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How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Personal Belongings in Los Angeles

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damage on ceiling where a light fixture once was Many times, not everything is a loss after a fire. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective fire damage support.

When Can Fire Damaged Surfaces Get Cleaned in Los Angeles Homes? 

Much like water losses that can also be a standard callout for our SERVPRO professionals to Los Angeles homes, fire disasters involve careful considerations and decision making to determine the most cost-effective path to restore the property. The choice between cleaning and tear-out and reconstruction is not always as straightforward and direct as many property owners might believe. Choosing wrong in this stage could lead to longer restoration times and added costs, so the job scoping phase is critical for our crew chief and project manager. 

Determining the salvageability of surfaces and contents after fire damage in Los Angeles homes involves several inspection points. While our professionals can remove harsh odors from fabric, we cannot repair singeing that might occur along seams when drapes were too close to the fire, for example. Each item must get inspected and categorized into three main sections: 

  • Unsalvageable (Controlled demolition, discarding)
  • Salvageable On-Site (Able to get cleaned/restored in the house)
  • Salvageable Off-Site (Must get restored, deodorized, and cleaned in our nearby facility) 


Some many surfaces and contents cannot get restored or repaired after a fire, and these become part of the total loss catalog that our project manager creates during the thorough inspection and scoping of the property. These items and materials get discarded and later replaced by our SERVPRO in-house contractors. 


Outer-lying areas beyond the concentration of the fire loss are where many of the salvageable and cleanable items get found. We have strategies for cleaning many of these materials and items on-site, but when this is not possible, we can use pack-out processes to transport contents to our warehouse. There, these items can get soot cleaning with immersion tanks, abrasive cleaning of residues, deodorization with ozone chambers, and other intricate restoration actions. 

Fires can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you do not know what in your home can get restored and what must get replaced. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team can help you through this phase and the restoration to come by calling (213) 628-2000. 

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Recovering From Flash Flood Damage In Los Angeles

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home No matter how we can help, give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (213) 628-2000.

Recovering Flash Flood Damage to Your Los Angeles Home

Fierce storms that hit the Los Angeles area can quickly deposit an inch or more of rain over a matter of hours. That level of rainfall on the otherwise dry ground can be ideal conditions for flash flooding, as the earth does not have the time and opportunity to absorb the precipitation before it becomes a hazard to homes and businesses in its migration path. Flash floods can damage residences throughout the area severely, but our SERVPRO team can help with a fast and confident response.

Knowing how to help recover flood damage to Los Angeles homes is vital to restoring area properties after natural disasters. Restoration companies pop up around every corner when the city gets hit with widespread flooding concerns, but restoring and recovering your home or apartment after a flood involves more than some extractors and drying tools. Our professionals have extensive hands-on experience and continual education in water restoration and structural drying to provide skilled labor amid an emergency.

Muck-Out Cleaning
Even without standing water concerns, flash flooding can leave debris and mud throughout the lowest level of your property. Shoveling out heaps of this muck and debris can allow our teams to better clean exposed surfaces and improve the efficiency of later drying efforts. Much like fire debris removal, muck-outs can reduce the severity and concentration of airborne contaminants and threats as well.

Controlled Demolition
With multiple drying decisions that must happen as soon as our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, choices most likely get made regarding controlled demolition as well. With exposed drywall and other porous materials, it can often be more cost-effective to remove and replace rather than waste time drying.

Drying your home after a flood cannot happen without the emergency services provided by our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team. We have many technicians and tools that can help to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” No matter how we can help, give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (213) 628-2000.

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Learn How to Deal with Water Damage in Your Los Angeles Residence

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

"we are here to help" SERVPRO is quick to get your water damage under control.

Let us take over the worry of water damage in your Los Angeles home

Water damage can occur because of burst or leaking pipes. Blockages in pipes can cause excessive pressure, which can make them rupture or leak. Water can also ruin wiring in appliances. The presence of moisture can increase the current in the circuits found in modern appliances rapidly, causing a short circuit as the fuse is blown. If a fuse is absent, the wires can heat up, and a fire may start.

