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Our Experts Provide Water Cleanup For Your Los Angeles Home

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Our Professionals Discuss Carpet Spot Removal Procedures In Los Angeles

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged rug being removed If your sales office ever suffers from a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000.

Commercial Water Cleanup Technicians In Los Angeles Discuss Carpet Spot Removal Procedures

If any type of water pipe ever breaks inside your Los Angeles sales office, the moisture can cause many problems with your carpet.  Any time we conduct commercial water cleanup, our SERVPRO crew starts by inspecting your carpet for damage. Depending on how long moisture has been leaking, a large area of your carpets could get saturated. When carpet gets wet, its fibers can pull away from its paper backing ruining its structural integrity.

In most situations, the pad underneath your carpet must be removed. However, if it is possible during your commercial water cleanup project in Los Angeles, we save your carpet and pad. If the problem is noticed soon enough, we can sometimes remove all moisture from your carpets using extraction and drying procedures. During the extraction phase, we use heavy-duty extractors and specialized tools to compress your carpet and pad to remove as much moisture as possible. Then, we can "float" your carpets by putting an air mover underneath it to create airflow on your carpet's backside and your subflooring material.

In many situations, even if the source of the leak inside your sales headquarters is a clean water pipe, your carpet can get stained after it is dried out. After our SERVPRO team removes all of the moisture from your carpet and puts it back together, we conduct cleaning procedures. To help remove dark stains, we often conduct spot removal procedures as a part of the fabric cleansing process.

The first step to spot removal is to remove as much of the material that caused the stain as possible. Next, we figure out what type of substance caused the stain. Sometimes other stains from other substances besides water could be present.

Once we know what caused the stain, we then figure out what type of fibers make up your office's carpet. The type of stain and fibers dictate which type of spot remover we decide to use on your stains. Once we pick the best option at our disposal, our SERVPRO technicians apply the remover and let it set. If it is required, we can agitate the stain while the spot remover is soaking into the carpet. Lastly, we steam clean and rinse your carpets once the spot remover has had time to soak into your carpet fibers.

If your sales office in Chinatown, Elysian Park, Boyle Heights, or Silver Lake ever suffers from a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (213) 628-2000 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Los Angeles Properties Suffer Flooding! SERVPRO Has the Solutions for Restoration

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Cuts Limit Demolition and Reconstruction Storms and Flood Cuts during SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Service in Los Angeles

Extreme Flood Damage to Los Angeles Home

Sometimes the amount of water is not the most damaging element in a flood damage situation. There are three main types of water gauged by the amount of contamination, and the more extended period clean water sits, the more contaminated it becomes, which increases the amount of loss to the home. After 48 hours, water carries a rating as black water, a category three biohazard.

SERVPRO worked on flood damage to a Los Angeles home caused by intense storms. The roof on the home received damage from both wind and hail, and rainwater poured into the attic. Much of the affected areas and objects would have been restorable except for one thing: the homeowner was on vacation when it happened and arrived home to a huge, smelly mess.

After consulting with her adjuster, the homeowner contacted our SERVPRO location, and we were on-site within an hour to begin water extraction and cleanup efforts. Our technicians tarped over the areas of the roof, so no further water entered the property. Due to the amount of time the water sat in the attic, the cleaning and reuse of the fiberglass insulation was not a possibility in this case.

Water migrated from the attic through the floor joists and into the ceiling of the floor below. We performed the following actions to prep the affected rooms for drying and in some areas, reconstruction.
?    Our Water Restoration Technicians drilled weep holes in the ceiling to allow for both drainage and airflow during drying.
?    Numerous areas of the ceiling sheetrock required removal due to buckling and warping from the excessive moisture.
?    We used air movers to lower the humidity in the damaged areas quickly

After drying and disinfecting the property, SERVPRO technicians compiled a report for the homeowner of the actions taken during cleanup and restoration. We also made a list of the necessary repairs needed to return the home to its preloss condition. As we hold a contractor's license #999460, we can offer homeowners assistance with reconstruction to make the restoration process seamless and less stressful.

SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park helps local property owners with flood damage whenever you need us, day or night. Call us at (213) 628-2000, and we arrive on-site within an hour because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Los Angeles Home

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in this home was the result of a water line feed to the hot water heater springing a considerable leak.

The Challenges of Water Damage in Los Angeles Homes 

Understanding the steps that you can take to immediately reduce the severity and ultimate cost of recovering water loss incidents in your Los Angeles home is critical. Every homeowner should have an idea of how their actions can affect the successes of restoration, whether you pursue DIY cleaning and drying for your property or seek the professional approach by reaching out to professionals like our SERVPRO team. 

Without appropriate knowledge of how devastating water damage in Los Angeles homes can become, many property owners overlook these situations and only partially correct them. Regardless of the initial severity of these circumstances, water loss incidents can continue to spread and deteriorate construction materials and structural elements in the affected area. 

