better picture of the type of smoke we are dealing with, either wet or dry. Each type has its own set of cleaning methods and responds to different types of solvent, which is why the pre-testing procedure is an essential part of the restoration.

Often, high-temperature fires can result in bubbling, melting, or staining of finishes on appliances. Our team can carefully remove the finish without damaging the material underneath. Once the smoke residues are cleaned away, we can refinish the appliances to a preloss condition. Thorough deodorization of both the kitchen and, where necessary, the structure is included within the restoration service.

Get back to business as usual, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

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Our Experts Provide Water Cleanup For Your Los Angeles Home

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking suspended ceiling We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why SERVPRO Can Offer Effective Water Cleanup in Your Los Angeles Home

Although water damage is a relatively common issue in homes, no one likes to deal with it. Whether the water comes from a leaking pipe, an overflowing bathtub, or a faulty washing machine, it can cause significant destruction to both furnishings and building materials. The water can continue causing havoc until you remove it. It's advisable to leave this job to SERVPRO for the following reasons.

Quick response
To ensure sufficient water cleanup in your Los Angeles residence, you need to act fast to prevent further damage. Spending too much time waiting for restoration professionals can give mold and rot more time to ruin building materials and furnishings. We provide emergency services around the clock and can get to your home within a short time after you call us.

Finding the leak source and hidden water damage
At times, finding the source of the leak is tough. For instance, it is easy to overlook a broken pipe in a wall. Such a leak can cause water to get into places you would not even think to look and cause severe destruction. Our restorers know where to check for sources of leaks and water damage. We can use thermal imaging cameras to determine where the water traveled in your home.

State-of-the-art water removal equipment
Our certified technicians can use advanced equipment to remove water from affected areas and dry your home thoroughly. Water extraction equipment like electric submersible pumps can remove large amounts of standing water. These pumps have various capacities. Small portable units can move from 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour through a ¾″ to 4″ hose. We can also use different air movers, such as axial and centrifugal air movers, to increase the rate of evaporation. We also use dehumidifiers with low grain refrigerant (LGR) technology to remove water vapor from the air. The devices expedite the drying process as humidity in the affected area drops. They can dry your carpet, padding, walls, wall cavities, and hardwood floors effectively.

Reducing expenses and insurance assistance
Our services can enable you to save money in the long run. You do not have to take time off work to do the cleanup. Besides, restoring ruined structures is more cost-effective than replacing them. Our technicians can perform a comprehensive restoration the first time and also offer build back and reconstruction services. Our SERVPRO team can also help you file a claim with your insurance company. Since we work with insurance adjusters often, we know the paperwork you need and the proper way to file a claim.

When dealing with water loss, SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park can help you remove the water and dry your property.  Contact us anytime at (213) 628-2000 for water cleanup services in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and Lincoln Heights.

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Why Rely on SERVPRO's Abundant Resources after Flood Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

A man holding pans catching water falling. Woman sitting on stairs holding a child on the phone. SERVPRO will be there for your family and Los Angeles home when water tries to take over.

We can show you why we are the best bet to assist your Los Angeles flood damage.

Flooding affecting our Los Angeles home can be a significant setback, especially if mistakes or oversights happen when handling the incident. Since flood damage is not an everyday event, you are likely not to know the best procedures to follow in cleaning up and restoring your property. A professional firm like SERVPRO, on the other hand, deals with flooding incidents regularly. Such exposure leads to accumulation of skills, equipment, and other resources that should help save your home.

Equipment Variety

Most of the tasks performed during the restoration of flood damage in affected Los Angeles homes require equipment to accomplish. The equipment can range from sophisticated machinery such as upholstery washing machines to basic tools like carpet awls without which tasks can prove difficult to accomplish or take too long. Our SERVPRO teams bring a wide variety of equipment in our green trucks including

  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Drying Equipment
  • Controlled Demolition Equipment
  • Deodorization Equipment

Following Proper Procedures 

Restoring property ravaged by flooding involves several interrelated activities. Performing these activities correctly and at the right time has a significant impact on the outcome. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site to determine all essential steps. We might establish the need for controlled demolition, which would necessitate a content move out. When moving items out, we create groups based on size or type and use storage pods to minimize the chances of further damage.