Water spreads quickly and can lead to overwhelming destruction to your possessions and the structure of your house. Addressing water damage in your Los Angeles home speedily can prevent additional destruction like mold growth. Mold infestation occurs within 24 to 48 hours after a water intrusion incident. Excessive moisture in your house can cause other issues like wood rot and rust of metallic products. You can do several things to prevent water loss incidents from getting worse. They include:

  • Remove as much water as you can using a shop vac or mop.
  • Remove damp area rugs and other removable floor coverings.
  • Prop up wet furniture cushions and wipe furniture.
  • Lift draperies off the floor.
  • Move paintings, photographs, and artwork to a dry, safe location.
  • Pack the books that may be on shelves tightly so that their pages do not warp.
  • Open drawers and cabinets and closet doors to enhance drying.

Water may also cause damage worth thousands of dollars if it ruins electronics, furniture, and appliances. You can prevent these issues by working with SERVPRO franchise professionals. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can facilitate a fast and easy cleanup process because we have expertise in dealing with water intrusion incidents. We offer the following during restoration jobs:

Advanced equipment

We use verified procedures and advanced equipment to extract water and dry a building and its contents. Our technicians use extractors with a pump, heater, and vacuum system to clean carpets and upholstery and to remove water from floors after a water loss incident. We also have effective drying equipment like air movers and refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers.

Quick restoration

Our SERVPRO crew can get to your home within an hour of receiving your call. We can then assess the damage and complete the cleanup, drying, and sanitizing process within a short time.

 Full detection

We use moisture detection equipment like thermo-hygrometers, infrared cameras, penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters and moisture sensors to check for hidden moisture. We follow the water from the source to all the areas it flowed to make sure that they are dry.

Reduced costs

Hiring us reduces the total cost of water cleanup. Our goal is to restore your property efficiently and quickly to minimize claims loss expenses.

When you need water damage cleanup services for your residential property, contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000. Our technicians can dry your house quickly and restore it to its preloss condition.

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SERVPRO Removes the Flood and Replaces the Water Heater for Boyle Heights Customer

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

dehu, electrical regular box, and servpro devices  on a floor SERVPRO Provides the Experienced Technicians, Using Advanced Equipment, to Mitigate Water Damage in Boyle Heights Homes

Water Damage in a Boyle Heights Basement Caused by a Water Tank

Imagine waking up in the morning only to discover that your water heater that is in your Boyle Heights finished basement is leaking! Contacting a professional water restoration service should be your first step to help minimize water damage. A reputable restoration company makes all the difference by reducing the exposure time for your furniture and floor.

When you are in Boyle Heights and suffer water damage, SERVPRO is your source of comfort. If the tank rusted and leaked, you should consider hiring experienced professionals instead of a handyman or doing it yourself (DIY). When we arrive at your home, we start by turning off the valve to prevent continued flooding. Then we embark on water removal. You can expect to receive professional advice on whether to repair or replace the tank depending on its condition. Our
General Contractor License #: 999460 and California State License Board (CSLB) #: 999460 indicate our qualifications to complete the job, leaving you with hot water again.  Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the damage to the trim work and the type of flooring in your rec room basement. For instance, if you have installed vinyl tiles, fast action is needed to prevent the individual tiles from losing adhesion to the concrete slab.

SERVPRO WRT water damage restoration technicians can address water situations of different sizes and scopes. We are always ready to take action in restoring your home. Our techs may use squeegees, mops, and buckets to remove excess water. For larger spillage, we can work with portable pumps or wet/vacs for extraction. Our SERVPRO staff can recommend in-place drying depending on the situation at hand. The use of an LGR (Low Grain Refrigerant) dehumidifiers to capture water vapor and reduce the interior humidity are vital to returning the water damaged area into its preloss condition. We use air movers to create air currents that sweep moisture off of surfaces to be readily condensed by the dehumidifiers. Air movers improve air circulation to speed up evaporation and thus reduce drying times. Our vast experience and knowledge of water removal help us develop a clear action plan for your basement.