One of the first challenges that homeowners ultimately face when contending with water loss effects in their home is the finite amount of time to recover these symptoms before irreparable damage occurs. Protecting these construction materials, for instance, requires top-tier extraction and drying equipment that can remove all saturation concerns and leave only an acceptable humidity baseline throughout the environment and the surfaces affected. This response to the emergency must happen immediately, as prolonged waiting can lead to a compromise in structural integrity and the composition of saturated elements. 

Another challenge property owners contend with is a lack of knowledge of full recovery solutions, leading to missteps and inadequate drying and cleaning. Our SERVPRO team of technicians gets unique training and endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both water restoration and structural drying, making us ideally qualified to help with water loss incidents of all sizes. 

Water loss incidents present a substantial risk to area homes, and that is why many have continued to trust our qualified and growing SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team to help. We have both the skills and the efficient equipment to make water emergencies that threaten your residence “Like it never even happened.” You can give us a call anytime that you need us at (213) 628-2000.

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Stop Stressing About Fire Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can happen quickly but cause a large mess. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

Removing Smoke Odors from Soft Materials in Los Angeles Homes

Odor control is a problematic situation for Los Angeles homes after fire loss incidents occur. While many of the fire damages can compound and become substantial issues more suited to the talents, equipment, and training of professional restoration professionals, there are ways that you can help your home to overcome specific symptoms to keep the situations from getting completely out of control. Soft materials in your residence are the most susceptible for absorbing harsh smoke odors, and protecting the contents of your home is not as insurmountable as it might seem. 

Fighting fire damage in Los Angeles homes is often a situation best handled by experienced and well-trained restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team. We a have a deep inventory of recovery tools and mitigation equipment that can help to overcome widespread damages like odors, soot, and smoke shortly after we first arrive at the property. Considering that you can buy more limited versions of the equipment our professionals use to overcome smoke odors, or rent them from nearby home improvement locations, here are some of the options that can help you to address embedded odors in your property and its contents: 

  • UV Fogger 
  • Thermal Fogger 
  • Hydroxyl Generator
  • Ozone Machine (Not safe for use around humans and pets) 

Each of these options, along with an array of high-grade cleaning agents approved by OSHA and SERVPRO, are what our technicians would deploy on job sites to overcome lingering odors. Soft materials can absorb these scents and require specialized equipment from the list above to overcome – but portable options like our thermal and UV foggers are often the ideal choice for these situations. For widespread issues damaging multiple items, units designed to impact a larger area, like the hydroxyl and ozone machines are better choices. 

Clearing out odors after fire loss incidents can be a steep challenge for even the experienced DIY enthusiast. If the situation gets to be too much for you, or you do not know where to begin in restoring your home after an emergency, give our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team a call at (213) 628-2000.

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Cracking the Remediation Code With SERVPRO

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

You want to make your restoration process after disaster as painless as possible. You can recover quickly and efficiency with SERVPRO.

A Look at the Restoration Services SERVPRO Provides Los Angeles

Thousands upon thousands of people live in Los Angeles and its surrounding developments and cities. With a high volume of residents, disasters from water, fire, mold, and severe weather events provide a constant threat to the communities we serve. We strive to combat this possibility with a growing roster of qualified personnel accredited in every facet of the restoration industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and our consistent investment in the leading equipment and products necessary to get jobs done quickly and professionally. 

Water Damage

While homes are getting constructed throughout the area all the time, often the ones at the most considerable risk for water damage in Los Angeles are those that have stood for decades or more. Aging components and faulty designs can allow for water loss incidents from fixtures, plumbing, and many other areas. We offer a comprehensive approach to water loss restoration, helping our customers to worry less about acquiring a new contractor for every phase of recovery. 

Part of our success in responding quickly and effectively to water damage that impacts homes through the Greater Los Angeles area is our high volume of recovery tools and equipment. Just in water restoration niches alone, our inventory exceeds 400 air movers and 300 dehumidification units. This considerable depth in equipment can help our team to handle recovery tasks of every size and severity without compromising on work happening in other areas of the city. 

Water damage can spread quickly throughout Los Angeles homes and businesses, so our SERVPRO team arrives with the tools necessary for mitigation and rapid drying. The faster compromised areas of the home can get thoroughly dried, the less of these construction materials that must get removed. While we have in house contractors, we adhere to a “restore before replacement” mentality.  This approach can save our customers time and money on water loss recovery efforts happening in their house. 

Mold Damage 

Though we have one of the most accomplished water recovery teams in the area, many still contend with mold damage in Los Angeles properties throughout the year when moist and damp conditions go unchecked. With how quickly these situations can become hazardous to those exposed, it is vital to address these damages immediately with competent professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive training in mitigation and containment practices to prevent colonization from getting worse, and our accreditations as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the IICRC helps us to approach even widespread situations confidently. 