Completing the Job

The final steps during the restoration of flood damage include drying wet materials and odor control. They might not seem as significant as cleaning up and rebuilding the house, but if not done correctly, they can lead to severe problems such as mold development, which can ruin your property or diminish its value. Our SERVPRO teams use a variety of equipment to ensure proper finishing of a job. We have ULV foggers deliver deodorants, refrigerant, and desiccant dehumidifiers as well as air movers.

Dealing with flood damage incidents requires the right resources. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000. We have the means to fix flood damage in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and Lincoln Heights, "Like it never even happened."

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A Simple Spark Can Lead to Significant Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fall decorative dinner plate set, with pumpkins, and candles burning in the background. Don’t let your fire damage in Los Angeles take over your home life, let us help.

SERVPRO will be there every step of the way for your fire damage in Los Angeles.

The risk of fire damage in a home is always high, considering the spark that ignites the blaze can originate almost anywhere. A trashcan is one common source of fires because people throw in all sorts of spent items including lit matches or even burning incense without thinking about what might happen next.

How a Small Spark Builds a Big Fire

Apart from carelessness, other factors play a role in accelerating fire damage in affected Los Angeles homes. For trash can fires, the proximity to walls, whether interior or exterior is what amplifies the initial mistake of throwing a burning item into the can. As the other waste materials catch fire, the flames leap into the air and ignite wall materials then spread to the rest of the structure. The materials in walls and ceiling panels quickly spread fire, so despite the original spark being minor, the resulting fire can be severe. Only quick action from the emergency crews can help save your property.

Heavy Restoration Work

The problems rarely end with the extinguishing of flames because that only signifies the start of cleaning, teardown, refinishing and other steps necessary to restore the home to its preloss state. Various systems within the house may require a rebuild depending on the areas the fire affects most. For example, a fire affecting the roof system consumes ductwork, electrical systems, and plumbing. Our SERVPRO technicians tear down any remaining materials to assess the full damage extent before deciding the response.

Saving Structural Elements

Structural elements such as trusses and frames might only have slight charring, so replacement is not necessary. Cleaning is, however, necessary to get rid of the charred layers. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches, including mechanical abrasion or specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean the charred areas. Soda blasting plays an additional role in deodorizing the affected material. We can also apply a sealing agent to manage odor.

Whether the fire source is major or not, the restoration process involved can be tedious. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss How To Remediate Water Damage In Your Los Angeles Laundry Room

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged laundry room with debris floating “Like it never even happened.”

How To Remediate Water Damage Created By Faulty Plumbing In Your Los Angeles Laundry Room

Plumping can weaken over time and, if something fails, weakened pipes can cause water damage to your Los Angeles home. In your home, your crawl space is connected to your laundry room. When you entered the room with a load of laundry to wash, you noticed the floor felt suspiciously wet.

After some investigation, you found that the water damage in your Los Angeles laundry room was coming from a pipe in the crawl space with a pin-prick sized hole in it. Sometime after the last load of clothes, the pipe had managed to spray enough water into your laundry room to make it feel as if you were walking on the wet floor next to a pool. Naturally, you called for a plumber right away and shut the water off.

However, what can you do in the meantime to help your home?

Here at SERVPRO, we strongly advise for you to reach out for the help of professional water damage restoration services. However, someone on a tight budget might not be able to afford both plumbing and remediation services in one night. Because our experts understand how stressful these situations can be, SERVPRO can help instruct those who would like to take on the task of remediation by themselves. Fortunately, you may only need a few tools, and many households have at least one or two.

To start, SERVPRO recommends for you to remove the pooled water from the room as swiftly as possible. One of the best devices you could use to remove the water from your home swiftly is a wet/dry vacuum. However, it is not always practical to own one.

Instead, you can use a combination of many towels and a mop to soak up the excess as swiftly as possible. Once finished, you can bring a space heater to the room. If you have a dehumidifier, set it up to work in conjunction to help draw excess moisture out of the floor. As the next few days go by, if you notice any splitting in the floor, call for professional help immediately. It could mean the water damage was not adequately addressed.

If you need professional water damage remediation in your home, never hesitate to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park by phoning (213) 628-2000. Day or night, we're open to aid you.

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