Place your trust in SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park for your water damage needs.  Call us at (213) 628-2000 now for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Los Angeles, Elysian Park, and nearby areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Risks After Flood Damage to Your Los Angeles Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Safety is Priority After Floods Occur In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, because of its unique location in between the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountains, is prone to flash floods caused by storms coming off of the Pacific Ocean hitting the mountains. After the floodwater recedes, homeowners have the business of cleaning up as fast as possible to make sure there is no secondary damage like warped walls, flooring, or dangerous mold infestations. 

Flood damage in your Los Angeles home requires special clean-up and care to ensure full restoration to preflood conditions. There are also health and safety concerns that you need to take into consideration as floodwater is classified as black water, or category three, contaminated water, requiring special handling. 

SERVPRO flood restoration specialists (General Contractor #999460) complete a hazard assessment to identify the safety risks and to implement controls of said risks. Some potential hazards after a flood include; overhead threats like ceilings that could collapse, the potential for electrical shock, slip and fall, contaminated water, and, most importantly, occupant safety. Some of these risks, such as slip and fall, are easier to mitigate than others, but all require serious attention.

There is a hierarchy of control for hazards. Most effectively, the hazard is eliminated, or a safer method works in substitution. For example, disabling electricity in a structure eliminates electrical hazards and creates a safer work environment. Another control is to design or engineer the work environment to avoid the hazard. In the case of a slip and fall hazard, an engineering control might be the use of walk-off mats; a simple, yet effective, solution. 

There are ways to administratively avoid hazards like completing second-floor work before first-floor work if there is an overhead hazard. The last control available is personal protective equipment (PPE); this means workers may wear a barrier to limit exposure to a hazard. PPE includes gloves, protective clothing, and masks worn to prevent skin exposure to contaminants such as black water or harsh cleaning solutions containing bleach and other chemicals. 

Hazard assessment and risk mitigation is just one of the first steps to restoration after a flood. Cleaning, drying, and repairing structural damage are also vital steps in the process. The SERVPRO goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

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

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The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Water Removal in Los Angeles

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

wet and damaged drywall In some areas, you may need detection equipment while in others, the water damage is plainly visible. Contact SERVPRO to effectively remediate.

Moisture Meters Show Where Damage Exists in Los Angeles Homes

Detection equipment can be a staple of adequate drying and loss recovery for Los Angeles homes. As challenging as reaching the various layers of flooring, drywall, and roofing might be, penetrating and non-penetrating DEVICES can help to give credible information to our restoration professionals to make informed drying decisions. While there is a degree of potential false readings that could result from use on non-wood materials, this is

Meters are often the best indicator of the presence of excessive moisture that might require water removal for Los Angeles properties. While there are dozens of detection devices that our SERVPRO professionals use on water restoration projects, meters are versatile with penetrating and non-penetrating designs. These two types benefit different structural elements and can help to get accurate readings and data from various layers beneath the surface of damaged material. The more accurate the information, the better suited the drying decisions become to restore a property efficiently.

Interpreting data and applying it to the situation is a valuable part of the training and education of our water restoration professionals. Tools with these functions are most often calibrated to register the moisture content of wood materials. These surfaces might include framework, wood plank flooring, cabinets, and other natural wood materials. They can also help to determine a relative scale of moisture content and damage in a point value rather than a percentage.

Drywall can often get measured for moisture content and exposure using these tools, and our SERVPRO professionals must be able to determine the rate of saturation damage on a point value scale rather than the primary percentage scale. These initial readings can get inputted into the DryBook software as a comparative starting point for the drying work to follow to gauge successes. The science of psychrometry eliminates the guess-work as our highly trained technicians carefully monitor the drying process throughout to ensure a dry structure.