Often mold occurs in areas of your Los Angeles home that you cannot easily see. Homeowners must rely on their other senses to identify the presence of a hazardous colony, which can often get identified by a harsh musty odor and heightened environmental irritants. While we have sophisticated equipment that can help to identify the presence of mold damage on your property with certainty, these other indicators can often be enough. We work to quickly implement containment strategies as soon as colonization gets confirmed to prevent further spread of the colonies throughout your home. 

We know how detrimental colonization can be to hosting materials, and to preserve these structural elements as much as possible, our SERVPRO team must implement effective mold removal strategies. From sanding and media blasting through the application of preventative paints and antimicrobial sprays, we can help your Los Angeles home after widespread mold damage effects. 

Fire Damage 

Fire damage to Los Angeles homes often comes with a heavy emotional toll for our customers as well. We know the importance of a fast response to both the pressing physical conditions impacting the property as well as helping our customers through this traumatic experience in whatever manner they need. We have a team of professionals with IICRC certifications in multiple fire recovery facets of the industry, as well as others with certifications in cleaning strategies for carpets, upholstery, fabrics, and textiles. 

Not only is structure fire damage in Los Angeles a consistent threat, but residents must also remain aware of the possibility of natural disasters like wildfires. Even those out of the direct path of this spreading disaster contend with smoke and soot effects, so our SERVPRO team must have technicians ready to mobilize any time. Regardless of the cause of fire loss in your property, we have the experienced team to help you get back to preloss condition. 

Much of our successes in the fire recovery niche of our restoration services correlates to our substantial investments in mitigation and cleaning equipment. These machines can help to reduce the time for our customers to help them get back into their Los Angeles properties quickly. 

Storm Damage

Part of what makes our SERVPRO team so valuable for storm damage in Los Angeles is our ability to offer full-spectrum recovery. Properties often cannot afford to wait for hours – let alone days – to secure the right professionals in various industry niches needed for a full restoration and reconstruction of your house. We have a contacting team in-house that can help with emergency construction solutions like board-ups, tarping, controlled demolition, and tree removal. 

This division of our company gets guided by our owner Bert Gabledon, who has more than 35 years of experience in the building trades and oversees the work that our contractors do for Los Angeles properties. Storm damage can have a dramatic and destructive effect on houses and businesses, and the faster a confident response occurs, the more of the installed components and construction materials that can get protected and preserved. 

We also have effective solutions for when flood damage has already begun in Los Angeles properties. From our powerful extraction tools to our extensive inventory featuring hundreds of air movers and dehumidification units, we can work to limit the spread of flood effects quickly and make these situations “Like it never even happened.” 

You might have many options when it comes to restoration companies throughout our area, but our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team can help you through every phase of restoration and recovery quickly and efficiently. Give us a call whenever disaster strikes at (213) 628-2000.

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If Your Los Angeles Supplies Showroom Experiences A Water Damage Disaster Call Our Experts

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Unique Aspects Of Commercial Water Cleanup In Your Los Angeles Supplies Showroom

A typical day at a supplies showroom involves a considerable level of cleaning to keep the items on display in top condition for the clients who might visit. A water spill can ruin all the effort you put in cleaning and polishing the items every day. It might also damage some of the items, particularly if you deal with furniture or electronics. Apart from your efforts, you can involve a professional to clean up the mess.

Each case of commercial water cleanup in affected Los Angeles showrooms is different because it depends on how the spilled water soils various contents and parts of the structure. If the source of the leak is at a high point such as a burst pipe in the ceiling, the water might spray dust and other loose debris to contents in the room. If it takes long before you notice the water spill, stains from dissolving dyes or resins in furniture, upholstery or other items in your showroom can complicate the cleanup process. Our SERVPRO team has members certified in different Fields including WRT, Water Damage Restoration Technicians, and RRRP, Lead-Based Paint Activities, and Renovation experts who can deal with various situations that arise after a water loss.

Water spills create various hazards for members of your staff and clients that visit your showroom during the incident. If your showroom has one of those highly polished floors, people can easily slip and fall when water pools around. Water splashing on items that you are displaying in the showroom might also damage them. Our SERVPRO technicians observe high safety standards when cleaning up your water-damaged showroom. We set wet floor signs and other warnings to help people avoid slippery surfaces. We also evaluate the soiled areas to determine where to use cleaning equipment such as pressure washers and where to clean by hand to avoid damaging your valuable items.

Removing standing water and drying any wet materials helps finish the cleanup process after a spill. Our SERVPRO technicians use wet-vacs or track-mounted water extractors in case of significant spills. We also have a variety of drying equipment, including LGR dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to finish the job.

To restore your showroom to its preloss state after a water spill, call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park to help. You can reach us anytime at (213) 628-2000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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