Before much of the drying and recovery work can begin in your home after a loss incident, our professionals must determine the extent of the damage. To do this, our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team relies on exceptional tools like penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters. Give us a call to help you make water losses “Like it never even happened,” at (213) 628-2000.

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Need Some Help? Contact SERVPRO for Your Los Angeles Water Damage Remediation Issues

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling water leak Water damage, regardless of the source, is always unwelcome. Contact our experienced team should water damage ever affect your home.

What to Do If You Find Water Damage in Your Los Angeles House 

Finding water damage inside of your home is something that no homeowner wants to face if they can help it. Water damage can lead to all kinds of complications if left unchecked, such as mold, rot, and physical damage to the structure of your home. For this reason, it is essential to get help immediately if you were to find your home suffering from it. 

Many things inside your Los Angeles home could cause water damage. Ranging from faulty appliances to leaking pipes, there are countless ways you could suddenly find a pool of mysterious water in your home. However, the way you handle the situation matters more than how the water got there in the first place. If you call for help as soon as possible and address the problem shortly after it happened, there is a significant chance you could prevent further damage from occurring. 

Here at SERVPRO, our goal is always to provide you with fast, effective, and friendly services. Our water damage remediation technicians have gone through advanced training so that they are always prepared for whatever they find while on the job. As soon as we get your initial call, our techs are assembling and getting ready to aid you, as fast as we can. We understand how pressing, and worrisome, finding water damage in your home can be, which is why We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

Imagine a scenario where your kitchen suffered water damage, due to a dishwasher malfunctioning and leaking all over your tile floor. If left unchecked, that tile could split and crack as the water slipped between the crevices and engorged the base underneath it. Furthermore, if left to its devices, excess moisture can lead to mold damage

Our SERVPRO techs have advanced equipment that is designed to help them find every pocket of hidden water in your kitchen. From thermal imaging cameras to moisture meters, we have your back. And, once we have remediated the damages, using devices like dehumidifiers and air movers, our SERVPRO techs can leave your home confident that it feels, "Like it never even happened." 

If water damage strikes your home, act fast. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park by dialing (213) 628-2000. We're always available to help you, 24/7. 

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How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Homes in Los Angeles

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged carpet A plumbing failure caused a water loss event in this home. We were able to quickly dry and restore the home quickly.

Water Damage Los Angeles – Full-Service Provider

Leaky plumbing, overflowing sinks, and toilets can cause a great deal of damage and often occur at the worst time. Is there a good time? Probably not, but some are worse than others. A leak, while you are on vacation or away for a few days, can let thousands of gallons of water soak everything in your home.

SERVPRO provides full-service water damage restoration and repair in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Our team of professionals can remove the water and moisture, dry your home, and fully repair or replace damaged walls and flooring. We dry and restore where possible instead of replacing everything. It is much less time consuming and less costly to restore items vs. replace damaged contents.

Water Mitigation and Reconstruction

Many water damage events involve extracting water from carpets and floors, installing air movers to blow dry air into the room, and dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity to normal levels. Our team also checks for moisture inside walls and cavities that are difficult to reach. We aim to remove all moisture pockets to avoid the growth of mold and mildew infestations.

More extensive damage may require removing flooring materials, drywall, and even kitchen or bathroom cupboards. A leak in an upstairs bathroom can cause water to spread over the upstairs floors, inside walls, and down to the lower level.

Our SERVPRO franchise is thoroughly trained and licensed to deal with this type of water damage. We can remove all damaged materials, dry the structure entirely, and also complete all repair and reconstruction of your home. We have CSLB and general contractor licenses which allows our team to provide complete end to end rebuild service to our customers. Our objective is to reconstruct your home, "Like it never even happened."

Contractor Licenses: General: 999460, California State License Board (CSLB): 999460

Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Elysian Park, Boyle Heights, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Los Angeles

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property If you ever have an unexpected water leak at your office complex, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 24/7.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Los Angeles Often Requires Using A Rusticide Product

If a pipe inside the restroom of your office complex in Los Angeles breaks, it could cause hundreds of gallons of water to pour into the interior of your building. Once your contents and building materials located inside your office start to get wet, it is wise to have commercial water cleanup conducted by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our skilled specialists are available 24/7, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our team at SERVPRO knows that a significant part of any commercial water cleanup project in Los Angeles is restoring wet carpets. As soon as water leaks out of a pipe, it follows gravity and heads straight to your office's floors. Moisture can cause the paper backing to separate from your carpet's fiber and ruin the flooring material. Carpets and other floor coverings can also trap moisture inside your office complex's subfloor, which can help mold grow on your wooden subfloor and the paper backing on your carpet. Moisture can also cause carpets to stain by things like rust, and the fibers can hold in mildew like odors.

When dealing with wet carpets at your place of business, our SERVPRO crew always conducts a standard set of procedures. If we think the carpet can be saved, we start by extracting as much water as we can while it is still a liquid using a heavy-duty extractor. We then set up drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your wet carpet and other building materials. Lastly, we can clean all of your carpets using an industrial carpet cleaner to help eliminate staining and foul odors.

If any of your metal desks or chairs caused rust staining on your carpets, we could deal with these stains during the carpet cleaning process. We can eliminate many rust stains by using a chemical product called rusticide. Rusticide is an oxalic-phosphoric acid solution that gets used to remove rust stains from fabrics, synthetic fibers, and carpets. Rusticide is a very strong acid solution and has a pH of 1.8-2.2.

To use rusticide, we apply it to the stains before carpet cleaning takes place. We apply the product to the affected spots and then agitate the areas with a bone scraper. Scrubbing the stain can make the rust quickly fade away. After the spot has been pre-treated with the rusticide solution, we clean and rinse the carpets.

If you ever have an unexpected water leak at your office complex, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 24/7.

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Top Tips for Dealing With Los Angeles Fire Damage 

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen with washing machine and upturned clothes horse Fire damage in your home can happen without warning. Be vigilant and call SERVPRO should your home be affected.

Recovering from Fire Damage in Los Angeles

Fire damage can have a significant impact on your home, no matter the size and location of the fire. Smoke residue and odor can permeate throughout the home in places you may not consider. It can be challenging to find the source of the offensive odors if you are not sure where to look. One small oversight while cleaning up damage could have detrimental effects on your house.

If you have fire damage in your Los Angeles home, the SERVPRO fire restoration team can assist you in inspecting every area of your home and creating a cleaning and restoration plan. We understand the importance of dealing with fire damage right away to ensure less long-term damage. Our IICRC-Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification-crew take pride in offering top-notch service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

SERVPRO technicians grapple with lingering smoke odors by attacking through thermal fogging using chemical deodorizers. The fog replicates smoke and can permeate into those same small spaces. Fogging requires safety precautions such as wearing protective gear and having residents and pets leave their home. Ventilation after fogging is crucial to ensure breathable, clean-smelling air. 

Moderate to substantial smoke damages may even include smoke making its way into the ductwork in the HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.) Even if the HVAC system was off at the time of the fire, SERVPRO technicians inspect it carefully. If left contaminated, when the homeowner operates the HVAC system again, the ducts can redistribute smoke particles back into a restored structure requiring further restoration. 

HVAC systems require special care and consideration which may include duct sealing and the use of a ULV fogger to deodorize the ducting. Air filters throughout the home must also be replaced to ensure safe air quality.

Our goal as general contractors (License #999460) is to restore as much of your home as possible through specialized cleaning techniques and creating an individualized plan for your structure, including everything from your HVAC system to your air filters. We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Contact SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 for assistance anytime, every day of the year, 24/7.

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